Have Your Cake and Eat it Too…Remix Edition

January 13 – February 25,2012
A mixed media exhibition to include, drawing, mixed media installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. There will be special live performance art at the opening reception by Working Method Collective.

January 13 – February 25,2012
C. EMERSON FINE ARTS, 909 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too…Remix Edition is a mixed media exhibition to include, drawing, mixed media installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. There will be special live performance art at the opening reception by Working Method Collective.

Artists exhibited: Kim Anderson, Neverne Covington, Gil Demeza, Lew Harris, Regina Jestrow, June Kim, Caui Lofgren, Michael Massaro, Daniel Mrgan, Jason Snyder, Danny Olda

Daniel Mrgan - "You cut a perfect slice", pen, ink, watercolors, colored pencils, 2012

The collective work begins with the relational aesthetic philosophy that the art viewer wants to be more involved in the piece. Realizing that in our current cultural climate much of the watching and looking is now done at home, and that contemporary art can now be something a community of interested people can create or experience together. We like to get the gallery goers involved into the experience in a way that allows some to dive right in and others to tiptoe. We are never bossy, and we never trick people- we just set up the situation and let people engage or not. We have discovered that when this comes together in a way that is thoughtfully semi-choreographed, but elements are genuinely left to chance, a palpable enthusiasm takes over the crowd. We are addicted to creating that enthusiasm.

Working Method Collective: Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton, Christina Poindexter

The group is composed of eight visual and performing artists, each pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University; Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton and Christina Poindexter. Within our personal studio practices each of us maintain a singular and unique voice that relates to our individual backgrounds and research interests. We are painters, photographers, designers, animators, and sculptors. When the group comes together collectively these varied strengths help to create a rich resource of possibilities. Most of our collective work is ephemeral in nature. As a group we enjoy pointing out that the work or the process of discovery, is the place where art happens and the objects left behind are only the remnants of this amazing experience.

Material Matters – Art Center Sarasota

November 3 – December 31, 2011
Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota will present a new exhibition in the galleries titled Material Matters from November 3- December 31, 2011. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on November 3 from 5-7pm. Physically, and/or conceptually, material is integral to the creative process of all visual artists. Material Matters celebrates the use of materials from our modern world in the visual arts.

In the galleries: Improbable Fruit: Unfinished Explorations in Pursuit of a Materially Complex Built Environment (Architect Mark Weston’s laser cut wood sculptures); A National Show of Encaustic Work, curated by Elena De La Ville; Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method, curated by Kim Anderson; and Material World- the all media, juried exhibition.

About:
A National Show of Encaustic work (WOMEN AND WAX) will feature the works of leading artists in the field that are dedicated to the innovation of contemporary art and ideas. The aim of the exhibit is to provide a platform for dialogue and education while increasing the understanding and appreciation for encaustic art in Southwest Florida.

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting where beeswax, resin and pigment are layered and fused to produce a luminous surface that captures and transforms light. These artists melt, layer, scrape, and sculpt, creating their individual visions in wax.

Invited artists: Karen Freeman, Joanne Mattera, Jane Allen Nodine, Nancy Natale, Neverne Covington, Binnie Birstein, Lisa Pressman, Laura Moriarty, Diana González Gondolfi, Catherine Nash, Elena De La Ville

Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method curated by Kim Anderson
Participating Artists: Lauren Garber-Lake, John Westmark, Malaika Zweig, Erika Mahr, Jason Mitcham

About Art Center Sarasota:
Art Center Sarasota offers creative opportunities that are affordable and accessible to the entire community with approximately 27 exhibitions, 100 classes and educational programs for youth and adults and special events each year. Art Center Sarasota engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions for the novice to accomplished artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts. The Center showcases hundreds of emerging and established artists through curated and juried exhibitions throughout each exhibition season. Through an extensive education department, learners at Art Center Sarasota can take advantage of many art classes, workshops and artist demonstrations with nationally known and popular local instructors that appeal to every age and skill level. The education department also offers various programs such as lectures, panel discussions and films. Youth programs and Creative Kids Summer Art Camp nurture young, developing minds. The youth outreach program, Slice of Art, is an interactive experience for students K-12, is funded by grants and donations at no cost to the schools. It has become a valuable tool for arts educators.

Art Center Sarasota
Gallery Hours:
10am – 4pm Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday

Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941-365-2032
Fax 941-366-0585
www.artsarasota.org