Art: Sarasota Season Style by Pamela Beck

Join Pamela Beck in the first installment of SeeSaw to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the first installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

No, it’s not your imagination. It really does take an extra twenty minutes to get wherever you’re going these days.For art fans, there’s a flip side to not being able to find a parking spot this time of year: More crowds=More exhibitions.

Here, below, are some eyecatchers I’ve seen while gallery hopping on a recent, sunny afternoon. They’re just a small taste of visual treats currently on exhibit in Sarasota.

For a larger picture of shows in town, click “Exhibition” found on the Sarasota Visual Art masthead.

1. Abstract, adj.: Expressing a quality apart from an object, Group Exhibition curated by Kevin Dean, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art, till April 3rd

Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”
Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”

The resurgence of Abstract Painting in contemporary art provides this opportunity to explore current trends in relation to the historic movement through the exhibition of eight working painters ranging in age from their thirties’ to their eighties’ who are inspired by nature, music, mathematics, the spiritual and new media.

Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design,
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
941.359.7563

2. Child’s Play, Group Exhibition curated by Mindy Solomon of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, till April 26th

Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children's chairs in a circle
Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children’s chairs in a circle

Mindy Solomon Gallery
124 2nd Ave NE  St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502.0852

3. iConcept Retrospective, group exhibition curated by Lisa Berger and Eric Cross, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, till April 26th

Observer, by Eric Cross, (made from recycled Longboat Key Observer Newspapers). Artists from around Sarasota produce pieces of fashion from avant-garde materials that walk the runway.
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross

Art Center Sarasota
707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.365.2032

4. Following Ovid’s Metamorphoses: From Cosmogony to Chaos and back to the Rhizome, curated by Anne-Marie Melster, Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, till April 14th

Installation View
Installation View

Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Desing
1947 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236

4. If the Sun was Square, curated by David and Tre Steiner, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL, till May 1

Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 "x 33" .
Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 “x 33”

State of the Arts Gallery
1525 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.955-2787

5. Ongoing, Nikitas Kavoukles, Stakenborg Fine Art, Sarasota, FL

Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26" x 30"
Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26″ x 30″

Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.487.8001

6. Let it Float, Matt Combs, till March 30th, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Matt Coombs, SRSc12 Collage on Paper, 11" x 9.25", 2013
Matt Coombs, SRSc12
Collage on Paper, 11″ x 9.25″, 2013

Clothesline Gallery
529 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.366.5222

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old.Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee; Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance, Advisory Board Committee

Interview with Andrea Dasha Reich by Pamela Beck

Reich was born in the Czech Republic in 1946 to a progressive and creative family. Intellectually at odds with prevailing Communist ideologies, the family emigrated to Israel in 1960 where Reich studied at the Bezelel Academy in Jerusalem before moving to NYC in 1966. Her early success and travels as a corporate executive and designer in the fashion/textile business, exposed Reich to unusual hand crafts, exotic objects and a variety of colors and textures that later appeared in her art work.

Pamela Beck

Pamela Beck

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in her column, ARTdart, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.


Andrea Dasha Reich Artist Statement:
“I’m as affected by the frog I saw yesterday, sitting on the lit globe of my outside light as I am by the distant memories of a gray hut I once saw in China or a blue mosaic tile I saw 30 years ago when I lived in Israel. My biggest influences come from the many cultures I’ve deeply experienced, from nature and from the legacy of art and invention passed through the DNA in the women of my family to me. These join together and feel like an invisible hand guiding me in my work, where it’s as if colors take over my whole being.” – Andrea Dasha Reich

Most recent Commission – Andrea Dasha Reich, “Tess’s Paradise” 2012 – 4′ x 10′ (with the artist)

Bio:
Reich was born in the Czech Republic in 1946 to a progressive and creative family. Intellectually at odds with prevailing Communist ideologies, the family emigrated to Israel in 1960 where Reich studied at the Bezelel Academy in Jerusalem before moving to NYC in 1966. Her early success and travels as a corporate executive and designer in the fashion/textile business, exposed Reich to unusual hand crafts, exotic objects and a variety of colors and textures that later appeared in her art work.

Reich has shown in solo exhibitions in Miami, Aspen, New York City, Boston and Denver and many group shows including MASS MoCa, North Adams, MA; Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles; and State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota that represents Reich locally. Reich is represented by Etra Gallery in Miami and Pismo Gallery in Aspen and Denver. Studio Director, Anastasia Maracle, runs Reich’s large Sarasota studio, allowing Reich to concentrate on her creating her art. Reich will be showing at Artexpo & Solo in Miami, Dec. 5-9, 2012.

Andrea Dasha Reich, “Sarasota” 2012 -48″ x 54″

1. Your work is many layered and looks 3D. Please explain how you create this effect:

It’s impossible to see the layers of my work in a photograph because it’s multi dimensional. If you think of a BLT sandwich, it’s a similar idea- one thing placed on top of another. I have the image of the final work in my mind before I begin. It can be up to 5 layers of epoxy resin that I work on one layer at a time. I start with the first layer of epoxy resin into which I put shapes, acrylic textures, metals, painting with inks and dyes and clays. Then I do another layer on top of the last. Between each layer are many materials. I continue this layering and filling in between the layers until I think the work is done. The result is an artwork that resembles glass both visually and tactically, but unlike glass, it’s virtually indestructible.

2. Both your personal style and your art are bright, colorful, bold and whimsical- are these traits that you think describe you?

Although I can be quite serious, I prefer to laugh about life and enjoy humor in others. When I work, it’s truly a pleasure for me to be in my studio. I love working. I know other artists who find it painful to make their art. But why would I want to do something that hurts me? I’m not a masochist.

3. Why do you think people are often afraid to live with bright colors?

Color affects a person emotionally. It’s easier to live in a white or cream-colored room. Colors cause bold reactions and it might be difficult for some people to have such strong feelings. It can scare them. I think certain colors can connect you with emotions you didn’t know you had. Many people don’t know what to do with those emotions once they surface.

4. What does the process of working on one of your pieces feel like to you?

I converse with my paintings all the time. I feel like a conductor. I have to keep those colors in line or encourage them: this one may be too strong, that one too shy. It’s difficult to work with color. I have to keep them all in constant balance.

Andrea Dasha Reich, “Gray Tess” 2012 -36″ x 54″

5. You lived in NYC for 33 years, mainly in TriBeCa. What’s the difference working there versus Sarasota?

There’s a big difference. It’s obviously brighter here. This led me to choosing brighter colors. Also, I incorporated nature more fully into my work and exchanged house images for flowers.

6. You often work on commission. People ask you for a particular size, feeling or color palette. Please explain how this worked in your most recent commission:

My last commission was the largest I’ve ever done: 10 feet x 4 feet. That’s the size the client asked me to do. She saw my work in a Miami exhibition and fell in love with two of the pieces. She asked if I could combine the colors of one with the images of the other. Of course, it’s not a science, but I tried to respect the essence of what she wanted and render that in this last piece. She just received the work and is very happy, which makes me feel the same as well. It’s very satisfying for me to make someone else happy. If I can do that with my art, that’s the best.

7. What would be your fantasy commission?

I would like to design a piece for a huge airport lobby. People have so much time while they’re waiting there. I would enjoy knowing that people were looking at my work without rushing. Because my work is so complex and intricate, it takes many viewings to see all that is going on. People always tell me that they see things they’ve never seen before each time they look at the same work.

8. What do you see as the role of the artist today in society?

I can’t generalize as every artist does what he or she wants. Some like to express anger, ugliness or other social inadequacies that ail us. I paint for beauty in the world and for myself most of all. I like people to be happy and touched by my art- for it to evoke emotions they may not even understand. People see different things in my work, like religious letters or special messages. I always agree, as it’s great that they see something they find important. If I would attach a specific meaning to my work, I would be taking away their imagination.

Andrea Dasha Reich, “Miami Red” 2011 – 70″ x 50″

9. What is one thing that disturbs you about the art world?

I don’t doubt the importance of museums, curators, critics, artists and dealers challenging people’s minds to understand art. What I don’t like and am impatient about is the change in art criticism. Historically, the “value” of art was the gold standard in art. Today the question of “value” has been replaced by “what does it mean?”. This opens a Pandora’s Box of endless chatter by those who have no way of knowing what an artist is thinking. (Often even the artist him/herself doesn’t know.)

10. Who are people you would enjoy spending time with and why?

Georges Sand, because she was an independent, creative woman and lived her life as she wished. Yoko Ono and Antonia Fraser for the same reasons. And Woody Allen because he shows us how to laugh at ourselves.

Andrea Dasha Reich website: http://www.andreadashareich.com/


To read more about Pamela, view these links:
http://srxq.blogspot.com/
http://whatdogsreallythink.blogspot.com/

Creators & Collectors – Suncoast Art Tour

March 9 and 10, 2012
This unique Tour allows the public into artists’ studios, places you don’t typically see. You actually get to meet and speak with the artists and see firsthand where and how they create their art. It demystifies the artistic process and will provide you with an energized understanding and appreciation of the art on exhibit.

March 9 and 10, 2012
The Fine Art Society of Sarasota (website)

EXPLORE art studios, MEET the artists, SEE the process, Visit the gallery exhibit, And ENJOY the experience

This 2-day Tour is an ambitious show featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by 17 artists working in Sarasota today. The self-guided Tour will be held on March 9 and 10, 2012, and will sprawl across Sarasota from University Parkway to Clark Road/SR 72. Highlights will include 5 well-known artists in their studios plus a Gallery Exhibit of 12 more artists in the Ringling College of Art + Design Student Center exhibition space.

Andrea-Dasha-Reich - GrayTess (detail)

This unique Tour allows the public into artists’ studios, places you don’t typically see. You actually get to meet and speak with the artists and see firsthand where and how they create their art. It demystifies the artistic process and will provide you with an energized understanding and appreciation of the art on exhibit. Art will be available for sale.

The artists and their studios on the Tour are: International Photographer Giovanni Lunardi, Sarasota Legacy Painter Joseph Melancon, International Multi-Media Painter Andrea Dasha Reich, Ceramic and Metal Sculptor Adam Todd, and Artist Printmaker Nancy Turner.

Nancy Turner - Bird Cage

The companion Gallery Exhibit will feature these artists: Painters Bob Brown, Elena De La Ville, Kris Parins; Collage Artist Sally Sloan; Construction Artist and Painter Jo Prioetti; Fiber Artist Gloria Hall Cropper; Jewelry Designer Renee J. Davis; Plique-à-jour Artist Phil Karp; Glass Artist Liana Martin; Assemblage Artist Barbara F. Page; and Fabric Artist and Designer Linda Tilson.

AND, this year student and alumni artists from Ringling College, through a partnership with RCAD’s madeby Gallery, will also be on display at the Gallery Exhibit. Ringling College is one of four colleges in the country that has an exclusive gallery for its students and alumni. Artists will be doing demonstrations on both days at the Gallery Exhibit.

Joseph-Melancon - A-Walk in the Creekbed

Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased on the Society’s website www.FineArtsSarasota.com or at the Van Wezel Box Office, Manatee, Venice & Sarasota Art Centers, Dabbert Gallery, Davidson Drugstores, Galleria Silecchia, State of the Arts Gallery and Artists on the Court.


ABOUT THE FINE ARTS SOCIETY OF SARASOTA
Each year the Society plans and promotes events to support its community outreach grants, scholarship, and education programs. The Society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its members and organizes projects which benefit the entire community and its many visitors. The Society’s art collection is on public display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota is a 501c3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Susan Schober is the Tour Chair and Reva van der Heym is President of the Society.

Adam Todd - Untitled

The Goods: Weekend News (12.23.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 26, 2011.

We wish you happy holidays! Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 26, 2011.


Week in Review

Featured Artist: Andrew Brehm http://bit.ly/sd7ICM
If I speak at length about this subject I begin to sound like a high school wrestling coach who has taken to whipping passersby with his “angry towel”. I’ll try to keep it brief …

The Crescent Club

Featured Gallery: Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art http://bit.ly/svVOT5
Interview with Allyn Gallup to discuss Sarasota, art and the works presented within the gallery.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art


Exhibitions

BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BERENICE ABBOTT AND LARRY SILVERhttp://bit.ly/u7G3bX
The work of Berenice Abbott and Larry Silver, Between Shadows and Lights focuses on the remarkably similar career and aesthetic choices of these 20th century photographic pioneers. Separated by a generation, each turned her/his camera on the complexity of burgeoning American metropolises.

USF Exhibit Featuring John Ringling Towers Fund Visual Art Applicantshttp://bit.ly/uBZQCB
Eleven local artists who participated in the Ringling Towers Visual Art grant process are featured in a group exhibit at USF Sarasota Manatee

Urban Canvashttp://bit.ly/ukiPPl
State of the Arts Gallery presents new works by Sarasota’s legacy artists creating art in Sarasota for over 30 years.


FOR ALL OF THE ONGOING VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS VISIT: http://sarasotavisualart.com/art/exhibitions/current/

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Featured Gallery: State of the Arts (video)

sVA features State of the Arts Gallery. Co-owner David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.

State of the Arts Gallery has become the foremost source for collectors focusing on acquiring contemporary fine art created by Sarasota artists. From its inception six years ago, the gallery has spotlighted professional, local career artists residing in the Sarasota area.

The Sarasota community is rich with visual arts and these artists have dedicated their lives to creating fine art, adding to Sarasota’s cultural “canvas.”


Photos by Scott Braun

The gallery’s collection of contributing artists includes artists and sculptors who have been dedicated, accomplished artists for as many as 50 years. This is quite an accomplishment to have made a living and a lifestyle as creators. The gallery is honored to represent these visual arts iconoclasts.

The gallery’s co–owners, David Steiner and Tre Michel, are partners in marriage and in the gallery and they are truly passionate about both. Their philosophy about dealing and collecting art is based on a simple mantra, “We do not sell art, it sells itself.” For this reason the gallery space is inviting and engaging. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a Ringling college student, the space offers inspiration. The gallery has recently expanded to include double the original space. The original space is a classic “white box” gallery setting, while the new space is a more esoteric art lounge with black gloss floors and 15′ cream draperies.


Photos by Scott Braun

The art lounge includes a large selection of art books to peruse while taking in the art. Due to the expansive volume of space, the gallery collection includes many large-scale paintings, which range up to 10′ square. The artists represented produce art in all imaginable mediums including paintings, mixed media on paper, collages, metal, wood and stone sculpture, as well as some innovative mediums which are “outside of the box.” Located on State Street in the center of Sarasota’s historic downtown district, the gallery aims to be an anchor in the arts and culture community.

Location:

State of the Arts Gallery
1525 State St
Sarasota, FL
34236
(941) 955-2787


Photos by Scott Braun