Friday, Novermber 1st
Hermitage Artist Retreat
6660 Manasota Key Road
Englewood, FL

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Englewood Art Center are holding a Plein Air Fest on the Hermitage campus on Friday, November 1st beginning at 8:30 am. Artists are invited to bring their easels, canvases and paints and spend the day painting on the historic beachfront campus, located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Those who would like their work to be part of a judged exhibition and be eligible for prizes may register with the Englewood Art Center (EAC) for a pre-registration $25 fee, or $30 day of the event.



“This annual event has become very popular for local artists,” remarked Hermitage Executive Director Bruce Rodgers. “Our campus provides many picturesque opportunities for painters. We have five historic buildings, all architecturally unique, as well as natural landscaping that has been lovingly cared for by our Friends of the Hermitage. Occasionally wildlife in the form of a turtle or exotic bird also appears.  Lots to see and lots to paint in an old Florida setting.”

Arrival at the Hermitage on November 1st is between 8:30 and 9:00 am for registration. Painting will be from 9:00 to 2:00 pm. Registered artists may enter up to three pieces in the EAC exhibition which is located at 350 McCall Road, Englewood.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Work will remain on display until Wednesday, November 23rd.

To contact the Englewood Art Center about the event, call 941-474-5548 or visit the website at To learn more about the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit the website at or call 941-475-2098.

The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company

September 17, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum

Celebrating our fascinating circus heritage, The Amazing American Circus Poster showcases 80 brilliantly colored, boldly bombastic posters advertising the feature attractions from all corners of the globe and peerless performers of the big top. The Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company was one of the country’s leading printers for the circuses. Their posters were unrivaled in their artistry and provide us with a detailed portrait of the American circus in its Golden Age, when it was unrivaled as the premiere entertainment institution in the country.

The Amazing American Circus Poster exhibition was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: “Because democracy demands wisdom.”