FAS 46th Annual Creators & Collectors Tour

The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota presents the 46th Annual Creators & Collectors Tour
March 10 –11, Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota This self-guided art studio tour provides experienced and novice art lovers with an insider’s look at the 6 private workspaces of Sarasota’s finest artists and our Galleria of 14 artists at Ringling College of Art and Design. Our selected artists join us in fulfilling the Society’s mission to stimulate the Arts in Sarasota County through this event that benefits the Society’s scholarship and educational programs.

Tour-goers have the opportunity to meet with artists in their studios and in our Galleria at Ringling College of Art and Design. The entire scope of the artistic expression is on view – classic, traditional, contemporary, modern and avant-garde – in many disciplines such as printmaking, photography, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting and multi-media.

Six artists can be visited in their studios:

Lucy Barber uses oil paint to explore the perception of light in her still-life and landscape paintings. Her simple yet elegant work and her studio both offer a calming oasis.

Marianne Chapel has embraced freedom of imagination in her colorful abstract oil paintings. Her working studio is set with multiple canvases side by side across which Marianne explores different themes of still-life abstraction.

Joan Lyons creates unique and intimate paintings and prints, mixed-media monotypes of torn papers that are often enhanced with ink and pastel. Her works form calm and serene compositions seem to celebrate life.

• Another studio belongs to Chuck Reich, a noted photographer in New York City and Sarasota, whose work has been shown in many group and solo exhibits. Beginning with his original photographs, Chuck uses cutting edge technology to manipulate and transform photos into intense images that often suggest surrealism.

• Sculpture is featured in two of this year’s studios. Duncan Chamberlain is noted for large metal architectural constructions. One can’t miss his barn studio with its monumental eye-catching sculptures in front. Duncan says, “Everybody wants to leave a mark in this world, one way or another.” He has found a way.

• While recognized primarily as a painter working in resin, Andrea Dasha Reich has begun exploring the use of resins as a sculptural medium. Her bright and spacious studio is full of 2- and 3-dimensional treasures, large and small, that amaze and allure the viewer.

Galleria artists on Ringling College of Art and Design Campus:

Our Galleria, located in the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall, showcases exciting exhibits of 14 artists. Ringling College of Art and Design student and alumni work is featured in the adjacent madeby Gallery.

Galleria exhibitors are: Penelope Breen, black and white photography; Donna Carrion, jewelry; Jamie Friedli, landscape paintings; Lawrence Hasiak, woodworking; Linda Hugues, representational oil paintings, William Kidd, ceramic sculpture; Cynthia Mason, multi-media abstracts; Raven Skye McConough, collages; Jana Millstone, figurative paintings; Dione Outlaw, jewelry; Vicky Randall, stainless-steel sculpture; Linda Tilson, wearable art; Elizabeth Trostli, digital paintings; and David Wilson, enviro-art sculpture. All the artists will be on hand throughout the tour to discuss their work and inspiration with visitors.

Art at the studios and Galleria is for sale, with the proceeds adding to the funding of the Fine Arts Society Scholarship and Education Programs.

Tickets $20 in advance; $25 day of tour

Sarasota Visual Artists Open Studios – January 2017

Sarasota Visual Artists Studio 1Sarasota Visual Artists Studios is a FREE Open Studio Series on the 1st Saturday of the Month January – April 11am-4pm.

Open Studio Series is the collaboration of a diverse group of local visual artists sharing their studios with the community. Visitors are encouraged to openly discuss the varied processes with each artist in the environment where it all begins.

The 2017 SVAS artists include: Duncan Chamberlain, Joseph H Melancon, Bill Buchman, Andrea Dasha Reich, Jack Dowd, Elena De La Ville, Jorge Blanco, Vicky Randall, Tim Jaeger, and Tom Stephens.

January Sarasota Open Studio Artists January Open Studio Locations

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Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous- Part II at Art Center Sarasota

October 18 –December 7, 2013
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL

On view will be a retrospective of artists in Sarasota who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960’s and continuing on to those who are still actively creating new works today.

October 18 –December 7, 2013
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL

Art Center Sarasota is opening three new exhibitions on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

In Galleries One and Two, “Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous- Part II”, will showcase the second half of an exhibition of Sarasota Artists in the galleries earlier this year. The exhibition is curated by Dave and Patricia Dabbert of the Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota.

“The Rehersal” by William Jerdon, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

On view will be a retrospective of artists in Sarasota who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960’s and continuing on to those who are still actively creating new works today. All of these artists have been part of keeping Sarasota noted as a destination for arts and culture. Their work is found in important collections locally, nationally and internationally. This exhibition is important not only visually but historically as a chronicle of visual arts in the community.

“Encounter and Remy” by Craig Rubadoux, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

Complete list of artists in the exhibition:
Joan Altabe, Jean Blackburn, Jorge Blanco, David Budd, Clyde Butcher, Jack Cartlidge, John Chamberlain, Robert Chase, Frank Colson, Jeff Cornell, Kevin Costello, Kevin Dean, Julee Docking, Jack Dowd, Frank Eliscu, Jerry Farnsworth, Patrick Fiore, Larry Forgard, Gale Fulton Ross, Tim Jaeger, William Jerdon, Steven Katzman, Dennis Kowal, Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Nat Krate, Leslie Lerner, Barbara Mc Cann, Joseph Melancon, Moe Mitchel, Florence Putterman, Vicky Randall, Dasha Reich, Anthony Rice, Craig Rubadoux, Helen Sawyer, Syd Solomon, Ben Stahl, David Steiner, Julie Trigg, Thorton Utz and Susan Zukowsky

“Coast” by Barbara McCann, Acrylic/Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

Featured in the Main Galleries is the open, all media, juried show “It’s Political” which was timed to coincide with this year’s election. This juried exhibition invites artists to challenge themselves and create a special politically themed piece. Artists have always been the ones to hold a mirror up to society in an effort to bring about change and this exhibition is sure to hold true to that tradition. Jurors for this exhibition are Marty Fugate, Arts Writer for the Herald Tribune & Kim Russo Working Artist and Former Head of the Ringling College Fine Arts Department. Art Center Sarasota has invited politicians running in the current election to greet guests at the opening reception on October 18, which is free and open to the public from 5-7pm. Lite bites will be provided by Jimmy Johns and the DeSoto Beach Club. Confirmed politicians who will be attending the opening include: Liz Alpert, John Torraco, Ed Brodsky, Greg Steube, Adam Tebrugge, Doug Holder and a representative for Ray Pilon.

In Gallery 3 is an exhibition by the Sarasota, Florida Chapter of the Sumi-é Society of America. This exhibit runs from October 18 – November 9, 2012.

(A new Exhibition, “The Curated Unknowns” will be in this gallery from November 14 – December 7, 2012)
The Sumi-é (or “ink painting” in Japanese) Society of America’s mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques and serve as a cultural bridge between East and West. This exhibition showcases the talents of Sarasota’s Sumi-é Society. As a part of the exhibition, artists involved in this show will also be hosting a special lecture about Sumi-é painting and its history, as well as a demonstration on November 2 at 2pm. http://www.sarasotasumi-e.org/

These exhibitions were paid for in part by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues
Art Center Sarasota | 707 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota 34236 | 941-365-2032 | www.artsarasota.org

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Cat Pennenga Discusses ‘iconcept Fashion Show’ 2012

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, but we talk to the curator first!

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, 2012 at 7pm. Sarasota Visual Art interviews our friend, and this years curator, Cat Pennenga.

Cat Pennenga
Courtesy of Cat Pennenga

Please give us a brief description of what iConcept is.

iconcept Fashion Show is a celebration of local artists working outside of their comfort zone in the medium of fashion. A select group of artists from the Sarasota area are challenged to create ensembles that will walk in a runway show, using non-traditional materials (this year artists are using a variety of materials including recycled grocery bags, wood veneer and latex gloves as fabric). The event also includes a pre-show dance performance by local collective Urban Spiral Dance Group, food catered by the Ringling Picnic food trucks, a raffle, artist boutique, an after-show dessert bar and a special surprise performance that I can’t wait to reveal!

Proceeds from this event benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth and adult education programs, outreach for underserved youth, over 20 all-media art exhibitions annually and culturally oriented public programming.

"Wave- Flora" by Andrea Mihalyffy & Carl Abbott
"Wave- Flora" by Andrea Mihalyffy & Carl Abbott (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How is this event different than other fashion shows?

First, it is more outrageous! Secondly, the participants in this show are fine artists, and not fashion designers. While some are familiar working working with textiles, most are not. Also, this show celebrates each individual artist, as opposed to a whole show dedicated to one designer.

"The Wooden Dress" by Whitley Floyd & Wood Street Studio
"The Wooden Dress" by Whitley Floyd & Wood Street Studio (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How did you become involved with the project?

Two years ago I was asked to coordinate just the fashion show by one of the artists, my friend Stephanie Peters. Because of my experience producing photo shoots and fashion shows for SRQ Magazine, it was a fun extra project for me. This year, when iconcept creator Lisa Berger was leaving her position at the Art Center, she almost canceled the event but instead asked if I would take it over. Luckily Lisa has stayed involved and has been helping me along the way!

by Vicky Randall
Dress by by Vicky Randall (photo by Jenny Acheson)

I understand that you have been in front of the camera from time to time. Do you think that this influences your work as a curator?

Do you mean behind the camera? I pretty much hate being in front of the camera! I do approach almost everything I do from the perspective of “How will this look in photos?”, it is the photographer and editor in me. So that does contribute a bit to the process of seeing how the outfits are coming together, and how strong they will look on stage. My experience organizing complicated photo shoots definitely contributes to my ability to organize the many people involved in this event!

“Mommy’s in the Market for Monet” by Barbara Gerdeman
“Mommy’s in the Market for Monet” by Barbara Gerdeman (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How does this event help contribute to the local arts community?

I think it inspires the artists who are in the show to work in a new medium and with new materials, which invigorates everyone who witnesses the show. Most importantly the event directly supports the Art Center Sarasota, which is an integral part of Sarasota’s arts community.

"Point of Interests" by Stephanie Peters
"Point of Interests" by Stephanie Peters (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How did you go about selecting the artists and what was the driving force behind your choices?

I chose artists that had been successful in the last 3 shows and then I reached out to artists and designers in the community who I thought would bring a creative and unique perspective to the show. We really want every year to be unique from the last, and for the artists to push themselves farther each year.

"DRIFT WOOD DREAMS" by Iris Baranski-Daniels
"DRIFT WOOD DREAMS" by Iris Baranski-Daniels (photo by Jenny Acheson)

What makes this years iConcept different from the previous years?

We are changing the runway layout so it looks and feels more like a professional fashion show, and we are working with a DJ (DjQ of Static Grooves) who will be curating his music to go with the outfits. There is also an after-show coffee and dessert bar in the newly renovated sculpture garden, and a surprise performance by Urban Spiral Dance Group. Also, this year our event emcee is Jaszy McAllister, who has modeled in iconcept for the last two years. So she will bring a unique perspective to the event.

“Cupcake Candy Pop” by Christina Michiels
“Cupcake Candy Pop” by Christina Michiels (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Describe some of the stories behind your favorite pieces in the show.

It is too impossible to pick any favorites, but some of the stories that stand out are: Pamela Sumner created a dress that is inspired by a pile of pencil shavings she noticed in her studio. It is uncanny to see how well she translated this inspiration! Ray Peper created a very intricate ensemble inspired by various Salvador Dali paintings, it has a lot of intellect and humor in it. Stephanie Peters has created an outfit from bubble wrap and photos of areas she and her daughter Raven often go together (Raven will be modeling this dress).

"Pencil Shaving" by Pamela Sumner
"Pencil Shaving" by Pamela Sumner (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Can you give us an idea of some of the materials being used this year?

Recycled plastic grocery bags, recycled newspaper bags, wood veneer, latex gloves, recycled water bottles, edible candy and recycled bicycle tires to name a few.

What’s next for iConcept after this show?

Hopefully the torch can be passed on again and someone new can curate/produce it next year!

Where can our readers find out more information about this years iConcept?


"Vow Renewal" by Willow Livengood
"Vow Renewal" by Willow Livengood (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, 2012 at 7pm. Tickets are $75 for VIP front row seats (sold out last year) with special extras; General Admission tickets are $40. The evening includes a red carpet arrival, light snacks catered by the Ringling Picnic Food Trucks, drinks, entertainment by Urban Spiral Dance Company, a unique boutique and a spectacular runway show of avant-garde fashion. Guests are invited to create their own outrageous statements to wear to the event and enjoy the Center’s newly renovated bold and contemporary interior and exterior garden spaces.

A select group of creative and talented artists from the Sarasota area were invited to display their work through the medium of fashion. Witness their creativity come to life in a dazzling runway show. Using mostly non-traditional materials, the artists are challenged to create unique, over-the-top pieces that express their artistic vision. iconcept 2012 will once again blow the audience away with outrageous fashion and creative performances.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth and adult education programs, outreach for underserved youth, over 20 all-media art exhibitions annually and culturally oriented public programming.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota 941-365- 2032 www.artsarasota.org