Art Center Sarasota Closes One Season, Announces Another

The visual arts center also celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

By Kay Kipling August 22, 2016

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Velvet Celebration, by Peppi Elona


Art Center Sarasota’s final shows of this season open Thursday, Aug. 25, and include Full Fathom Five (Tasha Lewis explores how a “sea change” takes places on a hand-sewn statue of Venus); SNAP, a collaboration of several Sarasota-based photographers; Rite of Passage, featuring sculpture, photos and an installation by Pia Love-Toribio and Monica Uszerowicz; and Blurred Lines, an all-media, all-subject juried exhibition. All remain on view through Sept. 30.

But, beyond that, the art center, which notes its 90th anniversary with a celebration Oct. 16 at Michael’s On East, has also already planned its 2016-17 “Common Ground” exhibition season under director Lisa Berger. Here’s a sneak peek.

First up, Oct. 13, the juried show Swing State, focusing on politically themed works, on view through Nov. 26. Also opening in October, a Ringling College instructors’ show; All Sewn Up, politically inspired fabric art by Patricia Anderson Turner; and Pan-O-Rama, a community project show in the works.

They’re followed by another juried exhibit, Reflections (Dec. 8 through Jan. 13), along with the annual Art Center Sarasota instructors show; a fabric installation by Adriana Carvalho; and Cracker Politics by Michael Adno.

Jan. 26 through March 3 displays the open, all-media show Classic Fantastic. Solo shows by artists Dasha Reich and Robert Burridge and the ASALH Black Muse 2017 shows also take the spotlight.

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Carol Prusa's Swallow


Orbs, a solo exhibit by Carol Prusa; another solo exhibit by artist Peppi Elona; and a Spectrum II installation are up March 16 through April 21, along with the juried show From Within.

Art students take over the galleries April 24 through May 7 for the annual North Sarasota County Schools exhibition, showcasing work by up-and-coming artists from all age levels. And the Booker High School VPA senior exhibition will feature art by those talented students May 12-18.

Unlimited Potential, a members-only show, fills the May 18 through June 23 slot; also on view are works by Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus; a 3D Invitational presenting ceramics and sculpture; and MASHterpieces IV, a collaboration with Goodwill Manasota that makes new art out of donated pieces.

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Personae, by Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus


Finally, summer 2017 shows round out the season with Florida’s Finest, an expansive show featuring all media and all subjects in all galleries, July 6 through Aug. 11; followed by Line, Form & Color; the solo show World Without Men by Lowell Gilbertson; and an exhibit from the Sumi-E Society of Sarasota, Aug. 24 through Sept. 29.

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Lowell Gilbertson's God the Mother, God the Daughter and God's Mother


In addition, Art Center Sarasota brings back its annual iconcept unconventional couture fashion event, Feb. 19, at the Mall at UTC. For complete info, call (941) 365-2032 or head to


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