There’s much more to our area arts scene than you can see at any given moment. There’s history at work in the shows and exhibits that enrich our lives—memories of rousing theater, opera or ballet productions featuring spectacular sets or costumes that are now tucked quietly away inside a warehouse awaiting a reprise performance, or a unique and fragrant flower that blooms rarely and must be glimpsed in a photo otherwise.
Sometimes the objects might be on permanent display, like the iconic structures of the Sarasota School of Architecture, or part of a rotating exhibit, like a painting at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, frequently exchanged to refresh the wall and the eye. Sometimes there’s a souvenir that captures a long-ago moment—an autographed photo of a superstar left as a memento of a triumphant performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, for example. All of these items serve as reminders of the breadth our arts groups have to offer, whether temporarily hidden or openly visible.