Nostalgia Rules

Nostalgicons Kicks Off Harmony Gallery Season on Sept. 19

The photographic series by Ian Dean centers on dozens of toys and other items from childhood that summon up past decades.

By Kay Kipling September 15, 2022

Pyramid by Ian Dean, on view soon at the Harmony Gallery.

The Sarasota Orchestra’s Harmony Gallery kicks off its 2022-23 season Sept. 19 with an exhibition of photography by Ian Dean titled Nostalgicons. The show, which runs through Oct. 31, includes at least five new images Dean has taken since a previous exhibition on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus in 2020. (You can read about that here.)

Dean, a Sarasota native and Ringling College grad (and, full disclosure, my son) has been telling stories with space and objects through different photography series. Nostalgicons incorporates toys and media from his childhood, turning old into new as he shapes collages filled with designs produced by creative minds over the decades. The images often evoke plenty of nostalgia in the viewer, who may recall owning certain “lost” items as some point during their own childhoods.

In all, Dean has shot more than 1,600 images and several thousand individual items for this series.

Hourglass, also by Ian Dean.

The exhibitions at the Harmony Gallery inside the atrium of the Beatrice Friedman Center at 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, all feature local artists and are juried selections. Four more shows are coming up during the season, and all are free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as during concerts and special events in the center’s Holley Hall.

An opening reception for the Nostalgicons show will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. For more information, visit

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