By Hannah Wallace March 1, 2011

Russian Realism

Known for its elegant palette, evocative subjects and technical virtuosity, Russian Realism has become increasingly prized by art historians, collectors and investors who recognize its significance as one of the most important movements of the 20th century. Nowhere is this appreciation more apparent than at Sarasota’s new Lazare Gallery, where Russian Realism experts John and Kathy Wurdeman showcase a remarkable inventory of masterworks by some of Russia’s most influential artists.  Facilitated by their close relationship with the Surikov Institute in Moscow, Lazare Gallery is distinguished by its access to the very best Russian works.  Knowledgeable insiders, including accomplished Russian professors, open the doors of private studios and collections, many never before seen by foreigners, to hand-select only the most outstanding artists’ paintings for Lazare Gallery’s inventory.  Visit Lazare Gallery at 10 S.Palm Ave., Sarasota, or at

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Rusty Luminaries

The Rusty series of outdoor fixtures are made of Corten (also “Cor-Ten”) steel, a special steel alloy developed to obviate the need for painting. The fixture’s natural rusting process provides the protective barrier for the luminaire. It also develops a warm, unique and appealing look. Utilizing economical 13-watt CFL lamps, the Rusty range of outdoor luminaries' are energy efficient and maintenance free, and they’re especially durable against rough landscape staff and other harsh circumstances. Exclusively available at Light Up Your Life, Sarasota,  (941) 330 0422


Whimsical Complexity

Radius Design creates rich, high-quality furniture by integrating both trigonometry and joinery without the use of screws, glue and nails to assemble the tables. The alternating, intersecting, and rotating series of expressing patterns in this cocktail table, made from walnut wood and aluminum metal accents, provide a whimsical complexity of style. Dimensions are 48 inches long by 30 inches wide by 18 inches high, and it’s hand made in the United States.  Available at Home Resource, 741 Central Ave. Sarasota, (941) 366-6690,

Living Walls

Living Walls Living Walls Furniture & Design has been creating warm and exciting contemporary interiors since 1970.  The colorful and energetic showroom is filled with unique and inspired contemporary furniture designs from the U.S. and around the world. Classic designs and their quality reproductions allow Living Walls to provide sophisticated interiors at reasonable prices—only the look is expensive. A friendly design staff can help with furniture selection, coordinating colors and fabrics and creating a home that reflects your personal sense of style. Whether you’re new to Sarasota or a longtime resident, your needs come first.  As a Downtown Sarasota Main Street merchant and arts benefactor for more than 40 years, Living Walls has helped to support and create the vibrant Sarasota arts and education community.  Come in soon and experience a new lifestyle.

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