A substantial gift from Howard and Betty Isermann helped the organization install a state-of-the-art air conditioning system. Additional funds from Sam Shapiro went towards new lighting in the lobby, and a gift from Elaine Charney allowed the center to renovate Gallery 3.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota has a cool new ambience—and bright new look—thanks to several generous donors.
“We’ve always had challenges keeping the atrium gallery comfortable when hosting large crowds,” says Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s director. “The old air conditioning system couldn’t keep our space cool during our receptions, which often draw hundreds of people. Guests would grumble about the stuffiness, but most considered higher temperatures the price they paid to see inspired art. Now, with the new system, everyone can spend more time at the events enjoying the art—without the sweltering heat.”
Berger stresses this was not a repair or upgrade to the system, which was installed many years ago. “This is a brand new, state-of-the-art system that was custom-designed for our needs. We’re grateful to Howard and Betty Isermann for their gift in making Art Center Sarasota a cool place to visit.” Berger adds that the Isermanns have consistently supported facility renovations in the past, including helping with gallery lighting, classroom windows and other projects.
Berger notes that an additional gift from longtime board member and former board president, Sam Shapiro, was used to purchase and install new lighting in the entrance area. A third gift from Art Center Sarasota member, volunteer and artist Elaine Charney went toward renovating an entire gallery.
“Elaine always felt that the walls of Gallery 3 were dark and unwelcoming,” says Berger. “Thanks to her help, we were able to take down the former walls, which were covered with black carpet, install fresh drywall and paint the new walls,” says Berger. “The space is now so much brighter and we’ll be able to hang larger works of art. We love it and so does everyone who exhibits and visits the gallery!”
Berger says the renovations happened just in time for the Florida Watercolor Society exhibition, which opens on Sept 20. “We anticipate 600 people visiting the show at the opening reception,” she says. “At least we can rest assured they’ll all keep their cool.”
Art Center Sarasota launches its 2013-2014 season on November 7, 2013, with “CUBEMUSIC,” a site-specific installation created by the renowned artist, Craig Colorusso, who explores the intersection of sound, light, and space in his sculpture. The work is comprised of six, four-foot metal cubes that emanate light and music. This exhibition will be accompanied by “Sun Boxes,” a solar-powered sound installation, also created by Colorusso. Twenty speaker boxes will be placed around Sarasota County, inviting viewers to experience an ever-changing environment of space, sound and light. The season opener also includes “Pulp Culture,” a group exhibition showcasing the many ways paper can be used to create art. A juried exhibition, entitled “miniatures,” will showcase works smaller than 12″ x 12″. Art Center Sarasota’s “Instructor’s Exhibit,” featuring work by ACS class and workshop instructors, will also be exhibited during this cycle, which runs through January 3, 2014.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585
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