“Tradition Gone Wild”
January 16-February 28
Opening Reception: January 16, 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition cycle features four exhibits showcasing cutting-edge sculptural fiber art; woven art by members of the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers; painting, photography and sculpture by member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, and an open, all-media juried exhibition.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2013-2014 exhibition season, entitled “Incredible Journey,” continues with the second exhibit cycle of the season, which runs January 16-February 28, 2014, and features “Nature’s Voice: Quilts by Regina Benson,” in Gallery 1; “Tradition Gone Wild: Venetian Society of Basket Weavers,” in Gallery 2; “Black Muse: Works by Members from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)” in Gallery 3; and “Breaking Tradition,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4. An opening reception for all four exhibits is January 16, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www. artsarasota.org.
“Nature’s Voice: Quilts by Regina Benson” showcases sculptural quilt forms by the fiber artist Regina Benson who is celebrated for her wall hangings, art quilts and dimensional textile sculptures. Benson pushes the boundaries of textile art. She creates her own fabrics and develops textile constructions that retain the painterly effects of her flat pieces. She imbeds these works with undulating forms, incorporating newspaper clippings, fragments of technology, and other physical allusions to her subjects. In this exhibit, 12 of her mid- to large-scale wall hangings will be displayed. Benson’s work has been shown in galleries and museums in The Hague in the Netherlands, San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. She was the recipient of the Quilt National 2007 “Award of Excellence.”
“My pieces are bold and graphic and intricately detailed at the same time,” says Benson. “These images are my visions, as filtered through my artistic re-interpretations. I want the viewer to feel the impact of these visions from a distance of 10 or 15 feet. As she or he gets closer, I want them to discover more and more intricate details of color and texture, then gradually feel enveloped, surrounded, and drawn inside.”
“Tradition Gone Wild” is a juried exhibition of contemporary woven art produced by members of the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers. Emma Thurgood, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions coordinator, explains its intent. “This exhibition serves as an exploration beyond the traditional uses of the weaving process, encompassing basket weaving, jewelry, textiles and surface design,” she says. “These finely crafted, woven artworks will show how functional craft objects can become masterful fine art objects.”
“ASALH— Black Muse 2014” is a curated exhibit showcasing artwork by member artists of the Manasota ASALH, the local chapter of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. This exhibition covers a wide array of media, including painting, drawing and sculpture.
“Breaking Tradition” is an open, all-media juried exhibition. The challenge? Take a walk outside the safe zone of tradition, both artistic and personal. Regional artists will rise to the challenge. The call for entries is currently open for online submissions and runs through January 3, 2014. Hand-carried submissions will be accepted January 7, 2014.
The third exhibition cycle runs March 13-April 25, 2014. It features “Confluence: Israel,” an exhibit of works by emerging Israeli artists in Gallery 1; “The Secret Life of Jewelry,” featuring fine art jewelry in Gallery 2; MASHterpieces, a collaboration with Goodwill Manasota and ThisWeekinSarasota.org of repurposed donated artwork in Gallery 3; and “One World,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
From April 28 through May 10, 2014, Art Center Sarasota will showcase the “North Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show,” featuring works by art students in grades K-12.
The fifth exhibition cycle runs May 22-June 27, 2014, and features “Unconventional Inventions,” a partnership with Sun Hydraulics, Architectural Salvage and the Sarasota public school system, showcasing kinetic sculpture by area high school students in Gallery 1. An exhibit presented by the Lemur Conservation Foundation will be in Gallery 2; a Black Box Projects installation in Gallery 3; and “Perspectives,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
The “Second Annual Florida Flavor Exhibition,” an all-media, juried exhibition highlighting the talented artists of the Sunshine State, runs July 10-August 15, 2014, in all four of the center’s galleries.
Closing the season, August 28-September 30, 2014, is “Organic Mechanic,” featuring the sculptures of Russ Bellamy in Gallery 1; “Back Roads to Back Homes,” featuring Florida photography in Gallery 2; a Black Box Projects installation in Gallery 3; and “Coming Home,” a members-only, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
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
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