Art meets fashion with extraordinary results at the seventh annual “iconcept” fundraising event, Art Center Sarasota’s must-see runway extravaganza showcasing the inspired results of area artists who create fashion using unconventional materials.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents the seventh annual “iconcept,” runway event, Thursday, January 22, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. TV personalities, Joey Panek and Christine Alexander will serve as master of ceremonies for this year’s event, which features a runway fashion show of creative ensembles created by area artists especially for this event and a gourmet dinner. The evening also includes a silent auction offering an assortment fabulous gifts and experiences, including dining opportunities and a river cruise. A “Hello Gorgeous” photo booth for guests to create lasting memories of the evening will also be available. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the fashion show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show and dinner are $150. Tables of 10 are $1,500. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the runway show and dessert only are $50. Chairs for the event are Zara Barrie and Eduardo Anaya. Event presenting sponsors are Mary Ann Robinson and the Observer Media Group. Funds raised from this event benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth art education programs. For information and reservations, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org/iconcept.
For seven years, Art Center Sarasota’s iconcept team has challenged area artists to create ensembles from unexpected, non-traditional and recycled materials. The results have been nothing less than extraordinary. This season’s artists and designers include Barbara Anderson, Lisa Berger, Cathy Comora, Eric Cross, Marcia Ente, Barbara Gerdeman, Serah Gonzalez, Elizabeth Goodwill, Ariana Hillman, Margaret Hillman, Samantha Kelly NUOVO Salon Group, Ali Lambert, Ray Peper, Pam Peters, Stephanie Peter, Yen Reed, Andrea Silvergleit, Jim Stewart, Pamela Sumner, Carol Vengroff, Anita Wexler and Sharon White.
According to Lisa Berger, the founder of iconcept and Art Center Sarasota’s executive director, the event has become a vital fundraiser and awareness builder for Art Center Sarasota. “The funds we raise from this event help us expand our outreach and in-house educational programs. It’s also a wonderful way for area-based artists to connect with new audiences and other area artists.”
Berger adds: “These artists never fail to amaze us; their ingenuity, originality and wit have made this one of the season’s most colorful and anticipated events.”
Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 iconcept are still available. For more information on becoming a sponsor, call 941-365-2032 or email Lisa Berger at email@example.com.
Captions: (Photos are from the 2014 event)
[if !supportLists]· [endif]“Regular Fashion for Regular People,” created by Andrea Silvergleit
[if !supportLists]· [endif]“The Ta Ta Doll,” created by Cathy Comora
[if !supportLists]· [endif]“Calendar Girl,” created by Jim Stewart
[if !supportLists]· [endif]“The Scream,” created by Marcia Ente
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
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday