SARASOTA, FL – Arts Advocates is pleased to announce its schedule of 2021-22 programs and events, including a pop-up member show in the Arts Advocates Gallery in addition to the continuation of the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit, monthly programs, and a private tour of the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Arts Advocates is a membership organization dedicated to inspiring creativity, advancing education, and connecting the community to the arts. Non-members are invited to participate in tours and meetings, visit the gallery, and network with people who share the same passion for the arts.
Arts Advocates Gallery
The Arts Advocates Gallery, located in the Crossings at Siesta Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is open every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. through June 2022. There is no charge for admission and no reservations are needed.
The current exhibit features the Arts Advocates’ collection of renowned works by the Sarasota Colony of Artists who, in the 1920s, began migrating to Sarasota inspired by its natural beauty. They were also drawn by the arrival of noted art collector John Ringling, whose colorful and dynamic circus acts inspired many paintings and sculptures. Written information is available for self-guided tours.
First Wednesday of the month, 11:00 a.m., October 2021-June 2022, docent-guided tours of the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit – Docent-guided tours of the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit are offered at 11:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month: October 6, November 3, December 1, 2021; January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, 2022. Attendance is limited to 10, and group and special tours can be arranged. Members $5, non-members $10. Register at ArtsAdvocates.org.
Saturdays from 2:00-5:00 p.m., September 18-October 15, 2021, “Flora and Florida” – A special Arts Advocates member show, “Flora and Florida,” featuring the works of Donna Janec Karambelas, runs in conjunction with the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit and can be viewed during regular gallery hours, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays from September 18 through October 16, 2021. Karambelas will be painting in the gallery from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on September 18. An award-winning artist, Karambelas’ inspiration is the lush beauty of our area. A transplant from the Chicago suburbs, the sunshine, flowers, vibrant color, and warmth of her new tropical home made a strong impression. Using acrylics, she paints colorful florals and tropical pieces.
Monthly Speaker Programs
Arts Advocates is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will decide whether their monthly speaker programs will be in-person luncheons at Bird Key Yacht Club or held via Zoom as each event nears. These programs are open to the public. Visit ArtsAdvocates.org for more information.
October 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. with guest speaker Vicki Oldham, president and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum.
November 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Sarasota Opera Costumes – Learn about Sarasota Opera’s collection of historic costumes with Richard Russell, Sarasota Opera executive director, and Howard Tsvi Kaplan, costume designer.
January 20, 2022, 11:00 a.m., The Bay Sarasota – Join us for an update on The Bay Sarasota’s master plan from The Bay Park Conservancy’s A.G. Lafley, founding CEO; Bill Waddill, chief implementation officer; and Veronica Brady, director of advancement.
February 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – Dr. Robyn Bell is the director of instrumental studies at State College of Florida; conductor of the SCF Symphonic Band, the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, and the Pops Orchestra of Sarasota and Bradenton; and host of the Suncoast Culture Club’s podcasts on the performing and visual arts on the Suncoast.
March 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Fine Art Photography – Who are today’s leading fine art photographers and rising stars? We’ll hear from Christopher Jones, curator of photography and new media at The Ringling Museum.
April 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m., The Architecture of Mote’s New Aquarium – A Mote Marine curator and a member of the architectural design team will discuss the spatial and aesthetic requirements of the new Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA).
May 19, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Arts Advocates Scholarship Winners – Meet the recipients of our 2022-23 scholarships, which are awarded to Sarasota and Manatee county resident students pursuing degrees in visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, architecture, and related endeavors.
November 2, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Hermitage Artist Retreat Tour – Arts Advocates has arranged an hour-long private tour of the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key. Learn about the retreat from Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg and get a tour of the campus. Members $25, non-members $30. Register at ArtsAdvocates.org.
To learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, or to register for programs, gallery tours, and special events, visit ArtsAdvocates.org.
Arts Advocates was founded in 1969 as The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to inspire creativity, advance education and connect the community to the arts. Arts Advocates awards scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the arts; supports local arts and educational organizations and sponsors art-related events; and promotes the creative works of Florida artists by purchasing, collecting, exhibiting, and presenting these works to residents and visitors. To learn more, visit artsadvocates.org.