FIRST PURCHASE
Permanent Collection, Florida Artists
Descending Yellows by Hilton Leech

Hilton Leech was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1906 and passed away in 1969.

He studied with George Luks, Archile Gorky and George Pearse Ennis at the Grand Central Art School; Art Students League, NYC.

Hilton held membership and held office in many prestigious organizations: Florida Artists Group, 1952, 1953, president; Palm Beach Art League; Florida Federation of Art; American Watercolor Society; Philadelphia Watercolor Club; Salmagundi Club; Allied Artists; Knickerbocker Artists; Sarasota Art Association; Casein Painters Society; Ringling Art School; Art League of Manatee County; Atlanta Art Association.

ART COLLECTION
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Since 1970, Arts Advocates/Fine Arts Society of Sarasota has acquired works of art and displayed them at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.   The collection contains 53 pieces by Florida artists and represents a wide range of media and styles dating from the 1930's to the present.
 
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
941.953.3368
 
 
In October 2019, WEDU PBS - Florida West Coast, highlighted Arts Advocates/Fine Arts Society of Sarasota.  An episode was produced for "Arts Plus" focusing on "the ways in which it is presenting and preserving works by local artists as well as fostering the growth of young artists in Sarasota."   

"Arts Plus" is produced locally throughout the US via local PBS stations. This Sarasota program has been one of four segments from all the national programs to be highlighted and shown on all PBS stations as a top production and interesting subject matter.

Thanks to Arts Advocates members Roberta "Bobbie" Hamilton, Vern Weitz, Cindy Woodling, Elizabeth Rose, Diana Colson and the Van Wezel's Janet Arena for their leadership and participation in the development of this program.

View here:  WEDU PBS Arts Plus video - Arts Advocates/Fine Arts Society of Sarasota
 

ARTWORKS IN THE COLLECTION


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