For the first time since its founding in 1969, Arts Advocates has its own gallery to display works from our private collection and to host community events. The gallery is open to the public every Saturday from 2:00-5:00 pm.
The opening exhibit at the Arts Advocates Gallery features 17 works from our 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.
Over the years, our works of art have been on display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and will continue to be shown there as well.
The exhibit is open to the public every Saturday from 2:00-5:00 pm. No appointment is required. Written information is available for self-guided tours.
Docent-guided tours of the exhibit are open to the public at 11:00 am on the first Wednesday of each month. Tours are $10 per person and can be booked here. Attendance is limited to 10.
Group and special tours can be arranged through Stephenie Frasher, docent team leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 443-454-2206
The Arts Advocates Gallery
Suite 119, The Crossings at Siesta Mall
3501 S. Tamiami Trail at Siesta Drive, Sarasota
This exhibit runs in conjunction with the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit and can be viewed every Saturday from 2:00-5:00 pm, September 18 through October 16, 2021. Donna will be painting in the gallery from 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, September 18.
An award-winning artist, Donna Janec Karambelas moved to Sarasota in 2012. Since moving, her inspiration is the lush beauty of the area. A transplant from the Chicago suburbs, the sunshine, the flowers, the vibrant color, and the warmth of her new tropical home have made a strong impression. Using acrylics, she paints “Flora and Florida” - gorgeous florals and colorful tropical pieces.
The Arts Advocates Gallery is available to other organizations hosting special meetings, concerts and events. For more information, please contact Donna Maytham, gallery director, at 941-351-5361.
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