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.
Currently on exhibit at the Arts Advocates Gallery are 18 pieces 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. Through December, you can view five paintings by the Florida Highwaymen. The Highwaymen were a group of 26 black artists, including one woman, who were mostly self-taught and painted in Florida from the 1950s on for several decades. Because they were not invited to show their work in galleries, they sold their work from their cars along US 1 and A1A.
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 $5 for Arts Advocates members and $10 for non-members. Tours can be booked here. Attendance is limited to 16.
Group and special tours can be arranged through Stephenie Frasher, docent team leader, at email@example.com 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
We are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to exhibit in our gallery. These pop-up shows run in conjunction with our main exhibit and can be viewed every Saturday from 2:00-5:00 pm.
Donna Janec Karambelas • through Saturday, October 9, 2021
Donna’s 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, Donna paints “Flora and Florida” - gorgeous florals and colorful tropical pieces.
Dan Houston • Saturday, October 16 – Saturday, November 13, 2021
Dan creates acrylic paintings on various platforms. His contemporary pieces include paintings and sculptures intended for architects, designers, interior decorators. He is the owner of Architectural Wall Decor Art Gallery.
Marjorie Sayer • Saturday, November 20 – Saturday, December 11, 2021
Marjorie explores ways to experiment with the figure and landscape in different spatial relationships. Her finished pieces are a result of numerous layers of paint creating a sense of tension between areas of lightness and heaviness, having human forms that seem to emerge, then disappear.
Violetta Chandler • Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Saturday, January 15, 2022
In Violetta’s works, you’ll find luxuriant color, solid drawing and composition, ethereal light and physical movement in light, combined with a refined sensitivity to landscape.
Elisabeth Trostli • Saturday, January 22 – Saturday, February 19, 2022
Elisabeth creates fantastical digital photographic collages, in amazing detail, using her unique vision and her skills as a surface designer.
Jerry Chesley • Saturday, February 26 – Saturday, March 19, 2022
Jerry’s watercolor paintings, giclees and mixed media set the stage for surrounding one's self in a rich indulgence with a range of subtle to bold color. Much of his subject matter is based on a collection of familiar objects or places he's visited.
Tony Reinemann • Saturday, March 26 – Saturday, April 16, 2022
Tony’s oil paintings have been described as a blend of social and magic realism that evoke a highly exaggerated Edward Hopper in a Hitchcock film. With multiple themes running throughout his works, his sharply defined visuals tell stories limited only by the viewer’s imagination.
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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