Pioneering Women Artists
Women's History Month is celebrated each March to honor and tell the stories of women who transformed our nation.
Arts Advocates celebrates 11 women artists whose works are included in our unparalleled collection of paintings and sculpture from the movement now known as the Sarasota Art Colony. Starting in the 1930s through the 1970s, Sarasota was a thriving art colony, recognized nationally for the celebrated painters and sculptors who had homes and studios in the area.
Hundreds of painters and sculptors moved here and drew inspiration from the orange groves, celery farms, cattle ranches, beaches, and tropical splendor. John Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota, also influencing these artists. Ringling is often credited with planting the seeds for the flourishing arts community that we now enjoy in Sarasota.
You can enjoy and celebrate these pioneering women artists by clicking here to see their works along with all the paintings and sculptures in our collection.
Women artists represented in Arts Advocates collection include:
Beth Arthur "Beach Garden Cities"
Carol Baumgartner "Sea Drift"
Lynn Davison "Pressing Leaves"
Shirley Clement "White Dress"
Glenna Finch untitled abstract
Edna Hibel "Oriental Figures"
Dorothy Gillespie "Song of the Raindance"
Sophie Johnstone "The Secret"
Helen Sawyer "Summer"
Lois Bartlett Tracy "The Portal"
Mary Sarg Murphy "Center Ring"
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