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  On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, we were invited to the home of Jim Craig and Randy Johnson for a tour of their painting collection comprising mainly 18 th - and 19 th -century American and European portraits and landscapes. The portraits range from famous actresses to society playboys, famous musicians, and military heroes, as well as chara...
​When you see a really successful musical theater presentation, all kinds of questions must pop into your mind. Aren't you curious about the song-writing process? What does it entail? How do the songs for musicals get created to reflect the drama happening on the stage? What is the way into a song? What are the criteria for really engaging lyrics? ...
Artist, instructor and 1990 Arts Advocates scholarship recipient Nora Rule Barber lives and works in Spring, TX, just north of Houston.   She graduated with honors from Ringling College in 1992 after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Fine and Studio Arts with a major in Ceramics and a minor in Sculpture.  When asked about the impact our scho...
  'Where Are They Now?' Past Scholar Interview Joshua Galindo – Motion Designer, Los Angeles, CA When Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art + Design spoke at our Arts Advocates meeting this past November, I asked him to share his thoughts on why so many young art students today are concentrating in motion design versus tradi...
On Wednesday, November 13 at the ART Ovation Hotel, Arts Advocates launched the new "Speaking of The Arts …" series.  Gayle Williams, Music Critic for the Herald Tribune called this series "a Town Hall for the arts."  The  overwhelming success of this event is a tribute to Suzanne Weitz, chair, and committee members Barbara Blackburn...
Arts Advocates members may sometimes wonder how impactful a $1,000 scholarship can really be for a student.  I agree that while $1,000 is just a drop in the financial bucket that it takes to earn a college degree, when combined with other funds, that bucket can overflow and result in enabling a student to achieve a stellar career in the arts. ...
Arts Advocates members discovered a Sarasota hidden gem on the November 6, educational tour to the Elling Eide Center.  Located at the end of a barely noticeable one-lane road off S. Tamiami Trail in a seventy-two-acre nature preserve on Little Sarasota Bay, the Elling Eide Center is a private research library dedicated to the study of classic...
"It's a long story", Ken Knowlton began. Indeed it is. It's been more than 50 years since Knowlton and fellow Bell Labs engineer Leon Harmon created what is thought to be the first computer produced nude. It started as a prank. Knowlton and Harmon decided to see if they could create a portrait of choreographer Deborah Hay by scanning her pictu...
Sarasota violinist Matt Dendy was a five-time Fine Arts Society of Sarasota scholarship recipient from 2005-2009.  Matt graduated from Booker High School in 2005 and attended The University of South Florida where he was Assistant Concertmaster and, in 2010, earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. It's well known that music can have ...
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