Sarasota County Arts Council

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PoetryLife, now in its 5th year, brings together students, educators, the general community of poetry lovers, and the finest poets in America to celebrate the power and beauty of words. As part of this annual celebration, PoetryLife sponsors poetry writing contests for middle and high school students, college students, and adults. Winners will be invited to join our guest poets at one or more PoetryLife events during our festival weekend April 22 and 23. This year our guest poets will be Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Richard Blanco, who read a specially composed poem at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. There are three distinct contest categories: Middle and high school students College students Adult, non-student NOTE: NEED NOT BE A FLORIDA RESIDENT TO PARTICIPATE
Deadline for all categories is December 15th. Submission guidelines are at For the third time, Vanderbilt University’s MFA in creative writing students, led by poet and professor Rick Hilles, will serve as contest judges. More information is at the website:

All Faiths Food Bank invites artists to donate bowls for its annual soup and potters luncheon benefit “Bowls of Hope” on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at Phillippi Estate Park at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Guests of the event select a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl to keep. 1500 bowls are needed, and there are several ways to go about making a bowl for donation. All Faiths Food Bank’s artist partners are Carla’s Clay and The Artful Giraffe, for bowl creating and/or painting for beginner to advanced skill levels. Clubs, associations, and groups are encouraged to make a party of it with their friends and co-workers. High schools, colleges and others that have access to materials are invited to donate, and for organizations that can provide large quantities, are asked to contact Elaina Mand at the Food Bank. The deadline for completed bowls is November 2, 2015. To schedule a bowl creating appointment, or to learn more about making and donating bowls contact: Carla at Carla’s Clay: 941-359-2773, 1733 Northgate Blvd. Sue at The Artful Giraffe: 941-388-3700, 1861 Fruitville Rd. Elaina Mand: 941-549-8131 or Bowls of Hope guests enjoy the lovely estate grounds as they browse hundreds of beautiful ceramic bowls created by local potters and artists, and select one to keep as a reminder of the empty bowls they help All Faiths Food Bank fill. More than 35 local restaurants donate soup for the luncheon, and attendees will have the opportunity to taste as many as three varieties before selecting their favorite. Bread, dessert and beverages will also be provided. This soup and potters event was started almost 15 years ago by a high school teacher in Michigan who wanted to make a difference in the community as an artist. He enlisted his pottery students and, as a reminder of soup lines, neighborhood restaurants to provide soup. The resulting outpouring of support for the effort has allowed the event to grow to an annual luncheon in cities across America. “This is such a popular event,” said All Faiths’ Executive Director Sandra Frank, “It brings together so many types of people - the artists, foodies, chefs, and Food Bank supporters - all in one beautiful place for a great cause.” The Pezzillo Family is the presenting sponsor of Bowls of Hope, chaired by Renee Hamad and Hillary Steele. Additional corporate sponsors and partners include: BMO Harris Bank, U.S. Tent Rentals; Herald-Tribune Media Group; Phillippi Estate Park; Sarasota County; SRQ Media Group; and Spotlight Graphics. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance online (at the door $30). VIP tickets are $100 and for kids 12 and under, $10 at All proceeds benefit All Faiths Food Bank. For more information, call 941-549-8131 or visit


Booth space is now available for the 2nd Annual Art on the Harbor, to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Punta Gorda’s harborwalk area. With booth spaces at just $25 each, this is a great opportunity to sell your art early for holiday presents. As part of “It’s an Artlandish Weekend in Punta Gorda”, this fine arts show is being heavily marketed and excellent foot traffic is expected. Contact Charlotte Arts – the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County – at (941) 764-8100 or visit for more information.

“Enriching Lives Through Diversity” Call to Artists and Writers For 13th Annual Embracing Our Differences Exhibit
Original works of art and statements that celebrate the theme of "enriching lives through diversity" are being accepted through January 4, 2016. Embracing Our Differences’ 13th annual outdoor exhibit is March 28-May 31, 2016, in Sarasota. (Sarasota, FL) Embracing Our Differences invites artists and writers to submit art and inspirational statements for its 13th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity. The work of 39 artists and writers will be selected for the exhibit, which runs March 28-May 31, 2016, in Sarasota’s Island Park. Final selections, based on artistic excellence and originality reflecting the theme, “enriching lives through diversity,” will be made by a panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals. The artwork will also be evaluated on how effectively it reads when enlarged to the exhibit's billboard-size dimensions of 16 x 12.5 feet. There is no submission fee or limit on the number of entries. Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 4, 2016. Artists and writers can submit directly online at: For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710 or visit "We’re always thrilled by the high quality of art and statements we receive, and how powerfully they express the message of celebrating diversity," says Michael Shelton, executive director of Embracing Our Differences. He adds that anyone can enter, including professional and amateur artists, photographers, teachers and students. For the 2015 exhibit, the organization received more than 6,400 works of art and statements from people representing 80 countries and 42 states. Students from 118 elementary, middle and high schools comprised 60 percent of the submissions. A total of $3,000 in cash awards will be presented in the form of three separate awards; $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and “People’s Choice.” Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals, while the “People’s Choice” award is determined by visitors to the 2016 exhibit. Another important component of the Embracing Our Differences art exhibits are the inspirational quotations that accompany each work of art. "The combination of visual art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience,” says Shelton, adding that quote entries must be original and 20 words or less. A $1,000 cash award will presented to the best original quotation exhibited. This year, both artists and writers will be able to submit their work online. "Last year we were able to introduce online submissions for art entries. This year we’re pleased to offer online submissions for both artists and writers. In the years prior to that, entrants had to submit their work by mail, from such distant countries as Brazil, Iran, Israel, Japan and South Korea," explains Shelton. "The online accessibility has already had a very positive impact on the number of nations that we receive admissions from." For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710, or visit

Artists Walk at University Town Center The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is developing a monthly Artist Walk at UTC. Stores at University Town Center are inviting artists to create, demonstrate, or perform in host stores within University Town Center Mall on Saturday afternoon per month. Participation is open to stores and artists who are members of the Arts and Cultural Alliance. There is no charge to artists to participate. Work and exhibit space varies with each host. With host store permission, artists will be able to sell their work in the store. Artists interested in participating can complete an Artist Profile HERE. The first Artist Walk at UTC will be in September.

Call to Writers and Artists!
New Online Literary and Art Magazine “805” is Looking for Submissions
“805” is a new, online literary and arts journal published by the Manatee County Public Library. The editors of this bi-monthly publication are seeking short stories, flash fiction, essays, poems, and art. Writers and artists are asked to submit via the website at and include full contact information, genre and word count, if applicable. For general information, please visit

J. A. Willy Gallery
A collection of Fine Art from Established and Emerging Artists Gallery will have LEASED wallspace available to accepted artists. Walls space varies from 2 lineal feet of wall to 20 lineal feet There are limited lease spaces available. The ceiling height of interior walls will be 7’-8” up to 9’-8” around the perimeter. Artists’ LEASE/CONTRACT would be for ONE year - $40 per lineal foot a month (leased as full sections of wall space only according to floor plan) plus 20% commission on all pieces sold – three months of lease contract will be due at signing. If an artist leases 10’ of lineal wall space or more the rate will lower to $30 per lineal foot Artwork must be framed with the option of discounting to remove the frame if the consumer does not like or want the frame but will purchase the painting without it. Frame to be returned to artist. Upon approval contemporary, Gallery wrapped work will be accepted.

We are looking at FINE, quality work from the professional and emerging artists as to complement each artist’s work. All work is subject to a jury process and will be considered based on its marketability and standards of the Naples clientele. We will have one full time or two part- time employees running the gallery to be well versed in every artist’s work. Hours (tentative until finalized) Monday through Saturday 10 until 5 pm or by appointment One ‘opening’ event/social event a month will be held for promotion of the Gallery and all artists involved. Exposure to these events will be promoted through local advertising, target client marketing, social media and the Interior Design community.
Please feel free to give me a call to discuss or email me about this great opportunity!!! Mickey Dickson 239-825-1487

The VSA Florida (VSAFL) My Art My Way artist in residence program employs visiting artists for a pre-literacy and arts-based curriculum for students with disabilities in K-12 ESE or inclusive classes and at-risk youth in Juvenile Justice facilities. It is required that VSAFL teaching artists have the knowledge and experience to work with students with disabilities and participate in VSAFL’s free professional development program on disability awareness and inclusion once accepted as a teaching artist. Residency programs are offered in drama, movement, music or visual arts in all 67 counties in the state of Florida. In Sarasota and surrounding counties we are specifically in need of music teachers, though all artists are welcome to apply. Teaching artists are hired for locations in or near their own county, and works directly with the participants providing hands-on activities—in the art form of their expertise—that are age and developmentally appropriate for a total of eight or ten one-hour sessions. The artist schedules their visits with the site directly and consults with the site contact in order to understand the make-up of the group. The artist also provides numerous adaptive materials and alternative solutions which enables all participants to benefit from the arts experiences. At the end of the sessions, it is encouraged that a final exhibition or performance is held to share the art. Compensation: VSAFL pays $50.00 for each one-hour session plus mileage if the commute to the school site exceeds 30 miles each way. The teaching artist is required to complete paperwork including a narrative evaluation on the sessions, lesson plans relating all activities to Florida Standards and final evaluations. Teaching artist must complete all contractual paperwork in order to receive payment for residency.
To learn more and to complete an application, go to and click on Artists then Teaching Artists.


The schedule for the 2014-2015 season at The Players Theater just became available and I am currently booking artists for the three galleries. We generally feature three artists for the run of each of the seven shows (usually about six weeks) and each space requires 16-20 pieces. If you would like to be considered for a show at Players Gallery, please contact me,  Judy Nadler, ASAP through my website:


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Amanda Heisey, Communications Manager
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