Sarasota County Arts Council

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's Art Exhibits at the Center for Arts and Humanity

During the months of September - May, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County hosts Art Exhibits at the Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Artists apply and are selected to display their artwork. Opening Receptions to meet the artists, view artwork, and network with others are also held, and the public is invited to view the exhibits Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.


9/14 to 10/25/16, NATURE THROUGH THE LENS, Ernesto V. Epistola. Reception: Wednesday, October 5 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Ernesto V. Epistola (1926-2016) was born in Manilla, Philippines, and resided in Sarasota for 55 years where he was a respected music educator, professional cellist, poet and photographer. Ernesto loved to capture people and animals. His work garnered international awards. His most recent book, The Offering and Other Poems with Photography of Nature, features haiku and longer poems paired with his photography.

11/1 to 12/27/16, LIGHT CHASERS HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE. Reception: Wednesday, November 2 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Light Chasers has over 500 artist members and is the largest group of plein air painters in Florida. The group fosters both educational and exhibit opportunities. Plein air painters paint the history of what’s happening now and seascapes and landscapes of the Sun Coast. This holiday show and sale will offer many opportunities to take home a painting you love.

1/2 to 1/31/17, I WANTED TO BE WALT DISNEY, Laurent Dareau. Reception: Wednesday, January 4 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. I Wanted to be Walt Disney as a child instead of a policeman or fireman! Dareau’s work is the expression of the gathering of influences from all times and cultures. Abstract realism, comic art, graffiti - his inspirations come from visual encounters that enhance the work. Dareau explains, “I paint, I add, I gather, I erase - I feel that I deconstruct more than I construct, in the way that everything needs to be doubted.” He uses images, memories of his childhood, his art studies and everyday life: images that are shocking or moving to create a world of his own.

2/2 to 2/27/17, SIXTY YEARS OF PAINTING; 1957-2017, Eleanor Merritt. Reception: Thursday, February 9 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Merritt has her paintings, collages, sculptures, and murals displayed in a variety of venues and homes around the globe. Her methods of working with forms of female figures and the power of the feminine spirit has been influenced by her studying and experiencing a variety of international cultures. Her work denotes the rich visual expressions of the inner spiritual lives of women across the diaspora. Like the fabrics and layers she uses in her mixed media work, her references from years of studying the spiritual lives and imagery of various cultures is woven into her artistic expressions.

3/2 to 4/14/17, MOMENTS COLLIDING, Jordan Senarens. Reception: Friday, March 3 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Senarens is an Orlando based painter focusing on the synthesis of art and science. She aims to bring art and science together to prove that two diverse areas are deeply integrated. Through the use of pattern and illusion, she creates new optical dimensions of space outside of our three dimensional Newtonian norm. These patterns engender new spatial planes to interject overlapping moments in time. Through this process she hopes to achieve the feeling that time is both fleeting and infinite.

4/17 to 5/31/17, SEEN ALONG THE WAY, Isabel Becker. Reception: Wednesday, May 3 from 5 - 6:30p.m. Becker’s fabric art was inspired by the cloth illustrations of a children’s book. While decorating a room for her grandchildren and as a sewer, the idea of sewing a picture appealed to her and since that time she has been at a sewing machine. When she began, she used commercial cotton fabric; however, now her camera is her constant companion. She has the ability to transfer her photos to cotton fabrics for use in her pictures. She describes her work as “simply fabric, thread and a sewing machine”.

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