Arts on the Horizon

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By Jaye Clements

Have you been to the Art Center in Sarasota yet?

The Art Center boasts many gifted artists and a beautiful garden highlights talented sculptors from around the area.  The Art Center provides art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.  The community has access to the visual arts as an artist or a viewer.  You may visit any of the four galleries at no charge.  Each feature different exhibits.  There are established and emerging artists displayed throughout the year.  Exhibits generally run for 6 weeks.  A large part of their goal is to promote local artists.  This month will feature in Gallery 1: Organic Mechanic by Russ Bellamy, Gallery 2: Back Roads to Back Home, Gallery 3: Black Box Project – these projects are student based, Gallery 4: Coming Home (members only) all media juried.

There is a beautiful garden next to the center that was donated by Sally & Sam Shapiro – Sam was a past president of the Art Center.  The garden is small and relaxing.  It features many beautiful plants, a quaint brick path and sculptures throughout.  You can see butterflies fluttering about while enjoying some peace and quiet in this charming garden.   Take a moment to enjoy this tranquil setting, just on the outskirts of downtown Sarasota.  The Art Center is open Mon – Sat from 10am to 4pm.  It is located at 707 North Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941.365.2032

Sept 1 Pioneer days in Englewood – am Kids Fun Run; Dearborn St. 9:00 am 58th Annual Pioneer Days Parade; Dearborn St. – at the end of the parade there will be a car show on Dearborn until 3pm – if you would like to participate in the car show contact  There will be live music & entertainment. 8:00 am-3:00pm Pioneer Days Festival; Pioneer Park.

Sept 1 to Sept 20 – on exhibit at Ringling College in the Selby Gallery

Selby Gallery I: Low Fidelity: Still Photographs by Bobby Grossman 1975-1983

Selby Gallery II: Underground Forces: Target Video 1977-1984

These two exhibitions offer a distinctive perspective on the “Punk” music scene through the lens of photographer Bobby Grossman and Target Viedo’s. Both had the opportunity to document the musicians and celebrities associated with the punk era.  Attendees are encouraged to come in “punk” fashions.

All month long – CHARLIE BELL, oils artist, named September Featured Artist at Island Gallery West.  The gallery was established over 24 years ago by a small group of local artists.  It has become an artist’s cooperative with about thirty members offering original, fine art paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, stained glass, basketry and more. During season, the gallery offers free art demonstrations on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon. Also every month during season, the gallery presents free public art receptions with other Holmes Beach galleries. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

All month long continuing until Dec. 18 – Louis Cabot Photography – at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts open Tues to Friday (11am to 5pm) 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, FL 34228.  The arts center is a division of Ringling College and offers quality arts based educational and cultural programs to the community. There are classes, workshops, exhibitions and events to inspire, enrich and engage the area with the arts, creativity and culture.

All month through Oct 26 – paintings and works on paper by Thomas Chimes at the Ringling Museum 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota

Key Chorale

Sept 2, 4 – auditions to sing with Key Chorale.  Key Chorale is one of Sarasota’s finest performing arts organizations, from classical to contemporary.  It’s your chance to perform with the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, and the Circus Arts Conservatory with over 100 singers.  If you would like to audition to be a part of our dynamic ensemble you may contact Jan Docking at 941-924-0790 or email or visit:

Sept 4, 8 to 11pm – Ringling Underground – Live music $10, free with college id.

Sept 5 to Nov 16 – Florida’s Fascinating Flora, a Batik exhibit by Angela Maria at Selby Gardens.

Sep 10 – Feb 2 – Ladies of the Ring at the Ringling Museum – Flying through the air, above the ring, with the strength of their jaws, and shooting out of a cannon, women have participated in every circus act imaginable. These lovely ladies were used in advertising with posters illustrating their incredible performances, classic beauty, and the evolving femininity in American society.

Sept 11 to 28 – Dames at Sea (musical) Stone Hall – Manatee Players Theatre – for times & tickets:

Sept 13, 1 to 4pm Food & Wine Fest at the Sarasota Opera House – 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Twenty downtown restaurants will participate, along with wine tasting, in a historic setting that will benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera.

Sept 18, 5:30 – The Sarasota Orchestra at Holley Hall – featuring flutist Betsy Traba.

Sept 18 to Oct 5 – Mornings at Seven (comedy) Bradenton Kiwanis Theatre at the Adrian RayManatee Players… Located at 502 3rd Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205 visit:

Sept 26, 5pm – Friday Fest at the Van Wezel – Adrian Ray – country music…



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