Art Center Sarasota’s
Through June 26
A curated exhibit of artists from the region of Sarasota’s sister city, Perpignan, France
(Sarasota, FL) The latest cycle of Art Center Sarasota’s 2014-2015 exhibition season includes “Confluence: France,” featuring the work of 11 artists from the region of Sarasota’s sister city, Perpignan, France. The exhibit runs simultaneously with three other compelling exhibits, through June 26. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www. artsarasota.org.
Curated by Adeline Besson, a noted Paris-based curator, “Confluence: France” is the second installment of the acclaimed “Confluence” exhibition series. This annual international art exhibit showcases works by emerging and mid-career artists from the home countries of Sarasota’s sister cities.
“As the definition of the word ‘confluence’ suggests, the intention of these exhibitions is the connection of places and the gathering of people,” says Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s executive director. “The visual arts are a universal language that can help to make this happen.” She shares that “Confluence: France” encompasses a range of media, from drawing to photography to installation pieces.
“Perpignan is a place of cultural confluence,” Berger observes. “It’s situated in the Catalan region of France, close to Spain.” She adds that many famous artists, including Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Miró, Matisse, and Chagall, visited, lived and worked there, along with such renowned writers as Molière, Valéry and Rabelais. The region has also long been celebrated for its culture of crafts, including jewelry-making, pottery, ceramics and textiles. “The artists’ experience of living in the Perpignan region deeply informs their work,” Berger says.
The 11 artists in “Confluence: France” are Armelle Caron, Julien Cassignol, Nicolas Daubanes, Jean Denant, Philippe Domergue, Samuel Dufour Kowalski, Agnès Fornells, Sylvain Fraysse, Pablo Garcia, Emilie Losch, and Aurélie Piau.
“Confluence: France” runs simultaneously with three other compelling exhibits at Art Center Sarasota. “Collective Paper Aesthetics,” in Gallery 2, is a collaborative project designed by Netherlands-based designer and journalist Noa Haim. “MASHterpieces,” in Gallery 3, is the second installment of this popular exhibit showcasing transformed art from Goodwill retail shops. “I’ll Be The Judge,” in Gallery 4, is an open, all-media, all-subject, peer juried exhibition.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday