Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions: December 11-January 16 “Transparent”; “Art Center Instructors Exhibition”; “Parallel Universes” Opening Reception: December 11, 5-7 p.m.

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Art Center Sarasota’s

New Exhibitions: December 11-January 16


A juried exhibition of works by members of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

“Art Center Instructors Exhibition”

A curated exhibit highlighting works by Art Center instructors

“Parallel Universes”

An open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibit.

Opening Reception: December 11, 5-7 p.m.


In January! “10 Legal Tips for Visual Artists,” an interactive workshop, is January 17


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2014-2015 exhibition season, entitled “Merging Parallels,” continues with three exhibits, which run December 11 to January 16. “Transparent,” in Gallery 1 and 2, a watercolor exhibition juried by Dean Mitchell, features works by members of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society; “Art Center Instructors Exhibition” in Gallery 3 features works by Art Center Sarasota instructors; and ““Parallel Universes,” in Gallery 4, is an open, all-media, all-subject exhibition juried by Joseph Melançon, a professional artist and instructor, and Crystal Barrett, gallery manager of Palm Avenue Fine Art and Design. An opening reception for all four exhibits is December 11, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society is an non-profit organization whose members reside on the west coast of Florida. The organization was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of, and promote excellence in, the art of watercolor painting. The intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor. In this exhibit, works will be in a format called “transparent watercolor.” As the name implies, transparent watercolors allow light to shine through the watercolor paper; in turn, the white of the paper reflects that light back so that colors appear clean and crisp.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Art Center Sarasota and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society are presenting “10 Legal Tips for Visual Artists” with Anne Dalton, a lawyer who specializes in the creative arts, Saturday, January 17, 1-4 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota. Admission is $10 at the door. This interactive workshop will review copyright protections, fair use, do’s and don’ts in collaborating with other artists and writers, how to prevent becoming a victim of fine print and cope with internet theft. Dalton served as senior attorney for Radio City Music Hall and ABC Network and currently represents a wide variety of artists, performers and organizations.

An exhibit jointly curated by Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions director, Donna Kessinger, and education director, Elizabeth Goodwill, highlighting the talented  Art Center instructors is in Gallery 3. Featured are works by Joseph Melançon, Gail White, Nancy Goff, Sandy Frick, Elena De la Ville, Ralph Garafola, Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Kevin Costello, Judy Just, Judy Nadler, Ann Abgott, Jack Nolan, Fernando Madridejos, Julie Hanson, Colleen White, Steve Stennes and others.

For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit


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


Gallery Hours:

Free admission

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Closed Sunday

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