Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions: March 17-April 23 Petticoat Painters 2016; Opening reception is Thursday, March 17, 5-8 p.m.

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Art Center Sarasota’s

New Exhibitions: March 17-April 23

Petticoat Painters 2016

Featuring 18 works by members of this historic group.

Sojourn Anthropocene (A Brief Visit to the Present )

A drawing installation by Sarasota-based artist Kevin Costello.

MASHterpieces III

A collaboration with Goodwill Manasota in which artists transform donated art into new masterpieces.


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

Opening reception is Thursday, March 17, 5-8 p.m.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 exhibition season, entitled “In the Studio,” continues with its fourth exhibition cycle, which runs March 17-April 23. “Petticoat Painters 2016,” in Gallery One, features works in a variety of media by Petticoat Painter members. “Sojourn Anthropocene (A Brief Visit to the Present),” in Gallery Two, is an installation showcasing drawings by Sarasota-based artist Kevin Costello. “MASHterpieces III,” in Gallery Three, is the third installment of this popular exhibit showcasing transformed art from Goodwill retail shops; and “New/Renew,” in Gallery Four, is an open, all-media, all-subject, peer-juried exhibition. An opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, March 17, 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

The Petticoat Painters, formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to show their work, is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting women’s art groups in the United States. The group is limited to 20 artists who have been invited to join by jury process. Members include Jacqueline Clark, Ruth Hook Colby, Susie Covert, Peppi Elona, Jamie Friedli, Madeleine Ginsburg, Sherri Hill, Judy Just, Susan Klein, Ellen Mason, Eleanor Merritt, Jana Millstone, Janet Mishner, Evelyn McCorristin Peters, Margy Rich, Keiko Romerstein, Diane Schmidt, Diane Schneider, and Judy Lyons. This exhibit showcases 18 works in various media.

Sojourn Anthropocene (A Brief Visit to the Present ) features an installation of drawings created directly on the walls of the gallery by Kevin Costello, an area-based artist, lecturer and instructor. The drawings will feature landscapes and animals. In the 1970s, in California, Costello worked with Paul Kos and Terry Fox on conceptual pieces and performance art and was one of the first artists to work in conceptual video. After moving to Florida in 1981, Costello served as an arts administrator, wrote about visual art for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other publications and served on the city of Sarasota’s Public Art Committee. He also lectures about art and art history at many of the area’s lifelong learning organizations.

MASHterpieces” is the third installment of the popular collaboration between Art Center Sarasota and Goodwill Manasota. Twenty-seven artists were asked to choose a piece of art or an object found at a Goodwill retail store. According to Lisa Berger, director of Art Center Sarasota, “They then transform that piece by adding elements that are in their own creative style or wherever their imagination takes them. Some artists really step out of the box in the repurposing of the original, we only ask that they keep the integrity of the original piece.” Berger adds that a portion of all sales proceeds are donated back to Goodwill.

New/Renew” is an all-media, all-subject, peer- juried exhibition open to all artists. Art Center Sarasota will accept hand-carried submissions on March 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A peer critique session, open to the public, is March 15, 6-8 p.m.

Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 season runs through September 30, 2016.


About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. This year, the organization celebrates its 90th anniversary. 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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