ARTbeat! 08.01.2014

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art beat August 1, 2014
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The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents On Stage

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School announces its first annual production, On Stage, featuring the U.S. premiere of elite young artists from the National Ballet School of Cuba on Friday, August 1 at the Sarasota Opera House at 7 p.m.These exceptional Cuban student dancers, considered to be the finest in their country, will perform for the first time in the United States, in Sarasota. Award winning student dancers from throughout the U.S. and international countries will also perform – showcasing some of the best emerging dance talent worldwide.

A modern dance piece by the internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographer, Carlos dos Santos, will premiere and will be performed by the school’s Summer Intensive pre-professional students.

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Fuzión Dance Artists perform
In the Round

On August 2 and 3., check out Fuzión Dance Artists’ popular summer performance, featuring choreography by Fuzión company members, and three emerging choreographers whose work was selected as part of our Fuzión Summer Dance Intensive. The intimate performance will include audience dialogue and feedback utilizing the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process (CRP.)The performances will take place at New College of Florida Black Box Theatre (Hamilton Center, East Campus.)

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Firecracker art exhibit opening


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Thursday August 7, head over to Fogartyville Community Media and Art Center for some firecracker inspired artwork, sure to light your fire.

Artist Otok Ben-Hvar, MFA is a multi-faceted world renowned performance artist and fine artist who has created a unique art medium by painting with firecrackers, gun powder, fuses and propellants. His distinctive medium is known as Firecracker Art. Legally deaf, Ben uses vibrant paints and certain assembled explosives to create one-of-a-kind paintings that represent unique interpretations of specific stars which he views through telescopes. The vast range of pyrotechnics Ben uses to fire off the bombastic explosions all combine to create the distinctive volcanic animation of a single star. In patriotic celebration Ben creates exciting artwork that visually embodies the spirit of freedom and independence every American enjoys.

In addition to Firecracker Art, local Artist David Taylor will show a series of digital, Fireworks photography.

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August featured artist at Island Gallery West, Brenda Alcorn

This August, Island Gallery West will feature the photography and Gyotaku (fish printing) art of Brenda Alcorn in an exhibit entitled The Tranquility of Nature.Alcorn has enjoyed a long and successful career teaching, for 30 years teaching English at Manatee High School, and now conducting art classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League. For the last four years as a member of Island Gallery West, Alcorn has treated many visitors to free demonstrations at the gallery’s weekly Saturday morning art demos in season.

The exhibit will run through August 30.

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Events & Happenings

First Friday Gallery Walks 
Palm Avenue
August 1 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy gallery openings, dining, antiques, specialty shops and live performances as member of the Palm Avenue Arts Alliance sing, dance, stroll and serenade the community and its guests. This month’s theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Stroll.” Learn More!August window theme
Artists’ Guild Gallery
Monday – Saturday in August at 10 a.m.
All things tropical will be featured in the window of the Artists’ Guild Gallery for the month of August. In none of these works portraying our area will you feel the heat and humidity, just beauty! And if you step inside to see all the Gallery has to offer, weather woes are truly set aside. Learn More!
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In This Issue
Sarasota Cuban Ballet SchoolFuzión Dance Artists

Fogartyville Community Media and Art Center

Island Gallery West

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