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The world premier of Inspired Lunacy opens tonight at Florida Studio Theatre.
With the best comedy songs of the 20th century, join the comic explorers as they set out on a daring mission to amuse, and delight. Relying on the waggish wisdom of composers such as Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein, and Kander and Ebb with songs like “Ring Them Bells,” “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” and “Jolly Old Sigmund Freud,” these wayward jesters attempt to solve the mystery at the center of the universe.
This annual “Summer Showcase” features a group of Dabbert Gallery artists, including 19 painters, six sculptors, one printmaker, one pastel artist and one photographer. From as far away as Sydney, Australia; Laguna Beach, Cali.; Prince Edward Island; Brooklyn, NY; and Westport, Conn., it is a very artistically diverse group of the best professional artists.
Sixteen artists are from Florida of which nine call Sarasota home. Artistic style ranges from colorful abstracts of Barbara Krupp to breathtaking contemporary realism of Yuqi Wang, William Suys and Jeff Cornell. James Griffin’s impressionistic Sarasota land and street scapes reveal abstract and surreal elements within his paintings. Nancy Turners meticulous Collagraphs and eloquent mono-prints, focus her passion about women’s cultural and political struggles. Using rich color patterns in both watercolor and oil, Robert Baxter, creates a milieu for his fascinating faces that populate his lived in and understood international world of art.
Sarasota County students win national art awards, will travel to NYC
Four young artists from Sarasota County public schools will travel to New York City to be honored among other students from throughout the U.S. as National Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners.
A week of celebratory events begins Friday, June 5, hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The award-winning student work will be featured in the 2015 National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New Schools Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Institutes Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The displays will showcase more than 1,000 visual and literary creations. The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at Carnegie Hall.
The winners from Sarasota County are all visual artists: From Pine View School, 2014-15 junior Mallori Johnson won a Gold Medal after earning a regional Gold Key Award. Of the more than 300,000 submissions to the national competition, less than 1 percent are national medal winners. Margaux Albiez of Sarasota High received a Gold Key at the national level for her illustration entitled “Impressions of Bosch,” inspired by the work of 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch. Her art teacher, Debra Markley, said she is the first student from Sarasota High to receive this top honor. Jordan Oye, a 2014-15 junior at Riverview High, will receive an American Visions Award for her work, “The Queen of Mice.” Elena Bodor, a 2014-15 eighth-grade student at Pine View, will receive a Silver Medal for her sculpture, “Robotics Guy.”
Hermitage Artist Retreat and American Opera Projects Create Opera Genesis Fellowships
The Hermitage Artist Retreat and New York City’s American Opera Projects (AOP) have formed a partnership that will result in a six-week residency to be called Opera Genesis Fellowships. This newly created program allows for a composer and a librettist from AOP’s Composer & the Voice (C&V) training program to be invited to continue the development of a contemporary American opera at the Hermitage’s inspiring Gulf Coast campus. The first team will be selected in 2016.
“The Hermitage was created as a place for mid-career artists to come and work on new art,” explained Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director. “We have 10 acres of beachfront property on the Gulf of Mexico and serve four to five invited artists of all disciplines at any one time. It’s a quiet, peaceful and inspiring setting. Many new operas have already been written and composed here. We know this new partnership with AOP’s C&V program will produce more exciting work that will eventually be enjoyed in opera venues throughout the country.”
American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice is a two-year fellowship for composers and librettists that provides experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and opera stage. This free training includes a year of working with the company’s Resident Ensemble of Singers and Artistic Team, followed by a year of continued promotion and development through AOP and its strategic partnerships.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat nurtures creativity in mid-career writers, painters, poets, playwrights, composers, translators, sculptors, and other artists. Even before the partnership, the two organizations had many artists in common. Some of AOP’s artists who have been in residence at The Hermitage are Laura Kaminsky (As One), Mark Campbell (As One), Phil Kline (Out Cold), Lera Auerbach (The Blind), and Huang Ruo (Paradise Interrupted).
ArtUptown celebrates Petticoat Painters Art Uptown
une 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception celebrating the Art Uptown artists who are members of the Petticoat Painters. Jacquie Clark, Jamie Friedli, Eleanor Merritt, and Janet Mishner belong to one of the longest exhibiting women’s artist groups in the U.S. Petticoat Painters: Sixty and Strong, a documentary film by Shout Out Communications recently played at Sarasota Film Festival.