Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Unveil Permanent Installation from Nationally-Recognized Artist Anne Patterson

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Unveil Permanent Installation from Nationally-Recognized Artist Anne Patterson


SARASOTA, FL – Nationally-recognized artist Anne Patterson, who most recently held an exhibit at The Ringling last year, returned to Sarasota to create a permanent installation of her work – Circle of Thirds – at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County during the week of October 23 – 27.


Circle of Thirds is representative of the three supporting and connected stakeholders of the Community Foundation – donors, nonprofits and the community. Patterson describes the reasoning behind the name Circle of Thirds, “I love the idea of circle – we are all one – we give and what we give and how we give circles back to nourish us too. By using the word ‘thirds’ it is clear that without all three parties the whole will not be complete.”


Like many of Patterson’s previous installations, Circle of Thirds will be made of ribbons. The ribbons start as deep red, move into a pure red, then into a world of pinks with splashes of orange sprinkled in. The colors express a vibrancy and an energy, representing the Community Foundation’s central role in caring for the heart of our community, while at the same time, the nature of the material and the softness and movement of the ribbons create a piece of art that is welcoming, inviting and accessible.


In celebration of the spirit of community, we invite the public to join us for a special “ribbon cutting,” as we host a public viewing of the completed artwork in the Community Foundation’s lobby at 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.


Suspended from the roof of the lobby, the work features more than 1.5 miles of satin ribbon and measures 9’3” by 8’6”. The project took months to plan and was created with help from participation by a number of local community members, including students, donors, volunteers, and nonprofit professionals.


About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $304 million in more than 1,300 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $24.8 million dollars this past year in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, animal welfare, and the environment. Since our founding, more than $184 million has been invested back into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information, visit




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