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"Incredible Journey" Art Center Sarasota Announces new season
"Incredible Journey" Art Center Sarasota Announces new season

Sarasota, Florida -- Art Center Sarasota’s 2013-2014 exhibition season, entitled “Incredible Journey,” runs November 7, 2013, through September 30, 2014. It comprises seven exhibition cycles, each encompassing up to four exhibits. According to Lisa Berger, the center's director, the season “celebrates engaging, relevant art by contemporary artists from around the region and the world.” She anticipates that these dynamic exhibitions will draw more than 25,000 visitors throughout the year.

“As the name implies, our upcoming season promises to take art lovers on an incredible journey," says Berger. “We’re thrilled to open with two site-related, interactive exhibitions by the sound artist Craig Colorusso, whose works will be exhibited both in our galleries and around Sarasota. Simultaneously, ‘Pulp Culture,' a group exhibit curated by the center's exhibition coordinator, Emma Thurgood, also promises to break boundaries. It will highlight the myriad ways that paper can be used to create art, encompassing sculpture, origami, paper-cutting and alternative processes.”

Berger points another first for the center: “Confluence: Israel,” an exhibit feature works by emerging Israeli artists. She explains that the center is partnering with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to make it happen. “It’s the area’s first exhibit showcasing art by emerging Israeli artists," she says. “People have a fixed image in their mind when they think of Israel and it mostly involves violence and unrest. This is not a true perception of what is actually happening in Israel. There are highly creative young people artists who are expressing themselves and painting a truer picture of Israel. This exhibit will shatter that image. The art you’ll see is radically different, individual and inventive.”

Berger adds that the upcoming season will offer opportunities for hundreds of emerging and established artists closer to home. “We’re proud to serve regional talent,” she says. “We open our space to hundreds of area-based artists throughout the year. All of our juried exhibitions offer opportunities for regional artists to show their work.” Berger adds that the center hires approximately 30 area artists to teach classes and workshops throughout the year. “These programs help launch the careers of many local artists,” she says. “They also help keep the local arts audience engaged.”

To create that engagement, the center offers dozens of educational programs, lectures, art classes and workshops throughout the year. These educational programs are designed for all artistic levels, from the advanced to the beginner. The center will also hosts classes and workshops led by distinguished artists from around the country and the area. “We want to turn creative potential into reality,” she says. “If you have artistic talent, we can help you take it to the next level.”