Defenders of the arts will open a new gallery

A new gallery will soon be opening in Sarasota, one that will showcase work by longtime and well-known artists linked here.

Arts Advocates (formerly known for decades as the Fine Arts Society of Society) will open the new space starting Saturday, July 17 in the Siesta Mall, Suite 119, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. The gallery will be open to the public every Saturday, but only from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., if you plan to stop by.

This is the first time since the group’s founding in 1969 that it has had its own gallery to display works from its collection of Florida artists and to organize community events. Many of his works, which include sculptures by Heisman Trophy creator Frank Eliscu and paintings by figures such as Richard Anuszkiewicz, Syd Solomon, Julio de Diego, Craig Rubadoux, Robert Chase, Frank Colson, and Hilton Leech, have been on display at the Van Wezel. Performing arts hall for years. (You can read about some of these artists here.)

From now on, the opening exhibition of the new venue will feature pieces from the Sarasota Art Colony from this collection, including that of Jon Corbino. Palette, on display for the first time since it was stolen from the collection in 1991 while on display in the lobby. In 2019, the artwork was picked up at a local estate sale and returned to Arts Advocates.

The gallery will host self-guided tours, with written information available on all of the exhibits on display, but guided tours are also available at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, starting Wednesday, July 7, before the official opening. to the public. . These tours cost $ 10 per person and can be booked through

Arts Advocates is also planning a variety of gallery events, including a “Time Flies” jewelry workshop with Judy Levine on June 23, a jazz trumpet recital featuring Arts Advocate scholarship winner Luca Stine on June 9 July and a “Poetry 101” workshop led by poet Teresa Carson on July 13.

To learn more about the group, its mission and its collection, visit

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