Showcasing in February
Art Sarlin (Main Entrance Gallery)
A professional Artist with a long and varied career, Art began at nine years old, with an art education at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, art major in high school, and later studied at the American Academy of Art. In the United States Army Medical Corps he became a technical illustrator. Following military service, he was employed in an advertising art studio servicing major advertising agencies for their national accounts.
After opening his own studio, focusing primarily on product illustration, his work for the next thirty-five years appeared in national magazines, billboards, and films.
Following his move to Longboat Key, Florida, he began to teach art at the Longboat Art Center, Manatee Community College, the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Ringling School of Art and Design. He traveled much of Florida exhibiting his watercolors in the many juried shows throughout the state. While teaching at the Sarasota branch of OLLI at the New College campus he co-taught a class on the “History of the Twentieth Century,” acted as Jurist for many art shows around the state, and taught many watercolor workshops as well.
Two major opportunities arose when Art was asked to undertake the artistic design for the sanctuary of Temple Beth Sholom for which he created twenty-two stained glass windows and five large tapestries, for Temple Sinai, also in Sarasota, he designed a twenty foot high etched glass window and doors for the ark.
Since then, Art continues to practice his art through the medium of watercolor and egg tempera.
He is past president of the Suncoast Watercolor Society, and past treasurer of the prestigious Florida Watercolor Society, of which he is a signature member.
Edie Rase (Corridor Gallery)
When young I was given paper and pencil
And thought it was special.
Opportunities come and go
But life did not slow.
Blessed many times along the way
Change occurs every day.
Due to conditions
It was time for decisions
What did I miss in my life? ART
Reading, classes and workshops,
Acrylics, water pencil, pen and ink were new links.
Abstract, architectural, floral and
North American Heritage became my style
Vivid colors, techniques, experimentation
Provided additional interest in ART
Oh yes, paper and pencil is still special
In my new found purpose. ART