Art Center Sarasota Show explores people, places and where we are – Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Candle Made Easy

Fine art answers many questions. “Who?” and where?” are the focus of the regional exhibition “Faces and Places” at the Art Center Sarasota, which called for art that reflects the local habitats and identities of the artists. 173 Florida-based artists responded and the work you will see is is based on their submissions.The works were judged by Amanda Cooper, chief curator of the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.

Karla Pirona’s “Southgate” (2022), which won first place, is a detailed oil painting of the modernist marquee at Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland, not the one in Sarasota. Pirona’s piece is definitely not paint-by-numbers. Let’s start with the proportions. The painting has the panoramic aspect ratio of widescreen film, like a still from a letterbox director’s cut. What appears photographic across the room appears painterly up close. A scene of lush colors and impressionistic sunbeams.

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