Breaking Tradition

January 16 - February 28, 2014 

Opening Reception January 16, 5-7pm Free and Open to the Public

Gallery 1


Nature’s Voiceimage

Solo Exhibition of Colorado quilt artist Regina Benson’s sculptural fiber art.
Regina Benson is an artist working in  the textile medium creating wall hangings, art quilts and dimensional textile sculptures using her own surface designed fabrics. "My pieces are very graphic and intricately detailed at the same time. I am coaxing the viewer to share the physical space with my visions as they are filtered through my artistic re-interpretations.

Image: Regina Benson "Core Sample"


I want the viewer to be enveloped, surrounded, and drawn inside my work." Regina Benson's work has been shown in galleries and museums in The Hague in the Netherlands, San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Her work has been credited with maintaining artistic integrity, technical innovation, and visual excitement. She continues to press the boundaries of contemporary textile art.


Gallery 2


Tradition Gone Wild image

A juried exhibition of avant-garde woven art produced by the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers. This exhibition serves as an exploration beyond the traditional uses of the weaving process, encompassing basket weaving, jewelry, textiles and surface design. Artists from around the Sarasota-Manatee area are participating in this competition to showcase their finely crafted woven artworks that reflect contemporary trends in their mediums. Artwork displayed in this exhibition reflects a creative understanding of how a functional craft object can become a masterful fine art object.

Image: Marge Shemanski    


Gallery 3


ASALH – Black Muse 2014 image
A curated exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The Art Center hosts this annual exhibition to highlight some of the Sarasota’s African-American artists. This exhibition covers a wide array of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture.

Image: Joseph Pierre "Twine and Hope”




Gallery 4


Breaking Tradition
An open, all media, juried exhibition


Pat Dabbert, Co-owner of Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota 
Jeff Schwartz, working artist and Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design


  Juried Exhibiton Award Winners:
1st: Larry Forgard
“Dream Dance”

2nd: Jo Proietti
“A Fishermans Paradise”

3rd: Rhonda Gushee
“Role Model”

Merit: Greg Johnson
“Collier Momento”

Merit: Dennis Potokar :
“Awake Beauty”

Nell Rude Photo Award: Kate Lowman
“Cherche – Midi”

Honorable Mentions:
Frank Creaturo, James Gabbert, Cheryl Johnson, Sue Morritt, Laine Nixon, Judith Rey, Sandi Snow, Jessica Smith, To-Tam and To-Lam, Adam Tetzlaff, Lynn Webster, Ella Wiggans