Exhibitions January 29 - March 6, 2015

Opening Reception January 29 | 5-7pm

Gallery 1

Common Vernacular


A solo exhibit of Sarasota-based Canadian artist Richard Mueller. The exhibit will feature works form his new series “Common Vernacular”, examining the visual language of his art as a result of American influences.

"I approach each work, not as a painting or representation of something else, but as an integrated whole, which exists physically and autonomously as an object in the world. Thus, metal, plywood, graphite, frames, nails, pattern each affirms and places the work within the realm of the viewer, as a thing unto itself, presented for the thoughtful and emotional response of the viewer. The “Common Vernacular” pieces in this exhibition, confront the viewer as playful jokes within a formalized visual vernacular, commonly employed in action comics and overtly sexualized cartoons.  I am interested in how materials and visual syntactical systems (distinct from those of language) implicitly express a unique range of ideas, feelings and arbitrary plots beyond the specific intentions of written narrative."

Born in Kenmore, New York, Richard Mueller has maintained an active studio and exhibition practice

for over forty years. He has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Holland and Germany. His works are represented internationally in the collections of many public universities, museums and private and corporate collections in the US, Canada and Germany.  

He has served as guest artist and faculty at a number of prestigious art schools including the Faculty of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Canada; the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, Dusseldorf Germany; the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Holland and most recently at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Meyer’s, Florida. Richard Mueller has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Holland and Germany. His works are represented internationally in the collections of many public universities and institutions, private collections and corporations in the US, Canada and Germany. He now maintains studios in the United States and in Canada, exhibiting in both countries.    





Gallery 2

Line and Space


A solo exhibition of Miami-based installation artist David Zalben.  Using black wire, Zalben creates the illusion of a solid form in space by drawing with wire. Zalben was born in Brooklyn, NY and has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries since 1996.

Currently, he maintains a studio space at the South Florida Art Center in Miami.
"The ability to paint was influenced by many, but Freud and Iturria are most influential. To paint is far more complicated than the wire, but I need both mediums to keep my balance. I’m fascinated with complicated simplicity, and unlike the paintings on tin, wire allows me more freedom to invent. My process is an emotional one, for I make only works that are influenced by my lifestyle, as I am acutely engaged with my surroundings. And the goal is to create unexpected sculptures that are transcendental, and which resonate a voice beyond the esthetic by combining a sense of nostalgia, innocence and humor in the work. I want my art form to emphasize both skill and vision, which stops short of giving us too much information, allowing others the space to imagine. In addition, I transform verse into a visual art form that not only is sculptural, but tells a story of spiritual growth."

Miami based artist David Zalben was born in Brooklyn, New York, where after the age of 4 moved from city to city often, including having lived a few years in Brazil. David was always infatuated with photography -by the age of 9 he took pictures constantly, eventually working with school newspapers and winning awards at a young age. He began working in advertising photography where he established himself by engineering new approaches and innovative techniques such as the ‘selective focus’ technique. After working as a photographer, he went through a period of transformation and started to paint, which later included bending wire into sculpture.





Gallery 3

ASALH: Black Muse 2015





























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.

The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

"Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History.We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture." ASALH's work is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity.
While Carter G. Woodson labored with a singularity of purpose, he did not work alone. His co-workers at the Association were many, ranging from college presidents and government officials, to celebrated poets and philosophers, to everyday folks in rural hamlets. To explore the history of ASALH is to glimpse a people's strivings, their institution building. To bring that history to life in one's imagination is to walk with giants."



Jane Foster Thane


Gallery 4


Juried, open, all-media exhibition




Winners posted soon!