Sarasota Orchestra’s 2023/2024 Harmony Gallery Exhibitions

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Sarasota Orchestra’s 2023/2024 Harmony Gallery Exhibitions

Tangerine Sunset by Bell and Spain - Photo By: Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Juried Exhibitions by Local Artists.

Sarasota Orchestra announced four exhibitions at the Orchestra’s Harmony Gallery to take place during the 2023-2024 season, including a special collaboration with Booker High School featuring works by students from the school’s venerated Visual and Performing Arts program.

The Harmony Gallery features local artists showcasing their work in solo exhibitions throughout the Orchestra's season. These juried exhibitions feature artists with mediums ranging from painting to pastels to mixed media. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit Sarasota Orchestra. The exhibits invite patrons to explore the collaboration between the visual and performing arts.

2023 - 2024 Harmony Gallery Schedule

Summer Hike by JoAnn Golenia - Photo By: Sarasota Orchestra

JoAnn Golenia 

Exhibition Titled: Take a Hike! 

Medium: Acrylic painting 

About: JoAnn Golenia is an avid painter and has exhibited in international venues including the International Festival in Houston, Texas, the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana, and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York. Locally, she has exhibited at Art Center Sarasota, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, FL, and the Venice Art Center. She was a teacher for sixteen years before devoting herself full time to her art. 

Exhibit Dates: September 26 – December 11 

Public Reception: Wednesday, October 18, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

Booker High School - Photo By: Sarasota Orchestra 

Booker High School 

Exhibition Titled: VPA Student Exhibition 

Medium: Various 

About: Booker High School, a comprehensive learning facility, is home to the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program, which offers rigorous, pre-professional training in the arts in five disciplines: Dance, Digital Film & Motion Design, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. In collaboration with Sarasota Orchestra, Booker VPA visual art students will present a collection of two-dimensional artwork from various genres. 

Exhibit Dates: December 14 – January 25 

Public Reception: Wednesday, January 24, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

Dimming of the Day by Bell and Spain - Photo By: Sarasota Orchestra 

Marco Bell and Monica Spain 

Exhibition Titled: Pas de Deux 

Medium: Acrylic painting and pastels 

About: Mark "Marco" Bell was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and received his BFA in 1976 from the esteemed Ringling College of Art and Design. Post-graduation Marco became an art director in product manufacturing until a freelance mural job made him realize how much he missed painting. Monica Spain grew up in South Florida and received her BFA from Atlanta College of Art in 1978, after which she worked in advertising. Yearning to expand her painting skills, an opportunity to paint murals in Sarasota presented itself in 1997. The move led to meeting and marrying fellow artist and muralist Marco Bell in 2000. Together, the pair created Bella Arte Studio in 2005. 

Exhibit Dates: February 1 – March 14 

Public Reception: Thursday, February 8, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

Myakka Magic by Emma Seaworthy - Photo By: Sarasota Orchestra 

Emma Seaworthy 

Exhibition Titled: Water 

Medium: Mixed media 

About: Designer, artist, wavemaker, and Ringling College alumna, Emma Seaworthy, creates artwork influenced by the Florida wilds. Her mixed media work features environmentalist themes and offers a deep appreciation for our local ecosystems. Her work has been featured at both environmental and art venues, enticing viewers to ask questions and think critically about our perceptions of nature. 

Exhibit Dates: March 19 – May 9 

Public Reception: Wednesday, March 20, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

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