38th Annual Creators and Collectors Tour
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03/13/09 Andrea Lypka
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The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota hosts the 38th Creators and Collectors Tour at artists’ studios in Sarasota on March 13th and 14th.

The president of the Fine Arts Society in Sarasota, Alice Allen, says that their mission is to expose the public to different forms of art and to provide scholarships to fine arts students in Sarasota.

“Since 1969, over $600,000 has been awarded to individuals whose studies include visual and related arts, dance, writing, music, theater and architecture. Scholarships are based on need, academic achievement, and artistic talent,” she says.

This year the tour will feature seven local artists who create in diverse media and styles, including painters Debbie Dannheisser, K.D. Tobbin, Lynda Finder, Frederic Murphy, Tom Stevens, John-Norman Tuck, and Miriam Cassell. Jewelry designers Kati Bognar and Diana Kahlenberg, surface designer Pamela Marwede, fiber artist Rebecca Stevens, Portrait Artist Diane Ogden, Ceramic Artist Amy Webber, painter Joseph Palmerio, and printmaker Elisabeth Stevens exhibit in the Galleria at Crossley Gallery.

One of the featured artists is Kati Bognar, a native of Hungary with her collection of jewelry made of millefiori beads, chevrons, fertility-belt beads, and coral, turquoise, amber, ivory, and silver. She started to collect beads while living in Nigeria for four years where her husband taught at a university on a Fullbright scholarship.

Another featured artist is Elisabeth Stevens who makes etchings inspired by mythology and her inspiration. Her subjects include landscapes, flowers and abstractions in media ranging from watercolor to acrylic, collage and metallic application. Stevens is also a writer and recently she published Long Trail Winding, a novella and book of short stories.

This self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tickets cost $20, $10 for students and $15 for groups of six or more. For more information, visit Fineartssarasota.com.

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