Art Center Sarasota was founded in 1926, the same year that John and Mable Ringling completed construction on Ca' d'Zan, their waterfront mansion in Sarasota. And it was several years ahead of the opening of the Ringling Museum of Art.
In the post-World War II years, Sarasota blossomed into a mecca for artists with national reputations. The center grew, too.
It's still at its original, permanent location near downtown Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, in a 1949 building designed in the Sarasota School of Architecture style. Several expansions over the years have accommodated its growth.
Today it serves the community with classes for adults and children, special events and lots of exhibitions; artsarasota.org; (941) 365-2032. Currently on view:
For the Love of Art: Florida Division of Cultural Affairs' Individual Artist Fellowship Award Winners (through Feb. 17): Babs Reingold, Anja Marais, Carrie Ann Baade and Nan Smith work in various media. Shown is Honey Queen by Baade.
Point of View (through Feb. 17): Tim Jaeger and Sabrina Hughes curated this show of multiple artists working in multiple media.
Art Center Sarasota Instructors Show (through Jan. 18): The center began with shows by artists who also taught art and this one continues the tradition.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic