There were seven stops on the tour -- five artist homes/studios, the mysterious HuB building, and the Galleria Exhibit at The Ringling College of Art + Design. In total, we saw the work of 18 artists along the way. (Sadly, we missed one studio in our rush to get to the Asolo for the Conservatory students' mime performance. Sometimes you have to make choices!)
|Pamela Sumner with her ink paintings|
|Linda Heath with her fish rubs|
In addition to being an artist, Heath is an expert fisherwoman and diver. So, in most instances, she personally catches the subject matter of her work (often in the Manatee River). Once the fish is ashore, she inks it and makes a print. If the fish is a tasty species, Heath then cleans the ink off and the fish becomes dinner, with the bones going back into the river in the crab pot. Her unique approach to the time-honored medium of gyataku has resulted in her work being written about in publications like "edible Sarasota." (Click here to read the story, complete with Heath's signature Hogfish with Key Lime Aioli recipe.)
|Brian Braun demonstrating his craft|
If your schedule permits, I definitely recommend making the effort to get to next year's Creators & Collectors' Studio Tour. I understand that the name of the event comes from Sarasota art collectors opening their homes to share their collections with the public in prior years. Wouldn't THAT be interesting??? In the meantime, I've heard some rumblings about trying to get together a similar tour in Punta Gorda. Fingers crossed on that!