Just Opened – Sarasota Museum of Art

By | January 22, 2013

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DSCF3955Historic Sarasota High welcomes the Sarasota Museum of Art and
Renowned Stick Sculpture Artist Patrick Dougherty!!!

We’ve been waiting and waiting for the new Sarasota Museum of Art aka
SMOA to open in old Sarasota High School building.  For years driving
by the historic school we’ve peeked over to see how far up the ‘fund
raising thermometer’ has shot up.  I’ve always wanted the chance to
peek inside this beautiful school which very much resembles my school
in Ohio.  We’re now seeing big progress in the creation of our future
art museum and there’s all kinds of activity
going on…

As in classic Sarasota style, there’s been a kickoff to the new
museum.   Renowned Stick Sculpture Artist Patrick Dougherty has been
invited to spend 3 weeks in Sarasota to drum up awareness.  He’s been
creating a massive structure of crepe myrtle branches and twigs at the
entrance to our new SMOA.  An enthusiastic group of volunteers has
been commissioned to work on the sculpture.  At the same time docents
are performing tours of the first floor unveiling the plans for our
new community art center.  Guess who has been a frequent visitor?
Yes, me..
I took a tour of the ‘works in progress’ and school and was it ever
informative.  There was an opening Bash which sold out with 650
tickets in record time…  It appears everyones excited for
what our Sarasota art community has in store!

As for our visiting artist, Patrick Dougherty has been constructing
his twig and stick installations nationally for decades.  He resides
in North Carolina but travels alot to places of interest to create his
site specific structures.  It’s been quite interesting to watch the
project come together and it’s clear to see he’s drawn much attention
to the grounds of historic Sarasota High.  Thank you Patrick!

As for the future of SMOA, 22 million is needed to start the actual
project and so far over 15 million has been raised.  Construction
cannot start until the goal has been met and Patrick has us well on
our way.  The Ringling College of Art and Design will spearhead all
operations of our new Sarasota gem..  Along with the new museum there
will be classrooms for continuing studies that will be open to the
public!  There will also be studios for resident artists.   I was
lucky enough to get a special sneak peek of the new building scale

Like building a nest, the stick sculpture is seemingly parallel to all
the hard work that has gone into bringing a wonderful new art resource
to our community.  Maybe I enjoy this because my passion and
livelihood is helping nice folks find a nest in Sarasota!  Stop by and
visit, you’ll be happy you did!  To read more about this project visit
www.sarasotamuseumofart.org or see more of Patrick Dougherty’s work below:



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