Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Presents “Avant Garden” Exhibition and Sale

                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                  media contact: Diane Creasy
/941.366-5731 ext. 225

S/ART/q, a circle of artists working to enhance the arts culture in Sarasota, will curate an exhibition of their artwork entitled Avant Garden in the Museum of Botany and the Arts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens from January 12 through February 20, 2012.  Thirteen artists have been granted access to the Gardens to observe and study the botanical collections, and to gather knowledge and inspiration from their experiences to make original works of art. Through this collaboration with s/ART/q, art and science will be seen in tandem as expressions of human creativity and the desire to understand and interpret the world around us. 

Formed in late 2008, the s/ART/q artists are: Joseph Arnegger, Ariana Franco, Brian Haverlock, Tim Jaeger, Amy W. Miller, Daniel Miller, Jen Nugent, Daniel Perales, Jeff Schwartz, Nathan Skiles, Sabrina Small, Tom Stephens and Steve Strenk. These artists will display their interpretations of the Gardens in a fresh and interesting way as well as revealing to the public how artists function in society. The exhibit will bring awareness to rarely seen aspects of the Gardens and its collections. 

Entry to the exhibition is included in the price of admission to the Gardens. Public programming will be offered with the exhibition in the form of an opening reception, tours, lectures, and interpretive elements such as labels and a film featuring interviews with the artists.  For more information, visit  The Museum of Botany and the Arts is open 10 am – 4:30 pm daily.  

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture, and environmental education. For more information please visit
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17; children (6 – 11) $6; members and children under 6 years enter free, (941) 366-5731 or our website.  Get social at or