“Avant Garden” Exhibition and Sale

“Avant Garden” Exhibition and Sale

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and s/ART/q  


Present “Avant GardenExhibition and Sale

January 12 - February 20, 2012

10 am to 4:30 pm daily in the Museum of Botany and the Arts


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.  The 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.

 Selby is a botanical garden: a blend of scientific laboratory dedicated to the study and preservation of plants and horticultural display. The mission of Selby Gardens is to further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes and to provide enjoyment for all who visit the Gardens. 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. 

The artists will display their interpretations of the Gardens in a fresh and interesting way as well as expose the public to how artists function in society. The exhibit will, in turn, 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 our website.  The Museum of Botany and the Arts is open 10 am – 4:30 pm daily.  

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.