Art Gallery Mission
The Players Gallery mission is to be an inclusive Showcase Venue for Sarasota’s visual arts community, following the guidelines and community mission of The Players Theatre. Local Artist and Art Teacher Judy Nadler is the Gallery Coordinator. The goal is to actively engage local artisans of all calibers and mediums to keep the Gallery accessible to the entire visual arts community.
Our Gallery Curator:
Judy has served as the Players Gallery Curator since its inception in 2008. Her career began with working in advertising agencies in both Washington, D.C., and Reston, Virginia; specializing in corporate logo design and serving as lead graphic designer for Wolf Trap National Performing Arts Center. After moving to Sarasota she began again working for an ad gency and was awarded an Addy Award for Excellence in Advertising.
In 2004, she switched focus to creating fine art in her Orchid Street studio and teaching ongoing mixed-media classes at Art Center Sarasota. You can learn more about Judy by logging onto her website at www.nadlerstudio.com.
Our Featured Artists of the Month:
(Showing from April 16 – June 2)
Laine Nixon’s favorite question growing up was, “Dad, is that right?” A consummate skeptic, Nixon concerns herself with questioning what is real. In her show, these are not Illusions. She juxtaposes disparate types of mediums (watercolor, acrylic, Plexiglas, canvas, oil, enamel) and uses the formal qualities of painting to heighten the tension between subject and ground, provoking the viewer to gently oscillate between one set of facts and another.
Nixon moved to Sarasota in 2010 where she pursues art making, philosophy and creative expression through abstract painting. She is a Creativity Facilitator for the Ringling College Creativity Center. She executed two solo shows in Tampa while pursuing her BFA, and was granted the USF College of Engineering Artbank Award. She also holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jerome Chesley has a Masters of Art and also attended the University of Art in Siena, Italy. He has over 30 years of experience in art instruction in public schools and colleges. A member of local art organizations and art centers, he teaches workshops and demonstrates throughout Florida and the renowned Chautauqua Institution in New York State throughout the summer. His works are in many collections and has won awards for his paintings including, most recently, third place at Art Center Manatee and first place in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s exhibition at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
Tony Corbitt, Jr. is a self-taught artist living and working in Sarasota, FL. He is greatly influenced by the French Masters of the late 19th Century, which shows in his preference to paint original work directly from observation.
Selph Road Studios: The Art of Tony Corbitt Jr. represents his original oil paintings and sketch work, as well as his popular black and white “Speed Painting” performance art series.