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 October 13 – November 17)
After college, where she majored in Fine Arts, Jill Krasner began her professional career as a commercial artist in New York City. Marriage and children brought her to Washington, DC, where she worked for the next two decades in broadcasting; first as Art Director for Metromedia Television and eventually creating, writing and producing children’s shows, documentaries and promotional campaigns for Metromedia and Westinghouse Television. She was awarded numerous Addys, Clios and Emmys for her creative work in publishing and broadcasting.
Eventually, a hunger to return to fine arts and crafts led Krasner to leave the corporate world to start “making art” a full-time endeavor. Recent commissions include a Party Animal (DC Commission for the Arts), an OC Bird (Ocean City, Maryland Chamber of Commerce), DC Commission for the Arts Tabletop Sculpture, the Eskow Commission Anniversary Mixed Media Sculpture.
Krasner’s work has been shown in numerous galleries around the country, including Sarasota’s Art Uptown, Scarlett’s Feathers, Parkland Gallery, Heinerman-Myers Gallery, Muddy Creek Gallery, Bungalow Gallery, Two Plates Full, Hanson Galleries, Sticks & Steele Gallery and Chicago’s Women Made Gallery. She has had one-person shows in Cape Cod, MA; Charlotte, NC; Princeton, NJ and numerous venues in Sarasota, Florida. Her work has been awarded prizes in shows sponsored by Florida West Coast Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Watercolor Artist Magazine, and art centers in Florida, Maryland, Washington, DC, just to name a few.
She has recently been selected to be one of Sarasota’s top artists invited to participate in “The Art of the Violin,” sponsored by The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. These twenty art pieces will be on display for public viewing from October 2014 to February 2015 and then auctioned off to art collectors and music supporters in the area.
Krasner’s art and ‘story’ was the featured article in the Spring, 2014, issue of “The Ageless Woman”, a quarterly magazine published and distributed in Virginia.
Krasner is committed to recycling and repurposing found materials in her art. In addition to Mixed Media Painting, she currently works in Mosaic Sculpture, Collage and Altered Books. Krasner teaches both adults and children in watercolor & acrylic painting, collage, altered books, mosaics, found object jewelry, beading, felting.
Tony Corbitt is a self-taught artist living and working in Southwest Florida. His subjects are often places close to home, people he knows personally, or even the fish he catches from his kayak in Sarasota.
“My goal with oil painting, is to elevate familiar and often ignored imagery into a higher art form. I am most inspired by the French Masters of the late 19th Century, and favor the wet on wet approach of oil painting “alla prima”; emphasizing tonal relationships with broad sweeps of a loaded brush. Painting from direct observation is challenging and often unforgiving, but the sense of immediacy it endows a painting is invaluable. Working from the round creates an intimacy between the subject and myself. This personal connection is paramount, and I just can’t get that working from a photograph, isolated in a studio. “
“The line of “Icon Portraits” is the Pop Art version of my traditional painting style. Composed in only black and white, I use brushstrokes, contrast, and splatter on canvas to depict a wide variety of famous icons. These pieces have expanded my fan base through the influence and power of film, literature, and music. The style was born from my live art performance where, in a matter of minutes, I will paint an icon to music on stage. For example: a painting of Jim Morrison is completed live, within the 4 minutes it takes to play a Doors song. I have and continue to perform live across Florida. The pieces you see
here are a slightly more polished version of the live act, but they are painted in the same
spirit… to blaring music in my studio.”
As a mixed-media artist, my work is all about freedom.
Limited only by my imagination, I get to use any and all materials available to express my vision. I typically work in series and the process is one of discovery, in which each step is informed by the one that has come before.
In addition to studio work, I have enjoyed teaching at Art Center Sarasota for the past 10 years.