Tim Jaeger - Siena.  Part of Art Center Sarasota Instructors Show
Tim Jaeger, "Siena." Part of Art Center Sarasota Instructors Show

Art events in Sarasota County: January

Check out the latest arts and culture events from Sarasota County.

Sarasota County is considered Florida’s Cultural Coast. The arts scene is the throbbing heart of the sun and beach playground for visitors and residents alike. Get a sampling of the cultural activities that Sarasota County offers and enjoy our January events picks including musical and visual arts and always a little surprise with music, dance, galleries, theatres and more in this monthly round-up of events in the area. Not every event is for everyone but every event is for someone!

Stroll and enjoy: Art & Music in Galleries and Al Fresco

Palm Avenue District, Sarasota
First Friday Art Walk is 6-9 p.m. Jan. 5 (the first Friday of every month.) This is a great opportunity to view and/or purchase outstanding art and attend special artists’ openings. Galleries are open to the public and artists are often in attendance. Sip (don’t miss the sip offerings) and savor tasty treats and wine in most of the galleries, while music fills all of Palm Avenue, the galleries, and part of Main Street as well. Make an evening of the event and enjoy great people-watching. Start every month with this must-attend evening.

The Historic Downtown Village of Sarasota
Celebrate the end of January in the Historic Downtown Village of Sarasota with “Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village” 5 to 9 p.m., Jan. 26. Located on the 1800 block of Fruitville Road (just northwest of the corner of Fruitville Road and Washington Boulevard), this event features fascinating boutiques with eclectic offerings, live music, food trucks, guest vendors and art demonstrations.

Towles Court Artist Colony, Sarasota
Enjoy “Third Friday Art Walk” at Towles Court with music and refreshments 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. All the galleries are open in this truly festive atmosphere every month. Artists are often on hand to chat and lots of items are available to look at and purchase as well.


Sarasota Ballet
The Sarasota Ballet at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Get your subscriptions now for the full season. Jan. 26-27, Moving Identities by Taylor, Graziano and North; Paul Taylor’s Airs with music by Handel; Ricardo Graziano’sValsinhas with Music by Schubert; and, Robert North’s Troy Game with music by Downes. 941.359.0099, [email protected].

Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Subscriptions now on sale for Sarasota Contemporary Dance's four-performance season in its twelfth year. Reaching New Heights, Jan. 25-28; imaginative dance pieces by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. All performances are in the Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts 941.359.0099.

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
Sarasota’s best-kept dance secret! The Sarasota Cuban Ballet offers an internationally-famous school for ballet instruction in the Cuban style as well as frequent performances during the season. Not so secret anymore: collaborating with the Sarasota Opera this year in La Traviata and Carmen. See Sarasota Opera Box office at 941.328.1300. 501 N. Beneva Rd. 941.365.8400 [email protected]


The Ringling
The Ringling is one the premiere visual art centers in Florida. Exhibits change often and include classical and modern works. Visit Ringling.org to learn about the latest happenings at the museum such as the Glas exhibitions. 941.360.7399, ringling.org.


North Port Symphony celebrates love on Jan. 28 with That’s Amour and features
some of the greatest music ever written in the spirit of love at the Performing Arts Center. Maestro Robert Romanski, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. 941.426.8479, 6400 W. Price Blvd.

Sarasota Opera
La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi opened the Opera season on Nov. 3 Look for some new additions to this opera season. “We look forward to our first collaboration with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School,” says Maestro DeRenzi. The Winter season begins with Manon Lescaut, Puccini’s first great success followed by Carmen, Norma and Tiefland.  Another addition is the Da Capo Society, which got its start last season. The purpose is to encourage audience participation for young professionals between 21 and 45 years old and to acquaint them with the unique benefits of being an Opera subscriber and donor. The Sarasota Opera is truly an A-list experience for everyone of all ages, The music, the libretto, the voices, the intrigue, and for this aficionado, the chorus! Ah! The chorus! See you opening night. Box Office at 941.328.1300.

The Sarasota Orchestra
Featuring Masterworks III at the Van Wezel with Lukas Vondracek playing the Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, and Sibelius Symphony No. 1 Jan. 12-14; Discoveries 2 presents Musical Landscapes on Jan. 6 at the Opera House; Soiree 5 presents Splendid Colors on Jan.18 and 21; Great Escapes 3 brings Amadeus Jan. 24-27; Pops 1 is The Doo Wop Project, Jan. 19 and 20 including a matinee on the 20th. Box office 941.953.3434, SarasotaOrchestra.org

Venice Symphony
Emotional Landscapes with guest conductor Stilian Kirov, and Soprano soloist D’Ana Lombardo Jan. 12-13 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. 941.207.8822. TheVeniceSymphony.org

Art Center Sarasota.
For questions regarding exhibitions, please email [email protected] Through Jan. 19, Gallery 1, Interior: Jeff Schwartz curated by Marie Russell; Gallery 3. Art Center Instructor Show; Gallery 2. Floating Cubes: Akiko Katani, site specific installation; Gallery 4, New and Now. Open Juried Exhibition. Shirley Nachtrieb: Watermedia Abstractions. 707 N. Tamiani Tr. 941.365.2021 artsarasota.org 


Florida Studio Theatre
Currently playing at Mainstage is Heisenberg, through March 4. Cabaret features Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook, through Feb. 4. 941.366.9000. FloridaStudioTheatre.org

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
Catch some of the best plays ever written performed by future stars. These student productions are still my absolute favorite evenings of theatre all season, every season. Mo***f**With the Hat, Jan. 3-21 Box Office 941.351.8000. Always at the Cook Theatre. There will be more Shakespeare at Selby this season. Box office is 941.351.8000, tickets.asolorep.org

Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Shakespeare In Love, Jan. 12 through Mar.28 tickets.asolorep.org

The Players Centre for Performing Arts (Players Theatre)
Singin’ In The Rain, Jan. 18-Feb. 4. Check out the Players Theatre Art Gallery in the lobby. 838 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota 34236. 941.365.249.

Van Wezel
Events for January include: Tango Fire on Jan. 12; Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune in Just In Time on Jan. 17; Renee Fleming on Jan. 16; Creedence Clearwater on Jan. 27. Box Office 941.353.3368. VanWezel.org

Venice Theatre
Smokey Joe’s Café, The Songs of Leiber and Stoller  runs Jan.9-Feb.4 on the Main Stage. Last Train to Nibroc Jan. 11-28; Diamond Live Starring Jay White on Jan. 21 and 22; and Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver. Jan. 28 and 29. 140 W. Tampa Ave. Venice. 941.488.1115. [email protected]

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall runs Jan. 10-Feb.18. WBTT is still in the midst of a fund-raising effort to renovate the theatre and add some amenities (like dressing rooms and restrooms for the cast) and educational space. 1646 10th Way. 941.366.1505. Westcoastblacktheatre.org

Visual Art

Art Center Sarasota.
All exhibited in separate galleries, Cycle 2, Dec. 14 thru Jan. 19. Features “Interior by Jeff Schwartz, “Floating Cubes” (site-specific) by Akiko Kotani and the ASC Instructors Show titled “New and Now” an open juried show. Reception for all 4 exhibits is 5-7 p.m.End on Jan. 19. 941.365.2032.

State of the Arts Fine Art Gallery
Located at 1525 State Street in downtown Sarasota; regularly features new and emerging artists of local and world acclaim. 941-955-2787. sarasotafineart.com

Center For Architecture Sarasota
...features “The Home Studios of Syd and Ann Solomon: Lifestyles of the Creative Class” 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and “Atelier Talk: Light Up Your Life” 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23”

Linda Richichi.
Paint with Linda for a day Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a perfect ladies day to experience by yourself or with a friend. Register at lindarichichi.com

Alfstad& Contemporary
1419 5th Street in Sarasota. For photos and information contact [email protected],  cell 347.804.1526.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art.
Fabulous gallery, across from parking lot, located on 1288 N. Palm Ave, Sarasota. 941-366-2454 

Art Uptown
...features a new showing of art each month by its member artists’ The Art Uptown address is 1367 Main Street. 941.955.5409

Dabbert Gallery
The Dabbert Gallery has moved to its new space at 46 S. Palm Avenue, a beautiful gallery with a wide variety of art work. This new gallery is even more spacious and closer to Main Street. Grand opening is January 5th from 6-9pm. The exhibit will run through Jan. 29.Exhibit features all of our gallery artists including the paintings of 5 new artists. 941.955.1315.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Selby is so much more than a botanical garden. Frequent art exhibits, theatrical presentations, more Shakespeare, music and most of all, the breathtaking beauty of the gardens on the edge of the bay. Always, beautiful and a not- to- be- forgotten art place in Sarasota. 941.366.5731

Sarasota Orchestra Gallery
JAMES STEWART opens on Jan. 3goes through 30 with the Reception on Thursday Jan. 11. Nan Brall opens on January 31, closing on Feb. 28 with reception on Thursday, Feb.1. Located in Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, the gallery features individual artists each month during the season. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and whenever the building is open to the public. All receptions take place 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Symphony Center. Artist and a portion of the proceeds from sale of art will be donated to the Sarasota Orchestra. 941.953.3434

SPECIAL EVENT Ringling College of Art and Design is proud to support the 2018 Glass Weekend, Jan. 25-28. List of Events includes exhibits, auctions, Ringling Museum, St. Petersburg, visits to two collectors galleries, the Alfstad&Contemporary, January 25th and much more continuing through the 28th.

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