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Art Uptown, celebrating its 33rd year at its location on Sarasota’s lower Main Street, has announced the winners of its 5th annual juried Dog Days Art Show, which drew 65 entries from local artists, according to Rita Rust, exhibits chairperson. She characterized the exhibit, now running at Art Uptown, through Aug. 23, as “a very strong show with high-quality work, making the judging very challenging.” Participating artists were hosted at a gallery reception scheduled for Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m.
In the two-dimensional art category, Bix Mannion of Sarasota won first place for an oil painting entitled “N/A”. Second place went to Ingrid Seals of Bradenton for her watercolor “Spirit Horse." Janet Mishner of Lakewood Ranch won third place for her mixed-media work entitled “Boy & Hat.”
Five Honorable Mentions were awarded in the 2-D category by the judges: Mary Chadsey, colored pencil, “Freedom is Just Another Word;” Betsey Jones Wade, oil painting “Braden River;” Karen Stuart oil painting “Misters at the Zoo;” Susan Covert, oil painting “Sunday Dinner;” Jane Keeling, oil painting, “House by the Road.”
Winners in the 3-D category were Gordon Cook of Sarasota for his “Diamond Turquoise Bowl” in wood; Mary Chadsey of Sarasota for her stoneware “Sangria Set;” and Kathy Fitzgerald of Port Charlotte for her stained glass work “Sunburst.”
Ms. Rust thanked all of the artists who participated in the show and invited the public to see their work at Art Uptown, along with the work of the gallery’s 27 member artists at 1367 Main St., between Palm and Pineapple avenues.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to see local art at its finest,” said Ms. Rust. “In all, we’re showing the works of more than 90 local artists and artisans this month. We have on display paintings, photographs, works in mixed media, digital art, colored pencil, sculpture, jewelry, fine ceramics, fused glass and fabric art. The gallery has never looked better,” she noted.
Art Uptown is open Tuesday-Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 12-5. During the monthly First Friday Gallery Walks on Palm and Main streets, evening hours are 6-9. Telephone: 941-955-5409.www.artuptown.com.