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For Immediate Release: January 11, 2012


Sarasota, FL: The winter season art exhibition is underway at “The New Deal Gallery” located in the lobby of the Federal Building, 111 S. Orange Avenue. The free exhibit is part of a visual art program sponsored by the City of Sarasota which showcases local artists for three months. The winter exhibit features six artists and is open to the public Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

An artist reception will be held Friday, January 27, 2012 Friday 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at “The New Deal Gallery”. The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is part of a public art program which began last October. Four times a year, local artists are selected to have their work displayed inside City owned buildings.

Individual artists, visual arts organizations or groups or artists interested in participating may apply anytime. For an application, visit and click Public Art or contact Volunteer Public Art Coordinator Virginia Hoffman to receive an application via email


Anita Wexler has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons New School of Design, and an Art education certification from Bank Street College, both in New York City. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. Wexler shows her work locally, nationally and internationally. Wexler just e-published her first book of illustrations, called “Face It”, in collaboration with author Russil Tamsen. She currently is employed as an art teacher for Sarasota County Public Schools.

Patricia Sorg was born in Guatemala in 1956. She is a painter who has mastered various media and created a style all her own, emphasizing the deep and vibrant color of her native country. She has been painting for 35 years and held numerous expositions at galleries and museums including the Guatemalan Museum of Contemporary Art, Museo Ixchel and at galleries in St. Lucia, Guatemala City and Sarasota.

Vincent S Taschetti, Founder and Creative Director, Fusion Design & Art Details, takes a fresh look at the automobile. One of his passions is the automobile, the other is photography. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New City and studied for years at the National Academy of Design as well. Advertising design was his major, with minors in photography and film. He has spent most of his professional career writing and art directing print and television advertising. He has been privileged to work with some of the best photographers and film directors in the world. This is Vincent’s third photography exhibition. He considers it some of his best work on one of his favorite subjects: the automobile.

Edward Drake "My imagery transcends photography & painting. 'Masks' are the metaphors for our alternate identities that exist deep within our sub-conscious. We project our 'Masks' outward for people to see in their conscious realities & then I shoot them. My paintings aren’t finished until the surreal psychedelic faces pop-out at me.”

Marsha Meketon Schamber The natural sciences, especially biology, influences all of her work. Studies of the multitude of variations of life, at the micro-level exude her efforts. Each painting has cellular life from plants and human bodies, as well as landscape components. The observer can join with her in immersing fully in the art of the works and discover an elaborate minutely detailed world of distinctive colors and forms. They are great places to travel in the inner world. They are postcards of Marsha’s life.

Jeffrey Weisman began his commercial photography career in Detroit at Cranbrook Photographic Studios. Subsequently, he pursued a career in advertising and marketing in New York City. He ultimately created his own agency, Weisman & Associates, Inc. Jeffrey shows his fine art photographs in Sarasota and East Hampton, NY. Collectors of his work reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Florida and St. Martin, French West Indies. “Advertising trained my eye. We needed to create visual images that captured the attention of the consumer, communicated a message and led to a purchase. I apply that discernment and discipline to photography.” Jeffrey lives and works in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.

For more information contact Volunteer Public Art Coordinator Virginia Hoffman at

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