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Art Center Sarasota Presents “Banks + Banks”

Mar 29, 2015 02:04AM

The latest cycle of Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition season includes “Banks + Banks,” featuring abstract/surreal ceramic sculpture by Miami-based artist Susan Banks and nature photography by her cousin Barbara Banks, the celebrated Sarasota photographer. The exhibit runs through April 24. 

In “Banks + Banks,” two cousins unite to explore the possibilities of visual expression. Sarasota native Barbara Banks has created art since childhood. Her thriving local photography firm specializes in commercial and editorial imagery with an emphasis on people. Over the last few years, Banks has captured scores of serendipitous, spontaneous images with her iPhone. Scenes of nature illuminated by ambient light predominate. 

“I don’t seek out these photos,” says Banks. “They arise from being present in the now. They’re totally spontaneous and completely unplanned.” She adds, “I take the same approach I used with my first camera. It’s a fixed lens with no adjustment. The image is what it is.” 

Once Banks captures a fleeting moment, she lets it be. “The images you see are largely un-manipulated. The light, color and tonal values are actually what was there, not the result of fiddling in Photoshop.” These images are then digitally printed in a small format. The intimate result resembles the scale of miniature paintings. 

Susan Banks’ surreal ceramic sculpture blends the forms of coral and marine life with images of the human figure. Banks is a native of South Florida, an educator and a working artist for 30 years. She is the recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships and an Endowed Teaching Chair from New World School of the Arts where she teaches. Banks’ sculpture has been exhibited nationally to critical acclaim. Her art is informed by her journeys around the planet to Turkey, Afghanistan, India and the base of Mount Everest in Nepal. 

Free admission. Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.


Location: 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.

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