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ARTISTS SHOWING OFF Many of those in the audience, such as (from left) Mariel Purdon, Shannon Fortner of MeteorEYES and Ha Pham, are frequent patrons of live music and art shows in Sarasota. Photos by Arielle Scherr ART CENTER SARASOTA AND THE CLOSET TEAM UP FOR THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF CHRCH!!! WITH LOCAL MUSIC AND ART By Tyler Whitson Contributing Writer Art Center Sarasota and the Closet's recent and final collaborative Chrch!!! show on Sunday, Nov. 18, showcased a nexus of different artistic pathways, aesthetics and scenes to patrons craving an evening of original artistic expression. night's show. Between musical performances, she explained to The Sarasota News Leader that this was precisely her goal, not just for the particular event, but for the gallery's entire season, which, she said, is "focusing on the importance of Florida artists and how we have some really wonderful artists right here The diverse array of visual pieces, live music, at home in Florida." performance art, underground and popular art, politically charged pieces, abstract sculp- In addition to limiting its attention to Florida tures and more were brought together at the artists, Thurgood explained that the Art CenArt Center to demonstrate a single idea: Flor- ter's current season places a strong emphasis on Sarasota in particular. The simultaneous ida has an art scene that stands on its own. showing of the two main exhibitions, The CuChief Exhibitions Coordinator Emma Thur- rated Unknowns: An Exhibition of Emerggood put together the visual art portion of the ing Artists and Artists Who Made Sarasota

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