Exhibition Schedule Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Welcome to our 2015 Season of exhibitions at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts!

Stop by to view our 2014-2015 Featured Artists & Exhibitions on display throughout the year in our Durante Gallery, Cultural Media Room, and Cultural Corridor. Browse our Season calendar below to find out what exhibitions will inspire you this year!


Currently we have no exhibitions on display. Please check back!


Spring Moon Bow, Yosemite Valley by James Corwin Johnson

Photography by James Corwin Johnson 

On display in our Cultural Corridor

June – December 2015

Explore the world through the lens of local photographer and instructor, James Corwin Johnson. This collection documents a number of photography adventure trips that James regularly leads to capture wildlife, landscapes, and exotic natural beauty from the local shores of Florida to the mountains of Yosemite National Park and even to Tanzania’s varied and vast vistas. 

James will deliver a lecture on the travels, goals, and creative processes that inspired the pieces in this exhibition this October. Stay tuned for dates!

James Corwin Johnson’s interest in the latent image began around age seven, with a solar contact printer. When the time came to choose a career path the choice was to attend a freelance photography school, and from then on his course was set.

James went on to pursue a professional photographic career that has spanned over four decades and has taken him around the world. He is a published author, former Director of Photo Services in Yosemite Park for over 12 years, Onboard Photography Manager for the Disney Cruise Line Digital Development Team, Director of Education, Johnson Photo Imaging, Photography Manager Harrah’s Tahoe, and Photographer Club Med. Playa Blanca.

Today James is the Director of his own Studio Gallery in Sarasota, where he leads destination photography trips, and he teaches digital photography at Longboat Key Center for the Arts a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design.


Judy Lyons Schneider, Ole

Florida Artists Group, Inc
April 11 - May 14
On display in our Durante Gallery

Stop by for the last exhibition of the Season to celebrate the truly incredible work of our Florida artists. This show will consist of artworks of varied media created by the talented members of the Florida Artist Group, Inc (FLAG).

FLAG is made up of artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida. We are pleased to be offering this show to our communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 4:30-6:30 PM

Please RSVP at 941.383.2345 or lbkca@ringling.edu.


Susanna Spann Reflections in Watercolor
On display in our Cultural Corridor
January 13- May 14

Marvel at the how Susanna captures the reflections of glass and water in her paintings. Then stop into our gallery to see the glass pieces from Habatat to round out your visit.

Susanna Spann is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society. She earned her BFA and Master of Arts at Arizona State University. Susanna has won over 700 awards for her paintings and drawings, and her work has appeared in 12 books as well as her own book Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor.

Upcoming Master Class: Susanna will also be leading a workshop, Painting Reflective Surfaces, to demystify the process of painting transparent and reflective subjects. 
Wednesday, January 21-Thursday, January 22
11-4 PM

Register for the class at 941.383.2345 or lbkca@ringling.edu.


Annual Community Juried Exhibition

March 7 - April 1
On display in our Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room 

This exhibition is open to all artists in the area. Begin now creating your artwork(s) to hang in our professional Durante Gallery!

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 PM
Receiving: Saturday, February 28 10 AM - 3 PM

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Udo Zembok, Horizon 5

Habatat Galleries: Reflections From the Fire
On display in our Durante Gallery 
January 16- February 26

Experience exhibitions, a live auction, lectures and film devoted to glass sculpture representing artists from all around the world. Curated by Ferdinand Hampson, Founder/Director HABATAT Gallery, Detroit, MI. You won’t want to miss any of these activities and events!

Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 5:30-7:30 PM
Contemporary Glass Preview Reception & Auction: 
Preview Reception: Tues, Jan 13, 6:30-7:30, lecture begins at 7:30 pm
Auction: Wed, Jan 14, Doors Open at 7 pm

Review Auction Catalog!

Roger Parent, Clean Sweep

December 4-19
On display in our Durante Gallery

On display for two weeks is a traveling exhibition of works created by the esteemed Florida Watercolor Society (FWS). FWS is one of the largest and most prestigious art organizations in the country, as well as one of the largest state watercolor societies.

This Annual Exhibition of the FWS showcases the 100 best paintings in Florida, with the traveling exhibition comprised of 35 of these remarkable pieces. We are excited to bring you a selection of these brilliant watercolor masterpieces.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4, 5:30-7:30 PM
Please RSVP to 941.383.2345 or lbkca@ringling.edu 

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Louis Cabot, Sunset, Photograph on Canvas

Natural Environments
Photography by Louis Cabot
Through December 19

On display in our Cultural Corridor and Cultural Media Room, this collection of 25 photographs printed on canvas captures the natural beauty of Longboat Key and beyond.

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Ed Miracle, I Told You So

6th Annual AGELESS CREATIVITY Exhibition & Awards

On Display in our Durante Gallery
October 10 - November 20

Opening Reception: Friday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 PM
AGELESS CREATIVITY Concert featuring Al Hixon: Thursday, October 23, 5-7 PM
RSVP to 941.383.2345 or lbkca@ringling.edu

Longboat Key LUMINARIES recognizes visual and performing artists who demonstrate mastery and discipline in the pursuit of their art form, choose the creative process as an integral part of their lives, and maintain strong ties to the Longboat Key community.

By recognizing the talents of area artists, our Ageless Creativity honorees affirm how the pursuit of the creative process transcends time, engages both our physical and mental agility, and provides resolution to an ever-evolving search for identity through imagination and courage.

2014 Honorees

Anne Abgott, watercolorist
Ed Brickman, jeweler
Al Hixon, percussionist
Ronald Johnson, photographer
Ed Miracle, painter & sculptor
Margy Rich, painter