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Downtown Sarasota Hotel Debuts with an Inaugural Exhibition

exterior of a hotel downtown sarasota

The highly-anticipated opening of Downtown Sarasota’s Art Ovation Hotel is about to make its debut and paint the town red. They are partnering with the Ringling College of Art + Design to celebrate and embrace the vibrant arts and culture scene Sarasota is built upon and thrives on.  This new addition to downtown will host a private opening of its inaugural exhibit on Thursday, April 12, “LEGACY: An Exhibition by Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty and Alumni.” The works will be on display through June 27. 

During the event, those in attendance can experience all aspects of the hotel including the lobby’s Gallery Lounge and the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar to appreciate collections by contemporary artists from the Ringling College of Art + Design.

rooftop pool and bar overlooking downtown Sarasota

At the opening, works on display will be by artists who include Jason Aponte, Joe Fig, Thomas Carabasi, Cynthia Mason, Jill Taffet, and Jeff Schwartz.

Proceeds from the sales  at the opening go directly to the College’s scholarship fund.

The downtown Sarasota hotel has been designed to “fully immerse guests in the creative and artistic experience.” It will offer an Artists-in-Residence program and will engage its guests in the area’s abundant events centered around its cultural scene. It will continue this exclusive collaboration with the Ringling College with opportunities for students to enrich their education and experience and guests will gain access to the College’s lectures, openings, and opportunities to join in special events and galas.

lobby of downtown sarasota hotel

Even at the close of season, it’s an exciting time for the city and especially the year-round residents who have an appreciation for art and design. This isn’t something being done for tourists and seasonal residents only, but rather for the city as a whole and an enriching offering to visiting guests.

Most importantly, this is an initiative to recognize  and support what the students of the College are doing to enhance their education and grow their artistic talents. For more information visit, https://artovationhotel.com/.

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL. For over a decade, she has been writing for both print and online media outlets about food, wine, travel, and other lifestyle-related finds. She received her Level 2 Award in Wines certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and writes a monthly wine column in the Venice Gondolier Sun. She contributes to Edible Sarasota, writes a health and wellness blog, and various feature articles and content for other media outlets. Previously, she wrote two magazine columns titled “A Girl Walks Into a Bar,” and “Inside the Kitchen.” Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch Austin and Los Angeles, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, SRQ Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on local NBC and Fox news affiliates as well as Cooking Channel’s Eat Street.

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