Ringling College of Art and Design and Englewood Art Center Presents  Winter Open House

Saturday, February 3

This indoor, family-friendly event features artist demonstrations, classes, live music, a food truck and activities for children.


(Sarasota, FL) Discover Englewood Art Center’s winter season’s offerings and meet artists and teachers at its Winter Open House, Saturday, February 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at 350 South McCall Road in Englewood. This free, family-friendly event features artist exhibits, demonstrations, classes, live music, a food truck and activities for children. For more information, visit www.ringling.edu/EAC or call 941-474-5548.

According to Samantha Parkinson, director of the Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, the open house is the ideal time to get to know some of the region’s talented artists and art teachers.

“Many of our teachers will demonstrate their expertise in a variety of media, including watercolor, pastels, oil painting and ceramics,” she says. “Visitors are thrilled to experience the art-making process up close; it enhances the understanding of that medium.” The four teacher artists are: Diane Mannion, pastels; Maggie McClellan, painting; Paul Frehe, ceramics; and Don Melander, watercolor. They will demonstrate their art-making process between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be an acrylics class with Gary Maria, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All four galleries will also have exhibits open for viewing. The exhibitions include “Textile + Fiber” in the Loranger Gallery; installation and mixed-media work by Ariana Franco in the Mitchell Gallery; paintings and drawings by Ellen Long in the Members Gallery; and ceramics by Englewood artist and EAC instructor Nichole Moranda in the Mangrove Gallery

Parkinson adds that parents and grandparents are welcome to bring children; kids’ activities will center around the theme of Valentine’s Day. She adds that the popular regional band, Godfried Creek, will perform from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Baylors Southern Soul Food Truck will satisfy hungry souls—and stomachs—during the daylong event.

The Englewood Art Center also offers a variety of ongoing art classes, exhibits and other special events for children and adults. For more information or to register, visit www.ringling.edu/EAC or call 941-474-5548.


About the Englewood Art Center                                                                                                   

The Englewood Art Center features exhibitions, classes, and special events. In addition to four galleries for exhibitions, the center houses two well-equipped 2D studio classrooms, a pottery studio, a digital media studio, and a lending library. Visit www.ringling.edu/EAC.


About Ringling College of Art and Design

For over 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. Visit www.ringling.edu.