Sarasota Art Ovation

Fall 2023 Exhibition Opening

Join Venü Magazine as we “Celebrate the Artists of the Art Ovation Fall 2023 Exhibition”

Anticipation is building for this special celebration of Florida artists, exhibiting through May 2024 throughout the hotel. The Art Ovation Hotel is Sarasota’s premier downtown destination for art lovers and connoisseurs of the good life. Enjoy an elevated stay, where guests enjoy access to a private rooftop pool, delightful Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at TZEVA, rooftop cocktails and bites at PERSPECTIVE overlooking the city and bayfront, a fantastic gift shop with curated artsy finds, bikes available for exploring, and a rotating collection of art as well as live demonstrations and events featuring local as well as visiting artists throughout the year in the lobby and guest floors of the hotel. The Art Ovation Hotel pays tribute to Sarasota’s long history as a mecca for artists and art lovers alike, in a one-of-a-kind location in the heart of the vibrant arts and theater district and has become a fashionable part of the downtown arts community and a favorite place to stay.



Lobby Gallery

Pablo Contrisciani’s artwork explores the Universe and its unity in the infinite diversity of elements. The paintings depict the multiplicity of the Universe: the juxtapositions between chaos and harmony, constant change and movement, each of its parts containing the whole. The combination of all these components creates a visual plurality that the artist calls: Energies.

The variety of elements in these paintings is several energies vibrating simultaneously. This is visually communicated through highly saturated colors, a variety of gestural brushstrokes and shapes, a sense of overall rhythmic movement and the illusion of tridimensional space. These compositions have two readings: A first one that comes like a blow, in which all areas clamor in unison at the top of their lungs. And a second one when the viewer realizes that each painting is in fact the sum of its parts, individual brushstrokes that when put together create harmony.

The Eyes of the Heart is an exhibition displaying a collection of works from the Energies series. The title references a powerful perspective shift: seeing the world through the loving lens of your heart. According to many, love is one of the highest frequencies through which humans can create. Tuning into love and seeing through the eyes of the heart, is a higher vibration not hindered by the ego. In this state, the artist creates a masterpiece from the heart, not the mind, and the viewer can feel this energy when exploring the the work.

Hannah Loomis, Curator

Robyn Holl, Corporate Art Curator

Pablo Contrisciani, Invocation, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 48″ x 60″

About the Artist

Pablo Contrisciani is an Argentinean visual artist residing in Miami since 1998. He earned his MFA in Painting at the National University of Fine Arts of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He creates installations and contemporary abstract paintings, exploring the universe and its infinite diversity of elements. His latest endeavor is a series called Energies.

He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. He has exhibited recently at Wynwood 28, Laundromat Art Space, Arch Gallery & Karpio-Facchini Gallery, Miami; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; Light Contemporary, London; Mackey Gallery, Houston; Solar Art Gallery, East Hampton; and Oolite Arts, Miami. He has also exhibited at well-established international art institutions, as well as art fairs like Scope London, New York, Miami; Art Toronto; Fiac Paris; MACO Mexico, Art Miami, Art Context, Aqua, Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, Arte Americas & Superfine, Miami.

Pablo Contrisciani’s works are held by public and corporate collectors from the United States, Latin America and Europe. He was selected for the Artist’s Studio Residency Program at Oolite Arts (former Art Center South Florida) in two terms 1998-2006 and 2010-2015.

He currently works as a part-time Instructor of the Painting and Drawing classes and Art workshops at Oolite Arts from 1998 to the present.


National Association of Women Artists-Florida

Crescendo Gallery

Included in the exhibition are works from artist members of the National Association of Women Artists-Florida (NAWA). Founded in 1989, the NAWA has a long and prestigious history of representing professional women artists throughout the United States. Membership has included illustrious talent such as Faith Ringgold, Mary Cassatt, Edith Prellwitz, Judith Pfaff, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Dorothy Dehner, Judy Chicago, and Louise Nevelson.

Membership as an exhibiting artist is obtained through a rigorous jurying process on the National level in New York City. Once an artist is accepted into NAWA’s national organization, they may also join any of the state chapters. NAWAFL Members have exhibited substantially as individual artists as well as in various NAWA group shows.

Exhibiting at Art Ovation through May 2024 include: Patricia Anderson-Turner, Patrice Boyes, Muffy Clark Gill, Joanna Coke, Denise Cormier Mahoney, Diana De Avila, Leslie
Jeffery, Debora Kielty Haley, Annette Margulies, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Leah Meyers, Janet Mishner, Anabel Peicher, Jo-Ann Sanborn, Anika Savage, Margaret Schnebly Hodge, Emi Sisk, Jill Sneidman, Joan Sonnenberg, Patricia Tewes Richards, Pat Zalisko



Elevator Lobby Gallery 6, 7, 8

Rigoberto Pelaez is a self-taught painter and sculptor born in Havana, Cuba, in 1973. His interest in landscape painting is clearly linked to a strong preference for rural life. In his works, the artist expresses a new romantic vision of the Cuban countryside, imbuing the vegetation and sky with a sense of movement and an atmosphere of romance. Peláez, who practices open-air painting, concentrates in detailing the tonalities of light and joyous exuberance of the Cuban landscape.

“The rural scene is closely linked to my spiritual world. In it, I see beyond the present and the goals I wish to pursue”, says the artist who also says his creations are in many ways connected to his love for music… “Basically, all my work is influenced by classical music. Thus, in my landscapes you can listen to the pleasing rhythms of nature’s gifts.”

Rigoberto Pelaez, Stradivarius Girl (detail), 2023, oil on canvas, 37″ x 26″


Featuring Pablo Contrisciani’s Advanced Students

Elevator lobby galleries 3, 4, 5

Sharing the Journey is a celebration of the profound impact of teachers, and the impressive dedication of students. Pablo Contrisciani has worked as an instructor at Oolite Arts in Miami, FL, from 1998 to the present. Through his teaching, Constrisciani has influenced countless students – some of whom are featured in this show.

Many of Constrisciani’s students are adults who chose to pursue their passion for art while balancing families, other jobs, and responsibilities. Each artist in this exhibition made a choice to prioritize their creativity, which is not always an easy task. This exhibition makes the statement that it is never too late to chase your dreams. Creativity has the power to communicate, educate and inspire. Pablo’s abstract paintings emulate energy and unity, and his student’s artwork shows this impact interwoven throughout the brushstrokes. While there are many different styles and techniques, the sense of oneness shines through.

We are all students in life, and in fact, we are all Sharing the Journey!

Hannah Loomis, Corporate Art Curator

Robyn Holl, Cultural Curator

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