Sarasota has been the winter headquarters for a number of circuses, most notably the Ringling Brothers Circus (there is of course, their legacy: Ringling Museum, Ringling School of Art and Design, for example).
Here from the pages of LIFE magazine are some day-in-the-life photos of the circus girls in Sarasota in and around 1949.
These paintings were done by Michael Panarella. A brilliant fine artists amongst many many talented young artists in Sarasota Florida.
Michael has an art show this Thursday presented by Premier Sotheby's International Realty and U.S. Trust which is the first of its kind.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
5pm – 8pm
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
50 Central Ave, Suite 110
Sarasota, FL, 34236
Both company's plan on continuing their commitment to Sarasota's local art community by presenting artists to their clients under the theme of "Artfully uniting the world of fine art and finance."
Panarella is on the verge of more major exposure with talks of a exhibition coming up in New York later this year. His style switches from abstract to figurative so smoothly, I'm a huge fan of his general aesthetic.
Check out his website. There you can find more examples of his recent paintings, sculptures and installations. Michael Panarella is going places.