Translation of the view to the surface next month

MARA Art Studio + Gallery opens the new season with “Emerge: Translation from Sight to Surface”, a series of multimedia works by Brigitta Sultana. The exhibit runs October 4-21, with an opening reception on October 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 1421 5th Street, Rosemary District, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit

Sultana’s work permeates different mediums from paint, collage, encaustic and photo transfers incorporated into paint. Currently, her work is based on geometric landscapes that play with shapes and shadows, either created by nature or on landscapes that she builds herself.

Sultana explains that these series of images “emerged” and were inspired by a family trip to Gozo, Malta, a small island off the coast of Italy. “One of the beautiful things
Malta is known for its sea salt,” says Sultana. “These vast salt marshes line part of the coast as evaporating seawater reveals the glistening salt to be harvested. He is
a peaceful, man-made geometric landscape set alongside organic formations of
limestone, clumps of rosemary, dots of red tomatoes and cliffs dropping into
the deep blue depths of the Mediterranean Sea. This constructed landscape was so simple and beautiful that I had to capture this moment because this landscape had been present since
just a snapshot in time. Whether it’s witnessing landscapes built by others or by myself, it drives me to record and capture those moments.”

MARA Art Studio + Gallery offers rotating exhibitions throughout the year. MARA Torres González opened MARA Art Studio + Gallery in the Rosemary neighborhood of downtown Sarasota in 2020. Torres González explains that his gallery is also “a home for workshops, classes, and special events and celebrations. I believe firmly in the power of the community. We keep our doors open to regional artists.” MARA Art Studio + Gallery features a powerful lineup of local talent including Lisa DiFranza, Grace Howl, Midge Johnson, Ralph Berger, David Erdman and more. González adds that she is currently looking for new artists to join the gallery.

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