Sam Alfstad is a Sarasotan who has high hopes for the Rosemary District’s future development, which is why he’s opening up an 8,900 square-foot contemporary gallery and exhibition space at 1314 10th St., called “The Ice House.”
Alfstad spent most of his career in advertising and marketing in New York where he founded e Marketer. In New York, he witnessed SoHo’s transition into a prominent art district; then in the mid 90s, when the art galleries moved from SoHo to Chelsea, he also witnessed Chelsea transition into a leading art district.
“(It was because) of the space, the cheap rent (meant) a lot of people moved in and created real hubs for art and cultural events,” Alfstad remembers. “Then the restaurants followed, and the people followed … It had a real energy.”
This is what Alfstad hopes will happen in Sarasota’s Rosemary District in the former The Old Ice House building, which has around 15-foot ceilings, perfect for the kind of space he envisions.
In January, he opened a studio space, Alfstad& Productions at 1421 5th St. where a staff of three Ringling College of Art and Design students, local artists, and freelancers produce the art that will mostly fill this new exhibition and event space. Alfstad hopes to emphasize graphic arts but will also feature film, dance and “all kinds of (art), not just the kind hanging on walls,” he says.
After some minor renovations, there will be a tentative opening celebration in November. A full season of events will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to YourObserver.com for future updates.
Currently 0 Responses
13 Founder's Talk & Tea
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
13 Paris Flea Market - An Upscale Sale
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
13 Mozart Madness 1
13 Fuzion Dance Artists Presents "Dance Couture: Art Meets Dance"
7:30 pm - 2:00 pm
14 The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Presents Their Creators & Collectors Art & Studio Tour
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
14 The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Presents Their 2014 Creators & Collectors Self-Guided Art & Studio Tour
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
14 Paris Flea Market - An Upscale Sale
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
14 Paradise in Season: New Works by Beverly A. Smith, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Joseph Palmerio
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
March 10: The great debate
The Observer will hold a debate for Longboat Key Town Commission candidates at 7 p.m. March 10, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Greg Hoffman SCOREs award
Longboat Key resident Greg Hoffman received Manasota SCORE’s Platinum Leadership Award at the organization’s 50th anniversary awards luncheon Feb. 24.
Spring forward for Daylight Saving
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, so turn your clocks forward by an hour before bedtime Saturday night.