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A really big show at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

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Large-scale works by Luisa Basnuevo, Dolores Coe, Leslie Lerner, Craig Rubadoux and Mike Solomon are on display at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art for a summer show titled "A Few Great, Big Pictures."

The exhibit opens May 16 and continues through July 28 at the gallery, 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

"Sometimes bigger is better," says gallery director Allyn Gallup. "A large-scale artwork can anchor a living space and make a bold statement about who you are and what matters to you. Too often, people make the mistake of thinking small. They underestimate the size of the paintings that will work in their residences — or shy away from statements they feel are too strong. The truth is, strong art is a reflection of your strength. Miniatures can be powerful. But there's no denying the fact that artists pour their hearts into large-scale works. They stretch their creative muscles and show the world, 'Here's what I can do.' When they succeed, the result is art you'll love for a lifetime."

"Boy with Rabbit" by Craig Rubadoux

"Boy with Rabbit" by Craig Rubadoux

Luisa Basnuevo was born in Cuba and came to the United States via Spain. Her paintings are included in public and corporate collections throughout Florida, including those of the Miami Art Museum, the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland and The Ringling in Sarasota. www.luisabasnuevo.com.

Dolores Coe is a painter, digital media artist, and former Ringling College professor who maintains a home and studio on the Little Manatee River south of Tampa. www.dolorescoe.com.

Leslie Lerner, who died in 2005 when he was 55, was a beloved painting instructor at Ringling College of Art and Design for 15 years and twice a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Achievement Award. Lerner's last body of work, "My Life in America," explores "oil, wealth, and foreign policy, which takes the form of a donkey." His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Oakland Museum, the Progressive Corporation and the Norton Museum of Art.

"Excavating the Sky" by Dolores Coe

"Excavating the Sky" by Dolores Coe

Craig Rubadoux primarily works on paper and canvas. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux focuses on line, color, and spatial relationships in his work. His art is included in many public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and The Ringling in Sarasota. www.craigrubadoux.com.

Mike Solomon is the son of the celebrated abstract expressionist, Syd Solomon, and was raised in the art world of the 1960s. Solomon created the series of constructions showcased in this exhibit in 2012. www.mikesolomon.com.

Syd Solomon, whose vivid abstract paintings hang in New York City's Guggenheim and Whitney museums, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Israel's Tel Aviv Museum, among other international institutions, helped turn Sarasota into a nationally known artists' colony in the 1950s. In 1962, his painting "Silent World" became the first purchase from a living artist by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Solomon died in 2004. www.sydsolomon.com. For more information: 366-2454; www.allyngallup.com

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