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I have always used figurative references in my work. Over time these images have become more abstract and the painted surface very textural. My paintings have symbolic and/or personal revelations as to my point of view. The viewer must look at the artwork as images not based on reality but on pure imagination.

My style continues to evolve with persistent exploration. As an artist, this journey has been one of constant experimentation and renewal of my creative force with each image I create.

Minority Artists in the Mainstream Art World

Through Pierian Spring Academy

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February 29 - March 21, 2016
Mondays 12 noon - 2 p.m., Argosy University, Sarasota Campus

This four-week course will introduce you to minority artists from different cultures and their place in the history of 20th century contemporary art. We will discuss the elements of visual expression and demonstrate the various artists approach to line, shape, form, color and texture.

Through slide show examples and review, we will compare various artistic innovations and techniques, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Frida Kahlo and their impact on the community, and, over time, society and history.

Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, career development or just plain curious about art, this is the course for you. I invite you to join us in gaining a greater awareness and understanding of the many significant contributions of minority artists in our time.

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ASALAH Black Muse

Opening: January 28, 2016, 5 - 7 pm through March 1, 2016
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Petticoat Painters of Sarasota

March 2016
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Florida Artists Group (FLAG)

Opening: April 1, 2016, 6 -8 pm - 28 through April 28, 2016
Center for the Visual Arts Bonita Springs
26100 Old US 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

Signature Dish Inspired by 'Harmony'

Coming to JPan Restaurant

Jpan Logo Master Chefs at Jpan Restaurant selected Ms. Merritt's 'Harmony' as the inspiration for a new entree to be offered in February of 2016. The concept of inspired dishes from artwork to the plate was initiated by Phil Lederer, Staff Writer for SRQ Magazine. Be sure to look for the February 1 issue of Luxe Magazine which goes to SRQ magazine subscribers.

Eleanor Merritt moderates "Voices" community forum

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents two ‘Voices’ community forums

"Meet the Florida Highwaymen Artist"
Eleanor Merritt Darlington, moderator

Photos courtesy of Don Daly Photo.
On February 8, 2016 WBTT (the only professional black theater company on Florida’s West Coast) presented a fundraising program which focused on the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 African-American artists who – from the early 1950s through the 1980s – painted beautiful landscapes of undeveloped, serene Florida landscape. The artists sold their paintings door-to-door to businesses and individuals throughout Florida because gallery owners in the segregated South wouldn’t show their work.

The evening included a reception to meet artists and view artwork. There was a panel discussion with the artists and longtime collector Larry Helmuth which was moderated by Eleanor Merritt Darlington. Highwayman Al Black also presented a painting demonstration. WBTT Voices Attendees with Ms. Merritt
Reception Attendees with Ms. Merritt

Art Center Sarasota showcases powerful works by African-American artists.
by: Marty Fugate, Staff Writer, yourobserver.com

"ASALH: Black Muse 2016"
exhibition at Art Center Sarasota

Please join us for the Artists Reception, Thursday, Jan. 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
at Art Center Sarasota Exhibtion runs January 28 through March, 2016

Ms. Merritt at Art Center Ms. Merritt is pictured outside Art Center Sarasota.
Story and photo by Marty Fugate, for yourobserver.com



Sarasota-Manatee Section
2015 National Council of Jewish Women

Women In Power

NCJW Women In Power 2015 Honorees

Women In Power Honorees(from left) Renee Hamad, President of the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, Wendy Surkis, President of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, and Eleanor Merritt.

The 33rd Annual Women in Power Luncheon was held on January 21 at Michael’s on East. The annual event honors women whose accomplishments mirror NCJW’s focus on social justice by improving the lives of women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Read more at the NCJW website.


National Museum of Women in the Arts Florida Artists Group Women Contemporary Artists Women Contemporary Artists


Seated Woman by Eleanor Merritt