A professor from Venice gives an “infusion of love” | Culture & Leisure
SARASOTA – A teacher at Garden Elementary School in Venice received the People’s Choice award from visitors visiting the Embracing Our Differences art exhibit in Sarasota.
Joanna Davis teaches art at the Garden. His work, “Infusion of Love” shows a heart “receiving multicolored and invigorating transformations,” according to a press release from Embracing Our Differences.
The event ran from Jan.20 to April 1 and was the 18th annual Embracing Our Differences outdoor art exhibition that celebrates diversity, according to the press release.
Davis received a scholarship of $ 1,000.
“As an art teacher, I’ve seen art heal a heart many times,” Davis said in the press release. “For many, art is therapy and can be as calming to the soul as traditional therapy. If you find that your heart is in need of healing, try healing with a brush or pencil. “
In the press release, she said she wanted the art to be appropriate for children and adults.
“I wanted young students to see that creating art can cure many ailments,” she said. “As an adult and a proud ally of the LGBTQ + community, the message of my play is clear. Allow this pride in your heart. Take it as you would any medicine. Become an ally and your heart will become whole. “
She said the award was an honor.
“There is no better price than a People’s Choice Award,” she said.
Embracing Our Differences General Manager Sarah Wertheimer said more than 250,000 visitors viewed the exhibit.
More than 3.5 million people have visited the exhibits over the past 18 years – the art being displayed on 50 canvases the size of a billboard. For more information on this, visit www.embracingourdifferences.org or call 941-404-5710.
The work will be on display at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota from May 20 until August 8.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Joanna’s work has touched the hearts of so many visitors who have seen her,” Wertheimer said in the press release. “It elegantly communicates a message of interdependence and connection with one another across the color spectrum. The symbolism is simple and powerful – and the work itself is purely delicious.