Anna Maria Island Art League
Director Ginger White will display her pastel nudes
at Fridays clothing-optional reception.
By Cindy Lane
SUN STAFF WRITERS
HOLMES BEACH The reception for the "All
Nude Review" on Friday at the Anna Maria Island
Art League may feature unclothed models both on and
off the walls.
Gallery Director Ginger White has designated the reception
as "clothing optional," and expects that some
of her studio models may shed their clothes, even if
gallery patrons decline.
However, there is the chance some may accept and embrace
the clothing-optional theme.
The event, scheduled on Feb. 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
opens the gallerys February exhibit, which runs
through Feb. 24 at 5312 Holmes Blvd. Regular gallery
hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 2
"If were distracted, we might just sit down
and draw them," quipped White, who teaches at the
Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota.
Holmes Beach police said Monday there is nothing illegal
about such a reception. The event will be on private
property and not visible from the outside.
A year ago, White raised eyebrows when she refused the
Island Branch Librarys offer of a private room
in which to display half her exhibit of pastel nudes
after staffers took all the works down, saying some
were too graphic. The exhibit depicted six female and
six male nudes.
White had previously displayed some of her landscapes
and nudes in the main portion of the library, where
library staff insisted the nudes be removed because
they were visible from the childrens reading area.
In response to the incidents, the county removed all
art displays in county libraries for months while they
instituted a formal policy for artists requesting display
space, requiring written proposals and a review.
White plans to exhibit her nude works in March at Bradentons
Village of the Arts. An opening reception is planned
March 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Green Bull Gallery,
913 12th Ave. W.