SCF Fine Art Gallery Collaborative “Reinvented” Theatre Costume Reception Sept. 6

(Bradenton, Fla., September 6, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery, in partnership with SCF's Theatre Program, will host the first-of-its-kind collaborative art exhibit, Art of the Costume "Reinvented," featuring costumes from 11 area theatre companies created from unconventional, recycled or repurposed material. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m., Sept. 6, in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The event is free and open to the public.

Participating theatre companies include SCF Studio 84 Productions, Asolo Conservatory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, The Sarasota Ballet, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, The Players of Sarasota, Theatre Odyssey, Venice Theatre and West Coast Theatre Troupe.

The opening reception will feature a performance by The Garbage-Men, a band of Sarasota teenagers who, similar to the costume exhibitors, have invented instruments made from recycled or repurposed materials. The band has played to audiences across the country, appearing at Times Square in New York City, CNN, America's Got Talent and PBS Gulf Coast Journal.

Designed to kick off the 2013-2014 theatre season in Manatee and Sarasota counties and to highlight SCF's Fine Art Gallery season of exhibitions, Art of the Costume "Reinvented" intersects art, fashion, ecology and creative vision.

SCF's Theatre Program Director Ken Erickson has designed and built two costumes for the exhibit – one from the Elizabethan era and another from the Renaissance era – to represent SCF in the exhibit. Erickson used ordinary and not-so-ordinary objects such as postage stamps, dry cleaning garment bags, drop cloths, X-ray film, gold paper doilies, packing insulation, broken windshield glass, gutter screen, wallpaper, dental floss, bingo sheets, biohazard disposable bags, plastic grapes, Gummy Bears, Scrabble tiles, Sixlet candies, tortellini, glitter glue, and his daughter's old orthodontics retainer.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 16. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, SCF Fine Art gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. Maps and directions are online at


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