The Center for Architecture Sarasota reports that it raised more than $50,000 from its recent Modern Show. The money will be used for CFAS programs in the coming year.
The May 13-14 event, staffed by more than 60 volunteers, featured a sale of donated modernist furniture and accessories, along with lectures, home tours and a cocktail reception.
More than 500 people attended at least one of the events, including the keynote lecture, “The Interiors of Paul Rudolph,” by Richard Geary. Furniture that was designed by Rudolph (1918-1997) for his noted Beekman Place apartment in New York City was exhibited on loan from the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.
About 200 items were donated for the sale, with the most items donated by George Nozika, Dan Denton and Richard and Gail Levin.
Show sponsors were Kerkering Barberio, Ashridge Holding Ltd., Gerdes Construction, Guy Peterson OFA, Home Resource, Visit Sarasota, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Story Project Partner, Observer, CityLab Sarasota and Cheryl Gaddie Interior Design. Speakers were Richard Geary, David Lowe, Maxine Corbett, Stephen Belton and Guy Peterson.
“We were thrilled with the donations, which included iconic pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Saarinen, Breuer, Nelson, Heywood Wakefield, Starck, and Bertoia, to name just a few,” said Cheryl Gaddie, the event chair. “It clearly demonstrates that our community recognizes and appreciates good design.”
CFAS board chair Cindy Peterson said Modern Show proceeds will help fund the annual October Architecture and Design Month.
The group’s programming also will include a private tour of the late Sinologist Elling O. Eide’s historic and biodiverse 72-acre compound on Little Sarasota Bay.
The newly completed Library, designed by Guy Peterson OFA, contains Eide’s personal library of more than 60,000 volumes, including more than 300 rare books dating back to before 1000 AD. The collection also includes a unique assemblage of Asian artifacts and paintings as well as works from many eras of history, and will serve as a resource for scholars.