As if all that sun, surf and sand wasn’t enough, you’ll find more art to see on Siesta Key, starting Dec. 8. That’s the day the Turtle Beach Resort launches a new gallery called, well, The Gallery at Turtle Beach Resort. The new venue will feature a permanent exhibit of work by Gail Rubinfeld (one of the resort’s co-owners) and her late sister, Miri Rosenfeld, along with pieces by their father, Elliot Rodgers. It’s strong stuff, based on strong talent — which clearly runs in the family.
But talent alone doesn’t create art. Art degrees don’t either — even a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Pratt Institute, in New York, like the one Rubinfeld had earned. There’s just no getting around it: If you want paintings, you have to paint. But, after graduating, Rubinfeld had thrown herself into practical affairs and slowly gotten out of the habit. A few efforts now and then, sure. But very few.
Rubinfeld didn’t begin painting with passion again until after the death of her twin sister, Miri Rosenfeld, who was also an artist. “She sent me art supplies in the mail just before she died,” Rubinfeld says. “I took that as a sign. I started taking my art seriously after that.”
Rubinfeld’s subsequent burst of creativity is proof of that. Her oeuvre encompasses abstract collage, oil painting portraits, figures and landscapes. According to Rubinfeld, “My non-figurative art captures spontaneous moments in time. In my portrait work, I strive to find a person’s essence, and then strip away everything superficial. Either way, I like to work quickly and bring a sense of immediacy to the image.”
Rubinfeld’s style of art demands being in the moment. That doesn’t work when it comes to finding exhibition space. “You have to hustle and be very well-organized,” she says. “Showing your art is a much more left-brain activity than creating it.” Clearly, she’s exercised both sides of her brain. Rubinfeld has a 20-year track record of group and individual art shows throughout the area.
To Rubinfeld, art is a labor of love. It’s work she’s pursued when she’s not on the job as an innkeeper — another labor of love she shares with her husband, David Rubinfeld, at the Turtle Beach Resort. This is Rubinfeld’s first foray as a gallery manager. “I’m ready,” she says. “I’ve built up a local audience for my work and want to give them a place to go. I think it’s about time. I’m thrilled!”
The grand opening will take place Dec. 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. In memory of her sister, Rubinfeld will donate a percentage from artwork sales to “Ma’agan,” a drop-in care center in Jerusalem, supporting people affected with cancer with life-affirming art, music and dance classes.- Marty Fugate, Sarasota Herald Tribune.