AlexArt International is an iconic gallery in downtown Sarasota, Florida (USA) that specializes in Italian art. It is located next to the Opera House at 25 N. Pineapple Avenue and is called after its owner, Alexa Scanziani, a Milan-born journalist and art collector.
Its refined sophistication welcomed more than 500 guests at the Grand Opening on May 21, 2016, with an unprecedented solo exhibition of 63 artworks of renowned Italian painter and pianist Massimo Meda.
After a successful first season, AlexArt International has decided to expand its selection of Italian excellence. Next to the unique and permanent collection of Massimo Meda’s 3d fluorescent paintings, in November it showcased the stunning works of digital fine art photographer Fabio Dal Boni, followed this March 2nd by the award-winning realistic oil paintings of Guido Borelli da Caluso and the fascinating oil-on-canvas collection of floral still life of the multi-prized Danka Weitzen.
Plans to build the 2,000 SF art gallery were explored in 2015 with the architects of the Italian Studio Redaelli and the American Hoyt, and works began in January 2016 with Ritz Construction Corporation.
AlexArt International Art Gallery has a spectacular setting with 5-step- ceilings soaring up to 16FT and three huge 3-panel arched windows which allow all artworks to be admired from the street. The whole gallery shines under more than 300 LED lights and glows at night under black lights that stay on until midnight. Magnificent decor in cement blocks takes the shape of pillars and unique pieces of furniture, while an impressive stainless-steel vault separates the art gallery from the private studio on the back. Every piece is designed by Massimo Meda.
The building was originally constructed in 1948 and for years was home to Morrison’s Cafeteria, which the rock’ n’ roll legend Elvis Presley was believed to frequent. In the early 1970s, it became the Golden Apple Dinner Theater; it was run for 40 years by the Turoff family until it closed for business. The building remained empty and rundown for years until in 2016 it came back to life as an influential cultural landmark on the West Coast of Florida.