Artist’s Statement:

After many years enduring the long drab winters of the northeast, Florida’s cheerful vistas offer me a wealth of colorful, dramatic subjects for painting. Painting realistically and in detail is a challenge that gives me great joy and creative satisfaction. The objects, people and scenes I paint have captured my attention and brought me much happiness. It is my sincere hope that they do the same for all those who view them.
-- Marlane Wurzbach


Marlane Given positive encouragement from creative parents who once even let me draw on the living room walls, I was an eager student at all available art classes in school and college. After graduation, art took a back seat to career and family responsibilities, but creativity was part of all of my endeavors. After college, I graduated from New York School of Interior Design, worked as an interior designer and a window dresser in Greenwich, CT. And when babies kept me at home, I ran a small dessert catering business. With children in school all day, I took a job writing and doing some design layout for The Nutmegger Magazine. Magazine work evolved into my own desktop publishing business producing newsletters and marketing materials for businesses from Connecticut to Manhattan. All these businesses had the common thread of art, visual expression and a desire to try new artistic mediums.

Moving to Florida in 2005 was an opportunity for me to refocus on fine art. My art has been shown in a variety of Florida Gulf Coast fine art galleries since 2007 and is now available through the Art Uptown Gallery on Main Street in Sarasota as well as directly through this website. The Art Uptown Gallery, established in 1980 as an artists’ cooperative, offers the work of approximately 30 local fine artists across a breadth of artistic media.


Art Uptown Gallery’s Centennial Celebration Exhibit, “Building Sarasota’s Stories,” by Marlane Wurzbach This October

In conjunction with Sarasota’s Centennial Celebration, Marlane Wurzbach's bold and colorful acrylic cityscapes and landscapes will be shown at Art Uptown Gallery this October in an exhibit entitled “Building Sarasota’s Stories." Ms. Wurzbach’s appreciation of Sarasota’s history grows as she works to preserve some of Sarasota’s architectural treasures on canvas. She’s drawn to the people who lived and worked in Sarasota and focused on this town’s best interests: Owen Burns, Bertha Palmer, Marie Selby, Charles and Charlotte Abbe, Katherine and Daisetta McClellan to name just a few. The exhibit runs from Saturday, September 25 through Friday, October 29. The public is invited to the First Friday reception on October 1 from 6-9 PM.

Art Uptown Gallery will welcome patrons and friends to share light refreshments at the 1367 Main Street gallery. Additionally, on Sunday, October 3 from 1-3 PM, Dr. Frank Cassell will conduct a public dialogue at the gallery discussing Sarasota’s history. Dr. Cassell is the author of Suncoast Empire - Bertha Honoré Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota and Creating Sarasota County. Dr. Cassell is also the Chairman of Sarasota County’s Centennial Steering Committee.

Additionally, Marlane and her Historic Sarasota Architecture paintings will be part of the Historical Society of Sarasota County’s “History is FUN” event on Wednesday, December 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Crocker Church, 1260 12th St., Sarasota, next door to the Historical Society’s headquarters in the historic Bidwell-Wood House. Please call 941-364-9076 for further information about the HSoSC event.

Telephone: 941-955-5409 for further information.

Marlane Wurzbach
Marlane Wurzbach

Art Uptown Gallery
1367 Main Street Sarasota, FL


Marlane WurzbachFirst Prize – Artists’ Guild of AMI at ArtCenter Manatee
“East Meets West” Juried Exhibit – April 4, 2013

Honorable Mention – Art Uptown, Sarasota
“Dog Days” Juried Exhibit – August 12, 2011

Third Prize – Studio at Gulf and Pine
“Pier Centennial” Juried Exhibit – May 14, 2011

Honorable Mention – Sarasota Art & Frame
“Eye for Art” Juried Exhibit – February 5, 2011

Honorable Mention – Anna Maria Art League
“Fauna & Florida” Juried Exhibit – November 14, 2008

First Prize – Sarasota Yacht Club
“Clubhouse Commemoration” Juried Exhibit – July 5, 2008

Best of Show – Anna Maria Island Art League
“Landscapes of the Island” Juried Exhibit – April 11, 2008

First Prize – Anna Maria Art League
“14th Annual James Pay Exhibit” – January 11, 2008

Diane Alexander Award for Acrylics – Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Annual Members’ Juried Show – December 14, 2007