Colson family tradition

Phillippi Estate Park will present a father-son exhibit of Frank and Sean Colsonís artwork, "Colson & Colson: Family Traditions," Feb. 20-28 at the Edson Keith Mansion.

The two Colsons have been creating original sculptures and art for decades. Their work covers a continuum of artistic expressions.

Frank is recognized globally for a variety of sculptural bronze, clay and fabric forms; his work has been called "neo primitive." He is recognized uniquely for his masks and horses.

Son Sean creates whimsical sculptures as well as fanciful illustrations for the books he writes. "The Book of Love," his latest illustrated work, will be featured along with a collection of playful sculptures.

Frank and Seanís first father-son art show was held in Sarasota in 1967, when Sean was 7. The 2010 exhibition is sponsored in conjunction with the Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Department.

Art work will be for sale, and two original pieces of Colson art will be raffled at the opening reception on Feb. 19. Proceeds will go to support restoration of the historic Phillippi Farm House.


The show will be held in the Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail; 316-1309. The art exhibit is free; donations to the farmhouse restoration fund would be greatly appreciated, county officials say. The exhibit will be open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


Whale Jet by Sean Colson.

Multi-face Wall  by Frank Colson.