Oil & Wax Paintings by Jill Krasner

Opening reception for “Transitions: Big & Small,” featuring recent oil and wax paintings of Sarasota artist Jill Krasner, opens Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m. at Art Uptown on lower Main Street in Sarasota.

September 6, 2013
Art Uptown Gallery
Sarasota, FL

“The smell of the Gulf, the view of cottages lined up along the shoreline, palm trees reaching up toward clear blue skies are all reflected in my art,” noted Sarasota artist Jill Krasner, who has been designing, illustrating, painting and writing most of her life.

“My work is an expression of my travels along life’s path — a sometimes complicated, frequently challenging journey of love. Creating with oil paints, oil sticks and cold wax is delightfully messy. I work fast and the paint gets everywhere: on my clothes, on every surface in my studio, even on my dog,” she explained.

Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.
Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.

Krasner typically works on several canvases at once, as her process requires the application of one thin layer of color on top of another, allowing ample drying time between layers on each canvas. A canvas might have as many as eight or ten layers of color and texture before she starts the final image-making,” she continued.

“The works represent the positive, very personal transitions that the artist experienced after becoming a full-time resident of Sarasota”, she related. The paintings she has selected for the exhibit include abstract landscapes, buildings and other architectural structures. Symbolic circles and lines and blocks of bold color contrast with detailed mark-making, she said.

Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.
Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.

“I start excavating or scratching through layers, adding textures, more color, scraping and reapplying paint and wax until I have created a finished image I am happy with. When a painting is finished, it needs more time to dry, as long as a week, before applying a protective coat of wax or medium.”

Another day or two is required for the finish coat to set up before she gives it a final buffing. “Being able to share my work with people from all over the country – and the world – brings me immense joy. I am so lucky to wake up each morning and spend my day doing what I love,” she commented.

The artist has exhibited in many juried shows and has received numerous awards, including first place at the Deep See exhibition at the Sarasota Art Center last year for her painting “New Beginnings.” Her work is in hundreds of collections nationally and internationally.

Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.
Artwork featured in Jill Krasner’s exhibition, Transitions Big and Small, opening September 6.

Jill’s paintings will be showcased at Art Uptown through Sept. 30. The gallery, located at 1367 Main St., Sarasota, will also display works of the gallery’s 27 other member artists.

Opening reception for “Transitions: Big & Small,” featuring recent oil and wax paintings of Sarasota artist Jill Krasner, opens Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m. at Art Uptown on lower Main Street in Sarasota.


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Art Uptown is open Tuesday-Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 12-5. During the monthly First Friday Gallery Walks on Palm and Main streets, evening hours are 6-9. Telephone: 941-955-5409. www.artuptown.com.

ABOUT ART UPTOWN

Owned by its members, Art Uptown has been continuously operating in its current location on Main Street for 33 years, representing local artists and offering affordable art and gifts. Abstract, realistic and expressionistic work is offered in acrylics, collage, encaustics, oils, watercolors, pastels, photography, digital art, fine art ceramics and pottery, fabric art and wood. The member artists change the work on display monthly, so visiting is always a fresh experience.

Located on Lower Main Street in downtown Sarasota, Art Uptown provides a refreshing opportunity to see the work of a highly selective group of area artists. The monthly First Friday Gallery Walks on Palm and Main Street offer a wonderful opportunity to visit the gallery and meet many of the member artists.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents “Some Wonderful Abstractions”

August 15 – October 5, 2013
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

A group show featuring paintings and works on paper by gallery artists, a survey of paintings by Bianca Pratorius and sculpture by Mary-Ann Prack

August 15 – October 5, 2013
Some Wonderful Abstractions
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
Sarasota, FL

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Some Wonderful Abstractions,” August 15-October 5, 2013, featuring paintings and works on paper by Luisa Basnuevo, Michael Kessler, Juri Morioka, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Yolanda Sanchez, Richard Schemm, Mike Solomon and Valerie Stuart. The exhibit also features a survey of paintings by Bianca Pratorius with selections from three bodies of work created over 15 years and sculpture by Mary-Ann Prack.

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Street view, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

Luisa Basnuevo ( Miami ) was born in Cuba and came to the United States via Spain. She received a B.F.A from Florida International University and a M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art in 1991. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris. Her work is included in public and corporate collections throughout Florida, including those of the Miami Art Museum, the Ringling Museum, and the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endownment for the Arts/Southeastern Arts Federation, the South Florida Consortium, and the Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State.

Michael Kessler ( Santa Fe ) makes nature-based paintings that merge geometric elements with biomorphism. Influenced by the paintings of Brice Marden and Elizabeth Murray, as well as by the music of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, his works are characterized by large fields of diaphanous color that are activated by organic linear structures that have been visually and physically woven into a grid structure which consists of thick slabs of paint. Kessler’s work is shown and collected around the country.

Juri Morioka ( New York )was born in Tokyo and came to the United States as a high school exchange student. She earned a BFA in painting at Parsons School of Design in 1990 and has been working in Manhattan ever since. About her work, she says, “I always approach the canvas directly, without any preceding sketches or studies. I paint in the manner of Zen, moving my brushes along with my mind’s rhythm, relying solely on instinct and intuition. Outside of conscious thought, I search for harmony and form in the play of color and shapes, and a composition gradually emerges. Then, feeling my way with my brush, I enter the painting and wander through its spaces and along its paths with a deep sense of belonging. I welcome the viewer to join me on the same journey, with the same sense of belonging, sharing in the belief that everything has a life of its own.”

Gustavo Ramos Rivera ( San Fransisco ) is an abstract painter whose work is celebrated for its intense emotional content and its unique, personal symbology. Rivera’s paintings combine the palette and iconography of the indigenous cultural heritage of his native Mexico with classic techniques of post war American abstraction. In his paintings, Rivera constructs layers of intense translucent color fields upon which he lays simple hieroglyphic markings of rich impasto which seem at once archaic and contemporary. They articulate a poetic narrative but also express the artist’s pure delight in working the medium of oil paint. In addition to his painting Rivera is also a master printmaker who works in monotypes, intaglio and lithography. He has also produced unique and limited edition artist books illustrated with original art. Rivera is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and in 2006 the San Jose Museum of Art presented a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work that traveled to additional venues in Mexico and California.

Yolanda Sánchez ( Miami ) was born in Havana, Cuba, and emigrated to the United States in 1960. She obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1979, and has practiced and taught psychology at the graduate level for over 30 years. Prompted by a personal crisis in her mid-30s, Sánchez decided to give voice to her creativity and returned to school, obtaining a BFA and, subsequently, an MFA from Yale University in painting. She is a Fulbright scholar, completing her fellowship as a painter in Spain. Sánchez conducts “research” in the natural landscape—largely influenced by color, texture and light—and paints in her studio. Her work is never a direct translation of what she sees, but rather is an expression of a felt experience, a memory of or desire for the experience. The paintings are also informed by a variety of sources, including the physical world, literature, and particularly, poetry, dance, calligraphy and Asian art. She works with oils on both paper and canvas.

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Yolanda Sanchez, Something in the Air, 2012 oil on canvas, 70″ x 60″

A native of Michigan who studied at Cranbrook, Richard Schemm ( Traverse City Mi ) lives today in a log home outside Traverse City. An early interest in cabinetmaking developed his interest in beautiful wood finishes and eventually in making beautiful paintings. His work has been praised for its attention to detail and keen use of color. Schemm has exhibited widely over the past 30 years including at New York’s Allan Stone Gallery.

Mike Solomon ( East Hampton ) makes sculpture and paintings that combine the conceptual with the abstract. In an essay about his work, art critic Helen Harrison wrote, “His art embodies fundamental qualities that he perceives in nature, for which he creates aesthetic analogies. Without imitating those qualities he captures their essence, pins it down and offers it as a gift to those who take the time to receive it.”

Michael Solomon, Memoria de Seville, 2012, watercolor on papers infused with epoxy, mounted on panel, 36" x 36"
Mike Solomon, A Frank O’Hara Summer, 2012, watercolor on papers infused with epoxy, mounted on panel, 24″ x 24″

Through the use of color, brush strokes and fresco applications Valerie Stuart ( Sun Valley ) creates haunting atmospheric imagery from natural sources such as landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, flowers and plants. She plays with color and form to create a dream-like experience that invites the viewers to bring their personal interpretations into the piece. Stuart’s work attempts to create a relationship or shared experience between the viewer and her work by developing color field landscapes that evoke memories or fantasies.

Bianca Pratorius ( Miami ) was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1969. She completed a three-year program at the Holzfachschule Koeln focusing on furniture building and design. She subsequently moved to Miami and now lives and works in the Miami area. Her work is featured internationally in many private and corporate collections, including the Neiman Marcus Collection ( in a number of store locations ) and the Millenium Partners Collection permanently displayed in the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. “The unifying thread through my work has been pattern and repetition, which I explore through simple yet labor-intensive processes,” she says. “The patterns reprensent the perfect analogy for the chaos that surrounds us and the complexities within us.”

Bianca Pratorius, What Makes You Think You Can Say That
Bianca Pratorius, What Makes You Think You Can Say That

During the 1980’s, Mary-Ann Prack ( Jefferson NC ) concentrated on developing hand-built ceramics as a sculpture medium; exhibiting her work in a broad range of indoor and outdoor venues. Though she uses ceramics as a material she does not follow the potters vessel concept but blazes her own path with clay as a pure sculpture medium; hand-building each piece using stoneware clay slabs; carved line work/textures; and glazes, colors, or stains with a painters approach to surface treatments. In 1994, she and her husband moved their studio to North Carolina, to take advantage of an environment that “amplifies the creative spirit.” Prack continues to exhibit her work in commercial and institutional galleries within the United States and Canada. She has fully matured her artistic style into an instantly recognizable abstract expressionist form that continues to gather awards and commendations from critics everywhere.

Mary Ann Prack, Anu

About Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since the beginning, its founder, Allyn Gallup, has been committed to providing serious art to the community. Through this commitment, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
1288 N. Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

www.allyngallup.com


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WORDS/IMAGES Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design

Aug. 9 – Sept. 11, 2013
Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Selby Gallery I: Illustrators 55

Selby Gallery will host The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Travel Show which features 46 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year by nationally and internationally-known illustrator members. Based on the juried competition of more than 400 originally exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, this selection will tour around the country in the upcoming year with Sarasota as its first venue. Participants include John Cuneo, Andre da Loba, Jody Hewgill and Mark Ulriksen.

Mark Ulriksen, Capturing the Memories, acrylic
Mark Ulriksen, Capturing the Memories, acrylic

Selby Gallery II: Letterpress Projects

Showing concurrently in Gallery II are the first three projects created by Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Letterpress & Book Arts Center—books by Ke Francis, Julie Chen, and Graciela Iturbide— along with real examples of type, presses, other tools of the trade and student projects.

Broadside for Unconditional Love Song by CD Wright, artist Ke Francis, print made from 4 relief printed plates, 18.5" x 13", from Ringling Suite, edition size 75.
Broadside for Unconditional Love Song by CD Wright, artist Ke Francis, print made from 4 relief printed plates, 18.5″ x 13″, from Ringling Suite, edition size 75.

[ILLUSTRATORS 55] From thousands of entries submitted worldwide, a jury of 
professional peers including illustrators and art directors chose works from seven categories—sequential/series, institutional, uncommissioned, moving image, editorial, book, and advertising:

Sequential/Series – Multi-image projects for which a sequence of images is necessary
to fully convey an idea or story.

Institutional – Annual reports, calendars, greeting cards, newsletters and in-house publications.

Uncommissioned – Unpublished work.

Moving Image – Animation for commercial purposes such at TV or online advertisements, short or feature length movies, ebooks, apps or music videos.

Editorial – Newspapers, magazines and online magazines.

Book – Commissioned for use inside and on the cover of books.

Advertising – Newspapers, magazines, TV, video and CD covers, brochures, packaging and posters.

[LETTERPRESS PROJECTS] The Letterpress and Book Arts Center values the historical and aesthetic development of visual arts related to printmaking and provides a studio for the creation and production of accomplished works of art, artist books and portfolios by visiting artists, students and our community. The Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May 2011 with the acquisition of Hal and Judi Sterne’s studio and houses four printing presses, a Chandler and Price platen press, two Vandercook SP15 and a Vandercook Universal III. It is generously equipped with over 400 cases of type and 4000 metal engravings. The Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center is one of 150 College studios in the nation.

[KE FRANCIS] Ke Francis is an artist and storyteller originally from Tupelo, Mississippi as well as longtime head of the Fine Arts Dept. at The University of Central Florida in Orlando. He worked closely with poets C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander in developing broadsides of image and poem for the first publication of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center titled Ringling Suite. Wright is a MacArthur Fellow and published poet, and Gander is a published poet and teaches Creative Writing at Brown University. For more information on Ke Francis: www.hoopsnakepress.com/‎

Ke Francis workshop
Ke Francis workshop

[JULIE CHEN] Premiere book designer and maker Julie Chen is world-reknowned for her inventive, elegant and intriguing book designs, challenging the preconceived ideas of what a book is while at the same time providing a deeply meaningful experience through the presentation of her own text and imagery. She produced a full color sixteen-page book titled Praxis with the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. For more information on Julie Chen: www.flyingfishpress.com/

[GRACIELA ITURBE] Considered one of the most important and influential  Latin American photographers of the last four decades, Iturbe has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual and everyday life in her native Mexico as well as other countries. In 2007 Frida Kahlo’s closets were opened for the first time since her death—Graciela was one of several artists invited to photograph Kahlo’s personal items. Ms. Iturbe has created a folio with one of the images with the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. For more information on Graciela Iturbide: www.gracielaiturbide.org/

Opening Reception: Fri., August 9, 5-7 p.m.,

Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100

Email: selby@ringling.edu

Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery


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The Paintings of Erin Parish

July 20-Sept. 14
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Erin Parish, A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai)  2013, oil and epoxy resin on canvas, 48" x 72"
Erin Parish, A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai) 2013, oil and epoxy resin on canvas, 48″ x 72″

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present the paintings of American abstract artist Erin Parish July 20-September 14, with an Opening Night Reception Saturday, July 20th from 6-9pm and Artist’s Talk at 6:30pm.

“Touch is the other side of movement. Movement is the other side of touch. They are the shadow of each other.” Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Erin Parish is the daughter of four artists. As a child growing up, common talk on Sunday mornings centered on the New York Times and the art world and its philosophical and commercial vacillations. Parish listened intently and began to form significant and lasting opinions about art and the pathways of creative thinking. She has been exhibiting regularly since the age of eighteen and is now nearing her fourth decade of being a practicing artist.

Her early influences ranged from Joseph Cornell to the German Expressionists and Neue Wilde artists of the 1980s. Today she is very much taken with the Hudson River School artists as well as Moriko Mori, Yayoi Kusama, and Japanese woodcuts by Hokusai and Hiroshige. She finds herself aligned with the Japanese principles of Wabi Sabi and Yugen.

Erin Parish, Winter Has Been Conquered, 2010, oil and resin on canvas,  60" x 36"
Erin Parish, Winter Has Been Conquered, 2010, oil and resin on canvas, 60″ x 36″

Parish describes her paintings as follows: “I create art based on what I stumble upon in nature. What might appear mundane on the surface can be complex and beautiful upon closer inspection. People seldom notice the reflection in a puddle or the dewdrops on a leaf, but every component is a microcosm of nature in its entirety. Nature is composed layers upon layers of interconnected ecosystems. Every aspect is constantly evolving, but nature’s motion is often only clear to us at a larger scale. On the cellular level, the change in fall foliage starts unseen by us. With the new green of buds come an awareness of the approach of spring. My artwork responds to nature’s continuous circle of flux. I try to capture and preserve a moment that passes too quickly for most of us to see.”

Parish lives on Miami Beach and gathers much inspiration from her environment. Her meditative, ethereal works convey liquidity and tranquility evocative of the ocean. With an ever-shifting palette of colors that seem to move and transform on the surface, Parish creates a sense of time and space that inspires a moment of quiet.

Erin Parish, Neurogenisis,  2013, oil and resin on canvas, 40" x 90"
Erin Parish, Neurogenisis, 2013, oil and resin on canvas, 40″ x 90″

EXHIBITION INFORMATION:
Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘The Paintings of Erin Parish’ July 20-September 14, 2013 at Mindy Solomon Gallery. An Opening Night Reception takes place Saturday, July 20th, from 6-9pm, with an Artist’s Talk at 6:30pm. Erin Parish, abstract artist, is based out of Miami Beach. Her meditative, ethereal works convey liquidity and tranquility evocative of the ocean. Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at info@mindysolomon.com or 727-502-0852, or visit the website at www.mindysolomon.com.

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SUP CONES- HIP HOP meets ICE CREAM Art Exhibit

July 20 – August 17, 2013
Bluelucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Artist Lineup: BASK, Victoria Berrios , Phillip Clark, Matt Deterior, Derek Donnelly, Todd Frain, Scott Hillis, Reid Jenkins, Jesse Kiebzak, Joanna Ledingham, Marc Levasseur, Dylan Marvin, Mark Mitchell, Chad Mize, Sharon Norwood, Johannah O’Donnell, Stephen Palladino, Casey Paquet, Joshua Pearson, Lauren Rasch, Efren Rebugio Jr, Mishou Sanchez, SAORI, Sarah Schiller, Frank Strunk III, John Taormina, Melisa Taylor, Joey Vitale, John Vitale, Paul Vitale, Krysteena Wakefield, Ceri Watkins, Cheryl Weber, Rachel Weirich, Jamison Waddell, and Jameson Wilkins

July 20 – August 17, 2013
Bluelucy Gallery – 653 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL

OPENING SATURDAY, JULY 20th. 7-11PM
Bluelucy Gallery – 653 Central Avenue, St Petersburg FL 33701

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Featuring 36 Artist Flavors – Artist Lineup: BASK, Victoria Berrios , Phillip Clark, Matt Deterior, Derek Donnelly, Todd Frain, Scott Hillis, Reid Jenkins, Jesse Kiebzak, Joanna Ledingham, Marc Levasseur, Dylan Marvin, Mark Mitchell, Chad Mize, Sharon Norwood, Johannah O’Donnell, Stephen Palladino, Casey Paquet, Joshua Pearson, Lauren Rasch, Efren Rebugio Jr, Mishou Sanchez, SAORI, Sarah Schiller, Frank Strunk III, John Taormina, Melisa Taylor, Joey Vitale, John Vitale, Paul Vitale, Krysteena Wakefield, Ceri Watkins, Cheryl Weber, Rachel Weirich, Jamison Waddell, and Jameson Wilkins

OPENING will feature HIP HOP JAMS by LADY D, DFUNKDAMAGER and DELLY!

Ice Cream Cone Treats by Dairy Inn.

After Party at FUBAR.

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