SARTQ: 3rd Annual Print Party (video)

Video shot and edited by Stephen McFadden

Take a glance into the 3rd Annual, s/ART/q Print Party which takes place at The Hub, featuring some of Sarasota’s finest artist. This event is always as much about the community as it is the art. The print party always has something for everyone.

Michael Israel Fundraising for Pediatric Cancer Research

October 29, 2011
Hyatt Regency Sarasota

World-Renowned Painter Michael Israel to Perform in Sarasota to Raise Funds for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research. Michael Israel Partners with The Payton Wright Foundation

Sarasota, Florida – August 9, 2011 – Acclaimed performance artist Michael Israel is scheduled to appear at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Saturday, October 29, 2011, to raise funds for The Payton Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer. Tickets for “The Courage of a Child… The Passion of a Performer” are on sale now for $250 each at the Patron Level or $150 each for individual tickets. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with an Artist’s VIP Cocktail Reception, a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the artist’s electrifying performance. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Reserve tickets now or get more information by contacting Patrick Wright at or 941-893-7007.

Combining his love of painting, music and martial arts, Michael Israel is a flamboyant and rock-star sexy performer who has raised millions of dollars for dozens of national charities. Now his philanthropic force arrives in Sarasota to ignite the audience’s senses with little more than paint, passion and high-energy music. With dazzling, gravity-defying leaps, he launches seemingly random splashes of paint on the canvas. Only when he finally spins the canvas right-side-up does it become clear that his brushstrokes are anything but random: They now reveal larger-than-life images of popular cultural icons. Audience members then have a chance to bid on the paintings that evening, including one of Payton Wright, with proceeds donated to The Payton Wright Foundation. Go to to watch some of Michael Israel’s performances.

“Pediatric brain cancer is an underfunded area of research,” said Patrick Wright. “The Payton Wright Foundation provides funds to organizations that are working toward a cure for this disease. We also assist families whose children have been diagnosed with brain cancer by paying their rent, mortgage or utility bills. We’re excited to have such a talented performer join us in raising funds for this important cause.”

About The Payton Wright Foundation
The Payton Wright Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Patrick and Holly Wright in memory of their daughter, Payton, who passed away at the age of 5 from brain cancer. Headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the Payton Wright Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research, helping families who have a child with brain cancer, and supporting organizations tied to cancer research and care. For more information, visit

Grapevine Communications is a full-service, award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm based in Sarasota, Florida, and serving clients nationwide. The firm was awarded the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 941-351-0024.

SMALL WORKS – Call to Artists

Nov 15, 2011 (11:00am – 4:00pm)
Towles Court Artist Colony, Sarasota, FL

Price: $20 for one entry/ $25 for two
Phone: (941) 313-0102
Age Suitability: 18 and up

Towles Court Call To Artists:

The Towles Court Art District is issuing a call to artists for its Third Annual Juried Show, “Small Works”. Open to all artists 18 years and older who are residents of Sarasota or Manatee County, held at The Art Center of Towles Court located at 1938 Adams Lane. See prospectus for further details at Deadline for entries is November 15th.

Material Matters – Art Center Sarasota

November 3 – December 31, 2011
Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota will present a new exhibition in the galleries titled Material Matters from November 3- December 31, 2011. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on November 3 from 5-7pm. Physically, and/or conceptually, material is integral to the creative process of all visual artists. Material Matters celebrates the use of materials from our modern world in the visual arts.

In the galleries: Improbable Fruit: Unfinished Explorations in Pursuit of a Materially Complex Built Environment (Architect Mark Weston’s laser cut wood sculptures); A National Show of Encaustic Work, curated by Elena De La Ville; Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method, curated by Kim Anderson; and Material World- the all media, juried exhibition.

A National Show of Encaustic work (WOMEN AND WAX) will feature the works of leading artists in the field that are dedicated to the innovation of contemporary art and ideas. The aim of the exhibit is to provide a platform for dialogue and education while increasing the understanding and appreciation for encaustic art in Southwest Florida.

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting where beeswax, resin and pigment are layered and fused to produce a luminous surface that captures and transforms light. These artists melt, layer, scrape, and sculpt, creating their individual visions in wax.

Invited artists: Karen Freeman, Joanne Mattera, Jane Allen Nodine, Nancy Natale, Neverne Covington, Binnie Birstein, Lisa Pressman, Laura Moriarty, Diana González Gondolfi, Catherine Nash, Elena De La Ville

Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method curated by Kim Anderson
Participating Artists: Lauren Garber-Lake, John Westmark, Malaika Zweig, Erika Mahr, Jason Mitcham

About Art Center Sarasota:
Art Center Sarasota offers creative opportunities that are affordable and accessible to the entire community with approximately 27 exhibitions, 100 classes and educational programs for youth and adults and special events each year. Art Center Sarasota engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions for the novice to accomplished artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts. The Center showcases hundreds of emerging and established artists through curated and juried exhibitions throughout each exhibition season. Through an extensive education department, learners at Art Center Sarasota can take advantage of many art classes, workshops and artist demonstrations with nationally known and popular local instructors that appeal to every age and skill level. The education department also offers various programs such as lectures, panel discussions and films. Youth programs and Creative Kids Summer Art Camp nurture young, developing minds. The youth outreach program, Slice of Art, is an interactive experience for students K-12, is funded by grants and donations at no cost to the schools. It has become a valuable tool for arts educators.

Art Center Sarasota
Gallery Hours:
10am – 4pm Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday

Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941-365-2032
Fax 941-366-0585

2nd Annual Illest Poster Show Fundraiser

September 24, 2011 (7pm)
Word of Mouth Restaurant, Downtown Sarasota, FL

Introducing the 2nd Annual Illest Poster Show Fundraiser hosted at the Word of Mouth Restaurant! We will be showcasing and selling our wonderful illustrated Illest of Ill posters as well as screen printing T-shirts to promote Opening Night. Live screen printing, wonderful posters, amazing bands, this is a night not to miss!!!! Thank you so much to The Closet for helping bring in these talented musicians (Igor / Rebel / The Pauses / Buffalo Wizards).

Poster price TBA ($10 or $15). Live Screen printing by Clothesline! 2 available T-shirt designs. $10 for shirt and print / $5 for BYO-shirt
Come help support your favorite Illustration Art Exhibition and new-found local bands, without your support, none of this would be possible. Save your money for this weekend and bring your cash! Food and Drinks (including ice cold beer) at Word of Mouth.

Thanks to: The Closet, Clothesline, Word of Mouth