Evelyn McCorristin Peters at Art Uptown

Art Uptown November exhibit features Evelyn McCorristin Peters’ new paintings, in which she defines her sense of “home.”

Art Uptown, Sarasota
October 28 – November 24, 2017

Art Uptown artist Evelyn McCorristin Peters demonstrates her skill in capturing the essence of widely different realms in her upcoming show, Defining Home. The gallery will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, November 3, at 1367 Main St.

Evelyn McCorristin Peters
Home by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Peters’ work is held in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands. She has received awards and fellowships to Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Zion National Park and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She is a member of The Petticoat Painters and serves on the governing board of Myakka River State Park, with a dedication to bringing artists and nature together.

Evelyn McCorristin Peters
Head West by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Art Uptown is owned by 29 artists whose recent work will be on display during Peters’ show. The 37-year-old gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 11-5, Friday 11-9, Saturday 11-5, and Sunday 12-5. Telephone: 941-955-5409. www.artuptown.com.

McCorristin Peters
Threat by McCorristin Peters

The gallery will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, November 3, at 1367 Main St.


Art Uptown
1367 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

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.

ArtDart: On the Waterfront by Pamela Beck

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the second installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the second installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

“My most successful relationship has been with water,” a newly single artist recently told me.
I laughed.
“I know that sounds funny, “ he continued, “but we’ve been together forever and it’s the only influence I’ll let dominate me; or at least the only one I’ll admit to,” he added with a devilish smile.
That’s what makes horse races; but seriously, nobody with a beating heart can live in Sarasota and not be affected by the pervasive presence of water.
In the conversations I have with local artists, water is often mentioned as a favorite muse. Whether referenced for its beauty, power, mystery or ever-changing properties, water leaves an indelible mark.
Here’s a sampler of what I SeeSaw around town:

 

Susan Zukowsky
Missing Girl, 2OO3
Mixed media collage: appropriated paper images, rubber ball, wire, glass beads, thread
2O 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Jack Dowd’s 27 & Susan Zukowsky
Selby Gallery, Sarasota FL, 34234

Bruce Marsh
Bay Light
Oil on canvas
60 x 65 inches

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

 

 
Irene Gorman
Sarasota Journal
Collage

Florida Flavor
Art Center Sarasota
707 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

 

Arnold Desamarais
The Quiet Calm
oil on panel, 2011
18 x 24 inches

Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street
Sarasota, Fl. 34239
 
Maro Lorimer Old Florida acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 36 x 24 inches
Maro Lorimer
Old Florida
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches

Art Uptown
1367 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34236
 
 
 

Beatrice del Perugia
Siesta Gold
acrylic on canvas
18″ x 18″, framed 22″ x 22″

Dabbert Gallery
76 S. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

 

 
 
Sigrid Olsen
Marina Magic
mixed media
14 x 17 inches framed

Sigrid Olsen Art
4O7 S. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL, 34236

 

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

“Axis of Symmetry” Digital Art at Art Uptown Gallery in April

April 1 – 27, 2012
A solo exhibit of digital art by Bradenton artist Barrington R. DeMers . An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2-5 pm.

April 1 – 27, 2012
Art Uptown Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Art Uptown, Sarasota’s oldest artist-owned fine art gallery, presents “Axis of Symmetry,” a solo exhibit of digital art by Bradenton artist Barrington R. DeMers from April 1 to 27. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2-5 pm at the gallery at 3167 Main St., Sarasota. The public is welcome.

A past president of Art Uptown, Bary creates his art using computers and digital equipment. The theme of the exhibit is the “digital mandala,” representing an adaptation of his kaleidoscopic work that he created for a 1999 art exhibition at the Digital Fine Arts Society.

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

Florida Soliloquy by Cecile Moran

Feb. 25 – March 30, 2012
Solo exhibition of paintings embodying a sense of energy displayed through the interaction of brilliant colors. The images are created by layering and resistance techniques.

Feb. 25 – March 30, 2012
Art Uptown, Sarasota, FL

A prolific painter, Cecile’s paintings embody a sense of energy displayed through the interaction of brilliant colors. The images are created by layering and resistance techniques. Paint is applied and removed in selected areas to reveal new and different color relationships.

“Florida is a land of contrasts, extreme weather, differing cultures and diverse tropical terrain and flora. The large expanse of ever-changing skies and the strong horizontal impact of the landscape excite the senses and provide the impetus for my painting,” noted the artist. “I have always been intrigued by the shapes and patterns of natural forms.”

She graduated with a BFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts and an MA in Art Education from California State University. She also studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Cecile’s work is found in public and private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Spain.

As a teaching artist, her life experiences have taken her to diverse locations, from California, New York and Florida to Spain, where she lived and taught for three years. She resided in Tampa for 20 years teaching with Adult, Technical and Community College art programs before moving to Sarasota in 1998.

During this period she was one of five finalists nominated for Adult Education “Teacher of the Year.” She has brought art education to all age levels from Kindergarten to College. In Sarasota, she has conducted art and educational programs for at-risk youth. She currently gives painting workshops and demonstrations in Tampa and Sarasota.

Cecile Moran, a long-time member of Art Uptown, is a past-president of the gallery and serves on the Board. She formerly served as president of the Art Teachers Association of Long Beach and organized conferences for the Southern California Art Education Association.