3 of a Kind at Clothesline

April 12 – 27, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota

An exhibition featuring the work of mixed media artist Peter Gaztambide, fashion painter Helen Gerro, and sculptor / designer Clif Lundberg.

April 12 – 27, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota

Opening: Friday, April 12 from 5-9 p.m.

Part of the ARTiZ collective in Punta Gorda, the three artists were chosen for their bold aesthetic choices, modernist influences, and distinct styles.

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Peter Gaztambide – Raised in Puerto Rico, Gaztambide is a master printmaker and mixed media artist with a career spanning four decades. While earning a BFA at the University of South Florida, he studied with Theo Wujic, Bradlee Shanks, Jeffrey Kronsnoble, and George Papas. Gaztambide’s unique Neo-Caribbean style is bold and captivating which shows through his use of various mediums. His work has been exhibited not only in Puerto Rico and the United States but Internationally as well, including France, Dominican Republic, Korea, Japan, and Spain among others. His work is included in many private and pubic collections, both here and abroad

Helen Gerro – A self-taught artist in both painting and fashion design, Gerro started designing women’s wear in the early ’80s in Minneapolis. She then moved to the heart of Manhattan and worked in the garment district. After 3 years, Gerro started her own line of “wearable art” couture which sold to Dayton Hudson, Marshall Field’s, and Nordstrom’s. Her art-inspired fashions have been featured on the Oprah Show and in magazines such as the L.A. Times and Women’s Wear Daily. For the past two decades, Gerro has been focused on creating fashion-inspired acrylic paintings. Today she continues to hone in on developing her chic, feminine style.

Clif Lundberg – Born and raised in Boston, this ex-Miami artist grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, absorbing the mad, erotic overlapping of color and form found in psychedelic and pop art movements. Lundberg graduated from the Swain School of Design in 1979, established a successful design career, and began pursuing sculpture full-time in 2005. Today, Lundberg’s work explores the tactile sensuality of wood and steel – pushing the boundaries between child’s play and industrial process. His geometric sculpture blends the sweeping curves of 1950’s neo-Dadaism, the fluorescent colors of the Caribbean, and oblong forms found in urban tagging.

529 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

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Let it Float, an exhibition of new works by Matt Coombs

March 8 – March 31, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

An undergraduate in the Fine Arts Department of Ringling College of Art and Design, the artist recently returned from the New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), where he stopped painting

March 8 – March 31, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Clothesline Gallery presents Let it Float, an exhibition of new works by emerging visual artist Matt Coombs. This is Coombs’ second solo exhibition in Sarasota. His work has also been exhibited in Brooklyn, Harlem, and upstate New York.

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An undergraduate in the Fine Arts Department of Ringling College of Art and Design, the artist recently returned from the New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), where he stopped painting and found a renewed interest in drawing and collage. This shift opened up a new mode of thinking for Coombs, which has found its way back into painting for this new body of work.

“My images explore systems that go unnoticed, and the limits of visual clarity,” Coombs writes in his artist statement, “My paintings and collages are small, but often imply a network of surfaces and sensations that extend the physical coordinates of the image.”

Opening night will feature a variety of original paintings and collages and give guests a chance to meet the artist. Wine is complimentary of Sarasota Vineyard.

Clothesline Gallery, 529 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL
http://clotheslinecreative.com / art@clotheslinetees.com / 941.366.5222

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Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5p.m. / Admission: Free


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META AMERICA – WORKS BY MIKE ADNO

December 21 – January 11, 2012
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

A solo exhibition of works investigating race, identity, gender, and western perspective. Adno sheds light on issues often considered taboo and brings life to the otherwise mundane.

December 21 – January 11, 2012
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Opening Reception December 21, 2012, 5:00pm – 9:00-pm

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Clothesline presents Meta America, a solo exhibition by multi-disciplinary artist Mike Adno. An opening reception will be held December 21, 2012 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will remain on display through January 11, 2013.

In Mike Adno’s exhibition Meta America, the artist investigates race, identity, gender, and western perspective. Adno sheds light on issues often considered taboo and brings life to the otherwise mundane. The work incites a sense of overwhelming nostalgia, both personal and universal. With an interdisciplinary approach that lends itself to romanticized Americana and street art, Adno expresses these ideas through painting, photography, video, sculpture, installation, and printmaking.

The show is a true testament to his practice and general curiosity. By investigating various themes from phobias to monotheism, the exhibition evokes a higher level of discovery through challenging his archetypes and western society’s, which anyone can relate to. For the audience, Adno hopes to arouse intrinsic desires and encourage dissent.

Clothesline Gallery & Boutique, 529 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL
http://clotheslinetees.com / gallery@clotheslinetees.com

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 Noon – 7p.m. / Admission: Free / Closed Christmas Day and Christmas Eve

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The Corner & the Crane Photographic Works by Dylan Johnston & Brandon Paul Bakus

November 25 – December 1, 2012
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Clotheline’s first photography exhibit, The Corner & The Crane focuses on first impressions of foreign states, specifically The Bahamas (The Corner) and Istanbul (the Crane).

November 25 – December 1, 2012
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Closing Reception:Friday, November 30th. 2012 from 5-9 P.M.

Clotheline’s first photography exhibit, The Corner & The Crane focuses on first impressions of foreign states, specifically The Bahamas (The Corner) and Istanbul (the Crane). Shot in a social documentary and journalistic manner, the works aim to present an existence or culture unknown to many American citizens. The images create a framework, whereby the viewer is invited to understand and empathize with the subjects. Both photographers offer a unique perspective of their individual travels.

Dylan Johnston’s photographs reveal his journey 100 miles off the shores of Florida to the remote island of Grand Cay. “Whether out fishing or staying on the island…life is teeming all around you in vibrant colors,” says Johnston, “These are my experiences on the boat and in a nation trying to rebuild itself.” His photographs speak to the gritty, authentic life that exists behind the tourist image of the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, photographs by Brandon Bakus focus on economic growth in a city whose antiquity and history are richly layered. “Malls, Cinemas, Hotels, luxury apartments and cars, American & Western style Café’s and food; [these] ‘ideals’ sprout up like behemoths[…]” Bakus’ juxtapositions of old and new raise questions and add to the discussion about globalized, contemporary life.

The exhibition will be on display from November 25th through December 1st at Clothesline Gallery & Boutique. 529 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL. For more info, contact gallery@clotheslinetees.com


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Sarasota Chalk Festival by Pamela Beck

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd.

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There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in her column, ARTdart, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.


For many of us, childhood memories of drawing with chalk on the sidewalk are not very interesting and often the source of conflict. We used chalk to make arbitrary but enforceable boundaries (Your ball went over the line, so now you’re out!); to play tic tac toe (No, you can’t go first until you finally win one, you crybaby.); and to draw pictures on someone’s driveway until the unimpressed owner invariably came out and yelled “Hey you, Picasso. Go find somewhere else to paint your masterpiece.”

If only there had been something like the Sarasota Chalk Festival in our town. Then we might have earned some respect as we honed our artistic skills for possible future festival participation! (Maybe even hothead neighbor would have piped down.)

And respect and admiration is just what’s in the air when you walk around “Circus City, USA,” this year’s Chalk Festival, a bow to Sarasota’s circus history. For ten days, this free festival spans 300-600 South Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square and currently runs through November 6th.

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well-known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd. Standing aloft on a two-story scaffold nearby these artists, was Kurt Wenner himself, the celebrated innovator of this art form. He was directing his own crew of artists from Japan, Germany, Italy and Mexico as they created a complicated, original and beautiful work of visual illusion, premiering a new Wenner technique designed for the festival. This elaborate, massive, intricate piece is a must see for both its extraordinary imagery and eye teasing technique.

Between November 1-6, visitors will be able to step into these artworks and among many options, they can strike a pose with lions, kiss an elephant or perch on a clown’s palm. In this unlikely street setting, experiencing art so directly, surrounded by giggles and cries of disbelief, I can’t imagine that even a killjoy could resist attempting an imaginary balancing act along the high wire painted on the street.

Kurt Wenner’s assistants working on his chalk painting for the 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival. Photo by Pamela Beck

The 2D pavement artists will chalk between November 2nd-4th. Their finished artwork can be viewed November 5th and 6th. And don’t forget to look up as well– painters, spray can and airbrush artists are going vertical, creating artworks on pre-approved private walls around the city. Over five hundred artists are participating in all of these events.

At different times throughout the festival, there are performances of music, dance, acrobats, and street performers, along with special events. The information for all of these can be found on the festival website under “Events.”

To expand on what you learn from your direct chats with the artists on the streets, Clothesline Gallery and Boutique, at 529 South Pineapple, is presenting “Creative Conversations Chalk Festival Series.” In a six-session format, festival artists discuss their work and inspiration with a moderator and the audience. So far, there’s been one interview with Leon Keer from Holland. I like how he described his work: “I never explain my paintings but can say that I am interested in everyday things. I look through old magazines for ideas. I try to paint people’s forgotten stories and encourage others to remember their own stories and retain their memories.”

“Forgotten stories”- one small, beautiful fragment of information like that, helps me see different things in Keer’s work. Henry Darnell is the next artist in this series. He’s up today, November 1st at 7PM.

This festival starts off with a strong sense of anticipation built-in to it. Watching the art being made, you think that its completion will be the cherry on the cake. But along the way, the personal interaction among the audience, artists and the art itself combined with the closing down of the streets for the art, festival guests and visitors, makes the entire Chalk Festival experience an immensely satisfying end unto itself. (Probably like years ago, when the circus village rolled into town.)

At one point, a Swedish family with two girls about ten and twelve years old, stood next to me on the street. We watched the artists chalk on the pavement below us. Soon the mother and I began to talk.

“We wanted to take a vacation with our girls. We knew about Sarasota’s beaches and cultural activities, but when we heard about the Chalk Festival, we thought the girls would love it; so we booked our trip for this week.”

“How have they liked it?” I asked.

“They love the paintings and can’t believe they’re done so well and in chalk. But what my husband and I didn’t expect is the spirit on these streets. Even though everyone is working on their own thing, and many from different countries, it feels like everyone’s connected. It’s very moving.”

For events, hours, address, directions, info and all schedules:
www.chalkfestival.org


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