mchapel projects is Sarasota’s newest art exhibition space. The gallery prioritizes artists with innovative approaches to process, material, display, and concept. Its inaugural exhibition, Organic Geometry opens Friday, March 17, 2017, from 6-9pm, and shows the work of four local artists: Marianne Chapel, Cynthia Mason, Laine Nixon, and Jill Taffet. These artists work deeply with nonobjective imagery that appears to derive from specific geometric elements; however, the forms evolve organically through each artist’s unique inventive process. Visitors will enjoy the irregular results of each approach, beautifully combining a particular system of points, lines, angles, curves, and surfaces, as well as the non-traditional installation of the work.
The show is open as follows:
Friday, March 17 from 6-9pm (reception)
Saturday, March 18 from 1-5pm
Wednesday, March 22 from 1-5pm
Friday, march 24 from 1-5pm
Saturday, March 25 from 1-5pm
Sarasota visual art collective with new exhibit around the theme of the color red. Palmetto Art Center, February 10 – March 9, 2017
February 10 – March 9, 2017
Palmetto Art Center
Opening Reception Friday, February 10 6-9pm
SARTQ: RED exhibition, will fill the beautiful Palmetto Art Center with glowing color. Whether scarlet, crimson, maroon, vermilion, berry, ruby, rose, burgundy, carmine, brick, or cerise – red is both satisfying and exciting. The strong feelings suggested by the color red – passionate love, blood and anger – are always stimulating!
“A thimble full of red is redder than a bucketful.” – Henri Matisse
The 10 artists in the exhibition celebrate the many ways to see the color red. “Red can boost your energy, it exudes confidence and is life-affirming. In addition, this exhibition gives all art lovers something different to do with their sweethearts for their Valentine’s celebration,” says SARTQ co-founder Tim Jaeger.
The artwork in this group show includes printmaking, collage, drawing, video installation, sculpture and painting. In addition, FREE red silk screened prints will be made for the public right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ. Attendees may bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, pants, scarfs etc., though any item that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on.
SARTQ: RED exhibition is open to the public with no admission fee. Cash bar and live music by Hunter Brown will be provided. Following the opening reception, the Palmetto Art Center gallery will be open Saturday, February 11th from 11AM – 1PM. Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 2PM, and by appointment.
January 28 – March 05, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28 • 5-8pm
Featuring small-scale, limited-edition prints by the 15 members of this dynamic local artist collective. This is SARTQ’s first all-print exhibition and it reflects their dedication to the medium. The 24” x 30” works are created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Dustin Juengel, the curator of this show and Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions curator says,
“The prints are unified through their common size and framing instead of turning the focus to the diversity of the SARTQ artists and their different printing styles and methods.”
SARTQ members include Elena De La Ville, Larry Forgard, Zachary Gilliland, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Tim Jaeger, Jeffery Cornwell, Cassia Kite, Andrew Long, Noelle McCleaf, Jenny Medved, Daniel Miller, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk, and Natalya Swanson.
7th Annual Print Party!
SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13, 3-7pm
An annual event that gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists. This year’s party will serve as an opportunity for the public to purchase a print created right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ, enjoy music and food while viewing the multiple exhibitions of Art Center Sarasota.
From 3-7pm on February 13, SARTQ will hold its free screen-printing party at Art Center Sarasota. SARTQ’s sixth print party in March of 2015 drew nearly 1,500 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened live by the artists.
“We’re excited to partner with Art Center Sarasota this year for our annual print party,” says SARTQ co-founder, Tim Jaeger. “It’s a natural fit because we can get messy in the classroom and bring people together in the galleries for an entertaining afternoon and evening.”
Once again, each of the 15 artists have created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, pants, scarfs etc., though any item that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — and each print is just $5. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from last year’s event. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event.
SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13 • 3-7pm
SARTQ, Sarasota’s local popular artist collective has reemerged. The now redesigned 501c3 network of accomplished Sarasota and Manatee artists invites you to their first 2015 exhibition.
Featuring artists include: Andrew Long, Cassia Kite, Caui Lofgren, Daniel Miller, Elena De La Ville, Javier Rodriguez, Jenny Medved, Laine Nixon, Larry Forgard, Morgan Janssen, Natalya Swanson, Nathan Wilson, Noelle McCleaf, Steven Strenk, Tim Jaeger, Zachary Gilliland, and curated by Danny Olda
SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community.
OPENING RECEPTION: August 15, 2015 (6pm – 9pm) Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (11am – 4pm) Address: 1525 State Street, Sarasota, FL
The visitors to the final Ringling Underground of the Spring 2015 season will encounter a range of mediums including an interactive performance piece with Vincent Kral, paintings by Laine Nixon, sculpture by Matthew Drennan Wicks, and a site-specific installation by Michael Covello. Artists will visually transform the courtyard by challenging the spectator’s perception.
“My practice expresses itself through an idiomatic language of hybridized abstraction, where diverse formal elements contradict and complete each other. The spaces I depict within a painting or installation are densely layered and at times antagonistic in their composure; with shallow fields of clashing images, patterns, and color palettes. I am not interested in making work that is easy to view- instead I strive for a language of excess, where a maximalist non- representational vocabulary creates a challenging space for the viewer to inhabit. By provoking my audience to re-evaluate their methods for viewing, I am confronting the typical relationship we have to image, architecture, and environment. The motifs of assembly, demolition, accumulation, and containment are common throughout my work, and highlight the temporal process of creation. For instance, through masking, over-painting, and removal, compositional elements undergo continuous cycles of emerging, shifting, and concealment. Thus, as I work on a piece, attempts to organize a space are constantly being folded back in on themselves as the process evolves. As an artist exploring and reacting to this unsteady terrain, I see my artistic process as a suspension between remembering, forgetting, and rebuilding.” –Michael Covello
“My current studio practice is a process-based exploration of traditional craft in a contemporary context that highlights specific domestic materials and the intrinsic properties of clay. This often leads to the transformation of materials through specific craft-based processes. While notions of beauty, kitsch and class all bubble under the surface of my work, I strive to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of familiar materials and forms and their pre-loaded content.” –Matthew Drennan Wicks
“I will be performing a piece called the Return of the Ink Panther, before the event starts I will set out pink colored Easter eggs all around the space with clues or about the other artists participating and possible hint at some imagined mystery. During the event I will appear as Inspector Clouseau and engage the visitors in character and ask them if they have found any clues. The piece is about enjoying art having fun and interacting with the artists and asking questions. The Eggs can be returned or kept by visitors.” –Vincent Kral
“I pursue my work through a studio practice, developing non-objective paintings that subtly embody the conflict between visual perception and the physical object. Zuhanden, a series of 4’ x 4’ non-representational paintings, are responsive works where I embed thinned washes, pours or otherwise watery paint within a heavy-bodied, textured acrylic gradation. The first layers are applied thin and wet – they tend to run, dart, bleed, and are generally unpredictable. In contrast, the gradation is a highly organized and repetitive exercise, where I slowly string small beads of paint together increasing the pigment in one-step increments. The process allows me to first experience the thrill and uneasiness of the unknown, and then to enjoy a deep retreat into a slow, meditative period of organizing the initial chaos. The formal challenge that I have issued myself is to see if I can reverse the typical salient and recessive properties of transparent and opaque marks in order to provoke a subtle sense of confusion, a moment of uncertainty.
In my explorations, one constant is that my work must highlight the tension between the painting (the illusion) and what is actually there (the physical object) – or between thought and thing. For me, there is no definitive hierarchy between the two; if asked, I would encourage the viewer to oscillate back and forth in order to experience both realities. I tend to enjoy this ambiguity as a path to refuge which in turn leads me to all kinds of other good things such as understanding, perspective, mystery, or even peace and joy. These are the aspects I wish to share by sharing my work.” –Laine Nixon
Ringling Underground is always free for college students with a valid college ID. It is an extension of the Art After 5 program held on Thursdays after 5 p.m. After hours discounted admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-17, children 5 and under and Museum Members are free.
Ringling Underground is a rain or shine event. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. Share your Underground experiences on social media using the hashtag: #RinglingUnderground
For additional details about exhibiting at Ringling Underground, please contact the Artist Liaison, Natalya Swanson at email@example.com