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.

The 10 participating SARTQ artists include Jeffery Cornwell, Elena De La Ville, Zachary Gilliland, Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite, Jenny Medved, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk, and Jill Taffet

For more information:

The Palmetto Art Center is located at:
907 5th Street West, Palmetto, Florida, 34221.
Right next door to Grower’s Hardware Store

SARTQ at Art Center Sarasota 2016

SARTQ, Art Center Sarasota, Print SARTQ Print Party

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.

SARTQ, Art Center Sarasota, Print
SARTQ Print Exhibit at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL

7th Annual Print Party!

SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13, 3-7pm

SARTQ Print Party 2016

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: HERE AND NOW #Sarasota #Art

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.

Here and Now (front)

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

Playing Around: Interview with kinetic sculptor, Steven Strenk

Sarasota Visual Art talks with professional Sarasota artist and educator, Steve Strenk, about his relationship with his creations, and process.

It’s not everyday that we associate fine art with toys. Often the first image that comes to mind when think of art is a painting- something formal perhaps. However it’s more common than you think. The notion that artists can use materials creatively to express whimsy and a sense of play in objects is one that has been around for quite some time. From Alexander Calder’s Circus consisting of pulls, strings, cranks, and noises to the Simpson-like work of New York based contemporary artist and designer, Kaws, the playful and inventive works are here to stay.

Sarasota Visual Art talks with professional Sarasota artist and educator, Steve Strenk, about his relationship with his creations, and process.

sVA: It’s almost every kid’s dream to make his or her own toys. What started your fascination with combining function, utility, and toys into your art?

My kids!! During graduate school, I was painting subject matter that was very isolated; because of my circumstances I was inspired by the landscape around me. I then realized looking in and around my studio that my children were and will always be a significant part of my art making. They had their toys everywhere, I believe that it started when I picked up one of their toy trucks and made a painting of it.

sVA: How would you define the art of toy design? Do you have a routine process?

I would have to say it begins with a sense of play, figuring out how things work, and what their purpose might include.

I think knowing your process is important. I begin with a drawing, like many others do, however I then spend most of the time developing a prototype. It’s through the prototyping process that I make decisions of function. Where is it located, what is it doing, and how is the viewer suppose to interact with it?

sVA: You are participating in the 38th Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition opening November 21 at the Arkansas Arts Center. What does this mean to you?

This is a great step in the right direction for my work. My goal is to get the work out, try to find the “right” audience; who are they, where are they, those kinds of things. I would like to start exploring other areas of the country to find a place for my work. Someone somewhere needs to start collecting my work!

Perfect Flower © Steven Strenk

sVA: Your work is a wildly inventive combination of something handmade, playful, elaborate, colorful, but also full of personal expression. Are your sculptures for yourself?

I would like to share. Of course I make work hoping others would appreciate it, but it’s not my sole motivation. I just find things fascinating, and find a need to deconstruct objects and materials, re-inventing the purpose of them. Thinking up ideas gets very exciting: what can I make, where can I use it, is it functional, or what do I do next.

sVA: While most toys are massed produced, your work is one-of-a-kind, and meticulously crafted from found objects. Can you describe your process of collecting?

Everyday I’m around “stuff”. Whether it be a matchbox car, or some cool Lego construction my son is in the middle of building. Possibilities are everywhere. When I come across a new material, it could be as simple as a new sheet of paper, or it could be as complex as hacking an electronic to make something light up. This always gets me energized, and I think, “What could I do with this?”

Enlightenment (a study of) © Steven Strenk

sVA: You always seem to have new projects. What lies in your future?

Well….I’m thinking about lighting things up! Lighting plexi-glass could be fun. I have all these great colors. It could be an interesting turn to transform the work into some sort of kitsch. The wonder of what they would look like as a “night light”? I don’t know …so many things to do…maybe a mini theater with a moving disc of images? We’ll see.

sVA: Lastly, what do you think makes toys so special?

It depends on how you define “toy”. A car for a middle-aged person could be their toy, a new Lego set for my 9-year-old that puts a smile on his face is a toy. For me I think a “toy” is designed to bring a sense of amusement, wonder, and a smile to the participant.

To view more of Stenk’s work, visit: