Sarasota Visual Artists Open Studios – January 2017

Sarasota Visual Artists Studio 1Sarasota Visual Artists Studios is a FREE Open Studio Series on the 1st Saturday of the Month January – April 11am-4pm.

Open Studio Series is the collaboration of a diverse group of local visual artists sharing their studios with the community. Visitors are encouraged to openly discuss the varied processes with each artist in the environment where it all begins.

The 2017 SVAS artists include: Duncan Chamberlain, Joseph H Melancon, Bill Buchman, Andrea Dasha Reich, Jack Dowd, Elena De La Ville, Jorge Blanco, Vicky Randall, Tim Jaeger, and Tom Stephens.

January Sarasota Open Studio Artists January Open Studio Locations

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OLD FLORIDA a 21st Century Interpretation

Longboat Key Center for the Arts presents Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger and Tom Stephens in an exhibition

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
October 7 – November 11, 2016

Longboat Key Center for the Arts presents Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger and Tom Stephens in an exhibition.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746976118909320/

Longboat Key Center for the Arts will begin their Fall Season bringing together 3  top Florida artists who visually are interpreting the nostalgia, memory and visceral appeal of a Florida that once existed in our history, our community, and in our minds.  Come and experience their “Old Florida” inspirations and interpretations on canvas and with paint.

Tom Stephens Painting
Tom Stephens, Blue Bird, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 84″, 2016

“This exhibit will capture the vibrancy of Florida today interconnected with the intuitive, nostalgic and romantic notions equated to times passed”, stated Director, Jane Buckman of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to exhibit 3 accomplished Ringling College alumni who have stayed in the area while pursuing their careers as working artists. It is a testimony to the conviction of their art to this location as well as the support of our community that keeps them here.”

Joseph Arnegger Painting
Joseph Arnegger, Into the Void

Programming:

  • October 7, 5:30- 7:30 pm Opening Reception 
  • November 9, 6:30 – 8 pm. Closing/ Artist’s Talk Enjoy a moderated discussion with the artists as they talk about their process, point of view, lifestyles and engagement with our cultural coast! Light refreshments will be served.
Tim Jaeger Painting
Tim Jaeger, The Farmer’s Wife, mixed media on glass and board, 2015

RSVP your intention to attend by calling 941.383.2345 or by emailingLBKCA@ringling.edu

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key, FL 34228

Tom Stephens: A Land Remembered

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created in the past 12 months.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION – FEB. 20th (5-8pm) / FEB. 21st (noon-3pm)

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created within the past 12 months.

“I will take you on a visual hike through landscapes of dense, painterly textures and exaggerated color; where compositions of distant reaching spaces form an opening for the viewer to enter into a natural world of fluid paint and expressive energy.

Influences from vivid memories of places visited along the Florida coastal environment are especially evident in the series entitled, “Rainbow River”. Each painting is developed loosely and left elusive. Through its ambitious use of large-scale canvases and my most vivid palette to date, I have attempted to keep my work adventurous, allowing the viewer a chance to explore with their own creative minds.”

"Rainbow River" oil and acrylic on canvas  48" x 46"
“Rainbow River”
oil and acrylic on canvas
48″ x 46″

Stephens’ received his BFA degree from Ringling College of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the United States. Stephen’s work is in private, corporate, and public collections including those of the PNC Bank, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Examples of his work can be viewed at www.tomstephenspaintings.com.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
2698 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday (noon-3:00pm)

Tropical Splendor in Full Bloom at Selby Gardens

Tropical Splendor
November 21-February 27, 2014
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota, FL

Selby Gardens has no shortage of beautiful vistas and unique plants, so it’s no surprise that artists are inspired to depict the Gardens’ beauty in their work. Opening Thursday, November 21 at 5:30pm, Tropical Splendor, a new art exhibit in the Museum of Botany and the Arts, will demonstrate two artists’ fascination with Selby Gardens and its plants.

Tropical Splendor will feature stunning garden paintings by Anna Mason of the United Kingdom and Sarasota artist, Tom Stephens. The paintings portray macro and micro views of tropical locales and plants with an emphasis on texture and color. Stephens’ work showcases Selby’s landscapes, while Mason will focus on distinctive tropical plants from Selby’s collections.

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Tom Stephens,Yellow Creek 11″x 17″, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

Tom Stephens, Copper Creek, 36" x 48", oil and acrylic on canvas
Tom Stephens, Copper Creek, 36″ x 48″, oil and acrylic on canvas

The exhibit’s opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and is open to the public. Mason and Stephens will lead two gallery walk and talk tours Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Due to limited space, advance registration is required by email to education@selby.org. Mason will lead a two-day watercolor instructional workshop, Orchids: Jewels of the Rainforest, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The exhibit runs daily, Nov. 21 through Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and after hours during Lights in Bloom, Dec. 20-23 and 26-30. Entry is included in the price of admission to the Gardens.

For more information about Tropical Splendor and Selby Gardens, visit www.selby.org or call 941-366-5731.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. The mission of Selby Gardens is to provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 5 and under enter free.

Dates to Remember:

November 21 Opening reception – Open to the Public (no charge) 5:30 pm
November 22 & 23 Orchids: Jewels of the Rainforest 10:00 am
(2-day instructional watercolor workshop)
November 25 Gallery Walk ‘N Talk Tours – Open to the Public (no charge, RSVP required) 5:30 or 6:30 pm


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Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach by Pamela Beck (2/5)

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

s/ART/q is a group of ten professional artists with connections to the Sarasota area, known for engaging the community through unique art experiences: Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger, Amy Williamson Miller, Jeff Schwartz, Nathan Skiles, Tom Stephens, Steve Strenk, Jen Nugent, Daniel Perales and Ariana Franco.

Ariana Franco
Ariana Franco

Day 2 – I spoke with Ariana Franco about s/ART/q’s participation at the Select Art Fair.


PB: This was s/ART/q’s first time showing during the Miami fairs. Were all of the s/ART/q artists represented in this show?

AF: Yes all of the artists were represented.

PB: What was the name of the show where you exhibited and please describe how the Catalina Hotel was converted.

AF: The fair is called Select Art Fair at the Catalina Hotel. The whole hotel was transformed into an art party with a DJ in the lobby in the evenings, artists running around all day and night.

Each guest room was stripped of its usual contents- the bed, end table, phone, television, everything was removed. This left the rooms open for each representative to create a gallery setting.

PB: What were the visitors to this show like?

AF: The visitors varied. Some people were very interested in the work and asked a lot of questions, which made it fun. Others just walked in twirled around and left.

PB: How would you describe the particular energy or spirit of this particular show at the Catalina?

AF: The energy was high. So many amazing, happy, excited people were there, both artists and viewers.

PB: Can you share any specific interesting experience that happened to you?

AF: The most interesting thing that I experienced this year was at Design Miami. I went on Friday early afternoon before working my shift at Select Fair. When I was about to leave, Pharrell Williams was scheduled to talk about his new design book. I managed to stay for long enough to get a photo and a video clip. This was the first time I had seen a celebrity at an art fair.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

PB: What was your typical day and night like?

Typical day…. well, because Jen Nugent and I slept in the space, our mornings and evenings consisted of making the room livable with an air mattress and our personal belongings, and then putting it all into the shower in the mornings so the space was once again a gallery. This particular week/event did not have a consistent flow, besides the mornings and late evenings. I went to as many other fairs as I could and looked at as much as I could handle before it felt like my eyes were going to fall out.

PB: How did it feel to sleep in your gallery? Any strange dreams or descriptions to share?

AF: The experience of sleeping in the gallery was good. It was a little difficult in such a small space but I enjoyed it. The first night one of the sculptures fell but I slept through it. And we covered the window to create more hanging space for paintings, so it was hard to get up in the morning without the natural lighting. Besides that it was pretty normal.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

PB: Did you see any work you particularly liked?

AF: The artist I really liked was Melissa Jay Craig, who works in paper. The pieces I saw were “Amanita Muscaria” (mushrooms) constructed from handmade paper (by the artist) in book forms. They have a “distinctive clown like appearance” (from the artist’s personal statement). They excited me because they were something you can imagine and believe in both as an adult and child. They contain movement, even though they are still sculptures. They made me giggle, that’s how I knew I liked them. I believe art should evoke a feeling, and they did. I also work in paper, although not to the same extent. She inspired me to really think about what I’m making and what I want to be making and how to achieve that.


PB: Would s/ART/q like to return next year?

AF: I am not sure what we want to do next year. On a personal level it was a great experience; I’m sure everyone else would agree. It provided exposure for each of us individually and collectively, representing Sarasota. We haven’t had an opportunity to really talk about the pros and cons yet.


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