SARTQ Print Party 2015

Sarasota’s Contemporary Artist Collective SARTQ announces Sixth Annual Print Party at the HuB

[March 9, 2015– Sarasota, Fl.] The newly reformed local artist collective SARTQ announces its sixth “Print Party,” an annual event that gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists. This year’s party will serve as an introduction to SARTQ, its new members, mission, while raising funds for future exhibitions.

From 5 to 11 p.m. on Sat., March 21, SARTQ will hold its screen-printing party at the downtown “Creative Epicenter of Innovation” the HuB (1680 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). SARTQ’s fifth print party in Sept. of 2011 drew nearly 1,000 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened live by the artists.

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“It is with the generous support of the community that SARTQ will be able to provide unique and engaging arts experiences. The upcoming event is another great opportunity for Sarasota to come out, meet the artists and enjoy a really fun evening for all ages.” says SARTQ co-founder, Tim Jaeger

Once again, each of the artists (4 previous members and 11 new members) 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, 5-11 p.m., Sat., March 21, 5-11pm, The HuB, 1680 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota or sartq.org, FREE admission ($5 per print).

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ABOUT SARTQ

SARTQ, Sarasota’s local popular artist collective whose name underscores their connection to the region (a take-off on the area’s three letter airport code “SRQ”) was founded and formed in early 2008 by local artists Tim Jaeger and Joseph Arnegger under the observation that the Sarasota region boasted a large number of talented visual artists, yet only a small fraction were seen by the public, and the artist themselves were not actively engaged in dialogue and cooperation. Begun informally the collective quickly expanded and gained the attention of many local enthusiasts while exhibiting in multiple local rogue exhibitions and fairs including the SELECT Art Fair Art Basel Miami. After a brief two year hiatus, the now redesigned, 501 (c)3 aims to not only maintain a sustainable network of accomplished Sarasota/Manatee artists, manage an ambitious calendar of annual exhibitions and events, but also to create collaborations with local businesses, community, and performing arts organizations with a special effort to forge strong relationships with local schools. SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community. To read/view more about the resurgance of this organization visit: http://sartq.org/2015/03/resurgence-of-sartq/

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MISSION

SARTQ, A collective designed to maintain a sustainable network of artists which provide and enhance the facade of the local visual arts through the creation of unique art experiences and educational programming.

Based in Sarasota, FL, SARTQ engages the community through unique art experiences. In addition, the collective strives to: 1. Support the circle’s creative endeavors. 2. Produce roaming / temporary exhibitions. 3. Create educational opportunities in the community. 4. Reveal to the public how artists can function in society. 5. Create sustainable partnerships throughout the community that energize the visual arts and attract national attention to Sarasota’s legacy as a visual arts town.

For more information about SARTQ or how you can become involved with SARTQ please visit us on the web: www.sartq.org or get social with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sartq

Resurgence of SARTQ

Originally posted on MCFADDEN CREATIVE by Stephen McFadden


Back in 2010, I was invited to the SARTQ Print Party, by my friend Jaszy, where I got to meet a lot of the “movers & shakers” of Sarasota for the first time. Over the next few years, I attended most of the s/ART/q exhibitions and print parties. The events always drew big crowds and was always a great place to meet other creatives. Those events truly opened up the city to me.

At the time, I felt the exhibitions and parties would make for great videos. So, I would bring my camera along and document the events. Unfortunately, SARTQ fizzled out but after a two year break, the organization is making a comeback as a 501c3 and they will be hosting another print party March 21st to jumpstart the resurgence of the group.

The group is now taking submissions for new members and will probably be a much bigger organization than before. I’m truly excited to see what’s in store for SARTQ. Sarasota needs an organization like this.

Flesh Tones: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition

Tampa, FL (February 2015) — From February 23-27, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Flesh Tones by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller. There will be a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

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Natalya Swanson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with her Bachelors of Art in Art History. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is preparing for a career in Art Conservation.

Natalya’s paintings are an exploration of identity within art and society. She recreates famous artworks by pairing original compositional elements with contemporary imagery and figures. Through the transformative process, Natalya embeds personal beliefs on religion, sexuality, and selfhood within the works. Painting has become a form of meditation, where she visually interacts with her thoughts.

Daniel Miller graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communications. This will be his first showing of oil paintings. The collection of large scale genre scenes are an attempt to bring the viewer into Miller’s past, enveloping the viewer for their own happening experiences. Previous exhibits have included video art, printmaking, and graphic design. Miller is also part of the Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective, SARTQ. More information can be obtained through the artist’s website, www.danielmiller.me.

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For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
sa-centregallery@usf.edu
(813) 974-5464

About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SARTQ Artist, Tom Stephens, opens A LAND REMEMBERED

CROSSLEY GALLERY, RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN,                  SARASOTA, FL – FEB.16, 2015                                                              

ARTIST RECEPTION – FEB. 20, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. and February 21 from 12:00 – 3:00PM

In this solo exhibition, featuring the paintings of Tom Stephens, the artist presents a new series of work with painting that he created in the past 12 months. The exhibition opens at the Crossley Gallery in Sarasota, FL on February 16, 2015.” 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; and, 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.”

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.

“Tom Stephens: A Land Remembered”
On view from February 16 to February 21, 2015. There will be an artist reception on February 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. and February 21 from 12:00 – 3:00PM. The Crossley Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, on the east side of Old Bradenton Road. Gallery hours are from Monday to Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M

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

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

 

Sarasota’s Artist Collective, SARTQ Returns!

After a brief two year hiatus, the now redesigned, 501(c)(3) aims to not only maintain a sustainable network of accomplished Sarasota/Manatee artists, manage an ambitious calendar of annual exhibitions and events, but also to create collaborations with local businesses, community, and performing arts organizations with a special effort to forge strong relationships with local schools. SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community.

SARTQ intends to develop ongoing programs that support Sarasota’s multiple academic institutions and inspire art students to pursue art as a career. SARTQ provides an opportunity for member artists to connect with other local artists and share the job of promoting and marketing their work. SARTQ is constantly accepting submissions for new membership. If you are a visual artist residing within Sarasota/Manatee Counties and currently creating artwork, you are eligible to submit.

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To begin, SARTQ is announcing it’s popular 6th Annual “Print Party,” an event that gives the public a chance to interact with artists and artistic process. From 5 to 11 p.m. on March 21st SARTQ will hold its screen-printing party downtown Sarasota in an effort to raise funds, recruitment, and awareness of SARTQ.

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Once again, each of the 10 founding SARTQ artists has created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items, however anything that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — each print is just $5. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from previous events. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event. Entertainment will be provided, food and drink will be available.