SARTQ Print Party 2016

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

“Here and Now” by Kevin Costello

HERE AND NOW: 16 Artists of SaRtQ curated by Danny Olda

Tim Jaeger’s tireless effort to promote contemporary art in Sarasota is paying off with SaRtQ’s collective exhibit HERE AND NOW at State of the Arts, Gallery C, 1549 State Street. Central to the success of SaRtQ, is Jaeger’s organizational ability and grasp of the dynamics of diplomacy when negotiating 16 different visions of art.

Diversity and freshness of ideas is exhibited in HERE AND NOW. Aside from Jaeger, credit also should be given to the entrepreneurial skills of gallery owners Tre Michel and David Steiner and the curator Danny Olda. Michel and Steiner are celebrating ten years of State Of The Arts Gallery and in that time have given our arts community significant exhibits.

Beliefs have one distinguishing feature that makes them different to empirical ideas: beliefs (good or ill) are fixed in our thoughts and have a tendency to be indifferent to reconsideration in the face of facts. In psychology this is referred to as “information bias”: unshakable beliefs in abstractions that cannot be physically verified but seek out justification in other subjective/aesthetic judgments. Whereas ideas rooted in science are mutable and opened to change due to new discoveries. Beliefs are free but facts are sacred.

The fission in HERE AND NOW is between the beliefs around the various styles and the physical truths of their manufacture. These paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints have a confluence of mediating energies. These works oscillate between numerous aesthetic polarities such as irony, parody and the multiplicity of images in the computer age as in Metamodernism.

Metamodernism is a new philosophy of aesthetics that can best be described as an emerging mediation, challenge/extension of the combined intentions of modernism and postmodernism.
A multifaceted approach to art making in the age of the netizen—absorbing and restating new accelerating concepts and images at a speed new to the world and art communities.

HERE AND NOW challenges the often-expressed false opinion that Sarasota nurtures visual art. In the past, with the exceptions of a few galleries, Sarasota has been presented with undemanding pastiches of previous ideas and styles—not the memes of the here and now! This exhibit is a new and fresh departure from this paradigm. These artists present ideas that include variances on Metamodernism from references to 19th C. lyrical romanticism in figurative drawing, to late 20th C. conceptual photography, crazy/beautiful Rube Goldberg machines, and small (Vita Morte) objects, that restate 20th C. surrealism with the metaphysics of 17th C. still life’s, together with exquisite earth-glazed ceramics that are of our time and all our times to come. The exhibit also includes delicate geometric welded steel bas-reliefs that are postmodern Mandalas. There are numerous experiments in portraiture that appropriates romantic investigations into insanity and refreshing reflections on the psychic fragmentation of pop art: it’s all here for the individual who goes beyond looking and sees the multiple images and ideas of our time.

This event gives substance to the often-expressed opinion that Sarasota is a cultural community, but unfortunately for economics reasons priority is given almost exclusively to the art forms based in the written word such as film, opera and theater that are entertainment forms of art that generate immediate financial gain. This is not the case with visual arts that requires long-term exposure to the implicit ideas of art and faith in the artist sincerity. Therefore, the long-term advantage to a community in investing in visual art requires patient persuasion and education of the public by the galleries and art institutions of which there are many. Otherwise over time Sarasota looses its young visual talents to other cities. This situation has continued for decades in this city.

New entrepreneurs to the city are looking to give grace and energy to their homes and have no artistic preconceptions. Until this city finds a way to cultivate these young professionals to match the courage of these SaRtQ artists and give them patronage this community will be stunted, because art is a well-known generator of economic wealth.

A collector with new art in their home will have something visually worth sharing that will stimulate conversation and refreshing dialogue in the interchange of ideas with friends. It should be remembered that economic growth in a community could be an indication to some extent of a positive integration of intellectual ideas between business and visual arts.

In short, artists and entrepreneurs should understand that the future belongs to the bold.

Kevin Costello
August, 2015

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.