Old Dogs and New Tricks: New works from Evelyn McCorristin Peters

evelyn with dogEvelyn McCorristin Peters‘ innovative one-woman show, Old Dogs and New Tricks, playfully welcomes visitors to enjoy two of the artist’s favorite things: dogs and desserts.  The exhibit is presented by Art Uptown, 1367 Main St., from March 25 – April 28, with a reception on Friday, April 7, from 6 to 9 pm.
At the reception, the artist’s creative and fun approach will be evident, starting with an installation on the sidewalk in front of the gallery.  “I have created a life-sized mock car with open windows where your dog can come and sit for a photo op!” Peters says enthusiastically.  There will be a fan to blow their fur back in the breeze as they take off on their awesome road trip.  A photographer will be there using an instant camera so you can walk away with your “Old Dogs” souvenir.  Any donations given for photographs will go to Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida to help the dogs and their caretakers.  The installation will be in place through the weekend following the reception.
Inside the gallery, Peters will present portraits of senior dogs, with the intention of portraying all the reasons people should welcome an older dog into their homes.  “It is particularly challenging to find homes for these dogs who deserve to live their last days in love,” she says.  Peters donates her pet portraits to rescues and shelters around the country to raise funds that directly help animals in need and their caretakers.

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Basset Hound Nebula, by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Her work on behalf of “old dogs” is extensive.  The winter issue of The New Barker, Florida’s pet lifestyle magazine, featured Evelyn’s Pink Dog on the cover and evelyn2discussed her continuing project portraying senior dogs.  Her dog portraits have been published in 1000 Dog Portraits: From the People who Love Them and she is a signature artist with Art for Barks, a nonprofit supporting service dogs, rescue animals, and animal artists and writers.
Peters comments that she wants her exhibit at Art Uptown to offer a way to “escape from our tumultuous present and live in the moment through the eyes of a wise dog.”  But that’s not all she is offering.  She also celebrates the joy of food in her new paintings.  Peters plans to treat her reception guests to both a visual and culinary feast.  Her divine painting The Last Dessertrelates to the scrumptious buffet of goods she will bake and serve.  “The actual desserts will be there to eat,” she laughs, “so come early!”


“Raspberry Cake Slice” and “Lavender Cake” by Evelyn McCorristin Peters


Evelyn McCorristin Peters is originally from New Jersey and Delaware, and has lived in the Sarasota/Manatee County area for over 25 years.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design.  In 1984 she began exploring the world, visiting 48 unnamed (1)states as a scenic artist with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and later through extensive travel as management for the Disney Stores.  Today she continues to explore the country through the educational and conservation efforts of Haai, Inc., Live Shark Encounter, the family business.  Peter’s work is held in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands.  She has received awards and fellowships to Weir Farm National Historic Site, The Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Zion National Park and the Jentel Artist Residency Program.  She is a member of the Petticoat Painters and serves on the governing board of Myakka River State Park, with a dedication to bring artists and nature together.

“Into the Water”: New Works by Maro Lorimer on view March, 2017

maro-portraitAnyone who loves that first glimpse of the water on the way to a favorite Gulf beach will want to see Maro Lorimer’s new paintings at Art Uptown in March.  Her show, Into the Water, runs from February 25 through March 24.  The public is invited to meet the artist on March 10, from 6 to 9 pm, at the gallery, located at 1367 Main St., Sarasota.
Since moving to Anna Maria Island in 1999, Lorimer has been captivated by the natural paths leading to beaches in this part of Florida.  “One moment you’re surrounded by dense vegetation; the next, you emerge to see wide open vistas of sand, water and sky.  That exciting transition—the sudden arrival into a vast world that feels different every time you experience it—is what I try to capture in my paintings of paths,” she says.
Lorimer’s first beach path paintings were small collages, presented in 2010 by former first lady of Florida Rhea Chiles at her gallery, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, in Anna Maria.  Since then, the artist’s work has become larger and her viewpoint has moved from the path to the high beach, to water’s edge, into the water and back to shore.  “Now I have revisited the paths, and the high beach, painting them larger,” she says, “so I can present the entire series of views I love, as a whole experience.  In these paintings, I am thinking about what beachgoers, surfers and boaters have viewed for centuries.”

Arrival Triptych by Maro Lorimer

Maro Lorimer spent her happiest childhood days sailing on the Great South Bay of eastern Long Island.  After graduating from Brown University, she lived in Vail, Colorado, for 28 years.  She was a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, showing and selling her work at exhibits in Central City and Denver.
Meanwhile, her “day job” was freelance creative work, which included producing and hosting a long-running nightly classical music program on Vail’s first radio station.  Later, she was an album rock DJ and music director for Vail’s second station.  Over the years, her daily public affairs interview programs won many awards.  She wrote for several Colorado magazines, served as managing editor of New Vail magazine and wrote scripts for a nationally aired winter sports TV series.

Shorebreak by Maro Lorimer

Upon moving to Florida, Lorimer’s focus turned more to exhibiting and selling her paintings, but some of her Colorado freelance work followed her here.  She was asked occasionally to interview and write feature stories about internationally known performing artists, such a New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel, for Vail-Beaver Creek magazine.
“An interesting freelance life is a great foundation for painting,” Lorimer comments. “My years of exposure to stimulating people, ideas, places and music has inspired my art, because I paint entirely from my memories and my imagination.”

Arrival #4 by Maro Lorimer



Eleanor Merritt Retrospective On View at The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota

One of Art Uptown’s longest standing members, Eleanor Merritt has been a working painter for 60 years. This career is being celebrated in a retrospective at The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County February 2nd through Feb. 24th, 2017.

The show was critically acclaimed by SRQ Daily and Broadway World Review. A virtual tour of the show can be found on her website eleanormerritt.com.

A reception held on February 9th was very well attended, which Eleanor said was “very special and very empowering.” She had thought that this may have been her last exhibition, but said, “after that show, maybe it won’t be.”

The retrospective comes down on the 24th of this month, however you can always find Eleanor’s recent works at Art Uptown Gallery.

Art Uptown presents: L’Art Digitalique, Tantalizing New Works by Liz Trostli

Elisabeth Trostli combines her profound understanding of the fantastical with her exceptional skills as both a digital artist and surface designer to convey a totally original artistic vision of “Woman.” It will be presented in her one-woman show, L’Art Digitalique, at Art Uptown Gallery, from January 28 through February 24, 2017. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

L’Art Digitalique includes paintings of fairytale princesses and pirates, futuristic high fashion, sensual geishas, powerful women warriors, exotic tribal shamans and embellished Edwardian steampunk vixens.

“It is a visual feast for lovers of fantasy, fashion, kaleidoscopes, fractals, opera, theater, Mardi Gras masks, antique botanicals prints, ethnic costumes and jewelry, hats and textiles,” the artist explains. “I use patterns found in nature, architectural surfaces, textiles, tiles and illuminated manuscripts.”

“Basket Hat” by Liz Trostli

Each painting can be described as a digital photographic collage, amazing in its detail. Trostli uses state-of-the-art computer software to blend and enhance the original elements. This proprietary process, playfully described by Trostli as “digital magic,” is then completed by a professional printing of the digital painting on canvas or photographic paper.

This collection of digital paintings is comprised of small, medium, and large works, available in limited editions on gallery-wrapped canvas or pearlized archival quality paper.

Elisabeth Trostli was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-sixties. She studied illustration at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, from which she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After teaching for several years in R.I., Trostli established herself as a successful free-lance advertising artist, with local and national accounts in the jewelry, giftware, stationery and packaging industries.

During those years, her travels led her to spend countless hours exploring the ornate buildings, fountains and museums of Europe, the tiles and mosaics of North Africa and Brazil’s colonial cities and churches. She also photographed the rich and diverse plant life around the world — from the rain forests of Belize to the Arizona desert.

“Day Circus” by Liz Trostli

In 2011, Elisabeth Trostli and her husband, Bill Rusling, moved to Sarasota, a place she says evoked memories of her childhood in Brazil and travels in Italy. She was very inspired by the landscape here, especially enjoying frequent visits to Selby Gardens—to appreciate its botany department, orchids and other odd and curious plants. In addition to influencing her art, this interest led her to become an instructor at the OM Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota.

View more work by Liz Trostli available through Art Uptown

Sharon Stewart Presents: The Magnificence of Black and White

Mixed media collage artist Sharon Stewart has shown her bold work at Art Uptown for over 20 years.  Twenty-five new and recent works will be featured in her one-woman show, The Magnificence of Black and White, which runs from December 31 through January 27, 2017The public is invited to an artist’s reception at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, on First Friday, January 6, from 6 to 9 pm.

unnamed     The artist says in her new work she used, “Only shapes of black and white papers and paint plus some small touches of beige and silver.  Altered found objects are frequently the stimuli for my designs.  I often use crushed, chopped and shaped wet recycled papers that are hand formed and painted.”
Many of Stewart’s pieces are framed in matt black gallery frames, either wood or metal.  Some of the smaller pieces are on one-inch deep canvas with painted sides.  These do not require a frame, but the artist will be glad to frame them if desired.

“Ascending Wanderer” (left) and “Bow Tie” (right) by Sharon Stewart

Sharon Stewart and her husband, Jim, are both from Michigan, where they have children and grandchildren.  Her parents both worked in creative fields.  Her brother, Arthur F. Mead was a Sarasota architect for over 50 years and designed many of the city’s office and medical buildings and homes as well as some of the Mote Marine buildings.
     In 1981, Stewart decided to pursue art as a business.  Her mixed-media collage was soon recognized in Michigan through awards by the south Oakland Art Association and the Palette and Brush Club.  Over the years, she has sold her abstract pieces to customers in Japan, England, Spain, Germany and all around North America.  She always has enjoyed working closely with clients in their homes, on a commission basis.  “My desire, as an artist, is to create one-of-a-kind art that draws you closer and closer to enjoy many shapes and textures,” Stewart comments.  “I like the viewer’s response to be a feeling of peace and tranquility.”

“Three Panels” by Sharon Stewart

Art Uptown is looking for New Members!

Are you a professional artist living full time in the Sarasota area?

Art Uptown is an artist-owned gallery comprised of up to 30 local, professional artists. The gallery was established in 1980 and it has always represented a wide range of talented artists, many of whom have received national recognition. The gallery is supported by its member artists who contribute their range of talents to provide the gallery’s offerings. The goal of Art Uptown is to present a dynamic exposition of its members’ work in a retail environment in the heart of downtown Sarasota.

Please visit the membership page of our website to find out more about membership, and download our online application. We especially encourage 2D and jewelry artists to apply at this time. Unfortunately, we do not have need for photographers at this time.

Questions? Give us a call at 941-955-5409

Upcoming Show: “Interactions,” Photography by Frank Bibbins

Opening Reception December 2nd, 6-9 p.m.

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“In the Metro” (left) and “Portrait of the Artist Christian Ruiz” (right) by Frank Bibbins

New fine art photography by Frank Bibbins will be presented in Interactions, a solo exhibit that runs from November 26 through December 30 at Art Uptown, 1367 Main Street, Sarasota.  The public is invited to meet the artist and discuss his new images with him at the reception on December 2, from 6 – 9:00 pm.
The mystery and beauty of his photographs have gained Bibbins many followers.  His understanding of his medium and of his own intentions is obvious.  “The theme for the show is Interactions, by both the subject-viewer and subject-subject,” Bibbins explains.  “I explore this concept inside the image boundaries.”

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“Rolling Hills” by Frank Bibbins

“The show is in three parts,” he continues.  “Interactions explores the types of interaction possible between image content and the viewer.  Deconstruction is a series of photographs that have been reduced to their most basic graphic elements.  This presents an illusionary view of the world, both simplified and abstract in nature.  The Street focuses on a range of interactions between the photographer and people on the street.”