Art Uptown presents a powerful painting exhibit in Mind and Body Transformation this May. The two-woman exhibit features the imaginative jewelry of Lisa Flam Corin and brilliantly colored oil paintings of Kasia Bruniany. The show runs April 29 through May 26 with an opening reception on First Friday, May 5 from 6 to 9 pm, at Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota.
Lisa Flam Corin layers texture, color and materials in her necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings in order to demonstrate thetransformative power of these bodily adornments. “Each layer can either stand on its own with the beauty of simplicity, or be combined with others for a richer, more diverse and complex orientation,” she says. “I have selected Indian gods and goddesses as titles for each of my pieces to represent the power of jewelry art to transform the spirit, beauty and strength of the individual who wears it.” Her collections include sterling silver, copper, and bronze; unique beads from around the world, semi-precious and natural stones, and found objects. Among the metalsmithing techniques she uses are wire work, charcoal casting, water casting, riveting, stone setting, texturing through hammering or rolling mill, chain fabrication and different types of soldering.
Kasia Bruniany’s recent paintings have been inspired by the Sarasota skies and coastlines, but more recently she has left the horizon behind and ventured into nonrepresentational, abstract art. “I use emotions as my filter,” she explains, “as I try to reveal the magic of the world. My landscapes escape into unreal spaces.” She adds that she wants her viewers to create their own journey and assign their own meaning as they engage with her new abstracts and landscape paintings. “My viewers should have freedom to see something that no one else sees,” says Bruniany. “I always love to hear their interpretations.”
Flam Corin and Bruniany are the immediate past president and vice president of the board of Art Uptown Gallery. Despite all their responsibilities in these positions, they have found time to create new work that lifts the spirit, through color and texture.
In addition to their exhibit, the artwork of all of Art Uptown’s professional regional artists will be on display through May and at the reception. Art Uptown warmly welcomes the public to its lower Main Street location, where it has offered Sarasota a constantly changing variety of work in diverse mediums for more than 36 years. The gallery is open Tuesday–Thursday 11–5, Friday 11–9, Saturday 11–5, and Sunday 12–5. Call ahead for Monday hours. Phone: (941) 955-5409, www.artuptown.com