‘Mind and Body Transformation’: A two-woman exhibit by Kasia Bruniany and Lisa Flam Corin

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 BrunianyThe 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.

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     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.

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     Kasia Bruniany’s recent paintings have been beyondthehorizoncaptioninspired 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.”

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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

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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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“Three Panels” by Sharon Stewart

James Gabbert unveils “Mother and Baby” at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, MN

JAMES GABBERT’S newly installed Mother and Baby was dedicated on November 2.  It is located in a garden next to the entrance to a new Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital, north of Minneapolis, MN.

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James states, “Considering the location the subject matter seemed like a given.  I felt my challenge was to do something different with a subject matter that has been done millions of times before.  Guided by the idea of putting the baby’s heart in the center of a circle helped me compose something I like to think is distinctive, compelling and site appropriate.  I have made a limited edition of 12 of the one third scale model I used in creating this public work.  The figures are cast bronze with a stainless steel ring.  It is available at Art Uptown.  It stands 21 inches tall with an 18 inch diameter ring.”