“Trees of Gold on Fields of Fire”: Cecile Moran shows at Bird Key Yacht Club

Join us Thursday, July 6th at 6pm at Bird Key Yacht Club to celebrate new works by Cecile Moran. Meet the artist and enjoy live music and champagne. The exhibit runs through the month.

Moran was recently profiled by Philip Lederer at SRQ Magazine.

With a bold color palette rich in deep reds and purples, Moran’s landscapes present a world virtually on fire, with gold-leaf trees alone on fields of vermilion. Often large-scale (one diptych stands nearly three feet tall and eight feet wide), some reach a near-mythical aesthetic—stark and fantastical in their drama—others bring the viewer closer to home, allowing the greens and blues of lush Florida foliage to intrude upon the setting sun’s scarlet transformation for a cooling balance.

As the title Luminescence would suggest, Moran’s work focuses largely on capturing the brilliance of the Florida sunshine, particularly at sunrise or sunset, though not always literally. For this reason, Moran makes a habit of reaching beyond the paintbrush and incorporating gold and copper leaf into her work, “especially to show the subtle nuances of color and light as it glows through the trees,” she says. Growing up, she watched her father work with gold leaf as a calligrapher and sign-maker, and those traditional techniques she still practices today. Far superior to gold paint, in which Moran bemoans a certain flatness, gold leaf, she says, “glows.” In her painting of the Banyan trees on the Ringling Museum campus, the artist uses both gold leaf and gold paint, allowing viewers to see the difference for themselves.

Through gold leaf, Moran hopes to encapsulate the near-endless captivating quality that the sunset or sunrise holds—that experience that never truly gets old. It’s a feeling she knows, and expects others can relate to as well. Looking at the Florida sun bathing the world in red and gold as it slips beneath the horizon, “it never loses its intriguing intensity,” says Moran.

Shown here: “Sentinel,” acrylic and gold leaf on canvas


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 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