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.
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, TheMagnificence of Black and White, which runs from December 31 through January 27, 2017. The public is invited to an artist’s reception at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, on First Friday, January 6, from 6 to 9 pm.
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.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.”