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

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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

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

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.”

 

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.”