‘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.


     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 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.”


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


Old Dogs and New Tricks: New works from Evelyn McCorristin Peters

evelyn with dogEvelyn McCorristin Peters‘ innovative one-woman show, Old Dogs and New Tricks, playfully welcomes visitors to enjoy two of the artist’s favorite things: dogs and desserts.  The exhibit is presented by Art Uptown, 1367 Main St., from March 25 – April 28, with a reception on Friday, April 7, from 6 to 9 pm.
At the reception, the artist’s creative and fun approach will be evident, starting with an installation on the sidewalk in front of the gallery.  “I have created a life-sized mock car with open windows where your dog can come and sit for a photo op!” Peters says enthusiastically.  There will be a fan to blow their fur back in the breeze as they take off on their awesome road trip.  A photographer will be there using an instant camera so you can walk away with your “Old Dogs” souvenir.  Any donations given for photographs will go to Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida to help the dogs and their caretakers.  The installation will be in place through the weekend following the reception.
Inside the gallery, Peters will present portraits of senior dogs, with the intention of portraying all the reasons people should welcome an older dog into their homes.  “It is particularly challenging to find homes for these dogs who deserve to live their last days in love,” she says.  Peters donates her pet portraits to rescues and shelters around the country to raise funds that directly help animals in need and their caretakers.

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Basset Hound Nebula, by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Her work on behalf of “old dogs” is extensive.  The winter issue of The New Barker, Florida’s pet lifestyle magazine, featured Evelyn’s Pink Dog on the cover and evelyn2discussed her continuing project portraying senior dogs.  Her dog portraits have been published in 1000 Dog Portraits: From the People who Love Them and she is a signature artist with Art for Barks, a nonprofit supporting service dogs, rescue animals, and animal artists and writers.
Peters comments that she wants her exhibit at Art Uptown to offer a way to “escape from our tumultuous present and live in the moment through the eyes of a wise dog.”  But that’s not all she is offering.  She also celebrates the joy of food in her new paintings.  Peters plans to treat her reception guests to both a visual and culinary feast.  Her divine painting The Last Dessertrelates to the scrumptious buffet of goods she will bake and serve.  “The actual desserts will be there to eat,” she laughs, “so come early!”


“Raspberry Cake Slice” and “Lavender Cake” by Evelyn McCorristin Peters


Evelyn McCorristin Peters is originally from New Jersey and Delaware, and has lived in the Sarasota/Manatee County area for over 25 years.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design.  In 1984 she began exploring the world, visiting 48 unnamed (1)states as a scenic artist with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and later through extensive travel as management for the Disney Stores.  Today she continues to explore the country through the educational and conservation efforts of Haai, Inc., Live Shark Encounter, the family business.  Peter’s work is held in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands.  She has received awards and fellowships to Weir Farm National Historic Site, The Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Zion National Park and the Jentel Artist Residency Program.  She is a member of the Petticoat Painters and serves on the governing board of Myakka River State Park, with a dedication to bring artists and nature together.