This juried show features works in clay, wood, glass, fiber, mixed-media, jewelry and more by 100 of the nation’s top craft artists
(Sarasota, FL) Sarasota-based artist Su Griggs has been selected as an exhibitor at the Sarasota Craft Show, November 30 – December 2, 2012. Griggs, whose hand-painted ceramic figures have been displayed around the country, calls herself “a storyteller in clay and paint.”
Her works are both figurative and transcendent: the icons of a personal mythology. What motivates her?
“I try to give voice to our innermost being through the language of art,” Griggs says. “My work expresses the energy of human emotion—both positive and negative. Whether it be joy, love, hope and strength, or sadness, emptiness or loss, I try to capture that essence of spirit and communicate it to the viewer. Each piece is an expression of our basic humanity.”
Griggs chooses to express the intangible range of human feeling through figurative art. “The figure is very approachable,” she says. “Even so, it can express the infinitely complex world of the inner psyche.”
Her creative approach is a disciplined process of letting go. “I go to the studio every day,” she says. “As I work, I try to step out of the way and let the flow of the piece take over—I’m more like an observer of the process than a creator. I stay totally in the moment and let the art happen.”
Griggs says that her inspirations include literature, quantum physics, Taoism, shamanism and such artists of mystery and imagination as Frida Kahlo, and Hieronymus Bosch. The artist also credits her childhood, traveling extensively through Europe with her father, a travel guide for Iberia Airlines. “After exploring the history and art of different cultures, my reality shifted. From that point my imagination grew and I wanted to tell stories.”
Today, Griggs continues to tell stories with her art and to delight her many fans.
See the work of Su Griggs and more than 100 other fine artists and craft artists at the Sarasota Craft Show (SCS), November 30-December 2, 2012, at Robarts Arena. The event, now in its 20th year, features outstanding works in ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed-media, paper, wearable art, and wood by 165 of the nation’s top craft artists. Tickets are $9 per day for regular admittance; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; and $12 for a three-day pass. Children under 10 are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1; and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday, December 2. Robarts Arena is located at 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. All parking is free. For directions or information about the venue, please call 941-355-9161. For more information about this event, please call 800-834-9437 or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com.
Richard Rothbard, a New York-based artist and gallery owner, and his wife, Joanna Rothbard, took over management of the event three years ago. The couple manages fine crafts events in the northeast, including The Berkshires Arts Festival, through their firm, American Art Marketing. They also own and operate An American Craftsman Galleries in New York City, Savannah, Georgia, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Rothbard says that festival coordinators hand-select the nation’s top craft artists, emphasizing technical skill, quality of workmanship, and originality of design. According to Rothbard, the Sarasota-Manatee region is home to a wealth of first-rate artists and artisans.
“We’re very impressed with the depth and scope of the area arts community,” says Rothbard. “As we expand our artist base, we hope to inspire more artists from this area to participate in our shows.” Interested artists should visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com to apply.
For more information about the American Craft Show Sarasota, call 800-834-9437 or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com. To learn more about Richard Rothbard, visit www.boxology.com or email email@example.com.