Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
A free, pet-friendly, family-friendly event supporting
local artists and animal adoption organizations.
“Roaring 20’s pARTy” Open Studio
Friday, March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Speakeasy-style fun and art!
(February 28, 2022) Creative Liberties, a new company based on a foundation of artists helping artists, is presenting C.A.T. & D.O.G. (Create Awesome Things & Do Outstanding Good), Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the Creative Liberties Artist Studios, 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, in the Limelight District. The free event features art indoors by studio artists, outside tents with artists and artisans displaying their works, a pet food/supply drive that will benefit Cat Depot and Donte’s Den, an art raffle, music by local musician David Munoz, and food for sale at the British Open Pub Food Truck.Cat Depot and Donte’s Den will also be onsite with information about dog and cat adoptions. For more information, visit www.creativeliberties.net or call 941-799-6634.
Creative Liberties was founded in November 2021 by co-owners Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth Goodwill, two locally based artists and art educators. Goodwill explains that they launched this venture to empower regional artists with a variety of business services and studio and exhibition opportunities. The Creative Liberties Artist Studios is a collective, communal space that provides work and display space for local artists. There are also display walls available for non-studio artists to rent. Monthly artist markets provide an opportunity for local artists to sell their work.
“Offering these opportunities to artists of all mediums, levels and ages is the core of what we do,” says Gerdeman. “There are so many talented artists in this community that need to be seen and supported, we have just scratched the surface of revealing a very deep pool of artistic talent.”
Nine artists have made the Creative Liberties Artist Studios their artistic workspace. These include: Jenny Berry (oil painting); Elizabeth Goodwill (book art, fiber art and mixed media); Barbara Gerdeman (photography, acrylic painting, and mixed media); Donna Bergman (collage and mixed media); Lisa DiFranza (acrylic painting, gouache, and mixed media); Traci Kegerreis (acrylic painting, collage and mosaics); Sandy Koolkin (acrylic fluid painting, watercolor and fiber art); Jay Li (pastel portraiture) and Judy Levine (jewelry design, collage and photography).
Friday, March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m..: “Roaring 20’s pARTy” Open Studio. Have fun at a speakeasy-style party! Wear Roaring Twenties-style attire and BYOT (bring your own tea cup to sip 1920’s-era cocktails (gin fizz, anyone?) while viewing art by studio artists. Enjoy a 20 percent discount for select art that night with a secret password that is only obtained if you are an Instagram follower at @creativelibertiesfl. Shhh….mum’s the word!
For more information about Creative Liberties, visit www.creativeliberties.net; call 941-799-6634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The studios are open to the public Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment.