Opening reception is October 5, 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 posters and prints created by artists and poets collaborating via the local nonprofit, Art in Common Places.
Summer Second Saturday Open Studio
Saturday, October 14; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Meet the artists and view and buy their work at all three of Creative Liberties’ locations.
Class and Workshop Information and Demo Day
Saturday, October 14; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Meet the artists who will be teaching in the Creative Academy and learn about their class and workshop offerings; see demonstrations; and register for classes and workshops.
Gaze and Graze: A Progressive Dinner and Gallery Tour
Friday, October 20
Limited tickets available!
A progressive dinner tour featuring seven galleries and inspired libations and food.
Creative Liberties Family Art Day
Saturday, October 28; 9 a.m.-noon
In a special edition of FAD, artist Judy Levine will team up with Art In Common Places co-founder and poet Teresa Carson to lead families in making story bracelets and poetry.
(September 28, 2023) Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed October, starting with “Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places,” October 5-28, with an opening reception on October 5, 5-7 p.m., at 927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 posters and prints created by artists and poets collaborating via the local nonprofit, Art in Common Places (AICP). The opening reception will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read “The Rhythm of Structure” by the late John Sims; Anne Morrison will read her poem “On the Beach,” Glenn Schudel will read “Process,” and artist Philomena Marano will read the poem by her collaborator, the late Maureen Seaton. The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available.
Creative Liberties presents the Summer Second Saturday Open Studios, Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet the artists and view and buy their work at all three of Creative Liberties’ locations: 901B Apricot Avenue, 927 N. Lime Avenue and 340 Central Avenue in Sarasota.
Also on Saturday, October 14; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., is Creative Liberties’ Class and Workshop Information and Demo Day. Meet the artists who will be teaching in the Creative Academy and learn about their class and workshop offerings; see demonstrations; and register for classes and workshops. Featuring Sandy Koolkin, Deb Lambert, Jessica Rivera, Susan Hurwitch, Traci Kegerreis, Gemma Hobbs, Drita Dawn, Judy Levine, Jenny Berry and Collin Rowland. At 927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasta.
Gaze and Graze: A Progressive Dinner and Gallery Tour, is Friday, October 20. This special event is presented by Creative Liberties and Grae Productions and is a progressive dinner tour featuring seven galleries and studios and inspired libations and food. Guests will visit seven locations, including Hamlet’s Eatery, Vino Bistro, SPAACES, Define Art Gallery, Art Ovation Hotel, and Creative Liberties (N. Lime Avenue and Apricot Avenue in Sarasota). Featured local food includes Hamlet’s, Vino Bistro, Skinny Nik’s BBQ and Tzeva. Tickets are $125 per guest; limited tickets are available. Purchase at: https://www.creativeliberties.net/ggdinner.
Bring the whole family for Family Art Day, Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.-noon. These free monthly events feature interactive art-creating sessions led by professional artists. In a special edition of FAD, artist Judy Levine will team up with Art In Common Places co-founder and poet Teresa Carson to lead families in making story bracelets and poetry. No RSVP required. This is a free program, made possible by generous funding from the Floyd C Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Foundation.
Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery was founded in November 2021 by Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth Goodwill, both artists and art educators. Goodwill explains that “more than 35 independent local artists have artwork on display or are working at our three locations.” She adds that Creative Liberties provides “affordable working studio spaces, display walls, emerging artist residencies, education opportunities, community outreach, and unique events—all in close proximity to the downtown center of Sarasota.”
Creative Liberties now has three locations in Sarasota; the original location at 901-B Apricot Avenue features nine studio artists and gallery walls for four feature artists. The 927 N. Lime Avenue location features12 studio artists, gallery walls for six feature artists and the Creative Academy classroom/community space. Its third location, Creative Liberties Artist Residencies at Gaze Modern, is in the ARCOS Apartments, 340 Central Avenue and offers limited-time artist residences for work and display space.
“We are responding to the needs of the artists in our community and the interests of the art enthusiasts,” says Gerdeman, “and we are thrilled to offer a whole new art buying experience that adds depth and value for both the artists and the collectors. We want to make art accessible to all, for those who want to create, sell, learn, view and buy.”
Twenty-one artists have made Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery their
artistic workspace. These include: 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); Drita Dawn Hajroja (painting and mixed-media); Traci Kegerreis (acrylic painting, collage and mosaics); Sandy Koolkin (acrylic fluid painting, watercolor and fiber art); Gary LaParl (oil painting); Judy Levine (jewelry design, collage and
photography); Jie Li (portraiture pastel, charcoal portraiture and plein air oil painting);
Henry Martin (photography and mixed-media); Lee Oberlander (watercolor, acrylic paint and mixed-media); Steve Schwartz (acrylic paint, mixed-media); Nancy Turner (printmaking and mixed media); Cheryl Taub (acrylic paint, pastel and collage); Adrienne Watts (abstract painting); Sandra Wix (illustration, portraits and photography); Susan Hurwitch (mixed media, collage); Ava Young (abstract acrylic painting); and John-Norman Tuck (acrylic and mixed media); and Gemma Hobbs (custom tropical sculptures and arrangements).
For more information about Creative Liberties, visit www.creativeliberties.net; call 941-799-6634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Limelight studios are open to the public, Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday to Wednesday by appointment. The Rosemary artists residency at Gaze Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.