November Events at Creative Liberties:
Featured Artists Exhibition Opening Reception
And Birthday Celebration!
Wednesday, November 1; 5-7 p.m.
View and purchase the work of 11 featured local artists. Celebrate our second birthday with delicious cake and conversation!
Artist-in–Residence Opening Reception at Gaze Gallery
Thursday, November 9; 5-7 p.m.
Meet artist James Carroll who will be taking up studio residence at Creative Liberties in Gaze Gallery at the ARCOS Apartments. Enjoy bites and wine and observe the creative mind in process.
Second Saturday Open Studio
Saturday, November 11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Meet the artists and view and buy their work at all three of Creative Liberties’ locations.
Creative Liberties Family Art Day
Saturday, November 25; 9 a.m.-noon
Creative Liberties co-founder and artist Barbara Gerdeman will lead families in an art project suitable for all age groups and skill levels.
(October 27, 2023) Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery is celebrating its second anniversary in November and its two founders, Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth Goodwill, both artists and art educators, invite artists and arts enthusiasts to visit their three facilities this month and learn more about Sarasota’s vibrant visual arts scene. Creative Liberties continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed November, starting with an Artists Exhibition Opening Reception on November 1, 5-7 p.m., at 901B Apricot Avenue and 927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota. Celebrate Creative Liberties’ second birthday with plenty of cake and good cheer and view the work of 11 local artists: Cas Burleson, Mayer Kersun, Roseann Gaglio, Mike Carlson, Dick Lyons, Cely Lewis, Linda Eader, Bobbi Miller, Camille Enkeboll, Goldie Tremblay and Jan Kravec. Their art will be on view through December 23. All work is for sale.
An Artist-in Residence Opening Reception for James Carroll is November 9, 5-7 p.m., at Creative Liberties in Gaze Gallery at the ARCOS Apartments, 340 Central Avenue, Sarasota. See Carroll’s work and take home your favorite piece or commission him to create a one of a kind portrait of your favorite pet. Lite bites and wine will be served.
Creative Liberties presents the Summer Second Saturday Open Studios, Saturday, November 11, 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.
Bring the whole family for Family Art Day, Saturday, November 25, 9 a.m.-noon. These free monthly events feature interactive art-creating sessions led by professional artists. Creative Liberties co-founder and artist Barbara Gerdeman will lead families in an art project suitable for all age groups and skill levels. 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 email@example.com. 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.