Sarasota, FL (May 2015) – The Harvey Milk Festival Equality Gallery will be on view at the HuB in Sarasota, Florida from May 15 – May 29, 2015. An opening reception will take place on May 15 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Visitors to the gallery will experience two- and three-dimensional artworks exploring themes of identity, sexuality, and the queer movement. The Equality Gallery is curated by Natalya Swanson, Gallery Director, and Amanda Farrell.
Opening Reception: May 15, 2015 (7pm-11pm)
The Hub, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Third Floor
Exhibiting artists include:
Sarasota’s Contemporary Artist Collective SARTQ announces Sixth Annual Print Party at the HuB
[March 9, 2015– Sarasota, Fl.] The newly reformed local artist collective SARTQ announces its sixth “Print Party,” an annual event that gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists. This year’s party will serve as an introduction to SARTQ, its new members, mission, while raising funds for future exhibitions.
From 5 to 11 p.m. on Sat., March 21, 2015 SARTQ will hold its screen-printing party at the downtown “Creative Epicenter of Innovation” the HuB (1680 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). SARTQ’s fifth print party in Sept. of 2011 drew nearly 1,000 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened live by the artists.
SARTQ Print Party, 5-11 p.m., Sat., March 21, 5-11pm, The HuB, 1680 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota or sartq.org, FREE admission ($5 per print).
Moxie Moxie (Shannon Fortner) will be performing at the Starlite Room (previously known as Broadway Bar). The event will take place on Wednesdays at 10:00pm. Jess Knight will be guest bartending the evening.
Originally formed in early 2008 the local popular artist collective known as SARTQ whose name underscores their connection to the region (a take-off on the area’s three letter airport code “SRQ”) is resurfacing after a brief two year hiatus. The now redesigned, 501(c)(3) aims to not only maintain a sustainable network of accomplished Sarasota/Manatee artists, and manage an ambitious calendar of annual exhibitions and events, but also to create collaborations with local businesses, community, and performing arts organizations with a special effort to forging strong relationships with local schools. SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community.
This year I am volunteering with the 6th annual Harvey Milk Festival. Working with an illustration created by Eric De Barros, it is my responsibility to create all visual materials for the organization.
In addition to print and web materials, I was requested to migrate their website to a new server. In doing so, I took the opportunity to create a new site which is well underway.
Tampa, FL (February 2015) — From February 23-27, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Flesh Tones by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller. There will be a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.
Natalya Swanson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with her Bachelors of Art in Art History. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is preparing for a career in Art Conservation.
Natalya’s paintings are an exploration of identity within art and society. She recreates famous artworks by pairing original compositional elements with contemporary imagery and figures. Through the transformative process, Natalya embeds personal beliefs on religion, sexuality, and selfhood within the works. Painting has become a form of meditation, where she visually interacts with her thoughts.
Daniel Miller graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communications. This will be his first showing of oil paintings. The collection of large scale genre scenes are an attempt to bring the viewer into Miller’s past, enveloping the viewer for their own happening experiences. Previous exhibits have included video art, printmaking, and graphic design. Miller is also part of the Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective, SARTQ. More information can be obtained through the artist’s website, www.danielmiller.me.
For more information contact:
Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
About the Centre Gallery
Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ringling Underground is an event that takes place in the Ringling Museum courtyard. Shannon Fortner (MeteorEYES, Harvey Milk Festival) leads the music effort which brings in bands from all over. Natalya Swanson (Centre Gallery) is currently the artist liaison, curating artists and displaying their work during the night’s event. Below are designs I created in hopes of better graphic design for the event, with the intent of bringing in a more diverse, younger (college) crowd.
The museum is not using these posters for their promotions.
Sabrina Small is a Philadelphia-born artist. Small’s works have received international attention having exhibited in Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, Mallorca, Nanjing, San Francisco, Seattle, Stuttgart, and South Florida museums and galleries. Most importantly, she’s a cherished friend.
Jenny is an award-winning multimedia journalist currently completing her masters in New Media/Photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C, where she is learning how to take sounds and sights and make them into stories. She hopes to use her photography to help the less fortunate in the world and to create art that will be framed.