June 29 - August 2, 2018
RICHARD AND BARBARA BASCH AND WILLIS SMITH GALLERIES
Opening Reception: Friday, June 29, 2018, 4–6 pm
Summer Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11–3
The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting women's art groups in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty in finding venues to show their work.
Willis Smith and Basch Galleries are located on the ground floor of the Academic Center building on the Ringling College campus at 2363 Old Bradenton Rd.
Image: Meg Pierce, Lotus, 36”x36”, thread, pastel, graphite, acrylic on canvas
BIO: Petticoat Painters
Please join us at the Art League of Daytona Beach for our annual exhibit. We are very excited to be showing in a new venue and would love to have you join us for our opening reception on Sunday, February 11th, 1 - 4PM.
Art Uptown Gallery
Opening Reception April 7th 6 - 9PM
Old Dogs and New Tricks: New works from Evelyn McCorristin Peters
Evelyn McCorristin Peters‘ innovative one-woman show, OldDogs and New Tricks, playfully welcomes visitors to enjoy two of the artist’s favorite things: dogs and desserts. The exhibit is presented by Art Uptown, 1367 Main St., from March 25 – April 28, with a reception on Friday, April 7, from 6 to 9 pm.
At the reception, the artist’s creative and fun approach will be evident, starting with an installation on the sidewalk in front of the gallery. “I have created a life-sized mock car with open windows where your dog can come and sit for a photo op!” Peters says enthusiastically. There will be a fan to blow their fur back in the breeze as they take off on their awesome road trip. A photographer will be there using an instant camera so you can walk away with your “Old Dogs” souvenir. Any donations given for photographs will go to Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida to help the dogs and their caretakers. The installation will be in place through the weekend following the reception.
Inside the gallery, Peters will present portraits of senior dogs, with the intention of portraying all the reasons people should welcome an older dog into their homes. “It is particularly challenging to find homes for these dogs who deserve to live their last days in love,” she says. Peters donates her pet portraits to rescues and shelters around the country to raise funds that directly help animals in need and their caretakers.
Her work on behalf of “old dogs” is extensive. The winter issue of The New Barker, Florida’s pet lifestyle magazine, featured Evelyn’s Pink Dog on the cover and discussed her continuing project portraying senior dogs. Her dog portraits have been published in 1000 Dog Portraits: From the People who Love Them and she is a signature artist with Art for Barks, a nonprofit supporting service dogs, rescue animals, and animal artists and writers.
Peters comments that she wants her exhibit at Art Uptown to offer a way to “escape from our tumultuous present and live in the moment through the eyes of a wise dog.” But that’s not all she is offering. She also celebrates the joy of food in her new paintings. Peters plans to treat her reception guests to both a visual and culinary feast. Her divine painting The Last Dessertrelates to the scrumptious buffet of goods she will bake and serve. “The actual desserts will be there to eat,” she laughs, “so come early!”
“Raspberry Cake Slice” and “Lavender Cake” by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
Evelyn McCorristin Peters is originally from New Jersey and Delaware, and has lived in the Sarasota/Manatee County area for over 25 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design. In 1984 she began exploring the world, visiting 48 states as a scenic artist with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and later through extensive travel as management for the Disney Stores. Today she continues to explore the country through the educational and conservation efforts of Haai, Inc., Live Shark Encounter, the family business. Peter’s work is held in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands. She has received awards and fellowships to Weir Farm National Historic Site, The Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Zion National Park and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She is a member of the Petticoat Painters and serves on the governing board of Myakka River State Park, with a dedication to bring artists and nature together.
Beginning to End, the Story
The incredibly beautiful fabric, which was the inspiration for these images, was hidden in a stack of rolled textiles under a work table at Beginning2End, the design and upholstery business that had helped to re-decorate my home.
When I spotted it, unassumingly laying, unnoticed along with other rolled up textiles, I begged to have it!
The owners, Alan Gravely and Stan Writesel, were generous enough to indulge me. They graciously gave it to me as a gift. It had become totally obvious, even to them, that I had fallen in love.
To say the least, this particular fabric is a marriage of two extremely different materials. They are complete opposites. The plush glimmer and sexuality of velvet is woven gracefully into the warp and the woof of the coarser strength of the loosely woven linen burlap.
Combined they are one glorious pattern.
Somewhat intimidated by the magnificence of the fabric, I began designing very small cards from the tiniest scraps left over from the chair and pillow you see here.
This project begged for exploration, for some daring search for new ways of exposing the sensory delight of the fabric and exploring and exploiting the audacity of its personality.
Collage was not as familiar to me as painting or printmaking. In fact, I never wanted to do it. But, as I plotted and planned, I became completely charmed and engaged…loving every moment of designing and finishing each piece.
Having a bolt of glorious fabric teased me, but also encouraged me to look back at some of the pieces of art that I had made over the years. Art work that was stored in large drawers with lots of other old work, unattended, unseen…cast aside.
As you can see, I found some long ignored artwork on paper that happily was given the opportunity to begin a new life with a fantastically beautiful partner. I searched my imagination to find just the right counterpoint which would encourage viewers to understand the impact of the inherent beauty of the old work as it responded to its unexpected partner and new environment.
Now the new partners are out of the studio, dancing in public, reinvented as a novel combination, sharing newly found show-off status as they emerge through their re-creation into visual art.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County cordially invites you to an exclusive Opening Reception featuring ELEANOR MERRITT’S Retrospective Show
February 9, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Center for Arts and Humanity
1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Refreshments will be served.