This is what you would want to find in a city praised for its vibrant art scene – an art gallery surrounded by warehouse artwork spaces housed in a trendy neighborhood off the beaten track.
And you’re invited to a free art walk tonight where the work of two artists will be on display, along with live music by Kim Logan.
It is called SPAACES and consists of 10 affordable artistic workspaces anchored in an exhibition gallery at its center. Founded by Marianne Chapel, SPAACES, acronym for “Sarasota Project Aligning Artists Communities, Exhibits and Studios,” is located in a mixed industrial and residential neighborhood just north of Fruitville Road and east of Washington Boulevard in the Park East neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Sarasota.
When Chapel, an artist and fine arts teacher at Ringling College of Art and Design, didn’t quite find the visual arts community she dreamed of, she decided to form one. SPAACES celebrates the artists who work daily and carve a career in the fine art in Sarasota by providing them with an affordable space in which to create. While it initially opened as a commercial art gallery in 2017 under the name M. Chapel Projects, the gallery became a non-profit organization in 2020.
“I wanted to offer the visual artist a community and a space where they feel accepted and supported. I also selfishly wanted to be around this, ”Chapel says.
The overall style of the work is contemporary in that it reflects on current issues rather than being purely decorative. “It will present a mental concept or a philosophy,” Chapel explains.
Tonight’s exhibition, titled The language of ephemeral, features the work of Ringling College of Art and Design photographer and emeritus Sally Pettibon and Ringling College of Art and Design printmaker and professor Eszter Sziksz.
With around 18 pieces on display, the work gives a feeling of nostalgia. For example, Pettibon overlays different photographs of his midwestern hometown in a “then and now” comparison. Sziksz prints an image on a block of ice and the photograph is melting, highlighting the passage of time.
Four other artists outside of the SPAACES umbrella have since been drawn to the Park East Warehouse arts community, and the 14 artists call themselves the Princeton Street Arts Group.
The Art Walk takes place Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2087 Princeton St., Sarasota, (941) 374-3492. You can not do that ? Call or email to make an appointment.