SARTQ & LBKCA – Key Influence

Through the KEYhole / SARTQ Open Studios

Saturday, September 26 (2-4pm)

Stop by LBKCA on Saturday afternoon for unfettered access to the SARTQ artists as they demystify the artistic process for their KEY inspired works. Light refreshments will be served.

KEY Influence Opening Reception

Friday, October 9 (6-9pm)

Experience the unveiling of the SARTQ collection of contemporary, LBK inspired works including video, material samples of actual vignettes from the artist’s LBKCA workspaces. Light refreshments and music performed by Bill Buchman will make ehis a festive, inspiring and though provoking experience. Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of SMOA will be on hand to introduce the artists.

Key Influence Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 21 (6:30-8pm)

Engage with SARTQ artists and hear more about the SARTQ non-profit initiative, contemporary arts in the region, and their artistic goals for our community. Christopher Jones, Assistant Curator at The Ringling Museum will be the Moderator for this informative evening.

SARTQ, Sarasota Visual Art Collective, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

To RSVP: Call 941-383-2345 or email

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Key Drive South
Longboat Key, FL 34228

HERE AND NOW: SARTQ Contemporary Art Exhibition

SARTQ, Sarasota’s local popular artist collective has reemerged. The now redesigned 501c3 network of accomplished Sarasota and Manatee artists invites you to their first 2015 exhibition.

Here and Now (front)

Featuring artists include: Andrew Long, Cassia Kite, Caui Lofgren, Daniel Miller, Elena De La Ville, Javier Rodriguez, Jenny Medved, Joseph Arnegger, Laine Nixon, Larry Forgard, Morgan Janssen, Natalya Swanson, Nathan Wilson, Noelle McCleaf, Steven Strenk, Tim Jaeger, Zachary Gilliland, and curated by Danny Olda

SARTQ events and exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone in the community.


OPENING RECEPTION: August 15, 2015 (6pm – 9pm)
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday-Saturday (11am – 4pm)
Address: 1525 State Street, Sarasota, FL

SARTQ Fall 2015 Calendar

Here and Now

August 14 – 28, 2015
Opening reception: August 15 (6-9pm)

State of the Arts Gallery
1549 State Street Sarasota, FL 34236

The first exhibition of the 2015 Fall season presenting the newly re-formed visual art collective. Sixteen member artists displaying a variety of mediums and styles, and curated by Bay area art critic and curator, Danny Olda.

Presenting sponsors: SRQ Media Group, State of the Arts Gallery

Key Influence

September 26 – October 31, 2015
Opening reception: October 9 (6-9pm)
Open Studios: September 26 (2-4pm)
Panel Discussion: October 21 (6:30-8pm)

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key, FL 34228

Key Influence is a sneak-peak inside the artist’s world, from inspiration to completion all created from an unprecedented 2 month residency at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. With glimpses into the studio through video, materials samples and actual vignettes from the artists’ workspaces, SARTQ strives to demystify art as well as the techniques used to make it. The finished artworks will be exhibited alongside these process pieces, bringing the experience of the viewer full-circle.

Presenting sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design


November 3 – December 16, 2015
Opening reception: November 7 (2pm-4pm)

Englewood Art Center
350 S McCall Rd, Englewood, FL 34223

In conjunction with the Englewood Art Center’s 2015-2016 Exhibition season Fifty Shades of Green, members of the Sarasota Contemporary Art Collective, SARTQ, translate the concept of Green. View SARTQ’s multiple interpretations of Green-from environmental to color depictions- in this diverse multimedia small works exhibition located in EAC’s Mitchell Gallery.

For additional information or how you can become involved with SARTQ, visit SARTQ exhibitions are suitable for all ages and accessible to everyone.

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The Equality Gallery

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.

Original artwork © Kelly Boehmer
Original artwork © Kelly Boehmer

Opening Reception: May 15, 2015 (7pm-11pm)
The Hub, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Third Floor

Exhibiting artists include:

Kelly Boehmer
Rob Demperio
Ella Dizdarevic
Zach Gilliland
Ailen Gorrita
Keith Losh
Daniel Miller
Matthew Pecson
Leslie Reed
Alex Reynoso
Kale Roberts
Tom Ruthz
Tyler Staggs
John Suarez
Natalya Swanson
Susan Vertich
Joni Younkins-Herzog

SARTQ Print Party 2015

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.

Kangaroo Buddha
Kangaroo Buddha by Daniel Miller for the 6th SARTQ Print Party

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, FREE admission ($5 per print).



Sarasota Artist Collective, SARTQ Returns

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., Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective

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Harvey Milk Festival 2015

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.

HMF 2015 Poster #1

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.

HMF Homepage 2015

Flesh Tones: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition

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.

Flesh Tones

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,

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For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
(813) 974-5464

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 ( is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.