Past Artist Talks & Discussions

Artist Talk | Alicia Brown, Nneka Jones, Krystle Lemonias, Clifford McDonald


February 7th 2023

Alicia Brown  is a contemporary realist painter. She holds a BFA in Painting, and a diploma in Art Education from Edna Manley College of the Visual Performing Arts and an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. Brown has exhibited both locally and internationally in shows including the 2021 and 2017 Jamaica Biennial (Jamaica), Prizm Art Fair  (Miami), Jamaica making: Theresa Roberts Art Collection, Victoria Gallery and Museum (London)  Painting the Figure Now  Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (USA).

Nneka Jones  uses embroidery to create moving, representational images, usually portraits, to reflect on social issues. Her astounding love for color and special attention to detail, as influenced by her culture, is prominent in her work. The twenty-three-year old artist graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a minor in Marketing from the University of Tampa in May 2020. She created a commission for TIME magazine to produce the cover artwork for the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020 and now speaks at events like Adobe MAX, inspiring others to make their dreams a reality.

Krystle Lemonias acquired a BFA in printmaking from New Jersey City University in 2018. She is currently a Master’s in Fine Arts candidate at the University of South Florida. Her works have been exhibited at Blum and Poe in the Show Me the Signs campaign for #sayhername and Make America What America Must Become at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. She has also shown at the New York Academy of Art in the AXA Art Prize Exhibition in 2020, and at the International Print Center of New York in the New Prints: Umbra in 2019.

Clifford McDonald is a painter and the founder of a non profit “Art 4 Change”. He has exibited locally in Sarasota Florida including Embracing our Differences, Art Center Sarasota, and Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Visions In Black. He has won awards in Visions in Black in 2022 and Peoples Choise Award Embracing Our Differences in 2019 and 2022.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Panel Discussion

February 2022

In celebration of Black History Month, SPAACES gallery and studios will be hosting a panel discussion as a companion event to our monthly Art Walk and gallery opening on February 4th!

Exhibiting artists Jesse Clark and Allan Mestel will be speaking about their works, and we are thrilled to welcome A. Louis Parker and Samantha Gholar Weires, local luminaries in the Black community to speak about Sarasota’s Black important history and vibrant present.

Please join us for the 10am presentation and the discussion following, where the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of our panelists and open crucial dialogues, fostering collaboration and understanding in our diverse Sarasota community.

DIGITAL ART | Panel Discussion

November 2021

Jessica Mowery is a practicing contemporary artist with a SPAACES studio. She has a varied professional background that has included selling vehicular armor, running an accomplished interior architecture studio and is currently a cryptocurrency analyst. Jessica is also the co-founder of a private NFT investment fund launching in 2022. The fund is committed to bringing together unique talent and licensing opportunities for artists, creators and investors. Jessica will provide a broad overview of the NFT market. She will break things down in layman’s terms explaining the technical basics, why NFT’s are important to the art market and how to comfortably purchase your first NFT.  

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Greetings From Quarantine: Off The Page | Open Mic

March 2021

Art Speaks SaraSolo

February 2021

Sarasolo members will attend Ian North’s exhibition on opening night and choose an artwork of their choice. They will then have one week to create a solo performance based on their chosen piece, and on performance night, will then translate what it means to them through interpretive acting. 


Life is the Story We Tell Ourselves Artist Talk | Ian North

February 2021

Marianne Chapel, Director of SPAACES, interviews Ian North. Visitors will be able to hear, first hand, about his creative endeavors in both art and music. 


#WhollyFool Artist Talk | Dawn Lowndes

January 2021

Visitors will be able to see Lowndes work in progress during this open studio. Lowndes will discuss her work and practice, which includes meditation and the pursuit of spirituality and artistic methodologies.


The Living Tarot Performance | Booker High School Student Dancers

January 2021

SPAACES is excited to collaborate with five Booker High School VPA students to produce socially distant solo performances integrated with the exhibition Wholly Fool.