When I met Claudia Ryan, a professional visual artist working in Sarasota, Florida, we discussed the poor conditions of her art studio. The space was run down and dangerous and because of this, the landlord charged a very low rent. Claudia couldn’t find anything comparable and safe. The studio was on the second-floor and Claudia had trouble walking up the steps; she worried that she would not be able to do so for much longer.  She expressed that if her health were to worsen, she didn’t know where she would go. She also had fire concerns. The warehouse’s wood frame was dry and brittle and she worried the beautiful, but flammable oil paint, mediums, and rags may someday burn in an all-encompassing building fire. The warehouse was also termite ridden and her wood frames were being damaged. To make things worse, the building had no air conditioning or heat. Claudia used space heaters in the winter and goes without air in the Florida summer, again posing fire hazards and health risks for Claudia. Her studio was also in an edgy part of town and she was often there alone with no other people working nearby.

Today, Claudia makes art in a SPAACES art studio. Her art studio is now safe, built of cement block, air conditioned and she works with a group of like minded artists. Her artwork is stored and organized and is in a temperature controlled environment. 

SPAACES is Sarasota’s art community; an art studio hub. With your help, SPAACES can continue to build an arts district to support our local Sarasota artists and promote arts tourism.


SPAACES is a visual arts organization dedicated to supporting artists by offering affordable art studios, quality exhibitions, and an encouraging, creative environment. We specialize in high caliber, new forms of art and provide collaborative space for exciting community projects. SPAACES makes a profound difference in the lives of the artists who participate, empowering their artistic voice through professional development, worldly exposure, and intellectual exploration.


SPAACES is Sarasota’s home for visual arts studios and collaborative art programming. We nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and bring people together for powerful shared experiences that inspire a creative exchange of ideas. SPAACES is a unique artistic microcosm in the Sarasota visual arts landscape, moving Sarasota up the ranks in art tourism.

State of Florida Required Disclaimer as a nonprofit

IRS – State of Florida Compliance Statute

Per State of Florida disclaimer, the SPAACES Foundation Inc. is  a certified 501 (C) 3 Nonprofit Nationally and in the state of Florida. We are required to provide our 501 (C) 3 IRS Federal nonprofit number; Our nonprofit IRS number is 84-5004237.  

If you have any questions please contact IRS or the state of Florida for further review. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the founder. marianne@spaaces.art