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Postcards From Utopia is a traveling exhibition kicking off at Phillippi Crest Clubhouse in Sarasota’s Historic Maine Colony District and featuring submissions from Kazakstan to Canada and beyond.

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SPAACES makes waves in the Sarasota art world

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Marianne and Yajaira

We dropped in to visit another one of our “Common Ground” artist teams this week while they were at work in the studio and got a sneak peek of their colorful work-in-progress.

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SRQ Magazine describes SPAACES as “one of Sarasota, desintations[…] for viewing art”. Read more about SPAACES and the Ablutions  and  Affirmations here

SRQ Magazine, Case in point: SPAACES, an acronym that stands for Sarasota Project Aligning Artists Communities Exhibits and Studios. It’s located on Princeton Street, off U.S. 301 and just east of downtown Sarasota. In 2017, Marianne Chapel Junker opened a personal studio in the space, but quickly realized she could share it with other working artists. The project was first known as M. Chapel Projects, but Chapel Junker changed the name to SPAACES in 2018 and worked with a nonprofit tech company to learn about nonprofits and how to set up her own foundation.

SRQ Magazine, 2022 Leadership Circle Inductees on one of their biggest achievements. Marianne Chapel, SPAACES Foundation. Getting the non-for-profit, the SPAACES Foundation off the ground and operating on a shoe-string budget, a world-wide pandemic was extremely challenging. It involved persistence, tenacity, and faith that, “if you build it, they will come.” I am extremely happy that SPAACES was able to start building, operating, and supporting Sarasota artists with exhibitions and art studios in 2020.

Of Salons, Napoleons and Art in Sarasota

SRQ Magazine OCT 31, 2018 – In 1667, the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris hosted its first official exhibition, establishing what would become known simply as The Salon. As the arrogance of the name suggests, organizers and overdressed attendees quickly established themselves as the premier art snobs of the European world, and, for near 200 years, entry into The Salon became a sign of royal favor and a necessary step to having any sort of artistic career in France.

This is exactly the attitude that Marianne Chapel, founder of SPAACES, a community-minded art center, wants to destroy with her latest exhibition…

Gallery makes affordable studio and exhibit SPAACES for local artists

The Observer OCT 31, 2018 – In November 2017 she opened M. Chapel Projects, a contemporary gallery that doubled as her studio off U.S. 301 North. But she quickly realized she’d prefer to lead a nonprofit over a traditional business.“I’d rather work in the trenches,” Chapel says. “It just fits my personality better to work with artists that need support and to provide something for the community that we currently don’t have.”

M. Chapel Projects provides local artists space to experiment*

*M. Chapel Projects is now SPAACES

The Observer  APR. 18, 2018 – 

Innovative Art: M. Chapel projects opens its doors*

*M. Chapel Projects is now SPAACES

The Observer OCT 31, 2018 –