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.
SARTQ intends to develop ongoing programs that support Sarasota’s multiple academic institutions and inspire art students to pursue art as a career. SARTQ provides an opportunity for member artists to connect with other local artists and share the process of promoting and marketing their work.
To begin, SARTQ is announcing it’s popular 6th Annual “Print Party,” an event that gives the public a chance to interact with artists and the artistic process. From 5 to 11 p.m. on March 21st SARTQ will hold its screen-printing party in downtown Sarasota at the HuB, located at 1680 Fruitville Road.
Once again, each of the 10 founding SARTQ artists has created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items, however anything that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — each print is just $5. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from previous events. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event. Entertainment will be provided, food and drink will be available.
S/ART/Q Print Party, 5-11 p.m., Sat., March 21st, HuB 1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236 for more information visit or www.facebook.com/sartq