PANAMA CITY – The first Gallery Night at Taproom in historic St. Andrews will feature a local artist known for her restaurant murals and window displays.
“Shortly after moving into Taproom’s new location at 1010 Beck Ave., we acquired the space next to us,” said Matt Cole, owner of Taproom. “We use the space to organize parties, showers, birthdays, business meetings, groups and a yoga studio, Gypsy Life Wellness. The space makes it a perfect gallery for hosting local artists. “
Sara Sterling Griffith will kick off the first of Taproom’s monthly gallery evenings with a solo show at 5 p.m. Saturday. Guests are invited to meet the artist, enjoy drinks, participate in the on-site Sunshine Asian Fusion food truck, and enjoy live music from Matt Law.
TAP CHAMBER:Tap into the community at the St. Andrews Hub
SUB-CURRENTS:Hand painting is on the wall
“This show is a little mix of my line art fused with color. Fun styles I’ve never tried,” Griffith said. “There are a few different collections that I have had fun creating over the past few months. All of my canvases (pieces) are custom built on wood, as I prefer to paint and draw on wood rather than your traditional canvas.”
Cole noted that when visiting other cities he often took the time to visit small galleries, but he never had the pleasure of attending an opening night.
“So I decided to invite local artists to log on to them,” Cole said. “Our city has what looks like an inordinate number of talented artists and I am delighted to have a place to properly exhibit their work and give the public the chance to purchase a work. These gallery nights will give people the chance to meet and form a bond with the artist and the work. “
Meet the artist from Panama City
Griffith, originally from Chesapeake, Va., Was the daughter of a military father, whose transfers took them to Iceland, Marco Island and Panama City while still in elementary school.
“I have always had a love and passion for art,” she said. “Over the years my art has evolved. In high school, I in class scribbled the names of my classmates in intricate detail, creating unique pieces that I call ‘thumbprints’ because they are. unique like fingerprints. “
These designs ended up on a pair of jeans one day when Griffith got into trouble and was sent to his room: “When I went out my mom couldn’t even be mad and to this day my mom mentions this. story talking about my art. “
She claims not to have a personal style, but rather enjoys creating pieces upon request of others. This provided challenges and the opportunity to learn random things, as she researches each piece to understand its meaning and context.
“For years, I have painted custom shoes with every pattern you can think of. When I create for myself or for personal entertainment, I usually incorporate shapes, plants, pop artsy colors and animals. For the past seven years I have done wall paintings and window art. “
Griffith sells some of his work in an Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/people/saragriffithartist. Her social networks include “Enjoy Art by Sara” on Facebook and @enjoyartbysara on Instagram.
Much like his “fingerprints,” Griffith likes his murals and storefronts to reflect or represent the person or business on a personal level. Sometimes only the customer will recognize the special touches she has incorporated.
“The history class was so gracious that it let me get creative and have fun with my ideas. The most recent is ‘Chicken Dan’, which started with Cupid Dan and then Irish Dan in a kilt.”
Griffith has created interior murals or window paintings for local businesses including Oily and strange cookie, Marcus’ Gulf Pizza and Guadalajara Mexican Grill in recent weeks; painted benches at Porter Park; and added interior touches to a beach house.
“Too often the walls of homes and offices are filled with mass-produced works that have little connection to the owner, the environment and the artist,” Cole said.