Local Women Launch Business That Supports Area Artists

Elizabeth Goodwill and Barbara Gerdeman have opened Creative Liberties Artist Studios in the Limelight District.

By Staff November 3, 2021

Sandy Koolkin works in her space at Creative Liberties.

Sandy Koolkin works in her space at Creative Liberties.

Elizabeth Goodwill and Barbara Gerdeman, two local artists and art educators, have launched Creative Liberties Artist Studios, a collective artist studio that provides work and display space for local artists. The studio is located in the Limelight District of the Park East neighborhood near downtown Sarasota. In addition to offering workspace, artistic services include assistance with social media, website design, public relations, marketing, pricing artwork, working with galleries, helping with shipping sold pieces, and more.

Nine artists have currently made Creative Liberties Artist Studios their artistic workspace. These include founders Elizabeth Goodwill (book art, fiber art and mixed media) and Barbara Gerdeman (photography, acrylic painting, and mixed media); Donna Bergman (collage and mixed media); Lisa DiFranza (acrylic painting, gouache, and mixed media); Traci Kegerreis (acrylic painting, collage and mosaics); Deena King (mixed media painting);  Sandy Koolkin (acrylic fluid painting, watercolor and fiber art); Judy Levine (jewelry design, collage and photography); and Craig Palmer (abstract painting). All the studio spaces are currently filled, but Goodwill and Gerdeman are accepting applications for future openings. For more information, click here or call (941) 799-6634.

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