Saturday is Christmas in July at Creative Liberties

Arts & Culture

Creative Liberties, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, presents an Open Studio, Thursday, July 7, from 5-7 p.m. Guests can meet artists, watch them work, buy artwork, enjoy sips and inspired conversation. On Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the “Christmas in July” event features handmade gift options, festive food and activities, and an interactive ornament-making event. Creative Liberties Artist Studios is located at 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, in the Limelight district. For more information, visit or call 941-799-6634. Creative Liberties was founded in November 2021 by Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth Goodwill, two artists and art educators. Goodwill explains that they started this business to give regional artists a variety of business services and studio and exhibition opportunities. The Creative Liberties Artist Studios are a collective and community space that provides work and exhibition space for local artists. Exhibition walls are also available for rent for artists who are not in the studio. Monthly Artists’ Markets offer local artists the opportunity to sell their work and will resume in October. Nine artists have made Creative Liberties Artist Studios their artistic workspace. These include: Jenny Berry (oil painting); Elizabeth Goodwill (book art, fiber art and mixed media); Barbara Gerdeman (photography, acrylic painting and mixed media); Donna Bergman (collage and mixed media); Lisa DiFranza (acrylic paint, gouache and mixed media); Traci Kegerreis (acrylic paint, collage and mosaics); Sandy Koolkin (acrylic fluid painting, watercolor and textile art); Jay Li (pastel portrait) and Judy Levine (jewelry design, collage and photography).