“Photography as Art?” Exhibit by Richard Stewart at Art Uptown Gallery

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The fine art photography of Tampa photographer Richard Stewart will be featured in a month-long exhibit entitled “Photography as Art?” at Art Uptown, 1367 Main St., Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, Oct. 26, and runs through Nov. 30. An artist’s reception for the public and friends of the gallery will be held FridayNov. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.


The exhibit will include recent photographs from Mexico, Costa Rica and Italy, plus others dating to 1968, when he lived in Turkey and traveled throughout Europe. Stewart is best known locally for “Girl With Wine,” a black & white photo he took 44 years ago of a young woman drinking wine from a bottle atop an ancient Roman amphitheater in southern Turkey. 


Also in the show will be a large, four-panel photograph on canvas of "Young Toro," along with another of a workboat on Claude Monet’s lily pond in Giverny, France, one of the most successful works of the photographer, who has been an artist member of Art Uptown for more than five years.


A professional photographer for more than 30 years, Stewart received his B.A. degree in Communications from the University of California at Berkeley. He also works as an independent business writer and PR/marketing consultant with offices and a studio in Tampa. All of his photographs are offered in limited editions.


Well experienced in traditional photography and darkroom processing and printing, he has embraced digital technology in recent years. He feels that digital photography and printmaking offer greater creative control than film and darkroom processing, without the strong darkroom chemicals going down the drain into the environment, noted the photographer.


Stewart regularly exhibits his photographs in juried art shows throughout Florida as well as at Art Uptown. The works of the gallery’s 27 other member artists will also be on display during Stewart’s featured exhibit.


Art Uptown is open Tuesday-Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 12-5. During the monthly First Friday Gallery Walks on Palm and Main streets, the gallery is open until 9 p.m. Telephone: 941-955-5409.www.artuptown.com.




Owned by its members, Art Uptown has been continuously operating in its current location on Main Street for 33 years, representing local artists and offering affordable art and gifts. Abstract, realistic and expressionistic work are offered in acrylics, collage, encaustics, oils, pastels, photography, watercolors, fine art ceramics and pottery, fine jewelry, fused glass, digital art, fabric art and wood. The member artists change their work in the gallery monthly. 

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