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Joyous Tryst: Uniting Makers and Beholders of Art

By Kelly Church

Home to six unique artists, the Art Trysts Studio is a working studio in Clearwater, FL. Its primary focus is to provide a comfortable space for the in-house working artists to create and inspire each other.

The studio gets its moniker from a quote by acclaimed Japanese artist Kojiro Tomita: "It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it, maker and beholder meet." Art Trysts Studio joins six artists in one studio. There are no set hours for this working space, so artists are free to make their own schedules as they see fit.

"We come and go on our own schedules, but often several of us will be working in the studio at the same time," says Lorraine Ulen, co-owner of Art Trysts Studio. "These occasions provide a wonderful opportunity to exchange information and ideas, and to encourage each other in our individual projects."

Each of the six artists comes from a different background, offering the studio expertise in a variety of art forms. The different media used by Donna, Lorraine, Lee, Toni, Deidre and Kathy range from sketching to oil paints and collage. Several of the artists are award-winning and recognized in their communities.

The studio takes Tomita's idea as inspiration for engagement with the community. "We bring nationally known and acclaimed artists in to teach their painting techniques," Ulen says. "These two and three-day workshops provide an opportunity for local artists to study with top instructors without the added expense of travel and lodging." Workshops and mini-workshops are taught periodically by the Art Trysts Studio artists, as well as other local artists. Ulen herself teaches a weekly class that provides students an opportunity to work with their own projects and mediums of choice at their own pace. Additionally, the studio arranges step-by-step painting parties for those who want to experience painting for the first time.

Art Trysts Studio is busy preparing for an upcoming event with Lana Grow, a nationally recognized mixed-media artist. The event, Acrylic Abstract Mixed-Media: Next Step, will be held in January of 2016. The workshop is designed to encourage students to explore their own creativity.

"Our classes and workshops are an avenue for people to experience the joy of making art for themselves," Ulen says.

For art admirers who don't want to create their own work, the studio hosts an Open Studio night several times a year on the first Friday of the month. This is an opportunity for the in-house artists to exhibit new art and meet fans. The studio strives to unite creators and lovers of art.

"Our open studio and demonstration events give visitors the opportunity to meet the artists, see their works in progress, and gain an appreciation of what goes into making art," Ulen says.

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