Truly Valued: Who Am I?

Opening Night Exhibition:
Friday January 11| 6 – 8pm

Gallery Hours:
January 16 – 19 | Wed – Sat  11am – 4pm

Truly Valued “Who Am I” is a community engaged art project carried out in the gallery of SPAACES throughout a two-month period. The project includes eight girls, ages thirteen to sixteen from the Sarasota / Bradenton area who are working together to create art around the topics of confidence and identity.

 Artist and gallery founder, Marianne Chapel and the Executive Director of the nonprofit Truly Valued, Shavonne Simon, collaborate to provide a temporary art studio workshop for the teenage girls. The artworks include large two and three-dimensional pieces, made independently, with no instruction, by the girls, and a large collective sculptural piece made by Chapel and all eight girls together.

The exhibition also includes a community participatory project where visitors answer two questions, “Who Am I?” and alternatively “Who was I?” Chapel hopes this project to reveal the inherent similarities all people have when reflecting on their personal development and their current selves. The objective for the contributing and viewing audience is to reflect on similar adolescent experiences with empathy and identification.

Chapel introduces the girls to intuitive art processes and to a wide range of art materials in order to free them from societal expectations and support them in their own artistic personal development. She gives them the opportunity to make unrestricted and nonjudgmental art in a professional but relaxed working art studio. The process includes looking at diverse, contemporary new media artists, slide discussions that include new art vocabulary, positive encouragement, independent decision-making, physical art making, and at the end, an art exhibition for the public to view the work.

Truly Valued “Who Am I” is a socially motivated (the desire to interact with others) community engaged art project. Socially Engaged Art is a meaningful social interaction that proclaims itself as art. The interaction, or the process, is the art. Therefore, socially engaged art is dependent on the involvement of others. Socially engaged artists challenge the art market because there is no object to purchase and the notion of authorship is ambiguous. Socially engaged art takes a topic, such as confidence building within the teenage experience, away from its usual place (a usual place would be a therapeutic, educational, or sociological forum) and configures the topic into the realm of artmaking in order to call attention to the subject. The process is a representation of an idea.

Le Salon Tout Inclus: The All Inclusive Exhibition

November 2018

Inspired by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s exhibition, “Et Tu, Art Brute?”in New York. The multi-tier, multi-media exhibition featured 66 local and regional artists of varying experience and medium. It celebrated a mix of outsider and professional art, endorsing equality, inclusivity and affordability in the context of contemporary art.


Evolving Revolving

April 2018 

  • Elizabeth Sher

Making Place

April 2018 

  • Curator, Sarah Viviana Valdez
  • Kieran Castano
  • Jesica Glas
  • John Dillard
  • Erin Hart
  • Ava Zelkowitz
  • Andrea Soldner

On Water

February 2018

  • Bernd Haussmann

Something to Have

January 2018

  • Brittany Watkins

The World Within

December 2017 

  • Dee Hood
  • Dolores Coe
  • Meg Pierce
  • Marie Yoho Dorsey

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

November 2017 

  • Selina Roman
  • Noelle McCleef
  • Karen Arango

Organic Geometry 

March 2017 

  • Marianne Chapel
  • Laine Nixon
  • Cynthia Mason
  • Jill Taffet