Achieved Silver Star Award (based on public votes/participation) for “Best Gallery” SRQ Magazine April 2019: Comment from Elliott Himelfarb, a voter participant: “Grace comes by her curatorial skills the best way – she is also an accomplished artist whose vivid paintings set her apart from the rest. I’ve been to three or four shows at her gallery, and find the art to be among the most original in Sarasota. She takes chances by showing work with ‘edge,’ far from the model condo art I see here too often.”
Grace Howl loves being an active member of the community. She is a member of Center for Architecture, Sarasota Architectural Foundation, Women’s Contemporary Artists, Sarasota Visual Artist Studios, local Allied Member of AIA and other organizations.
4/2019: Howl was chosen to speak at the AIA 10×10 Event Art Ovation Hotel. Each of 10 speakers are allowed 10 slides and 5 minutes to present a topic. Howl’s topic: “Appreciating Abstract Art”. She previously presented in February 2017 topic: “Journey into My Mind and Creative Process”.
2/2019 – 3/2019: Howl was curated into a group show “SHOPLIFTABLE” at Gaze Modern Gallery.
1/2019 – 3/2019: Howl was curated into an SVAS group show in Gallery One at Art Center Sarasota.
11/2018: Howl designed and created (with the assistance of Pam Olin and Leslie Butterfield) a unique outdoor wall mural in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, FL. This was an event created with the Rosemary District Association which included interactive painting with over 60 participants from the Rosemary neighborhood.
7/2018: Grace worked with Any Given Child – over 40 students participated in a painting project where each student created an original piece of art in GHCA studio to take home.
11/2018: Le Salon Tout, a Group exhibition: Grace submitted a piece of art to help support SPAACES, a project to help fund studio spaces in Sarasota. The piece sold with a portion of the proceeds donated to the project.
3/2017: Collaborated with Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (IPA from NYC) in Experiment 42.000 at the Ringling Museum. Over the course of 2 days I had ‘participants’ help me paint an 11’ x 6’ wall at the Museum. Participants were interviewed prior to and after participating in a variety of ‘encounters’ based on needs or wants. It was a thrilling and exciting experience. Created as part of the Museum’s New Stages series of contemporary performances.
3/2017: ALSO Youth Organization: As a member of IDS, Grace volunteered to create a large indoor mural within ALSO Youth newly designed space. The youth participated in the painting the mural with Grace. This project along with all the efforts of the Interior Design Society of Sarasota remodel of the ALSO space, earned the local Chapter of IDS – the Annual Award.
4/2017: Sarasota Architectural Foundation: Grace was one of eight (8) artists chosen to paint an authentic Eames Chair that was auctioned off during MOD Weekend to benefit the SAF Organization.
5/2017: Center for Architecture-Sarasota: Grace was chosen (to paint a construction hat) and was included to participate in “Construction Helmet Painting”: A Traveling Show.
2017 and 2016: Southeast Guide Dogs: Grace was chosen to team with private donors (2016) Painted a Southeast Guide Dog sculpture “Popcorn” for Sandy and Mike in memory of their retired SE Guide Dog. In 2017 Grace was teamed with Scene Magazine/Café L Europe owners to paint a Southeast guide dog puppy sculpture (Ms. Diamond) in honor of the owner’s 60th anniversary in business.
2017 and 2014: Together and Apart – Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz – Love Letters: An Installation – Exhibit. As a visual and experimental artist, I always look for a unique perspective on a subject matter. After reading just a few pages of their Love Letters in the book: “My Far Away One” Written by Sarah Greenough, I was hooked. Serendipitously, I discovered this treasure trove was archived at Yale University-Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. I had to see for myself what the letters looked like. Once I saw the letters written in their own cursive handwriting, curves, lines, marks, symbols and words, flowing from their fountain pens, I had my ‘aha’ moment. It needed to be an immersive and interactive experience. I designed, created and installed twice this multifaceted installation composed of several thousand “love letters” and correspondence written between O’Keeffe and Stieglitz 1915-1946. Once in 2014 at The Ice House and again in 2017 at Alfstad& Contemporary. The installation featured copies of the letters and envelopes printed on vintage looking paper, a 20’ x 20’ room furnished in a style reminiscent of 1915-1946. One half of the room was devoted to O’Keeffe’s first home in Ghost Ranch and the other side based on Stieglitz family estate in Lake George, N Y. It was a multisensory experience with vintage music I carefully selected based on notes from their letters. I used lemon oil to polish the antique furniture which created an aroma. I arranged their hand written letters to hang layers deep from the ceiling, walls and a 12 foot diameter cascade in the center of the room so people could literally be immersed and read the letters. It also included envelopes so viewers could see the multiple addresses of O’Keeffe over the years and her travels as well as the ability to read the letters up close and personal. Most notably what intrigued me most was the figurative scribbles and code between the two of them. I feel both O’Keeffe and Stieglitz were profound visionaries of their time. Stieglitz as photographer, (finally getting photography, specifically his derivatives (abstract photos of clouds) accepted as an art form (Boston Museum of Fine Art, 1926). O’Keeffe as a feminist, teacher and artist, helping all future artists to change their perspective on how to view everyday scenery through the holes in cow pelvises, flowers up close and rendering of landscapes and clouds.
2011: Art Off Palm – in collaboration with Jake Brady, orchestrated the Art Off Palm – Art Event in the early days of the Rosemary District. It was a benefit to support Volunteer Community Connection. This organization provides training and coordination of volunteers who work with all charities and foundations within the Sarasota County. It was well attended with a line of people a block and a half long at opening time. Each attendee paid a $10. Entrance fee.