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My preferred alter ego, the endangered Wood Stork of Red Pearl River, waves in Hemming Park downtown Jacksonville. Image courtesy of Judi Herring 2014

My preferred alter ego, the endangered Wood Stork of Red Pearl River, waves in Hemming Park downtown Jacksonville. Image courtesy of Judi Herring 2014

Wild Woman Woodstork, defender and keeper of the small, I studied Botanical Illustration while working as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in order to keep my hands in the green world and my heart on the tender side of the Big City. This essential question, nature verses nurture, and the domestication of the self,  has guided my artistic practice for more than 25 years.

Informed by a deep sense of spiritual ecology and direct observation, organic metaphors become way stations for personal transformation and blend evidence based science with archetypal magic. Layered visual stories, teach environmental empathy while depicting personal encounters with the natural world. My images are tools which relate to nature from a perspective of communion rather than domination, creating a place where all things move through each other with grace.

 

I love creating beauty out of wastelands and often incorporate recycled materials into my work and as a metaphor for personal growth, when we retrieve the abandoned parts of ourselves the world becomes whole. My studio practice includes fine art printmaking, weaving, drawing, hand sewing, painting, looking and listening. Sometimes it spills into public places and others private spaces, empowering others to use their creative voice through puppetry, performance and site specific installations.

Certified as a Florida Master Naturalist, I've slept outside in every state except Hawaii and Alaska and have done so, most recently with my daughter and husband. I believe when we are given an opportunity for intimate encounters with nature, wonder and healing will arise. My work has been commissioned for libraries, healing centers, private homes and spiritual communities and strives to elicit a sense of natural wonder.

recent press:

http://culturebuildsflorida.org/2014/02/05/art-and-environmental-conservation-sarah-crooks-flaire-and-green-revolution/

http://culturebuildsflorida.org/2014/02/05/art-and-environmental-conservation-sarah-crooks-flaire-and-green-revolution/

http://www.culturalcouncil.org/in-the-mouth/

Rainbow Chain of Being - Arbus Magazine

 

Professional Highlights

Public Art Experience and Awards

2015 Waterspirit Rises A public Street performance spectacle downtown Jacksonville featuring a 40’ Waterspirit puppet and a cast of 14 people
2014 In the Mouth, The Oyster and I ,  A series of creative public workshops and performances designed to engage children and families in learning about the ecology of the St. Johns River, through puppetry and street performance in Downtown Jacksonville. Funding partners, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, Florida Blue, St. Johns Riverkeeper and The Jacksonville Public Library
 2013 Transmigration  A dynamic flock of paper butterflies created with visitors in the lobby of the Museum of Science and Historywhile having intimate conversations about Monarch conservation and small lifestyle changes to help the environment. Project sponsor Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville, FL  
 2008 New View: The Many Faces of the St. Johns  A traveling public art installation based on a 30’ mixed mediamural, created by highschool students designed to raise awareness of our unique river environment. Artist in Residence at The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts,  Jacksonville, FL . Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jaxport ,The St.Johns RiverKeeper,  The Ritz Theater and Museum, Museum of Science and History
2006      Walk of Hope  Eight new works on paper commissioned for the radiation oncology unitatMary Virginia Terry Cancer Center, St. Vincents Hospital , Jacksonville, FL  
 2005   Circ de Vie –a site specificmixed media muralcommissionfor the
 Jacksonville Public Library, Mandarin Branch .“Circ de Vie”  combines
the figurative images with natural elements from the North East Floridalandscape to create a 12’ diameterpuzzle painting which celebrates the cycle of life
 2003   Art Ventures Award by the Jacksonville Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Artsto create an interactive CD-Rom of the monumental puzzle painting 3 seasons: wasteland, cultivation,abundance
 2000Outstanding Alumna- College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Florida
1996Vermont Studio Center-Johnson, VT- Scholarship for one month residency
1993   Testing the Water   Art in Public Places ,City of Orlando, FL
1991    Art Ventures Grant Jacksonville Community Foundation
1989    Nest ’89 public sculpture created to raise awareness of homeless women 
and children; YWCA artist in residence
 
Collections
Art in Public Places, City of Jacksonville
Art in Public PlacesCollection of Florida Artists City of Orlando
AT&T

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Everbank
Jacksonville Historical Society
National Parks Foundation
Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center, St Vincents Hospital, Jacksonville FL
Pace Center for Girls, Inc.
Private Collections in the United States, Canada and France
University of North Florida
    


Solo Exhibitions

2015Singing in the Tree- Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park     FL
2014 Transmigration and The Green Revolution:Renewed , Museum of Science     and History , Jacksonville , FL
2013 RED Broward Gallery Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville,FL
2010 Rite of PassageSouth Gallery, Florida State College Jacksonville,FL 2007Full Circle Jane Grey Gallery, Jacksonville,FL
2006Recent WorkR. Roberts Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
2005Reunion:Similar Selves Main Gallery, Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
     Paintings    Acquisitions Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
    New Works 57 Treasury, St. Augustine, FL
2004     FruitionJacksonville Museum Of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL
2001    Small Things Kent Campus Gallery, Florida Community College, Jacksonville, FL
    Four Seasons Henry P.Leu Botanical Gardens, Orlando, FL
1997Sleeping on Transplants”Middlebury, VT
    Towards WholenessLynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg ,VA
    Paintings and Drawings Kelly Glass Studio, New York, NY
1996New Work Downtown Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
1995Senza Auito Casa Italia Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL
    In FlightMarker 32, Jacksonville, FL
1994Transformation and Conception Kirschner Haack Fine Art, Miami Beach,             FL
    Flight Patterns Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville, FL
    AscensionsHeaven on Earth, Atlantic Beach, FL
1993   Mapping the Green WorldTheatre Jax, Jacksonville, FL
1991Drawing DownCrow’s Nest, Jacksonville, FL

Group Exhibitions
2015 Reflections of the St. Johns Cummer Museum, Jacksonville,FL
2010 Art Ventures 20 yearsCummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Plum Gallery St. Augustine FL
 Design in Bloom   Ethan Allen Showroom, Jacksonville FL
2009Folio Weekly Invitational Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
2008 Making Marks:Jacksonville Createsinvitational Museum of Contemporary
 Art Jacksonville, FL
2006     Presence Art and Soul Invitational Exhibit, Womens Center of Jacksonville, FL
    2006 Bank of America Symphony Showhouse , Jacksonville, FL
        designedand implementedinteriors for four rooms
    Garden Week Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL
2005      Art, Gardens and Healing      Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville,FL
2004   Art Ventures Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL
2003Art and SoulWomen’s Center Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
2001EclipseHaskell Gallery, Jacksonville International Airport, FL
2000Gift of ArtSynder Memorial Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
    Faculty ExhibitSouth Gallery, Nathan Wilson Center for the PerformingArts, Jacksonville, FL
1999Botanical Art at the MillenniumWatchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
1996Carving the Forces of Change   Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL Curated by Faith Ringgold
    Material as MetaphorWatchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
1995   Independents Biennial # 2Charas El Bohio, New York, NY
    Tribute to WomenDowntown Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
     Arts Assembly AwardsWJCT Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
    Street of DreamsDesigner Showcase, Green Cove Springs, FL
199442nd Annual Florida Craftsman ExhibitionJacksonville Art Museum, FLjuror Roy Slade
    Florida Gulf Coast BiennialFlorida Gulf Coast Art Center, Bellair, FLjuror Michael Auping         
    Figures inLine and SpaceDaytona Arts Center, Daytona, FL
1993    Skirting the Issue: Women Artists in FloridaTerrace Gallery, Orlando, FLjurors: Lou Ann Colondy and Karen Valdes
1992    Jacksonville Arts AllianceSoutheastern Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa, FL
     Spring Arts FestivalGainesville, FL juror Kathryn Siegel and RichardHeipp
1991     Arts ManiaIndependent Life Gallery, Jacksonville, Fl juror William E.Parker
    Suwanee Valley RegionalLake City Community College, Lake City, FL juror: Nofa Dixon and Louise Freshman Brown
    Making MarksGallery 88, PonteVedra , FL Juror Marsha Issacson
    MonochromeGallery 88, Ponte Vedra, FL juror Charles Charles
1990Jacksonville CreatesJacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL curatorMarsha Orr
1988 Three Woman Show, Broward GalleryUnitarian Universalist Church Jacksonville,FL

SelectedArticles
“ Cutural Council announces Spark Grant winners” Florida Times UnionMay 11,2014
" Douglas Anderson students artwork flowing through community" Resident August 2008
“ From the Showhouse to your house” The Florida Times Union, October 14,2006
“Circle of Life at the Mandarin Library” River Bend Review, the Florida Times Union , June 3,2006
“ Unlayering the Works of Sarah Crooks Flaire” The Times Union, October 7,2005
“Artists Works Show Her Constantly Evolving”  The Times Union, January 2, 2004
 “The Work of Sarah Crooks Flaire at JMOMA” Arbus, Vol. 9/No.3 Dec./Jan 2003/04
“Profile: Sarah Crooks Flaire” Financial News and Daily Record, Vol.90 No.7
 “Large & Small of It” Folio Weekly, November 13,2001
“A Portrait of the Artist at Pace Center for Girls” Arbus September/October 2000
“Grad Shares Artistic Talent With omeless in New York” University of North Florida Alumni JournalSpring 1996
 “Kalliope: a journal of Women’s art” featured visual artist July 1995
“Don’t Knock Blocks Poetry: Sit on It” New York Daily News June 5,1995
Creativity Times 10” Florida Times Union February 5,1995
“Moth Woman” Folio Weekly July 23,1994
“Art Camp Keeps Us Out of Trouble” Shorelines , August 6,1994
“Program Draws Out Kid’s Self Confidence” Times Union Community News, January 29,1992
“ Self Esteem is expressed in artistic creativity” The Florida Times Union June 10,1992
“Puppets Make a Point” Florida Times UnionMay ,1992
Exhibition Review, New Art Examiner fall 1991
“Revealing Layers” Folio weekly May 12,1991
“Young Artist Believes in Waste Not Want Not” Florida Times Union June 16,1991
“Springfield art is rough and r.a.w.” Florida Times Union, October 31,1990
“Arts Mania metaphors are mixed messages” Florida Times Union October 9,1989
“Art and Politics: The Message is in the Mixture” Florida Times Union October 1,1989
Catalogs
“Art Ventures” , Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art 2004
“Art Ventures Adventures” Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art 1996
“42nd Annual Florida Craftsman Exhibit” Jacksonville Art Museum 1994
“Skirting the Issue; Women Artists in Florida” Orlando City Hall 1993
“1991 Arts Mania “ Arts Assembly of Jacksonville 1991
Professional Activities
2009-13artist in residence “ St Johns River Transformational Learning     Opportunity” University of North Florida
2008 lecturer “Finding our Sense of Place: Art and the Environment” University of    North Florida, Brooks College of Health
2007 lecturer “ Drawing Connections” Jacksonville Public Library main campus
2006Designer for Bank of America Symphony Showhouse
     commission to create the Peacebuilder award for Jacksonville chapter of Children’s International Summer Villages
    lecturer “ Building a Painting”  Jacksonville Public Library
2005 Illustrator for Insecta, by Linda Broadfoot
speaker on the Artist to Artist panel presentation at the Downtown Art Summit Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
slide presentation “Reunion;Similar Selves”  at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra
“Behind the Scene” studio tour
2003feature artist for the interactive exhibit “ Visions/Versions”  at the CummerMuseum of Art and Gardens award winning educational center Art Connections , Jacksonville, FL      
2000Florida Community College Jacksonville, Fl -adjunct professor- Drawing
1998-96 security guardMetropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY-
1996 lecturer“Tapping the Creative Process: The Heroines Journey”Jungian Society ofNortheast Florida       
1995Artist in residence, Jan Hus Presbyterian ,New York, NY- coordinated Furniture Project
1994technical assistant for the sculpture department,  Jacksonville University
1993mural painter for Jacksonville Historical Center
1992 Design Arts Studio- Jacksonville, FL assistant decorative painter
1991 Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts- coordinated and received grants for the Handshake Puppet Project and Bridge Arts Reach- 2 mutidisciplinary art programs for at risk inner city youth
1990 Pedroni’s Cast Stone Jacksonville, FL- fabrication assistant
1989Artist in residence , YWCA Jacksonville, FL created Nest 89 - a public sculpture to raise awareness of homeless women and children
1989-87 Setting Son Jewelers Jacksonville, FL- assistant jeweler

 

Education
2014 Florida Master Naturalist Program
1999-1997 New York Botanic Garden, Bronx, NY- Botanical Illustration
1989- University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL BFA painting: Cum Laude; 1986- Simon’s Rock of Bard College
1984- Pratt Institute
1968- born 7.14.68