Photo by Natalie McCray

Photo by Natalie McCray

Informed by a deep sense of ecology I create multidisciplinary site specific installations and artifacts blending environmental science with spiritual evolution into mythopoetic stories of transformation. By modeling empathy with Other my work shifts our culture of domination to reciprocity and helps in healing our sense of separation from the natural world by remembering our wholeness.

Certified as a Florida Master Naturalist in 2014, and trained as a Botanical Illustrator at the New York Botanic Gardens (1997-99) my work celebrates the seen and unseen depicting ever deepening connections to wonder. Rooted in handwork as an act of meditation, sewing, drawing, and printmaking transform humble materials into monumental immersive experiences.

Empowering people of all ages to nurture their sense of place, combining art, storytelling and science, as a teaching artist, I guide dynamic learning experiences, activating all of our senses while nurturing a deep connection to this living world. Award winning curriculum for arts integration in the K-12 classroom and beyond includes Master Artist residencies with Douglas Anderson School of The Arts and Duval County Public Schools.

Creating art for healing spaces both public and private, commissions include Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center, Art in Public Places City of Jacksonville, FL, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and The Jacksonville Historical Center. Numerous awards include The Ninah May Holden Cummer award for Connecting People with the Environment through art, three Art Ventures Grants through the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, a Florida Blue Spark Grant through the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Artist in Residence at the Museum of Science and History and Outstanding UNF Alumna 2001.

recent press:

http://mgne.org/5thnational

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

https://arbus.com/the-circle-of-car

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 and Awards

2019/20 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Artist Project Matching Grant for Home Is Here

2018 Art Ventures Award Community Foundation of Northeast Florida

Monoprint Guild of New England-5th National Juried Show, My Great Great Great was awarded Best in Show awarded by Judith Brodsky

2016 Bearing Witness- Museum of Science and History- Artist in Residence

Ninah May Holden Cummer Award for connecting people and the environment through art

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 History while 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 media mural, created by high school 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 unit at Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital , Jacksonville, FL  
 2005   Circ de Vie –a site specific mixed media mural commission for the
 Jacksonville Public Library, Mandarin Branch .“Circ de Vie”  combines
the figurative images with natural elements from the North East Florida landscape to create a 12’ diameter puzzle painting which celebrates the cycle of life
 2003   Art Ventures Award by the Jacksonville Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to create an interactive CD-Rom of the monumental puzzle painting 3 seasons: wasteland, cultivation,abundance
2000 Outstanding Alumna- College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Florida
1996 Vermont Studio Center-Johnson, VT- Scholarship for one month residency
1993   Testing the Water   Art in Public Places ,City of Orlando, FL
1991    Art Ventures Award 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 Places Collection of Florida Artists City of Orlando
AT&T

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

2016-17 Bearing Witness , Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville, FL

2015 Singing 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
2006 Recent Work R. Roberts Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
2005 Reunion: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 Fruition Jacksonville 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
1997 Sleeping on Transplants”Middlebury, VT
     Towards Wholeness Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg ,VA
     Paintings and Drawings Kelly Glass Studio, New York, NY
1996 New Work Downtown Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
1995 Senza Auito Casa Italia Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL
     In Flight Marker 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 Women Downtown Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
     Arts Assembly Awards WJCT Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
    Street of Dreams Designer Showcase, Green Cove Springs, FL
199442nd Annual Florida Craftsman Exhibition Jacksonville Art Museum, FLjuror Roy Slade
    Florida Gulf Coast Biennial Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Bellair, FLjuror Michael Auping         
    Figures in Line and Space Daytona 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

 

 

 

 

A character in Waterspirit Rises, the endangered Wood Stork of Red Pearl River, waves in Hemming Park downtown Jacksonville. Image courtesy of Judi Herring 2014

A character in Waterspirit Rises, the endangered Wood Stork of Red Pearl River, waves in Hemming Park downtown Jacksonville. Image courtesy of Judi Herring 2014