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Laurie Maves

Sarasota, Florida, United States


About the Artist

Laurie Maves Guglielmi has always been an artist. She spent her childhood with her family in Freeport, Illinois, along with her larger-than-life imagination, always creating her own reality (often to the chagrin of her small town mid-western parents). There was nothing more she wanted to do, than to make something out of nothing. And if she could make something beautiful, she saw herself as a superhero. While living in Denver, Colorado in the late 1990’s, Laurie took a leap of faith and gradually transitioned from her profession in the non-profit sector as an art therapist to that of a full time fine artist and live performance painter. After nearly two decades of living and working in the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado, she relocated to the Sun Coast of Florida, where she currently resides in Sarasota with her husband, Ralph Guglielmi.

In March 2019, Laurie opened her first artist studio dedicated solely to art therapy and teaching. She calls her studio, “The 11th Orange” as it is located in downtown Sarasota at 11th and Orange Streets in a brilliant old yellow and orange building. In the 1400 sq foot space, she has 2 classrooms with 12′ ceilings committed completely to teaching her “BE FREE” large scale abstract painting classes as well as arts and expressive therapy workshops. By focusing on the sacred act of mark making, Laurie finds a meditation in painting and experiences a deep spiritual connection in the act of creating. She hopes her students find uplifting experiences while painting and creating in this new space.

In her own large scale abstract experience, Laurie continues to find that the unplanned final images she creates while painting are often only the culmination of her exploratory process. By working in this way, she often feels that she is not making the paintings, but rather allows the paintings to make themselves.

Artist Statement

My art and process has certainly changed and evolved over the past 20 years. Historically I would make stylized feminine portraits often inspired by artists like Picasso and Modigliani. I didn’t begin approaching abstract painting until about 10 years ago.

At that time, the paintings and the creative process would cause me a certain amount of anxiety as I never knew where the paintings would land, but I also had this deep drive to “figure out” how to make a “successful” abstract composition. I was always trying desperately to understand the sort of puzzle that is created once you put pen to paper and paint to canvas. But the process was often more difficult than enjoyable.

Then in February of 2018, I enrolled in a three-day intensive workshop led by German artist Bernd Haussmann. Bernd discussed how one approaches the act of creating and painting, combining meditation and mark making. This workshop completely shifted my process to new ways of working without planning, without designing, without composing. The paintings became quick expressions of feeling and reflections or recordings of what became for me a sacred act of making marks. I began closing my eyes while standing at the canvas, focused on my breathing and began a meditation that would work itself out through the application of paint and drawing materials. The paintings became completely intuitive and I found a new freeness in painting that I had never experienced in my life. This is how I am currently approaching my painting, as raw and listening and open to the paintings that want and need to paint themselves. I find I am simply a conduit for the process, which I experience as most beautiful and enlightening.


Solo Showings:
2019 “Salt Life” Solo show at SPAACES gallery in Sarasota, FL
2018 The Artist’s Studio, Art Ovation Hotel 2017 Galleria Mare, Nokomis, FL
2017 The Migration Paintings, Galleria Mare, Nokomis, FL
2015 The Aloft Hotel, Denver, CO
2014 Center of Attention, GoodDay Colorado, FOX31, Denver, CO
2014 the Circle Paintings, Laurie Maves ART, Denver, CO
2013 Love for Frida, Laurie Maves ART, Denver, CO
2013 Love for Fraser, Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery, Fraser, CO
2012 Dolce Vita, Hirshfeld Gallery, Merle Catherine Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, University of Denver Women’s College, Denver, CO
2010 Poppies for You, Studio Shakta, Denver, CO
2009 Love for Live Painting, Laurie Maves Art, Denver, CO

Group Showings:
2019 Expansion of Abstraction, Sarasota, FL
2018 Gallery104, NY, NY
2017 Galleria Mare, Nokomis, FL
2016 February Art Market, Palm Springs, CA
2016 Group Show, Artwork Network, Denver
2016 The Art of Journals, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 The Art of Winter, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
2015 The Art of Winter, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO
2015 Denver Artists, The Armory Performing Arts Center, Brighton, CO
2014 GuitarTown, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO
2014 The Annual Frida Show, Picture This, Long Beach, CA
2014 Red Handed, TbGallery, Denver, CO
2014 The Frida Show, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Faces, MIIT, Museo Internazionale Italia Arte, Turin, Italy
2013 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI
2013 the Peace Project, The Whole 9, National Traveling Exhibition
2013 ArT Project 2013 No.4, Studio Arte Carapostol, Venice, Italy
2013 Hand of Spirit with Maxwellvision, Jared David Paul and Laurie Maves,
2013 Skylight Station, Denver, CO
2013 GuitarTown, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO
2012 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Show, Studio 12 Gallery, Denver, CO
2012 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI
2010 Heart Beats the Same, Artwork Network, Denver, CO
2010 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI
2007 BareWalls, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006 BareWalls, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Art Therapy, 1997
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Bachelor of Art, 1993


PBS April 2019

SRQ Daily January 2019
“How It’s Made: Inside Art Factory 44”

VoyageMIA November 2018
“Meet Laurie Maves Guglielmi”

Sarasota Scene Magazine June 2018
“Get Inspired, Meet Artist Laurie Maves”

Sarasota Magazine May 2018
“Art Ovation Welcomes New Sarasota Keys Piano”

Sarasota Hearld-Tribune March 2018
“Celebrating With Big Brothers Big Sisters”

Denver 303 Magazine May 2014
“The Friday Experience – Inspiration – First Friday Denver”

OUTFRONT Magazine Denver June 2013
“Expressions : Meditations of Who We Are”

Denver 303 Magazine November 2012
“The Friday Experience – Laurie Maves – Living The Dream of Being a Working Artist”