SRQ Daily Apr 19, 2017
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"We have infinite places to sketch in Sarasota."
Gathering every Friday, usually somewhere in Downtown Sarasota, the members of the Sarasota Urban Sketchers set up their easels and their notepads, their pens, pencils and watercolors, and set to sketching. A loosely formed organization of largely amateurs, the group meets on a weekly basis for the simple enjoyment of the art and pleasure of each other’s company. But last month, the artists of Sarasota Urban Sketchers proved that once again a small group of determined people can make a difference, with a donation of near $3000 for two local schools from the collective’s first group show and fundraiser.
Founded almost two years ago by Faith Reynolds, art classes at Selby Gardens turned into something more as she took to sketching on her own about town on Fridays. First one friend tagged along and then two and then friends of friends and today Sarasota Urban Sketchers boasts around 30 members. Intentionally informal, Reynolds sends out an email each Wednesday notifying the group of the next location and those who can attend do. Typically nine to 13 sketchers come out every week.
But all of the members chipped in for Sarasota Urban Sketchers’ first group show, held this past March at Malbi Décor on Pineapple Avenue. Organizing with Malbi owner Maria Alberta Borri, Reynolds and the other members contributed original work for sale while Borri and other local merchants offered items for raffle—with 100% of the proceeds going to the art departments at Booker Middle School and Horizons Academy. “We knew the schools were underfunded in their arts,” says Reynolds, but they didn’t know how badly. Visiting the schools later, she remembers a young and talented art teacher showing her the cabinet where he kept his class’ art supplied. “We were appalled,” says Reynolds. “They were hardly there.” When students painted murals on the walls of the school building, they used leftover house paint donated by teachers.
As for the sketchers, many of them had never sold a painting, but that changed rather quickly. More than 100 people came out for the show at Malbi, estimates Reynolds, and the show generated $2,900 to be divided evenly and presented to Booker Middle and Horizon Academy. The artists were “thrilled,” says Reynolds, but unsurprised. “People in this area are pretty generous,” she says.
Looking to the future, Reynolds says that the group will return to both school to sketch with the students, but other than that aims to continue how it has—informal, fun and open to all. Always looking for new members, Reynolds says it’s never too late to join. “We have infinite places to sketch in Sarasota,” she says. From the Ringling Museum to Selby Gardens or just any of the many interesting perspectives and constructions that can be found in the city, there’s always something new to capture with a blank sheet of paper.
Pictured: The Sarasota Urban Sketchers present funds raised to Horizon Academy�s art department. Left to right, Assistant Principal Ryan Clarke, artist Amy Harding, artist Brandy Braver, Malbi proprietor Maria Borri, artist Faith Reynolds, Horizon
Looking for a decadent dessert but don't want the weight or the calories of chocolate? Libby's Café makes what's called a Dutch Apple Baby, a made-to-order masterpiece served in a hot skillet right out of the oven. Cinnamon-covered apple slices get baked into a puffy cake pastry and slathered (yes, slathered) with warm caramel sauce—every spoonful you raise to your mouth has golden sugar droplets reaching back down toward the gooey center. And don't forget the pièce de résistance: the cinnamon ice cream. It's cool, it's hot—the Dutch Baby is everything.
Commercial real estate agent Ivan Gould of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Awarded by the CCIM Institute, the designation recognizes leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Designees have completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and have demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. In 2016, Gould ranked 20th among the top 25 RE/MAX commercial sales associates in the Florida region. He has worked in banking and real estate since 1981, bringing experience in lending, developing, leasing and bank-owned properties. He came to Florida from the United Kingdom, where he is still a fully qualified banker and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (now the Institute of Financial Services), having gained the prestigious "Top 50 Worldwide" member status. Gould's last position in the United Kingdom was as chief executive officer of the Buckinghamshire Building Society, where he built assets from $250 million to $400 million during his five-year tenure. He has a master's in business administration from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom.
Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden has announced that as part of the realignment of executive responsibilities in his administration, the position of executive director of human resources and labor relations will be restored. The position has been vacant since the retirement of Michael Jones in 2014. Bowden has appointed Roy Sprinkle to the job. Sprinkle has served as the district director of human resources and labor relations since 2007. As an executive director in the operations division of the district organization, he will report to Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operations Officer Scott Lempe. The appointment will be presented to the School Board at its May 2 meeting. If approved, it will be effective immediately. Sprinkle, 52, served as principal of Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, the district’s elementary magnet school, from 2004–07. He was an assistant principal at North Port High from 2001–04 and an AP at Booker Middle from 1998–2001. He held administrative positions with the Osceola County School District in 1997–98 and served as an assistant principal of a junior/senior high school in Indiana from 1995–97. He taught children with emotional handicaps in Indiana from 1989–95. Sprinkle holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington, a master’s degree in educational studies from Purdue University and a certificate of educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Michael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accepted a proclamation from Mayor Willie Shaw on behalf of the City of Sarasota this week during a City Commission meeting held at City Hall. The proclamation commemorated the restaurateurs’ three decades of success in the culinary world and commitment to the Sarasota community through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and prominent catering division. The proclamation conclusion read: “Now, therefore, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing April 17, 2017 as ‘Michael’s On East Day,’ a day of special importance and worthy of the recognition of the citizens of the city of Sarasota.” The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.
Children's author Mifflin Lowe wants kids to know they have options in life. His new book Cowboy Howie chronicles the story of Howie, a child (living in New York City with his black mother and white father) who just wants to be a cowboy. Read about his story in Cowboy Dreams.
SRQ Magazine will host the third annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize this year’s Women in Business nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, Ria Persad, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and our “Hear Me Roar” Trailblazer Award recipient, Nancy Bernardini and announce the finalists and winners who will be inducted into this year’s esteemed 2017 WIB Leadership Circle.
To purchase your tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit SRQHEARMEROAR.COM.
You could say that life gets a little weird for precocious 13-year-old Bo-Nita when she winds up with a dead ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos and a dash of Midwestern magical realism, this wild one-woman, seven-character adventure follows a mother and daughter’s elaborate plan to try to hold their dysfunctional family together. Tickets range from $5-$28.
Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236
The annual Best of Ringling juried exhibitions showcase the top art and design projects created by Ringling College students in every major. Outstanding work has been selected by outside jurors and faculty members. All exhibitions will be open Monday through Saturday 10-4pm. Admission is free and for more information please visit www.ringling.edu/galleries#bestofringling
Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
Join the Child Protection Center at Michael’s on East for their 5th annual Blue Ties & Butterflies, an evening that lifts the veil of child abuse and make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community. This event is designed to build awareness about CPC’s mission in prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.
Michael’s on East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
Join the Friendship Centers in Sarasota for an evening of speed dating for 55+ singles. Enjoy beer, wine, treats, traditional speed dating and activities to help break the ice. The DJ will get you in the dancing mood after the speed dating too so tell your single buddies and gal pals to call and reserve your spot today.
The Friendship Centers in Sarasota, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
By Willy Russell
In this dramatic musical, twin brothers are separated at birth, with one raised in wealth and other in poverty. They grow to be friends and then bitter enemies without ever knowing their blood connection. There will no performance on April 16 (Easter Sunday) show times Tuesday-Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm.For More Information and to Purchase Tickets please visit https://venicestage.com/portfolio/blood-brothers/
Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
Benefitting Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. Ari and the Alibis infuse funk, jazz, and samba with blues, soul, and rock to create a memorable ear-catching sound. In 2016, they were nominated for best local band in Tampa Bay, and Ari for best Jazz vocalist. They also received Grammy nods in two categories: Best Rock Song (Dirty Little Secret) and Best Rock Performance (Dirty Little Secret and Bon Appetit). Ari and the Alibis played at the Bradenton Blues Festival “Appetizer” Concert in 2016. For more information please visit www.realizebradenton.com
Bradenton Riverwalk , 452 W. 3rd. Ave., Bradenton
Nearly two hundred exhibitors will showcase an outstanding selection of boats ranging from motor yachts and fishing boats to cruisers, runabouts and personal watercraft. Also on display will be a full range of marine electronics and products, as well as paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and other on-the-water toys. Additionally, the show offers free kids’ fishing clinics on Saturday and Sunday, presented by Captain Dingman. Children will learn everything they need for a successful catch, including how to fish the water column, lure selection, casting and more. All participants will receive a free rod and reel combo while supplies last. There also will be a free kids-only raffle at the end of each clinic with chances to win fishing gear.
Marina Jacks Sarasota, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota
Join The Players’ electrifying dance troupe The Flash tappers for a show that will knock your socks off! This show is “All About Tap!” and features choreography from son of the greats such as gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Ruby Keeler in evergreen hits such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Mack the Knife” and “Money, Money.” Show dates are April 22nd at 8pm and April 23rd at 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/
The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
Sideline plays songs you love. Some are bluegrass classics, some are destined to be classics, and all of them are performed in a way that makes audiences understand why these pickers and singers are A-tier bluegrass players, loved and adored by fans the world over. Band includes Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, Daniel Aldridge, Skip Cherryholmes, and Troy Boone. www.fogartyville.org
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
Share the legacy of Mable Ringling’s beloved rose garden and enjoy a beautiful brunch alongside the garden. Surrounded by blooming roses, Blossoms & Brunch will begin with a reception complete with entertainment and mimosas. In recognition of Mable's legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens.
Mable's Rose Garden, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Big Band Jazz at Ed Smith Stadium featuring Michele Pruyn and the Swing Sisters and the Sarasota Jazz Project with David Pruyn. Tickets available from the Orioles box office or call 941-893-6300. For more information please visit www.Jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events
Ed Smith Stadium , 2700 12th St., Sarasota
SRQ | The Magazine will host the third annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize this year's nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and the "Hear Me Roar" Trailblazer Award recipient and announce the finalists and winners who will be inducted into this year's esteemed 2017 WIB Leadership Circle.
The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
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