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SRQ DAILY Jul 13, 2018

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"Everyone can paint. Everyone can draw. Everyone can be trained."

- Li Volk, Southern Atelier

[Education]  Rosemary Artists Bring Alta Vista Students into the Studio
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Near 35 third grade students from Alta Vista Elementary School stepped out of the classroom and into the studio yesterday—three studios, to be exact—thanks to a new arts program from Any Given Child Sarasota called “Paint. Print. Dance.” Dividing into three groups, the students spent the afternoon exploring three different types of art—printing, painting and dance—with visits to Alfstad& Contemporary, Grace Howl Contemporary Art and Gallery and Sarasota Contemporary Dance for all, where professional artists awaited with exercises and encouragement.

At Alfstad& Contemporary, Studio Manager Chris Schumaker stood amongst the current exhibit with a special screenprinting station set up in the middle of the floor. Surrounded by inquisitive faces, he explains the difference between a print and a painting, how each can be valuable and how they can make their own print right there. “Does anyone want to try?” he asks, and hands shoot into the air. “I think we’re going to need a line,” he says. Under his guidance, each student tries their hand with the squeegee, making their own prints on material supplied by the gallery, that the students take home at the end of the day.

Just down the road, with balloons floating out front to welcome the day’s visitors, Grace Howl gives a group of students an introduction to abstraction and playing with color. With three stainless steel tables arranged across the room, each student has a workstation complete with a canvas square, a paper plate palette, a paintbrush and a whole array of paints and carven cork stamps. Howl makes her interference “as minimal as possible,” she says, simply asking the children to paint what feels right and listen to their emotions. Standing under a sign reading “No Fear. No Rules,” Howl adds some final wisdom—“Have fun.”

At the third stop, everyone gets a workout. Because on the top floor of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, company member Benjamin Howe leads his young charges through exercises in creative movement. Forming three lines at the end of the room, Howe challenges the students to embrace the silly side while appreciating the versatility of the body. Make circles as you dance across the room, he tells them, showing them all the different ways to make circles with arms and legs and hips. At his signal, many of them decide to roll across the floor. The exercises continue, and so does the laughter, echoing off the ceiling as the kids bounce off the walls. In the end, they divide into pairs to create their own dance move, before convening in a great circle to show off their creation.

“Art is an essential component of learning,” says Brian Hersh, program director for Any Given Child, who hopes this will be the first of many chances for students to jump into the studio and get their hands (and feet) a little dirty. “That’s aways the objective,” he says. “How do you create more opportunities and collaboration?” 

Pictured: Alfstad& Contemporary Studio Manager Chris Schumaker leads Alta Vista students in a silkscreen workshop. Photo by Phil Lederer.

[Visual Arts]  Embrace the Atelier Way at Art Ovation Hotel
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The artists of Southern Atelier Center for the Arts have taken over the artist’s nook in Art Ovation Hotel this past week, and stay in residence through the end of Saturday for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about the school and the training it offers. With easels, charcoals and oils laid out (not to mention some dropcloth to protect the Art Ovation floors), the varied students of Southern Atelier will be creating live each day in front of hotel guests and passersby, and welcoming all comers to explore their own creative side.

Founded by Charles Miano, the Southern Atelier focuses on classical training, with an emphasis on the fundamentals. For Li Volk, a Southern Atelier student of two years and now executive director, that discipline, as opposed to the freewheeling but aimless creativity she sees often endorsed by instructors, made all the difference. Pivoting from a career in marketing, she picked up the paintbrush. “Everybody has this dream,” she says, but not everyone takes the plunge.

But many do, and Southern Atelier students range from a rising senior at Pine View School to a retired elderly gentleman looking to explore his artistic side in his golden years. One student even chose Southern Atelier instruction over attending a master’s program after graduating from New College of Florida. “If you want to be a serious artist,” says Volk, “you need to have fundamentals.”

Also fundamental to the Southern Atelier method is the belief that art can be available to anyone, and anyone can be an artist. More important than innate talent or experience, says Volk, is patience and a desire to learn. “Everyone can paint. Everyone can draw,” she says. “Everyone can be trained.”

In that spirit, for the last two days of their residency in Art Ovation Hotel, the artists of Southern Atelier look to set up a still-life table full of supplies for passersby who feel the urge to try their hand at some spontaneous creation. “Something triggers,” says Volk, “and people want to take the step.” 

Pictured: Li Volk (center right) and the students of Southern Atelier in the artist's nook at Art Ovation Hotel. Photo courtesy of Southern Atelier.

[Pier 22]  Setting the Scene
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Local partygoers, eat your heart out at Pier 22’s landmark venue located in historic downtown Bradenton and nestled right on picturesque Manatee River. The newly renovated grand ballroom hosts a magical destination for couples dreaming of a waterfront celebration for their wedding. You and your guests can look forward to imaginative culinary artistry coupled with an unforgettable seaside atmosphere. The beautiful space located on the second floor, evokes a sense of sophisticated character, Old Florida elegance and rich design executed in wainscotting, a suspended ceiling, newly installed downlighting and sound-absorption drapery. All nine Spanish-style windows were also restored, updating the already sweeping vistas out back. The choice to maintain much of the 1920s Spanish design elements works in its favor, providing the ballroom with a charming personality, while the neutral color palette and high-toned decor throughout give the space a universal appeal. Beyond its new look, modern conveniences have been put in place as well to make it the ideal setting for entertainment. With floating bars, a removable dance floor, a 6-foot projector screen/HDMI hookups, room partitions in play and ample space for seating arrangements, your event becomes a seamless and impeccably run experience.

“In the planning stages we knew that we wanted to create a room that had character, while also offering guests a fresh space for creating one-of-a-kind functions," says General Manager and Chef Greg Campbell. The grand ballroom’s onsite culinary team is directed by award-winning Chef Campbell himself—creating a high-caliber, all-inclusive dining venue for all your wedding needs. You and your beau can look forward to designing your own menu and even designing a signature cocktail—all to fit your schedule and budget, while incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients, catering to special dietary needs and maintaining exquisite food presentation. This upcycled space proves a real gem for spoiling guests with unsurpassed service, food, ambiance and gorgeous Gulf Coast sunsets. 

Find the spirit of Southern Hospitality exemplified with each bride and groom assigned their own professional event coordinator that will walk them through space planning, event design and decor, and day of organization. Experienced event planners are always on hand, so if you're looking to schedule a tour of the renovated ballroom or any of the five private event spaces, call Pier 22 Special Events at 941-748-8087. Pier 22 is a member of Nosh, SRQ Magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Image courtesy of Pier 22.

1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton.

[Government]  Manatee County Commissioner Smith Earns ACC Designation

The Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) recently presented Manatee County Commissioner Charles Smith with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Foundation. Commissioner Smith was one of 10 county commissioners to receive the designation during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County last month. The ACC education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. The course focuses on leadership with an emphasis on the future of Florida. Participants are tasked with preparing for the future by thinking and acting anew and asserting skillful leadership in times of daunting challenges and rapid change. 

Manatee County Government

[Education]  Devine Selected for Leadership Florida Connect Class IX

Murray Devine, the manager of communications and marketing for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has been selected as a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class IX. Devine joins up to 45 other young emerging leaders chosen from across the state to participate in this statewide resource for educating, engaging and inspiring Florida’s top young professionals. Leadership Florida Connect classes are determined annually following a highly selective application process open to leaders age 25-39 from throughout Florida representing multiple industries and sectors. The program comprises five sessions over a nine-month period in different locations throughout the State. Since 2014, Devine has been responsible for independently managing the communications, marketing, and branding efforts of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which last year awarded more than $33 million in grants and scholarships. He serves on the board of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida PR Association and the Sarasota Young Professionals Group. Devine was awarded the 2017 Young Professional of the Year Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Thomas Nunan Rising Star award by the Florida PR Association and was named as one of the “30 Under 30” by SRQ magazine. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Business]  IMG Academy and Legacy Hotel to Host Career Fair

Legacy Hotel and IMG Academy will be hosting a Legacy Hotel & IMG Academy Operations Career Fair this July 19, and currently have more 75 open full-time and part-time positions. On Thursday, July 19, from 10am to 3pm at IMG Academy Field House. The below departments will be represented: Legacy Hotel, Food & Beverage, Accommodations/Housekeeping, Grounds, Campus Safety, Transportation and Operations/Maintenance. To register, visit the website below. 

Legacy Hotel & IMG Academy Operations Career Fair

[Real Estate]  GATES Adds Davis as Senior Superintendent

GATES Construction has announced the addition of Steve Davis as senior superintendent. Davis is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out and transition planning. Davis has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types. With experience in high security, government and federal projects, Davis’ additional works include multi-family, hospitality, healthcare construction and much more. Davis will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs. 

GATES Construction

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Salon D'Art , July 13, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Every second Friday of the month, the Art Center holds a lively and informative discussion group, free and open to everyone. A famous artist(s) is featured each month; this month, artist Wassily Kandinsky is the focus of the group. Join the fun and chat with artists, art lovers, and the curious minded.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Swing Thru The Decades , July 15, 7pm

Come celebrate the music and experience the heart-pounding visual excitement of “Swing Dancing” from the 1920s, 30s, 40s all the way to the 2000’s, performed on stage by Wilsons Dance Club International’s World Class Dancers and Performers.The show also sees the much anticipated return of international performers: Artur Kozun and Natasha Barrera. The show is directed & choreographed by Wilson Barrera- 3 Time Global Ballroom Dance Champion and one of this year’s hand selected international judges at the world renowned “Blackpool Dance Festival” in Blackpool, England.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 15

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip Through The Waterways of Nokomis , July 17, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead a kayak expedition through the bays and canals around Nokomis, exploring the small islands, the birds and the marine life of the area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training class will be offered before the launch, for those interested. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  GALLERY: Possibilities , July 19 – August 17

This members only, juried exhibition opens July 19th with an opening reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Approximately 250, two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media will be on display throughout all four galleries. Juror Vicki Chelf is a fine art graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and also studied classical drawing at the Southern Atelier in Manatee County. Chelf derives much of her inspiration from spontaneous thoughts and unplanned drawings, as well as current events. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival - North Coast Extends Its Stay , July 20 – July 21

New York City’s premier hip-hop comedy team, North Coast, is extending its stay in Sarasota following the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival.  After the festival, running from July 12-14, North Coast will be in residence at FST for an additional week, leading workshops and delivering special encore performances on July 20 and 21 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 7:30pm each night. Workshops are $35 and are limited to 16 people. Those interested in discovering their own creative spontaneity can register for workshops by calling Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 26, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Nights Out - ArtCenter Manatee , July 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Learn to make a Stained Glass Suncatcher with artist Pamela Kramer, using the traditional copper foil techniques with lead free solder. Many colors are available and all tools will be provided to complete your masterpiece! Bring a friend and start creating! Seating is limited so register today! Tickets cost $40.00 and include supplies, wine or beer, and light snacks. 

ArtCenter Manatee , 209 9th St West, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual Sun n Fun Music Festival , July 27 – July 29

This festival will rock Sarasota's residents and RVs. Bands featured include Kiss America, a slammin' Kiss cover band, the Shane Duncan Band for country music lovers, Rush Hour, an intriguing Countdown Reloaded cover band and many more. You will not want to miss this day of music, food and fun. 

Sun n Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & the Funk, July 27 , July 27, 5:00 PM

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is continuing their Friday Fest summertime concert series with Reverend Barry & the Funk. Bassist and lead singer Barry Nicholson only has one goal for the band: to keep the crowd dancing all night long! The group regularly performs at nightclubs, parties, and private events around Sarasota. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are just a few of the classic artists that audiences will hear from this dynamic group. And while you’re enjoying the music, be sure to check out Van Wezel’s selection of food trucks, drink vendors, and more! This seven-piece band--including a live horn section--will make this Friday Fest the best one yet!

Bayside Lawn of Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Don Quixote , July 28, 4pm

“Don Quixote” is a ballet based on episodes taken from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Petipa’s choreography reflects the local Spanish culture by incorporating the dance idiom into the movements and bringing Cervantes’ gypsies and bullfighters to life. This is a perfect family comedy ballet with rich costumes and sets and a host of colorful characters.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 28, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip On Shakett Creek and Dona Bay , July 31, 8:30am-11:30am

Have a relaxing time paddling through Shakett Creek and Dona Bay, led by John Sarkozy. All kayak equipment will be provided and will be included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.  

American Littoral Society

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