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SRQ DAILY Nov 16, 2018

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"Generally, bees are not only crucial to our survival but also fascinating creatures."

- Anna Gadecka, PINC 2018

[Gallery]  Ringling Museum Brings Postwar Prints to Asian Art Center
Philip Lederer

From the 17th century through the 19th century, woodblock printing in Japan enjoyed great acclaim. In a time before movable type, the process enabled a notable merging of artistic flair and the beginnings of mass production. But as the 20th century dawned, strength became weakness and modernization took its toll. “Woodblock prints were seen a bit as being obsolete and old-fashioned,” says Rhiannon Paget, curator of Asian Art at The Ringling Museum, and the mind behind the museum’s latest exhibition, Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan, opening this Sunday, November 18. Even its brush with mass production became a negative, and woodblock printing would not be taught in major Japanese universities. “It had the taint of commercialism,” Paget says. But the storied art form never disappeared entirely, and in postwar Japan the technique enjoyed a resurgence as artists sought to establish the medium as “equal to painting or sculpture.”

Through a series of 20 woodblock prints from The Ringling’s permanent collection, and loans from three private collections, this latest exhibition seeks to showcase the medium and the technique in all its glory. From the figurative to the abstract, the surreal to the straightforward, the illustrative, the realist, the stylized, intricate, minimalist and vibrant—it’s all on display.

See works from Onchi Kōshirō, considered a central figure in modernist Japanese printmaking. Often using found objects in his prints, look for imprints of leaves and even fish fins in the composition. Working in lean times after World War II, Kōshirō also incorporated leftover wax paper from discarded cigarette cartons into his process. Hanging nearby, see work from Kōshirō’s student, Yamaguchi Gen, as well, whose Propagandist reveals more secrets the closer the viewer gets, with wood grain and artistic intention coming to the fore from hidden depths.

On the figurative side, the work of Inagaki Tomoo takes a classic subject—the cat—and injects a playfulness fitting of its feline form. The piece hangs in conversation with one of the many glass-cased sculptural pieces arranged in the inner circle of the gallery, Morimura Torizo’s Ornament of a Hare, a carven take on the legend of the White Hare of Inaba. For a surrealist approach to woodblock printing, make time to see a pair of works from Sekino Jun’ichiro, who destroyed his woodblocks as he printed, using what is referred to as the reduction method. As a result, his prints came in very limited editions, sometimes as few as three or five.

The exhibition continues around the room, with works from Yoshida Hodaka—whose process remains a mystery—the ever-popular Saito Kiyoshi and Hiratsuka Un’ichi, a father of the movement who lived to be 102 years old. And for an in-depth look at the process via the process, a woodblock print book by Maekawa Senpan, detailing his entire process from conception to distribution, has been digitized and translated for guests to peruse.

On display in the Chao Gallery of the Ringling Museum Center for Asian Art, Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan opens Sunday and runs through May 5. 


[PINC]  PINC Profile: Anna Gadecka
Philip Lederer

With the imminent arrival of PINC 2018 on December 6, once again promising a day full of passionate speakers covering a broad and varied range of topics, SRQ went behind the scenes with a few of these incoming artists, activists and entrepreneurs for a quick taste of what’s to come. As cofounder of Bee Saving Paper, Anna Gadecka looks to save our bumbling and buzzing buddies with new biodegradable food sources to combat loss of bee-friendly environments.

SRQ: Why did you want to come to Sarasota and spend time with this audience in particular? Gadecka: First of all, Bee Saving Paper is already a global brand, so it’s kind of natural for me to go global with it in every aspect. Second thing is that I discovered that PINC conference sounds really interesting. I checked past speakers and all of them have inspiring stories to tell. I believe the audience at PINC searches also for inspirations and creativity. Also the more people to talk about bees the better.

How did you fall in love with bees? Were you ever scared of them as a child, like so many are? Unfortunately I can’t tell here how i fall in love with bees because that’s the beginning of my presentation. Generally, bees are not only crucial to our survival but also fascinating creatures. Of course, I am scared of bees. As most children, I was scared of them during my childhood. I think I’m still scared of them a bit, but I think I’m much more scared of dragonflies han bees, despite the fact that they’re beautiful.

What is your favorite bee fact? My favourite bee fact is that a bumblebee during pollination creates a frequency equal to the middle C note. That’s unbelievable. 

Pictured: Anna Gadecka. Photo courtesy of PINC Sarasota.

[Theater]  Players Centre Appoints Gerhart Advancement Director

The Players Centre for Performing Arts has announced the appointment of Morgan Gerhart as advancement director. Gerhart has more than nine years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, and more than 20 years as a volunteer in various nonprofits in Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey and Scotland. Currently, Gerhart sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals SWFL, and Sarasota Musica Viva, and is a former board member of Sertoma Club of Sarasota, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Sarasota/Manatee Guild. Prior positions with Girls Inc. of Sarasota County as Director of Advancement, Goodwill Manasota as Director of Development, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as Membership Services Director. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

[Recreation]  14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon Announces New Fall Date

The 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay & 10K, a signature event produced by Life Time, a premier healthy lifestyle brand, will be shifting to the fall for 2019. Scheduled for October 20, 2019, the half marathon, relay and 10K will continue to showcase the beautiful Sarasota area. All participants will start/finish at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and embark along a waterfront route, including the John Ringling Bridge, and around St. Armand’s Circle before heading toward downtown Sarasota. Half marathon and relay participants will then continue up Tamiami Trail, where they will turn onto Bay Road to run the second half of the course through the scenic waterfront neighborhoods up to the Ringling Museum of Art. All athletes will finish along the stunning Sarasota Bay. All existing registrations will automatically be transferred to the new date. Registration for the event will be open on December 3 at the website below. 

Sarasota Half Marathon

[Philanthropy]  All Faiths to Distribute 7,100 Turkeys to Families in Need

All Faiths Food Bank received $35,000 from the Kathleen K Catlin Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide frozen turkeys and side dishes to distribute to those in need in the community this holiday season. Along with the distribution of over 7,100 turkeys, more than the food bank has ever distributed, families will also take home mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce. Turkeys will be distributed through the food bank’s Mobile Pantries, with the largest distribution of holiday groceries occurring on November 20, from 11am to 5pm at Robarts Arena in Sarasota. All Faiths Food Bank has also provided turkeys for distribution through its Partner Agencies in Sarasota and Desoto counties. 

All Faiths Food Bank

[Business]  Goodwill Relocates Bargain Barn to Whitfield Logistics Center

Goodwill Manasota recently relocated its 15th Street Bargain Barn to its Whitfield Logistics Center at 2150 Whitfield Industrial Way, Sarasota. At Bargain Barns in North Port and Sarasota, shoppers can purchase clothing and shoes by the pound, and furniture at rock-bottom prices. Merchandise comes in from retail stores several times a day, and items are only for sale at Bargain Barns at most for 24 hours, so inventory is continuously replenished. The square footage of the sales floor at the new Bargain Barn is 8,329, up from 7,301 at the previous location. The new location also features a GoodPartner Coach office, to help people with disabilities and other barriers gain positive personal and workplace behaviors and skills, and move toward self-sufficiency. 

Goodwill Manasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: The Orchid Show: Endless Forms , October 12 – November 26

This year’s Orchid Show will amaze visitors with never-before-seen displays of orchids that celebrate the plant family’s dramatic diversity of colors, shape and even scents. With November’s Orchid Evening, experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light with an orchid-inspired cocktail reception and an exclusive, after-hours lighted viewing to the latest exhibition at Selby Gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: South Pacific , October 26 – December 2

This beloved musical, winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is set in the South Pacific during World War II and follows two parallel love stories that face prejudice and war. Both a social commentary of the time and a favorite for hopeless romantics, this musical includes classics such as “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W, Venice

[TODAY]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Silence! The Musical , November 2 – November 25

Based on the 1991 psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs, this mischievous twist on the Oscar-winning film features a narrating, singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs, while Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown in the midst of kidnapping the unlucky Catherine Martin and Dr. Lecter sings about the life he dreams of outside the prison walls.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W, Venice

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Master of Dance , November 16 – November 17

Accompanied with live orchestra and operatic singers, Program 2 features the company premiere’s of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert alongside the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Festa Italia! , November 16 – November 17

The Venice Symphony debut of Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn will feature the joyous Festive Overture, op.96 by Dimitri Shostakovich, Ottorino Respighi’s lush Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome and Carnival of Venice featuring The Venice Symphony’s Aaron Romm on Cornet. Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck solos on Saint-Saens’ showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28.

Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music Man , November 17 – December 29

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this American institution with its one-of-a-kind score features fast-talking salesman Harold Hill, who brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band—but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony Awarded-nominated Jeff Calhoun directs.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: Champions for Children , November 17, 6:00PM

Champions for Children will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. This annual signature gala, will be held at our Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance more than 7,000 Club members’ academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. Champions for Children engages over 300 guests representing our community’s social philanthropists, foundations, donors, and friends of BGCSC.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Christmas at Casino Royale , November 17, 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Join the Sarasota County South Elks at their Christmas at Casino Royale benefitting Toys for Tots! Enjoy a sit-down dinner, casino games, auctions, raffle prizes and more. $45 per person and VIP full table reservations are available.

Please call Jim Lamb at (941) 228-6800 to reserve your tickets.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 5680 Rosin Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Putting for Pets - Golf Tournament Fundraiser , November 18, 7:00AM

Enjoy a day of gold benefitting homeless shelter pets! Register as a foursome or individually; all includes 18 holes of golf, cart, generous goody bag, awards banquet barbecue luncheon and 2 beer, wine or soft drink tickets. Contests and prizes throughout the day!

Heritage Harbour Golf Club, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Misatango , November 25

Misatango, a tango mass from Argentina, combines the passion of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin mass sung to the melodies and rhythms of the streets of Buenos Aires. Dancers from Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann, perform while Argentine composers Astor Piazzolla, Martin Palermi and Ariel Ramirez’s evocative Misa Criolla captures the sounds of Argentina with guitars, accordion, strings, voices and percussion.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Guitar Girls , November 28 – March 31

A celebration of female singer-songwriters who have used their music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Carly Simon have made indelible marks on the music industry.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

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