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SRQ DAILY Jun 23, 2017

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"We want to show that we have artists doing work that is every bit as important, cogent, topical and valuable here."

- Chris Jones, Ringling Museum

[Gallery]  Skyway Collaboration Links Area Museums, Opens Saturday
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The Ringling Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art will all simultaneously open a three-part joint exhibition this Saturday, June 24, entitled Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. A celebration of contemporary artists across the region, each museum will play host to its own particular piece of the exhibit, introducing artists to new audiences and encouraging those audiences to make the rounds to different museums to get the full experience. Conceived and developed by a team of curators from all three institutions, Skyway also represents a landmark collaboration as the first shared exhibition of its kind from these neighboring museums.

The result of two years of planning and “constant collaboration,” says Ringling Museum Curator of Photography and New Media Chris Jones, the call to artists for Skyway went out last year and 300 artists responded from Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Assembling a jury of curators from all three museums, and a guest juror in Diana Nawi of the Perez Art Museum Miami to disarm any possible bias, the 300 was winnowed to 57, of which 11 will have work on display in the Keith D. and Linda L, Monda Gallery at the Ringling Museum. And although Sarasota artists such as Cassia Kite, Nathan Skiles and Rob Tarbell are participating in Skyway, the work shown in the Monda Gallery all comes from artists working in the Tampa and St. Pete areas, giving local audiences a glimpse into contemporary work being shown there.

Largely due to space limitations in the Monda Gallery, the Ringling portion of Skyway does contain roughly half as many artists on display as those in St. Pete or Tampa, but the exhibition remains “a really rich cross-section” of the contemporary art of the region, says Jones. A mixed-media show featuring painting, photography and video presentation, sculpture and installation seem to dominate the regional output, from the great wooden constructions of Robert Airosa, inspired by the boulevards lined with palm trees swaddled in supports, to the sculpture of Ben Galaday, a ceramicist fashioning cryptic wall inscriptions from strangely biological forms, and an expansive installation from Kirk Wang that commands an entire corner of the gallery with large-scale painting, varied audio accompaniment and lanterns fashioned from the donated clothes of immigrants and adorned with the signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

“There’s often this prejudice or idea that great art is being made in the metropolitan cities,” says Jones. “We want to show that we have artists doing work that is every bit as important, cogent, topical and valuable here.” And exhibitions like Skyway serve not only to showcase art currently being made, but to connect artists and artistic institutions to spur on innovation and even more collaboration that can impact the direction of future art. “It’s really creating a stronger network among artists in the area,” says Jones.

Skyway: Contemporary Collaboration opens June 24 at The Ringling Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art. It will be on display at The Ringling through October 15, at The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg through October 1 and at the Tampa Museum of Art through September 24. 

Pictured: Installation by Kirk Wang in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery. Photo by Phil Lederer.

[Good Bite]  Tableside Toss
Shelby Schwartz, shelbys@srqme.com

The sounds of clattering silverware, customer chatter and bustling servers fill the dining room. One server walks by with a large wooden bowl, sets it down at the neighboring table and pulls out salad tongs, lemon and cheese, tossing and mixing the bowls contents. That settles it. I’ll have what he’s having. Columbia’s signature 1905 salad cannot be compared to the traditional greens and dressing. Derived from Cuban cuisine and originating in Tampa’s Ybor City, the dish reflects different immigrant backgrounds in Ybor, including Romano cheese from the Sicilians and delicious garlic dressing created by the Cubans. The salad also draws from local ingredients, such as Florida tomatoes and iceberg lettuce. Completing the meal, Swiss cheese, Worcestershire sauce and a choice of shrimp, turkey or baked ham are added, developing an eclectic flavor profile. Unlike most salads, the 1905 does not come to the table fully prepared. Servers bring a bowl full of ingredients and toss the creation before the customer’s eyes, making for not just a great tasting salad but also a much anticipated tableside experience.  

Image courtesy of Columbia Restaurant.

Columbia Restaurant, 411 St Armands Cir., Sarasota, 941-388-3987.

[Awards ]  Shelley Named Florida's 2017 Principal of the Year

Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley has been honored with Florida's 2017 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership, an award popularly known as Florida Principal of the Year. Shelley was one of three finalists in the running for the coveted honor. The statewide winner was announced June 21 in Orlando. The awards recognize principals and assistant principals for their exceptional contributions. The superintendent from their respective school districts nominated candidates for the awards. With more than 28 years of experience in kindergarten through 12th grade education, Shelley has been praised by her colleagues for her dedication to helping every student succeed and for her relationship-based leadership. She motivates students with her mantra: every student is college and/or career bound. Shelley is a graduate of Sarasota County’s Riverview High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman College and a master’s degree in special education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She also holds a specialist’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University. She has worked in the Sarasota County School District since 1989, starting as a physical education aide at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus. She taught first grade and served as a reading teacher and behavior specialist for 10 years. She was an assistant principal at Riverview High School from 2003-05. Shelley was named assistant principal of Phoenix Academy in 2005 and became the principal of that school in 2007. She was named principal of Booker High in 2011. 

Booker High School

[Exec Moves]  Realtor Association Announces New CEO

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) has selected Jeffery P. Arakelian, RCE as chief executive officer, effective September 18, 2017. Arakelian currently serves as CEO of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors in Connecticut, a position he has held for 20 years. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Rhode Island and is a Realtor Association Certified Executive (RCE). His appointment culminates several months of work by a search committee to recruit a successor for CEO Kathy Roberts, set to retire later this year. Roberts will work with Arakelian for a short transition period and then finish her term by working on various projects. Robert’s official retirement date is December 31, 2017. 

Realtor Association of Sarasota-Manatee

[Recognition ]  J.E. Charlotte Construction Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary

Venice-based J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp., a commercial construction company that offers a full range of construction management services, recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary on June 5, 2017. Since opening its door, J.E. Charlotte Construction has grown from six employees to the 12 it currently employs. The commercial construction company has completed over 200 projects, totaling more than $150 million worth of work. J.E. Charlotte Construction’s first project was to construct the Galleria on Venice Avenue office building, which is where the company has been headquartered since 2009. The company has completed projects, such as renovations to the Plantation Golf & Country Club in December 2013, the Players Club Longboat Key, Residents Club at Country Club East, two locations for Bayside Pet Resort & Spa and the Siesta Key Daquiri Deck. Backed by more than 30 years of experience in the commercial building industry, J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp.’s provides a full range of construction management services. J.E Charlotte’s specialties span a range of commercial applications, including the healthcare, retail and country club and recreational industries. 

J.E Charlotte

[Awards]  Manatee County Young Republicans Named Small Club of the Year

The Florida Federation of Young Republicans (FFYR) has named the Manatee County Young Republicans FFYR’s Small Club of the Year for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Each year, Small Club of the Year is awarded to a club with less than 40 members that meets regularly and participates in a variety of events supporting the local party, candidates and ideas. The Manatee County Young Republicans currently have over one dozen active members and have been involved in a large variety of events over the last twelve months. In addition to regular monthly meetings, in the 2016-17 year, the Manatee County Young Republicans spent much of 2016 volunteering for local, state and Federal campaigns, assisting the Manatee County Republican party with special events and campaign calls, as well as supporting the local community. The Manatee County Young Republicans were the only Club to win back-to-back awards. The Florida Federation of Young Republicans is an officially chartered Republican organization founded to unite and coordinate amongst Young Republican chapters within the State of Florida as well as to advocate for Republican office-holders, candidates and ideas. 

Manatee County Young Republicans

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: High School Musical Jr. , June 23 – June 24

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life in Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Painting Floral Still Lifes , June 23 – June 25

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch "Alla Prima," the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature's most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature's light. 

Southern Atelier , 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix Festival , June 24 – July 4

The 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival returns June 24-July 4 with events for the entire family to enjoy. Powerboat and AquaX Pro race teams will compete for the checkered flag on July 1 and 2 just off Lido Beach with televised coverage to over 100 countries beginning late July.  New events this year include a Grand Prix Comedy Night at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, a venue change for the Festival Kickoff Party to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, and a Grand Prix Fan Fest on July 1 and 2 in the Van Wezel parking lot.  The Fan Fest is free with Suncoast Charities for Children producing the entire Festival, including the July 4th Bayfront Fireworks.

[WEEKEND]  GRAB BAG: Volunteer Interest Coffee , June 24, 9:00-11:00am

Interested in becoming a Mote volunteer but need more information? Join them for a causal volunteer interest coffee in Mote's WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema). Staff from the volunteer office and current Mote volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the benefits, commitment and rewarding opportunities that come with being a volunteer.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  FESTIVAL: Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Selby Garden , June 24, 8:00am-9:30 am

Calling all Yogis and Yoginis! Join Pineapple Yoga Studios at Selby Gardens in celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 24 with a morning of limber exercise. Claudia Baeza and Lauren Beth Jacobs will co-teach an hour long all levels yoga class on the beautiful Great Lawn Pavilion at Selby Gardens. Everyone from advanced Yoga instructors to new Yogis are invited to attend this free donation based yoga event to support Selby Gardens and the Pineapple Yoga Studio Teacher Training Scholarship Fund. There will also be a children's corner with a Children's Yoga Instructor, so please bring your little Pineapples along! DJ Neon Tiger will be providing the music and a photobooth will be in the garden so you can capture yourself mastering yoga poses. To get more involved with the sarasota yoga community check out Pineapple Yoga's Instagram for their 6 days 6 Yoga pose challenge. Registration for the event opens at 8:00am with the class beginning at 8:30am. See you and your Tribe soon!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Just For Laughs , June 29 – July 28, 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:30pm

Join FST Children’s Theatre this summer for a one of-a-kind improvised experience that will tickle your funny bone! This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every performance based on your suggestion and your participation. The cast will perform scenes, make up songs, and tell stories that will be appropriate for all ages. No two shows are alike! Best of all, those who want to jump on stage will have the chance to interact with us. Their show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and camp field trips. FUN for the whole family! Recommended for children ages 4+

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration , July 1, 7:30pm

Just in time for the Fourth of July, join Brian Gurl and friends on a patriotic adventure as you experience a captivating, exhilarating show honoring the music of American Legends such as Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Lee Greenwood, Elivis Presley, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and more! 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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 9th Annual Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne , July 5 – August 6

In this award winning southern regional premiere, tenacious and flamboyant 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Venice Summer Cabaret Festival , July 6 – August 27

Venice Theatre is delighted to invite audiences to its 5th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival. The popular event keeps music lovers and theatergoers entertained throughout the summer months with a variety of music in a nightclub setting. The irrepressible Eric Watters will kick off the festival on Thursday, July 6, 2017 with his tribute to Johnny Mercer, "My Huckleberry Friend." The festival will continue in “Pinky’s Cabaret” (the theatre’s black box Pinkerton Theatre) through Sunday, August 27, 2017. Tickets are $20 for each show and will go on sale June 6, 2017.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: YPG After Hours at Escape Countdown , July 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Come join us YPG Thursday, July 6th at Escape Countdown for the area's largest monthly networking event, YPG After Hours! With an average of 80-100 young professionals gathering on the first Thursday of each month you're guaranteed to make new friends, secure new clients, and learn more about what Sarasota has to offer. Along with great drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event.

Escape Countdown , 6525 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College of Art and Design at the Englewood Art Center , July 7 – July 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

With original works of art created by more than 20 area artists, this free, family-friendly event features art in a variety of media, including paintings, watercolor, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture and photography. The two-day event also features artist demonstrations, live music, food trucks and activities for children.

Englewood Art Center , 350 South McCall Rd., Englewood

[SOON]  THEATER: The Marvelous Wonderettes , July 12 – July 23, 7:30pm and 2pm

This smash Off-Broadway hit whisks you away to the 1958 Springfield High Prom where four girls with hopes and dreams serenade you with over 30 classics from the 1950s and 1960s. Single tickets are $18.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. , July 13 – July 17

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond his toyshop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns about the challenges of being a father.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Little Black Dress: Salute the Runway Fashion Show and Luncheon , July 13, 11:30 am- 1:00pm

The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will team up with local women veterans through the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Task Force to recycle dresses from Goodwill and put together an amazing fashion show. Join us at the Hyatt July 13 and discover the unique creations of these wonderful students while supporting a good cause!

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236

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