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SRQ DAILY Sep 22, 2017

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"This is old school again."

- Steven Strenk, painter

[Gallery]  Ringling College Opens "Dog & Pony Show"
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

For 25 years, the New York Studio Residency Program from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) has been nurturing young artists. In groups of 18 or so, they descend on the Brooklyn area for a semester-long sojourn from the everyday, living in special reserved studios, attending seminars with established artists and dedicating their time to their craft. Some even came from Ringling College of Art and Design. But after nearly a quarter of a century, the AICAD residency program has come to an end. Ringling College celebrates its legacy with a new exhibition, The Dog & Pony Show, opening tonight at 6pm in the Crossley Gallery with works from three Ringling students who attended the program last spring.

“Being there, you could tell there was something special about it,” says Hayley Denham, now a senior at Ringling College, of her time with the program last year. More than simply learning technique or having time to focus, she found herself encouraged as an artist, particularly to see that no two artists have exactly the same process—and that’s OK. “It was a breath of fresh air to realize that,” Denham says, and she would spend much of her time there creating a massive painting on fabric, ultimately filling more than 30 feet with creatures she simply calls “organisms.” Emily Rives, also a senior at Ringling College, attended the program as well, devoting her time to fabric sculptures designed to capture what she calls “events of the body” or “the negative space of a body”—those lingering environmental effects or resonant absences in the wake of human action. “It really provided a lot of opportunities that we wouldn’t necessarily get in our hometown or college,” says Rives, noting particularly the diversity of perspective and background cultivated by a program uniting budding artists from around the world. “It’s sad to see it go, but it had a good run.”

Currently installed in the Crossley Gallery, audiences at The Dog & Pony Show will get a chance to see these pieces and more, along with work from fellow Ringling student Jordan Holm, who attended the AICAD residency with Denham and Rives. The exhibition opens tonight with an reception at 6pm and runs through Sep. 29. 

Pictured: "The Dog & Pony Show" at Ringling College of Art and Design.

[Gallery]  Steven Strenk Debuts New Work with "In Transition"
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Following up on the heels (and hooves) of The Dog & Pony Show, Ringling College of Art and Design debuts new work from local artist Steven Strenk with In Transition. Featuring 13 works from the Ringling instructor and SARTQ artist, the exhibition opens in the Selby Foundation Gallery Sep. 29 with an opening reception featuring the artist, and runs through Oct. 14.

With In Transition, Strenk turns his eye to familiar Florida subjects—boats and surfing—but with a marked absence of actual boating, surfing or people at all. “I didn’t want to paint the conventional,” he says. Instead, Strenk captures those moments of potential energy before and after, with surfboards stacked on trucks, boats on trailers and wetsuits hanging off the car door. The audience never knows which, allowing the imagination to fill in the gaps—is this the calm before the storm or a moment of clarity following its passing? Minus any human subject to contaminate the narrative, observers have only their artifacts to guide them.

“It becomes more about the color,” says Strenk. “It becomes more about the pattern that’s created and the textures that are created.” Working in acrylics, Strenk forgoes the painter’s brush in favor of what he calls squeegees, which function akin to a palette knife. He’s also pushing himself in terms of scale, creating pieces both mammoth and contained, and reveling in the freedom. “This is old school again,” he says. “It’s bringing me back to the nitty-gritty of painting.”

Opening Sep. 29 in the Selby Foundation Gallery at Ringling College, In Transition runs through Oct. 14. 

Pictured: "All Accounted For" by Steven Strenk. Image courtesy of Steven Strenk.

[Good Bite]  Savory-Sweet Donuts Hit The Spot
Zachary Bright

While people boarded up homes and fled the city to escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the folks over at Louie’s & Kat’z Sweet Spot prepared for the grand opening. Weathering the storm and coming out smelling like fresh donuts, of the plethora of pastries served at the sweet treats shop, the maple bacon donut already stands out as a crowd-pleaser. Thick slabs of bacon top a rich maple glaze that envelopes fluffy fried dough, uniting the two for perfect texture and taste. And the decadent delights are made on the spot so the glaze stays warm and the bacon stays crisp. The contrast of the sugary and savory toppings provides a welcoming complementary taste for meat-lovers and sweet-tooths alike.  

Photo by Zachary Bright.

Louie’s & Kat’z Sweet Spot, 128 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, 941-217-5989.

[Foxy Lady]  A Sleek Statement

This military inspired jacket with a feminine silhouette from Joseph Ribkoff is the perfect outerwear piece for this upcoming fall season. The embossed, gold-hued buttons contrast against white buttonholes to add an intricate finish to the black jacket found at Foxy Lady. The brand celebrates their 60th anniversary this year and, as the largest retailer of Joseph Ribkoff on the west coast, Foxy Lady never fails to stay keen on their newest releases. Accompanied by cuffed sleeves and vertical-seamed pockets, the three-quarter length princess jacket compliments any body type. Available for $318. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Foxy Lady, 481 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-388-5239.

[Exec Moves]  Meals on Wheels Board Welcomes Jensen

The law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has announced that Adria Jensen has been named to the Sarasota Meals on Wheels board of directors. Jensen is a partner in Shumaker’s Sarasota office. Her practice focuses on advising, counseling and representing clients on a wide array of general business and real estate matters. She regularly assists corporate and individual clients with contract negotiations, contract disputes and enforcement of landlord/tenant and creditor rights. Jensen also has extensive experience with foreclosures and REO disputes, and, as a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, she endeavors to bridge the gap between complex disputes and practical solutions. Meals on Wheels of Sarasota (MOW) delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the community who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves in their home. Founded in 1971, MOW serves over 160,000 meals a year and provides nutritional support, localization, and a daily safety check for clients. 

Sarasota Meals on Wheels

[Opening]  Connors Steak and Seafood Opening at Westfield

Westfield Siesta Key has announced the grand opening of Connors Steak and Seafood this Sunday, Sep. 24 at 11am. Connors is the latest first-to-market concept to open at Westfield Siesta Key after the recent rebranding from Westfield Southgate. Connors, a steak and seafood restaurant with an upscale bar, is owned by one of the largest private restaurant groups in the Southeast, Connor Concepts Inc., a company based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and will serve a variety of menu items including a Boursin Burger, Chipotle Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad, Spicy Mahi Tacos, Espresso Ribeye, Blue Cheese Filets, Swordfish Scampi and more. 

Connors Steak and Seafood

[TODAY]  SPORTS: Runway for the Cure , September 22, 6pm

The 2017 World Rowing Championships is partnering with Macy’s at
the Mall at University Town Center for a fashion show fundraiser. The show features youth and collegiate rowers on the catwalk from clubs in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Attendees are encouraged to make a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation in support of breast cancer research.

Macy's at the Mall at University Town Center, 110 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Grey Matters: A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 22, 11am-1:30pm

The Roskamp Institute is hosting a Brain Health and Awareness Symposium this September the 22nd at The Sarasota Yacht Club. The aptly named Grey Matters Symposium will offer a deep dive into current Alzheimer’s research by Institute Directors and will be moderated by ABC7’s Hayley Wielgus. There will be a presentation, interactive panel, and an opportunity for Q & A. For more information or to become a sponsor today please call (941) 552-9832 or visit www.roskampinstitute.org/events.

Sarasota Yacht Club , 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Antsy McClain , September 23, 8pm

Antsy is a rare performer whose music will create an unforgettable night. His casual, approachable presentation and relatable songs will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. His storytelling and theater make each of his concerts special.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: iconcept jr 2017 , September 24, 12:00pm

Twenty-five young designers will use their problem solving and creative skills to create outfits from repurposed and unconventional materials. The incredibly talented designers will showcase their creations in an exciting runway fashion show.

Art Center Sarasota , 707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dreamscapes , September 24, 5:30pm

Enjoy the a variety of flute and piano music in this ethereal performance. Each piece in the vast repertoire expresses landscapes or scenes with the characteristic mystery of dreams. Be a part of the magic through interactive program notes. Tickets are $14.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Rumble: How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy and Growth? , September 26, 5:30-7pm

What will be the impact of the recent STOP! movement on economic growth and the quality of projects in our region? Join us at the Mildred Sainer Pavlion at New College for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. 

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: You Can't Take It With You , September 26 – October 15, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

In this play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, enjoy an American comedy classic centering around the life of the eccentric Sycamore family. When the only daughter with a normal job invites her fiancé and his family for dinner, the household erupts into chaos. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Beehive: The '60s Musical , September 28 – October 22, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

This musical will go back in time to the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, the muscial looks back on the challenges they facesd alongside memorable songs from the era. Tickets are $30 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 28, 5pm to close

Dine at one of 18 participating restaurants to support local nonprofits through this event. Restaurants will donate 15% of food and beverage sales from 5pm to close to the Designing Daughters Grant Program, which will benefit a variety of Sarasota area charities and causes.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Will Rogers Follies , September 28 – October 15

Anyone who has heard of Will Rogers knows his signature phrase:  “I’ve never met a man I didn’t like”. This philosophy is the jumping off point for this showy piece of Americana that follows his many accomplishments as well as his tumultuous personal life. It was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best original score!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Row for the Cure , October 1

In honor of the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a "Row for the Cure Erg-a-Thon" will be hosted. Stationary rowing machines on land will be used to provide access to participants who do not have any previous rowing experience. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots 15th Anniversary Educational Community Speaker Event , October 3, 7:00pm

The not-for-profit Forty Carrots Family Center is commemorating 15 years of free annual education talks with its most prominent speaker to date. Dr. Siegel will explain how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that children can lead balanced, meaningful and connected lives by drawing insights from his best-selling book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind.  Dr. Siegel will offer parents, teachers and other professional strategies to nurture children’s minds at all ages, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive. Along with Dr. Siegel’s sage advice, attendees will receive a free copy of the book and Sarasota County educators will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CEUs). While admission is free, tickets are required and available starting August 1.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig , October 6

Don't let Mote's snook tournament be "the one that got away!" On October 6 and 7, 2017, anglers can join our William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig- a catch, sample and release tournament targeting snook released by scientists from Mote’s Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program and our colleagues at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anglers of all ages can take home prizes (and new fish stories) in this tournament on Sarasota Bay. Participants will help Mote scientists find out how snook fare after being raised and released into the wild by Mote and FWC staff. 

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Prkwy., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East , October 8 – January 21

Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + Piazzolla , October 12 – October 15

The highly anticipated collaboration with renowned Harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot and Violinist, Tai Murray is a performance inspired by and to the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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