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SRQ Daily Nov 3, 2017

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"To let important art shine, it needs a little more room."

- Sam Alfstad, Alfstad& Contemporary

[Gallery]  Alfstad& Unveils New Space with Site-Specific Installation
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Alfstad& Contemporary reopens its doors today for the start of a new season with a new space. Though still recognizable from the outside, gallery-goers are in for a treat with a thoroughly revamped interior embracing a modern gallery style and with 33 percent more space. Celebrating the upgraded environs, Alfstad& kicks off the season with a bold exhibition—a single mammoth installation from the Swiss artist, Zimoun.

It all started with the tile, says Alfstad& Contemporary Owner Sam Alfstad. Distracting from the art and unpleasing to the eye, Alfstad tore it up in favor of the minimalism of polished concrete, which paired well with the exposed brick on the walls. But one thing often leads to another and once the renovation started, it was hard to stop. Next to go was the great overhanging balcony, which previously cut the space in half, leaving high ceilings and a permeating sense of openness to the entire affair. Resulting in one great exhibition area, with white walls amongst the brick and nothing looming overhead, the art has a chance to breathe and stand alone. “It’s really a smart and wonderful way to present art, and really activates the art,” says Alfstad, noting that this “White Cube” approach to art has become the dominant theory in many contemporary circles and beyond. “To let important art shine, it needs a little more room.”

Lighting has also received an upgrade, with Alfstad aiming for less of a harsh spotlight approach and more of a natural light effect. Soft ceilings and soft lighting not only eliminate the starkness of spotlighting in favor of a more inviting warmth, but also more closely recreate the natural lighting most use in their home. “It’s a much more relaxing place for the viewer,” says Alfstad, “and shows the art in a much more natural way.”

And to show off the new space and start the new season, Alfstad and his crew went for something a little different. Instead of an exhibition of many works and all for sale, tonight’s opening will feature but one installation and it’s not for sale. It will, however, change over time, allowing for greater rewards from further visits.

Designed by the internationally acclaimed installation artist, Zimoun, the installation comprises 208 plain cardboard boxes, each affixed with a motor that propels a single ball in pendulous motion. Alone, one creates little more than a whisper and hum. Arranged across the wall, with hundreds of motors whirring in an asynchronous chorus, as the boxes bob and shudder with the swaying of their pendulums, the mass takes on new character, new weight. Site-specific, the installation is designed precisely for the new space, where it will live and slowly die, as the motors run themselves ragged over the course of the exhibition. “It’s really bleeding-edge, contemporary work,” says Alfstad. “The kind of work we are committed to bringing to Sarasota.”

Zimoun opens tonight at Alfstad& Contemporary with an opening reception at 5:30pm. 

Pictured: Previous Zimoun exhibition in Le CentQuatre Paris, France, in 2017. Photo courtesy of Alfstad& Contemporary.

[Expansion]  Manatee County Public Safety Launches Pulsepoint

Manatee County Public Safety and fire department officials will hold a press conference today to launch and demonstrate a cutting-edge mobile application with the potential to save lives throughout the community.  Pulsepoint, a free mobile app, alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Manatee County Emergency Communications Center operators will send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED). The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016. Even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. The press conference will be held today at 9:30am at the Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton. EMS teams will offer free hands-only CPR training to anyone interested in learning. 

Pulsepoint - Manatee County

[Exec Moves]  Keep Manatee Beautiful Welcomes Executive Director

After 22 years as executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, Ingrid McClellan is stepping down to serve as Executive Director Emeritus. The new Executive Director, Jennifer Hoffman, is originally from the Gulf Coast of Florida, and joins Keep Manatee Beautiful from Dallas, TX.  For the past 15 years Hoffman has worked for different nonprofit organizations managing volunteers. After graduating from University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters of Public Affairs in nonprofit management, she added to her job skills adult education, community engagement and special events/fundraising.  For more than seven years, Hoffman has worked in the environmental field at two botanical gardens and Earth Day. In her personal life, Hoffman volunteers for several nonprofits as a member of the board and helping with special events. 

Keep Manatee Beautiful

[Exec Moves]  Goodwill Promotes Thielen Director of Risk Management

Goodwill Manasota has promoted Bill Thielen to director of Risk Management. In this role, he will be responsible for contributing creative new ideas as well as implementing programs and procedures that directly impact all safety, loss and risk issues. Thielen has been with Goodwill since 2009, starting in its Information Systems department as a support technician. Due to prior work experience in asset protection, he was asked to build Goodwill's Loss Department team in 2011, leading to his promotion to manager of Loss Prevention. In 2016, he was promoted to Safety and Loss Prevention manager, taking on more responsibilities that dealt with safety and risk management. He recently earned the prestigious Loss Prevention Certification, which covers knowledge in the areas of leadership, loss prevention, supply chain security and risk management. 

Goodwill Manasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: La traviata , November 3 – November 21

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his family’s honor, she must forsake her dream of love.
Verdi’s awe-inspiring music combined with a heart-breaking libretto has made La traviata one of the repertoire cornerstones of opera companies around the world.

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Fall Wonders , November 3, 6pm to 9pm

Fall into the new season with this gallery featuring the work of many local artists. This display will celebrate the seasons arrival with special work from individuals including Barbara Krupp, James Griffin and Bill Farnsworth. The exhibit will run through November 30. 

Dabbert Gallery, 46 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Keep the Dream Alive , November 13, 7:00PM

The Jewish Housing Council Foundation's 7th Annual Keep the Dream Alive event will be held for the first time on the Aviva Campus (1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota) and feature a bountiful dessert extravaganza by Chef Paul Mattison and his crew. Benefitting the Jewish Housing Council Foundation's Benevolent Care Program, Keep the Dream Alive will allow JHCF to continue honoring the founders’ dream of assuring that qualified residents can age in place, even if they have exhausted their resources.

Aviva Senior Life Campus, 1951 N. Honore Ave Sarasota, Florida 34235

[WEEKEND]  GRAB BAG: Rockin Lobster , November 4, 6:30PM

Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on delicious Maine Lobster on the beach at Rockin’ Lobster. The rockin' fun features live music by Version 3.0, delicious food, a silent auction and exciting beach activities. Be sure to stay for the lantern release, as Children First makes a wish and release a lantern in honor of a child and family in their program.

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, Florida

[WEEKEND]  FOOD: Brunch on the Bay , November 5, 11:30AM

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature annual event, Brunch on the Bay, will celebrate its 24th anniversary on November 5 marking over two decades of raising funds for local undergraduate scholarships. Around 18 of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers will prepare some of their signature dishes for the event, held under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. In the 23 years of Brunch on the Bay, the event has added over $1.3 million to the university endowment and generated over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SWAC Speaker Series , November 6, 5:30PM

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for a series of high–profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade. This month, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Alizė Carrėre will highlight her experience as a culture ecologist, climate researcher and writer visiting over 37 counties to document how humans are innovating and adapting in response to climate change. Each lecture is followed by a wine and cheese reception for members.

Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 6th Annual Flower Talk Luncheon , November 7

Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations, Toronto is coming to Sarasota. Known for his abilities as a "Floral Architect,” Bruno’s program will consist of multiple floral arrangements made on the spot. The opportunity to see a master floral arranger the caliber of Bruno Duarte is not one worth missing. 

Michael's On East , 1212 S East Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Once , November 8 – December 31, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

Once tells the heartfelt story of a Dublin street musician on the verge of hanging up his instrument when a striking woman begins to fancy his haunting love songs. As their chemistry bonds them more tightly, his music expands to new heights. Once’s first note will captivate with the connective power of music.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: ArtsHOP Gallery Walk , November 9 – November 12, All day

The eleventh annual artsHOP weekend will be celebrated with a lineup of local original art, refreshments, live music, raffles. Attendees of the event will be able to meet a variety of artists from various local art galleries. Enjoy the beach and fine art at this weekend event.

Anna Maria Island

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Wine, Women, Shoes , November 9 – November 11

Wine, Women & Shoes benefits The Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center providing parenting education, early childhood education and child & family therapy at over 27 locations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The three-day series begins with a VIP Reception at Michael’s Wine Cellar on Nov. 9 where top donors and sponsors meet and sample wines from the series’ thirteen outstanding participating vintners. Friday, Nov. 10 features The Signature Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton with a professional fashion show, a dozen fashionable retailers, and 60 volunteer men who show shoes on silver trays and support Forty Carrots. On Saturday, Nov. 11 five dinners are hosted in exquisite homes and other venues. We look forward to sharing good wine, exciting stories, and fabulous food with you all while supporting a good cause!

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fields of Color , November 10 – December 5, Opening at 6-9pm

Transformative and dramatic, Arleen Joseph’s Fields of Color landscape paintings captivate the eye and pulls at emotional heartstrings. Known for her use of bold color and heavy texture, Arleen creates oil paintings that transport the viewer into a captivating and ethereal space. Additionally, 530 Burns Gallery will host a trunk show featuring sterling silver designs by Kelim, a local boutique.

Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Lane, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Mark Wandall Foundationís 14th Annual Memorial Weekend , November 10 – November 11

Celebrate The Mark Wandall Foundation’s 14th Annual Memorial Weekend and learn how your support helps to aid kids and families in grief. Kick off the weekend Friday evening at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing with cocktails, fabulous food, a silent auction and poker tournament. Buy-in for the tournament includes free entry to the Kick-Off Celebration. The fun continues Saturday morning with a Golf Tournament at Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch.

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota MOD Weekend Festival , November 10 – November 12

Sarasota Architectural Foundation presents the fourth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend November 10 through 12 . The midcentury modern architecture festival celebrates the legacy of acclaimed architect Tim Seibert featuring Parties , Presentations, Film Screening, Art Exhibitions, Trolley&House Tours.


[SOON]  MUSIC: David Olney , November 10

David Olney became a major player in Nashville's underground folk and country scene in the early '70s. Since his success in Tennessee, David has created over 20 albums to his name, incorporating a wide range of inspiration from honky tonk to rock in his works. 

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Rootabaga Country , November 11 – November 12

After a nationwide search, the Sarasota Opera is proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been chosen to compose the Sarasota Youth Opera’s new commission—Rootabaga Country. Ms. Peters explains that the work has a “sincere message of tolerance and inclusiveness in a cultural climate where the simple act of growing up is more confusing than ever before.”

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Yarn , November 11

Following in the footsteps of forward-thinking bands, Yarn is a Brooklyn-based Americana and alternative country band. They weave country, rock and blues into one in their music and performances. Their fresh sound includes musical idioms and universal tales for all to hear.

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

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