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SRQ Daily Mar 14, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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"No painting can stand on theory alone."

- Mike Solomon, artist

[Gallery]  Between the Lines, an Aquatic Autobiography
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Born in Sarasota, Mike Solomon was, is and always will be “a water kid,” just as the shoreline will always be his haven. From the banks of Phillippi Creek, where he learned the art of watercolor at age four from his father, artist Syd Solomon, to the shores of Midnight Pass and all the surfing in between, the younger Solomon enjoyed an affinity for the water just short of gills. But with college came the siren song of the California coast, and, though surf trips and watercolor remained, Solomon wouldn’t call Sarasota home again for decades. With his latest solo exhibition, Mike Solomon: Native Shore, opening tomorrow night at Alfstad& Contemporary, the artist celebrates a return to the waters that started it all.

A series of rectangular pieces bearing horizontal stripes of color viewed as though through a morning mist or evening haze, the work presents in Solomon’s style, minimalist and understated, but belying deep autobiographical currents. Comprising layered sheets of frosted polyester film, each strategically striped with acrylic paint and stacked to take advantage of the material’s imperfect transparency, the process may seem a far cry from his watercolor beginnings, but not so, says the artist. “Watercolor is foundational to that,” he says, “because it’s a certain type of seeing—seeing through the layers and seeing how layers are applied.”

And to hear Solomon talk, the work in Native Shore seems almost fated, as though his time in Sarasota left its indelible imprint on his artist’s heart—a little horizontal line across the atria, perhaps. Once working for years in just cross-hatching, this latest series sees Solomon playing with only repeated horizontal lines. Shorelines, he says, and horizon lines. And, in his eye, emblematic of his hometown.

Building his pieces like a sound mixer layering tracks for a new song, Solomon brings forward the colors he wants to pop and mutes the others. The “essential ingredient to all visual art,” he says, color is that “incredible force” that only the visual artist can wield, and Solomon has been surprised at the colors he found within himself, like old memories of the sea. “The palette is just coming right out of me,” he says. “The palette that I’ve been seeing all my life and that I returned to, emerging out of me.”

The result isn’t something that quite “hits you over the head,” Solomon admits, but his aim finds something more meditative and quietly rewarding. “As you keep looking at them,” he says, “they reveal different ways to look.”

Mike Solomon: Native Shore opens tomorrow night, March 15, at Alfstad& Contemporary, with an artist reception at 5:30pm. The show runs through April 14. 

Pictured: Selection from "Native Shore" by Mike Solomon. Image courtesy of Alfstad& Contemporary.

[Community Foundation]  Fuel the Fire of Change
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, in partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, together host the 2018 2Gen Summit on Breaking Cycles of Poverty. The second of its kind in our region, the conference takes place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. The Community Foundation has been partnering with local organizations and county schools since 2011 to integrate the 2Gen philosophy into local programs directed at lifting affected families out of the poverty threshold here. The summit intends to educate the area, providing the latest research and innovative practices that will support families on their journey to economic security and educational success. Between yesterday and today, more than 250 local leaders from nonprofit organizations, civic groups, county school systems, the private sector, as well as city and county commissions are scheduled to attend. Attendees will hear from national thought leaders from around the U.S., program directors, social workers and parents. The goal—a meeting of the minds, to convene and determine ways Sarasota County, Manatee County and our greater community can strategically break the multi-generational cycle of poverty, while concurrently honoring, respecting and supporting those vulnerable families. 

Inspired by Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the 2Gen Summit revolves around the subject of their “Two-Generation Approach," which focuses on creating opportunities and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The 2Gen Approach incorporates five core components—Education and Development, Post Education Employment Pathways/Opportunities, Economic Assets, Health and Well-Being, and Social Capital. An overview of the agenda includes interactive breakout sessions and engaging workshops from the speakers on core components to identify, develop and implement topics in the following—Mental Health, Affordable Housing, Racial Equity, Early Childhood Education, Parent Education and Workforce Training, Engaging and Listening to Families, Building Successful Partnerships, Effectively Measuring Program Outcomes.

One of the many highlights include speaker Ann Christiano, an esteemed professor at University of Florida, the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications and Director of the newly established Center for Public Interest Communications. She opened her presentation with a poignant image blown up on the screens of a match lit a fire with the words, “Fuel for the Fire of Change”. While shedding light on the topics at hand, she simultaneously made the audience feel all the emotions fundamentally key for making real change transpire– pride, awe, sadness, fear, humor, and inspiration. With relatable yet creative imagery, video clips and thought-provoking questions, you could feel the auditorium stimulated with motivation to execute their own plan for future change in a more effective and resourceful way. She ended her discussion with saying, “Communicate images so other people can see what you see. Use that power of emotion and consider using emotions that people actually want to feel. Create actionable content and tell stories that build people’s curiosity. Because there’s this incredible thing that happens when you do this—it’s like gasoline on a flame. And what happens when you put gasoline on a flame? You can’t see the gasoline anymore. All you see is fire.” The common interest of everyone there became apparent– to learn and connect with one another, to mobilize policies and to activate changes to better our community.

The Community Foundation and Ascend at the Aspen hope to ignite the empathy within all of us, ultimately helping less fortunate families flourish economically, educationally, socially and physically for positive community change. Much can come from this powerful summit, and while the first day’s portion of the conference may be over, you can still catch the second day’s action today from 8:00am-2:00pm. For more details about the 2Gen Summit or to schedule separate interviews with speakers, contact Murray Devine at 941.556.7122 or MDevine@CFSarasota.org

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to partner with SRQ Media Group to highlight stories about community impact powered by philanthropy in our region, thanks to the support of donors and our local nonprofit partners. The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. For more information, visit www.CFSarasota.org 

Image provided by The Community Foundation.

2018 2Gen Summit

[Exec Moves]  Forty Carrots Elects Annis to Board of Trustees

Forty Carrots Family Center has announced the election of John Annis to its board of trustees. Annis is senior vice president of collaboration and impact for the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Annis was named as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow in 2015, working across sectors to advance economic security, educational success and health and well-being.  Previously, he worked at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Collins Center for Public Policy and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.  The majority of Annis’ professional experience comes from more than 24 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Annis joins the following board of trustees, officers: Chris Jarmul (chair); Robert Stroud (treasurer); Justin Powell (secretary); ex-officio Michelle Kapreilian (executive director); remaining trustees are Jane Bennett; Ariane Dart; Liz Diaz; Caroline Ellerson; Tomeika Hunter-Koski; Ben Jones;  Betsy Kane-Hartnett; Ashley Kozel; Manav Malik, DMD; Anna Nekoranec; Nicholas Roberts; Alan Ross; Heather Williams; and trustee emeriti are Kim Githler, Stanley Kane and Jeff Steinwachs. Trustees further the mission of Forty Carrots Family Center by supporting, guiding and raising funds for such purposes. 

Forty Carrots Family Center

[Exec Moves]  Jarvis Named Principal At Ashton Elementary

Kristi Jarvis has been named the new principal at Ashton Elementary by Superintendent Todd Bowden, effective immediately and pending Board approval. She has served as acting principal since June of 2017. Jarvis has served as the acting principal of Ashton Elementary since June of 2017. Prior to that role, she was assistant principal at Phillippi Shores Elementary from 2015 to 2017. She began her career in Sarasota at Brentwood Elementary where she taught third and fourth grade for seven years. She also served as a literacy/data coach, a reading and math resource teacher and testing coordinator at Brentwood. Jarvis earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Jones International University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Specific Learning Disabilities from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. 

Ashton Elementary School

[Recognition]  Nautilus Homes Wins Best of Houzz 2018 Design Award

Southwest Florida luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has been recognized with a "Best Of Houzz 2018 Design" award from Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, and the Nautilus Home's Houzz portfolio of design images and projects was voted "most popular" by the Houzz community of over 40 million monthly users. The Best Of Houzz awards are the result of Houzz's annual survey of users' preferred homebuilders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, and residential remodeling professionals. Users cast votes in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography, and the result is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the best of the best in design and home renovation across the nation. 

Nautilus Homes

[TODAY]  THEATER: Roe , March 14 – April 15

Roe takes the viewer inside the personal and public battles of the two women at the heart of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. Recreating the case itself, with the help of actual audio recording from the justices of the time Loomer gives nuanced and surprisingly humorous life to both sides of the contentious debate.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Midsummer Night's Dream , March 15 – April 8

Shakespeare's comedy brings together a group of star-crossed lovers, an inept band of actors led by the pompous Nick Bottom, and the king and queen of the fairies and their impish henchman Puck, who creates romantic and comic havoc for all.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Mike Solomon: Native Shore , March 15 – April 14

Mike Solomon's exhibition "Native Shore" focuses on the artist's return to his native shore and hometown of Sarasota after 40 years of living away. His work is inspired by Sarasota's shoreline.  The resplendent light of the neotropics radiates from the paintings and editions, drawing viewers into vibrant aqueous colors and translucent depths, the rhythmic rise and fall of the horizon. 

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Resonant Rogues , March 15, 7pm

The Resonant Rogues is the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith Smith. Since meeting in 2012, they have dedicated their lives to crafting and sharing their music with the world, touring extensively across the US and Europe. The Resonant Rogues are difficult to define, but easy to enjoy.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Curatorial Program: Vision, Strategy, Criteria , March 15, 6pm

There are many aspects to building a new art museum, but the most visible, of course is the curatorial program. In addition to the 15,000 sq ft of dedicated exhibition space, there are numerous Curatorial Zones on the Museum Campus where visitors will experience and engage with art. Join us for a presentation and interactive discussion about the formation of our communities' new art museum.

The Works, 891 South Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Infinite Dimensions: Paul Rudolph's New York Interiors , March 15, 5:30pm

Though best known for his Sarasota houses and monumental concrete institutional buildings, beginning in 1965 Paul Rudolph designed many innovative, NYC residences with fantastic qualities that have received little attention. Always experimenting and fascinated by lighting, Rudolph achieved otherworldly effects using elements scavenged from the city’s restaurant and manufacturing supply stores along Canal Street. Inspired by New York, Rudolph successfully transformed himself at mid-career in the 1960s into an interior architect who could transport himself and his clients into other dimensions using just mirrors and plexiglass. This lecture will be given by Timothy M. Rohan, an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ringling College of Art and Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Lift Off , March 15 – March 18

No piece of classical music may be better at taking our imagination on a breathtaking journey toward outer space than Holst's The Planets. Performances at the Van Wezel will include projections of NASA images that make this experience a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Roger Zare's Lift-Off is a celebration of human space exploration.With a sound that some have described as out-of-this-world, soprano Pureum Jo will join Sarasota Orchestra to sing a variety of Mozart's best and most beautiful concert arias.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Price , March 15 – March 25

The Price is a 1968 play by Arthur Miller. It is about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. The play premired on Broadway in 1968 and has been revived on Broadway four times since. 

The Players Centre of Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Green and Growing Youth Field Day , March 16, 8am

Open to youth 8-13 years of age. Come and learn about horticulture producation and research. Participants will go on a laboratory and greenhouse tour, visit a Manatee County plant nursery and talk with researchers and people with various careers in agriculture. This will be an outdoor event so wear closed toed shoes and bring sunscreen. Admission fee will cover activities and group transportation. 

Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Services Office, 1303 17th St. West, Palmetto.

[SOON]  MUSIC: A Symphonic Journey , March 16 – March 17

Experience these timeless and melodic selections including Die Fledermaus Overture from the operetta by Johann Strauss, Dvorakʼs iconic and influential New World Symphony, and Samuel Barberʼs Violin Concerto featuring recording artist and violin soloistIrina Muresanu.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice.

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening at the Avant-Garde: in Color! , March 17, 6:30pm

Consider the kaleidoscope of color: rainbows and Rubik’s Cube, Easter eggs and cherry Kool-Aid, the Green Flash, a four-leaf clover and swimming pool blue. Imagine a rainbow as groovy as tie-dye or as fun as Fruit of the Loom. Roll out your red watermelon or scatter like Skittles or come as a Sarasota sunset. Save the date for the 2018 Avant-Garde annual scholarship fundraiser to benefit the vibrant Ringling College palette-the students.

Ringling College of Art and Design , 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  MUSIC: The 502s and Cole Quest and The City Pickers , March 17

Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of the folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing both Quest's original tunes as well as traditional favorites. The 502s are a raucous indie folk group formed by three cousins from Central Florida. The 502s have taken their swaggering blend of Americana across the coast including Okeechobee Music Festival and Communion Records' NYC showcase. Their album is a heartfelt invitation to good old-fashioned fun.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: From Broadway to Hollywood , March 17 – March 18, Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm

Acclaimed pianist and winner of four Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Richard Glazier takes the audience down memory lane with a concert dedicated to some of Broadway’s most famous tunes to make the jump to cinema. Bringing in medleys from West Side Story and My Fair Lady, Glazier shares origin stories and backstage tidbits alongside rare film clips.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , March 17 – March 25

The famous works of Salvador Dali are coming to Sarasota. The Argillet collection is on exhibition and available for acquisition. The exhibition will also allow for opportunities to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's publisher, Pierre Argillet. 

Chasen Galleries of Sarasota, 1830 South Osprey Ave., Suite 102, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: Live Laugh Love Extravaganza , March 17, 10:00am-2:30pm

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for Live, Laugh, Love Extravaganza. Guests will be able to shop at a variety of vendors selling their wares and enjoy a delicious lunch. Guest speaker Dr. Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee will speak on embracing the concept of women in education, women as mentors, and women as entrepreneurs. Guests will also be treated to a fashion show featuring Bigs and their Littles modeling fashions by Panache & Tommy Bahama.

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota , 111 Ritz Carlton Dr Sarasota, FL 34236

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