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SRQ DAILY Aug 1, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We all use everyday objects around us without taking a second thought about what's inside. "

- Todd McLellan, artist

[Gallery]  Constructive Deconstruction at South Florida Museum
Cassandra Manz, cassandram@srqme.com

Don’t miss the last chance to visit Things Come Apart at the South Florida Museum before its finale on August 19. In this exhibit, circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, conceptual artist and photographer Todd McLellan dissects the inner workings of everyday objects, vintage and modern, from the evergreen bicycle to the BlackBerry smartphone, and meticulously arranges their elements in frames, each complete with a component count.

SRQ: Where does your inspiration come from? McLellan: I was always inspired by how things work and older technology, more so in the design and engineering. As a kid coming from a hands-on family, I would tinker a lot at home. Shortly after I moved to Toronto, I began collecting various mechanical objects from the street on garbage day or second hand shops. They sat in my office for years, even using some of them such as the Old Phone. I wanted to give them new life in some way. Showing them inside and out seemed fitting. As I continued to explore, I moved into newer technology so that the pieces could be juxtaposed.

Why do you think people enjoy seeing objects dismantled? We all use everyday objects around us without taking a second thought about what’s inside. This triggers everyone’s inner curiosity. Some of the pieces have a nostalgia to them. I hear stories about how their grandfather used to use this typewriter or they had a radio like that when they were growing up. It triggers a fond memory. I enjoy the older pieces for the same nostalgic reason, and the newer ones for their genius engineering.

Has anything surprised you when you deconstructed it? The surprise usually comes in small packages. I would look at a little object and guesstimate how many parts are inside. When I start to disassemble it, I’m shocked. The parts keep coming and coming. It amazes me, the engineering behind each one and what they designed to fit in such small spaces and yet work so efficiently.

What kind of reactions to your art do you receive? I get a lot of feedback from people on how the pieces were involved in their life in some way, from being personally involved in the creation of an object to how a family member would use it. When I was on exhibit in San Francisco, I had an engineer come up to me and start telling me exactly what each piece did. Apparently he was involved in the development of it. Most recently, [I met] a gentleman who was forced to take accordion lessons as a child and was fond of the Apart Accordion due to the destruction of it. Let’s just say he’s no Michael Guerra.

What do you hope people will take away from the exhibit? With a better understanding of the world around us we can learn how to appreciate it and keep it going longer. I believe this for all aspects of life from cultural to technological. 

Pictured: Rotary telephone made by Northern Electric in the 1980s, deconstructed by the artist. Photo by Todd McLellan.

[Community Foundation]  In Support of the Cadet Life

The Sarasota Military Academy, a local public charter school and college preparatory academy, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Gilbert Waters Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Waters, who passed in January 2018, was involved in revitalization efforts for the Sarasota community and contributed to local efforts and foundations, including Sarasota Military Academy. Through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Yale graduate and Navy veteran planned to use his legacy to focus on and financially assist institutions and nonprofit organizations with a mission of creating positive impacts on the community and developing future leaders. Gilbert Waters spent time as a reporter for the local Sarasota Herald Tribune, owning his own public relations company and serving as founder of what is now FCCI Insurance. In addition to a lengthy list of civic engagement roles, including a seat with the City Commission and the Volunteer Architects Downtown Improvement Committee, Waters was also instrumental in the development of the Ringling Bridge.

“There are many incredible ways to describe Gilbert Waters, a man who had a hand in many of the reasons Sarasota is so well-renowned. Navy veteran, developer, fundraiser, volunteer, advocate, pillar of our community—these are just a few of the titles he held, and that list doesn’t begin to scratch the surface,” says SMA Colonel Christina Bowman, Sarasota Military Academy Executive Director of Schools. “We are indebted to Mr. Waters and his generous donation to Sarasota Military Academy. To be included in his legacy is a great honor, and one that will ensure our cadets continue his mission of improving our community and country.”

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. 

Photo provided by the Sarasota Military Academy

[Education]  Marina Jack Presents Career Day for Community Campers
Cori Spruiell

Aboard the Marina Jack II, floating peacefully on the Sarasota Bayfront, a diverse group of future community leaders gathered to listen, learn and lunch as part of a partnership between the R.L. Taylor Community Complex Summer Teen Camp and Marina Jack. Kicking off with a career day on Tuesday, Marina Jack presented a panel of speakers, including General Manager Greg Corvelle, Vessel Services Manager and retired US Coast Guard warrant officer Joe Catell, Marina Jack II vessel Captain Chuck Cooper, Executive Chef Shane Dabney, Marina General Manager Ira Smith and Suntex Marinas’ Vice President of Food & Beverage Tom DeLong. Discussing their extensive career paths and answering students’ questions, the panelists delved into topics such as education, evolving career paths and workplace challenges. Although all of the panelists came from varied backgrounds, embarked on unique journeys and arrived at their professional destinations in different ways, their messages were all clear and consistent: work every day towards the singular goal of doing what you love.

Ending the day with a tour of the property and a lunch cruise on the Marina Jack II yacht, this incredible partnership allows for campers to not just hear about possible careers, but truly see them in action. Back for day two today, the students are taking on a day of water sports led by the team at Marina Jack. This is the first local business partnership the R.L. Taylor Community Complex Summer Teen Camp has embarked upon, and they look forward to expanding with similar visits next year as part of the 2019 summer camp programming. In only its second year of operation, the camp filled all available spots and opened a waitlist by the second day of registration. The camp’s goal is to expose teens to new experiences that are not only engaging and fun, but will help them grow both personally and professionally. With community partners like Marina Jack in their corner, there is a wealth of rich opportunities just around the corner for these campers. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

Marina Jack

[Education]  Ritter Named Triad Alternative School Program Director

Melanie Ritter has been named the new program director at Triad Alternative School effective July 30. A seasoned educator and administrator in Sarasota County for 20 years, Ritter joins the Triad Alternative program from Venice High School where she served as assistant principal since 2015. Before her role at Venice High School, Ritter was an assistant principal at Riverview High School from 2005–15 where she focused on STEM courses for students, implemented and coordinated the International Baccalaureate Career Program and executed the development of IEP’s and Behavior Plans to drive instruction. Before this administrative role, she was an assistant principal at Heron Creek Middle School from 2003–05 and had a special assignment as an assistant principal at Phoenix Academy where she designed new discipline policies and procedures and interviewed for staff positions based on unique student needs. 

Triad Alternative School

[Education]  SCF Hosts Radiography Program Information Sessions

The Radiography Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host information sessions to educate prospective students about the radiography program, a career in radiologic technology, and to allow them to meet the program instructors. Attendance is mandatory for anyone applying to the program. The next two information sessions will be held at 5pm, September 12, and at 4pm, October 18, at SCF Bradenton. Sessions are two hours and class size is limited to 35 seats. The Radiography Program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, will accept applications January 1–31, and is a limited enrollment program. All successful applicants must meet the requirements for the Associate in Science degree. To register, email the Radiography Program at Radiography@SCF.edu. The subject line should say Registration. Include full name, email address and the intended session. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. In Florida, radiologic technologists earn a median salary of $55,200 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information on SCF’s Radiography Program, visit the website below. 

SCF Radiography Program

[Architecture]  Halflants + Pichette Win Three AIA Awards

Halflants + Pichette Principal Michael Halflants was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for Design from the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for design that AIA Florida can bestow on an architect. The Medal of Honor recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself by the high quality and originality of his work and provided inspiration to colleagues. The jury consisted of the past award recipients. The Donnelly Condominium renovation project was awarded the highest interior design award. Only two interiors were recognized with an Honor Award of Excellence. The design-built condominium is on the 15th floor of Siesta Key’s Terrace Building, originally designed in 1969 by Frank Folsom Smith. And the design-built Guberman-Kennedy Residence was selected among 300 entries as the only residence in Florida to receive an Honor Award of Excellence. The jury consisted of renowned architects out of London. 

Halflants + Pichette Architects

[Law]  Gans Named to 2018 Florida Legal Elite

The law firm of Fergeson Skipper has announced that shareholder Richard R. Gans on has been included in Florida Trend Magazine’s 2018 Florida Legal Elite report. This is the 11th consecutive year that Gans has been included in the peer-selected listing of Florida lawyers, which represents fewer than 1.5 percent of active Florida Bar members who practice in the state. Attorneys selected for Florida Legal Elite 2018 will be listed in a special report in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine. The Legal Elite selection process is rigorous, with input solicited from all active members of the Florida Bar. Votes are tallied by an independent research firm and reviewed by a Blue Ribbon Panel of lawyers. A shareholder at Fergeson Skinner since 1994, Gans is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in wills, trusts and estates. 

Fergeson Skipper

[Business]  JMX Brands Launches Eco Friendly Digs

JMX Brands, a specialty ecommerce retailer of home furnishings and décor, and parent company of the online Amish furniture retailer DutchCrafters, has launched environmentally friendly furnishing and accessories site Eco Friendly Digs at www.ecofriendlydigs.com. The online store is designed to be a one-stop-shop of hand-curated furniture and home goods. Items sold on the site must be created using sustainable practices or be environmentally friendly. JMX Brands CEO Jim Miller and vice president of brands Linse Miller decided to start the site after seeing an increase in consumer demand for sustainably sourced and eco-conscious products for the home and life. The site’s product portfolio includes reclaimed wood, poly lumber, and bamboo furniture from eco-conscious furniture manufacturers including Copeland and Greenington. 

Eco Friendly Digs

[Business]  Manson Named President of FRSA

Bruce Manson, president of Manson Roofing of Bradenton, has been elected president of the FRSA (Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association) at the association's 96th annual convention held in Orlando. He will now lead the association's 800 plus members during the 2018-2019 term of service. Manson and Manson Roofing have been members of the FRSA for over 35 years, serving and volunteering on multiple committees, charitable events, and as a member of the board of directors. 

Manson Roofing

[Education]  Knapp Awarded FSL Scholarship

The Florida State League Scholarship Committee and FSL President Ken Carson have awarded twelve $1,500 educational scholarships to applicants from across the League. The Bradenton Marauders have announced that Marshall Knapp has been selected as a scholarship recipient. Knapp is the son of LECOM Park Concessions Manager Chuck Knapp. Each scholarship is presented to a student employee, child or grandchild of an employee. The award is based both on financial need and achievement of a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Recipients must be at least a high school junior by the 2018 Fall Term. Knapp will be a senior at Braden River High School this fall. In addition to his academic performance, he is the drum major for the Braden River High School Marching Band of Pirates. He also plays multiple instruments and performs in the Braden River High School Wind Ensemble, the Sun Coast Honor Band, and the Sarasota Concert Band. Knapp plans to study Music Education in college with the goal of becoming a high school band director. 

Bradenton Marauders

[Real Estate]  Suponcic Team Joins Coldwell Banker Residential

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has announced that The Suponcic Team has affiliated with the company’s Longboat Key office. The team is comprised of Ron and Bozena Suponcic. The team will provide residential real estate services throughout Sarasota, Venice, Lakewood Ranch and other surrounding communities. Previously with RE/MAX Alliance Group, the team closed over $11 million in sales volume last year. With over 30 years of real estate experience, their extensive resume includes Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Million Dollar Guild designations, 20 Five Star Real Estate Agent Awards and ranking in the top 6% of RE/MAX agents worldwide. The team specializes in buyer and seller services, luxury properties, relocations, new construction homes and condominiums. 

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate



[TODAY]  GALLERY: "40 by 8" , June 25 – August 31

True to its name, the summer exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features 40 works by eight artists, including Luisa Basnuevo, Jean Blackburn, Luis Delgado, Daphne Gamble, Leslie Lerner, Melissa Meyer, Helen Shulman and Joyce Ely Walker. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Other People's Money , August 1 – August 19

Fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. It is up to Kate Sullivan, a determined big-city lawyer, to stop Larry from gutting the company. Loaded with conflict, comedy, and a touch of romance, Other People’s Money delves into the seedy and deceptive world of business.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Teen Court of Sarasota’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner , August 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join Teen Court of Sarasota in celebrating their adult volunteers and community leaders with an award presentation hosted by Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center.Teen Court of Sarasota has awarded more than $188,000 in scholarships to dedicated volunteers since 1996. These scholarships assist recipients as they head off to college, the armed services and other endeavors. Scholarships further the mission and memories of distinguished Teen Court friends and volunteers, including Jack Byers, Dennis Wood, Katie Self and Jenna Hellman.

Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center, 2002 Ringling 2nd Floor Court Room 2A

[SOON]  THEATER: Wakey, Wakey , August 3 – September 2

How do we confront the uncomfortable inevitability of death? Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno chooses to celebrate life’s lingering gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in a profound rumination on life and humanity.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Brothers in Song , August 3, 7:15pm

“Brothers in Song” features longtime collaborators/composers Ralph Farris (strings, voice, percussion) and Robert Mirabal (Native American flutes, voice, percussion) performing music from various indigenous traditions and works in progress. The evening will begin with a collaboration with fellow Hermitage artist, poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and will close with a sunset meditation. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs, snacks, and refreshments. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

The Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Possibilities , July 19 – August 17

This members only, juried exhibition opens July 19th with an opening reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Approximately 250, two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media will be on display throughout all four galleries. Juror Vicki Chelf is a fine art graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and also studied classical drawing at the Southern Atelier in Manatee County. Chelf derives much of her inspiration from spontaneous thoughts and unplanned drawings, as well as current events. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SPORTS: Free Kids' Summer Beach Run , June 5 – August 8, 6:30pm

Starting June 5 and June 6, the free Kids' Summer Beach Runs will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday for the next three months, alternating between Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach. Registration begins at 5:30pm near the playground at Siesta and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt, and all runners receive a ribbon and a free ice pop with each run.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key; 1600 Harbor Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  THEATER: Reel Music , June 21 – August 9

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Join Florida Studio Theatre's Children's Theatre on a musical journey through the history and heart of the movies. This family-friendly musical revue, recommended for audiences ages 3-13 and their favorite grown-ups, includes songs from hit movies like The Wizard of Oz, beloved Disney films like Frozen and Moana, and blockbusters like Harry Potter andThe Sorcerer’s Stone, The Lego Movie, and Trolls!

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Turn of the Screw , August 7 – August 26

1840: an era charmed by superstition, madness, and the writings of Sigmund Freud led Henry James to write one of the most chilling ghost stories of all time. A young governess arrives at a seemingly idyllic country house to look after two orphaned children. But shortly after her arrival, she realizes they are not alone. She risks everything to keep the children safe, until she begins to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: On Golden Pond , August 8 – August 19

This 1979 play by Ernest Thompson focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The play explores the often turbulent relationship between a daughter and her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. It is the winner of numerous Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: YP Summit: "Thrive" , August 10, 8am-12pm

The third annual Young Professionals summit is a half day conference geared toward helping local young professionals develop personally and professionally as leaders in the community. The summit will feature keynote speaker Trey Lauderdale, founder and CEO of Voalte, speaking on the work/life balance. In addition to the keynote presentation, attendees will select breakout sessions from two tracks: personal development and professional development. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: VOLUMES , August 12 – October 9

This summer light and sound come into play with a special installation by the artist Ezra Masch. VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation will feature a 3-d grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda Gallery.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ricky Nelson Remembered , August 18

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Ricky Nelson emerged from “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists and influential musicians of the last 50 years, selling over 140 million recordings. The Nelson Family Legacy continues as Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane. 

Sarasota Opera, 61 North Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged , August 21 – September 23

Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Making Strides Kick Off Celebration , August 23, 5:30pm-7pm

Don’t miss the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick off Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Celebrate survivors, hear from Team Leaders and learn more about the mission of the American Cancer Society. If you have been thinking about starting a team, becoming a sponsor or you just wish to know more about the programs and services the American Cancer Society provides in our community, the Kick Off celebration is the place to start. Light refreshments will be served and complimentary valet parking is available.

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: German American Social Club Sommerfest, August 25 , August 25, 6:00 PM

This is one party you won’t want to miss! Come down and celebrate everything you love about summer at this shindig hosted by the German American Social Club of Sarasota. Enjoy friendly conversation with other Sarasota locas. Kick your feet up and relax with an ice-cold beer. Enjoy lively dancing and music provided by DJ Bustin Justin. You’re guaranteed to have a good time at this casual summer bash! Authentic, delicious German food will be provided by the Schnitzel Trailer, and proceeds will go toward benefiting students studying German both here and abroad. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.

Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elsewhere , August 30 – October 5

This juried exhibition opens with a reception on August 30th.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest: Dr. Dave Band , September 14, 5pm-9pm

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is wrapping up their Friday Fest summertime concert series this September with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. During the show, don’t forget to indulge in the refreshments provided by Van Wezel, including local food trucks and popular beverage vendors. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

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