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"I've never been afraid of color. It's within all of us. We just need to learn how to work with it."

- Linda Richichi, artist

[Gallery]  The Power of Pastel with Linda Richichi at 530 Burns
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sarasota-based artist Linda Richichi makes a triumphant return to pastel painting with a solo exhibition opening this Friday, August 10, at 530 Burns Gallery. Featuring plenty of new and vibrant landscapes from the artist, largely painted plein air, Summer Solo: Linda Richichi showcases the pastel maven at the top of her form as a master of color and light, whether capturing cloud-scenes from Sarasota or the Italian countryside. An opening reception on August 10 runs from 6pm to 8pm and includes a plein air demonstration with the artist from 6pm to 6:30pm.

A celebrated pastel artist in New York, the move down south to Sarasota also prompted a shift to oil painting. And while that was fun for a while, Richichi admits her continued preference for pastel and joy in returning to the medium. “The first time I touched it, I loved it,” she says. “There’s a light that comes from it, and the pigment is so pure.” Made from the same pigments as oils, and rolled into a chalk-life stick but with very little binder, the result is something that Richichi will repeatedly describe as “true,” but could also be called “uncompromising.”

The color of the pastel, once applied, will not change over time, as can happen with oil paints as they dry—this is true. But that is also largely because pastels will never truly settle at all. “If you touch it,” says Richichi, “it will always move.” Some artists take advantage of this aspect as well, smudging their paints on the canvas. Richichi does not. “That dulls it,” she says. Instead, she flips her paintings over and gives them a firm but gentle jostling to dislodge excess pigment, before encasing them in museum glass, which is near invisible and offers protection from both UV light and grubby fingers.

Perhaps painstaking, maybe even a bit precarious, but well worth the effort, as Richichi’s return to pastel painting has already landed her a spot in the highly competitive annual Pastel Society Show in New York, Enduring Brilliance, and the Jack Richeson Company recently released a signature set of Linda Richichi pastels, titled Color and Energy, which can be found locally at Art and Frame.

A third generation colorist, with a fabric artist mother and painter grandfather, speaking the language of color just runs in the family, says Richichi. “I’ve never been afraid of color,” she says. “It’s within all of us. We just need to learn how to work with it.”

To see Richichi in action, swing by for the 6pm demonstration, where the artist will use multiple pieces to show her process and the progression from start to finish, while offering tips and tricks for creating depth on a two-dimensional surface.

Summer Solo: Linda Richichi opens this Friday, August 10, with a reception at 6pm. 

Pictured: "Cortona View from Villa" by Linda Richichi. Image courtesy of Linda Richichi.

[ShopTalk]  Bling with Royalty and Loyalty
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

Ambition, drive and inspiration from their entrepreneurial grandfather—that’s all it took for sisters Julie Jordan and Katie King Aular to establish King George Shop, an online jewelry company based here in Sarasota. The dynamic duo delivers their passion through extraordinary designs of bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces, as well as handbags, beach accessories like totes and kimonos, and coffee table decor like ornamental coasters and vanity trays.

Julie and Katie place a heavy emphasis on the value of the individual customer, catering designs toward unique tastes and stylistic preferences. “We aspire to seek out and find the most beautiful, yet functional pieces that we hope will enhance your everyday life, just as they do ours,” they say. Several King George pieces can be found embellished with various types of crystals, including pyrite, amethyst, agate and quartz. Much of the “ear candy” and necklaces embody feathery designs and tassels, stretching further the bohemian, free-spirited nature of the jewelry. The sisters’ website also provides customers with blog posts covering a wide variety of topics, many of them detailing ways to style the jewelry and incorporate it into their daily lives. With a seemingly endless spectrum of stunning hues, styles and virtues of jewelry and other products, Julie and Katie bring their versatility and a simultaneously youthful and mature flare to the creative coast. 

Pictured: Brilliant, Raw Tourmaline Cuff; 3 Point Crystal Necklace; Hair On Cowhide Bracelet

Shop King George

[Ophelia's on the Bay]  Savory Secrets of the Bay
Cori Spruiell

It has been said that classics are classic for a reason; and as a thirty-year running original menu staple, the eggplant crepes at Ophelia’s on the Bay earn that distinction with ease. Although at first glance they may appear unassuming, from the moment you cut into the perfectly crisp crust of the eggplant shell, this is a dish that commands attention. As you bite into the savory crêpe, you may easily recognize flavors of fresh spinach, basil, and roasted garlic gloves, but what’s inside is slightly more mysterious. The rich, gooey melted cheeses blend in perfect harmony – but exactly what five cheeses are combined to create the sumptuous dish is a secret that stays with Ophelia’s on the Bay and Chef Daniel Olson. And truly, who can blame them? Ophelia’s eggplant crêpes are an institution of the bay; and with enviable flavors and an alluring aroma, promise to remain so for many years to come. 

Ophelia's On The Bay is a member of Nosh, the SRQ Magazine content marketing program for local restaurants.Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

105 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

[Government]  Public Invited to Voting Machine Testing Prior to Primary

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has invited the public to observe the logic and accuracy testing of the county’s voting and tabulating equipment that will be used in the August 28, 2018 primary election. The testing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, beginning at 9am in the office of the Supervisor of Elections, in the Sarasota County Terrace Building. Florida law requires the supervisor of elections to conduct a public test on a random sample of the county’s automatic tabulating equipment and reporting software that will be fielded on election day and during early voting, and used to tabulate vote-by-mail ballots. The test is conducted to ensure that the equipment and software are operating and recording accurately. In addition and prior to the public test, elections staff thoroughly test all equipment used in the county to determine that the system is properly programmed for the election and that all system input, output and communication devices are working properly. 

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office

[Government]  State House Candidate Schedules Town Halls

Tracy Pratt, a candidate for the Florida State House in District 71, has scheduled a series of town hall meetings at local branches of the Manatee County Public Library, inviting interested community members to come share their concerns and discuss ideas for protecting Florida’s future. Pratt, a local attorney and mother of two school-aged children, released the following statement: “My children are the fifth generation of Pratts to live in Manatee County, and I want them to experience the same quality of life my husband and I did. But right now, we face a series of challenges, from the Red Tide that threatens our economy and our health to the sky-rocketing costs housing and healthcare to the need to protect our public schools. We also face growing levels of divisiveness in our neighborhoods and around our dinner tables. But I know we are not as divided as it sometime seems, and I look forward to talking with people who hold a variety of views but who all share a love for this beautiful community and a desire to protect Florida’s future.” The town hall meetings are scheduled for August 16 at the Palmetto Library, August 20 at Central Library, August 22 at Island Library, and August 23 at South Library. All meetings will run from 6pm to 7:30. 

[Business]  2018 Summer Gulf Coast Board Institute Graduates

Twenty volunteer board members with nonprofit organizations across the Gulf Coast region have completed the Summer 2018 Gulf Coast Board Institute. The participants took part in four full-day, interactive educational experiences that covered key nonprofit board governance topics and issues. The class completed its final session and celebrated its graduation on Friday, August 3. Gulf Coast Board Institute provides high-level board-governance training for new and veteran nonprofit board members. The Board Institute was created and is funded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation as part of its focus on building a vital nonprofit community with the capacity to respond to emerging issues. All training and resources are provided at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to advocate for good board governance within current and future board service roles. Summer 2018 graduates include Cathy Bryant of Action Together Suncoast, Francine Goldberg of ALSO Youth, Laurie Huebner of Loveland Village, Debra Jones of NAMI Sarasota County, Lisl Liang of Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Alicia King Robinson of Rotary Futures College Resource Center and the Venice Symphony. Gulf Coast will offer the next session of its Board Institute in October. Applications for the Fall 2018 Board Institute are now available on the foundation’s website. 

Gulf Coast Board Institute

[Real Estate]  Halfacre Welcomes Burchett, Gruber and Harsham

Halfacre Construction Company, a commercial construction company, recently hired Mitchell Burchett, a former intern, as a superintendent in its Lakewood Ranch-based office. Burchett joins the team in a full-time position after interning for two consecutive summers and one winter break. In his new role, Burchett will manage and oversee the construction of buildings, address potential issues, coordinate with subcontractors and review plan changes. Born and raised in Sarasota, he recently received his bachelor’s degree in business management from The University of Alabama. For Burchett, construction was a natural fit. He grew up building and upgrading with his father and woodworking as a hobby. Recently, the commercial construction company also welcomed Chelsea Gruber, marketing and business development manager, and Priscilla Harsham, project engineer. The company currently employs 30. 

Halfacre Construction Company

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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.

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

Multiple locations, Multiple locations

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , September 22, 6pm-9pm

Truly Valued presents its 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner, at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens with speaker Captain Todd Shear of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and a night of entertainment with NuJazz. All proceeds support Truly Valued's mission of building self-esteem, confidence and character to promote a positive self- image, positively impact educational and career aspirations and improve academic achievement in adolescent girls. Dinner is complimentary and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended during the event.

Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens', 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

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