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"These are works that could stand shoulder to shoulder with any painting anywhere."

- Thomas Schaller, artist

[Gallery]  The State of the Medium at ArtCenter Manatee
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In keeping with the season, experts predict flooding at ArtCenter Manatee this Friday, as the halls and galleries fill to the brim with watercolors from across the state, marking the opening of the Florida Watercolor Society 47th Annual Exhibition. Taking over all three galleries inside ArtCenter Manatee, 100 watercolor paintings will be on display, culled as the cream of the crop out of more than 600 submissions from Florida watercolorists. Juried by award-winning architect and watercolor artist Thomas Schaller, ArtCenter Manatee is one of only three stops for this annual traveling exhibition.

On display from September 7 through October 26, the exhibition offers a wide-angle look at the state of the medium, beyond the perspective or peccadilloes of one particular artist and into a broader assessment of the possibility. And the state of the medium is strong says Schaller, if this exhibition is an indication. (Hint: it is.) “It’s a show that everyone in the society should be proud of,” he says, “because it represents some of the best of the best, and, to a degree, where watercolor is, where it has been and where it might be going.”

And while each artist showing in the exhibition merits attention on their own, it's the combined effect of all that makes the FWS Annual Exhibition its own particular experience. Abstract abuts figurative, portraits hang next to landscapes, some artists pour and others work with watercolors so dry they challenge the definition—but when the only unifying aspect is the medium itself, it’s the medium that shines. This is something Schaller appreciates. “If I had a mission as a watercolor artist,” he says, “it would be that I want watercolor to be seen as the equal in terms of value. I feel passionately that watercolor is equal to any medium.” And examining the submissions for this year’s exhibition, he feels vindicated. “These are works that could stand shoulder to shoulder with any painting anywhere,” he says.

Not that this made his job any easier. “It was brutal,” says Schaller. “I knew I was in for it when I agreed, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how difficult it would be.” Still, the end result made it all worthwhile. "This show, for me, probably displays better than most any show I've seen recently," he says.

The Florida Watercolor Society 47th Annual Exhibition opens at ArtCenter Manatee this Friday, September 7 and runs through October 26. An opening reception will be held September 28, from 5:50pm to 7:30pm. At the end of October, the show travels on to the Elliott Museum in Stuart and then to Winter Garden. 

Pictured: "High Above" by Lynn Ferris.

[ShopTalk]  Happy Campers
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Safe to say we were all ecstatic to hear red tide conditions up and down our coast have abated and the ban lifted. That includes Turtle Beach Campground—Sarasota County’s premier beachfront campground on Siesta Key—who’s happy to report they are back open and ready to welcome back campers! The boutique campground features palm tree-lined privacy, turtle nesting nearby and a picnic table at each site with full hookups and free Wifi for your own personal paradise. As we round out summer and head into fall, the cooler temps pique our senses for extended outdoorsy adventures. Thinking of camping in the next couple of weeks? Turtle Beach Campground is not only accepting reservations again, but any new bookings purchased and stayed between now and September 17 will receive a 50% discount off the base rate. That's only $21 per night (plus tax and applicable weekend premium).

Can’t remember whether you stashed away your tent in the garage or out back in the shed? It’s fine, you’re due for a new one anyway. Trailwalker Gear Outfitters is a veteran family-owned-and-operated store that all started with one small, yet rewarding, hiking trip to the Appalachian Trail. If they dig you, they’ll likely tell you to take a hike—and make sure you leave with all the proper gear to spend a night under the stars. Carrying everything from artisan beef jerky and sleeping bags to portable chargers and headlamps—stock up on all your camp life essentials for your 5(million)-star accommodations. The Wenzel EZ Rise tent is ultralight and makes setup and takedown a breeze. EZ Rise technology helps you snap tent poles securely into place in seconds with a twist-locking center hub, so you’re free to enjoy time swimming the Gulf instead of wasting time fiddling with collapsable poles. It also has mesh roof ventilation for extra comfort and sleeps up to five people for the ultimate slumber party.

Prepare for the inevitable with unexpected downpour or a tornado of mosquitoes with the rain-free and bug-free JungleLink Shelter System—it’s basically a giant umbrella that protectively encapsulates you like a caterpillar in a cocoon as you swing serenely in your hammock. Oh, need a hammock too? The ENO DoubleNest reigns supreme—being Trailwalker’s “bread-and-butter” and your all-access pass to relaxation. Big enough for two and palatial for one, the DoubleNest holds some weight and still manages to stuff easily into its attached compression sack. Now, all you need is a crackling campfire for a disconnected staycation (s’mores are invited, red tide is not). 

This special promo is not available with online bookings�call Turtle Beach Campground at 941-861-2267 (CAMP) to book and mention SEPT50 to receive this rare discounted rate.

Photo provided by Trailwalker Gear Outfitters, 4818 14th St. West, Bradenton, 941-900-1360.

[The Grille Room at IMG Academy]  Dinner for Two on the Green
Cori Spruiell

Don’t let your evening end as you sink your last putt on the 18th hole at the IMG Academy Golf Club! Every Wednesday in September, treat yourself and your date to a dinner for two at the Grille Room, with featured entrees each week for an incredible buy-on-get-one price of $16.50. On September 12th, enjoy pulled BBQ pork burritos served with beans and rice, topped with chili sauce and creamy melted cheese. A rich cheese ravioli is the special of the evening for September 19th, which your choice of alfredo, pesto, or marinara, along with delicious garlic parmesan crostini. Wrap up the month with chicken asado on September 26th, marinated in lime, achiote, cumin and chili power, and served with red potatoes, onion, garlic and hominy hash.

In September, try something that’s not just par for the course. The Grille Room at IMG Academy has your date night planned! 

4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton

[Theater]  Asolo Announces Rosenthal as Associate Artistic Director

Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced Celine Rosenthal as its associate artistic director. Rosenthal, previously an artistic associate and directing fellow at Asolo Rep, will serve as a member of the theater's senior leadership team, collaborating with Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards in defining, planning and achieving the artistic vision of the theatre. This new associate artistic director position is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Rosenthal is an NYU Tisch alum, New Georges Jammer, Tony-nominated producer (Leap of FaithSeminar), and a founding member of the Neela Theatre Project for at-risk youth in Mumbai. As associate artistic director, Rosenthal will collaborate in season planning and new play development efforts, direct plays at Asolo Rep, serve as the theatre's in-house casting director, oversee Asolo Rep's Directing Fellow program, and help curate content for and facilitate outreach programs including IllumiNation and OUT@AsoloRep. This season she will helm Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory's educational touring production of The Tempest, which kicks off September 25. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[Government]  Manatee County, SBA Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Manatee County Government and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have announced that a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open to assist businesses that have been affected by red tide. The center will open at the Manatee County Island Branch Library this Friday. SBA representatives will be on hand to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The County’s Economic Development team and local economic development and Chamber of Commerce partners will also be on hand to provide information and resources to assist and to help businesses document financial losses at Floridadisaster.biz. The temporary SBA Center at the Island Branch Library will operate until further notice. No appointments are necessary. The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. On its first day of operation, the center will open at 11am, but other weekday hours in the future will be Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm. The center will also be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To receive additional disaster assistance information, visit SBA’s website below. 

U.S. Small Business Administration

[Business]  PGT Innovations Hosts Career Fair at Venice HQ

PGT Innovations, a national leader in the premium window and door category, is hosting a career fair to attract talent for open positions at its North Venice location. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 8am to 12pm at the company’s Venice headquarters. Candidates with all types of work backgrounds and skill sets are encouraged to attend to learn more about the career opportunities available with the team that manufactures the best-selling impact-resistant windows and doors in America. Career fair attendees will be treated to a tailgate party with complimentary food and beverages. In addition, new team members that are hired will receive a $500 sign-on bonus. As the largest private employer in Sarasota County, PGT Innovations employs over 2,000 team members at its Venice location. The company offers one of the strongest benefits packages in the area with competitive wages and healthcare benefits, as well as up to 100 percent tuition reimbursement, profit sharing and paid time off. To learn more about PGT Innovations’ culture and to view and apply for open positions, follow the website below. 

PGT Innovations

[Law]  Dart Named "Lawyer of the Year" by 2019 Best Lawyers

Adams and Reese has announced that 11 of its attorneys received recognition as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, including Thomas H. Dart of the Sarasota office. Dart specializes in Sarasota Litigation – Construction. The “Lawyer of the Year” distinction is limited to a single attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. Honorees are selected based on Best Lawyers voting averages relating to their legal acumen, professionalism and integrity. 

Adams and Reese

[]  2018-19 Season Culture Primer, SRQ Magazines October 2018 Edition

SRQ Magazine is proud to present the 2018-19 Season Culture Primer, the premier index of community arts and culture for the coming year! 

Click here for more info!

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Salute to the Queen: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin , September 11 – September 15

Nate Jacobs directs this special tribute to the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, featuring WBTT favorites Naarai Jacobs and Teresa Stanley. The evening highlights Franklin's classic hits and musical impact, while ongoing narration spotlights her professional achiecements and lasting influence.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boys & Girls Club 13th Annual Leadership Breakfast , September 14

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Dick Vitale, Sarasota Philanthropist and Sports Personality, and Todd Jones, Publix Super Markets’ CEO, at the 13th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering local youth as future leaders. The event will be held on September 14, 2018 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.   

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

[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]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie Get Your Gun , September 20 – October 7

Sure-shootin’ Annie Oakley can win prizes with her marksmanship, but she can’t get a man…or can she? This slice of magical American musical theatre still thrills audiences with the classic tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 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]  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.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm–7pm

Learn how to build the perfect charcuterie board while supporting pediatric cancer research. Inspired by Benjamin Gilkey’s love of charcuterie, admission includes wine and appetizers from Louies Modern, a handcrafted charcuterie board to take home, pairing education from local experts and the chance to create your own palette of fine meats, cheeses and delicious accoutrements, provided by local artisans. Proceeds benefit The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research, which supports groundbreaking studies led by physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: iconcept jr: The Future of Fashion , September 23, 12pm

25 designers ages 8–16 are encouraged to use repurposed/recyled materials in their creations. Most of them will also wear their outfits in the runway show, adding self-confidence and stage presence as skills gained. The participants are treated to a professional fashion photoshoot for the program guide, as well as professional hair and makeup stylists backstage to complete their look. Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of the Art Center's youth art education programs and help students who are in need of financial assistance receive scholarships.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[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.

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