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SRQ DAILY Sep 14, 2018

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"In the midst of all this development going on, we don't want to lose our local and regional voice."

- Tim Jaeger, Gaze Modern

[Gallery]  Gaze Modern Gallery Incoming, Jaeger at the Helm
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

When local artist Tim Jaeger earlier this year announced he was stepping down as director of SARTQ, the artist collective he founded more than a decade ago, some may have wondered if the community would be seeing less of the rooster-loving Ringling College instructor. Turns out, he was just making room on his plate for the next project—director of the new Gaze Modern gallery, opening with the new Arcos development at the corner of Central Avenue and Fruitville Road. “I really appreciate the opportunity and challenge that this offers,” says Jaeger.

The collaboration with Tampa developer Framework Group, the developer behind Arcos, began more than a year ago, says Jaeger, meeting to discuss the potential of the space, and the burgeoning Rosemary around it. “They really understood the art scene in Sarasota and wanted to contribute to that,” says Jaeger. There was no plan for a gallery in the development when they parted ways, but the developers returned a year later with a proposition: they would reserve space for a dedicated gallery and it would run completely rent-free, and they wanted Jaeger at the helm. He agreed, but only for a year. After that, they could all reassess.

Claiming a little more than 800 square feet within the Arcos development, Jaeger wants Gaze to champion local. And in this coming year as director, he looks to host a vast array of work from emerging and mid-career local and regional artists—much of which stands a good chance of becoming part of Frameworks’ permanent collection, and placed in its communities across the nation. Arcos tenants will receive a discount, encouraging those moving in to decorate local, and the commission rate will be only 30%. “Which is lower than any other gallery in Sarasota,” says Jaeger. Student work, he says, will receive no commission, with all proceeds going to the artist.

Jaeger aims for one show a month in his tenure, he says, always looking for new artists and styles he hasn’t seen before. “One thing I’m not doing,” he says, “is showing my own work.” This summer, he’s already planning a kids exhibition, and winter looks set for a letterpress project.

“And you couldn’t ask for a better location,” says Jaeger, pointing out equal proximity to Downtown Sarasota hotspots and new Rosemary restaurants. “Still, in the midst of all this development going on, we don’t want to lose our local and regional voice and visibility,” he says, and highlighting local artists can go a long way towards that.

Gaze Modern opens November 3 with Color and Content: Polly Johnson + Taylor Robenalt, seeing the two ceramic artists in their first show together. 

Pictured: "Artemis In Her Element" by Taylor Robenalt. Photo courtesy of Gaze Modern.

[Politics]  Gruters Promises Willingness to Cast Brave Votes
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Editor's Note: Part 2 of 2.

There’s multiple reasons to count Joe Gruters the favorite to win a state Senate seat in District 23 this year. He just served two years in the state House, a seat he won in the 2016 general election with 65 percent of the vote. He remains the chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota, the county making up the bulk of District 23. Republican Donald Trump won District 23 in 2016 by 14 percent, and Gruters played a major role in that, co-chairing the now-president’s Florida campaign. Plus, outgoing Republican state Sen. Greg Steube won this district by 17 percent.

But Gruters says he takes every competition seriously, and that includes the current contest with Democrat Faith Olivia Babis. While working to advance the Republican message in a number of contests, he’s also making sure his own. “I like the ability to talk about my positions,” he said.

He already knows some of the challenges of the office, and held a town hall recently on red tide. Both Gruters and Babis want to fund further study of the algal bloom. Babis says Florida is dealing with holdover from America’s former Manifest Destiny ideas. “That was control over nature as well,” she said. And she wants to see action on reducing septic tanks and cleaning up beaches. Gruters agrees, and says he’s “not afraid to make polluters pay,” but says everyone living int he state needs to be aware of their contribution to the issue.

Both candidates want to see better diversification of the economy but differ how to achieve that. Babis says she’s no great supporter of Enterprise Florida after spending controversies there, and wants to see an expansion of industries like solar power. Gruters long supported state incentives dollars and “every tool in the basket” to attract high-paying jobs here, and he also wants in schools to de-stigmatize certain high-wage professions that draw from trade schools instead of colleges.

One controversial bill Gruters supported earlier this year that may come up in any debate— the “Parkland” bill passed after a shooting at a South Florida high school. The bill drew opposition on the left and the right, and Babis said she probably would not have voted for it. “They have invested too much in armed guards in the schools and did not explicitly state tole role of those guards was for protection, not intervention in everyday school functions,” she says.

But Gruters stands by the vote. “Do you want to fully fund schools security, have teacher raises and keep guns away from crazy people?” he says. “If you say yes to those three things you can’t vote no. It’s hard for me not to call these guys cowards, on both sides of the aisle, who did.” With the exception of a few Second Amendment hard-liners like state Sen. Greg Steube, Gruters says most no votes on the measure did so for purely political reasons.

The election for state Senate District 23 is set for Nov. 6. 

Photo courtesy Gruters campaign.

[ShopTalk]  What a Guy
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education as a marine biologist. Dr. Guy Harvey has since continued his pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea by traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. Today, Guy Harvey is widely recognized as the world’s finest marine wildlife artist who combines his artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist. And as an avid diver, angler and explorer too, he’s fiercely devoted to portraying the beauty of the deep blue—creating oceanic art for his apparel line of men, women and childrens clothing, hats/visors, bags, jewelry, tableware, phone and laptop cases, books, home furnishings, dog accessories, decals, games and toys, outdoor equipment, fish mounts stationary sets and other novelty gift items—all beaming with an unmatched authenticity and visual appeal for sea life lovers worldwide.

Now you can meet-and-greet the world-renowned artist, conservationist, scientist and entrepreneur at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores today or tomorrow. Dr. Harvey will be hanging with fans, signing merchandise and have a chat about the sea surely. A portion of all Guy Harvey merchandise sales will go towards benefitting the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF)—a not-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem.

There’ll be two chances for you to hang with the man of the hour—at the North Port store on September 14, 5pm-7pm and at Sarasota’s on September 15, 12pm-2pm.  

Dick's Sporting Goods, Cocoplum Village Shops, 18219 Tamiami Trl., North Port & Dick's Sporting Goods, University Town Center, 181 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

Merchandise photos provided by Guy Harvey

[Museum]  Ringling Museum Joins For Freedoms' 50 State Initiative

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is partnering with For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse and direct action by artists in the United States, as it launches its 50 State Initiative to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. On September 17, The Ringling will install Vote and Continue to Dream, a 10- by 40-foot image by renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems, on a billboard in Sarasota. For the 50 State Initiative, For Freedoms has activated its network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners, which will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues, and model how arts institutions can become nonpartisan civic forums.

Vote and Continue to Dream by Carrie Mae Weems will be installed on a billboard located near U.S. 301 and State Road 70, midway between Sarasota and Bradenton. One of the most influential contemporary artists in America, Weems’s work has been part of solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art and Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2013 as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

For Freedoms 50 State Initiative

[Education]  Ringling College Grad Wins Student Academy Award

Ringling College of Art and Design has announced that Eaza Shukla, a computer animation graduate with the class of 2018 has won a 2018 Student Academy Award. This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted 19 student winners in the 45th Student Academy Awards. Shukla won for her work, Re-Gifted, in the Animation category. This marks the 14th Student Academy Award for the Ringling College Computer Animation department. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. 

Ringling College of Art and Design

[Business]  GSAHEC Board Elects New Officers, Board Member

Gulfcoast South AHEC’s Board of Directors has elected new officers and a new board member at its annual meeting this week. Newly elected officers include Steve Hardt, Program Director of the Respiratory Care Program at St. Petersburg College, as Board Chair; Jill Garrett, Nurse Practitioner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital Secondary Stroke & TIA Prevention Care as Vice-Chair; and David J. Harris, Program Director of the Pharmacy Technician Program with Manatee Technical College as Secretary Treasurer. Diane Ramseyer, Executive Director of Drug Free Charlotte County, was elected to serve as a new member. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

[Philanthropy]  Barancik Foundation Names Polk Operations Manager

Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation has hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager. In 2018, the Foundation increased its grant-making by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan. Previously with Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Polk will add depth to the existing staff team of three by managing a host of internal functions essential to the foundation’s operations. She served as the corporate secretary, special assistant to the President|CEO and supported the community investment team at Gulf Coast. She also worked in international business development for MoneyShow, producing conferences in London, Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver. 

Barancik Foundation

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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]  SEMINAR: The Agency of Architecture: Meetup with Germane Barnes , September 21, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join the Center for Architecture Sarasota and Germane Barnes for a meetup and lecture. What is the role of the architect and architecture in today's intersetional environment? Can the architect, once singularly viewed as the master builder, be held responsible for non-inclusive space?

Center for Architecture, 265 S Orange Ave, 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.

[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]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm7pm

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]  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.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Beer, Bands & BBQ , October 6, 12pm-7pm

Music Compound is ready to kick off the fall season with the 4th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ. This will be a day for the whole family, with craft and domestic beers, local BBQ favorites, top local bands and local businesses supporting the talent. Not only will there be traditional BBQ to look forward to but also BBQ with a twist, with menu items such as BBQ chicken pizza and more. At this event, everyone can enjoy the music that they love with different genres playing each hour.

Music Compound , 1751 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  MUSIC: Piano Grand III , October 6

Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey; this year joined by Genevieve Beauchamp, Avis Romm, Lee Dougherty Ross, Milana Strezeva and Aza Torshkoeva. Five Steinway Concert Grand pianos direct from New York and featuring ten renowned pianists performing familiar classics and popular songs.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

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