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SRQ DAILY Oct 31, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The show's purpose is to speak to the community about inclusivity in the art world."

- Marianne Chapel

[Gallery]  Of Salons, Napoleons and Art in Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In 1667, the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris hosted its first official exhibition, establishing what would become known simply as The Salon. As the arrogance of the name suggests, organizers and overdressed attendees quickly established themselves as the premier art snobs of the European world, and, for near 200 years, entry into The Salon became a sign of royal favor and a necessary step to having any sort of artistic career in France.

This is exactly the attitude that Marianne Chapel, founder of M Chapel Projects/SPAACES, a community-minded art center, wants to destroy with her latest exhibition La Salon Tout Inclus, or “The All-Inclusive Exhibition.” Opening November 2 at 6pm at M Chapel Projects on Princeton Street, the show features 53 local and regional artists of varying experience and medium, each submitting one work for consideration.

Because though the Academie served to promote certain artists, tastes in the institution quickly became harshly conservative, rejecting works even from the likes of Cezanne, Manet and Whistler. Guardians became gatekeepers, stifling artistic evolution instead of nurturing it. And in 1863, the Academie turned away all avante garde work entirely.

“And we still have a similar bent in the art world,” says Chapel. Galleries and museums can also have a gatekeeping effect, she says, and don’t always reflect the full artistic and cultural diversity that can be found in the communities they inhabit. But with La Salon Tout Inclus, Chapel brings artists from all walks together for one show that aims to reflect all these different angles. Attendees will find established mid-career artists like Tim Jaeger next to a name they may never have heard of—an emerging artist or just a hobbyist who wants to share their work. A few artists rejected the call, she says, worried about the fallout from showing with amateurs, but more enthusiastically agreed. "The show's purpose is to speak to the community about inclusivity in the art world," says Chapel. "To make art be for all."

It’s a page out of Napoleon—the third, to be exact (a lesser Napoleon, perhaps, but a Napoleon nonetheless). Reacting to popular protest following the Academie’s decision in 1863, Napoleon III offered a solution in a separate exhibition—the Salon des Refuses—an alternative space for alternative art. Crowds came from far and wide to mock the rejected work, but it ultimately became a freeing event, elevating and unleashing avant garde sensibilities upon the world.

Chapel hopes there will be no mockery when visitors come to La Salon Tout Inclus, however. Presented salon-style within the industrial space, all 53 works dominate one wall of the gallery, displayed as part of a great group, as opposed to individually demarcated creations. “So at first it’s like one unified experience, which is what I’m hoping for—one arts community,” says Chapel. “But then you get closer, and you see Rob Tarbell, Grace Howl and you can find these treasures. All of these individuals make up one community.”

Opening November 2, 6pm with a reception at M Chapel Projects at 2087 Princeton Street, Sarasota, La Salon Tout Inclus will be on display for roughly one week, closing down on the following Saturday. 

Pictured: Installation in progress for "La Salon Tout Inclus." Photo courtesy of M Chapel Projects/SPAACES.

[Arts and Culture]  Inside the Artist's Process with Danica Jokic
Rebecca Brey, rebecca.brey@srqme.com

At SRQ Media’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival LaStrada, on October 20, we also acknowledged another 20-year milestone in the community. Dr. Larry Thompson has accomplished 20 years of creative impact at Ringling College of Art and Design, and as a special congratulations, SRQ Media presented a digital portrait of Dr. Thompson in a surprise ceremony. We recently sat down with Danica Jokic, the artist of the beautiful portrait to understand more about what goes into the process of creating digital portraits.

SRQ: Who did you speak with to begin conceptualizing the portrait? Jokic: Several people that have a history with Dr. Thompson including - Tammy Walsh, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students; Stacey Coley, Vice President of Advancement; and Hunter Thompson, Larry’s son.

What did you discover upon speaking with the friends and family of Dr. Thompson? It is apparent that he is incredibly passionate about Ringling College and deeply and genuinely cares about students and that people working with him genuinely respect and value him, they are very inspired by his hard work and dedication. He has created such amazing legacy and completely transformed college into one of the best in the world.

How long did the digital portrait and accompanying buildings take you to capture? Over 30 hours, there are over 35 hours of footage of the process.

What is the most challenging part of the digital portraits? “Getting the likeness”—making the eyes come to life, posture natural and the smile look genuine.

What is the most enjoyable part of creating a digital portrait? All of it. It was truly a pleasure to learn more about Larry and to paint him, as he is the perfect example of a man that has reached tremendous success in every aspect of his life, and continues to do so.

More examples of Danica’s work can be found at the website below. 

Art by Danica Jokic

[Healthcare]  Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center Awarded Top Rating

The Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received U.S. News & World Report’s  “Best Nursing Home” rating yesterday. In its 2018-2019 report, U.S. News reviewed more than 15,000 nursing homes across the nation, and fewer than 3,000 received the “Best Nursing Home” designation. The U.S. News study looked at a range of quality indicators, such as how frequently facilities physically restrain residents or administer anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety or hypnotic drugs (lower is better because they can pose serious risks for older adults and those with dementia). It also evaluated staffing and how much time nurses spend with residents, as well as measures of recommended care, such as appropriate flu vaccination, and care-related complications, including pressure sores and urinary tract infections. Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center earned a “high performing” rating for those measures and overall care.  

Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

[Business]  CareerEdge Receives Funding for Fast-Track Training Programs

CareerEdge has received a $150,000 grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, in partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, to implement “express” or fast-track training programs in high-demand occupations. This grant aims to build on and scale effective practices for training, placing and advancing low-income and low-skilled workers. Major goals of this grant-funded project include: minimize industry skill gaps, assist unemployed, low-wage and low-skill workers in obtaining employment at livable and competitive wages (150 anticipated to be served), help individuals obtain national and state industry certifications and training, assist regional industry employers meet their workforce needs and expand their businesses and grow the regional economy through meeting the supply/demand-side of workforce.

This model was recently piloted by CareerEdge in the trades sector. CareerEdge partnered with employers, post-secondary institutions and community-based organizations to provide short-term training programs in skilled trade occupations for both entry-level incumbent workers and low-skill job seekers. As part of the express program, employers offer ongoing work-based learning opportunities to further develop the graduates. Technical fast-track programs include Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Broadband, Machining and Automotive Technicians. Express certifications include manufacturing certificates such as CNC machining, Six Sigma, MSSC, CPT, Plumbing Helper, etc. Graduates of the job seeker programs will be placed directly with employers in full-time paid positions with benefits. 

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative

[Real Estate]  GATES Construction Wins Four 2018 Sand Dollar Awards

GATES Construction has been awarded four 2018 Sand Dollar Awards by the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) in the following categories: Best Healthcare Facility, Best Assembly, Best Commercial Project, and Best Clubhouse – Interior. The projects represented by these wins include All Seasons Senior Living Community (Best Healthcare Facility), Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church (Best Assembly), CubeSmart Self Storage (Best Commercial Project), and Pelican Isle Yacht Club (Best Clubhouse – Interior). 

GATES Construction

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Season Preview , October 12 – November 5

This comprehensive group show highlights the work of two artists new to the gallery’s roster—sculptor Peter Bradley Cohen and sports artist Heather Blanton—as well as new work from returning artists Carter Wentworth, Kathe Fraga, Gary Borse and more. Themes explored include: abstraction versus realism, masculinity or femininity in art, materiality, inspiration from nature, and 530 Burns’ signature bright, bold color. This show sets the tone for exhibitions to come.

[TODAY]  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]  FOOD: New College Foundation Annual Scholarship Clambake , November 1, 6:00PM

New College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of New College Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Clambake on November 1, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Clambake is always a wonderful gathering on the spectacular New College Bayfront, featuring New England fare, a breathtaking sunset, and many opportunities to meet and mingle with extraordinary students, outstanding faculty, and other committed friends.

New College Bayfront, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: A History of Klezmer Music to Modern Jazz , November 1, 2:00PM

Led by local arts and history educator, Baila Miller, this special event will feature a multi-media presentation focusing on Klezmer music and how it influenced the rise of modern jazz in America.  It’s the perfect precursor for anyone attending Itzhak Perlman – In The Fiddler’s House on December 17, or for anyone interested in learning more about the history of this Jewish music tradition.

The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, 580 Mcintosh Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Little Sweep , November 3 – November 4

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2013, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike. The Opera itself will be preceded by a prologue created especially for Sarasota Youth Opera by Youth Opera Music Director Jesse Martins and stage director, Martha Collins

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

[SOON]  GALA: 26th Annual South Florida Museum Gala , November 3, 6:00PM

Please join us for the Museum’s 26th Annual Gala: “Expanding Our Universe” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Presented by Bank of America, the evening will include a fabulous dinner, dancing, auction and more! Tickets are $200.

For more info on sponsoring the event or getting your tickets, please contact Laurie Voight at 941.216.3463 or email LVoight@SouthFloridaMuseum.org.

South Florida Museum Spanish Courtyard, 201 10th St W, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: Armistice: The Journey Home , November 3 – November 4

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert’s Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, to Ives’ They Are There.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ole! Popular Latin and Spanish Music , November 6

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring popular Spanish and Latin tunes showcasing the skill of Carmen de Vicente, one of the masters of Spain’s national instrument: the challenging, centuries-old castanet. Joseph Holt joins on piano and Erol Ozsever on guitar.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Sight Unseen , November 8 – November 18

A critically acclaimed artist has created art that is so popular, that now his works are bought ‘sight unseen.’ Happily married with a pregnant wife, the artist decides to visit his former model and lover while attending a retrospective of his work. Written in a non-linear progression, expect forward and backward jumps in time.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire--Modern Home Magazine Symposium , November 8, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join SRQ MEDIA as we hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. $5 Cover includes one glass of beer or wine and light bites.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: PMP Alumni: Around Town at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium , November 11 – November 12, 5:00PM

PMP Alumni: Around Town returns to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Wave Center with string quartet performances featuring PMP alumni Doori Na and Jeremiah Blacklow, violins, Chloe Thominet, viola and Bryan Park, cello. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Wave Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

[SOON]  GALA: Rock The Boat - Against Sex Trafficking , November 15, 7:00PM

An extraordinary evening to fight sex trafficking affecting American children on the rooftop of the Westin, downtown Sarasota, Co-Chaired by Marko Radisic and Elizabeth Moore. This will not be a seated event. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and entertainment, a fabulous auction and moving survivor speaker! Please contact Sponsorship@SelahFreedom.com with questions or for more information.

The Westin, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota

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