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SRQ Daily Nov 9, 2018

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"The thing about modern architecture, is it looks quite simple, but really, that means it's not actually simple at all."

- Steve Murray, Murray Homes Group
 

[House & Home]  SRQ hosts Modern Home Symposium
Brittany Mattie

Last night, design enthusiasts, architecture buffs, environmental advocates and admirers of modern homes came out for an evening of domicile discussions. The Modern Home Symposium welcomed local industry mavericks of design and construction, featured in SRQ’s 2018 Modern Home Magazine. Panelists included Steve Murray from Murray Homes Group, Nathan Cross from NWC Construction, David Young from DWY Landscape Architects and Timothy Del Vescovo from Del Vescovo Design Group. Each powerhouse shared their inspiration and process behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs, while addressing pressing questions and criticisms of custom construction and the challenges/demands of building in Southwest Florida.

The individual interviews between SRQ Executive Publisher Wes Roberts allowed each panelist to discuss their favorite projects of the year, present photos/renderings of their best work and shed light on what makes them tick. First up was Steve Murray, who shared how his group creates memorable, thoughtful luxury spaces, what materials and techniques he likes to use to manifest those and how he brings clients’ visions to life. Next, was David Young who discussed the importance of sustainable outdoor spaces and minimizing your footprint in design, while motivating clients to spend more time outside in Florida’s beautiful landscape. Nathan Cross, a custom builder who says his company never creates the same thing twice, has countless one-of-a-kind homes under his belt and shared how he creates long-standing relationships with clients to ensure they end up with their everlasting forever homes. Lastly, Timothy Del Vescovo showed off some intricate and unique designs from lux restaurants, as well as an exciting new project he’s currently working on Downtown.

A group Q&A with the audience followed, where topics of energy efficiency, environmental standards, the difference between building from ground zero vs. renovations, hurricane-proof planning and protection from flood zones, maintaining a set budget, as well as an interesting debate on how Florida architecture compares/contrasts to other areas of the U.S. ensued. The guys also extended their insight on Sarasota’s hottest neighborhoods at the moment and the best areas to build/move right now, including urban areas with flare and most valued waterfront land, Osprey, Hillview, Bird Key and Rosemary District reined supreme.

Concluding the Q&A portion, a winner was announced for the raffle—after collecting audience members’ business cards, one was drawn at random to win a custom gift basket—specially created by JustaBasketCase Events. Congratulations to Jonathan Cubley of Wicked Smart Homes, a Sarasota-based electronic systems integration contractor specializing in audio, video and security, for winning the basket of his choice.

Thank you to our master architects and builders who made up our esteemed panel, who continue to push the boundaries of luxury homes, landscape, retail and restaurant designs. And thank you to all attendees who came out and spent a Thursday evening with us at our studio to enjoy this year’s informative MOHO symposium. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Check out Murray Homes, NWC Construction, DWY Landscape Architects and Del Vescovo Design Group MOHO portfolios here.

[Public Art]  Arsham Sculpture Unveiled at Arcos
Philip Lederer

With the opening of the Arcos development at the corner of Fruitville and Central avenues comes not just a new art gallery in Gaze Modern, but a new piece of public art for Sarasota’s growing collection. Created by international sculptor Daniel Arsham, whose collaborations include work with brands like Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton and artists like James Franco and Pharrell Williams, the aluminum sculpture clad in industrial strength airplane is designed specifically for the site and to withstand the harsh Florida sun. Fresh off an exhibition opening in New York City, Arsham made the trip to Sarasota and SRQ grabbed a quick word.

SRQ: What interested you about coming here for this project in Sarasota? Arsham: The first thing is art in a public place. Most of the work that I make, it's usually in museums and galleries, which for some people can be an intimidating experience. And they're also not everywhere, right? So in some of the cities that don't have bigger museums where I would be showing my work, I've done some of these smaller, public art projects, which bring the work to everyone.

What do you think that does for a community, to have strong public art? The artist's job is really to create a scenario where there's a subtle shift in reality. You're taking people outside of the everyday experience. It's a shift in materials, but often recognizable things. And the work that's here is based on a series of work that I've done where you have a simple crude white wall, and the surface of the wall is manipulated to some of kind of figure interacting with it. It's this idea of a kind of fabric sort of moving over the figure, right? You have the impression of the figure but there's no figure actually inside. Kind of like a frozen moment of something that doesn't exist anymore.

With a project like this, where do you start? I grew up in Miami, so I'm familiar with the landscape and the feeling of it. And living in Miami, I was much closer to nature than I am in New York—a lot of green and sky—and white is such a foreign color to that universe. So having something that stark white and clean would stand out against everything else. And this being a public art project, there was a proposal phase for it. I think it was a little bit outside of their everyday thing, but they were brave.

Is there something in particular you hope the audience will take from your work? Most of the works are just an invitation for people to step outside the everyday and do a double take as they're passing by. 

Photo by Phil Lederer.

[ShopTalk]  Moves Like Jaguar
Brittany Mattie

The awaited arrival for the coveted, zero-emissions 2019 I-PACE has come for Sarasota dwellers. The first-ever, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE is now available here, for those of us willing and able to live life in the fast lane. As of November 1, the all-electric performance SUV from Jaguar—the first of its kind—is available to test drive and purchase at the full-service, family-owned and operated dealer, Wilde Jaguar Sarasota.

“We are thrilled to receive our first all-electric Jaguar vehicle,” said Mark Wilde, Wilde Automotive Family President. “The arrival of the I-PACE marks the start of a new era for the Jaguar brand, focusing on sustainable mobility and optimum efficiency.”

The suped-up rig has 394 horsepower, an EPA estimated range of up to 234 miles and zero to 60 mph arrives in a mere 4.5 seconds. It can also attain an 80 percent charge in 85 minutes. Built from the ground up, the new big cat on wheels is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle. vroom vroom

To schedule a test drive or receive for more information on the Jaguar I-PACE, visit Wilde Jaguar Sarasota 

Courtesy image provided by the Wilde Automotive Family.

4821 Clark Rd., Sarasota, 941-924-3019.

[The Out-Of-Door Academy]  ODA Engineering Program Awarded Toshiba Grant for Aquaculture Project

The Out-of-Door Academy is pleased to announce it has received a $7,250 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will support the ODA Aquaculture Project, in which students are designing sustainable oyster reefs to improve water quality in the Gulf of Mexico.

ODA engineering students tackled a design challenge to develop a practical, economical, and sustainable solution to combat water pollution and red tide in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. After researching the issue and speaking with experts, the students learned that oysters naturally filter water of pollutants and microalgae. ODA’s engineering and science classes will collaborate to construct reefs for the oysters that are biodegradable and beneficial to marine environments. Students plan to set up saltwater reef tanks that mimic the Gulf conditions, and will monitor water conditions, care for the oysters, and test reef prototypes on campus before transporting them to shorelines for long-term study. Over time, the oyster colony will naturally reseed itself and become self-sustaining, filtering thousands of gallons of water per day.

“The funding from the Toshiba Grant will provide exciting and meaningful learning opportunities for ODA students,” said Head of School David Mahler. “Given the recent impact of red tide on our region, this student-driven research project could not be more important or timely.”

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators and make the classroom a more exciting place to learn. 

The Out-Of-Door Academy

[Performance]  Hermitage North @ New College Kicks Off with Jen Shyu

Gifted creators of all artistic disciplines are invited to live and work at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. During their residencies, they share their talents with the community. Hermitage North @ New College is the latest iteration of this outreach. This free series encompasses artist talks and readings, glimpses of the creation of works-in-progress, and live performances of music, theater, poetry and more. The series launches with experimental vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and Fulbright scholar Jen Shyu, November 16 at New College. In this presentation, Shyu will perform her music and include an interactive intermedia improvisation. She will also offer a glance at her journey from classical music and ballet training into the jazz and creative music worlds, and explore how her path to becoming a composer was inspired by fieldwork research in Taiwan, Cuba, East Timor, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. Reservations for this series are required and can be requested at the website below. 

Hermitage Artist Retreat

[Government]  Rissler Named Director of Sarasota County Parks and Rec

Nicole Rissler has accepted the offer to become the new director of Sarasota County's Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. Rissler has served with Sarasota County Government since 2016, when she was hired as the department's deputy director. She previously worked with Visit Sarasota, and as the chief operating officer for the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center. Rissler has also served in leadership positions with the Sarasota Family YMCA and the American Red Cross. 

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department

[Education]  Sarasota County Leadership Academy Honors Leadership Academy Grads

Sarasota County Schools’ Leadership Academy recently held its Leadership Legacy event. The event’s theme, “Sowing the Seed of Success,” not only honored the accomplished tenure of former superintendent Wilma Hamilton Delp, it also served as a celebratory fundraiser to further expand the leadership opportunities of aspiring leaders in the school district. Co-chaired by Lori Butters and Shannon Fleming, the festive evening also highlighted the district’s collaborative projects and recent professional development milestones. Founded in 2003, the Leadership Academy is an intensive, two-year program primarily comprised of teachers and other district employees who express a desire to become administrators and achieve growth in their respective school communities and departments. The program explores various career pathways and delivers on the district’s commitment to offer professional development opportunities to its employees. This year, 28 education professionals from the region completed the program. For a complete list, follow the link below. 

Sarasota County Schools Leadership Academy

[Healthcare]  Doctors Hospital, SMH Earn 'A' Grades from Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that tracks safety in hospitals, released new safety grades. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Sarasota Memorial Hospital have both once again earned an “A” grade. This is the ninth consecutive time Doctors Hospital has earned an “A” rating, and the fifth for SMH. According to The Leapfrog Group, the rating system focuses on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from these harms. The group assigns A, B, C, D or F letter grades to hospitals. The safety grades, given to U.S. hospitals in the spring and fall of each year, are based on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. Details of the results are posted online and available to the public for free at the website below. 

Leapfrog Hospital Group

[At the Table]  Concession Golf Club Names LaMontagna Executive Chef

The Concession Golf Club has welcomed Chef Peter LaMontagna to oversee the private club’s culinary program as executive chef/food & beverage director. A 20-year industry veteran, prior to joining The Concession, LaMontagna served as store director at St. Petersburg’s upscale Locale Market; was executive chef at Marriott’s Le Méridien Tampa historic hotel; oversaw store operations and served as regional chef for 38 Whole Foods Markets in the Midwest region and Canada; and directed food and beverage operations at Chicago Marriott Burr Ridge. He was also a featured chef in Chicago’s “Culinary Battle of the Stars” and has been featured on several live cooking segments on local morning shows in the Chicago and Tallahassee markets. In his role at The Concession, he will continue to evolve menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and expand the club’s culinary membership program, events and catering opportunities. 

The Concession Golf Club



[TODAY]  THEATER: Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting , November 9 – November 10, 7:30PM

At the intersection of art and science, The Nature of Forgetting bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Collaborating with neuroscientist Kate Jeffry, the London-based dance theater company, Theater Re, has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real life experiences.

The Ringling

[TODAY]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 9 – November 12

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. From November 9th - 12th, enjoy live music, food and drink vendors and sand art you must see to believe!

Siesta Key Beach

[TODAY]  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]  GALA: The Venice Symphony Sapphire Gala , November 10

The Venice Symphony celebrates its 45th anniversary and welcomes Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn with its biggest soiree in five years. Guests will enjoy dinner, an open bar, live music by several Venice Symphony ensembles, a visual journey through The Symphony’s past and a short and spirited live auction.


Venetian Golf Club, 105 Pesaro Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  HEALTH: 2018 American Heart Association Suncoast Heart Walk , November 10, 8:00AM

Be a Heart Walk hero and help the American Heart Association save lives from heart disease and stroke by attending the Suncoast Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 10, at JD Hamel Park. Your participation supports scientific research that makes more healthy heart beats possible. The Heart Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and is family-friendly. Walkers can enjoy a vendor expo with fun, interactive activities, a short program, and a 1-mile or 5k walk. Registering is free and easy! You can register as an individual, on a community team, or with your company! Just visit www.SuncoastHeartWalk.org.

JD Hamel Park, Main St & S Gulfstream Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: John Denver-Coming Home , November 11 – November 12

The season kicks off with this annual salute to veterans, featuring tribute artist Tom Becker. Come hear Tom Becker sing all of the favorite John Denver songs and wear red, white, and blue as the Pops honors every veteran with God Bless The USA, Salute to the Armed Forces and many more. General reserved discounted tickets are available to veterans and their families. Each performance is at different locations one at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota and the other at 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton.

[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 , November 14 – 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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Lifelong Learning Expo 2018 , November 15, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Join us Lifelong Learning EXPO 2018!  Light up your life on November 15 at the Carlisle Conference Center in Sarasota. The daylong event will feature renowned speakers and topics, like-minded learners, food, humor and information about all this region has to offer. 

The Carlisle Inn Conference Center, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Master of Dance , November 16 – November 17

Accompanied with live orchestra and operatic singers, Program 2 features the company premiere’s of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert alongside the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Festa Italia! , November 16 – November 17

The Venice Symphony debut of Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn will feature the joyous Festive Overture, op.96 by Dimitri Shostakovich, Ottorino Respighi’s lush Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome and Carnival of Venice featuring The Venice Symphony’s Aaron Romm on Cornet. Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck solos on Saint-Saens’ showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28.

Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  GALA: Christmas at Casino Royale , November 17, 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Join the Sarasota County South Elks at their Christmas at Casino Royale benefitting Toys for Tots! Enjoy a sit-down dinner, casino games, auctions, raffle prizes and more. $45 per person and VIP full table reservations are available.

Please call Jim Lamb at (941) 228-6800 to reserve your tickets.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 5680 Rosin Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Champions for Children , November 17, 6:00PM

Champions for Children will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. This annual signature gala, will be held at our Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance more than 7,000 Club members’ academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. Champions for Children engages over 300 guests representing our community’s social philanthropists, foundations, donors, and friends of BGCSC.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music Man , November 17 – December 29

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this American institution with its one-of-a-kind score features fast-talking salesman Harold Hill, who brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band—but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony Awarded-nominated Jeff Calhoun directs.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Putting for Pets - Golf Tournament Fundraiser , November 18, 7:00AM

Enjoy a day of gold benefitting homeless shelter pets! Register as a foursome or individually; all includes 18 holes of golf, cart, generous goody bag, awards banquet barbecue luncheon and 2 beer, wine or soft drink tickets. Contests and prizes throughout the day!

Heritage Harbour Golf Club, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

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

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