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SRQ DAILY Nov 30, 2018

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"Sometimes if you're going to really change lives, you're going to change fewer lives."

- Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation

[Gallery]  Mayol Makes Solo Debut with "Contemporary Visions"
Philip Lederer

All her life as an artist, Victoria Mayol has resisted being forced into a box, her creativity contained. As a student, teachers would try to corral her spirit, telling her when to use oils and when to use acrylics, when to use graphite and when to use pastel—and, so many times, when not to. “I hated that,” she says today, as she hated attempts to force her work into one particular genre. So Mayol painted her own path, and it took her from the cities and jungles of Argentina to the shores of Sarasota and Palm Avenue’s Dabbert Gallery, where she will enjoy her first solo exhibition this coming Friday, December 7.

Entitled Contemporary Visions, the exhibition features a whole new collection of works created within the past half year, giving the audience a brief glimpse into a particular moment in the artist’s creative life. And this particular moment happens to be a coming together of sorts, as the different streams of Mayol’s life and creative process converge.

A veteran of both figurative and abstract work, Contemporary Visions sees a merging of the two, with figures—often women in some state of contemplation or inner conversation—sharing the canvas with sweeping abstractions that frame and sometimes even threaten to overtake the subjects, like memories fading at the edges. But a vivid palette, perhaps a holdover from Mayol’s extensive time painting the varicolored wilds of Argentina, lifts the enterprise to a place of joy rather than melancholy.

Still refusing to be pigeonholed, Mayol’s work pulls in myriad media, from paint to pastel and from ink to fabric, depending on how the artist feels at the moment. “Each day, I have a different emotion, I have a different feeling,” she says, and the canvas captures it all, leaving the artist “a little exposed.” Her studio becomes a reflection of this freewheeling creation. Brushes get mixed up, pastels crunch underfoot and happy accidents abound. “But every time I have an accident,” Mayol says, “I love it.” And each becomes an important part of the final painting, an oasis born of chaos. “All I care about is the order in the painting,” she says.

Contemporary Visions opens at Dabbert Gallery on December 7, with an opening reception from 6pm to 8:30pm. The artist will be in attendance, and giving a live painting demonstration. 


[Philanthropy]  SB2 Unites Philanthropic Thought Leaders, Honors Agents of Change
Philip Lederer

Foundation leaders, philanthropists and givers of all sorts gathered at the Hyatt Regency yesterday for the latest installment in SRQ Media’s SB2 Luncheon Series, Philanthropic Agenda. Sponsored by local businesses such as Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, Catalist Realty and JFCS of the Suncoast, the event brought together a community of philanthropic-minded leaders (and future leaders in the tables full of students from NewGate Montessori, Out-of-Door Academy and Sarasota Christian School) for a special keynote speaker, panel discussion and the inaugural presentation of The Good Hero Awards.

Joining the crowd from Orlando, Keynote Speaker Mark Brewer, president and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation, kicked things off in earnest with a discussion of growing trends in the philanthropy sector, and how Sarasota fits into those trends. He discussed the impacts of changing demographics, such as a shift in the last six to seven years, seeing the younger generations taking up the mantle and leading family decisions in philanthropic giving. “We see children driving family philanthropy across America,” Brewer says. “They are bringing with them dramatic changes.”

These younger generations also look at problems differently, Brewer says, with a focus on taking a wide-angle look for systemic problems and solutions at the source, as opposed to palliative measures. “No one cares about your capacity,” he says. “They care about your capability.” Part of this growing expectation for social impact results in a growing focus on collective impact—the differences that foundations and philanthropists and their partners can achieve by working together toward a common goal. Sarasota, Brewer notes, has done an exceptional job at making sure nonprofits and the like are “at the table” when it comes to community discussions of social projects, programs and problems.

But one thing Sarasota will have to look out for, Brewer is sure to add, is the danger in divergent demographics, wherein an aging population disengages from the younger and vice versa.

Following the keynote address, a panel of local philanthropy experts took the stage, including Susie Bowie, executive director of the Manatee Community Foundation, Teri Hansen, president and CEO of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Brian Mariah, senior vice president of Mariash Lowther. Joining Brewer onstage, they fielded questions from moderator Wes Roberts of SRQ Media and the audience, including students who wanted to know how to deal with indifferent adults. “Find different adults,” quipped Jerde.

Issues at hand ranged from reaching that younger generation to engendering support from transplants with extant ties to elsewhere. “People are charitable first,” says Pritchett, and that charity can be nurtured into full-blown philanthropy in time, as they seek more impact in their new location. “And then they become big change agents in the community,” he says. With regards to outcome-based measurement, Bowie suggested a shift from quantity helped to the quality of that help. “Sometimes if you’re really going to change lives,” she says, “you’re going to change fewer lives.”

With the panel departing the stage, Heidi Brown of JFCS of the Suncoast joined SRQ Media’s Ashley Grant on the stage to bestow the first annual SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards. This year’s inaugural winners were Melissa Wandall for the Mark Wandall Foundation, Arnold Simonsen and Ronda Montminy for their support of the Players Centre for Performing Arts Rosemary studio, Antonia Quiros of Goodwill Manasota, prolific volunteer and philanthropist Phyllis Siskel and, in posthumous recognition, Mark Morin, who served on the board of the State College of Florida Foundation.

In an emotional end to the event, one final award was announced, the Good Hero Corporate Titan Award, given to a local business leader who made a conscious choice to put community above profit and give back in a serious way. Accepting the award to a standing ovation in memory of Steve Seidensticker, son Joe Seidensticker gave a heartfelt thanks and call to action in his father’s name.

“He believed in helping one person at a time, using the assets that he had. He believed that money is not the only way to change people’s lives… …I hope that when we come together next year, we will be honoring a corporate hero that has touched people’s lives purposefully and measurably, using all the talents and assets at their disposal.” 

Pictured: Teri Hansen on the mic with Brian Mariash and Mark Pritchett (left) and Roxie Jerde and Susie Bowie (right). Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Government]  SCAT Hosting Public Workshops Regarding Service Changes

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is hosting four public workshops in December to gather input on proposed service changes in the cities of North Port, Venice, Sarasota and the Town of Longboat Key. The proposed service changes are aimed at improving SCAT service and address budget impacts, and are not related to the request for proposal for privatizing transit operations. Changes are being considered to the following routes and services: Route 13 serving Venice and South Venice; Route 23 serving Venice Island Loop; Route 18 serving downtown Sarasota and Longboat Key Bay Isles; elimination of route 100X with stops at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, downtown Sarasota and North Port; modifying of Saturday services times to Sunday services times.

The community workshops will be held at the following times and locations: Tuesday, December 4, from noon to 1:30pm at the Francis T Bourne Jacaranda Public Library in Venice and from 5pm to 6:30pm at the North Port Public Library, as well as Wednesday, December 5, from 5pm to 6:30pm at Venice Community Center and Thursday, December 6, from 5pm to 6:30pm at Fire Station 3 in Sarasota. 

Sarasota County Area Transit

[At the Table]  Michael's On East Named to 2018 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame

Michael’s On East, Sarasota, was recently recognized as one of Florida’s best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend’s 2018 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame members appear in the Golden Spoon special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. The Golden Spoon awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene.

“The ‘Golden Spoon’ is such an honor for our team receive each year,” explained Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “We truly value this Florida Trend award and remain focused on ensuring every single guest’s dining experience is worthy of the ‘Hall of Fame’ distinction. We believe our commitment to consistency, the dedication of our professional team and basic guiding principle to run the entire operation from our guests’ perspective have been the secrets to earning this type of special distinction within the competitive restaurant industry.” 

Michael's On East

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Exquisite Color , November 2 – December 1

The exhibit showcases works by Susan Klein, Hugh Davies, Sven Mohr, Daphne Gamble and Syd Solomon, including recent painting that have never been shown before. Come and see the internationally acclaim Hugh Davies, landscapes of Myakka River State Park from Susan Klein, abstract works from Sven Mohr, and minimalist work in abstract construction from Daphne Gamble.

[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

[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]  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.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

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

[TODAY]  THEATER: Guitar Girls , November 28 – March 31

A celebration of female singer-songwriters who have used their music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Carly Simon have made indelible marks on the music industry.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle 2: Art Center Instructors, McMennamy and Gatzambide , November 29 – January 4

Art Center Instructors exhibition will feature the talented local and visiting Art Center Sarasota instructors. A second gallery will offer Stephen McMennamy, an Atlanta-based artist, his first solo exhibition featuring his time-based video collages. Artist Peter Gatzambide will exhibit a recent series of assemblage paintings and works on paper in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

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

[TODAY]  THEATER: Elf- The Musical , November 29 – December 16

Santa Claus narrates the story of Buddy, who was raised at the North Pole. Prior to Christmas, Buddy learns he’s human, not an elf. He convinces Santa to let him return to New York City to find his real father. He finds his father (who’s on the naughty list) and a step brother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Buddy decides it’s up to him to bring back the spirit of Christmas to his family and all of New York.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton

[TODAY]  DANCE: Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest , November 30 – December 1, 7:30PM

Crackling with his signature bravado and high-energy physicality, Raphael Xavier shares the stage with a multigenerational cast, performing a series of solos, duets and quintets in his newest work, featuring a soundscape of beats, spoken word poetry and musical rhythms. 

Distilling the art of break dancing to its purest form, Raphael Xavier takes this movement vocabulary to uncharted territory. Point of Interest ventures into the "mature" space for hip-hop dance, following the standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics while pushing the boundaries of a culture and dance form commonly associated with youth. 

The Ringling

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Perfect Pairs , November 30 – December 3

Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word “delicious” in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.

Sarasota Orchestra, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Nutcracker , December 1

In the season opening, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents a production of this timeless classic alongside Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score. Travel through this fanciful world and dance along with the sugar plum fairies, as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince journey into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets.

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Blues Festival , December 1

This sixth annual festival features a stellar lineup of top blues musicians, including Welch-Ledbetter Connection, Mr.Sipp, Shakura S’Aida, Chris Cain, Harper & Midwest Kind, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Kelley Hunt, & Trey Wanvig in between sets. Food, drinks and merchandise will be available for purchase on this beautiful riverfront setting.

Bradenton Riverwalk Event Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: Soundtrack: The Music of Our Lives , December 2

Acclaimed twin brother tenors Will and Anthony Nunziata put their vocal versatility on stunning display with fresh takes on classics from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Valli, Billy Joel, Nat King Cole, The Righteous Brothers, Etta James, Adele and more.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Inspired Juried Show & Women's Contemporary Artists , December 4 – January 11

Two exhibits open up in the four galleries, including an all-media juried show featuring artists from all around the region. Women's Contemporary Artists is a group of women artists from Florida's Gulf Coast. Opening reception on December 5.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Sonata a Due , December 4

The Field Club as La Musica kicks off its 33rd season, with its own spin on a gala event. Take in the beauty of the bay and the historic mansion during the cocktail reception. Sit back and relax while a duo of our musicians performs a recital. Cap the evening with an exquisite dinner in the Club’s flagship dining room with designed by architectural icon Tim Seibert.

The Field Club, 1400 Field Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: All Shook Up , December 6 – December 23

One part Shakespeare (Twelfth Night) and a whole bunch of the great Elvis Presley and you have the makings of Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical Theatre heaven. So, “Don’t Be Cruel,” grab that “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender,” this holiday season. Because, everyone needs a hunka hunka “Burning Love” for Christmas.

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

[SOON]  DANCE: Voices of SCD , December 6 – December 9

"Voices of SCD" is a truly unique platform that provides rising choreographers in the field of dance with an opportunity to set work on SCD dancers and premier that work during SCD's main stage season. This performance provides the audience with an equally exciting and rare opportunity to see the early stages of bold contemporary choreographers that will make up the next generation. Choreographers are selected by adjudication through SCD's Summer Intensive Program. This year's selected crop happen to all come from within the company - so if you want to know more about the pulse behind Sarasota Contemporary Dance, you do not want to miss this!

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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