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SRQ DAILY Dec 5, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"People would come to him, and then they would come back to him."

- Dr. Christopher Wilson, Sarasota Architectural Foundation

-Antonia Quiros, Goodwill Manasota is awarded SRQ Magazine's Local Good Hero Award on November 29 at SB2 Philanthropic Agenda
[Architecture]  Remembering an Icon: Edward J. "Tim" Seibert
Philip Lederer

Sarasota’s architectural community lost a titan this weekend, with the passing of acclaimed architect Edward J. “Tim” Seibert, who died this past Sunday in Boca Grande. He was 91.

A powerful figure in the architectural movement that came to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, defining the style alongside fellow masters of the built environment like Paul Rudolph and Victor Lundy, Seibert had a hand in creating the Sarasota architectural scene since the 1950s, when he made his mark on Lido Shores, where he designed his own home. Catching the eye of developer Phil Hiss, Seibert was also tapped to design Hiss Studio, a landmark structure in its own right.

Seibert’s impact on the city only grew from there, and several of his contributions, such as the Bay Plaza condominiums off Palm Avenue, the Cooney House on St. Armands Key and the Siesta Beach Pavilion, remain must-sees for the architecturally inclined. Eventually opening his own architectural firm, Seibert Architects still bears the name as it now bears his legacy.

But another part of Seibert’s legacy, perhaps the part that won’t be so commemorated in coffee table books and architecture retrospectives, would be his reputation as a people person—especially following such particularly prickly acts as Rudolph and Lundy. “Seibert was much more down to Earth,” says Dr. Christopher Wilson, chairman of the board for Sarasota Architectural Foundation. As opposed to what Wilson refers to as “hero architects” like Rudolph and Lundy, who made their names in Sarasota and then went on to New York and beyond to craft their personal legacies, Seibert stayed loyal to Sarasota, and his clients stayed loyal to him. “They would come back to him and continue to work with him over the course of decades,” says Wilson, “which is, with any architect, an indication of what kind of person they are.”

And while some of those hero architects never missed an opportunity to self-promote, Seibert preferred the quiet dignity of the recognition his work garnered on its own. “He didn’t promote himself like that,” says Wilson.

He could have if he wanted, however. And Wilson still sings the praises of Seibert’s design for the Bay Plaza condominiums, which went the extra mile to feature eight different floor plans instead of cookie-cutter creations, and to somehow give every resident a corner property.

Wilson remembers meeting Seibert at SAF’s 2017 SarasotaMOD Weekend, which honored the late architect through a series of tours and lectures. At one point in the 1980s, Seibert remembered, nearly 80% of Longboat Key was on his drafting board. Not everything came to fruition, of course, but the startling assessment belied an important truth—that Seibert had made an undeniable impact on the shape and feel of the community.

“And you don’t know,” says Wilson. “It’s not until you start scratching the surface that it comes out.”

Seibert is survived by his wife, Lynne, and daughter, Pandora. 

Pictured: Edward J. "Tim" Seibert at SAF's 2017 SarasotaMOD Weekend. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Education]  Booker Middle Teacher Receives 2018 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry

Booker Middle School has announced that Joanna Fox has been selected as the recipient of the Penguin Random House Foundation‘s 2018 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, one of the organization’s annual “Teacher Awards for Literacy.” These awards aim to recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers, who use creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students. The competition is open to both full and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States. The winners are awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and to help disseminate them to other teachers around the country. Fox, who was awarded a $10,000 grant for her Dragon Fly Café program, was recently honored at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Houston, TX. 

Booker Middle School

[Philanthropy]  After 21 Years of Service, SHINE Volunteer Resigns

For 21 years, Southwest Florida’s seniors have counted on volunteer Jo Marshall to help them with their Medicare health insurance issues, as Marshall served those two-plus decades as a volunteer with the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program through both the State of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL). But now, this longtime volunteer is finally retiring.

Specially trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. SHINE counselors like Marshall provide free and unbiased information to help clients understand their Medicare health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs.  SHINE counselors also help beneficiaries understand benefits available through Medicare, like preventative healthcare services.

Volunteering from her counseling site at the SHARE Club in Cape Coral Hospital, Marshall assisted thousands of clients from across the seven-county region over the past two decades. Marshall filed hundreds, if not thousands, of appeals, winning nearly all of them. Available reporting data shows that Marshall has counseled 3,541 clients since 2010 and has spent an incredible 2,229 hours assisting those clients. 


[Recreation]  Braves Spring Training Facility Named CoolToday Park

The new Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves has its name: CoolToday Park. The Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with CoolToday for the naming rights of their new Spring Training ballpark, slated to host its first game on Sunday, March 24 with the Braves taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 20-year agreement includes scoreboard and dugout signage for CoolToday as well as exterior signage and promotional opportunities for additional events held at the facility. CoolToday Park is being developed by the Braves in partnership with Sarasota County, the City of North Port and West Villages/Mattamy Homes. Ground breaking on the facility occurred on October 16, 2017 and the first full Spring Training season will happen in 2020. For photographs and further information on CoolToday Park go to the website below. 

CoolToday Park

[Real Estate]  Sales Gallery for The DeMarcay Opens in January

Sales will launch in January for the condominiums at The DeMarcay, a soon-to-be-constructed luxuriously appointed residential project by GK Development at 33 South Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota. Located directly across the street from the project, the new sales gallery is slated to open at the end of January, and agents are taking purchase agreements beginning January 7, 2019.

The general contractor for the project is Palm Harbor-based Voeller Construction, and Sarasota firm Parker Walker Group is the architect. The interior design by Chicago-based Ma’am Design Collective will honor the site’s history as a cigar factory and hotel that were originally located on the site in the new building’s lobby. The 18-story building will feature a resort-style rooftop pool with expansive waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Ranging from 1,144 to 3,106 square feet, the floor plans will have the flexibility to combine units for larger square footage.

Prices range from the low $600,000s to just over $3 million. The building is expected to begin construction in summer 2019 with an estimated 18-month build out. 

The DeMarcay

[Business]  Halfacre Construction Completes Aquatic Amenity at The Haven

Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently completed the aquatic amenity for The Haven, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the lives of those with unique abilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Dubbed the Judy’s Oasis Aquatic Center, the therapeutic amenity features a 1,248-square-foot commercial pool, zero-depth entry with a ramp entrance, restroom facilities, a screened enclosure and an expansive brick paver deck.

Halfacre Construction broke ground on the 10,000-gallon commercial pool in February 2018. The construction company has partnered with the nonprofit for more than 10 years, completing a number of other projects, including the creation of two new group homes and the recreational athletic facility as well as remodel and maintenance work. In 2019, Halfacre Construction will break ground on a third group home for The Haven. 

The Haven

[Business]  GCCF Welcomes Saulo and Carlstein Buehler

Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently added two new staff members to its team. Marcia Saulo was hired as controller, while Kelly Carlstein Buehler joined Gulf Coast’s marketing and communications team to direct marketing and public relations strategies. In her role as controller, Saulo is responsible for the operation of financial and accounting services, including preparation of financial analyses, income and expense reports and budgets. She also will help Gulf Coast transition to a new, fully integrated charitable operations management and accounting platform. Previously CFO of Lighthouse Academies, an $80-million nonprofit education management organization serving high-need communities, Saulo brings extensive experience. Carlstein Buehler comes to Gulf Coast from HCA’s Blake Medical Center, where she worked in the marketing department and was involved in marketing strategy, campaign launches, events, and community sponsorship and engagement. In her role on Gulf Coast’s marketing and communications team, she leads digital and traditional marketing strategies and innovative storytelling in coordination with donors and community partners. She also will play a lead role in planning for Gulf Coast’s upcoming 25th anniversary. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

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

[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: 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.

[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]  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

[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]  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]  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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: "Hi, I'm Rich..." , December 9 – December 10

Join masterfully musical and wickedly funny Rich Ridenour, the Pops Orchestra and local singing star and this year’s second runner up in the Ms. Florida pageant, Lauren Nielson, to brighten the stage and the holiday spirit.

Sunday- Riverview Performing Arts Center Monday- Neel Performing Art Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: Church and State , December 12 – December 30

It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filters. What could possibly go wrong? A fast-paced dramedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter.”

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Straight White Men , December 12 – March 1

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. All the while, Monty must juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, 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]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council Speaker Series , December 12, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2018-19 lecture series, The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon, featuring Andrés Ruzo, Founder/Director of the Boiling River Project in Peru and National Geographic Explorer, who was the first geoscientist to obtain permission to study the sacred river.  He will share his research and discoveries and his concerns for the future of this unique river and the people who live along side it.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested (sarasotawac.org).

MILDRED SAINER PAVILION, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Nativity , December 12 – December 21

Originally written by Langston Hughes, this Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Will inspire and entertain all ages.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art and Jewels , December 14 – January 7

This intersectional exhibition pairs specific paintings and wall sculptures with vignettes of art jewelry that create a collaboration and conversation between the two. Representing nearly 30 different artists and jewelry designers, 530 Burns blurs the lines between art and jewelry and sparks the warm, fuzzy feelings conjured up during the holiday season.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

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