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SRQ DAILY Jan 4, 2019

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"This is probably the biggest exhibition of representational work we've ever had in Sarasota."

- Charles Miano, Southern Atelier

[Gallery]  Seeking a Second Renaissance in Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

As a second renaissance prepares to rock the global art world, artist Charles Miano wants to make Sarasota ground zero. And as founder of the Southern Atelier art school in Manatee County and a recently ARC-recognized Associate Living Master painter, Miano has joined forces with Art Ovation Hotel and Palm Avenue Fine Art for a sprawling upcoming exhibition set to showcase a resurgence in realist and figurative art by highlighting some of the top artists working in the tradition today. Entitled A Renaissance of Passion: A Figurative Exhibition, the rebirth begins January 10 with an opening reception at Art Ovation.

“This is probably the biggest exhibition of representational work we’ve ever had in Sarasota,” says Miano, who will be showing alongside ARC Living Masters Robert Liberace and Dan Thompson, as well as world-renowned leader in figurative realism Steven Assael and illustrator Lina Liberace, in a mammoth exhibition that spans from the Art Ovation lobby to Palm Avenue Fine Art a block away. And for Miano, the exhibition marks one more milestone in a growing shift in the artistic world, as the great cultural pendulum swings back from its 100-year arc towards modernism and abstraction, to re-embrace “classically inspired representation,” and those traditions, subjects and techniques.

And within those practices, says Miano, lies a passion unrecognized by most with little more than a passing familiarity with a still life. Inspired by humanism and the principles of nature, this second renaissance seeks to reignite these passions by reveling in the human form and the natural world, using these representations in a way that, according the artist, abstraction may not lend itself so readily to. “You really see an intensity of emotion conveyed that’s very powerful,” Miano says, in no small part because viewers can understand and relate to the narrative before them. “The viewer can really be moved.”

That’s not to say that there isn’t an element of abstraction in even this realist figurative work, whether through design, composition, subject matter or even the brushstrokes, and Miano finds them all to be pieces of “a much bigger puzzle” that creates the viewing experience. “In many cases,” he says, “you won’t even be aware of how you’re seeing, but it’s there.” Thus the greatest reward comes from looking beyond the obvious, and Miano hopes that, in addition to being a “groundbreaking” exhibition for this second renaissance, A Renaissance of Passion inspires Sarasota audiences to study the work around them a little deeper. “Look at the meaning behind the art,” he says, “and the story of humanity.”

A Renaissance of Passion: A Figurative Exhibition opens January 10 at Art Ovation Hotel and Palm Avenue Fine Art, with an opening reception at 6pm. 


[Government]  Applications Open for Manatee County Neighborhood Enhancement Grants

Manatee County officials will hold two meetings in coming weeks to help local neighborhoods and homeowner associations improve their chances for a successful grant application of up to $10,000 in one-time neighborhood improvement funding. The two meetings, January 24 and February 6 at the Manatee Room of the County Administration Building, will go over the Manatee County Neighborhood Enhancement Grant, which provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to help neighborhoods improve their leadership, character, safety, health, or environment. Applications should show community support and involvement in both the application and implementation phases of proposed projects/programs.
Homeowners associations and other resident-based groups located in Manatee County are eligible to apply. Any neighborhood group or association, crime watch group or nonprofit group partnered with a Manatee County neighborhood and working toward its enhancement is also able to apply. Groups must be comprised of neighborhood residents and stakeholders, and the project or event must be held in the same neighborhood. Grants of up to $1,000 require no community match. Projects between $1,001 and $10,000 require a dollar-for-dollar match above $1,000. Matching may be in raised dollars or in-kind contributions. 
The deadline to apply for the grant is February 28. More information on the grant and how to apply can be found at the website below. 

Manatee County Neighborhood Enhancement Grants

[Philanthropy]  Goodwill Receives Donation to Support Veteran Services Program

Goodwill Manasota recently received a contribution of $7,500 from M.E. Wilson to support its Veterans Services Program, which provides full case management and vocational services that address barriers to employment, disabilities, mental health issues, housing, education and job skills training. The program, which was created in 2013, was created to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services and the benefits to which they are entitled. The program is staffed by veterans, ensuring those who seek help are receiving it from those who understand the challenges they face. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Real Estate]  Neal Signature Homes Reports Solid Growth, New Venice Community

Neal Signature Homes, a Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder, has reported solid growth in 2018 with 75 year-to-date new home closings and 60 sales, including selling out The Inlets, a waterfront community in Manatee County, and selling all but two homes at Wildgrass in Sarasota.

Neal Signature Homes will introduce Aria, a new community in Venice, in early 2019. With 182 oversized home sites, most with expansive lake or preserve views, Aria will offer resort-style amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, deluxe pool, pickleball courts and an inviting community entrance. California architecture inspired the new open and airy floor plans that will be featured at this new community, with a focus on outdoor entertaining spaces. Aria is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2019. 

Neal Signature Homes

[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: 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.

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Open House at Alfstad& Editions , January 4, 5–8pm

Come visit the new space and celebrate the opening of Alfstad& Editions, a collaborative fine art printmaking studio in the Rosemary District. Dedicated to the professional print process, Alfstad& Editions creates limited edition and original works of art, and offers private printmaking instruction, customized workshops and individual classes. Snacks, drinks, art and a live silkscreen demonstration included.

Alfstad& Editions, 1421 5th St., 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]  PERFORMANCE: Cirque Ma’Ceo , January 4 – February 3

The Magic of Ma’Ceo... described by the ocala star banner as an- “Equine Cirque du Soleil”! This theatrical European style, equestrian themed, cirque show tells a beautiful seamless story with a contemporary blend of Acrobatics, Aerial, Dance, and Equestrian Arts woven to the acoustic beats of rich Spanish guitar. This renowned show has toured the nation this past decade, recently performing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Alaska, and Las Vegas. For the first time ever, Cirque Ma’Ceo will be performing in front of their hometown crowd,Sarasota Florida! To make this occasion even more special, we will be offering a VIP ticket to purchase a Benefit Dinner with the rare opportunity to eat, drink, and personally get to know the cast of Cirque Ma’Ceo right under the Big Top! A large portion of the ticket proceeds will be directly donated to Big Cat Habitat and the animals who have filled our lives with joy.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert , January 5, 5:00PM

The culmination and highlight of the 17-day Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency, the 15th Annual Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House features the most gifted, young musical talents of our time. The PMP Chorus is led by Patrick Romano, Chorus Master and the PMP String Orchestra performs under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Pirates of Penzance , January 10 – January 27

This rollicking, music-filled farce, which premiered in 1879, includes home-town references to our own Pittsburg Pirates. At eight years of age, Frederic was apprenticed to a group of fun-loving, soft-hearted pirates. Now 21, he decides to leave the pirates to lead “a blameless life.” He makes it his goal to eradicate these pirates. Fun and mayhem follow.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: The Crucible , January 11 – March 10

In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, in this Arthur Miller classic.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Images- Who Stole the Mona Lisa , January 12 – January 13

“Who Stole the Mona Lisa?” is a whimsical and imaginative animated film that offers a delightful, multimedia, classical music performance presented in synchrony with a live performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.” Live and visual pairings of “Babar the Elephant” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” complete the program. Alexandre Moutouzkine mans the piano while Edward Alley narrates.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: American Watercolor Society , January 15 – February 22

Artists are local, national and international, and Art Center Manatee is one of only five venues in the country to host the exhibit. Admission is $5. In a neighboring gallery, and on display for the same period of time, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will also be showing work from its member-artists.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hairspray , January 17 – February 3

“Welcome to the 60s” where Tracey Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate the Corny Collins Show. This winner of eight Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is based on the John Waters film and proves that “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Bill Bowers: All Over The Map , January 18 – January 19

Through movement, mime, and comedy, a veteran solo artist recalls and recreates the indelible memories from thirty years of touring twenty-five nations.

Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Doll's House, Part 2 , January 18 – March 31

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer slammed the door on her marriage and family life, leaving her family. This sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent women, but she must return home to the one man who can help her. Universally acclaimed during its recent Broadway run, this new comedy raises questions about marriage and the roles of women have—and have not—changed.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 3: SVAS, Nugent & Arbaugh, ASALH and Work of He(art) , January 24 – March 1

In Gallery 1, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios will present an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Dasha Reich, Barbara Banks, Bill Buchman, Duncan Chamberlain, Grace Howl and Larry Forgard. A collaboration between Jen Nugent and Jack Arbough uses drawing, collage and video to address competing impulses to conserve and explore in Gallery 2. In Gallery 3, the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History highlights African-American artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties. And Gallery 4 features an open, juried exhibition.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 State of the Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon , January 24, 11am to 1pm

Join SRQ Magazine for SB2 for the State of the Economy at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota with a panel of regional experts from small businesses, economic development, finance, hospitality and real estate including Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders and Company, Mark Huey of the EDC of Sarasota County, Philip Rich of Seaside Bank, Jeff Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area EDC. The winners of the 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Competition will also be announced and recognized during a special awards program. Tickets are $55/person, $250 for a half table of four and $500 for a table of eight. Registration begins at 11am. The program runs from 11:30am to 1pm. Ticket online at SRQSB2.COM.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236

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