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SRQ DAILY Jan 16, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We draw a lot of inspiration from one another."

- Shannon Warren, Art Factory 44

[Gallery]  How It's Made: Inside Art Factory 44
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Out on Tallevast, in a retrofitted warehouse sheltered from prying eyes, an artistic maelstrom has been brewing. For the last year and a half, painter Shannon Warren has been steadily assembling her own collaborative space and creative team, and this Saturday, January 19, Art Factory 44 celebrates its grand opening with an open house, inviting the public—and those prying eyes—inside to see what these resident artists have been creating. “We’re ready to share,” says Warren.

The “we” of Art Factory 44 comprises a core trio of two painters—Warren and Laurie Maves—and one sculptor, Jeff Hostetler. The trio shares the mostly open studio space of Art Factory 44, though shelves and walls—as well as the sheer size of the space—allow plenty of room for each to pursue their own art, free from distraction. It achieves a delicate balance, where proximity lends itself to the artistic cross-pollination and collaboration that Warren envisioned, but each working artist also maintains autonomous space. “We can see each other’s work,” says Warren, “and we draw a lot of inspiration from one another.” Sometimes the artists even indulge in group brainstorming sessions, where they all sit down and spitball. “It seems to ignite a lot of different ideas between us,” she says.

And with the grand opening and open house on Saturday, the artists welcome the greater community into this shared creative space, where abtract and color-hungry painters like Maves and Warren coexist alongside the bone-white arboreal constructions that Hostetler carves and crafts.

Visitors will also get an inside peek at the collaborative’s ongoing relationship with Trinity Graphic, a versatile printing company based in the same Tallevast location. Using work created at Art Factory 44, Trinity Graphic can print images on everything from canvas to metals, and even wallpapers and floor panels to transform the entire house into a veritable gallery. “Decorators might be very interested in what we can do,” says Warren.

For those intrigued by what they see on Saturday, Art Factory 44 also hosts workshops, including small-scale sculptural exercises with Hostetler and large-scale painting workshops led by Maves—which go beyond the casual paint-by-numbers approaches of some workshops. “You’re not going to be taught how to paint a palm tree,” she warns, “you’re going to be taught to open up and let go and let these things flow through you.”

Art Factory 44 is located at 885 Tallevast Rd. Unit A, Sarasota. The grand opening and open house is Saturday, January 19, from 5pm to 9pm. 

Pictured, from left: Laurie Maves, Jeff Hostetler and Shannon Warren in the shared studio space of Art Factory 44. Photo courtesy of Art Factory 44.

[ShopTalk]  Swank on the Shoulder
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

“This business literally fell into my lap when I became aware of women in San Antonio manufacturing handbags and being grossly underpaid and undervalued,” Gretchen Bauer Founder and CEO of BSWANKY describes. “I immediately flew out and partnered with them, purchased their machinery and together we started making leather handbags.”

The philanthropic-centric and fashion-forward boutique creates its transformational bags with a focus on empowering women and giving back. Proud to design and handcraft in their very own Sarasota Factory, the foundation of BSWANKY happily manufactures its product and employs women who have come from local sweatshops. “We want to improve the way goods are being manufactured,” Bauer says of learning female employees are part of an underutilized and underserved workforce in our country.“ Women have been undervalued in factories across the U.S. and are tasked to work in less than optimal working environments.”

While typical American manufacturing facilities are desperate for highly-skilled employees, the standards and wages do not afford the people with the lifestyle and workspace that they deserve. “Not all workplaces are created equal,” she states. Established a work setting forged in integrity, creative expression and intention, the care and expression of BSWANKY bags are reflected in the quality craftsmanship of each handbag produced. “Our workforce is made up almost entirely of female immigrant artisans who take immense pride in their work.”

Using only the highest quality leathers and components, customers can “B the difference”, simply by purchasing one of its versatile purses that convert into a backpack. Fully-lined and showing off edgy, luxury prints—don The Python, made of textured python skin (ethically-sourced of course, from the Florida Everglades), or The Sundance, made of hair-on cowhide with chestnut leather. Additionally, the Unreal Pink bag, fearlessly shows off its alligator embossed pink leather paired with copper leather straps. The Unreal Pink line is dedicated towards supporting women of breast cancer and helps towards raising awareness through a brand partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Photo courtesy of BSWANKY, 6321 Porter Rd. Suite #3, Sarasota, 610-291-8527

Shop the collections here.

[Real Estate]  Luxury Living Group Joins Michael Saunders and Company

High-end real estate team Luxury Living Group has announced it will now represent leading Gulf Coast brokerage Michael Saunders & Company. Formerly with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, the team comprises top-producing realtors Stacy Haas, Gloria Bracciano and Greg Van Natter and serves neighborhoods in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. In the last year alone, the team has garnered more than $65 million in sales volume. It’s continued success in the luxury category ultimately led to this business decision, with agent Van Natter citing Michael Saunders & Company’s resources, values and in-house marketing capabilities as determining factors. As the real estate market levels out in anticipation for a cooling in late 2019, the move also signals a vote of confidence for the independent brokerage’s sustainability, leveraging more than 42 years of navigating local market behavior. 

Michael Saunders & Company

[Healthcare]  Omeza Launches First of Leading-Edge Skincare Products

Sarasota-based startup Omeza, a company specializing in skin care and wound management products from the sea, is bringing its cutting-edge products to market this year, beginning with it’s core formulation, Omeza omega-3 oil spray, now shipping to consumer. The first full spectrum omega fatty acid oil spray designed to provide essential topical nutrition, Omeza omega- 3 oil help strengthen skin, and moisturize and exfoliate dead and drying skin.The patented invention is a combination of specialty ingredients and proprietary processes. Developed with doctors, omega-3 oil is also the first anhydrous (without water) omega oil ever made. Its non-irritating formula curtails the need for re-application and is expected to be a boon to wound patients. Omeza products are available for purchase by consumers on Amazon. 


[Philanthropy]  Forty Carrots Celebrates 25 Years and 40,000 Families

Forty Carrots Family Center celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is recognizing local supporters and community partners who have helped the agency serve more than 40,000 families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Founded in 1993 by longtime residents Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss, Forty Carrots Family Center blended their respective skills of early childhood and parenting education and vision to create a place where families—regardless of economic status, educational background, age, or other factors—would find the resources, tools and support they needed to help nurture their families, educate their children and overcome the challenges inherent in those early years. Over the past two and half decades, the organization has worked to meet the needs of families, collaborating with community partners to expand their outreach services, which include mental health and programs, into dozens of area libraries and community organizations that serve families with young children, pregnant teens, parents, grandparents and at-risk families. Today, Forty Carrots provides services to 17 nonprofit partners at 30 partner locations, including all Sarasota and Manatee Libraries, with 93% of services provided at no cost. 

Forty Carrots Family Center

[Healthcare]  Coastal Orthopedics Specialists Reverse Effects of Spinal Stenosis

Through the use of minimally invasive indirect decompression surgery, pain management specialist Dr. Douglas Constant of Coastal Orthopedics is helping to reverse the effects and bring needed pain relief to patients suffering from spinal stenosis, a debilitating degenerative condition. Constant is one of only 250 of the 4,000 interventional pain management physicians nationwide who is trained on this type of therapy.

Since May 2018, Constant and fellow Coastal Orthopedics pain management specialists Dr. Gennady Gekht and Dr. Justin Sirianni have performed nearly 25 minimally invasive indirect decompression surgeries using a Superion Interspinous Spacer, a minimally invasive lumbar decompression device designed to relieve chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis, without complication. While the Superion Interspinous Spacer wasn’t commercialized until July 2016, the device has more than five years of clinical data behind it, with the most recent data showing its ability to play a key role in the fight to reduce opioid use in the U.S. Those patients selected by Constant for the procedure, who were on low-dose or no-dose opioids initially, also saw a reduction in medication usage following the procedure. 

Coastal Orthopedics

[TODAY]  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.

[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

[TODAY]  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]  SEMINAR: 3rd Annual Come Ride With Us! , January 17, 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Jane Brody is coming to Sarasota! The "High Priestess of Health," New York Times Columnist and American Author is the keynote at ITN SunCoast's annual luncheon. Health and wellness exhibits, and giveaways will precede the sit down lunch and "Jane Brody on Living Well to 100".  Seating is limited.  Tickets are $50.

The Carlisle, 3727 Bahia Vista, Sarasota

[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]  SPORTS: Yoga Nights , January 17

This exciting new series taught by Lululemon Ambassador Ashley Stewart Yoga will offer three classes in different locations throughout the estate in January, February and March 2019.  After the class, explore the galleries and visit with friends at the Art After 5 lounge which features a cash bar.

Museum Galleries, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Opening Night at Alfstad& Editions , January 18, 5pm-8pm

Visit a new space and celebrate the opening night of Alfstad& Editions, a collaborative fine art printmaking and art 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. The opening night will feature snacks, drinks, art and prints for purchase and a live silkscreen demonstration.

Alfstad& Editions, 1421 5th St., 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]  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]  SEMINAR: The Ringling Art Library’s Collection of Rare Travel Books , January 22

The Ringling Art Library’s Special Collection includes a number of 17th to 19th-century travel books, many of which are extremely rare. This presentation from Elisa Hansen, Head of Library Services, will explore these fascinating journeys and the authors who wrote about them.  

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., 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]  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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Through the Eyes of An Educator , January 24

The Ringling is proud to welcome over 10,000 students to their museum each year. During this tour, Katie Nickel, School and Teacher Programs Coordinator, will walk through the galleries through the eyes of a child and explain how she strategically designs school experiences for different ages and subject areas.

Museum of Art , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Through the Eyes of An Educator , January 24

The Ringling is proud to welcome over 10,000 students to their museum each year. During this tour, Katie Nickel, School and Teacher Programs Coordinator, will walk through the galleries through the eyes of a child and explain how she strategically designs school experiences for different ages and subject areas.

Museum of Art , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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

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