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SRQ DAILY Apr 12, 2019

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"I never really knew how it would feel to approach a canvas without a plan."

- Mary Grandpre, artist

[Gallery]  Artists Embrace the Abstract at Gaze Modern
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Step away from the figurative and embrace the abstract this weekend at Gaze Modern, where the penultimate exhibition of the gallery’s inaugural season celebrates the intertwined worlds and art of the husband-and-wife artist duo of Mary Grandpré and Tom Casmer. Opening Saturday and entitled Common Denominator: the mechanics and organics of form, the exhibition juxtaposes the pair’s divergent but complementary approaches to abstraction, and marks the first time the couple has shown together, outside of a group setting. For Grandpré, it also demarcates a career switch, as the famous figurative illustrator changes course for the unknown.

“People will see strong design on both sides,” says Grandpré, noting that although she and Casmer have very different aesthetics and motifs, an artistic kinship and commonality comes through in an attention to form and shape and line—using them all in concert to capture a viewer’s eye and direct it across the canvas. It’s an exploration of the fundamental power of abstraction (or an abstract exploration of the power of fundamentals), and though Casmer’s work may lean towards the mechanical, inspired by circuit boards and old-school machinery to the point that Grandpré calls them “whimsical blueprints,” while her own paintings favor the organic and intuitive, the lot converge at a vanishing point that transcends individual style. “We didn’t realize how much [we inspired each other],” says Grandpré, “until we put our work together and saw the common denominator.”

And for Grandpré, a celebrated children’s book illustrator perhaps most famous for her work on the American prints of the Harry Potter books, the jump to abstraction represents a radical change in this artist’s career. But also a necessary one. “I just wasn’t satisfied as an artist,” says Grandpré, who found herself tired of constantly working on someone else’s vision and taking direction from another’s muse. “I never really knew how it would feel to approach a canvas without a plan,” she says, “but that’s what I do now.” Canvases are not outlined and pre-planned or judged by a third party’s destination, but each an evolving entity in the path of Grandpré’s exploration. “It’s all about freedom,” she says.

Common Denominator opens at Gaze Modern this Saturday, April 13. Both Casmer and Grandpré will be in attendance at the opening reception on that day at 5pm. 

Pictured: "Sleepwalker" by Mary Grandpre.

[ShopTalk]  Throwing it Out There
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

We couldn’t get enough of the pottery mavens, featured in February’s 2019’s issue in ‘Seize the Clay’. Luckily, we’re able to double dip on the fun and artful mastery of hand thrown earthenware again, now that spring has sprung. Artists Joan Libby Hawk and Anja Palombo will show their new ceramic works at a collaborative Ceramic Open Studio - Spring Fling at Sarasota Green Pottery. The studio is situated in an idyllic country-like setting, where the event will be set up on the lawn under big old oak trees. There will be refreshments to enjoy the blooming April weather, as well as good company amongst other throwmakers, artisans, gardeners and hobbyists. "The change of seasons and longer sunny days are reflected in this show's work," says Palombo. "Florida's spring fruit and flowers inspire beautiful and useful pieces. I'm thrilled that customers welcome them into their lovely homes."

Spring Fling opens its studio doors to anyone interested or curious about the creative skill of ceramics and gives visitors a chance to meet the artists, throwing demonstrations and discover the perfect pieces for homes and gifts. The event will also feature Hawk and Palombo’s newest items that celebrate all things spring—including berry bowls, unique vases and painted ceramic art with tangible qualities like serving, drinking and gardening—showcasing functional pieces that are artful and artful pieces that are functional. "It makes one want to change things up," says Libby Hawk. "Bring in some of the tones and colors from Sarasota's natural world. One luminous handmade piece changes an entire room." 

Spring Fling - Ceramics Open Studio is spinning off on next Thursday, April 18, 2:30pm to 7:00pm at Sarasota Green Pottery, 2429 Burlington Lane, Sarasota, 941-266-9979. 

Photos courtesy of Sarasota Green Pottery & Libby Hawk Studio Potter

Event details here.

[Seminar]  RCLA Announces 2020 Town Hall Lecture Lineup

The Ringling College Library Association’s 2020 Town Hall Lecture Series will begin on Monday, January 27, with a talk by Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served as President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security and White House Chief of Staff. On February 11, RCLA attendees will enjoy a tour of the travel world from travel guru Rick Steves, the host of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of more than 50 European travel books. Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman will be the featured speaker on February 17. Sherman recently stepped down as undersecretary of state for political affairs after four years. In recognition of her many diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

On March 2, freelance journalist and author of three books, Sam Quinones will give a talk about his experience writing Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, for which he traveled across the United States. Quinones worked at the L.A. Times for 10 years and is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking and the border. On March 23, renowned neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, will focus on neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease and ALS. And celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz will wrap up the 2020 series on April 7, with a talk on her long career in journalism and the arts.

All lectures will be presented at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Subscription tickets for RCLA members for the 2020 series will go on sale in on June 1. 

Ringling College Library Association

[Theater]  Urbanite Theatre Unveils 2019/20 Season

Urbanite Theater has announced its 2019/20 season, with a slate of six productions set for the blackbox stage. The season begins May 31 with Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties, followed by Stacey Gregg’s Scorch. October sees the return of the Modern Works Festival and the second annual exploration of new plays by female writers, and November brings The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse. Urbanite rings in 2020 with a January production of Sender by Ike Holter and then concludes the season with Cory Finley’s The Feast, opening March 13, 2020. “This little collection of plays ignites big questions about identity, love and authority,” says Urbanite Co-artistic Director Brendan Ragan. “They dare us to engage in messy battles, adventurous themes and biting satire. They’re challenges to uncover the new ideas that will shape the world we live in.” 

Urbanite Theatre

[Music]  Sarasota Orchestra Celebrates Beethoven for 2019/20 Season

Sarasota Orchestra has announced its complete 2019–20 season, featuring nine guest conductors leading a season of five concert series that coincide with the 250-year celebration of Beethoven’s birth.

Highlights of the Masterworks series include performances featuring renowned guest artists including pianists Jeremy Denk and Shai Wosner, and world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang.  All Masterworks concerts will be conducted by guest conductors from across America and across the globe. This upcoming season for Pops will highlight music from the stage and screen. Concert experiences include a showing of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony IIMy Favorite Things featuring vocalist Maria Wirries, and American Playlist with Storm Large and Branford Marsalis, a collection of vintage Broadway and the Great American Songbook music with a modern twist.

The eight-concert Chamber Series will explore both classic and new repertoire, from Beethoven to Jim Parker, showcasing the musicians of Sarasota Orchestra. And the six-concert Great Escapes series includes Pops and light classics with commentary by the conductor. Great Escapes concerts will be conducted by Jacomo Bairos, Christopher Confessore, Steven Jarvi, Michelle Merrill and Enrico Lopez-Yañez.

This season, the Sarasota Orchestra will also present the Discover Beethoven Series, a two-program series celebrating the master composer on the 250-year anniversary of his birth. A special mid-season concert will also explore the work of Beethoven, and Sarasota Music Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will present insights and musical examples that put Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 into 21st-century context. A performance of the full symphony completes the concert.

New subscriptions go on sale April 10. 

Sarasota Orchestra

[Recreation]  Big Truck Day Returns to Nathan Benderson Park

Big trucks are rolling back into Nathan Benderson Park for the annual Big Truck Day, and Sarasota County wants everyone to be part of the action on Saturday, April 20. This popular event is held to give children and adults a chance to explore the vehicles and trucks they see on the streets, as well as meet and speak with the people who operate them. This is the second year the community has been invited to bring their own trucks to take part in the action. Now in its 23rd year, the event will feature two eggs hunts for kids ages four and younger, and for five and older. Food vendors will also be available. 

23rd Annual Big Truck Day

[RocketKids]  RocketKids Summer Magazine has launched

Getting into some Summertime planning this upcoming weekend? Check out SRQ Magazine's new edition of RocketKids. Now available to view onlineRocketKids is your family's ultimate guide to Summer 2019. 

Explore the latest summer camp options and family programs scheduled at destinations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. We've created an all-in-one guide to local camps and activities for children of all ages. Summertime will be here before we know it - check out the exciting opportunities that our region offers and register soon to join the fun!


Click here to view the magazine

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Spotlight Florida: Moving Ethos girlwoman , April 12 – April 13

Moving Ethos Dance Company presents the world premiere of girlwoman, an intimate portrayal of the glamorous and messy nature of being a woman. Follow three women as they navigate the demands of the world with an imperfect grace that is relatable and refreshing. Their strength is met with fragility as they transparently share their stories. In her characteristically bold voice, Artistic Director, Leah Verier-Dunn, leads the audience through a web of imagery that pulls at heart strings one moment and evokes laughter the next. girlwoman is a telling tale that challenges us all to consider the complexities of the female experience.

Historic Asolo Theater

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Spring Sensations Fashion Show , April 12, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

We’ve got a PASSION for FASHION!

Enjoy champagne, seated luncheon, cash bar, runway show featuring WORTH New York and Debbie Dannheisser THREADS collections, as well as jewelry & eyewear trends. 
Bid on fabulous Silent Auction baskets and enjoy the company of your friends.  Tickets available online.

Go Forth and Be FABULOUS!

Sisterhood for Good is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) women-only organization dedicated to helping enrich our community through our annual grant program. Registration #: CH 57279

GROVE Ballroom , 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bikinis, Bulldogs & Bloody Marys , April 13

Fashion show featuring swimwear collection from JP Holahan Swimwear, accessories by if by Roxanne and an amazing Bloody Mary Bar sponsored by Mermaid Vodka and Cocktails by Spencer.

Bulldogs will be on site looking for homes from Florida English Bulldog Rescue.

Timeline: Bloody Mary bar opens at 11am, noon fashion show, stay after for fun shopping!


Hosted in the courtyard at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.


ADVANCE TICKETS: $35 VIP tickets include reserved seating for fashion show, Bloody Marys, and amazing SWAG bag or $20 General admisison includes fashion show and Bloody Marys. ($10 more at the door).


Benefits Every Child, Inc. 100% of money raised for Every Child goes back into the community to help children. 

[SOON]  SPORTS: The Parkinson's Expo , April 13

Boxing, Cycling, facillitated movement and yoga will be featured activity at the 2019 Parkinson's Expo. Leading the array of strategies for living well with Parkinson’s are the national Parkinson’s specialists who will be speaking to the latest medical findings and projections on the disease. New this year, physicians and allied healthcare professionals can earn continuing education credits at no charge.

Bradenton Area Convention Center , 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Blossoms Garden Party , April 13

Join us for this floral affair celebrating the legacy of Mable's beloved rose garden. Surrounded by blooming roses, you will enjoy musical entertainment, mimosas and a variety of foods as you stroll the gardens.

As an enthusiastic gardener, Mable would be pleased to know that the grounds and gardens of the Ringling estate have grown into a park where visitors can spend the day smelling the roses and relaxing under the banyans. In recognition of Mable's legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens.

[SOON]  GALA: Art In The Dark , April 13

Lighthouse of Manasota will present its annual fundraising gala, Art in the Dark on Saturday, April 13th at Michael's on East. Supporters will enjoy an evening of French-inspired gourmet dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions of fabulous items. 


With the guidance of The Ringling's Education Department, guests will experience art as those with vision loss do: by using their other senses. The event’s signature piece of artwork is Louise Élisabeth, Madame la Princesse de Conti, as Venus, Noël Nicolas Coypel, 1731, oil on canvas. Guests will decide what type of music best fits the painting; they will also close their eyes and feel tactile objects related to the painting. The Asolo Rep’s head costume designer is recreating the dress from the painting – an actor will walk around during cocktail hour and provide a photo opportunity for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Lighthouse of Manasota clients and instructors will be in attendance to showcase how vision rehabilitation helps those affected by vision loss to lead healthy, happy and independent lives.


Event chairs are Dr. Jody and Angela Abrams, $200 ticket


Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 S. East Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Black or White Makes my Music Right , April 14 – April 15

From the Blues to the British Invasion and beyond, this special evening will celebrate the creative cross-fertilization of black and white music. Featuring the Soul Sensations band, with vocalists Ariel Blue, Jnana Cooper, Michael Mendez, Dana Merriwether, Randall Morgan, Leon Pitts and Latraia Savage.

Westcoast Black Theater , 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Dance for Parkinson , April 15

Following a co-taught course in Spring 2019, entitled “Dance, Brain, & Parkinson”, Dance Professor Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Psychology Professor Peter Cook will host, in collaboration with Parkinson Place, the second annual Dance for Parkinson workshop and conversation that is open to the public.

College Hall, College Hall 351 College Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Timothy Enos on School Saftey , April 16

Timothy Enos is the Chief of Police for the Sarasota County School system.  He was sworn in as chief in November 2018.  Sarasota County School district decided to create its own police department in response to security concerns following the Parkland shooting in February 2018.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show , April 18 – April 27

These performances will be held for two weekends Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20 and Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Spring show.

Sailor Circus , 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: FOMCAS Casino Night , April 20

Are you an animal lover? Get tickets for Casino Night, a fabulous event benefitting the shelter animals of Manatee County. Casino Night is Saturday, April 20th 7:00 pm at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Authentic gaming tables, a poker tournament, amazing silent and live auction items including a stay in Las Vegas, local resort stays and fun excursions and experiences. Fabulous food and cash bars. Tickets are $75 general and $100 for VIP. Everybody gets a goodie bag. Visit fomcas.org to attend Casino Night and help the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services fundraise to help local shelter animals.  

Manatee Performing Arts Center

[SOON]  FOOD: Easter Brunch and Family Fun , April 21

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is offering some family fun for Easter, including an egg-cellent Easter Brunch at the popular Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. In addition to the usual fabulous menu options, Executive Chef James Baselici has created several specialty items for Easter.

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club , 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Gershwin and Chopin , April 21 – April 22

Hailed by Gramophone as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed solo recitals in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Fischer/Weisenborne, 7459 Cabbage Palm Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Pioneers of Climate Science , April 23

An entertaining talk about the basics of climate science through stories from the lives of scientists, from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Francis. Jim Eachus is the organizer of Sarasota Climate Change Meetup.  He is a retired computer geek with a PhD in theoretical physics.  Jim will show slides, tell stories, and disagree with the most powerful man on the planet.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

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