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"Sarasota has always been a respectable and special place for me."

- Max Strang, STRANG Design

[Architecture]  STRANG Design Inspires a Mid-Century Modern Lifestyle at Pansy Bayou Book Signing Party
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

An exclusive party and presentation was hosted yesterday evening, by/at Pansy Bayou Design Studio to spotlight the portfolio of founding principal Max Strang of STRANG Design. Meanwhile, Strang displayed his two published opuses Rockhouse and Environmental Modernism for purchase and book signing. Packing in to the studio, Sea Grape Wine Company provided the wine, while new mobile bar The Wandering Whale bartended outside. Graphic artist John Pirman, designer Charlotte Osterman, SAF Chairman of the Board Christopher Wilson, Umbrella House owner Anne Essner, international developers and more were amongst the crowd mingling over the shared passion for mindful, modern design.

“We’re pleased to welcome our new neighbor in the hood and happy to have him here to represent in the home design community,” says Ellen Hanson, Owner of Pansy Bayou Design Studio. Hanson met with Strang over coffee upon his move to Sarasota and loved his old-fashioned tactics and vernacular style—nodding particularly to the fact that he is one of the few architects who still sketches out his designs entirely by hand, before digitizing them into a computer-aided 3D program. “I love when I actually get onto the paper—it’s not all about the fancy computer stuff," he says. "The art part of architecture is really important to me and the art of drawing is something that should not be lost.” A recent gallery showcased STRANG’s intricate sketches and photography, which are now found through his books.

Strang’s candid presentation clicked through aerial and interior shots of the house he designed and raised his children in Coconut Grove—made famous as “the drug lord’s house” in the film Miami Vice. Further renderings of past projects displayed STRANG’s journey—beginning in Miami, expanding to Fort Lauderdale and most recently, opening a satellite office in Rosemary’s newly-developed BOTA center. When asked by the audience how he ended up from the east coast of Florida to the gulfside, he shared stories and photos of his relationship/inspiration of Sarasota School of Architecture (SSA) founder, family-friend and mentor Gene Leedy. “When I was a kid, I was hearing about people like Paul Rudolph, and when most kids my age at 10 or 12 had posters of sports teams or Farrah Fawcett hanging on their walls, I had a Syd Soloman poster,” he laughs. “So Sarasota has always been a respectable and special place for me.”

Strang ended the presentation with an announcement of his current and most proud project—spearheading the purchase and restoration of the late Gene Leedy’s iconic mid-century modern house. “We’re going to try and bring it back to life,” he says. “We’re going to make it look like you’re stepping back in time.” 

Photo of Sarasota local and principal Max Strang inside Pansy Bayou's downtown studio, courtesy of Wyatt Kostygan.

Rockhouse and Environmental Modernism books found here.

[ShopTalk]  Whale, Whale, Whale...What Do We Have Here?
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Former interior design student at Ringling School of Art & Design, now local entrepreneur, Jill Martini is a jane of all trades. While an established interior designer for many years, she decided to be her own boss and currently dabbles as an independent fashioner—creating customizable apparel and totes for her seaside-inspired line Avenue Blue—showcased and sold from her Etsy shop.

“I have always been an artist at heart and love to create things,” she says. And now keeping herself on her own toes, she decided to “put her design skills to the test.” Martini opted to convert an old, dilapidated trailer and dive into the events industry—with a cocktail in hand. She had an aquaholic vision for a boutique bartending service on wheels and utilized her ingrained skills as a designer—sketching up the mobile bar design, then calling upon master carpenter 4 Elements Industries to bring "the whale" to life.

Hitting the streets of Sarasota for the first time yesterday, The Wandering Whale is officially opened for bubbly business, and certainly turning heads with its retrofitted 1978 vintage horse trailer-turned modern mobile boutique bar. 

The Wandering Whale is available to bartend for any occassion, from weddings, birthdays, holidays, engagement parties and corporate events, to showers and graduations. Realtors, planning an open house? Simply provide the alcohol, and Martini will be able to mix up a refreshing lavender lemonade for your attendees to keep cool on a hot Florida day. Want to throw a Cinco De Mayo house party and have margaritas handled so you can salsa, or throw the coolest baby shower anyone's seen with a full-service outdoor mimosa bar? This wayfaring dive ensures everything goes swimmingly by bringing the party curbside and blowing your guests’ expectations out of the water.

Two options for booking include:

Mobile Bar Rental Only — Option to rent just the trailer and have your catering company as the bartender.

Mobile Bar + Bartender — Book the trailer and Wandering Whale bartender as a package deal. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

The Wandering Whale, 941-650-9950, hello@thewanderingwhale.com

[Healthcare]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Names Pettit VP, Finance & Operations

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation has appointed Robert (Bobby) Pettit as Vice President, Finance & Operations. Pettit will manage all finance and operational functions at the Healthcare Foundation. Previously, he held the position of Assistant Director, Corporate Finance for Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, FL, and Senior Financial Auditor at Baptist Health South Florida, in Miami. He began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior auditor. A CPA, Bobby graduated from University of Miami with a BBA in accounting, and holds an MBA in Finance from Nova Southeastern University. 

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

[Real Estate]  Smith Earns Real Estate Negotiation Expert Certification

Realtor Audrey Smith of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification from the National Association of Realtors. The two-day interactive course gives realtors the tips and tools to be successful advocates for their clients, including sharpening their negotiation skills, dealing with behind-the-scenes issues, sorting out competing objectives and handling a wide range of personalities and situations.

Smith is the team leader of the Audrey Smith Group, assisting buyers and sellers from Bradenton to Punta Gorda, with primary emphasis on the Venice and North Port markets. She has 12 years of local real estate experience. Her commitment to professionalism is reflected in her award-winning customer service and numerous designations, including Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS). 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[Real Estate]  RASM Releases March 2019 Report

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee has released its monthly report. In March of 2019, inventory continues to rise in the Sarasota and Manatee housing market. As for sales, single-family homes increased, while condo sales decreased. The two counties differ in prices with a median price increase in Manatee County and a decrease in Sarasota County. Following the same trend as February’s report, closed sales increased for single-family homes but decreased for condos in March. Single-family sales increased by 8.4 percent to 629 in Manatee County and increased by 1.4 percent to 778 in Sarasota. Manatee condo sales decreased by 2.8 percent to 276 and Sarasota condo sales decreased by 13.6 percent to 393. Pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract during the month, decreased by 0.3 percent in the two-county area. Single-family pending sales increased by 0.2 percent in Sarasota County and increased by 5.7 percent in Manatee County. Condo pending sales decreased by 0.6 percent in Manatee. As for Sarasota, condo pending sales decreased by 6.4 percent.

More details can be found at the website below. 

RASM March 2019 Statistics

[TODAY]  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]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[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.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Plena Adentro , May 4

Plena’s origins can be traced back to the changes in society caused by Puerto Rico’s transfer from Spanish to U.S. rule, and the abolition of slavery which caused displaced colonial sugar cane workers to seek economic opportunities in the growing cities of the island. While it is important to study Plena given the popularity of its folkloric style, it is equally as important because it is a living tradition that is still an active part of Puerto Rico today, marking important occasions in the lives of our people, from birth to death, and even street protests.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Tomorrow's Voices Today , May 5

Witness a choral festival incorporating more than 200 singers of all ages. Maestro Caulkins inspires music-making at the highest levels, planting seeds that will ripen throughout students’ lives with an eclectic program from classics to contemporary. Key Chorale’s 6th annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools will feature Pine View, Venice and North Port High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Afternoon of Operetta , May 12

Two centuries after the beginnings of operetta - a form of opera with light music and subject matter - it continues to delight audiences worldwide. Our production showcases the work of favorite composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz von Suppe' and Jacques Offenbach. Revel in the glorious melodies featurning soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.

Sarasota Opera HOuse , 61 NOrth Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

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