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SRQ DAILY May 8, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The breadth of this work is a testament to him as a teacher."

- Lisa DiFranza, Art Ovation Hotel

[Gallery]  Art Ovation, Ringling College Engineer Eight-Story-Tall Tribute to Leslie Lerner
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Art Ovation Hotel and the Ringling College of Art and Design continue their artistic partnership this season with a summer-long exhibition dedicated to acclaimed artist and former RCAD instructor Leslie Lerner, Honoring a Teacher: A Tribute to Leslie Lerner. Currently on display and spanning all eight stories of the Art Ovation, the tribute show features work from Lerner in the lobby, and showcases his local legacy and impact through the art of six of his former students, highlighted on each floor of the hotel. “The breadth of this work is a testament to him as a teacher,” says Art Ovation Cultural Curator Lisa DiFranza.

Starting on the ground floor, viewers can enjoy the work of the man himself, with large-scale paintings dominating the hotel walls and putting Lerner’s multi-faceted artistic exploration on display in grand fashion. Ranging from the whimsical and bizarre (with science fiction tendencies) to the starkly human and emotive, selections such as the “My Life in France” series of paintings reveal in piecemeal a rich inner narrative, like glimpses into an unseen fairy tale of Lerner’s own devising. A handful of his sculptures accompany the two-dimensional work, appearing as artifacts conjured from this strange world and further drawing the viewer in.

Around the corner but still on the ground floor, find a selection of work from Tim Jaeger, one of the six Lerner students contributing work to the tribute show, but the curious must catch the elevator to see the rest.

On the rooftop, find a trio of digital prints from Julie Kanapaux, geometric and inspired by illustrated books revealing the inner workings of machines and such. The only artist with two floors to her name, the seventh floor also holds a selection of Kanapaux’s work, this time seeing the artist working in watercolor, acrylic and ink on a variety of surfaces, and embracing her own exploration. “It’s something Lerner inspired in his students,” says DiFranza.

One floor down, artist Michael Crabb takes the stage, with an early series of abstract work (titled the “Paris in Fall” series, in perhaps an homage to Lerner’s own naming conventions) and smattering of his more recent work. “There’s a lot of playing with spatial relationships,” says DiFranza, noting that as another hallmark of Lerner’s impact on his students. Continuing the descent to the ground floor, viewers will find the whimsical photography of Shawn Petterson, the vibrant and layered paintings of Claudia Ryan and the multi-media work of Nancy Turner.

Now on display, Honoring A Teacher: A Tribute to Leslie Lerner runs through October 2. Inquire with Art Ovation Hotel regarding guided tours with DiFranza. 

Pictured: "Imagined City" by Leslie Lerner, usually hangs in the conference room of Ringling College President Dr. Larry S. Thompson, but has been loaned to the Art Ovation Hotel for display. Image courtesy of Jennifer Mumford at Ringling College.

[Philanthropy]  Goodwill Manasota Re-launches Ambassador Program

In late April, Goodwill Manasota invited a core group of supporters to its corporate campus in Bradenton to learn how they can help the organization achieve its mission of changing lives through the power of work. The attendees—participants of the Goodwill Ambassadors program—were provided with suggestions for concrete actions they could take to support Goodwill as well as engage others with the cause. In addition to attending a Lunch & Learn program (to better understand the organization's operations and mission services) people can help to support Goodwill through: participation in Speakers Bureau and/or tour guide training; organizing a fundraiser or donation drive; providing mock interviewing and resume writing assistance for the Job Connection career services program; serving on event committees; sharing stories through written, video and social media testimonials; bringing a group for a personal shopping experience; inviting a business to do a change round-up; and sponsoring an Ambassador event. To get involved, contact Pavitra Ciavardone at pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org or 941-355-2721 ext. 163. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Philanthropy]  Meals on Wheels Increases Capacity to Serve East Sarasota County

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota has announced that it will now deliver heart-healthy meals east of I-75 to homebound residents in need. Thanks to generous donors and a grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation, Meals On Wheels of Sarasota has updated its kitchen and added new meal packaging equipment. This has doubled its capacity, allowing the nonprofit to prepare as many 1,000 meals simultaneously.

Projections indicate that 250 people each day would benefit from increased meal deliveries. Currently, Meal On Wheels prepares and delivers 500+ heart healthy meals a day, six days a week to homebound seniors, Veterans, children and their families.  

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota

[Philanthropy]  Project 180 Receives $230,000 Grant from Barancik Foundation

The reality for many formerly incarcerated citizens trying to reintegrate into the community is one limited by barriers to stable housing, employment and social services—problems that dovetail with and exacerbate each other. Local nonprofit Project 180 determined its greatest potential for turning lives around was through a comprehensive residential program, inspired by a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been successfully reintegrating citizens for decades.

In 2018, the organization launched a pilot residential program to provide formerly incarcerated men up to two years of stable residency, food assistance, transportation, and financial assistance in restoring their driving privileges. Now just a year in practice, the program’s success has been noticed by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, and Project 180 has received a $230,000 grant to purchase the three-bedroom house for which the organization had been paying monthly rent. Part of the funding will go to establishing a maintenance endowment to ensure that future repairs can be made at no cost to the organization.

In the future, Project 180 hopes to open a business training school. Designed by and for formerly incarcerated individuals, the school has the potential to become an economic driver in the community. 

Project 180

[Philanthropy]  Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on Hammock Place Homes

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota has announced 11 homes in Hammock Place are fully funded and the organization has broken ground on the first four homes.

In April 2018, as a response to the growing need for affordable housing in the community, Habitat Sarasota launched Lives Transformed: The Campaign for Hammock Place with a goal to raise $7 million to build a neighborhood that will serve 40 families with permanent, affordable housing.

Now, the nonprofit has reported that the land, the site development and infrastructure for Hammock Place is fully funded through a partnership with The Kolter Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The first eight homes are funded by the following donors and partners: FCCI Insurance Group, Stock Signature Homes, Jerry & Fay Bainbridge, the late Trudy Blumenthal, a valued volunteer, the late Joseph & Marion Schasney and an anonymous donor.

The additional three homes are funded by: Publix Super Markets Charities; Wells Fargo Foundation; Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Stearns Bank; Williams Parker; Bank of America; Isermann Family Foundation; Michael J. Belle and Achieva Credit Union. 

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

[Philanthropy]  Shapes Fitness Announces "Girls Night Out" Fundraiser for Nate's Honor Animal Rescue

Shapes Fitness For Women is hosting a fundraiser and boot camp to support Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Shapes Fitness For Women 3rd Annual Girls Night Out. 100% of all proceeds go to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. All funds raised will stay in the Sarasota and Manatee community to benefit the pets in need. The “Girls Night Out” event will feature more than $2,000 in raffle prizes, shopping, food, drinks, dance class, boot camp and prizes. The first 50 people to register get a SWAG bag. The event will be held on Thursday, May 16 at Shapes Fitness For Women located off Fruitville Road. $10 pre-registration or $15 at the event gets you in the door. 

Shapes Fitness For Women

[Philanthropy]  Suncoast Music Scholarships Award $20,000 to Eight Local Young Musicians

In its fourth annual competition, Suncoast Music Scholarships awarded $20,000 to eight talented young musicians from Sarasota and Manatee counties to be used for music education expenses. The scholarship program is funded and organized through a partnership between Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

The 10th grade students selected for Suncoast Music Scholarship awards of $1,000 each are: Tyler Esposito, piano, Manatee School for the Arts; and Marco Jimenez, piano, home school. The 11th grade students selected to receive $2,000 scholarship awards are: Jack Gallahan, cello, Pine View High School; and Ethan Horn, alto sax, Lakewood Ranch High School.

The four 12th grade students selected to receive scholarships are:  1st place, $5,000 – Andrea Guaita, violin, home school; 2nd place, $4,000 – Luca Stine, trumpet, home school and dual enrolled in State College of Florida; 3rd place, $3,000 – Joshua Hellberg, Bb clarinet, Braden River High School; and 4th place, $2,000 –Nadia Brooks, cello, Manatee School for the Arts. 

Suncoast Music Scholarships

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Introduction to Nature Writing Retreat , May 8, 10am-3pm

This class is designed for new and experienced writers to learn the basic techniques of nature writers and to create a writing project. Students will be guided with techniques to observe and “see” nature in a new way, and experiment with finding the “voice” of nature.  Each session will include spending time in the Gardens for inspiration. No prior writing experience is necessary. Bring a journal and pen. Registration is $55 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Chivalry & Circus , February 9 – May 13

The exhibition shows the imagery of knights in shining armor and how are they woven throughout the history of American popular culture. Founded with the democratic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from its beginning, the United States has idealized the traits of courage, piety, and civility that are embodied in images of knights of the Middle Ages.

Circus Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Wonder Years , February 6 – June 2

Take a musical ride through the Boomer Years! From the early days of Howdy Doody through the rebelliousness of The Beatles singing “She Loves You” on Ed Sullivan, television helped shape and reflect the Boomer journey. Featuring the greatest hits from Boomers’ experience.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Wednesday's Child , April 3 – May 24

A world premiere from Mark St Germain, when a young surrogate mother is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detective aleece Valez and Walt Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Creative Camera Techniques , May 9, 10am-1pm

This workshop will explore creative composition techniques done in-camera that will give the “wow” factor to photos no matter the camera. Discuss techniques for DLSR cameras, point and shoot and mobile devices. Techniques include using bokeh, angles of light, reflections, pinhole photography, lens techniques including long lenses and fisheye, backgrounds, natural and artificial lighting and more. Then visit the gardens for an hour of practice. Registration is $60 for members/$75 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Harvey Milk Festival , May 9 – May 11

The photo exhibition, at the Art Center Sarasota from May 9-11 is intended to showcase American LGBTQ+ history from the 1890s to the times of Harvey Milk. May 10-11, located at 500 Tallevast Rd, presents the BASSment which offers the community a safe space and diverse platform to inspire the youth. May 11 starts off with a brunch at Stage Restaurant following the Harvey Milk Music Festival which celebrates the 10 year anniversary by presenting music at HD Jamal Park.

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[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Hydrosols - The Next Aromatherapy , May 15, 10am-1:30pm

Discover the multilayer use of the distillates of aromatic plants, including the aromatic waters of Rose Damascena, Greek Sage, Frankincense, Rose Geranium and Lavender Angustifolia. These aromatic waters can also be found as a delicious flavoring in deserts, complementing their simultaneous therapeutic value. Taste, smell, and experience food and drinks from these waters and blend some to take home. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Spritzing, Spattering, Sponging, French Rule and More Advanced Watercolor Techniques , May 16, 10am-4:30pm

At this special workshop with Academy of Botanical Art Founder, Olivia Braida, learn various advanced watercolor skills. Bring all paints and brushes. Instructor will supply several special tools and paper to help accomplish our goals. Registration is $135 for members/$160 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Introduction to Ikebana , May 17, 10am-2pm

Discover the pleasures of this ancient Zen art and learn to create spontaneous, understated and decorative flower arrangements using branches, flowers and leaves easily found around the home and garden. No experience necessary. Instructor will furnish materials. Bring garden scissors, paper towels and a creative spirit. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm 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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kokedama - A Different Bonsai , May 22, 10am-12pm

Kokedama is a style of bonsai in Japanese culture. In this class you will take a fresh plant (epiphyte) and wrap it in a peat-based soil recipe that is designed to hold its spherical shape; then you will fasten moss around it to make a gorgeous little green orb. You will make two of these plants to take home and display. Registration is $35 for members/$50 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

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