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SRQ DAILY May 24, 2019

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"When we're born, we come armed with certain elements."

- Lolly Owens, FLAG

[Gallery]  FLAG Brings Annual Statewide Exhibition to Ringling College
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Artists from all across the state of Florida will be heading to Ringling College of Art and Design next Friday, as the college hosts the latest group symposium and exhibition from the Florida Artists Group (FLAG), a statewide collective of hundreds of practicing and professional artists who have earned state or national recognition. An annual event since 1949, FLAG last held the exhibition in Sarasota in 2012.

Entitled The Beauty of Small, the exhibition will feature 84 works from member artists, including several from Sarasota and Manatee counties, such as Janet Mishner and Jill Krasner (whose work can be found at Art Uptown Gallery), Susan von Gries and Bettina Sego (whose work can be found at 530 Burns Gallery) and Joseph Melancon, represented by Palm Avenue Fine Art. Reflecting a variety of media—from painting and drawing to sculpture and mixed media—and multitude of styles, the unifying factor will be size, with no work larger than 26” x 26” allowed.

At a time when large-scale seems to be all the rage with buyers, the choice to scale down was both an artistic one and a practical one, says local FLAG Area Director Lolly Owens, who oversees FLAG membership in Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee, Glades, DeSoto and Charlotte counties and has been planning the exhibition for the past two years. “Many people are buying very large paintings to enhance their homes,” she says, “and we’ve decided to do just the opposite, to give people another perspective on art.” Of course, she adds, there’s also the fact that all 84 works of art have to fit into Ringling College’s Basch Gallery and Willis Smith Gallery.

And one of those works, an abstract piece dubbed Ataraxis, comes from Owens herself. Begun in blue and still dominated by the hue when completed, the statement is one of peace, she says, and so she strove for a softer touch in her mark-making. “When we’re born, we come armed with certain spiritual elements. Among them is the ability to love, to feel peace, to feel courage and gratitude,” she says. “I paint those elements.”

Opening May 31 at Ringling College and with an artist reception from 5pm to 7pm, Beauty of Small runs through June 20. Docent tours will be held June 5 at 11am, June 12 at 1pm and June 19 at 11am. 

Pictured: "Ataraxis" by Lolly Owens.

[ShopTalk]  Wick-ed Good Burns
Hannah Bizick

Drift into your own little world while absorbing the sweet and spicy smells of grapefruit and turmeric with this sensational “beercandle” from Sarasota Candle Company. With a 50-hour burn time, the Grapefruit Turmeric all-natural soy candle will activate all the senses, leaving a lingering aroma behind that both energizes and refreshes. Take a stroll to the Sarasota Farmers Market on Saturday morning to check out an abundance of these yummy-smelling concoctions, all handmade by owner Drew Drubie. From vintage soda cans to Florida craft beer cans or empty Tito's vodka bottles—Drew uses all recycled vessels to fill with his natural essential oil waxes, with each scent crafted freely so that no two are the same. Don’t let the can or bottle’s name fool you though; the scent’s name is always inside the candle or on the bottom. Ignite the wick of other varieties like A Healthy Musk, When Monkeys Attack, Pipe it up, Sarasota Breeze and even Sexy time. In addition to the Farmers Market, these candles can be found locally at North River Body Therapies, Brow House, and His and Hers Bare Beauty. 

Photo by Hannah Bizick.

Shop Sarasota Candle Company

[Arts and Culture]  Circus Arts Conservatory Receives NEA Grant for Circus Science Machine

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) Education Outreach Program for the Circus Science Machine. The grant will underwrite the Circus Science Machine being taught at Title 1 schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties in partnership with the USF PAInT (Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching) program. The Circus Science Machine presents science, engineering and physics concepts to 5th graders and has proven to increase test scores where taught. The CAC intends to expand the program and offer it to additional counties in the state of Florida. 

Circus Arts Conservatory

[Government]  Sarasota Water Quality Summit Announces Sessions, Speakers

More than 30 speakers and exhibitors from around Florida are scheduled for Sarasota County's Water Quality Summit on June 5, from 1–6:30pm in the Riverview High School auditorium.

The Water Quality Summit is segmented into four sessions, each addressing vital components with Q&A periods during each session. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with more than 13 exhibitors. Welcome and opening remarks will begin promptly at 1pm, followed by these informational sessions: The Science Behind Water Quality, What Had Already Been Done to Improve Water Quality, What You Can Do to Improve Water Quality and a State Policy Update. Speakers include representatives from the Florida legislature, state agencies, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of Florida, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Sarasota County and local municipalities. For a complete list of speakers, visit the website below. 

Sarasota County Water Quality Summit

[Philanthropy]  Salvation Army, Goodwill Partner on Housing Program

Five years ago, The Salvation Army implemented a programming framework called Quality of Life by Choice (QLIFE) to reduce homelessness and move people toward stable housing. The program moves homeless individuals through a continuum of care that includes short-term housing, case management, and long-term goal-setting. But when clients are finally placed into longer-term housing, furniture is not included and the individuals do not have significant funds for furnishings. The Salvation Army Sarasota and Goodwill Manasota have partnered in hopes that items Goodwill hadn't sold in retail stores could be donated to The Salvation Army clients rather than diverted to salvage operations. Rapidly Rehoused individuals are 12 times more likely to remained housed when they have furniture in their new home. 

Goodwill Manasota

[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

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Annual St. Armand's Seafood and Music Festival , May 24 – May 26

Take advantage of yummy seafood prepared fresh on site along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more. General admission is free, VIP tent admission is $130.


St. Armand's Circle Park

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gelli Plate Printing a la Gauguin , May 24, 10am-3pm

Experience the joy of mono-printing without a press thanks to the gelli plate, a product that looks and feels like gelatin and can be used again and again. In recognition of the Gauguin exhibit, special emphasis will be placed on printing leaves and flowers from Selby Gardens Botanical Paradise. Create one-of-a-kind prints using textures, stencils, household items and acrylic paint. Registration is $50 for members/$60 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., 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]  GALLERY: Myakka Light , May 25 – June 28

Frank Bibbins has used infrared and low color imagery to capture the evolving landscape of the Myakka River and State Park over the past decade. This photography exhibit not only presents an intimate look at the preserve but concentrates on conservation and preservation. A public reception will be held June 7, 6-9pm.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ Margarita Festival , May 25, 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for the inaugural SRQ Margarita Festival, the perfect combination of live music and margaritas. Enjoy a variety of margarita flavors, 5 great bands, the areas best food trucks, games, anda spectacular firework display to end the night. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Proceeds from event will benefit Turning Points, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Farm Dog Fosters. #SRQritafest

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Venice Brew Bash , May 25, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Sample over 60 different craft and import brews while enjoying great music. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers or just the casual beer drinker!


Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Avenue, Venice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Annual Myakka River Blues Festival , May 27, 11am-6pm

Tune in for a great lineup of artists this Memorial Day, including The Kat Crosby Band, The Collaboration Band, Sarasota Slim, Ghost Mountain Revival Band and Ben Prestage. Snook Haven is located in a sedate area near the riverbed in a natural cove that holds the true old Florida ambiance. Enjoy two stages with non-stop music with styles from the Chicago blues scene to southern style blues. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $25 at the door. 

Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" , June 1, 7-11pm

Don't miss the Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" benefitting the Children’s Guardian Fund on June 1st from 7-11pm at the Grove at Lakewood Ranch.  Each year, hundreds of children in foster care go without birthday presents or celebrations.  Through the proceeds from this event and  community donations, the Children’s Guardian Fund can provide $35 Walmart Gift cards to guardians for each child’s birthday.  Last year’s event “Havana Nights” raised over $13,000 providing over 370 gift cards. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Art, Animals and You , June 1, 9am - 3pm

Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt, see what the vendors have in store, enjoy the art of the "Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna" exhibit and bring your well-behaved leashed pets for a free Pet Portrait. There will also be 1-hour children's art workshops at this interactive and creative day of family fun.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Showcase (AS1): Fairy tales and Fantasy , June 6

Embark on a fantastic journey to faraway places. Various artist will perform to evoke a world of childlike imagination. Also, experience the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Ha-Galgal (The Wheel), a prayerful work inspired by the sound of the shofar, for solo horn.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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