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SRQ DAILY Jun 19, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Gym culture and diet culture are pervasive in American lives."

- Caitlin Albritton, artist

[Gallery]  Albritton Exhibition Brings Body Politics to Art Center Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

If extraterrestrials ever stumbled across the modern gymnasium, a philosopher once mused, they might well confuse it for some self-service torture chamber, where the guilty strap themselves into fearsome machines and strain against metal weights in seemingly Sisyphean tasks. Yet the truth remains that gyms are packed, day and night, rain and shine, with men and women of all ages. The latest exhibition from Florida artist Caitlin Albritton wants audiences to think about why, and a panel discussion tonight at Art Center Sarasota wants to help kickstart the conversation about gender issues and body politics.

Entitled Let’s Get Physical and on display in Gallery 3 at Art Center Sarasota, the exhibition features 12 paintings from Albritton’s Gym Series, including a 2017 composition previously selected for the June cover of New American Paintings. The majority of the pieces come from 2019, however, with the artist working in rich purples and blues, reds and oranges—gem tones for gym scenes—as she captures her imagined subjects mid-routine (or mid-ritual). Closely cropped, the images eschew faces and romanticization, forgoing idealized forms and photoshopped perfection for something more relatable to the everyday gym scene. Figures struggle, they sweat, they contort in unglamorous ways—and they keep going, frozen mid-rep by Albritton’s brush for all eternity.

“It was a way to focus on body language,” she says, and explore “the limits and potential of body language,” when the audience has no face to read for emotion or mood.

In some ways, the artist says, the gym can be seen as commentary on an entire overworked world, where under a veneer of cooperation it becomes a competition of all against all, including self, and especially for women. Build a family, build a business, build a brand, Albritton says, “Oh, and also have a beach body with six-pack abs.” In response, the work takes on strong feminist undertones, with images of women helping women, and sly subversion of the male gaze.

Addressing these topics and more, a panel discussion, "Getting Physical," will be assembled tonight at 6pm at Art Center Sarasota with Albritton, licensed marriage therapist and certified sex therapist Dr. Mary Davenport, and Tim Watnem, owner of Balance Health + Fitness in Sarasota. Free and open to the public, the discussion will be moderated by curator Nathan Skiles.

Currently on display at Art Center Sarasota, Let’s Get Physical runs through July 5. 

Pictured: 'Deep Squat Spot' by Caitlin Albritton.

[Government]  Manatee County Confirms Butzow Director of Public Works

Manatee County Commissioners have unanimously confirmed Chad Butzow as director of Public Works, a department of nearly 460 employees that designs, maintains and builds County roads. It also maintains bridges, traffic signals, stormwater systems and Manatee County Area Transit, which transported 1.5 million passengers each year.

Butzow is in his 23rd year of Public Works service. Before joining Manatee County in 2007, he worked in Illinois for 10 years as a field construction inspector and later team leader for Public Works Operations. In 2007, he became Manatee County's Highway Division Manager, and was promoted Deputy Director of the Public Works Department in 2009. Butzow has served as acting director since Ron Schulhofer retired in April, 2018.  

Manatee County Public Works Department

[Philanthropy]  McCormick Named U.S. President of United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit, has tapped Suzanne McCormick, now president and CEO of United Way Suncoast, to become its U.S. President, based on her 25 years of innovative leadership in advancing community causes. On July 31, McCormick will become U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, which is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across 40+ countries. She’ll be the guiding force for almost 1,200 local and state United Ways in the U.S., as they transform to agile and digital organizations in the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. McCormick will replace Mary Sellers, who has served in the role since 2017.

Carrie Zeiss, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer of UWS, will be appointed Interim CEO as United Way Suncoast conducts a national search for a new CEO. David Walker, long-time Board and Executive Committee member, will lead the Search Committee effort, expected to be completed by year’s end. 

United Way Suncoast

[Philanthropy]  Community Foundation Awards More Than $85,000 in Specialty Grants

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded four specialty grants totaling more than $84,000 to local nonprofit organizations leading programs that support vision impairment, women, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and southern Sarasota County.

Through the James W. Wherritt Charitable Fund, $37,300 will be given to various nonprofit organizations in southern Sarasota County, including: Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter; Easter Seals of Southwest Florida; Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County; Loveland Center; Southeastern Guide Dogs; Suncoast Humane Society; and Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting (WEDU).

Gifts from the Margaret L. Bates Fund will provide more than $20,000 to strengthen efforts to advance the status of women and provide for disadvantaged women in Sarasota County through organizations like Children First; Harvest House; Pregnancy Solutions; and Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.

With the gifts from the Harold E. and Ruth M. Niles Fund and the Elizabeth C. Muth Fund, $18,900 was awarded to four organizations to improve the quality of life for those with vision impairment: Sarasota County School District Adult and Community Enrichment at Suncoast Technical College; ITN SunCoast; Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center; and Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Alzheimer’s and dementia programs in the area have also been granted $7,000 in gifts in part from the Verna L. Grauel Fund, and the Martin & Rhoda Safer Memorial Fund III. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Philanthropy]  Music Compound Raises Funds for Child Protection Center

The Music Compound held its inaugural Summer Fest fundraiser this past Saturday, June 8, at Music Compound’s downtown studio, adjacent to The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime. Raising funds for Child Protection Center, tickets were a $5 per person donation to the cause, and included: entrance, silent auction, wrist band for bounce house, beer samples, crafts and live music provided by Music Compound students and instructors. Based on day-of donations, sponsorship and auction, Music Compound raised $950 for Child Protection Center, the goal of which is to break the cycle of abuse prevalent in so many families. Summer Fest is part of CPC’s 40th anniversary fundraising campaign, and Music Compound has committed to raising $10,000 for CPC. 

Music Compound

[Philanthropy]  Forty Carrots Announces New 2019-2020 Board Members

Forty Carrots Family Center recently announced the election of new members to its 2019-2020 Board of Trustees. The new members include: retired judge Karimu F. Hill-Harvey; Kevin Stencik, a senior vice president with PNC; Tammie Sandoval Badger, a vice president with BMO Private Bank; and Dr. Sean Paul, a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. Officers include: Chair Chris Jarmul, retired executive, now in her third year as chair; Treasurer Ben Jones, president and Chief Investment Officer with Allegiant Private Advisors; and Secretary Susan Travers, nonprofit fundraiser, volunteer coordinator and event planner.

Other members of the Board of Trustees include John Annis, Kevin Cooper, Ariane Dart, Liz Diaz, Caroline Ellerson, Tomeika Hunter-Koski, Betsy Kane-Hartnett, Dr. Manav Malik, Nicholas Roberts, Alan Ross, Susan Sakhai, CEO Michelle Kapreilian and trustee emeriti Kim Githler, Stanley Kane and Jeff Steinwachs. 

Forty Carrots Family Center

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[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]  MUSEUM: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: June BCE at Siesta Key Palms Hotel , June 20

Mix and mingle with fellow Siesta Key Chamber members at the June Business Card Exchange hosted by Siesta Key Palms Hotel. Join for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and chances to win prizes. Don't forget to bring business cards and a door prize to promote businesses. 

Siesta Key Palms Hotel, 1800 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Big Night Out , June 21

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Kicking off Friday Fest 2019 is Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, R&B and Island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Dance the night away with a perfect view of the Sarasota sunset as Big Night Out’s kicks off our annual summer concert series!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  THEATER: Junie B. Jones The Musical , June 21 – June 22

Junie B. starts her first day of first grade, where she encounters many changes. Her best friend finds new best friends. She makes friends with Herb, the new kid. She has problems reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary’s class. Include the friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” First grade has never been more exciting! A Kidz Camp production.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wigs and Wit , June 25, 8pm

This showcase features a head-to-head battle of the wits between the area's most fabulous drag queens and hilarious stand-up comics. Music, comedy and surprises make this a unique live experience. Hosted by Jeff Klein and Sarasota's favorite hometown girl, Miss Beneva Fruitville.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Elvis Jailhouse Ballroom Revival! , June 30, 7pm–9pm

From his romantic ballads to his lively jives, embark on a journey through the era of Elvis. Choreographed and directed by world-renowned three-time World Champion, Wilson Barrera, this production is performed by both the professional dance instructors and students of Wilson's Dance Club International. Experience Elvis like never before.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's Reader Engagement Survey , July 1

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. To take the survey, visit SRQMAG.COM/HelloReader before July 1st.

[SOON]  GALA: "Red, White & You" Bayfront Kickoff Party , July 3

Kickoff the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival and 4th of July weekend at one of the biggest parties of the year! This event is a fundraiser for Suncoast Charities for Children. Guests will enjoy an open bar, island style food stations, live music and exciting live auction destination packages. Dress is Patriotic/Island Casual.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Fireworks on the Lake 2019 , July 3, 7pm

Celebrate Independence Day a night early with music, food, concessions and a sky show on the water. Join in on a family fun, four-mile, patriotic themed race just before sundown, followed by the annual fireworks display on the lake. The race begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Race participants get VIP parking for the fireworks, and a front row seat in the park after completing the race.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota

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