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SRQ DAILY Jul 17, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We must protect our national parks. They're magical."

- Judy Saltzman

[Gallery]  Watercolor Wonders of the Natural World at Art Center Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

It began with a road trip to Tennessee. Watercolorist Judy Saltzman and her husband took a small detour for a side-trip to Providence Canyon, a national park in Georgia’s Stewart County. There, overlooking the rock formations and forests, the artist found herself entranced by an elemental beauty quite unlike her usual nautical fare. “I knew I wanted to paint it,” she says. “I just wasn’t sure that I knew how.” That was 2017. Two years later at Art Center Sarasota, Saltzman unveils the outsized fruits of her inspiration with Spirit of America, a watercolor exhibition of mammoth proportions (including a 24-foot-long octaptych of Bryce Canyon National Park) and her first solo show at the gallery.

Though technically an exhibition of only four paintings, those four paintings comprise a total of 19 painted panels, some three feet wide and four feet tall, for a monumental tribute to the grandeur of the country’s national parks. The aforementioned octaptych (eight panels) brings viewers to the elevated edge of Bryce Canyon’s Cassidy Trail, overlooking the red rocks and green trees where Saltzman’s brush captures a small band on horseback, plodding through a landscape that has near swallowed them whole. In contrast, the triptych Meeting of the Waters places the audience on the canyon floor at Zion National Park, in a fertile oasis bounded by striated rock faces and desert beyond. The remaining pentaptych and triptych see the artist return to Providence Canyon where the journey began. “I never thought of myself as a landscape artist,” Saltzman quips, “but, after 19 panels, I guess I qualify.”

Created with a special series of PrimaTek watercolors, the paints themselves come from the earth, relying on natural mineral pigments, as opposed to artificial hues. The result is an inherent earthiness, plus a granular texture and sparkle perfect for capturing canyon rock.

Simultaneously enchanted by what she saw in America’s backyard and dismayed by its apparent vulnerability in the face of climate change, invasive species and human activity, Saltzman hopes the exhibition will spur not only appreciation, but maybe even action. “We are very fortunate as a country to have these resources,” she says. “And it would be man’s fault if we lose them.”

Spirit of America opens tomorrow at Art Center Sarasota with a reception at 5pm. 

Pictured: 'The Hikers' by Judy Saltzman.

[Philanthropy]  ABA Academy and Easterseals Southwest Florida Form Strategic Alliance

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Academy and Easterseals Southwest Florida, two nonprofits that similarly serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities and their families, have formed a strategic alliance to share services in order to fill educational gaps and create the best possible programming regionally. This synergistic strategy combines the skill set strengths, teamwork and leadership from both organizations, with the ABA Academy’s team and experience in applied behavioral therapy pairing with Easterseals Southwest Florida’s extensive therapy, early intervention, education, family support services and broad range of autism services.

Each nonprofit will function as separate entities. As part of the alliance, Easterseals Southwest Florida will continue to provide a preschool and kindergarten program at its 350 Braden Ave. location in Sarasota. ABA Academy and Easterseals Academy will operate a premier school for first-grade through seventh-grade students at its facility at 7555 Claxstrauss Drive in Sarasota. At the new DeSoto Club location of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Easterseals Southwest Florida and ABA Academy will provide an alternative educational program for students’ age 14–22 years old that are eligible for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services. The program provides transition services, including post-secondary employment, education and/or training and independent living. 

Applied Behavioral Analysis Academy

[Philanthropy]  GCCF Promotes Fulkerson to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has promoted Kirstin Fulkerson to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy. Fulkerson will lead the foundation’s work with generous families, individuals, businesses and organizations to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. Fulkerson has been a member of the Gulf Coast team for 16 years, gaining extensive experience across both the donor engagement and community investment roles of the foundation. For the past 10 years, she has worked directly with hundreds of Gulf Coast donors and their legal and financial advisors to fulfill their charitable wishes and secure meaningful legacies through philanthropy. She most recently held the title of Senior Philanthropic Advisor, and began her career as a program officer at the foundation, working closely with nonprofit organizations and spearheading initiatives focused on nonprofit and community leadership and emerging regional issues. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Philanthropy]  Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Launches Health and Wellness Initiative

The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, is launching a summer initiative focused on the health and wellness of its members. Called GCBX Cares, the summer-long program will offer health and fitness opportunities for its members. The healthy living options include a free 45-minute lunch-and-burn workout class at Orangetheory Fitness, cycling classes with Off the Handle! cycling studio, specialty yoga classes, healthy cooking classes, at-home workouts and one-on-one guidance and nutritional counseling by Positively Diesel, lunch-and-learn workshops with Longevity Wellness Clinic and heart score testing at the Manatee Diagnostic Center, among other movement and healthy living happenings.

As part of this initiative, GCBX is introducing the Transformation Challenge, a workout challenge with Orangetheory Fitness from July 7 through August 17. 

Gulf Coast Builders Exchange

[Philanthropy]  Ear Research Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from GCCF

Ear Research Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant award from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s CCDHH Endowment Fund. These funds will be used to help support programs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Ear Research Foundation recently embarked on its “Elevate!” campaign to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health and message the need for the community’s philanthropic involvement in giving the gift of hearing to others. Elevate! will grow the number of hearing screenings offered to preschoolers and other partnering agencies, as well as the provision of treatment and hearing devices for qualified community members who could not otherwise afford this type of needed medical help. 

Ear Research Foundation

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium- July 25; 11:30am-1pm , July 25, Registration 11am. Program 11:30am-1pm.

Join us for the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 11:30am to 1pm. The topic of discussion will be creating bold and resonant impact through the nonprofit mission. Registration opens at 11am. Panelists include special guests: David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, Sabeen Perwaiz of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation. Tickets: $55/person. Table Sponsorships Available. Purchase tickets online at SRQSB2.COM. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: SHOUT! The MOD Musical! , July 10 – July 21

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s, following five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, the soundtrack includes new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man" and, of course, “Shout.”

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Rebel Heart , July 19

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.


Rebel Heart returns to Friday Fest at the Van Wezel with some of today's most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance and the blues! The 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that you won’t want to miss

Van Wezel

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Christmas in July , July 19 – July 20

Forget your stresses and get in the spirit at the Downtown Venice “Christmas in July” event. Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus riding the trolley and visiting the shops, ride the trolley from 11am to 4pm or participate in a raffle for four large gift baskets. Pick up your free raffle tickets at many of the participating downtown businesses and experience holiday magic like never before.

Historic Downtown Venice , 101 West Venice Ave. #23

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Terracotta molds , July 20, 10am

Explore Ca d'Zan through a creative project: sculpting terracotta molds! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the grounds with a special handout to help locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired the project.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 20, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water and open-seated kayaking from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay with John Sarkozy. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  FILM: Art and a Movie: Summer Film Series , July 22, 1:30pm

See the showing of Nevelson: Awareness in the Fourth Dimension as part of The Ringling and Monda Collections’ Summer Film Series. Ringling staff will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion about each of the three highlighted women artists of the series. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free Mondays at the Museum of Art to visit the exhibition before or after the film.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum of Art Mondays: Fabric of India , July 22, 10am

Join the Ringling staff in the Education Building for a Fabric of India art-making program, bridging active creation with artwork in the Museum. Then visit the galleries to find each day’s featured artwork and learn more about it from a docent!

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Paddling the Waterways of Nokomis , July 22, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead this kayak trip, exploring the bays and canals around Nokomis. Check out the islands, birds and marine life in this area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip. Contact John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

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