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"We never want people to say 'We've been to Selby, it's beautiful,' as if they don't have a reason to come back."

- Jennifer Rominiecki, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Tourism]  Selby Gardens Aims For Repeat Visitors
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

When Jennifer Rominiecki first came on as executive director for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, she heard too often from those who visited the institution just once.

“We never want people to say ‘We’ve been to Selby, it’s beautiful,’ as if they don’t have a reason to come back,” she said.

It’s why, as part of the institution’s new master plan, the concept of Selby as “The Living Museum” plays a central role. That includes exhibition series better connecting nature and the arts, such as an ongoing glass show done in partnership with the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg. Works are on display in Selby structures and segments of the gardens themselves showcasing work of DMG artists.

And there will also be orchid shows each fall spotlighting the Gardens’ living, preserved and bibliographic collections. Plans for the garden in the future include a library of research and scientific literature. In February, the Gardens plan interdisciplinary cultural shows connecting nature to the arts.

“So the experience is always changing, and it’s always new and different,” Rominiecki said.

Already, the approach helped usher better financial security for the institution. Total earned revenue growth from 2015 to 2018 went up 59 percent thanks to growth in a number of arenas. Admissions revenue jumped 47 percent, memberships 60 percent and rental and catering commissions a whopping 162 percent.

The gardens have gone from a net loss of $1.8 million in 2008 to pulling in a net $3 million-plus in 2018. 

It’s generated fresh publicity in national media for the Gardens as well. On average, there have been two out-of-market articles each week printed about Selby Gardens in publications from The Ritz-Carlton Magazine to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Now, Selby leaders have started the process of trademarking “The Living Museum” and started conceptualizing exhibits that could travel, always with denotations of being presented by Selby Gardens, but shown at venues across the country.

“We can really cross collaborate,” Rominiecki said. “They can promote us and send people to us. We can promote them and send people to them.” 

Photo courtesy Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

[Transit]  Transform 2045 Meets Tomorrow to Discuss Environment in Transportation

Transform 2045, a community activation group of regional influencers under the age of 45 with a shared passion for future development, will meet to engage and discuss Environment in Transportation at its free event tomorrow, July 23, at Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s landside location. Special guest speaker, Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant, will be present to interact with the millennials shaping transportation in the region, as well as to discuss Palmetto’s living seawall project. Event attendees will have their chance at city planning, where they will work together to build a city lot plan from an environmentalist, local agency, and/or developer perspective. The group with the best lot will be chosen to win the door prize at the event. The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will be addressing the group about onsite and offsite mitigation banks, plus show visuals such as a map of existing wetlands and critical habitats and much more.

To sign up and join in the conversation, attend the event, or to read more, visit the Transform 2045 page on Facebook at the website below. 

Transform 2045

[Business]  Phidd Named Board Member to Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Alicia M. Phidd, Esq. was voted in as a board member to Crowley Museum and Nature Center in May 2019. The Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a 501(c)3 community organization founded by Jasper Crowley and Edna Truchot in 1974, to celebrate Old Florida, pioneer history and artifacts through a museum, pioneer cabin, blacksmith shop, working sugar cane mill and more. A half-mile boardwalk takes visitors through five Florida habitats including Maple Branch Swamp, and Tatum Sawgrass Marsh ends with a two-story observation tower overlooking the marsh and the Myakka River.

Phidd is the general counsel of Sarasota Sports Management, which owns Sarasota Metropolis FC, and has been practicing law for more than 15 years. 

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

[Health & Wellness]  Ramos Center Welcomes First Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

The Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine has introduced a new physician to its team, Dr. Abraham J. Fura. He is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and completed his fellowship in multidisciplinary pain management at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As an Anesthesiology Resident, he trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the first D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) on the Ramos Center team of physicians, Fura brings this whole-person approach to the specialty of pain medicine. He is specialized in a multitude of minimally invasive, interventional treatment options, including Spinal Cord Stimulation Neuromodulation.

Fura will primarily be based out of the Ramos Centers new Sarasota and Venice locations opening this summer. 

The Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine

[Real Estate]  Eudy, Bryant Join RE/MAX Venice Offices

Kimberly Eudy has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a realtor in the Venice office, specializing in condominiums. She obtained her real estate sales license after working for many years as a Community Association Manager. Holli Bryant has joined the Venice office of RE/MAX Alliance Group as a buyer's agent with the Werla Group. Formerly with American Realty of Venice, she has been an area resident for 15 years. Before entering the real estate field, Bryant was a dental assistant for 23 years. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[Business]  Brooke Chase Places DeRose with Hydro Systems

Sarasota-based executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates has announced the successful recruitment of Rene’ DeRose as Eastern Regional Sales Director with Hydro Systems. Reporting directly to the National Sales Manager of Hydro Systems, DeRose will be responsible for the development of the sales staff and business opportunities to progressively expand the market share in all product categories. She previously held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing with Linkasink. 

Brooke Chase Associates

[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]  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

[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

[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]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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]  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. 

[SOON]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation: Behind the Scenes with the Events Department , July 24, 10:30am

Join Events staff for an informal discussion of their work, including an explanation of their day-to-day tasks, highlights of their favorite parts of the job, trade secrets of the profession and what they wish museum visitors knew about what goes into planning museum events.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 24, 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 provided and is included in the cost of the trip. Contact John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. Get out and explore the area! 

[SOON]  THEATER: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

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