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"Sometimes it feels like a journey that'll never end, but then you take a look back and realize you've come further than you ever thought you could."

- Liz of Nautical Nomads - an Instagram account documenting her family's life in a converted school bus.

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's New SEPT/OCT 2020 Feature A Latte Fun
[Mexican Food]  A Field of Dreams, a Plate of Tacos
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

As the mysterious off-camera (and presumably off-world) voice whispers in Field of Dreams: “if you build it, he will come.” And the protagonist, a poor but hardworking farmer and family man played by Kevin Costner, proceeds to build a baseball field in the middle of his Iowa cornfield, convinced by the voice that something magical will happen in the middle of nowhere if he just believes in some vague, unformed notion. This is all a long-winded way of establishing a parallel with The Spot Tacos and More.

Located down the road from Red Barn in what used to be the lobby for a motel, the proprietors of The Spot, like Costner’s character, took a chance on the belief that something special would happen in the middle of nowhere, situated in an unorthodox space a stone’s throw away from an overpass. But they built it, and he (me) came. He had the Saturday special of three birria tacos and a cup of consommé.

Birria, similar in ingredients and flavor profile to the more recognizable barbacoa beef, is a meat stew made traditionally for special occasions across Mexico, most notably in the state of Jalisco. When the meat from the stew is used in tacos, the tortillas are dipped in the broth to soak up some of the fat and flavor, then seared on a flat top until crispy. The result is a taco halfway between soft and hard shell, with crispy burnt parts here and there that add a hint of the Maillard reaction that makes toasted bread so delicious. Of course, the beef inside the taco, marinated and cooked in the tangy, slightly spicy broth, is tender and juicy. Topped with diced onions, cilantro, cheese and a squeeze of lime, these tacos are the reason The Spot took their chance on an odd location. These tacos will also ensure they thrive.

The Spot is open Thursdays from 11am to 7pm, Fridays to 8pm, Saturdays to 7pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. 

The Spot Tacos and More, 2303 1st Street, Bradenton, 941-999-3140

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[Recognition]  Sharky's on the Pier, Fins at Sharky's & Snook Haven Awarded the FRLA Seal of Commitment

Venice Pier Group, which operates waterfront dining destinations Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins at Sharky’s and Snook Haven in Venice, Fla., has been awarded the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment, a respected health, safety and sanitation honor. The Seal of Commitment is the FRLA’s highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards. Bearing this seal is Sharky’s, Fins and Snook Haven’s pledge to their employees, guests and community that each restaurant meets and exceeds the FRLA’s designated health, safety and sanitation standards. Less than 70 restaurants in the state of Florida have received this recognition, and the Venice Pier Group restaurants are the first to receive this honor in Venice. 

“We have always believed safety and sanitation within Venice Pier Group to be a top priority and have held our standards well above the requirements of the industry,” said Justin Pachota, President of Venice Pier Group. The FRLA Seal of Commitment achievement comes on the heels of the Venice Pier Group restaurants being recognized as the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in the Hospitality and Tourism category. “This is just another way for the public to know that where they are eating has been certified as the highest level of cleanliness.” “The training provided not only focuses on the importance of safety and sanitation but also on how to create a great experience for our guests while managing those priorities,” said Pachota. “It reminds all of us our every action towards each individual can impact the guest and each other.”

Sharky's is open seven days a week from 11:30am to 10pm. 

1600 Harbor Dr S, Venice, 941-488-1456

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[Emotional Support]  Lutz Buddy Up Program Continues to Help Area Veterans and First Responders through Pandemic

For those on the front lines of tragedy and violence - like veterans and first responders - the emotional impact of such service can be difficult to explain to others, including loved ones or friends. This was the case for Marine Lance Corporal Janos V. Lutz, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and took his own life in 2013 due to the detrimental effects of PTSD and over-prescribed medication. His mother, Janine Lutz, was determined that his death would not be in vain; she felt compelled to create a vehicle through which other war veterans could, perhaps, be saved. In May of last year, Goodwill Manasota launched the local chapter of the "Lutz Buddy Up" program, through which military veterans and first responders can network and form bonds, and really talk about what they are going through. The ultimate goal is that a buddy in crisis could be connected to needed resources before it becomes a life or death emergency. In July, Lutz Buddy Up reconvened in person but meetings are now at the Disabled American Veterans facility on Bee Ridge Road so that attendees can spread out a bit more. As Goodwill's Veterans Services Program Manager Todd Hughes (who is also a veteran) has said, "Getting together with like-minded brothers and sisters helps with the depression and loneliness. I'm so happy we started this group - we are changing lives!" The next meeting is Wednesday, September 16, 6pm at the DAV (7177 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota). 

[New Grant]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives Grants Supporting SNAP Benefits Assistance

All Faiths Food Bank has been awarded $30,000 in Community Investment funding from United Way Suncoast – as well as additional funds from Feeding America – through United Way Suncoast’s Reducing Food Insecurity Program, in order to help provide SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) application assistance and food distribution to hungry people and families. With these grants, All Faiths has hired a new SNAP Outreach Specialist, Mia Pompey, who will provide support and assistance to clients applying for benefits. “We are proud to partner with All Faiths Food Bank in support of our community impact priority of financial stability,” said United Way Suncoast CEO Jessica Muroff. “Our community needs this support now more than ever. We look forward to the impact these dollars will make in serving individuals and families.”  

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[Recognition]  The Patterson Foundation Shares Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Opportunity With Regional Nonprofits

The Patterson Foundation has selected six organizations in our region to receive 1:1 consulting to strengthen their efforts through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability, an opportunity for nonprofits to learn ways to make mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products and services. “Nonprofits throughout our region are shifting their strategies to meet this uniquely challenging moment in a resource-challenged world,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include: The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Florida Cultural Group, Inc., Habitat for Humanity Charlotte County, Habitat for Humanity Manatee County, Our Y, Inc. and Punta Gorda Symphony. 

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[Free Meals ]  Free Meals for All Manatee County Kids and Teens

On August 31, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be bringing back the Free Summer Meals program for all children, 18 and younger, through December 31, 2020. This program will allow the School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services to serve free meals to all children into the fall months helping to ensure that children have access to nutritious food as Manatee County recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.S tarting Monday, September 14th, ALL students who attend school five-days-a-week can get a free breakfast and free lunch every day at school through December 31st. No meal benefit application is needed during this time. Students attending on a Hybrid schedule can receive free breakfast and lunch on the days they are in school and take-home free breakfast and lunch for the three days they are out of school. Starting Monday, September 14th, eLearning Manatee students and all children, 18 and younger, can receive free breakfast and lunch for the school week available for curbside pick-up at any school on Mondays between 9:30am – 10:30am. Parents/guardians do not have to register for these meals they can simply drive up and pick up. These meals will contain frozen and refrigerated items. For cooking and heating instructions please visit www.ManateeSchoolFood.net. For locations of pick-up, please contact the school’s cafeteria manager.


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[New Grant]  Tidewell Receives Wilson-Wood Foundation Grant for Family Grief and Bereavement Program

Tidewell Hospice has received a $10,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation, Inc. to support its Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center, an evidence-based program that helps grieving children, teens and caregivers through professional counseling, peer-support groups and activities. “The Blue Butterfly program provides stabilizing support to help children and families grieve, heal and live more successful lives,” said Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason. “We are incredibly grateful to donors who understand that dollars invested in these services may be key to preventing future mental health and behavioral issues.” 

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[Outer Space ]  Celebrate Mars Month with The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Here on Earth, Mars is growing ever closer to us as it nears opposition (on the opposite side of the sun from the Earth) on October 13, presenting the best opportunity for viewing the planet in nearly two decades — an event ripe for celebration. And The Bishop is doing just that for “Mars Month,” a series of special Mars-centric online and in-person programs throughout September and October. “Mars Month” programs at The Bishop will explore everything from how we launch the rockets that will get us to Mars, to myths about Mars, and even opportunities for in-person viewing. “Mars has fascinated backyard astronomers, scientists, and people around the world for thousands of years,” said Howard Hochhalter, Manager of The Planetarium at The Bishop. “Authors have been writing about it since Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli first described the shading on its surface. In our collective imagination, we’re either being invaded by it like in War of the Worlds or we’re conquering it like in The Martian. But whether it’s fear or fascination, the Red Planet certainly holds our attention. So why not use opposition as an opportunity to celebrate it?” 

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[Construction ]  London Bay Homes Completes Luxury Custom Home on Bird Key

London Bay Homes has completed construction of a luxury private custom home in the exclusive Bird Key island in Sarasota. The stunning estate leverages its ideal location near the water with a coastal contemporary design. “This home on Bird Key is a perfect example of what is possible when clients choose to build with London Bay,” said Stephen Walker, senior project manager for London Bay Homes. “We were able to take a floor plan that we know works well, and then customize it to best suit the way the homeowners want to live. Luann Powers Gliwski of Romanza Interior Design was also able to complement the design by helping guide furnishing, finishes and lighting selections to personalize the space.” 

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[Delivery]  Duval’s Finds Innovative Way to Serve the Community During Unusual Times

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. has added several enhancements this year. Not only have they added unobtrusive plexiglass partitions between tables and an extended patio under café-lit umbrellas but branched out their free in-house delivery service to include drop off at three Lido Beach locations. Perfecting its local delivery service long before it was widespread, Duval’s now also delivers to three beach-adjacent locations. “Lido Beach is a beloved gem in Sarasota, and we want guests to be able to enjoy ‘Sarasota’s Best All-Around Restaurant’ right there on the sand” said Jonathan Van Dyke, General Manager of Duval’s. Duval’s will continue offering its regular menu to beach guests, should one of the predefined packages not fit their desires. Their seasoned in-house staff will be delivering so you will likely recognize friendly faces. 


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[Recognition]  Young Reader Wins Music Compound's 'Rock Your Summer Reading' Grand Prize

Music Compound is committed to educating all year long, even when school is out for the summer. In addition to hosting an in-person summer camp, Music Compound launched the "Rock Your Summer Reading" initiative on June 1. Music Compound partnered with area businesses to provide special treats, one-of-a-kind experiences, and cool items as prizes; area children received prizes for every five books they read. All of the children who read at least 50 books were entered into a drawing; Pine View eighth-grader Zoe Harrell - who read more than 55 books (before she stopped counting) - was recently selected as the winner. Harrell has won a private party for up to 25 at Music Compound’s Cattlemen location. Highlights will include karaoke, pizza, a bounce house donated by Let’s Jump Rentals, and cool treats donated by Kona Ice. “All three of my kids participated in Rock Your Summer Reading and it definitely motivated them to keep picking up new books," said proud mom Lora Harrell. "The prizes gave them something to look forward to during this weird home-bound summer. They always love competing with one another but Zoe took an early lead and never relinquished it. ” 

Pictured: Eighth-grader Zoe Harrell, the grand-prize winner of Music Compound's 'Rock Your Summer Reading' program.

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[Recognition]  Junior League of Sarasota Awarded by Child Protection Center

The Child Protection Center (CPC) has awarded the ‘Community Partner of the Year’ to the Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) to recognize their vital contributions to the protection of local children from abuse. “We have such an amazing and impactful history and long-term relationship with CPC,” said Melissa Hembree, JLS President. “I am grateful to community partners like [CPC] for all that you do to help and serve our community.” 

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[New Hire]  CareerEdge Hires Kathryn Whalen as Workforce Program Coordinator

Kathryn Whalen has joined Career Edge Funders Collaborative, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s workforce initiative as their Program Coordinator.  Whalen will assist with workforce development initiatives, leading fast-track training programs, work with business and community partners, as well as coordinating special projects for CareerEdge Funders Collaborative. 

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[New Hire]  Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits Christopher Norris as Director of Procurement for Zamma Corporation

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful recruitment by its Executive Recruiter, Richard Mohrman of Christopher Norris as Director of Procurement for Zamma Corporation. As the Director of Procurement, Chris will be tasked with evaluating and improving Zamma’s procurement strategy and processes for raw material sourcing, optimizing vendor relationships through creation of strategic partnerships, and leading the procurement team for proactive, cross-trained and supportive excellence.  

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[Recognition]  Local PR Chapter Recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) was recognized during FPRA’s annual Golden Image Awards held for the first ever virtual event recognizing and celebrating excellence in outstanding public relations program in Florida and to encourage and promote the development of public relations in the state of Florida. Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC received the Chapter President of the Year Award for the exhibiting such passion and enthusiasm for creating an environment where chapter members could make meaningful and authentic connections. CWC-FPRA won the President’s Award for “Community Involvement,” in recognition of the chapter’s commitment to community service by creating and hosting an event called “Operation Gratitude” which not only gave financially to an incredible cause but also generated strong media coverage in the region. CWC-FPRA also won the President’s Award for “Accreditation & Certification,” in recognition of the most members receiving their accreditations and certifications. 

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Selby Gardens Presents In Dialogue With Nature: Glass in The Gardens , August 8 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

Glass Artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in the Conservatory and the Gardens. Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG) in St. Petersburg presents the third annual summer glass show. This year we are featuring the nature-inspired glasswork created exclusively by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists which will be displayed in the Conservatory and in the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. The beautiful botanically-themed glassworks will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Moving Meditation in the Museum of Art Courtyard , August 28 – October 30, 10:00am

Join Claudia Baeza, a Kripalu trained yoga instructor, for Yoga and Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Yoga on Ca'd 'Zan Lawn , August 20 – September 17, 7:00pm

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will lead a yoga session the front lawn of Ca' d'Zan. With your health and safety as a top priority, these classes are limited to 50 participants and at least 7 feet of distance will be maintained between people. Class size is limited, tickets must be purchased in advance

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SEMINAR: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: ALSO Youth Presents Virtual Variety Show , September 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Matthew McGee, a well-known performer in the Tampa/Sarasota area, will host ALSO Youth’s upcoming Virtual Variety Show “Better Together” on September 26th from 6:30 to 8:30. Mr. McGee has performed locally with the Asolo Rep, freeFall Theatre Company, Stageworks, American Stage in the Park, and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project. He is a two time Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner and a Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical winner. The Virtual variety Show will feature performances by local theater, dance, circus arts, and drag performers as well as cooking and cocktail demonstrations. An online auction featuring vacation stays, experiences and gift baskets will begin two weeks prior to the event and will conclude at the end of the Variety Show. Proceeds from the event will support ALSO Youth’s programs for LGBTQ+ youth. For more information about the event contact TonyBoothby@michaelsaunders.com or james@alsoyouth.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride , October 17 – October 25

October 17th & 18th and October 24th & 25th. Tickets for this popular event go on sale to the general public on August 12th at 10am, tickets will be available on the museum's website at www.frrm.org Early access for members are on sale now by calling the ticket office. The Ticket office is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Special Note for Covid 19; For 2020 the event will operate at 50% capacity. Due to the complicity of ticketing in reserved seat cars, window seats will only be sold. However, you may consolidate your group using unsold aisle seats within your seating area. Mask requirements will be based on Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents An Evening with Bruce Hornsby , November 17, 7pm

Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has collaborated with Ricky Skaggs and the Grateful Dead. He has scored films and performed with symphony orchestras. Hornsby describes his new album Absolute Zero as “a compendium of what I like and moves me.” Prepare for a multi-faceted ride.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Sarasota , October 7, 5:30pm-8pm

The 20th annual Fall Class features 17+ Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes. Early Bird Tickets Available for $15 until they’re Sold Out and General Admission is $20. Tickets include all Food Tastings and Beverages are available at the Cash Bar.

Sarasota Event Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Merz Trio , February 14, 4pm

Merz Trio, is a bold, new and fiercely creative ensemble that has been hailed as ‘impressive’ by the New York Times, and ‘impeccable’ by Fanfare Magazine. The South Florida Classical Review praised the trio for its ‘sense of joyful virtuosity.’ Formed in 2017, the group has already garnered numerous awards, including the top prizes at the 2019 Fischoff and Concert Artists Guild competitions and the gold medal and audience-favorite award at the 2018 Chesapeake Competitions. They are currently a professional ensemble in residence at the New England Conservatory. Hailed as “a star in the making,” violist Jordan Bak is quickly gathering acclaim as an artist of passion, energy and authenticity. Bak was also a top prize winner at the 2019 Artists Guild Competition and is just the third viola player in the history of the Juilliard School to be enrolled in the school’s prestigious Artist’s Diploma Program. He performs regularly at major venues and festivals, and with major orchestras and ensembles across the globe. The group’s program will include chamber works by Fauré and Brahms as well as other selections featuring viola and piano.

Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Antonio Chen Guang , February 28, 3pm
Winner of the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, the Scriabin Prize and the Rome Prize amongst numerous other international awards, twenty-five-year-old pianist Antonio Chen Guang combines extraordinary technique, a precociously mature musical sensibility and exceptional onstage charisma. In addition to works by Chopin and Schumann, Guang also celebrates the lighter side of Beethoven with Variations in D Major Op.

Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's Tosca , February 6 – March 20, 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Opera in three acts with music by Giacomo Puccini and poetry by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Travel to Rome, where a diva’s jealousy plays into the hands of the lecherous chief of police, Baron Scarpia. An escaped political prisoner seeks the help of his friend—the painter Mario Cavaradossi, the lover of the famous diva Floria Tosca. In an attempt to recapture the fugitive, Scarpia plants a seed of suspicion in Tosca and sets a dreadful trap. A desperate Tosca will be forced to make a horrific choice to save her beloved. Sung in Italian with translations in English.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  GALLERY: ONLINE—2020 Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition , September 4 – November 27, This exhibition is being hosted online.
This digital exhibition features recent work by accomplished faculty currently teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design. Featuring a dizzying array of media and artistic styles that reflect the breadth of art practices, this exhibition provides an important opportunity for art faculty members to share their work with students, colleagues, and the community.

Ringling College Galleries, ONLINE—this exhibition is being hosted online.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict , October 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists Presents Omer Quartet with Hanzhi Wang, Accordion , October 11, 3pm-6pm

From Young Concert Artists comes one of the most versatile string quartets in classical music today. The Omer Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation for “fearless renderings” (the New York Times) of the standard quartet repertoire as well as compelling performances of works by today’s composers. The ensemble burst onto the scene with top prizes at Borciani, Trondheim, and Bordeaux in Europe all in one year, having already captured the Fischoff National Competition Grand Prize. The quartet was awarded first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and recently debuted at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Joining the quartet from Young Concert Artists is accordion virtuoso Hanzhi Wang. Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, this groundbreaking young musician is the only accordionist in 59 years to win a place on the YCA roster. 3pm Pre-Concert Wine Reception. Tickets are $42.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Soiree Series Concert Presents A Soprano, a Tenor and a Piano , October 25 – October 26, 3pm and 7pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together at the first soirée series concert of the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. Tickets are $53. 

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Glass in the Gardens at Selby Gardens , August 8 – September 20

The third annual summer glass show, In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, opens Saturday, August 8 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. This year, nature-inspired glasswork, exclusively created by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists, will embellish the Tropical Conservatory and Koi Pond against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. Many spectacular pieces will also be on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. The botanically-themed glassworks will be available for sale with a significant portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission.

Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – December 26, 7am-1pm

The Sarasota Farmers Market is proud to announce the reopening of the market on Saturday, August 1st. Hours will remain the same as always, 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time!

Downtown Sarasota

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