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SRQ DAILY Oct 30, 2020

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"I'm just happy that galleries are continuing to expand their platforms during this time and John Mable has created a really polished site that highlights local artists."

- Savannah Magnolia, Recent Ringling College Graduate and Local Artist

-BBQ Evolved, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click for the full article. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.
[Noteable People]  Who is John Mable?
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Who is John Mable? A whisper, rumor or symbol? A man of distinction with a taste for fine art? But the question of who, though delightfully abstract, yields a less fruitful conversation than what.

John Mable exists on the internet as a series of zeroes and ones, a portal and a platform for local artists to take their work from their studios and show it to a receptive audience. John Mable is a facilitator, the personification of a consortium of art dealers, handlers and curators, a collective of artists and art buyers with a massive network that extends from Tampa to Naples. And if on the surface John Mable merely sells fine art on an e-commerce website, the manner in which it’s sold might disrupt a business model that has gone unchanged for decades.

That disruption comes in the form of Mable’s delivery and payment methods. By partnering with local handlers, the platform offers free, professional delivery of its one-of-a-kind pieces. If a buyer in Tampa wants art from an artist represented in Naples, a handler in Naples packs and delivers the piece to Tampa, ensuring the piece gets the respect and care it deserves. In terms of payment, the money is held in an escrow account until the buyer gets eyes on the piece and gives final approval. This mitigates any issues arising from minor discrepancies between the actual piece and its digital rendering.

Those stipulations give the platform the ability to achieve its artist-first mission by increasing the reach of not only established artists like Tim Jaeger, but to champion artists on the cusp that might not be found in any local gallery. Savannah Magnolia is one such artist. A recent Ringling College graduate, Magnolia quickly built up steam with her work, winning first place in the VSA Emerging Artist Program from the Kennedy Center in D.C. and exhibiting her work in 2019’s Art Basel Miami. “I was really gaining momentum,” she says, “but Covid halted my progress.” Though she kept her brush wet during the pandemic, commissions dried up. By the time John Mable reached out during this dry spell, Magnolia had amassed a collection of work that further developed her colorful preoccupation with anatomical imagery and her hard-edged, meticulous line work.

“I’m just happy that galleries are continuing to expand their platforms during this time,” she says, “and John Mable has created a really polished site that highlights local artists.” John Mable has opened up the art world for Magnolia and other artists unable to leverage in-person gallery exhibitions. What the platform lacks in the assuredness of an in-person gallery, it hopes to make up for with a heightened sense of community and an artist-centric, digital grassroots mission.

So, who or what is John Mable? A mask behind which a collective of art dealers hide in an effort to highlight the art itself? A website where Southwest Florida art lovers can get their hands on Southwest Florida artists from the comfort of their own home?

The real question is: what difference does it make? 

John Mable, johnmable.com. Photo courtesy of artist and John Mable, titled: 'Better Living Through Chemistry,' acrylic and house paint on canvas.

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[Politics]  Buchanan, Good Spend Mightily In Final Stretch
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

It’s not unusual for Sarasota to at the center of a heated Congressional race. Millions have been spent now in the contest for House District 16, where Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan faces Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good as he seeks an eighth term.

Good through Oct. 14 had spent $2.9 million trying to make the case Buchanan’s time should end. She first came onto the local political scene in 2018, defeating Buchanan’s son James for a House seat.

"The voters of this district are ready for change and that is why we are seeing record turnout and grassroots support from across the district. They want a representative who fights for them,” she said. “In Congress, I will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare. I will work to lower healthcare costs and will fight to protect our water quality. I will treat the pandemic like the public health crisis that it is and will prioritize getting our economy back up and running.”

But Buchanan said he’s been an effective Representative for the region, whether he served in the majority or minority in the House. He spent about $2.8 million making that case to voters through Oct. 14.

“We’re running a positive campaign on our record of bipartisan accomplishments,” Buchanan said. “Twenty-two bills signed into law – under three different presidents – from both parties. There’s a reason I’ve been ranked one of the most effective members of Congress – because I’ll work with anybody if it means getting the job done.”

Good had no problem critiquing the incumbent’s record.

“There is a reason voters support term limits,” she said. “My opponent has been in Washington too long and voters are tired of politicians who say one thing at home and do another in Washington. My opponent voted to strip healthcare coverage from people with pre-existing conditions and gut Medicare. And when the pandemic hit, he cut in line to get $7 million of government money for himself, while local small businesses waited and worried and struggled. The people of this district deserve so much better."

Buchanan in a debate last week certainly had no problem comparing his records to Good’s.

“My job is to go out and fight for our communities on these issues, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” he said then. “That’s the issue with Margaret with zero bills and nothing accomplished.”

Good said her own polling shows the race statistically tied; she released a poll to The Hill this month showing her behind 3 percentage points and within the margin of error. But Buchanan has released polling showing his ahead by double digits. FiveThirtyEight gives Buchanan an 89% chance at reelection. Sabato’s Crystal Ball lists four Florida House races including this one, but lists it as a Likely Republican hold. 

[New Renovation]  Jewish Federation Holds Groundbreaking on the Larry & Mary Greenspon Family Campus
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee held a socially-distanced, outside groundbreaking today to ceremonially begin the renovation and expansion of the Larry & Mary Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life outside on the  32-acre campus

Federation President Randon Carvel said, "This groundbreaking begins a transformational period in the history of the Jewish Federation here in the Sarasota-Mantee area. Due to the generosity of our donors we'll be able to change lives for the better of not only our Jewish community but also non-Jewish residents with our planned outreach." The Federation and Carvel hope the expansion will, "engage people from young to old in a meaningful way for generations to come." 

Of the Federation's future plans Carvel elaborated, "we intend to have adult education for the community in addition to a summer day camp that will be open to children of all faiths. This will be a great way for people to learn more about and expierence our new campus."

Larry & Mary Greenspon made the lead gift to name the campus in 2018. Mary Greenspon feels strongly that this new campus will be an important step forward towards "co-embracing Jewish and non-Jewish kids to help foster acceptance." She continues, "It's our honor to do this. We want to help close the generational gap between grandkids and grandparents. Having a place to congregate will help the younger generation embrace their Jewish heritage and culture." Larry added, "This will bring people in and help create a 21st century dynamic Jewish community. This will be a place to grow the Jewish community, where we are inclusive and loving to all."

The Federation, through its JFED PROUD & STRONG campaign, has procured seven more lead gifts from the following donors: Joel & Gail Morganroth, Mitchell and Dawn Epstein, Jonathan and Michelle Mitchell, Karen & Tommy Bernstein, Bob and Esther Heller, Jules and Carol B. Green and  a legacy gift by Bea Friedman. 

For more information, call 941-371-4546. Pictured: Lead donors and Federation leadership hold shovels marking the beginning of the Federation campus renovation.

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[Donation]  The Patterson Foundation Strengthens Hurricane Recovery With $250,000 Contribution

The Patterson Foundation provided a $250,000 contribution to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. This gift will strengthen CDP’s support for medium- and long-term recovery efforts in regions affected by a significant amount of activity this hurricane season. “The Patterson Foundation has been a leader in responsive giving in times of disasters,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “We are grateful to The Patterson Foundation for their generous and steadfast commitment to supporting the equitable recovery of communities living in areas hit by this year’s hurricanes and for inviting other donors to do the same. Their support allows us to help communities rebuild and withstand future disasters.” 

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[Non-Profit]  Lutheran Services Florida to Host Virtual Open House

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to helping families in crisis, in partnership with LSF’s Sarasota Ambassador Board, will host a virtual open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight Sarasota and Manatee County programs on November 12, 2020 from 3-4pm. Distinguished speakers will include former DCF Secretary Mike Carroll and Judge Lee Haworth. 

Click here to register.

[Workshops]  Child Abuse Prevention Workshops Available to Public

The Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program (PSCA) of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is offering free virtual resources to the community. Workshops are available for children, parents, teachers, and the community at large. PSCA offers a holistic approach to the prevention of child abuse by promoting greater community awareness of the issue. PSCA provides primary abuse prevention education to children from preschool through high school.  

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[Workshop]  SRQ Strong Offers 'Raising Anti-Racist Children' Parenting Workshop

Many parents in Sarasota are looking for resources and support for how to talk with their children about racism and privilege, and how to support the development of values of racial equity and justice. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own racial attitudes while also learning and practicing ways to discuss racism with their children. Workshop will take place on Tuesday of the following dates from 6:30-7:30pm: November 17th, November 24th, December 1st and December 8th. There will be four 1-hour zoom sessions led by Greg Cruz (founder of non-profit Streets of Paradise) and Kim Doleatto (writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune) for ages 7 - 12.  

For questions please email sarasotastrong@gmail.com

Click here to register.

[Fashion & Wellness]  Local Vendors to Host 1st Annual Health-N-Art RunWay Show
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

For a unique Sunday funday this November 1, bring your girlfriends and join fellow fitness lovers at Art Ovation Hotel in downtown Sarasota for a fun day of wellness, fashion and art. Attendees will have full access to fitness and wellness activities and a runway show featuring Sarasota fitness instructors and local apparel. You'll be able to shop the latest activewear trends, up to 50% off, including Yummy & Trendy, local athleisure line designed Veronica Rosas, who will be offering a free Yummy & Trendy muscle tank with any leggings purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local, holistic veterans cause: Fidelity Wellness. Come work out, shop, sip, listen to good music and make new friends in a safe open environment. There will be a cash bar and a restaurant on-premise. Please bring a mask, as they need to be work in common areas. 

$5 general admission includes fitness classes, runway show, vendor visits and raffle prizes. $10 includes the aforementioned plus get a Stretch-n-Sweat workout tank top; $15 includes Stretch-n-Sweat grippy socks; $20 includes Stretch-n-Sweat zip pack; $35 includes Stretch-n-Sweat fitness pants. 

This event, Sunday, November 1 at Art Ovation Hotel is hosted by What's Up Sarasota, Fidelity Wellness, Yummy & Trendy, Stretch-N-Sweat, Wellness Festivals & Retreats, Holistic Movement Care Charity, Rasa-Lila Fest, and Yoga in the Park.   

Donate directly to the Holistic Movement Cause here.

[Kids Events]  Scratch Workshop: The Adventure of Peter Pumpkin

Join the Coder School this Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 12pm on Halloween morning and learn to build the original Scratch game “The Adventure of Peter Pumpkin”. Get tricks or treats by helping the Jack-o-lantern hero Peter collect treats while avoiding nefarious critters. Manatee Libraries is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Coder School. This workshop is suited for kids 7-10 years old. No prior experience is necessary. Students will need a computer with an internet connection to participate. This is a FREE workshop sponsored by the Manatee Libraries. Send an email to Daniel Akens at danielaken@mymanatee.org and sign up, today! 

Email danielaken@mymanatee.org to register.

[Virtual Presentation]  Perlman Music Program Presents PMP Alumni: At Home Live

Max Tan is back in Sarasota for a few days and is excited to once again connect with you, his Suncoast family. Max is no stranger to our community, first as a PMP "Little," who spent winters performing onstage with the PMP String Orchestra, then as a PMP alum who returned to the area for outreach programs in local venues and schools, and now as a professional musician who concertizes around the world and is a member of the Sarasota Orchestra. Join PMP and violinst Max Tan Sunday, November 1st at 7:30pm. Attendence is free but registration required before 6pm Sunday, click the link below.  

Click here to register.

[New Gallery Show]  Topsy/Turvy Collection Now Showing at Art Uptown Gallery

Elisabeth Trostli, Art Uptown’s November featured artist, connects imagination, visual vocabulary and technology as she transforms the centuries-old playing card template to a contemporary statement. According to the artist, “During the months of quarantine, I got really involved with the concept of creating original digital paintings for publication as a custom deck of Oracle playing cards. The challenge unleashed my imagination."  "Pick a card, any card" at Art Uptown, located at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, open Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday, 11am to 3pm and Sunday 12pm to 5 pm.  

Pictured: DAWN/DUSK (left) and DOUBLE/DARE (right) by Elisabeth Trostli

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[Recognition]  AIA Design Winners Featured at CFAS

The Center for Architecture Sarasota (CFAS) is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit showcasing the winners of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's Sarasota Design Conference. At the conclusion of the conference, the design winners will be featured at an exhibit in the CFAS Gallery, 265 South Orange Ave, Sarasota from November 5, 2020 - December 5, 2020. 

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[Election]  Voting #FreeTheVote Bus Tour Arrives in Sarasota

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) continues its statewide voting rights bus tour, stopping in Sarasota. They will join with local partners and canvassers to mobilize returning citizens, people with past felony convictions, to the polls for early voting. A statewide bus tour through Florida will stop in Sarasota today, Friday October 30th at 5:30pm to energize and engage the returning citizen community, their families and friends in early voting. FRRC will pass out masks and PPE to encourage safe voting.  

Newtown Estates Park, 2800 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota

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[New Position ]  The Florida Center Names New COO

The Florida Center for Early Childhood recently promoted Marina Bunch, LMHC, to Chief Operating Officer. Bunch previously served as the Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services. “Marina is well suited for the COO position,” said Dr. Kristie Skoglund, Chief Executive Officer. “During her tenure at The Florida Center, she has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, professionalism and helped to expand our clinical services." 

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[In This Issue]  Get Bronzed

Handsome hardware bounces light around kitchens and bathrooms. 

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[Blood Drive]  Suncoast Blood Center Hosts Drive Saturday

Suncoast Blood Centers will host a blood drive on Saturday, October 31st from 9am to 2pm. All blood donors will receive a coupon for Carrabba's Italian grill and a free health check.  

6751 Professional Pkwy West Suite #104, Sarasota

Click here to schedule your donation.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo! at The Bazaar , October 31, 10-3pm

Come trick or treat at The Bazaar. Enjoy interactive experiences from 21 Century Shakespeare Theatre company. Every hour they will be performing Halloween inspired skits outside in the courtyard, also Let's Create Art is hosting a coloring contest with prizes.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby Spooktacular , October 31, 10am-5pm

Join Selby for family-friendly Halloween fun at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume and enjoy the wide-open spaces at Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses. Guests 12 and under in costume will receive a special Halloween goodie bag (while supplies last). Be sure to pick up a copy of the Garden Discovery Guide for fun activities like bird bingo and plant hunts.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat Annual Wild-O-Ween , October 31, 12-4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween event Oct 31. The events will be held during normal admission times from 12 to 4pm, for the regular admission prices of $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Children under two and active military and veterans are admitted free. Events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, a live animal demonstration and pony rides. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo at The Bishop , October 31, 10am-2pm

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature invites you to a special Halloween-themed family day of spooky science and fantastic physics. You won't want to miss Phreaky Physics a one-day-only show about black holes at 11am and 12:30pm in The Planetarium. During Boo at The Bishop, you can stop at the spooky selfie station, discover an eerie science experiment and real fossils, and explore the Museum with a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: New College New Topics, Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Empty Bowls Fundraiser , November 12 – November 13, 11am-1pm

Join celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. While the luncheon this year will look very different, the purpose is the same, uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee. With a generous sponsorship, you can treat your staff/organization to a socially-distanced appreciation luncheon with an assortment of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert delivered from our event to your location. Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 12, 2020 at Manatee Performing Arts Center 503 3rd Avenue West in Fowntown Bradenton and on November 13, 2020 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, Nov 12: 503 3rd Avenue West, Downtown Bradenton Nov 13: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  MUSIC: Online: Live from the Sarasota Opera House , November 13, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera's first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.

[SOON]  FILM: Starlight Movie Night Event , November 14, 7:30pm

The Florida Cultural Group Inc will produce Starlight Movie Night, sponsored by the Bradenton Area Arts & Culture Department, on the heels of the destination's month-long National Arts and Humanities celebration. Four family-friendly films will be shown on big screens set up at four outdoor locations (on land and water) found throughout the Bradenton Area. Attendees must reserve a free viewing spot at the location of their choice to secure their space and ensure a safe and socially distant movie night under the stars.

Holmes Beach Community Park:
“Dolphin Tale” (rated PG) will be featured at Holmes Beach Community Park at 5900 Flotilla Drive in the City of Holmes Beach. Reserve a spot and bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. This screening also includes a guest speaker from Clearwater Aquarium starting at 6:30 p.m., presented by The Center of Anna Maria Island. Masks are required when not in your viewing section.

Manatee Performing Arts Center: This community hub for arts and culture at 502 3 rd Ave W in Bradenton will transform into an outdoor movie theatre, showing “Swiss Family Robinson” (rated G). At this location, attendees can reserve a section and set up their own lawn chairs and blankets outside, or reserve a parking spot and enjoy the movie from their vehicle. Coolers are allowed, and Manatee Performing Arts Center will be providing popcorn.

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch: These sprawling fields located at 5895 Post Blvd in Lakewood Ranch provide plenty of room for guests to set up their lawn chairs and blankets and get comfortable for an outdoor showing of “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” (rated PG). Concessions will be available at this location, and guests are welcome to bring coolers.

Palmetto on the Manatee River: Cruise over and anchor your boat for a unique movie experience on the water. “Peanut Butter Falcon” (rated PG-13) will be shown from the big screen on the west side of the Palmetto Pier and the north side of the Manatee River. There are no reservations at this location, so be sure to arrive early and anchor boats 10’ apart to maintain
social distancing.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Bay Music Live at the Van Wezel , November 14, 4pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced a premiere outdoor concert event, Bay Music Live. On Saturday, November 14, Jah Movement's signature sound will electrify the lawn and terrace outside of the Van Wezel in this socially-distanced, sunset show. The event kicks off at 4pm with music starting promptly at 4:30pm Lawn spaces and tables will be arranged for social distancing, and guests can enjoy fresh air and a stroll on the newly developed Mangrove Bayou Walkway. Food and beverage by Mattison's will be available for purchase, with beer by Michelob Ultra & Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  FOOD: Glow Table Dinner , November 6, 7-9:30pm

It's time to celebrate safely, joyously, and with great food all while being entertained between meal courses with skillful, artistic cirque performers.  Glow Table DInner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, will highlight its first of several magical dining experiences utilizing their chic, colorful dining tables with tempered glass on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Lakewood Ranch, FL, just off Main Street, in front of Grove's restaurant and ballroom.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Online: Equality Florida Suncoast Celebration , November 15, 5-6pm

Please join in celebrating the progress that's been made and charting the path forward for LGBTQ Floridians. At the 2020 Virtual Suncoast Celebration, you'll connect with leaders in this movement and learn about the future in protecting our progress. With performances from RuPaul's Drag Race alumni Bob the Drag Queen and Peppermint and some comic relief from LGBTQ comedian and actor Judy Gold. The evening will also include a state-of-the-state address from Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith, an awards program honoring leaders in the fight for LGBTQ equality, and an online silent auction.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: WUSF's Listen Up Livestream Event , November 16, 12pm-1pm

Join WUSF for a virtual event to benefit WUSF Public Media featuring Ari Shapiro, host of NPR's award-winning All Things Considered. Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel. In addition, he's a singer and makes frequent guest appearances with the "little Orchestra" Pink Martini.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Opera Film - Madama Butterfly , November 1, 1:30pm

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930's film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini's soaring opera of romance and innocence lost.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Syd Solomon, Concealed and Revealed , December 19 – January 24, Museum hours.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction. The exhibition began December 19, 2019 and will end January 24, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Light Up Siesta Key and Small Business Saturday , November 28

The holidays may look a little different this year, but it is more important than ever to support our local businesses.  On November 28, celebrate Small Business Saturday, and kick off the holiday season. Even though the traditional Siesta Key Holiday Parade is canceled, they are still lighting up the Key with festive décor, a store-front and window decorating contest, and the tree lighting at the gazebo in Siesta Key Village. Local businesses are encouraged to create their own holiday specials and activities, which will be promoted by the Siesta Key Chamber.

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