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SRQ DAILY Nov 16, 2020

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[New Development]  Mote Marine Breaks Ground on New Aquarium
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Plans for a new Mote Science Education Aquarium took a significant leap forward with a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at Nathan Benderson Park. The facility, which expects to attract 700,000 visitors through its doors each year should serve both as a major tourism attraction and an asset to education in the region.

“It also opens the door for growth and development for our international worldwide marine science, as well as our innovative educational programs at our other campuses,” said Dr. Sam Seider, chairman for Mote Marine Aquarium’s board of directors.

The new aquarium will include three state-of-the-art STEM teaching labs, Mote officials said, which will be offered up for free use to the school districts in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Mote officials have stressed the opening of an aquarium near Interstate-75 won’t bring the closure of facilities in the city or other locations in the state, but rather will allow more research at existing structures. “Mote has operated significant facilities on our campuses, including some of the most iconic areas in Florida,” said Dr. Michael Crosby, president and CEO. “Charlotte Harbour, Siesta Key, City Island, the Florida Keys, and now right here at Nathan Benderson Park.”

Crosby imagine Mote SEA serving as an ideal gateway to the entire Sarasota-Manatee region, one easily accessible to 3 million residents within an hour drive of an attraction at the county line between the communities.

Elected officials also stressed the value of Mote to the area ecology and economy.

“When we’ve had problems in estuaries, when snook died in Charlotte Harbor estuary, Mote was there to help,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. “When we had the BP oil spill, Mote was there. When we need research for red tide, Mote’s there. When we need research for all the different things that we’re trying to do to make water quality in the State of Florida along the coastline the best water quality in the nation, Mote is there.”

State Rep. James Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said the new aquarium will serve as a physical manifestation of the partnerships where Mote provides a foundation.

“There’s been so many conversations, partnerships, drawings on paper—all conceptual,” he said. “And now this becomes a reality for all Floridians and the folks that come to visit the great State of Florida. The vision of Mote SEA is to take science to all of you—to the public, to our elected officials, our policymakers, our educators and the next generation in order to protect Florida’s natural resources, and in keeping Florida’s coastline safe and resilient to sea level rise.”

Mote officials said the facility will serve as a visible attraction, but support the many intangible benefits for the region. “It’s important for us to continue to find ways to revitalize and sustain the ocean through research and education,” Seider said. 

[Recognition]  Local Marketing Agency Next-Mark Becomes Only Sarasota-Based Salesforce Certified Partner

Next-Mark, LLC, a full-service marketing agency based in downtown Sarasota, announced its recent certification as a partner with Salesforce, the world’s No. 1 customer relationship management platform. “Businesses are being forced to rethink how they engage with their customers and reassess how they get work done as a result of the disruption in today’s business environment,” said Joseph Grano, president of Next-Mark. “This new Salesforce offering accelerates our commitment to helping our  clients better compete in disruptive and highly competitive markets. 

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[Recognition]  Williams Parker Named to U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

Williams Parker is pleased to announce the firm has been named a 2021 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News Best Lawyers. The firm was regionally ranked in four categories: Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts & Estates Law, and Tax Law. In addition, E. John Wagner, II was recognized as a 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” recipient. Eight additional Williams Parker attorneys were also named to “Best Lawyers in America,” including Charles D. Bailey, Jr. (Land Use and Zoning), John T. Berteau (Trust and Estates), Ric Gregoria (Trust and Estates), Michele B. Grimes (Real Estate Law), J. Michael Harthenstine (Real Estate Law), Patrick W. Ryskamp (Real Estate Law), William M. Seider (Real Estate Law), and James L. Turner (Real Estate Law and Trust and Estates). 

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[New Hire]  Jewish Family & Children Services Announces New Board Members

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast (JFCS) recently added three new members to its Board of Directors: Michael D. Goldman, an attorney; Mark Gordon, managing editor of the Business Observer; and Ken Waters, vice president of Resident Services, Sarasota Housing Authority. “As JFCS continues to evolve and grow to meet the increasing needs in our community, a strong board of directors is a key to success,” says JFCS Board of Directors Chair Dean Miller.  “We are thrilled to have Michael Goldman, Mark Gordon and Ken Waters—with their tremendous and diverse skills and backgrounds—join the JFCS board as we continue our critical role of lending a helping hand to those in need.” 

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[Recognition]  Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Honored for Excellence in Patient Experience

Caregivers at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned the 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award®. Press Ganey, an organization that works with thousands of health care facilities to survey patients on safety, quality and experience of care, gives the award each year. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota CEO, Robert Meade, says, “Our caregivers are committed to providing the best experience and care for our patients every day, and even in a pandemic, that commitment has never wavered. I am very proud of our teams for this accomplishment. These awards are important recognition.” 

[Recognition]  Florida Public Relations Association Honors Sheryl Vieira of Caldwell Trust Company

Florida Public Relations Association honored Sheryl Vieira, vice president of marketing and PR with Caldwell Trust Company, during its Golden Image Awards Gala, held virtually this year. “I am humbled to work with a company that supports our community initiatives and especially honored that Caldwell has been able to support InStride Therapy with its mission,” Vieira said. “It’s truly gratifying that FPRA has recognized the value of our contribution.” 

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[SRQ Airport]  SRQ Reopens Amenities as Passenger Traffic Increases

As passenger numbers continue to increase at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, and the busy holiday season approaches, the airport will reopen amenities to full-service operation as of Sunday, November 15th.  These amenities include the valet parking, premium shade lot, shuttle bus service to long-term, and the opening of nearly all restaurants and gift shops including Dewar’s Clubhouse Bar, the PGA Tour Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Gulf Coast TravelMart, CNBC Gift Shop, Starbucks and Gulf Breeze Café.      

[Veterans Day ]  Ringling College Students Create Cards for Veterans Served by Goodwill

Upon hearing from Margie Genter, Goodwill Manasota’s vice president of mission services, 10 Ringling students joined Genter in a separate “meeting room” to implement the project: creating cards for veterans. Over the course of the session, Genter and the students chatted about their lives and how college was going so far. By the end of the session, the students had beautiful cards to display; some of them included their school P.O. box address on the card in case the recipient wanted a pen pal. “While this year has proven to be unique, I wanted to make sure that I still offered local nonprofit partner support,” said Susan Saulnier, Ringling College’s coordinator of student volunteerism and service-learning. “In a time when physically going to help someone is restricted, we are lucky to have technology to help us stay connected. We hope that through ‘thank you’ and ‘thinking of you’ cards, we will brighten someone’s day.” 

Pictured: Susan Saulnier (left) of Ringling College with students Sara Giovanello, Chloe Abate, Jared Lewis and Matthew Morgan as they drop off cards for area veterans.

[Job Opportunity ]  Van Wezel Announces Free Virtual Schooltime Performance of Charlotte's Web

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education & Community Engagement Department is thrilled to announce a free streaming of TheaterWorksUSA’s Charlotte’s Web from December 7-20. “We are so happy to bring this well-loved story to students across the region in a way that is safe and accessible,” says Kelli Maldonado, Director of Education & Community Engagement. “Arts opportunities such as schooltime performances allow learners to make deeper connections to curriculum through thoughtful conversations and creative exploration. We know this show will provide teachers with a high-quality learning experience during a challenging time.” 

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[In This Issue]  Dish + Art

A roundup of this year's gorgeous painting and plating mashups. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Howie Tsui, Retainers of Anarchy , March 15 – November 29, Museum hours.

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition, Retainers of Anarchy (2017), is an amalgamation of martial arts characters and techniques woven together with threads of social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. Presented as a non-linear counter narrative in the form of a twenty-five metre hand-drawn animation, Retainers of Anarchy offers an opportunity to reflect on notions of identity and nationhood using Hong Kong’s past and more recent surge of political unrest. This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Being Seen: Recent Photography Acquisitions , April 19 – January 3, Museum hours.

Curated from The Ringling’s photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century. Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context. This exhibit began April 19, 2020 and will end on January 3, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography , October 19 – December 11

"Personal Geography represents the connection I feel for my hometown of What Cheer, Iowa. This small town with its boarded-up buildings and a melancholy that permeates the streets holds so many memories of my early life. Although I lived there for only five years, it has a hold on me that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s my inherent need to belong somewhere, perhaps it’s the memories of my family who are no longer alive, or maybe it’s the place itself with its rolling hills, verdant cornfields and own distinct quality of light. More likely it’s my memory of a place where both my father and I were born, where my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived nearby. The map of my life extends quite far, I lived in four different states by the time I was 16. But it’s this tiny forgotten town that has a hold on me both temporal and spiritual that I don’t fully understand. Combining family snapshots with photographs I have taken in What Cheer since the 1970’s Personal Geography explores the impermanence of history and memory and the permanence of place." This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Regan Dunnick: Plum Bobs Ulysses pt. 1 , October 19 – February 12

Featuring original paintings and drawings by renowned illustrator and long-time Ringling College Faculty member, Regan Dunnick (Class of 1976). The Patricia Thompson Gallery features rotating exhibitions by Ringling College Alumni from all majors on the first floor of the historic Keating Center. BIO: Regan Dunnick is an internationally known illustrator. He has won numerous awards and his works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He has been selected to such major exhibitions as the United Nations Environmental Show, The New Pop Show which toured Europe and chronicled innovators, American Illustration, and The Hiroshima Memorial Design Show (Hiroshima, Japan). This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. The exhibit began at the Keating Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on February 12, 2021, during museum hours.

Keating Center, 2621 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture pt. 2 , October 19 – December 11

This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. Back by popular demand. Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for TIME and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. This exhibit began at the Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center

[SOON]  GALLERY: Online: Art Center: Onward and Upward Political Juried Exhibition , October 29 – December 31

Political Themed Artwork Online All Media Juried Exhibition on display from October 29 until December 31, 2020. First Place Award went to Dan Remmel with Once Upon A Time in Siberia, Second Place Award went to Peter Watrous with Separate, Third Place Award went to Julie Trigg with Remembering Sarasota, and Merit Awards went to Ellen Kantro with Headlong and Patricia Turner with Gunned Down Grandsons.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: War Paint, Profiles of Courage , November 6 – December 11, 9:30am-12pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340 (abbreviated to PS340), located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to Noon and by appointment. It is also available online at warpaint.gallery.

Project Space 340, Arcos Building, 340 Central Avenue

[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]  GRAB BAG: Author Virtual Events at Bookstore1Sarasota , November 1 – November 30

The Downtown Sarasota local book shop, Bookstore1 is now open for browsing with masks and gloves and payment by credit card only from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. Side-door pick is also still available. Upcoming Virtual Book Clubs will also continue to be held throughout October 2020 and throughout November, 2020. All book clubs presented via Zoom, registration is required. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. Please feel free to contact Andrea Ginsky, Web Editor/Public Relations, if you have any questions. For the featured authors and books for each meeting, visit the link below.

Bookstore1 Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Photographer Francesca Woodman Lived 22 Years , November 17, 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.

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