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SRQ DAILY Jan 22, 2021

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"With the ongoing conversation about trying to be actively anti-racist rather than just passively non-racist, I felt I had a responsibility to keep pushing for diversity in our gallery programming."

- Tim Jaeger, Ringling College's Chief Curator

-Curious Clark, as seen in SRQ's January 2021 edition. Click for the full feature article.
[New Exhibition]  Ringling College Celebrates Two Titans of American Art
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

As racial justice initiatives continue to permeate the world of visual and performance art, Ringling College continues to find ways to celebrate the voices of artists from diverse backgrounds. Last year’s “Spectrum” exhibition showcased an all-star cast of African American greats from Bearden to Basquiat. This year, Ringling College’s Chief Curator, Tim Jaeger, wanted to take the diversity initiative further with a slate of exhibitions that feature more artists of color and with “Storytellers: Ringgold + Robinson,” gender too.

Featuring a collection of works from Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson, “Storytellers” helps to illustrate the vitality and cultural importance of these two titans of African American art. “With the ongoing conversation about trying to be actively anti-racist rather than just passively non-racist, I felt I had a responsibility to keep pushing for diversity in our gallery programming,” says Jaeger. In Ringgold and Robinson, on loan from ACA Gallery in New York City, Jaeger saw an opportunity to celebrate artists that practiced their craft when their success was all the more difficult to come by.

Ringgold grew up in Harlem amidst the explosion of creativity ushered in by the Harlem Renaissance. Her quilt work is a case study in how an artist can take an older, folk form and reimagine it for the future. For Ringgold, quilts were an opportunity to take the tradition of creating everyday-use heirlooms and tell a story. One of her signature works, “Tar Beach #2,” uses a combination of fabric and paint to render a scene that blends some autobiographical themes from her life with a children’s book character she created. In it, a family enjoys an evening on a rooftop in Brooklyn, a common occurrence for Ringgold during her childhood during the hot summer months in the city. “Without a doubt, Tar Beach is one of her signature pieces,” says Jaeger, “it’s just so vibrant and relevant, and we’re thrilled to share that one with Sarasota.”

Like Ringgold, Robinson also found inventive ways to take mundane or commonplace objects and turn them into celebrations of Black culture and history. Her “Unwritten Love Letters” series saw her unfold envelopes, dye them and illustrate some of her personal heroes along with words of praise and affirmation in honor of their achievements. “Rosa Parks” features a portrait of Parks and in a small flap on the left side of the envelope explicitly marks her contribution to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s with, “Known as ‘The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.’” Like Ringgold, Robinson also dabbled in textile art, like her large watercolor and fabric piece titled “People of the Book: Jericho Girl,” which features an assortment of ties wrapped around a human figure like a swaddled baby.

“They’re both just incredible artists for sure, but they’re also incredible people and role models,” says Jaeger. “Independent, powerful, creative female pillars of the art world that overcame a lot of injustice to get to where they were.”

The exhibition runs through February 12th. To schedule an in-person viewing, email galleries@ringling.edu.  

Ringling College of Art and Design, 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota

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[Free Education Resources]  Van Wezel Foundation Launches Artwork Anywhere Website

Serving over 35,000 students each year, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Van Wezel Foundation believe that art can teach, art can inspire and art can work—anywhere. Thanks to philanthropic support from generous donors, the two organizations have partnered to launch www.ArtworksAnywhere.org – a site for students, families and educators to access a wide variety of arts education resources from virtual learning modules to schooltime performances and more. The site will provide information on professional development opportunities for educators, including details on how to bring teaching artists to classrooms for live Zoom sessions. This includes upcoming workshops such as the FAM (Feelings Addressed Mindfully) Project. Current Zoom-based classroom visits are available for Pre-K through Grade 12 in the areas of movement, drama and visual arts. Downloadable activity sheets exploring science, history, math and social emotional learning are currently available for teachers and parents, as well as lesson plans for educators.  

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[New Show]  Madeby Gallery Hosting Disney Fine Artist

Madeby Gallery hosting Disney Fine Artist - Ringling College of Art and Design Alumnus Tim Rogerson and the original Tinker Bell Margaret Kerry. Margaret (Sarasota resident) will be sharing her amazing journey of how Walt chose her to be the original Tinker bell model for the Disney Animators’ in her book, “Tinker Bell Talks.” Tim will be taking us on a tour of his magical Disney artwork. Originals, giclees and prints will be available for purchase. Tim has created exclusively for the show, his newest original of Tinker Bell, titled “Pixie Pose.” Tim says “It is inspired by Margaret’s favorite scene to pose in the film when Tink is dancing on the mirror and notices her hips.”  If you would like more information and to attend: Please RSVP to madeby@c.ringling.edu to receive the ZOOM virtual link for this special event. The show runs from February 10 through Friday, March 12, 2021.


[New Seminar]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Presents “In Conversation with Playwright Emily Kaczmarek"

The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s 2021 winter season continues with “In Conversation with Emily Kaczmarek,” a virtual conversation with playwright and recent Hermitage Fellow Emily Kaczmarek, Friday, January 29, 5pm., via Zoom. “As we continue to expand our collaborations throughout the region, we are very excited to be partnering with Urbanite Theatre on this new endeavor,” says Sandberg, Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO. “Emily Kaczmarek is an incredibly talented writer, and we are thrilled that Urbanite has chosen to present her play Sam & Lizzie right here on the Hermitage Beach. We look forward to hosting this virtual conversation with her on January 29 ahead of these staged readings in February." 

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[New Grant]  The Ringling Receives Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the recipient of a Curatorial Research Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Research Fellowship, valued at $31,000 will help support curatorial activities, such as travel and scholarly research, associated with an upcoming exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art at the Museum in 2023. 

[New Show]  Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces 2021 IllumiNation Digital Series

Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly announces its 2021 IllumiNation Digital Series, promoting cross-cultural conversations in the community. Created in 2015, the IllumiNation Series explores the social, political, and cultural themes threaded throughout Asolo Rep’s theatrical season. The 2021 series offers three online events that examine race, gender, identity, and cultural intersection and invite opportunities for participants to reflect upon our past and present to build a more inclusive future. "I’m thrilled that we have been able to pivot and continue making this wonderful program accessible to our community," said Asolo Rep's Managing Director, Linda DiGabriele. "These robust offerings will provide an exciting platform for meaningful dialogue." 

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[Retirement]  Coryphée Dancer Christine Windsor Retires from the Stage

The Sarasota Ballet announced today that Coryphée dancer Christine Windsor has made the decision to retire from the stage. Windsor, who has been with The Sarasota Ballet since 2007, has performed a diverse assortment of roles over the years. “Christine has been an important part of our Sarasota Ballet family for over thirteen years, and we will all miss her,” said Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “She was amongst the first dancers that I hired when I arrived in Sarasota, and it has always been a pleasure to see her perform." 

Photography by Frank Atura

[Position]  Arts Advocates Retains Mark Ormond as Curator

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce it has retained the services of Mark Ormond to curate its collection of over 50 pieces by Florida artists and assist with the long-range strategic plan for the collection.   

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[Food Drive]  Van Wezel Partners with Impact100 SRQ for Feed the Hungry Food Drive

The Van Wezel is proud to announce a partnership with Impact100 SRQ to host the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry food drive on January 30, 2021. The event will be held in the Van Wezel’s parking lot from 9am to 12pm, and members of the community are encouraged to donate perishable and non-perishable food items for those in need during that time. Jane Gill Watt, President of Impact100 SRQ commented: “This year we have seen people in our community struggling and they need our help more than ever. We all have a role to play in ensuring everyone in Manatee and Sarasota counties has adequate food and can lead a healthy life."   

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[Recognition]  Boys & Girls Clubs to Announce 2021 Youth of the Year

Seven local high school students are finalists for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ 2021 Youth of the Year title. This prestigious honor will be presented to the selected candidate at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger celebration on Friday, February 5. This western-themed, drive-in celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at bgcsdc.org. 

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[Animal Rescue]  Partners Come Together to Rescue Two Cold Stressed Manatees

Biologists from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Stranding Investigations Program were called upon by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to respond to a call about a manatee in a residential canal connected to nearby Philippi Creek. Upon arrival, the team noticed the animal had signs of cold stress (see below) and seemed unable to exit the canal. Given that the water was about 67 degrees Fahrenheit, below the threshold of tolerance for manatees, a rescue was deemed necessary. “As soon as we responded to both these animals, we could tell they were exhibiting signs of cold stress, and we measured water temperature to confirm that it was below their minimum temperature threshold,” said Amber Lea Kincaid, Stranding Biologist at Mote. “Conducting two successful rescues within just days really shows how important our stranding network is, and how well we can work together quickly to get these animals the care they need.” 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Environmental Land Management and Acquisition Committee

Manatee County has two vacancies on the Environmental Land Management and Acquisition Committee (ELMAC), a citizen’s advisory committee which makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on environmental land acquisition and management issues, including recreational planning and programming of public lands. Applications are due February 3 and may be found online. 

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[In This Issue]  Paying Wellness Forward

Prioritizing health in a pandemic with a holistic approach to prevention. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's January 2021 edition.

[SOON]  FOOD: 2nd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival , January 21 – January 24, 12:30pm-6pm

The 2nd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival presented by T-Mobile returns to University Town Center with a full 4-day carnival from January 21 to January 24 and a 2-day food and music festival on January 23 & January 24. Festival entry is $10 on Saturday & Sunday, kids under 12 enter for free. Carnival ride pricing varies but entry into the carnival is free for all. The carnival will be located on the East Side of the Mall at University Town Center near Circus Sarasota. The weekend festival kicks off with live music and juicy burgers and desserts on Saturday, January 23. Guests will have access to dozens of burgers from award-winning chefs and the public votes to decide which burger food truck wins the coveted People’s Choice Best Burger award. Votes will be tallied and winners will be announced on Sunday. While rocking out with 6 of your favorite local & bay area bands, guests will enjoy our open play Beer Pong Zone, outside Hookah Lounge, and local vendors to shop memories from the event. On Saturday Only, local breweries including Naughty Monk Brewery, 3 Bridges Brewing, and 3 Car Garage Brewery will offer free samples of their latest craft brews from 12pm - 3pm. Guests will vote to decide who wins the Best Brew and Most Creative Craft awards. Winner announced on stage at 4pm Sat. Live Music from Local Artists All Weekend Saturday - Beat Street Band 12:30pm, Triggerfish at 2:30pm, and Reverend Barry & The Funk rocks Sarasota from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Sunday - George Pennington III 12:30pm, BRAKE FAIL at 2:30pm, and 22N at 4:30pm-6pm. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Code Name Helene with Ariel Lawhon , February 9, 7pm

Code Name Hélène with best-selling historical fiction author Ariel Lawhon. A Zoom Author Visit on February 9 at 7pm. Based on a true story, the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia tells the thrilling story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women in WWII. Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, and Book of the Month Club selections. There is no charge for this event. There is the option of a $7 charge for this event to help defray the cost. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SPORTS: The Founders Golf Club: Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate Tournament , February 7 – February 9

The Founders Golf Club will be the host site for the inaugural Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate tournament February 7 through 9. Fifteen women’s NCAA Division 1 golf teams from the Big 10, Big 12, SEC, and ACC Conferences will join for a 54-hole stroke play charity tournament benefiting the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund. The charity golf event, one of the top women’s collegiate golf events in the country, will feature teams competing on the community’s Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course. Events surrounding the tournament, hosted by Purdue University, will include The Charity Golf Outing Dinner & Auction on Monday, Feb. 8. Proceeds will benefit the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, a non-profit organization focused on casualty assistance, recovery, transition, and providing financial support beyond what the government and Veterans Affairs can offer to U.S. Army Rangers and their families who have been impacted by combat.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Community of Learning: Manatee Science , January 22, 1pm

Join other learners from around the world for a free, live, interactive virtual program about our manatees on January 22 at 1pm. Do you know how to train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Find out how Mote Marine Laboratory cares for Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, and learn how big and smart they are. Students will learn the basic characteristics of mammals and the adaptations of manatees. Students will also learn how our biologists care for manatees and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations. Recommended for learners in 3rd–6th grade. Connect through CISCO WebEx and get ready to enjoy quality programming from within your classroom or the comfort of your own home. The program is free with registration.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens , January 22, 5:30pm

The Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens series, in collaboration with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, continues with acclaimed flutist, composer, MacArthur Genius Award recipient, Avery Fisher Prize winner, and Hermitage Fellow and Curatorial Council member Claire Chase on January 22 at 5:30pm. This brilliant artist has enchanted audiences around the world with her talents. Chase will present an intimate evening of music against the backdrop of the setting sun. Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street. Registration required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Institute for the Arts & Education: Sarasota Fine Art Show , January 23 – January 24, 10am-5pm

All art is original and personally handmade by the artist present at the show on January 23 and 24, 2021 outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park from 10am to 5pm - there is something for everyone, in all price ranges. Free Admission and $5 close & convenient parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. Juried by art professionals, criteria for judging is based on originality, technique/execution and booth appearance. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the events integrate a Youth Art/Budding Artist Competition within the art shows. This one-of-a-kind program encourages all young artists in grades K-8/6-12 or ages 5-13/9i-19 to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that is publicly displayed within the show. There is $250 in youth art awards as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living.

Phillippi Estate Park

[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: Sarasota Architectural Foundation: January House Tours , January 23, 11am-2:15pm

SAF resumes its monthly house tours on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Take this opportunity to explore both the interiors and exteriors of the iconic Umbrella House, Cocoon House, and the Revere Quality House, which is rarely open to the public. Tickets sales are very limited; be sure to book your tours today. Masks will be required. Tour the renowned Umbrella House at 11am, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”. Experience the rare opportunity to tour the interior of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s historic 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as Cocoon House at 1pm or 2:15pm. Join SAF in this rare opportunity to tour the Revere Quality House located on Siesta Key at 1pm or 2:15pm. Make a day of it and purchase the bundle ticket to tour the Revere Quality House and the Cocoon House (located across the bayou). Tickets are limited, be sure to secure yours soon.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Children's Garden: Dragon Lair Dish Gardens , January 23, 10am-11am

You don't want to miss this fun morning because we are making "Dragon Lair Dish Gardens" Dragons live in caves and love shiny things, so that is what we are making along with adding some succulents & a dragon of course on Saturday, January 23 from 10am to 11am. We are serving Dragon juice too. This special program is by prepayment & reservations only as space is limited. The cost is $10 plus tax for the craft fee per child. Please note this does not include the garden's admission for children & adults if you are not a garden member.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Suncoast Science Center: Water Bottle Laser Engraving Workshop , January 23, 2pm-7pm

The new year is upon us and the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is inviting you to get motivated to crush your health and fitness resolutions through a unique, hands-on workshop. Using the Fab Lab's high-tech laser cutter, workshop participants will laser engrave an insulated water bottle with the design of their choice. Hydration is key to reach your goals so get ready to take it up a notch! Your name, a motivational quote or even a logo. The possibilities are endless. Hour-long sessions are available from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday, January 23 in the Fab Lab at 4452 South Beneva Road. No experience is needed for the workshop, just a willingness to explore and have fun. Up to three family members or adults are permitted per $50 registration. Registration includes one water bottle. Additional bottles may be purchased at registration. BYOB: If you wish to bring your own water bottle to engrave, please contact the lab to ensure the bottle is compatible with the machine before registering. In an effort to keep workshop participants and lab staff as safe as possible amid COVID-19, limited slots are available each hour. Additionally, participants over age 12 are required to wear a face covering. Participants under age 12 are highly encouraged to wear a face-covering but not required. Face coverings are available at the lab for anyone who does not have their own.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Young Entrepreneur Market , January 23, 10am-3pm

Meet dozens of young entrepreneurs on Saturday, January 23 from 10am to 3pm outside in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. These youngsters will be featuring original art, homemade jewelry, lemonade, delicious treats, plants, inventions, and so much more. Live music throughout the day from the students of Music Compound. The address is 821 Apricot Avenue. Free event, plenty of parking and masks required. Participation in Young Entrepreneurs is $20 but the event itself is free to attend.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers - 15th Annual Concert , January 21 – January 24, 7:30pm except Sunday 2:00pm

Dance Makers features bailes imaginativos and interdisciplinary collaborations by nationally acclaimed contemporary coreógrafos: Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol of Orange Grove Dance, Washington D.C., Sarasota’s own Zoe Austin, New York-based choreographer Douglas Gillespie expanding on his original work "I Live Under Your Skin," and a new dueto de colaboración performed by musician and composer Mark Dancigers and SCD’s Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. Through these groundbreaking creative partnerships, Dance Makers brings diverse choreography to the utterly captivating performers of Sarasota Contemporary Dance from January 21 until January 24, 2021 on 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm.

[SOON]  FOOD: Hamlet's Eatery: Jazz & Blues Brunch , January 24, 10:30am-1:30pm

Join Hamlet's Eatery for a Jazz & Blues Brunch on Sunday, January 24 from 10am to 2pm. Located in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota. Starting at 10:30am until 1:30pm, enjoy live jazz and blues music with Fiddler and the Crossroads Trio. Featuring Blues Hall-of-Fame fiddler, Greg Holt. The trio plays upbeat versions of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and other greats, plus originals. Menu options will include both traditional and vegan dishes from build your own omelettes with fresh organic eggs to tofu scrambles. Free mimosa with entree.

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