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SRQ DAILY Feb 12, 2021

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"He was famous in the 60s for his sort of comic-strip, mechanical, industrial approach to art, but he did an entire series based on Monet's Gardens at Giverny."

- Jennifer Rominiecki, CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

-Young & Driven, as seen in SRQ's February 2021 edition. Click for the full article.
[New Exhibition]  Selby Gardens Introduces Immersive Pop Exhibition
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Last February, Selby Gardens showed how dynamic a “living museum” could be when it created a series of garden vignettes to accompany its exhibition of Salvador Dalí’s botanically-inspired photolithographs. That exhibition helped reaffirm the gardens’ mission to use interdisciplinary programming as it redefines what a garden attraction offers to its guests. This weekend, the gardens pull another rabbit out of their hat with a similar treatment of Roy Lichtenstein’s pop-inspired works that riff on Monet’s famous garden paintings.

Called “Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop,” the immersive exhibition celebrates some lesser-known works of Lichtenstein that show how even a so-called “pop artist” can find inspiration in nature. “He was famous in the 60s for his sort of comic-strip, mechanical, industrial approach to art,” says CEO Jennifer Rominiecki, “but he did an entire series based on Monet’s Gardens at Giverny.” That series includes paintings like “Water Lilies with Clouds” and “Water Lilies with Willows,” which both take the imagery of Monet’s originals and renders those images in the graphical, hard-edged style for which Lichtenstein and some of his contemporaries were known.

Those pieces will hang in the gardens’ museum space, but the real fun happens outside. Like last year’s Dalí exhibition, the Lichtenstein program will feature immersive vignettes in some of the Gardens’ most iconic features. “We really feel like if Lichtenstein had dreamt up a garden based on Monet, this is what he might’ve had in mind,” says Rominiecki.

That “dream” came from hours and hours of research by Selby Gardens staff, including senior vice president for site operations and horticulture, Mike McLaughlin. “Through our research, we found some recurring motifs in Monet’s work,” he says, “the arched bridge with water lilies below it, lots of flowers, obelisks and arbors.” They captured those elements in the plant-based features of the vignettes, then overlaid those with architectural elements in the style of Lichtenstein. The result is a fun juxtaposition of styles that celebrates the way each artist found inspiration in green spaces.

“Lichtenstein playfully eviscerated Monet’s work,” says Rominiecki, “and I think visitors will find this sort of alternate universe that still feels familiar.” The exhibition opens tomorrow. 

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[New Show]  Circus Arts Conservatory to Present Benefit Performances of 'PREVAIL'

For 10 performances over two weekends in March, the CAC has engaged incredible circus artists – many who have been featured in various Cirque du Soleil shows – who will share their gifts through a benefit called “PREVAIL.” Patrons may enjoy the shows live or take advantage of digital tickets, which will be available for viewing beginning at noon on March 12. Proceeds will support CAC programs and outreach that serve students in K-12 classrooms, seniors in assisted living communities, and aspiring artists following their passion by training and performing in the circus arts. "We are so grateful to these world-class artists who are basically donating their time to ensure the circus arts continue to be a vibrant and valuable resource. It is exceedingly rare to see a cast with this level of skill and experience come together under one big top,” said Pedro Reis, founder, president and CEO of the CAC.  Performances take place at the Sailor Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota) on consecutive weekends, on March 5-7 and again on March 12-14. Show times are 7pm on Fridays, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 1pm and 6pm on Sunday. In-person tickets are $20-$50; digital tickets are $25. 

Box Office: 941-355-9805

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[New Show]  Comedian Brian Regan Returns to the Van Wezel’s Main Stage

Comedian Brian Regan returns to the Van Wezel’s main stage on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. for a limited-capacity audience! With Vanity Fair calling Brian, “the funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian,” Regan’s socially-distanced main stage performance brings an evening brimming with laughter to Sarasota this spring. Tickets are $64.87 - $75.89 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799.   

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[Virtual Concert]  The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Presents At Home Virtual Recital Featuring the Ariel Quartet

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast is pleased to announce that the PMP Alumni: At Home free virtual recital featuring the Ariel Quartet, postponed from January, will be released on February 18, 2021. In 2003, The Ariel Quartet was invited by The Perlman Music Program to attend its very first Chamber Music Workshop on Shelter Island, NY. Between 2011 and 2016, the quartet was a frequent visitor to Sarasota and Manatee counties, performing at the Sarasota Opera House, the Venice Performing Arts Center, and other community venues, as well as participating in education outreach programs in local schools.   

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[Virtual Show ]  Choral Artists Presents "You'll Never Walk Alone"

 Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up!” continues with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features” uplifting songs from Broadway musicals. Filmed onsite at Selby Gardens, this virtual concert will be available on demand March 11-April 9; tickets are $15. The “Concert Insight” for this concert is live-streamed Thursday, February 18, at 10 a.m. and available on demand through March 19.   

For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website or call 941-387-4900.

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[Ballet ]  The Sarasota Ballet Digital Winter and Spring Season

The Sarasota Ballet’s Digital Winter – Spring Season continues with a ballet pairing centered around themes of love and beauty in Digital Program 5, featuring George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and Ricardo Graziano’s Amorosa. Digital Program 5 will be available to watch 26 February – 2 March 2021 on most internet-capable devices. Program links will be distributed via email on Friday, February 26th, and will be accessible until Tuesday, March 2nd at 11:59pm. Purchases of Digital Program 5 can still be made after February 26th, but these links will also end on the 2nd. For those seeking the warmth of dance to shake off February’s chills, Digital Program 5 is ballet sunshine beamed directly into your living room. Digital Single Tickets can be purchased for $35 at https://www.sarasotaballet.org/events/digital-program-5until 2 March at 6pm.  

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[Education Event]  Celebrate Embracing Our Differences’ Reading Day March 2

Nearly 8,000 elementary school students in 449 pre-K through third grade classrooms in 77 early learning centers and elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties will celebrate reading and diversity during Reading Day on March 2, by reading books by BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) authors and illustrators. Each participating classroom, as well as each student, will be gifted with a copy of the book selected for their grade. “Children begin to internalize messages about power, privilege, cultural and societal norms from a very young age,” says Jewell-Plocher. “Research on prejudice shows that encountering people who are different helps reduce stereotypes. For some children, a book can serve as a first introduction to a world centered on embracing diversity.”  

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[COVID-19]  SMH Provides Second Vaccinations for Newtown Community

By far the most underserved community in Sarasota, Newtown is a historically medically at-risk community where 52% of the population is 200% below the poverty level and is predominantly Black and Latinx. SMH administered the first dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 400 community members age 65 and older at the SMH Newtown Internal Medicine practice on Jan. 13. Because of transportation and technological challenges, we partnered with Newtown community and church leaders to personally call and schedule the appointments for those 65 and older. The first and second dose vaccines were administered by newly graduated physicians completing their residency training with Florida State University at Sarasota Memorial and its Newtown practice. 

[Home Sales]  Harbor Acres Estate Sets Real Estate Record

An iconic modern residence sited on a double lot and designed by Philip Skirball in desirable Harbor Acres became the highest sale in the neighborhood’s history (and second highest in Sarasota County to date) when it closed yesterday for $13.25 million. The sale was negotiated and concluded before top-producing, Michael Saunders & Company Realtor® Kim Ogilvie. “There was a time when we had no demand for this price range, but now everything has changed,” said Kim Ogilvie. “We are at the center of the bull’s eye for buyers coming from the Northeast, Midwest, and California because we have what is familiar to them – namely, culture, restaurants, and a stimulating and intelligent community of like-minded people.” 

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[Free Webinar ]  City to Host Free Webinar on Title Assistance for Homeowners

The City of Sarasota, in partnership with Legal Aid of Manasota, will host an upcoming free webinar aimed at assisting residents with title-related questions, especially in circumstances of a home inheritance. The webinar, “Protect Your Generational Wealth,” is set for 6pm Thursday, February 18. “The City wants to proactively educate the community to help prevent costly effects associated with complex title issues,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, interim economic development manager. 

For more information, contact Redevelopment Specialist Rowena Elliott at 941-263-6284.

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[In This Issue]  Lifted Spirits

Cheers to the bars batching carryout cocktails so you can pour a socially-distanced one not far from the couch. 

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Ligature XI: Parametric Type , January 11 – February 12, 9am-3pm

Celebrating its 11th year, the Type Club presents Ligature Show XI, a juried student exhibition of typographic work from all majors in categories such as Drop Cap, Type in Motion, Hand Lettering, and Editorial from January 11 until February 12 . This exhibition showcases the typographic excellence at Ringling College of Art and Design. This exhibtion is sponsored by SRQ Media Group, and WUSF 89.7. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Designing Sarasota an Architectural History , January 12 – April 17, Gallery hours.

In collaboration with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, this exhibit will examine the unique history of architecture in Sarasota from the time of Native Americans to the present and will run from January 12 until April 17, 2021. Timed reservation information will be available soon.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: 2021 Black Muse Exhibition , January 26 – March 5

Art Center Sarasota (ACS), The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) recently announced the winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition. The three groups collaborated to present this year’s exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. The exhibit was juried by Elizabeth Goodwill, MFA, education for Art Center Sarasota; and artist and SBAC board member Alyssa Lazin. The winning works will be presented virtually on all three organization's websites through March 5. The $1,000 first prizeaward went to Krystle Lemonias, a Jamaican-born artist who lives and works in Tampa. The $750 second prize was given to Jesse Clark, a Haitian-American photographer and Ringling College of Art and Design student. Honorable mentions went to Cora Marshall of St. Petersburg; Musa Kunene, a Swaziland-born student at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Greg Rumph, vice principal and Riverview High School in Sarasota. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota: Staying Connected , January 26 – March 5, Times vary.

Staying Connected is an in the gallery, all media, all subject, open to all, juried exhibition that will be on view from January 28 until March 5. Receiving in person will be January 18 and 19 from 10am to 6pm. Online submissions will be from December 18 to January 16 at midnight. Jurors Open Critique will be online Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual discussion. Jurors will talk about the work that they picked for the Prize Winners and Prize Winners are encouraged to talk about their piece that won. Opening Reception and Awards will be online Thursday January 28 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual opening. Awards will be announced. After that, participants will be able to gather virtually in breakout rooms to chat with other artists and art patrons in smaller groups. Next week we have our receiving for our upcoming show, Staying Connected, and we need volunteers to help us out. We have made some changes to our receiving process in order to keep our volunteers, staff and artists safe: Volunteers will be spread out and interacting with artists outside, under tents, with minimal contact. Volunteers that will be inside the building will be those that are bringing the artwork in and those hanging it on the walls. In person receivings are scheduled for Monday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 19 from 10am to 6pm. We are keeping the number of volunteers at the bare minimum and scheduling in two different shifts. The shifts are 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm. Volunteers, Staff and Artists will all be required to wear masks. Please call 941-365-2032 or email barbara@artsarasota.org for more information or to sign up.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Lecture Series: History of American Architecture: Cranbrook Visitors , January 25 – February 22, 11am-12:15pm and 7pm-8:15pm

Virtual Lecture Series on Mondays, January 25 through February 22, 2021  from 11am to 12:15pm and 7pm to 8:15pm. Lecturer is Kevin Adkisson, Associate Curator at Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. $75 for Adults and $25 for Full-time Students with ID. Free for Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook Schools Students (Cranbrook students must register by sending an email from their Cranbrook address to center@cranbrook.edu). Advance registration required (Fee includes all five lectures). This lecture series is eligible for American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (AIA/CES).

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Aging in Place Seminars: Learn How to Live Independently & Safely , January 20 – March 24, 1pm-2pm

If you or someone you know has decided to live at home alone (called “aging in place”) rather than moving to a senior living arrangement, you may want to brush up on some safety and wellness measures for being independent, healthy and comfortable in your own home. Consider an upcoming series of seminars sponsored by Youthful Aging Home Care at The Paradise Center on Longboat Key. Wednesday, January 20, 1pm to 2pm Falls Prevention, Staying Safe at Home. Wednesday, February 17, 1pm to 2pm Neuro-Nutrition, Eating Well for Brain Health. Wednesday, March 24, 1pm to 2pm Overcoming Isolation, Maintaining Connections at Any Age. Seminars are presented by Nicci Kobritz, President of Youthful Aging Home Care. Nicci is a nurse practitioner and geriatric specialist with more than three decades of experience in developing and managing health care services. Nicci has received awards and recognition for her home care services and her volunteer work. Read more about Nicci at www.youthfulaginghomecare.com. The Aging in Place seminars are being held via webinar OR in person (with social distancing and face masks) at The Paradise Center. Register in advance: 941-383-6493 or email SuzyBrenner@TheParadiseCenter.org to receive your weblink. Free for Members or $10/person.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Embracing Our Differences 2021 Outdoor Exhibit , January 20 – April 1, Hours vary.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes brought 15,912 entries pouring in from 128 countries and 48 states. Students from 412 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 18th annual exhibit, January 20 through April 1, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: 2021 Jewish Film Festival of Sarasota-Manatee , February 1 – March 25

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. All films are being held virtually. During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival. In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment. The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world. See you at the movies.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Downtown Sarasota Alliance: First Friday Gallery Walk , February 5 – December 3, Times vary.

The DSA Presents First Friday Gallery Walk. Enjoy your walk or stroll in Downtown Sarasota with participating galleries, including State of the Arts Gallery on State Street, AlexArt International located at 25 North Pineapple Avenue, Dabbert Gallery on Historic Palm Avenue, Art Uptown Gallery on Sarasota’s Main Street, and 530 Burns Gallery in Historic Burns Court.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Sarasota County STEM Fair Judging , February 8 – February 18

Sarasota County Schools strives to continue our long-standing commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the annual county STEM Fair. We will not be hosting the same in person event at Robarts Arena this year. The format of the 2020-2021 STEM fair will be virtual due to COVID-19 and the implementation of district safety protocols. We are looking forward to this new opportunity to showcase our student's talents in a new format. Open Registration for Judges in December and January, Sarasota County Virtual STEM Fair Judging from February 8 until the 10, and Announcement of Winners on February 18. We are looking for community support for judging our student projects. The virtual nature of this year's STEM Fair will offer a much more flexible opportunity for you to help. Student projects, with virtual displays and videos, will be available for 3 full days (2/8-2/10/2021) so you can judge at your convenience from anywhere on your own device! Internet access is required to participate as a judge.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: SaraSolo WinterFest: Between Two Truths , February 10 – February 13, 7pm and 8:15pm

Between Two Truths will play on February 10, 11 and 13. It was written and performed by Gabriel Ortiz directed by Bob Vernon. After the death of Trayvon Martin, a drama teacher at an at-risk high school works with a group of students to help them create theatre out of their pain. The line between fiction and reality becomes blurred as they each battle to confront their own prejudice and hidden bias. Gabe is a proud father, a professional actor, a Vice Principal and a member of the Actors Equity Association. His theatrical work has been seen on local and national stages, and he is the co-host of PBS/WEDU’s Arts Plus. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Cal State Northridge and an M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Valentines Day Pops , February 11 – February 14

What is this thing called love? Sarasota Orchestra will serenade you “Night and Day” until “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”. This Valentines Week program, from February 11 until Febriary 14, 2021, features treasured tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Puccini, and more. Feel your heart and soul sing along to the music. $10 Streaming Access from February 18 through 23.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  FOOD: Weekly: Lakewood Ranch Farmers' Market , November 1 – April 25, 10am-2pm

Fill your shopping bags for the week every Sunday, November through April, 10am to 2pm at the Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch. Located in the parking lot of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Available products include seafood, milk, cheese, bread, butter, cold-pressed juices, jams & pickled deliciousness, fresh pasta, ready-to-eat foods, honey, soap, truffle oils, mushrooms, popcorn, gulf sea salt, and knife sharpening.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

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