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"Just painted two surfboards for the US Olympic surf team including Carissa Moore, 4 time world champion and a member of the US Olympic Team for the Tokyo games."

- Robert Wyland, marine life artist and environmentalist

-Downtown Neighborhoods, as seen in SRQ's February 2021 edition out now. Click photo for the full article.
[Environment]  Sarasota Joins Wyland Foundation's Nationwide Challenge to be ‘Water Wise’
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Wyland Foundation, founded by environmental artist Robert Wyland, promotes, protects and preserves the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. This year, the nonprofit will be supporting the efforts of the first-ever USA Surf team at the summer Tokyo Olympics through fundraising merchandise, including Wyland painted surfboards to be auctioned off. The Wyland Foundation is integrating these efforts in hopes to maintain healthy waterways and coasts into this year’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation with an emphasis on the recreational role water plays in our lives.

Year after year, WylandFoundation.org rallies the support of mayors and cities nationwide, including the City of Sarasota, to urge constituents to consider their environmental impact and conservation strategies for cleaner waters. The Foundation worked with Mayor Liz Alpert last year for the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Thousands participated nationwide annually, pledging to save billions of gallons of water. The annual challenge returns April 1-30, a nonprofit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy.

The 2020 Challenge was a bit derailed because of Covid but, nonetheless, Wyland Foundation is now working with Mayor Hagen Brody to campaign in Sarasota. Wyland Gallery, located on St. Armands Circle, hopes to get the number of people in the community on board again this go around with efforts focused on keeping local Gulf Coast beaches clean. In return, residents can win $3,000 toward their home utility payments, water-saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes. 

Surfboards will be available at wylandfoundation.org.For more information, visit mywaterpledge.com or call the Sustainability office at 941-941-926-6686, ext. 4202. 

Wyland Galleries of Sarasota is located at 314 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-5331, @wylandgallery  

Artist Robert Wyland painting one of the USA Surf Team's Surfboards, courtesy of Wyland Foundation

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[Sweet Sparkman]  Diverse Perspectives Yield Exquisite Design
Presented by Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors

Comprised of a diverse, forward-thinking team of designers, Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors has made an impact blending fresh perspectives into timeless design

"An enduring and memorable design is the ultimate form of self-expression," said Jerry Sparkman, AIA, NCARB, and a principal at Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors. "Whether it is a client carefully hand-picking their collection or the individual creating the work, the designs we surround ourselves with help us tell others and ourselves who we really are—This holds true with our living and working spaces."

Sparkman pointed to the firm's architects and designers' varied and international backgrounds as a critical reason for its ability to weave fresh perspectives into its work, which ranges from luxurious custom homes to landmark public infrastructure.

An example of the winding personal journey it takes to create elite designs is personified best by the background of Sweet Sparkman lead designer, Eloise Abraham.

"In residential interior design, we create spaces that serve as part of a cohesive environment, incorporating the building's architecture, natural surroundings, and interior," Abraham said. "The result is a fluid feel that heightens the unique qualities of each of its elements." For clients who share Sweet Sparkman's passion for sustainability and ecological balance, she continued, "we integrate environmentally conscious materials and furnishings, whenever possible."

For Sparkman, diverse perspectives across the team contribute directly to project success and keep each project fresh.

"For us, each project is a clean slate," he said. "What's been done before is never our first consideration," Sparkman said. "That's where the challenge lies—and the fun begins."

To learn more, download the Sweet Sparkman Interiors capabilities overview here. 

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[Mexican Food]  The Marvelous Mr. Melvin
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Fresh pomegranate seeds and poke tuna are not the first thing one expects to me served alongside a bowl of tortilla chips, but El Melvin downtown doesn’t bother with expectations.

A playful twist on traditional Mexican fare, El Melvin doesn’t try to rewrite any classics they’ve just added in a few players. One dish that gets a modern remix is the Trio Tasting appetizer. Along with the requisite bowl of salsa, you’re treated to the ultimate upgraded guac: El Pina, filled with sweet, juicy pineapple is studded with ruby red pomegranate seeds, spiced pepitas and topped with queso fresco. The real game changer, however, is the Tuna Poke, a complete left field addition that hits an absolute homerun. Spicy, tangy and fresh it pairs perfectly with house-made corn tortilla chips and is especially delicious mixed with the pineapple guacamole creating a tropical and tasty Hawaiian/Mexican mash-up.

With a medley of taco options including the temping Carnitas and Adobo Chicken, the smash hits were the Piri Piri Shrimp and Crispy Skirt Steak. Order one of each and share for a surf & turf takeover of your tastebuds. If you’re looking to go outside the box there’s also Crispy Duck Flautas and a Vegan Fajita with romesco almond sauce.

And if you’re just there for bevs, which this year has certainly allowed for, try one of their seven sinful different margaritas like the cirtusy Pink Cadillac or intriguing Avocado version.

El Melvin is open Monday through Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. 

1355 Main St, 941-366-1618

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[Celebration ]  Spirit of Manatee to Celebrate the Generosity and Resilience of Giving

Manatee Community Foundation’s annual Spirit of Manatee event will virtually honor the generosity of givers and the resilience of nonprofits serving Manatee County. The sponsorship of the Milestone Financial Group of Morgan Stanley provides free attendance for all. The event is Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm. 

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[Donation]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $300,000 Gift from Deb Kabinoff

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently received a $300,000 gift from Deb Kabinoff to support the creation of a multi-media studio at Sarasota Memorial. The onsite studio will be used to produce health and wellness videos, public service announcements, podcasts, video news releases, as well as educational videos for staff. Opening in March, the studio will be named the Deb Kabinoff Multi-Media Studio. Mrs. Kabinoff believes that SMH is a trusted source for the latest healthcare information for our community. Her gift will help fund the construction and design of the studio as well as the first year of video editing and production costs. 

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[Recognition]  Gurley & Associates Awarded 2021 'Best Law Firm' by U.S. News

Gurley & Associates is pleased to announce the firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers list of ‘Best Law Firms’ for its accomplishments and reputation in the field of construction law and litigation.    

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[Recognition]  Fifth Third Named One Of The World’s Most Ethical Companies

Ethisphere recently released its list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2021. Fifth Third was included in the ranking for the first time, one of only three U.S. banks named to the list. Fifth Third Chairman and CEO Greg Carmichael said of the recognition, “Fifth Third strives to do well by doing good. We are deeply committed to the success and well-being of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders, especially during today’s challenging times." 

[Recognition]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Named Best Maternity Hospital 2021 By Newsweek

Newsweek, in partnership with The Leapfrog Group, named Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) a 2021 Best Maternity Hospital in the U.S. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, CEO, Andy Guz, stated, “Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is honored to be named one of the Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek and The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row. It is very important to maintain the highest standards of care, especially for expecting mothers in our Women’s Center.” 

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[Celebration ]  Wildlife Inc. Has Its Own Day and Joins the World in Celebrating World Wildlife Day

As part of World Wildlife Day on March 3rd , Wildlife Inc. has its own “Day”  proclaimed by the county to acknowledge its founders, Gail and Ed Straight who have been saving native wildlife for over 3 decades while teaching children and adults how to protect and preserve this precious resource. To celebrate this day, Wildlife Inc  will be live on facebook showing the many animals who have been rescued. They will, also, post a T-Shirt Give-A-Way starting on Friday February 26th, announcing three winners on March 3rd   

[Home Sales]  Central Park of Commerce Building Sells for $4 Million

Ben Bakker of MSC Commercial, the commercial division of leading real estate broker Michael Saunders & Company, represented Central Park of Commerce, LLC in the sale of a nearly 70,000 SF industrial building at 6620 19th Street East in Sarasota. Schanz Land & Investment Co. purchased the warehouse-style building for $4 million on February 18th, 2021. Bakker said,  “This is the perfect example of how industrial spaces are leading the charge in today’s active commercial market.”  

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[Recognition]  Sarasota Architect Jonathan Parks AIA Awarded Best Of Houzz 2021

SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture of Sarasota, Florida has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Design and Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The architecture and interior design firm founded by Jonathan Parks AIA was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community. 

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[In This Issue]  Coconut Confection

Swooning for macaroons. 

Click here for the full article in SRQ's February 2021 issue.

[SOON]  HEALTH: American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning Course , March 15 – March 17, 10am-2:30pm

The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation District is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguarding blended learning course. The course is taught by our Head Lifeguard and Recreation Leader. Together they will teach you to help others stay safe in, on, and around the water, and help you learn the latest safety and rescue techniques, and how to deliver critical care, like CPR, first aid, and AED administration, when it is needed most. Every class will cover important skill that will not only help you stay safe while helping others enjoy the water safely, but can help you begin, or advance, your career in aquatics. The course will take place on March 15, 16 and 17 over Sarasota County Spring Break from 10am to 2:30pm. Participants must attend all classes to receive certificate. Fee of $225 per participant, all of whom must be at least 15-years-old by the last day of class and pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses. Register by calling Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex at 941-263-6732 by Friday, March 5.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Strings Con Brio: A Little Night Music , April 7, 6pm-8pm

Join Strings Con Brio and Conductor Kenneth Bowermeister for “A Little Night Music.” Featured soloists will be the dazzling duo guitarists Joseph Shields and Dr. Zachary Johnson performing the effervescent Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Antonio Vivaldi on April 7 from 6pm to 8pm at Historic Spanish Point Campus. Also on the program will be “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” the original A Little Night Music, by Mozart. The concert will include the stunning “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s haunting “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and selections from the great Walt Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast”. Come and enjoy the music and celebrate this nocturnal serenade with the award-winning community-based orchestra, Strings Con Brio. In-Person Tickets are sold out but Virtual Live Stream are available.

[SOON]  FOOD: Selby Gardens: Mother's Day Brunch , May 9, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm

Sweeping views of Sarasota Bay provide the perfect backdrop for honoring mothers at Selby Gardens on May 9 at 10:30am, noon, and 1:30pm. With a scrumptious buffet, mothers and their families are sure to have a delightful day. Three seatings are available. Fun games, children’s activities, and family photos are included in the event. A trolley will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Sarasota Senior Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way). Members are $70, Non-members are $80, Children ages 5-17 are $30, and Children 4 and under are free.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: The Palm Street Quartet , March 10, 6pm-8pm

Join the award-winning musicians of Palm Street Quartet for an evening under the stars in Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop on March 10 from 6pm to 8pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. The concert will feature selections that span and borrow from impressionistic to jazz genres which are sure to engage all the five senses for the ultimate concert experience. The program will highlight pieces by Debussy, including the popular “Clair De Lune” the sensual String Quartet in G Minor, and the evocative “American in Paris” by Gershwin. The quartet will perform the American standard “Star Dust” by Henry Carmichael and the beloved French single “La Vie en Rose”. Patrons will hear Satie’s atmospheric Gymnopédies, and “Oblivion”, one of the loveliest melodies of all time by Piazzolla. We look forward to sharing this tantalizing and memorable nocturnal serenade with you. In-person and Virtual Live Stream Tickets Available.

[SOON]  FOOD: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Spring Lunch in the Gardens , April 28, 11:30am-1pm

This lunch, on April 28 from 11:30am to 1pm will feature Eddie Zaratsian. When Hollywood stars and international clientele hire Eddie Zaratsian, they know this renowned botanical artist and event designer with his generous, magnetic personality will create a powerful reflection of his clients’ personal style and preferences. Eddie is one of the most internationally sought after event and floral designers working today. He was one of the youngest inductees into the American Institute of Floral Designers, in addition to being selected as one of the youngest judges for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Named one of the top five international florists by the London Financial Times, Zaratsian has built a reputation as a visionary artist. With his global perspective and attention to detail, Eddie Zaratsian has built an A-list portfolio through collaborations with Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Valentino, Oprah Winfrey and the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Martha Stewart as well as a long list of celebrity clientele. As the Founder and Creative Director of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design, Eddie’s innovative, refined aesthetic results in florals, installations and products that are natural, architecturally interesting, and truly beyond compare.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Janaina Tschape Between the Sky and the Water , December 14 – May 2, Museum hours.

Between the Sky and the Water is a mid-career retrospective of Janaina Tschäpe (b. Munich, Germany 1973) that will run from December 14 through May 2. Tschäpe’s wide-ranging oeuvre is visually connected by a lexicon of forms that array across a variety of media—painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. These varied articulations of her core concepts comprise a holistic cosmology, a gesamtkunstwerk (a total work of art), a grand evolutionary opera where each piece plays a supporting role, subsumed by the totality of the body. Recurring themes persist—Kafkaesque metamorphosis and transformation, a feminist resistance to the perpetual policing of the female body, a collapsing of scale undifferentiating the grand cosmos from the infinitesimal cellular, an excavation of the nature of landscape—but always, most importantly, is an exploration of painting as a way of understanding the world. Travelling from deep sea to land to space, the terrain is constantly shifting and yet the same, like a creature tropically and symbiotically adapting to whatever environment they find themselves inhabiting. Atmospherically sliding between the figurative and the abstract, the work invites your eye to travel, free of regard for chronology, or need of narrative.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Carl Abbott Architecture for Nature , November 8 – April 25, Museum hours.

The exhibition features over a dozen projects that exemplify Abbott’s unique climate and site-based perspective on living in harmony with one’s environment and will run from November 8, 2020 through April 25. Using his Bayou Studio as the epicenter of Abbott’s creative inquiry, the exhibition shows how key concepts developed in the experimental atelier space find physical form in his built projects, whether commissioned or conceived with a prescribed program. Nature is at the heart of Carl Abbott’s creative practice. All of his gestures — however small or grand — exemplify Abbott’s committed ethic and aesthetics, his site-based perspective on living in harmony with one’s environment. While some belief systems posit a “man” v. “nature” sensibility, Abbott’s cosmology understands human beings to be of nature. He thus shapes space, physically and conceptually, to serve nature’s—our—needs, in terms of comfort and shelter, but most importantly, in terms of one’s enrichment and enhancement of life. This exhibition aims to elucidate the art of architecture, examining origin stories, early influences and how the visual environment shaped Abbott’s “ways of seeing”. We hope to bring alive the practice of architecture as an artistic pursuit, a humanistic discipline, and a way to reunite with nature. The exhibition arrays over three areas on the Museum Campus: La Musa Azul – a site-responsive meditation grove located in the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Exant/Extinct – a spotlight exhibition in the historic portion of the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby, and The Bayou Studio – a mini-retrospective in the Claire H. Rusen Gallery.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Latin Sounds , February 25 – February 28

Latin American composers have served as a rich source of compelling music for centuries.  This program, from April 25 until April 28, 2021, features extraordinary compositions by three of the most celebrated 20thand 21st century Latin voices. Cuban-born composer Tania León has been a fearless voice for cultural diversity since arriving in the United States in 1967. Her 2012 string trio À Tres Voces is an evocative exploration of unique sounds and complex rhythms. Grammy Award winning Argentinian composer Oswaldo Golijov is known for his mesmerizing and deeply moving compositions. Mariel for cello and marimba was written in memory of a dear friend.  Fellow Argentinian Astor Piazzolla is universally recognized as the foremost composer of tango music. His Histoire du Tango, performed in a setting for violin and marimba, takes the listener to the night clubs and cafes of early 20th century Buenos Aires. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the late composer’s birth. $10 Streaming Access from March 4 through 9.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Sarasota Concert Association: Musically Speaking , February 25 – March 25, 7pm

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) today announced “Musically Speaking,” a free, three-concert virtual series featuring preeminent classical musicians in unique performances, highlighted by informal conversations with the artists. World-acclaimed pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein launch the series with a duo piano performance and conversation on Thursday, February 25, at 7pm. Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist George Nickson will share their unique artistry on Thursday, March 11, at 7pm. The world-renowned chamber orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, concludes the series on Thursday, March 25, at 7pm. Conducting the conversations with the artists is Charles Turon, a musician, educator, and SCA board member. The series is free, but registration is required. Each link will be viewable for seven days.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Classics: Bridges , February 25 – March 9

Sarasota Orchestra's next Classics concert program continues with the foundational work by Osvaldo Golijov, Mariel. The cello-marimba duet is a poignant example of the mesmerizing, deeply moving compositions for which the Argentinian composer won the Grammy Award. The revised program, now featuring three living composers, has been retitled "Bridges" to celebrate music as a connector between people from diverse backgrounds. The program opens with two string quartets by African-American composer Jessie Montgomery, who is quickly gaining recognition as a uniquely brilliant voice in classical music today. Cuban-born composer Tania León rounds out the electrifying concert experience with De Color, a virtuosic exploration of what León calls "the color of sound, and the sound of color." Sign up for the opportunity to purchase live performance tickets or purchase a $10 streaming pass. Live in Holley Hall from February 25 to 28 and streaming from March 4 to 9.

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