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SRQ DAILY Mar 26, 2021

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"These kinds of places, these industrial warehouse-type areas, are where a lot of artwork gets produced. Most artists don't have a downtown art studio."

- Mr. Krisztian of District 10 Contemporary

-Retail on the Rise, as seen in SRQ's March Living Lakewood 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[New Gallery]  District 10 Contemporary Opens On East
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Out on East Avenue, north of Fruitville, amidst gravel lots and chain link fences and roughly equidistant to JDub’s Brewing, Canned Ham Vintage and not one but three autoshops, might not be where one would expect to find Sarasota’s newest fine art gallery. But according to Mr. Krisztian, the artist and owner behind District 10 Contemporary, maybe it should be. “These kinds of places—these industrial warehouse-type areas—are where a lot of artwork gets produced,” he says. “Most artists don’t have a downtown art studio.” District 10, on the other hand, used to be Mr. Krisztian’s studio.

Gone now is the shadowy paint-speckled den with the raw concrete floor, replaced by an aesthetic resembling something akin to industrial meets speakeasy, drenched from floor to ceiling in heavy coats of blazing white paint and accentuated with touches of deep copper in the seating, the overhead ducts and the great slab of a bar at the far end, where Gallery Director Richard Pellicci seems prepared to dispense a round of drinks as he is a word or two about the founding artist. But beyond the paint job, little has fundamentally changed on the inside. “Because that’s where a lot of these pieces were made,” Mr. Krisztian says. That therein lies something sacred remains unspoken but apparent.

Much of the conceptual work framing the gallery as a space seems to emphasize this sense of naked authenticity and acknowledgement of one’s roots. The name comes from Mr. Krisztian’s birthplace in Budapest, Hungary, and above the bar hangs one of his most recent, and most personal, experimental works. Entitled May 8 – August 26, the name denotes not only the amount of time that the work took to complete, with Mr. Krisztian ensconced behind a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and the studio closed to visitors, but pays tribute to his late father by marking the dates of his birth and his passing.

A massive multimedia construction and a massive departure from the self-taught artist’s previously exhibited work, the piece eschews the canvas foundation in favor of warped and weathered wooden planks, upon which the artist affixes patches of painted canvas in abstract forms and uses everything from nails to knives to screwdrivers to carve deep lines and arcs filled with vibrant hues like cartographic graffiti. The rich color palette and flair for drama remain, marking the piece as distinctly Mr. Krisztian, but in service to something new. “I’m always experimenting,” he says. Another new series pays tribute to one of his favorite pastimes—chess—with metal grid-like structures imposing a novel sort of geometric order on the artist’s creation.

But although Mr. Krisztian owns the gallery, plans are currently in the works to show work from a number of artists across the country, including sculptors. “There will be plenty of rotation,” he says, “so you feel like you’re entering an exhibition, as opposed to walking into a store.” 

Caption: May 8 - August 26, by Mr. Krisztian. Located at 1326 N. East Avenue, Sarasota, District 10 Contemporary is currently open by appointment only. Contact Gallery Director Richard Pellicci at 941-552-8672 or 941-586-1485 to schedule.

[New Book]  SRQ Book Club: I Wrote This Book Because I Love You by Tim Kreider
Roxanne Baker, Bookseller at BookStore1

I Wrote This Book Because I Love You is a thought provoking book of essays by writer and animator Tim Kreider. While the title aptly describes the theme of this book; relationships, only reading Kreider’s deft prose can hip you to his novel and self-aware attitude on the subject.

From a crazy tryst with a circus performer, to a one month fling with a professional lover, to a true case of ‘torn between two lovers’, Kreider reminds us that relationships are never flat, each involvement possessing intricacies and importance in our ever changing evolution.

The beauty of Kreider’s essays is three dimensional: first, he’s not a toxic male, truly owning his own foibles while simultaneously truly caring about the individuals with whom he became entangled. Second, his writing is both intellectual and witty making it fun to digest. And last, he charts a sensible course for reasonable relationship politics within our tumultuous current social circumstances.

Roxanne Baker is a Bookseller at BookStore1 Sarasota. Bookstore1Sarasota was opened in 2011 with one mission: to bring a high-quality independent bookstore to the Sarasota area. Their passion for the joy of books inspired them in the beginning and continues to drive them today. They offer a shopping experience curated with their customers in mind, and are gratified by the long-term relationships they have built with those who have come through their door: patrons and authors alike.  

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941-365-7900, georgia@sarasotabooks.com

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[Outdoor Art Festival]  Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show

HotWorks.org presents Sarasota ‘Open Air” Fine Art Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, 2021 outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park. This juried fine art and fine craft show brings 75 quality juried fine art and fine craft artists selling their original and personally handmade art in all disciplines; paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, wood, photography, and more. There is something for everyone in all price ranges. 

Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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[New Mural]  Wyland Painting New Mural in Sarasota

To mark its 10-year anniversary, the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is calling on people across the United States to take small, daily actions to reduce water waste and promote the health and sustainability of our nation’s water-based ecosystems. Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody and representatives from Mote Marine Lab join a live mural painting by internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland for Tuttle Elementary School. 

Tuttle Elementary School, 2863 8th Street

Click here to register for Zoom showing.

[Choir Performance ]  Key Chorale Launches 3nd Installment of Come Together Choir

Key Chorale launched their Come Together Choir Online Choral Rehearsals, Volume 1 March 2020 and Volume 2 September 2020. Since then, over 500 singers from all over the country have registered and participated. The first two volumes have had more than 6,000 views to date. The Come Together Choir is a partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, JFCS of the Suncoast, and Key Chorale. All episodes are available on Key Chorale’s YouTube Channel. This outreach allows participants to experience the therapeutic benefits of singing – all from the safety of their own home.  

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[New Exhibit]  New Perspectives on Women & Historic Circus

New Perspectives on Women & The Historic Circus, a series of virtual presentations from circus and cultural historians whose research has led them to The Ringling Archives, will explore the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts. Read more below about the first of the series, coming up April 6. 

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[Fundraising]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Sets Date for the 2021 Artful Lobster

The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s annual Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration will be Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:30am-2pm Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program. The event takes place outdoors beneath a large tent on the Hermitage’s historical beachfront campus. 

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[Schedule Update]  The Sarasota Ballet Announces Updates to Digital Program 6

The Sarasota Ballet announces that, in maintaining the health and safety of the Company's dancers with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the planned performance of George Balanchine’s Serenade in Digital Program 6 will be replaced with two ballets choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton: Valses nobles et sentimentales and The Walk to the Paradise Garden. The Sarasota Ballet’s Digital Program 6 will be available to watch 23 through 27 April on most internet-capable devices. Digital tickets are $35. 

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[New Show]  Artist Series Concerts Spices Things Up with Heat Latin Jazz Band

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota spices things up with the Heat Latin Jazz Band, Sunday, April 18, 3pm, outdoors at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Heat’s seven young artists, most of them also students at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern State College, perform toe-tapping salsa hits from yesterday and today, showcasing the works of Oscar D’Leon, Celia Cruz, Joe Arroyo, Puerto Rican Power, Gloria Estefan and many more. There will be no will call and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $35. 

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[New Position ]  Arts Advocates Announces 2021-2022 Advisory Board Members

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce the members of its 2021-2022 advisory board. 2021-2022 advisory board members are Todd Engelhardt, Cumberland Advisors; Marjorie Floyd, Strategic Marketing Resources; Pat Golemme, Sarasota Ballet board vice president; Katherine Martucci, Selby Gardens board member and Children First president; Cheryl Mendelson, Van Wezel Foundation CEO; Mark Ormond, art historian and curator; Andy Sandberg, Hermitage Artist Retreat CEO; Ariel Serrano, Sarasota School of Cuban Ballet director; Jim Shirley, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County director; Waddy Thompson, author and La Musica board member; Miriam Wallace, New College Division of Humanities chair; Dr. Christopher Wilson, Ringling College architecture and design historian; and Frank Martucci, investment advisor for the Hintzpeter bequest.  

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[Recognition]  Tidewell and The Telling Project Present Vietnam Veterans Program and Roundtable

Tidewell Hospice and the Tidewell Honors Veterans Program, in conjunction with The Telling Project, are proud to present the “Remember Vietnam: The Telling Project” webinar on March 29, which is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. The free webinar is open to the public. The webinar will be held at 3pm March 29 and will feature the stories of five individuals deeply connected to the Vietnam War.  

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[COVID-19]  City to Host Second-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Van Wezel

The City of Sarasota will host a drive-through, second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The clinic will be by appointment only for individuals who received their first dose Feb. 27-28 at the City-hosted vaccine distribution at the Van Wezel. Appointment notices are now being issued via the Everbridge system, Sarasota County’s first-come, first-serve vaccination standby list. 

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[In This Issue]  Concrete Kings

Three companies have cemented their place in the local design scene as the go-to makers for all things concrete. 

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show , April 3 – April 4, 10am-5pm

HotWorks.org presents Sarasota ‘Open Air’ Fine Art Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 3 & 4, 2021 outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park. This juried fine art and fine craft show brings 75 quality juried fine art and fine craft artists selling their original and personally handmade art in all discipline – paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, wood, photography, and more. There is something for everyone – in all price ranges. COVID Safety Precautions will be in place such as: The art show is held 100% outdoors, Extra super-wide aisles for social distancing, All booths are social-distanced apart, Face coverings are recommended, and All booths will provide hand sanitizer. Event hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm daily. There is free parking; $5 admission (15 & under free) supports Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., the associated 501c3 non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, community enrichment, cultural diversity, and fostering art education among youth. A receipt will be provided as a donation to the non-profit; in addition, anyone who attends the art show on Saturday and would like to return to the show on Saturday afternoon or Sunday anytime – please bring your receipt for complimentary return admission. On Sunday, April 4 at 3pm – please join us for the ‘Budding Artist Competition’ integrated within the art show. Sponsored by IA&E, this unique and one-of-a-kind program encourages students in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 to enter his/her original and personally handmade that is displayed under the Budding Artist Competition tent duration of the show. There is $250 in Youth Art awards presented as students are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship opportunity doing art shows for a living. The program brings families to the art show and exposes them to great art. Families of the Youth Art students receive complimentary admission to the art show.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Water's Edge of Bradenton: Remember When Vintage Car Show , April 17, 10am-2pm

Water’s Edge of Bradenton announces their 1st Annual “Remember When” Vintage Car Show to be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. The car show will be held at their recently renovated senior living community at 2015 32nd Ave W, Bradenton. This event is FREE to the public and will feature Classic Cars, Great Food, Cool Beverages, Door Prizes & Free Giveaways, Craft Vendors, and Classic Music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Attendees at the event may also take a tour of the 37-acre campus and experience the over 19,000 square feet of amenities that Water’s Edge of Bradenton has to offer their residents. Vehicle Registration: If you would like to pre-register your classic car for the event, please download the event flyer at the following link: Event Flyer. Complete and return the form on the second page of the flyer along with your $10 donation. You may also register your vehicle on the day of the event at the show with a $15 donation. Vendor & Sponsorship Opportunities: If you would like to be a vendor at the event or sponsor the event, the two options available are below. Please contact Theresa at 941-705-4584 for more information. $50: Company Logo on event flyer handed out to all attendees of the car show. $100: Company Logo on event flyer -AND- a table/vendor space at the show. All proceeds benefit the Life Enrichment Program at Water’s Edge of Bradenton, a non-profit organization. This event is provided by Water’s Edge of Bradenton, InTeliCare Health Services, and Home Helpers of Bradenton.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: 2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration , November 13, 11:30am-2pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s annual Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration will be Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:30am to 2pm Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program. The event takes place outdoors beneath a large tent on the Hermitage’s historical beachfront campus, located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Ticket information and additional details will be announced later in the year. For sponsorship inquiries, call 941-475-2098, Ext. 2. The 2020 Artful Lobster was one of the first live fundraisers in our region since the start of the pandemic to establish a new model for safe and socially-distanced gathering. With limited capacity and added safety precautions, 150 guests attended the sold-out feast and performance. Ralph Farris, an acclaimed Hermitage Fellow and founding violist and artistic director of the genre-bending string quartet ETHEL, headlined the event, impressing audiences with his original compositions created at the Hermitage, as well as his unique medley of Philip Glass, John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and “America the Beautiful.” Michael’s On East served a plentiful barbeque and much heralded lobster luncheon.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: The Venice Symphony: Resound, Resilience , March 26, 7:30pm

The Venice Symphony: Resound, Resilience is the final free virtual concert of the season. Members of the orchestra are showcased in a program highlighting the works of the masters of classical music including Vivaldi, Mozart and Debussy. The concert will premiere at 7:30pm on March 26 and will be available free on demand after that date at thevenicesymphony.org and The Venice Symphony’s YouTube channel.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Island Gallery West: March Featured artist Candace Bennington , March 2 – March 31, 10am-5pm

“Water, Water Everywhere,” is a divine collection of coastal water oil paintings of local scenery by the gallery’s March Featured Artist Candace Bennington. The exhibit will be on display at Island Gallery West on Holmes Beach from March 2 through 31, 2021. Island West Gallery is located at 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, Trolley Stop 15, on Anna Maria Island. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Visit www.islandgallerywest.com or call 941-778-6648 for updates about the art and member artists of the gallery. Per county and city regulations, masks are required. Hand sanitizer is available.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: John Miller Jazz Ensemble , April 1, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Sarasota Concert Association presents the John Miller Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, April 1 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota. John Miller, principal bass for Sarasota Orchestra, has gathered an ensemble of inspired musicians who will perform jazz favorites from the 1940s to the present. Saxophonist Peter Carney and trombonist George Mancini will perform, along with an array of other jazz musicians. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance (required), visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at (941) 225-6500.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Ikebana International Sarasota: Bamboo and Blooms 52nd Annual Exhibition , April 1 – April 30

A virtual exhibition of floral design by members of the Ikebana International Sarasota Chapter #115. The members’ arrangements represent 5 different schools of Ikebana. The online video event can be viewed at www.iisarasota.com as well as Facebook and Instagram sites free from April 1 to 30.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon , March 26, 12pm-1pm

Join Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation for their Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon: 566 Things Women Should Know About Aging Gracefully on Friday, March 26, 2021 from noon to 1pm. We have 206 bones and 360 joints in our bodies. Learn from our panel of experts how we can improve our bone and joint health. Proceeds will support orthopedic and rehabilitation services at SMH.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Chamber: Annual Chamber Breakfast , March 26, 7:30am-9:15am

Join us for the Annual Chamber Breakfast on Friday, March 26 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 7:30am to 9:15am. Stay tuned on more information on the featured Guest Speaker. Pre-Registration is required for this event. The Sarasota Chamber is taking all social distancing precautions, setting tables with six chairs only, providing hand sanitizer, and requiring masks. In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions: Face coverings will be required at this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event. (Except while eating and drinking), Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible, Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact, and Masks and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Ringling: Wine & Roses Dinner , March 26, 7pm

Experience an enchanted evening of Wine & Roses on March 26 at 7pm. Enjoy an intimate three-course dinner featuring expert wine pairings provided by Total Wine & More in The Mable Ringling Rose Garden. This semi-private, socially distanced evening will feature inspired dishes from The Ringling Grillroom. Seatings are for parties of up to four guests, reserve now to make your menu selections.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Future Tradition: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner Du Yun , March 26, 5:30pm

A talk and demonstration with Pulitzer Prize winner and Grammy Award nominee Du Yun on Friday, March 26 at 5:30pm. On the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Registration required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently based in New York City, Du Yun works at the intersection of opera, orchestral, theater, cabaret, musical, oral tradition, public performances, electronics, visual arts, and noise. Her body of work is championed by some of today's finest performing groups and organizations around the world. Known for her "relentless originality and unflinching social conscience" (The New Yorker), Du Yun's second opera Angel's Bone won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize; in 2018 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow; and in 2019, she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Composition category for her work Air Glow. At its heart, Future Tradition focuses on developing new works through cultural dialogue by looking at an art form’s DNA. Yun is professor of composition at the Peabody Institute, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. A community champion, she was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; served as the Artistic Director of MATA Festival; and conceived the Pan Asia Sounding Festival (National Sawdust). In 2018, Yun was named one of 38 Great Immigrants by the Carnegie Foundation, and the Beijing Music Festival named her “Artist of the Year.” Hear Du Yun’s music and see her images here: ChannelDuYun.com.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Lounge & Learn: March Comes in Like a Lion(fish) , March 26, 6:30pm

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "March comes in like a lionfish," right? Well, of course, that's the idiom we say around a marine lab. But you might be wondering, what's the deal with lionfish anyway? Do they share any similarities with their carnivorous cat cousins? Believe it or not, yes they do and we ain't LION! For the MANE event on March 26 at 6:30pm, join Mote Marine Lab fish biologists as they team up with big cat conservation biologists to Lounge and Learn all about lions and lionfish. We take PRIDE in knowing you'll have a ROARing good time. Ages 21 and up. Registration closes at 5:30pm on the day of the event. Price is per connection. If you plan to connect multiple people from more than one device (phone, computer, tablet, etc.), you will need to purchase one ticket for each connection/device. This is a webinar-style, entertaining and interactive virtual program.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: WSLR: Roy Book Binder , March 26, 8pm

On Saturday, March 6 at 8pm Roy Book Binder will perform a live show at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. A limited number of in-person tickets are available. Tickets are $22 for members and $26 for the general public.  Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org. Roy Book Binder is the epitome of the singing, songwriting, storytelling Bluesman troubadour. Book Binder became a student and friend of the legendary Reverend Gary Davis in the early sixties, and subsequently toured with him in the late 1960s. It was from these early days he became equally at home with Blues and ragtime. Fogartyville will be operating under strict Covid protocols and there will only be a limited number of in-person seats available – mostly outdoors.   Ticket buyers will have the option of purchasing 2 or 4 tickets and will have to provide the names of all persons in their party.  There will be a temperature check at the door and those not abiding by the venue’s safety measures will be asked to leave. More information is available on the Fogartyville website at www.fogartyville.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual My Hometown Jam , March 26, 6pm-10pm

Bring your chair or blanket and join guitarist Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band and TR3) along with five other bands for an intimate evening of music, food and fun under the stars at the 1st Annual My Hometown Jam, taking place at Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, March 26, 2021, from 6pm to 10pm. Limited tickets are available for this open-air concert benefitting Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and Sertoma Kids, Inc., local 501(C)(3) nonprofits that provide services and equipment for children and adults with speech, communication and hearing challenges. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://myhometownjam.com/. Food from area food trucks, as well as beer, wine, seltzers and water, will be available for purchase at the event, which is open to all ages.

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