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SRQ DAILY Mar 31, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Our primary goal for the renovations is to provide future rehabilitating manatees with a more naturalistic environment to help them transition even more successfully from rehabilitation back to the wild."

- Remi Gonzalez, The Bishop Museum
 

[Museum Renovations]  Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat at The BISHOP Ahead of Schedule to Reopen
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

With today being Manatee Appreciation Day, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is celebrating its ahead-of-schedule renovations of the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, a Stage 2 Rehabilitation Facility where sick and injured manatees come after they have been treated and stabilized at one of the state’s four critical care hospitals. "We are a temporary home for these wild manatees," says Remi Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Brand at The Bishop. "Since the Museum began participating in manatee rehabilitation in 1998, we have cared for more than 42 manatees in our rehabilitation habitat before returning them to the wild," says Gonzalez. "They are usually with us between six months and two years before we release them." 

Bishop's most recent manatee tenants, Viva and Felicia, were released on February 18, 2021, at the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, where wild manatees gather because of the warm water from the Tampa Electric power plant. With the habitat empty and ready for the remodel, the team temporarily closed the habitat and started construction March 1 for industrial and artistic renovations. “I think people will be surprised at the amount of work that goes into planning a project like this,” says Jack Balkan, Chief Facilities Officer at The Bishop. “It took about six months of conversations and sketches and presentations.” 

Meanwhile, Bishop’s designated veterinarian has been working hand-in-hand with the team and giving feedback to ensure sound development and design for the manatees’ new home. The renovations include new plumbing, which will further improve water quality for its marine residents. "Our veterinarian, Dr. David Murphy, is one of the foremost authorities on manatees in their natural habitat," shares Gonzalez. "He’s an integral part of our team because he knows manatees’ behavioral, physical and biological needs, and his knowledge complements our animal care team’s expertise." While designing a new animal habitat, Dr. Murphey providesd additional expertise and perspective on the animals’ safety, as well as the manatees’ physical and mental health. "He’s been a part of our team at every step, starting with the very first meetings with the design company," says Gonzalez. "Each week, as we’ve been making progress on the habitat, our director of animal care, sends him photos and talks with him about any concerns or recommended adjustments. He also visits regularly to see the progress in person."

The team is undergoing many walk-throughs to ensure the habitat is built to suit the manatees’ needs before final steps are set in motion—including a final pour of the concrete and filling the pool, as well as artistic touches. "Our primary goal for the renovations is to provide future rehabilitating manatees with a more naturalistic environment to help them transition even more successfully from rehabilitation back to the wild," Gonzalez says. "And when our visitors see the renovated habitat, they’ll get a much richer appreciation of how manatees live and what they do in the wild. The renovated habitat is inspired by a natural spring, which is where you’re most likely to see manatees in the wild – complete with crystal clear water and cypress trees!" The exhibit will take on the look and feel of a cypress swamp, with a brand new dock area and imitation cypress trees placed around the area to provide a more natural-looking habitat closer to what the manatees would experience in the wild. The trees, along with the entire renovation is being created by Nassal, an Orlando-based company that has done work for attractions and cultural institutions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Jacksonville Zoo’s African Forest exhibition and ZooMiami’s Florida: Mission Everglades. Further, the existing mural will be replaced with a life-size photo of the cypress spring at Ichetucknee Springs in central Florida, taken by photographer Matt Tilghman. And the new pool will include varying depths now to give the manatees the diversity of water depths that they would normally find in the wild. 

Balkan mentions next month’s plans include finishing touches like last paint coats, the shaping of the trees, cleaning up, filling the pool and getting the filters running to get it ready for Bishop’s new manatee tenants to arrive.

Reopening to the public will happen later this spring or early summer, but until then, every purchase in the Museum Store helps to support the programs, collections and manatee rehabilitation at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. No need to purchase admission to shop in the Store, just walk right in! 

Pictured: The Bishop's director of animal care Virginia Edmonds and chief facilities officer Jack Balkan inspect progress on renovations to the Museum's Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat as team members from design/build firm Nassal continue work.

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[Children First]  Announcing the Million Dollar Plus 60th Anniversary Challenge Match Campaign

In honor of Children First’s 60th Anniversary, the agency is proud to announce a $1,060,000 matching campaign to increase the support of early childhood education, family strengthening, and comprehensive services for children and families living at-risk. 

The Challenge for Changing Lives matching campaign is being spearheaded by Children First’s Diamond Circle: a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families together. Their goal is to inspire others to give by matching all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $1,060,000, throughout 2021.

Members include: Two anonymous donors, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Dawn and Mitchell Epstein, Julie and Brock Leach, Joan and Dr. Bart Levenson, Katherine and Frank Martucci, Elenor Maxheim in loving memory of John Maxheim, Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Leslie and Dick Rivera, Gaye and Jack Schwarz, Karen Solem, in loving memory of Charles Forman, John Bean and Alexandra Jupin, Lisa and John Giglio, Carol and Richard Kalikow, Bob and Lin Williams, Alison and Howie Madsen, Jo and Stan Rutstein, Mike Rutstein, and CEO Philip Tavill. 

As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First has grown to serve hundreds of children and their families at 15 locations annually throughout Sarasota County with campuses in Venice, North Port, and Sarasota. As a four-time designated Head Start Program of Excellence, the agency ranks in the top 1% of over 1,800 programs nationwide. 

To make a gift in support of ‘The Challenge for Changing Lives,’ please visit childrenfirst.net/donate. 

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[Child Abuse Prevention ]  Barancik Supports Personal Safety & Community Awareness

Child Protection Center has increased its efforts in training children and educators on the signs and symptoms of child abuse. The Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) program is designed to create a safety net surrounding children, where caregivers, educators, faith leaders, and other organization employees receive free training on identifying and reporting signs of abuse. CPC reports that child sexual abuse was up over 23% during the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic numbers—over 3,800 child abuse reports were referred to the agency last year. “There isn’t a single soul who wasn’t affected by the pandemic, but our children are the ones who have been most vulnerable,” says Teri A Hansen, President/CEO of Barancik Foundation. “It’s going to take collective effort for us to weave our social safety nets tighter to protect and treat those who experienced the unimaginable.” 

For more information on the Child Protection Center, Inc. and the Personal Safety Program, contact Michelle McSwain, at 941-365-1277.

[Meal Donations]  All Faiths Food Bank Launches Campaign Against Summer Hunger

Nearly half of the 43,000 students enrolled at Sarasota County schools participate in free and reduced meal programs while, in DeSoto County, all of the nearly 5,000 enrolled students rely on these meals during the school year. But when school ends, hunger begins. To try and fill the “hunger gap” for children who lose access to meals and food pantries at school, All Faiths Food Bank is, once again, launching its Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Co-chair Keith Monda said, “Nobody can look at the long line of cars at food distributions, with kids in those cars, and say they should do anything other than make sure those kids are fed. They won't be fed without us. Our responsibility is to make sure every child gets fed, every day.” 

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[Fundraising]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon Raises over $140,000 for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Services

Over 300 guests attended Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 8th annual Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon  event, held virtually, was themed “566 Things Women Should Know About Aging Gracefully.” The program focused on bone and joint health with paddle raise proceeds helping to fund a new bone density scanner at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “Our Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon continued its mission of bringing women of our community important healthcare information, this time in a virtual environment,” said Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation president Mason Ayres. “Helping SMH fund an additional bone density scanner will expand the availability of appointments and help ensure that this important diagnostic test is readily available to all those who need it.” 

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[Annoucement]  Mote Marine Lab and Mayor Brody to Join Live Mural Painting by Wyland on April 1

Intentionally renowned marine life artist, Wyland, is painting a new large scale building mural for Earth Month 11am Thursday, April 1. The new piece will be added to Wyland's repertoire of over 100 building murals around the globe. Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody and representatives from Mote Marine Lab join a live mural painting by Wyland for Tuttle Elementary School, 2863 8th Street, Sarasota, FL. The event kicks off the 10th Annual Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation a program that encourages cities and residents across America to better manage and improve the health of the nation's water resources. Event will also be broadcast via Zoom.  

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[Event Update]  Embracing Our Differences’ 2021 Outdoor Art Exhibit Ends on April 1

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 winning quotes and art are showcased in the 18th annual exhibit, through April 1, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.  

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[Awareness Program]  Join SPARCC this April to Raise Awareness of Sexual Violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Each year during SAAM, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC) collaborates with community partners to raise awareness, commemorate SAAM and show support for survivors of sexual assault. Two ways to participate are Tuesday, April 6th: Day of Action or “Wear Teal Day” where supporters raise awareness by sharing a photo of themselves or a group wearing teal tagging @SPARCC_Sarasota. Wednesday, April 28th: Denim Day supporters can help survivors of sexual violence take a stand by wearing denim  Denim Day is a national campaign triggered by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. SPARCC President & CEO Jessica Hays says, "SPARCC is committed to breaking the cycle through awareness and education and we truly believe that everyone can make a positive impact by showing support and taking a stand.” 

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[Children's Resources]  Through the Pandemic Safe Children Coalition Continued to be There for Children

Through the pandemic, local nonprofit organization Safe Children Coalition has forged doggedly ahead to make sure they are there for children in emergency situations, and that eager families can be introduced to the child or children they hope to call their own. The isolation caused due to the stay-at-home order, the closing of in-person school last spring, and continued reduced social opportunities have created a dangerous situation for already at-risk children. Teachers, school counselors and child welfare professionals have fewer – or no – opportunities to check on children; parents with issues in the home could use the excuse that they were quarantining to keep field professionals away. Dave Luebcke, senior director of program said, "We found ways to keep cases moving and to provide permanency to our children and families. There is a sense of accomplishment when you adapt and overcome adversity." 

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[Job Opportunities]  Goodwill Manasota Expands Supported JobsPlus Program

Goodwill is launching new programs as well as expanding existing programs, such as Supported JobsPlus, which targets employment for individuals with severe disabilities. Goodwill has added 10 more slots for the Supported JobsPlus (SJP) program; four of those jobs have already been filled. This expansion comes in the wake of pandemic-related SJP team member losses, due to medical issues and fears of COVID-19 infection. Of Goodwill’s 700 employees, 65% have self-identified disabilities and/or disadvantaging conditions, while 53 – nearly 8% of its employees – have significant disabilities and participate in the SJP program.  

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota team member Corey Mount works at Goodwill's Corporate Campus in Bradenton.

[New Hire]  Children First Welcomes New Board Member

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is proud to welcome Andrea Johnson to the Board of Directors. 

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[Recognition]  Braden River High School Senior O'Mariah Gordon Named Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball

A Braden River High School senior and basketball standout is receiving top honors in the state. O’Mariah Gordon was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball last week. A statewide panel of high school coaches and media representatives chose her for the award. This is the 29th year for the program recognizing excellence in high school athletics. 

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[New Hire]  VetCor Sarasota-Manatee Under New Management After Resale Deal

 VetCor® Sarasota-Manatee is under new management, having been purchased in a recent resale. The new ownership group, officially listed as FM Operatives, LLC DBA VetCor® Sarasota, will take over servicing residential and commercial water damage and mold remediation jobs on the western side of Florida’s Gulf Coast. In addition to managing the existing Sarasota territory, the group will expanded services to include Manatee, Hardee and Highland counties.   

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[SOON]  FOOD: The Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum Easter Brunch , April 3 – April 4, Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 10am-3pm

The Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum will be celebrating Easter Sunday by hosting a weekend-long brunch for all guests to enjoy. Bistro is inspired by Florida’s regional fruit stands and farmer’s markets and emphasizes local produce, healthy proteins, and artisanal specialty items brought to you by Executive Chef Kaytlin Dangaran and the Constellation Culinary team. This Easter, Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum will offer a weekend-long Easter brunch on April 3 from 9am to 3pm and April 4 10am to 3pm. The drink menu will include a refreshing lavender lemonade, the main menu will include a roast beef sandwich with truffle lemon aioli, gruyere and arugula on a toasted baguette. To finish off with dessert, Bistro will serve carrot cake cupcakes. The Bistro fare is inspired by Florida’s regional fruit stands and farmer’s markets and emphasizes local produce, healthy proteins, and artisanal specialty items. The Bistro design is inspired by Rudolph, the history of the Sarasota High School and the 1920s provenance of the Elliott building and serves as platform to extend the curatorial vision of the Museum into your dining experience. Located in Paul Rudolph’s 1959 Vocational Shops building, beautifully reimagined by K/R Architects.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC: Raise Awareness of Sexual Violence This April , April 1 – April 30

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Each year during SAAM, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC) collaborates with community partners to raise awareness, commemorate SAAM and show support for survivors of sexual assault. This April, SPARCC is hosting three exciting ways to encourage groups and businesses to help spread awareness. Community partners can get involved by participating in the Day of Action, Denim Day, and/or scheduling a free prevention education presentation. Tuesday, April 6 - Day of Action or “Wear Teal Day” - Supporters raise awareness by sharing a photo of themselves or a group wearing teal to social media and tagging @SPARCC_Sarasota. By wearing teal, the symbol of sexual violence prevention and the official color of SAAM, supporters will drive further awareness around the importance of consent, respect and supporting survivors online and in everyday life. Wednesday, April 28 - Denim Day - supporters can help survivors of sexual violence take a stand by wearing denim and sharing a photo on social media and tagging @SPARCC_Sarasota. Denim Day is a national campaign triggered by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. By wearing jeans, supporters send the message that there is never an excuse or invitation for sexual assault. The Entire Month of April – supporters, groups and businesses can schedule a free educational training session with SPARCC educators. Topics for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) include, how to help a friend coping with sexual violence, bystander intervention, industry-specific concerns for medical professionals like cosmetologists, law enforcement, bars & restaurants, entertainment venues, and more.

[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Physically Integrated Dance Series , April 1 – April 17, 10am

The Physically Integrated Dance Series is a virtual series starting April 1 through April 17 that expands upon New College of Florida’s popular annual Dance for Parkinson event. The series is brought to you by our ongoing collaboration with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Parkinson Place. In keeping with the focus of offering physically integrative movement, the aim of this series is to show its participants that dance is for everybody, no matter their age, social-economic background, abilities, previous experiences, or lack of dance. Help us kick off this new series with the 3rd Annual Dance for Parkinson Partnership Event featuring a performance by Parkinson Place and NCF participants. The series continues with two weeklong artist residencies led by guest artists who live with disabilities. Attend the kick-off event on April 1 at 10am for New College of Florida’s Physically Integrated Dance Series. Meet Parkinson Place and NCF dance participants while they perform a virtual dance created remotely during the pandemic, co-led by Sarasota Contemporary Dance teaching artists Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancingers, and Elisha Byerly. Presentation by NCF student Rose Schimmel of her personal experience of participating in the Dance for Parkinson class. This is a great opportunity for community members to move with and speak to participants from both Parkinson’s Place and students from New College.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Oscar Scherer's 32nd Annual Earth Day , April 1 – April 22

The National Earth Day theme this year is “Restore Our Earth.” Oscar Scherer has partnered with local environmental organizations this year to bring you a virtual event. 22 ways in 22 days countdown will begin April 1. Visit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Facebook page daily for an organizations fun video, action item, and scavenger hunt. Message your scavenger hunt answers, send us a picture of you doing a posted action item to our page and be entered into the prize drawing. 2 entries per person per day. More visits, more hunts and actions, more chances to win.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art in the Park Exhibition & Sale , April 8 – April 11

Art in the Park is celebrating its 21st year presenting an impressive array of visual arts for exhibit and sale from Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 11. Over the years Art in the Park has become a stellar event in the Sarasota and Bradenton art scene. The show has grown to include over 150 pieces of art; the range and quality of work are truly impressive. All visitors are invited to vote in the much-coveted People’s Choice award. Three local professional jurors, with expertise ranging from painting to photography, will judge the event for cash prizes. Due to Covid-19, the show will be a little different. It will take place in the Country Club's Lakeside Room, not under the Club's signature blue and white canopy. Masks are required to enter. If you would like to view the show but are concerned about attending an event in an indoor venue, please come back to this page once the show opens. We will be posting a virtual tour of the show on this page for all to see.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Three Pianos , March 31 – May 23, Times vary.

From Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to Carole King and Sarah McLachlan, Three Pianos celebrates the musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of "rock star" and forged their own paths in the industry. This high-energy music revue will have you singing along to such ivory-tickling classics as "Crocodile Rock," "Beautiful," and "Just the Way You Are." Three Pianos, created by Rebecca Hopkins and Sarah Durham with arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play from March 31 until April 25, 2021 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

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From Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to Carole King and Sarah McLachlan, Three Pianos celebrates the musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of "rock star" and forged their own paths in the industry. This high-energy music revue will have you singing along to such ivory-tickling classics as "Crocodile Rock," "Beautiful," and "Just the Way You Are." Three Pianos, created by Rebecca Hopkins and Sarah Durham with arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play from March 31 until April 25, 2021 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Storied Stories of the Creative Process with Michael Riedel and Robert Plunket , March 31, 5:30pm

Longtime columnist for the New York Post, host of “Theatre Talk” on PBS, and celebrated author Michael Riedel, along with Sarasota’s own “Mr. Chatterbox,” Robert Plunket, will share candid and colorful stories of famed artistic projects in early development on Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30pm. Moderated by Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. On the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood; also available via Live-Stream. Registration required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. This event is presented in partnership with Sarasota Magazine. Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. New York magazine has called his column a “must-read” for the theater world. Riedel began his radio career as regular on the Imus in the Morning show in 2011. In 2017 WOR, New York’s oldest and highest-rated station, asked him to cohost its morning show with well-known sportscaster Len Berman. The Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning show is the highest-rated morning radio program in the New York City area. Riedel’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman’s celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, The Season. A graduate of Columbia University, Riedel lives in Manhattan. Robert Plunket is the author of My Search for Warren Harding, which was listed on the Guardian’s “1000 Novels Everyone Must Read,” and Love Junkie.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Selby Gardens: Legacy Lecture , March 31, 12pm-1pm

Join us in celebrating the lasting impact of Marie Selby and Bertha Palmer as well as those who have made a legacy commitment to support the future of Selby Gardens on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from noon to 1pm. If you have any questions, please contact the Institutional Advancement team at development@selby.org. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Anna Maria Island Privateers: Thieves Market , February 20 – April 17, 8am-3pm

Anna Maria Island Privateers will be hosting their annual Thieves Market on Saturday, February 20, Saturday, March 20 and Saturday, April 17 from 8am to 3pm. This year we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary and are working very hard to make each Market more spectacular and fun. Booth space will be 14’ wide x 35’ deep. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided by the Privateers for our vendors to enjoy. Vendor set-up begins at 6am. All to be held at GT Bray Recreation Center. We will try to accommodate special requests for medical necessity, but most spots are on a first paid first served basis. Donation per spot per Market is $50 and there are no refunds. Online registration and payment are requested and recommended should you want a spot reserved or you can pay by check or cash if using a paper application, the link to that is below.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: Immersive Experience: Safe House , February 26 – April 4, Times vary.

Safe House written and directed by Brendan Ragan will begin February 26 and run through April 4, 2021. After leaving his cybersecurity job at a powerful corporation, Fletcher and his wife Ava have gone into hiding, along with their damning company secrets. When Ava mysteriously disappears, Fletcher turns to a stranger to help find her: you. In this fully immersive and interactive experience, step inside Fletcher’s secretive safehouse and navigate his cryptic digital clues to uncover the truth. Please note that Safe House is an interactive, walk-through experience. This production does not feature traditional theater seating and there are no live performers. Audiences will be limited to four patrons per viewing. Run-time is roughly 30 minutes, but will vary with each group's experience. Masks and temperature checks are required for all patrons.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop , February 13 – June 27, 10am-5pm

This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist's screen prints based on Monet's world-famous paintings of waterlilies and haystacks from February 13 until June 27, 10am to 5pm. Lichtenstein's rarely seen Water Lilies and Haystacks provide an unexpected homage to a staple of the public imagination - Monet's paintings of his garden and home at Giverny that inspired them. The display of Lichtenstein's art in the midst of a horticultural evocation of Giverny creates a unique experience for more than 100,000 garden visitors. Selby Gardens, transformed into Monet's famed gardens at Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein, includes iconic elements of Monet's garden such as the green Japanese bridge, trellises, and benches. This conjuring of Lichtenstein's world also serves as the dynamic backdrop to the lush plantings and mixed borders for which Monet's paintings were renowned. An avid gardener, Monet once said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." Marie Selby Botanical Gardens evokes this crowning achievement with a surprising Pop Art twist.

[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: 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]  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]  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: ArtCenter Manatee: International Watercolor Society Florida , March 9 – April 9, Gallery hours.

An ArtCenter Manatee curated exhibition featuring master watercolor artists from around the world from March 9 through April 9 at the Kellogg Gallery. The International Watercolor Society has chapters in over 110 countries, and gathers together one of the largest and most diverse group of watercolor artists and art lovers alike. Being of many nations, cultures, and backgrounds, it provides a platform for the continual development, learning, and sharing of the art of watercolor. In addition to the exchange of ideas between artists in the field and industry, it advocates and supports the next generation of artists with the events and exhibitions that are difficult to come by for many. This is the inaugural exhibition of the recently formed IWS Florida USA Chapter at ArtCenter Manatee.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Choral Artists: You'll Never Walk Alone , March 11 – April 9

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up!” continues with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features” uplifting songs from Broadway musicals. Through adversity, many characters of the Broadway musical “rise up” and successfully confront life challenges, inspiring and ennobling us by their courage. This uplifting Broadway revue features selections from Les Misérables, Carousel, A Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and Sweet Charity—characters that inspire us through their perseverance. Guest soloist for this performance is renowned Broadway star Ann Morrison. Originally designed to be part of the Garden Music Series presented by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the live performance for patrons has been re-imagined as a virtual experience. With the Choral Artists Chamber Chorus; Michael Stewart, piano; and Joseph Holt, piano and conductor. Filmed onsite at Selby Gardens, this virtual concert will be available on demand March 11 through April 9; tickets are $15. The “Concert Insight” for this concert is live-streamed Thursday, February 18, at 10am and available on demand through March 19. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Beer Yoga Sundays in Big Top's Beer Garden , February 24 – May 2, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Join us for BEER YOGA outside at Big Top Brewing Co, in the beer garden from February 24 through May 2 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. $10/ Yoga + 1 beer (or cider). Approachable for ALL levels. BYOM: Bring Your Own Mat & any props you desire. Enjoy your (1 included) tasty Big Top Beer before, after, or during class. If you choose to have it during class, we will use it! Be prepared to raise your beer to the sky in Triangle Pose or maybe take a sip as you balance in Dancer Pose. Each class, Tara offers a fun yoga routine designed to provide a well-balanced practice. Modifications are always offered to make asanas more approachable or more challenging for a student at any level. Yoga with Tara Garland. Space is limited, so sign up today.

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Chloe Cuyler | Nov 30, 2021

Village By The Sea

Village By The Sea

Barbie Heit | Nov 30, 2021

In The Wings

In The Wings

Brittany Mattie | Nov 29, 2021

Playing in the Mud

Playing in the Mud

Phil Lederer | Nov 29, 2021