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SRQ DAILY Sep 3, 2021

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"Colored pencils are not really as respected as other mediums, but they just check so many boxes for me and encompass so much of what I value in art and in life."

- Art Venti, local artist

[Visual Arts]  Art Center Goes Out on a Limb with September Exhibitions
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Art Venti refers to himself as a limb-walker. One look at his work justifies the label. His large, surreal mindscapes allude to real-life patterns and objects without ever confirming or denying any resemblance. Fantastical, dreamy, sublime sometimes bordering on grotesque, they reflect Venti’s willingness to inch further out on the limb of creation, rendering shapes and tableaus plumbed straight from the deep ether of his imagination. “In the end, my goal is to come up with something completely new to excite the viewer,” he says. 

And beginning yesterday with an opening reception at Art Center, Sarasota can gaze upon Venti’s work and take a deep dive into the artist's impossibly detailed colored-pencil pieces.

“Tranquil Veil (Ocean’s Sorrow),” arguably his exhibition’s feature piece, measures 52 inches by 78 inches, totaling over 24 square feet of meticulous work with frequently sharpened colored pencils. The result is nearly an entire universe in which the viewer can get lost—there’s kelp, sort of; coral, maybe; jellyfish, in a way; sea anemones, in spirit. “That piece took me over a year to do,” he says, but it’s the patience and attention to detail that energizes him. “Colored pencils aren’t really as respected as other mediums,” he says, “but they just check so many boxes for me and encompass so much of what I value in art and in life.” 

Born in New York, Venti pursued music, art and all manner of mind-expanding activities while living in California. After a several-year stint in England, Venti and his wife wanted to find a city steeped in art that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to live in. And after moving to Sarasota in January of last year, it didn’t take long for his colorful work to find an audience. “My wife encouraged me to submit one of my pieces for a juried show at Art Center,” he says, “and I ended up winning; so, it’s nice to get a good start in a new city.”

And Venti’s start coincides with another recent transplant to the area, the Art Center’s new director, Kinsey Robb. “I think we’ve got a really great mix for this round of exhibitions,” says Robb, “but Venti’s work is really interesting, the way he renders things that are surreal but still look like they might exist somewhere.”

Other exhibitions for this round include a collection of works from members of Petticoat Painters and a juried exhibition of figure drawings. “I’m really excited to jump into the Fall season with my highly motivated team,” says Robb, “and I’m looking forward to sharing this round with the Sarasota community.”

All three exhibitions run through October 2. Learn more here. 

Photo courtesy of the artist and Art Center Sarasota

[Film]  WSLR to Present Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Ten films and filmmaking teams have been selected for the South Arts 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This long-running South Arts program connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and process of filmmaking, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their communities. WSLR will be one of 24 organizations throughout the Southeast presenting the films. “This year’s selections broach a range of important, timely topics including border and immigration issues, confederate monuments, healthcare justice, and domestic violence,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director.  

All films will be screened online for audiences, with each screening followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute conversation with the filmmakers discussing their film's subject matter and the filmmaking process. Each film will be available for attendees to view on demand during a four-day window allowing viewers to stop and resume at their leisure. Those who wish to attend an online or in-person screening can visit wslr.org/film for more information. 

The first in-person screening will be for the film ‘Stateless’ on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. This new film from Michele Stephenson, the critically acclaimed filmmaker of “American Promise,” looks at the complex politics of immigration and race in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, using a combination of magical realism and hidden camera techniques. A panel discussion following the film will feature Hugo Viera-Vargas, an Assistant Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Music at New College of Florida and Margie Wine from the Margwine Organization, our local nonprofit partner.

Tickets for the in-person screening are $10 and proceeds will be split with the Margwine Organization to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. WSLR will also be collecting disaster relief the night of the screening. For a list of appropriate items, visit wslr.org/event/stateless 

[SRQ Book Club]  Non-fiction Book Review by BookStore1 Bookseller Roxanne Baker
Roxanne Baker

Being a runner half my life gives me great admiration for ultrarunners.  Sure I’ve logged two marathons and fifty-odd half marathons, but never 100 milers.  But J. M. Thompson has, many times over.

Thompson’s memoir wasn’t written with any braggadocio since running was more a life jacket which literally saved his marriage (and probably life) from his destructive drug and alcohol problems and numerous suicide attempts.

What makes Thompson’s tell-all different from your garden variety drug survival book, is twofold.  First, his catalyst to get help were the gaping holes of childhood beyond his memory’s grasp, interesting to both those who can and can’t relate. The answer to this mystery is something I’ll save for you to discover upon reading.  Second, Thomspn’s ability to describe the sensations of runner’s high and the synchronicity felt with nature are both poetic and unique. Thompson’s organizational framework is planetary, weaving in astronomy and Greek mythology to help understand the many slip-ups and stages of his progression.      

This book is perfect for anyone interested in substance abuse recovery or the miracles that years of counseling resilience can reap.  

Running is a Kind of Dreaming: A Memoir (ISBN:  9780062947079) is available now for pre-order at shopsarasotabooks.com, or in-person starting on October 5 at BookStore1, located at 12 S. Palm Ave.  Sarasota.   

[Real Estate]  DiVosta Breaks Ground on Resort-Inspired Amenity Campus at Talon Preserve on Palmer Ranch

In DiVosta’s Talon Preserve, homebuyers will soon discover a grand new amenity campus destined to become the social hub of the sought-after Palmer Ranch community. The new, resort-inspired amenity campus is now underway, with anticipated completion in Summer 2022. Talon Preserve’s amenity campus is designed to elevate its residents’ active lifestyle. Offering an array of social, recreational and fitness opportunities, the centerpiece of the campus will be a resort-style beach entry pool with rock waterfall feature, an expansive pool deck with chaises and umbrellas for lounging in the sun, and a convenient full-service outdoor bar and grill. Resort amenities will also include a splash pad and a beautiful spa overlooking the lake.

The 18,880-square-foot clubhouse will offer a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, a performance training room, and a group fitness studio to practice aerobics, yoga or Pilates. Gathering rooms for clubs and activities, an arcade, and a welcoming social lounge will encourage conversation and camaraderie, while a community room complete with a catering kitchen will be available for larger group events. Talon Preserve’s amenity campus will also serve up court sports in style, with eight pickleball courts, four bocce courts, and two tennis courts. A playground for children and a firepit with comfortable seating will round out the campus amenity offerings.

“A team of the areas’ best planners, architects and designers have come together to create something truly unique for Talon Preserve. This sprawling amenity campus redefines resort living,” said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “Our residents are especially excited about the outdoor bar and grill overlooking the pool, and the numerous fitness and sports court options to stay healthy.”

Blending an active community and resort lifestyle with a sought-after Palmer Ranch address, Talon Preserve is a popular choice for today’s Sarasota homebuyer. The community offers a collection of 16 stunning new villa and single-family home designs starting from $300,000s. At build-out, the community will offer approximately 926 residences. Five beautifully furnished model homes available for touring showcase the innovative new architectural styles, exterior colors and home designs that await at Talon Preserve. 

Talon Preserve on Palmer Ranch is located at 6248 Grande Talon Lane in Nokomis off Honore Ave. For more information, visit TalonPreserve.com

Rendering image: Currently under construction, Talon Preserve’s resort-worthy amenity campus will encourage an active lifestyle

[People]  Apollo Sunguard Appoints Ernesto De Oliveira to Chief Operating Officer

Sarasota-based shade structure manufacturer Apollo Sunguard has appointed Ernesto De Oliveira to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Vice President of Engineering. The appointment is part of the company’s succession planning and growth strategy for expanding its market share in the shade and electric vehicle (EV) charging station industries. Kevin Connelly, President of Apollo Sunguard, says, “Ernesto has more than 25 years of specialized experience in the field of permanent shade and tensile membrane structure and a thorough understanding of our customers’ needs for shade solutions in response to global warming and urban heat islands. He is uniquely positioned to serve as COO of Apollo Sunguard and run the company’s operations.”

Apollo Sunguard was selected last year by the City of Sarasota's Parks and Recreation department to install new shade sails at the Lido Beach concession area. Other projects completed by Apollo Sunguard in the Sarasota area include shade installations at Nathan Benderson Park, Ed Smith Stadium, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Their shades can also be seen at numerous schools and parks throughout Sarasota County and the State of Florida. 

[Sales Tax]  Public Input Meetings Announced for Penny Sales Tax Continuation

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 15, 6 pm – 7:30 pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St.
  • Thursday, September 16, 6 pm – 7:30 pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St.
  • Wednesday, October 6, 6 pm – 7:30 pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St.

The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter-approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects. 

Proceeds from the sales tax are distributed among Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice, and the Town of Longboat Key, with 25 percent conveyed to the school district and 75 percent to the county and municipalities. Over 20 percent of the Penny Sales Tax revenue is generated through tourist and visitor spending in Sarasota County. The Penny Sales Tax referendum in November 2022, Surtax IV, will include a slate of proposed projects to enhance the quality of life in Sarasota County, the schools and individual cities.

To learn more about the Penny Sales Tax and penny-funded projects in Sarasota, visit or provide input online at SarasotaCountySurtax.net 

[Community Cleanup]  Laurel Community Cleanup Set for September 18

It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other garbage as Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Laurel area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 18. Dumpsters for residential customers will be available at the following locations: Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis and Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 506 Church St., Nokomis.

Hazardous waste, such as paint, oil, and gas will not be accepted at the listed locations. However, it may be taken to the Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center 8 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. The centers are located at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice. Electronics, appliances, computers and tires no larger than 26 X 16 will be accepted at Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. In addition, commercial printers will not be accepted.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net. 

[SRQ Competition]  Last Chance to Nominate Someone for 35 Under 35

Today is the last day to nominate an individual for our 35 Under 35 Competition, an award that recognizes young professionals in the area who are leaders in their field. Nominate someone you know before midnight!

Thank you to our Presenting Partner | Fifth Third Bank 

[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]  FESTIVAL: First 1,000 Days Sarasota: Color the Community , April 6 – December 31

First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a community initiative to improve the health and well-being of babies and families. At the end of 2020, the initiative and its 75 community partners launched a website to empower all parents and caregivers with simple tools proven to promote quality early childhood development. The initiative partners are now using the power of art to celebrate families and promote local educational resources available to them.  Utilizing free curriculum with fun activities for parents to do with their children and a sidewalk chalk festival, First 1,000 Days Sarasota is encouraging the community to get involved this spring in the “Color the Community” campaign. The campaign kicked off with the unveiling of three new works of art across Sarasota County: “Swing Out Into the World,” by Laura Pommier at 14212 Tamiami Trail in North Port, its sister mural, “Bubbles,” by Truman Adams, at Forty Carrots Family Center, 1500 South Tuttle Avenue, in Sarasota; and a traveling artwork, “Making Roots,” being created by Traci Kegerreis, are designed as gateways for young families to learn about resources available to support parents in being their child’s first teacher. Artists were encouraged to creatively express one or more of the fundamentals of early childhood development, known as “The Basics.” First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is now asking the broader community to follow suit. Children and families can easily get involved by: Creating sidewalk chalk art (or your preferred medium) inspired by The Basics early learning principles: Maximize love, manage stress, Count, group, compare, Talk, sing, and point, Explore through play and movement, and Read and discuss stories; Posting photos of you and your masterpiece to social media. Tag @First1000DaysSarasota on Facebook and Instagram and use hashtags #First1000DaysSarasota #ColortheCommunity; and Visiting First1000DaysSarasota.com to sign up for free text tips on The Basics and connect with local resources for parents and young children.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Blue Star Museums Initiative , May 15 – September 6, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide. Blue Star Museums include children's museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble , July 13 – September 26

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Shades of Bublé, created by Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano and produced by Drew Pournelle, will play beginning July 13 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: New Color Perspectives Gallery , August 28 – September 24

The five newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the September exhibit, New Color Perspectives, showcasing their paintings, drawings and jewelry art. Diane Boone, jewelry artist; Peter Garon, Judy Gilmer, and Hunter Jay, painters; and Arlene Steinberg, colored pencil artist, are all local, full-time residents of national and international recognition. Meet the artists on September 3 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the First Friday public reception with refreshments at the gallery. The exhibit opens on Saturday, August 28 and runs through Friday, September 25. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of 28 local artists are shown, Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm (except First Friday when open until 9 pm), and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. www.artuptown.com. Telephone 941-955-5409 for further information

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Music of Youth , September 26, 4pm

A program about the joys of youth, written by the young and young at heart on Sunday, September 26 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. The progam consists of Josef Suk Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 1, Janacek Mladi ("Youth Suite"), Kenji Bunch Shout Chorus, and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12.

[SOON]  FILM: 6th Annual Single-Take Film Challenge , October 8 – October 10

1917. Rope. Birdman. Victoria. Russian Ark. Lost in London. All these films tell their complete stories in one continuous, uninterrupted take. Or at least they give that illusion. The Sarasota-based Single-Take Challenge, however, is only for filmmakers attempting the "real thing". 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the Challenge, to be held both online and live at a theater in Sarasota. The Challenge prides itself on finding professional filmmakers to act as judges. This year for example, Larry McConkey is on the panel. McConkey is best known for shooting the infamous "Copa scene" long take in the movie "Goodfellas." Filmmakers interested in creating and submitting their one-shot masterpieces have until August 15. The awards and screening ceremony will take place the weekend of October 8-10. For more information contact SingleTakeChallenge@gmail.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Silken Ladder , October 29 – November 13

La Scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) by Gioachino Rossini with words by Giuseppe Maria Foppa. This spirited one act comedy, which will run from October 29 through November 13, begins with a well-known overture, and goes on to spin a seductive story of a secret husband and would-be lovers who scale a silken ladder into and out of a lady’s room.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Psychic Sunday Tour , January 1 – December 31

Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour. Learn why Sarasota is called Sedona by the Sea, explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley or van. You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Jukebox Saturday Night , September 7 – October 31

FST’s 2021 Summer Cabaret Series concludes with an all-new show from Sarasota’s favorite swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos. A jazzy new music revue, Jukebox Saturday Night features some of The Jukebox’s greatest hits: “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Jukebox Saturday Night will play in FST’s Bowne’s Lab beginning Tuesday, September 7 and will play through October 31. Countless musical genres emerged during the first half of the 20th Century, and there was only one place you could find them all: The Jukebox. In this jazzy music revue, The Swingaroos put a dynamic twist on the Jukebox’s greatest hits, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Tickets are no longer available for this show.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Rebirth , October 2, 7:30pm

Experience the excitement as the full orchestra returns to the stage this season on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House. Kensho Watanabe leads a program beginning with Valerie Coleman's heroic Seven O'Clock Shout, a tribute to essential workers. Dominic Cheli will shine in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, and Schumann's "Spring" Symphony will lend a perfect finale to this long-awaited reunion of orchestra and audience.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Children's Cancer Center: 8th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes , November 4, 7pm-10pm

The event will include the sip, stop and shop marketplace filled with wine tastings from vintners around the world and shopping from exclusive vendors on November 4 from 7pm to 10pm at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, chances to win a closet filled with $30,000 of coveted items, bid on exciting silent auction packages and more. The second portion of our evening will entail a high end fashion show along with a live auction and entertainment. Since the inception, this event has collectively raised over one million dollars for the immediate needs of children and families battling childhood cancer. Don’t miss out on Tampa Bay’s event of the year. All guests will enjoy complimentary wine and champagne. Passed Hors d’oeuvres will be present during pre show along with our fabulous food vendors with tastings from some of the best Tampa restaurants. It is suggested to eat a heavier meal before attending. A suit is the easiest option for men heading to a fashion show. Mix things up if you prefer a more striking look. Instead of your usual tie, leave the top few buttons on your dress shirt undone and add a plaid scarf. Most women wear a cocktail dress or an outfit for a girls night on the town. Women typically wear with their most extravagant pair of heels to contend in the Best in Shoe competition.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Florida Inline Skating Marathon , October 17

The World Inline Cup will cross the ocean to the USA later this year. After negotiations with the organizers were finalised, an agreement was reached on a race under the Florida sun on October 17. Since the race, like the marathon in Dijon, France, will take place after the official final in Berlin, the marathon in Sarasota will receive the status of an Associated Race. This means that the race will be an official part of the World Inline Cup, but the points will not be included in the overall ranking. The prize purse is now at $15,000 and growing. Top Class Marathon in 2022 in Florida in planning. The Associated Race is intended to be a first step towards an official World Inline Cup Top Class Race in Florida in 2022 and beyond. Further details about the WIC season 2021 in these COVID impacted challenging times will be communicated shortly. For further information, please visit www.world-inline-cup.com and/or contact Volker Schlichting.

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