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SRQ DAILY Sep 24, 2021

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"I have to have a perfectly smooth canvas oriented perfectly perpendicular to the ground and the paint consistency has to be just right so that it runs in a straight line when it drips."

- Brian Miller, artist

[Visual Arts]  Artist Brian Miller Leans into Pop and Color, for Now
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Like many artists, Brian Miller’s parents weren’t thrilled when their child expressed an interest in art. So, after taking some art courses at a community college in Oregon, where he’s from, Miller kept art in his back pocket. “I ended up in retail for a while, then eventually got into picture framing,” he says, “but I always kept playing around with art because I knew I wanted to be an artist.” 

His framing job got him face time with gallery owners all over Portland, Oregon, and, after years, he finally decided to broach the subject of his art with a gallery owner with whom he had a great working relationship. “I brought in a bunch of my stuff and put it up against the wall,” he says, “and I was just hoping for some pointers.” He signed with the gallery that afternoon and has never looked back. “It turned out to be the best career move I’ve ever made,” says Miller.

A Sarasota resident since 1998, Miller reflects on his path to art and how it shaped him. “I think that since I don’t really have any formal training, I’m not hemmed in by what ‘not’ to do,” he says. That means no medium or aesthetic is off limits. His early work was in cast paper and paper sculpture. Later, he developed a mastery of epoxy resins, creating round sculptures that look like cross-sections of naturally occurring geodes. His paintings explore both nonrepresentational and representational styles, with flowers, fish, and lots of earth-toned colors giving his work a clear focus on nature. But his Gravity series takes color and craft to a whole new level.

The series sees Miller dig his heels into the thing he loves most of all. “I love playing with the way colors interact,” he says. Miller also found his way into pop iconography as he has “finally,” he admits, discovered the way in which smart devices frame our experience of the world. The intersection of those two elements is a series of acrylic drip paintings finished with an epoxy resin glaze. In the series, Miller worked on a technique in which he drips precise stripes of paint down a canvas. The subjects of the pieces—a silhouette of the Statue of David, the word “LOVE,” a simple heart—offer the viewer something obvious to sink their teeth into, while the bright colors mesmerize and explode. 

“It’s incredibly difficult to do,” says Miller, “I have to have a perfectly smooth canvas oriented perfectly perpendicular to the ground and the paint consistency has to be just right so that it runs in a straight line when it drips.” The clear epoxy resin finish then gives the work an added prism of play, with light reflecting and refracting off the glossy resin surface to create slightly new experiences based on the angle it's viewed from.

It’s easy to imagine the series on t-shirts, desktop backgrounds, postcards or posters—and many admirers have suggested as much—but for Miller, the foray into popular imagery and a rainbow spectrum of colors has been a joyful pitstop. “Eventually I’ll feel like I’ve exhausted a concept and move on,” he says, “so I’ve always got some weird project on the side.”

The Gravity series can be viewed at State of the Arts Gallery both online and in-person at State of the Arts, 1525 State St., Sarasota.  

Photo courtesy of the artist.

[Grant]  Art Center Sarasota Receives Grant from The Florida Department of State Division of Arts & Culture

The Florida Department of State Division of Arts & Culture awarded Art Center Sarasota a $4,395 grant as part of its Florida American Rescue Plan program, which supports operating, staffing, marketing, promotion, and safety expenses. “Art Center Sarasota is delighted to receive support from Florida's Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture,” says Kinsey Robb, ACS’s executive director. “This grant will play an instrumental role in improving our organization’s communications outreach and accessibility through marketing and web design management. As one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Florida, we are honored to receive this support and excited to improve our reach!”

Art Center Sarasota offers a variety of adult and youth art classes throughout the year and its galleries feature a series of rotating exhibitions. To stay in the loop, subscribe to its mailing list by visiting www.artsarasota.org.Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Photo of Kinsey Robb, courtesy of the organization

[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Invests in Circus Arts Conservatory

The Circus Arts Conservatory recently received an Arts Appreciation Grant of $30,000 from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The grant will support the CAC’s 2021-2022 events and performance season, which includes the October CAC Legacy Society Lunch, January Circus Arts Gala, March CenterRing Society Dinner, and the Sailor Circus Holiday and Spring shows. This is the first Arts Appreciation Grant the CAC has been awarded by Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast's Arts Appreciation Grants offer unrestricted funding to cornerstone arts organizations in recognition of their contributions to our region's economy and quality of life and to further their missions. Currently, thousands of children are studying and engaging in the circus arts. The CAC’s Circus Magnet Programs for Booker Middle School, for which enrollment has doubled in its second year, and Sarasota High School, which is in its third year, teach students life skills as well as the circus arts. Programming is inclusive and age-appropriate. The Sailor Circus Academy – which claims the title “The Greatest Little Show on Earth” – is recognized nationally as the only circus school that also offers professional performances.

The CAC has conservative but optimistic plans for in-person attendance at its 2021-2022 events and shows, with virtual backup as warranted by ever-evolving COVID-19 safety guidelines. Since last year, the CAC has instituted and adhered to rigorous COVID-19 protocols that include required masking, social distancing standards, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, staff health screenings, reduced seating capacities, and more.

For more about the CAC or its upcoming season, call 941-355-9805 or visit circusarts.org. 

From left to right: Rylee Grover, Addi VonWowern and Destiny Overholt practice a contortion routine, taken by John Jones

[Season Opening]  SPAACES Announces Its Season Opening Night Events

The SPAACES Foundation is pleased to kick off their 2021/2022 season on October 1st with an opening reception for visiting artist Vanessa Diaz and the Inaugural Fall Art Walk for the Princeton Street Arts. Join SPAACES as they begin their second season as a not-for-profit, with an evening of food, music, art and more. The Princeton street corridor is a growing community of warehouses converted to working art studios. Anchored by the SPAACES foundation, this little neighborhood has evolved into a premier location for contemporary and conceptual artists.

If you have any questions please contact marianne@spaaces.art or at 941-374-3492. 

To learn more about the shows coming, click here.

[New Location]  Five-O Donut Co Opens Fifth Location in Bradenton

Five-O Donut Co. is setting up a squad in Bradenton. Founder + CEO Christine Nordstrom of Five-O Donut Co has signed a lease on 5942 34th Street West Unit #116 Bradenton with Benderson Development to bring its first Five-O to Manatee County. Located in the El Conquistador plaza adjacent to SCF and near MTI and IMG Academy, this newest location will also be the largest Five-O shop yet. At 3000 SF this location will feature a 2000 SF custom designed donut production facility with a glass viewing wall that will serve as a commissary with a 1000 SF built in retail location. Five-O is aiming for a Spring 2022 opening date. In the approaching months as the opening date becomes clear, Five-O will announce giveaways and Grand Opening information on their social media pages. "This newest location is so exciting to me because I'm essentially building the production kitchen of my dreams from scratch. I'm just so thankful for all our amazing staff and loyal fans that love and support us through all our growth," says Nordstrom.  

Photo courtesy of Five-O-Donut Co.

To check out the menu, head here.

[Award]  Local Dental Student Recognized with Florida Dental Association Dental Student Award

The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is proud to announce that Ashley Wagler, of Bradenton, was awarded the Dental Student Award at the 2021 Florida Dental Convention in Orlando. Ashley is a fourth-year dental student at LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton. She was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and plans to return to the area upon graduation. She has a passion for organized dentistry and looks forward to staying heavily involved with the FDA and ADA in the future. Following her belief in giving back to the community, Ashley enjoys volunteering and providing pro bono dental care for those in need.  

[Landscaping]  ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design Hires New Managers to Accommodate Continued Growth in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Troy Smith and Dem Santiago will both serve as account executives overseeing ArtisTree maintenance crews in select HOA communities. Smith brings more than 30 years’ experience in landscape operations, site development and golf course management. Santiago’s 15 years in the green industry includes account management, sales and crew supervision.  “We’re excited to have these two industry veterans join our maintenance division,” said Bill Walters, vice president of Operations. “Their combined expertise further enhances our commitment to serving our customers as we continue our aggressive growth strategy.”  

[Award]  National Finalist for Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year, Jorge Hernandez-Perez

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year program has celebrated the inspirational journeys of teens across the nation since 1947. National Youth of the Year is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a young person, representing the voice of more than 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs. Teens are encouraged to compete for the title through local, state, regional, and national competitions. 

Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Club member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, was one of six finalists during the National event. He competed against five other youth leaders representing the Pacific, Southwest, Northeast, and Midwest regions, as well as the National Military Youth of the Year. Jorge won Florida Youth of the Year in April and then the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year title later in June. After 6 months of preparation, on September 21, 2021, Jorge competed for the National Youth of the Year title. Northeast Regional Youth of the Year, Brianna P., won the National title, but Jorge will continue to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the Southeast Regional Youth of Year.  Jorge was awarded a $20,000 scholarship towards his education when he won Southeast Regional Youth of the Year.  

Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs

[Video]  As Seen In SRQ Magazine | Michelle's Brown Bag Cafe

Remember the delicious lobster roll from the cover of our July/August edition? We met up with Michelle from Michelle's Brown Bag Cafe to learn how they make it! This video is part of our newest "As Seen In" series where we bring articles you've read in SRQ Magazine to life. Find all of our videos on our YouTube Channel

Watch Michelle's Brown Bag Cafe Here!

[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]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: The Infiltrators , September 24, 6:30pm

Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial. This On Screen will show on September 24 at 6:30pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , September 16 – September 26, 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery beginning September 16, 2021. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, September 25 from 1pm–3pm and 7pm–9pm as well as Sunday, September 26 from 1pm–3pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact the gallery via phone: 813.902.1414 or info@michaelmurphygallery.com. RSVPs are strongly recommended HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-dali-the-argillet-collection-tickets-165960505339.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk with Karen Chandler , September 28, 6pm

Join Hermitage Fellow and celebrated Sarasota/New York artist Karen Chandler as she discusses the various forms her work takes and what inspires her to spark joy in the people who see it. Recently featured in Sarasota Magazine for her “Sarasota Heroes” mural, Chandler’s work has taken her across the country: from the halls of many of the major publishing houses, to the launchpads and runways of NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and more recently to the vibrant beaches of Florida. Learn how her work has changed over time and continues to grow. This event is presented in partnership with Art Center Sarasota. Capacity is strictly limited. Tuesday, September 28, 6pm, in the courtyard at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail.

[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]  SEMINAR: Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization: Destination Zero Workshop , September 27, 10:30am-12pm

All members of the community, and the press, who live, work, or play in Sarasota and Manatee County are invited to join Manatee and Sarasota County and City Elected Officials, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 to prioritize regional transportation safety needs for the MPO Destination Zero Action Plan. The MPO is interested in hearing from individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and economic statuses about regional transportation safety challenges. the Destination Zero Workshop will be held on September 27, 2021, from 10:30am to 12pm, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. Contact Corinne Tucker at 941-259-6046 for more information or to schedule an interview with an MPO representative.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: International Recording and Touring Artist Kim Logan Performance , September 26, 5pm-9pm

SRQ native, now international recording and touring artist Kim Logan will perform on Sunday, September 26 from 5pm to 9pm at the Whiskey Barrel on St. Armand’s Circle near downtown Sarasota, with food and drink service starting at 2pm. Logan returns home to Sarasota, a year after last departing the States for her new home in Paris, to join forces once more with James Albritton of the Hydramatic! The local soul/rock outfit reunites after performing all over the Eastern USA in 2016-2017, and later completing a tour of the United Kingdom in March of 2020 right before the pandemic. Kim brings her psychedelic blues rock vibe, as James joins her with his retro rhythm and soul, creating the dynamic combo that brought you 2017’s "Fresh Juice" EP... available now on all streaming and download platforms! The Whiskey Barrel is located at 15 S Boulevard of the Presidents.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Wanderers , September 29 – February 6, Varies.

Fall in love all over again with the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s! Honoring the dynamic harmony groups of the mid-20th century—from The Four Seasons and The Platters to The Beatles and beyond, The Wanderers will transport you to simpler times with their tight harmonies, smooth moves, and, of course, matching jackets. Featuring such timeless hits as “At the Hop,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” The Wanderers, by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning September 29, 2021 through February 6, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: New Award-Winning Play Make Thee An Ark Premiere , October 8 – October 17, 6:30pm and 1pm

Raychel Ceciro brings the World Premiere of the 2019 Kilroys List Featured Play Make Thee an Ark to Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus through a John Ringling Towers Grant for the Performing Arts October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. Taking place in Mary’s Chapel, Make Thee an Ark is a new site-specific play set 300 years in the future in a New Ark floating above an undersea Florida. Moored to an old oil rig, the New Ark harbors what may be the last vestiges of humanity after global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet. Two sisters tell stories of a Florida long forgotten while elsewhere on the ship, the Pastor, the leader of the New Ark, prepares his people for an oncoming storm. Combining storytelling with immersive performance, projection, and puppetry, Make Thee an Ark interprets the archived histories of Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus from the perspective of a generation living in the flooded future. Following the final performance of Make Thee an Ark*, a site-specific performance at Selby Garden's Historic Spanish Point on Sunday, October 17th, is Ark Dialogues, a public panel and discussion focused on the play’s use of Sarasota history, and how it combines lived Sarasota experiences with a fictional narrative about Florida’s possible futures.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Lottery , September 11 – September 25, 7:30pm

It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly-adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night at 7:30pm through September 25, their destiny is in your hands.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Faulhaber Fab Lab: Laser Engrave a Halloween Pumpkin , October 23, 1pm-7pm

Trick or treat. Spooky season is here, and the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is getting festive with a Halloween workshop unlike any other. Families are invited to learn how to create a custom design or find a design online and then engrave it onto a pumpkin using the Fab Lab’s high-tech laser engraver. Selections at last year’s workshop included skeletons, monkeys and even a company logo. No experience is required, just a willingness to explore and have fun. Hour-long sessions are available from 1-7pm on Saturday, October 23 in the Fab Lab at 4452 Beneva Rd. Up to two children and one adult are permitted per $35 registration. Registration also includes one small pumpkin per child. Please reserve multiple slots if more children or adults would like to attend. The workshop sells out every year so reserve your spot early and make a day of it. To learn more and register for the workshop, visit https://suncoastscience.org/classes-workshops. For questions, call 941-840-4394 or email info@suncoastscience.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC: Halloween Card & Game Party , October 27, 10am-2:30pm

Halloween fun will play a big role at Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s (SPARCC) annual Card & Game Party. The event is being hosted at the Plantation Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, October 27, from 10am to 2:30pm. Games of chance and skill like Mahjongg, Bridge, Euchre, a 50/50 drawing, duck pluck and additional drawings for fantastic gift baskets will keep guests occupied. Hand crafted items will be available for purchase in a boutique setting and a delicious lunch and dessert, coffee, tea, soda, a cash bar and Harvest Candy Bar will keep spirits satisfied. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Bring your friends and set up a table for cards or Mahjongg. Your registration supports SPARCC and helps raise funds to provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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