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SRQ DAILY Feb 11, 2022

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"We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children."

- Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

[Arts & Entertainment]  JAVO Returns to Art Center with New Work and New Perspectives
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When Javier Rodriguez’s (JAVO) 2020 exhibition at the Art Center opened, it had a rather long shadow cast over it. The pandemic took a big red pen and drew an X through the opening reception, and anxiety around in-person engagements meant that few visitors if any stopped by to take a look at his rich, colorful, bold work. But Rodriguez took it all in stride. “It’s good to have an open space to share you work, of course,” he says, “but it wasn’t a big deal for me because I stayed very busy with art installation and I’m always producing new work anyway.”

Throughout the pandemic, JAVO found that the art installation company he helps operate with fellow artist, Zach Gilliland, continued growing as the demand for residential installs actually ticked upward. “A lot of people lost their jobs or were afraid to go to work,”  he says, “so I was just happy to keep busy.”

At first, he managed to maintain a psychic boundary of sorts, one that kept his own artistic practice separate from the hundreds of paintings he was hanging on walls. “My strategy was to treat it as something completely separate,” JAVO says, “but lately I’ve stopped being so careful about how I let the work influence me. I kind of embrace it now.” That freedom from expectation, that openness to the world around you, that permeability between his interior and exterior worlds, is in many ways on full display with his “Revisited” exhibition at Art Center.

The exhibition features mostly new work painted between his cancelled show in 2020 and work he completed late last year. It contains his characteristic strong lines, his figurative focus, his playful yet sensible use of color—all rendered into dreamy tableaus. But one piece in particular speaks to the sense of freedom he found during the pandemic.

“Multiverse” (2021, mixed media) is based on the daughter of a family member that came to visit him and his wife late last year. “She has a head full of so much information and she’s really artistic,” says JAVO, “and I was just really inspired by her personality.” Without really planning on it, he found himself referring back to some photos he took of her during her stay, and the result is a tall vertical canvas bristling with youthful energy and honesty. The child figure’s gaze is nonchalant, unapologetic, graceful and knowing, as though she knows full well what she is and where she fits in the world. “I remember when she introduced herself to me she told me her name and that she was artistic,” says JAVO, “and i was like, ‘wow, I want that kind of freedom too.’ So this was me trying to capture that.”

“Revisited” runs through March 5th at Art Center. 

Pictured: Multiverse (67 x 26 2021, mixed media) depicts a young girl in all her gleaming, youthful energy. Photo courtesy of JAVO.

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[New Play]  The FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents The Learned Ladies

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training prepares to open the next show in its 2021-22 season, Molière’s The Learned Ladies. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush, the show runs Feb. 23 – March 13, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Feb. 22. Full of wildly comic characters, The Learned Ladies is Molière’s most popular play. Clitandre seeks the hand of Henriette, a match heartily approved of by her father, Chrysale. However, his wife, Philaminte, has other plans for her younger daughter – namely marriage to a foppish wit who panders to Philaminte’s middle class pretensions.

Ambush is the artistic director of the Venice Theatre in Venice, Fla., America’s second largest community theatre. He previously artistically helmed two professional theatres (Oakland Ensemble Theatre and Richmond’s TheatreVirginia), as well as the academically based Rites & Reason Theatre Company at Brown University. For nine years, he was the senior distinguished producing director in residence at Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts. He has directed at numerous professional regional theatres and academic theatre training programs throughout the United States and has taught acting and directing for MFA, BFA and BA programs nationally. The Learned Ladies plays Feb. 22 – March 13 in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 

For ticket information click here.

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[Scholarship Opportunity]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County to Name Two Suncoast Credit Union Scholars in 2022

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is partnering with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to offer two $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2022. Class of 2022 high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation. Applications are open until March 1 and are available at www.EdFoundationSRQ.org/SCUScholarship. This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $33 million including more than $2.4 million in scholarships.

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.” 

[Golf Tournament]  SouthTech Returns as the Official Technology Partner for the LECOM Suncoast Classic

SouthTech, the premier provider of managed technology solutions in Southwest Florida, returns this year as the Official Technology Partner for the LECOM Suncoast Classic Golf Tournament. This is the third year SouthTech has served this role, setting up a secure WiFi network for players, guests, and team members to utilize, as well as providing on-site support technicians for the duration of the tournament. SouthTech is also proud to return as the co-sponsor for the Junior Golf Clinic, a workshop that gives young children the chance to learn the right way to hit a golf ball from professional Korn Ferry Tour Players. 

[Student News]  Information about Kindergarten Roundups

Kindergarten Roundups at traditional public schools – in preparation for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year – are available online. The lessons and experiences that children gain in kindergarten help contribute to their future success in life in a variety of academic and social aspects. Kindergarten Roundups are special orientations designed just for families of incoming kindergarten students. These events are slightly different at each school, but all events will help better prepare families for the upcoming school year and help get our youngest students off to a strong start. If you have a child entering kindergarten in Sarasota County next year – or know a family that does – please visit www.sarasotacountyschools.net/Page/4880 for more information about our Kindergarten Roundups. Please note that some schools offer multiple events and all event times vary. Families unable to attend their school’s event(s) are encouraged to contact the school’s main office for information. 

[Promotions]  Sheriff Hoffman Holds Promotion Ceremony

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to promote three sheriff’s office members to new ranks. Sergeant Arik Smith is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Deputy James Achille is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Teletype Operator Wayne Bird is promoted to the rank of Teletype Supervisor assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. 

Pictured: From left: Teletype Supervisor Wayne Bird, Sergeant James Achille, Lieutenant Arik Smith, and Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Tosca , February 12 – March 19

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini with poetry by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Set in Rome, a diva’s jealousy plays into the hands of the lecherous chief of police, Baron Scarpia. An escaped political prisoner seeks the help of his friend, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, the lover of the famous diva Floria Tosca. In an attempt to recapture the fugitive, Scarpia plants a seed of suspicion in Tosca and sets a dreadful trap. Tosca will run from February 12 through March 19, 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Family Art Making (FAM) , February 12 – April 30, 10am, 11am, 12pm

FAM (Family Art Making) is a free program that's fun for the whole family. Join us for creative art projects inspired by an object in our collections from February 12, 2022 to April 30, 2022 at 10am, 11am, and 12pm at the Education Center. Afterwards, visit the museum* to see that object in person. You will be able to visit the Museum of Art and the Circus Museum with your FAM wristband that is provided at check-in. An at-home version of FAM is available on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/TheRingling.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Run Baby Run 5K and Family Fun Run , February 12, 8am-11am

Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run supporting Healthy Start on Saturday, February 12 at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane. The annual Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run will help raise funds and, more importantly, awareness about the importance of maternal and child health in the Sarasota area. Fun Run starts at 8am rain or shine, 5k run starts at 8:30am, and Family Fun Village will take place from 9:30am to 11am. This is a great race for seasoned runners, families and those just getting started. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wonderful day at the park. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Simon & Garfunkel Story , February 12, 8pm

The immersive, concert-style theater show chronicles the journey shared by the folk-rock duo, PAUL SIMON and ART GARFUNKEL. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with “The Concert in Central Park” in 1981 with over half a million fans. This performance will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night , February 12, 7pm-11pm

The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night will celebrate these glorious Gardens and the artistic legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith with dinner and dancing on the Great Lawn on February 12 from 7pm to 11pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. Attire is black and white, black tie, and we will provide valet parking service. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light , February 13 – June 26, Garden hours.

This winter, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) will spotlight the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century, together with the poetry of legendary singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith in a special exhibition on view throughout the garden’s 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Marking the sixth edition of the Gardens’ annual Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, which explores the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature, this immersive exhibition puts a selection of Mapplethorpe’s photographs of orchids, hyacinths, and irises, and excerpts of Smith’s poems and lyrics on flowers and nature, in dialogue with new horticultural installations inspired by the two artists’ work. On view from February 13 through June 26, 2022, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light is curated by Dr. Carol Ockman, Selby Gardens’ Curator-at-Large and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College. The Gardens will host an Evening with Patti Smith, on Tuesday, February 15, a lecture and performance with Smith that will shed new light on this body of work. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show , February 12 – February 13, 10am-5pm

HotWorks.org Presents the 7th Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show on February 12 & 13, 2022 from 10am to 5pm Outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park/Mansion/Creek, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Professionally juried fine art and fine craft show with 70 participating artists - the focus is quality, not quantity - something for everyone in all price ranges. All artwork is original and personally American handmade by the artist present at the show – paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry, photography and more. Free Admission; $5 Convenient Parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. Save your receipt for in-and-out access duration of the show. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Four Phantoms in Concert , February 14, 8pm

An extravagant celebration of the iconic music of Broadway and more, THE FOUR PHANTOMS IN CONCERT brings together four Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Four Phantoms features an extraordinary quartet of performers, including Brent Barrett, John Cudia, Franc D’Ambrosio and Ciarán Sheehan under the music supervision of two-time Grammy Award winner David Caddick and music direction of Ryan Shirar. They are also joined by special guest Kaley Ann Voorhees, one of the youngest sopranos to sing the role of Christine on Broadway. This event will take place on Monday, February 14 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Mattison's Brings on the Romance for Valentine's Day , February 14, Restaurant hours.

The love is in the air at Mattison’s or, better said, the Love is in the Food. All three Mattison’s Restaurants will be serving their special chef crafted Valentine’s Day menus on Valentine’s Day, February 14th . Sweetheart Specials will be available all weekend. You will fall in love all over again dining on delicious menu items created by Chef Paul Mattison and his culinary team of experts. Whether you are staying at home or going out, let Mattison’s do the cooking for you so you can enjoy spending time with that special someone. Dine-in at any one of the three award winning restaurants or get it to-go for a romantic evening at home. All three restaurants offer outside dining. Mattison’s Forty-One offers inside dining. Mattison’s Forty-One will feature a Valentine’s Taste for Two that will surely bring out your romantic side. The Taste for Two is a three-course dinner for $139 per couple with House Made Beet Ravioli, a Poached Pear Salad, Hand-Carved Chateaubriand, and a Dessert Trio. Champagne and wine additions are available. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille and Mattison’s City Grille will feature a Seafood Duo and a Surf and Turf as Valentine’s Day headliners in addition to their regular menu with special additions such as Heart Shaped Ravioli, Filet Mignon, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Grouper Piccata, or Rosemary Honey Glazed Salmon just to name a few. Finish off your meal with the Dessert Trio – chocolate covered strawberries, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate truffles or opt for the Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Torte, or Crème Brulée. Mattison’s Forty-One will have Joe Thayer on the piano and the Lisa Ridings Duo will entertain you at City Grille. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: Emerging Artist Series: Chattanooga Guitar Duo , February 14, 7:30pm

Join Guitar Sarasota for a six-concert series that showcases local and regional musicians who perform a 45-minute concert, followed by a question and answer session. Free and open to the public, thanks to a generous and ongoing grant from the Vera and Imre Hecht Foundation, these concerts entertain, educate, and raise awareness of the beauty of classical guitar music. Chattanooga Guitar Duo, Michael McCallie and Alejandro Olson, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday, February 14, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Michael currently serves on the faculty at Covenant College and Chattanooga State Community College and maintains one of the largest classical guitar studios in the State of Tennessee. Michael is the Executive Director of GuitarChattanooga, a guitar-driven non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, TN. Alejandro Olson is a professional classical guitarist with a Master of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He competes in international guitar competitions in multiple countries as well as national competitions in the United States. Alejandro has won 1st prizes at Le Domaine Forget International Guitar Competition, the Grossmont Community Concert Association Competition, the American Protege International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall, and the Denver Classical Guitar Competition.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Gallery Talks: Lots of Love , February 15, 10:30am

Join The Ringling to explore various aspects of the Museum and its collection. Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Tickets are limited. Members may reserve tickets in advance 2 weeks prior each program. Lots of Love will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 10:30am. Love is in the air. In this gallery tour, we’ll examine all types of love—from doting mothers to amorous couples— in a belated Valentine’s Day celebration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Gladys Knight , February 15, 8pm

Seven-time Grammy winner GLADYS KNIGHT has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Known for hits such as “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “That’s What Friends are For,” Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over her 50+ year career in the entertainment industry. This performance will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 8pm.

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