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SRQ DAILY Apr 4, 2022

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"Since its inception, the SMO restaurant collective's primary mission has been to provide its Members with tools to help compete with the national and multi-unit chains in their communities."

- Marc Grimaud, Owner of Cafe Gabbiano and SMO Board Chair

[Politics]  Sarasota Democrats Host Demings, Gubernatorial Candidates
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A sold out crowd gathered Sunday night for the Kennedy-King Dinner, organized by the Sarasota County Democratic Party. There, the most prominent Democrats running for statewide office all made their pitch to party regulars to turn out votes in November.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, the leading Democrat running against Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, accepted the “Champion Award.” Christine Jennings, a former Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair, noted the congresswoman is only the second recipient of the award behind former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a difference from the Republican Party of Sarasota’s Statesman of the Year Award.

Demings happily accepted the award while encouraging Democratic voters to prepare for a hard campaign season. “Things are a little challenging now,” she said. “We’re trying to save the state. We’re trying to save the nation.”

Three major candidates for Governor all took their turn at the microphone as well.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Republican Governor now running his second campaign for Governor as a Democrat, said he’d be happy to stand his own record as Governor against sitting Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Val and I and my wonderful competitors, we are calling people all over the country asking for help,” he said. “Every time I talk to someone outside of Florida, I hear, ‘Oh my god, you are from Florida? How do you do that.'”

Nikki Fried, Florida’s agriculture commissioner, said she’s been combating DeSantis from the Cabinet as Florida’s only Democrat holding statewide office. She argued her record of success winning in 2018 when all other Democrats on the statewide ballot lost makes her the best choice for standard-bearer in 2022. “I’ve been the only person standing in the way of the DeSantis autocracy in the state,” she said.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, said she would be the best person to push back against Republican messaging that Democrats are socialists. That will be especially important in South Florida, she said. Taddeo grew up in Colombia but fled terrorists there after her father was kidnapped from the family’s farm. She went on to run a business for 30 years. “Don’t hang the label of socialist on me,” she said.

The Monday evening event was the first major one for the county party since before the pandemic, and had 690 tickets sold. At the event, more was raised, including a $10,000 check from talk show host Jerry Springer and thousands more from other donors. 

Photo by Jacob Ogles: Val Demings with Sarasota County Democratic Party leaders JoAnne DeVries and Christine Jennings

[Partnership]  Sarasota-Manatee Originals Announce Sysco Sponsorship

Representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO) are thrilled to announce the continued partnership of premier wholesale restaurant distributor Sysco for 2022. Regional management of the trusted broadliner worked closely with SMO staff and Executive Board Members to design a program that was relevant and sustainable in its support of locally-owned, independent restaurants by offering discounts and buying incentives to SMO’s Members. Sysco is also providing the SMO organization meaningful rewards used to underwrite the not-for-profits’ marketing initiatives. 

“Since its inception, the SMO restaurant collective’s primary mission has been to provide its Members with tools to help compete with the national and multi-unit chains in their communities,” said Marc Grimaud, Owner of Café Gabbiano and SMO Board President, “and Sysco has been a steadfast and gracious partner and ally from the beginning of the journey. Working with Sysco to provide ‘buying power’ in the form of competitive purchasing opportunities of foods and products for our Members is one of the strongest pillars of support we can offer our local restaurateurs.”

“At Sysco we have a purpose statement: Connecting The World To Share Food and Care For One Another,” states Antonette Palacios, Vice President of Sales, Sysco North Florida Region. “Together, we are excited to partner with the Sarasota Originals to help them serve their customers and teams each and every day.” 

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[Opening]  JFCS of the Suncoast Opens New Venice Office

JFCS of the Suncoast celebrates the grand opening of its new office in Venice. Based in Sarasota and serving clients in six counties, JFCS is one of the Florida Suncoast’s preeminent mental health counseling and human services providers. The agency opened its new office to better serve clients living in the Venice and North Port area and to address the growing need for assistance in the local community.

“During the course of providing services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw that an increasing number of clients came to us from south Sarasota County, specifically from Venice, North Port, and Englewood,” said Dr. Stacy Lang, JFCS Chief of Behavioral Health Services. “This new office will allow us to meet our clients where they are, and to continue to provide quality mental health and human services to the growing community.”

Like JFCS’ other offices across Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, the Venice location offers a variety of human services, including mental health counseling, relationship classes, homelessness prevention, financial assistance, caregiver meetings, community education, bereavement support groups, and much more.

“We are thrilled to be opening a new office in Venice,” said Lang. “This will allow us to expand our work with children, teens, adults, and seniors in a variety of ways to help empower our clients to live full, healthy lives. The new office is located at 2167 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. To reach JFCS representatives there, please call 941-366-2224 ext. 637, 638, or 639. 

[Recognition]  Sarasota Realtor Moriah Taliaferro Honored with National Recognition

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (PSIR) announces the recognition of Moriah K. Taliaferro in the 2022 30 Under 30 class of the National Association of REALTORS®. The annual awards identify the rising stars of real estate under the age of 30 from a competitive pool of nationwide applicants. Honorees are chosen through a selective nomination and vetting process that prioritizes both professional achievement and community leadership. Taliaferro is one of only two Florida agents chosen from among the hundreds of nominees, and she is the only representative of a Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage. The 30 honorees represent 20 different states and the District of Columbia. The National Association of REALTORS® is one of the largest professional associations in the United States, representing nearly 1.6 million real estate professionals. The 30 Under 30 Awards have been granted since 2000, honoring young professionals who are accomplishing extraordinary things in their businesses, associations, and communities in every part of the country. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, established in 1983, is a leader in luxury real estate market share with 40 offices throughout Florida and western North Carolina and an annual sales volume exceeding $10.7 million.


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[Staff Announcements]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Announces New Staff

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County announces new staff members Amber Post, chief development officer and Trish McNamee, grants administrator; who joins Jen Champion, director of development and Carla Weiland, director of development, donor relations. Carla Weiland is the director of development, donor relations. She has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, including at the State of New Jersey University system and the State of New York University system (SUNY). Carla moved to Port Charlotte from New Jersey full time three years ago. Amber Post is chief development officer. She serves on the senior leadership team as the primary team member responsible for the management, planning, and implementation of all philanthropic strategies. Amber hails from the Florida State University Foundation, where she has worked for the past eight years in development roles with increasing responsibilities, most recently serving locally as the senior development officer representing the Sarasota regional campus at the FSU College of Medicine. Jennifer (“Jen”) Champion is the director of development. Jen has over 20 years of fundraising experience, managing teams and working with donors and corporate leaders from throughout southeastern Michigan. A native of Michigan, she moved to Sarasota a year and a half ago to be closer to her mother and to enjoy the beautiful weather. Trish McNamee is the grants administrator and is responsible for securing philanthropic revenue with foundations and other grant-making organizations. Trish comes from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, where she managed a grants administration team to administer grant-making from donor-advised and designated funds; database processing for interfund grants, discretionary grants, and scholarship grants awarded; and the gift processing team for Season of Sharing. 

Pictures: Carl Weiland, Amber Post, Jen Champion and Trish McNamee.

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[Expansion]  The Otto Group Expands to Meet Demands for Growth and Enhanced Client Experience

The Otto Group, a wealth management firm that provides holistic and advanced planning solutions to a select group of families, individuals and business owners, today announced it has hired two seasoned professionals and promoted a third to optimize the firm for its continued growth while delivering an enhanced client experience. This investment in talent will enable The Otto Group to continue its growth trajectory while staying true to meaningful outcomes for its clients and professional partners.

The Otto Group welcomes: Kimberlie Buchanan, Client Relationship Director. A Certified Public Accountant and professional advisor for nearly 30 years, Buchanan oversees business development and community activities through partnerships with centers of influence, philanthropic organizations, and clients. A key member of the leadership team, Buchanan collaborates with the firm’s advisors to deliver boutique, personalized wealth management services and solutions.
· Hannah Starr, Private Wealth Advisor. Highly focused on financial planning and servicing the investment needs of the firm’s clients, Starr works with the team to help find appropriate financial solutions for each investor based on their long-term goals and predilection to risk. Starr provides a multi-generational perspective, helping demonstrate to high-net-worth families and individuals that the firm can advise not just existing clients, but their children and grandchildren, as well.

The firm celebrates the promotion of: Laurel Corriveau, Client Experience Officer (CXO). With 30 years of professional service experience in banking, legal, and finance, Corriveau now guides practice management for the firm, focusing on daily operations along with business plan creation and execution of marketing, growth, fiscal, and organizational plans. Corriveau is responsible for ensuring that the firm’s advisors are equipped with the meaningful resources, solutions, and support they need to meet the needs of their clients.

“As we look ahead to the increasingly sophisticated needs of our clients, we recognized that it was important to expand the firm to provide a new level of service while strengthening our partner relationships and seeking new business,” said Matt Otto, Managing Director of The Otto Group. “Laurel, Kimberlie and Hannah bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their distinct roles. Kimberlie is a seasoned professional service firm business development executive and Hannah is a savvy social media influencer with insights and experience in multi-generation wealth management. Laurel is the lynchpin of our firm, having served as client relations director for a number of years, and we recognized the importance of elevating her role. We are excited to see what we can accomplish with this team.” 

Pictured: Client relationship director Kimberlie Buchanan, private wealth advisor Hannah Starr, and client experience officer Laurel Corriveau of The Otto Group

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[Grants]  Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum Receives a Grant

The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum has received a $1,000 grant from the Ed Chiles Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum's mission since its inception in 2012 has been to support the Museum through community outreach, education and financial support. In 2021, FFMM extended that mission to bring the Museum's historical perspective full circle by educating the public on the transformations facing Florida's present day commercial fishing industries. The website and social media share photos, videos, and education about the current commercial fishing industry in Cortez and throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Ed Chiles has been a board member of the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum since its beginning. His volunteerism, financial support, and passion for maritime heritage and sustainable seafood has given Friends a dynamic perspective as the non-profit has grown. Friends wishes to extend their gratitude to the Ed Chiles Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation for this generous grant.


Pictures, Ed Chiles.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Ringling Underground , February 3 – April 7, 8pm-11pm

Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8pm to 11pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Note: Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged. Upcoming dates are February 3, March 3, and April 7.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Concert Association: Warsaw Philharmonic with pianist Bruce Liu , April 4, 7:30pm

The Sarasota Concert Association presents the Grammy Award-winning Warsaw Philharmonic, in a one-night-only concert on Monday, April 4 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Music Director Andrey Boreyko leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and the first prize winner of the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition, Bruce Liu, joins the Orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The program opens with Stanisłas Moniuszko’s short work, Overture to Paria (The Outcast). Single tickets start at $30. To purchase single tickets, visit www.SCAsarasota.org/tickets or call the box office at 941-966-6161. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council: LGBTQ+ Refugees: Securing Safe Passage from Iran , April 5, 6:30pm

Upcoming Sarasota World Affairs Council lecture, LGBTQ+ Refugees: Securing Safe Passage from Iran, with LGBTQ+ activist Arsham Parsi Executive Director of IRQR on April 5 at 6:30pm at New College's Sanier Hall. RSVP for this lecture Sarasota World Affairs Council at www.sarasotawac.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Kenny G , April 5, 8pm

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist KENNY G returns to the Van Wezel on Tuesday, April 5 at 8pm. In a recording career spanning three decades and 23 albums, he has woven elements of R&B, pop and Latin music into his signature, smooth sound. He has collaborated with superstars Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole, and has become a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations over the years. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: An Officer and a Gentleman , April 6 – April 7, 7:30pm

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, is a breathtaking production that celebrates triumph over adversity and includes one of the most iconic and romantic endings ever portrayed on screen. Featuring the Grammy Award winning, #1 hit single “Up Where We Belong” and a score based on the 1980s catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation, the live stage production is a new adaptation by multiple Tony Awards nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), based on the original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. The musical is directed by Scanlan with choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin). Zack Mayo’s got smarts and a body built for US Navy pilot boot camp, but he also has too much swagger… until he meets a drill sergeant who’s determined to drill his arrogance out of him. Zack finds comfort in the arms of a local factory girl. But it isn’t until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that Zack learns the importance of love and friendship, and finds the courage to be his best self and win the heart of the woman he loves. Shows on April 6 and 7 at 7:30pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  MUSIC: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival: Innocence and Illicit Passion , April 6, 7:30pm

Concert II, Innocence and Illicit Passion, will take place on April 6, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House. Single concert tickets are $50. There will be a pre-concert talk with Robert Sherman at 6:45pm. The 15-year-old Mozart celebrated completion of his second set of string quartets by composing his sunny first viola quintet. One hundred years later, Franck created his piano quintet, secretly dedicated to his young lover. Is passion audible? Wolfgang Mozart, String Quintet in Bb, K.174, Bernhard Romberg, Trio for Cello, Viola and Bass in E Minor, Op. 38 no. 1, César Franck, Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor. Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Christine J. Lee, cello; Dee Moses, double bass; Wu Han, piano.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Breakfast Event at Manatee Community Foundation to Share Success of Community Partnership School Model , April 8, 8:30am

Join the Manatee Community Foundation for breakfast and a discussion about Manatee Elementary School. Learn how gains for the neighborhood and its student are made through supporting access to health care, social and basic needs services, and academic support. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: American Littoral Society: Eco-Tours Aboard the Carefree Learner , February 10 – April 14, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy wildlife and a hands on experience around Sarasota Bay from 1pm to 3pm. Departing from Bayfront Park near the LeBarge. Cost: Adults $20, Members $15, Children 10 and under $10. For reservations for February 10, March 3, March 24 and April 7 call John 941-966-7308. For reservations for February 24, March 10, March 31 and April 14 call Linda 607-423-9027.

[SOON]  FILM: The 24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival , April 1 – April 10

The 24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place from April 1 to 10 at CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key. Independent and International narratives, docs and shorts are programmed into a schedule of over 100 features, themed shorts packages and additional programming sidebars that change each year to reflect the strengths of submitted films. Festival events include socially-driven parties and private receptions to honor guest filmmakers, community-wide street festivals and the black-tie Filmmakers Tribute Dinner. SFF patrons have enjoyed intimate performances from Aerosmith and The B52's as well as a host of special appearances from local and international musicians. A host of guests and filmmakers attend to promote their films and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.

The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Art of the Garden Show , March 4 – April 19, Varies.

Art of the Garden is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing fine handcrafted work inspired by the natural beauty of gardens. Fifty artists created 90 pieces from fiber art and delicate jewelry to ceramic garden sculptures. The show runs from March 4 through April 19, when the People’s Choice Award will be presented. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery and on Facebook. Docent tours are available upon request. Mark your calendar for... Wednesday, March 9, 6pm: Virtual tour of the exhibit and awards presentation with judge Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (Zoom link on FloridaCraftArt.org). Saturday, March 12, 5-9pm: Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second ­ floor. Wednesday, March 16, 6pm: Discover the beauty of Florida native plants with garden expert Marquette McManus of Wilcox Nursery. Sunday, March 27, 2pm: Enjoy a garden-inspired poetry reading with Helen Pruitt Wallace and other poets. Saturday, April 2, 11am: Learn about Ikebana - the art of Japanese ­ flower arranging. Saturday, April 9, 5-9pm: Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second ­floor. Sunday, April 10, 1-3pm: Workshop: Make a macramé plant hanger with artist Elizabeth Neily. $35 fee includes all materials and a handcrafted pot by a Florida CraftArt artist. Space is limited; call FCA to register.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Beyond Van Gogh , March 4 – April 24, 10am-9pm and 10am-10pm

Immerse yourself in the world of Vincent Van Gogh like you've never experienced before from March 4, 2022 to April 24, 2022 at the Starry Night Pavilion at University Town Center, 195 University Town Center Drive. Beyond Van Gogh is a rich and unique multimedia experience, taking the viewer on a journey through over 300 iconic artworks including instantly-recognizable classics "The Starry Night", "Sunflowers", and "Cafe Terrace at Night", now freed from their frames. Set to a symphonic score and using the artist's own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, Van Gogh's art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Guests will leave with a new appreciation of this prolific artist's stunning work. Hours of Operation are Sunday through Thursday: 10am to 9pm and Friday & Saturday: 10am to 10pm. The visit will take around one hour with final entry one hour before close.

[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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

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