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SRQ DAILY Jul 29, 2022

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"The City of Sarasota established a goal to achieve 100% use of renewable energy in city buildings by 2030. This project was a fantastic culmination of community effort and achievement that keeps moving our vision for the community forward."

- Mark Lyons, Parking Division Manager for the City of Sarasota.

[Meet the Artist]  Blink and You'll Miss It
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, come to the Art Ovation Hotel for a truly rare experience: the chance to talk to an artist in the middle of their artistic, working process. This week’s Artist in Residence at the hotel is Teresa Stone, a Sarasota-based painter who grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Stone’s acrylic-based paintings have ranged in size from small canvases to outdoor murals and are evocative of the tropical foliage present throughout her childhood in the Caribbean and her life in Florida. “Teresa paints in bright, vibrant colors and says that the flowers are ‘dancing across the canvas in a bohemian style’,” recounts Robyn Hall, Cultural Curator of the Art Ovation Hotel.

Stone arrived at the hotel this past Tuesday, July 26th, and will be present in the hotel’s studio for live demonstrations Tuesday through Sunday from 4pm-8pm. “While the artist may be working at their easel or on a table, we generally encourage them to interact with the guests - if someone comes up to them, we ask the artist to greet them and talk to them about what they’re interested in and share a little bit about their art. We want to promote conversation as opposed to sitting there and painting while the person watches,” says Hall.

In addition to Stone’s live demonstrations, a reception will take place on Friday from 5pm-7pm. Part of what makes the Art Ovation Hotel’s Artist in Residence program so interesting is the ephemeral nature of the art work - unlike the other works featured amongst the multiple floors of the hotel, the artist’s work is only present at the hotel for the duration of their stay. “Essentially with the residency program, the artist moves in on a Tuesday and checks out the following Monday - the installation is only here for that 7 day period,” attests Hall. 

Pictured: Art Ovation Hotel Artist in Residence, Teresa Stone. Photo courtesy of the artist.

[Orchestra News]  Honoring the Artistic Vision of Bramwell Tovey

The untimely passing of our incoming music director Bramwell Tovey on July 12 was a blow to the entire music world. At the end of our final rehearsal with him last April, in his designate season, he told our musicians that during his long career, he had rarely been so certain that he was exactly where he should be. We were just beginning what we all felt would be an extraordinary partnership. And then he was suddenly gone, and following the initial shock and disbelief, it became clear that, as we were processing our loss, we also had a responsibility to maintain the mission of our orchestra, to serve the community, and to honor Bramwell by continuing the work that he had begun. To that end, the goal of Sarasota Orchestra is retaining as much of the programming that Bramwell had planned during the 2022-2023 season. Bramwell had structured our season to be a well-balanced combination of musical "comfort food," long beloved standards that have stood the test of time, and selections from extraordinary living composers, writing music of our time. Bramwell spoke often that the pandemic has left the world feeling unsettled – so much of what we have always taken for granted has changed – and he wanted Sarasota Orchestra performances to provide a respite from the fear, and the reassurance that art is alive and well in 2022.As we forge ahead into the future, we feel that there is no better way to honor Bramwell Tovey, and all he had hoped to achieve here, than by maintaining his vision for this season. While his time here was short, he left behind a season filled with the music that he most wanted to share with our community, and we are committed to do just that. And so, Sarasota Orchestra will honor Bramwell Tovey’s artistic plans for the 2022-2023 season. We will take our memory of him as our inspiration as we move forward, committed to building the music center he joined us in championing and making great music for everyone in our community. We plan to have important updates in the coming weeks on additional specifics for the coming season. In the meantime, please know that we all stand together in advancing the role of music to inspire and uplift during challenging times, just as Bramwell would have wanted. On behalf of Sarasota Orchestra's musicians, staff, board, and volunteers, we thank you for your condolences and support. 

[Grant awarded]  Community Day School Receives Community Impact Grant From the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School (CDS) announced that it has received an $8,000 Community Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The grant will help fund books and technology for its Janis Kaplan Multicultural Media Center. Dan Ceaser, Community Day’s head of school, explains that, when CDS secured a permanent campus in Sarasota one year ago, installing a state-of-the-art multicultural media center directed by a qualified media specialist was top on its wish list.

“This generous grant allows us to expand the materials and resources needed to reflect a 21st-century school multimedia center—one which offers faculty and students the opportunity to explore a diversity of experiences, voices, and perspectives from around the world,” says Ceaser. “The funds help us provide a wealth of library resources, technology tools, tutoring, and other academic support services. We envision this as a creative learning hub for people of all ages and interests to gather to explore and debate ideas. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for helping CDS create a center of learning that connects students to our community—and to a world of ideas.” Community Day School opened its new campus, with record enrollment, on August 16, 2021. To learn more about Community Day School, visit communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770. 

Pictured: Community Day School preschool student with books in the Janis Kaplan Multicultural Media Center. Photo courtesy of Hershorin Schiff Community Day School (CDS).

[Recognition]  SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture Named AIA Florida Design Award Winner

The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Florida, has named the 2022 recipients of its highest design awards recognizing architects throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Architect Jonathan Parks AIA of the Sarasota architecture firm SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture was bestowed with a design award for the City of Sarasota’s St. Armands Parking Garage which was recognized with a Citation Award of Excellence in Sustainability. More than 250 submissions were received for the design awards, where a Barcelona-based jury of architectural experts judged work from Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The awards ceremony will be held July 30th at the annual 2022 AIA Florida Convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

“The goal of sustainability and obtaining the Parksmart designation was extremely important,” said Mark Lyons, Parking Division Manager for the City of Sarasota. “The City of Sarasota established a goal to achieve 100% use of renewable energy in city buildings by 2030. This project was a fantastic culmination of community effort and achievement that keeps moving our vision for the community forward.” 

Pictured: St. Armands Parking Garage. Photo courtesy of SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture.

[Grand Opening]  Five-O Bradenton Location Sets Opening Date and Announces Vegan Lineup

Five-O Donut Co has set up a squad in Bradenton. Located at 5942 34th Street West Unit #116 Bradenton, FL 34210 in the El Conquistador plaza adjacent to SCF and IMG Academy. This is the 5th and newest location for the local Sarasota based brand. Founder + CEO Christine Nordstrom says "Five-O always open a new shop with a gratitude giveaway for its loyal fans. The giveaway on Aug 6th will include 1 free donut per person, a free tshirt to the first 6 in line also a free mixed 6 pack to the first 12 loyal fans that arrive with their Five-O Squad shirts on. We are just so very appreciative of all the support our community lends us. We are also launching our long awaited and heartily requested VEGAN lineup! A new vegan menu with 4-6 creative options will be dropped each month. We will be producing on vegan dedicated equipment with all vegan ingredients. Our vegan line be available at Bradenton, UTC and Siesta Row locations to start. We will eventually roll it out to all locations system wide as we perfect the process." Five-O Donut Co is a local Sarasota family owned business established in 2016. Five-O is known for its "Arrestingly Good Donuts" including their creative and inventive weekend specials. Five-O is committed to gracious customer service and making "Arrestingly Good Donuts" which they find is the recipe to their success.  

To learn more, visit

[Restaurant Opening]  Louies Bistro Opens July 29 in the Wellen Park Welcome Center

Louie’s Bistro, offering made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch entrées, opens Friday, July 29, in the award-winning Wellen Park Welcome Center. The bistro, operated by the proprietors of Venice Island Coffee, features family recipes, southern-style dishes and reflects the small-town Kentucky and West Virginia hospitality of owners Jennifer and Corey Pope and their three children. Named after Jennifer Pope’s late father, Louie, a retired firefighter and head firehouse cook, the bistro will have a soft opening July 29 with a grand opening planned later in the year. The menu features some of Venice Island Coffee’s popular selections, including omelets, breakfast sandwiches, grilled Taylor pork Jersey rolls and its locally roasted proprietary coffee blend, as well as many new made-in-house options like biscuits and gravy, hashbrown casserole and southern-inspired tuna salad with pickle relish and eggs, according to Jennifer Pope. As a multigenerational gathering spot for the local and regional community – as well as the Pope family – the restaurant will have on-tap cold nitro-brewed coffee and kombucha. The bistro also features coffee from Tampa-based mom-and-pop Java Planet, as well as flavored blends from other brands. It will eventually offer mimosas, sangria, wine and beer and host special dinners and live music on the patio overlooking Downtown Wellen. With seating for about 50, including a coffee bar, the bistro offers a cozy, comfortable ambience with photos of Louie, firefighting equipment and a lamp he created from a fire extinguisher. Louie’s Bistro is located in the Wellen Park Welcome Center, which won the prestigious 2022 gold award as the Best Community Welcome Center in the U.S. from the National Association of Home Builders. The bistro joins a growing number of retail boutiques, restaurants, beauty services, medical and professional offices in Wellen Park’s developing downtown, the vibrant central hub and gathering place for residents and the region.To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: Louie_s Bistro is named after ow ner Jennifer Pope’s late father (right) who was a retired firefighter and head firehouse cook.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Earns 5 Stars for Quality

Sarasota Memorial Hospital- Sarasota Campus continues to lead the region in quality and safety, as the only hospital in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties to earn a 5-star rating for overall quality from the federal government this week. The 5-star quality rating makes Sarasota Memorial the only hospital in Florida, and one of only 33 in the nation, to consistently earn the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest quality award since the rating system launched in 2016. Of the 4,500-plus hospitals that were evaluated, less than 14% of received 5 stars in the CMS ratings updated on Wednesday. In Florida, only 15 hospitals achieved the 5-star designation in 2022. CMS assigns the star ratings by evaluating hospitals’ results in dozens of quality measures that are divided into five categories: mortality, safety of care, readmissions, patient experience and timely and effective care. The honor is the latest in a series of prestigious national awards Sarasota Memorial has received in July. In addition to earning several spots on U.S. News’ “Best Hospitals” list on Tuesday, SMH-Sarasota was also recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and top 40 teaching hospitals in a study released a few weeks ago by Fortune/Merative. David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, credits the staff’s never-ending focus on delivering quality care, applauding the efforts of the entire health system. “Our repeated recognition across multiple hospital rating organizations is a testament to the work of our staff and physicians,” said Verinder. “We are unquestionably a national leader in quality, safety and service, and it’s all due to the incredible team here, guided and supported by the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.” 

To learn more, visit

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hard Heart Burlesque at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , August 7, 8:00 pm

Hard Heart Burlesque is back at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre August 7 at 8pm for an unforgettable night of tease, variety and more. This show is a love letter to the films we love, each act paying homage to the silver screen. Hard Heart is bringing together some of the starlets of Florida burlesque to bring you a steamy night of celluloid. Starring your producers "the sweetheart with a switchblade," Miss Marina Elaine and "the quadruple threat," Karma Kandlewick, this smoke show features the talents of Dahlia Dupre, Morgan La Rue, Nilla Bean, Mr. Mary and your emcee, the one and only, Lady LaLa. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased here: https://www.mccurdyscomedy.com/shows/show.cfm?shoID=404.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm

This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Humane Society of Sarasota County Adult Summer Camp , July 30, 3 pm - 6 pm

Do you wish you could attend HSSC's Fur Fun Camps? Now you can! HSSC's Adult Summer Camp gives adults the chance to learn about and interact with shelter pets and other animals, both domestic and exotic. Join us on Saturday, July 30, from 3-6pm, for exciting speakers, an inside look at the happenings in our facility, and "adult" snacks and drinks. Our Adult Summer Camp is designed for adults (but just as fun as the kids' version) and will be held in the Education Center at the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. HSSC's Adult Summer Camp is open to adults, ages 21+. Cost is $40 per attendee (Pre-registration is required). For more details and to register, visit our Adult Summer Camp webpage. https://www.hssc.org/get-involved/events/adult-summer-camp.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Moxie , June 25 – July 30
The July Gallery for Art Uptown will exhibit "MOXIE by Rita Rust." Rust's watercolor action portraits capture the feeling of joy that can be found even in the darkest times.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre Presents The Manager , July 29 – July 30, 7:30 pm

This brand-new play by Douglas Gearhart is the winner of The Players New Play Fest 2020. Rusty is an out of work middle-aged little league manager who is facing divorce and is in his last year as coach for his son Axl. But the season is coming to an end, and their future together as a family is uncertain. Showtimes: July 29-30 at 7:30pm; July 31 at 2pm. Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $20, $14 Student https://tickets.theplayers.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=943

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: We're Doomed , August 13 – September 24, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: We're Doomed Beginning August 13 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. In a world where blockbusters come and go, FST Improv entertains with an unforgettable, original, and fully improvised motion picture! The cast of We’re Doomed will perform an improvised horror movie based on a title provided by the audience! We’ll leave the fancy equipment behind as we use unique staging, special effects and onstage acrobatics to recreate the excitement and magic of the silver screen. You’ll even get to see improvised previews of upcoming attractions.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  DANCE: The Sarasota Ballet: InMotion , July 28 – July 30, 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm

The Sarasota Ballet’s InMotion Performances are a culmination of the Summer Intensive Program. These performances showcase the talent of future artists of the dance world, featuring the multitude of students who have spent the last 3 - 5 weeks developing their artistry and technique under the careful guidance of The Sarasota Ballet's exceptional faculty. These performances will be located at the FSU Center for Performing Arts -5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Fl, 34243 on July 28th 7:30 pm; July 29th 2pm and 7:30pm; July 30th 2pm. To learn more about the performance and purchase tickets, the link is https://www.sarasotaballet.org/events/inmotion-2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Maytag Virgin , June 29 – July 31, Varies.

A classic Southern love story. When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens and a deeper connection emerges between the two high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose and the pair finds themselves facing the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly will play beginning June 29, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Theatre

[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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