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SRQ DAILY Aug 26, 2022

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"There is this marriage of abstraction and realism, but it is also very mystical in a way. "

- Robyn Holl, Cultural Curator at Art Ovation Hotel.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Anita Wexler at the Art Ovation Hotel

This week, venture down to the Art Ovation Hotel to see their latest guest artist, Anita Wexler. Wexler, a painter, illustrator, and sculptor, will be present in the Hotel’s ground floor studio for live demonstrations from 4-8pm from August 23rd to the 25th as well as for a reception on Friday, August 26th from 5-7pm. Wexler, a native of Illinois, always wanted to be an artist but found her dream delayed after enlisting in the U.S. Navy at 17 years old. Eventually, Wexler found her way back to the art world and graduated from the Parsons New School of Design and Bank Street College. Currently, she lives in Sarasota and teaches at Sarasota High School.

For Robyn Holl, Cultural Curator at Art Ovation Hotel, it was Wexler’s decorative home and studio space that caused her to pull the trigger on bringing Wexler aboard as a guest in-studio artist. “Her info was forwarded to me by our sales director and I sent up an appointment to go visit her house and studio. It’s really like an artist’s playground because her home is full of sculptures in the front yard and the shed is filled with paintings inside of it,” says Holl. “She’s just got this interesting, mysterious way about presenting content which is really enamoring. She definitely has a unique approach which made me want to bring her to Art Ovation.”

Wexler, who will be working on a series of paintings while at Art Ovation Hotel, entrances viewers with art reminiscent of magical realism. “There’s this marriage of abstraction and realism, but it’s also very mystical in a way. A lot of figures and some animals, but everything is done with this nuanced approach that is extremely unique. None of it is exact realism or mirror images, it’s all very abstract representations of figures riding horses or doing different things,” says Holl.

Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 941-316-0808 

Pictured: Mother's Love, by Anita Wexler. Courtesy of the artist.

[SRQ Book Club]  Fiction Book Review of Medusa’s Ankles: Selected Stories by A.S. Byatt
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

A.S. Byatt, a seasoned Booker Prize winner (A Possession: a Romance), published a new short story collection last year entitled Medusa’s Ankles: Selected Stories. Within this collection is the ‘short’ (just shy of 100 pages) story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, of which the film 3000 Years of Longing (premiering in Sarasota this weekend) is based.

Byatt’s writing is super scholarly and in The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, her allusions include Chaucer, Freud, architect John Turtle Wood, just to name a few. Not only does she sprinkle complex icons in her stories, she also waxes poetically about social customs; misogyny in literature, women’s and society’s fixation on the female form, sexual abuse and the difficulty of having a midlife relationship.

Best of all, Byatt also inserts ‘fun', a comedic occurrence with tennis player Boris Becker, Perholt’s love of fancy hotel rooms and a soulful scene of intimacy between Perholt and her djinn.

The premise of this particular short story is deliciously fun. Gillian Perholt, a narratologist in her 50’s, buys a beautifully designed piece of glass containing a genie or djinn who grants her three wishes. I will not spoil her choices, but reading the story was like entering a fantastical world, all while grounded in Perholt’s real world lifestyle.

Fortunately for those seeking a beach read or on a limited budget, the paperback version of Medusa's Ankles: Selected Stories comes out September 6th and is available for pre-order at www.sarasotbooks.com or on 9/6/22 in store at BookStore1 located at 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota FL. For those interested in a community discussion, 3000 Years of Longing will host a talk back this Sunday evening at 7 at Burns Court Theater.

Medusa’s Ankles: Selected Stories by A.S. Byatt, ISBN #: 9780593466858. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Opens its 93rd Season with Side By Side By Sondheim

The Players Centre for Performing Arts opens its 93rd Season with a celebration of Stephen Sondheim, the late musical theatre genius that gave us Into the Woods, Company and Sweeney Todd. Side by Side by Sondheim runs from Sept.8 to 18, 2022 at Studio 1130 located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). Featuring music from Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Anyone Can Whistle, not to mention the classics written with musical theatre giants, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim's best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity. Presented in the round, this production is the first to showcase the new audience configuration. The Players is thrilled to provide a unique audience experience to the Sarasota community. 

[Recognition]  Local Pet Retailer Receives National Recognition

DOGPerfect is proud to have been named one of “America’s Coolest” Pet Businesses by PETS+, known as “The Better Business Magazine for American Pet Pros.” The locally owned pet retailer with locations in Lakewood Ranch, University Park and the Landings of Sarasota also recently received recognition from two other nationally known publications. PETS+ highlighted top independent pet stores and service providers in the U.S., selecting DOGPerfect from an expansive list of more than 80 companies. Winners of the annual contest are selected based on their history, appearance, online presence, and individuality. The recognition comes on the heels of DOGPerfect receiving the top honor of “Best Multi-Unit Retailer” from Pet Business, a national magazine billed as “the most trusted trade media brand in the pet industry.” Encompass Pet Group -- DOGPerfect’s parent company -- also retained its spot on the Inc. 5000 list of “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America” for the second straight year. The national attention reflects the pet retailer’s innovative partnerships and programs, such as DOGPerfect Bonus Wishlist, its local giveback initiative. As a first-of-its-kind local program, DOGPerfect matches products preselected by its shelter partners to meet their immediate needs and delivers those items at no cost. For more information on the program, visit www.dogperfect.com/giveback.

DOGPerfect delivers another unique customer experience through its Perfect Club membership, which typically costs $129 and can provide more than $500 in savings. Perks are available on a per-family basis and, if a family has more than one pet, all are entitled to benefits. These benefits include 15% off all dog and cat food, unlimited use of self-serve dog wash stations, unlimited nail trims, a full bag of bulk biscuits for the price of a half bag – all year long, 20% off grooming, a free birthday tender-tuffs plush toy up to a $15 value, VIP shopping nights throughout the year and 20% off all cat litter. 

Pictured: Locally owned pet retailer DOGPerfect has three Suncoast locations, including The Landings in Sarasota.

To learn more, visit

[New Hire]  Bank of America Names Erik Vatter President of Sarasota/Manatee

Bank of America has named Erik Vatter president of Bank of America Sarasota/Manatee. As president, Vatter is responsible for connecting the banking and investment resources offered through the bank’s eight lines of business to people and companies across Sarasota/Manatee. He will also lead the effort to deploy Bank of America’s resources to address social concerns, strengthen economic opportunity, and build strong communities, as well as support the health, safety, and engagement of local employees. In addition to his responsibilities as president of Sarasota/Manatee, Vatter is a Merrill resident director and recruitment strategy executive. Since joining Bank of America, he has led Merrill offices in York, Pennsylvania, and Sarasota/Manatee. As a long-time Sarasota/Manatee resident, Erik is active in the community, supporting All Faiths Food Bank and other local nonprofits focused on economic mobility and outcomes for children. He is also involved in Bank of America’s employee networks, serving as the executive sponsor of LEAD for Women Sarasota/Manatee, and he is an LGBTQ+ champion. Vatter graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. 

[New Hire]  Berlin Patten Ebling Hires New Attorney Sarah E. Brigham, Esq.

Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC, is pleased to announce that Sarah E. Brigham, Esq. has joined Berlin Patten Ebling’s growing team of lawyers. Brigham primarily practices law in residential real property transactions at the Sarasota office. Brigham was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. After attending Riverview High School, she participated in the Dual Enrollment Program with State College of Florida. Brigham went on to attend the University of Central Florida, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Real Estate and was also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While attending Stetson University College of Law, she volunteered with Bay Area Legal Services, helping pro se family law litigants complete family court forms. In her free time, Brigham enjoys exploring Sarasota, whether trying new restaurants, working out, or making memories with her two-year-old son, Max. Established in 2003, Berlin Patten Ebling is an award-winning law firm with six offices along the Gulf Coast from Tampa to Bonita Springs, Florida, emphasizing real estate, land use, estate planning, probate, corporate matters, and commercial litigation. Talk to an attorney by visiting berlinpatten.com or call 941-954-9991. 

[Recognition]  RE/MAX Names Top Florida Producers for the Second Quarter of 2022

RE/MAX Alliance Group, the #1 RE/MAX in Florida and the Southeast, is proud to announce associates who placed among the top RE/MAX producers in Florida for the second quarter of 2022 for combined residential and commercial sales. Ivan Gould of the Sarasota office ranked #25, Leonard Giarrano of the Sarasota office ranked #29, Cindy Quinn of the Holmes Beach office ranked #34, Ryan Adamson of the Sarasota office ranked #36, Ryan T. Carson of the Siesta Key office ranked #37, Karin Dubbs of the Englewood office ranked #52, Robert T. Anderson Jr. of the Siesta Key office ranked #77, Stacy Cunneen of the Bradenton office ranked #89 and Christine Kourik of the Holmes Beach office ranked #91.Breaking out just the month of June, Ryan Adamson of the Sarasota office ranked #1, Trudy McClellan of the Tampa office ranked #18, Cindy Quinn of the Holmes Beach office ranked #35, Karin Dubbs of the Englewood office ranked #55, and Shannon Hansbury of the Venice office ranked #65. RE/MAX Alliance Group offers residential and commercial real estate solutions through 12 offices in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. It is the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida for contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, please visit https://www.alliancegroupfl.com. 

[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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Let It Be , August 17 – August 28, Varied

LET IT BE Featuring your favorite Beatles hits runs August 17th-28th, 2022 at The Players Centre. The journey of two families learning to lean on each other through the civil unrest of the ‘60s through the brilliant songs of The Beatles. August 17, 2022 at 7:30pm – Preview, August 18-20 & 23-27 at 7:30pm August 21 & 28 at 2pm For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

[SOON]  FILM: BookStore1 Bookseller and Local Film Reviewer Film Discussion , August 28, 7:00 pm

Film Discussion August 28th 7 pm showing of 3000 Years of Longing starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba at Burns Court Theater 506 Burns Lane Sarasota. BookStore1 Bookseller and Local Film Reviewer will moderate a talk back after the 7 pm showing of 3000 years of Longing as part of a Script to Screen Series. The film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by Booker Prize Winning Author AS Byatt. Film Discussions include details about the stars and director, audience opinions and questions. A fun way to interact as a community!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bar Bingo at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 1 – August 29, 7:30 pm

Join Geckos in Southside Village every Monday at 7:30 pm for Bar B-I-N-G-O! Free to play. Sponsored by various local craft breweries and distilleries with prizes galore from our sponsors and Gecko’s. We’ll play between 5-7 rounds of Bingo each week and a special chit will be given out each Monday to be collected by attendees. Every four weeks the final round of Bingo for the night will be a grand prize round and the collected chits will be used to exchange for bingo cards for a grand prize round; this month on 8/29. The more Mondays that a guest plays, the more bingo cards that they will have to play for the grand prize. August Bingo is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewery and Nolets Finest Gins. wwwgeckosgrill.com

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Gypsy , October 20 – August 30, Varied

A mother who wishes for stardom, and two daughters who were dragged into it because of her. Considered to be the best musical, “GYPSY” tells the story of how a mother uses her two daughters to achieve the dream she has, ignoring the strain it puts on them. Throughout the story, one daughter has all the attention, while the other has almost none. Will both girls succeed because of their mother’s efforts, or will the dreams of their mother crush their relationship with her? For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[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: Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 9 – August 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Still going strong on the second Tuesday of each month. We are local and we support local! Join us from 7:00-8:00 to sample flights of the latest craft beer offerings from our local craft breweries as they take over our taps, along with all your favorite Geckos fare. August is Sierra Nevada Brewery’s five newest craft beers to enjoy. Hillview-Southside Village, 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota. wwwgeckosgrill.com

Gecko’s on Hillview

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: To Rum or Not To Rum: That is Not Even a Question , August 31, 5-6 pm

Hamlets Eatery and Siesta Key Rum have come together to create a fun and delicious experience on Wednesday, August 31 from 5-8 pm. Chef Lisa of Hamlet's Eatery will tantalize your taste buds with a five-course tasting menu paired with Siesta Key Rum craft cocktails. Between dishes Chef Lisa and Nicole of Siesta Key Rum will guide you through the pairings. Live Steel Drum music by Nax Steel throughout the evening. Timeline: 5-6 pm Enjoy Siesta Key Rum Tasting, a craft cocktail and live steel drum music; 6pm: Dinner; 8pm: Take your full and happy belly home. Hamlets Eatery is located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. The event will be outside under a covered patio with fans. Casual attire. Must be 21+ years of age. Tickets are $80 per person and must be purchased in advance. Non-refundable. Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/ToRumOrNotToRum For more information call 941-445-1938. Cheers!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[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]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

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