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SRQ DAILY Oct 7, 2022

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"I haven't really shown since 2010, but I've always been creating. As an artist, you never stop."

- Brigitta Wagner Sultana, Local Artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Emerge at Mara Art Studio + Gallery
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This Friday, head over to the Mara Art Studio and Gallery to check out Emerge - Translation from Sight to Surface, the latest exhibition from local artist Brigitta Wagner Sultana. Emerge marks the first gallery opening for Sultana in over a decade. Since her last showing, she’s been balancing her artwork with being a full-time mother of two. “I took painting through my whole college career, and print-making. I never stopped painting after I graduated college. I always did it as an outlet, a creative outlet, other than what I was doing in graphic design,” says Sultana. “I haven't really shown since 2010, because I had another baby, and then I took a pause, but I've always just been creating. As an artist, you never stop.”

Emerge will feature a new direction in Sultana’s painting - landscapes. The showing will draw from two separate series, Salt Flats and Stones. Where her painting prior to this series was more transitory, her focus on the geometric aesthetic of these landscapes has proven fruitful to her work. “I just created what I wanted to at the time, there wasn't a specific subject matter. Now, I feel like I have a specific subject line that I'm working on and a way that I'm doing it – but it’s taken me a long time to figure out,” attests Sultana.

Fittingly, both the Salt Flats and Stones series draw inspiration from time spent vacationing with her family. The Salt Flats series is based upon photographs Sultana took of the salt pans along the coastline of the island nation of Malta, where her husband hails from. Sultana, who mixes her own acrylic-based paints, depicts the rectangular landscapes in various colors and formats, some of the paintings feature hard lines and bold colors, while others are more ethereal in their style.

Much of the same can be said for her Stones series, which draws its inspiration from photographs she took of her children while they built a stone wall on a sandy beach. Similarly to the Salt Flats series, the paintings from Stones are based upon Sultana’s initial photography – during her creative process she decides whether or not to transfer the image directly onto the canvas or paint from memory. Regardless of how she comes to it, Sultana has hit her stride with her latest gallery opening.

Opening Night Event, Friday, October 7, 2022, 5:30-7:30pm, Mara Art Studio + Gallery, 1421 5th St. Rosemary District, Sarasota, 941-914-8110. 

Pictured: Salt Flats 4 - acrylic on canvas, 2019. Photo courtesy of Brigitta Wagner Sultana.

[Hospital News]  Post Hurricane Related Injuries Up at Local Emergency Rooms

Emergency room physicians at HCA Florida Blake Hospital and HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital are seeing an increase in injuries related to clean up from Hurricane Ian. Injuries involving chain saws and orthopedic injuries from falls from roofs, ladders and tree removal are up significantly. Physicians are also concerned about respiratory problems that may arise from residents burning storm debris on their property and an increase in cardiovascular conditions like heart attacks from residents who are over exerting themselves with cleanup work. Scott Selph, M.D., medical director of emergency services at HCA Florida Blake Hospital, will be available to speak about the trends emerging in the emergency room and offer advice on how to prevent injuries on Thursday, October 6 at Noon, outside near the hospital’s main entrance at HCA Florida Blake Hospital, 2020 59th Street West, Bradenton. HCA Florida Blake Hospital is the only Level II trauma center and burn center in Manatee County. Dr. Selph will be able to offer advice to residents on how to reduce traumatic injuries. 

[Hurricane Relief]  Hurricane Ian Updates from the EDC

Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, making $50 million available — at least $10 million of which must go to small businesses that are agricultural producers — for those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Small businesses in the most impacted communities, which includes Sarasota County, will be escalated and prioritized as they are received. Loans are available up to $50,000 per eligible applicant. Loans made under this program are short-term, personal loans using State of Florida funds – they are not grants and must be repaid. The deadline to complete the application is Friday, December 2nd. Visit www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL to learn more or call 833-832-4494. DEO administers the Emergency Bridge Loan Program alongside its fiscal administrator, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation. As always, our team can be reached at info@edcsarasotacounty.com, or by calling 941-309-1200. We will keep you informed as Hurricane Ian business recovery details continue to develop. Below are helpful resources and pending information we will share more about soon. 

To learn more click here.

[Hurricane]  Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Standing Strong, Serving Region’s Needs After Hurricane Ian

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System stood strong through Hurricane Ian and is serving a record number of patients and evacuees from the southwest Florida region. The health system’s flagship acute-care hospital and emergency/trauma center in Sarasota and the new 110-bed acute-care hospital it opened in Venice last November remained fully functional on backup generator power throughout Hurricane Ian, providing shelter for nearly 2,500 staff and physicians who served on the health system’s hurricane response team for several days this week, leaving their families and homes behind as they cared for and supported well over 700 patients throughout the storm. During the hurricane, SMH “sheltered in place,” meaning it continued to care for patients 24/7 with physicians, nurses and support staff who hunkered down and worked around-the-clock to care for patients and medically dependent persons (MDPs) that local emergency management officials brought to the hospital for shelter. (SMHCS is a designated medical shelter for MDPs, who may require hospitalization during emergency situations).

SMH assessed the condition of all of its facilities after Hurricane Ian left the Suncoast region, and most of its facilities weathered Hurricane Ian well. The health system has devoted significant funds and resources to ensuring that our hospitals are hurricane hardened, and both hospitals and its skilled nursing facility remained fully operational during and after the storm, with no injuries reported. We reopened all six of SMH’s urgent care centers and most of its physician practices and outpatient centers almost immediately after the storm passed. The only facilities sustaining significant damage were our freestanding emergency room in North Port and a medical office building at SMH-Venice. Both are closed for repairs. Despite roof damage and some water intrusion, damage inside is minimal, and SMH anticipates reopening both facilities in a phased approach starting this weekend. Most hospitals south of Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast were evacuated and remained closed for several days due to damage from the storm. Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota and Venice campuses have seen record numbers of patients streaming into their emergency care centers, and have worked closely with emergency management officials and hospitals around the state to manage the influx. After the storm passed, Sarasota County and the state dedicated strike teams with nearly 20 ambulances to help transfer patients, and on Sunday (Oct. 2), state and federal emergency officials sent a disaster medical assistance team (DMAT) to help manage the surge of emergency patients at SMH-Venice. The DMAT set up a 30-bed tent facility just outside our Venice hospital’s ambulance bay, with a team of 37 doctors, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics and pharmacists working with our Venice staff to provide 24/7 emergency and urgent care to help manage the surge. A second DMAT opened in Charlotte County, to help reduce the strain in local ERs while hospitals in that region gradually reopen. 

Click here to view a recorded video with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder.

[Hurricane Relief]  Gene Matthews Club Food Pantry with All Faiths Food Bank

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties and All Faiths Food Bank announce a Food Pantry distribution at the Gene Matthews Club in North Port to take place Friday, October 7, 2022, 9:00 am until supplies last at Gene Matthews Club, 6851 Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have played an integral role in the lives of local youth for more than 50 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.bgcsdc.org or call 941-366-3911. All Faith's Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, providing millions of meals each year with nearly 200 agencies and programs throughout the community. All Faiths works not only to fight hunger today but also strives to end hunger - forever - by helping families and individuals gain long-term food security, enjoy better health outcomes, and achieve self-sufficiency. In 2021, All Faiths distributed 19 million pounds of food – equating to 17 million meals, provided 36% more meals than 2019 (pre-pandemic), and remained steadfast in its commitment to provide nutritional assistance to community members, including 44% who were new to the food bank. For its efforts, All Faiths was honored as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; the organization was also recognized as a Top 4 Food Bank in the country in 2020. All Faiths is rated 4 stars. 

[Hurricane Relief]  SMH Employees Impacted by Hurricane Ian Need Our Help. Please Donate.

When a natural disaster occurs in our community, the ability to deliver care falls on the shoulders of the health system’s 8000+ employees. They have trained for this type of catastrophic event and bravely demonstrated not only their preparedness but their unwavering dedication to ensuring that patient care is at the forefront. Sarasota Memorial’s hurricane response included making room for and caring for evacuated patients from the hardest hit communities to our south. Nearly 25% of the health system’s employees live in South County and other severely impacted areas. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been for them to leave their families and friends behind during this hurricane to care for others. These are the same people who risked their lives for us during the pandemic. We want to help them rebuild their homes and their lives. The Healthcare Foundation has established the SMH Employee Hurricane Relief Fund. We have just received a heartfelt $250,000 gift from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse who are hoping to inspire others to support the brave men and women who are always there when we need them. Because of the number of employees who may need financial assistance—possibly thousands—we need your support, too. There are three easy ways to make your gift: 1. On our website at smhf.org/ian, or by clicking here. 2. Send a check to: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, 1515 S. Osprey Ave, Ste B4, Sarasota, FL 34239. 3. Call us at 941-917-1286. We are truly grateful for all you do. Together we strengthen healthcare. 

[Culture City]  Close Knit
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

CLOSE KNIT | Brothers Steven and William Ladd interweave experiences past and present into their textile-based artwork.

Learn more about the Ladd brothers through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices - Rising Choreographers , October 13 – October 16, Varied

Voices - Rising Choreographers. October 13th-16th 2022. Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 17th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, this program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This years range of work presented reinforces SCD spirit of nurturing artists in various stages of their career. From emerging to mid-career, these contemporary voices matter, and we aim to provide a performance platform that EMPOWERS these choreographers. Performance Location: Jane B. Cook Theater 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 Contact: info@sarasotacontemporarydance.org - 941.260.8485 - www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Little Shop of Horrors , October 6 – October 16, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Little Shop of Horror will feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man who seeks fame at the cost of his morals with the help of a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, this musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. October 6-16, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: HOT Salsa Party with Los Hacheros , October 22, 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros light up a full Gulf Coast evening of dance and celebration in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Their sound is irresistible and authentic with plenty of fiery, Puerto Rican Bomba. A band of only 7 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Admission includes an introductory Salsa dance lesson with Kery and Dario of DK Dance and pre and post show dance music with Miami’s DJ Le Spam. Food and beverages available for purchase. General admission $35 VIP admission $100 Tickets are limited. Oct 22 7:30pm and Oct 22 8:00pm. For more info Ph. 941-359-5700,  Located in the Museum of Art Courtyard, www.ringling.org

The Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

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