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SRQ DAILY May 12, 2023

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"In the light of the current political landscape it is great to be able to have a voice."

- Shannon Fortner, Founder, Third Annual PRIDE Arts and Music Festival.

[Arts & Entertainment]  PRIDE, Politics and The History of Drag
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The 3rd annual PRIDE | Be Fabulous Arts & Music Festival returns to Sarasota this weekend, celebrating the history of drag culture with an exhibition and performance tonight at The Ringling Museum and championing LGBTQ+ rights in an all-day concert this Saturday at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. “In the light of the current political landscape,” says festival founder Shannon Fortner, “it’s great to be able to have a voice.” Keynote speakers include Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez, the former Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at New College of Florida, and Zander Moricz, a primary plaintiff in the “Don’t Say Gay” lawsuit brought against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The festival kicks off this evening at The Ringling, where a collaboration with Fortner’s Fabulous Arts Foundation and the Stonewall National Museum has created an exhibition on the history of drag performance from the 1800s through today. Through archival photos, books and pamphlets, letters and even some garments on loan (Fortner remains mum on the details. “You have to come see!”), the showing creates a timeline for the audience to follow, exploring drag performance as an artistic tradition and means of expression passed down for generations. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to educate people about drag culture,” says Fortner. “To recognize that drag is harmless, it’s fabulous, it’s funny, it’s beautiful—it’s all the things we want to see in a performance, be it music, dance or theater.”

At the same time, but up on the third floor, celebrated drag performer Lindsay Carlton-Cline will be leading a show on the history of drag culture in Sarasota, specifically, and all the people, performers and places that made the scene what it was and still is. But while tickets are sold out for tonight’s performances (you can still look for secondhand sales on the festival’s Facebook page), the exhibition itself will be on display through Pride Month and is free to view.

The festival continues Saturday at Fogartyville, with the music kicking off at 3pm and running strong until 10pm. Bands include headliner Palomino Blond, the Miami-based rock-and-rollers and Ringling Underground veterans making waves since 2018, and the alt-country/folk-punk pairing of Proud Miranda. Even Fortner’s own MeteorEYES will take the stage, playing both new material and purposefully digging out some old tunes, such as “Across the Pond,” a song written when gay marriage was still illegal. “The band felt it was really important that we play some of these songs,” says Fortner.

For those looking to catch the keynote speakers throughout the day, Rosario-Hernandez takes the stage at 5:45pm and Moricz at 8:45pm. “We’re a music festival, but we’re also a platform,” explains Fortner. “And we want the community to hear from people who have been doing such important work. It’s important that this community comes together and lifts each other up.”

Festival entry is $7 at the door, with proceeds going towards the pursuit of a permanent home for the Fabulous Arts Foundation. “So we can support our community year-round,” says Fortner. “It’s been really wonderful to see something like this happening in a space like that.” 

Pictured: Jax Anderson performing at the Fabulous Arts Foundation's 2022 PRIDE Festival.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Clowns Like Me Premieres at Cook Theatre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“During the evolution of the play, it went through 10 different drafts. We had five different developmental readings of the play where we invited people to come listen to it. Our purpose was to say ‘tell us what you liked, didn’t like and how we can make the play better’,” says Joel Ehrenpreis, the founder of Lifeline Productions. “Instead, people started telling their own stories and were just blown away by the pervasiveness of mental illness. From that, I’ve already achieved one of my missions: having conversations and changing the words with which we use to speak about mental illness.”

Joel is speaking about Clowns Like Me, a one-man show starring his son, local actor and storyteller Scott Ehrepreis, that is making its world premiere on May 18th at the Cook Theatre in FSU’s Center for Performing Arts. In the show, Scott, who has a long list of acting credits and is currently performing as part of the ensemble cast in Florida Studio Theatre’s Network, shares the story of his journey living with mental illness. Scott suffers from several diagnoses including OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome. The impetus for the production came about several years ago, when Scott’s father, Joel, wanted to begin to change the stigma that’s associated with people suffering from mental health challenges.

“The stigma around mental illness and the marginalization of people who struggle with it really got to me. A few years ago I started to talk to my son Scott, who happens to be a professionally trained actor, about the possibility of telling his story on stage,” says Joel. “One of the interesting things about this is that one of Scott's diagnoses is Asperger’s Syndrome and his form of aspergers is the form where he’s particularly good at one thing at the expense of a lot of other things. And for Scott, his passion is acting and storytelling. So that irony kind of struck me and my son only feels like his true self when he’s playing somebody else. I wanted to put these two pieces together–theater and mental illness–to help normalize mental illness and put a dent in the stigma.”

Clowns Like Me, May 18 - 28, Cook Theatre, FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Joel and Scott Ehrenpreis. Photo courtesy of Erin Hoffer.

To learn more click here.

[SRQ Book Club]  New Fiction Review of Niki by Christos Chomenidis
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

Told from the point of view of the ghost of Niki Armaos, this epic historical WW II fiction is set in Greece starting with the life of her socialist father, Antonis Armaos. What unfolds is a stoically resilient journey reminding me of Wei Wei’s memoir 1000 Years of  Joys and Sorrows.

If you know about Greek culture and its people, you know how passionate they live their lives and the lengths they are willing to go to fight for both country and family. Chomenidis captures the feeling of fear and moral conviction through beautifully drawn complex characters.

In Niki’s (which means Victory in Greek) case, this meant eight years of cloistered hiding while her father was wanted for treason. Chomenidis’ rifles his protagonist’s story with vigor and I found myself unable to stop reading this 450 plus page Prix Du Livre Européen Winning novel. In isolation, her father home schools her with strict goals to become multilingual and culturally sophisticated.

As her family resumes normal life after government exoneration, Niki’s life blooms into a coming of age discovery with the pleasures and pitfalls of dating as she waitresses at a high end restaurant. I’ll leave the rest of the story for the reader, but let me just say I haven’t read a book with such specificity in regards to food and relationships in quite some time. Niki becomes not only a character, but a friend.

Niki by Christos Chomenidis, Publication Date: June 13, 2023 ISBN 97816354211972.

Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, 941-365-7900, shop.sarasotabooks.com

[Recognition]  Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation Heritage Awards Celebrated Achievements in Preservation

At the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation’s (SAHP) 2023 Heritage Awards, which were held on May 6 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, presenter John McCarthy expressed how the awards celebration highlighted a wide range of projects to research, restore and preserve historical treasures county-wide. McCarthy, who serves as the vice president for regional history for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is well known in the area for his historical tours and programs. At the event, McCarthy presented Anne Essner, the board president of Architecture Sarasota, the first place award for Adaptive Reuse for The McCulloch Pavilion. The building serves as the headquarters for Architecture Sarasota. Built in 1960 by architects William Rupp and Joseph Farrell, it was originally called the Scott Building. The building had fallen into disrepair when the newly founded Center for Architecture Sarasota approached the county in 2013 with the idea of restoring this important building through adaptive reuse to serve as an exhibition and education center. A partnership with the University of Florida School of Architecture was established, funds were raised and sensitive adaptive reuse of the building, led by Guy Peterson, FAIA, in consultation with Joseph Farrell began. The renovated Scott Building reopened as The McCulloch Pavilion in 2015. Lorrie Muldowney, the president of SAHP and chairperson of the Heritage Awards committee, says that the adaptive reuse of The McCulloch Pavilion was identified as an outstanding project by members of the awards committee because it was “a community-based project that engaged scores of craftsman who donated their goods and services and because Architecture Sarasota gives back to the community by providing a public space where citizens can learn about Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage and participate in conversations about the importance of continuing this legacy of excellence. Runners up for the Adaptive Reuse award were Sarasota Waterworks (Citation of Merit) and the Caldwell Trust Building at 27 South Orange Avenue (Honorable Mention). At the event, David Baber, vice president of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, gave a $4,000 check to Pastor Ashley Nicolls of St. Paul Lutheran Church for the restoration of the church’s education building designed by architect Victor Lundy and built in 1962. The event was presented in collaboration with the History and Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County, which is comprised of over 15 nonprofit and government entities committed to historic preservation and education. Major event sponsors included Hall Darling Design Studio, Sarasota Performing Arts Foundation, SAHP board members, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and Architecture Sarasota.  

[Recognition]  Culverhouse Inducted to The University of Alabama’s Inaugural 1831 Society

The University of Alabama recently honored Sarasota County developer and attorney Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. and his wife, Eliza Culverhouse, at an induction ceremony into the inaugural class of the 1831 Society. Named for the year the university was founded, the 1831 Society was created to recognize and celebrate the annual philanthropic commitments of alumni, parents, and friends who have taken a significant role in preserving, protecting, and promoting UA. The ceremony recognized 31 leaders who, through their generosity, collectively donated amounts totaling more than $483 million. As strong supporter of UA, Culverhouse’s roots run deep at the oldest and largest public university in the state. Culverhouse and his wife, Eliza, have cumulatively contributed more than $16 million to UA over the past decade. Both of Hugh’s parents attended the university and were involved in athletics there, and the business school bears the name of Hugh Culverhouse Sr., a two-time graduate of UA, prominent tax lawyer, developer and former owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His mother was a champion golfer on the school's golf team. Culverhouse has donated to a variety of causes at the university, notably including more than $11 million through the Eliza and Hugh F. Culverhouse Student Assistance Scholarship to defray debt for students enrolled in the Culverhouse College of Business and $2.25 million to fund scholarships for women golfers at UA. According to the Office of the U.S. Department of Education, 43.5 million Americans have federal student loans as of 2022. The number of student loan borrowers varies across state lines. Respectively, in 2022, the percentage of state population with student loan debt in Florida and Alabama was 12.08% and 12.72%. Hugh currently serves as the CEO of Palmer Ranch Holdings Ltd in Sarasota, FL, where Eliza also works as the Director of Community Relations. Through the Eliza & Hugh Culverhouse Family Foundation, substantial support has also been made to Hugh’s alma mater, University of Florida, with contributions of more than $4 million made over the last 6 years. Hugh is a two-time graduate of UF, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1971, an MBA in corporate finance from New York University in 1972, and his law degree from UF Levin College of Law in 1974. Prior to his current role as CEO, Culverhouse served as a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in its division of enforcement, and then he would later go into private practice for more than two decades. Eliza is a passionate advocate of UA’s dance program and established a dance support fund, which brings guest choreographers to campus and supports graduate students and productions. The university recognized its most generous supporters by establishing the 1831 Society, a cumulative giving society that recognizes those loyal donors whose total giving to UA is $5 million and greater. Gifts from the 31 individuals and couples represent nearly 20% of campaign gifts to date, contributing to higher education at every level with professorship, scholarships, centers, programs, buildings and more. The 1831 Society recognizes only individuals and couples, not corporate or foundation donors. To find out more information about making a contribution to support UA, visit https://giving.ua.edu/ways-to-give/. 

[Fundraising Event]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $128,000 for SMH Physicians Endowment

On Friday, May 5th, a record-number 248 golfers teed off at the 21st Annual Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament. The all-day event raised over $128,000. To date, the tournament has raised over $1.2 million for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Physicians Endowment, which provides continuing education opportunities for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System staff. Played over both courses at Laurel Oak Country Club, The Golf Tournament is the annual collaboration of local businesses and individuals who support the event through sponsorships and participation in the tournament. More than 75 volunteers were also on hand to help make the event a success. David Fouche of J2 Solutions served as tournament chair. The Golf Tournament’s Fairway Sponsor was Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel. Other major sponsors included Golf Cart Sponsor, DeAngelis Diamond and Above Par Sponsors: Flad Architects, Gilbane Building Company, Gresham Smith, J2 Solutions and Sarasota Emergency Associates. Next year’s tournament will be held at Laurel Oak Country Club on May 3, 2024. For more sponsorship information, visit smhf.org/events or call 941.374.9700. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wonderball at The Circus Arts Conservatory , May 12, 8 pm
The Circus Arts Conservatory presents a brand-new event, intended to enthrall existing supporters as well as bring new fans into the fold while benefiting its youth education programs. Wonderball promises to be an epic concert experience, featuring twice Grammy Award-nominated electronic dance music artist and music producer, Steve Aoki. This is an all-ages welcome event; alcohol and bar service will be available to guests ages 21 and up with proper ID. The venue will be decorated and lighted to convey the ambience of an EDM show, with special circus touches as only the CAC can provide. Guests are encouraged to dress in their flashiest clubwear. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit circusarts.org. Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, circusartswonderball.com.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Black Women in Our Collective Culture at Hermitage Beach , May 12, 6:30 pm
Black Women in our Collective Culture will feature Hermitage Fellows Delita Martin and Imani Perry. Two acclaimed Hermitage Fellows, visual artist Delita Martin and author Imani Perry, share a common subject redefining the role and representation that Black people and Black women occupy in our collective culture. Combining various creative practices such as collaging, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sewing techniques, Delita Martin has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Author of seven books including South to America, A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation, Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Join these two incredible artists and educators on Hermitage Beach to hear and see insights into their important work. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org and is $5 per person. Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.
[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Plants of Polynesia at Selby Gardens , May 13, 12:30 to 2:30 pm

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, take a virtual trip to the Indo-Pacific by immersing yourself in the botanical heritage of island culture. From palm fronds to plumeria, participants will explore a range of tropical flora. An educational lecture by an indigenous culture expert will inform about the significance of these plants to Pacific Island nations. After the discussion, guests will engage in a hands-on lei-making activity using the native Hawaiian flora featured in the lesson. Design a beautiful lei in this workshop that will satisfy both plant and art lovers in a fun and interactive activity. All plants and supplies are provided for the demos, however, gardening gloves are recommended. Students take home the botanical art prepared in class. Open to all ages and skill levels. General admission is included in the course fee. The class fee is $29 for members and $36 for non-members. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus Event Center Terrace, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Musical Postcards by Sarasota Orchestra , May 13, 7:30 pm

The final concert for this season of Sarasota Orchestratakes listeners on a whirlwind voyage, guided by guest conductor Joseph Young. Villa-Lobos traces connections between the German composer J.S. Bach and the music of Brazil in his Bachianas Brasileiras. The royal site of Aranjuez deeply moved Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, whose alluring Concierto de Aranjuez has come to be the most famous work for guitar and orchestra. Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun, the first woman to win the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, brings the work to life. Mendelssohns vacation to Italy led to the irrepressibly joyful Italian Symphony. Tickets from $32, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or 941-953-3434. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Adopt A Palooza , May 13, 11 am to 3 pm

The 7th Annual Adopt-A-Palooza will be held on Saturday, May 13. Admission and parking are free. Adopt-A-Palooza is the largest one-day pet adoption and expo-style event in Manatee County, featuring over 100 adoptable pets from Manatee County Animal Welfare, local shelters and animal rescues all under one roof. Participating adoption organizations include the Humane Society of Manatee County, Canine Castaways, Cat Depot, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, Barking Out Loud Rescue, Donte’s Den, Humane Society of Sarasota County, Skyway Dachshund Rescue and Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. The family-friendly event will include a marketplace with over 40 retail vendors selling a variety of products and services, including vendors for pet owners. The proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. For the latest information about Adopt-A-Palooza, visit mymanatee.org. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Celebrate Mothers Day at The Bay , May 13 – May 14, Various times
Treat your mom to Mothers Day at The Bay this weekend from May 13 to 14. On Saturday, from 12-3 pm make Mothers Day cards at the Ibis Playground. On Sunday at 4 pm, bring your mom to listen to Soul Sensations at The Bay. The first 300 people in the door, will receive a complimentary rose. Register at thebaysarsota.org. On Mothers Day The Nest will be serving mimosas for moms. For more information, visit thebaysarasota.org. The Bay Sarasota, 655 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day at Mattisons , May 14, Restaurant Hours

All three Mattisons Restaurants will be open for Mothers Day, Sunday, May 14th. Menus will feature delicious, chef-crafted specials using all-natural, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients from small family farms and regional purveyors. Mattisons Forty-One will host its fabulous Mothers Day Brunch Buffet. The buffet is $65 for adults, $25 for kids with multiple stations featuring a variety of delicious starters, specialty salads, cold and hot main dishes, a carving station, fresh seafood, and house-made pastries and desserts. Mattisons Riverwalk Grille and Mattisons City Grille will offer chef-crafted Mothers Day specials, an a la carte brunch and dinner menus the whole family can enjoy. Mattisons has partnered with local businesses to say a special thank you to moms as an extra way to treat mom. Anyone 18 and over can enter to win just by dining at any of the three Mattisons Restaurants on Mothers Day. Those doing To-Go are also eligible. Prizes include gift packages featuring spa services, resort stays plus Mattisons Gift Cards, Chef Paul Mattisons. Cookbook and more. Just dine with Mattisons and sign up to win. All Mattisons locations, mattisons.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Viola Royale , May 14, 4 pm
Enjoy the Viola Royale on May 14 at First Presbyterian Church. Brothers Paul and Steven Laraia are both world-class violists. Paul is with the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst String Quartet and has been acclaimed by The Strad for his eloquent and vibrant playing. Steven is with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having begun his career as principal violist of the Sarasota Orchestra. Their program features music by composers who played the viola, including a viola quintet by Mozart where they will be joined by several Sarasota Orchestra colleagues. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org. First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day at Duvals , May 14, 11 am to 10 pm

Duvals Fresh. Local. Seafood. is offering Mothers Day specials on Sunday, May 14th from 11 am-10 pm. The entree selections on the menu include brunch-style selections as well as traditional lunch and dinner options. The entree specials include Steak and Eggs, Chicken and Waffles, Seafood Linguine, and Croque Madame. The chef-curated menu will be available all day for lunch and dinner in conjunction with the regular menus. Duvals also offers the Mother’s Day menu for takeout and free delivery. Limited reservations remain for dine-in. Please call the restaurant to reserve your spot. Duvals Fresh. Local. Seafood, 1435 Main St. Sarasota, duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Schools Job Fair , May 15, 10 am to 2 pm

You are invited to attend a Job Fair on Monday, May 15 at the Carlisle Inn in Sarasota. You will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers available throughout the SCS district, learn about the valuable benefits offered and complete an online application. School and district staff will be available for questions and application assistance. To register, please visit sarasotacountyschool.net. Email recruitment@sarasotacountyschools.net with any questions. Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Kettle of Fish at Ringling by the Bay , May 15, 6 pm
Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music from Kettle of Fish and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge 2023 , May 15 – June 18, Restaurant Hours

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Iron Chef Challenge. From May 15th to June 11th and June 12th to 18th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with seven Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 12-18th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Iron Chef 2023 Champ. All Geckos Hospitality locations, geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: School District of Manatee County Job Fair , May 16, 2-5 pm
The School District of Manatee County is hosting a job fair Tuesday, May 16. A variety of positions are available for teachers and paraprofessionals with on-site interviews available. Interested applicants are encouraged to pre-register, view openings and apply online. For more information or view a list of open positions, please visit www.ManateeSchools.net. Wakeland Support Center, 1812 27th St. E., Bradenton.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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