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SRQ DAILY May 26, 2023

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"We are better together and we are stronger when we collaborate."

- Jeffery Kin, Executive Director, Sarasota Rising.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Living Arts Festival Issues Inaugural Call To Artists
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

As Sarasota Rising’s Living Arts Festival gears up for its 2024 launch, festival organizers have already issued a call to artists, searching for what will become the signature design of the debut festival. The call is open to all, regardless of age or artistic experience, and the winning artist will receive a $1000 stipend and see their artwork emblazoned on all festival materials and merchandise. The only real stipulation is that artists must come from the greater Sarasota-Manatee region.

“A festival is a community celebration,” says Sarasota Rising Executive Director Jeffery Kin. “And so we would love for that artist to be someone in our community, so we can celebrate their creativity.”

According to the call, proposals should “capture the spirit of Sarasota’s arts community,” with a focus on the many performing arts—such as theater, dance, opera and the circus arts—that enrich the local cultural scene, along with the fine and culinary arts. Artists should also be cognizant of the fact that designs will need to be scalable and perhaps even croppable, as the chosen artwork will be used not only for the festival’s official poster and magazine, but also printed on t-shirts and hats and bags and pins and all sorts of merchandise that, if all goes well, will turn local art into yearly collectibles connected to a growing city tradition. “Because we plan to do this every year,” says Kin.

And though the submission deadline is June 30, Kin encourages artists to submit their designs as early as possible, so festival organizers have the opportunity to collaborate with the artist on what will be a defining aspect for the inaugural festival. “If we find something that has merit and promise, we want to have time to work with the artist,” says Kin. “And the earlier you submit, the more time we can spend with you and the more energy we can spend on you.”

While Kin fully expects to get plenty of proposals from the established fine artists and graphic designers of the Cultural Coast, he’s particularly excited to see what comes from the students and hobbyists and first-time artists putting their work out into the community—and hopes the Living Arts Festival encourages them to further pursue their artistic talents. “I hope that this festival is something where everyone feels like they can participate, that they have a piece of this,” he says. “And I’ve found that, in the long run, my main job is to create a great environment that makes people want to participate.”

Because in the end, Kin says, everything about the Living Arts Festival comes back to collaboration as celebration. “It’s just how I view the world,” he says. “We are better together and we’re stronger when we collaborate.”

Proposed designs should be 18.5” by 24” and submitted either as a full color printout or a high-resolution digital file. The winning proposal will be selected by August 15, followed by a public announcement and event. 

For more details on how and where to submit proposals, visit

[Arts & Entertainment]  Lorna Bieber: The Natural World at The Ringling
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

When it comes to the exhibitions at The Ringling Museum of Art, there is always more than meets the eye. There is an effort by the curators to pursue art that is on the vanguard of its medium, it feels as if there is never just a typical painting or photography exhibition, but instead something more. The Ringling’s latest exhibition, Lorna Bieber: The Natural World is no exception to that rule.

Lorna Bieber is not your typical photographer. Actually, it might not be correct to call her a photographer at all, but instead an artist who operates on the edge of photography. Using recycled and manipulated imagery, such as pictures from magazines, paintings, or stock images found online, Bieber creates massive textile masterpieces often as large as 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide. These pieces make up Bieber’s Montage series, which will be on display at The Ringling this summer, including her two latest works Ordinary Day and Quiet Night.

“It’s such a unique exhibition and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” says Christopher Jones, the Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art at The Ringling. “I’ve been in conversation with Lorna since before the pandemic trying to figure out a time to bring her here. Her work’s really unique because she’s creating these really massive montages that she creates out of fragments of images.”

Bieber started her artistic journey back in the 1980s, when she was working in the photo editing rooms of major magazines in New York City. Bieber became entranced by the images that came across her desk and started to use the magazines’ photocopy machines to create her own work. “Lorna works in this very small studio in New York City and when I got the chance to visit her I was able to actually understand the scale of the work she was creating. She spends so many hours putting these little pieces together, almost like a giant jigsaw puzzle, constantly photocopying and making changes to this ever growing work of art,” says Jones. “You’re unprepared for the experience you have when you’re actually looking at her art in person. Your jaw drops.”

May 20 to October 15, The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 

Pictured: Tapestry DETAIL inkjet on fabric, 11 feet x 24.5 feet, 2014-2016. Photo courtesy of Lorna Bieber.

To learn more, visit

[Arts & Entertainment]  New Nonfiction Book Review of The Book of Charlie
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

The new biography by Washington Post Reporter David Von Drehle seems to be an organic idea from David’s meeting his 102 year old neighbor as the latter washed his car one morning. David’s study of Charlie White’s life focuses on how a man makes it to such an age with all his faculties and physical capacities still in place. In Charlie’s case, many of the anecdotes over his life span focus on his lens of seeing life’s challenges through a lens of comedy, joy and/or daring. Not only does the reader receive a beautifully told life story, Von Drehle, being a true reporter, gives one interesting facts about each time period of Charlie’s life, from the miraculous introduction of Ford’s Model T to radio to modern medicine. Besides his optimistic outlook, Charlie also possessed the intestinal fortitude to take action rather than accept defeat (though Von Drehle also chalks Charlie’s pragmatism up to his mother’s caring moral compass). A sub story that might be of interest to Sarasotans is the curating of some of the early Chautauqua programming completed by Charlie’s minister father. Best of all, this book is appropriate for seasoned readers to middle schoolers as The Book of Charlie looks back at less complicated times, yet gives great timeless advice for those of us still in the work world.

The Book of Charlie is available for pre-order at www.sarasotabooks.com or in store starting on May 23, 2023 at 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota.

The Book of Charlie by David Von Drehle Publication Date May 2023. ISBN:  9781476773926. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST's 2023 Summer Cabaret Series Opens with The Surfer Boys

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys, an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,” and “Surfin’ USA,” The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. The Surfer Boys is part of a three-show subscription package. Also included in the Cabaret subscription package is Divas Three, a celebration of the great female vocalists from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, and Creedence Clearwater Remixed!, a rousing musical journey through the songbook of the pioneering country rock band. Subscriptions for all three Summer Cabaret shows can be purchased for as little as $49 at 941.366.9000 or FloridaStudioTheatre.org. 


[Summer Meals]  Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens to Begin Next Week

Since 2007, the School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services department has partnered with the Summer BreakSpot program to help provide meals for youth during the long summer months. Starting on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, meals will be provided at more than 60 sites across Manatee County. The meals are free for all kids and teens, 18 and younger, with no registration required. The Summer BreakSpot is a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services program. This service is not based on income status and all kids and teens, 18 and younger, will be able to participate. This program was designed to ensure that children have access to nutrition during the summer and give them an opportunity to return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. The School District of Manatee County General Funds are not used for this program. Free meals will be provided for students attending School District of Manatee County summer programs, as well as being delivered to local sites such as summer camps, community centers and churches. Three mobile feeding buses and two mobile “Caboose” food vehicles (provided in partnership with Tropicana), will deliver meals to multiple locations in Bradenton, Palmetto and Parrish starting on May 30th. Both buses have indoor and outdoor seating for the kids to enjoy their meal. Meals are required to be consumed on-site. There are 3 ways to find the nearest Summer BreakSpot location: Call: 211; Text: “Food” to 304-304; Visit: SummerBreakSpot.org. For more information about the Summer BreakSpot contact the Food and Nutrition Services Office at (941) 739-5700 or go to their website, ManateeSchoolFood.net. 

[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: Laser Light Nights at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , May 25 – September 2, 7pm and 9pm

Break out the big hair and acid-washed denim because Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 25 through September 2, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium! A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets are $15. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com.

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.
[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

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