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SRQ DAILY Jul 7, 2023

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"Life is better when you have great art around you."

- Thomas Satcher, Sculptor.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Imparo Art Studio Celebrates Grand Opening at SPAACES
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sarasota’s latest addition to the studio/gallery scene is also the latest addition to the growing SPAACES creative community, as Imparo Art Studio celebrates its grand opening this weekend. With a dedication to sculpture and a mission to promote more public art in Sarasota, the studio will not only serve as home base for Imparo’s three working artists, but also as a teaching space for various classes on offer, a gathering space for weekly studio sessions with a live model and an exhibition hall for curated shows. The grand opening celebration will be this Saturday, from 6pm to 8pm, at SPAACES, featuring work in bronze, terracotta and oil on canvas, by the artists and their students.

Founded by sculptor Thomas Satcher and joined by classical figure sculptor Stephen Perkins and fine artist Christine D’Andrea Gahagan, the name comes from the Italian word for ‘to learn,’ more specifically a quote from none other than Michelangelo, who reportedly said at the age of 87, “Ancora imparo,” or, “Yet, I am learning.” It’s a philosophy that permeates the studio, seen in the many classes and workshops available and expected of the artists themselves. “The idea,” Satcher says, “is that there really is no master of this. And the best use of any of the knowledge that you gain in the arts is passing it on.”

In its second month of operation, some classes are already up and running, including sculpture classes where students work from a live model, making armatures and learning anatomy, and some mixed-media classes, which Satcher finds particularly interesting at the moment. “It’s kind of representational of the time,” he says. “Because never before have artists had so much access to so many great materials, all at once.” Other courses are coming soon, like wildlife sculpture classes and poured resin workshops. And every Saturday, artists of every stripe and skill are invited to studio sessions with a live model. “Come in with an easel and paint, set up a sketchpad and draw, or sculpt,” says Satcher. “The goal is basically an art party, all bound together by the love of working with a live model.”

Therein lies the greater goal of Imparo: to build the community. This also explains the studio’s proclaimed emphasis on public art. “It’s how you pull a community together,” Satcher says. “It’s how you inspire people to make sure that they’re keeping beauty close to their heart.” And so he wants to see Imparo lead the charge in producing and placing more sculpture in public spaces, from life-size work to even larger, from the figurative to the abstract, a community statement writ large in bronze and steel and whatever else will hold up to the heat and the salt air. To ask Satcher why is to invite a dissertation on the positive impact that public art can have on a people, from the statistical to the philosophical, but he can also sum it up as bluntly as a bumper sticker.

“Life is better when you have great art around you,” he says.

The Imparo Art Studio grand opening celebration featuring works from the artists and their students begins this Saturday, July 8, at 6pm at SPAACES, 2087 Princeton Street, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Classical figure sculptor and Imparo Art Studio instructor Stephen Perkins working with one of his students. Photo courtesy of Imparo Art Studio.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  A Conversation with Sveta Osborne
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“Sveta Osborne is from Belarus, where she grew up next to a sculptor who really inspired her textural style of painting,” says Robyn Holl, the Cultural Curator at Sarasota’s Art Ovation Hotel. “Now, she resides in Cape Coral, where you can see the Gulf Coast has a huge influence on her art–Sveta has about 14 to 15 paintings of hers throughout the lobby as a part of her exhibit, The Ocean, all of which are inspired by beaches, shells and seascapes.”

This Saturday at the Art Ovation Hotel, Holl is hosting a live conversation with Osborne as the latest installment of the hotel’s Conversations with Artists Spring 2023 Series, a series of live interviews in which Holl and attending guests can start a dialogue with the Hotel’s featured artists. The program, which started this January is aimed to be an extension of what the Art Ovation Hotel does best: give viewers an inside eye into an artist’s process.

The hotel already has their Artist in Residence program, featuring a different artist working live in their hotel’s studio nearly every week–now with their Conversations with Artists series, guests can get an ever deeper dive into the background of the art that they see around the hotel. “We rotate our exhibits in the hotel every six months,” says Holl. “So while each week we have an artist in residency, the exhibiting artists in the hotel are not nearly as physically present. This is really an opportunity to hear their insight and stories–I have a very thorough list of about 20 questions that I have for the artist and then we turn it over to the audience to continue the conversation.”

July 8, 5pm to 6:30pm, Art Ovation Hotel Gallery Lounge, 1225 North Palm Ave, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Painter, Sveta Osborne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Tickets now on Sale for WBTT’s Stage of Discovery Student Show

For the eighth summer, aspiring actors, dancers and singers ages 13-18 are taking the stage with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. WBTT is proud to present "Stage of Discovery," an intensive, five-week summer musical theatre program that is offered at no cost to participants; the program will culminate with two public performances of FAME The Musical in mid-July. The teens are under the direction of WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and Education Director/Artistic Associate Jim Weaver. WBTT staff and guest instructors – including choreographers, musicians, actors and vocal coaches – offer lessons in dance, acting, singing and improvisation, and provide behind-the-scenes experience with set and costume design. Students are also enjoying the “creative lab” headed up by WBTT’s Resident Property Artisan Manager, Annette Breazeale. The Stage of Discovery program is free to students, thanks to support from the community. Founding Sponsor is the Robert E. Dods Family Foundation. Presenting Sponsors are: Carol Beeler (in memory of Tom Beeler); The Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Sy Goldblatt; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Lee & Lydia Rainer, Rainer’s Grace Donor Fund; and Pat Singletary. FAME The Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 musical film of the same name. It follows the lives of students at New York's High School for The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through classes, auditions, and life's highs and lows. This bittersweet but uplifting story explores the issues that confront many young people today, with an almost entirely new score (except for the title Academy Award-winning song, Fame). Weaver is the director, WBTT Resident Choreographer Donald Frison is handling the choreography, and Resident Music Director Matthew McKinnon is the show’s music director. Performances take place in The Donelly Theatre at WBTT (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota) on Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are $27/adults, $17/active military and students age 25 and under, are now on sale; visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call the Box Office at 941-366-1505. 

Pictured: Students participating in the 2023 Stage of Discovery program rehearse the culminating musical, FAME The Musical. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

[Planning]  Ad Hoc Van Wezel Purple Ribbon Committee Draws 36 applications

City Commissioners will consider 36 applications for the Ad Hoc Van Wezel Purple Ribbon Committee when they make seven appointments on July 17. The new seven-member committee will study financially sustainable options, as well as the use, purpose, and lease of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 36 applications were submitted for seven seats in the following required categories: 20 - residents of the City of Sarasota; (2 individuals to be appointed); 6 - expertise in historical preservation; (1 individual to be appointed); 4 – financial expertise in the field of the performing arts; (1 individual to be appointed); 3 - expertise in architecture, design of performing arts center, reuse of large public structures and buildings; (1 individual to be appointed); 2 - expertise in climate adaptation, FEMA, and flood plains; (1 individual to be appointed); 1 - expertise in civil structural engineering; (1 individual to be appointed). The application process is closed. The number of applications being considered may vary due to individuals withdrawing. The committee will have two years to provide recommendations to the City Commission. The City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation entered into an agreement in April 2022 to establish and define responsibilities for the planning, financing, design, and construction of a new performing arts center to be located at The Bay Park. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, June 9 through Saturday, August 12! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages.

Tuesday - Friday  11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Saturdays @ 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. 

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[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]  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]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sculputure Anatomy Classes with Stephen Perkins , July 3 – July 17, 2 to 5 pm

Solid anatomy study should be the foundation for all figurative art. But have you ever studied anatomy from a round or 3-D perspective? This way of learning is a game-changer for bringing your understanding of anatomy back into your drawing and painting. Whether you choose to explore this class in charcoal or clay, you’ll benefit from Stephen’s in-depth guidance of the subtleties of the beautiful and suggestive gestures and anatomy of the hands and feet. Stephen Perkins is recommended by some of the top sculpture organizations in the world including the National Sculpture Society, The Posey Foundation, and the American Numismatic Society. To learn more and enroll, visit mianoacademy.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Off The Charts , July 2 – July 9, 10 am

Journey with us from the jukebox to the iPhone as we celebrate the universal language of music. This energetic music revue features family-friendly versions of some pop greatest hits, from Hound Dog and I Want to Hold Your Hand to Shake it Off. With over a dozen chart-topping songs from the past eight decades, Off the Charts explores music’s ability to make us think, feel, and connect across generations. Florida Studio Theatre, Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Pearl Sings , June 28 – August 6, Various times

In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they have each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearls memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

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