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SRQ DAILY Sep 25, 2023

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"In addition to their exceptional service, our drivers are also active members of their community."

- Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations.

[Real Estate]  Inventory is Rising in Region, But So Are Prices
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Even as housing inventory builds in the region, prices in the Sarasota and Bradenton real estate markets continued to climb in August. That could continue for some time as the region remains a sellers market with interested buyers competing for limited stock.

“One of the unique aspects of our local real estate market is the counterintuitive trend where sales are down, but property values are on the rise,” said Brian Tresidder, 2023 RASM President and Strategic Growth and Sales manager at William Raveis Real Estate. “A few factors contributing to this market would include our low inventory levels limiting buyer's options, and the in-migration of people moving to our area that keeps buyer demand relatively high.”

The latest statistics released by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee shows a 2.3-month inventory of single-family homes in the two-county area, and a 2.7-month inventory of condo units on the market.

They could climb gradually as sales have, for the most part, slowed. Combines sales in the region year-over-year dropped to 1,782 in August, a 0.67% decline.

A notable exception to that, single-home home sales in Manatee County actually went up by 6.9% percent from last August. But condo sales in the county declined by 0.8%. Sarasota County saw a decline in both home sales, of 4.9%, and in condos, of 5.7%.

But across the board, prices went the same direction— up. The median sales price for the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro region in August was $500,000. But both Sarasota and Manatee actually reported high media sales prices in the respective county markets, with Sarasota’s median home sale worth $519,000 and Manatee’s priced at $525,000.

The metro region in August saw nearly $836 million in total dollar volume for homes and another $245 million in volume from condos.

Pending sales in Sarasota decreased by 15.5% and the same figure in Manatee dropped 4.9%. For Condos, Sarasota saw a more precipitous 20.7% decline and Sarasota saw pending sales go down 4.7%. But this seems to have fed a reduction in options for a consumer, as opposed to reflecting a lack of demand.

The days of homes blasting off the market, however, may be waning. Manatee homes in August were on the market a media time of 33 days, representing a nearly 154% increase from last year. The media days from list to sale for Sarasota was 31 days, up more than 121%. The condo market is seeing the longest time periods since the pandemic for units to remain on the market, a median of 50 days in Manatee and 46 days in Sarasota. 

Graphic courtesy RASM: August 2023 statistics.

[New Hire]  Coastal Orthopedics Grows Practice with New Physician

Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy service, recently welcomed Dr. Joshua Greenspoon to its highly skilled staff. Dr. Greenspoon, a Florida native and second-generation orthopedic surgeon, joins Coastal Orthopedics as a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in the treatment of hip and knee arthritis with joint replacement surgery and utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques to allow for faster recovery and improved patient outcomes. After attending medical school at the University of Miami, Dr. Greenspoon completed his orthopedic residency and fellowship in joint replacement surgery at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago. During his time at RUSH, he was trained by world experts in partial knee replacements, total joint replacement and complex revision procedures. Dr. Greenspoon has a particular interest in outpatient total joint surgery and has participated in clinical research and the development of perioperative protocols. Dr. Greenspoon has participated in an extensive amount of clinical research, amounting to over 25 publications and podium presentations. His research largely focuses on improving clinical outcomes for patients after surgery. 

[New Business]  Nonprofit Board Governance Expert Launches Deming Consulting

Longtime local nonprofit executive Wendy Deming has launched Deming Consulting to serve as a strategic resource for nonprofits. The new practice provides customized capacity-building services that empower and strengthen nonprofit organizations and their boards. A nonprofit board governance and operations expert, Deming has more than two decades of experience in leadership roles at Sarasota-area nonprofit organizations. The skills and knowledge she has developed throughout her career inform the services offered by Deming Consulting, which include governance assessments, board development and training, policy and procedure development, and board and staff leadership performance evaluations. Deming also provides expertise on organizational culture, succession planning, operational efficiency and effectiveness, nonprofit mergers and collaborations, and civility in the boardroom. Customized consultations are available by request. Deming served as chief of staff and corporate secretary at Gulf Coast Community Foundation from 2002 to 2016 and as the foundation’s chief operating officer and corporate secretary from 2016 to 2018. Most recently, she held the role of chief operating officer and corporate secretary at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens from 2018 to 2023. In those positions, Deming managed operations and human resources functions during times of growth for both organizations. She served as a trusted advisor to the organizations’ CEOs and board members and ensured commitment to governance best practices. She has been involved in the planning and execution of strategic plans, board retreats, and accreditations, as well as a nonprofit merger while at Selby Gardens. At Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Deming created the “Invest in Incredible” capacity-building initiative to help strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations. She developed and managed a cohort of 12 consultants available at a reduced cost to advise organizations on how to build capacity in areas including finance, human resources, communications, and governance. She also established and created the curriculum for the Gulf Coast Board Institute, a four-week intensive training for nonprofit board members, and entered into a partnership with national nonprofit governance experts at BoardSource to provide branded educational materials on governance best practices. For more information about Deming Deming Consulting, visit demingconsulting.net. 

[Recognition]  Peer Review Gives Manatee Clerk's Division of Inspector General High Marks

The Office of Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Manatee County Division of Inspector General, recently underwent a peer review for the division’s internal auditing practices. The division earned the highest mark as a result of the review. “Routine peer reviews are crucial to maintain the highest standards of transparency, efficiency, and accountability in local government,” said Angel Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Manatee County. “I am proud to report that the Division of Inspector General received the highest marks possible on their recent peer review.” This process, which takes place every three years, is designed to ensure the Division of Inspector General’s internal auditing system of quality of control is in compliance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States and in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The assessment, conducted by CS&L CPAs, determined for the period of April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2022, that the division’s system of quality control provides reasonable assurance of performing and reporting with all applicable professional standards in all material respects. CS&L CPAs performed tests that included a review of the division’s quality control policies and procedures, engagement reports, engagement documentation, and other necessary documents. The Division of Inspector General, formally known as Internal Audit, provides independent, objective assurance and consulting services that are designed to add value and improve the operations of Manatee County Government by providing necessary recommendations. The division provides financial, compliance, and operational/performance audit services. Additionally, the division investigates fraud, irregularities, and abuse allegations.  

To read the full report, visit

[New Homes]  Pulte Homes Nears Completion on Two Designer-Decorated Model Homes at Legacy Groves in Nokomis

Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s most recognized and trusted brands in homebuilding for 70 years, has commenced construction on two designer-decorated model homes in Legacy Groves, an intimate gated enclave of 138 homes with private amenities and a prized location only 10 minutes from Gulf of Mexico beaches. The professionally decorated models reflect Legacy Groves’ collection of twin garden villas and single-family homes showcasing water and nature preserve views. The community offers five modern open-concept floor plans featuring spacious gathering rooms, adjoining café dining areas, versatile spaces for everyday living and entertaining and well-appointed kitchens and owner’s suites. Pulte’s industry-leading floor plans and design centers offer numerous opportunities for buyers to personalize their Legacy Groves home by extending lanais, gathering rooms and garages and adding sunrooms, open-air patios, bedrooms and baths. All homes include smart-home technology, impact-rated glass and energy-saving features which earned Pulte the Florida Green Building Coalition’s 2020 Builder of the Year award. With pricing anticipated to start from the $400,000s, Legacy Groves offers “one-turn” convenience to I-75 and U.S. 41, Southwest Florida’s main commuter corridors. Inspired by a 120-year-old oak tree, the community offers two entrances on Albee Farm Road, just north of its intersection with Florence Street and Edmonson Road. Legacy Groves is 10 minutes from three Gulf of Mexico beaches and the city of Venice, a beach town recognized nationally for its coastal vibe and livability. Residents will enjoy convenient proximity to national retail stores and restaurants as well as hometown favorites, including Sharky’s on the Pier, Daiquiri Deck, and Detwiler’s Farm Market. To receive exclusive monthly updates about available homesites, pricing, grand opening information and more, join the VIP Interest List for Legacy Groves at www.Pulte.com/LegacyGroves or by calling and texting 941-265-2880 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: Palmaary Model. At Legacy Groves in Nokomis, Pulte provides homebuyers with a premier opportunity for new homes in a top location, coupled with versatile design options and an emphasis on outdoor living.

[Hospital News]  Sarasota Memorial Celebrates Major Milestone for Robotic Surgery Program

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System celebrated its 15,000th surgery utilizing da Vinci robots at its Sarasota campus today, a medical milestone that has helped Suncoast patients achieve better outcomes with minimally invasive techniques. In the 1990s, surgeons at SMH helped pioneer robotic surgery, participating in clinical trials that would shape the technology, protocols and training for surgeons across the globe. In 2006, SMH deployed the first commercially available da Vinci surgical robot in Florida, and has remained on the forefront of minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques ever since. Today, more than 50 surgeons are utilizing da Vinci and other surgical robotic systems at Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota and Venice campuses and Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. SMH’s robotic surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation, offering the widest range of specialties and robotic procedures available, from general surgery and gynecological and urological procedures, to colorectal, gastrointestinal, heart, thoracic and cancer surgery. Sarasota Memorial's robotic surgery program has grown to include: seven of the latest generations of da Vinci surgical robots; ROSA, the innovative robotic surgical assistant used in hip and knee replacements; and dedicated robotic surgical suites with integrated operating rooms equipped with the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical tools available. 

[Expo]  Wellen Park Showcases Local Wedding and Special Event Vendors at Solis Hall

More than 100 guests gathered recently to attend Wellen Park’s inaugural Wedding + Special Events Expo at Solis Hall, the region’s newest waterfront venue for weddings, community celebrations, business meetings, milestones and just-because events, in Downtown Wellen. Spanning a full day, the expo featured more than 20 local industry professionals showcasing exhibits where attendees explored and experienced some of the most popular wedding and event trends, including a 360 photobooth, cake tastings, on-the-spot manicures and more. Exhibiting vendors included Wonder Cake Creations, The Balloon Babe, Storii Coffee, Ashley Jade Photography, 360 Freedom Photography, Jennifer Matteo Event Planning, Sam Copland Photography, Bubbly Bee, Eileon, Palacios Event Planning, Blossmcart, Ooyoot Market + Events, Noah Grey Music, Wild at Heart Flower Truck and Blooming Color & Curls. Downtown Wellen tenants Florida Lakes Spa, Paint Nail Bar, DanaTyler and The Banyan House also participated in this showcase event. Throughout the expo, attendees received special giveaways and exclusive discounts from exhibiting vendors. Guests explored Solis Hall’s indoor and outdoor venue spaces while sampling passed hors d’oeuvres from The Banyan House, Downtown Wellen’s flagship waterfront restaurant and exclusive Solis Hall caterer. Just outside of Solis Hall is the adjoining Canopy Green, an enchanting and romantic lakefront destination. The Canopy Green was decorated and set up for a ceremony for guests to envision a wedding taking place under the live oak trees. Now available for rent, Solis Hall is nestled along downtown’s 80-acre Grand Lake. The 4,400-square-foot event venue features soaring 25-foot ceilings, an outdoor stage overlooking the Great Lawn, and more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor gathering areas, porches and patios along the water. For more information and to submit a rental inquiry for Solis Hall, visit wellenpark.com/venues. 

Pictured: Attendees explored and experienced some of the most popular wedding and event trends, including a 360 photo booth, cake tastings, on-the-spot manicures and more. Photo by Ashley Jade Photography.

[Announcement]  SOTA Residences and Hotel on Main Street Announces Debut of Architectural Model

On Friday, September 22nd from 3 to 5 pm Trepp Developments President Rodrigo Trepp shared updates on his new Sarasota project: SOTA Residences & Hotel. Six months ago, Trepp announced the sophisticated mixed-use project that will change the face of Main Street with a boutique hotel and luxury residences located in the heart of downtown. Each month, progress is taking place. They are now accepting contracts, and showcasing their new SOTA architectural scale model. Sota’s scale model, ia showcased prominently in the sales gallery, and made of plexiglass, acrylic and styrene. It took about 1100 hours with a team of three to create and measure three feet wide by three feet long. David Spalding of Orlando owns Architectural Scale Models and has been creating projects like this for 50 years across the country. “This is an excellent sales tool and really helps make the customer see the developer's vision. This is the first time I’ve created a scaled model for a mixed-use project combining hotel and condo in Sarasota.” Spalding worked with Hoyt Architects on the creation and stated the model took about two months to complete. Located at 1703 Main Street, SOTA will include a 16-story tower with Hoyt Architects named as the building designer and Architect of Record. The interiors are designed by New York City-based and award-winning Andre Kikoski Architect. Due to its height and distinct design, SOTA will be a standout piece of urban architecture in the center of Main Street. The hotel reception area, located on the 5th floor, offers breathtaking views of the pool deck and restaurant. Surrounding a custom-made reception desk, light wood panels and backlit quartz pull guests into the space. The 5th floor flows from the lobby to the restaurant and bar, eventually spilling seamlessly onto a lushly landscaped pool deck with lounge seating and dining options. With a neutral palette and warm wood accents, Kikoski designed the restaurant, bar and surrounding lounge to be a place to gather with friends and family for curated cocktails and a distinct menu with views of Main Street. The square bar will be the center piece featuring a custom light fixture inspired by palm fronds with over 350 individual pieces of glass and wood suspended from the ceiling above. A fitness center with private massage room for residents adds to the possibilities for leisure and entertainment. Meeting and function rooms allow for memorable gatherings. SOTA Hotel rooms and suites cocoon guests with the same blend of thoughtful materials and the finest European furniture, craftsmanship and design. SOTA includes 35 spacious residences and 120 hotel rooms as a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and managed by Commonwealth Hotels. Residents will enjoy cutting-edge design with the convenience of hotel services at their doorstep. Michael Saunders & Company, known as the premiere luxury real estate firm on Florida’s West Coast, is selling two-and-three-bedroom residential condominiums starting at approximately $1.8 million. The sales gallery is located at 1734 Main Street directly across from the project site.

SOTA Sales Gallery: 1734 Main St., Sarasota, FL 3423roperty Address: 1703 Main St., Sarasota, 941-462-3900 | info@TheSota.com | TheSota.com. 

Pictured: The SOTA Restaurant, Bar and Lounge will be located on the 5th floor of the new SOTA Residences & Hotel on Main Street. Designed by Andre Kikoski, the square bar will be the center piece featuring a custom light feature inspired by palm fronds

[Recognition]  PGT Innovations Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door category, celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week with five days of gifts and festivities for transportation department team members. The company recognized its drivers’ hard work and dedication as they deliver products from PGT Innovations’ brands across the nation. The annual event, organized by the American Trucking Associations and observed from Sept. 10 - 16 this year, aims to honor the more than 3.5 million truck drivers nationwide who play a vital role in keeping the country moving forward. PGT Innovations takes great pride in its 135 Class A CDL truck drivers, who transport products from their family of brands to businesses and construction sites across the country. In 2023, to date, PGT Innovations drivers have made more than 50,000 deliveries, covering 5.1 million miles. PGT Innovations provided special treats for its drivers throughout the week, including certificates of appreciation, special breakfasts, snack bags, gift cards, commemorative t-shirts, goody bags, raffles, and more. "In addition to their exceptional service, our drivers are also active members of their community,” said Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations. “For decades they have tirelessly volunteered to deliver essential supplies to areas devastated by hurricanes, including Hurricane Ian in 2022 and Hurricane Idalia this year. Furthermore, every PGT Innovations driver has completed the comprehensive Highway Heroes training, enabling them to identify and report instances of human trafficking.” Celebrations took place at the main manufacturing facilities for CGI Windows & Doors®, PGT® Custom Windows + Doors, Western Window Systems, Anlin Windows & Doors, Eco Window Systems®, and NewSouth Window Solutions, located in Hialeah, Fla.; Venice, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Clovis, Calif.; Medley, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla., respectively. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our drivers, and the culture of care they foster within the company,” said Jackson. “The collaboration between PGT Innovations and our truck drivers is a testament to their commitment to excellence and driving the company forward.” 

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Divorce 101 , September 13 – October 11, 6-7:30pm

The Womens Resource Center presents Divorce 101, a free, five-part workshop series that provides a comprehensive understanding of the divorce process. It is divided into five sessions, each dedicated to a specific topic. The sessions will delve into the emotional aspects of divorce, the laws governing divorce in Florida, ways to assert your financial rights, dealing with children and the family home during divorce, and house and forensic accounting. This in-person series is at the Womens Resource Center Sarasota, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Participants can attend one or all of the sessions. To register, visit mywrc.org/divorce101. For more information, call 941-366-1700.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women's Resource Center You Are Worthy Series , September 14 – November 9, 6-8pm

The Women’s Resource Center presents “You Are Worthy,” an eight-week series from September 14th through November 9th moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s life enrichment programs. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRC’s Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy. This program meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-8pm, with each session focusing on developing self-awareness skills, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: How To Create Marketing Graphics Like A Rockstar With Canva , October 4, 12-2pm

No need to hire a graphic designer or invest in expensive software. Canva can help you create marketing graphics like a rockstar. This affordable program allows you to easily drag and drop images, text, and other elements to create online and offline marketing materials. We will show you how to incorporate your own images and fonts, bring in animated elements and learn the latest cool effects, tips, and hacks to bring your marketing graphics to the next level. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Tips For Writing Successful Business Plans , October 11, 12 to 1 pm

This presentation could also have been titled The Art of the Start. You no longer need to experience a block when staring at a blank page attempting to draft a business plan. Follow the suggested steps to create a winning business plan that uniquely fits your situation. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Financials , October 18, 12 to 1 pm
Understand how your business financial statements are viewed and utilized in the financial industry to better prepare you for making a loan request. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Tax Efficient Planning for Business Owners , October 25, 12 to 1 pm
This webinar will be focused on tax-efficient financial planning. We will dive into various strategies that business owners can utilize to lower their taxable income through investment strategies, employee benefits and how different accounts and structures can not only incentivize employees but also lower your tax exposure. We will conclude with tax-efficient distribution planning for the personal finances of business owners and an emphasis on 3 cornerstones of financial planning, cash, risk, and wealth management. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Getting from Heck No, to Maybe, and Finally to Yes , October 26, 12 to 1 pm
The What, Why and How of Access to Capital for Business Owners. Access to Capital 101. Access to capital is important to emerging businesses. This webinar will provide business owners with an insider perspective on what to do and what to consider when seeking to gain access to capital. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[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: 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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley , September 5 – September 28, 6-8:30pm

Aquarelle After Hours: Watercolor Workshop with Artist Keith Crowley is part of Lifelong Arts at The Ringling. Lifelong Arts is a new hands-on workshop program for older adults, 55 and up, to gain new artistic skills, gather inspiration from The Ringling’s collection, and build a community together. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional approaches to layering watercolor, with a focus on the medium’s properties. This series will culminate with a celebration event and exhibition of student work in the Education Building. No prior watercolor experience is necessary; all levels and backgrounds are welcome. All levels and backgrounds are welcome! The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September, from 6-8:30pm. Enrollment is $550 for non-member and $450 for members. A portion of this workshop’s proceeds supports a workshop series offered to Senior Friendship Center at no cost. For more information, or to register, visit www.my.ringling.org.

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