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SRQ DAILY Dec 20, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Many families are not able to gather during the holidays and by seeing all of the images of happiness portrayed on television or in social media can cause feelings of emptiness and loneliness."

- Barbara Byrne, LCSW, Director, Ellie Mental Health of Bradenton.

[Holidays]  Local Therapist Shares Tips to Avoid The Holiday Blues
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Sadly, that statement is not always true for everyone. Barbara Byrne, a licensed psychotherapist and director of Bradenton’s newest mental health clinic, Ellie Mental Health, has 25+-years of experience working with adolescents, families and adult individuals and she reports that there is often an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety this time of year.

“I think there's this image of the holidays with people gathering around with a Hallmark-like idea of love and happiness and that can really trigger a lot of people,” she says. “Many families are not able to gather during the holidays and by seeing all of the images of happiness portrayed on television or in social media can cause feelings of emptiness and loneliness.”

While the holiday blues can affect people of all ages, Byrne notes that loneliness is a huge factor among our seniors. “So many folks have come to Florida to retire and so they’ve left a lot of their support system, perhaps even pieces of their family and they've got to reestablish themselves and form new connections after they've moved here. Maybe they're trying to get their children to come visit but there are things pulling them to different places so they can't get together.”

Byrne offers coping strategies to those facing feelings of loneliness during the holidays. “First and foremost is self-care, and I know that's an overused word, but basically, what makes someone feel better is very individualized. For some people it's about being with a lot of other people, for others it's doing the things that they enjoy–perhaps it's kayaking or reading or walking in the woods. Try going to the county recreation center or the library so that you're really immersing yourself in your environment.” She adds that volunteering during the holidays can also help you connect with others, which can be very helpful when you’re feeling isolated.

For those who are fortunate to have the company of friends and family during the holidays, Byrne urges everyone to increase their awareness of others who may benefit from invitations to join their activities or may simply appreciate the gesture of asking how they are doing and their plans for the holidays. “Our natural inclination is to not say anything when we may be worried for fear of overstepping, but what we need to do is the opposite,” says Byrne. “I think people appreciate it when people do acknowledge them and recognize that they need something or they're not doing so well.”

Ellie Mental Health is located at 5801 21st Avenue West in Bradenton, 941-909-2716. 

To learn more, visit.

[Recognition]  Meghan Serrano Honored at SRQ's Good Hero Luncheon
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Each year, SRQ Media invites the community to nominate individuals with hearts of giving who have made a significant impact with local nonprofit organizations — from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. On Tuesday, December 5th attendees happily joined together to recognize our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards Luncheon at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. We are delighted to feature each of the twelve honorees in our Wednesday Philanthropic edition of SRQ Daily.

Today we are honoring Meghan Serrano, Board of Directors Chair at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. A partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Meghan’s dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties goes far beyond the boardroom through mentorship, legal counseling, financial support, and visionary leadership. She helped design and implement the roll-out of COVID-19 procedures and created a “Times of Crisis” operation manual. She acts as a mentor for teen Club members and was in a direct mentoring role to the Perlman-Price Young Entrepreneurs Program. She also secured funding to support grade-level reading programs across the six Clubs. Meghan is always there, ready to offer expertise, lend an ear, provide exceptional insight, and is relentless in her efforts to help every child who walks through the Cub's doors. Her steadfast and effective leadership never wavered and, despite external obstacles, the organization has emerged stronger than ever. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, Meghan. 

Pictured: Bart Lowther (left) of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management with Meghan Serrano. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Grant]  Resurrection House Awarded a Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Resurrection House, Inc. has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for $9,788. The grant will fund the implementation and first-year support of an upgraded client management software solution called MissionTracker. The downtown Sarasota day resource center serves the city’s homeless and at-risk individuals, and it runs on a small paid staff and over 70 volunteers. The new MissionTracker software, designed specifically for homeless shelters, will provide a comprehensive, cloud-based solution to better manage Resurrection House’s homeless client and volunteer interactions. Resurrection House does not accept funding from the city, county, state or federal government. Donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and religious groups form the core of the operating budget. 

[Donations]  Sheriff's Office Announces Results of 7th Annual Toy Drive

From December 1 through December 13, employees, local businesses, and citizens brought or shipped toys and gift cards to the agency’s headquarters to benefit children enrolled in the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program and our two additional community partners, Teen Court, and All-Star Children’s Foundation. Gifts were collected for children ranging from newborn to 18 years old who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, or Desoto counties. The agency collected almost 2,500 gifts this year, including $2,585 in gift cards. 

[Holiday Event]  Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Will Spread Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of Sarasota County's Most Deserving Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will host its Annual North County Holiday Party, presented by Dick and Lorraine Vitale, bringing together youth from the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, Newtown Estates Park Boys & Girls Club, and Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club. Over 350 Club members will participate. Each Club member will be served a traditional holiday meal and will have the opportunity to participate in festive games and activities, visit with Santa, Rudolf, and Frosty, decorate cookies, and choose two special presents from the Gift Room.

Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm, Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. 

[Donations]  Crunch Sarasota Bee Ridge Spreads Holiday Cheer Through Annual Gift Drive

Crunch Fitness Bee Ridge is once again lighting up the holiday season with its heartwarming tradition. Following the Thanksgiving festivities, the gym has decorated its center with a Christmas tree adorned with tags bearing requests for toys and clothes for children in need.  For years, Crunch Bee Ridge has fostered a sense of community and giving during the holiday season with this annual gift drive. Members enthusiastically participate by selecting a tag from the tree, fulfilling the requested item, wrapping it and placing it under the tree with the child's name. This act of kindness not only brings joy to those receiving the gifts but also encourages a spirit of compassion and generosity among the local Sarasota community.  With every request fulfilled by the generous members of Crunch, the collected donations will be sent to two deserving organizations: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and the Hippy Program (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters). These organizations play a crucial part in aiding grandparents as they navigate their challenging responsibilities and supporting parents to enhance the early development of their children, respectively. CR Fitness Holdings LLC. is led by veteran industry leaders Vince Julien, Geoff Dyer,Tony Scrimale, and Jeff Dotson, who combined have more than 150 years ofexperience in the fitness industry. Crunch Bee Ridge opened its doors eleven years agoin Sarasota Florida. Presently, the CR Fitness Holdings team operates 58 locations inFlorida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas with a goal of reaching 100 clubs by 2026. 

[Grant]  USDA Grant Funds Internships for New College Data Science Master's Degree Students

The Applied Data Science program at New College has finalized a grant agreement totaling $97,680 from the United State Department of Agriculture that will support internships for five of its students. 2023 marks the second time the USDA has sponsored internships for New College data science students.The funding will allow second-year graduate students to take part in semester-long paid internships next spring, working alongside USDA scientists on topics such as food safety, soil, water or crop management, climate adaptation, animal welfare or genetics. First-year data science students will complete paid internships in summer 2024. The Master’s in Applied Data Science program at New College has a 100% job placement rate within three months of graduation with a median post-graduate salary of $95,000. Fortune Magazine has ranked it among the “Best Data Science Master’s Programs” in 2022 and 2023. 

[Preservation]  New College of Florida Announces Launch of Historic Preservation Campaign

New College of Florida will host tours of the Ellen and Ralph Caples Estate, 351 Caples Drive, Sarasota, from February 5 — March 2, 2024, to kick off a Historic Preservation Campaign. The primary purpose of the campaign, which will be coordinated by Joyce and Jeff Hart in conjunction with the New College Foundation, is preservation, awareness and enhancement of all historic sites and building on the New College campus. The Mediterranean Revival style mansion was constructed in the 1920s and is part of the Caples-Ringling Estates Historic District in Sarasota. It still features many original construction and design elements, which were preserved during recent interior renovations. Ellen Caples gifted the mansion to New College in 1971. Ralph Caples was a friend and business associate of the Ringling Bros. and played a leading role in Sarasota’s development, including bringing the railroad to the area. The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation named the Caples Mansion on its Six to Save Program list of historic buildings in 2021 and continues to advocate for its preservation. Other historically significant structures on the campus include the Charles Ringling Mansion, Cook Hall, the Pei Dorms, Four Winds Café, and Robertson Hall. Jeff and Joyce Hart own J. Hart Interior Design. Joyce currently sits on the City of Sarasota’s Historic Preservation Board and is a past board member of the Alliance for Historic Preservation. A Ribbon Cutting will take place on Sunday, February 4 from 3-5 p.m. Daily tours are available February 5th to March 2nd 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed on Sundays. The admission fee is $25 with all proceeds of the tours benefitting the New College Historic Preservation Fund. Event sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit ncf.edu/alumni/caplestour, call 941-487-4800 or email foundation@ncf.edu. 

[Scholarships]  The Education Foundation of Sarasota County to Name Two Suncoast Credit Union Scholars in 2024

 The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is partnering with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to offer two $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2024. This year’s high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 25-county service territory can apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $164,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation.  Applications are now open and will be accepted through March 1, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit: EdFoundationSRQ.org/SCUScholarship. This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents the continued mission of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $40 million including more than $2.9 million in scholarships.    

[Fundraising Event]  All Faiths Food Bank's Bowls of Hope a Delicious Success

All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB) raised more than $150,000 at its recent annual Bowls of Hope fundraiser: the organization’s largest and most popular – and one of the area’s best-attended events. This family-friendly affair, attended by more than 1,100 people, supports AFFB’s work to help people experiencing hunger in our community. Each year during Bowls of Hope, guests enjoy delicious offerings from 40 of the community’s finest restaurants and caterers as they serve delicious soups, select main courses, desserts and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls – all donated by local potters, artists and students – while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill. This year's event was chaired by Ron and Jo Jadin. The festivities began with a “Bubbles & Beignets” sponsor reception before the event opened to all attendees. Local musician Sheri Nadelman entertained guests at the stadium entrance, artists from Sarasota Woodturners and Carla’s Clay demonstrated their respective skills, and the Baltimore Orioles’ team mascot, The Bird, wove its way through the venue, charming the younger attendees and posing for plentiful photos. “We are thrilled that – year after year – community members continue to come out in force to support this event,” said All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank. “Times have been particularly tough in recent years, and the funds we raise through efforts such as Bowls of Hope are critical in supporting our work to help our neighbors in need. We are grateful to our venue host, the Baltimore Orioles, our sponsors, volunteer and professional bowl-makers, participating restaurants, our incredible volunteer corps, and all who attended the event.” To learn more about All Faiths Food Bank, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org. 

Pictured: Guests at Bowls of Hope look for the perfect bowl among the 1,000+ donated by amateur and professional craftspeople. Photo courtesy of All Faiths Food Bank.

[Grants]  Franklin G. Berlin Foundation Awards $188,000 in Grants to Three Nonprofit Organizations

The Franklin G. Berlin Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has advised on $188,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte Counties. The grants will support: $30,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory, which strives to advance marine and environmental scientific research, education and public outreach, with a goal of revitalization and sustainability of oceanic resources. Grant funding will go toward MOTE SEA (Science Education Aquarium), a new Mote Marine site at Nathan Benderson Park offering education for diverse learners, through immersive lessons and innovative programs. This is the final grant of cumulative giving from the Franklin G. Berlin Foundation to Mote Marine totaling $100,000; $48,000 to The Bay Park Conservancy, which operates a 53-acre public park with recreational and educational programs available to all, free of charge; $25,000 to Harvest House, which provides supportive and affordable housing, addiction recovery programs, and food security, all in the name of championing hope and transforming lives; $75,000 was directed to the Community Foundation’s Season of Sharing donation campaign, which for almost 24 years has provided a vital community safety net that has helped families avoid homelessness through receiving one-time payments that cover rent, mortgage, auto repairs, childcare, or utility bills when circumstances make those payments otherwise unachievable. Overall, funding will support families living at the economic edge in the region, whether in direct human services or in nonprofit organizations with a strong philosophy of reducing or eliminating boundaries, so that people of limited means can enjoy an enhanced quality of life. The Franklin G. Berlin component fund was established at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in November 2021 after previously operating as a private foundation. In the last two years the fund has provided $553,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Sarasota County. The fund is named for Frank G. Berlin, Sr., a community leader committed to entrepreneurialism, the growth and enhancement of the Sarasota community, and organizations that reinforced a vibrant community. 

[SRQIST]  Creating Opportunity
Interviewed by Jacob Ogles

CREATING OPPORTUNITY | Phillip Lanham wants Gulf Coast Community Foundation lifting all voices, and won't tolerate intolerance, December 2023. 

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[December 2023 - Spirit of Giving]  Impact100 SRQ

Join us for the inspiring stories of philanthropic work by our Sarasota and Bradenton Area's nonprofit organizations as we celebrate the season of giving. Explore ways you can make an impact through the programs of 13 of this year's SRQ Giving Champions.


The mission of Impact100 SRQ is to empower women to collectively fund transformational grants to nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.The model is simple. At least 100 women come together, each makes an annual $1,000 tax-deductible donation, and collectively their donations become part of a grant of at least $100,000 awarded to a local nonprofit.  

To read the full article, click here.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 4th Annual Get Your Mutt Movin 5K Fun Run , February 24, 8:30am-1pm

Satchels Last Resort Animal Rescue and Sanctuary and Sarasota City YMCA are excited to announce the 4th annual Get Your Mutt Movin 5K Fun Run, Walk and Festival scheduled for February 24, 2024 at Payne Park. Runner registration is now open at RunSignUp.com. Get Your Mutt Movin features a 5K Fun Run, a choose-your-distance walk, a one-hour Zumba session with local favorite Yael Campbell, and a festival full of vendors, food trucks and more. The event kicks off with the 5K at 8:30am, followed by the walk at 9:30am, and Zumba at 10:30am. The festival will run from 9am-1pm. Funds raised from this event support both Satchels Last Resort and Sarasota City YMCA to provide support for programs like medical care for shelter animals, summer camp scholarships and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information can be found at https://satchelslastresort.networkforgood.com/events/62387-get-your-mutt-movin-5k-road-race-and-fun-walk-2024.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Under the Sea ALSO Youth Annual Prom , February 3, 6-10pm
The ALSO Youth Annual Prom is the most highly anticipated event for our LGBTQ youth each year. Youth from Sarasota County, Manatee County and beyond attend this unique celebration where they are free to come as they are, with whoever they wish, without fear of judgment or needing to mask who they are. We anticipate between 250-300 youth sending their RSVP to attend the ALSO Youth Prom on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Attendees will enjoy fun music, dancing, games, themed crafts, an awesome photo booth, and so much more. alsoyouth.org
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Listening to Women Series , January 18 – February 22, 1pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, OLLI, presents its fifth annual Listening to Women, a six-session series that recognizes women whose brilliance and fortitude have reshaped industries and who are making a difference in our communities. The series takes place on Thursdays at 1 pm, from Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 2024, at Sarasota Art Museum, the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Registration for the complete series is $81 for OLLI Gold Members and $90 for OLLI Silver Members and general admission; register at www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org.

[SOON]  GALA: 2024 Inspiring Hope Dinner , January 12, 6:30 pm

Sunshine From Darkness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the funding of local mental health services and programs and mental health research, has announced its 2024 Inspiring Hope Dinner. This annual fundraising event will take place on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive. The keynote speaker will be American comedian, actor, producer and writer Tom Arnold, who will speak about his journey with anxiety and longtime battles with addiction. The evening will feature Faces Behind the Stories, shining a spotlight on the personal, sometimes difficult journeys of four members of our community. The event will also feature the awarding of the 2024 Lee and Bob Peterson Legacy Award to Bunny Skirboll, founder of Compeer, Inc., a lively paddle raise, live music with Quintessence, featuring some very special guest vocalists, including Chris Eisenberg, and dancing. Tickets are $350; proceeds will benefit Sunshine From Darkness blue door services, which will focus on emotional literacy for youth, and youth mental health research. For more about Sunshine From Darkness or to purchase tickets to the Inspiring Hope Dinner, visit sunshinefromdarkness.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Winter Semester , January 8 – March 1, Various times

Registration is open for the 2024 winter semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs Jan. 8-March 1, 2024, features more than 50 courses, workshops, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Searching Dr. Google. What Should I Believe, The History of Psychiatry: Winners and Losers; Voting Behavior and the Electoral Process; Glass: The New Hot Contemporary Art Form; and The Historic First Federal Prosecution of a U.S. President. Classes are offered at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

[SOON]  GALA: New Year's Eve Gala , December 31, 7pm-1am

Kick-off 2024 at Selby Gardens. Enjoy private access to Lights in Bloom, passed hors doeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, as well as a performance by The Sarasota Ballet and dancing to DJ Karim. The countdown to the new year culminates with a champagne toast and an excellent view of the fireworks overlooking Sarasota Bay. selby.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Coffee with a Scientist , December 12 – March 26, 10am

Join us for our Coffee With A Scientist series, a free public event held on Tuesdays in Boca Grande and hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory. Hear from Mote scientists on January 16, February 13 and March 26 as they share with you the latest in their groundbreaking research and their plans for the future with a Q and A session to follow. On Visit mote.org/pages/coffee to sign up and for more information.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Miracle at Tamiami Tap , November 28 – December 31, Various times

The famed holiday cocktail pop-up bar Miracle is open at Tamiami Tap for the 2023 holiday season. Featuring festive original cocktails, over-the-top decorations, and exciting new mug designs to bring the holiday season to life, the Miracle at Tamiami Tap location will offer a menu of cheerful libations and saturated, floor-to-ceiling holiday decor, ranging from nostalgic to contemporary and everything in between. The themed cocktail menu returns with fan favorites such as the Christmapolitan and Christmas Cricket. New this year is Rudolphs Replacement, The Krampus, and Marshmallows and Unicorns. At the end of this year, Miracle HQ will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and Santa Heads signature glassware to the Seva Foundation, a global nonprofit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world. Miracle at Tamiami Tap is located at 711 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, https://tamiamitap.com/.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Community Kwanzaa Celebration , December 7 – January 1, Various times

Kwanzaa is a beautiful celebration that honors African-American heritage and history. In order to celebrate Kwanzaa, the Friends of the Betty Jean Johnson North Sarasota Public Library and the African American Cultural Resource Center will conduct a series of candle-lighting ceremony events that feature family-friendly activities during the seven days of Kwanzaa, which runs from Tuesday, December 26, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024. These events are also free and open to the public. bettyjjohnsonfriends.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Lakewood Ranch New Years Eve Celebration , December 31, 6pm-12am
Get ready to ring in the New Year like never before with the most thrilling event in town. Lakewood Ranch Community Activities is producing a dazzling New Years Eve Celebration that promises excitement, entertainment, and an unforgettable experience for all ages. Join us on December 31st at Waterside Place for an evening filled with incredible live music, delicious food and drinks, thrilling games, and a mesmerizing drone light show. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joanna Bailey at joanna@lwrca.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: ChromaShock, A Modern and Vibrant Exploration , January 4 – January 31, Various times
MARA Art Studio and Gallery presents ChromaShock: A Modern and Vibrant Exploration, an exhibition of work by 13 artists that pushes the boundaries of chromatic expression, inviting viewers into a mesmerizing world of vivid hues and dynamic compositions. The exhibit runs January 4-31, with an opening reception on Friday, January 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit features work by Laura Arteaga Charlton, Ralph Berger, Bill Buchman, Lori Childers, David Erdman, Christina Jensen Vicente, Midge Johnson, Pamela Olin, Julia Rivera, Ashley Rivers, Jack Shapiro, Javi Suarez and Mara Torres Gonzalez. The gallery is located at 76 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. MaraStudioGallery.com.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Artist Day at Myakka Headwaters Preserve , January 11, 8am-12pm
Join us at Myakka Headwater Preserve for a morning of artistic exploration. Located where seven creeks converge to form the mighty Myakka River, our Myakka Headwaters Preserve is a breathtaking slice of natural Florida. The property contains numerous diverse landscapes, including floodplain forests, marshland, longleaf pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. Fields of wildflowers host pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and fern-lined streambanks rise just a foot or two above the clear-flowing water. Bring your sketchbook, camera, painting supplies, or journal and experience this landscape for yourself at our January Artist Day. This is a free self-guided event, and all guests will be provided a trail map upon entry. Artists must bring their own supplies. Conservation Foundation representatives will be onsite to answer any questions you may have about our vital land-saving work. Registration for this special event is required. The property is located at 9600 Wauchula Road, Myakka City. Limited space is available due to limited onsite parking. Reserve your space below. If you plan to carpool, please let us know so we can open space for other interested artists. Email sam@conservationfoundation.com to let us know or with any questions. Visit conservationfoundation.com for more information.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  GALA: 2024 Inspiring Hope Dinner , January 12, 6:30 pm

Sunshine From Darkness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the funding of local mental health services and programs and mental health research, has announced its 2024 Inspiring Hope Dinner. This annual fundraising event will take place on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive. The keynote speaker will be American comedian, actor, producer and writer Tom Arnold, who will speak about his journey with anxiety and longtime battles with addiction. The evening will feature Faces Behind the Stories, shining a spotlight on the personal, sometimes difficult journeys of four members of our community. The event will also feature the awarding of the 2024 Lee and Bob Peterson Legacy Award to Bunny Skirboll, founder of Compeer, Inc., a lively paddle raise, live music with Quintessence, featuring some very special guest vocalists, including Chris Eisenberg, and dancing. Tickets are $350; proceeds will benefit Sunshine From Darkness blue door services, which will focus on emotional literacy for youth, and youth mental health research. For more about Sunshine From Darkness or to purchase tickets to the Inspiring Hope Dinner, visit sunshinefromdarkness.org.

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