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SRQ DAILY May 31, 2024

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"Oftentimes when collages are created it's pieces of paper that are glued onto a canvas to make a textured pattern, but I try to as I say, use it and lose it."

- Liz Cole, Artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  It's Primary by Liz Cole
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“The one thing I pride myself in is that every piece I create has a little part of myself in it, whether it's a place I’ve been, something I’ve experienced or just a certain feeling I’ve had. I refer to them as memory shards because they’re not like photographs where I’m trying to replicate a moment that I saw something, but rather just a little blip that went through my mind in a certain way,” says Liz Cole. “I try to put those little elements into each one of my pieces so that they really become a narrative.”

Cole is speaking about the 22 works of hers in her show It’s Primary, now on view at the Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota’s Lexow Art Gallery. Cole, a Sarasota-based artist with an extensive background in both the arts and education–she retired as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University in 2005–has been creating her own work for as long as she can remember. Cole is a colorist and collagist who employs big, bright colors and expertly layered pieces of collage paper to create pieces that look more like paintings than traditional collages. The pieces found in It’s Primary are emblematic of the type of artist that she is–Cole looks for the beauty, whimsy and jovial in everyday life, transforming scenes of still-life flowers and bucolic landscapes into magical designs. Bright, colorful and buoyant, Cole’s works look almost as if Cubism-era Picasso illustrated a children’s book, in the most complimentary of ways.

Cole creates these paintings from her home studio, where she’s perfected the art of the collage. “The collage part of it really is very integral, oftentimes when colleges are created it’s pieces of paper that are glued onto a canvas to make a textured pattern, but I try to as I say, use it and lose it. I create my own collage paper, using deli paper and it takes me anywhere from three to four hours to do 12 sheets that are really layered with color,” says Cole. “What I do with the paintings themselves is that oftentimes I will replicate the technique I might’ve used on the collage paper so you can’t tell the difference between each layer. I try to play back and forth so it doesn’t look like I’ve just pasted the papers together. It’s knitted together like a color quilt.”

On Exhibit through June 13, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 941-371-4974. Liz Cole is also represented in Define Art Gallery and Studio: definegallery.com/artists. 

Pictured: Forest Paths by Liz Cole, Acrylic and Handmade Collage Paper 30 x 30. Photo provided by the artist.

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[Symposium]  New College of Florida Symposium on Civil Discourse
Paula Rodriguez-Saenz, paula@srqme.com

In response to civil discourse becoming the exception and not the rule, New College of Florida and Global Liberty Institute is hosting the “Reversing the Ideological Capture of Universities and Institutions” Symposium to discuss the issues of the single-ideology mentality this Saturday. Inspired by the current trends that have transpired in recent years among university campuses around the United States, this symposium explores solutions to restore civil discourse and the free exchange of ideas with the focus of decreasing the number of discussions that devolve into threats of violence.

“New College is leading the way in putting American higher education back on track by insisting that all viewpoints be discussed, intimidation is rejected, and thoughtful consideration of ideas replaces indoctrination,” says New College President Richard Corcoran. He believes the symposium is an exciting opportunity for both the College and the broader community to engage in meaningful discourse.

The symposium will feature a distinguished group of 15 experts assembled by Dr. Scott W. Atlas, the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and New College’s 2023 Commencement Speaker. Composed of panel discussions, each followed by audience Q&A sessions, the symposium comprehensively explores civil discourse through the lens of subjects like economics, law, science and humanities. Speakers like Peter Arcidiacono, a professor of economics at Duke University, and Richard A. Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University Law School, will bring their diverse expertise, experiences and perspectives to these topics.

“Evidence-based discussion and function are increasingly contaminated by ideology in a wide array of institutions and public agencies,” says Atlas. “The overwhelming majority of universities have betrayed the public trust and in expertise overall by denying fact, spouting politicized opinion as university-endorsed thought, and now emphasizing ideology-based social policies as a guiding light for curriculum. This has damaged trust in institutions essential to a free society.”

Tickets are available to the public for $75, which include a continental breakfast, lunch and a post-event reception and may be purchased up until the event begins. New College is also offering complimentary tickets to interested students, faculty and staff. 

The symposium takes place at the New College Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Saturday, June 1, from 8 am-6 pm. Open to the public.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Fresh Fridays Last Event of the Season

Fresh Fridays is  heading back to N Palm Ave for their final event of the season. Check out all the shops, galleries, and restaurants along the beautiful and sunny N Palm Avenue. A slight portion of N Palm Ave will be closed off to traffic. Guests will still be able to access the N Palm Ave parking garage. Additional parking is available at the State Street garage, as well. Join in for a night of nautical festivities! The celebrations begin June 7, from 7-10 pm, on Palm Ave. Meet new friendly faces, enjoy tropical refreshments, and rock out to some nostalgic jams. Take in the sunset and sail along with us on land as we cruise through the evening, enjoy coastal cuisine from downtown Sarasota’s tastiest eateries, and sing along to yacht rock classics. Show up and show out in your favorite tropical attire. We’ll see you at N Palm Ave, adjacent to the Art Ovation Hotel. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Recent Works by Michael R. Stevenson July 2-8 at Art Ovation Hotel

Bradenton-based artist Michael R Stevenson will be the artist-in-residence in the Artist Studio at Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota, July 2-8.  An opening reception for his exhibit, “Global Rhythms,” is Friday, July 5, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is open daily with the artist in residence, 4 to 8 p.m. each evening. The exhibit showcases Stevenson’s meticulously crafted art quilts, paying homage to the rich textile traditions of cultures around the world. 

Pictured: Bumpy Ride by Michael Stevenson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Pops Orchestra Adds a Third Concert in Their 49th Season to Meet the Demands of a Growing Audience

The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota’s audience has grown steadily year over year since Robyn Bell stepped in as music director 13 years ago. To meet the growing demand, The Pops added a second concert X years ago, and moved to larger halls, Neel Performing Arts Center and Riverview Performing Arts Center. Eight sold-out concerts in the 2024-25 season entertained nearly 8,000 subscribers and single ticket buyers. In response to that success, The Pops has added a Sunday, 7 pm concert at Riverview Performing Arts Center making nearly 1000 additional seats available to new subscribers now. The remaining single tickets will go on sale August 15, 2024. “In my first season with the Pops, we performed four concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota and one concert on the final Sunday date at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center,” shares Robyn Bell. “As my memory serves, we had about 250 people in attendance. Now, in my ‘lucky 13th’ season, we are adding a third series for each concert for this 49th season.” Bell has planned a “Pops Potpourri” of four programs highlighting nationally renown tribute artists as well as drawing from local artists of exceptional talent. Season tickets are currently available online at https://ThePopsOrchestra.org or by calling The Pops’ Box Office at 941-926-POPS (7677). Single tickets will go on sale August 15, 2024. 


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[SRQIST]  Made in Italy
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

MADE IN ITALY | At Coppola Artistica, Guiseppe Coppola shares his lifelong love of Italian ceramics with the Gulf Coast, May/June 2024. 

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[Culture City]  Not Your Grandmother's China Cabinet
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com
NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S CHINA CABINET | Ceramic Artist and Designer Molly Hatch continues to make her mark on the history of ceramics with Amalgam at the Sarasota Art Museum, May/June 2024.

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[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]  FILM: Meet Me in St. Louis at the Sarasota Opera , June 28, 7:30pm

From May 10th- October 18th, Sarasota Opera House will be showing classic movies as timeless as the theater itself. Our Classic Movies at the Opera House series begins on Friday, May 10. HD at the Opera House series begins on June 9. Tickets on sale now! One of MGM’s most successful musical films of the 1940s, this is the story of a year in the life of the Smith family in St. Louis leading up to the opening of the World’s Fair in the spring of 1904. Popular standards in this film include “The Trolley Song, “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Directed by Vicente Minnelli and starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, and Lucille Bremer. Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: On the Waterfront at Sarasota Opera , July 5, 7:30pm

From May 10th- October 18th, Sarasota Opera House will be showing classic movies as timeless as the theater itself. Our Classic Movies at the Opera House series begins on Friday, May 10. HD at the Opera House series begins on June 9. Tickets on sale now! One of the greatest films ever made, receiving twelve Academy Award nominations and winning eight. The film focuses on union violence and corruption among longshoremen on the waterfront of New Jersey. The musical score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint. Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Space Saturdays , March 2 – December 7, 10am-2:30pm
Join us for Space Saturday, the first Saturday of every month, as we explore a different topic in the world of astronomy. During Space Saturdays, you will discover an out-of-this-world activity during Backyard Science, formerly Science Sprouts, in The Mosaic Backyard Universe, explore space with a staff astronomer during KidSpace in The Planetarium, and finish your day with an astronomy-themed story during Tales Under the Tree. To learn more, visit bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Wonder, Human Experience and the Arts , June 6 – June 9, Various times
As a museum complex featuring visual and performing arts alongside circus history and a Gilded Age mansion, all situated on a bayfront campus, The Ringling is truly a site filled with wonder. This interdisciplinary symposium explores wonder as a source of creative inspiration, artistic medium, and physical and social well-being. Join us for the full symposium or catch the not-to-be-missed keynote sessions, open to the public. To learn more, visit ringling.org.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. 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. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[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.

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