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SRQ DAILY Jun 21, 2024

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"The kind of job it is and the kind of energy that it takes is massive and unlike anything else."

- Es Swihart, Former Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Art Museum Joins Skyway 2024
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

When Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration opens in museums across the region this summer, it will be with the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design as the latest institution to join the initiative.

Begun in 2017, Skyway unites area museums every three years for a collaborative exhibition—held simultaneously across all participating museums—highlighting the working artists of the region who give the Cultural Coast its name. The Sarasota Art Museum brings the number of participating museums to five, joining the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Tampa Museum of Art, the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

“This is a very important exhibition for the region,” says Dr. Rangsook Yoon, senior curator at Sarasota Art Museum, who, with fellow curators from the other participating museums, scrutinized nearly 300 applications from artists in the Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties, meeting many and even visiting their studios to determine this year’s exhibition. “It is an opportunity to broaden the audience for these artists,” she says. “It’s the type of collaboration that enriches the arts ecosystem.”

And when Skyway 2024 opens on July 28, the Sarasota Art Museum will be hosting work by 15 of the 63 featured artists, including Rob Tarbell, Jill Taffett, Kim Anderson, Gabriel Ramos, Ryan Day, Roger Clay Palmer, and Corinne Zepeda. From more traditional mediums like painting and sculpture to cutting-edge augmented reality murals, printing on ice and even portraits made of smoke, the exhibition provides audiences a broad view into the depth and variety of creative work being done every day in studios all across the region. And too often, says Yoon, these hidden gems are not celebrated until they’re gone, finding recognition elsewhere. “They leave to cities like New York and then they’re appreciated,” she says. But with Skyway, local institutions can highlight local artists for local audiences.

“I want people to see the incredible artists living in our region and hear their stories,” Yoon says. “These artists are sharing their lives, so I hope people pay attention.”

To make it even easier, the Sarasota Art Museum will also be hosting a series of events where guests can meet the Skyway artists for a guided experience through the exhibition.

Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration opens at the Sarasota Art Museum on July 28 and runs through October 27. 

Pictured: Samantha Modder, A Field of Lost Hair Ties (detail), 2023. Digitally manipulated ballpoint pen on adhesive print.

[Exibit]  Teacher Artifacts of Worth Exhibit
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Most people know that while it’s not always the case, the bond between teacher and student can be truly special. All it takes is one great teacher, one instructor that makes their pupil feel encouraged, supported and safe, to change a life. Former Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year Es Swihart knows this all too well. Swihart, who currently teaches English and is Head of the English Department at The Out-of-Door Academy, was finishing up her Doctorate in Education at Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in Mind, Brain and Teaching, when she began to brainstorm about what her dissertation project would look like.

Swihart was doing some summer cleaning one day when it finally hit her. “I came across one of my boxes of letters and the pictures or whatever it is that students have given me over the years and realized that’s my legacy. When I pass on at some point that’s what I want my daughter to see. That’s really what I’ve done with my life, those connections, that’s where my impact has been,” says Swihart. Swihart also realized that every teacher has one of these boxes: a home for all of the different gifts from letters to drawings to photographs that teachers have received from their students over the years.

That sparked what will eventually become the Teacher Artifacts of Worth exhibit, a collaboration between the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Art Museum. The exhibit, which will open in August, will feature artifacts given to current and former Sarasota County School District Teachers. Everything from photographs to drawings to letters and more will be on display at the Sarasota Art Museum for the entire community to see the positive impact that teachers have had on the lives of their students. Current and former Sarasota County School District teachers are encouraged to submit up to three artifacts to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to be featured in the exhibit. “I hope the exhibit just uplifts the profession as a whole,” says Swihart. “ I think everybody has had a teacher so they know what education looks like but it’s very different when you’re in the classroom on the other side. The kind of job it is and the kind of energy that it takes is massive and unlike anything else. I really want to highlight after all that work what that impact looks like.”

Submission Window is open from May 10 to June 30, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, 1960 Landings Blvd #120, 941-927-0965.


Pictured: photo courtesy of Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

[Recognition]  Iain Webb Receives the 2024 National Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Sarasota Ballet shares the news today that Director Iain Webb was awarded the 2024 British National Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement. Graham Watts and Dame Monica Mason presented the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement to Webb at The Coronet Theatre in London on June 3, 2024. The Dance Section of the Critics' Circle, which comprises over 60 dance writers and critics, is responsible for this stellar recognition of Iain Webb's vigor and dedication to dance. For 2024, there were 311 companies, choreographers, performers, and other creative artist nominees. The National Dance Awards have been organized by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle each year since 2000. The timing of this prestigious award could not have been more fortuitous as Webb was already in London at the time of the ceremony preparing The Sarasota Ballet to debut on their first international tour at the Royal Opera House as part of the Ashton Celebrated programs from The Royal Ballet. Webb attended the award ceremony in the midst of rehearsals for the opening night performances the next evening, graciously accepted the award on stage, and was visibly moved by the acknowledgment of his work throughout his career. When asked about receiving this award, Webb said, “Truly, what an honor it is to be appreciated by the Critics Circle in this way, especially receiving the De Valois Outstanding Achievement Award, as she was such an incredible lady who had a huge impact on my career and my life. To be recognized so highly for the work I have done throughout my career, especially as Director of The Sarasota Ballet, is very humbling. I thank all of those who helped to make this possible, especially Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, who has been so instrumental in shaping The Sarasota Ballet into the Company it is today, and Executive Director Joseph Volpe, whose leadership has continued to take us to the next level on the international arts scene. I am so very grateful for the support of the Critics and for this extraordinary recognition.” A former First Soloist with The Royal Ballet and a well-known figure on the international ballet scene through his leadership roles, Webb took over the directorship of The Sarasota Ballet in 2007. Under his direction, the Company has performed 183 ballets and divertissements by the end of the 2023 – 2024 Season, including 51 world premieres and 13 American Company premieres. 

[Scholarship]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Awards Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe Scholarship to Karson White

 Education and outreach are integral to the mission of Choral Artists of Sarasota. Each year, the organization awards the Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe Scholarship to a promising young singer. This year, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Parrish resident Karson White, who recently graduated from State College of Florida 

To learn more, visit.

[Leadership]  Melissa Voigt Named Sarasota Opera Director of Development

 Melissa Voigt has been named Director of Development of Sarasota Opera. Her promotion was recently announced by General Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi. Voigt first joined Sarasota Opera in 2000 as Individual Giving Officer and became Director of Development in 2002. During her tenure, she led the completion of the $20 million capital campaign that funded the renovation of the historic Sarasota Opera House. She left the company in 2009 to pursue other opportunities and returned in 2021 as Senior Development Officer. “It will be my sincere joy to serve the Sarasota Opera, supporters, and community in this role. Sarasota Opera has always felt like home to me, and it is a pleasure to support Richard Russell, Maestro DeRenzi, our Board of Trustees and my colleagues to elevate our programs and artistic excellence,” Voigt said. “For me, I love watching newcomers discover our world-renowned opera company,  dive into a newfound love of opera, and form lasting friendships with other patrons. To see folks then choose to invest philanthropically in the work we do – how fulfilling!” Russell is equally pleased with Voigt’s return. “I’m thrilled to have Melissa Voigt return as our Director of Development. She has a long history of success in fundraising with the company and the community and I know she will help us achieve even greater heights,” he said.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Leslie Jones Announces Show in Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome LESLIE JONES to Sarasota on Friday, November 22, 2024 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am EDT. Leslie Jones is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee as well as a Writer’s Guild Award and NAACP Award nominee for her work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. She has also been honored as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Jones recently wrapped production on season two of the HBO Max series OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH. The week of January 17th, 2023, Jones kicked off a new era of THE DAILY SHOW as the program's first guest host. In 2021, she starred opposite Eddie Murphy in COMING 2 AMERICA for which she won an MTV Movie Award and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. Jones will next produce an untitled Christmas comedy for Lionsgate which she is currently developing as a potential future starring role. Additionally, Jones co-hosts the podcast THE FCKRY with comedian Lenny Marcus. Each week, Jones and Marcus interview guests and answer listener questions, while exposing “the fckry” of any given topic. Tickets start at $35 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 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact Group Sales Manager Ellen Dyer at ellen.dyer@sarasotafl.gov. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Studio Theatre Presents Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise, a comedic and touching look at life in 1942, as the next show in its Summer Mainstage Series. Inspired by the WWII courtship of Ludwig’s parents, Dear Jack, Dear Louise begins on July 3 at FST's Keating Theatre. Single tickets are now available at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling 941.366.9000. Dear Jack, Dear Louise is part of a three-show subscription package, which also includes Kander and Ebb’s musical revue The World Goes Round, and The Outsider, a comedy that cleverly critiques modern politics. Subscription packages start at just $59 and can be purchased at 941.366.9000 or online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org.  

[Event]  Wellen Park to Host Second Annual Great American Picnic June 22

Wellen Park is hosting the second annual Great American Picnic in Downtown Wellen on Saturday, June 22. The summer celebration event is free and open to the public. The Great American Picnic includes fun contests, carnival games, family-friendly activities and a foam party. The pie bakeoff and the watermelon-eating contest, both offering youth and adult categories, begin at 4 p.m. Whiskey County, a Nashville-style party band, will perform country and classic rock hits from 5 to 9 p.m. on Solis Hall’s outdoor stage facing the Great Lawn. Event attendees can also take advantage of all Downtown Wellen has to offer – paddling and fishing in the Grand Lake, hiking, biking and e-biking Wellen Park’s miles of trails and pathways, cooling off at the splashpad, relaxing or playing in nature-inspired settings, shopping and enjoying an augmented reality experience capturing downtown’s vibrant, playful spirit. For more information about the Great American Picnic, visitwellenpark.com/events/great-american-picnic-2. 

[SRQIST]  Jack Dowd is Not Done
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Don't let the retrospective fool you, Sarasota's mad sculptor still has stories to tell, May/June 2024. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 13

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce the return of the annual Sarasota Improv Festival. The 14th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival will be held on FST's downtown Sarasota campus Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13, 2024. Past festivals have drawn international talent from Mexico, Frace, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Makinf their festival debut this year is Lospleimovil, an improv group from Chile. Returning fro the Festival are several fan favorite troups, including Available Cupholders, Big Bang Improv, Parallelogramophonograph, North Coast, and of course, FST improv.

Florida Studio Theater, 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Celebrate Fourth of July at Selby Gardens , July 4, 5:30pm

Don’t miss one of Selby Gardens’ most beloved summer traditions! Celebrate Independence Day at our annual Fourth of July All-American Cookout. Enjoy family-friendly activities and games on the Great Lawn, and then take in the spectacular fireworks display over Sarasota Bay! This is a rain or shine event. Tickets available on our website.

Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Red White and BOOM at The Bishop , July 4, 7pm

Join us for Red, White, & BOOM! at The Bishop and celebrate Independence Day in style! Looking for a safe and spectacular way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Look no further than The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature! Whether you’re a VIP or joining the general festivities, The Bishop offers the perfect environment to create lasting memories with your loved ones this Independence Day!

The Bishop, 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

[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]  FILM: A Star Is Born at the Sarasota Opera , August 2, 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!  This musical revolves around a story about Norman Maine, a movie star whose career is on the wane who meets showgirl Esther Blodgett when he drunkenly stumbles into her act one night. They develop a friendship that blossoms into romance before tensions increase as Esther’s career takes off while Norman’s continues to plummet. Directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland, James Mason, and Jack Carson. Running time: 2 hours, 34 minutes.

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 14 – August 17

The Ringling, in collaboration with The Circus Art Conservatory of Sarasota, presents a fantastic, jaw-dropping, fun-filled show for the entire family. The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the most thrilling circus artists from around the world in performances that will entertain and delight audiences of all ages.

The Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrating Regional Art and Artists at Creative Liberties , June 1 – July 6

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed June starting with the exhibit, “True Colors: Celebrating Pride,” June 1-July 6. Local artists will exhibit works in a color scheme that represents one of the colors on the LGBTQ+ Progress flag.

Creative Liberties, 901B Apricot Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest , May 24 – October 4, 5-9pm
Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall returns with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet. This year the festivities kick off in May. Each event runs from 5-9 p.m. on the lawn of the Van Wezel overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverages from local vendors. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited. For additional information, visit VanWezel.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Laser Light Nights , May 23 – August 31, 7pm and 9pm
Break out your big hair and acid-washed denims and get ready to rock out with some of your favorite artists in The Planetarium. The event takes place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 23 through August 31. There are various food and drink options available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Please note that Laser Light Nights involve bright, flashing lasers that may not be suitable for people with photo sensitivities. Viewer discretion is advised. Laser Light Nights are at a volume similar to a rock concert, so earplugs are recommended for those who prefer a lower volume. To learn more, visit bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Summer Trivia Series , May 17 – July 19, 5-8pm
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is excited to announce the return of their monthly summer trivia series. Each month will have a different theme with a variety of questions covering categories ranging from history and pop culture to science and nature. The free community events will take place at the Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Trivia begins at 6:00 pm. Teams can have up to eight members and multi-generational teams are encouraged. Each month a different food truck will be onsite offering tasty options for the whole family to enjoy. One of our newest corporate partners, Sun King Brewery will also be present with samples of their award-winning craft beers. Be sure to stop by their Sarasota location on Thursday, May 30, when the brewery will be donating $1 to Conservation Foundation for every pint purchased. Learn more and RSVP at conservationfoundation.com/events.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Lewis Black, Goodbye Yeller Brick Road , December 6, 8pm
Two-time Grammy Award-winning Comedian Lewis Black releases additional dates for his GOODBYE YELLER BRICK ROAD, THE FINAL TOUR that will include a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, December 6, 2024 at 8pm. Tickets start at $35 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: Wheel of Fortune Live , November 12, 7:30 pm
Wheel of Fortune LIVE, a live theatrical experience, will be coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on Tuesday, November 12, 2024 at 7:30pm. The live stage show, produced by Right Angle Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and UTA, is the one-and-only way fans can experience the in person outside of Sony Pictures Studios. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.
[SOON]  FILM: A Fistful of Dollars at the Sarasota Opera , September 13, 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! A wandering gunfighter enters the Mexican village of San Miguel and plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. This film helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star. Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Wolfgang Lukschy, Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volonté. Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Marine Mammals of Florida , July 22 – July 26, 8:30
There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). What are our local marine mammals, and how are they critical to our ecosystem? We will look closely at a variety of marine mammals found in Florida.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Jewish Theatre Announces Newish Jewish Play Reading Series , July 15 – July 19, 7:00

 Sarasota Jewish Theatre (SJT) is pleased to announce a summer play reading series, Newish Jewish Plays, which takes place on Mondays, July 15-29, at 7:00 p.m. The series includes “Dancing on Glass” by Gary Morgenstein, “Original Tenants” by Carole Braverman, and “We Are the Levinsons” by Wendy Kout. The play readings are presented at The Players Centre Studio 1130 at the Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $12 per reading or $30 for the three-play series. To purchase single tickets, visit ThePlayers.org or call 941-365-2494; the three-play series can only be purchased by calling 941-365-2494. For information, visit SarasotaJewishTheatre.org.

Sarasota Jewish Theatre , The Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Innovation Station , July 8 – July 12, 8:30

There are many things to explore and discover at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Camp. Learn, explore, craft, play, snack, and have fun every day! Camp Times are 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday with 8:30-9am Drop off & Pick up 3:30-4pm. $250 members/$300 non-members per week. Summer Science Camp is for campers in Grades 2-5, Ages 7-11 (starting second grade/Leaving fifth grade). This week, we will tinker, design, create, build, test, and tweak to solve some real-world problems. Hands down, amazing hands-on fun.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. West Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hot Dog Day at Hamlets Eatery , July 6, 11am

Enjoy Hot Dog Day at Hamlet's Eatery. All the toppings you could want, live music and free beer samples from Big Top and Sun King!

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237

[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]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

[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: Free Second Sundays , March 10 – December 8, 11am-5pm
Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum. On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances, and art-making activities for the whole family. To learn more, visit sarasotaartmuseum.org.

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