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"In times of division, it becomes more important that we listen to each other. The arts help us develop that skill."

- Josh Ford, Florida Studio Theatre Director of Education

-Remembering the awesome spaces of the SRQ Home of The Year 2020. Pictured: Gold Winner Best Overall Home (Between $1 - $2 Million) Myakka Farmhouse by Sweet Sparkman Architects
[Politics]  Clermont, Arroyo Look to General Election Matchup
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The contest for Sarasota City Commission in District 3 has winnowed to two candidates, Dan Clermont and Erik Arroyo. That’s after Rob Grant was eliminated in a primary on Tuesday night.

Clermont came out as the top vote getter in the primary with 1,378 votes. He attributes that to bringing a positive message to voters during an otherwise negative campaign season. “Instead of talking about what we shouldn’t do or what we couldn’t do, I started to say let’s try this,” he said. For example, he spoke to some neighbors about what happens with the Midtown Plaza that a grocery store vacated, and he said he wants to work on the Commission to lure a Fresh Market to that space.

“I think it’s true of a lot of cities, but it always seems to be about putting out fires,” he said. He’d rather City Hall be more proactive. Instead of speaking to arts organizations only when they are in crisis or need, there needs to be a constant conversation about how to cultivate culture. “We wait until they are in trouble or in need of improvement or enlarging of space,” he said. “Then we say come with a proposal and let us know what the neighbors thing, then we’ll get in a fight about it in the Commission Chambers.”

Arroyo secured the second spot in the general election with 1,007 votes, edging out Grant with 923. He’s hoping to build some bridges with Grant voters as he looks to November. As someone who lived in District 3 since he was a teenager, he feels his message can win out in the working class neighborhood. “I have a couple of things I need to do for the general but I like my odds,” he said. A long-time political consultant in the area, he’s already started looking carefully at where he can grow his support and close the 371-vote difference with Clermont.

 “I’m a minority who made it in Sarasota and in America,” he said, “and I have been here. I came in the middle of high school.” That and knocking on doors relentlessly leading into the election tells him the different needs and desires of voters abutting the Bobby Jones Golf Course and who reside in Arlington Park. The challenges in ensuring workforce housing can be found in the city feels literally close to home. But he knows he’s going toward November as the underdog. He’s fine with that, and likes to quote MC Hammer, “Either you work hard or you might as well quit,” and he’s not quitting.

The winner of the seat for the first time in decades will be decided at the general election, on Nov. 3 concurrent with the Presidential election this cycle. 

[Fundraising]  CareerEdge Brings Nearly $600,000 To Bolster Regional Workforce Development

This year, CareerEdge raised $592,280 from 12 different organizations including financial institutions, county government, private foundations – both local and national. With their support, CareerEdge will continue its efforts to improve the workforce climate in Sarasota and Manatee counties. CareerEdge helps workers advance into higher-skill/higher-wage careers, while providing employers with the workers they need to accelerate growth. As a nonprofit, CareerEdge could do not conduct its innovative work without the support of funders. 

[Position Available ]  Deadline Approaching for First-Ever Virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is still accepting applications for the first-ever entirely virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute. The deadline to apply for this high-level nonprofit governance training series is Sunday, August 23rd. The online application is available at GulfCoastCF.org. Through interactive videoconferencing, the foundation will deliver the same nonprofit board-governance training as in past sessions, but make it accessible to participants from the safety of their own homes or offices. 

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[Election Update]  City Commission Candidates Advance to November General Election

Candidates for the District 2 and District 3 City Commission seats have advanced to a second election this fall, based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s first round of voting.Terry Turner and incumbent Liz Alpert were the top two vote-getters in District 2 and will be on the ballot in the Nov. 3 general election. Daniel A. Clermont and Erik “E” Arroyo received the most votes and will vie for the District 3 seat in the fall. Incumbent Willie Charles Shaw and challenger Kyle Scott Battie will also be on the Nov. 3 ballot for District 1. 

Pictured: Unofficial results from Tuesday's voting.

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[The DeMarcay Secures City of Sarasota Demolition P]  The DeMarcay Secures City of Sarasota Demolition Permit

The DeMarcay, a luxury residential condominium project by GK Real Estate in downtown Sarasota, Florida, recently received its demolition permit from the City of Sarasota and will begin removal of the two on-site structures. The process of preparing the historic facades of the DeMarcay Hotel and Roth Cigar Factory for preservation began last year and will continue throughout construction. With financing fully in place, an already approved building permit and robust sales, The DeMarcay is slated for completion in summer 2022.  “We have worked closely with the City of Sarasota and its building department on our demolition and preservation plans, and our team is thrilled to secure this permit and begin construction,” said Greg Kveton, principal at GK Real Estate, the developer of The DeMarcay. “This is a truly unique project, which required an extra level of planning and care to properly prepare and preserve both of the 100-year-old facades. We can now begin the physical process of bringing this exciting project to life.” 

Pictured: Rooftop pool at The DeMarcay.

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[Recognition]  Murray Homes Sarasota Modern Retreat Wins Big at Southeast Building Conference Awards

Murray Homes is celebrating three SEBC honors and “Best in Show” Aurora. The 3 honors Silver, Grand and Golden, were awarded to a 4,223 SQ FT awe-inspiring Sarasota Modern Retreat designed by the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and built by Murray Homes. 

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[New Hire]  Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Kristen Gonter-Aubin, DO

 Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) welcomes medical oncologist and hematologist Kristen Gonter-Aubin, DO. She is seeing patients at the FCS Englewood office at 714 Doctors Drive, Englewood, FL and at the FCS Venice Healthpark location at 836 Sunset Lake Blvd, Suite 101, Venice, FL.  “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Gonter-Aubin to FCS, she will undoubtedly be a tremendous addition to the Venice and Englewood communities and to our patients,” said FCS CEO Nathan Walcker. FCS President & Managing Physician Dr. Lucio Gordan said, “Dr. Gonter-Aubin comes to us with outstanding clinical leadership skills, as demonstrated through her educational and professional careers. It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Gonter-Aubin to FCS.” 

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[Recognition]  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Ranks in the Nation's Top 300 Accounting Firms

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that it has been ranked one of the Top 300 Accounting Firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA 300).  "The IPA 300 is a prestigious group, and we are proud to have made it into the ranking. We believe our success is a result of the relationships we have built with the people who have helped us grow - our clients, staff and the community we serve," said Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder. 

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[Featured Artist]  Art Uptown Gallery Shows New Art: Vision vs Status Quo

Evelyn McCorristin-Peters, Art Uptown’s September featured artist, uses her artistic vision as a laser, lighting up issues that challenge the status quo.  Her show’s abstractions and painted statements serve to document her reactions to challenging times and invite visitors to experience these along with her.  Evelyn’s closely observed works reflect her boldness and the deeply held responsibility to use the artist’s unique platform to address important issues.   She says, “My intention for this collection is to stimulate a dialogue to become kinder, more just and understanding.” 

Art Uptown, 1367 Main Street, 941-955-5409

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[Acting Classes]  The Florida Studio Theatre School is Now Enrolling

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that enrollment is now open for The FST School with both in-person and online theatre classes for students ages 7-17 starting the week of August 31. Led by FST’s team of Professional Resident Teaching Artists, core offerings include classes in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, dance and movement, and creating a memorable audition. These classes run for 8 weeks at a time and range from $149 – 199 per session. Scholarships are available based on both merit and financial need. “We are excited to begin our youth classes at Florida Studio Theatre,” said Josh Ford, FST’s Director of Education. “Studying theatre gave me so many tools that I still use in my everyday life, including communication skills, thinking on my feet, planning, and analytical thinking. While these are terrific measurable outcomes, theatre—and all of the arts—are worthwhile in their own right. They are how we tell the story of our own emotional experience and how we hear the stories of others. In times of division, it becomes more important that we listen to each other. The arts help us develop that skill.” 

For more information or to enroll, visit fstschoolyouth.floridastudiotheatre.org or call 941-366-1350.

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[In This Issue]  Stitch in Time

Cassia Kite soundstitches Mable's roses. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's Summer 2020 edition.

[New Event]  The Players Centre Hosts 'So Long, Dearie' Farewell Tour

Join for a one-hour tour through your community theatre before The Players Centre for Performing Arts moves in October 2020. Tours will be held September 3-4 and 10-11 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Sept. 5-6 and 12-13 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10. 

The bar will be open for your pleasure; this time complete with a singing bartender. Take photos at designated stations or visit your favorite portion of the building to capture your own personal memories including our famous backstage murals. Enjoy a few performances and shop our as seen on stage sale. A virtual tour is also available to purchase online!.This is the perfect farewell for those in other states to fully experience The Players before the downtown location is gone for good.  


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[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery Presents Summer Sojourn Artists' Showcase , August 4 – August 29, 11am-5pm

Art Uptown's regionally acclaimed artists offer passage to worlds unseen and under explored through the upcoming Summer Sojourn showcase on view from Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 29. The exhibit features a wide array of media: photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, ceramic, sculpture and painting. Hungering for a reminder of Provence? Take in Jill Krasner's Yellow Daffodils (top left) or Jana Millstone's Tulip Trip (lower left). Seeking a little Zen-like serenity? Pause at Joan Libby Hawk's ceramic vessel, Elegy (top right). Marlane Wurzbach's Egret's Buffet (lower right), Bill Swanson's Juvenile Angelfish and Maro Lorimer's Haze take you right to the water's edge of your choice. Elijah (below left) by Janet Mishner invites the viewer to a more spiritual place and Liz Cole's abstract Bring on the Sun (below right) pushes the darks to brights. More than twenty other accomplished artists' work fills the Summer Sojourn showcase with unexpected, art-inspired journeys. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota Presents The Big Show National Juried Exhibition , August 6 – August 21, Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 12pm-4pm

Art Center Sarasota invited contemporary artists from across the nation to submit work for Sarasota's premier open, all media, all subjects national juried exhibition. Visitors will have an opportunity to see diverse artistic mediums and talent both locally and nationally. First Place: Human Briar by Art Venti, Second Place: Little Blue by Richard Lamson, Third Place: Feeling Marginalized at 65 Karen Smith-Lovejoy, Merit Awards: Open Up a Box of Secrets... by Rebecca Quigley and When Cows Fly by Jillian Vida Nova, Special Award: Cold Spring House by Maeve McCool and Honorable Mention: Cape Florida Lighthouse by Miriam Esteve.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Selby Gardens Presents In Dialogue With Nature: Glass in The Gardens , August 8 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

Glass Artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in the Conservatory and the Gardens. Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG) in St. Petersburg presents the third annual summer glass show. This year we are featuring the nature-inspired glasswork created exclusively by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists which will be displayed in the Conservatory and in the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. The beautiful botanically-themed glassworks will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Good Morning, Sarasota , August 20, 8:30am-9:30am

Join us for our "virtual" Good Morning, Sarasota. Stay connected with Chamber Members and update each other on your current business opportunities. If you like to submit an electronic or virtual door prize, please email cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com to let him know what it will be. We will have Trivia questions during the meeting for attendees to win the door prizes! Attendees are responsible for getting door prize to the winner.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: Mindful Moments Self-Care Toolkit , July 7 – August 25, 8:30am-9am

Lakewood Ranch, in collaboration with the Brain Health Initiative and their meditation expert, Trish Hart of Hart Mind Body Solutions, will be providing weekly mindful moments to help kick-off your week with a healthy brain boost. 10-15 minute video clips featuring Trish Hart who will provide a mindful moment to implement into your Tuesday routine. Mindful moments will include brief meditations, affirmations, short readings, yoga practice tips, and more. RSVP and invite your friends and neighbors to be notified when a new video is posted on Tuesday mornings. The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is a cutting-edge, new approach to studying brain health that's set to revolutionize neuroscience research and position the Gulf Coast as a global leader in scientific innovation. Formed in 2018 and headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the BHI features collaborative leadership from the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. Brain health clinicians, researchers, academics, and innovators from across the Harvard system and throughout the state of Florida, as well as national and global collaborators, are engaged in this collective impact effort to support significant positive brain health and performance outcomes for the greater Gulf Coast region and beyond. Trish Hart is a facilitator of the Massachusetts General Hospital's, Benson Henry Institute's (SMART) Stress Management and Resiliency Program, trained in Mindfulness for Professionals through Duke Integrative Medicine, and is an Ananda Meditation and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Homeschool Third Thursday + ROAR , August 20 – August 31

Join a museum educator for a live virtual tour (rec. ages 8+), and a virtual Roar storytime for our littlest learners (rec. ages 2-8), on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long.Beginning August 20th with the exhibition Being Seen, each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long. Tickets are required, space is limited.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Being Seen: Recent Photography Acquisitions , April 19 – January 3, Museum hours.

Curated from The Ringling’s photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century. Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context. This exhibit began April 19, 2020 and will end on January 3, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Weekly: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – April 24, 7am-1pm

Visit the Sarasota Farmers Market in Downtown Sarasota from 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. 

Downtown Sarasota, Lemon Avenue and State Street, Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Music Compound's Drive-In Concert at Fruitville Grove , August 21, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join the members of Music Compound for their monthly concert this installment will be outdoors, live and loud. Music Compound students of all ages will showcase their talents for friends, family and new fans during the free show, which is open to the public (but registration required). Attendees are asked to stay in or near their cars (with social distancing recommended). Kona Ice will be on-site with cool treats. Takes place at Fruitville Grove (7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota) from 6:00-7:30pm; gates open at 5:30pm. Register to attend on the Music Compound’s Facebook page, “Events” tab.

Music Compound

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota Kickoff Celebration , August 27, 6pm

Let's get together and celebrate Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota. Kickoff Celebration and Real Men Wear Pink Reveal. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Light Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails. Complimentary Valet Parking. RSVP by Monday, August 24, 2020.

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

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