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SRQ Daily Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I really wanted to open the world of art to them."

- Marianne Chapel, SPAACES

[Gallery]  Making SPAACES for New Artists in Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Eight emerging artists make their Sarasota debut this Friday with the opening of Truly Valued “Who Am I” at SPAACES gallery, located at 2087 Princeton Street. A collaborative project orchestrated by SPAACES founder Marianne Chapel and the nonprofit Truly Valued, the exhibition sees eight ambitious young women ages 13 to 16 making their first foray into the fine art world and expressing their identities through painting and sculpture. It also represents the culmination of two months of hard work and artistic exploration with Chapel as their guide.

“I really wanted to open the world of art to them,” says Chapel, “to show them that this can be an outlet.” And so for the past several weeks, the young artists have been visiting the studio to learn about art and art history, as well as have run of the roost in eight “personal studios” demarcated by Chapel. The day might begin with snippets from the PBS series Art21, such as a presentation on Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, which inevitably leads to discussions of what is and is not art, but it all leads up to that period of creative play, where the artists let their instincts run wild with canvas and materials supplied by Chapel.

And so as the young artists would enter their studio spaces, “make a mess,” Chapel would say—and they did. “Anything goes,” she’d say—and they’d paint the furniture. With canvases and paints and found objects of all sorts available to them (including a whole mess of what appear to be wooden buttresses donated by neighboring artist Zach Gilliland), Chapel expected to see figurative art and simple scenes; what she got was levels of abstraction and unexpected artistic ingenuity, including one young woman repurposing bubble wrap as a textured stamp—something they never covered in discussion. “She just thought of a new way to make art,” says Chapel. “That’s really smart.”

As with previous SPAACES projects, like last November’s La Salon Tout Inclus, the democratization of art looms large behind the project. And as the eight artists explore the particulars of their individual identities through Who Am I, she hopes the more general message becomes engrained—that contemporary art and expression do not require years of training to enjoy and do not require degrees to be legitimate. In short, young artists need not wait for permission. “Art is available,” says Chapel.

Now, one final hurdle remains for the young artists—the opening. Taking place this Friday, January 11, at 6pm at SPAACES, all of the artists are expected to attend. “They have to stand up and say, ‘I did this,’” laughs Chapel. 

Pictured: The artists of "Who Am I" with Marianne Chapel (second from left). Photo courtesy of M. Chapel Projects.

[Philanthropy]  Boaters Battling Breast Cancer

Last week at the Boaters Battling Breast Cancer Bash, members of Sarasota Yacht Club's SYC Cares group raised more than $85,000 to benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the women’s breast cancer services at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. The fundraiser included live and silent auctions as well as pink-clad SYC-SMH doctors and other male SYC members selling 50-50 tickets to party-goers. Emcee Jeff Birnbach and auctioneer Greg Goebel kept the fundraising momentum going throughout the evening. Event chair, Maddie Kujawski, along with Stephania Feltz, SYC Member Relations Director and others, were proud to announce that this year’s event raised nearly three times as much as last year. 

“The Healthcare Foundation is honored to have been chosen by the Sarasota Yacht club as a charitable partner,” says Mason Ayres Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation President. “We are grateful for the generosity of this SYC community and their continued support of the Healthcare Foundation in raising critical funds for women’s breast cancer services at SMH.”

Funds raised help cover approximately 1,000-breast health visits for low-income or uninsured residents who need breast health screenings and/or diagnostic tests. Tests include mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies for those who do not qualify for other assistance. Ongoing grants from Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation also support a Clinical Oncologist Coordinator, Cancer Research Coordinator and Gynecological Tissue Banking Collection.

Photo provided by SYC Cares. From left to right: Sally Schule, Director of Community Engagement at the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation; Hugh McIlrevey, Commodore of SYC; Karen Harmon, GM/COO of SYC; Madelyn Kujawski, Event Chair; Stephania Feltz, Member Relations Director of SYC. 

[Dance]  Sarasota Contemporary Dance Opens Its Doors for Day of Dance

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is welcoming the entire community and its neighbors into the troupe’s home studio for the biannual “Day of Dance,” offering a variety of mini-classes for adults and children. Located at the corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Central Avenue, the studio is on the third floor and is elevator-accessible. Signs and greeters will direct visitors, and parking is available in the area. This multi-cultural event offers a taste of SCD classes, an opportunity to meet SCD teaching artists, and Studio Coordinator, Melissa Rummel. The Day of Dance begins at 10am with breakfast and a Meet & Greet, followed by quick 15-20 minute classes covering everything from Kids Contemporary Dance to Adult Jazz. At the end of the day, attendees receive 10% off any class or class package or tuition option. 

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

[Recreation]  Motorworks Announces Five Year Anniversary Festivities

Motorworks Brewing is celebrating five years as a brewery and five years of beer with a special Beer Garden Bash and double bottle release beginning January 25th and running through the weekend. After launching its sour program in January of last year, “Fermentis Camino”—the tart, funky, oak-matured spontaneous wild ale inoculated in the truck bed of Lead Brewer Jose Martinez’s El Camino Conquista—is ready to drink, and Motorworks is releasing it in 550ml corked-and-capped bottles, alongside 750ml bottles of “Cladogenesis,” a distinctly fruity mixed-culture wild ale brewed in collaboration with Inoculum Ale Works.

Additionally, Motorworks Brewing will be pouring its own beer on each of its thirty taps, and the Betty Fox Band will be kicking off the weekend festivities with live music. And in the Beer Garden on Saturday, January 26, at 12PM the brewery will host “Craft Beer Olympics”—a round-robin style tournament in which guests can test their mettle against Motorworks’ employees in friendly contests of cornhole, bocce, giant Connect Four and much more for a chance to win brewery swag and special prizes. 

Motorworks Brewing

[Education]  SCF Hosts Workshop on Innovation and Creativity

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will offer a half-day workshop on innovation, creativity and continuous improvement from 8am to noon, February 1 at SCF Lakewood Ranch. The workshop is designed to use discussions and activities to help participants cultivate a mindset that will encourage developing new ideas. Jamie Marco of Evolve Business Consulting and Larry Face, executive coach, leadership expert and president of Next Level Achievement, will facilitate the workshop. Discussions include what characteristics define an innovator; what blocks innovation, creativity and continuous improvement; and how to develop a supportive team environment. Participants will also learn about the tools they need to enhance their ability to be more innovative, including mind mapping and brainstorming techniques.

The cost of the four-hour workshop is $149 per person or $125 per person for groups of 3 or more. Space is limited to 20 participants. 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

[Education]  Manatee County Announces FSASE Scholarships Available

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) will award three $1,200 scholarships in 2019. Applications should be submitted in the county in which the student is registered to vote. Scholarship applications must be received by 5 pm, Friday, March 29,  in the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office. Letters of recommendation must accompany application or be received by the deadline. The Supervisor of Elections Office will review all applications, interview students and select only one student to proceed forward. That student's application will then be forwarded on to the Scholarship Chair. Upon their final conclusion the Scholarship Committee will announce the scholarship recipients in Summer of 2019. Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and must have maintained a “C” average or above during the past year.  Other requirements such as letters of recommendation and financial information are listed on the website below. 

FSASE Scholarship Guidelines

[Business]  Pirates, Marauders Announce Lanzino Coordinator, Marketing & Community Relations

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders have announced Mary Lanzino as Coordinator, Marketing & Community Relations. Lanzino’s first day with the organization was January 3. Lanzino joins the Pirates and Marauders following more than two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning. She will be a point of contact for community organizations for the Pirates and Marauders work within Manatee County, and take an active role in marketing Pirates Spring Training and Marauders baseball. Lanzino’s previous experience in professional baseball includes five years working with the Detroit Tigers and the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a variety of roles. Lanzino is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She resides in Bradenton. 

Bradenton Marauders

[Business]  Sirius Day Spa Announces Second Sarasota Location

Sirius Day Spa, a professional day spa franchise based in Scottsdale, AZ, announced its second location in the area with Richard and Karen Medford of Sarasota, Florida. Sirius Day Spa delivers a beautiful, pampering and highly professional day spa experience offering a myriad of luxurious spa services including customized facials, manicures, pedicures, event and blow dry bar services, customized massages, aromatherapy, waxing, body wraps, teeth whitening, guided mediation, eyelash extensions and more. Sirius Day Spa also offers a wellness program, which includes 30% or more off services, a dollar for dollar monthly credit, no long term contracts and more. The new location is slated for 8502 Cooper Creek Blvd., situated in the new construction building between Marriott Courtyard and LA Fitness. 

Sirius Day Spa - Lakewood Ranch

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Inspired Juried Show & Women's Contemporary Artists , December 4 – January 11

Two exhibits open up in the four galleries, including an all-media juried show featuring artists from all around the region. Women's Contemporary Artists is a group of women artists from Florida's Gulf Coast. Opening reception on December 5.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: SRQ Magazine's 6th Annual Women in Business Competition , December 10 – January 25

Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

[SOON]  THEATER: Pirates of Penzance , January 10 – January 27

This rollicking, music-filled farce, which premiered in 1879, includes home-town references to our own Pittsburg Pirates. At eight years of age, Frederic was apprenticed to a group of fun-loving, soft-hearted pirates. Now 21, he decides to leave the pirates to lead “a blameless life.” He makes it his goal to eradicate these pirates. Fun and mayhem follow.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: The Crucible , January 11 – March 10

In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, in this Arthur Miller classic.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Bayfront Gardens Workshop: Fertilizer Basics , January 12

Join Ringling staff for a two-part workshop which includes a classroom session to learn about fertilizers and their use in the landscape, followed by an outdoor session. The program includes a talk and discussion in the Museum of Art, Chao Lecture Hall followed by a walking tour tailored to the topic. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Bayfront Gardens , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Before Night Falls , January 12

Join for a film screening of “Nadie”, directed by Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula. Coyula will be there to introduce the film and take questions from the audience. “Nadie” (Nobody) tells the story of Rafael Alcides, a writer for the Cuban Revolution who became increasingly disillusioned as it progressed.

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Images- Who Stole the Mona Lisa , January 12 – January 13

“Who Stole the Mona Lisa?” is a whimsical and imaginative animated film that offers a delightful, multimedia, classical music performance presented in synchrony with a live performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.” Live and visual pairings of “Babar the Elephant” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” complete the program. Alexandre Moutouzkine mans the piano while Edward Alley narrates.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: American Watercolor Society , January 15 – February 22

Artists are local, national and international, and Art Center Manatee is one of only five venues in the country to host the exhibit. Admission is $5. In a neighboring gallery, and on display for the same period of time, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will also be showing work from its member-artists.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hairspray , January 17 – February 3

“Welcome to the 60s” where Tracey Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate the Corny Collins Show. This winner of eight Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is based on the John Waters film and proves that “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 3rd Annual Come Ride With Us! , January 17, 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Jane Brody is coming to Sarasota! The "High Priestess of Health," New York Times Columnist and American Author is the keynote at ITN SunCoast's annual luncheon. Health and wellness exhibits, and giveaways will precede the sit down lunch and "Jane Brody on Living Well to 100".  Seating is limited.  Tickets are $50.

The Carlisle, 3727 Bahia Vista, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Yoga Nights , January 17

This exciting new series taught by Lululemon Ambassador Ashley Stewart Yoga will offer three classes in different locations throughout the estate in January, February and March 2019.  After the class, explore the galleries and visit with friends at the Art After 5 lounge which features a cash bar.

Museum Galleries, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Bill Bowers: All Over The Map , January 18 – January 19

Through movement, mime, and comedy, a veteran solo artist recalls and recreates the indelible memories from thirty years of touring twenty-five nations.

Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Doll's House, Part 2 , January 18 – March 31

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer slammed the door on her marriage and family life, leaving her family. This sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent women, but she must return home to the one man who can help her. Universally acclaimed during its recent Broadway run, this new comedy raises questions about marriage and the roles of women have—and have not—changed.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

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