Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Also in this issue:
■ Feature: Preserving Sarasota’s History
■ Arts: The Artistry of Eleanor Merritt
■ Local Travel: The Eelling Eide Center
■ Happening this Month: Pride Celebrations
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travel close to home
The Elling Eide Center in Sarasota offers tours at their
72-acre, waterfront estate. It’s a pleasant, easy and
fascinating walk and tour. Read our report on
Summer heats up with Summer Circus Spectacular running
June 10 - August 13. Beat the heat at the Historic Asolo
Theater on the grounds of The Ringling. Read more on
happening this month:
Easy to be Vegan? Yep, if you read our feature
this month and discover recipes that a PBS chef
created. We have excerpt from her new book,
Easy Vegan Home Cooking, by Laura Theodore.
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4 editor’s letter
7 Out & About: listings for things
to do live and/or online
9 healthier you: Nicotine’s effect on the
11 women’s health: Meet the team at the
preserving Sarasota’s history
The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation has
released its 2022 “Six to Save” report that lists places
and buildings that are in danger of being demolished.
12 news about arts: round up of arts news,
events and more
15 happening this month: Pride Month
16 west coast woman: Amanda Horne,
co-owner of the Anna Maria Oyster
18 Travel news and tips
20 Travel close to home:
The Selling Eide Centers
21 health feature: Craniosacral Therapy
22 focus on the arts: The Circus is on!
23 travel advice: Mastering the Art
off the Carry-on
24 focus on the arts: Eleanor Merritt
26 you’re news
28 dining out: better a better vegan cook
30 feature: Preserving Sarasota’s past
■ on the cover: Photo of West Coast Woman Amanda Horne, co-owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Restaurants shot in Bradenton. ■ Photo by Evelyn England.
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Editor and Publisher
West Coast Woman Amanda Horne
Photo by Evelyn England
Most of us love seafood restaurants - especially
those places with the wooden tables, paper
placemats, fishing/shell/nets motifs, affordable
prices and great, unfussy, traditional seafood.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, with four locations in
Manatee County, is quintessential Florida seafood
cuisine and “architecture.”
So I was surprised to read that Café L’Europe
was acquired by John and Amanda Horne, the
owners of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurants.
It seemed like an unusual match to
go from paper placemats to linen, peel ’n eat
shrimp to Chateaubriand and Dover sole, but as
you’ll read in this month’s profile on Amanda, it was a perfect next step
for their business.
You’ll also read how much this couple invests not just in their employees,
but in the community. I need to head back to Café L’Europe - I
attended events there and also had more than a few wonderful lunches
and dinners as well.
New column this month - Arts News
WCW has always had lots
of arts content so it seemed
natural to run even more
and in the off-season. We
get so much news about the
arts - hires, promotions,
new buildings, expanded
programming, etc., etc., that
it seemed wrong to share it
all only in season. We’ll run
this column on and off in
the months ahead leading
Patti Smith and Jennifer Rominiecki at Selby Gardens.
up to season and our expanded
arts coverage starting in November.
WCW Honored with U.S. stamp
Hopefully you can still get these stamps with marine biologist Eugenie
Clark on them. Clark, a pioneering marine biologist who spent her career
working to change public perception about sharks — as well as to
preserve marine environments around the world — was immortalized
in May on a Forever stamp.
The dedication took
place at the Mote Marine
Laboratory & Aquarium,
which Clark helped
found as the Cape Haze
Marine Laboratory in
1955. A prolific scientist
animated by an unyielding
sense of curiosity,
Clark (1922-2015) carried
experiments and more
than 200 expeditions
across the globe.
that lemon sharks could
be trained to do complex tasks, disproved the notion that some shark
species must keep swimming in order to survive, and debunked myths
about sharks as vicious, fearsome creatures.
Clark was a pioneer in the era when scuba emerged as a research tool
and later took more than 70 trips in high-tech submersibles, sometimes
as deep as 12,000 feet beneath the ocean surface — something that has
still been done by only a small number of other marine biologists.
In addition to the honor of being on a US stamp, Clark received the
Franklin L. Burr Award from the National Geographic Society, the Explorers
Club Medal, and the Medal of Excellence from the American Society
of Oceanographers, among numerous other recognitions. In 2015,
she was honored posthumously by the U.S. Congress. In 2018, a newly
discovered species of dogfish shark found in the Gulf of Mexico was
named Squalus clarkae in her honor. And we had the honor of featuring
Dr. Clark in West Coast Woman.
The stamp art features a digital collage created by multidisciplinary
artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. Her design includes a photograph
of Clark taken by David Doubilet, as well as a photograph of a lemon
shark taken by Reinhard Dirscherl. Wavy blue elements in the stamp’s
background evoke an undersea scene.
Purchase the stamps at usps.com/shopstamps.
How well do you know Elling Eide?
I love discovering new places in our community and
was delighted to find and experience the Elling Eide
Center in south Sarasota. That name might draw a
blank, but those of us who have lived here for more
than a few decades may recall Mr. Eide for his brief
foray into county politics when he was frustrated over
limits placed on his selling off some of this property.
While Mr. Eide is gone, his legacy is now a research
center for the study of Chinese literature and culture.
During the pandemic they offered fascinating lectures
online. But what really got me there was the tour of the
grounds and the building that holds some of his vast
collection of art objects while offering a look into the
history of the property and his own fascinating life.
The grounds are quite a study in contrast - a beautiful modern building
where the researchers and academics work out of and the grounds
that, in part, look untouched from the 1920s. By all means go there if
you want a new experience. More info at https://ellingoeide.org/
A Nonprofit Goes Green
Thanks to a generous $40,000 grant from the Selby Foundation, Mothers
Helping Mothers, Inc. (MHM) is finally able to go completely green
and went officially go off the grid this past April.
This all-volunteer 501(C)
(3) nonprofit organization
serves thousands of needy
families each year in the
region. Cheri DeVries,
MHM Executive Director,
expressed her gratitude
to the William G. & Marie
Selby Foundation, Partners
for Green Places, Brilliant
Harvest, and their numerous
donors for helping them
raise awareness and funds
to eliminate their electric bill to the tune of nearly $5000 a year.
MHM will redirect the money saved by going green into programs to
support and educate families. Although the cost for going fully solar is
almost $80,000, it will enable them to permanently eliminate their largest
overhead expense. This means that becoming energy independent,
allows every dollar saved to go directly back into the community to
provide families in need with basic necessities, from clothing to baby
equipment and diapers, services, and resources, free of charge.
To date, MHM has helped over 120,000 of the neediest families in our
community, representing over 360,000 children, and more than 65% of
their clients are single mothers. According to Cheri DeVries, “Teaching
kids and families that come to MHM about the importance of going solar
is a priority and we look forward to helping them learn about energy
conservation while being in our new fully green space! For more information
about how Mothers Helping Mothers helps families in need,
please visit www.mhmsarasota.com
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St. Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga
is is on the inner circle, and will run
through the end of September. Yoga
enthusiasts can relax, stretch, and
gaze at a sunset while enjoying a nice
workout. Attendees should bring
their own yoga mat and block.
The class will be led by Liana Sheintal
Bryant. Breathe: A Sunset Yoga
Series will be held on June 26, July 24,
August 28, and September 25 from
5 to 6 p.m. and is free for the public.
For directions, more information,
and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event
Project Pride SRQ has Pride
Month, June 1-30. The local LGBTQ+
organization celebrates Pride Month
with a full roster of events including
“The Grand Carnival” on June 4, a
downtown Sarasota car parade June
11, pet parade at Bayfront Park on June
18 and Taste of Pride with local businesses
offering specials throughout
the month. Info: projectpridesrq.org.
As part of Pride Month, there will
be Big Gay Weekend, June 10-12.
Local LGBTQ+ and SarasotaOUT.
com will celebrate with a variety of
festivities including a Big Gay Beach
Day on North Lido Beach, a Pride
Booze Cruise, and numerous events
at Golden Host Resort. Info: biggayweekend.com.
Suncoast Summer Fest runs
June 24-July 10. The second annual
festival features a variety of events
including 4th of July bayfront fireworks
in downtown Sarasota, a
“Waves & Wheels” summer party,
“Blast On The Bay” boat fun run and
more. All proceeds benefit Suncoast
Charities for Children. Info: suncoastsummerfest.org.
Sarasota Opera is set to host the
finals for Schmidt Vocal Arts (SVA)
national Schmidt Vocal Competition
at Sarasota Opera House June
3-5. The top three winners from each
of 13 regional competitions will compete
for the first national prize in the
competition’s 25-year history. Seven
Floridians have qualified after competing
in four different regional locations.
Judges for this competition are
bass-baritone Eric Owens, Sarasota
Opera General Director Richard Russell,
and soprano Tamara Wilson.
There will also be an alumni concert
on June 4 that will feature SVA alumni
Virginia Mims (from West Palm
Beach) and Aaron Crouch with pianist
Tickets at SarasotaOpera.org or
call (941) 328-1300.
Join them for the Taste of OLLI
series featuring John Dangaran’s
presentations on Beer and Wine at
the Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum.
Guests will sample beers and
or wines paired with light bites prepared
by Chef Kaytlin Dangaran.
• Session 1: Beer • Monday, June 6,
5-6 pm. This session will include a
brief history on the different methods
and styles of beer that are still brewed
and enjoyed today.
• Session 2: Wine • Wednesday,
June 8, 5-6 pm. Wine is the focus of
this lecture and will include a brief
overview of the wine-making process.
We will discuss Old World vs.
New World, wine laws, terroir, and
proper tasting techniques. Cost: $49
per lecture/per person.
For more information or to register,
please call us at 941-309-5111.
The Manatee Genealogical Society
will host a virtual meeting and
program on June 7, 10am–noon.
The speaker, Cyndi Ingle, will present
“Timelines: The Straight Line
Between You and Your Ancestor”.
Cyndy, a genealogist for more than
41 years, is the creator and innovator
behind the award-winning and globally
She is an expert in using technology
for genealogy research and bringing
together traditional methodology
with organization, computers, software,
and the Internet. Cyndi will
introduce timelines, which can help
you see gaps in certain time periods
or patterns in time periods and
places. Timelines can also provide
an overview of your ancestor’s life to
show migration patterns as he or she
moved from one location to another.
Members of the public are welcome
to attend. Guests must register at least
one day in advance by emailing info@
mgsfl.org. For more information, visit
our website at https://mgsfl.org/
At The Hermitage
The Hermitage Artist Retreat has
a new Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music
Series. The premiere event, “Soulful
Strings: An Evening of Harp Music,”
is on June 7 at 8pm at Marie Selby
Botanical Gardens, featuring harpist
and returning Hermitage Fellow Ashley
Jackson. The outdoor event is free
and open to the public with a $5/person
The Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music
Series at the Hermitage offers the opportunity
for a distinguished Hermitage
alumni composer or musician to
return for additional residency time
and a special community concert. Info:
At The Bishop
On exhibit: Illumination: Seeing
Beyond the Shell. A shell can be
Choral Artists has American Fanfare on July 4. Celebrate America with choral fireworks, rousing marches and patriotic
fervor at the Sarasota Opera House at 4 p.m. Info: www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.
many things: a mollusk’s protection
against a predator, a piece of jewelry,
a makeshift spoon—it can even be a
calcium supplement or an alternative
to limestone mining to help fight
climate change. But what happens
when you take a closer look?
With Illumination: Seeing Beyond
the Shell, The Bishop continues the
celebration of its 75th Anniversary
Year of Light with the photography
of Scott Odell who is not only a local
photographer, but also a member of
the Museum’s Staff.
This exhibition of macro photography
literally takes a closer look at the
shells in The Bishop’s permanent collection,
showing what happens when
you take an object and view it in a
completely different way.
These images are the fortuitous
result of the Museum’s temporary
closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Odell originally began his work
with the idea of having an online
exhibition where visitors to The Bishop’s
website could continue to view
items from the permanent collection
The Bishop Museum of Science
and Nature, 201 10th St. West,
June 7 and 9—Disaster Preparedness
(webinar). What would you do
if basic services were cut off, like
electricity or water, or if you had to
suddenly leave your home? This class
will offer tips and ways to prepare for
unexpected disasters, such as hurricanes.
Learn how to assemble an
emergency supply kit and other ways
to prepare for emergencies.
Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com
rather than any
third party websites, as they are not affiliated
with our classes and events.
Instructor: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
family and consumer sciences agent.
For questions, call 941-861-5000 or
June 13—Wild Sarasota: Other
Wading Birds of Florida (webinar).
Take a virtual walk on the wild side
of Sarasota, with Dr. Katherine Clements,
ecology and natural resources
educator. She’ll focus on local wading
birds and their unique adaptations.
com/e/259814150117/. For questions,
Sea Turtle Nesting
Season is Here
Sea turtle nesting season takes
place through Oct. 31 on Southwest
Florida beaches. Mote Marine coordinates
with county, state and federal
efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly
loggerheads, since Sarasota
County hosts the highest density of
loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.
Data show that nesting by loggerhead
turtles declined and then rebounded
in recent years, while green
turtle nesting — although very low in
numbers — has increased.
On nesting beaches, light from
waterfront properties can disorient
nesting female turtles and their
young, which emerge at night and
use dim natural light to find the sea.
Also, beach furniture, trash and other
obstacles can impede sea turtles and
their young. While Mote documents
turtle nests, the best thing you can
do to help is to refrain from using artificial
light while on the beach.Here
are some “do and don’t” tips to keep
• DO stay away from sea turtle nests
marked with yellow stakes and tape,
and seabird nesting zones that are
bounded by ropes.
• DO remain quiet and observe from
a distance if you encounter a nesting
sea turtle or hatchlings.
• DO shield or turn off outdoor lights
that are visible on the beach from
May through October.
• DO close drapes after dark and
stack beach furniture at the dune line
or, ideally, remove it from the beach
• DO fill in holes that may entrap
hatchlings on their way to the water.
• DON’T approach nesting turtles
or hatchlings, make noise, or shine
lights at turtles.
• DON’T use flashlights, head lamps
or fishing lamps on the beach.
• DON’T encourage a turtle to move
while nesting or pick up hatchlings
that have emerged and are heading
for the water.
• DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
• DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota
County beach other than Brohard
Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must
be leashed or under voice control, according
to county ordinances.
Report stranded sea turtles and
marine mammals. Mote Marine
Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations
Program responds 24 hours a
day seven days a week to reports of
sick, injured and dead marine mammals
and sea turtles for animals in
Sarasota and Manatee County waters.
Live animals are brought back to
Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital
or Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital
for treatment and the deceased animals
undergo a detailed post-mortem
examination so that we may learn
more about the natural history of
these animals and evaluate longterm
trends in mortality.
Within Sarasota or Manatee County
waters, if you see a stranded or
dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle, call
Mote's Stranding Investigations Program,
a 24-hour response service, at
If you see a stranded or dead manatee
anywhere in state waters or a
stranded or dead dolphin, whale or
sea turtle outside of Sarasota or Manatee
counties, call the FWC Wildlife
Alert hotline at 1-(888) 404-3922.
Elling Eide Center
Join docent Norman Burr on a
90-minute trek through their historic
grounds. Walk through the arboretum
and learn about rare, interesting,
and exotic plants. Norman will discuss
the geologic history of Florida
and how plant life evolved. He will
also share the history of the inhabitants
of the Elling Eide Center from
pre-history to today.
Then, venture inside and see Elling
Eide’s personal collection of Asian
art and artifacts. Arboretum Tours
are held every Tuesday/Thursday
of every week. Register at www.ellingoeide.org
for the Arboretum Tour
and their other events. Elling Eide
Center, 8000 South Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Admission: $5. Tour is 2
hours with 60 minutes of the tour is
outside and 30 minutes of the tour is
of the inside of the Eide Center.
The Eide Center will also be offering
a Summer Lecture Series. Beat
the heat this summer & join Dr. Matthew
Wells, the Elling Eide Center’s
Research Director, for a limited summer
lecture and discussion series that
explores different aspects of Chinese
culture and history.
This five-part series is designed for
people who have little or no background
in Chinese history, language,
and culture. Come listen and enjoy
a delicious cup of roasted coffee and
pastries at our new summer lecture
series, “Coffee & Confucius.”
• Start Time: 9:30-10:00 am: Coffee
and pastries served; 10:00am -
11:00am: Lecture program
• Cost of Program: $15 per lecture or
$50 for all 5 (five) lectures
• Registration: Register at www.ellingoeide.org
or on Eventbrite
• Schedule: June: 8, 15 and 29, July:
6 and 13
1) June 8: Chinese Writing and Language:
2) June 15: Chinese History: Issues,
Problems, and Approaches
3) June 29: Sages, immortals, and
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out and about continued
Buddhas: Chinese religion and
4) July 6: From poetry to ghost stories:
An overview of early Chinese
5) July 13: One Belt One Road: China’s
20th century and beyond
Summer Art Camps
Art Center Sarasota offers Summer
Art Camp through August 5.
Each week campers will explore their
creativity, learn about art, and make
original masterpieces that will be
“exhibited” on Friday afternoons for
friends and family. Instructors provide
age appropriate activities for
campers in two groups: Creative Kids
for ages 6-10 and Emerging Artists for
Camp runs M-F, 9:30am-3pm.
Before and after care available. Info:
The Island Players on Anna
Maria plan to offer its Children’s
Drama Camp, in partnership with
the AMI Center, led by actress Pam
Hopkins, with two public performances
planned for July 23. Evening
performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in
the new season. Auditions will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on August 1. For
information, call 941-778-5755 or
ArtCenter Manatee offers sprouting
artists, ages 4 to 6, an opportunity
to express their creativity. In Marvelous
Mondays, children ages 6-10 will
make drawings, paintings and prints.
In Thrilling Thursdays children will
have fun playing in clay. If they want
more, this age group can attend oneweek
KidsArt Camps from 9-3 Monday
Every week has a different theme,
from animals and aliens to artists
and super heroes. Emerging Artists,
ages 11-15, are challenged in
weekly half-day camps where they
can make clay sculptures and learn
on the potter’s wheel, learn mosaics,
painting, drawing, fiber, collage and
more. Scholarships available. Camps
begin May 31. Location: 209 9th St
W, Bradenton. Info: 941-746-2862
Selby Gardens has a summer
camp that offers six one-week sessions
(Monday-Friday) from June 6 - July 15.
The first three weeks are at the Downtown
Sarasota campus, while the final
three take place at the Historic Spanish
Point campus. Sign up for individual
weeks of your choice.
At Mote Marine
Mote Aquarium has a new exhibit
from National Geographic. SHARKS:
On Assignment with Brian Skerry
includes large-scale images that
highlight the work of National Geographic
Explorer and award-winning
photojournalist, Brian Skerry.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,
2022. The exhibition strives to raise
awareness about the status of sharks
around the world. Visitors can dive
into the ocean depths to swim alongside
tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic
whitetips and shortfin makos while
learning about each species’ habitat
and threats they face. Additionally,
they’ll get a glimpse into National Geographic’s
ocean conservation efforts.
spent more than
10,000 hours underwater
oceans with a
camera to show
why sharks need
to be protected
as integral species
within the ecosystem.
and life-long commitment
■ Join Mote for
some fun outdoor
use dip nets to
explore the nearshore
beds and learn about the plants and
animals that call the Bay home. All
ages. Fee: $15. Held 11:30 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Next date: June 18.
Pre-registration (including parents/
guardians) is required. This is an outdoor
program and participants will
wade in water up to waist deep. Details
■ Seashore SEAfari allows you to
explore a mangrove forest. Put on
your adventure hat and come along
as you tour a mangrove boardwalk,
use science tools to test water quality
and complete a seashore scavenger
hunt with one of the best views in
Sarasota. All ages. Fee: $15. Held 10
a.m.-11a.m. June 18. re-registration
(including parents/guardians) is required.
This is an outdoor program (not
water-based) that involves walking.
Details here: https://mote.org/experiences/details/kayaking-with-mote.
Next up: American Fanfare on
July 4. Celebrate America with choral
fireworks, rousing marches and patriotic
fervor. Old Glory and Uncle Sam
are feted in this annual performance
featuring the Lakewood Ranch
Wind Ensemble and Choral Artists of
Sarasota. Musical fireworks abound
in this annual salute to America at
the Sarasota Opera House at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.
Lots of Fun
The Palm Avenue First Friday
Walks in downtown Sarasota gives
art lovers a backdoor peek without
the hustle and bustle of the crowds
but with the cool breeze and moonlight
sky the evening brings. The
event is held the first Friday of every
month, running 6-9 p.m. The next
ones are on June 3 and July 1. Info:
Women Contemporary Artists Annual Art Exhibit 2022 - Gail White - "Mucho Mango"
Women Contemporary Artists present the WCA Annual Art Exhibit at the
Lois and David Stuhlberg Gallery of the Ringling College of Art and Design,
2363 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota. Runs June 3-24.
Start your Saturday with a sunrise
stretch at The Sarasota Farmers
Market. They’ve partnered with
Pineapple Yoga Studio to bring free,
weekly sunrise yoga to downtown
Sarasota. Participants meet at the
Mermaid Fountain in Paul Thorpe
Park, near the Intersection of Pineapple
and Lemon Avenues. Enjoy Artful
Movement with Bianca, a 45-minute
guided practice accompanied by a
playlist to match the intention.
Starting at 7 a.m., participants
will enjoy a gentle yoga flow suitable
for all ages and levels. The weekly
45-minute yoga practice will focus
on movements that foster inner and
For information, call 941-225-9256 or
Robert Mapplethorpe and
Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and
Light presents the creative work
of two contemporary icons in dialogue
with nature throughout Selby
Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.
The immersive, multi-sensory
exhibition includes original photographs
of flowers by Mapplethorpe,
excerpts of poetry, lyrics, and music
by Smith, and new horticultural displays
inspired by their work. It marks
the sixth annual Goldstein Exhibition,
which examines major artists
through the lens of their connection
to nature. The exhibit runs to June
26 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,
1534 Mound Street, Sarasota.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
is one of 12 participating gardens
across 6 countries offering “Seeing
the Invisible” which features works
by more than a dozen international
artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik
Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE,
Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau,
Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz,
and Timur Si-Qin—including several
artists’ first work in AR.
Visitors will engage with “Seeing
the Invisible” via an app designed
for the exhibition downloadable to
smartphones and tablets. The exhibition
fosters collaboration between
the power of art
to connect people
runs to August
31 at the Historic
Living has its
in June. The concerts
are free and
open to the public
as well as residents
On June 14 at
1:30 p.m., the series
with a concert by
and Tao Lin, otherwise
known as Duo Beaux Arts.
The duo has performed all over the
world to critical acclaim. La Belle
Epoque is a program of romantic
and virtuosic French music for piano
solo and duet including Faure’s Dolly
Suite and the always popular Clair
The concert is free and held at Aviva’s
Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore
Ave., Sarasota. To RSVP, call Melinda
at 941-702-2597 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Liberties has its first
open exhibition, “Here Comes the
Sun,” running June 9-30. Opening
reception is on June 9, 5-8 p.m. Creative
Liberties Artist Studios is located
at 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota,
in the Limelight District. For more
information, visit www.creativeliberties.net
or call 941-799-6634.
Creative Liberties was founded
in November 2021 by Barbara Gerdeman
and Elizabeth Goodwill,
two artists and art educators. They
launched this venture to empower
regional artists with a variety of business
services and studio and exhibition
opportunities. The Creative
Liberties Artist Studios is a collective,
communal space that provides work
and display space for local artists.
There are also display walls available
for non-studio artists to rent. Monthly
artist markets provide an opportunity
for local artists to sell their work.
Nine artists have made the Creative
Liberties Artist Studios their artistic
workspace. These include: Jenny
Berry (oil painting); Elizabeth Goodwill
(book art, fiber art and mixed
media); Barbara Gerdeman (photography,
acrylic painting, and mixed
media); Donna Bergman (collage and
mixed media); Lisa DiFranza (acrylic
painting, gouache, and mixed media);
Traci Kegerreis (acrylic painting,
collage and mosaics); Sandy Koolkin
(acrylic fluid painting, watercolor and
fiber art); Jay Li (pastel portraiture)
and Judy Levine (jewelry design, collage
■ For information about Creative
Liberties, visit www.creativeliberties.net
or call 941-799-6634. The
studios are open to the public Thursday
through Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by
Sarasota Art Museum has Daniel
Lind-Ramos’ Las Tres Marías runs
through August 7, 2022. Las Tres
Marías is comprised of two new
assemblage sculptures created
specifically by Lind-Ramos for
the Museum’s exhibition, Baño de
María and María Guabancex, in
addition to his previously-made
work, María de los Sustentos.
Daniel Lind-Ramos (b. 1953, Puerto
Rico) creates assemblages from found
and reclaimed objects, many of which
were collected in the aftermath of
Hurricane Maria. Through the combination
of natural and manufactured
materials, Lind-Ramos’ sculptural
assemblages recall the experiential
elements of the hurricane—wind,
rain, thunder, and lightning—as well
as cultural signifiers of Puerto Rico,
specifically, the city of Loíza, where
the artist was born and still resides.
The devastating impact of Hurricane
Maria (2017) in Puerto Rico is still visible
in the physical destruction, and
felt in the memories and collective
consciousness of Puerto Ricans, but
Lind-Ramos’ Las Tres Marías serves
as a testament to the resilience of the
people and community.
Las Tres Marías will be exhibited
in the 3rd Floor’s Tom & Sherry Koski
Gallery and Lois & David Stulberg
Gallery to August 7, 2022.
Sarasota Art Museum also presents
I M(O)ther: Threads of the
Maternal Figure, the first U.S. solo
museum exhibition of Jamaica-based
textile and fiber artist Katrina
Coombs, through October 2,
2022. This exhibition will feature 12
fiber artworks including large-scale
installations and intimate sculptures
that reference the artist’s personal
experiences, as well as experiences of
other maternal figures in her life.
On view in the Museum’s John &
Charlotte Suhler Gallery, I M(O)ther:
Threads of the Maternal Figure illuminates
the range of fiber arts techniques
Coombs uses in her practice,
including the laborious technique of
finger-knitting the works with various
fiber materials. Coombs’ works
are inspired and guided by a quest to
deepen the spiritual, emotional, and
psychological understanding of the
numerous conflicting roles that have
been attributed to women in contemporary
While the use of fiber is central to her
work, Coombs skillfully weaves and
stitches cowrie shells, amethyst stone,
mirror, and beads into tactile and
large-scale forms. These non-fiber elements
are used to communicate conceptual
ideas of identity, the maternal
figure, wealth, ancestry, and security.
The works in this exhibition span
over a range of time (2015-2020), referencing
a number of the artist’s personal
experiences, as well as experiences
of other maternal figures in her
life. Coombs’ work communicates a
range of ideas in pieces that are intended
to physically envelope the viewer in
some instances, and in other instances
keep the viewer at a distance.
There will be a Curator Talk with
Emory Conetta on Thursday, June 9,
6 pm. Free for members, $20 not-yet
members. Location: Sarasota High
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School Alumni Auditorium. Get an introduction
to Sarasota Art Museum’s
newest exhibitions, Daniel Lind-Ramos:
Las Tres Marías and I M(O)ther:-
Threads of the Maternal Figure from
Assistant Curator Emory Conetta.
■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the
Ringling College Museum Campus,
1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Next up at Art Uptown Gallery is
“Collection of Small Works” by Art
Uptown Gallery Artists. The exhibit
will include original paintings,
sculpture, glass, jewelry, pottery and
photography by some of the gallery’s
The exhibit runs through June 24,
and the public is invited to a First
Friday public reception on June 3
from 6-9 p.m.
In July, Art Uptown Gallery will
exhibit “MOXIE by Rita Rust,” watercolors
by a longtime gallery artist. In a
pivot from Rita's usual subject matter,
these “action portraits” serve to illuminate
the capacity to find joy even
in the darkest times. These paintings
embody the exuberant spirit, determination
and courage the girls in this
series display—their “moxie.”
“MOXIE by Rita Rust” opens on
June 25 and runs through July 30. The
public is also invited to a reception on
First Friday, July 1, from 6-9 p.m
■ Art Uptown Gallery is located at
1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Also view
art works by 28 local artists. Call 941-
955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com.
SPAACES Foundation has “Ah
Who Run Dis,” A Solo Exhibit by
Krystle Lemonias runs through June
11. By appointment only.
The SPAACES Foundation is a notfor-profit,
with an evening of food,
music, art and more. The Princeton
street corridor is a growing community
of warehouses converted to working
art studios. Anchored by the SPAACES
foundation, this little neighborhood
has evolved into a premier location for
contemporary and conceptual artists.
■ If you have any questions contact
email@example.com or at 941-
Art Ovation Hotel has an ongoing
series of art displays by six international
artists and organizations
that will run through September 6,
2022. The six new exhibits include
Tribute to Andrés Valerio; Ana
Albertina Delgado: The Human
Mysteries and the Indifference of
the Universe; Alexander Solotzew:
Life in Colors; Peter Jacob Christ:
Disappearing Signs of Life; and The
Rainer Hildebrandt Collection:
Original Painted Slabs from the
Berlin Wall, as well as The Florida
Watercolor Society (FWS)’s 2021-
2022 Traveling Exhibition.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the
works at their own leisure or can request
a guided tour for a deeper understanding
of the artists and their works.
■ Located at 1255 North Palm
Women Contemporary Artists
present the WCA Annual Art Exhibit
at the Lois and David Stuhlberg Gallery
of the Ringling College of Art and
Design, 2363 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota.
The exhibit is on display from June
3-24. The public is invited to the
opening reception to meet the artists
on June 3, from 5-8 pm.
There will be scheduled
docent tours given during
the dates of the exhibition.
There is no fee for
The event will showcase
the work of the WCA
includes painters, photographers,
mixed media artists, fabric
artists and more. As
Curator of Exhibits at the
Morean Arts Center in St.
Petersburg, Amanda Cooper,
the juror, is knowledgeable
in a broad range
of media from established
and emerging artists.
■ Info: 941-359-7563 or
on WCA is at: www.
Here’s what’s coming up:
• May 4, 4 pm at Sarasota
Opera House. Lin Ye, piano with
Daniel Jordan and Samantha
Bennett, violin; Rachel Halvorson,
viola; Natalie Helm, cello; John
Miller, double bass. Artist Series
Concerts welcomes the return of
pianist Lin Ye, a former winner of
the organization’s 2017 National
Piano Competition. Ye performs
piano concerti by Bach, Mozart and
Chopin with principal string players
from the Sarasota Orchestra. Ye’s
performance is part of State College
of Florida’s Pianopalooza festival,
taking place through May 8.
For more information, visit www.
At The Ringling
Hermitage Fellow and Harpist Ashley Jackson (Photo Credit: Julia Comita)
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s “Soulful Strings: An Evening
of Harp Music,” is on June 7 at 8pm at Marie Selby
Botanical Gardens, featuring harpist and returning Hermitage
Fellow Ashley Jackson.
On exhibit is “As long as there is
sun, as long as there is light.” Selections
from the Bring Gift and The
Ringling Collection of Modern and
Contemporary Art. The exhibition
runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the
museum’s Searing Wing.
Highlights include minimalist
work by Anne Truitt and a monumental
work on canvas by Gene
Davis, both artists affiliated with
the Washington Color School, an art
movement during the 1950s to 1970s
in Washington D.C., made up of abstract
Additional work represent a generation
of prominent artists who
work, or have worked, in abstraction,
including Clement Meadmore, Jules
Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter,
Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi,
among others. Also on view
are sculptures and paintings by African
American and Latin American
artists from The Ringling collection,
including William Edmondson, Eduardo
Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj
Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.
The Ringling has Haitian-Canadian
artist Rhodnie Désir for the world
premiere of her first gallery installation,
Rhodnie Désir: Conversations
in the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In
her multidimensional choreographic
career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie
Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a
in which she has conducted research
throughout the Americas since 2015.
Her work included visits to countries
such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,
Canada, Mexico, and the United
States to immerse herself within the
African and afro descendant cultures
and rhythms generated from
the ingenuity of her ancestors since
the Slave Trade.
The Ringling also has Eleanor
Merritt: Remembrance, running
through Aug. 21. The exhibition celebrates
the life and artwork of Merritt
who was a volunteer at The Ringling
for many years as a docent and board
member. She also served as president
of the Venice Art Center and was
active in other arts organizations as
well. Eleanor died in 2019 leaving a
legacy of art and public service.
This exhibition is dedicated to her
spirit and creativity and represents a
small sample of a significant body of
work the artist created over her long career.
The exhibition highlights her creative
use of materials, movement between
figuration and abstraction, and
her commitment to women’s rights.
Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,
Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.
Her final exhibition in 2017 at the
Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated
her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she
received national recognition with
an exhibition at the Houston Museum
of African American Culture.
And there’s Ballroom Florida:
Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age
on view to September 25. This exhibition
celebrates a recent gift of
six paintings from Mary and Robert
Levenson by Enomoto Chikatoshi
(1898–1973) and a photograph by Hamaya
Hiroshi (1915–1999) depicting
the women of the Florida and its chic
décor. The exhibition is augmented
with loans that elaborate on themes
that define this group of artworks:
Art Deco design, the exotic, and elegant
Metadata: Rethinking Photography
from the 21st Century is on
view until August 28.
This exhibition explores
new paradigms for understanding
of the photographic image.
The term “metadata”
is used to describe the
information that travels
with a digital image file
but is unseen within the
The John and Mable
Ringling Museum of
Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,
Sarasota. Info: www.
Asolo Rep has EUREKA
DAY (to June 4), by New
College alum Jonathan
Spector and directed
by Bianca LaVerne
Jones in the Cook Theatre.
An explosive comedy
that skewers sanctimony
and the nature
of our politics, EUREKA
DAY asks: when does
“us” become “them?”.
The season concludes
with another new musical,
HOOD (June 3-26),
featuring music and
lyrics by Lewis Flinn (Lysistrata
Jones), a book by five-time Tony-nominated
Carter Beane (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
Cinderella, Lysistrata Jones,
Sister Act, Xanadu) and helmed
by Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg, Rodgers
& Hammerstein’s Cinderella,
After Miss Julie). Rediscover Robin
Hood, the renegade crusader, his
Merry Band and a Maid Marian
who definitely does not need saving
in this madcap musical.
Tickets: asolorep.org or call the Box
Office at 941-351-8000.
At Urbanite Theatre: ATHENA
by Gracie Gardner; directed by Summer
Wallace. Runs June 10 – July 10.
Mary Wallace and Athena are brave
young fencers training for the Junior
Olympics. They practice together,
they compete against each other,
they spend their lives together. They
just wish they were friends.
Urbanite is located at 1487 2nd
Street, Sarasota. Tickets: (941) 321-
1397 or visit https://www.urbanitetheatre.com/season.
FST’s final Cabaret of the season,
Laughing Matters (Variant 6):
Paranoia on Parade, is playing in
FST’s Court Cabaret. This edition
of FST’s musical sketch comedy
revue is inspired by today’s culture
Featuring parodies of popular songs
and musical theatre classics interspersed
with original comedic sketches,
Laughing Matters pokes fun at
everything—from the impact of social
media and the steep rise of inflation
to Sarasota’s rapid development and
the seemingly endless COVID-19
pandemic. Runs to June 19.
Tickets: FloridaStudioTheatre.org or
call the Box Office at (941) 366-9000.
The Sarasota Farmers Market
is open on Saturdays with normal
hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.
org/ (941) 225-9256
Venice Farmers Market has more
than 40 vendors on Saturdays, many
based during the week in Venice,
Englewood and other areas of Sarasota
County. Held at Venice City Hall, 401
W. Venice Avenue, Venice. Call (941)
445-9209 or visit https://www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/
The Newtown Farmer’s Market is
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday
and Saturday. The market is located
at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,
at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The Farmers Market at Lakewood
Ranch is now at Waterside
Place. Their Farmers Market currently
has about 60 vendors and went this
past summer from a seasonal market
to a year-round event.When the
market transfers to Waterside Place,
taking up space all along Lakefront
Boulevard and Kingfisher Lake, more
than 80 vendors will line the street.
The Farmers Market will stick to a 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot on Sundays.
International Dragon Boat
Federation 13th Club Crew World
Championships is on July 18-24,
2022. More about IDBF at https://
The Ronald A. Balducci Playground
is open during regular park
hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but hour-long
closures at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
allow crews to clean playground
Only electric boat motors are authorized;
gas motors must be raised
to indicate they aren’t in use. (This is
in accordance with Sarasota County
Operating hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
through Halloween, then 6 a.m.-6
p.m. through March 30, and variances
on closing time (such as for NBP’s July
3 fireworks) are by permit. Follow the
park at NathanBendersonPark.org.
Be sure to send season
schedules for 2022 to
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Here’s a new column WCW will
publish periodically about local and
regional arts news. We received
so many news items over the past
few months that we decided to
include them here — in case you
might have missed them!
Patti Smith Becomes
Selby Gardens’ First
“Artist In Residence”
Poet, singer-songwriter, author, and visual
artist Patti Smith has been named Marie
Selby Botanical Gardens’ inaugural Artist
Smith’s artistic residency will include
two return visits to Selby Gardens—one
in 2023 and one in 2024—where she will
combine public activities such as readings
and performances with private time
drawing creative inspiration from the
organization’s two bayfront campuses and
Smith’s relationship with Selby Gardens
stems from the Gardens’ Jean & Alfred
Goldstein Exhibition, “Robert Mapplethorpe
and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and
Light.” The show, which runs through
June 26, explores Mapplethorpe’s flower
photography and Smith’s lyrics and poetry
Patti Smith with Selby Gardens President & CEO Jennifer O.
Rominiecki in the Gardens
about flowers and nature, in dialogue with
original horticultural installations inspired
by their art.
Smith first visited Selby Gardens in
February to tour “Flowers, Poetry, and
Light” and perform songs and readings
she selected to complement the exhibition.
She called the interdisciplinary show “a
beguiling exhibition” and said she “was
very moved to be asked to be a part of it.”
Smith returned in April for a second live
performance, at which the new residency
New Building Gets
ArtCenter Manatee has announced a
two-million-dollar gift to the Center’s Building
Campaign from the Steve and Natalee
Herrig Family Foundation.
Upon completion, the new 2-story,
28,000 SF facility, will be renamed the
Herrig Center for the Arts.
Architects rendering of view from 9th St W
The ArtCenter’s goal is to break ground
in late 2022. Once the new facility is complete,
the current building will be razed and
the property developed into a community
park and sculpture garden to benefit of
the entire community. The new Center and
park will be at the intersection of 9th Street
West and the Avenue of the Arts (formerly
for New Home
Sarasota Orchestra has entered into a
purchase agreement for the land where it
plans to build its new home. Located at
5701 Fruitville Road, between Honore Avenue
and Cattlemen Road, the 32-acre site
will be anchored
by an artistic
not available from
Tampa to Naples:
hall. The site will
also house new
outdoor space for
longtime need for
growth. Orchestra leaders will engage in
listening sessions with nearby neighborhoods,
diverse communities, civic leaders,
and local arts organizations seeking input
to develop a masterplan for the full 32-acre
site. The land, which is currently undeveloped,
will be purchased through private
philanthropy that has already been fully
raised by Sarasota Orchestra.
Additional performance, rehearsal,
practice, and music education space is
Sarasota Orchestra's new home location
and offer an
array of experiences.
I-75 increases accessibility to arts and cultural
experiences for residents across the
region and visitors from around the world.
An estimated seven acres of the 32-acre
site will be dedicated to a permanent home
for the Sarasota Orchestra’s professional
orchestra, extensive educational programs,
and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Along with an 1,800-seat concert hall,
the facility will include
a 700-seat recital hall
for chamber music
and other flexible
uses. Increased space
will also support the
to partner more
with area schools and
in reaching young people
who are interested
in exploring music.
The location provides
ample space to
serve more than just
needs for a permanent home and primary
performance space. Other community
music and cultural organizations will be
engaged to assess their needs to support
a wide range of musical genres and
The vision for the full 32-acre site is
still being formulated based on extensive
community input over the coming months.
Sarasota Orchestra anticipates the site
may include walking trails, playgrounds,
and water features. The upcoming insight
gathering process will be the basis upon
which the masterplan for the site will be
For further information, visit www.SarasotaOrchestra.org.
Theatre Unveils Plans
for New Arts Plaza
The Mulva Arts Plaza
FST has unveiled its plan for the largest
expansion project in its 49-year
history: The Mulva Arts Plaza. This
new, eleven-story building will
enable FST to meet its growing
Named after Patrick and Mary
Mulva, who made the leading gift
to the theatre’s project, The Mulva
Arts Plaza will be adjacent to the
theatre’s existing Hegner Theatre
Wing. FST will break ground on
this project December of 2022.
The Mulva Arts Plaza will include:
• A new Mainstage Theatre to
allow for expansion of FST’s
Mainstage and Stage III Series
• Two new Cabaret Theatres to accommodate
audience demand for FST’s
most popular programming
• 55 extended stay studio apartments for
FST guest artists
• 30 units of affordable housing (each unit
is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment)
for year-round, local arts workers
• About 200 secure and convenient parking
FST has received leadership gifts
from Ed and Susan Maier, Dennis and
Graci McGillicuddy, Jack and Priscilla
Schlegel, as well as an anonymous
donor. In recognition of their gifts, The
Mulva Arts Plaza will include the Maier
Cabaret, the McGillicuddy Residences,
and the Schlegel Cabaret.
FST will continue its campaign to
raise the rest of the funds needed for
the 28.5-million-dollar capital project.
To date, just over $17.2 million has been
raised. For more information about the
Mulva Arts Plaza Campaign, visit Florida-
The Arts Give Back
The Ringling College Library Association
(RCLA) presented a gift of $600,000
to Ringling College President Dr. Larry
Thompson. RCLA President Emily Walsh
and the board of directors presented
Dr. Thompson with a check at their May
meeting. The funds are part of RCLA’s
most recent gift commitment of $3 million
supporting the Alfred R. Goldstein Library
and student scholarships.
The often sold-out series had disruptions
and delays like all other large
gathering events since March of 2020, but
was able to reset and present the series
with speakers beginning in November
until wrapping the season in March. All
proceeds from the TOWN HALL Lecture
Series support the associations giving to
RCLA recently announced the TOWN
HALL 2023 line up featuring; Maria Ressa,
Michael Phelps, Admiral James Stavridis,
Jose Andres and Thomas Friedman. To
learn more about RCLA and the TOWN
HALL series visit RCLAssociation.org.
Agami has announced its $1000 scholarship
winners. The award will go towards
supporting these young artists' college
expenses. The winners are:
Jamhyla Johnson Graduate of 2022
When Jamhyla was contacted she commented:
“I am very passionate about art
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The Ringling College Library Association (RCLA) board of directors
as I've been creating
since I was very
young and plan to
take my passion
further by being
educated in the fine
arts as well as in art
history. My goal
going to school is
to get my associate
degree in fine art and transfer to university
soon after. In terms of a career in art,
I want to be able to expand my artistic
ability and share my art further, open my
first solo exhibition, and hopefully be able
to eventually provide a platform for other
young artists like myself. I'm truly honored
to have this opportunity.” Jamhyla will
be attending State College of Florida in
Cecelia Marty Graduate of 2022
When Cecelia was
commented “I will be
College of Art and
Design for the Fall
2022 semester. I will
be majoring in Photography
in the hopes of one
day being a Director
of Photography for movies. Ringling is my
dream school and I am so excited to begin
my studies in the arts there!” Cecelia
will be attending Ringling College of Art
and Design for the Fall 2022 semester.
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria
Island, an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non
profit organization, was formed in 1989 to
promote and support creative processes
by bringing together all Artists to share
experiences, expertise and work together
to develop and promote the artistic community.
The AGAMI Gallery is located at
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach and
displays member artwork.
Awards $20,000 in
Scholarships to Local
Arts Advocates has announced that 10
Sarasota and Manatee County students
have been awarded scholarships totaling
$20,000 for the 2022-2023 school year.
Since 1969, the scholarship program has
awarded over $1.1 million to students
whose studies include visual and related
arts, dance, writing, music, theater and
architecture. Scholarship monies are generated
through Arts Advocates activities
Sophia Coscia is finishing her first year
at Carnegie Mellon University where she is
pursuing a B.F.A. in theatrical production
and design. She plans to be a projection
designer for theater and other spaces such
as exhibitions, installations, and immersive
experiences. Coscia is a second year Arts
Advocates scholarship winner.
Thaleia Dasberg is a student at
Barnard College of Columbia University
and a third year Arts Advocates winner.
Dasberg’s dream is to create and take part
in interdisciplinary movement and poetry-based
performance, exploring the ways
in which each distinct form can become
Lillian Fox is a senior at the Manatee
School for the Arts who will attend the
University of South Florida. She is a ballet
dancer and a gifted visual artist with a
keen eye for detail and design.
Pablo Gonzalez is a student at Parson’s/The
New School in New York City
and 2022 is the fourth year he has received
an Arts Advocates scholarship. Gonzalez
wants to combine his multiple artistic
pursuits into producing experiential work,
such as audio-visual installations.
Azure Heck is a senior at North Port
High School who will attend Ringling College
of Art and Design majoring in game
art. She hopes to work as places such as
Disney or Pixar; her dream job is to work
for Nintendo in Japan.
Colin Leonard studies at Oberlin Conservatory
of Music. This is his second year
as an Arts Advocates scholarship awardee.
He is a saxophone major studying jazz, but
he plays in many different genres on various
instruments including flute, clarinet,
voice, piano, guitar, and percussion.
Emma Pritchett is a student at the
University of South Florida working toward
earning a dual degree in architecture and
urban design. She was an Arts Advocates
scholarship awardee in 2020.
John Quigley is a non-traditional
student at Ringling College of Art and
Design majoring in illustration with a goal
of a career as a storyboard artist. He
served in the U.S. Army for eight years
with two deployments and an honorable
discharge. He continued to work overseas
as a private security contractor for the U.S.
Department of State for another five years.
Quigley stated that it was not until the end
of his military career that he realized he
could finally consider following his dream
of becoming a storyboard artist and concept
designer for a major studio.
Luca Stine is a student at the University
of Miami Frost School of Music where
he is majoring in jazz trumpet performance
and minoring in classical composition. This
is his third Arts Advocates scholarship.
Stine was named a National Young Arts
winner in jazz composition and has performed
at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Katherina Zdravkov will be a fifthyear
student at the University of Notre
Dame School of Architecture. Upon
graduation, she would like to design
with a firm in an older American city like
Boston, then return to Sarasota to design
in a way that expresses the character
of her hometown and communicates its
traditions and history.
Deb Altshul-Stark and Tonya Eubank
were the Arts Advocates scholarship team
co-chairs. To learn more about Arts Advocates,
The Exchange Awards
$310,500 to Local Arts
Groups and Students
The Exchange (formerly the Woman’s
Exchange) announced that it will award
$310,500 to 18 regionally based arts and
cultural organizations and 15 students.
The awards will be given at an invitation-only
event at The Exchange on June
9. The largest award is for $60,000 and is
being given to the Asolo Rep in memory
of Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lindsay, who was the
co-founder of The Exchange and served
on its board for 60 years. Lindsay, a longtime
pillar in Sarasota's art community,
died in January.
The organizational grants are for specific
projects and outreach programs, including
performances, exhibitions, education initiatives
and special series. The Exchange’s
board bases its granting decisions on the
long-term stability and financial health of
the organizations, the program’s overall
appeal to the public and the educational
impact these programs will have on area
students. Individual scholarships are
The Exchange_Grants and Scholarship Awards
awarded based on grade point average,
the individual’s artistic goals and achievements,
and letters of recommendation.
Monies used for these grants and
scholarships were earned through the
organization’s 15,000-square-foot consignment
boutique in downtown Sarasota.
In November 2021, The Exchange retroactively
awarded a total of $257,000 for
the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Since 1962,
The Exchange has awarded more than $9
million in grants to local non-profits and
high school and college students pursuing
a higher education in the arts.
The grant recipients for the 2022-2023
fiscal year are:
• Asolo Repertory Theatre: Season
• Arts and Cultural Alliance: Inspire
• Artists Series Concerts: Dover Quartet
• Choral Artists of Sarasota: The March
of the Children
• Circus Arts Conservatory: Sailor Circus
Academy Holiday Show 2022
• Florida Studio Theatre: Florida Studio
Theatre 2022-2023 Cabaret Season
• The Hermitage: Hermitage @ The Bay
• Key Choral: Mystics and Kings
• LaMusica di Asolo: 2023 Audience
• Manatee Concert Band: 2022-2023
• Perlman Music Program: Perlman
2022/2023 Outreach Program
• The Players: Elf The Musical and the
• Ringling College: 2022/2023 Galleries
• Sarasota Opera: Sarasota Youth Opera
“The Secret World of Og”
• Sarasota Orchestra: Young Person's
• Sarasota Ballet: 2022/2023 Season
• Sarasota Pops Orchestra: An Iconic
• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe:
2022-2023 Main Stage Season
The scholarship recipients for the 2022-
2023 fiscal year are:
• High School: Joseph Crowell, Abigail
Holdway, Ella (Elijah) Mirman, Ashley
• College: Kenna Bartlett, Katherine
Burcal-Terres, Jack Beatenhead, Danny
Bo DeLongaig, Colin Leonard, Lindsay
McKenna, Tay Peterson, Taylor Reister,
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the owners of the
Anna Maria Oyster
Bar group of
past February, they
took over operations
at Café L’Europe on
St. Armands Circle
which they had
The Hornes’ and
their 358 co-workers
have received many
accolades over the
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the Year awards
than 70 People’s
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manda and John
Horne own and
the casual diner who likes fish, shellfish, a
cold beer and fries in a casual atmosphere.
They have four locations: Cortez, Ellenton,
at the Bridge Street Pier and on US 41 north
This past February, they added another
restaurant, but this one was an established,
traditional restaurant known more for its
Chateaubriand and Dover Sole: Café L’Europe
on St. Armands Circle.
It seems like an unusual choice for a
business super experienced catering to the
peel ’n eat shrimp, burgers and fries crowd.
But to the Hornes, it was too good of an
offer not to take. We’re meeting at the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar location in Cortez (6696
Cortez Rd W, Bradenton) which is also
where much of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar
operations take place.
First question seems the obvious: why
Café L’Europe? They weren’t seeking the
restaurant, more like it came to them.
Ron and Julie Milton, who had owned the
restaurant and knew the Hornes, would call
on occasion for advice. One day a call came
in asking if they’d like to buy it and they did.
“It’s a great restaurant and the history
is phenomenal,” Amanda explains. The
Café, which will be 50 next January, is different,
she acknowledges, “But the basic
tenets are there. We’ve kept all the staff
— and some servers have been there 13
years.” Amanda spends more and more of
her time there, overseeing operations. The
restaurant will undergo a “refresh” in late
summer and she’s currently working on
increasing the wine list.
Fans of the restaurant will be happy to
know the menu still serves Chateaubriand
served tableside, lobster bisque and Dover
sole. (The St. Armands landmark open in
1973, started by Titus Letschert and Norbert
Goldner. Some years prior to that, it was
the real estate office of John Ringling. Local
chefs-turned-restaurateurs have worked in
its kitchen, including Ray Arpke, J.P. Knaggs
and Harry Christensen).
The follow-up question is how do you
both manage it all? John has been in the
restaurant business for 40 years. In 1995,
he opened his first restaurant, Anna Maria
Oyster Bar, on the City Pier in Anna Maria.
Amanda oversees marketing and community
relations. She describes herself as a “do
it now person” whereas John can procrastinate,
but he’s detail-oriented and looks at
the P&L sheet every day.
But more to the question, she explains,
“We have great managers,” and their restaurants
are not too far apart, driving-wise.
That has changed with the Café. She spends
four days a week in two of the restaurants
and is at the Café working 9:30 a.m. to 10
p.m. most days. “I’ve lost 20 pounds since
we bought it — we’ve both lost weight.” But
there is no frown or sign of exhaustion. They
both may have different work styles, but
both possess a common joy for what they do
and, for life in general.
The couple met at the Anna Maria Community
Center where John was on the board
and Amanda was a donor. Amanda, knowing
he was single, introduced him to some
of her single girl friends. Well, that didn’t
work out (for her friends anyway) and the
couple have been married 16 years.
Amanda’s been a resident of Bradenton
for the past 23 years, but was born and adopted
in Zimbabwe. A civil war relocated
her family to England, where she completed
her education and joined the hospitality
industry. She came to the U.S. with her
then-husband who was the musician,
Graeme Edge, co-founder and drummer of
the mega popular Moody Blues (he passed
away in 2021 in Bradenton).
If all those restaurants weren’t enough to
keep anyone busy, Amanda has a mile-long
resume of volunteer and philanthropic commitments
past and present. One of her many
passions is education. From their website it
says, “…she has spent her career championing
for access to educational opportunities,
including her years spent as Communications
Coordinator at The Women’s Resource
Center, which strives to educate and empower
women of all generations.”
Amanda is the co-founder of Dive Into
Reading, a national award-winning summer
reading program that is a collaboration
among the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, School
District of Manatee County, Suncoast Campaign
for Grade Level Reading and Manatee
County Libraries. In 2019 it won the Leadership
Florida Impact Award. They’ve been
committed to the program for the past five
summers which helps struggling students
from Title I schools with social/emotional
and reading skills.
Women and girls are another of Amanda’s
passions. She has served on the board
of Manatee’s PACE Center for Girls for years.
Along with John she also helped pioneer
a scholarship fund for adults returning to
higher education at State College of Florida,
USF Sarasota-Bradenton and Manatee Technical
College through the Horne & Moon
Scholarship Social. So far, that work has
funded nearly $600,000 for scholarships.
The couple has won many honors for
their charitable work including the Manatee
Chamber of Commerce Robert P. Bartz
Award for Outstanding Leadership, Tampa
Bay Business Journal One Tampa Bay Corporate
Philanthropy Honoree and Longboat
Key Chamber Ed and Marge Moran
Memorial Award for Community Service.
(Listing all their awards would take this
As for their restaurants, the Hornes’ and
their 358 co-workers have received many
accolades over the years including Small
Business of the Year awards from Manatee,
Longboat Key, and Sarasota Chambers,
more than 70 People’s Choice Favorites as
well as numerous philanthropic, hospitality,
and tourism awards.
Amanda calls her staff “family” and
thus other philanthropic efforts focus on
things such as sponsorships of youth sports.
Every October, they also support Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer and My Breast
Friends 941 with a “pink drink” fundraiser.
Employees who have notched three years
can join in company outings to Bucs’ or
Rays’ games or a visit to Busch Gardens “for
team building and to have fun,” she adds.
There is life outside the restaurant as
well. John and Amanda enjoy traveling anywhere,
but usually, there’s a cooking class
with wine along the way. The couple, when
not working or indulging in travel can be
found at their home by the fire pit, sipping
wine surrounded by their pet cats.
Well into our interview, Amanda states
the couple has signed a lease for a sixth
restaurant - this one will be their first in
Sarasota County and will be on University
Parkway, just before the UTC Mall and
hopes to open late fall.
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Last-Minute Summer Getaways
Destination: Richmond, VA
For travelers interested in exploring
Black history, Richmond, Virginia
should be considered a major destination
for Juneteenth, our country’s second
independence day. The historic day is now
recognized as a national holiday, and with
many people having the day off there is
ample to do to celebrate in Richmond.
Why June: On Saturday, June 18, join
Henrico Recreation & Parks at Dorey Park
for a free and open to the public vendor fair,
kids’ zone, food trucks, and entertainment
including fireworks. While in town, check
out the Mending Walls murals around
town, Richmond’s collaborative public art
project from artists of diverse backgrounds,
or dine at one of Richmond’s black owned
restaurants like Lillie Pearl or Ms. Girlee’s
Kitchen. For a deeper dive into the black
experience, head to BLK RVA for travel
itineraries, events, dining, and more.
Destination: Westchester, NY
For the second time in its history, the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show will be
held outdoors at the Lyndhurst Mansion.
Spectators will be able to pre-purchase online
daytime tickets for the Saturday, June
18, Masters Agility Championship, and the
full event held Monday, June 20- Wednesday,
Where to Stay: Mansion, The Opus offers
guests and exhibitors of the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show dog-friendly
amenities like complimentary dog bowls,
beds, and toys upon request and a luxe
The hotel features 146 guest rooms including
38 luxury suites, the rooftop Kanopi
restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows
and sweeping views of the Manhattan
skyline, Long Island Sound, and Hudson
Valley, a lobby bar, an indoor rooftop pool,
and a spa opening this summer.
Frontier Airlines add Flights from Tampa
to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica
Frontier Airlines will launch the first
nonstop service from Tampa International
Airport (TPA) to Punta Cana (PUJ) and
Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic
as well as Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ).
AAA’s Environmentally-Friendly Travel Tips
The Auto Club Group offers these tips
to be an environmentally-friendly
Reduce carbon footprint by bringing
reusable water and toiletry bottles, and
having travel documents sent electronically
instead of printed.
Be mindful of energy and water usage
by taking shorter showers, reusing bath
towels, and keeping heat/air conditioning
at moderate temperatures.
Travel during the off-season or to less
popular areas to limit infrastructure challenges
created by over-tourism.
Additionally, the airline will begin offering
daily nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico
(SJU). Each of these new routes, plus previously
announced nonstop service to Cancun,
Mexico (CUN), will begin this summer.
Frontier Airlines will now offer more
nonstop flights from Tampa to destinations
in Latin America than any other carrier. The
new service to San Juan will provide more
options for those heading to Puerto Rico to
visit friends and family or to enjoy the island’s
beaches. More info at FlyFrontier.com
Shop and eat locally to support the community.
Purchase locally made souvenirs (preferably
handmade) and pay a fair price.
All these activities are examples of
sustainable travel, a concept that focuses on
how to maintain travel and tourism without
hurting or exploiting natural or cultural
environments in the process. This includes
using the revenue generated by travelers to
benefit destinations and the people that live
there. It also means being conscientious of
the resources you use and how your behavior
can impact the places you visit.
Plan-ahead Summer Getaways
Destination: Paradise Island,
Atlantis Paradise Island is home to
Aquaventure which is a 141-acre waterscape
of slides and river rides, eleven pools, and
five miles of white sand beaches as well the
largest open-air marine habitat in the world.
From the 60-foot drop on the thrilling Leap
of Faith waterslide, to the Serpent Slide
where guests can experience marine life up
close as they float through an acrylic tube, to
a relaxing and scenic lazy river, Atlantis Paradise
Island is a perfect spot for a summer
Why July?: Celebrate National Waterpark
Day on July 28.
Destination: Boone, North Carolina
Atop North Carolina’s majestic Blue Ridge
mountain range, the Art of Living Retreat
Center is a home and community for yoga and
meditation enthusiasts. The retreat center
offers a serene and rejuvenating wellness experience
surrounded by nature, where guests
can relax, renew, and discover inner peace.
Why August: As the world celebrates National
Wellness Month, those looking to embark
on a mindful journey can visit the Art of
Living Retreat Center and enjoy its newly
introduced All-Inclusive Wellness Escapes
offering yoga, workshops, meditation, hikes,
art classes, spa treatments and more.
Located on 12 acres of beachfront property
on Aruba’s world-renowned Palm Beach,
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino
is a year-round resort that recently finished
a multimillion-dollar renovation that included
a new adults-only pool, Trankilo, and
transformed ZoiA Spa.
The new wellness program “Rise and Shine”
consists of various daily classes including
aerial yoga, and meditation. There are also
full moon yoga classes every month at the Big
Palapa that will help guests restore energy
and celebrate the beauty of the full moon. The
resort is now also offering a new Master Mixology
class and a Cooking with Chef series.
Why August: The Aruba Summer Music
Festival 2022 takes place from August 14-17 at
the Harbor Arena in Oranjestad, Aruba where
travelers can enjoy listening to quality concerts
performed by leading bands and artists.
Destination: Saint Barths
Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf opened in St.
Barth in October 2020 and is set amid tropical
elegance that creates an ambience of wellbeing
and relaxation. The five-star hotel features 21
luxurious rooms, suites and bungalows.
Le Carl Gustaf features renowned Fouquet’s
restaurant and bar, Shellona Restaurant
located on the idyllic Shell Beach, Spa
Diane Barrière featuring products from
Biologique Recherche as well as various activities
such as aquabiking, pilates and yoga.
Why August: St Barts Tennis Open is taking
place on August 15.
Destination: West Hollywood, California
Andaz West Hollywood is Los Angeles’ iconic
rock ‘n’ roll hotel located on the famous
Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA, where
musical history, celebrity, and style come together.
The hotel features the highest rooftop
pool in Los Angeles and the acclaimed Riot
Why June: West Hollywood is celebrating
Pride from June 3-5 with an LGBTQ+ street
fair, music festival and parade. Los Angeles
will host their annual Pride festival from
June 10-12 with a variety of events during the
day and in the evenings including parties at
the most iconic bars and clubs in L.A.'s most
LGBTQ neighborhood, West Hollywood.
Destination: Buckhead, Atlanta
Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta, opened
in December 2021, it’s an upscale, stylish
boutique hotel located along the edge of Lenox
Square Shopping Center in the heart of
Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The property
was designed to reflect the history of its
location, drawing inspiration from Georgia’s
ancient pottery heritage and Buckhead’s
evolution as a fashion destination.
Why June: Celebrate Juneteenth in Atlanta
at Centennial Olympic Park with a music
festival and parade from June 17-19.
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit organization
that conducts research, education
and conservation programs. Founded in
1980, the nonprofit organization is dedicated
to saving the world’s whales and other marine
life from extinction.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers an
authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting
of tropical paradise and recently underwent
a multimillion-dollar guestroom renovation.
Inspired by the rich heritage and authentic
spirit of the famed Ka’anapali Beach, guests
will enjoy a fresh experience at the resort.
Why June/July: Pacific Whale Foundation
is having their annual World Whale Film
Festival in celebration of World Ocean Day on
June 8. Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
in Upcountry Maui featuring dinner,
drinks and a screening of official selections.
General event tickets are $135 and VIP tickets
are $225. For more information visit www.
While on the island, guests can treat
themselves to Recharge and Restore at Hyatt
Regency Maui which is a new wellness package
offering three nights in the Palace Suite,
a garden tour at Huamomona Farms with
transportation, an outdoor cooking class with
Chef with dinner for two on the suite’s secluded
lanai, an immersive cultural experience
restoring an ahupua’a at Kipuka Olowalu with
transportation, plus lunch, an authentic Lomi
Lomi massage for two and a flower bath with
Hawaiian salts to unwind, a yoga and meditation
session, a one-hour personal training
session, live streaming stationary bike, yoga
mat, weights and yoga blocks in the room, a
mocktail mixology class, a daily oceanside
cabana (ocean hale), an exclusive VIP table for
two at Drums of the Pacific Lu‘au, two tickets
to the Tour of the Stars, led by NASA ambassador,
private hula lesson for two, and private
lei making lesson for two.
This experience can be booked by calling
+1 808-667-4932 and starts at $23,000.
For guests traveling in July, Hyatt Maui is
offering a variety of activities to celebrate
Independence Day on July 4 including lawn
games at Halona Kai, an educational Penguin
and Koi Fish presentation, Hula lessons,
a scavenger hunt on property, a watermelon
eating contest, a pool float race and more.
Destination: Maui, Hawaii.
Website: www.pacificwhale.org/ and www.
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Exceeding Your Expectations
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travel close to home
guarantee that afterwards
you’re going to
say to yourself, “How
come I didn’t know about
this place sooner?” The
reason is, in part, because
tours at the Elling Eide Center
are a relatively new offering at
their 72-acre, waterfront estate.
Are you saying, “The what center?”
Most people I’ve told about
it have indeed had that reaction.
But you’ve probably passed it
many times if you were heading
south on Tamiami Trail near
Sarasota Square Mall. I headed
south on 41 just ahead of Vamo
Road and drove right past it even
though I was poking along in the
right lane and only saw a sign for
a church where Google said the
So I circled back and this time
made a left. The signage is indeed
small, but then, this isn’t Jungle
Gardens. After driving on a crowded,
four-lane road of cars going 45
to whatever, you slip off the road
and are immediately immersed
in old Florida. That’s the Florida
with native plants, gravel roads
and not a high-rise, Starbuck’s,
Walgreen’s or strip mall in sight.
But all is not bucolic. You park
near a stunning low-rise structure
in gleaming white with dark trim.
If you know a bit about Sarasota
contemporary architecture, you
might guess Guy Peterson was the
architect and you’d be right.
But on this visit, my experience
will start by being outdoors and
discovering the grounds. A wonderful
tour is offered by docent
Norman Burr. He’s extremely
knowledgeable about the plants
that you’ll see that are native
along with those from around
the world. Norman has advanced
degrees in geology and geophysics,
over 20 years experience as a
docent at botanical gardens, and
as a college botany instructor.
He gives a fascinating summary
of the area which all sounds
amazing for a 90-minute tour, yet
he does it easily.
But first, who is Elling Eide
and what is the Center all about?
From their website it says,
“The Elling O. Eide Center is a
research library and nature preserve
overlooking Little Sarasota
Bay in Sarasota. Dedicated to
the study of classical Chinese
literature and art…Bequeathed
by Sarasota resident Elling Eide
(1935–2012), the 72-acre waterfront
preserve brings together
Old Florida and modern architecture.
Sarasota architect Guy
Peterson designed the Center’s
research library…The Center’s
collection amassed by Eide over
six decades contains comprehen-
Elling Eide Center in Sarasota
Tours are being offering at their 72-acre, waterfront estate
After driving on a crowded, four-lane road of cars, you slip off the
road and are immediately immersed in old Florida
Chicago to look
after him. Eide
was born there
sive library holdings and special
collections of rare books, manuscripts,
The Elling Eide Center
Research Library and Preserve
opened in 2016. The Center provides
scholars and students with
opportunities to research Chinese
and East Asian culture, history,
and art. The Center also hosts
conferences, special lectures, and
tours like this one. Though he
was an Asian scholar, Eide also
So when you embark on your
tour, you’ll see a few humble small
structures plus there’s the house
that Eide’s family lived in — but
aren’t open to the public. Eide
was an inveterate collector — if
he saw something he liked, he just
had to have it and that included
plants from around the world
such as the ylang ylang tree and
the sinister-looking silk floss
tree that is literally painful to the
touch and hails from the tropical
and subtropical forests of South
America. Then there’s the weeping
boer-bean, that’s native to Africa
south of the Zambezi River, or the
Bodhi tree, also called Bo tree, according
to Buddhist tradition, under
which the Buddha sat when he
attained Enlightenment (Bodhi) at
Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India.
It’s a pleasant, easy walk and
many in my group brought cameras
to shoot the variety of birds
that inhabit or visit the area. After
the outside tour, you head inside
The menacing silk floss tree,
native to the tropical and subtropical
forests of South America, is
one of many exotic plants on the
property. But don’t touch
The interior of the Elling Eide Center which displays Eide’s collection of
Asian art while exploring his life and career
The Elling O. Eide Research Library
Tours of the grounds and part of the
Center are offered every Wednesday
and led by expert guide and docent
to the Center and learn about
Elling’s Eide’s career and his other
passions: Chinese poetry and his
collections of Asian objects. The
Harvard-educated Eide was a researcher
and translator of Chinese
poetry who served in East Asia
with the U.S. Marines. He studied
in Taiwan and began collecting
Chinese literature and art which
all inspired him to create a research
library and nature preserve
that would attract Asian Studies
scholars from across the world.
It’s a beautiful pace and his cherished
possessions are carefully
curated and displayed. He was an
eclectic fellow to say the least.
As for the tour, ask Norm a
question and most likely he’ll have
the answer he’s that knowledgeable.
And be sure to bring your
camera to photograph plants and
the many bird that are in the trees.
About the Tours:
They’re offered year round
on Wednesdays. They’re
growing in popularity, so don’t
wait until the last minute. Concerned
about the heat? Wear
a hat and loose clothing, but
the majority of the walk is in
shade and at the end you’re in
Cost: $5. Figure on 90 minutes
with 60 minutes of the tour
outside and 30 minutes inside
the Eide Center.
My Eide in Taiwan
8000 South Tamiami Trail,
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your healthier health you
Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing
CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically
Clients come to me because they are in physical
pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as
for chronic headaches and migraines.
Pain and stress caused by
Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all
our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.
Whenever fascia shortens any place in the
body, the entire network of fascia creates an
increased tension affecting the functioning
of our physical body as well as our organs,
our brain and spinal cord.
Our body is the history of every major
trauma we have experienced physically and
emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,
head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse
issues, death, divorce and other emotional
issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma
by shortening fascia to isolate the energy
coming into the body from that trauma.
Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility
and range of motion, organs becoming
less efficient and with parts of the brain and
spinal cord becoming stressed.
To keep the brain functioning, the body
transfers some of your functional work play
energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting
in less energy to make it through each
day. As we age, the accumulation of all the
tightened fascia, from every major trauma
in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our
body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,
mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,
as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.
The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe
place, with gentle holding techniques, that
engages your body’s ability to self correct,
reorganize and heal itself with the release
of some of that tightened fascia during
each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist
engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.
As the fascia releases, pain begins to
decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,
organs begin functioning better and
with less stress on the brain feels, it returns
the energy it borrowed at the time of each
trauma resulting in an immediate increase in
your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave
from my first session not feeling better.
Short Leg Syndrome
Eighty-five percent of my clients have one
of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened
fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome
on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom
of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube
that encases the spinal cord into the lower
and upper back, the neck, the cranium and
The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened
fascia (connective tissue) shuts down
energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome
by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up
by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to
the spleen (an important part of your immune
system) and the small and large intestine. With
the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns
to these organs.
the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and
neck problems can originate from the fascial
stress in the sacrum.
Releasing this sacral stress increases energy
in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and
the chakras as well as releasing major stress
in the upper part of the body.
Cause of Shallow Breathing
A great majority of the clients who come to
me for various problems are also shallow
breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm
restricts the depth of breathing by restricting
energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium
and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm
restriction, the client immediately
starts breathing deeply and energy is restored
to the pericardium and the heart.
Shoulder blades that are cemented to the
body also restricts how much the rib cage can
open and thereby also restricting depth of
breath. Without proper breathing, your cells
do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially
people suffering from bronchitis, asthma
and COPD as well as shallow breathing can
benefit when the fascial stress is released.
to work with Brain
Just as the body physically gets stressed from
physical and emotional trauma, the functioning
of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For
our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic
production of craniosacral fluid which performs
the important function of bringing nourishment
to all the cells in the brain and spinal
cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic
wastes given off by those same cells.
Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these
metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these
metabolic wastes into the lymph system is
absolutely necessary. Research has shown,
that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid
plaques from the brain. If the drainage
is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed
in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of
your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry
affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?
A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received
training in working with the brain, can reverse
that stress on the brain that eventually can
result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all
know, the proper functioning of the body is
dependent on a healthy functioning brain.
Babies and Children can benefit
■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a
difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics
for an ear infection and as a result developed
c-diff. His development came to a stop.
At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started
to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,
he was unable to answer questions and his
communication skills were very poor. Leo
had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in
his body and physical activities such walking,
jumping and climbing were difficult for him.
Beginning with the first session with Terry,
he began showing improvement and with each
following session. Everyone from his teachers
to his grandparents noticed an increase in his
■ “I was in awful pain and the
MRI showed 2 pinched nerves
and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.
My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.
After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to
advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went
for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”
■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for
Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging
(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/
pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”
physical strength, as well as improvements in
comprehension, speech and communication
skills. For the first time, he started participating
in class lessons and interacting with his
classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on
getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at
age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.
■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old
baby boy from recent hospitalization into
the first series of healthy bowel movements
when seemingly nothing could help. Our son
was able to latch onto the breast and for the
first time completed his feeding. He was much
calmer after working with Terry.
■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have
been carrying around for 15 years or more.
I left his office table with more energy than I
have had in years.”
■ “I began working with him because I was
dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of
emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized
how much stress can cause damage to
your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was
a big help.”
B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049
Testimonials from Clients
■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,
B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral
Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger
Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues
as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy
provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility
issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part
of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral
brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him
to work at a cellular
level and with brain
for more information,
■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured
my back. I found Terry online. I can say
with complete joy that was the best decision
I made in the history of my back pain. I have
sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly
and never have I had such a healing in
my entire body.
After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive
home with no pain or discomfort in my entire
body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of
moving freely and that is completely new. I’m
advanced craniosacral therapy
so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his
sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity
in healing my body. I will see him when I return
■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months
in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25
years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great
deal of release and relief in areas that have
been problematic. I have been seeing him over
the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually
after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”
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focus on the arts
hanks to the
of the Circus Arts
Conservatory and The
can enjoy world-class entertainment,
once again, during the 2022 Summer
Circus fans of all ages, from near
and far, can beat the heat at reasonable
prices while experiencing the best of
the circus arts at the Historic Asolo
Theater on the grounds of The Ringling.
Some of the circus world’s most exciting
acts have signed on for the annual
show, with performances presented
for nine weeks this summer. The show
runs from June 10 - August 13, 2022.
This celebrated summertime event
has become a seasonal highlight for
locals, visitors, families and groups.
To complete their circus experience,
Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can
enjoy access to the Circus Museum on
the day they attend a show for just an
additional $5 – an incredible value for
a full day’s entertainment.
“Each year we are thrilled to partner
with the Ringling to present the Summer
Circus Spectacular,” said CAC Executive
Vice President Jennifer Mitchell. “This
show not only offers an affordable entertainment
option for all ages but is also
the perfect summer family-friendly activity.
With nine full weeks of shows, and
afternoon and evening options, there will
always be a convenient time to come and
enjoy the magic of the circus arts!”
for the Summer
Heidi Herriott, Master
of Ceremonies: Herriott
is proud of her heritage as a third-generation
American circus artist. She has
traveled North America performing as
an aerialist, equestrian and Ringmaster.
Career highlights include appearing on
"America’s Got Talent" and with Studio
54 Nightclub, Animal Planet, Walt Disney
World, Ringling Bros. Circus, Circus
Sarasota, Big Apple Circus, Excalibur/
Las Vegas and more.
Chris Allison, Comedy:
Allison was 12 years old when he
took a school field trip to the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (RBBB)
Circus that left him determined that he
would grow up and become a clown
with the Greatest Show On Earth ® .
After graduating from the RBBB Clown
College with a major in pie throwing
SUMMER HEATS UP WITH
and a minor in pratfalls, he spent the
next 11 years touring with the circus,
the final three years as the Boss Clown.
Since leaving the show, he has toured
all across the U.S. as well as internationally.
He has been seen on MTV's “Road
Rules,” MTV'S “ODDVILLE,” Natalie
Merchant's music video for her hit song
"Kind and Generous," “The Oprah Winfrey
Show,” “The Today Show,” “Emeril
Live,” Comedy Central’s “Strangers with
Candy,” “The Late Show with David
Letterman,” and he was a semi-finalist
on “America’s Got Talent.”
Olga Coronas and
Holly Legare, Duo
Lyra: This aerial dream team is
honored to bring their aesthetically-pleasing
artistic fusion of dance and
aerial acrobatics to Sarasota. Coronas,
an accomplished, professional aerialist,
and Legare, an award-winning dancer,
have joined forces to create a beautiful,
captivating performance that’s sure to
Runs June 10- Aug. 13 at the Historic Asolo Theatre
and Holly Legare
will perform on
the duo lyra
Dust In the Wind, Hand
Balance Adagio: Seida Maite
Ramírez Lobaina and Julio Fajardo Arjona
are artistic partners who have taken
their act to the next level. Their hand-tohand
balancing and adagio act has taken
them all over the world and seen them
earn many prestigious awards. Among
their many accolades, they have been
invited to the elite Monte Carlo International
Circus Festival in 2023.
Abrehem Mola, Rolla
Bolla: As an agile and athletic youth
born and raised in Ethiopia, Mola was
destined for his art. At the age of 12, he
joined the first of many circuses, performing
as an acrobat and juggler before perfecting
his rolla bolla routine. Since then,
he has been a sought-after artist, thrilling
audiences while performing all over the
world in circuses and festivals. He came
to the United States to perform in 2016
and has since made the U.S. his home.
Ricardo Sosa, Hand
Balance Contortion: Sosa
hails from Havana, Cuba; he began
studying ballet at the age of 6. He went
on to train in the state-sanctioned circus
school in Cuba. Three years into
his professional career, he became a
highly-regarded teacher and mentor:
his students have gone on to win many
national competitions. Offered his first
U.S. contract with an American circus
in 1999, he has since performed in
circuses all over the U.S. and Europe
as well as Las Vegas nightclubs and
hotels. He now resides permanently in
Miami, Fla. but still performs all over
“It is such a pleasure and an honor
to bring a live, professional circus
show to the beautiful Historic Asolo
Theater at The Ringling, which works
to preserve the history and legacy of
the circus,” said CAC founder and
president/CEO Pedro Reis. “Our missions
are so closely aligned – we both
strive to inspire, educate and entertain;
our collaboration has been such
an organic and fulfilling effort.”
The show, which will take place
at the Historic Asolo Theatre at
The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd.,
Sarasota), runs Friday, June 10 – Saturday,
August 13, 2021. Show times
are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays
through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
on Saturdays. Tickets are $18/adults,
$12/children 12 and under. To complete
their circus experience, Summer
Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy
access to the Circus Museum on the
day they attend a show for an additional
$5. Go to ringling.org or call the
Box Office at (941) 360-7399.
About Circus Arts
The mission of the Circus Arts
Conservatory is to engage and
educate students using unique and
innovative learning programs; to
measurably improve the quality of life
for individuals in care facilities; and
to advance the extraordinary legacy
and heritage of the circus. The CAC
is home to world-class performances,
excellence in training the circus arts,
and community-based education and
humor therapy outreach programs. Visit
CircusArts.org or call (941) 355-9335.
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arry-on travel is one of the
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knowing your belongings aren’t going
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Get the right luggage
Let’s start from
you need luggage
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out of the limited
space you have.
and the ability
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will save you worlds of trouble when it
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Pack things you actually wear and do
not pack more outfits than days you are
traveling. Why? You can and should wear
items two or three times by mixing and
matching basics. If in desperate need, you
can find a washer in your destination.
The most important rule here is comfort
over anything. You don’t want to be in a
foreign place with nothing to wear because
you unreasonably packed like you
were headed to New York Fashion Week.
Build your wardrobe around
These will be your staples. Pack for your
climate. If you’re headed to Japan in the
winter, pack one winter coat you can
wear the entire time, etc.
• A solid pair of comfortable jeans
• A jacket you can wear with anything
• Neutral colored t-shirts of your liking
• One completely versatile day bag (purse,
foldable backpack or beach bag, etc.)
• One pair of shoes meant for long wear,
most likely a tennis shoe
• ONE outfit you could wear to a nice
outing, for girls this could be the
addition of a dressy sandal to pair with
your jeans, for guys add an easily packable
colored shirt or sweater
• At least one multi-use item, for example,
a headscarf that can be worn as
a top or comfortable yoga shorts that
double as swim trunks
• An outfit for your travel days, things
like sweats, leggings, etc, remember,
comfort over anything
Become an environmentally-conscious
traveler. Invest in reusable travel-sized
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Wear your bulkiest items
to the airport
Keeping your bag as small and light as
possible means keeping bulky items out
of your bag. Headed to colder climes?
Wear your coat to the airport and take
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Shoes are another item that takes up a
lot of room in our bags. Wear your bulkiest
pair of shoes on your travel days.
Know the details in your
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Carry-on policies for each airline are
not universal and it’ll serve you well by
knowing what you’re getting into. For
example, all U.S. airlines accept 22-inch
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than 20 inches.
For the most part, you’ll probably get
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Some airlines allow you a carry-on for
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focus on the arts
AT THE RINGLING MUSEUM:
Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance
The exhibit celebrates her life and art created over her long career
& Mabel Ringling
with its exhibition
Remembrance, which celebrates
the life and art of Eleanor Merritt
(1933 -2019.). This exhibition is
dedicated to her indomitable spirit
and creativity and represents a
small sample of a significant body
of work the artist created over
her long career and runs through
August 21, 2022.
Beginning with early work from
the 1950s and concluding
with her last painting Blue
Embrace of 2018, the exhibition
highlights her creative
use of materials, movement
between figuration and abstraction,
and her commitment
to women’s rights.
Born in Harlem in 1933,
Eleanor’s talent in drawing
and painting led to her
acceptance to the prestigious
High School for Music and Art
in New York. She excelled as a student
receiving the school’s top
art award, the St. Gaudens
Medal. She then attended
Brooklyn College for
undergraduate and graduate
studies, where she
studied with some of the
most influential artists of
the time, including Mark
Rothko, Ad Rhinehart,
Kurt Seligmann, Burgoyne
Diller, and Jimmy Ernst.
She absorbed the energy
and physicality of her
teacher’s work into her
interests in figuration
body of work explored
the interrelatedness of
society, spirituality, and
gender, employing the
figure rendered in a range
of styles derived from a
vast cultural matrix inclusive
of her African and
Caribbean roots and the
education she received at
Brooklyn College in the
Editor’s Note: Eleanor
Merritt was profiled in West
Coast Woman back in 1996.
Here Comes The Sun
1950s. Her mixed media
practice alternated between
oils, acrylics, inks,
and black paper as a platform
to describe narratives
of strength, agency,
to the relevancy of her
context as a woman
of color allowed her
to evolve in style and
expression over her sixdecade
career. Her work
was displayed nationally
in galleries and museums
in Florida, California,
Colorado, Texas, and
Arriving in Sarasota
in the 1980s, Eleanor exhibited
widely in Florida.
In addition to Merritt’s
art practice, she was an
essential early advocate
within national and regional
such as her role as the
program manager for
the Women’s Caucus for
Arts’ Women of Color
(WOCA) Slide Project
influencing the careers
and more equitable
opportunities of other
women artists of color
on a national level.
Within the Sarasota
arts community, Merritt
was the Ringling
Museum’s first African
American female Board
Member and wellrecognized
leader in the
local arts community,
including chairing the
Art in Public Places
Committee serving on
various Arts boards.
She was named “Artist
of the Year” in 1994 by
the Sarasota Visual Arts
Center and received the
Women's Caucus for Art
Award in 2005. In 2013,
she received national
recognition with an
exhibition at the Houston Museum of
African American Culture. Her final
exhibition in 2017 at the Arts & Cultural
Alliance celebrated her 60 years of
painting. We are pleased to announce,
along with this exhibition, the acquisition
of three works into the permanent
collection of The Ringling.
The works in the exhibition come
from the artist’s estate and a few prestigious
private collections. The artist’s
daughter, Dr. Lisa Merritt, and artist
Mike Solomon were critical guides in
the development of this exhibition.
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■ Omeza selected Suzanne
Bakewell, Ph.D., as Vice President of
device development, cancer biology,
and nanotechnology, she leads research
and development and clinical
trials development for Omeza. She is
also responsible for regulatory affairs
and intellectual property rights for
Omeza’s line of products.
Prior to joining Omeza, Suzanne
was responsible for leading early
stage drug development and designing
translational studies for clinical
trials in both industry and academia.
Trained as a physiologist, her doctoral
research at Washington University
focused on cancer metastasis to
bone and the tumor microenvironment.
As a Susan G. Komen Fellow
in the Dr. Lewis Chodosh lab at the
University of Pennsylvania, Suzanne
studied cancer cell dormancy and
Suzanne’s industry experience
as a principal investigator includes
nanotechnology, drug delivery
platforms and chemoresistance. As
the Vice President of Preclinical Development
at Intezyne Technologies,
Suzanne was instrumental in taking
IND drugs from synthesis into Phase
I clinical trials.
Omeza Omeza (www.omezapro.
com) is a skin science company
pursuing access to better wound
care outcomes for patients at all
sites of care. The company is based
■ The Climate Adaptation Center
(CAC), the only non-profit organization
in Southwest Florida
dedicated to battling the effects of
climate change, has announced Amy
Grossman has joined the team as
chief operating officer. She will be
responsible for day-to-day operations
media relations, donor relations and
The CAC educates the public
about the serious impacts of
climate-related incidents and works
with government, academia, and
private sectors to help advise and
develop solutions for mitigating risks
to the area caused by hurricanes,
flooding, red tide and more. It is
making an impact by predicting
and preparing the area for hurricanes,
identifying potential areas
of risk, working with engineers to
stabilize eroding beaches, holding
educational seminars, and raising
awareness about the new climate
economy on television and in print
media throughout the region.
Prior to the Climate Adaptation
Center, Amy has been a principal
at Grossman Public Relations
Counselors where she has represented
a wide variety of clients in the
non-profit, environmental, business
and healthcare sectors. She has also
worked for major communications
firms in Philadelphia and Sarasota.
The Climate Adaptation Center,
Inc. (CAC), founded in 2019, is an
independent, non-profit 501(c)
(3) organization headquartered in
Sarasota. Its mission is to bridge
the gap between the latest scientific
research and the public’s understanding
of the changing climate and
how it impacts where we live.
■ After a few years with the hospitality
management firm, Danika
Smith-Josiah is the new regional vice
president of operations at Scarlett
Hotel Group (SHG). In her position,
she will provide the support, training
has offices in
well as operates
Danika Smith-Josiah perseverance
and leadership defied the immense
challenges put before her over the
course of three years at the Hampton
Inn Sarasota Airport.” says Rob Sadoff,
principal and co-founder of SHG,
in a statement.
Smith-Josiah gained nearly 10
years of experience in the industry
working at InterContinental Hotels
Group as a corporate trainer and
general manager before finding her
way to SHG in 2018. She started off as
a general manager before moving up
the ranks to director of learning and
■ BRIDGE Angel Investors appointed
Kim Miele as their new Executive
Director of the private investment
the flow of
Miele’s seven years as Executive
Director of the Gulf Coast CEO
Forum afforded a natural source
of relationship-building and local
connections, enabling her to connect
seven new member investors to
BRIDGE since January.
Simultaneously building partnerships
with business incubators such
as 26 West Center at State College
of Florida, and local economic development
organizations like EDC
of Sarasota County, Miele will also
cultivate BRIDGE’s current connection
with leAD Sports & Health Tech
Partners and its parent company
Adi Dassler International Family
BRIDGE Angel Investors is a group
of private, accredited investors located
in Sarasota who provide capital
and mentoring to assist early stage
businesses. BRIDGE investments
may be augmented with individual
member investments and through
a network of other fund and angel
investor group syndicates. Through
such networks, Bridge has contributed
more than 1.6M in capital, in
primarily Florida-based companies.
■ Leadership Sarasota, a program
of the Greater Sarasota
Chamber of Commerce, awarded
three leaders and legacy makers at
the annual Celebrate Outstanding
This event was on May 25 and
honored exceptional graduates of
the Leadership Sarasota program
in three categories: Lifetime of
Leadership- recognizing body
of work in career, community,
and beyond, Impact in Actionrecognizing
a current community
leadership endeavor and Leadership
Sarasota Dedication- recognizing
commitment to the Leadership
• Joy Mahler, of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of the
Sun Coast, Inc.,
Class of 1991,
• Deputy City
of the City of Sarasota, Leadership
Class of 2017, was honored with the
Impact in Action Award.
• Susan Flynn, of Bon Eau
Enterprises, LLC, Leadership Class
of 2007, was honored with the
Leadership Sarasota Dedication
These recipients were selected
by a panel of judges made up of
Sarasota Chamber Board members,
Leadership Sarasota Council
members, and past Celebrate
Outstanding Leadership Awardees.
■ Gulf Coast Community Foundation
has selected 24 participants
from across the region for its 2022
Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.
Through this annual initiative, the
foundation provides intensive leadership
training designed to identify,
develop, and connect a diverse and
growing group of aspiring community
Class members will take part in
seven training sessions through June
conducted by the Leadership Development
Institute of Eckerd College.
Gulf Coast provides all training and
resources at no cost to participants
in exchange for their commitment
to use their new skills to benefit the
The 24 participants selected for
the 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership
• Sara Brunow, Muriel O’Neil Education
& Engagement Director, Asolo
• Jennifer Bushinger-Ortiz, Chief
Philanthropy Officer, Loveland
• Shelley Cairo, Financial Advisor-
Private Client Group, Truist Investment
• Robyn Citrin, Board Trustee/President,
Hermitage Artist Retreat
• Kelly M. Defebo, CMP, Director of
Sales, Visit Sarasota County
• Esther Dickmann, Client and
Clinical Services Manager, Samaritan
Counseling Services of the
• Kelly Duyn, Assistant Director of
Education & Community Engagement,
• Cintia Elenstar, Program Director,
• Jonathan Evans, Executive Director,
Healthy Teens Coalition of
Manatee Co., Inc.
• Debbie Frank, Program Director,
Friends of Boca Grande Community
• Michelle Frau, Events and Membership
College Library Association
• Jill Gomes, Director of Quality, Risk
& Compliance, CenterPlace Health
• Amy Helms, Human Resources
Manager, Senior Friendship Centers
• Scott Hinckley, CFRE, Account
Director, Allegiance Group
• Ben Jewell-Plocher, Education Director,
Embracing Our Differences
• Ashley Klearman, VP of Development,
Hunters Point Pearl Homes
• Heather Koester, President/Business
Consulting Strategist, Koester
• Michael (Mike) McLaughlin, Senior
Vice President for Horticulture,
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
• Laura Randall, CFRE, Senior
Director of Development, Visible
• Travis Ray, Associate Managing
Director, Westcoast Black Theatre
• Clara Reynardus de Villanueva,
Director of Development Sarasota-Manatee
Campus and Latino
Scholarship Program, University of
• Mary Smedley, Managing Broker,
Michael Saunders & Co. Englewood/Boca
• Amanda Sweet, Event Coordinator,
Nathan Benderson Park
• Kayden Jeanne Stephen Taylor,
HOPWA Housing Coordinator, CAN
For more information on the program,
■ The Central
Chapter of the
the area’s best
work in public
“2022 Image Awards: Modern PR"
event back on April 28. The local
Image Awards competition is conducted
annually to recognize outstanding
public relations programs
and to encourage and promote the
development of the public relations
profession in our area.
The competition recognizes work
in three divisions: Public Relations
Programs, Collateral of Public
Relations, and Digital Tools of Public
Relations. The chapter also named
this year’s Joe Curley Rising Leader,
who will join a class of Rising Leaders
from chapters across the state.
Awards were presented by chapter
president, Melanie Reda, APR,
CPRC, and Image Awards director,
Laitin Sterling, APR, and were
sponsored by Premier Sotheby’s
International Realty and Next-Mark.
Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova
of Compass Rose History Experiences
served as emcees.
Two organizations earned
top honors. North Port Parks &
Recreation’s “Experience Vintage
Florida” Warm Mineral Springs Park
Campaign was the top winner with a
Grand All Image Award, and the Barancik
Foundation’s “2021 Year in
Review” Annual Report took home a
Grand Image Award.
Earning Image Awards were:
City of North Port’s “Water Safety
Campaign” and “Experience
Vintage Florida” Warm Mineral
Springs Park Campaign; and Barancik
Foundation’s “2021 Year in
Review” Annual Report.
Earning Awards of Distinction
were: KSC, Inc. and Sarasota
Orchestra’s 2022 Sarasota Music
Festival “Fellow Recruitment
Campaign”; WordSlinger Marketing
& PR and Safe Children Coalition’s
“Adult Adoption Story”;
and Hamlet’s Eatery’s “To Meat or
Not to Meat” audience engagement
Earning Judges Awards for return
on investment were: North Port
Parks & Recreation’s “Experience
Vintage Florida” Warm Mineral
Springs Park Campaign; KSC, Inc.
and Sarasota Orchestra’s 2022
Sarasota Music Festival “Fellow Recruitment
Campaign”; the Barancik
Foundation’s “2021 Year in Review”
Annual Report; and WordSlinger
Marketing & PR and Safe Children
Coalition’s “Adult Adoption Story.”
Hunter Carpenter, public relations
manager at First Watch Restaurants,
was named the chapter’s 2022
Joe Curley Rising Leader. Carpenter
serves on CWC-FPRA’s board as
co-director of events, planning and
securing speakers for the chapter’s
professional development events.
CWC-FPRA meets monthly for
professional development luncheons
and networking. More information
can be found online at cwcfpra.com.
2022 Image Award Winners
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PBS chef shows you how in her new book
Whether you’re an accomplished vegan chef or just learning to make
pleasing plant-based meals for your family, you need recipes that are
delicious and easy to prepare.
F Chickpea & Artichoke Salad
Chickpea & Artichoke Salad T
1 can (14 to
2 to 3 ounces baby
6 sweet mini
peppers (or 1
red or orange bell
and thinly sliced
1 can (14 to 15
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder salt, to taste
2 tablespoons good-quality balsamic Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
Put the chickpeas, spinach, mini pepper slices, artichoke hearts, olive oil, maple syrup,
vinegar (or lemon juice), optional paprika, and garlic powder into a large bowl. Gently
stir together with a large spoon to thoroughly combine. Taste, and add salt and pepper,
Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Divide between
four to six bowls and serve.
Makes 4 to 6 servings. Prep Time: 20 minutes / Refrigeration Time: 2 to 3 hours
F Cream of Asparagus Soup
(do not peel)
favorite dry sweetener, divided
2 tablespoons plus
1 teaspoon maple syrup, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cream of Asparagus Soup T
Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly coat four 6-ounce (or similarly sized) oven-safe
ramekins with vegan buttery spread.
Put the apples, 1 heaping tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and cinnamon,
into a medium-sized bowl. Stir with a large spoon until combined. Divide the apple
mixture evenly among the prepared ramekins.
Put the oats, coconut, 1 heaping tablespoon vegan buttery spread, and 2 heaping
tablespoons sugar in the same medium-sized bowl. Mix together using your hands or a
dough blender until thoroughly incorporated. Sprinkle one-quarter of the oat mixture
evenly over the apples in each ramekin.
Put the ramekins in an 8- x 8-inch (or similarly sized) rimmed baking pan. Tent with foil
and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until
the tops are crispy and slightly golden.
Put the pan on a wire rack and let the ramekins cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Drizzle the
top of each ramekin with 1 teaspoon maple syrup while they are still warm. Serve warm,
or cover and refrigerate, and serve cold. Covered tightly and stored in the refrigerator,
leftover apple ramekins will keep for about 2 days.
Makes 4 servings. Prep Time: 20 minutes / Bake Time: 35 minutes
Easy to be Vegan
1/2 cup gluten-free, quick cooking or
old fashioned rolled oats
3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded
In her book, Easy Vegan Home Cooking, PBS celebrity chef Laura Theodore’s has a
selection of her favorite plant-based recipes.
Theodore is a recognized public television personality, vegan PBS celebrity chef,
nationally renowned jazz singer and award-winning cookbook author. She is cocreator
of the highly successful Jazzy Vegetarian vegan cooking series on national
Theodore is author of six vegan cookbooks, including Jazzy Vegetarian, Jazzy
Vegetarian Classics, Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease, Deliciously Vegan (which won
silver medals at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Midwest Book Awards and
the Living Now Book Awards) and her double-bronze award-winning cookbook,
Vegan for Everyone. Her newest release – Easy Vegan Home Cooking takes the
guesswork out of eating healthier by sharing shopping lists, pantry “must-haves,”
quick cooking tips, flavor enhancers, and plant-based substitutions.
F Chili Roasted Cauliflower Steaks T
with Crispy Mushrooms
2 small heads cauliflower
1 tablespoon extra-virgin
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
chili pepper infused extravirgin
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
12 ounces sliced cremini or
white button mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra-virgin
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup crushed gluten-free
Water, if needed
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a medium-sized, rimmed baking pan with unbleached
CAULIFLOWER STEAKS: Trim about 2 inches off the two opposite sides of each
cauliflower head and set aside for another use. Carefully cut each cauliflower head into
two ¾- to 1-inch thick “steaks,” as if slicing a loaf of bread. Arrange the 4 cauliflower
steaks in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Coat the parchment paper with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange the cauliflower steaks
in a single layer on the parchment paper. Brush each steak with 1 teaspoon of the chili
infused oil (see Chef’s Note). Evenly sprinkle ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon
smoked paprika, and ¼ teaspoon salt over the 4 cauliflower steaks.
Tent with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the cauliflower begins to soften. Carefully
remove the foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until the edges of the cauliflower
steaks are golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes.
CRISPY MUSHROOMS: While the cauliflower steaks bake, make the crispy mushrooms.
Put the mushrooms, 1 tablespoon oil, Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder,
and ¼ teaspoon salt in a sauté pan. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to
12 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft and starting to brown around the edges.
Remove the cover and sprinkle the mushrooms with the crushed cornflakes. Cook for 1
to 2 minutes, stirring often, adding a tiny bit of water or oil if pan becomes dry.
Serve 1 cauliflower steak per person, with one-quarter of the crispy mushrooms spooned
over the top.
CHEF’S NOTE: If preferred, you may use plain extra-virgin olive oil in place of the chiliinfused
variety to coat the cauliflower steaks. Then, sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
over each cauliflower steak before baking. Proceed with recipe as directed
Makes 4 servings. Prep Time: 30 minutes /
Bake Time: 50 to 60 minutes /Stove Top: 12 to 14 minutes
ABOUT THE BOOK ——————————————————————
Easy Vegan Home Cooking Written by Laura Theodore.
Hardcover $25; e-book $12.99. ISBN 9781578269259
Published by Hatherleigh Press. Distributed through
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Helping Children Diagnosed With Epilepsy
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Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can strike
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. In fact, 1 in
26 people will have a seizure during their lifetime.
The stigma and social isolation; the uncertainty of
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Preserving Sarasota’s Past
Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation’s 2022 “Six to Save”
arasota Alliance for
has released its
2022 “Six to Save”
list of properties in
Sarasota. The list is made up of
historic properties, archaeological
sites, and cultural resources
in Sarasota County that are
Entering into its third year,
this important initiative by the
Sarasota Alliance for Historic
Preservation highlights the
urgent need to save historic
resources throughout Sarasota
County from demolition. This list
is the springboard for an education
and advocacy effort designed
to raise public awareness of the
uncertain future for these historic
resources, and invite residents
and community leaders to be part
of a collaborative effort to find
alternatives to demolition.
The program was started by
the History and Preservation Coalition
of Sarasota County. This
year, in collaboration with the
HPCSC, the Sarasota Alliance for
Historic Preservation is spearheading
the Program and the
effort to educate and advocate.
Here’s the list:
• LINDH BUILDING
Designed by structural engineer
William Lyndh and architect Cyril
Tucker as their office, the 1959
midcentury building features a
unique folding plate roof. The
unusual fiberglass front facade is
offset by darkly painted repeating
vertical timbers which call to
mind a Japanese shoji screen. Significant
not only for its architecture
and material selection, Lindh
and Tucker are also the engineer/
architect behind the famous
hyperbolic paraboloid of the 1964
Venice Beach Pavilion. The Lindh
building is suffering from demolition
by neglect and the City of Venice
currently offers no protection
to its mid century resources.
• THE CUNEO ESTATE
A wide parcel of bay front land,
situated in the Indian Beach
Subdivision, and home to 4
historic properties with multiple
historic buildings, many of
which are locally and nationally
designated, is currently on the
market for $22 million. Assembled
as the estate of John Cuneo
Jr., on land that was originally
owned in 1890 by Dr. Frederick
K. Williams of Bristol, CT, and
later parceled out with a group of
investors as the ideal location for
a winter home during boom time
development. Located just north
of the Ringling Museum and the
Ca D’Zan, this pristine parcel is
threatened by potential
• SNOOK HAVEN
The Snook Haven house dates
back to c. 1920 when the property
was used as a fish camp called the
Myakka Lodge. Owned by a Dan
Evans in 1938, the property was
renowned for its abundant variety
of fish and tropical beauty. In 1952
the fish camp finally donned the
moniker Snook Haven. Currently
owned by Sarasota County Parks
Department, with one structure
leased to a popular restaurant, a
master plan was drawn up which
failed to include the house structure,
putting it in severe risk of
demolition. The fish camp currently
holds no historical designation
• THE MEL-O-DEE
This iconic diner known as much
for its food as a gathering place for
civic organizations throughout the
city was opened in 1955 and run by
owners Daniel and Betty Pischer
until their retirement in 1973, the
restaurant closed in 2003, and
the building has sat secured but
vacant for the last 19 years. The
Mel-O-Dee retains its midcentury
modern details with a Polynesian
influence. The interior has been
gutted and the original neon sign
adjacent to 41 was destroyed by a
vehicle in 2021. The current owner
has the property listed on the
market for $1mil. and has sold the
adjacent vacant lots to developers.
The high price tag has presented
an as yet insurmountable obstacle
to its preservation.
• DR. ALBEE'S POINT
Built in 1923 by Dr. Fred Albee and
his wife Louella as their home on
Dona Bay in Nokomis, this Mediterranean
Revival beauty retains
its multiple arched openings and
a porte-cochere. Dr. Albee is best
known for having purchased and
established both Nokomis and
Venice following a brief visit in
1917. He hired fellow
Harvard graduate John
Nolen to create the
enchanting plan for the
City of Venice and then brought in
the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers to build it. The list of
significant contributions of the
Albee family is long and varied.
The home is privately owned and
is suffering from neglect. Given
the desirable waterfront location
and lack of designation, this puts it
at high risk of demolition.
• VAN WEZEL PERFORM-
ING ARTS HALL
Built in 1968 with funds from a city
bond referendum and a bequest
from philanthropists Lewis and
Eugenia Van Wezel, the Van Wezel
Performing Arts Hall opened its
doors in 1970. The Frank Lloyd
Wright Foundation (in association
with Taliesan Associated Architects)
design actually came from
two seashells from the Sea of
Japan which are permanently on
display in the Hall. The lavender
and purple color scheme, selected
by Frank Lloyd Wright's widow,
Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, has
helped make the iconic structure
memorable and in fact is
featured in the Macy's Sarasota
Snow Globe. Though currently
still in use, planned obsolescence
of building as part of The
Bay's master plan for the new
bay front park create a clear
danger of demolition
For more information, visit
There’s a great
database of images in their
online collections database at
new collections are added
• Sarasota Alliance for
Historic Preservation 2022
awards were presented at
the 2022 Heritage Awards
Luncheon, held on April 30.
Honors wen to:
Gregory A. and Eleana Najmy
Hall Historic Structure
• Cunliff Residence, Brian and
Katherine Leaver, 2525 Pleasant
• Cottage at Point of Rocks,
Donald and Terri Liebentritt,
7208 Point of Rock Road,
• The Golden Host Resort and
Bahi Tiki Hut, Bob Brown, 4674
North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
• Paul Rudolph’s Umbrella
House, Anne and Robert
Essner, 1300 Westway Drive,
Special Citation for Project
• Vamo Drive Park, Sarasota
County Parks, Recreation and
Natural Resources Department
Public Leadership Award
• Dr. Renee DiPilato, Director
of Libraries and Historical
Resources for Sarasota County
Historical Research Award
• Larry R. Humes, Venice
• The Sarasota County Centennial
2021 Steering Committee
• Alexandra Vargas-Minor,
Archivist, Ringling College of
Art and Design
The Lillian Burns Award for
• Harry Klinkhamer, Historical
City of Venice
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