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Our June issue has a profile with Jane Gill Watt, Founding President of Impact100 SRQ. Features include Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota Orchestra, Tiffany at Selby Gardens, and recipes for eating healthier

Our June issue has a profile with Jane Gill Watt, Founding President of Impact100 SRQ. Features include Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota Orchestra, Tiffany at Selby Gardens, and recipes for eating healthier


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<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

-Jane<br />

Gill Watt<br />

Founding President of<br />

Impact100 SRQ<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Sarasota Orchestra’s<br />

Music Festival<br />

■ Balance Your<br />

Hormones, Balance<br />

Your Brain<br />

■ Lots of Good News<br />

■ Summer Circus<br />


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<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

West Coast Woman is published<br />

monthly (12 times annually) by<br />

LMB Media, Inc., Louise Bruderle,<br />

President. All contents of this<br />

publication are copyrighted and<br />

may not be reproduced. No part<br />

may be reproduced without the<br />

written permission of the publisher.<br />

Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs<br />

and artwork are welcome, but return<br />

cannot be guaranteed.<br />

focus on the arts<br />

Sarasota Music Festival runs from June 5-24.<br />

This year’s Festival centers around a special<br />

theme that ties together the 12 concerts: the<br />

power of storytelling through music. There<br />

will also be a wide range of masterclasses,<br />

coaching sessions, and rehearsals.<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

n You’re News: job announcements,<br />

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/<br />

WCWmedia<br />

focus on the arts<br />

The Summer Circus Spectacular returns<br />

June 9-August 12. The Spectacular offers an<br />

affordable entertainment option for all ages.<br />

They’ll have circus talent from around the<br />

world as well as top artists here in the U.S.<br />

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WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34230<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

dining in<br />

Plant-based recipes for egg lovers.<br />

Delicious alternatives are available<br />

that can recreate many egg dishes<br />

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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

7 Out & About: listings for things to do<br />

live and/or online<br />

9 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

13 focus on the arts:<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s Music Festival<br />

14 focus on the arts:<br />

The Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

16 west coast woman: Jane Gill Watt,<br />

Founding President of Impact100 SRQ<br />

18 good news in our community<br />

22 feature: Sea Grapes - find out more<br />

about these ubiquitous plants<br />

24 you’re news<br />

26 dining in: Plant-based Recipes<br />

for Egg Lovers<br />

28 focus on the arts: the summer<br />

schedule at Florida Studio Theatre<br />

29 preservation news: Sarasota Alliance<br />

for Historic Preservation Sarasota<br />

County Heritage Awards<br />

30 Selby Gardens has<br />

“Seeing The Invisible” Art Exhibition<br />

■ on the cover: Jane Gill Watt, Founding President of Impact100 SRQ.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England<br />

<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Jane Gill Watt<br />

Jane Gill Watt, Founding President of Impact100<br />

SRQ, along with her fellow 762 members, get to be<br />

fairy godmothers to several nonprofits every year.<br />

Impact100 SRQ, a 501(c)(3) not for profit, is one of<br />

more than 60 chapters worldwide that joins its sister<br />

chapters in embracing a local collective giving<br />

model.<br />

Formed in 2018, Impact100 SRQ has brought<br />

together a diverse group of women who annually<br />

fund transformational grants to local nonprofits in<br />

Jane Gill Watt both Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The model<br />

Photo: Evelyn England is simple: each woman gives a $1,000 tax-deductible<br />

donation, and together they collectively award<br />

grants in increments of at least $100,000 to local nonprofits in five focus<br />

areas: Arts, Culture & History, Education, Environment & Recreation,<br />

Family and Health & Wellness.<br />

Each member’s annual donation strengthens the power of giving<br />

and funds innovative projects that make a high “Impact” (thus the<br />

name) and sustainable difference in the community. The current<br />

Impact100 SRQ President is Pam Kandziora, who will lead the organization<br />

through, no doubt, another record-breaking year of grants she<br />

and her members will give to the community. Congratulations to Jane,<br />

Pam, and all the women who make up this innovative and compassionate<br />

organization.<br />

The Importance of Local News<br />

WCW has joined with over 20 other news outlets as part of a new collaboration<br />

called Community News Collaborative (CNC) and funded by<br />

the Barancik Foundation. Long story short, a year ago WCW was asked<br />

to offer input on what stories and issues need to be covered in our area.<br />

This was part of a new project to address the lack of local and in-depth<br />

news coverage. Articles would be edited, reported and written by a<br />

neutral staff who would then share the stories for publication with all the<br />

member news outlets, WCW included.<br />

As of last month, an editor was chosen and staff were in place. No<br />

sooner had they organized and were having a meeting at USF Sarasota-Manatee<br />

than gunshots were fired on the campus. So they covered it<br />

and WCW and others then posted it online - giving readers immediate<br />

access. Granted, this was not the original goal of the collaborative, but it<br />

was news literally in the making right in front of them and thankfully, no<br />

one was hurt.<br />

WCW signed on and we will share stories written and edited by a<br />

talented team including editor Eric Garwood and Jim DeLa who covered<br />

the shooting. CNC is made possible by a grant from Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation. Look for articles in the months to come with<br />

bylines by various writers. If you have a story you’d like to see covered,<br />

contact Eric Garwood, Executive Editor, Community News Collaborative,<br />

at ericgarwood@wusf.org.<br />

Courageous and Giving Women<br />

Jone Williams, Educational Outreach Director for Safe Children Coalition<br />

(SCC), was honored at the national<br />

level for her work with children and<br />

families. Williams is responsible for the<br />

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents<br />

of Preschool Youngsters) Program for<br />

Sarasota County as well as oversees Safe<br />

Children Coalition’s Achievers Program<br />

for teens.<br />

Out of 12 nominees from throughout<br />

the nation, Williams won the Avima D.<br />

Lombard Award at the HIPPY National<br />

Leadership Conference in Mobile, Ala.<br />

in April. The award is presented to a<br />

HIPPY staff person at a local, state,<br />

or national program office in the U.S.<br />

whose professional services have made<br />

a significant contribution to HIPPY and<br />

Jone Williams<br />

to improving the lives of young children<br />

and their families.<br />

“Jone Williams exemplifies the true definition of servant leadership.<br />

She excels at building community,” said Lidia Clarke, Associate State<br />

Director of Florida HIPPY. HIPPY is a home-based early intervention<br />

program that helps parents teach their 2-5-year-old children. Early<br />

literacy and language skills are crucial in helping children be<br />

kindergarten-ready, so that they are poised to be successful learners.<br />

The ages of 2-5 are especially important as children experience<br />

rapid cognitive development and building of language skills. There are<br />

125 area families currently participating in Safe Children Coalition’s<br />

HIPPY program.<br />

“The reason I’m so passionate about HIPPY is I know first-hand that<br />

it works,” Williams said. “My son went through the program, graduated<br />

high school and college, and now works with children himself at Girls<br />

Inc. We both have a love for children and for the benefits – to children,<br />

families and communities – of early childhood education.”<br />

“We’re so honored to have Jone serving children and families on our<br />

organization’s behalf,” said SCC president and CEO Brena Slater.<br />

We have more amazing stories in this month’s You’re News column<br />

such as the University of South Florida Women in Leadership &<br />

Philanthropy naming two faculty members on the Sarasota-Manatee<br />

campus as recipients of Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Awards,<br />

which recognize female faculty at USF for their research, instructional<br />

excellence, mentorship and student engagement.<br />

Both Lindsay Persohn and Helene Robinson have used podcasts<br />

to translate their research and other academic interests for larger<br />

audiences and will use cash awards that come with the WLP’s<br />

recognition to support that work.<br />

Persohn, an assistant professor of literacy studies, received the USF<br />

Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Excellence Award. Robinson, an associate<br />

professor of instruction and director of USF’s Critical and Creative<br />

Design Thinking program on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, received<br />

the Instructor Excellence Award.<br />

Persohn focuses her research on children’s literature and illustrations.<br />

She currently is helping lead the Booker Literacy Initiative, which<br />

connects youngsters at one of Sarasota’s most economically<br />

impoverished middle schools with USF students, who provide tutoring<br />

and mentorship.<br />

A former teacher for students who experienced disability, Robinson’s<br />

15 years in higher education has focused on creating inclusive<br />

environments using multi-tiered systems of support, arts integration,<br />

self-regulation strategies, critical thinking creativity and design<br />

thinking to remove barriers to learning so that all students, staff and<br />

faculty can thrive. Due to her own experience with breast cancer,<br />

her recent research explores the intersection of disability, feminine<br />

identity, ableism and disenfranchised grief among breast cancer<br />

survivors and warriors.<br />

And then there’s Sarasota Memorial Health Care System which<br />

recently honored staff who reached milestone career anniversaries.<br />

OB/GYN perinatal sonographer Barbara Pittenger, who has served<br />

Sarasota Memorial patients for 45 years, was the guest of honor at<br />

the health system’s annual service anniversary celebration back in<br />

April. Affectionately known as Bip, Pittenger started working at SMH<br />

as an X-ray tech in 1977, and within a few years, completed training to<br />

become a perinatal sonographer, specializing in ultrasound exams for<br />

high-risk pregnancies. She eventually worked her way from the hospital’s<br />

radiology department to Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group OB/<br />

GYN practice.<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s longest-serving employee, Lenora “Nori” Yoder,<br />

was honored for 50 years at the service anniversary celebration last<br />

year. A lab tech in the microbiology department, she had postponed<br />

retirement to support SMH staff and the community through multiple<br />

surges of the pandemic, including the deadly Delta wave. At 47 years and<br />

counting, nurse Clara Rock, who was honored at last year’s celebration,<br />

is currently the longest serving employee still working at SMH.<br />

Congratulations to all of you! Your dedication to your work shows, and<br />

our community is better for your many efforts.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.<br />

You can reach us at westcoastwoman@comcast.net. We’re on the web at www.WestCoastWoman.com.<br />

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<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 5

Adult Day Care<br />

for your Loved One<br />

& Caregiver Resources<br />

for You<br />

Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm<br />

1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota<br />

Call for more information<br />

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See our website for details and virtual tour<br />

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out &about<br />

Special Event<br />

On June 4 at 10 a.m. at My West-<br />

Church, 2209 75th St W, Bradenton,<br />

join The WestChurch and Pastor<br />

Brian Kelly as they welcome CEO/<br />

Co-Founder of Rescue One More,<br />

Scott Lambie. In Uganda, more than<br />

one in three girls and one in six boys<br />

experience sexual violence. Because<br />

resources are limited and the stigma<br />

surrounding the problem is significant,<br />

survivors are often silenced<br />

by their communities and forced to<br />

endure their pain alone.<br />

In 2009, Scott Lambie and his wife,<br />

Sarah, left their careers in software<br />

and moved to Uganda to work with<br />

the world-renowned African Children’s<br />

Choir. Their initial commitment<br />

was for three years, but two<br />

years in, they decided to stay abroad.<br />

They adopted three Ugandan children<br />

and returned to Austin, Texas in 2018.<br />

Info: (941) 792-1101.<br />

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Free Dance Class<br />

There’s a free trial dance class day<br />

on Saturday June 10 at Dance Alliance<br />

of Bradenton, 862 62nd Street<br />

E, #103, Bradenton. Here’s the schedule:<br />

9:30 yoga; 10:30 Broadway Jazz;<br />

11:15 tap; noon bellydance; 12:30<br />

hula and at 1 p.m. there’s Balletone<br />

Standing Flow.<br />

RSVP requested, via email: info@<br />

DanceAliianceOfBradenton@<br />

gmail.com.<br />

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At The Bay<br />

Enjoy a walking and sitting exploration<br />

of finding peace within nature and<br />

amongst the mangroves with Meditation<br />

Mondays in the Mangroves.<br />

No prior experience is needed. Wear<br />

comfortable, loose clothing and bring<br />

water and a portable chair or blanket<br />

to sit upon as we will stop to sit along<br />

the trail. Appropriate for ages 12-102.<br />

Registration required. Instructor:<br />

Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County ecology and<br />

natural resources educator, or Noreen<br />

Delaney, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota<br />

County volunteer. For questions,<br />

call 941-861-5000. Register at www.<br />

eventbrite.com/e/meditation-mondays.<br />

Location: The Bay Park, 655<br />

North Tamiami Trail Sarasota<br />

Also at The Bay, experience Walking<br />

in Wonder Guided Nature Tour<br />

where you can explore the newly<br />

opened Bay Park during a free, guided<br />

nature tour. Location: The Nest at 1055<br />

Blvd of the Arts Sarasota. Offered Saturdays,<br />

9:30-10:30 a.m.<br />

There’s also Ride and Paddle at The<br />

Bay. Experience the flora and fauna<br />

at The Bay through a guided kayak<br />

nature tour. Offered every Saturday<br />

at 8:30, a.m. join in for a free, 2-hour,<br />

intermediate-level tour through The<br />

Bay’s restored mangroves and to the<br />

north and south of the park, allowing<br />

paddlers to explore Sarasota Bay<br />

and learn more about The Bay Park<br />

from Ride & Paddle’s experienced<br />

guides. Location: The Bay Park- Kayak<br />

Launch, 1055 Boulevard of the Arts,<br />

Sarasota. Reservations: www.thebaysarasota.org/<br />

▼<br />

Get to Know<br />

Southface Sarasota<br />

▼<br />

Southface has a Green Drinks<br />

Meetup on June 15, 5-7<br />

p.m. Join them at Sun King<br />

Brewery. It’s a sustainably<br />

good time every third<br />

Thursday of the month. Join<br />

Southface Sarasota members<br />

and local experts to<br />

talk sustainability and network<br />

over drinks at the Sun<br />

King Brewery. No registration<br />

required.<br />

The event is offered in<br />

partnership with Green<br />

Drinks Sarasota and the<br />

USGBC (U.S. Green Building<br />

Council). Held at Sun King<br />

Brewing, 1215 Mango Ave.,<br />

Sarasota. The next one is on<br />

July 20. Information: www.<br />

southface.org/sarasota/<br />

Choral Artists<br />

Presents<br />

American<br />

Fanfare<br />

Choral Artists will be<br />

partnering with the Lakewood<br />

Ranch Wind Ensemble<br />

for a star spangled event<br />

on Tuesday, July 4 at 4:30<br />

pm the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N.<br />

Palm Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

Come celebrate our National Day<br />

of Independence and patriotic pride<br />

through choral fireworks, Sousa<br />

marches, and the American songs<br />

we all know and love. Tickets: 941-<br />

387-4900 or visit ChoralArtists<br />

Sarasota.org.<br />

In addition, join in their “Meet the<br />

Music” talk with Dr. Joseph Holt that<br />

offers engaging background and insights<br />

into the music and performers<br />

of American Fanfare along with musical<br />

excerpts from featured performers.<br />

Free for ticket holders, $10 at the door<br />

for non-ticket holders on June 22, 5:30<br />

pm at Art to Walk On, 16 S. Palm Ave.,<br />

Sarasota. RSVP to director@choralartistssarasota.org<br />

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RADD Bike Rides<br />

DreamLarge is behind BLVD Bike<br />

Rides, a free community bike ride<br />

that aims to bring residents, neighbors<br />

and friends together to celebrate<br />

the community and cycling in downtown<br />

Sarasota.<br />

Join them every quarter from April to<br />

December for a specially-themed ride<br />

(each with its own fantastic guide). The<br />

guided group ride will end at a different<br />

local restaurant or bar. Riders are<br />

encouraged to stay and mingle with<br />

their fellow bikers after the ride.<br />

The event is free and open to everyone<br />

in the community and aims to<br />

bring residents, neighbors and friends<br />

together, while enjoying a fun bike<br />

ride in downtown Sarasota. Bring your<br />

own bike and water bottle for this ride.<br />

Their next ride is on July 13. Ride<br />

Leader is Bill Waddill, Chief Operating<br />

Officer The Bay Park Conservancy.<br />

Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.; Ride begins<br />

at 5:45 p.m.<br />

So you can plan ahead, here are future<br />

ride dates: October 19 Halloween<br />

Edition with Ride Leader: Jeff Vredenburg,<br />

Sustainability Program Educator<br />

for the City of Sarasota. Check-in<br />

begins at 5:15 p.m.; Ride begins at 5:30<br />

p.m. Held at DreamLarge Office, 513<br />

Central Ave, Sarasota.<br />

▼<br />

At Norton Museum of Art<br />

On View: Portrait of<br />

Mrs. Frederick Guest<br />

(Amy Phipps)<br />

by John Singer<br />

Sargent.<br />

Norton Museum<br />

of Art, 1450 S.<br />

Dixie Highway,<br />

West Palm Beach<br />

For information, visit www.<br />

DreamLarge.org. Register at www.<br />

eventbrite.com<br />

Mote Marine<br />

Laboratory &<br />

Aquarium<br />

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium<br />

has “Mote Aquarium World<br />

Ocean Day Celebration <strong>2023</strong>” on<br />

June 10, 9:30 am-3 pm. in the Aquarium<br />

Courtyard.<br />

Enjoy ocean-themed games, educational<br />

displays, live music, visits<br />

with local authors, a live mural painting,<br />

personal interaction with Mote’s<br />

mascots, face painting, and more! All<br />

activities are included with normal<br />

admission to Mote Aquarium.<br />

Reserve tickets at mote.org. Mote<br />

Marine Laboratory & Aquarium,1600<br />

Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.<br />

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Van Wezel Updates<br />

and Friday Fest<br />

The Rocky Horror Picture Show<br />

celebrates its 48th Anniversary kicking-off<br />

its 30-city national tour on<br />

Sept. 29 and visiting the Van Wezel<br />

on Sept. 30.<br />

Fans will be able to meet and talk<br />

with Barry Bostwick, star of this original<br />

cult classic in person. His iconic<br />

portrayal of “Brad Majors” has thrilled<br />

generations of fans for nearly 50 years.<br />

The show will also feature a costume<br />

contest, a performance by the<br />

local Shadow Cast and a memorabilia<br />

display with artifacts and costumes<br />

from the movie. The Shadow Cast<br />

acts out the movie on stage while the<br />

movie plays on screen.<br />

Tickets: www.VanWezel.org. Preshow<br />

dining is available through Mattison’s<br />

at the Van Wezel which is located<br />

inside the theatre.<br />

The van Wezel also has its free, outdoor<br />

summertime concert series, Friday<br />

Fest. The lineup of bands this year<br />

includes:<br />

• June 16: Kettle of Fish<br />

• July 21: One Night Rodeo<br />

▼<br />

• August 11: TEN76<br />

• September 22:<br />

Jah Movement<br />

Bring blankets or lawn<br />

chairs, take in the music<br />

and the sunset by the bay,<br />

and enjoy food and beverages<br />

from local vendors.<br />

Bishop<br />

Museum of<br />

Science and<br />

Nature<br />

In the field of engineering,<br />

human achievements<br />

receive the most recognition,<br />

but Eco Engineers, the<br />

new temporary exhibit at<br />

the Bishop Museum of Science<br />

and Nature, shifts the<br />

spotlight to the flora and<br />

fauna that shape ecosystems<br />

with their own engineering<br />

feats.<br />

The exhibit pays homage<br />

not only to furry friends like<br />

beavers, but also to plants<br />

like red mangroves and live<br />

oaks that leave an indelible<br />

mark on the landscape. The<br />

exhibit is divided into three zones, including<br />

the land, water’s edge, and sea<br />

sections. Giant photos of the featured<br />

species fill the space, creating an immersive<br />

environment.<br />

A selection of photos bring each<br />

species to life, with the largest photos<br />

measuring about 3 by 6 feet. The coral<br />

photos, lent to the Bishop by the Coral<br />

Restoration Foundation, will stun<br />

visitors. 3D elements, like corals and a<br />

beaver skull from the museum’s collections<br />

complement the photos and text.<br />

Eco Engineers runs through Sept.<br />

3. Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton,<br />

bishopscience.org.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Art Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College presents A Beautiful<br />

Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the<br />

Vanguard, on view through June<br />

25. From micro artworks the size of<br />

your hand to mammoth, room-sized<br />

installations, the 11 women artists<br />

represented in A Beautiful Mess push<br />

the boundaries between craft and fine<br />

art, taking the art form to new heights<br />

both conceptually and physically.<br />

• Stephanie J. Woods: my papa used<br />

to play checkers runs through September<br />

17. In her first solo museum exhibition,<br />

Woods presents new multidisciplinary<br />

works inspired by her firsthand<br />

experience of West Africa and<br />

with themes focusing on transatlantic<br />

cultural continuity and memories.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located<br />

at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

Info: SarasotaArtMuseum.org.<br />

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Art Galleries<br />

In June, Art Uptown Gallery will<br />

present “Small Works Show,” showcasing<br />

small framed pieces of their<br />

original art. Meet the artists at the<br />

First Friday public reception on June<br />

2, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through<br />

June 30. Art Uptown Gallery, 1367<br />

Main St., Sarasota. Info: 941-955-5409<br />

or www.artuptown.com<br />

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At Art CenterSarasota: On view<br />

through August 5: Regional Juried<br />

Show: Identity, Exploring the<br />

Human Condition.<br />

Artists will submit work that addresses<br />

a sense of who they/we are as individuals,<br />

or who we are as a society.<br />

These works will highlight the journey,<br />

the turmoil, the ecstasy of the<br />

human condition.<br />

These works may reinforce the<br />

underlying communication of emotional<br />

truth as only understood by<br />

other human beings. The Annual Juried<br />

Regional Show is Art Center Sarasota’s<br />

largest juried show of the year<br />

and encompasses all four of our gallery<br />

spaces. The show is open to all artists<br />

in the southeast region of the United<br />

States. Juror: Christy Paris, Adjunct Art<br />

History Professor and PhD candidate<br />

at the University of South Florida.<br />

Location: 707 N. Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota, www.artsarasota.org.<br />

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At The Hermitage<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has<br />

new programs throughout the month<br />

of June. Continuing its 20th Anniversary<br />

Season, these events will be<br />

presented all across Sarasota County,<br />

from the Hermitage’s beautiful beachfront<br />

campus on Manasota Key to the<br />

Van Wezel Terrace overlooking Sarasota<br />

Bay, as well as virtual offerings<br />

expanding access beyond geographic<br />

limitations. Hermitage programs<br />

introduce world-renowned artists to<br />

Florida’s Gulf Coast community and<br />

audiences across the country for candid<br />

and engaging conversations, musical<br />

performances, play readings, workin-process<br />

showings, and educational<br />

opportunities for students and adults.<br />

Here’s what’s coming up:<br />

• “The Radiant Tarot: Pathway to<br />

Creativity” on June 16 at 6:30pm on<br />

the Hermitage Beach with Hermitage<br />

Fellow and writer Tony Barnstone.<br />

Inspired by the words of Rilke and<br />

William Blake amongst many other<br />

artists and practitioners, the artwork<br />

and guidebook of this Tarot deck are<br />

aimed at awakening creativity and<br />

personal growth. In this program,<br />

Barnstone, author of the guidebook,<br />

will illuminate some of the impulses<br />

behind its creation, its potential interpretations,<br />

and the creative projects it<br />

has already inspired.<br />

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• The Hermitage presents “The Many<br />

Languages of Jennifer Croft” at 6:30<br />

pm on June 20 on the Hermitage<br />

Beach. Recipient of the 2020 William<br />

Saroyan International Prize for Writing<br />

for her illustrated memoir Homesick<br />

and the 2018 Man-Booker International<br />

Prize for her translation of from Polish<br />

of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s<br />

Flights, Jennifer Croft is an accomplished<br />

writer as well as translator.<br />

She also happens to be married to<br />

writer and translator Boris Dralyuk<br />

who joins her as part of the Hermitage’s<br />

Family Residency program. Croft<br />

and Dralyuk share selections from<br />

their original and translated works as<br />

well as offering insight on the mercurial<br />

art of translation. The Hermitage<br />

is partnering with a number of literary<br />

organizations to support the event<br />

including Sarasota County Libraries<br />

and the Johann Fust Library Foundation<br />

on Boca Grande.<br />

• The Hermitage travels to Lakewood<br />

Ranch on June 23 at 7pm to present<br />

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out and about continued<br />

“Songs from the Sand: A Hermitage<br />

Cabaret.” This evening of song at<br />

Lakewood Ranch’s “Waterside Pavilion”<br />

stage will feature original songs<br />

and words created by artists who have<br />

been in residence on its Manasota Key<br />

campus presented by Sarasota performers.<br />

From Adam Gwon to Jeanine<br />

Tesori, Michael R. Jackson to Kit Yan,<br />

and Rona Siddiqui to Zoe Sarnak,<br />

the Hermitage has provided space<br />

and time to some of the most exciting<br />

musical theater writers working in the<br />

industry today. Hear some of these<br />

breathtaking and inspiring works, as<br />

well as little known stories surrounding<br />

some of their creation, performed<br />

by some of Sarasota’s greatest talents.<br />

Nearly all Hermitage programs are<br />

free and open to the public (with a<br />

$5/person registration fee), offering<br />

Gulf Coast audiences a rare chance to<br />

engage and interact with some of the<br />

world’s leading talent. Due to capacity<br />

limitations and social distancing, registration<br />

is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

At The Ringling<br />

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary<br />

Seminole Art runs through September<br />

4. This group exhibition marks<br />

The Ringling’s first presentation of<br />

contemporary art by Native American<br />

artists with ancestral, historical, and<br />

present-day connections to Florida.<br />

An imperative step toward establishing<br />

a meaningful relationship<br />

with the Native American artistic<br />

community, Reclaiming Home will<br />

highlight the breadth and depth of<br />

the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee,<br />

and mixed-heritage artists from<br />

Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized<br />

artists. The<br />

exhibition will expand the conceptual<br />

framework of Native American art<br />

made in Florida today and provide a<br />

fuller understanding of the complexities<br />

of issues within the art of the Seminole<br />

diaspora.<br />

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• From the Chambers Honoring<br />

John Sims is also at Ringling Museum<br />

through August 6. In December<br />

2022, the innovative artist, activist,<br />

writer, and filmmaker John Sims<br />

passed away suddenly at his studio in<br />

Sarasota.<br />

The tragic loss of Sims left a deep<br />

impact on the art world. His art, informed<br />

by mathematics, design, sacred<br />

symbols, and poetic text, boldly<br />

confronted white supremacy, the Confederate<br />

flag, and the deep disparities<br />

and division within our society.<br />

The Ringling worked closely with<br />

Sims, who was their artist in residence<br />

in 2020. The exhibition From<br />

the Chambers, Honoring John Sims<br />

brings those two works together, on<br />

view publicly for the first time, in conjunction<br />

with John Chamberlain’s<br />

sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition<br />

serves as just one part of the<br />

significant legacy the artist leaves behind,<br />

in Sarasota and beyond. On view<br />

in the Searing East galleries.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.<br />

Theatre<br />

Florida Studio Theatre has Shear<br />

Madness in the Gompertz Theatre.<br />

There’s been a murder in a local hair<br />

salon, and it’s up to the audience to<br />

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solve the crime! Everyone’s<br />

a suspect when the old lady<br />

living above Shear Madness<br />

salon is mysteriously “offed.”<br />

Join two police officers to<br />

piece together the clues<br />

behind this strange, scissor-stabbing<br />

homicide.<br />

• Black Pearl Sings! begins<br />

June 28 in the Keating Theatre.<br />

In 1935 Texas, two<br />

women from very different<br />

backgrounds discover the<br />

other holds the key to everything<br />

they’ve each been<br />

searching for. Susannah is an<br />

ambitious Library of Congress<br />

musicologist, determined to<br />

record undocumented slave<br />

songs. Pearl is an African<br />

American woman with a soulful<br />

voice, a steely spirit, and<br />

a sentence in a high-security<br />

female prison. Pearl’s memory<br />

is a treasure trove of unrecorded<br />

slave era music, but<br />

can she hand over her ancestors’<br />

songs without giving up<br />

something of herself?<br />

• Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy<br />

of Tenors begins August 2 in the<br />

Gompertz Theatre. One hotel suite,<br />

four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends,<br />

and a stadium filled with<br />

screaming fans. It’s 1930s Paris and<br />

the stage is set for the concert of the<br />

century…as long as producer Henry<br />

Saunders can keep Italian superstar<br />

Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife<br />

from causing utter chaos. Prepare for<br />

an uproarious ride full of mistaken<br />

identities, blissful romance, and madcap<br />

delight.<br />

• Florida Studio Theatre has Reel<br />

Music. From silent films and movie<br />

musicals to Casablanca and The<br />

Greatest Showman, the silver screen<br />

transports us to places and times we<br />

dream about. Reel Music celebrates<br />

the movies that helped create the<br />

soundtrack to the last century, with<br />

classics like “Singing in the Rain,” “Circle<br />

of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On.”<br />

Through June 25.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

Asolo Repertory Theatre has<br />

Man of La Mancha, through June 11.<br />

Considered by many to be one of the<br />

best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA<br />

MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined<br />

with a contemporary urgency by celebrated<br />

director Peter Rothstein, who<br />

immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s<br />

retelling of Don Quixote and his quest.<br />

The winner of five Tony Awards,<br />

including Best Musical, and featuring<br />

a soaring score, including “Man<br />

of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and<br />

one of theatre’s most beloved songs,<br />

“The Impossible Dream,” this classic<br />

musical celebrates the power of theatre,<br />

the bravery of holding strong<br />

to our dreams, and the resilience of<br />

imagination.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

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Urbanite Theatre has its That<br />

Must Be The Entrance To Heaven<br />

running June 9-July 9. Four Latino<br />

boxers all chase a world title to<br />

achieve their personal versions of<br />

heaven. But to get there, they must<br />

battle each other, their own battered<br />

bodies, and the universe itself. All<br />

four men walk the line between life<br />

and death in this poignant, poetic<br />

▼<br />

Sea turtle nesting season runs through Oct. 31.<br />

Leatherback turtle nest.<br />

— Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission<br />

collision of combat and cosmos.<br />

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd Street,<br />

Sarasota. Tickets: (941) 321-1397 or<br />

visit www.urbanitetheatre.com.<br />

Local History<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park<br />

has Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living.<br />

The exhibit explores the various ways<br />

settlers in the mid-1800s through the<br />

early 1900s took advantage of readily<br />

available natural resources of the<br />

land and sea.<br />

As Manatee County developed<br />

during the Pioneering Period (1830-<br />

1918), a number of commercial activities<br />

grew out of the environmental<br />

realities people moving into the area<br />

built upon. One of the earliest brought<br />

fishermen who set up seasonal camps<br />

along our shores. These fishermen<br />

set up semi-permanent Fishing Ranchos<br />

where they caught and prepared<br />

schools of mullet and other fish for<br />

Cuban markets.<br />

In the 1840s, when the first waves<br />

of American expansion into the area<br />

started, sugar production became a<br />

major economic engine. At its peak,<br />

there were over a dozen sugarcane<br />

plantations established within the<br />

Manatee River area. By the mid-1800s<br />

and early 1900s, Florida’s population<br />

was growing along with its economic<br />

prosperity. With the development of<br />

steamship lines, connected to the first<br />

railroads, local businesses began to<br />

send products to ports and destinations<br />

around the nation and throughout<br />

the world.<br />

Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living<br />

will be available on-site at Manatee<br />

Village Historical Park through<br />

November, 2024.<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park is<br />

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East<br />

in Bradenton. For more information,<br />

call 941-749-7165, or visit www.manateevillage.org.<br />

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Sea Turtle Nesting<br />

Season<br />

▼<br />

It’s that time of year, when sea<br />

turtles make their way to<br />

the shore for nesting season.<br />

Despite spending the<br />

majority of their lives in<br />

the ocean, adult female sea<br />

turtles lay their eggs on dry<br />

land. Between their ocean<br />

home and sandy nesting<br />

sites, they travel hundreds<br />

or even thousands of miles<br />

each year.<br />

As you walk along the<br />

beach during this season,<br />

keep your eyes peeled for<br />

any signs of turtle tracks<br />

leading up to the dunes.<br />

Remember to give these<br />

amazing animals plenty of<br />

space and respect their nesting<br />

areas.<br />

Sarasota County beaches<br />

play host to the largest<br />

population of nesting sea<br />

turtles on the Florida’s Gulf<br />

Coast. Sea turtle nesting<br />

season runs through Oct.<br />

31. In this time, residents<br />

are urged to keep light out<br />

of sight and remove unused<br />

beach furniture and coastal<br />

structures during that time.<br />

Each season, there’s an average of<br />

more than 200 sea turtle nests per<br />

mile along Sarasota County’s coastline;<br />

however, only one out of every<br />

1,000 hatchlings survive to adulthood.<br />

Most die from predators, and the<br />

exhaustion and starvation caused by<br />

disorienting bright, artificial lights.<br />

Here are some ways to help sea turtles<br />

beat the odds:<br />

• Each night, remove all furniture<br />

and recreational items from the<br />

beach and store them in an area<br />

landward of the beach and dunes.<br />

• Properly dispose of trash. Sea turtles<br />

ingest plastic bags, and garbage<br />

attracts predators that eat turtle eggs.<br />

• Knock down sand sculptures and<br />

fill in holes before you leave the<br />

beach so turtles have direct access<br />

into and out of the water. A turtle that<br />

falls into a hole cannot get out.<br />

• Reduce use of flashlights on the<br />

beach at night.<br />

• Recreate in locations away from<br />

marked nesting areas.<br />

• Property owners must either extinguish<br />

all white lights visible from the<br />

beach or replace them with amber<br />

or red light-emitting diodes (LED)<br />

or low-pressure sodium vapor (LPS)<br />

bulbs and pair them with shielded<br />

fixtures.<br />

For questions or assistance,<br />

visit scgov.net.<br />

Selby Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in<br />

Nature. The exhibition showcases the<br />

creativity and innovation of the American<br />

artist and designer Louis Comfort<br />

Tiffany. It marks the seventh edition<br />

of Selby Gardens’ annual Goldstein<br />

Exhibition, which examines the work<br />

of major artists through the lens of<br />

their connection to nature.<br />

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)<br />

was one of the most influential American<br />

artists and designers of the late<br />

19th and early 20th centuries. He<br />

founded Tiffany Studios and served<br />

as the first design director of Tiffany &<br />

Co., the renowned jewelry and silver<br />

firm established by his father, Charles<br />

▼<br />

Lewis Tiffany. Tiffany was closely associated<br />

with Art Nouveau, an international<br />

style of art and design characterized<br />

by organic line and natural<br />

form. He began his career as a painter,<br />

but later turned his attention to decorative<br />

arts, particularly stained glass,<br />

for which he became best known.<br />

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in<br />

Nature will be the first exhibition of<br />

its type to be presented in a botanical<br />

garden, an especially appropriate<br />

setting in which to highlight the connection<br />

between Tiffany’s work and<br />

the natural world. Tiffany’s celebrated<br />

stained-glass windows and lamps will<br />

inspire stunning horticultural displays<br />

in Selby Gardens’ world-famous Tropical<br />

Conservatory and throughout the<br />

grounds of its 15-acre Downtown Sarasota<br />

campus. Kaleidoscopic vignettes<br />

of flowers and foliage will play with<br />

light, color, and material to create a<br />

truly immersive experience for visitors.<br />

Accompanying the horticultural<br />

displays will be examples of Tiffany’s<br />

work, in various media, on view in the<br />

Museum of Botany & the Arts. Generously<br />

lent from a private collection,<br />

this remarkable group of lamps, vases,<br />

and other objects will be used to<br />

tell the story of Tiffany and his firm,<br />

which revolutionized glassmaking<br />

and elevated the status of American<br />

decorative arts at home and abroad.<br />

As the next installment in the Goldstein<br />

Exhibition Series, the show follows<br />

a 2022 exhibition that featured<br />

the work Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty<br />

in Nature will be on view at Selby Gardens’<br />

Downtown Sarasota campus<br />

through June 25. For information,<br />

visit www.selby.org.<br />

Summer Movies at<br />

Sarasota Opera<br />

House<br />

Sarasota Opera again has its<br />

Summer Classic Movies at the Opera<br />

House. These are the movies for June<br />

and July. Next month we’l post more.<br />

• Auntie Mame — June 30 at 7:30<br />

p.m. This Best Picture nominee is<br />

about a young impressionable orphan<br />

who receives a dizzyingly wild<br />

upbringing from his eccentric aunt<br />

who detests nonsense in others but<br />

loves it in herself. The script is based<br />

on Patrick Dennis’ autobiographical<br />

novel that also spawned a Broadway<br />

hit and was made into movie musical<br />

in 1974. Directed by Morton DaCosta,<br />

starring Rosalind Russell, Forrest<br />

Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark,<br />

Roger Smith and Lindsay Woolsey.<br />

▼<br />

• The Big Lebowski — July 14 at 7:30<br />

p.m. From the Academy Award-winning<br />

Coen Brothers, this hilariously<br />

quirky comedy-thriller about bowling,<br />

avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians,<br />

and a guy named “The Dude.” Directed<br />

by Joel Coen, starring Jeff Bridges,<br />

John Goodman, Steven Buscemi,<br />

Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare, John<br />

Turturro, David Huddleston, Sam<br />

Elliott, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.<br />

• You Can’t Take It With You — July<br />

28 at 7:30 p.m. This film is an adaptation<br />

of the Pulitzer Prize-winning<br />

play about an eccentric family of<br />

carefree misfits, whose only seemingly<br />

normal member, a young lady, falls<br />

for her employer’s son, the gentlemanly<br />

product of stuffy, snobby parents.<br />

And when the members of the<br />

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out and about continued<br />

two disparate clans meet, there are<br />

fireworks. Directed by Frank Capra,<br />

starring Jean-Arthur, Lionel Barrymore,<br />

James Stewart, Edward Arnold,<br />

and Mischa Auer.<br />

Information and tickets can be<br />

found at SarasotaOpera.org.<br />

Volunteers Needed:<br />

JFCS offers a variety of volunteer<br />

opportunities. Contact Carolan<br />

Trbovich for more information at<br />

ctrbovich@jfcs-cares.org.<br />

Volunteers are needed for the following:<br />

• Savvy Seniors Program – Volunteer<br />

needed to develop and implement<br />

a program titled Savvy Seniors<br />

that pairs high school seniors with<br />

senior citizens to increase their<br />

knowledge of iPads.<br />

• Aging Services Volunteer/Group<br />

Facilitator – Volunteers needed to<br />

work with Aging Services staff to<br />

help facilitate an online caregiver<br />

support group. Volunteers will be<br />

trained by Aging Services staff to<br />

facilitate this group.<br />

• Administrative Assistant Veteran<br />

Services - Assist director with<br />

scheduling, veteran call routing, and<br />

greeting veteran walk-in appointments<br />

with case managers. Sending<br />

emails, Stand Down Planning.<br />

• Ignite Ambassador - Work collaboratively<br />

with Outreach Specialist to<br />

promote the Ignite Fatherhood Program<br />

to organizations and partners<br />

in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte<br />

Counties.<br />

• Camp Mariposa Volunteer Mentor -<br />

Provide a place for kids to have fun,<br />

build confidence and learn critical<br />

life-skills to help manage feelings<br />

and practice self-care and to offer<br />

campers positive choices in life<br />

and to connect campers with ongoing<br />

support and resources to meet<br />

needs that are identified.<br />

• HR Assistance - Assist with filing<br />

and data entry.<br />

• Receptionist – Answer phones,<br />

transfer calls to proper extensions,<br />

and answer the door for deliveries<br />

and visitors.<br />

• Facilities – Assist facilities with<br />

various tasks such as landscaping,<br />

paint touch-ups, and small general<br />

maintenance duties.<br />

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

The Boca Raton Museum of Art<br />

has Benn Mitchell Photographs:<br />

Hollywood to NYC. From the age of<br />

13, when he received his first camera,<br />

Mitchell produced photographs<br />

that capture a particularly American<br />

vitality. Born in New York City in 1926,<br />

he sold his first photograph to “Life”<br />

magazine when he was 16. Then, at<br />

age 17, he headed west, gaining permission<br />

from Warner Brothers to<br />

frequent the studios, shooting Hollywood<br />

stars on various sets and sound<br />

stages. One of his most valued photographs<br />

in this exhibition features<br />

Humphrey Bogart in a rare moment<br />

of respite, having a cigarette break<br />

between takes.<br />

After two years of duty as a navy<br />

photographer, he returned to New<br />

York City and worked as a photographer<br />

in a large commercial studio.<br />

In 1951 he started a commercial studio.<br />

Finally, he retired to Boca Raton,<br />

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where he and his<br />

wife Esther avidly<br />

supported the<br />

Museum, donating<br />

many of Mitchell’s<br />

photographs to<br />

the collection. The<br />

Museum is located<br />

at 501 Plaza Real,<br />

Boca Raton.<br />

More info at:<br />

bocamuseum.org/art/<br />

benn-mitchell-photographs-hollywood-nyc<br />

USF Contemporary<br />

Art Museum<br />

has Identity<br />

in the Ancient World presents Rico<br />

Gatson: Visible Time running June<br />

2-July 29. The USF Contemporary<br />

Art Museum, part of the Institute for<br />

Research in Art in the USF College of<br />

The Arts, presents Rico Gatson: Visible<br />

Time. For more than two decades,<br />

Brooklyn-based artist Rico Gatson<br />

has been celebrated for his vibrant,<br />

colorful, and layered artworks. Inspired<br />

by significant moments in<br />

African American history, identity<br />

politics and spirituality, his oeuvre<br />

includes images of protests and longstanding<br />

injustices—touching on<br />

subjects like the murder of Emmett<br />

Till, the Watts Riots, and the formation<br />

of the Black Panthers—as well as<br />

dynamic abstract geometries that celebrate<br />

Pan-Africanist aesthetics and<br />

Black cultural and political figures.<br />

Gatson has transformed the walls of<br />

the USF Contemporary Art Museum<br />

with a kaleidoscopic, life-size image<br />

of Zora Neale Hurston—author,<br />

anthropologist, filmmaker, and Florida<br />

resident—along with a large-scale<br />

abstract composition. USF students<br />

have painted alongside the artist<br />

to help complete the installation<br />

inspired by the author of Their Eyes<br />

Were Watching God. While Visible<br />

Time also includes important paintings<br />

and works on paper by Gatson,<br />

the exhibition will additionally feature<br />

a mini-survey of the artist’s video<br />

works from 2001 to the present.<br />

Rico Gatson is a multimedia visual<br />

artist whose work explores themes<br />

of history, identity, popular culture,<br />

and spirituality, through sculpture,<br />

painting, video, and public art projects.<br />

His work has been exhibited<br />

nationally and internationally at<br />

venues such as The Studio Museum<br />

in Harlem, NY; The Whitney Museum<br />

of American Art, NY; The Essl<br />

Museum, Vienna, Austria, and The<br />

Smithsonian American Art Museum<br />

in Washington, D.C. In 2019, Gatson<br />

completed an important commission<br />

for New York’s Metropolitan Transit<br />

Authority titled Beacons; it consists of<br />

eight permanent large-scale mosaics<br />

of prominent Black figures installed<br />

in the 167th Street Subway station in<br />

the Bronx.<br />

His work is also featured in the permanent<br />

collections of The Smithsonian<br />

American Art Museum, The Studio<br />

Museum in Harlem, The Denver<br />

Art Museum, The Cheekwood Museum,<br />

The Kempner Museum, and The<br />

Yale University Art Gallery.<br />

USF Contemporary Art Museum,<br />

4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM101, Tampa.<br />

For more info, visit CAM.USF.EDU.<br />

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Tampa Museum of Art has Identity<br />

in the Ancient World on view<br />

through March, 2025. Today, we recognize<br />

various expressions of identity,<br />

such as personal, social and national<br />

identity. Certain frames of identity<br />

are well-defined or fixed, others are<br />

based on personal choice or may<br />

change over time. Think of economic<br />

class and social status, education and<br />

profession, culture and nationality.<br />

Also, language, lifestyle, musical<br />

preference, personal companionship,<br />

political allegiance or religion. These<br />

frames of identity may invoke a sense<br />

of belonging or form exclusive alliances.<br />

They may also provoke feelings of<br />

marginalization, even policies of segregation.<br />

Or, they may create demands<br />

for acceptance and equal treatment.<br />

This exhibition engages the public<br />

to reflect upon the differences and<br />

similarities between the ancient world<br />

and our contemporary society. Some<br />

themes the visitor may encounter include<br />

masculinity and femininity, intimacy<br />

and ethnicity.<br />

In the ancient world such expressions<br />

of identity could not always be<br />

articulated explicitly because the<br />

terminology for voicing thoughts<br />

about personal, cultural and national<br />

frames of identity often did not exist.<br />

That is not to say that Egyptians or<br />

Persians, Greeks or Romans did not<br />

experience a sense of belonging to a<br />

certain group sharing a cultural, linguistic<br />

and historical heritage. They<br />

recognized biological differences<br />

between men and women, and they<br />

believed that certain social roles belonged<br />

to the different genders. Ancient<br />

societies were unambiguously<br />

patriarchal and hierarchical, with certain<br />

political rights held as privileges<br />

of well-defined classes. Others were<br />

excluded – such as enslaved persons,<br />

peasants, women and/or resident<br />

aliens (even when living in the same<br />

country for generations), who had little<br />

or no rights.<br />

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia<br />

Corbett Center, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza,<br />

Tampa. tampamuseum.org/<br />

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Best In Showdogs in Art is at The<br />

MFA through August 6, <strong>2023</strong>. The<br />

MFA curators (and resident dog-lovers)<br />

have collaborated on an exhibition<br />

linking their disparate areas of<br />

expertise and media across time and<br />

space with a unifying theme—in this<br />

case, our beloved canine partners.<br />

Humans and canines have been<br />

co-evolving for over 30,000 years,<br />

developing a rich and complex set of<br />

relationships that is revealed through<br />

▼<br />

works of art. Working exclusively from<br />

our collection, our curators have chosen<br />

their favorite works that memorialize<br />

this special relationship.<br />

From ancient times through contemporary<br />

times, dogs have been constant<br />

companions. They have assisted<br />

by hunting and guiding, supported<br />

through their steadfast loyalty, and<br />

amused with their energy and antics.<br />

This small focus show—drawn entirely<br />

from the MFA Collection—highlights<br />

the ways dogs have been represented<br />

throughout the history of art.<br />

• Also on display is Shashin Japanese<br />

Photographs From the Meiji<br />

Era, 1870-1900. Runs through July<br />

23, <strong>2023</strong>. Although photography was<br />

invented in 1839 in France, shashin—<br />

the Japanese word for photograph—<br />

was not fully introduced in Japan<br />

until the mid-1860s. Learning the<br />

craft from European photographers,<br />

Japanese photographers were quick<br />

to embrace the ambrotype, albumen,<br />

and carte-de-visite processes. Most<br />

opened studios in the 1870s amid stiff<br />

European competition, but by the<br />

1890s, Japanese photographers dominated<br />

the market.<br />

While many Japanese studios<br />

adopted the earlier conventions established<br />

by European studios, photographers<br />

like Kusakabe Kimbei<br />

(1841–1934) incorporated subtle variations<br />

in content which underscored<br />

the movement toward modernization<br />

prevalent in Meiji-era Japan (1868–<br />

1912). Discovering a new approach to<br />

present local subjects to a primarily<br />

foreign audience, his meticulously<br />

hand-painted genre images reflect a<br />

dynamic merging of the subject matter<br />

and artistic sensibility of Japanese<br />

woodblock prints with photographic<br />

technology. Ogawa Kazumasa (1860–<br />

1929)—a pioneer in photomechanical<br />

color printing—produced lusciously<br />

colorful botanical works that emphasized<br />

the artistic merits of photography.<br />

Ambrotype portraits housed<br />

in handmade kiri-wood boxes—a<br />

uniquely Japanese presentation—<br />

served as personal mementos of loved<br />

ones. Later, cartes-de-visite made images<br />

of family and notable personalities<br />

accessible to everyone.<br />

This selection of photographs showcases<br />

the skill and innovation of Japanese<br />

photographers working in Japan<br />

from 1870–1900. Comprised of almost<br />

50 works from the MFA Collection,<br />

early Japanese photography served a<br />

multitude of functions including mementos<br />

for remembrance, collectibles<br />

for tourists, and furthered the notion<br />

of photography as an art.<br />

The MFA is located at 255 Beach Dr<br />

NE, St. Petersburg. mfastpete.org<br />

At Norton Museum of Art On<br />

View: Portrait of Mrs. Frederick<br />

Guest (Amy Phipps) by John Singer<br />

Sargent. Last month, we unveiled our<br />

first oil painting by celebrated American<br />

artist, John Singer Sargent. Portrait<br />

of Mrs. Frederick Guest (Amy<br />

Phipps), 1905, is a generous gift from<br />

the sitter’s grandson, Alexander M.<br />

D. C. Guest, and the Guest family. Not<br />

only is this work a significant example<br />

of Sargent’s defining style, but the portrait<br />

also showcases the captivating<br />

history of Amy Phipps Guest, whose<br />

interest in aviation led to Guest learning<br />

to pilot an aircraft herself, and ultimately<br />

providing the crew and plane<br />

for Amelia Earhart’s world-famous<br />

transatlantic flight in 1928. You can<br />

view this work in the Trust Gallery on<br />

the First Floor.<br />

Forty years of American Modernism<br />

will be on view at the Norton<br />

beginning March 18th with two exhibitions,<br />

At the Dawn of a New Age:<br />

Early Twentieth-Century American<br />

Modernism and From Man Ray to<br />

O’Keeffe, American Modernism at<br />

the Norton.<br />

Held in conjunction with the exhibition<br />

At the Dawn of a New Age:<br />

Early Twentieth-Century American<br />

Modernism, this show will explore<br />

connections between the leading collections<br />

of American modernist art<br />

held by the Norton and the Whitney<br />

Museum of American Art. The core of<br />

the Norton’s holdings in this area is<br />

still the works acquired by museum<br />

founder Ralph Norton, who grew increasingly<br />

fascinated by modernism<br />

in the last years of his life. His bequest<br />

to his museum reflects his passion<br />

for work by painters such as Charles<br />

Demuth, John Marin, and Georgia<br />

O’Keeffe who were supported by New<br />

York photographer and dealer Alfred<br />

Stieglitz as well as American direct<br />

carvers like John Flannagan. To July<br />

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Sarasota Music Festival<br />

The three-week Festival runs from June 5-24<br />

Sarasota Music Festival takes place<br />

this month, running June 5-24. This<br />

year’s Festival centers around a special<br />

theme that ties together the 12<br />

concerts: the power of storytelling<br />

through music.<br />

“One of the most fascinating aspects of music<br />

history is that music eventually developed into a<br />

language with the capacity to tell stories and evoke<br />

images without using words,” says Music Director<br />

Jeffrey Kahane.<br />

The Festival’s student fellows, who come from<br />

many of the nation’s top conservatories and music<br />

schools, are afforded the opportunity to perform<br />

alongside world-renowned faculty artists on Friday<br />

and Saturday evening concert programs.<br />

In addition to a schedule of 12 different concerts,<br />

there will also be a wide range of masterclasses,<br />

coaching sessions, and rehearsals.<br />

Sarasota Music Festival Highlights Include:<br />

• Tales of the verdant countryside unfold under<br />

the baton of Yaniv Dinur in the first orchestral<br />

program of the <strong>2023</strong> Festival, “Pastorale.” Felix<br />

Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream depicts the magical forest<br />

Yaniv Dinur<br />

world of elves and fairies and the raptures of<br />

young love. Festival faculty pianist Anne-Marie<br />

McDermott, a Festival alumna, will perform Robert<br />

Schumann’s Piano Concerto.<br />

The program concludes with Beethoven’s “Pastorale”<br />

Symphony. From bird calls to burbling streams<br />

to the terrifying power of an afternoon thunderstorm,<br />

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony is a timeless<br />

expression of his reverence for the natural world.<br />

• Aaron Copland’s portrayal of a day in the life of<br />

a newly married pioneer couple lies at the heart<br />

of a program entitled “Appalachian Spring.” The<br />

Pulitzer Prize-winning score to Martha Graham’s<br />

ballet will be heard in its original 13-instrument<br />

version. New SMF faculty oboist Marion Kuszyk,<br />

Associate Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic,<br />

joins faculty hornist Michelle Reed<br />

Baker and six fellows in Mozart’s serenade for<br />

Attacca Quartet<br />

wind octet.<br />

The program concludes with one of the crown<br />

jewels of the chamber music repertoire—Brahms’<br />

Piano Quintet in F Minor—performed by the Grammy-winning<br />

Attacca Quartet and SMF Music Director<br />

Jeffrey Kahane.<br />

• Past and present intertwine in “Sound Stories” as<br />

Kazem Abdullah, who attended SMF as a clarinet<br />

fellow, makes his conducting debut at the Festival.<br />

Art and music meld in Ottorino Respighi’s Botticelli<br />

Triptych, a musical rendering of three iconic<br />

paintings by the Renaissance artist.<br />

Longtime faculty cellist Desmond Hoebig is featured<br />

in Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations, the<br />

Russian composer’s homage to Mozart. The concert<br />

concludes with Mozart’s final symphony, “Jupiter.”<br />

• The final Artist Showcase of the <strong>2023</strong> Festival,<br />

“Fairy Tale,” features an all-star roster of<br />

musicians. Hai-Ye Ni, Principal Cellist of the<br />

Philadelphia Orchestra, is the protagonist of<br />

Janáček’s Pohádka (Fairy Tale), which tells<br />

the story of<br />

a prince who<br />

faces a series<br />

of tests put<br />

to him by the<br />

ruler of the<br />

underworld.<br />

David Halen,<br />

Concertmaster<br />

of the St. Louis<br />

Symphony Orchestra,<br />

shares<br />

two favorites<br />

by Fritz Kreisler—one<br />

of the<br />

Hai-Ye Ni<br />

greatest violinists<br />

of all time. Henri Dutilleux’s Sonatine features<br />

Jasmine Choi, the “goddess of the flute” according<br />

to The Korea Times. Along with Ni, faculty<br />

artists Jennifer Frautschi, Teng Li, Timothy<br />

Cobb, and Robert Levin will perform Schubert’s<br />

iconic “Trout” Quintet.<br />

Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane leads the<br />

Festival Orchestra from the keyboard as the soloist<br />

in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, which has<br />

long been associated with the legend of Orpheus’<br />

descent to the underworld. Exploring the different<br />

aspects of spring’s beauty, Schumann’s joyous<br />

“Spring” Symphony brings the <strong>2023</strong> Sarasota Music<br />

Festival to a rousing close.<br />

Fourteen new faculty members join the illustrious<br />

roster, representing several of the nation’s<br />

major performing organizations, including the Los<br />

Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra,<br />

Dallas Symphony, yMusic and Harlem String<br />

Quartet, as well as leading conservatories and music<br />

schools including the USC Thornton School of<br />

Music, University of Michigan and The Juilliard<br />

School, among others.<br />

About Sarasota Music Festival:<br />

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized<br />

guest artists and musicians come together in<br />

Florida to study and perform chamber music. Nearly<br />

500 students worldwide audition to participate in<br />

the Sarasota Music Festival each year, but only 60<br />

are accepted for the prestigious Festival, a program<br />

of Sarasota Orchestra.<br />

Founded by Paul Wolfe, the Sarasota Music Festival<br />

began in 1965 as a one-week event with seven<br />

guest mentors. Wolfe was its director for 42 years<br />

as the Festival garnered international<br />

acclaim. Pianist and<br />

scholar Robert Levin served<br />

as director of the Festival<br />

from 2007 to 2016.<br />

In its seventh year under<br />

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane,<br />

the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Jeffrey Kahane<br />

Festival welcomes<br />

more than 40<br />

guest artists on its faculty,<br />

including many of the<br />

Festival’s own alumni.<br />

Kahane is a renowned<br />

conductor and pianist who<br />

has performed with many of<br />

the world’s great orchestras.<br />

In May 2017 he completed his<br />

20th season as Music Director<br />

of The Los Angeles Chamber<br />

Orchestra, where he is now Conductor Laureate.<br />

He is the Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC<br />

Thornton School of Music.<br />

Additional information about the Sarasota Music<br />

Festival is available at http://www.sarasota<br />

orchestra.org/festival or call (941) 953-3434.<br />


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The Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

returns this year, with some of<br />

the circus world’s most exciting<br />

acts signed on for the one-hour,<br />

action-packed show.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

takes place at the Historic Asolo Theater<br />

at The Ringling from June 9 through<br />

August 12.<br />

“This show not only offers an affordable<br />

entertainment option for all ages but is also<br />

the perfect summer family-friendly activity.<br />

Being able to showcase circus talent at The<br />

Ringling Historic Asolo Theater makes it one<br />

of the most memorable and unique performances<br />

in town,” said CAC Executive Vice<br />

President/COO Jennifer Mitchell.<br />

“All of our shows throughout the year bring<br />

circus talent from around the world as well<br />

as top artists here in the U.S. With daytime<br />

and evening options available at The Ringling,<br />

there will always be a convenient time to<br />

come and enjoy the magic of the circus arts!”<br />

The lineup for the Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

includes:<br />

• Heidi Herriott, Master<br />

of Ceremonies: Herriott is<br />

a third-generation American<br />

circus artist who has traveled<br />

North America performing<br />

as an aerialist, equestrian<br />

and ringmaster.<br />

Career highlights include<br />

appearing on “America’s<br />

Got Talent,” Studio 54 Night<br />

Club, Animal Planet, Walt<br />

Disney World, Ringling Bros.<br />

Circus, Circus Sarasota, Big<br />

Apple Circus, Excalibur/Las<br />

Vegas, and more.<br />

• The Alexis Brothers, Hand Balancers:<br />

Performing together for more than 40<br />

years, brothers Marco<br />

and Paulo Lorador<br />

have demonstrated<br />

their strength, beauty<br />

and balance around<br />

the world – from a<br />

command performance<br />

before Queen<br />

Elizabeth, to the most<br />

prestigious circus<br />

festivals in Europe,<br />

to their legendary 25-<br />

year stint with Cirque<br />

du Soleil. Born into<br />

a circus family, their journey began at ages 7<br />

and 9, working under the Big Top with their<br />

father, Alexander. As a tribute to him, they<br />

perform as The Alexis Brothers.<br />

• Serge Sergeev & Aurika Annaeva, Crystal<br />

Balance: Serge<br />

and Aurika are<br />

second-generation,<br />

worldwide traveling<br />

performers.<br />

They have presented<br />

their art in different<br />

genres, such<br />

as acrobatics, juggling,<br />

dancing, and<br />

horseback riding.<br />

They have showcased<br />

their many talents in countries all over<br />

the world, including France, Australia, China,<br />

Singapore, Brazil, and Argentina. Together in<br />

2013, they created their Crystal Balance act,<br />

which they love performing for audiences.<br />

• Dick Monday<br />

& Slappy,<br />

Clowning:<br />

Dick Monday<br />

and Tiffany Riley<br />

have headlined<br />

circuses<br />

and festivals<br />

worldwide for<br />

many years.<br />

They co-founded<br />

the New York Goofs Clown Troupe and<br />

the Laughter League, a nonprofit organization<br />

dedicated to uplifting lives with humor<br />

through performance outreach and education.<br />

Riley pursued a master’s degree that she<br />

used as a springboard for writing the book,<br />

“Beyond the Red Nose: The Serious Business<br />

of Healthcare Clowning.”<br />

• Tersit Asefa Dersu,<br />

Bounce Juggler: Dersu<br />

grew up in Addis Ababa,<br />

Ethiopia and currently<br />

resides in Seattle, Wash.<br />

She has been involved in<br />

professional circus since<br />

early childhood and was<br />

trained and certified by the<br />

Ethio Selam circus school<br />

in Ethiopia. She has been<br />

performing her unique<br />

solo form of bounce<br />

juggling professionally for over 12 years on<br />

different circus stages around the world,<br />

including Egypt (International Circus); Eilat,<br />

Israel (Wow Show); European tour (Mother<br />

Africa show); the Caribbean (Suarez Brothers<br />

Circus); U.S. tour (Dream Holidays); and Denver,<br />

Colo. (Spirit of Christmas).<br />

• Garrett Allen, Aerial Rope: Allen began<br />

his circus journey at the age of 10. Learning<br />

handstands, aerial acts, contortion, dance<br />

and other forms of performance art, he began<br />

showcasing his skills throughout California<br />

and neighboring states from a very young age.<br />

At 18, he began performing in various festivals,<br />

theaters, touring shows, night clubs, theme<br />

parks and cruise ships around the world.<br />

“It is such a pleasure and an honor to bring<br />

a live, professional circus show to the beautiful<br />

Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling,<br />

which works to preserve the history and<br />

legacy of the circus,” said CAC founder and<br />

president/CEO Pedro Reis. “Our missions are<br />

so closely aligned – we both strive to inspire,<br />

educate and entertain. Our collaboration has<br />

provided immeasurable joy for thousands of<br />

circus fans over the years.”<br />

The show runs<br />

Friday, June<br />

9 – Saturday,<br />

August 12.<br />

Show times are<br />

11 a.m. and 2<br />

p.m. Tuesdays<br />

through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on<br />

Saturdays. Tickets are $20/adults, $13 children<br />

(12 and under); tickets for the 7 p.m. opening<br />

night performance and celebration on Friday,<br />

June 9 – which includes a gala reception with<br />

the artists – are $50.<br />

To complete their circus experience,<br />

Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can<br />

enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the<br />

day they attend a show for just an additional<br />

$5. Visit ringling.org or call the Box Office at<br />

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<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 15

-Jane<br />

Gill Watt<br />

Founding President of<br />

Impact100 SRQ<br />

It’s a nonprofit that<br />

launched in 2018 with<br />

Jane as its inaugural<br />

president. In its first<br />

year, $228,999 was<br />

raised. The causes<br />

it supports run the<br />

gamut from women’s<br />

and children’s needs,<br />

to the arts and the<br />

environment — to<br />

name a few. Now at<br />

763 members, this past<br />

March—the nonprofit’s<br />

fifth anniversary—the<br />

generosity of its 763<br />

women members resulted in<br />

7 grants off $109,000 each.<br />

16 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong>

Anxious about your financial future?<br />

It’s such a blissfully simple concept<br />

with equally blissful results. Impact100<br />

SRQ is a nonprofit where<br />

women each donate $1,000, pool<br />

their money, and then engage in<br />

active philanthropy that helps<br />

nonprofits. Yep, it’s that simple.<br />

Then take that $1,000 and multiply it by<br />

763 members, and you have a hefty amount<br />

of capital to give towards the betterment of<br />

our community.<br />

Jane Gill Watt brought Impact100 to the<br />

Sarasota area and became its founding<br />

president in 2018 and, judging by the radiant<br />

look on her face, she is still enjoying<br />

every minute of it.<br />

And there’s a lot to enjoy, like handing<br />

out lots and lots of much needed funds<br />

which is probably tops on the list, but also<br />

the camaraderie of women coming together<br />

to make it happen and experiencing a<br />

sense of empowerment — a “collective<br />

force for good” — as it says on their website.<br />

There’s power in numbers. The Sarasota<br />

chapter debuted as the third largest startup<br />

and raised $228,000 in its first year. While<br />

it’s an all-female organization, the causes it<br />

supports run the gamut from women’s and<br />

children’s needs, to the arts and the environment<br />

— to name just a few.<br />

But how did Impact100 SRQ come into<br />

being? It was January 2017, a time Jane recalls<br />

thinking how divided this country had<br />

become. She talked with her mother who<br />

who in turn told Jane about an organization<br />

called Impact100 Pensacola which she and<br />

Janes’s sister had joined. When Jane heard<br />

that, it was as if “a lightbulb went on.”<br />

Enjoying a get together with close friends<br />

Jodie Zerega and Tilly McFadden, Jane<br />

talked with them about the Impact100 idea<br />

and who, like Jane, had kids and careers,<br />

but still wanted to do something.<br />

“There was a spark in me,” Jane retells<br />

and she reached out to Wendy Steele, the<br />

founder of Impact100, who just so happened<br />

to be vacationing in the area and<br />

they met up.<br />

From the Impact100 SRQ website, “together,<br />

these three women built the infrastructure<br />

while enlisting the assistance<br />

of other amazing women in our community,<br />

and created an all-volunteer committed<br />

Board of Directors that enabled the Impact100<br />

SRQ dream to become a reality.”<br />

In 2019, Impact100 SRQ kicked off its<br />

inaugural giving year with 228 founding<br />

members and awarded two grants in the<br />

amount of $114,000 each and had “ignited<br />

the passion of women to empower one<br />

another, solve problems in our community,<br />

and affect meaningful and sustainable<br />

change,” according to the Impact100<br />

SRQ website.<br />

“It’s changed my life,” Jane says. Both of<br />

Jane’s parents had an impact on her life,<br />

but in different ways. Her father was a veterinarian,<br />

“he loved horses….and I learned<br />

at a young age to find your passion.” Her<br />

mom, besides being the one who told Jane<br />

about Impact100, “was always the steady<br />

force” in the family, always emphasizing<br />

being truthful.<br />

Born in Kentucky, Jane moved with<br />

her family to upstate New York, attended<br />

college in Virginia, and for 19 years Jane<br />

worked in pharmaceutical sales for Johnson<br />

& Johnson in Indianapolis and other cities.<br />

A single mom, she moved to Sarasota<br />

where she had a territory from Brooksville<br />

to Naples - a bit of a challenge, she recalls,<br />

but she had to support her family. She<br />

remarried, had her two kids and a career<br />

and it was her husband who noted, “Something’s<br />

got to give, Jane,” noting she was<br />

maxed out with family, and career.<br />

Jane realized Impact100 was her purpose<br />

and she took a career sabbatical and<br />

she turned her attention to Impact100, calling<br />

it, “The most rewarding thing I’ve ever<br />

done in my life.”<br />

The blissfully simple concept extends to<br />

the fact there’s no office (they meet in each<br />

other’s homes, condo association community<br />

rooms and wherever they can get<br />

everyone in). Also there are no dues, galas<br />

or fundraisers.<br />

Members range, she notes, from ages 18<br />

to 93. To join, you fill out the online application,<br />

prepare to write a check and you’re<br />

in. It’s a well-run organization and, “We<br />

strive to be good stewards of our money,”<br />

she explains.<br />

And speaking of money, in four years, Impact100<br />

SRQ has given out 15 grants totaling<br />

$1,637,000. This past March, in what’s called<br />

their “Big Reveal” event (and the nonprofit’s<br />

fifth anniversary), Impact100 SRQ announced<br />

its 2022 Giving Year grant impact<br />

for Sarasota and Manatee Counties.<br />

The goal to #FundAllFive was surpassed<br />

on March 8 when they announced it will<br />

fund 6 transformational grants to nonprofits<br />

in each of five focus area categories: Arts<br />

& Culture now arts culture and history, Education,<br />

Environment & Recreation, Family<br />

and Health & Wellness.<br />

In November there will be the Big Celebration<br />

where finalists speak and explain<br />

their organizations’s mission which must<br />

be new or an expansion of a program.<br />

2022’s recipients include Florida West<br />

Coast Symphony, Booker Promise, Dreamers<br />

Academy, Conservation Foundation of<br />

the Gulf Coast Senior Friendship Center<br />

and Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. All<br />

grant seekers must complete an online<br />

grant application.<br />

Current President Pam Kandzior joined<br />

Impact100 SRQ as a founding member in<br />

2019 and immediately became active by<br />

volunteering in a variety of key roles over<br />

the years. In 2021, she was elected to the organization’s<br />

Board of Directors as Co-Treasurer<br />

and most recently had served as Vice<br />

President, Organizational Services. She has<br />

a full working board of 18.<br />

There are no service hours at Impact100<br />

SRQ, and anyone can join. All you need is “a<br />

giving heart” said by one who should know<br />

because hers is so giving. “I love it with every<br />

ounce of my being,” Jane states.<br />

If you’re interested in joining, consider<br />

that more members means more grants<br />

can be funded. For more information on<br />

Impact100 SRQ, visit impact100srq.org.<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

IMAGES: Evelyn England<br />

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From the Impact100 website: “Impact100<br />

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of empowering women to see themselves<br />

as activists through utilizing large grants to<br />

make an impact within their communities.<br />

By 2002, Impact100 received nonprofit status<br />

and donated its first grant of $123,000.<br />

In 2003, People Magazine published a story<br />

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Children First<br />

In April, Children First hosted its 23rd Annual<br />

Fairytale Ball at Michael’s on East, with the<br />

magic of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking<br />

Glass,” his sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,”<br />

creating a backdrop. Auctioneer Michael<br />

Klauber led a record-setting live auction<br />

and paddle raise, with<br />

the event netting more<br />

than $600,000 in funds<br />

raised.<br />

Guests were welcomed<br />

by Vice President<br />

of Philanthropy Jessica<br />

Rogers, who began by<br />

thanking event co-chairs<br />

Lisa and John Giglio, Teresa<br />

and Trevor Harvey,<br />

and Janna and Josh Kim.<br />

She then introduced Trevor<br />

Harvey, a Children<br />

First alumni and former<br />

board chair.<br />

The pair cited two special<br />

awards. First, Children<br />

First parent Maria<br />

Somera was honored by the Florida Head<br />

Start Association as Parent of the Year, one of<br />

the highest honors awarded to a parent within<br />

the Head Start Community. And secondly,<br />

after receiving recognition at both the state<br />

and regional levels, CEO Philip Tavill will be<br />

honored this May by the National Head Start<br />

Association with the Sargent Shriver Excellence<br />

in Community Service Award.<br />

A video celebrated the accomplishments<br />

of Kenny Hughes, his wife Lisa, and their son<br />

Matthew, who, Kenny said, “inspires me to be<br />

the best dad I can be.” Kenny has taken on<br />

leadership roles at Children First with the Policy<br />

Council and the Board of Directors, and expressed<br />

his gratitude to everyone in the room.<br />

“Thank you for changing our lives, and for all<br />

the lives you continue to change, now and for<br />

generations to come.”<br />

Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 1%<br />

left to right: CEO Philip Tavill, Co-Chairs Josh & Janna Kim,<br />

Lisa & John Giglio, Teresa & Trevor Harvey, and VP of Philanthropy<br />

Jessica Rogers<br />

out of over 1,800 Head Starts nationwide, Children<br />

First strengthens children and families<br />

by improving the quality of their lives through<br />

a comprehensive approach to development,<br />

education, health, and well-being. At 15 sites<br />

throughout Sarasota County, Children First<br />

offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler<br />

care, and nutrition and health care assistance<br />

to children ages birth to five years old from<br />

low-income families. Through Children First,<br />

the children receive the social and cognitive<br />

skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary<br />

school on track. For information, call<br />

(941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.<br />

Rotarians Donate to Venice Theatre<br />

On April 6, a group of Rotarians from<br />

Venice Suncoast and Wellen Park<br />

Rotary Clubs attended a community<br />

performance of “Everybody Makes<br />

Mistakes.” This is the original play<br />

that Venice Theatre’s “Troupe in a<br />

Trunk” program performed at area<br />

schools throughout the spring. The<br />

interactive performance is geared to<br />

students in pre-kindergarten through<br />

5th grade.<br />

Joining the Rotarians in the audience<br />

at Venice Theatre that day were<br />

homeschoolers, unschoolers, and<br />

area families with young children.<br />

After the 30-minute show, the club members<br />

presented a $2,440 check to Kelly Duyn, Venice<br />

Theatre’s Assistant Director of Education and<br />

Community Engagement. This grant covered<br />

the expenses of the Troupe in a Trunk Spring<br />

Tour which gave over 30 performances.<br />

Don Moore, President of Venice Suncoast Rotary,<br />

says, “The show was direct and very educational.<br />

It stressed some of the guidelines we<br />

as Rotarians strive to live by. Education is one<br />

of Rotary’s most supported areas of focus. This<br />

year our Board felt that we should concentrate<br />

our efforts on organizations in the community<br />

that were damaged by Ian. VT certainly met our<br />

criteria! Who knows, maybe some of our members<br />

would want to volunteer as actors.”<br />

The grant was made possible by contributions<br />

from Venice Suncoast Rotary, Wellen<br />

Park Rotary - led by President Rich Wilbert<br />

- and matching funds from a Rotary District<br />

6960 grant. Every year the designated funds<br />

from the Rotary District are pooled into a<br />

fund for District grants. Clubs apply for those<br />

grants and are awarded based on the Rotary<br />

seven areas of focus. For those grants selected<br />

- the District matched the club donation.<br />

Wilbert reiterated Moore’s enthusiasm about<br />

the performance and its message, adding,<br />

“Troupe in a Trunk is one of the best things I’ve<br />

seen in a long time that introduces live theater<br />

to children. It also provides a true- to-life<br />

experience on how to deal with certain issues<br />

which is extremely important in today’s world.”<br />

Duyn, Director of Troupe in a Trunk, explains,<br />

“Troupe In A Trunk is such an important<br />

program. It brings live theatre to students<br />

who may not have a chance to see a live performance<br />

otherwise. We consistently have<br />

teachers tell us how important the lessons<br />

our stories teach are for even their youngest<br />

students. We are so grateful to our local Rotarians<br />

for offering their support to our program<br />

this year, inspiring imaginations all over<br />

Sarasota County.”<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Repeats as a<br />

“Best Nonprofit To Work For”<br />

For the sixth time, The NonProfit Times has<br />

recognized Gulf Coast Community Foundation<br />

(Gulf Coast) as one of the country’s<br />

“Best Nonprofits To Work For.”<br />

The national publication ranked Gulf Coast<br />

17th on its <strong>2023</strong> list of the 50 “Best Nonprofits<br />

To Work For” which was published in a special<br />

report on April 1. The foundation placed<br />

12th on the Small Employer Category (15 to<br />

49 employees). Gulf Coast also received the<br />

“Best Nonprofit to Work For” recognition in<br />

2010, 2011, 2017, 2020, and 2021. The NonProfit<br />

Times partners with Best Companies Group<br />

to vet the organizations from where leaders<br />

submit applications to complete. The program<br />

is designed to recognize outstanding<br />

places of employment in the United States.<br />

“The ‘Best Nonprofits’ recognition is really<br />

a tribute to our supportive Board of Directors,<br />

our generous donors, and our resilient<br />

nonprofit partners,” said Gulf Coast’s President|CEO<br />

Mark Pritchett. “Making this list<br />

again solidifies Gulf Coast’s ability to connect<br />

philanthropists and community organizations<br />

that are helping people in need. It<br />

also shows the strength of our team,” he said.<br />

The “Best Nonprofits” program, conducted<br />

annually by The NonProfit Times, is designed<br />

to identify the best<br />

employers in the nonprofit<br />

sector and recognize<br />

leadership and<br />

strategies that can<br />

benefit the sector and<br />

those it serves. The<br />

results are based on a<br />

survey process open<br />

to nonprofits across<br />

the country.<br />

As part of the survey,<br />

there is one section<br />

where staff members<br />

are asked to react<br />

to 77 statements. Most<br />

of the organizations<br />

on the list survey staff<br />

at least annually to keep communication lines<br />

open. Besides the list ranking, the “Best Nonprofits”<br />

program offers participating organizations<br />

the opportunity to receive a benchmark<br />

report it can use to further organizational and<br />

staff development.<br />

Big Brothers Big Sisters Launches Workplace<br />

Mentoring Program<br />

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast recently<br />

launched a workplace mentoring program<br />

in partnership with the Venice Police<br />

Department and Venice High School.<br />

Called Beyond School Walls, the program allows<br />

high school students to experience work<br />

at a corporation, learn business etiquette, and<br />

identify educational requirements for professional<br />

success. Big Brothers Big Sisters has<br />

matched 17 students from Venice High School<br />

with Venice police staff members.<br />

“Through a collaborative partnership, we<br />

have extended the education of our youths<br />

beyond their school to a law enforcement<br />

agency,” Big Brothers Big Sisters president<br />

Joy Mahler said. “The skills that students<br />

will gain through this program will help<br />

guide them to the next steps in their lives<br />

and careers.”<br />

To learn more about the program and how<br />

to get involved, call 941-488-4009, 855-501-<br />

BIGS or visit bbbssun.org.<br />

Sarasota Technology Users Group Refurbishing<br />

Project Receives Grant<br />

Sarasota Technology Users Group (STUG) Refurbishing<br />

Project has received a $11,150 grant<br />

from the Community Foundation of Sarasota<br />

to fund the purchase of parts (batteries, AC<br />

adapters, disk drives, etc.) to be used in the<br />

refurbishing of used laptops and desktop<br />

computers.<br />

STUG is a volunteer organization that provides<br />

used computers at no charge to those<br />

in need throughout Sarasota, Manatee and<br />

Desoto Counties. Old computers are collected<br />

from local governments, businesses and<br />

individuals. STUG then provides a rigorous<br />

refurbishing process that erases the old data<br />

protecting the donors. Microsoft Corporation<br />

donates Windows 10 and their Office Suite<br />

software for each unit allowing the Refurbishing<br />

Project to complete the job.<br />

The Community Foundation of Sarasota’s<br />

grant will continue to help STUG facilitate<br />

the donation of much-needed computers to<br />

foster kids, low-income students, veterans,<br />

single-parent families in need and local charitable<br />

organizations. In nearly two decades of<br />

service, STUG has contributed over 20,000 refurbished<br />

computers to those in need.<br />

continued on page 20<br />

18 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong>

your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all<br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

Call 941-321-8757<br />

for more information,<br />

Google Advanced<br />

Craniosacral<br />

Therapy.<br />

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />


<strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 19

good news department continued<br />

Selby Foundation Awards $ 1,042,735 in Capital Funds<br />

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation<br />

has awarded $1,042,735 in grants to<br />

support nonprofits located in Sarasota,<br />

Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties<br />

with capital funds needed to better<br />

serve youth, families, neighborhoods,<br />

the environment, and the arts. Here’s<br />

what the funds are supporting.<br />


• Second Heart Homes - $56,967 to repair<br />

plumbing and roofing in three<br />

homes serving individuals who were<br />

experiencing homelessness.<br />

• Feeding America Tampa Bay Inc. - $50,000<br />

to assist with the purchase of a refrigerated<br />

truck dedicated to delivering food to pantries<br />

and vulnerable residents of Manatee<br />

County.<br />

• Children First - $71,542 for new playground<br />

equipment and enhancements at the Dalbeck<br />

Center serving children in Head Start<br />

programs.<br />

• ALSO Youth - $30, 000 for technology and<br />

furnishings for the new youth services<br />

center supporting LGBTQ youth in Manatee<br />

County.<br />

• First Step of Sarasota - $250,000 to co-locate<br />

life-saving crisis detox services and the crisis<br />

mental health services onto one campus.<br />

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast<br />

Inc. - $90,000 to assist with the renovation of<br />

the newly purchased one-to-one mentoring<br />

headquarters.<br />

• Arc DeSoto Inc. - $20,725 to purchase IT equipment<br />

to improve learning and job training experiences<br />

for individuals with intellectual and<br />

developmental disabilities.<br />

• Family Oriented Community United Strong,<br />

Inc. (FOCUS) - $13,650 for equipment to support<br />

progress in restoring human/environmental<br />

health to the Tellevast community.<br />


• Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition<br />

Inc. - $99,956 to renovate the historic Reid<br />

House which will host exhibits and public<br />

programs bringing diverse people together.<br />

Allison Albee and Abbey Tyrna of Suncoast<br />

Waterkeeper sample for harmful bacteria at<br />

Longboat Key Town Boat dock.<br />

• Old Punta Gorda, Inc. - $39,375 to restore the<br />

Woman’s Club, a National Registered Historic<br />

Property in Charlotte County used for community<br />

events.<br />

• Sarasota Audubon Society - $100,000 for<br />

a restroom facility for visitors to the new<br />

Celery Fields Quads, a partnership with the<br />

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.<br />

• Historical Society of Sarasota County -<br />

$40,000 to assist with restoration of the historic<br />

Crocker Memorial Church.<br />

• Suncoast Waterkeeper - $25,000 toward a<br />

patrol boat to identify environmental problems,<br />

engage the community, and devise appropriate<br />

solutions for protecting our waters.<br />

• Military Heritage Museum - $21,653 for new<br />

equipment to enhance the experience of visitors<br />

learning about our military.<br />


• Circus Arts Conservatory Inc. - $50,000 to<br />

assist with improvement of a newly designed<br />

Plaza and Entrance to the iconic Sailor Circus<br />

Arena.<br />

• Urbanite Theatre - $43,867 to upgrade technical<br />

equipment for theatre productions.<br />

• Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Inc. - $40,000<br />

to purchase a portable dance floor for performances<br />

at venues not otherwise totally<br />

appropriate for ballet performance.<br />

To learn more about the William G. and<br />

Marie Selby Foundation, visit SelbyFoundation.org.<br />

Harvest House Awarded Grant to Support ‘2Gen’ Programs<br />

Harvest House has received a $120,000, threeyear<br />

grant from the Community Foundation<br />

of Sarasota County to provide classroom<br />

equipment for the organization’s Life Enrichment<br />

Campus and to support its “2Gen” Home<br />

Again programs that provide supportive housing<br />

for families experiencing homelessness.<br />

Home Again serves 108 parents and children<br />

with multiple barriers to sustainability across<br />

three campuses. In 2022, 70% of clients served<br />

came from homelessness or institutional settings<br />

and 86% exited to stable housing.<br />

Former SNN-TV Reporter & Anchor Launches Nonprofit<br />

Founded by Hallie Peilet Young,<br />

“As a journalist, I saw firsthand<br />

the power that negative<br />

No Blues News (NBN) is a nonprofit<br />

organization dedicated to<br />

news can have on people’s<br />

sharing the good news that’s<br />

perception of the world,” Peilet<br />

happening all around us. The<br />

Young said. “But I also saw the<br />

former local news reporter who<br />

incredible impact that positive<br />

left the industry to tell stories<br />

stories can have, both on an individual<br />

level and on a broader<br />

at local nonprofit The Haven, No<br />

Blues News seeks to uplift and<br />

scale. By sharing stories of hope,<br />

inspire through stories of hope,<br />

kindness, and progress, we can<br />

kindness, and progress.<br />

uplift and inspire others to be<br />

After spending four years in<br />

their best selves and make a<br />

local television, Young realized<br />

Hallie Peilet Young<br />

difference in their communities.<br />

that while there were plenty<br />

That’s why it’s so important to<br />

of negative stories to cover, there was also a have a platform like No Blues News, where<br />

wealth of positive news that wasn’t getting the we can showcase the good that’s happening<br />

attention it deserved. From acts of kindness in the world and remind people that there is<br />

to innovative solutions to social and environmental<br />

issues, there was a lot of good happen-<br />

distribute its newscasts digitally beginning<br />

always reason for hope.” No Blues News will<br />

ing in the world that wasn’t being shared. June, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Sarasota Audubon Society Receives $ 75,000 Grant<br />

Candice Holloway and MaryBeth Rempp collected supplies<br />

for Resurrection House at the April Luncheon<br />

Sarasota Audubon Society received a $75,000<br />

grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation<br />

in support of their joint project with<br />

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to<br />

re-wild the Quad Parcels at the Celery Fields.<br />

According to Jeanne Dubi, president of Sarasota<br />

Audubon Society. “Their investment in<br />

this project will transform the Quad Parcels<br />

into habitat that supports a greater diversity<br />

of birds and wildlife and becomes a special<br />

destination for residents and visitors to enjoy.”<br />

“We are honored to provide this grant<br />

to Sarasota Audubon Society for the re-wilding<br />

of the Quad Parcels at the Celery Fields, including<br />

an improved and expanded water storage<br />

and filtration system for flood prevention<br />

and improved water quality,” said Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation’s Senior Vice President<br />

for Community Leadership Jon Thaxton.<br />

The two environmental not-for-profits have<br />

been working together since late 2020 when<br />

the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners<br />

gifted the 33-acre property adjacent to the<br />

Celery Fields to the community as a conservation<br />

easement, protecting it from development<br />

forever. Commissioners tasked Sarasota<br />

Audubon Society with managing the properties<br />

and Conservation Foundation<br />

with managing the conservation<br />

easement.<br />

The Quad Parcels, located at<br />

the intersection of Palmer Blvd<br />

and Apex Road, buffer the western<br />

edge of the 440-acre Celery<br />

Fields from industrial areas. With<br />

more than 250 species recorded<br />

here, the Celery Fields is a nationally<br />

and internationally recognized<br />

birding hotspot and vital to water<br />

quality and flood protection in<br />

the region. The re-wilding will increase<br />

habitat for birds and other<br />

wildlife and, at the same time, expand<br />

water storage and filtration<br />

to help with flood prevention and<br />

improved water quality.<br />

Sarasota Audubon and Conservation Foundation<br />

are currently in the permitting phase<br />

of their project and hope to start the physical<br />

transformation of the three protected parcels<br />

in the near future. Envisioned improvements<br />

include extensive plantings, meadows, woodland<br />

areas, additional trails, high and low point<br />

of terrain along a meandering stream, shaded<br />

picnic areas, ADA-compliant walkways, a bird<br />

blind/observation platform, facilities, a discovery<br />

area for kids, and more.<br />

To learn more about the re-wilding of the<br />

Quad Parcels, visit: www.SarasotaAudubon.<br />

org/quad.<br />

Help To Home Inc. Receives Funds for Hope Village Project<br />

Help To Home Inc. has received $30,000 in<br />

matching funds from the Manatee Community<br />

Foundation for use in building its new<br />

Hope Village community to help parents with<br />

children who are homeless or threatened by<br />

homelessness.<br />

“This $30,000 and the matching funds we<br />

raise to go with it will help transition parents<br />

threatened with homelessness so they can<br />

have a stable living environment,” said Rod<br />

Urban, president of Help To Home. The Manatee<br />

Community Foundation’s “Manatee Match”<br />

Winners of PAWC 2022 Grants Announced<br />

group involves individual donors dedicated to<br />

helping nonprofit service organizations.<br />

Help to Home assists with lower-rent housing<br />

primarily for single mothers threatened<br />

with homelessness. The nonprofit is raising<br />

funds for its new Hope Village on 4.8 acres<br />

it acquired last year for a 53-home community<br />

on 30th Avenue West between 14th and<br />

28th Streets West. For information on Help To<br />

Home and Hope Village, visit helptohome.org.<br />

For information, visit harvesthousecenters.<br />

org or call 941-953-3154.<br />

Palm Air Women’s Club (PAWC) announced<br />

that this year’s grant recipients include<br />

Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Dollar<br />

Dynasty, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee<br />

County, Hope Family Services, Mothers<br />

Helping Mothers and Second Chance Last<br />

Opportunity.<br />

Baby Basics supplies diapers and wipes<br />

to one hundred low-income working families<br />

who do not receive government assistance.<br />

Dollar Dynasty assists underprivileged<br />

adults and children with basic needs and<br />

counseling. Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee<br />

County offers peer education to help teens<br />

reduce risky behavior and make informed<br />

choices regarding their physical, mental, and<br />

emotional well-being.<br />

H.O.P.E. is Manatee County’s State certified<br />

domestic violence service provider, helping<br />

and sheltering families who are not safe in<br />

their own homes. Mothers Helping Mothers<br />

furnishes basic needs and baby items to families.<br />

Second Chance Last Opportunity empowers<br />

individuals in crisis by providing them<br />

with essential life skills and tools as well as<br />

emergency food, clothing, hygiene items, and<br />

baby supplies.<br />

At their April Luncheon, the Palm Aire Women’s<br />

Club awarded scholarships to local students.<br />

This year, scholarships were awarded<br />

to: Lyndsey Carter, LaShawn’te Lee, David Pard,<br />

and Sylvia Pardome from the State College of<br />

Florida. Manatee Technical College students,<br />

Krystal Camacho and Emma Ramirez also received<br />

scholarships.<br />

LaShawn’te Lee, Krystal Camacho and<br />

Emma Ramirez were on hand to accept their<br />

awards. La Shawn’te is a single mother studying<br />

early childhood education. Krystal is a<br />

future nurse while Emma is planning to join<br />

the dental field. All the students spoke movingly<br />

of their struggles to attend college and<br />

admitted that the awards would allow them<br />

to continue their studies.<br />

For more info on PAWC, visit www.palm-airewomensclub.org.<br />

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Sea Grapes<br />

They have many uses: postcards, wine and preventing beach erosion to name a few<br />

They’re those large, orangeybrown<br />

leaves you see scattered<br />

about on the sand as<br />

you walk to the beach. Unlike<br />

northern leaves, they’re<br />

tough and don’t crumble<br />

over time. There’s also a quasi rumor<br />

that at one time they were used as postcards<br />

and that, with a stamp, would be<br />

accepted by the U.S. Postal Service, but<br />

not anymore.<br />

Coccoloba uvifera is a species of flowering<br />

plant in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae,<br />

that is native to coastal beaches<br />

throughout tropical America and<br />

the Caribbean, including southern Florida,<br />

the Bahamas, the Greater and Lesser<br />

Antilles, and Bermuda. Common names<br />

include sea grape and baygrape.<br />

Sea grapes are wind-resistant, moderately<br />

tolerant of shade, and also highly<br />

tolerant of salt, so they’re often planted<br />

to stabilize beach edges or used as a<br />

dune stabilizer. They also help to create a<br />

protective habitat for small animals. For<br />

example, tall sea grape plants behind<br />

beaches help prevent sea turtles from<br />

being distracted by lights from nearby<br />

buildings.<br />

But there are many other uses that<br />

are perhaps less known. The sap has<br />

been used for dyeing and tanning<br />

leather. The wood has occasionally<br />

been used in furniture, as firewood,<br />

or for making charcoal. In<br />

late summer, sea grapes bear<br />

green fruit, about 3/4 inches in<br />

diameter, in large, grape-like<br />

clusters. The fruit gradually ripens<br />

to a purplish color. Each contains<br />

a large pit that constitutes<br />

most of the volume of the fruit.<br />

The fruits of the sea grape may be<br />

eaten raw, cooked into jellies and<br />

jams, or fermented into sea grape wine.<br />

The fruit is very tasty, and can be used<br />

for jam or eaten directly from the tree—<br />

so says the internet, anyway.<br />

Sea grape leaves are round and wide.<br />

The younger growth is red, but foliage<br />

matures to a bright green with red veins.<br />

The flowers are small and cream-colored,<br />

blooming in long clusters. They<br />

usually bloom from spring to early summer,<br />

but can occur year-round.<br />

Immature fruit resembles<br />

green grapes on the vine.<br />

As a landscape plant,<br />

sea grape has a lot going<br />

for it. It’s a Florida<br />

native species. It grows<br />

in full sun or partial<br />

shade, and is very drought<br />

tolerant once established. It<br />

also tolerates salt spray<br />

and salty soils, making it<br />

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It requires very little<br />

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feature<br />

Community News<br />

Collaborative<br />


Coverage of Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto<br />

counties begins with a variety of stories<br />



Immediate Relief Beginning<br />

with the First Session:<br />

Chronic Pain: Sciatic, Back, Neck and TMJ<br />

Migraines, Foggy Brain and<br />

Lack of Concentration<br />

Sight and Eye Problems<br />

Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Shallow Breathing<br />

Digestive and Constipation Issues<br />

Leaky gut and Autoimmune problems<br />

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression<br />

Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health<br />

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T. Grywinski specializes in difficult issues with great success<br />

The Community News Collaborative consists of reporters Sarah Owens, left, Catherine Hicks,<br />

Jim DeLa and Alejandro Romero. Editor Eric Garwood, center, leads the team.<br />

The Community News Collaborative<br />

is ready to begin telling the<br />

stories of Manatee, Sarasota and<br />

DeSoto counties, and you’ll be<br />

able to read, see and hear them at<br />

your favorite local media outlets.<br />

Launched in 2022 with funding provided<br />

by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation,<br />

the CNC operates in conjunction<br />

with WUSF Public Media to provide an additional<br />

level of community news coverage<br />

in the region at a time when many newsroom<br />

staffs are shrinking.<br />

The five-member CNC news team, based<br />

in Sarasota, will produce journalism on a<br />

variety of topics for about a dozen media<br />

partners including newspapers, radio and<br />

television stations and magazines in Sarasota,<br />

Manatee and DeSoto counties.<br />

The CNC consists of an executive editor<br />

and four multimedia reporters. News staffers<br />

are employees of WUSF Public Media,<br />

itself one of the CNC’s partners, though the<br />

CNC operates independently.<br />

“It is wonderful to see the Community<br />

News Collaborative fully staffed and delivering<br />

content,” Barancik Foundation president<br />

and CEO Teri A Hansen said. “This<br />

will provide our partners with a steady flow<br />

of stories about our community, many of<br />

them that have not been covered in recent<br />

years. Most importantly, the CNC will help<br />

boost civic engagement and knowledge for<br />

many, many of our neighbors.”<br />

Among the topics CNC journalists will report<br />

on: the environment, grassroots education,<br />

social and criminal justice issues, development<br />

and underserved communities.<br />

Here are the journalists who form<br />

the CNC:<br />

• Catherine Hicks is a graduate of<br />

University of South Florida where she is<br />

also finishing a Masters degree in digital<br />

journalism. She served as a digital<br />

producer for Fox 21 TV in Denver,<br />

Colorado, while also running a freelance<br />

reporting and copy writing business. She<br />

is a native of Pinellas County and served<br />

as a graduate teaching assistant at USF.<br />

Hicks is particularly interested in issues<br />

of mental health and the environment.<br />

She can be reached at chicks@cncfl.org<br />

• Sarah Owens is a graduate of Milligan<br />

University, where she played intercollegiate<br />

soccer before joining the staff of<br />

the Johnson City Press in Tennessee as<br />

a reporter. She has focused on issues of<br />

social justice, cultural practices, mental<br />

health and criminal justice. Owens<br />

was the editor in chief of her campus<br />

newspaper and is a native of Alabaster,<br />

Alabama. Sarah can be reached at slowens@cncfl.org<br />

• Jim DeLa is a veteran of the news<br />

business, serving in a variety of roles<br />

over four decades. He’s worked in<br />

television, newspapers and radio while<br />

reporting, editing and supervising teams<br />

of journalists. He was the night metro<br />

editor of the Bradenton Herald, worked<br />

in university offices of communications<br />

and was director of communications<br />

for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest<br />

Florida. In his spare time, DeLa is a<br />

baseball and softball umpire. He most<br />

recently served as a digital producer<br />

at WWSB-TV in Sarasota. Jim can be<br />

reached at jdela@cncfl.org<br />

• Alejandro Romero is the CNC’s video<br />

specialist. He is familiar with the people<br />

and issues of Manatee, Sarasota and<br />

DeSoto counties after his time as a<br />

multi-media journalist, producer and<br />

occasional anchor for Suncoast News<br />

Network, where he worked for about<br />

three years. You can reach Alejandro at<br />

Alejandro23@cncfl.org<br />

• Leading the team is Executive Editor<br />

Eric Garwood, who most recently<br />

served as managing editor of the Observer<br />

Media Group’s news operations<br />

in Sarasota-Siesta Key and Longboat<br />

Key. Garwood has been a reporter, page<br />

designer, editor and newsroom leader<br />

for 39 years at newspapers in Florida<br />

and North Carolina. If you have story<br />

ideas for the news team, reach out to<br />

Eric at ericgarwood@cncfl.org.<br />

SOURCE: Eric Garwood,<br />

Community News Collaborative<br />

This story is courtesy of the Community News<br />

Collaborative (CNC), made possible by a gift from<br />

the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

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Accolades<br />

■ University of South Florida<br />

Women in Leadership & Philanthropy<br />

named two faculty members<br />

on the Sarasota-Manatee campus as<br />

recipients of Dr. Kathleen Moore<br />

Faculty Excellence Awards, which<br />

recognize female faculty at USF<br />

for their research, instructional<br />

excellence, mentorship and student<br />

engagement.<br />

Both Lindsay Persohn and<br />

Helene Robinson have used podcasts<br />

to translate their research and<br />

other academic interests for larger<br />

audiences and will use cash awards<br />

that come with the WLP’s recognition<br />

to support that work.<br />

Lindsay Persohn, left, and<br />

Helene Robinson<br />

Persohn, an assistant professor<br />

of literacy studies, received the USF<br />

Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Excellence<br />

Award. Robinson, an associate<br />

professor of instruction and director<br />

of USF’s Critical and Creative<br />

Design Thinking program on the<br />

Sarasota-Manatee campus, received<br />

the Instructor Excellence Award.<br />

A former elementary teacher,<br />

school librarian and coordinator of<br />

libraries for a large public school<br />

district, Persohn focuses her research<br />

on children’s literature and<br />

illustrations. She currently is helping<br />

lead the Booker Literacy Initiative,<br />

which connects youngsters at<br />

one of Sarasota’s most economically<br />

impoverished middle schools with<br />

USF students, who provide tutoring<br />

and mentorship. One main goal of<br />

the program is to support Booker<br />

Middle School students as they<br />

cultivate a love of reading.<br />

Persohn also is the host and<br />

executive producer of the “Classroom<br />

Caffeine” podcast, where she<br />

translates the work of education researchers<br />

for practicing teachers so<br />

they can apply it in their classrooms.<br />

The podcast has been downloaded<br />

more than 17,000 times in almost<br />

2,000 cities in 80 countries.<br />

A former teacher for students<br />

who experienced disability, Robinson’s<br />

15 years in higher education<br />

has focused on creating inclusive<br />

environments using multi-tiered<br />

systems of support, arts integration,<br />

self-regulation strategies, critical<br />

thinking creativity and design<br />

thinking to remove barriers to<br />

learning so that all students, staff<br />

and faculty can thrive. Due to her<br />

own experience with breast cancer,<br />

her recent research explores the<br />

intersection of disability, feminine<br />

identity, ableism and disenfranchised<br />

grief among breast cancer<br />

survivors and warriors.<br />

Much of Robinson’s research,<br />

mentorship and advocacy are<br />

inspired by her own experience<br />

with breast cancer. On her podcast,<br />

“Hugs from Heaven for Sister<br />

Warriors,” Robinson has interviewed<br />

other USF professors, other<br />

breast cancer warriors and medical<br />

professionals to provide translational<br />

research and explore stories<br />

about “the struggles we have to<br />

reclaim the power of our feminine<br />

identity and sexuality,” acknowledging<br />

the grief and the gratitude that<br />

is part of the journey on the way to<br />

becoming a breast cancer thriver.<br />

Robinson said she will use her<br />

award to support both the editing of<br />

her podcast and her arts-based research,<br />

which involves using creative<br />

dance, music and visual art collages<br />

to tell the stories of breast cancer<br />

warriors, thrivers and survivors and<br />

provide translational research.<br />

WLP members in 2007 established<br />

the Faculty Research Award<br />

program to recognize a female faculty<br />

member whose research and<br />

scholarly efforts focused on women.<br />

The program was expanded in 2018<br />

after lifetime member Kathleen<br />

Moore made a generous contribution<br />

to establish six annual awards.<br />

■ Sarasota Memorial Health Care<br />

System recently recognized Barbara<br />

Pittenger, who celebrated her 45-<br />

year milestone work anniversary<br />

this year. SMH honored her and<br />

more than 700 other employees<br />

celebrating milestone work anniversaries<br />

this year, including dozens<br />

of others who marked 20, 30 and<br />

40-years of service.<br />

Barbara (Bip) Pittenger, OB/GYN<br />

perinatal sonographer (center), with<br />

Sarasota Memorial President & CEO<br />

David Verinder and First Physicians<br />

Group OB/GYN practice manager<br />

Barbara Tello-Accola<br />

With more than 9,000 employees,<br />

the community-owned health<br />

system is Sarasota County’s largest<br />

employer. It has been repeatedly recognized<br />

for creating a work environment<br />

and culture that fosters a team<br />

of committed, highly engaged staff.<br />

OB/GYN perinatal sonographer<br />

Barbara Pittenger, who has served<br />

Sarasota Memorial patients for 45<br />

years, was the guest of honor at the<br />

health system’s annual service anniversary<br />

celebration back in April.<br />

The health system also recognized<br />

a group of five employees marking<br />

40 years of service; 12 celebrating 35<br />

years of service; 15 celebrating 30<br />

years; 30 celebrating 25 years; 60 celebrating<br />

20 years; 97 celebrating 15<br />

years; 130 celebrating 10 years and<br />

381 employees celebrating 5 years.<br />

Affectionately known as Bip, Pittenger<br />

started working at SMH as<br />

an X-ray tech in 1977, and within<br />

a few years, completed training to<br />

become a perinatal sonographer,<br />

specializing in ultrasound exams<br />

for high-risk pregnancies. She<br />

eventually worked her way from the<br />

hospital’s radiology department to<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians<br />

Group OB/GYN practice.<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s longest-serving<br />

employee, Lenora “Nori” Yoder,<br />

was honored for 50 years at the<br />

service anniversary celebration last<br />

year. A lab tech in the microbiology<br />

department, she had postponed<br />

retirement to support SMH staff and<br />

the community through multiple<br />

surges of the pandemic, including<br />

the deadly Delta wave. At 47 years<br />

and counting, nurse Clara Rock,<br />

who was honored at last year’s celebration,<br />

is currently the longest serving<br />

employee still working at SMH.<br />

Jackie Bland, RN, Medical/Wound<br />

Care; Cindi Little, Occupational<br />

Therapist/Rehabilitation Services;<br />

Craig Dibler, Respiratory Therapist/<br />

Trauma. Not shown: Twila Krick, Pharmacy<br />

Technologist and Eric Chernin,<br />

Pharmacy Care Specialist<br />

Appointments<br />

■ Ringling College of Art and<br />

Design has announced that Sara<br />

Curtis Robinson has joined Ringling<br />

College as Vice President for<br />

Advancement.<br />

Robinson<br />

will be working<br />

across all areas<br />

of the Ringling<br />

College<br />

community,<br />

including<br />

the College’s<br />

senior officers,<br />

faculty, staff,<br />

Sara Curtis Robinson Sarasota Art<br />

Museum of<br />

Ringling College of Art and Design,<br />

the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute<br />

(OLLI) at Ringling College, and<br />

Englewood Art Center.<br />

A Certified Fundraising Executive,<br />

Robinson’s career spans a number<br />

of organizations and a variety of<br />

fundraising roles in Massachusetts<br />

and Florida. Since 2019, she has<br />

resided in Sarasota, first taking on<br />

the role of Chief Advancement Officer<br />

at The Sarasota Ballet and then<br />

being recruited in 2022 to lead the<br />

private philanthropy campaign for<br />

The Van Wezel Foundation/Sarasota<br />

Performing Arts Center.<br />

Robinson holds a Bachelor of<br />

Arts degree in visual arts from Pine<br />

Manor College in Boston and certificates<br />

in Professional Fundraising<br />

and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion<br />

in the Workplace. Her career began<br />

and has been shaped in the visual<br />

and performing arts since her first<br />

position with the Museum of Fine<br />

Arts in Boston, supporting the Asiatic<br />

Art Curator.<br />

■ The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

has added Stacia Lee as its first<br />

Managing Director. Lee joins the<br />

Hermitage team after serving as the<br />

publisher for Sarasota Magazine<br />

and overseeing<br />

the Florida<br />

and Texas<br />

operations<br />

for SagaCity<br />

Media. In her<br />

new role, Lee<br />

will serve as<br />

a right hand<br />

to Artistic<br />

Stacia Lee<br />

Director and<br />

CEO Andy<br />

Sandberg in overseeing the management<br />

and daily operations of the<br />

company. She will be responsible<br />

for implementing core strategies<br />

and systems, overseeing marketing<br />

and strategic partnerships, and<br />

executing the vision of this rapidly<br />

expanding organization.<br />

Lee joins a team that also<br />

includes Amy Wallace as Development<br />

Director, Elizabeth Power<br />

as Operations Director, and James<br />

Monaghan, who was recently<br />

promoted to Programs Director.<br />

Over the past two seasons, the<br />

Hermitage team has expanded to<br />

include Sydney Ladendecker (Executive<br />

Assistant and Residency Coordinator),<br />

Whitney Stone (Grants<br />

Coordinator), Kaitlin Smith (Artist<br />

Alumni Coordinator), Adrienne Hill<br />

(Development Coordinator), and<br />

‘Chef’ Jordan Moore (Events and<br />

Hospitality Assistant).<br />

Beyond serving as the publisher<br />

for both Sarasota Magazine and<br />

Houstonia Magazine at SagaCity<br />

Media, Stacia Lee was responsible<br />

for building and sustaining partnerships<br />

with key businesses, vendors,<br />

and non-profits across the Southeast.<br />

Prior to her move to lifestyle<br />

magazines, Lee’s career in news<br />

media has given her the opportunity<br />

to lead multimillion-dollar<br />

operations across the country with<br />

Gannett (publisher of the Sarasota<br />

Herald Tribune), Lee Enterprises,<br />

and McClatchy. Her career in<br />

management and leadership has<br />

encompassed marketing, communications,<br />

branding, and organizational<br />

development.<br />

The Hermitage hosts artists<br />

on its Gulf Coast Manasota Key<br />

campus for multi-week residencies,<br />

where diverse artists from around<br />

the world and across multiple<br />

disciplines create and develop new<br />

works of theater, music, visual art,<br />

literature, dance, and more. As<br />

part of their residencies, Hermitage<br />

Fellows participate in free<br />

community programs, offering<br />

audiences in the region a unique<br />

opportunity to engage with some<br />

of the world’s leading artists and to<br />

get an authentic “sneak peek” into<br />

extraordinary projects and artistic<br />

minds before their works go on<br />

to major galleries, concert halls,<br />

theaters, and museums around the<br />

world. These free and innovative<br />

programs include performances,<br />

lectures, readings, interactive<br />

experiences, open studios, school<br />

programs, teacher workshops, and<br />

more, serving thousands in our<br />

regional community each year.<br />

For more information about<br />

the Hermitage and upcoming<br />

programs, visit HermitagArtist<br />

Retreat.org.<br />

Board News<br />

■ The Bay Park Conservancy<br />

(BPC) , the non-profit organization<br />

responsible for designing, developing,<br />

managing and operating a<br />

signature public park on 53 acres<br />

of City-owned land along Sarasota<br />

Bay, has elected three new Board<br />

members.<br />

Tony Gamelin, Managing Principal<br />

of CFO Integrity, transitions<br />

from his previous role as CFO of the<br />

Bay Park Conservancy to become a<br />

member of the Board and Finance<br />

Committee. As BPC CFO, Gamelin<br />

helped create and implement<br />

financial controls and management<br />

processes to improve management<br />

implementation and operations.<br />

Gamelin is a finance and accounting<br />

executive with a broad base of experience<br />

and has performed CFO-level<br />

services with non-profit and private<br />

companies across a wide range of<br />

industries including retail, construction<br />

and professional services.<br />

Jeff Jackson is President and<br />

CEO of PGT Innovations, a leading<br />

manufacturer of premium windows<br />

and doors. Jeff is a Certified Public<br />

Accountant with prior management<br />

experience at The Hershey Company,<br />

Coca-Cola, and KPMG, among<br />

others. Jeff serves as Board Chair<br />

for the Sarasota Manatee Airport<br />

Authority. Jeff and the PGT Innovations<br />

team are helping end human<br />

trafficking in the state of Florida.<br />

Jennifer Jorgensen, City of<br />

Sarasota Governmental Relations<br />

Manager, previously worked for the<br />

Walt Disney Company as Manager,<br />

Vendor Management and Business<br />

Affairs Manager. Jennifer has her<br />

Juris Doctor from the University<br />

of Nebraska. She also worked as<br />

Legal Counsel and Lobbyist for the<br />

Nebraska School Board Association<br />

and held various leadership and<br />

fundraising positions in higher education<br />

and the non-profit sector.<br />

Ron Hamilton joins the BPC<br />

team as the Senior Human Resources<br />

Consultant. He is a former<br />

HR executive at a Fortune 500<br />

financial services company. He<br />

has also been a HR Consultant for<br />

over 20 years working with large<br />

international companies, as well as<br />

smaller non-profits like Meals on<br />

Wheels Plus of Manatee and Jewish<br />

Family and Children Services. Ron<br />

is an Adjunct Professor at Webster<br />

University.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

thebaysarasota.org.<br />

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Plant-based Recipes for Egg Lovers<br />

Alternatives are available that can recreate many egg dishes<br />

In the United States we eat a lot of eggs. In 1945, the year of<br />

the highest egg consumption per capita, Americans ate a<br />

staggering 404 eggs per person. Today egg consumption is not<br />

where it used to be, but, as of 2011, Americans are still eating<br />

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6 oz. adzuki beans, soaked overnight<br />

11 oz. bulgur wheat<br />

1 pint vegetable stock<br />

3 tbsp. olive oil<br />

1 onion, finely chopped<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 tsp. ground coriander<br />


Preheat oven to 350°F.<br />

Cook the adzuki beans in boiling water for 40 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse. Let cool.<br />

Cook the bulgur wheat in the vegetable stock for 10 minutes until the stock is absorbed.<br />

Set aside.<br />

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a skillet to fry onion, garlic, and spices for 4-5 minutes.<br />

In a bowl, mix onion, beans, coriander, curry powder, and egg replacer and mash with<br />

a potato masher. Add the breadcrumbs and bulgur wheat and stir well.<br />

Cover and chill for 1 hour, until firm.<br />

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1 block of extra firm tofu<br />

1 1/2 tbsp. curry powder<br />

2 tbsp. chopped onion<br />

2 tbsp. chopped parsley<br />

1/4 cup vegan or regular<br />

mayonnaise<br />

1 1/2 tbsp. stoneground mustard<br />


Drain the tofu and wrap it in paper towels, setting a heavy pan on top. Let sit for 20<br />

minutes, changing the paper towels once. This will dry up the excess moisture and allow<br />

the tofu to crumble more easily.<br />

In a large bowl, crumble the tofu block with a fork until it reaches an egg-like consistency.<br />

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Serves 6-8<br />

F Adzuki Bean and Bulgur Meatballs<br />

Adzuki Bean and Bulgur Meatballs T<br />

A cross between a falafel, a meatball,<br />

and a hush puppy, these adzuki bean<br />

and bulgur meatballs can be served for<br />

lunch or dinner, added to salads, or<br />

placed atop plates of spaghetti. An egg<br />

replacer is used to bind the “meatballs”<br />

together. These “wheat balls” are simple<br />

to make and are packed with flavor and<br />

protein.<br />

The pungent notes of<br />

curry go well with cold, creamy<br />

salads. A dash of mustard, fresh<br />

herbs, and sliced almonds<br />

elevate this tofu “egg salad.”<br />

1 tsp. ground cumin<br />

3 tbsp. egg replacer (for more info on<br />

vegan egg alternatives)<br />

3 oz. dried breadcrumbs<br />

2 tbsp. mild curry powder<br />

F Curried Tofu Egg Salad<br />

Curried Tofu Egg Salad T<br />

Dash of cayenne<br />

Salt and pepper, to taste<br />

2 tbsp. sliced almonds<br />

Typical crab cakes<br />

use an egg or<br />

mayonnaise to bind<br />

the patty together.<br />

These crab cakes<br />

don’t use eggs — or<br />

crab, but rather a<br />

base of hearts of<br />

palm and a vegan<br />

garlicky dill aioli<br />

sauce for dipping.<br />


For the GARLICKY<br />


1/2 cup vegan<br />

mayonnaise<br />

1 tablespoon fresh<br />

lemon juice<br />

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill<br />

1 teaspoon minced garlic<br />

For the CRAB CAKES:<br />

3 tablespoons grapeseed or safflower<br />

oil, divided, plus more for frying<br />

1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, (not<br />

packed in sugar), roughly chopped<br />

to the consistency of crab meat<br />

1/4 cup chopped celery<br />

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper<br />

1/2 cup chopped onion<br />

2 teaspoons minced garlic<br />

2 teaspoons seafood seasoning<br />

1 teaspoon cornstarch<br />

1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise<br />


To make the GARLICKY DILL AÏOLI<br />

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.<br />

Set in the fridge to keep cool.<br />

To make the CRAB CAKES:<br />

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the hearts of<br />

palm and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook until<br />

golden brown on all sides. Set aside to cool. Add the celery and peppers and mix well.<br />

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet over medium-heat heat. Add the onions and<br />

sauté until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.<br />

Remove from the heat, add to the hearts of palm, and mix well. Add the seafood seasoning,<br />

cornstarch, and mayo.<br />

Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and mix well. Set aside to cool to room<br />

temperature, then shape the mixture into four round patties.<br />


In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and seafood seasoning, stirring to mix.<br />

Coat the patties with the breadcrumb mixture and refrigerate for 20 minutes.<br />

Heat about 3 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium- high heat until hot and<br />

shimmering. Carefully place the patties in the skillet and cook until golden brown on<br />

each side, approximately 2 minutes per side. Watch closely to prevent burning. Transfer<br />

the cooked patties to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve hot,<br />

topped with the aïoli, with lemon wedges on the side.<br />

Serves 2<br />

isn’t a pretty scene: it’s not good for the environment and it’s certainly<br />

not great for the hens. Plus bird flu outbreaks that have driven prices<br />

high several times.<br />

And while it’s true that eggs have played an important role in the<br />

American diet for centuries, alternatives are now available that can help<br />

the home cook recreate a number of egg dishes without having to crack<br />

a single shell.<br />

Here are some recipes and egg alternatives.<br />

F Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes<br />

Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes T<br />

For the BREADING:<br />

1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs,<br />

or more<br />

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning<br />

Lemon wedges, to serve<br />

3 oz. dried breadcrumbs<br />

2 tbsp. mild curry powder<br />

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open for business<br />

New Monarch<br />

Dance Studio Opens<br />

In Bradenton<br />


Classical musicians from around the<br />

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<strong>JUNE</strong> 8, 15, 22<br />


Fridays | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House<br />

<strong>JUNE</strong> 9, 16, 23<br />

Lifelong dance<br />

student and arts<br />

enthusiast Winifred<br />

Strange had seen<br />

firsthand the problems<br />

that dance teachers have<br />

finding good rental space for<br />

their specialized classes. For almost<br />

ten years, she had followed<br />

her instructor all over Manatee<br />

County to different studios.<br />

“About a year ago, I started thinking<br />

about creating a studio and the idea just<br />

grew,” said Strange. She enlisted the help<br />

of her dance instructor, Bonnie Gray,<br />

and local realtor Kris Kesling-Hays and<br />

started looking for a suitable studio. The<br />

trio found a space located at 862 62nd<br />

Street Circle East, just off of I-75 and renovations<br />

began. Of course, as long as she<br />

was designing a space from the ground<br />

up, Strange wanted to fill it with all of the<br />

amenities that dance and dance-related<br />

businesses need to thrive.<br />

For dancers, that means actually starting<br />

at the ground. Strange had danced on<br />

a sprung floor before and knew that her<br />

studio had to have one. The new space<br />

now boasts a world-class floor of suspended<br />

maple made by O’Mara Sprung Floors<br />

of Flint, Michigan. This floor is not only<br />

strong enough for percussive dance, but<br />

soft enough for the “give” that all dance<br />

styles prefer. “We also had to install a new<br />

air conditioning system that will protect<br />

the floor,” said Strange.<br />

The studio has wall-mounted ballet barres,<br />

a wall of mirrors, a professional sound<br />

system, and a smart television. A kitchenette<br />

and dressing room are available.<br />

The Monarch Studio is operated by a<br />

new local organization, the Dance Alliance<br />

of Bradenton. The Alliance is made up<br />

of a group of dance and fitness educator<br />

entrepreneurs who will share the space. It<br />

has an umbrella website, www.danceallianceofbradenton.com,<br />

with individual pages<br />

for each member. Gray is the program<br />


director of the<br />

Alliance. She has<br />

been teaching<br />

dance in southwest<br />

Florida since<br />

1982 and in Bradenton<br />

since 2001.<br />

Gray explained<br />

that dance is a<br />

great form of exercise for adults. “In addition<br />

to the cardiovascular benefits, dance<br />

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and supports cognitive ability. Best of all,<br />

it’s fun. You don’t have to worry about coordination<br />

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her company “That’s Dancing! Dance Education<br />

for Adults,” offer classes in Broadway-style<br />

tap and jazz, hula and Polynesian<br />

classes, Balletone Fitness and Hot Hula<br />

Fitness. Home to the award-winning Starfire<br />

Dancers and Aloha Stars, the Monarch<br />

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In addition to day and evening, classes, the<br />

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Florida Studio Theatre’s<br />

Summer Season Lineup<br />

Featuring a three-show Mainstage<br />

Series and a three-show Cabaret Series<br />

Florida Studio Theatre (FST)<br />

has announced the lineup for<br />

its <strong>2023</strong> Summer Season,<br />

featuring a three-show<br />

Mainstage Series and a threeshow<br />

Cabaret Series.<br />

The Mainstage Series includes the<br />

comedic whodunit, Shear Madness; the<br />

drama, Black Pearl Sings!; and Ken Ludwig’s<br />

A Comedy of Tenors, a fast-paced<br />

comedy. The Cabaret Series features<br />

some of the country’s top Cabaret artists<br />

celebrating the soaring harmonies of The<br />

Beach Boys, female vocalists like Aretha<br />

Franklin and Celine Dion, and Creedence<br />

Clearwater Revival’s songbook.<br />

Shear Madness, the longest running<br />

play in American history, kicks off FST’s<br />

Mainstage Series in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.<br />

By Paul Pörtner, Shear Madness is<br />

a comedic murder mystery<br />

that gets the audience directly<br />

involved in solving the crime.<br />

In the play, the old lady living<br />

above a local hair salon is<br />

killed under strange circumstances.<br />

Two police officers<br />

work with the audience to<br />

spot the clues, question the<br />

suspects, and determine the<br />

identity of the killer.<br />

Next on the Mainstage<br />

is Black Pearl Sings! by Frank<br />

Higgins, a stirring<br />

drama about two<br />

women from<br />

different backgrounds<br />

who are<br />

brought together<br />

by the power of<br />

music. Set during<br />

The Great Depression,<br />

Black<br />

Pearl Sings! follows<br />

Susannah,<br />

an ambitious Library<br />

of Congress<br />

musicologist<br />

determined to<br />

record undocumented<br />

slave<br />

songs, and Pearl,<br />

a Black American<br />

woman with a<br />

soulful voice, a<br />

steely spirit, and<br />

Black Pearl<br />

Sings!<br />

a prison sentence. Pearl’s memory is a treasure<br />

trove of songs from her ancestors, but<br />

can she share these beloved songs without<br />

giving up something of herself? It will begin<br />

playing June 28 in FST’s Keating Theatre.<br />

FST’s Summer Mainstage Series comes<br />

to a close with Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy<br />

of Tenors, a boisterous comedy featuring<br />

mistaken identities, absurd situations,<br />

witty one-liners, and unexpected surprises.<br />

It’s 1930s Paris, and the stage is set<br />

for the concert of the century—as long as<br />

producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian<br />

superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded<br />

wife from causing utter chaos. A Comedy<br />

of Tenors begins playing August 2 in FST’s<br />

Gompertz Theatre.<br />

In the Cabaret, FST will present The<br />

Surfer Boys, a spirited tribute to the band<br />

credited for creating pop music’s iconic<br />

“California sound.” In this lively music<br />

revue, four Broadway veterans bring The<br />

Beach Boys’ biggest hits to life with classics<br />

like “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,”<br />

“Barbara Ann,” and “Surfin’ USA.”<br />

Filled with the honey-tinged harmonies<br />

and unforgettable melodies that defined<br />

1960s California and pop music, The Surfer<br />

Boys will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein<br />

Cabaret on June 13.<br />

Next up is Divas Three, a celebration of<br />

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them the coveted title of “Diva.” In this<br />

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vocalists deliver the biggest hits by some<br />

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Houston. Featuring classics<br />

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Love,” “Total Eclipse of the<br />

Heart,” and “It’s Raining<br />

Men,” Divas Three begins<br />

playing in FST’s Court<br />

Cabaret on July 11.<br />

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Series culminates<br />

with Creedence Clearwater<br />

Remixed!, a new music<br />

revue following a group of<br />

four friends on a musical<br />

journey through the songbook<br />

of Creedence Clearwater<br />

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hit songs like “Proud<br />

Mary,” “Fortunate Son,”<br />

“Bad Moon Rising,” and “Have You Ever<br />

Seen the Rain?,” this rousing revue celebrates<br />

music’s pioneers of country rock.<br />

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This year’s winners represent achievements in the<br />

areas of architecture, historic preservation, collections<br />

management, archaeological conservancy, and<br />

organizational and individual achievement.<br />

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic<br />

Preservation (SAHP), in<br />

collaboration with the History<br />

& Preservation Coalition of<br />

Sarasota County (HPCOSC),<br />

presented the <strong>2023</strong> Heritage Awards for<br />

Sarasota County.<br />

The awardees were honored at a ceremony<br />

on May 6, in the Grand Foyer of the Van<br />

Wezel. An awards presentation was hosted<br />

by John McCarthy, vice president of regional<br />

history for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.<br />

Lorrie Muldowney, the president of SAHP<br />

and chairperson of the Heritage Awards<br />

committee, says that the Heritage Awards<br />

program was developed in 2014 “to recognize<br />

individuals and organizations that<br />

have made outstanding contributions to the<br />

preservation and understanding of Sarasota<br />

County’s historical resources. These activities<br />

are important to lend public support to<br />

governmental and citizen-based efforts that<br />

preserve our common past so future generations<br />

can enjoy what is so unique and beautiful<br />

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of architecture, historic preservation, collections<br />

management, archaeological conservancy,<br />

and organizational and individual<br />

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• Citation of Merit: Sarasota Waterworks,<br />

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• Honorable Mention: Caldwell Trust<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Historic Rehabilitation<br />

• The Eagle House, 2516 Mulberry Terrace,<br />

Sarasota<br />

Eagle House, Historic Rehabilitation.<br />

Historical Research<br />

• US Modernist (Modernist Archive, Inc.),<br />

Durham, North Carolina<br />

Historic Collections Preservation<br />

• Ana McGrath,<br />

MLIS, Jane<br />

Bancroft Cook<br />

Library, New<br />

College, Sarasota<br />

Lillian Burns<br />

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Bayley,<br />

Englewood<br />

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• Distinguished Historic Collections<br />

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• Honorable Mention: Becky Ayech,<br />

Sarasota<br />

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• First Place Winner: Venice Area<br />

Historical Society, Venice<br />

• Special Recognition: Marie Selby<br />

Botanical Gardens, Sarasota and Osprey<br />

• Honorable Mention: Denise Kowal and<br />

Avenida De Colores (Chalk Festival),<br />

Sarasota<br />

Archeological Conservancy<br />

• Time Sifters Archeological Society, Sarasota<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Selby Gardens Extends<br />

“Seeing The Invisible” Art Exhibition<br />

Featuring Contemporary Art Created with Augmented-Reality Technology<br />

Marie<br />

Selby<br />

Botanical<br />

Gardens<br />

is hosting a<br />

second year of the<br />

contemporary-art exhibition<br />

Seeing the<br />

Invisible at its Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus.<br />

The most ambitious<br />

and expansive show to<br />

date of contemporary<br />

artworks created with<br />

augmented-reality (AR)<br />

technology, the exhibition<br />

launched last year<br />

at 12 botanical gardens<br />

around the world. Selby<br />

Gardens is one of four<br />

inaugural sites that will<br />

continue to host the<br />

show for a second year,<br />

through September<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Six new garden<br />

and museum sites will<br />

join the global exhibition<br />

in October.<br />

According to Jennifer<br />

O. Rominiecki,<br />

president and CEO of<br />

Marie Selby Botanical<br />

Gardens. “Placing this<br />

augmented-reality artwork<br />

amid the native<br />

Florida nature and<br />

historic structures on<br />

our bayfront campus in<br />

Osprey has created an<br />

experience like no other<br />

in our region.”<br />

Seeing the Invisible<br />

features works by<br />

more than a dozen internationally<br />

acclaimed<br />

artists, including Ai Weiwei of China,<br />

El Anatsui of Ghana, Isaac Julien CBE<br />

RA of the United Kingdom, and Sarah<br />

Meyohas of the United States. At Selby<br />

Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus,<br />

the show’s 13 AR works are installed in<br />

curated locations throughout the 30-acre<br />

preserve. Visitors engage with the art<br />

through an app that can be downloaded<br />

to a smartphone or tablet.<br />

Seeing the Invisible is the first exhibition<br />

of its kind to be developed as a<br />

collaboration among botanical gardens<br />

around the world. The same commissioned<br />

artworks are placed in outdoor<br />

settings at the participating institutions,<br />

creating parallels and contrasts between<br />

them. The AR nature of the exhibition<br />

has allowed for the creation of expansive,<br />

immersive works that engage with<br />

existing features of the natural landscape,<br />

going beyond the limitations of<br />

4<br />

1 2<br />

what is possible with physical artworks.<br />

The collaboration also allows the partner<br />

gardens and museums to bring leading<br />

contemporary art to their communities in<br />

a sustainable way.<br />

The show was initiated by Hannah<br />

Rendell, Executive Director at the Jerusalem<br />

Botanical Gardens, and Candida<br />

Gertler, co-founder of the London-based<br />

Outset Contemporary Art Fund, with<br />

support from The Jerusalem Foundation’s<br />

Innovation Fund. Seeing the Invisible<br />

is co-curated by Hadas Maor and<br />

Tal Michael Haring. For Selby Gardens’<br />

installation, Vice President for Visitor<br />

Engagement and Chief Museum Curator<br />

Dr. David Berry led the local curatorial<br />

team. The show is sponsored here by<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation.<br />

As part of Seeing the Invisible, the<br />

Eden Project in the U.K. has developed<br />

accompanying educational content that<br />

explores the exhibition’s themes of art,<br />

nature, sustainability, and technology.<br />

Visit their website (www.selby.org) for<br />

educational programming and activities<br />

such as plant and animal scavenger<br />

hunts, seed-planting kits, recycled-material<br />

art projects, and much more planned<br />

throughout Season 2.<br />

In addition to Selby Gardens’ Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus, year two of Seeing<br />

the Invisible will be presented at:<br />

• Adelaide Botanic Garden (Australia)<br />

• Eden Project (England)<br />

• Gardens by the Bay (Singapore)<br />

• The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens<br />

(Israel)<br />

• Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s<br />

Garden at Elm Bank (U.S.)<br />

• Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto<br />

(Canada)<br />

• National Garden, Athens (Greece)<br />

• University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird<br />

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1<br />

Isaac<br />

2<br />

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Pamela<br />

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Diamonds (Ice Cave)<br />

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O’Callaghan,<br />

Pneuma, 2021<br />

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Hallucinations/ Nature<br />

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Hallucinations / Nature<br />

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Center (U.S.)<br />

• Walter Sisulu National<br />

Botanical Garden<br />

(South Africa)<br />

Seeing the Invisible<br />

features AR works by<br />

the following artists:<br />

• Ai Weiwei (b. 1957,<br />

Beijing, China; lives and<br />

works in multiple locations,<br />

including Beijing,<br />

China; Berlin, Germany;<br />

Cambridge, U.K.; and<br />

Lisbon, Portugal)<br />

• Refik Anadol (b.<br />

1985, Istanbul, Turkey;<br />

lives and works in Los<br />

Angeles, U.S.)<br />

• El Anatsui (b. 1944,<br />

Anyako, Ghana; lives<br />

and works in Nigeria)<br />

• Ori Gersht (b. 1967,<br />

5 Tel Aviv, Israel; lives and<br />

works in London, U.K.)<br />

• Isaac Julien CBE RA<br />

(b. 1960, London, U.K.; lives and works<br />

in London)<br />

• Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, Dubai,<br />

UAE; lives and works in Dubai, UAE)<br />

• Sigalit Landau (b. 1969, Jerusalem, Israel;<br />

lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel)<br />

• Daito Manabe (b. 1976, Tokyo, Japan;<br />

lives and works in Tokyo, Japan)<br />

• Sarah Meyohas (b. 1991, New York City,<br />

U.S.; lives and works in New York)<br />

• Mel O’Callaghan (b. 1975, Sydney, Australia;<br />

lives and works in Paris, France)<br />

• Pamela Rosenkranz (b. 1979,<br />

Switzerland; lives and works in Zurich,<br />

Switzerland)<br />

• Timur Si-Qin (b. 1984, Germany; lives<br />

and works in New York City, U.S.)<br />

• Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987,<br />

Denmark; lives and works in Berlin,<br />

Germany)<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.selby.org.<br />

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