wcw AUGUST 2023

Our August issue has a profile with Sarasota artist Linda Richichi. Features include a look at the Little Art Gallery’s new home, Good News Dept., Calendars, Blobfest, You're News, Travel News, Women’s Equality day and the Importance of staying hydrated. Plus, take a visit to the US Botanic Garden in DC.

Our August issue has a profile with Sarasota artist Linda Richichi. Features include a look at the Little Art Gallery’s new home, Good News Dept., Calendars, Blobfest, You're News, Travel News, Women’s Equality day and the Importance of staying hydrated. Plus, take a visit to the US Botanic Garden in DC.


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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Arts: Sarasota’s<br />

Free Little Art<br />

Gallery<br />

■ Good News Dept.<br />

■ Travel: US Botanic<br />

Garden in DC<br />

■ Health:<br />

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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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EARS<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 />

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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 />


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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

dining in<br />

Foods that Start with “C” as in Cappuccino<br />

Cheesecake, Cajun Stuffed Pasta Shells<br />

with Creole Sauce, Cornmeal Crackers and<br />

Cremini Mushrooms with Cashew Cream<br />

Sauce over Linguini. Cheers!<br />

p27<br />

Women’s<br />

Equality Day<br />

is on<br />

August 26<br />

focus on the arts<br />

Sarasota’s Free Little Art Gallery reopens its<br />

tiny doors under new management. Launched<br />

as a community project during the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, the artist’s project moved to a new<br />

location with the same goal.<br />

p13<br />

travel feature:<br />

a blooming attraction<br />

Check out the US Botanic Garden,<br />

Washington, DC, an oasis of beauty<br />

and serenity in the nation’s capitol.<br />

p28<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

13 focus on the arts: Sarasota’s<br />

Free Little Art Gallery reopens<br />

15 all about craniosacral therapy<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Artist Linda Richichi<br />

18 good news in our community<br />

20 travel: US Botanic Garden in DC<br />

22 staying healthy: Stay Hydrated<br />

24 you’re news<br />

27 dining in: Foods that Start with “C”<br />

29 it’s personal: Blobfest<br />

30 happening this month:<br />

Women’s Equality Day<br />

August 26<br />

■ on the cover: Artist Linda Richichi.<br />

■ Image: Louise Bruderle<br />

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just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

She’s a working artist and an art instructor. Linda’s<br />

paintings are collected by many across the U.S.<br />

and beyond and she has won many awards for her<br />

creative efforts.<br />

This profile of Linda should be of great interest<br />

to WCW readers since it’s predominantly women<br />

who attend Linda’s online, in studio and on location<br />

classes.<br />

What sounds like sheer bliss are her art trips.<br />

Linda had one this summer to Provence in France.<br />

Linda Richichi They paint, then critique after dinner in the evening<br />

Photo: Louise Bruderle - maybe over wine?<br />

Her artist statement says, “For me, painting is<br />

a pilgrimage – a journey into the soul and the mystery of creation.<br />

Through color, lines and brushstrokes I portray the essence of my subjects<br />

at their highest moments. Each color, line and shape is carefully<br />

curated to take the viewer on a joyous journey.<br />

“Whether I am painting on a sun-drenched beach in Florida or Maui,<br />

in the Hudson Valley, near Italian castles or French chateaus, my plein<br />

air paintings capture the spirit of nature at their most inspiring times.”<br />

Virginia Haley<br />

Nancy’s BBQ has Returned to Sarasota!<br />

Nancy Krohngold, owner of Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, “downtown’s original and<br />

only BBQ joint, has left Lakewood Ranch and returned home to downtown<br />

Sarasota,” according to her Facebook page.<br />

She writes, “Nearly three years<br />

after our original downtown<br />

store shuttered at the end of its<br />

lease and in the midst of COVID,<br />

Sarasotans still clamor for us to<br />

reopen downtown and so we are.”<br />

Her Lorraine Corners Lakewood<br />

Ranch store closed July<br />

8. Her new location will be one<br />

well-known to Sarasota dining<br />

out fans: Nancy’s Bar-B-Q will be next to where the Blue Rooster used<br />

to be and is now Food+Beer. Her new address is 1525 4th Street, in the<br />

Rosemary District, across from Station 400 Sarasota.<br />

As many of you know, 13 years ago Nancy’s Bar-B-Q was a “stealth”<br />

pop-up cart at a different venue every Friday at lunchtime. At her new<br />

location they’re open from 11a.m. seven days a week with her full menu<br />

of smoked meats, salmon, wings, appetizers, loads of sides plus a full bar.<br />

WCW profiled Nancy when she was at her last Sarasota location near<br />

Burns Court on Pineapple Ave. in downtown Sarasota. Details: nancysbarbq.com.<br />

Erin M. Duggan<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Linda Richichi<br />

Virginia Haley Has Time to Travel now<br />

Happy retirement to Visit Sarasota County (VSC) President<br />

Virginia Haley who started with the organization in<br />

1999. Visit Sarasota County markets our region to tourists<br />

and visitors from around Florida, the country and the<br />

world.<br />

Virginia completes her 24-year tenure in September.<br />

And her hard work can be seen in the growth in tourism<br />

in Sarasota County — one of the fastest-growing tourism<br />

markets in the U.S.<br />

Stepping into her shoes is Erin M. Duggan whom the Visit<br />

Sarasota County Board of Directors voted to appoint. Erin<br />

is currently VSC’s Vice President. She’s been with VSC<br />

since 2005, serving first as Public Relations Manager then<br />

Brand Director and most recently as Vice President since<br />

2016.<br />

VSC is a great resource for anything related to travel<br />

in our area. If you prefer to talk to a visitor information<br />

specialist, call or text 941-706-1253 or visit their downtown<br />

Sarasota Visitor Center located at 1945 Fruitville Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.visitsarasota.com<br />

Worth Noting:<br />

Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26<br />

The continuous struggle for<br />

women’s participation and<br />

equality in all spheres of life and<br />

society is observed on Women’s<br />

Equality Day on August 26.<br />

Women’s Equality Day<br />

commemorates the passage of<br />

women’s suffrage in the U.S.<br />

and reminds us of the hurdles<br />

overcome by the heroic women<br />

who faced violence and discrimination<br />

to propel the women’s movement forward.<br />

In the early 19th century, American women, who generally couldn’t<br />

inherit property and made half of a man’s wages in any available jobs,<br />

began organizing to demand political rights and representation.<br />

By the early 1900s, several countries including Finland, New Zealand,<br />

and the United Kingdom had legalized voting for women as the movement<br />

continued to sweep across the world.<br />

In the U.S., the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced<br />

in 1878, but it failed to gain traction. It wasn’t until women’s<br />

involvement in the World War I effort made their contributions painfully<br />

obvious that women’s suffrage finally gained enough support. Women’s<br />

rights groups pointed out the hypocrisy of fighting for democracy in<br />

Europe while denying it to half of the American citizens at home.<br />

In the U.S., decisions about who could vote were left up to the states.<br />

The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, ensures voting rights for everyone<br />

regardless of gender. Today, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the<br />

achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique<br />

daily struggles that women face, and in this case, overcame.<br />

Women’s Equality day was first celebrated in 1971, designated by Congress<br />

in 1973, and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.<br />

In every U.S. presidential election dating back to 1984, women reported<br />

having turned out to vote at slightly higher rates than men, according to<br />

the Census Bureau.<br />

Blobfest, Phoenixville, PA<br />

It’s personal in a full circle kind of way. Many years<br />

ago I would often go to Saturday matinee movies in<br />

my hometown of Havertown, PA. One weekend back<br />

in the ‘60s the featured movie was “The Blob” - an<br />

amateurish, borderline campy movie made in 1958<br />

about a “carnivorous amoeboidal alien that crashes<br />

to Earth from outer space inside a meteorite,<br />

landing near the small communities of Phoenixville<br />

and Downingtown, Pennsylvania.”<br />

Fast forward and there I was at the Colonial Theatre<br />

in Phoenixville this past July 14, experiencing<br />

the movie again, but this time as a volunteer as<br />

compared to the last time when I ran out of the<br />

movie theatre. Find my recollections in this month’s issue.<br />

Coming Up in West Coast Woman<br />

The heat will eventually let up. Hurricane season will end, also<br />

eventually. We’ll one day be able to step outside and stand in our yards<br />

and not melt. For now, we’re inside working and putting together another<br />

great season of special issues, interesting content and beautifully<br />

designed issues for you to enjoy in print and online.<br />

Here’s what we’re working on now:<br />

■ October: Lifelong Learning Issue<br />

■ October: Women’s Health<br />

■ November and December: Focus on the Arts<br />

If you want to be a part of any of those issues, email us at<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net.<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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Special Events<br />

“Step Into the Light: A Mental<br />

Health Summit” is a free event presented<br />

by Sunshine from Darkness<br />

that will empower attendees to learn<br />

new coping skills, promote mental<br />

health wellness, and reduce the stigma<br />

of mental illness.<br />

The event is on Saturday, October<br />

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Arena (3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota).<br />

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create a safe and welcoming environment<br />

where attendees can connect<br />

with others and access valuable community<br />

resources. Keynote speaker<br />

Linda Larsen will speak on “Breaking<br />

the Silence: One Woman’s Ongoing<br />

Journey to Mental Well-being.”<br />

Other speakers will delve into a wide<br />

range of mental health approaches and<br />

topics such as anxiety, depression, children’s<br />

mental health and generational<br />

trauma; guests also can take part in a<br />

wide range of interactive experiences,<br />

including yoga, art and music therapy,<br />

virtual reality and more.<br />

Whether you’re a client, clinician,<br />

parent, or advocate, you won’t want<br />

to miss this opportunity to learn from<br />

experts, connect with others, and<br />

access valuable community resources.<br />

The Summit is a prelude to the<br />

Sunshine from Darkness 2024 Inspiring<br />

Hope Dinner, which will be held<br />

on January 12, 2024 at the Ritz-Carlton,<br />

Sarasota. For more information,<br />

visit stepintothelight.sunshinefromdarkness.org.<br />

▼<br />

Fun Raisers<br />

Girls Inc of Sarasota County has<br />

its 6th Annual Totally Tailgate on<br />

Saturday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.<br />

at Michael’s on East. Enjoy tailgate<br />

food, competitive corn hole, beer garden,<br />

multiple screens to watch your<br />

favorite sports teams and live music.<br />

girlsincsrq.org/totally-tailgate.<br />

▼<br />

Hard Heart<br />

Burlesque<br />

Hard Heart Burlesque is<br />

at McCurdy’s in downtown Sarasota.<br />

Step back in time for Hard Heart<br />

Burlesque when they do the “Time<br />

Machine” on August 20. Presented<br />

by Florida burlesque favorites<br />

Marina Elaine and Karma Kandlewick.<br />

They’ll pay tribute to the past,<br />

present, and future in an evening of<br />

song, dance, striptease, and variety<br />

through the decades. Tickets: www.<br />

mccurdyscomedy.com<br />

▼<br />

At The Bay<br />

Ride and Paddle at The Bay.<br />

Experience the flora and fauna at The<br />

Bay through a guided kayak nature<br />

tour. Offered every Saturday at 8:30,<br />

a.m. join in for a free, 2-hour, intermediate-level<br />

tour through The Bay’s<br />

restored mangroves and to the north<br />

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

to explore Sarasota Bay and<br />

learn more about The Bay Park from<br />

Ride & Paddle’s experienced guides.<br />

Next dates: August 5, 12, 19 and<br />

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

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

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

▼<br />

American<br />

Jewish<br />

Committee<br />

(AJC) Lecture<br />

Series<br />

August 23—Belle Yoeliu,<br />

AJC Chief Advocacy<br />

Officer. The State of Jewish<br />

Affairs: Around the World<br />

with AJC.<br />

There is never a dull moment<br />

for the Jewish people<br />

and the State of Israel. Join<br />

them for an in-depth conversation<br />

as they tackle<br />

some of the most challenging<br />

current events and how<br />

they are impacting our<br />

community.<br />

Advance reservations<br />

required. To RSVP, call<br />

AJC at 941-365-4955 or<br />

email sarasota@ajc.org.<br />

Held at Michael’s On East,<br />

Sarasota. $39 per lecture includes<br />

luncheon.<br />

▼<br />

Get to Know<br />

Southface<br />

Sarasota<br />

Southface has a Green<br />

Drinks Meetup on Aug. 17, 5-7<br />

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

It’s a sustainably good time every<br />

third Thursday of the month. Join<br />

Southface Sarasota members and<br />

local experts to talk sustainability and<br />

network over drinks at the Sun King<br />

Brewery. No registration required.<br />

The event is offered in partnership<br />

with Green Drinks Sarasota and the<br />

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

Held at Sun King Brewing, 1215<br />

Mango Ave., Sarasota. Information:<br />

www.southface.org/sarasota/<br />

▼<br />

Van Wezel<br />

Updates and<br />

Friday Fest<br />

The Van Wezel has its free, outdoor<br />

summertime concert series, Friday<br />

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

includes:<br />

• August 11: TEN76<br />

• September 22: Jah Movement<br />

Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take<br />

in the music and the sunset by the bay,<br />

and enjoy food and beverages from<br />

local vendors.<br />

The Van Wezel has The Rocky Horror<br />

Picture Show, the longest-running<br />

theatrical release in film history,<br />

on September 30 at 8pm.<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. VIP tickets are<br />

available and include a meet and greet<br />

with Barry Bostwick.<br />

Pre-show dining for both shows is<br />

available through Mattison’s at the Van<br />

Wezel which is located inside the theatre.<br />

Reservations can be made on Van-<br />

▼<br />

Island Gallery and Studios, 456 Old Main Street,<br />

Bradenton, has paintings by Jim Wheeler, August 1-31.<br />

Wezel.org or through the box office.<br />

Tickets: www.VanWezel.org<br />

Tree Care<br />

Workshop<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Manatee<br />

County’s Residential Horticulture<br />

Program is hosting a community<br />

and HOA focused workshop at Palma<br />

Sola Botanical Park on August 22. The<br />

workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs<br />

until noon.<br />

Participants will learn about proper<br />

tree maintenance, developing contracts<br />

for tree management, the importance<br />

of long-term tree care in communities<br />

and can engage with representatives<br />

from the Manatee County Neighborhood<br />

Services team and professional<br />

arborists in a panel discussion.<br />

This workshop is ideally suited for<br />

those in leadership positions within<br />

their community who are responsible<br />

for community-level landscape<br />

decisions.<br />

For more information, the agenda,<br />

and to register, go to: www.<br />

eventbrite.com.<br />

▼<br />

Farmer’s Markets<br />

Fresh Harvest Farmers Market<br />

at Wellen Park runs to December 29<br />

and is open 9 am to 1 pm. They’re the<br />

newly launched weekly farmers market<br />

in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest<br />

offers a selection of local goods<br />

from nearly 40 local vendors.<br />

Vendors offer a wide variety of<br />

locally grown and produced food,<br />

including herbs, spices, cut flowers,<br />

teas, canned and preserved fruits<br />

and vegetables, syrups, baked goods,<br />

pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats,<br />

poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food<br />

and beverages. A limited selection of<br />

craft vendors also participate in the<br />

farmers market. For a listing of participating<br />

vendors and more information<br />

on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market,<br />

visit wellenpark.com. Downtown<br />

▼<br />

Wellen is at 19745 Wellen<br />

Park Blvd., Venice.<br />

Bradenton Public Market<br />

runs to August 26, 9<br />

am to 2 pm on Old Main<br />

Street and 3rd Ave. West in<br />

Bradenton. The Market was<br />

founded in 1979 in a downtown<br />

Bradenton parking<br />

lot. Over the past 44 years,<br />

the Market has grown and<br />

evolved to fill Old Main<br />

Street with produce, local<br />

artisans, and prepared<br />

foods. Info: realizebradenton.com/market.<br />

▼<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,<br />

the new temporary exhibit<br />

at the Bishop Museum of<br />

Science and Nature, shifts<br />

the spotlight to the flora<br />

and fauna that shape ecosystems<br />

with their own<br />

engineering feats.<br />

The exhibit pays homage not only<br />

to furry friends like beavers, but also<br />

to plants like red mangroves and live<br />

oaks that leave an indelible mark on the<br />

landscape. The exhibit is divided into<br />

three zones, including the land, water’s<br />

edge, and sea sections. Giant photos of<br />

the featured species fill the space, creating<br />

an immersive environment.<br />

A selection of photos bring each<br />

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

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

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

Coral Restoration Foundation, will<br />

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

and a beaver skull from the museum’s<br />

collections complement the photos<br />

and text. Eco Engineers runs through<br />

September 3.<br />

Laser Light Nights at The Bishop<br />

Museum of Science and Nature runs<br />

through September 2, 7pm and 9pm.<br />

Break out the big hair and acid-washed<br />

denim every Thursday, Friday, and<br />

Saturday night and prepare to rock<br />

out to some of your favorite artists. A<br />

variety of food options and drinks are<br />

available for purchase onsite.<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

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

bishopscience.org.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Art Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College presents Stephanie J. Woods:<br />

my papa used to play checkers runs<br />

through September 17. In her first<br />

solo museum exhibition, Woods presents<br />

new multidisciplinary works<br />

inspired by her firsthand experience<br />

of West Africa and with themes focusing<br />

on transatlantic cultural continuity<br />

and memories.<br />

• Also on display is The New Black<br />

Vanguard Photography Between<br />

Art And Fashion though September<br />

17. The exhibit presents artists whose<br />

vibrant portraits and conceptual<br />

images fuse the genres of art and fashion<br />

photography in ways that break<br />

▼<br />

down long-established boundaries.<br />

The New Black Vanguard: Photography<br />

between Art and Fashion,<br />

presents artists whose vibrant<br />

portraits and conceptual images fuse<br />

the genres of art and fashion photography<br />

in ways that break down<br />

long-established boundaries.<br />

Their work has been widely consumed<br />

in traditional lifestyle magazines,<br />

ad campaigns, and museums, as<br />

well as on their individual social-media<br />

channels. The images open up<br />

conversations around the representation<br />

of the Black body and Black<br />

lives as subject matter; collectively,<br />

they celebrate Black creativity and the<br />

cross-pollination between art, fashion,<br />

and culture in constructing an image.<br />

This exhibition includes select<br />

works from these groundbreaking<br />

contemporary photographers: Campbell<br />

Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah<br />

Carter, Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons,<br />

Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano,<br />

Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana,<br />

Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne<br />

Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen<br />

Tayo. A salon wall also features images<br />

created by other young Black photographers<br />

contributing to this movement<br />

while simultaneously proposing<br />

a brilliant re-envisioned future.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is participating<br />

in Blue Star Museums, a program<br />

that provides free admission to U.S.<br />

military personnel and their families<br />

this summer. The Museum, which<br />

already provides free admission yearround<br />

to veterans and active-duty<br />

military members with ID, will also<br />

offer free admission to their families<br />

through September 4 through its participation<br />

in Blue Star Museums.<br />

Visit sarasotaartmuseum.org/<br />

visit to learn more about visiting Sarasota<br />

Art Museum during the Blue Star<br />

Museums program and preview its<br />

current and upcoming exhibitions.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located at<br />

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

Art Galleries<br />

To August 25, Art Uptown Gallery<br />

will display their artists’ creative<br />

interpretations on the theme:<br />

“FLORA.” The gallery will offer paintings<br />

and flower-filled collages, pleinair<br />

landscapes, abstract and traditional<br />

florals, decorative glass, ceramics,<br />

whimsical garden sculptures, bronze<br />

and glass mosaics to enchant visitors<br />

with a variety of “plant-based” fine<br />

art. FLORA ’s First Friday opening<br />

public reception will be on August 4<br />

from 6-9 pm.<br />

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: 941-955-5409 or www.<br />

artuptown.com<br />

▼<br />

At Art CenterSarasota: On view<br />

August 24 to September 30:<br />

• Lauren Mann, solo exhibition.<br />

Artist Talk: September 7, 5:30-7 pm.<br />

Registration: $5. Lauren Mann is a<br />

portrait artist based in Clearwater,<br />

FL, who specializes in colored pencil<br />

drawings inspired by pattern, color,<br />

and the personalities that surround<br />

her. Mann has exhibited in shows<br />

including “Fresh Squeezed” at the<br />

Morean Arts Center, “Intimate Interiors:<br />

Figures in Space” at the Gainesville<br />

Fine Arts Association Gallery, as<br />

well as “The Nonseniors” and “Realize”<br />

at the 4Most Gallery in Gainesville,<br />

Florida. Mann’s drawings seek<br />

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out and about continued<br />

to express familiar emotions through<br />

unique and intimate portraits<br />

• Iren Tete, solo exhibition. Tete is<br />

an artist originally from Sofia, Bulgaria<br />

who is currently based in Gainesville,<br />

FL. Iren is a Visiting Assistant<br />

Professor at the University of Florida<br />

and was recently Visiting Faculty in<br />

Ceramics at Alberta University of the<br />

Arts in Calgary, Canada.<br />

Tete has had solo exhibitions at<br />

Galleri Urbane (Dallas, TX), Gallery<br />

371 (AUArts, Calgary, Canada), and<br />

The Lee Dam Art Center for Fine Art<br />

(Marysville, KS), among others. Her<br />

work has been exhibited in Nebraska,<br />

Texas, New York and Florida. In<br />

2020, she was selected as an Emerging<br />

Artist by Ceramics Monthly Magazine.<br />

Iren has completed residencies<br />

at the Archie Bray Foundation for the<br />

Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT), Zentrum<br />

für Keramik (Berlin, Germany), Northern<br />

Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN),<br />

among others. Her work was featured<br />

in the Latvia Ceramics Biennale and<br />

beinnale Officine Saffi (Milan, Italy)<br />

• Ry McCullough, solo exhibition.<br />

Artist Talk: Thursday, Sept 14, 5:30-7<br />

pm. Registration: $5. McCullough is<br />

an artist and educator, working in<br />

Tampa, FL. He earned his BFA from<br />

Wright State University in Dayton,<br />

OH, where he concentrated in areas<br />

of printmaking and sculpture. Upon<br />

completion of his undergraduate<br />

work, he served as the Director of<br />

Sculptural Studies as well as teaching<br />

printmaking at Stivers School for<br />

the Arts. He has exhibited nationally,<br />

internationally and is the founder of<br />

the Standard Action Press Collaborative<br />

Zine Project.<br />

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

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

Island Gallery and Studios has<br />

paintings by Jim Wheeler, August<br />

1-31. “Around the World” is an exhibit<br />

of photographs that have been digitally<br />

and/or manually enhanced with the<br />

addition of acrylic over-painting for a<br />

unique “painterly” look.<br />

Wheeler is originally from Chicago<br />

and has lived in various locations<br />

around the country before settling<br />

in Florida 25 years ago. A long-time<br />

painter of acrylics, he studied art<br />

under a French painter named Marini.<br />

Jim has been a photographer since<br />

the age of 16. He was an award-winning<br />

photographer and judge with<br />

the Cleveland Photographic Society.<br />

Jim’s photography has been published<br />

nationally for many years, and<br />

through this, he evolved into digital<br />

photo manipulation.<br />

Meet the artist on August 5, from<br />

10 am to 6 pm. Island West Gallery<br />

and Studios is located at 456 Old Main<br />

Street in downtown Bradenton. Gallery<br />

hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday<br />

through Sunday.<br />

Visit www.islandgalleryandstudios.org<br />

or call 941-778-6648.<br />

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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 with the<br />

Native American artistic community,<br />

▼<br />

Reclaiming Home will highlight<br />

the breadth and depth of<br />

the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee,<br />

and mixed-heritage<br />

artists from Florida with the<br />

important work by internationally-recognized<br />

artists. The<br />

exhibition will expand the conceptual<br />

framework of Native<br />

American art made in Florida<br />

today and provide a fuller understanding<br />

of the complexities<br />

of issues within the art of the<br />

Seminole diaspora.<br />

Artists include Noah Billie<br />

(Seminole), Wilson Bowers<br />

(Seminole), Houston R. Cypress<br />

(Miccosukee), Alyssa Osceola<br />

(Seminole), Jessica Osceola<br />

(Seminole/Irish), Brian<br />

Zepeda (Seminole), Corinne<br />

Zepeda (Seminole /Mexican),<br />

and Pedro Zepeda (Seminole).<br />

Presented with the important<br />

work by the internationally-recognized<br />

artists of Muscogee<br />

(Creek) and Seminole<br />

descent from Oklahoma and<br />

beyond—Elisa Harkins (Cherokee/Muscogee<br />

[Creek]), C.<br />

Maxx Stevens (Seminole/Muscogee<br />

[Creek]), Tony Tiger (Sac and Fox/<br />

Seminole/Muscogee [Creek]), and<br />

Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/<br />

Diné [Navajo]/Seminole)—the exhibition<br />

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 />

Reclaiming Home is also the first<br />

collaboration between Florida’s Ah-<br />

Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of Seminole culture<br />

and history, located on the Big<br />

Cypress Indian Reservation, as several<br />

important loans from the museum<br />

will be featured in the exhibition.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

Theatre<br />

At Florida Studio Theatre, Ken<br />

Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors begins<br />

August 2 in the Gompertz Theatre.<br />

One hotel suite, four tenors, two<br />

wives, three girlfriends, and a stadium<br />

filled with screaming fans. It’s<br />

1930’s Paris and the stage is set for<br />

the concert of the century…as long as<br />

producer Henry Saunders can keep<br />

Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his<br />

hot-blooded wife from causing utter<br />

chaos. Runs to August 20.<br />

▼<br />

• Their Summer Cabaret has The<br />

Surfer Boys, a tribute to the band<br />

credited for creating pop music’s iconic<br />

“California sound.” In this lively<br />

music revue, four Broadway veterans<br />

bring The Beach Boys’ biggest hits to<br />

life with classics like “California Girls,”<br />

“Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,”<br />

and “Surfin’ USA.” The Surfer Boys is<br />

in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret through<br />

August 13.<br />

• Next up is Divas Three, a celebration<br />

of the artists whose musical impact<br />

earned them the coveted title of<br />

“Diva.” In this dazzling Cabaret, three<br />

powerhouse female vocalists deliver<br />

the biggest hits by some of music’s<br />

most influential women, such as Aretha<br />

Franklin, Carole King, Celine<br />

Dion, and Whitney Houston. Featuring<br />

classics like “We Are Family,”<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has playwright Dave<br />

Harris, presented in partnership with Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe on August 18 at 6:30pm at<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre.<br />

“Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Total<br />

Eclipse of the Heart,” and “It’s Raining<br />

Men.” Divas Three runs in the Court<br />

Cabaret to September 10.<br />

Tickets at FloridaStudioTheatre.org<br />

Beginning August 5, FST Improv<br />

Presents: As Seen on TV, an original<br />

sitcom created on the spot. Featuring<br />

a never-before-heard theme song and<br />

commercials, As Seen on TV includes<br />

all of the elements of one of America’s<br />

favorite forms of televised entertainment.<br />

Runs Saturday nights through<br />

September 30.<br />

▼<br />

• FST Improv Presents: Fast Times<br />

at John Hughes High, returns for an<br />

exclusive performance on August<br />

12. Inspired by films as The Breakfast<br />

Club and Risky Business, FST Improv<br />

cast members will shape an all-new<br />

story celebrating the abundant awkwardness,<br />

hormones, and dreams of<br />

American teenage life.<br />

• Bringing the Summer Improv Season<br />

to a close is FST Improv Presents:<br />

The End of the World, which performs<br />

for one night only: September<br />

2. Disaster has struck the planet and<br />

the future of humanity is at stake. The<br />

world’s only hope is for FST Improv to<br />

record a movie telling the true story of<br />

the end of the world, leaving their film<br />

behind as a warning to any future civilization<br />

looking to make a go of it here<br />

on Earth. This 90-minute improvised<br />

disaster movie performance will have<br />

audiences rooting for FST Improv’s<br />

performers to beat the odds and survive<br />

the end of the world.<br />

• Taking the Bowne’s Lab stage<br />

in Tournament of Fools and Comedy<br />

Roulette are returning cast members:<br />

Kevin Allen, Tori Baird, Taylor<br />

Bungo, Cameron Clements, Christian<br />

Corpora, Valerie Dale, Sylvia<br />

Day, Sarah Durham, Darryl Knapp,<br />

Will Luera, Shawn McWhinnie,<br />

Kathryn Parks, Keegan Penny, Sal<br />

Piccolo, Christine Reagan, Autumn<br />

Steiner, Joshua Thomason, AJ Trinci,<br />

Danielle Trzcinski, and Matt Walker.<br />

Jim Prosser or Helena Rankin will<br />

alternate as musical improvisers on<br />

the piano at each performance.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

The Players Sarasota has<br />

The Graduate running from<br />

August 16-27 at 1130 Theatre,<br />

3501 S. Tamiami Trail Suite<br />

1130, Sarasota.<br />

Terry Johnson’s stage<br />

adaptation of The Graduate,<br />

based on the novel and the<br />

iconic 1967 film, is a bitterly<br />

hilarious dark comedy, full of<br />

rapid-fire dialogue between<br />

fascinating and horrifying<br />

characters. This play explores<br />

family dysfunction, parental<br />

expectations, crumbling<br />

marriages, and the naive, yet<br />

disillusioned, dichotomy of<br />

youth, against the shiny backdrop<br />

of affluent Southern California<br />

in the 1960s.<br />

▼<br />

Tickets: theplayers.org<br />

Manatee Performing Arts<br />

Center has Something Rotten!<br />

Welcome to the Renaissance!<br />

Set in the 1590s, brothers<br />

Nick and Nigel Bottom are<br />

desperate to write a hit play<br />

but are stuck in the shadow<br />

of that Renaissance rock star<br />

known as “The Bard.” When a local<br />

soothsayer foretells that the future<br />

of theatre involves singing, dancing<br />

and acting at the same time, Nick and<br />

Nigel set out to write the world’s very<br />

first musical. But amidst the scandalous<br />

excitement of opening night, the<br />

Bottom Brothers realize that reaching<br />

the top means being true to thine own<br />

self, and all that jazz.<br />

▼<br />

Runs August 10-20. Box Office: 941-<br />

748-5878. Manatee Performing Arts<br />

Center is located at 502 Third Avenue<br />

W, Bradenton.<br />

Venice Theatre has The Cemetery<br />

Club through Aug 13. A funny,<br />

sweet-tempered, moving romantic<br />

comedy about three Jewish widows<br />

who meet once a month for tea before<br />

going to visit their husbands’ graves.<br />

Last year’s version sold out so they’ve<br />

brought it back with the same cast: Jan<br />

Wallace, Gina Scarda, Loretta Zullo,<br />

Jim Parise, and Sandi Wall.<br />

▼<br />

At the Pinkerton Theatre, 140<br />

Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Info: venice<br />

theatre.org/<br />

Programs at the Hermitage Artist<br />

Retreat continue with celebrated<br />

playwright Dave Harris, who comes<br />

to the Hermitage as part of the recently<br />

announced partnership with New<br />

York’s Roundabout Theatre Company<br />

and their Underground Series<br />

▼<br />

• “From the Heart of Philly: The Works<br />

of Dave Harris” with Hermitage<br />

Roundabout Fellow Dave Harris. Presented<br />

in partnership with Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe on August 18<br />

at 6:30pm at Westcoast Black Theatre,<br />

1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota,<br />

• “Secret Song: Unraveling the Mystery<br />

of Berg’s Lyric Suite” with Hermitage<br />

Fellow Hilan Warshaw. Presented<br />

in In partnership with Sarasota<br />

Opera on August 23 at 6pm, 61 N<br />

Pineapple Ave, Sarasota.<br />

Registration is required. $5 per person.<br />

To learn more, visit https://<br />

hermitageartistretreat.org<br />

Selby Gardens<br />

▼<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Diving Into Nature with the iconic<br />

art of Sarasota designer and illustrator<br />

John Pirman. The exhibit will<br />

feature Pirman’s celebrated artwork<br />

inside the Museum of Botany & the<br />

Arts and outside in the Gardens of the<br />

Downtown Sarasota campus.<br />

John Pirman: Diving into Nature<br />

will be on view through September<br />

17. The show comprises works<br />

spanning Pirman’s long career in New<br />

York City and now in Sarasota, along<br />

with pieces from his formative years<br />

growing up in Ohio.<br />

Several images of Selby Gardens<br />

scenes will be printed in large format<br />

on aluminum and set directly in the<br />

locations that inspired them. Selby<br />

Gardens downtown location is at 1534<br />

Mound Street, Sarasota. For information,<br />

visit www.selby.org.<br />

Selby Gardens also has its 43rd Annual<br />

Juried Photo Exhibition. This<br />

year’s exhibition will again be conducted<br />

virtually, with digital photos<br />

entered through an online portal and<br />

all accepted submissions displayed<br />

in an online gallery for the duration<br />

of the show. The open call for submissions<br />

will run from August 7-14.<br />

Photographs that are entered for<br />

consideration for the show must have<br />

been taken at or of either Selby Gardens<br />

campus—Downtown Sarasota<br />

or Historic Spanish Point—within the<br />

past year. The five entry categories are:<br />

· Living Art - Express your creativity<br />

and artfully interpret nature through<br />

the play of light, color, and composition.<br />

· Make a Splash - Showcase the scenic<br />

beauty of the aquatic environments<br />

at Selby Gardens’ two bayfront campuses.<br />

· Plant Portraits - Capture the character<br />

of the plants that are the real<br />

stars of the show at Selby Gardens.<br />

· The Birds and the Bees - Highlight<br />

the wonderful wildlife at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota and Historic Spanish<br />

Point campuses.<br />

· Black and White - Convey the beauty<br />

of nature at Selby Gardens through<br />

the elegance of black-and-white photography.<br />

Complete rules and requirements<br />

are at www.selby.org. The virtual gallery<br />

is on view Aug. 29–Sept. 30.<br />

Summer Movies<br />

at Sarasota<br />

Opera House<br />

Sarasota Opera again has its<br />

Summer Classic Movies at the Opera<br />

House.<br />

• Vertigo (1958) — August 11 at<br />

7:30 p.m. Set among San Francisco’s<br />

renown landmarks, Scottie Ferguson,<br />

an acrophobic detective is hired to<br />

shadow a friend’s suicidal wife, Madeleine.<br />

After he saves her from drowning<br />

in the bay, Scottie’s interest shifts from<br />

business to fascination with the icy<br />

alluring blonde. When he finds another<br />

woman remarkably like his lost<br />

love, the now obsessed detective must<br />

unravel the secrets of the past to find<br />

the key to his future. Directed by Alfred<br />

Hitchcock, starring James Stewart,<br />

Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes.<br />

▼<br />

• The Great Escape (1963) — August<br />

25 at 7:30 p.m. In 1943, the Germans<br />

opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security<br />

prisoner-of-war camp<br />

designed to hold even the draftiest<br />

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Intimate musical experiences.<br />

Discounted tickets to all concerts<br />

are available through August 15!<br />

Season 28 | Stars Ascending<br />

A diverse A diverse range range of of 26 26 concerts presented at eight at eight venues venues<br />

featuring emerging and and accomplished classical, classical, chamber, jazz,<br />

and and pop pops artists from around the the globe.<br />

Joseph Parrish<br />

Oct. 18, Plantation<br />

Golf & Country Club<br />

Hina Khuong-Huu, Mar. 31 & Apr. 1<br />

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence<br />

Trio Gaia<br />

May 14, State College of Florida<br />

provides<br />

opportunities<br />

for all ages to<br />

engage<br />

schmooze<br />

celebrate<br />

The Queen’s Six<br />

Dec. 17, First Presbyterian Church<br />

Learn about all<br />

upcoming events<br />

by visiting<br />

JFEDSRQ.org/Events<br />

For more information, contact Trudi Krames<br />

at tkrames@jfedsrq.org or 941.706.0037<br />

See full schedule of 26 concerts at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

This project is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes);<br />

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out and about continued<br />

escape artists. In doing so, however,<br />

the Nazis unwittingly assemble the<br />

finest escape team in military history<br />

who worked on what became the<br />

largest prison breakout ever attempted.<br />

Directed by John Sturges, starring<br />

Steve McQueen, James Garner,<br />

Charles Bronson, and James Coburn.<br />

• From Here to Eternity (1953) —<br />

September 15 at 7:30 p.m. This Best<br />

Picture winner is a portrait of life on<br />

a Honolulu Army post just before the<br />

attack on Pearl Harbor and focuses on<br />

two rebellious privates and a tough<br />

but fair-minded sergeant who’s swept<br />

into a torrid affair with his Commanding<br />

Officer’s wife. Directed by Fred<br />

Zinnermann, starring Burt Lancaster,<br />

Montgomery Clift Deborah Kerr, Frank<br />

Sinatra, and Donna Reed.<br />

Information and tickets can be<br />

found at SarasotaOpera.org.<br />

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 />

where he and his wife Esther avidly<br />

supported the Museum, donating<br />

many of Mitchell’s photographs to the<br />

collection. The Museum is located at<br />

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Runs to<br />

October 22.<br />

More info at: bocamuseum.org<br />

▼<br />

▼<br />

An exhibition showcasing Salvador<br />

Dalí’s rarely seen drawings,<br />

“Where Ideas Come From: Dalí’s<br />

Drawings” features newly conserved<br />

works on view for the first time in<br />

more than three decades.<br />

Experience the opportunity to see<br />

Dalí’s fragile works on paper, highlighting<br />

the artist’s creative process<br />

throughout the many phases of his<br />

career on view through Oct. 22 at The<br />

Dalí Museum.<br />

The exhibition chronicles the movement<br />

of the Surrealist’s imagination<br />

through more than 100 pencil, pen,<br />

charcoal, watercolor and gouache<br />

works, many of which have been<br />

secured in the Museum’s vault for<br />

more than three The Dalí Museum<br />

organizes “Where Ideas Come From”<br />

chronologically, presenting works that<br />

date from 1916 to 1974. Four sections<br />

— Early Period; Surrealism; Nuclear<br />

Mysticism, Classicism and Religion;<br />

and Late Period — feature studies for<br />

major oil paintings, portraits, experimental<br />

drawing techniques and commercial<br />

projects, including film.<br />

The Early Period opens with student<br />

sketches, book illustrations,<br />

poster designs<br />

and self-portraits that<br />

demonstrate Dalí’s journey<br />

from Classicism to<br />

Cubism and eventually<br />

anti-art. The works also<br />

showcase his natural<br />

mastery of drawing and<br />

painting techniques. Dalí<br />

learned to draw at a young<br />

age and adopted the<br />

approach of Old Master<br />

painters in his work.<br />

The Dalí anchors the<br />

Surrealism section with<br />

studies for such works as<br />

“The Weaning of Furniture<br />

Nutrition” (1934), illustrations<br />

for the poetic novel<br />

“Le Chants de Maldoror”<br />

(1940) and examples of<br />

Dalí’s experimentation<br />

with various Surrealist<br />

drawing techniques.<br />

This section also features<br />

“Study for ‘Disappearing<br />

Images’” (1939) which<br />

marks the beginnings of<br />

“Old Age, Adolescence<br />

Infancy (The Three Ages),”<br />

a significant 1940 double image oil<br />

painting in The Dalí’s collection.<br />

Following World War II, Dalí coined<br />

himself a classicist and “Nuclear Mystical<br />

painter.” This section includes<br />

illustrations for works by the Italian<br />

poet, writer and philosopher Dante<br />

Alighieri and the ballet “Tres Picos,”<br />

familiar motifs of exploding watches,<br />

flies, disintegrating figures and<br />

religious-tinged images of dissolving<br />

angels. In “Study for Soft Watch<br />

Exploding” (1954), the sketch for “Soft<br />

Watch at the Moment of the First<br />

Explosion,” Dalí presents an object<br />

that has disintegrated into nearly<br />

unrecognizable particles. Transformations<br />

and studies for “The Sacrament<br />

of the Last Supper” (1955) and “Christ<br />

of St. John of the Cross” (1951) round<br />

out this section.<br />

The final section, Late Period,<br />

includes diverse selections with<br />

small studies of “The Hallucinogenic<br />

Toreador” (1969-1970) and “Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleicacid<br />

(Homage<br />

to Crick and Watson)” (1962-1963),<br />

both in the Museum’s oil collection.<br />

The exhibition concludes with the<br />

1974 “Iceberg” sketch, a self-portrait<br />

Dalí gifted to the founders of The<br />

Dalí Museum, A. Reynolds and Eleanor<br />

Morse.<br />

Visitors to The Dalí can try their<br />

hand at drawing like the Surrealist<br />

icon. A series of instructional videos,<br />

sketchpads and pencils are available<br />

for visitors to create symbolic Dalinian<br />

imagery or other ideas inspired by the<br />

exhibit. Visit TheDali.org.<br />

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 are<br />

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

on personal choice or may change over<br />

time. Think of economic class and social<br />

status, education and profession,<br />

culture and nationality. Also, language,<br />

lifestyle, musical preference,<br />

personal companionship, political<br />

allegiance or religion. These frames of<br />

identity may invoke a sense of belonging<br />

or form exclusive alliances. They<br />

▼<br />

At The Baker Museum in Naples: Ida O’Keeffe. Untitled (Lighthouse<br />

with Sailboat), 1932-33. Part of the permanent collection.<br />

may also provoke feelings of marginalization,<br />

even policies of segregation.<br />

Or, they may create demands for acceptance<br />

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<br />

certain political rights held as privileges<br />

of well-defined classes. Others<br />

were excluded – such as enslaved persons,<br />

peasants, women and/or resident<br />

aliens (even when living in the<br />

same country for generations), who<br />

had little or no rights.<br />

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia<br />

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

Tampa. tampamuseum.org/<br />

At the MFA - Tom Jones: Here<br />

We Stand which features more than<br />

100 works spanning 1998–2021. The<br />

exhibition is the first major retrospective<br />

of the Ho-Chunk photographer’s<br />

work. For over twenty years,<br />

Jones has created a visual record and<br />

exploration of his Ho-Chunk community.<br />

The show comprises over a<br />

dozen series, ranging from the documentary<br />

to the conceptual. Jones’s<br />

photographs examine identity and<br />

geographic place with an emphasis<br />

on the experience of Native American<br />

communities. To August 27.<br />

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

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

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At The Baker Museum—“Naples<br />

Collects<br />

2022-23.” As a follow-up<br />

to the Naples Collects exhibition<br />

of 2016, this<br />

exhibition is developed<br />

with the intention of<br />

sharing the most inspiring<br />

and engaging art<br />

from among the collections<br />

found in Southwest<br />

Florida. The paintings,<br />

sculptures, works on<br />

paper and mixed media<br />

pieces in this exhibition<br />

allow us to share with the<br />

museum’s visitors some<br />

of our community’s most<br />

prized possessions.<br />

They also provide a<br />

rich overview of artistic<br />

production, ranging<br />

from modern masters to<br />

cutting-edge contemporary<br />

artists. Many of<br />

these objects complement<br />

the strengths of<br />

The Baker Museum’s<br />

permanent collection,<br />

while others propose<br />

new areas of exploration<br />

and inquiry. Most importantly, these<br />

works showcase and celebrate the<br />

interests, tastes and experiences of<br />

collectors in the area, all while underscoring<br />

a shared passion for the<br />

visual. Runs to October 15. Location:<br />

5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard,<br />

Naples. Info: https://artisnaples.<br />

org/about/<br />

Also at the Baker Museum - Prison<br />

Nation. Organized by Aperture,<br />

New York, this exhibition addresses<br />

the unique role photography plays<br />

in creating a visual record of incarceration,<br />

despite the increasing<br />

difficulty of gaining access inside<br />

prisons. Featured artists include Nicole<br />

Fleetwood, Lucas Foglia, Bruce<br />

Jackson, Emily Kinni, Jesse Krimes,<br />

Jack Lueders-Booth, Deborah Luster,<br />

Zora Murff, Nigel Poor, Joseph Rodriguez,<br />

Jamel Shabazz, Sable Elyse<br />

Smith and Stephen Tourlentes. On<br />

view through September 17.<br />

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Sea Turtle<br />

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

make their way to the shore for<br />

nesting season. Despite spending the<br />

majority of their lives in the ocean,<br />

adult female sea turtles lay their eggs<br />

on dry land. Between their ocean<br />

home and sandy nesting sites, they<br />

travel hundreds or even thousands of<br />

miles each year.<br />

As you walk along the beach during<br />

this season, keep your eyes peeled for<br />

any signs of turtle tracks leading up<br />

to the dunes. Remember to give these<br />

amazing animals plenty of space and<br />

respect their nesting areas.<br />

Sarasota County beaches play host<br />

to the largest population of nesting<br />

sea turtles on the Florida’s Gulf<br />

Coast. Sea turtle nesting season<br />

runs through Oct. 31. In this time,<br />

residents are urged to keep light out<br />

of sight and remove unused beach<br />

furniture and coastal structures<br />

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<br />

the exhaustion and starvation caused<br />

by disorienting bright, artificial lights.<br />

Here’s how to help sea turtles beat<br />

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 attracts<br />

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<br />

that 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<br />

the beach or replace them with<br />

amber or red light-emitting diodes<br />

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

(LPS) bulbs and pair them with<br />

shielded fixtures.<br />

For questions or assistance, visit<br />

scgov.net.<br />

Coming up:<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Brunch on the Bay, the<br />

fund-raising event for the University<br />

of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee<br />

campus is on Sunday, Nov. 5, 11:30<br />

a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chairs are Lisa Krouse<br />

and Rod Hershberger.<br />

Brunch on the Bay again will feature<br />

fine cuisine from area restaurants<br />

and caterers served on the<br />

campus courtyard, with proceeds<br />

supporting student scholarships and<br />

campus expansion initiatives.<br />

The USF Federal Credit Union is returning<br />

as the title sponsor of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Brunch on the Bay, as part of the credit<br />

union’s pledge of $1 million in new<br />

support for scholarships, event sponsorships<br />

and other programs at USF.<br />

Earlier this spring, architects began<br />

designing the $61.7 million Nursing/<br />

STEM building, which will be home<br />

to a myriad health, engineering and<br />

other academic programs.<br />

No construction timeline has been<br />

set for the Nursing/STEM building,<br />

which will be built on the north side<br />

of the campus courtyard. Already<br />

under construction on the south side<br />

of the courtyard is a $42 million student<br />

center and residence hall. The<br />

first-ever residence hall on the Sarasota-Manatee<br />

campus will be home<br />

for as many as 200 students when it<br />

opens for the fall 2024 semester.<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Sarasota’s Free Little Art Gallery reopens<br />

its tiny doors under new management<br />

Launched as a community project during the COVID-19 pandemic,<br />

artist’s project moves to a new location with the same goal<br />

Elizabeth Goodwill and Barbara Gerdeman, co-owners of Creative Liberties Artist Studios & Gallery and new curators hosted a ribbon cutting<br />

ceremony to reopen the gallery’s doors at its new home with Judy Robertson as the guest of honor. —Alejandro Romero/Community News Collaborative<br />

The homemade project<br />

that helped bring a<br />

neighborhood together<br />

during the COVID-19<br />

pandemic has taken on<br />

a new, broader purpose, evolving<br />

in its mission to demystify art and<br />

artwork.<br />

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the Free Little Art Gallery, demonstrated<br />

that it’s not always the size<br />

of the art installation that matters,<br />

but rather it's the content that<br />

makes the difference. “This has<br />

been a very loved thing. It makes<br />

me a little sad, but it's like it's going<br />

off to college and I will visit it often,”<br />

Robertson said.<br />

When Robertson opened the Free<br />

Little Art Gallery SRQ in her front<br />

yard in 2021, she was searching for<br />

something that others in her community<br />

could look forward to amid<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.<br />

Like the familiar Little Free Library<br />

concept – people can stop by the<br />

free gallery to take an art piece<br />

home or leave one for others to enjoy<br />

or take.<br />

“I think when the pandemic first<br />

hit, we were all outside walking<br />

and we'd be walking across the<br />

street from each other,” Robertson<br />

said. “And when I first opened that<br />

gallery, it was still the case. I'd go<br />

out there, but I was. We all kept<br />

our distance, but it was a common<br />

meeting place.”<br />

Art has revolved around Robertson’s<br />

life for as long as she can<br />

remember. She says she first got the<br />

idea to create her own miniature<br />

gallery after stumbling across the<br />

Free Little Art Gallery concept online.<br />

Having been a graphic design<br />

artist for 45 years she says of all the<br />

creative projects she’s worked on,<br />

she is most proud of the Free Little<br />

Art Gallery SRQ.<br />

“I think it's because it built<br />

community in the neighborhood. I<br />

was able to interact with kids and<br />

encourage them in their creative<br />

life,” Robertson said. “I could see<br />

the spark of a little 7-year-old, you<br />

know, with doing wonderful art.”<br />

But after nearly two years since<br />

opening the gallery Robertson<br />

announced that she was ready to<br />

pass the baton to someone else and<br />

began her quest to find a new curator<br />

and home fit for the gallery. She<br />

says several people reached out to<br />

her online and was taken aback by<br />

the interest of so many.<br />

After the extensive search and<br />

interviewing process, Robertson<br />

found what she describes as the<br />

perfect home for her passion<br />

project.<br />

Followers of FLAG SRQ can once<br />

again visit the free gallery at its new<br />

home in front of the Creative Liberties<br />

Artist Studios & Gallery located<br />

at 901 B Apricot Ave in Sarasota.<br />

“To actually, like, see this here finally,<br />

it's just kind of like it proves<br />

more of the serendipity of the craziness<br />

that has happened,” Elizabeth<br />

Goodwill said.<br />

Goodwill alongside Barbara<br />

Gerdeman co-founded Creative<br />

Liberties in November of 2021 with<br />

the goal of helping other artists gain<br />

exposure by providing a supportive<br />

community space for them to create<br />

and sell their work.<br />

Goodwill says she’s been a follower<br />

of the Free Little Art Gallery<br />

SRQ since it first opened and would<br />

even visit it at times to drop off<br />

some of her own art. She says once<br />

she learned that Robertson was<br />

looking for a new home for the gallery,<br />

she hoped they would be the<br />

ones to chosen by Robertson.<br />

Gerdeman says the mini gallery’s<br />

concept of making art freely accessible<br />

to everyone falls within the<br />

mission they had in mind when they<br />

first were coming up with the idea<br />

for what service Creative Liberties<br />

would offer the community.<br />

“There's a lot of things that are<br />

happening now to build a stronger,<br />

The newly installed Free Little Art Gallery SRQ<br />

is now open to the public 24/7 and can now be<br />

found at 901 B Apricot Ave in Sarasota as part<br />

of the Limelight District.<br />

not only community for the artists<br />

themselves, but, like I said, to make<br />

art accessible to, you know, members<br />

of the community,” Gerdeman<br />

said. Goodwill and Gerdeman say<br />

they won’t be the only ones curating<br />

the gallery’s exhibitions. They<br />

plan on having different artists<br />

overseeing it to keep the art flow<br />

fresh for its frequent visitors.<br />

Though a bittersweet goodbye<br />

Robertson plans on visiting the<br />

gallery to drop off some of her own<br />

artwork. She says she’s excited to<br />

see the gallery blossom and sees<br />

the unlimited potential it can reach<br />

in continuing to service the Suncoast<br />

community.<br />

The gallery now joins the upcoming<br />

Limelight District which<br />

is becoming the new hub for local<br />

artists outside of the Rosemary District<br />

found in the heart of Downton<br />

Sarasota. As for now Goodwill and<br />

Gerdeman say they plan to keep the<br />

gallery open to the community 24/7<br />

and anyone is welcome to take or<br />

drop off some of their own art to<br />

add to the gallery’s exhibition.<br />

Author: Alejandro Romero. This story is<br />

courtesy of the Community News Collaborative,<br />

made possible by a grant from<br />

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

You can reach Alejandro Romero at alejandro23@cncfl.org<br />

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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 />


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Aworking artist and art<br />

instructor in Sarasota,<br />

Linda’s work is<br />

collected around the world and<br />

has received numerous awards.<br />

“For me, painting is a<br />

pilgrimage – a journey into<br />

the soul and the mystery of<br />

creation. Through color, lines<br />

and brushstrokes I portray the<br />

essence of my subjects at their<br />

highest moments.”

TTe<br />

Graauate<br />

She’s a working artist<br />

and an art instructor<br />

in Sarasota. As you<br />

know, there are lots<br />

and lots of artists in<br />

our area, two large art<br />

centers and dozen of galleries. So what<br />

makes this artist stand out? Well, lots of<br />

awards for one thing, and her art is exhibited<br />

here and on Martha’s Vineyard and<br />

in collections across the U.S. Linda also<br />

teaches art classes online, locally and by<br />

taking groups abroad.<br />

Her subject matter is landscapes,<br />

painted in oils. They’re vibrant images<br />

— maybe even vibrating — because<br />

the colors are so striking. From Linda’s<br />

website, “For me, painting is a pilgrimage<br />

– a journey into the soul and the mystery<br />

of creation. Through color, lines and<br />

brushstrokes I portray the essence of my<br />

subjects at their highest moments. Each<br />

color, line and shape is carefully curated<br />

to take the viewer on a joyous journey.”<br />

And that’s what makes this artist different.<br />

A painting she did entitled “Bay<br />

Shore Dusk” that includes a view of the<br />

Bay Shore area of Sarasota (south of<br />

The Ringling Museum) won Plein Air<br />

Magazine’s “Best Landscape” in the<br />

Plein Air Salon in 2021. I lived in that<br />

neighborhood and loved how she captured<br />

the curve and the views, its natural beauty<br />

and energy.<br />

This skilled artist’s plein air paintings<br />

“capture the spirit of nature at their most<br />

inspiring times,” she explains. Linda has<br />

been conducting painting workshops<br />

since 2002 in the US and abroad. Her<br />

workshops abroad have been to Greece,<br />

Italy and this past July, to Southern<br />

France. Prior to departing, she teaches her<br />

students online and then they travel to<br />

their destination, paint together and then<br />

critique after dinner.<br />

The call to create came early in Linda’s<br />

life — make that really early as she recalls<br />

being age two when she remembers<br />

thinking, ”I am an artist!” She had her first<br />

portrait commission at age 16 and excelled<br />

in competitions.<br />

She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s<br />

Degree in Fine Art from SUNY and<br />

followed that with a scholarship from the<br />

Pastel Society of America to attend the Art<br />

Students League in New York City.<br />

There were no galleries in her<br />

hometown of Montgomery, New York,<br />

so she’d travel to places like the Met in<br />

New York City or abroad to the Louvre in<br />

Paris. Not sure of her direction, she “tried<br />

business” as she puts it, working at IBM,<br />

even did detective work, but generally<br />

didn’t like it. However, a stint with Mary<br />

Kay Cosmetics taught and gave her the self<br />

esteem she was lacking.<br />

A pivotal moment in her life came when<br />

Linda was living in Parkland, Florida,<br />

when a strange package and unexpected<br />

package was left at her door. Fortunately,<br />

the police came and the package turned<br />

out to be harmless, but she recalls saying<br />

to herself, “I’m going to die and not be an<br />

artist.” She made a course correction in<br />

her life and dedicated herself to her art and<br />

became a full-time artist.<br />

As with artists, her career evolved from<br />

pastel portraits to Plein Air painting.<br />

When Linda describes Plein Air (defined<br />

as a style of painting produced out of<br />

doors in natural light) she describes it as<br />

“the feelings” of the outdoors and not just<br />

the look of outdoors. She also found that<br />

Mother Nature was the healing energy she<br />

needed. This began her realization that art<br />

can help us to heal.<br />

Thus her teaching and unique approach<br />

centers on “closing down the logical,<br />

critical mind and going to the intuitive.”<br />

Doing so facilitates “accessing the muse<br />

within,” as she explains it. “I see what I<br />

see, but I feel the color. It’s not what you<br />

see — it’s what you feel.”<br />

Linda offers online instruction called<br />

“Landscape Alchemy” where students<br />

can learn “how to transform sketches into<br />

a poetic body of art.” She describes the<br />

course this way: “The truth is, you can<br />

learn the secrets to masterful landscape<br />

storytelling by delving deep into the<br />

alchemy of design, color, and message, a<br />

powerful combination that will bring your<br />

landscape to life. The trick is to transfer<br />

what you know onto your canvas.”<br />

Linda is busy with her art not just<br />

teaching, but also working on painting<br />

commissions. This past summer she had<br />

four assisting her including three interns.<br />

In addition to her annual European art<br />

retreats, she has had various workshops<br />

through out the years that are 2-3 days in<br />

length. She’s taught at ArtCenter Sarasota<br />

and ArtCenter Manatee locally, as well as<br />

around the country. And she’s working on<br />

a book.<br />

“With years and years of classical<br />

training under my belt, my hand can easily<br />

follow my heart when creating a work of art<br />

that not only represents the scene, but also<br />

allows the soul of the place to come forth.”<br />

Linda was voted America’s Best Intuitive<br />

Artist in 2012 because one of her gifts is her<br />

highly intuitive sense.<br />

Students are often a bit intimidated<br />

by learning a creative art — especially<br />

for the first time. But with a teacher who<br />

believes that we can all create when we<br />

shut down the logical, critical mind and<br />

open ourselves to the intuitive, allowing<br />

our creative side to emerge, it seems a lot<br />

less daunting. “The answers are in us,”<br />

she says.<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

IMAGE (THIS PAGE): Sorcha Augustine<br />

For more information, visit www.richichiart.com.<br />

Linda’s work is on display locally<br />

at 530 Burns Gallery Lane Sarasota and at<br />

Nikki Sedacca Gallery, 23 Winter Street,<br />

Edgartown, MA.<br />

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good news department<br />

Women’s Resource Center Receives Grant for<br />

“Pathways to Success” Program<br />

Jamie Kahns, senior vice president and Sarasota-Manatee market manager for Bank<br />

of America, with Ashley Brown, WRC’s CEO and president, and members of the WRC’s<br />

board of directors.<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awards Forty<br />

Carrots with $53,000 investment<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded<br />

Forty Carrots Family Center three grants totaling<br />

$53,000 dedicated to Partners In Play (PIP)<br />

in Sarasota County and mental health services<br />

for families affected by Hurricane Ian. This<br />

funding is made possible through the Community<br />

Health Endowment Fund, Anna V. Pfister,<br />

Nellie Mae Koss and Helen K. Hadden Memorial<br />

Fund, and the Hurricane Ian Recovery Initiative<br />

at Gulf Coast Community Foundation.<br />

With these grants, Forty Carrots is able<br />

to provide its parenting education program,<br />

Partners In Play (PIP) groups at no cost<br />

to children and families at Sarasota County<br />

libraries and mental health support for families<br />

to not only recover from the hurricane’s<br />

trauma but also develop the coping skills they<br />

need as they rebuild their lives.<br />

“This generous funding from Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation wraps our children<br />

and families in support from prevention work<br />

happening at our PIP groups to interventions<br />

and treatment in mental health therapy. Disasters,<br />

no matter where they come from, impact<br />

our community every day. Having Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation’s ever-ready support<br />

to respond allows us to support recovery from<br />

the mental and emotional damages often left<br />

unseen and yet are far more enduring,” said<br />

CEO of Forty Carrots Michelle Kapreilian.<br />

“We are honored to provide support to Forty<br />

Carrots Family Center who embody their<br />

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been<br />

awarded a $25,000 grant from Bank of America<br />

for its “Pathways to Success” initiative.<br />

“This program supports individuals pursuing<br />

post-secondary education,” notes Ashley<br />

Brown, WRC’s CEO and president. “By weaving<br />

together scholarships, programs, mentoring<br />

and direct financial support, the Pathways to<br />

Success program supports women who are going<br />

back to school with the goal of increasing<br />

their earning potential. It removes financial<br />

barriers and provides students the vital resources<br />

they need to thrive academically.”<br />

According to Brown, Pathways to Success<br />

stands in the gap for people trying to make<br />

the most of their lives. She explains that the<br />

largest people living in poverty in our region<br />

are women, ages 25 to 34, 55 to 64, and 75-<br />

plus. “Three out of four single parent mothers<br />

do not make a sustainable wage,” says Brown.<br />

Pathways to Success, explains Brown, “offers<br />

our clients a game-changing combination<br />

of financial support, programs, resources,<br />

and social support.” Bank of America is<br />

providing essential financial support and<br />

resources to Sarasota-Manatee women who<br />

are working to further their education and<br />

contribute to their local community.<br />

The funding will help women gain the<br />

knowledge and skills required to increase<br />

their career prospects, alleviating some of<br />

the stressors of pursuing higher education.<br />

Brown recalls a moving conversation with<br />

one successful participant. “They told us that,<br />

‘Pathways allowed me to move forward with<br />

an experienced professional to guide me.<br />

That allowed me to do more than just get<br />

through each day. I’ve learned to set longterm<br />

and short-term goals and make plans to<br />

keep moving ahead in life.”<br />

To learn more about the services available<br />

at WRC, call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org.<br />

Partners In Play (PIP) group<br />

mission of nurturing healthy child and family<br />

development through research-based,<br />

relationship-centered education and mental<br />

health services. Forty Carrots stands strong<br />

as a pivotal resource for families in our<br />

region. Their work is inspirational and important,”<br />

said Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s<br />

Director of Community Leadership<br />

Kameron Hodgens, Ph.D.<br />

Since 1993, Forty Carrots Family Center has<br />

served families in Sarasota & Manatee counties,<br />

ensuring good beginnings that last a<br />

lifetime for children through its expertise in<br />

Parenting Education, Mental Health Services,<br />

and Early Childhood Education. Rated 4-Stars<br />

by Charity Navigator, Forty Carrots serves families<br />

from all walks of life, with 94 percent of<br />

families receiving services free of charge. Visit<br />

www.fortycarrots.org for more information.<br />

To learn more visit GulfCoastCF.org<br />

The Exchange Awards $ 500,000<br />

to Local Arts Groups and Students<br />

The Exchange has awarded<br />

$500,000 to 24 regionally based<br />

arts and cultural organizations<br />

and 14 high school and college<br />

students. Additionally, five organizations<br />

are recipients of the<br />

new Elizabeth Lindsay Arts in<br />

Education grant.<br />

Karen Koblenz, The Exchange’s<br />

executive director and CEO, explains<br />

that the new Elizabeth<br />

Lindsay Arts in Education Grants<br />

Program is intended to “encourage<br />

local art organizations and<br />

educators to work collaboratively<br />

to design and develop artistically<br />

creative and innovative projects<br />

involving the visual and performing arts<br />

benefiting students grades K-12.”<br />

Grants may include curriculum-based residencies,<br />

workshops, arts-related day trips,<br />

assemblies/performances and out-of-school<br />

experiences. Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lindsay was the<br />

co-founder of The Exchange and a long-time<br />

pillar in Sarasota’s art community before her<br />

death in 2022.<br />

Koblenz points out that the organizational<br />

grants are for specific projects and outreach<br />

programs, including performances, exhibitions,<br />

education initiatives and special series.<br />

She explains that The Exchange’s board<br />

bases its granting decisions on the longterm<br />

stability and financial health of the<br />

organizations, the program’s overall appeal<br />

to the public and the impact these programs<br />

will have on the surrounding community.<br />

Individual scholarships are awarded based<br />

on grade point averages, the individual’s artistic<br />

goals and achievements, and letters of<br />

recommendation.<br />

Koblenz adds that The Exchange is especially<br />

interested in programs that promote<br />

a vibrant and engaged community. “The cultural<br />

arts industry plays a pivotal role in our<br />

region’s economic health and serves as a<br />

magnet for tourism.” Monies used for these<br />

grants and scholarships were earned entirely<br />

through the organization’s 15,000-squarefoot<br />

consignment boutique in downtown Sarasota.<br />

Since 1962, The Exchange has awarded<br />

more than $9 million in grants to local<br />

non-profits and high school and college students<br />

pursuing a higher education in the arts.<br />

The grant recipients for the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 fiscal<br />

year are:<br />

Organizational Grants:<br />

• Art Center Sarasota<br />

• Arts and Cultural Alliance<br />

• Artists Series Concerts<br />

Neal Communities Donates $ 5,000 toward<br />

Kiwanis Club of North Port<br />

Neal Communities, donated $5,000 to the<br />

Kiwanis Club of North Port Foundation to<br />

help with a proposed project to construct a<br />

Storybook Stroll reading program and Little<br />

Free Library along a walking path at one of<br />

North Port’s neighborhood parks.<br />

Pine Park is located inside Country Club<br />

Ridge, a North Port neighborhood off McKibben<br />

Drive that was devastated by Hurricane<br />

Ian. The small neighborhood park includes<br />

a volleyball court, playground, picnic pavilion,<br />

picnic tables, outdoor grill and a paved<br />

Karen Koblenz and Elizabeth Lindsay<br />

• Asolo Repertory Theatre<br />

• Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

• Ensemble New SRQ<br />

• Florida Studio Theatre<br />

• The Hermitage Artists Retreat<br />

• Key Chorale<br />

• La Musica di Asolo<br />

• Perlman Music Program<br />

• Ringling College of Art & Design<br />

• Sarasota Ballet<br />

• Sarasota Concert Association<br />

• Sarasota Contemporary Dance<br />

• Sarasota Opera<br />

• Sarasota Orchestra<br />

• Sarasota Pops Orchestra<br />

• Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative<br />

• The Players<br />

• Urbanite Theatre<br />

• Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation,<br />

Inc. (Van Wezel)<br />

• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

• WSLR<br />

Elizabeth Lindsay Arts in Education Grants:<br />

• Embracing Our Differences<br />

• The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

• Key Chorale<br />

• Ringling College of Art & Design<br />

• Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative<br />

The scholarship recipients for the <strong>2023</strong>-<br />

2024 fiscal year are:<br />

• High School: Marina Berardi, Maija Boelkins,<br />

Beatrice Divinagracia, Kaitlyn Haley,<br />

Hannah Kesten, Sydney Payne, Eabha<br />

Phelan, Mehak Sendhu, Danae Tran<br />

• College: Kenna Bartlett, Jack Beatenhead,<br />

Danny Bo DeLongaig, Abigail Holdway,<br />

Lindsay McKenna, Noelle Prouty, Zoe Rizzo,<br />

Madisyn Wandall<br />

The Exchange is located at 539 S. Orange Ave.<br />

in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-<br />

955-7859 or visit www.sarasotawex.com.us<br />

walking trail which the Kiwanis Club hopes<br />

will one day be the home of a Storybook<br />

Stroll program<br />

The vision is for Storybook Stroll to be<br />

constructed with sturdy holders that allow<br />

laminated book pages to be viewed along<br />

the looped trail. The concept is that children<br />

in wheelchairs or strollers will be able to<br />

read pages of the book as they move along<br />

the pathway. For information visit www.<br />

KiwanisClubofNorthPort.org.<br />

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good news department continued<br />

Hermitage Receives Grant from Barancik Foundation<br />

A $400,000 grant from Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation has been awarded to the<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat and will allow the<br />

Hermitage to further its commitment to offering<br />

innovative new work without censoring or<br />

inhibiting the creativity of these talents.<br />

Over the past several seasons,<br />

the Hermitage has expanded its<br />

community programming, taking<br />

steps to ensure these unique<br />

work-in-process presentations<br />

are accessible to all. Each year,<br />

the Hermitage welcomes nearly<br />

100 of the world’s leading artists,<br />

and our free community programming<br />

now includes over 50<br />

free events annually at locations<br />

throughout our Gulf Coast region,<br />

offering audiences rare insight<br />

into the creative process.<br />

This grant from Barancik Foundation<br />

will help provide the Hermitage with<br />

more flexibility and resources to manage the<br />

complex layers of protecting artistic integrity.<br />

As an incubator for diverse and original works<br />

across all artistic mediums, the Hermitage<br />

offers experiences to artists and audiences<br />

alike, inviting leading artists from around the<br />

world to its beachfront campus on Manasota<br />

Key and offering rare ‘sneak peeks’ of bold<br />

and original new works to the members of<br />

our community.<br />

“These candid, often interactive experiences<br />

provide an unparalleled level of access to<br />

some of the world’s leading creators, writers,<br />

and performers,” says Andy Sandberg. “As<br />

our programs and collaborations continue<br />

to evolve and expand throughout our region<br />

and across the nation, we are deeply committed<br />

to protecting every Hermitage Fellow’s<br />

freedom of artistic expression – this will always<br />

be core to our values. This means that<br />

our growing Hermitage audiences are getting<br />

a rare and always authentic look into the<br />

creative process of these diverse and accomplished<br />

talents.”<br />

Past Hermitage programs have ranged from<br />

concerts with Grammy and Tony Award-winning<br />

composers and performers, readings<br />

and conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winning<br />

authors and playwrights, open studios from<br />

some of the world’s leading contemporary<br />

artists, candid and inspiring talks with creative<br />

trailblazers, and more.<br />

This recent $400,000 grant from Barancik<br />

Foundation is designed to help support these<br />

efforts, including the Hermitage’s growing<br />

community outreach and education initiatives,<br />

enhancing this prestigious national<br />

organization’s support for its artists and returning<br />

alumni talent, and broadening the organization’s<br />

reach and impact in schools and<br />

underserved communities all while providing<br />

artists with the ability to explore their craft<br />

and achieve their greatest potential, unencumbered<br />

by censorship.<br />

“One of the many things the Hermitage<br />

does well is intentionally engage with audiences<br />

that might not otherwise have access<br />

to creative experiences,” commented<br />

Barancik Foundation President | CEO Teri A<br />

Hansen. “Andy and team truly demonstrate a<br />

collaborative spirit that is enriching the arts<br />

and culture of our region.”<br />

For more information about the Hermitage,<br />

visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org. For more<br />

information, visit BarancikFoundation.org.<br />

Art Center Sarasota Receives Two Grants<br />

Art Center Sarasota received a $6,033 grant<br />

from the John and Tana Sandefur Foundation<br />

and the Gus Lobenwein Memorial Fund of the<br />

Community Foundation of Sarasota County.<br />

The funds were used to purchase Donor Perfect,<br />

a donor management system.<br />

Majors students have selected include<br />

Kinsey Robb, Art Center Sarasota’s executive<br />

director, “We needed an updated donor<br />

management system to build a stronger<br />

philanthropic effort with our supporters<br />

and the Community Foundation was there<br />

to help. Their commitment enables us to focus<br />

on our mission while strengthening our<br />

organization.”<br />

Art Center Sarasota also received a $500<br />

grant from the Michael Saunders & Company<br />

Foundation. The grant, which was sponsored<br />

by Linda Driggs, an artist and real estate agent<br />

with Michael Saunders & Company, will help<br />

fund the center’s fall Youth Saturdays, a free<br />

program that provides arts education and<br />

inspiration to youth ages 6-15. The weekly<br />

3-hour sessions enable young people to learn<br />

about art, explore their creative sides, collaborate<br />

with other students, and have fun.<br />

Robb says it’s “exciting to see the many<br />

ways our members bring Art Center Sarasota’s<br />

mission to their companies for funding<br />

opportunities. Linda is not only an advocate<br />

Zoe Sarnak at Nathan Benderson Park<br />

of the work we do in the community, she is<br />

also an Art Center Sarasota member, has taken<br />

a series of art classes at the Art Center, and<br />

is a talented artist in her own right.”<br />

Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit<br />

www.artsarasota.org .<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board Approved<br />

Final Fiscal Year <strong>2023</strong> Grants<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s (Gulf<br />

Coast) Board of Directors approved over<br />

$1.5 million in grant awards this week. The<br />

funding, approved at the final Board meeting<br />

of the foundation’s <strong>2023</strong> fiscal year, included<br />

grants supported by legacy donors who<br />

established funds that allow Gulf Coast to<br />

fulfill the donors’ philanthropic goals and<br />

support the causes most important to them<br />

in perpetuity.<br />

“I am pleased to share that our Board of<br />

Directors have approved nearly $40 million<br />

in grants to our nonprofit partners this past<br />

fiscal year,” shared Phillip Lanham, president<br />

| CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “I<br />

am grateful for the Board’s support, as these<br />

contributions will provide nonprofits in our<br />

region with meaningful financial resources to<br />

create transformative and positive impact.”<br />

Grants approved by the Gulf Coast Board<br />

were made to support instrumental community<br />

projects and causes. These grants<br />

include:<br />

• $440,000 to support Venice Theatre and<br />

rebuild the Jervey Theatre destroyed by<br />

Hurricane Ian. Venice Theatre<br />

is now, per capita, the largest<br />

community theater in the United<br />

States and is a vital part of<br />

the cultural, educational, and<br />

economic landscape of Sarasota<br />

County. Supported by Gulf<br />

Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund,<br />

this grant brings the foundation’s<br />

total support since last<br />

year to over $600,000 to help in<br />

this critical rebuilding project.<br />

• $150,000 to Bay Park Conservancy<br />

to support the operations,<br />

maintenance, and care of key<br />

features at The Bay Park. Gulf<br />

Coast has invested over $1.2 million into<br />

The Bay to ensure it remains a thriving and<br />

sustainable community asset for years to<br />

come. Generously supported by Gulf Coast’s<br />

Venice Endowment Fund and the Katherine<br />

Naismith Witten Fund.<br />

• $50,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the<br />

Suncoast to support year-one staffing of<br />

its expanded Mentoring Center. The new<br />

100-person capacity center will be a transformative<br />

space that will increase their<br />

reach from 1,500 to 2,000 youth, their families,<br />

and the community. Supported by the<br />

generous Gould Family Trust Foundation<br />

and Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund.<br />

• $340,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota<br />

and DeSoto Counties for the second installment<br />

of Gulf Coast’s $1 million commitment<br />

to support the rebuilding of the Gene Matthews<br />

Club in North Port destroyed by Hurricane<br />

Ian. The new club will provide services<br />

to 575 members annually, approximately<br />

300 youth in the summer, and over 250<br />

during the school year. Supported by Gulf<br />

Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund and the<br />

generous Gould Family Trust Foundation.<br />

• $50,000 to Education Foundation of Sarasota<br />

County to support at-risk students with<br />

resources to graduate and to create seamless<br />

pathways for students to move into<br />

higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs. This grant<br />

will enhance student outreach and facilitate<br />

communication between partners, enabling<br />

Education Foundation to hire a part-time<br />

collaboration coordinator to assist the director<br />

of PLANit Sarasota in engaging with<br />

over 40 partners. Supported by Gulf Coast’s<br />

Venice Endowment Fund, the Odile Robertson<br />

Field of Interest Fund, and the Arthur E.<br />

and Audre B. Smith Charitable Fund.<br />

• $18,000 to Ringling College Library Association<br />

to support and sponsor the 2024 Town<br />

Hall Lecture Series which brings influencers<br />

from the world stage to Sarasota, with a<br />

goal to expand horizons, stimulate conversation,<br />

and inspire the community. Supported<br />

by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation<br />

Fund and the Joseph A. Schasney and Marion<br />

W. Schasney Endowment.<br />

• $125,000 to Sarasota Chamber of Commerce<br />

to continue support for the regional<br />

workforce development program, Career-<br />

Edge Funders Collaborative. Established in<br />

2010 as Gulf Coast’s nationally acclaimed<br />

Suncoast Technical College and CareerEdge<br />

workforce and business innovation initiative,<br />

Gulf Coast has given over $1.7 million to<br />

this program. Support for the $125,000 grant<br />

comes from Gulf Coast’s Venice Endowment<br />

Fund and the generosity of the A. Hamilton<br />

and Edith T. Gardner Fund.<br />

• $75,000 to State College of Florida Foundation.<br />

The grant will provide instructional<br />

equipment for nursing students and aspiring<br />

nursing students to continue to address<br />

the critical shortage of registered nurses in<br />

Southwest Florida. Supported by the Gulf<br />

Coast Community Foundation Fund, Gulf<br />

Coast’s Venice Endowment Fund, and the Ed<br />

and Barbara Strobel Fund.<br />

• $710,000 in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s<br />

Arts Appreciation Grants across 13<br />

cornerstone arts organizations in our region<br />

to bring world-class talent and beauty<br />

to Florida’s Cultural Coast. Those grantees<br />

are: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet,<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota<br />

Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Ringling Museum,<br />

Venice Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre,<br />

Embracing Our Differences, Circus Arts Conservatory,<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat, Venice<br />

Symphony, and Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe.<br />

To learn more visit GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 19

travel<br />

Check out the<br />

US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC<br />

Oasis of beauty and serenity in the nation’s capitol<br />

IF<br />

I worked in Washington, DC,<br />

I would have my lunch outside<br />

at the US Botanic Garden.<br />

I’d also go inside and surround<br />

myself with tropical moisture on<br />

a cold winter’s day. And if a lot was weighing<br />

on my mind, I’d pop in and walk among<br />

the orchids. You get the idea. Tropical<br />

gardens, conservatories, and the like, are<br />

peaceful retreats that are also invigorating<br />

and refreshing.<br />

The US Botanic Garden is unique in that<br />

it sits on the National Mall - that dense<br />

space where US history and its many<br />

treasures are on display in a variety of<br />

museums and national monuments as well<br />

as our working government. The Garden,<br />

located next to the Capitol Reflecting Pool,<br />

was on the wish lists of George Washington,<br />

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison<br />

who all wanted a national botanic garden<br />

for the young nation’s capitol.<br />

Thus the history of the U.S. Botanic<br />

Garden coincides with the history of the<br />

U.S. itself, and, with their efforts as well as<br />

others, one was established on the National<br />

Mall in 1820. According to their website,<br />

The Botanic Garden has been in continuous<br />

operation since 1850 and in its current<br />

location since 1933.<br />

The Garden is a living plant museum<br />

that shows the importance of plants to<br />

not just human beings, but the earth’s<br />

ecosystems as a whole. It offers a historic<br />

conservatory that houses courtyard gardens,<br />

themed garden rooms, and special<br />

exhibits.<br />

The Garden extends to its outside<br />

grounds where there are plantings that<br />

represent different environments from<br />

around the United States. Across the road<br />

from the conservatory, Bartholdi Park is a<br />

showcase for plant combinations centered<br />

around a beautiful fountain.<br />

Exactly what is a botanic garden? Today,<br />

cultivation and preservation, as well as<br />

botanical displays and carefully-selected<br />

plant collections is what sets a botanic garden<br />

apart. The International Association<br />

of Botanic Gardens decided in 1963 that a<br />

botanic garden is a place ‘open to the public<br />

in which the plants are labelled.’<br />

All modern botanic gardens have a role<br />

in plant science, conservation and inspiring<br />

the public to appreciate the vital role<br />

of plants and fungi to life on Earth. Today,<br />

there are 1,775 botanic gardens in 148<br />

countries world-wide so that explains in<br />

part why they are so popular.<br />

The “wow” factor is how lush the interiors<br />

of the Garden’s buildings are. You<br />

can climb metal stairs and walk among<br />

the sub-tropical and tropical plants from<br />

around the world and get misted and feel<br />

transported. It’s also a “wow” to see such<br />

diversity in nature and come face-to-face<br />

with plants that give us many products that<br />

are vital in health, but also for enjoyment<br />

(like chocolate).<br />

7<br />

Latest exhibit:<br />

The United States Botanic Garden has an<br />

exhibit sharing the stories of agriculture –<br />

from the people that grow the food and the<br />

important cultural connections food provides<br />

to modern techniques and scientific<br />

innovations that make agriculture more<br />

sustainable and productive. “Cultivate:<br />

Growing Food in a Changing World” is on<br />

display through December <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Visitors can learn how inventive ideas<br />

in agriculture, both scientific and social,<br />

sustain and enrich life and how growing<br />

and cooking food connects people with<br />

each other and their communities. You<br />

can see dozens of colorful varieties of<br />

corn and learn about the wild relatives<br />

of modern plants we eat, go hands-on to<br />

explore the science of agriculture through<br />

microscopes and hand lenses, dive into the<br />

stories of the many different peoples that<br />

have farmed the land through the centuries,<br />

and enjoy the smells of the plants that<br />

connect several local chefs with their food<br />

cultures.<br />

Find upcoming programs at www.<br />

USBG.gov.<br />

7<br />

History:<br />

The United States Botanic Garden is the<br />

oldest continuously operating public<br />

garden in the United States. The Garden<br />

is rooted in the nation’s heritage. During<br />

the late 18th century, George Washington<br />

had a dream of a national botanic garden<br />

and was instrumental in establishing one<br />

on the National Mall in 1820. Washington's<br />

letter written in support of a botanic<br />

garden in the new federal city is in the archives<br />

of the Library of Congress.<br />

The institution traces its beginning to<br />

1816, when the constitution of the Columbian<br />

Institute for the Promotion of Arts<br />

and Sciences in Washington, D.C., proposed<br />

the creation of a botanic garden to<br />

collect, grow and distribute plants of this<br />

and other countries that might contribute<br />

to the welfare of the American people.<br />

On May 8, 1820, President James Madison<br />

signed a bill passed by the U.S. Congress<br />

designating land for the garden to<br />

the west of the Capitol Grounds, from First<br />

Street to Third Street between Pennsylvania<br />

and Maryland Avenues.<br />

This facility functioned until 1837, shortly<br />

after the organization stopped holding<br />

meetings. In 1842, the idea of a national<br />

botanic garden was reestablished when<br />

the United States Exploring Expedition<br />

to the South Seas (the Wilkes Expedition)<br />

brought a collection of living plants from<br />

around the globe to Washington, D.C.<br />

These formed the first permanent collection<br />

of plants for the U.S. Botanic Garden,<br />

and four plants in the Garden today date<br />

back to this expedition. The plants were<br />

kept in a specially constructed greenhouse<br />

behind the Old Patent Office Building<br />

while a new Conservatory for the Garden<br />

was constructed between 1842-1850.<br />

The Victorian Conservatory opened to<br />

the public in 1850 and the U.S. Botanic<br />

Garden has been in continuous operation<br />

and open to the public since this date.<br />

The Garden moved to its present location<br />

in 1933 and includes the Conservatory,<br />

which was renovated from 1997-2001;<br />

the gated outdoor gardens, which opened<br />

in 2006; and Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens,<br />

which were created in 1932.<br />

The U.S. Botanic Garden maintains more<br />

than 9,500 accessions, which equates to<br />

about 44,000 plants. These are used for<br />

exhibition, study, and exchange with other<br />

institutions. The Garden's noteworthy<br />

collections include economic plants, medicinal<br />

plants, orchids, carnivorous plants,<br />

cacti and other succulents, aroids, plants<br />

of eastern North America, bromeliads, cycads,<br />

and ferns.<br />

7<br />

Visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden<br />

Learn about the importance and fundamental<br />

value and diversity of plants, as<br />

well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic,<br />

therapeutic, and ecological significance.<br />

There’s excellent public transportation in<br />

the area since it’s just off the Mall. Try to<br />

Metro - it’s clean, affordable and easy to<br />

navigate.<br />

H Location: 100 Maryland Avenue SW,<br />

Washington, DC<br />

H Hours: open every day of the year<br />

from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the National<br />

Garden staying open until 7 p.m. from<br />

Memorial Day until Labor Day. Bartholdi<br />

Park is open every day from dawn until<br />

dusk<br />

H Admission: Free<br />

H More info: www.USBG.gov<br />

H Virtual 360 degree tour: www.google.<br />

com/maps<br />

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Hydrating for Health<br />

Why Drinking Water is so Important<br />

About<br />

two-thirds of your body<br />

weight is water. All your cells<br />

need water to work. Water<br />

is also the base for all your<br />

different body fluids, including<br />

saliva, blood, urine, sweat,<br />

and joint fluid. No living thing can survive<br />

without water.<br />

How do you know if<br />

you’re drinking enough?<br />

Your body loses water when you sweat,<br />

go to the bathroom, and even when you<br />

just breathe out. So, you need to drink<br />

enough water to replace what you lose.<br />

When you don’t drink enough water, you<br />

can become dehydrated.<br />

Signs that you’re getting dehydrated<br />

include feeling very thirsty and having<br />

headaches. Your mouth or skin may feel<br />

very dry. And your urine may get darker<br />

because your body is trying to conserve<br />

water. Drinking fluids should be enough<br />

to relieve mild dehydration.<br />

If dehydration becomes severe, it can<br />

cause confusion, fainting, an inability to<br />

urinate, and rapid heartbeat and breathing.<br />

At this point, it can be life-threatening,<br />

and you should seek medical help fast.<br />

Drinking liquids may not be enough to<br />

replenish your body’s fluids. You may need<br />

to be given fluids intravenously—through<br />

a needle or tube inserted into a vein.<br />

Recent NIH-funded research suggests<br />

that avoiding dehydration may not be<br />

the only reason to make sure you drink<br />

enough fluids. Dr. Natalia Dmitrieva, a<br />

heart researcher at NIH (National Institutes<br />

of Health), has studied the longterm<br />

effects of not drinking enough<br />

water. In one study, her team found<br />

that middle-aged people who were not<br />

adequately hydrated were more likely to<br />

develop chronic diseases. The diseases<br />

included heart failure, diabetes, chronic<br />

lung disease, and dementia.<br />

These people were also more likely to<br />

age faster and die younger. So, staying<br />

well hydrated might help you stay healthier<br />

as you get older.<br />

The best way to avoid dehydration is to<br />

make sure you drink enough fluids every<br />

day. Ideally, you should get your fluids<br />

from water or other low-calorie beverages,<br />

such as plain coffee or tea, or sparkling<br />

or flavored waters. Nutritional beverages,<br />

such as milk or milk alternatives, or 100%<br />

vegetable juice, are also good options.<br />

Relying on soda, sports drinks, or other<br />

sugary beverages for most of your fluids<br />

can add many calories to your diet, and<br />

they have little nutritional value.<br />

How much you should drink each day<br />

depends on many factors, including<br />

your age, where you live, and your body<br />

weight. And your body doesn’t always<br />

lose water at the same rate. For instance,<br />

when you exercise or are active in hot<br />

weather, you sweat more and so need<br />

to drink more. But experts generally<br />

recommend drinking around 9 cups of<br />

fluids a day for women and 13 cups for<br />

men on average.<br />

Certain diseases, like diabetes or chronic<br />

kidney disease, and some medicines<br />

can make you urinate more often. You<br />

also lose a lot of water when you throw up<br />

or have diarrhea or a fever. In these cases,<br />

you need to drink more water to avoid<br />

getting dehydrated.<br />

Dmitrieva has changed her own drinking<br />

habits based on the results of her research.<br />

“When I started to see the results<br />

of these studies and then started seeing<br />

how much I drink, I realized that I drank<br />

less than needed,” she says. “Then I just<br />

started to take one liter of water with me<br />

when I go to work. And I make sure that<br />

during the day I drink this one liter.”<br />

Tips for Staying Hydrated<br />

o Drink when you feel thirsty, if not before.<br />

o Get your fluids from water or other<br />

low-calorie beverages, such as plain<br />

coffee or tea, or sparkling or flavored<br />

waters.<br />

o Carry a bottle of water and refill it as<br />

needed during the day.<br />

o Drink at regular times. For example,<br />

drink with meals.<br />

o Drink water before, during, and after<br />

exercise.<br />

o Drink extra fluids during hot weather or<br />

when you are sick.<br />

o Get medical help right away if you<br />

experience confusion, fainting, rapid<br />

heartbeat or breathing, or can’t urinate<br />

Benefits of Drinking Water<br />

Getting enough water every day is important<br />

for your health. Drinking water<br />

can prevent dehydration, a condition<br />

that can cause unclear thinking, result<br />

in mood change, cause your body to<br />

overheat, and lead to constipation and<br />

kidney stones. Water has no calories, so<br />

it can also help with managing body<br />

weight and reducing calorie intake when<br />

substituted for drinks with calories, such<br />

as sweet tea or regular soda.<br />

Water helps your body:<br />

o Keep a normal temperature<br />

o Lubricate and cushion joints<br />

o Protect your spinal cord and other<br />

sensitive tissues<br />

o Get rid of wastes through urination,<br />

perspiration, and bowel movements<br />

o When you are in hot climates like<br />

Florida<br />

o When you are physically active<br />

o When you are running a fever or having<br />

diarrhea or vomiting<br />

Everyone should consume water from<br />

foods and beverages every day. Although<br />

there is no recommendation for how<br />

much plain water everyone should drink<br />

daily, there are recommendations for how<br />

much daily total water intake should come<br />

from a variety of beverages and foods.<br />

Daily total water intake (fluid) is defined<br />

as the amount of water consumed from<br />

foods, plain drinking water, and other<br />

beverages. Daily water intake recommendations<br />

vary by age, sex, pregnancy status,<br />

and breastfeeding status. Most of your<br />

fluid needs are met through the water<br />

and other beverages you drink. You can<br />

get some fluids through the foods that<br />

you eat—especially foods with high water<br />

content, such as many fruits and vegetables.<br />

Drinking water is one good way of<br />

getting fluids as it has zero calories.<br />

Tips to Drink More Water:<br />

o Carry a water bottle with you and refill it<br />

throughout the day.<br />

o Freeze some freezer safe water bottles.<br />

Take one with you for ice-cold water all<br />

day long.<br />

o Choose water over sugary drinks.<br />

o Opt for water when eating out. You’ll<br />

save money and reduce calories.<br />

o Serve water during meals.<br />

o Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your<br />

water. This can help improve the taste.<br />

o Make sure your kids are getting enough<br />

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Accolades<br />

■ The Sarasota Memorial Research<br />

Institute and Florida State<br />

University College of Medicine<br />

held their first joint Interprofessional<br />

Research Conference at<br />

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Sarasota<br />

campus in May.<br />

The event, along with the groundbreaking<br />

of SMH’s new Research &<br />

Education Institute, reflects the local<br />

health system’s national reputation<br />

as a teaching hospital and expanding<br />

commitment to clinical research.<br />

More than 150 healthcare professionals<br />

gathered to learn about<br />

innovative research projects and<br />

clinical studies led by multi-disciplinary<br />

specialists from across the<br />

region. The event featured dozens<br />

of individual and group poster,<br />

panel and podium presentations<br />

by physicians, pharmacists, nurses<br />

and other clinicians and a keynote<br />

address by National Institutes of<br />

Health award-winning researcher<br />

Irshad Chaudry, PhD.<br />

Sarasota Memorial Chief Medical<br />

Officer James Fiorica, MD, presents<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> Distinguished Physician &<br />

Innovation Award to GYN Oncologist<br />

Beverly Long, MD.<br />

SMH and FSU leaders also presented<br />

nine research and innovation<br />

awards at the event.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> award recipients are:<br />

• SMH Distinguished Physician<br />

Research & Innovation Award –<br />

Beverly Long, MD<br />

• SMH Distinguished Nurse<br />

Research & Innovation Award –<br />

Bridget Drafahl, PhD, C-ONQS,<br />

CNS, RN<br />

• SMH Research & Innovation<br />

Excellence Award – Colleen<br />

Lindner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC<br />

• SMH Distinguished Pharmacy<br />

Research & Innovation Award –<br />

Pamela Lewis, RPh<br />

• SMH Pharmacy New Investigator<br />

Research Award – Jonathan<br />

Summerlin, PharmD<br />

• FSU Emergency Medicine Resident<br />

Research Award – Emily<br />

Wheeler, MD<br />

• FSU Emergency Medicine<br />

Distinguished Faculty Research<br />

Scholar Award – Sagar Galwankar,<br />

MBBS, MBA, MPH<br />

• FSU Internal Medicine Resident<br />

Research Award – Stephanie<br />

Williams, MD<br />

• FSU Internal Medicine Distinguished<br />

Faculty Research Scholar<br />

Award – Robert Smith, PhD<br />

For information, visit smh.com.<br />

NBP dragon-boat paddlers<br />

■ Ten NBP dragon-boat paddlers<br />

were selected to represent<br />

Team USA this summer at the<br />

16th International Dragon Boat<br />

Federation (IDBF) World Dragon<br />

Boat Racing Championships. The<br />

biennial event will be held this year<br />

in Pattaya, Thailand on August 7-13.<br />

Hundreds of contenders competed<br />

at national events over the<br />

last two years vying for a chance<br />

to compete on the world stage this<br />

summer. Team USA members are<br />

chosen in age groups and for boat<br />

size, which includes standard boat<br />

crews of 10 paddlers and small<br />

boats crews of five paddlers. Each<br />

boat also has a drummer at the bow<br />

and a steerer who stands in the<br />

stern of the boat with a long oar.<br />

NBP’s newest team member,<br />

Paul Hoffmann, is a threetime<br />

Team USA member, making<br />

the roster in 2019, 2021 and <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

NBP team members selected for<br />

the second time to represent Team<br />

USA are steerer Angela Long and<br />

paddlers Mandy Boyers, Doreen<br />

Clyne and Don Bickel. Making<br />

their world debuts are paddlers Brian<br />

Long, Dana Trimble, Duneska<br />

Grant, Joni Carone and drummer<br />

Paula Murray.<br />

The NBP conservancy provides<br />

coaching, clinics, timing, logistical<br />

support, promotion and communications,<br />

as well as equipment for<br />

the program and its paddlers.<br />

Appointments<br />

■ Erin Silk has taken the leadership<br />

reins for the Economic Development<br />

Corporation of Sarasota<br />

County. Silk first came on with the<br />

EDC in 2019<br />

as director<br />

of business<br />

development<br />

services and<br />

rose to the post<br />

of chief operations<br />

officer in<br />

November. She<br />

has worked<br />

Erin Silk<br />

closely with<br />

Lisa Krouse, who has served as CEO<br />

since 2021.<br />

Silk will continue to focus on economic<br />

diversification in the community.<br />

The region has continued<br />

to make strides in that direction,<br />

growing its manufacturing sector.<br />

She stressed the bulk of that is clean<br />

manufacturing.<br />

The new CEO has been with the<br />

organization through sometimes<br />

fractious periods with the county.<br />

But she said public-private partnerships<br />

remain the key to the organization’s<br />

success. And she noted<br />

the region remains a desirable one<br />

where CEOs often move even before<br />

considering relocating businesses<br />

or launching new ones.<br />

“Our region is undergoing transformation,<br />

and we are at a pivotal<br />

point when it is more important than<br />

ever to focus on workforce retention,<br />

foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem,<br />

and support diverse job creation<br />

while sustaining the environment<br />

that makes our County such a<br />

special place to live, work and play,”<br />

she said. “With a thoughtful eye on<br />

our history, I am excited to bring an<br />

innovative approach to our future.”<br />

■ Danielle Hughes, Team<br />

Coordinator of the Child<br />

Protection Team (CPT) at the<br />

Child Protection Center (CPC),<br />

has been named next year’s cochair<br />

of Sarasota County’s Sexual<br />

Abuse Response Team (SART).<br />

This will be Danielle’s second<br />

time serving as a chair for SART.<br />

Danielle has served as a child abuse<br />

expert for 17 years at the Child<br />

Protection Center, where she leads<br />

the Child Protection Team in coordinating<br />

and providing intervention<br />

services in cases of children who<br />

are suspected victims of sexual<br />

abuse, physical abuse and neglect.<br />

Services include medical exams,<br />

forensic interviews, psychological<br />

and psychosocial assessments, and<br />

court testimony. CPT is a legislatively<br />

mandated program and the<br />

only provider authorized by the<br />

state to perform these intervention<br />

services in Sarasota County.<br />

Danielle’s additional contributions<br />

to improving the welfare<br />

and safety of victims include her<br />

founding of the PAWS (Pet Advocates<br />

Working in the Suncoast) pet<br />

therapy program, her service on<br />

the Department of Health’s Quality<br />

Assurance Team, member of the<br />

Critical Incident Rapid Response<br />

Team, member of the Child Death<br />

Review, member of the Child<br />

Interview Advisory Committee,<br />

and Supervisor of the VOCA Victim<br />

Advocate/Administrative Duties.<br />

Danielle’s expertise has also been<br />

utilized in training Child Protection<br />

Team Case Coordinators across<br />

Florida. For over 40 years, CPC has<br />

been serving Sarasota and DeSoto<br />

Counties in the State of Florida.<br />

For more information on CPC,<br />

visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call<br />

941-365-1277.<br />

■ Ringling College of Art and<br />

Design has appointed Dr. Tiffany<br />

Holmes as Vice President for<br />

Academic<br />

Affairs. Holmes<br />

has served at<br />

two peer institutions,<br />

first for<br />

18 years at the<br />

School of the<br />

Art Institute<br />

of Chicago<br />

(SAIC) as<br />

Dr. Tiffany Holmes<br />

a full-time<br />

faculty member, department chair,<br />

and dean, and then for five years at<br />

the Maryland Institute College of<br />

Art (MICA) in Baltimore as its vice<br />

provost for Undergraduate Studies<br />

followed by her interim appointment<br />

as provost in 2021.<br />

In her role as VP for Academic<br />

Affairs, Holmes will serve as a<br />

strategic and innovative leader on<br />

campus. She will work closely with<br />

the College’s senior leadership<br />

team, academic department heads,<br />

faculty, and the members of the<br />

Board of Trustees to develop and<br />

execute strategies that will enhance<br />

Ringling's academic excellence<br />

and success.<br />

Holmes has developed training<br />

programs to support equitable faculty<br />

hiring processes resulting in<br />

more diverse faculty hires, provided<br />

opportunities to engage more<br />

BIPOC speakers, and collaborated<br />

with faculty to build community<br />

and appreciate the individuality<br />

and unique perspectives both<br />

students and faculty bring to their<br />

classrooms.<br />

■ Lisa Scrafford has joined RE/<br />

MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor<br />

in the Wellen Park office. A member<br />

of the Seaside Living Group team,<br />

she brings extensive knowledge of<br />

the Florida Suncoast, specializing in<br />

residential real estate from Sarasota<br />

to Punta Gorda.<br />

Scrafford lived in Santa Fe, New<br />

Mexico, for 35 years before moving<br />

to Venice in 2013. Prior to discovering<br />

her love for home design and<br />

real estate, Scrafford had a long<br />

career in nursing. The Wellen Park<br />

office is located at 19503 S. West<br />

Villages Parkway, Venice. Scrafford<br />

can be reached at lisa@seasidelivingfl.com.<br />

■ Tammy Oakes has joined RE/<br />

MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor<br />

in the Venice<br />

office. She<br />

has 35 years<br />

of real estate<br />

experience,<br />

specializing<br />

in residential<br />

resales, new<br />

construction,<br />

second homes<br />

Tammy Oakes<br />

and vacation properties.<br />

Prior to her career in real estate,<br />

Oakes worked in hotel group sales.<br />

She said she joined RE/MAX Platinum<br />

Realty because it offers the<br />

best of both worlds, blending the<br />

international recognition and resources<br />

of the RE/MAX brand with<br />

the small boutique feel of RE/MAX<br />

Platinum Realty. The Venice office<br />

is located at 307 W. Venice Avenue,<br />

Venice. Oakes can be reached at<br />

realtortammyoakesllc@gmail.com.<br />

■ VISIT FLORIDA’s Board of<br />

Directors has elected Jennifer O.<br />

Rominiecki, president and CEO of<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, as<br />

Chair for the<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-24 fiscal<br />

year. Rominiecki,<br />

who<br />

is currently<br />

Vice Chair<br />

of the state’s<br />

official tourism<br />

marketing<br />

corporation,<br />

Jennifer O. Rominiecki<br />

she began her<br />

one-year term as Chair on July 1.<br />

Rominiecki has served on the<br />

VISIT FLORIDA Board since July<br />

2020. During the 2022-23 fiscal<br />

year, she has chaired the organization’s<br />

Industry Services, Small<br />

Business and Rural Development<br />

Council, in addition to serving as<br />

Vice Chair. VISIT FLORIDA’s Board<br />

of Directors consists of tourism-industry<br />

experts from across the state<br />

who, along with the members of its<br />

committees and councils, provide<br />

guidance, input, and insight into<br />

the evolution of VISIT FLORIDA<br />

programs, processes, and messaging.<br />

The organization’s <strong>2023</strong>-24<br />

Board of Directors will serve from<br />

July 1, <strong>2023</strong>, through June 30, 2024.<br />

Rominiecki has served as Selby<br />

Gardens’ chief executive since 2015.<br />

After arriving, she repositioned the<br />

institution as The Living Museum®,<br />

enacting a new operating model<br />

that has yielded increases of 75%<br />

in membership and 74% in overall<br />

earned revenues.<br />

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Stir together shortbread crumbs and melted butter until crumbs resemble wet sand.<br />

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F Cappuccino Cheesecake<br />

Cappuccino Cheesecake T<br />

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FILLING:<br />

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1/4 oz. (1 envelope) unflavored<br />

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24 ozs. cream cheese, softened<br />

8 ozs. sour cream<br />

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Beat cream cheese in stand mixer fitted with whip attachment at medium speed until<br />

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mixture.<br />

Combine instant espresso powder with 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water; stir until dissolved.<br />

Gradually add coffee mixture.<br />

Spoon batter into pan over crust and spread evenly. Cover and chill until set, about 4<br />

hours. To serve, loosen cheesecake from sides of springform pan using a small knife or<br />

offset spatula. Remove springform collar.<br />

Pipe or spread whipped cream over top of the cheesecake; sprinkle with cinnamon.<br />

Store in the refrigerator.<br />

These crackers are made with simple ingredients<br />

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1 tsp. dried basil<br />

1 tsp. dried oregano<br />

1/2 tsp. garlic powder<br />

1/2 tsp. baking powder<br />

1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided<br />

1/2 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal<br />

1/2 cup cold water<br />

1 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces<br />


3/4 cup sugar<br />

2 teaspoons vanilla extract<br />

3 tablespoons instant espresso powder<br />

2 cups whipped cream<br />

Cinnamon for garnish<br />

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4 tablespoons unsalted<br />

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4 andouille sausage links,<br />

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2 large boneless skinless<br />

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1 large yellow onion,<br />

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3 celery stalks, chopped<br />

1 jalapeño, seeded and<br />

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1 red bell pepper, seeded<br />

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1 green bell pepper, seeded<br />

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3 medium tomatoes, seeded<br />

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2 dried bay leaves<br />

2 sprigs fresh thyme<br />

1 teaspoons Creole<br />

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1/2 teaspoon salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon black pepper<br />

1/4 cup sliced scallions, for<br />

garnish<br />

1 (15-ounce) container<br />

ricotta cheese<br />

1 1/2 cups shredded<br />

mozzarella cheese, divided<br />


F Cornmeal Crackers<br />

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set out 2 baking sheets, preferably light colored. In small<br />

bowl, combine flour, basil, oregano, garlic powder, baking powder and half the salt.<br />

In small saucepan, mix cornmeal and water until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat<br />

while whisking constantly until most of cornmeal clings to whisk in a ball and just starts<br />

to steam. Transfer cornmeal to small mixing bowl.<br />

Using spatula, spread hot cornmeal to cover bottom of bowl. Add butter and with your<br />


3 tablespoons unsalted butter<br />

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour<br />

1 cup half and half<br />

1 cup whole milk<br />

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning<br />

Bring large pot of cold water to boil. Season with plenty of salt and throw in pasta shells.<br />

Cook until almost done. It’s better if they’re slightly under-cooked, as they’ll continue to<br />

cook while baking. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.<br />

Set large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and once melted,<br />

throw in sausage. Cook until browned and crispy on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes.<br />

Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to plate or platter, leaving the drippings in the<br />

skillet. Add chicken to hot skillet and cook until browned as well, about 5 to 6 minutes.<br />

Transfer to the plate with sausage.<br />

Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to skillet and add veggies, bay leaves and thyme.<br />

Cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Season with creole seasoning, salt and pepper.<br />

Remove from heat and let cool slightly.<br />

In large bowl, combine ricotta cheese with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Add cooled<br />

veggie and meat mixture and stir until well combined.<br />

Cornmeal Crackers T<br />

See CREOLE CREAM SAUCE directions on next page <br />

fingers carefully work hot cornmeal and butter into soft<br />

ball. Flatten cornmeal to cover bottom of bowl. Add dry<br />

ingredients and with hands, work them into cornmeal just<br />

until blended, pliable dough forms. Don’t overwork dough.<br />

Place sheet of baking parchment on work surface. Pat<br />

dough into 4-inch by 6-inch rectangle and place in center<br />

of parchment with narrow edge toward you. Working<br />

always from center out, push rolling pin towards top, then<br />

bottom, then each side. Repeat until dough is 8-inch by<br />

10-inch rectangle. If dough is irregularly shaped, trim and<br />

piece pieces around edges, pressing them into place.<br />

Cut dough crosswise in half. Setting one half aside on a<br />

baking sheet, rotate piece remaining on parchment so<br />

narrow side faces you. Roll it out to roughly 6 inches by 9<br />

inches. Lifting parchment on one long side, release dough<br />

against your hand, then lay it back down on parchment.<br />

Repeat to release dough on other side. Roll dough to get it as thin as you can (less than<br />

1/16 inch if possible), to about 7 inches by 10 inches. With tines of fork, pierce dough<br />

all over, about every inch. Using sharp, thin knife, trim sides to make them even. With<br />

ruler as guide, cut dough into 1-inch by 2-inch strips. Sprinkle half of remaining salt over<br />

pieces. Arrange pieces of dough on one of baking sheets, placing them 1/2-inch apart.<br />

Bake crackers 12-15 minutes, or until almost firm and lightly golden. Crackers will be<br />

unevenly colored with dark brown patches. Crackers harden as they cool.<br />

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3 cups mushroom broth, divided<br />

1 small-medium potato, peeled,<br />

cut in 1-inch pieces<br />

1 cup raw unsalted cashews<br />

12 oz. linguini, fettuccini or wide<br />

noodles<br />

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided<br />

1 small-medium onion, chopped<br />

1 stalk celery, cut in 1/4-inch<br />

slices<br />

Salt and freshly ground black<br />

pepper<br />

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme<br />

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary<br />

1 lb. cremini, baby portabella or<br />

brown mushrooms, cut in 1/4-inch<br />

slices<br />


In small pot, bring 1½ cups broth, potato and cashews to a boil. Cover and reduce<br />

heat to medium high and cook until potato is fork tender, about 10 minutes. Using<br />

handheld strainer, pour broth into small bowl and retain potato and cashews in<br />

strainer. Rest strainer over bowl.<br />

Cook pasta according to cooking directions and keep warm.<br />

3 Tbsp. finely ground flaxseed,<br />

preferably golden<br />

1-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley for<br />

garnish, optional<br />

While, potatoes, cashews and pasta cook, in large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over<br />

medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, pinch of salt and few grinds of fresh pepper and<br />

sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add herbs and sauté 1 minute. Transfer onioncelery<br />

mixture to large bowl, cover with foil and set aside.<br />

Using same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms,<br />

pinch of salt and few grinds of pepper and sauté until mushrooms are brown,<br />

about 5 minutes. Add sautéed mushrooms to bowl with onion-celery mixture and<br />

mix together.<br />

In high-speed blender add half vegetable mixture. Recover remaining mixture with<br />

foil to keep warm. Add potato, cashews and flaxseed. In 2-cup liquid measuring<br />

cup, pour in reserved mushroom broth (original 1½ cups will have reduced during<br />

cooking). Add additional broth to measure 1½ cups. Add broth to blender. Purée all<br />

on high until smooth.<br />

Return sauce to skillet over medium heat and simmer until heated through, about<br />

5 minutes. Stir in additional broth if necessary for desired consistency.<br />

Divide pasta among 6 large bowls. Ladle sauce over pasta and top with remaining<br />

mushroom mixture. Garnish with parsley, if using, and serve. Alternatively, toss all<br />

pasta with sauce, top with mushroom mixture and garnish with parsley, if using,<br />

before plating.<br />

continued CREOLE CREAM SAUCE directions from previous page<br />


Set medium saucepan over<br />

medium-high heat and add butter.<br />

Once melted, whisk in flour and<br />

cook for about 30 seconds. Slowly<br />

add half and half and milk while<br />

continuously whisking. Lower heat<br />

and cook until sauce has thickened.<br />

Season with Creole seasoning and<br />

hot sauce. Preheat oven to 350°F.<br />

Pour about a cup of sauce into 9<br />

by 13-inch baking dish and spread<br />

in an even layer. Fill each pasta<br />

shell with about a tablespoon or<br />

so of filling and place in baking<br />

dish. Continue filling all shells and<br />

placing them snugly into baking<br />

dish. Pour on remaining sauce and<br />

sprinkle with remaining mozzarella<br />

cheese. Bake until bubbly and<br />

melted, about 15-20 minutes.<br />

Place under broiler (keeping an<br />

eye on it) for the last 5 minutes of<br />

cooking. Garnish with scallions.<br />

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it’s personal<br />


BLOBFEST <strong>2023</strong><br />

Annual event marks the low-budget, yet popular ‘50s horror movie<br />

Street Fair featuring multiple bands<br />

and over 70 vendors<br />

On Sunday, there was the Runegades<br />

Blob Run, and a self-guided driving<br />

tour of filming locations featured in<br />

The Blob.<br />

STORY and IMAGES: Louise Bruderle<br />

Movie poster for the film from 1958<br />

It’s personal in a full circle kind of<br />

way. Many years ago I would often<br />

go to Saturday matinee movies<br />

in my hometown of Havertown,<br />

PA. One weekend back in the ‘60s<br />

the featured movie was “The Blob”<br />

- an amateurish, borderline campy<br />

movie made in 1958 about a “carnivorous<br />

amoeboidal alien that crashes to<br />

Earth from outer space inside a meteorite,<br />

landing near the small communities<br />

of Phoenixville and Downingtown,<br />

Pennsylvania.”<br />

Sounds like fun except the movie terrified<br />

me - especially when there’s the<br />

scene with a full movie theatre and<br />

the Blob starts coming out of the projection<br />

room and on to the people below<br />

and they stampede and scream—<br />

in best horror movie style—out of the<br />

theatre. It was then that I quietly and<br />

quickly exited the movie theatre, leaving<br />

my friends behind and not getting<br />

my dollar’s worth of the doubleheader.<br />

Fast forward and I was watching the<br />

movie “Them” on TCM (another terrifying<br />

movie about giant ants attacking<br />

and killing people in New Mexico)<br />

around Halloween and wondered<br />

about The Blob. I did a little searching,<br />

and lo and behold there’s something<br />

called the Blobfest taking place July<br />

14-16 in Phoenixville, PA, in the exact<br />

movie theatre where those people<br />

fled the Blob in the movie.<br />

The following year, I looked at the<br />

site again and volunteered for their<br />

Cool merch for sale<br />

including your own<br />

mini “Blob”<br />

You meet the coolest<br />

people at Blobfest<br />

The runout itself<br />

famous “Blob Run Out,” which takes<br />

place on opening night when they reenact<br />

the movie’s iconic moment and<br />

my childhood bogeyman.<br />

I then signed on to become a volunteer,<br />

selling merch prior to the<br />

reenactment. The Blob’s likeness—<br />

something I chose to call Smucker’s<br />

Strawberry preserves —was imprinted<br />

on t-shirts, fridge magnets, pennants,<br />

posters, patches and pins. I sold lots of<br />

stuff, using my sales skills having sold<br />

ads at WCW for ages. I also was near<br />

the exit so I could join in the runout<br />

and, if need be, run out early.<br />

The movie is cheesy and low-budget,<br />

but fun in a campy kind of way. The<br />

plot is basically this: a blob crashes to<br />

Earth, then absorbs a mechanic at a repair<br />

shop. The lead character, Steve (a<br />

young Steve McQueen), recruits Tony<br />

and his friends to warn people about<br />

the Blob. When Steve notices that his<br />

father’s grocery store is unlocked, he<br />

and Jane go inside to investigate.<br />

The janitor is nowhere to be seen.<br />

The couple is quickly cornered by<br />

the Blob and they seek refuge in the<br />

walk-in freezer. The Blob oozes in<br />

under the door, but quickly retreats.<br />

Steve and Jane gather their friends<br />

All calm<br />

and set off the<br />

town’s fire and airraid<br />

alarms. The<br />

responding townspeople<br />

and police<br />

still refuse to believe<br />

them.<br />

The Blob then enters<br />

the Colonial Theater<br />

and envelopes the projectionist,<br />

then oozes<br />

into the auditorium.<br />

Screaming people flee<br />

the theater in panic.<br />

Steve and his pals retreat<br />

to a diner and a<br />

fire breaks out. Long<br />

story short, they find<br />

that CO2 fire extinguishers<br />

repel the Blob<br />

and the police and everyone else in<br />

small-town America show up and<br />

blasts the bugger who shrivels up<br />

and goes away, but is not completely<br />

destroyed.<br />

Blobfest as it’s called, has been taking<br />

place since 2000. It has probably done<br />

more for the former manufacturing<br />

town of Phoenixville than anything<br />

else. They close off the street and<br />

restaurants move tables outside and<br />

there are booths and games (it’s family<br />

friendly) and all kinds of silliness.<br />

The evening started with a live stage<br />

show featuring Aurora Gorealis and<br />

Beach Creeper, the Shorty’s Short Film<br />

and Mx. Blobfest Universe Contests. I<br />

had finished my volunteer shift and<br />

went to look outside the front of the<br />

theatre. It was easily 20 deep in people<br />

in all directions. People actually wait to<br />

see people running out of the theatre.<br />

On cue the doors to the auditorium<br />

fling open and everyone runs out and<br />

I was one of them — this time fearless.<br />

It’s great fun, seriously silly, and many<br />

of the people I chatted with have been<br />

coming for years.<br />

After the reenactment of the runout,<br />

they had the Blob Ball with live music.<br />

On the next day they had a Blobfest<br />


• The film was the first production of<br />

Jack Harris, a film distributor from<br />

Philadelphia, and was reportedly<br />

inspired by a discovery of star jelly<br />

in Pennsylvania in 1950.<br />

• Twenty-eight-year-old Steve Mc-<br />

Queen received $3,000 for his starring<br />

role. He turned down an offer<br />

for a smaller up-front fee in return<br />

for a 10% percent share of profits,<br />

thinking that the film would never<br />

make money; he needed his signing<br />

fee immediately to pay for food<br />

and rent. However, The Blob ended<br />

up a hit, grossing $4 million at the<br />

box office.<br />

• The film’s tongue-in-cheek title<br />

song, The Blob was written by Burt<br />

Bacharach and Mack David. It<br />

became a nationwide hit in the<br />

U.S., peaking at #33 on the Billboard<br />

chart on November 9, 1958.<br />

• The Blob premiered as the B<br />

film on a double feature with I Married<br />

a Monster from Outer Space<br />

• Beware! The Blob, a sequel directed<br />

by Larry Hagman, was released in<br />

1972<br />

• A remake with the same name was<br />

directed by Chuck Russell in 1988.<br />

• The Blob itself was made from<br />

silicone, with increasing amounts<br />

of red vegetable dye added as it<br />

“absorbed” people.<br />


Location: Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge<br />

Street, Phoenixville, PA. Website: thecolonialtheatre.com/blobfest/<br />

The theatre, in addition to the annual<br />

Blobfest, has a variety of events, concerts<br />

and shows. Visit thecolonialtheatre.com/events/<br />

Getting there: Phoenixville is in Chester<br />

County, PA, 28 miles northwest<br />

of Philadelphia. It’s in Bucks County<br />

which has lots of history, charming<br />

small town and lots of covered bridges<br />

but no Blob.<br />

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happening this month<br />

Women’s Equality Day is on August 26<br />

It marks the ratification of the<br />

19th Amendment which women fought for the right to vote<br />

The right to vote,<br />

the cornerstone<br />

of democracy,<br />

belongs to all<br />

citizens — but<br />

this wasn’t always<br />

the case. Until recently,<br />

most countries denied<br />

voting rights to half of their<br />

population: women.<br />

By the early 1900s,<br />

several countries including<br />

Finland, New Zealand,<br />

and the United Kingdom<br />

had legalized voting for<br />

women as the movement<br />

continued to sweep across<br />

the world. In the early 19th<br />

century, American women,<br />

who generally couldn’t inherit property<br />

and made half of a man’s wages in<br />

any available jobs, began organizing to<br />

demand political rights and representation.<br />

In the U.S., the 19th Amendment to the<br />

Constitution was first introduced in 1878,<br />

but it failed to gain traction. It wasn’t<br />

until women’s involvement in the World<br />

War I effort made their contributions<br />

painfully obvious that women’s suffrage<br />

finally gained enough support. Women’s<br />

rights groups pointed out the hypocrisy<br />

of fighting for democracy in Europe<br />

while denying it to half of the American<br />

citizens at home.<br />

It was resubmitted numerous times<br />

until it was finally approved by both the<br />

House and Senate in June 1919. The bill<br />

needed to be approved by two-thirds of<br />

the states, so suffragists spent the next<br />

year lobbying state legislatures to gain<br />

support for the bill.<br />

Because a Constitutional amendment<br />

requires approval from two-thirds of the<br />

states, 36 of them had to ratify the 19th<br />

Amendment before its passage.<br />

On August 24, 1920, Tennessee became<br />

36th and final state to ratify the<br />

amendment, which passed by only one<br />

vote. That one vote belonged to Harry<br />

Burn, who heeded the words of his<br />

mother when she urged him to vote for<br />

suffrage. Secretary of State Bainbridge<br />

Colby signed the amendment into law<br />

on August 26, 1920.<br />

Fifty years later on August 26, 1970,<br />

Betty Friedan and the National Organization<br />

for Women organized a<br />

nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.<br />

Women across the political spectrum<br />

joined together to demand equal opportunities<br />

in employment and education,<br />

as well as 24-hour childcare centers. This<br />

was the largest protest for gender equality<br />

in United States history. There were<br />

demonstrations and rallies in more than<br />

90 major cities and small towns across<br />

the country and over 100,000 women<br />

participated, including 50,000 who<br />

marched down Fifth Avenue in New<br />

York City.<br />

In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug<br />

Women’s rights groups pointed out the hypocrisy of fighting for<br />

democracy in Europe while denying it to half of the American<br />

citizens at home.<br />

(D-NY) introduced a successful bill<br />

designating August 26 of each year as<br />

Women’s Equality Day. Part of the bill<br />

reads that Women’s Equality Day is a<br />

symbol of women’s continued fight<br />

for equal rights and that the United<br />

States commends and supports them. It<br />

decreed that the President is authorized<br />

and requested to issue a proclamation<br />

annually in commemoration of woman<br />

suffrage and the 1970 Strike for Equality.<br />

A bit of History<br />

The 19th Amendment gave women the<br />

right to vote nationally on August 18,<br />

1920, so why is Women’s Equality Day on<br />

August 26th each year?<br />

The simple answer is that even when<br />

a constitutional amendment has been<br />

ratified it’s not official until it has been<br />

certified by the correct government<br />

official. In 1920, that official was U.S.<br />

Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. On<br />

August 26, 1920, Colby signed a proclamation<br />

behind closed doors at 8 a.m. at<br />

his own house in Washington, D.C, ending<br />

a struggle for the vote that started a<br />

century earlier.<br />

The New York Times ran the story<br />

about the document’s signing on its<br />

front page and noted the lack of fanfare<br />

for the historic event.<br />

Colby had been asked by women’s<br />

suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Carrie<br />

Chapman Catt to allow groups in Colby’s<br />

office for the document’s signing and<br />

to film the event. Instead, Colby told<br />

reporters that “effectuating suffrage<br />

through proclamation of its ratification<br />

by the necessary thirty-six States was<br />

more important than feeding the movie<br />

cameras.”<br />

The Times explained that Colby was<br />

concerned about the rivalry between<br />

Paul and Catt and wanted to avoid a<br />

public scene at the signing.<br />

“Inasmuch as I am not interested in<br />

the aftermath of any of the friction or<br />

collisions which may have been developed<br />

in the long struggle for the ratification<br />

of the amendment, I have contented<br />

myself with the performance in the<br />

The 19th Amendment was resubmitted numerous times until it was<br />

finally approved by both the House and Senate in June 1919.<br />

simplest manner of the duty devolving<br />

upon me under the law,” Colby said.<br />

A package of documents from the<br />

state of Tennessee had arrived by train<br />

in Washington around 4 a.m. It included<br />

the official ratification document from<br />

the state legislature.<br />

How Tennessee became the 36th state<br />

to ratify the amendment on August 18,<br />

1920, was a story in itself. Congress had<br />

passed the proposed amendment a year<br />

earlier, and it was supported by President<br />

Woodrow Wilson.<br />

By the middle of 1920, 35 states had<br />

voted to ratify the amendment, but four<br />

other states—Connecticut, Vermont,<br />

North Carolina and Florida—refused<br />

to consider the resolution for various<br />

reasons, while the remaining states had<br />

rejected the amendment altogether.<br />

So, Tennessee became the battleground<br />

to obtain the three-fourths of<br />

states needed to ratify the amendment.<br />

Harry T. Burn, a 24-year-old legislator,<br />

was set to vote against the amendment,<br />

but switched his vote on the Tennessee<br />

state house floor at the urging of his<br />

mother, assuring the 19th amendment’s<br />

ratification.<br />

Yet, even after Burn’s deciding vote,<br />

anti-suffrage legislators tried desperately<br />

to nullify the previous vote.<br />

In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug<br />

championed a bill in the U.S. Congress<br />

to designate August 26 as “Women’s<br />

Equality Day.” The bill<br />

says that “the President<br />

is authorized and<br />

requested to issue a<br />

proclamation annually<br />

in commemoration<br />

of that day in 1920, on<br />

which the women of<br />

America were first given<br />

the right to vote.”<br />

In 1972, President<br />

Richard Nixon issued<br />

Proclamation<br />

4147, which designated<br />

August 26, 1972, as<br />

“Women’s Rights Day”<br />

and was the first official<br />

proclamation of Women’s Equality<br />

Day. On August 16, 1973, Congress approved<br />

H.J. Res. 52, which stated that August<br />

26 would be designated as Women’s<br />

Equality Day and that “the President is<br />

authorized and requested to issue a proclamation<br />

in commemoration of that day<br />

in 1920 on which the women in America<br />

were first guaranteed the right to vote”.<br />

The same day, President Nixon issued<br />

Proclamation 4236 for Women’s Equality<br />

Day, which began, in part: “The struggle<br />

for women’s suffrage, however, was<br />

only the first step toward full and equal<br />

participation of women in our Nation’s<br />

life. In recent years, we have made other<br />

giant strides by attacking sex discrimination<br />

through our laws and by paving<br />

new avenues to equal economic opportunity<br />

for women. Today, in virtually<br />

every sector of our society, women are<br />

making important contributions to the<br />

quality of American life. And yet, much<br />

still remains to be done.”<br />

As a footnote, the amendment certification<br />

process has changed since 1920.<br />

Now, the Archivist of the United States,<br />

who heads the National Archives and Records<br />

Administration (NARA), is responsible<br />

for finalizing the ratification process.<br />

Back in 1920, Secretary Colby’s<br />

attorney reviewed the documents that<br />

arrived from Tennessee. Today, NARA’s<br />

Office of the Federal Register reviews<br />

the documents and writes the proclamation<br />

for the Archivist of the United<br />

States to sign.<br />

Women’s Equality Day<br />

Timeline<br />

July 19-20, 1848<br />

Seneca Falls Convention<br />

The first women’s rights convention<br />

organized by women, including suffragists<br />

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia<br />

Mott, is held at Seneca Falls, New York,<br />

sparking the movement that leads to the<br />

passage of the 19th Amendment.<br />

August 26, 1920 American Women<br />

Gain the Right to Vote<br />

The U.S. Congress adopts the 19th<br />

Amendment, also known as the ‘Susan<br />

B. Anthony Amendment,’ giving women<br />

the right to vote.<br />

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