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Our September issue has a profile with Carla Nierman, Executive Director of ArtCenter Manatee. Features news of Forks & Corks, the Arcadia Opera House, Key Chorale, Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, smoking cessation and more!

Our September issue has a profile with Carla Nierman, Executive Director of ArtCenter Manatee. Features news of Forks & Corks, the Arcadia Opera House, Key Chorale, Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, smoking cessation and more!

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<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

CEO at<br />

ArtCenter Manatee<br />


is on the Horizon<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Arts: Key Chorale’s<br />

Season<br />

■ Good News Dept.<br />

■ Preserved: Arcadia’s<br />

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<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

West Coast Woman is published<br />

monthly (12 times annually) by<br />

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

President. All contents of this<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

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

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />


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

WCWmedia<br />

focus on the arts<br />

Key Chorale announces Season 39 – experience a U.S.<br />

premiere by an Iranian composer based on an ancient<br />

Persian love story, be swept away by the Argentine Tango,<br />

be immersed in Johann Sebastian Bach, and experience<br />

the harmonies of Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen.<br />

p18<br />

feature<br />

The 2024 Forks & Corks Food and<br />

Wine Festival is back. The five-day<br />

epicurean event now runs Jan. 25-28<br />

Get the details and ticket info on<br />

p13<br />

dining in<br />

September is Mushroom Month -<br />

go beyond the Basic Button.<br />

p24<br />

EARS<br />

WCW<br />

35<br />

YEARS<br />

WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34230<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

feature<br />

Read about how the Heard Opera House has<br />

been recovered as an Arcadia Landmark.<br />

More than a century old, it serves as a<br />

resilient reminder of town’s history.<br />

p28<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

13 feature: Forks & Corks<br />

Food and Wine Festival<br />

14 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

15 health: all about craniosacral therapy<br />

16 west coast woman: Carla Nierman<br />

18 focus on the arts: Key Chorale<br />

19 your health: e-cigarettes and vaping<br />

20 good news in our community<br />

22 you’re news<br />

24 dining in: Mushroom Month<br />

26 travel news: Mello on Anna Maria<br />

28 feature: Heard Opera House<br />

Recovers as Arcadia Landmark<br />

29 healthier you: Meet Dr. Cifra<br />

■ on the cover: Carla Nierman<br />

■ Image: Louise Bruderle<br />

<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Carla Nierman,<br />

Executive Director<br />

at ArtCenter Manatee<br />

Congratulations to Carla Nierman, the executive director<br />

at ArtCenter Manatee and her hard-working staff, volunteers,<br />

donors, funders and fans. This month they will break<br />

ground on their new building which will not only transform<br />

the ArtCenter, but also downtown Bradenton.<br />

So it’s fitting we are profiling Carla in this month’s<br />

WCW. She’s been a stalwart at ArtCenter Manatee having,<br />

Carla Nierman as she puts it, worked every job there and thus knows the<br />

Photo: Louise Bruderle<br />

organization very well. When we met months ago, there<br />

was excitement in the air as the architect’s drawings showed a beautiful and<br />

striking design that will also increase their space from the current 10,000 sq. ft.<br />

to a 28,000-square-foot facility renamed the Herrig Center for the Arts.<br />

ArtCenter Manatee has been around for 86 years and the nonprofit visual<br />

arts center offers, “a platform for artists of all age and experience levels to<br />

create, exhibit, and market their work,” according to their website. They also<br />

“connect artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a<br />

living and a life.’<br />

And there’s more, by staying downtown, they will contribute greatly to<br />

Manatee County’s and Bradenton’s goal of becoming “a destination for the arts<br />

by making art accessible to individuals and businesses through our classes,<br />

exhibits, events, and artisan gift shop.”<br />

Read more about the woman who has been at ArtCenter Manatee for 17 years<br />

— 10 as Executive Director — and who is leading the way in a very exciting<br />

time for not just the Center, but also for Bradenton.<br />

Kudos to the Players of Sarasota<br />

The Players has formed The Stage at Payne Park LLC (The Stage), a wholly-owned<br />

subsidiary nonprofit organization of The Players, Inc. The new<br />

organization intends to remodel the existing Payne Park auditorium for its new<br />

home at a cost of $8 million. The Players<br />

will match dollar for dollar all community<br />

donations up to $4 million, reducing<br />

the future capital campaign fundraising<br />

amount to $4 million.<br />

The Stage will offer “an inclusive environment<br />

that inspires cultural creativity,<br />

acts as an incubator for the performing<br />

arts community to thrive, and gives aspiring<br />

performers a platform to produce<br />

left to right: Brian McCarthy, board member for<br />

The Players; William Skaggs, CEO of The Players;<br />

Bill Porter, chair of The Players Board of Trustees;<br />

Bill Rusling, co-chair of facilities committee for<br />

The Players; Steven Butler, artistic director for<br />

The Players<br />

and showcase original productions,”<br />

according to a press release. The 299-seat<br />

auditorium will feature flexible space for<br />

a diverse lineup of performances, workshops,<br />

and community events. To learn<br />

more, visit TheStagePaynePark.org.<br />

A year ago - Ian wreaked havoc<br />

Hurricane Ian made landfall near Sanibel and Captiva islands with 155 mph<br />

sustained winds just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 as a Category 4 hurricane.<br />

Winds were just under the cut-off for a Category 5 distinction, which is 157<br />

mph or higher.<br />

Hurricane Ian was the third-costliest ($113 billion) weather disaster on<br />

record, the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935<br />

Labor Day hurricane, and the<br />

strongest hurricane to make<br />

landfall in Florida since Michael<br />

in 2018. 150 people died in Florida<br />

due to Ian.<br />

Due to some amazing luck, if<br />

that’s the word, Sarasota County<br />

was mostly unscathed by Ian<br />

though there was damage in<br />

south county most notably Venice<br />

Theatre, which lost its main stage.<br />

Much of the damage was from flooding brought about by a storm surge of<br />

10–15 ft. The cities of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples were particularly hard<br />

hit, leaving millions without power in the storm’s wake and numerous people<br />

forced to take refuge on their roofs.<br />

Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, and Pine Island bore the brunt of Ian’s<br />

powerful winds and its accompanying storm surge at landfall, which leveled<br />

nearly all standing structures and collapsed the Sanibel Causeway and<br />

the Matlacha Bridge to Pine Island, entrapping those left on the islands for<br />

several days.<br />

WCW is printed by Breeze Printing in Fort Myers, just 30 minutes from Fort<br />

Myers Beach. They hardly skipped a beat even though it took awhile for power<br />

and internet to be restored to the plant. Trucks couldn’t get in or out due to a<br />

large stretch of I-75 being underwater.<br />

And they did this with the staff and general manger having to deal with homes<br />

without power and internet while some were flooded out. It was hard to reach<br />

the plant’s manager since her phone service was on and off and also because<br />

there were few locations to charge up.<br />

Long story short, I helped her navigate how things were going down there -<br />

when power would come to her plant and her home - from up here in Sarasota.<br />

She gave me zip codes, I went online and looked up when power would be<br />

restored to the plant and to her home. I also told her about the status of roads —I-<br />

75 for one — being shut down. She had no idea it was flooded.<br />

I also posted nonstop —perhaps annoyingly to some — updates that I received<br />

from local and state authorities on to my personal and business Facebook pages.<br />

I knew that many people couldn’t access news except for an occasional glance on<br />

their phones. How fragile we are and how weak we are when faced with nature’s<br />

full force.<br />

Nonprofits: Need Help with<br />

Communications?<br />

Local PR chapter launches pro bono<br />

program, ‘Mission Mavericks’<br />

The Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association<br />

(CWC-FPRA) launched a new endeavor, as part of its commitment to “give back”<br />

to the community. In the coming program year, the chapter will provide pro<br />

bono communications<br />

support in an area of<br />

acute need to nonprofits<br />

and/or eligible for-profit<br />

companies through the<br />

“Mission Mavericks”<br />

program. The application<br />

window is now open.<br />

The program is open<br />

to 501(c)(3) nonprofits<br />

and for-profit companies<br />

(considered on a<br />

case-by-case basis, with<br />

priority going to newly-established<br />

entities The 2022-<strong>2023</strong> Board of Directors of the Central West Coast chapter<br />

with a social purpose or<br />

of the Florida Public Relations Association. Photo by Nancy Guth<br />

intention) in need with limited or no PR, communications and/or marketing<br />

staff. The organization or business must be based in or conduct significant<br />

business/activities in Sarasota, Manatee and/or DeSoto counties. In order to be<br />

considered, the organization must demonstrate an acute PR, communications,<br />

or marketing need.<br />

Applications will be accepted through October 1; applicants will be notified<br />

of their status by October 31. All project work will be conducted between November<br />

1, <strong>2023</strong> through February 28, 2024.<br />

Learn more and apply at cwcfpra.com/mission-mavericks. Direct any questions<br />

to Hunter Carpenter, CWC-FPRA Community Liaison, at community@<br />

cwcfpra.com.<br />

Coming Up in West Coast Woman<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 westcoastwoman@<br />

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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out &about<br />

Someone say Fall?<br />

The 12th Annual Tour de North<br />

Port “It’s the Green Pumpkin!” is on<br />

October 22. Registration is open for<br />

this organized on-road scenic bicycle<br />

ride that offers routes of 15, 35, or 65<br />

miles through some of North Port’s<br />

most beautiful, natural settings featuring<br />

the Florida pine flatwoods and<br />

the parks that border the Myakkahatchee<br />

Creek.The Tour de North Port<br />

is not a race. Breakfast, catered lunch,<br />

homemade desserts, fully-stocked rest<br />

stops, mobile SAG. More information<br />

and $50 pre-registration available<br />

at www.peoplefortrees.com. Doors<br />

open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and checkin.<br />

Group starts begin at 8 a.m. from<br />

Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. in<br />

North Port. Contact: Alice White, 941-<br />

468-2486.<br />

▼<br />

Artist Series<br />

Concerts<br />

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota<br />

will present 26 concerts during<br />

its 28th season, Stars Ascending.<br />

The season – runs from October 1<br />

through May 14, 2024 and offers<br />

a diverse range of intimate musical<br />

experiences featuring emerging<br />

and established classical, jazz,<br />

pops, and chamber artists presented<br />

at eight venues throughout Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties.<br />

The season opens October 1 with<br />

a concert in the new Sunday Best<br />

Series presented at First Presbyterian<br />

Church in Sarasota. Chicago-based<br />

collective Nexus Chamber<br />

Music creates unique and engaging<br />

classical music experiences; this<br />

program features piano trios by<br />

Haydn, Brahms, and Ravel.<br />

For more information, visit Artist<br />

SeriesConcerts.org or call (941)<br />

306-1202.<br />

▼<br />

Key Chorale<br />

The season kicks off on September<br />

23 with “Tango.” Billboard Top<br />

10 Duo Ben & Winnie join Key Chorale<br />

to celebrate the passion and<br />

sizzle of the Argentine Tango. Bandoneonist<br />

Ben Bogart, pianist Winnie<br />

Cheung, and 4 traditional tango<br />

dancers take you to the streets of<br />

Buenos Aires.<br />

On October 13-15, Key Chorale<br />

Chamber Singers and Church of the<br />

Redeemer presents its unique take<br />

on Oktoberfest, with a 3-day festival<br />

celebrating the music and genius of<br />

Johann Sebastian Bach. Enjoy four<br />

amazing concerts featuring the stunning<br />

virtuosity of soprano Mary Wilson,<br />

trumpeter Aaron Romm, vocalists,<br />

and chamber orchestra. Concluding<br />

with a Biergarten Experience<br />

of German food, beers from Calusa<br />

Brewing, and music from Bill Milner’s<br />

Oompah Band. For more information,<br />

visit www.keychorale.org.<br />

▼<br />

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 October 28, 9 a.m.-<br />

▼<br />

2:30 p.m. at Robarts Arena (3000<br />

Ringling Blvd., Sarasota). The goal of<br />

Step Into the Light is to create a safe<br />

and welcoming environment where<br />

attendees can connect with others<br />

and access valuable community<br />

resources. Keynote speaker Linda<br />

Larsen will speak on “Breaking the<br />

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

to Mental Well-being.”<br />

Other speakers will delve into<br />

a wide range of mental health<br />

approaches and topics such as anxiety,<br />

depression, children’s mental<br />

health and generational trauma;<br />

guests also can take part in a wide<br />

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 />

The Roots of Black Music in<br />

America is on September 30 at<br />

Selby Library at 2 p.m. in the Jack<br />

J. Geldbart Auditorium. Producer,<br />

songwriter, teacher, and troubadour,<br />

Karlus Trapp presents his delightful,<br />

educational and entertaining presentation<br />

“The Roots of Black Music<br />

in America.”<br />

It is a 100 year journey back<br />

through time, and offers a fresh perspective<br />

through song, story, and history<br />

to learn about the music of America’s<br />

black musical giants. Hear Scott<br />

Joplin during the birth of Ragtime.<br />

Dance to the Charleston in the 1920’s.<br />

Play air guitar with Chuck Berry or<br />

sing along with the Supremes in the<br />

60’s in the motor city. From public<br />

libraries and arts centers, to school<br />

groups, to senior centers, Karlus has<br />

presented this show solo or with<br />

ensemble to thousands of people<br />

since its inception.<br />

▼<br />

“Sights and Sounds at Waterside<br />

Place” is at Lakewood Ranch. It’s a<br />

new performing and fine arts series.<br />

▼<br />

The Van Wezel’s final Friday Fest concert is on September 22 and features Jah Movement. Bring blankets or lawn<br />

chairs, take in the music and the sunset by the bay, and enjoy food and beverages from local vendors.<br />

Upcoming performances include<br />

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe in<br />

September; the Sarasota Ballet Studio<br />

Company. In October: Asolo Repertory<br />

Theatre, in November; Outof-Door<br />

Academy’s group concert<br />

featuring sounds of the season from<br />

chorus, band and orchestra students.<br />

Coming up:<br />

• The Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe performs on September 15,<br />

6:30 p.m.<br />

• The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company<br />

performs on October 13, 6 p.m.<br />

The events are free and open to the<br />

public; there is limited seating at the<br />

Plaza, but attendees are welcome to<br />

bring their own seats. Food and beverages<br />

available from Waterside Place<br />

merchants.<br />

For more information on shows,<br />

dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.<br />

com/sights-sounds.<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 />

ALSO Youth “Expressions Exhibition”<br />

is an art showcase featuring the<br />

works of youth artists in Sarasota and<br />

Manatee Counties. “Expressions Exhibition”<br />

is on September 7, 5-7 p.m. at<br />

the Sarasota Opera House.<br />

The Expressions Exhibition will<br />

include a silent auction of local artists’<br />

works, live music, free lite bites, and a<br />

cash bar. Artwork in various mediums<br />

submitted by youth from Sarasota and<br />

Manatee County will also be showcased<br />

in celebration of their creative<br />

expressions. Info: givebutter.com/<br />

expressionsexhibit.<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 />

▼<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: September 9, 16, 23<br />

and 30. Location: The Bay Park- Kayak<br />

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

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

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Southface Sarasota<br />

Southface has a Green Drinks<br />

Meetup on September 21, 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 />

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Van Wezel Updates<br />

and Friday Fest<br />

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

summertime concert series, Friday<br />

Fest. The final concert is on September<br />

22 and features 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. Fans will be<br />

able to meet and talk with Barry Bostwick,<br />

star of this original cult classic in<br />

person. His iconic portrayal of “Brad<br />

Majors” has thrilled generations of<br />

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 />

Bored Teachers: We Can’t Make<br />

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This Stuff Up! Comedy Tour is on<br />

October 13 at 7 p.m. Bored Teachers,<br />

presents the funniest teacher-comedians<br />

in the world all on one stage. The<br />

tour includes the most hilarious and<br />

well-known teacher comedians in the<br />

business with millions of combined<br />

followers as well.<br />

Fresh off the success of another<br />

Backstreet Boys world tour, pop icon<br />

Nick Carter has announced his “Who<br />

I Am” U.S. tour. The tour will mark<br />

Carter’s return to the stage as a solo<br />

artist after seven years, with the singer-songwriter<br />

set to perform tracks<br />

from his solo catalog–along with select<br />

Backstreet Boys favorites and new solo<br />

music–for audiences across the United<br />

States. The “Who I Am” Tour at the VW<br />

is on October 20.<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 />

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

Tickets: www.VanWezel.org<br />

Family Eco Walk<br />

UF/IFAS Extension has Take<br />

a Child Outside Week – Incredible<br />

Insects EcoWalk. Join UF/IFAS<br />

Extension Sarasota County to look for<br />

and learn about insects on September<br />

26, 9-10:30am. Held at Sleeping<br />

Turtles Preserve, North 3462 Border<br />

Rd., Venice. Minors must be accompanied<br />

by an adult guardian.<br />

Join a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota<br />

County educator on a tour through the<br />

Preserve while we look for and learn<br />

interesting facts about insects, as well<br />

as how to collect, identify, and appreciate<br />

all the six-legged crawlers among us.<br />

Learning more about insects is vital,<br />

as they are essential for the proper<br />

function of all ecosystems, serving as<br />

food for other creatures, pollinators,<br />

nutrient recyclers, and more.<br />

Register only at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com. For questions or further<br />

information, call 941-861-5000 or<br />

email sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu.<br />

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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 locally<br />

grown and produced food, including<br />

herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned<br />

and preserved fruits and vegetables,<br />

syrups, baked goods, pickled foods,<br />

fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs,<br />

milk and prepared food and beverages.<br />

A limited selection of craft vendors<br />

also participate in the farmers market.<br />

For a listing of participating vendors<br />

and more information on Fresh Harvest<br />

Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.<br />

com. Downtown Wellen is at 19745<br />

Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.<br />

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Bishop Museum<br />

of Science and<br />

Nature<br />

The Bishop has SHE ENGINEERS<br />

through December 31, <strong>2023</strong>. SHE<br />

ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English<br />

and Spanish) poster exhibition<br />

highlighting eight women in<br />

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out and about continued<br />

various engineering fields. In their<br />

own words, the women share their<br />

passion and what inspired them to<br />

become engineers.<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

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

bishopscience.org.<br />

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 />

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 />

Visit sarasotaartmuseum.org/<br />

visit to learn more. Sarasota Art<br />

Museum is located at 1001 S. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota.<br />

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Hermitage Sunsets<br />

@Selby Gardens<br />

The first installment of five “Hermitage<br />

Sunsets @ Selby Gardens”<br />

programs will feature award-winning<br />

writer, actor, and Hermitage Fellow,<br />

Halley Feiffer.<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat ’s popular<br />

series, “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby<br />

Gardens,” continues into its fourth year<br />

as part of the Hermitage’s <strong>2023</strong>-2024<br />

season. The outdoor series — a continuing<br />

collaboration between the Hermitage<br />

and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

— features performances and explorations<br />

of works-in-progress by Hermitage<br />

artists-in-residence and alumni.<br />

“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens”<br />

events are currently scheduled<br />

to take place at Selby Gardens’<br />

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Downtown Sarasota campus<br />

and its Historic Spanish Point<br />

Campus in Osprey. The first of<br />

these events is “The Blurred<br />

Line Between Humor and<br />

Heartbreak: A Playwriting<br />

Workshop,” where award-winning<br />

writer, actor, and Hermitage<br />

Fellow Halley Feiffer will<br />

invite participants into the<br />

creative process on Thursday,<br />

October 5, at 6pm, at Selby<br />

Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota<br />

Campus, 1534 Mound St.,<br />

Sarasota. Admission is free,<br />

but registration is required ($5/<br />

person) at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Feiffer is a WGA, Drama<br />

Desk, Drama League, and<br />

Outer Critics Circle-nominated<br />

writer and actor. She is currently<br />

writing and show-running<br />

Season 12 of Ryan Murphy’s<br />

hit television series American<br />

Horror Story, starring Emma<br />

Roberts and Kim Kardashian. She is<br />

also writing the book for the Broadway-bound<br />

stage adaptation of Thelma<br />

& Louise with Neko Case composing.<br />

Her television and film roles include<br />

HBO’s Mildred Pierce, Flight of the<br />

Conchords, and Bored to Death, and<br />

the films The Squid and the Whale,<br />

Gentlemen Broncos, and He’s Way<br />

More Famous than You, which she also<br />

co-wrote. She is currently developing a<br />

film adaptation of her play The Pain of<br />

My Belligerence with Lena Dunham’s<br />

Good Thing Going for her to direct.<br />

“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby<br />

Gardens” events include:<br />

• October 5, Downtown Sarasota<br />

Campus<br />

• November 30, Historic Spanish<br />

Point Campus<br />

• January 25, 2024, Downtown Sarasota<br />

Campus<br />

• March 28, 2024, Downtown Sarasota<br />

Campus<br />

• May 23, 2024, Historic Spanish Point<br />

Campus<br />

Art Galleries<br />

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The first installment of five “Hermitage Sunsets @<br />

Selby Gardens” programs will feature award-winning<br />

writer, actor, and Hermitage Fellow, Halley Feiffer on<br />

October 5 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota<br />

Campus.<br />

At Art CenterSarasota: On view to<br />

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 />

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 />

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from walking the beaches of<br />

Florida’s west coast searching<br />

for shark teeth.<br />

Paul will be at Island Gallery<br />

and Studios on September<br />

26, from 10 am to 6 pm.<br />

Island West Gallery and<br />

Studios is located at 456 Old<br />

Main Street in downtown<br />

Bradenton. Visit www.islandgalleryandstudios.org.<br />

At The<br />

Ringling<br />

The John and Mable<br />

Ringling Museum of Art<br />

has Mountains of the Mind:<br />

Scholars’ Rocks from China<br />

and Beyond which runs<br />

through June 23, 2024 in<br />

The Ringling’s Ting Tsung<br />

and Wei Fong Chao Center<br />

for Asian Art. The exhibit<br />

features a selection of scholars’<br />

rocks and related paintings and<br />

prints, including rocks recently donated<br />

from the extensive collection of<br />

Nancy and Stan Kaplan, a new acquisition<br />

funded by Lucia and Steve Almquist<br />

and paintings on loan from the<br />

Dongguan Lou Collection.<br />

Scholars’ rocks are collected from<br />

remote geographic locations, where<br />

they have been formed by natural<br />

elements over millions of years. The<br />

stones may then be carved, polished<br />

and inscribed before being displayed<br />

in a custom-made stand to enhance<br />

their visual appeal. Scholars’ rocks are<br />

both natural objects and products of<br />

human creativity.<br />

Mountains of the Mind will feature a<br />

wide array of scholars’ rocks in various<br />

shapes, textures and geological properties.<br />

The rocks are further contextualized<br />

by paintings, prints and texts that<br />

illuminate their cultural importance<br />

for scholars across the centuries. The<br />

stones have been appreciated and admired<br />

in China for more than a thousand<br />

years; historically, connoisseurs<br />

displayed their stones in their studios<br />

alongside paintings and other treasures,<br />

where they served as a focus for<br />

meditation or creative contemplation.<br />

In addition to Chinese objects,<br />

Mountains of the Mind includes Japanese,<br />

Korean, Canadian and Italian<br />

objects, demonstrating how the<br />

appreciation of scholars’ rocks has<br />

diffused from China across East Asia<br />

and beyond.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

Island Gallery and Studios has<br />

“Expressions of Anna Maria Island<br />

Sunsets: A Retrospective” Drawings<br />

by Larry Paul, September 1-30.<br />

Paul’s sunset series drawings are<br />

expressions of the sun setting over<br />

Anna Maria Island. This retrospective<br />

reveals the evolution of the series’<br />

drawings from the very first drawing<br />

completed in 2017. Personal, yet open<br />

and outwardly expressive, the series<br />

presents an abstract expressionistic<br />

quality with an overlapping and abutting<br />

color technique that contrasts and Theatre<br />

brings the movements together at the At Florida Studio Theatre: Divas<br />

same time. The typical colors are easily Three, a celebration of the artists<br />

inspired by a wild brilliance afforded whose musical impact earned them<br />

by the mix of sunsets, storms, essences the coveted title of “Diva.” In this<br />

of sailing, and open, blue water. dazzling Cabaret, three powerhouse<br />

female vocalists deliver the<br />

Paul is an award-winning artist<br />

who creates unique works of art using biggest hits by some of music’s most<br />

Prismacolor colored pencil, inks, and influential women, such as Aretha<br />

graphite. His art bears a talent that Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion,<br />

currently includes multiple series and Whitney Houston. Featuring<br />

and sub-series of numbered “experiments”<br />

embracing impressionistic the Name of Love,” “Total Eclipse of the<br />

classics like “We Are Family,” “Stop! In<br />

realism and abstract expressionism Heart,” and “It’s Raining Men.” Divas<br />

drawing styles. From impressionistic<br />

old doors and windows, realistic September 10.<br />

Three runs in the Court Cabaret to<br />

plant drawings, and expressionistic Tickets at FloridaStudioTheatre.org<br />

interpretations of sunsets, Paul’s art<br />

derives from decades of inspiration FST Improv Presents: As Seen on<br />

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TV, an original sitcom created on the<br />

spot. Featuring a never-before-heard<br />

theme song and commercials, As Seen<br />

on TV includes all of the elements of<br />

one of America’s favorite forms of televised<br />

entertainment. Runs Saturday<br />

nights through September 30.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

The Players Sarasota has Ruthless!<br />

Runs September 28 – October<br />

15. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark<br />

knows she was born to play Pippi<br />

Longstocking, and she will do anything<br />

to win the part in her school<br />

musical. “Anything” includes murdering<br />

the leading lady.<br />

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Held at 1130 Theatre, 3501 S. Tamiami<br />

Trail Suite 1130, Sarasota. Tickets: theplayers.org<br />

Manatee Performing Arts Center<br />

has Songs For a New World. This contemporary<br />

song cycle weaves characters<br />

and history together, illuminating<br />

the timelessness of self-discovery.<br />

With a rousing score that blends elements<br />

of pop, gospel and jazz, featuring<br />

tight harmonies and daring vocals,<br />

Songs for a New World transports its<br />

audience from the deck of a Spanish<br />

sailing ship bound for a new land, to<br />

the ledge of a New York penthouse.<br />

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Runs September 14-24. Box<br />

Office: 941-748-5878. Manatee Performing<br />

Arts Center is located at<br />

502 Third Avenue W, Bradenton.<br />

Venice Theatre has Reefer Madness<br />

running September 8 to October<br />

8. The campy, over-the-top musical<br />

Reefer Madness, last seen at VT in<br />

2008, pokes hilarious fun at the 1936<br />

cult film. Don’t eat the brownie, and<br />

don’t smoke the demon W**d.<br />

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At the Pinkerton Theatre, 140<br />

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

theatre.org/<br />

Selby Gardens<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<br />

Nature will be on view through<br />

September 17. The show comprises<br />

works spanning Pirman’s long career<br />

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

along with pieces from his formative<br />

years 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.<br />

Selby Gardens at www.selby.org.<br />

The virtual gallery is on view through<br />

Sept. 30.<br />

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Summer Movies<br />

at Sarasota<br />

Opera House<br />

Sarasota Opera again has its<br />

Summer Classic Movies at the Opera<br />

House.<br />

• From Here to Eternity: September<br />

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

winner is a portrait of life on a Hono-<br />

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Intimate musical experiences.<br />

Season 28 | Stars Ascending<br />

Join us for a diverse range of 26 concerts featuring emerging and accomplished<br />

classical, chamber, jazz, and pop artists from around the globe.<br />

DEC <strong>2023</strong><br />


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NEXUS Chamber Music<br />

October 1 • 4 pm • First Presbyterian Church<br />

Back by popular demand!<br />

This Chicago-based chamber music collective creates unique and engaging<br />

classical music experiences. NEXUS co-founder Alexander Hersh and<br />

Marlboro Music Festival alums Stephanie Zyzak and Evren Ozel<br />

perform piano trios by Haydn, Brahms, and Ravel.<br />


October 10 • 7:30 pm<br />

Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition,<br />

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev has astounded<br />

audiences with performances at Weill Recital<br />

Hall at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in<br />

San Francisco, and with major orchestras across<br />

three continents. He will be joined by a string<br />

quartet, including concertmaster Daniel Jordan,<br />

for Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and<br />

Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”<br />

ArtistSeriesConcerts.org | 941-306-1202<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 />

The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.<br />



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lulu Army post just before the attack<br />

on Pearl Harbor and focuses on two<br />

rebellious privates and a tough but<br />

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

a torrid affair with his Commanding<br />

Officer’s wife. Starring Burt Lancaster,<br />

Montgomery Clift Deborah Kerr, Frank<br />

Sinatra, and Donna Reed.<br />

• The Treasure of Sierra Madre: September<br />

29 at 7:30 p.m. This film is a<br />

treatise on greed and what gold does to<br />

the souls of three miners, circa 1920s,<br />

as they set out to find the precious<br />

mineral in the mountains of Mexico.<br />

Oscars went to John Huston for Screenplay<br />

and Direction, and his father, Walter<br />

Huston, who won Best Supporting<br />

Actor for his performance as an old<br />

prospector. Starring Humphrey Bogart,<br />

Tim Holt, Walter Huston, Alfonso<br />

Bedoya, and Bruce Bennett.<br />

• Who Framed Roger Rabbit: October<br />

13 at 7:30 p.m. This “cartoon noir”<br />

follows detective Eddie Valiant as<br />

he seeks to clear the name of a toon<br />

rabbit framed for murder. A blend of<br />

live action, animation and allegory<br />

set in 1947 Los Angeles. Starring Bob<br />

Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna<br />

Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, and Kathleen<br />

Turner.<br />

• The Addams Family: October 27<br />

at 7:30 p.m. When long-lost Uncle<br />

Fester reappears after 25 years in the<br />

Bermuda Triangle, Gomez and Morticia<br />

plan a celebration to wake the<br />

dead. But Wednesday barelyhas time<br />

to warm up her electric chair before<br />

Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly<br />

“normal” behavior. Starring Anjelica<br />

Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd,<br />

and Dan Hedaya.<br />

Information and tickets can be<br />

found at SarasotaOpera.org.<br />

Art Around<br />

the State<br />

The Norton examines two artforms<br />

which have maintained worldwide<br />

popularity for centuries: Chinese<br />

and Japanese blue-and-white<br />

porcelain and indigo-dyed textiles.<br />

Including more than 20 porcelain<br />

objects, dating from the 1500s to<br />

the 1900s, and seven textiles, dating<br />

from the 1700s to the 1900s, Classic<br />

Blues highlights the decorative techniques<br />

of hand-painting and stenciling<br />

used across both media. Other<br />

techniques featured include ceramic<br />

design transfers, known as decals, and<br />

resist dyeing methods utilizing woodblocks,<br />

tie-dye, batik, and applique for<br />

textiles. Runs to November 19.<br />

Examples from this exhibition<br />

include four methods of resist-dyeing<br />

and the applique technique which<br />

artisans traditionally used to make<br />

humble fabrics into works of art.<br />

https://www.norton.org/exhibitions/<br />

classic-blues-cobalt-blue-porcelainand-indigo-dyed-textiles.<br />

1450 S.<br />

Dixie Highway West Palm Beach.<br />

▼<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<br />

in 1926, he sold his first photograph<br />

to “Life” magazine when he was<br />

16. Then, at age 17, he headed west,<br />

gaining permission from Warner<br />

Brothers to frequent the studios,<br />

▼<br />

shooting Hollywood<br />

stars on various sets<br />

and sound stages. One<br />

of his most valued<br />

photographs in this<br />

exhibition features<br />

Humphrey Bogart in a<br />

rare moment of respite,<br />

having a cigarette<br />

break between takes.<br />

After two years of<br />

duty as a navy photographer,<br />

he returned<br />

to New York City and<br />

worked as a photographer<br />

in a large commercial<br />

studio. In 1951<br />

he started a commercial<br />

studio. Finally, he<br />

retired to Boca Raton,<br />

where he and his wife<br />

Esther avidly supported<br />

the Museum, donating many of<br />

Mitchell’s photographs to the collection.<br />

The Museum is located at<br />

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

October 22.<br />

More info at: bocamuseum.org<br />

▼<br />

Island Gallery and Studios has “Expressions of Anna Maria<br />

Island Sunsets: A Retrospective” Drawings by Larry Paul,<br />

September 1-30.<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 more<br />

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, poster<br />

designs and self-portraits that demonstrate<br />

Dalí’s journey from Classicism<br />

to Cubism and eventually anti-art.<br />

The works also showcase his natural<br />

mastery of drawing and painting techniques.<br />

Dalí learned to draw at a young<br />

age and adopted the approach of Old<br />

Master painters in his work.<br />

The Dalí anchors the Surrealism<br />

section with studies for such<br />

works as “The Weaning of Furniture<br />

Nutrition” (1934), illustrations for<br />

the poetic novel “Le Chants de Maldoror”<br />

(1940) and examples of Dalí’s<br />

experimentation with various Surrealist<br />

drawing techniques. This section<br />

also features “Study for ‘Disappearing<br />

Images’” (1939) which marks<br />

the beginnings of “Old Age, Adolescence<br />

Infancy (The Three Ages),” a<br />

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<br />

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

round 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<br />

“Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleicacid<br />

(Homage to Crick and Watson)”<br />

(1962-1963), both in the Museum’s<br />

oil collection. The exhibition concludes<br />

with the 1974 “Iceberg”<br />

sketch, a self-portrait Dalí gifted to<br />

the founders of The Dalí Museum, A.<br />

Reynolds and Eleanor 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<br />

the exhibit. Visit TheDali.org.<br />

▼<br />

Season<br />

▼<br />

At The Baker Museum—“Naples<br />

Collects 2022-23.” As a follow-up<br />

to the Naples Collects exhibition of<br />

2016, this exhibition is developed<br />

with the intention of sharing the<br />

most inspiring and engaging art<br />

from among the collections found<br />

in Southwest Florida. The paintings,<br />

sculptures, works on paper and<br />

mixed media pieces in this exhibition<br />

allow us to share with the museum’s<br />

visitors some of our community’s<br />

most prized possessions.<br />

They also provide a rich overview<br />

of artistic production, ranging from<br />

modern masters to cutting-edge<br />

contemporary artists. Many of these<br />

objects complement the strengths<br />

of The Baker Museum’s permanent<br />

collection, while others propose new<br />

areas of exploration and inquiry.<br />

Most importantly, these works showcase<br />

and celebrate the interests,<br />

tastes and experiences of collectors<br />

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

shared passion for the visual. Runs<br />

to October 15. Location: 5833 Pelican<br />

Bay Boulevard, Naples. Info:<br />

https://artisnaples.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<br />

increasing difficulty<br />

of gaining access<br />

inside prisons. Featured<br />

artists include<br />

Nicole Fleetwood,<br />

Lucas Foglia, Bruce<br />

Jackson, Emily Kinni,<br />

Jesse Krimes, Jack Lueders-Booth,<br />

Deborah<br />

Luster, Zora Murff,<br />

Nigel Poor, Joseph<br />

Rodriguez, Jamel<br />

Shabazz, Sable Elyse<br />

Smith and Stephen<br />

Tourlentes. On view<br />

through September<br />

17.<br />

Sea Turtle<br />

Nesting<br />

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

turtles make their way to the shore<br />

for nesting season. Despite spending<br />

the majority of their lives in the<br />

ocean, adult female sea turtles lay<br />

their eggs on dry land. Between their<br />

ocean home and sandy nesting sites,<br />

they travel hundreds or even thousands<br />

of 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 />

▼<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<br />

returning as the title sponsor of the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Brunch on the Bay, as part of<br />

the credit union’s pledge of $1 million<br />

in new support for scholarships,<br />

event sponsorships and other programs<br />

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<br />

been set for the Nursing/STEM<br />

building, which will be built on the<br />

north side of the campus courtyard.<br />

Already under construction on the<br />

south side of the courtyard is a $42<br />

million student center and residence<br />

hall. The first-ever residence<br />

hall on the Sarasota-Manatee campus<br />

will be home for as many as 200<br />

students when it opens for the fall<br />

2024 semester.<br />

Tickets for Brunch on the Bay:<br />

www.sarasotamanatee.usf<br />

Show off your sustainable products<br />

and services at the <strong>2023</strong> Green Living<br />

Expo. Join us on December 2-3 for a<br />

unique opportunity to connect with<br />

Suncoast residents who are ready to<br />

take the next step to go green. Showcase<br />

your green solutions for energy<br />

conservation, waste reduction, water<br />

protection, local food, and nature conservation.<br />

Apply online now to save<br />

$250. ufl.qualtrics.com.<br />

▼<br />

A new exhibit is coming to The<br />

Ringling this October: Guercino’s<br />

Friar with a Gold Earring: Fra<br />

Bonaventura Bisi, Painter and Art<br />

Dealer, an international loan exhibition<br />

exploring a rare portrait of Fra<br />

Bonaventura Bisi by the Italian Baroque<br />

painter Giovanni Francesco<br />

Barbieri, also known as Guercino.<br />

The Ringling acquired the portrait<br />

in 2015. Through 35 works from<br />

institutions in Italy and the United<br />

States—including oil paintings, miniatures<br />

in tempera on parchment,<br />

drawings, prints, and published writings<br />

of the period—the exhibition<br />

explores the portrait by revealing the<br />

fascinating life of Bisi, who was also<br />

known as Il Pittorino. A Franciscan<br />

friar from Bologna whom Guercino<br />

depicted wearing his religious habit<br />

and a gold hoop earring, Bisi was also<br />

an artist, art dealer and connoisseur-adviser<br />

to important collectors,<br />

including Prince Leopoldo de Medici.<br />

The exhibition also examines Bisi’s<br />

artistic training, his painted miniatures,<br />

his relationships with Guercino<br />

and other Bolognese artists and<br />

intellectuals, his tenacious pursuit<br />

of artwork for his patrons, and his efforts<br />

to promote the appreciation and<br />

collecting of drawings as an art form.<br />

The Ringling’s portrait of Fra Bisi<br />

by Guercino will be joined by other<br />

paintings, drawings and prints from<br />

the museum’s Italian Baroque collection.<br />

A related exhibition, 500 Years of<br />

Italian Drawings from the Princeton<br />

University Art Museum, will also be<br />

on view in adjacent galleries of the<br />

Searing Wing.<br />

▼<br />

10 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong>

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• Virtual Reality<br />

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• Mindfulness<br />

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• EFT (Emotional<br />

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• Child-Centered<br />

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Discover a brighter path to mental health and wellness at the Step Into<br />

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transformative event on Saturday, Oct. 28, <strong>2023</strong> at Robarts Arena in<br />

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Open to the Public, Free Admission<br />

Seize the opportunity to manage your mental health and connect<br />

with a supportive community. This summit empowers clients,<br />

clinicians, parents, and advocates with insights, coping skills, and<br />

resources.<br />

Engaging Speakers and Inspiring Talks<br />

Keynote speaker Linda Larsen shares her journey from despair to<br />

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health, and navigating the system. Gain knowledge and guidance.<br />

Connect and Learn from Experts<br />

Step Into the Light for an immersive mental health experience.<br />

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Register today at SunshineFromDarkness.org<br />

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“Have No Fear! Taking Steps Toward<br />

Understanding and Coping with Anxiety”<br />


Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine<br />

“It Wasn’t Supposed to Happen to Me”<br />


Mental Health Advocate and Therapist<br />

“What, How and Why to Stop the Cycle”<br />


Founder Resilient Retreat<br />

“State of the Union, Coping Skills and How<br />

Parents Can Help”<br />


Co-Director Center for Behavioral Health, Pediatric<br />

Neuropsychologist, Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital<br />

“System of Care”<br />


Behavioral Health System Coordinator Florida<br />

Department of Health in Sarasota County<br />

“Lived Experiences: The Family Consumer Voice”<br />


Family and Peer Services Director and Family<br />

Navigator at NAMI<br />

“Seeking Help with Accessing Children’s Mental<br />

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Human Services Manager<br />

Sarasota County Health and Human Services<br />

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feature<br />

The 2024 Forks &<br />

Corks Food and<br />

Wine Festival is back<br />

The five-day epicurean event now runs Jan. 25-28<br />

The 2024 Forks & Corks<br />

Food and Wine Festival,<br />

hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee<br />

Originals,<br />

will take place January<br />

25-29. Grand Tasting tickets<br />

go on sale in October.<br />

A full five-day slate of food-andwine<br />

themed fun is planned, including<br />

the always-popular University Master<br />

Classes (January 27), a bountiful selection<br />

of wine dinners at area restaurants (January<br />

25-28), oodles of wine shop tasting events<br />

(January 25-27), a trade tasting (January 29)<br />

and the much-anticipated Grand Tasting at<br />

The Ringling Museum of Art (January 28).<br />

“We are thrilled to announce that due to<br />

survey responses, guest comments and popular<br />

demand, Forks and Corks Food & Wine<br />

Festival is moving to January in 2024,” said<br />

Sarasota-Manatee Originals Board President<br />

and Café Gabbiano Owner Marc Grimaud.<br />

“This year will mark the 17th anniversary of<br />

Forks & Corks, which has become one of the<br />

top food and wine events in the Southeastern<br />

United States.”<br />

“We are excited to be registering 60+ owners<br />

and winemakers from across the globe to<br />

participate in our 2024 events. Over fifteen<br />

of the world’s most famous wine producing<br />

countries will be represented at the event,<br />

along with delicious tastings from the Gulf<br />

Coast’s Sarasota-Manatee Originals Members,”<br />

said Sarasota-Manatee Originals Winery<br />

Chair and Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On<br />

East - Michael Klauber.<br />

Forks & Corks’ most sought-after event<br />

is the Grand Tasting which will take place<br />

on Sunday in the historic courtyard of The<br />

Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Guests<br />

will savor delicious dishes presented by over<br />

50 Members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals,<br />

while sampling from a collection of<br />

more than 300 unique wines from around the<br />

world. There will be live, local musical entertainment,<br />

and a wine shop is also available,<br />

where patrons can purchase the various<br />

wines, making Forks & Corks one of only a<br />

few festivals in the Southeast to provide the<br />

opportunity to purchase their favorite wines<br />

onsite during the event.<br />

Due to the unprecedented demand for<br />

tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting<br />

launch on two consecutive Tuesdays:<br />

On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a pre-sale<br />

of the VIP and Early Access tickets<br />

• VIP ticket holders ($450+ each) receive<br />

a variety of perks including a $150 wine<br />

voucher for the onsite wine shop and<br />

complimentary valet parking, as well as<br />

entry into the Forks & Corks VIP Tent<br />

presented by The Scout Guide Sarasota<br />

with covered seating, and exclusive VIP<br />

tastings and engaging demonstrations<br />

• Early Access tickets ($350+ each) include<br />

a $50 wine voucher<br />

• Both VIP and Early Access Ticket<br />

holders will enjoy expedited early access<br />

to the Forks & Corks wine shop with a<br />

Champagne Reception as well as early<br />

event entrance into the Grand Tasting in<br />

the Ringling Courtyard<br />

On October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission<br />

tickets ($175+ each) will be available and<br />

historically have sold out in a matter of minutes.<br />

All Forks & Corks Grand Tasting tickets<br />

will be available online only. For more<br />

information, visit www.eatlikealocal.com<br />

The Online Food and Wine Auction will<br />

include a collection of lots featuring rare and<br />

exquisite wines, travel, and one-of-a-kind dining<br />

and party experiences. The Auction opens<br />

for bidding on Monday, January 22 at 8am and<br />

ending on Sunday, January 28 at 3pm.<br />

About Sarasota-Manatee Originals<br />

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO)<br />

is a community collaborative<br />

of over 60 independently<br />

owned and operated restaurants<br />

in the Sarasota and<br />

Manatee Counties on the<br />

central Gulf Coast of Florida.<br />

Their mission is to promote<br />

the community's local,<br />

unique, independent dining<br />

establishments. SMO supports our Member<br />

Restaurants who help define the Suncoast,<br />

give it character and make it a memorable<br />

region to visit and live. SMO urges the community<br />

to support our local independent<br />

restaurants here and across the country and<br />

we encourage the general public to always<br />

“Eat Like A Local.”<br />

<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 13

healthier you<br />

3 Possible Causes<br />

of Persistent Brain Fog<br />

It’s a common complaint in our modern world<br />

Brain fog is a common complaint<br />

in our modern world.<br />

At The Renewal Point, we often<br />

see patients with brain fog as their<br />

major complaint. While brain fog is not<br />

considered a medical condition, it is a<br />

term for a specific group of symptoms<br />

that can affect your ability to think.<br />

An Integrative/Functional approach<br />

involves determining the patient's exact<br />

root cause and addressing it with an<br />

individualized approach, based on an indepth<br />

intake consultation and specialty<br />

lab results.<br />

Brain fog is typically characterized<br />

by a constellation of several symptoms<br />

including:<br />

• Difficulty concentrating<br />

• Difficulty multitasking<br />

• Forgetfulness<br />

• Short-term and long-term memory loss<br />

• Cognitive impairment<br />

• Feeling spacy or confused<br />

• Difficulty finding words<br />

• Mental exhaustion<br />

It is important to recognize that these<br />

symptoms can be attributed to many<br />

health conditions or may be a signal of a<br />

more serious underlying health condition.<br />

Please discuss any concerns you have with<br />

your Integrative Healthcare Provider.<br />

Possible Underlying Causes<br />

of Brain Fog<br />

There are numerous root causes of brain<br />

fog. Here are three of the most common<br />

reasons:<br />

1. Mold and Heavy Metal Toxicity<br />

External toxicants such as mold or<br />

heavy metal can cause brain fog. Some<br />

molds produce chemicals that can lead<br />

to brain fog. Heavy metal toxicity, such<br />

as too much mercury, aluminum and/or<br />

lead, has long been linked to brain fog<br />

symptoms.<br />

2. Post-Viral Syndrome<br />

Viruses can cause systemic inflammation.<br />

Recently, we have found Epstein<br />

Barr virus acutely active in many<br />

patients. There are many other varieties<br />

of viruses and parasites that can be included<br />

in this category, i.e. Lyme, West<br />

Nile Fever, Babesia, etc.<br />

3. Menopause and Perimenopause<br />

Brain fog is a common complaint for<br />

women going through perimenopause<br />

and menopause. Fluctuating hormone<br />

levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone<br />

shifts, not only affect energy<br />

levels but can cause symptoms such as<br />

forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating,<br />

and brain fog.<br />

Functional Medical Labs<br />

to Find the Root Cause<br />

of Brain Fog<br />

• Toxin and toxicity testing would include<br />

mold and heavy metal testing.<br />

• Viral and parasite testing can often<br />

tease out a pesky biologic poison affecting<br />

the body.<br />

• Comprehensive hormone panels, done<br />

at appropriate timing in a patient’s menstrual<br />

cycle, many times reveal hormone<br />

imbalances. When these hormones are<br />

rebalanced, it often helps immensely.<br />

Summary<br />

There are many potential causes of brain<br />

fog and uncovering what may be the root<br />

cause is key to reversing the symptoms.<br />

Utilizing a Functional/Integrative Medicine<br />

approach, reducing toxins, balancing<br />

hormones and squelching dangerous<br />

biologic organisms can help improve<br />

brain fog symptoms. For more information<br />

about our services or to schedule a<br />

consultation, please give us a call at 941-<br />

926-4905. We are here to help!<br />

—————————————————<br />

SOURCE: Dr. Watts,<br />

MD, ND, MSNM and<br />

Deb Spinner, ARNP,<br />

MSN, are experts in<br />

Integrative Medicine.<br />

With over 25 years<br />

experience in Hormone<br />

Balancing, a<br />

Post-doctoral Certification<br />

in Metabolic<br />

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your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

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

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

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

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

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

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

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

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

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

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

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

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

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

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

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

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

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

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

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

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

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

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

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

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

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

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

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

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

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

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

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

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

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

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

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

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

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

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

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

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

organs begin functioning better and<br />

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

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

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

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

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

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

to these organs.<br />

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

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

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

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

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

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

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

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

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

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

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

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

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

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

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

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

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

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

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

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

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

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

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

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

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

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

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

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

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

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

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

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

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

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

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

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

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

Call 941-321-8757<br />

for more information,<br />

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■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />


<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 15


ArtCenter Manatee<br />

In the illustration above Carla Nierman is imagined in the new home of ArtCenter Manatee which breaks ground this month.<br />

Downtown Bradenton will have a beautiful new addition when ArtCenter<br />

Manatee opens its new center in 2024. The center has been fortunate<br />

to have steady, constant leadership in Carla who has been there 17<br />

years and has done it all at ArtCenter Manatee with the past ten years as executive<br />

director. “I’ve seen art transform lives. Art is so healing on so many levels…<br />

it’s about expressing our hearts and souls.”<br />

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owntown Bradenton will<br />

have a beautiful new addition<br />

when ArtCenter Manatee<br />

opens its new center<br />

that’s set to break ground<br />

this month.<br />

And it will be striking, like<br />

a beautiful work of art that will<br />

draw more visitors to their exhibits and<br />

more to their classes while sending a clear<br />

message that the arts are vibrant in Manatee<br />

County and in downtown Bradenton.<br />

I had the opportunity to visit their<br />

current location at 209 Ninth Street West<br />

in downtown Bradenton. I’d been there<br />

before a few times, especially to see their<br />

watercolor exhibits, but this time it was<br />

behind the scenes, where the offices are.<br />

It’s a bit cozy there on the back end, and it’s<br />

obvious top priority are the exhibits and<br />

classes, but even they’re small for such a<br />

growing community.<br />

The center has been fortunate to have<br />

steady, constant leadership in Carla who<br />

has been there 17 years and has done it all<br />

at ArtCenter Manatee beginning at “ground<br />

level” as she calls it, with the past ten years<br />

as executive director.<br />

“The beauty of it is I learned all about the<br />

organization” and that means she’s worked<br />

with artists, collectors, members, and the<br />

community at large while assuming more<br />

responsibilities over the years.<br />

The ArtCenter was founded in 1937,<br />

moved a few times and has been at their<br />

current location since 1953 where they<br />

have a nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building with<br />

three galleries with exhibits that change<br />

monthly, and five classrooms that offer<br />

over 300 classes every year (all summer<br />

<strong>2023</strong> classes sold out).<br />

They also have a gift shop, the Live Artfully<br />

Artisan Boutique, and an art library<br />

featuring over 3,000 art volumes. In all, Art-<br />

Center Manatee receives over 30,000 guests<br />

a year. Currently, staff totals five and all are<br />

masters of the multi-task.<br />

That will change when a new<br />

28,000-square-foot facility, renamed the<br />

Herrig Center for the Arts, will emerge. They<br />

won’t be moving to another location. Instead,<br />

the new two-story building will be built adjacent<br />

to the existing facility at the intersection<br />

of Ninth Street West and Third Avenue<br />

West. This will push the physical structure<br />

back from the street, opening up an “Artist’s<br />

Plaza” to Ninth Street West and creating a<br />

sculpture garden and green space.<br />

This green space, according to their<br />

website, “becomes a catalyst for artist<br />

exposure; it is an exterior market space<br />

where artists can present their work to the<br />

pedestrian walking by, creating an area of<br />

conversation and commerce.”<br />

The plaza will lead directly to the main<br />

entrance of the building. This in turn opens<br />

up to the Instructor’s Gallery, “which is a<br />

linear core of visual transparency, and connects<br />

to the other spaces of the building.”<br />

Construction is estimated to be completed<br />

by the end of 2024.<br />

What got the ball rolling was back in June<br />

2022, when the Center received a $1 million<br />

gift for its building fund from the Bishop<br />

Parker Foundation. The Center has received<br />

support from the Bishop Parker Foundation<br />

for its children’s education programs<br />

for over 10 years. The new art center will<br />

triple its space for children, she adds.<br />

Since then, Carla and her team have<br />

worked hard to raise the estimated $15<br />

million needed to build, with $9 million<br />

already raised. The new art center will be<br />

named the Herrig Center for the Arts in<br />

honor of the Steve and Natalee Herrig Family<br />

Foundation, which donated $2 million<br />

to the cause.<br />

“A gift of this level will help to move the<br />

Center’s campaign forward and will allow<br />

us to continue to impact lives through our<br />

classes, exhibits, and other programming,”<br />

Carla notes. The fundraising has now<br />

launched the public part of the campaign.<br />

The new facility will double the amount<br />

of space available at the center's current<br />

building and will include not just the interior<br />

courtyard, but nine classrooms, a large<br />

gallery, office and storage space, as well as<br />

updated technology and utilities. Many arts<br />

organizations, especially in Sarasota, are<br />

moving out of downtown. By staying downtown,<br />

ArtCenter Manatee will help in redeveloping<br />

downtown as an arts center. “We<br />

like being downtown,” Carla notes as the<br />

center is halfway between Lakewood Ranch<br />

and the beach. While they did explore other<br />

locations, her board voted unanimously to<br />

stay downtown.<br />

Already in the area are the Bishop Museum,<br />

the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Island<br />

Gallery & Studio and the Bradenton<br />

Riverwalk - the latter being just a five-minute<br />

walk to the north. With more space, the<br />

center can expand its programming. Day,<br />

evening and weekend art classes for adults<br />

and children will be offered year-round. And<br />

their classes, she adds, are intentionally affordable<br />

adding, “this is not an elitist sport.”<br />

If you’ve never been, the Center attracts<br />

artists from all over the state. Their watercolor<br />

exhibits draw artists from around the<br />

world. They offer open juried shows where<br />

anyone can submit, and curated shows<br />

where artwork is chosen. Every year they<br />

have an exhibition by the Florida Suncoast<br />

Watercolor Society. The touring International<br />

Watercolor Society exhibit makes its only<br />

Florida stop at ArtCenter Manatee.<br />

Words that Carla uses frequently are,<br />

“shared experience or art” and “making art<br />

accessible to all.” Carla also feels strongly<br />

that, “The arts are a powerful tool that help<br />

communities grow and individuals connect<br />

with each other across all boundaries.”<br />

The mission of ArtCenter Manatee is “to<br />

provide a welcoming, professional environment,<br />

educate novice and experienced<br />

artists of all ages, provide galleries to exhibit<br />

and market original artwork and enhance<br />

the visual arts in Manatee County through<br />

special events and outreach programs.”<br />

Originally from Michigan, Carla lived on<br />

Siesta Key in the seventies then in New York<br />

City, then back in the eighties to care for her<br />

elderly parents. Her mother was an artist<br />

who painted in oils while raising six children.<br />

Carla recalls that she “grew up with<br />

artists and at art shows” and several of her<br />

siblings are artists as well. “I just take care<br />

of artists,” she says, smiling.<br />

Actually, Carla has had a career not just<br />

at the Center, but also as a businesswoman<br />

who owned her own business. So with<br />

the family arts DNA combined with her<br />

business acumen, it’s helped her to, “think<br />

outside the box…be a bit more experimental…using<br />

both sides of the brain.” The<br />

new building will be a melding of form and<br />

function with what’s called a “pre-patina<br />

copper” that will change over time. Floors<br />

will be polished stained concrete.<br />

It’s never easy to raise large sums of money<br />

especially for a new building. Researching<br />

a new space started back in 2018 after she<br />

and her board concluded it was time. Building<br />

anew was also more cost-effective than<br />

doing a retrofitting of the current space.<br />

The campaign launched and ran right<br />

into the start of the COVID pandemic. “No<br />

one wanted to talk to us,” she recalls. They<br />

created e-cards and videotaped a tour that<br />

were sent out. Donations started to come in.<br />

“I’ve seen art transform lives. Art is so<br />

healing on so many levels…it’s about expressing<br />

our hearts and souls.” “We are all<br />

different but art brings us together.”<br />

For more information, visit artcentermanatee.org<br />

or call 941-746-2862.<br />

STORY & PHOTO: Louise Bruderle<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Key Chorale announces Season 39 –<br />


ey Chorale, the<br />

Suncoast’s premier<br />

symphonic chorus,<br />

under the baton of<br />

Artistic Director<br />

Joseph Caulkins, announces<br />

Season 39. This season you’ll<br />

experience a U.S. premiere by<br />

an Iranian composer based on<br />

an ancient Persian love story,<br />

be swept away by the Argentine<br />

Tango, be immersed in<br />

the genius of Johann Sebastian<br />

Bach, and awe-struck by<br />

the spine-tingling harmonies<br />

of Eric Whitacre and Morten<br />

Lauridsen. Combine that<br />

with dynamic collaborations<br />

with The Sarasota Ballet, The<br />

Circus Arts Conservatory,<br />

Artist Series Concerts, Modern<br />

Marimba, and The Venice<br />

Symphony and Key Chorale<br />

knows you will agree, Season<br />

39 is truly “One of a Kind.”<br />

Season 39, concerts at a glance:<br />

2 September 23 – Tango, celebrating the Argentine Tango<br />

2 October 13-15 – Bachtoberfest – 3-day festival with<br />

Bach & Beer<br />

2 November 18 – CEASAR: Power. Fate. Conquest. –<br />

An Artist Series Concerts collaboration<br />

2 November 26 – Wintertide, with The Sarasota Ballet’s<br />

Studio Company<br />

2 February 10 – Triumph of Love, U.S. Premiere of a<br />

Persian Love Story<br />

2 February 20 – Tomorrow’s Voices Today, High School<br />

Choral Festival<br />

2 February 23 & 24 – Disney’s Maestro, A Tribute to<br />

Alan Menken – A Venice Symphony collaboration<br />

2 March 22 & 23 – Cirque des Voix ® with The Circus<br />

Arts Conservatory<br />

2 April 7 – Light & Gold: Luminous and lavish settings<br />

by Eric Whitacre & Morten Lauridsen<br />

2 April 23 & 24 – The Crown Jewel Finale – A Venice<br />

Symphony collaboration<br />

Purchase your tickets today at:<br />

KeyChorale.org • 941.552.8768<br />

Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins<br />

18 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong>

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1 Blaha, M. J. (2022, January 20). 5 vaping facts you<br />

need to know. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Retrieved<br />

August 5, 2022, from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truthsyou-need-to-know-about-vaping#:~:text=2%3A%20<br />

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2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022,<br />

June 23). Quick facts on the risks of e-cigarettes for<br />

kids, teens, and young adults. Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 5, 2022,<br />

from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_infor-<br />

mation/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-<br />

E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.<br />

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good news department<br />

Safe Children Coalition awards scholarships to<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Achievers<br />

Bishop Parker Foundation Awards $ 400,000 to<br />

Second Heart Homes<br />

Achievers program graduates Ariel (second from left) and Anastasia Samedi (far<br />

right) with mother Kanani (center), an Achievers PUSHY Parent Award recipient, and<br />

other family members.<br />

The Safe Children Coalition’s Achievers<br />

program recently honored graduates and<br />

awarded $31,800 in college scholarships<br />

to “Class of <strong>2023</strong>” high school graduates<br />

as well as returning college students who<br />

were engaged with the program as teens<br />

and have continued their involvement<br />

through Zoom career cluster sessions and<br />

community service during the holidays.<br />

A total of 38 scholarships – 12 incoming<br />

freshmen and 26 continuing college students<br />

– were awarded. Contributing to<br />

this year’s program and scholarship funding<br />

were: the Harry Sudakoff Foundation,<br />

Bay First National Bank, the A. Jean Battie<br />

Scholarship, Marilyn & James Heskett<br />

Charitable Foundation, Tracy Ross Memorial<br />

Scholarship, and others.<br />

Addressing the guests were Kathleen<br />

Cowan, SCC’s VP of Child Welfare, and<br />

Chief Rex Troche of the Sarasota Police<br />

Department as well as several program<br />

alumni, who spoke about their Achievers<br />

experience and how it helped them to<br />

succeed in college.<br />

The Achievers program empowers atrisk,<br />

minority and other disadvantaged<br />

students to set and achieve goals in both<br />

their educational and personal lives, encouraging<br />

continuous growth in the areas<br />

of personal development, college preparation,<br />

community service and leadership,<br />

cultural enrichment, and career options.<br />

The program ultimately increases student<br />

participation in school programs, decreases<br />

school absenteeism and dropout<br />

rates, and prevents delinquent behavior.<br />

The program, which has served thousands<br />

of students in the community for<br />

over 30 years, is open to all middle and<br />

high school students in Sarasota County.<br />

Approximately 113 students participated<br />

in the Achievers program during the 2022-<br />

<strong>2023</strong> school year.<br />

Neal Communities Supports Venice Main Street<br />

Neal Communities has donated<br />

$15,000 to Venice<br />

MainStreet to sponsor its<br />

Friday night concert series<br />

and marketing efforts. It<br />

is the second consecutive<br />

year that the homebuilder<br />

has supported the entertainment<br />

series in downtown<br />

Venice.<br />

For more than 35 years,<br />

Venice MainStreet has<br />

hosted special events like the Friday night<br />

concert series in the city of Venice’s historic<br />

downtown district. On the 2nd and<br />

4th Fridays of each month, free music performances<br />

take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.<br />

in Centennial Park. Last year, the concert<br />

series, which is open to the public, drew<br />

an attendance of 15,000.<br />

Last year, Neal Communities was the<br />

first corporate sponsor of the event and<br />

donated $15,000. This year’s sponsorship<br />

makes a total of $30,000 that the homebuilder<br />

has put toward the event.<br />

Venice MainStreet is an accredited Main<br />

Street organization through the Florida<br />

Main Street Program and Main Street<br />

America. Its mission is to preserve and enhance<br />

the character, beauty and economic<br />

vitality of historic downtown Venice. The<br />

organization achieves its goals through<br />

marketing, promotions, special events<br />

and historic preservation advocacy.<br />

For information about Venice Main-<br />

Street’s events, visit www.VisitVeniceFL.org.<br />

Adell Erozer, Executive Director of the Bishop Parker Foundation and Megan Howell, executive<br />

director and founder of Second Heart Homes<br />

The Bishop Parker Foundation recently<br />

authorized a $400,000 grant to Second<br />

Heart Homes, which provides housing,<br />

support services and love to homeless<br />

adults with mental-health challenges.<br />

The grant – the largest single gift to<br />

Second Heart Homes since its founding<br />

in 2019 – will be used to purchase a third<br />

home dedicated to taking homelessness<br />

people off the streets of Manatee County.<br />

An additional home will complement the<br />

organization’s six properties in Sarasota:<br />

All told, more than 50 homeless people<br />

will be off the streets.<br />

“We are so grateful, from the bottom<br />

of our hearts, for this generous gift from<br />

the Bishop Parker Foundation. It will help<br />

us make a true impact on homelessness<br />

in Manatee County,” said Megan Howell,<br />

executive director and founder of Second<br />

Heart Homes.<br />

Human services and health are among<br />

the Bishop Parker Foundation’s focus areas.<br />

During their years in Bradenton decades<br />

ago, Edward and Lillian Bishop, and<br />

Mary Parker, supported many institutions<br />

– and often individuals – responding to direct<br />

human needs, especially those dealing<br />

with hunger and homelessness.<br />

“Our Foundation has long recognized<br />

food insecurity, homelessness and lack of<br />

accessibility for mental health services as<br />

major challenges in our community. We are<br />

excited to partner with Second Heart Homes<br />

to address these complicated issues in our<br />

community,” said Adell Erozer, Executive Director<br />

of the Bishop Parker Foundation.<br />

For more information, visit Bishop-<br />

ParkerFoundation.org and Second-<br />

HeartHomes.org.<br />

Sarasota Memorial Recognized as Role Model<br />

for Best Practices and Life-Saving Care<br />

Sarasota Memorial Hospital received top<br />

awards from the American Heart Association<br />

(AHA) for providing life-saving care<br />

to patients experiencing heart and stroke<br />

emergencies.<br />

Part of its national “Get<br />

With The Guidelines” annual<br />

quality review, the AHA recognizes<br />

hospitals not only for<br />

following best practices, but<br />

for doing so consistently, year<br />

after year, ultimately leading<br />

to more lives saved, shorter<br />

recovery times and fewer readmissions<br />

to the hospital.<br />

James Fiorica, MD, chief<br />

medical officer of Sarasota<br />

Memorial Health Care System,<br />

credits the hospital’s superior performance<br />

and patient outcomes to the<br />

expertise of clinicians, as well as the<br />

commitment of hospital leaders to research-based,<br />

high-quality care. This year,<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota and Venice<br />

campuses received awards with multiple<br />

honors for their dedication to best practices<br />

and life-saving care for cardiac arrest<br />

and stroke patients.<br />

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20 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong>

good news department continued<br />

Grants to All Faiths Food Bank support Mobile<br />

Pantry program<br />

Caldwell Trust Company Trustees Select Tidewell<br />

Foundation<br />

All Faiths Food Bank volunteer Arlene Hull loads a community member’s car with food<br />

during a mobile pantry.<br />

Recent grants are supporting All Faiths<br />

Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program,<br />

which provides access to healthy foods<br />

to community members in Sarasota and<br />

DeSoto counties who are experiencing<br />

food insecurity.<br />

Two recent contributors to the food<br />

bank’s Mobile Pantry program are Ameriprise<br />

Financial, $5,000, and the Masala<br />

Giving Circle, $10,000 (for mobile pantries<br />

in Newtown).<br />

Mobile pantries provide community members<br />

with fresh produce, meats, and groceries<br />

at sites throughout the community, all<br />

year long. Some mobile pantries distribute<br />

pre-packed grocery boxes and others offer<br />

the opportunity to shop, farmers’ market-style,<br />

and choose what they want.<br />

“Through our Mobile Pantry program,<br />

and by working together with partner<br />

agencies and programs, we are able to<br />

meet people where they are and reach<br />

underserved populations,” said All Faiths<br />

Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank. For more<br />

about All Faiths Food Bank, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat Receives Regional and<br />

National Grants<br />

Andy Sandberg, Hermitage<br />

Artistic Director and Chief<br />

Executive Officer<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has received<br />

several grants that will support<br />

the Hermitage’s mission and community<br />

programming. The Hermitage offers oneof-a-kind<br />

artistic programming with a focus<br />

on community impact,<br />

education, and social justice.<br />

The Hermitage provides<br />

artists the opportunity<br />

to create new works<br />

of art across all artistic<br />

disciplines.<br />

These artists give back to<br />

the community by presenting<br />

their works in progress<br />

to audiences throughout<br />

our region before they go<br />

on to national and international acclaim.<br />

The Hermitage welcomes nearly 100 of the<br />

world’s leading artists to Sarasota County<br />

each year. Their free community programming<br />

now includes over 50 events annually<br />

at locations throughout the Gulf Coast region.<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation<br />

(GCCF) is continuing its support of the<br />

Hermitage with a $40,000 Arts Appreciation<br />

Grant in support of the Hermitage’s<br />

mission: to inspire and foster the most influential<br />

and culturally consequential art<br />

and artists of our time.<br />

The Hermitage became one of Gulf<br />

Coast’s “Arts Appreciation” grantees in<br />

2021, following multiple years of ongoing<br />

support and partnership. This grant<br />

was made possible through the Venice<br />

Endowment Fund, the Agnes Gnewikow<br />

Charitable Fund, and the Margaret Lehman<br />

Endowment Fund.<br />

An additional $15,000 in<br />

community program support<br />

came from The Exchange<br />

of Sarasota, which<br />

awarded a grant for “Hermitage<br />

North” programming<br />

and the Hermitage’s arts<br />

education initiative. Part of<br />

these funds were awarded<br />

through The Exchange’s<br />

new Elizabeth Lindsay Arts<br />

in Education grant program.<br />

Additional gifts of support include a<br />

grant for improvements designed to enhance<br />

artist facilities from the Frank E.<br />

Duckwall Foundation, a Capacity Building<br />

Grant from the Community Foundation of<br />

Sarasota County (CFSC) to support professional<br />

development, a grant from the<br />

Camilla & Earl McGrath Foundation toward<br />

the Hermitage’s nationally renowned artist<br />

residency program and free community<br />

programming, with continuing grants<br />

from the Amphion Foundation, Sustainable<br />

Arts Foundation, and Plantation<br />

Community Foundation to show support<br />

for special Hermitage programs in dance,<br />

music, family residencies, and more.<br />

Delesa Morris, M.S., CFRE, Interim President of Tidewell Foundation, stands between Caldwell<br />

Trust Company board members CEO/president R.G. “Kelly” Caldwell, Jr., Tom Stuhley, Giving<br />

Project Chair Mack Reid, and Marge Maisto.<br />

In its 30th year, Caldwell Trust Company,<br />

has selected the Tidewell Foundation<br />

as the recipient of the Trustee’s annual<br />

$5,000 donation. Tidewell Hospice provides<br />

comprehensive care and support to<br />

individuals and families facing advanced<br />

illnesses, grief, and loss.<br />

To date, Caldwell trustees have donated<br />

a total of $43,000 and have supported<br />

these local organizations:<br />

• Sarasota Military Academy, Cadet to Cadet<br />

Training, $3,000 (2015)<br />

• State College of Florida, BSN Nursing<br />

Scholarship, $5,000 (2016)<br />

• Take Stock in Children, Two-Year Florida<br />

Prepaid Scholarships, $5,000 (2017)<br />

• Children First, Inc., Families First Institute<br />

Grant, $5,000 (2018)<br />

• Take Stock in Children, Scholarships,<br />

$5,000 (2019)<br />

• All Faith’s Food Bank, Covid-19 Response<br />

Feeding Program (Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs, Girls Inc., and Children First),<br />

$5,000 (2020)<br />

• Easter Seals SW Florida, Inc., $5,000<br />

(75th Anniversary Gala, 2021)<br />

• Church of the Redeemer, Barnabas Aid,<br />

$5,000 (2022)<br />

• Tidewell Foundation, Children’s Grief<br />

Blue Butterfly Program, $5,000 (<strong>2023</strong>)<br />

The $5,000 donation from Caldwell Trust<br />

Company will be utilized by the Tidewell<br />

Foundation to expand the bereavement<br />

support programs, enabling them to<br />

reach more individuals and provide vital<br />

assistance during their most vulnerable<br />

moments. This contribution will further<br />

empower the foundation to continue<br />

making a meaningful difference in the<br />

lives of those they serve.<br />

Helping to Reduce the Digital Divide<br />

How do disadvantaged youth and low-income<br />

families compete without a computer<br />

or laptop in today’s world? According<br />

to Mark Sharff, a Guardian ad<br />

Litem volunteer in Manatee County and a<br />

member of the Sarasota Technology Users<br />

(STUG), it means that most are left behind,<br />

unable to easily access educational<br />

and career training opportunities.<br />

Sharff explains that’s why, in 2004, The<br />

Children’s Guardian Fund teamed up with<br />

the Sarasota Technology Users to collect<br />

and refurbish used computers and laptops.<br />

Since the launch of the STUG Refurb<br />

Project, 20,689 renovated digital devices<br />

have been donated to residents of Sarasota,<br />

Manatee, and DeSoto counties.<br />

The recipients include disadvantaged<br />

school children, low-income adults and<br />

seniors, individuals in recovery programs,<br />

veterans and others trying to emerge<br />

from homelessness. In 2013, the program<br />

was expanded to provide computers directly<br />

to students in the Sarasota County<br />

Bill Crowe and Mike Hutchinson with the<br />

Sarasota Technology Users Group.<br />

Photo courtesy of STUG<br />

school system.<br />

The group partners with more than 25<br />

regional nonprofits to assist in distribution,<br />

including The Children’s Guardian<br />

Fund, Goodwill, Women’s Resource Center,<br />

Career Source, SPARCC, Take Stock in Children,<br />

Janie Poe, Literacy Center, and dozens<br />

of other area charities.<br />

<strong>SEPT</strong>EMBER <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 21

you’re news<br />

Accolades<br />

■ Carey Beychok of RE/MAX<br />

Alliance Group was recently recognized<br />

in the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> “America’s<br />

Best<br />

Real Estate<br />

Professionals”<br />

rankings<br />

by Real-<br />

Trends<br />

+ Tom<br />

Ferry. That<br />

Carey Beychok<br />

places her<br />

among the<br />

top 1.5% of 1.6 million real estate<br />

professionals in the United States.<br />

Beychok generated more than $23<br />

million in sales in 2022.<br />

To qualify for the “America’s Best<br />

Real Estate Professionals” list, individual<br />

agents must have completed<br />

at least 50 transactions or closed<br />

$20 million in sales volume during<br />

the year.<br />

A lifelong resident of Southwest<br />

Florida, Beychok’s entire career has<br />

been in the real estate industry, first<br />

as a new home sales representative<br />

for several area builders, and now<br />

as a Broker-Associate with RE/MAX<br />

Alliance Group after running her own<br />

brokerage firm for many years. Her<br />

family has been building and developing<br />

real estate locally since 1946.<br />

Beychok is a Certified Luxury<br />

Home Marketing Specialist<br />

(CLHMS) and has earned the Certified<br />

New Home Specialist (CNHS)<br />

and Residential Construction<br />

Certified (RCC) designations. She is<br />

based in the Sarasota office at 2000<br />

Webber Street.<br />

Board News<br />

■ ArtCenter Manatee has announced<br />

the election of three new<br />

board members. Jan Pullen, former<br />

Head of School at St. Stephens in<br />

Bradenton. Jan is an accomplished<br />

and respected administrator and<br />

educator. She served at St Stephens<br />

for 35 years before retiring in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Jan is a sustaining member of Service<br />

Club of Manatee County.<br />

Joining Jan is Carol Bintz. Carol<br />

is a retired COO of the Toledo<br />

Museum of Art where she held<br />

executive positions for 25 years. The<br />

Ohio Museum Association voted<br />

Carol Professional of the Year for<br />

her leadership and service. Carol is<br />

also a member of Bradenton Rotary.<br />

Andrew Gerth joins Jan and<br />

Carol on the Board. Andrew is a<br />

financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.<br />

Andrew follows the Merrill tradition<br />

of participating in the communities<br />

they serve.<br />

Other members include: Rob Moran,<br />

President; Christine Meyer, 1st<br />

Vice President; Bruce Body, Treasurer;<br />

Carol Krah, Secretary; Roberto<br />

Andreos, Member-at large; James<br />

Brandys; Ted Camp; Linda Enberg;<br />

Mary Hoagland; Donna Morrison;<br />

Daryl Shepherd; Kathy Simon-Mc-<br />

Donald; and Jacquelyn Taylor.<br />

For more information visit www.<br />

artcentermanatee.org<br />

Laura Spencer<br />

■ William G. and Marie Selby<br />

Foundation has elected Laura<br />

Spencer as its newest board member<br />

of the private<br />

foundation.<br />

Spencer<br />

retired in 2022<br />

after a career<br />

spanning<br />

almost 40<br />

years and is<br />

known for her<br />

business acumen,<br />

financial<br />

expertise,<br />

thoughtful focus on problem solving,<br />

and knowledge of our community<br />

and foundations.<br />

Most recently, Spencer was the<br />

Chief Financial and Administrative<br />

Officer for the Community Foundation<br />

of Sarasota County for 10 years.<br />

She began her career with<br />

Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Tampa,<br />

followed by nine years at Kerkering,<br />

Barberio & Co. CPA’s before joining<br />

Tervis Tumbler Company in 1997.<br />

She spent 14 years at Tervis, where<br />

she held several key leadership<br />

roles during a significant period of<br />

growth in the organization, including<br />

the role of President and Chief<br />

Executive Officer from 2006-2010.<br />

Spencer joins current board<br />

members Barbara Zdravecky, Keith<br />

DuBose, Susan Hines, Carolyn<br />

Johnson and Tom Tryon. Susie<br />

Bowie is President and Chief Executive<br />

Officer. Visit SelbyFdn.org to<br />

learn more.<br />

■ The Board of Trustees of Selby<br />

Gardens has elected Dr. Joel<br />

Morganroth as Chair and Teri A<br />

Hansen as Vice Chair for its 2024<br />

fiscal year. The<br />

Selby Gardens<br />

Board also<br />

elected Bruce<br />

E. Sorensen,<br />

a managing<br />

director with<br />

financial-services<br />

firm<br />

Baird, to a<br />

Teri A Hansen<br />

three-year<br />

term as a trustee,<br />

and it reelected seven members<br />

to new three-year terms.<br />

Morganroth is an academic cardiologist<br />

who last year served as Vice<br />

Chair of Selby Gardens and chaired<br />

the Board’s Finance Committee.<br />

Hansen is president and CEO<br />

of Charles & Margery Barancik<br />

Foundation, a private foundation<br />

in Sarasota. She has more than 30<br />

years of experience in philanthropic<br />

leadership, including previous roles<br />

as president and CEO of Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation. Hansen<br />

chaired the Selby Gardens Advisory<br />

Committee for the past several years.<br />

New Selby Gardens trustee<br />

Sorensen is managing director of<br />

Baird’s public finance group. He has<br />

over 30 years of industry experience,<br />

including expertise in local<br />

government, economic development,<br />

and charter school finance.<br />

He previously served on Selby<br />

Gardens’ Advisory Committee.<br />

The Selby Gardens Board also<br />

reelected Jean Weidner Goldstein,<br />

Katherine Martucci, and Margaret<br />

Wise to their third three-year terms<br />

as trustees and Daniel “Pat” Ball,<br />

Keith Monda, Mike Quillen, and<br />

Jeannie Russell to their second<br />

three-year terms. The other members<br />

of the Selby Gardens Board<br />

of Trustees are Aaron Bellamy, Morgan<br />

Bentley, Mary Braxton-Jospeh,<br />

Ariane Dart, Norbert P. Donelly,<br />

Renée James Gilmore, Marcy<br />

Klein, Cornelia Matson, Marianne<br />

McComb, Audrey Robbins, Pauline<br />

L. Wamsler, and President & CEO<br />

Jennifer O. Rominiecki.<br />

■ The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

has announced that Carole<br />

Crosby has been elected President<br />

of the Hermitage Board of Trustees<br />

after four years as a member<br />

and two seasons as Chair of the<br />

Hermitage Governance Committee.<br />

Crosby succeeds Robyn Citrin,<br />

who concludes her two-year term<br />

as President and will remain on<br />

the Hermitage Board. Both Crosby<br />

and Citrin became trustees in<br />

the same season Andy Sandberg<br />

was hired as Artistic Director and<br />

CEO. The Hermitage also this year<br />

welcomes Terry Brackett as a new<br />

member of the Board of Trustees.<br />

■ Aviva Senior Living, a not-forprofit<br />

senior rental residential community<br />

located in The Meadows<br />

of Sarasota, has welcomed Patrick<br />

Mulva and Meredith Dropkin to its<br />

Board of Trustees.<br />

Originally<br />

from Wisconsin,<br />

Patrick<br />

Mulva served<br />

as an executive<br />

at ExxonMobil,<br />

including his<br />

most recent<br />

role as Vice<br />

Meredith Dropkin<br />

President,<br />

Controller<br />

and Officer of the Corporation, for<br />

nearly 38 years.<br />

With an undergraduate degree<br />

from the University of Notre Dame<br />

and a Master of Business from the<br />

University of Texas-San Antonio,<br />

Mulva brings with him decades of<br />

business knowledge and strategy.<br />

In addition to his professional work,<br />

he is an avid supporter of not-forprofits,<br />

having served on the boards<br />

of the Toronto United Way, Dallas<br />

United Way, Washington’s Institute<br />

of Flight, the Edmonds Center for<br />

the Arts and most recently serving<br />

as a Board Trustee for Florida<br />

Studio Theatre. After retiring from<br />

ExxonMobile in 2014, Mulva spent<br />

time in Washington state before<br />

relocating to Sarasota in 2018.<br />

Joining Mulva on Aviva’s Board of<br />

Trustees is Meredith Dropkin, Director<br />

of Public Relations at Sarasota-based<br />

marketing firm Grapevine<br />

Communications. Dropkin graduated<br />

from Syracuse University, where<br />

she studied marketing and public<br />

relations. Her early career was spent<br />

as a reporter for Sports Illustrated<br />

before she transitioned into communications.<br />

As a public relations<br />

expert, Dropkin has helped companies<br />

and organizations achieve<br />

record-breaking profits and secure<br />

national and local press coverage.<br />

With their addition, Aviva’s Board<br />

grows to 15 individuals and the<br />

community’s President & CEO, Jay<br />

Solomon. For more information<br />

visit www.avivaseniorlife.org.<br />

■ Hershorin Schiff Community<br />

Day School – a Jewish day school<br />

that serves children of all faiths in<br />

preschool through eighth grade –<br />

has announced its <strong>2023</strong>-2024 board<br />

of trustees. President of the Board<br />

is Rachel Saltzberg, Vice President<br />

is Barbara Rodkin, Melissa<br />

Walsh is Treasurer, and Robert<br />

Landman is Secretary.<br />

New to the board this year<br />

are Colleen Blumenthal, MAI, Benjamin<br />

Edelman,<br />

Nikhil<br />

“Nik” Joshi,<br />

Esq. and<br />

(returning<br />

member) Dr.<br />

Wendy Katz.<br />

They join<br />

continuing<br />

trustees Lori<br />

Colleen Blumenthal<br />

Dorman,<br />

Esq., Gregory<br />

Farrington, Ph.D., Lillian<br />

Lincoln Lambert, Rabbi Michael<br />

Shefrin, Rick Siegel and Fred<br />

Starling. Richard Hershorin is a<br />

Lifetime Member; with the recent<br />

and untimely death of former board<br />

President Mitch Blumenthal, the<br />

board granted him Lifetime Member<br />

status posthumously.<br />

In the wake of Blumenthal’s passing,<br />

longtime CDS leader Rachel<br />

Saltzberg has returned to the role of<br />

President of the Board. Saltzberg has<br />

been involved with the school since<br />

arriving in Sarasota in 2004 with her<br />

husband and newborn daughter.<br />

Colleen Blumenthal, MAI, who<br />

has been appraising real estate and<br />

consulting owners and investors for<br />

over 30 years, specializing in seniors<br />

housing and healthcare since 1992.<br />

In addition to her duties as Chief<br />

Operating Officer of HealthTrust,<br />

she has served as the task force lead<br />

on the American Seniors Housing<br />

Association’s State of Seniors Housing<br />

for the last 15 years.<br />

Benjamin Edelman is a newscast<br />

producer at WWSB ABC7 News in<br />

Sarasota, where he produces the 5<br />

p.m. show. He’s a Sarasota native<br />

who graduated from Community<br />

Day School in 2011. In 2020, he<br />

directed the horror/comedy feature<br />

film “Santastein,” which is currently<br />

gearing up for a <strong>2023</strong> festival<br />

run. Edelman can also be seen on<br />

ABC7’s morning lifestyle show,<br />

“Suncoast View,” every month for<br />

his movie review segments.<br />

Nikhil “Nik” Joshi, Esq. is a<br />

Florida Bar, Board Certified as a<br />

specialist in Labor and Employment<br />

Law. Practicing since 1997, he has<br />

over two decades of experience representing<br />

employers and business<br />

owners, and takes pride in providing<br />

thoughtful, pragmatic advice<br />

and counsel to his clients.<br />

Returning to the board is Dr.<br />

Wendy Katz, B.S., M.A., ED.S, Ed.D.<br />

For more than 40 years, Katz has<br />

served as a teacher, principal, mentor<br />

and administrator at the K-12<br />

level in the public school system in<br />

Sarasota County as well as serving<br />

as a consultant to multiple independent<br />

schools from pre-K-12.<br />

For more about Community Day<br />

School, visit communityday.org or<br />

call 941-552-2770.<br />

■ Child welfare agency Safe<br />

Children Coalition has announced<br />

its <strong>2023</strong>-2024 board of directors.<br />

Brian D. Goodrich is the new<br />

chair of the board, Lee Lipton is<br />

vice chair and Tony Gamelin is<br />

treasurer. New directors are Arlene<br />

Buckmaster and Rob Goldstein;<br />

(From l-r) New Safe Children Coalition<br />

chair of the board Brian D. Goodrich<br />

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and Rob Goldstein<br />

they join continuing directors Ken<br />

Alexander, Jamara Clark, David<br />

Fairey, Ann Marie Jones, and Michael<br />

Rahn (immediate past chair).<br />

Brian D. Goodrich is an attorney<br />

and shareholder at Bentley Goodrich<br />

Kison, P.A., a commercial litigation<br />

law firm located in Sarasota.<br />

Arlene Buckmaster is a real estate<br />

professional with HouseMax Realty.<br />

She serves in her community as a<br />

sustaining member of the Junior<br />

League. Rob Goldstein is the former<br />

Chief Executive Officer of Menorah<br />

Life in St. Petersburg, Fla. Recently<br />

retired, he spent the past 24 years<br />

directing operations, managing a<br />

major expansion, and developing<br />

new programs and services for the<br />

Jewish-sponsored senior living<br />

community.For more information,<br />

visit sccfl.org.<br />

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dining in<br />

September is Mushroom Month<br />

F Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Crab” Cakes<br />

Lion’s mane mushrooms are<br />

large, white, shaggy<br />

mushrooms that resemble<br />

a lion's mane as they grow.<br />



Shred the Lion’s Mane mushroom to resemble lump crab meat. Transfer them to a large<br />

skillet with 2 tablespoons of water and pinch of salt.<br />

Cook the mushrooms over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes<br />

until all the water from the mushrooms has released. Set aside and allow the mushrooms<br />

to cool.<br />

In a large bowl, add mayo, Dijon mustard, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onions, parsley,<br />

Old Bay seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined. Set aside.<br />

Once the Lion’s Mane has cooled, strain/squeeze out any excess moisture from the<br />

mushrooms. This will help avoid any soggy crab cakes.<br />

Fold the mushrooms into the mixture until well combined. Stir in the panko breadcrumbs<br />

then form the mixture into 4 patties that are 1/2-inch thick. Set aside.<br />

In a large skillet, heat olive oil at medium heat. Pan fry the patties for 3 minutes on<br />

each side until golden brown. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. Garnish with<br />

chopped parsley.<br />


2 tablespoons vegan<br />

butter<br />

3/4 cup walnuts,<br />

toasted and finely<br />

chopped<br />

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs<br />

2 tablespoons minced shallots<br />

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme<br />

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano<br />


Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Crab” Cakes T<br />

Yield: 4 patties<br />

8 ounces Lion’s Mane mushroom<br />

2 tablespoons mayo<br />

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard<br />

1 large egg<br />

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce<br />

1/4 cup diced sweet onions<br />

1 tablespoon finely chopped<br />

fresh parsley plus more for<br />

garnish<br />

1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay<br />

seasoning<br />

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika<br />

Salt and pepper to taste<br />

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs<br />

2 tablespoons olive oil for pan<br />

frying<br />

Lemon wedges and tartar sauce<br />

for serving<br />

Cremini mushrooms<br />

are wonderful to use<br />

in pastas, soups, casseroles,<br />

risottos, omelets,<br />

quesadillas, tacos, tarts,<br />

bruschettas and salads, as<br />

well as for making sauces<br />

and gravies.<br />

F Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms<br />

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms T<br />

Go beyond the Basic Button<br />

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley<br />

Salt and pepper to taste<br />

12 large cremini mushrooms,<br />

cleaned, stems removed<br />

Olive oil for drizzling<br />

Preheat the oven at 375ºF. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet. Set aside.<br />

In a skillet, melt the butter at medium heat. Add the toasted and chopped walnuts,<br />

panko bread crumbs, minced shallots, spices, salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes.<br />

Evenly spoon the filling into each mushroom (about 1-2 teaspoons each). Drizzle extra<br />

olive oil on top of the stuffed mushrooms. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the mushrooms<br />

are cooked and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm.<br />

F Chorizo and Mushroom Blended Burgers<br />

Combine Mexican chorizo,<br />

beef and mushrooms for an<br />

umami-packed burger.<br />


8 ounces crimini mushrooms,<br />

finely chopped<br />

1 lb ground beef<br />

4 ounces Mexican chorizo,<br />

casing removed<br />

1 teaspoon smoked paprika<br />

1 teaspoon garlic powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili<br />

powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin<br />

Salt + pepper to taste<br />

1 tablespoon olive oil<br />

4 hamburger buns<br />


In a large bowl, add finely chopped crimini mushrooms, beef, chorizo, paprika, garlic<br />

powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well combined.<br />

Form into 5 patties.<br />

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook blended burger patties approximately<br />

2-3 minutes per side, or to your preferred level of doneness.<br />

Remove blended burger patties from heat and toast buns in the same skillet. Assemble<br />

blended burgers with your favorite toppings.<br />

Here’s a creative twist<br />

with these vegetarian<br />

“scallops” made from<br />

trumpet mushrooms.<br />

The mushroom scallops<br />

are browned and cooked<br />

until tender. Then drizzle<br />

of nutty, caramelized<br />

brown butter and vibrant<br />

thyme.<br />

Yield: 4 servings,<br />

3 scallops each<br />


Yield: 5 burgers<br />

F Trumpet Mushroom Scallops w/ Brown Butter & Thyme<br />

Trumpet Mushroom Scallops w/ Brown Butter & Thyme T<br />


Chorizo and Mushroom Blended Burgers T<br />

5 tablespoons unsalted<br />

butter<br />

16 ounces trumpet mushrooms<br />

4 sprigs of thyme, plus extra for garnish<br />

To make the brown butter, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium<br />

heat. Swirl the butter in the pan as it begins to foam and continue to cook about 2<br />

to 3 minutes. When brown specks start to appear in the butter remove it from the heat<br />

and set aside.<br />

Slice the mushroom into 1-inch thick rounds, for 12 total mushroom scallops.<br />

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high<br />

heat. Add the thyme sprigs and stir them around the flavor the butter.<br />

Add the mushroom scallops. Spoon half of the brown butter over the scallops and cook<br />

3 to 5 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip and spoon the remaining<br />

brown butter over the top of each. Cook 3 to 5 more minutes, until tender.<br />

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme leaves before serving.<br />

Optional toppings: Mexican crema,<br />

guacamole, queso fresco, sliced<br />

red onions, cilantro leaves, sliced<br />

jalapeños<br />

Fine sea salt<br />

Ground black pepper<br />

Mushroom Myths Versus Facts<br />

• You should throw out the stems<br />

when preparing mushrooms.<br />

Let’s clear the air on this one. You<br />

should be SAVING your stems and using<br />

them for stocks or sautéing them<br />

with the rest of the mushroom.<br />

• Mushrooms aren’t substantial<br />

enough to be healthy.<br />

FALSE. Mushrooms are full of vitamins<br />

and minerals, such as selenium, potassium,<br />

and niacin.<br />

• You should only cook mushrooms on<br />

low heat.<br />

Don’t be afraid to crank up the heat<br />

next time you cook with mushrooms.<br />

A higher heat will result in savory,<br />

golden brown mushrooms.<br />

Source: www.mushroomcouncil.com<br />

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Heard Opera House Recovers as<br />


More than a century old, it serves as a resilient reminder of town’s history<br />

Major repairs have been<br />

completed, and the Heard<br />

has been restored<br />

to its original form.<br />

The two windows in the main room of the<br />

opera house are being filled in<br />

to prevent future<br />

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and Danny Mastrodonato<br />

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The Heard, built in 1906 by J.J. Heard<br />

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Danny Mastrodonato, the building’s<br />

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again,” he said. “After the hurricane,<br />

we got damaged really bad. A lot of<br />

people did, so we had to do the same<br />

thing. We had to become the central<br />

place again.”<br />

Principally, Ian’s winds blew in the<br />

two windows in the main theater<br />

space. The pressure, once inside,<br />

crumbled a wall, sending cement<br />

blocks smashing through the floor<br />

and surrounding walls.<br />

“The back wall of the stage fell and<br />

crushed our apartment,” Mastrodonato<br />

said. “We lost our apartment.<br />

We lost our business. We lost our<br />

building all in a few hours.”<br />

Mastrodonato almost lost his family,<br />

too. He said his wife, 41-year-old Krissy<br />

Constantino, had a last-minute<br />

notion to evacuate, likely saving their<br />

lives. Constantino owns the on-site<br />

music school and works as the building’s<br />

second caretaker. The damage<br />

sustained in the storm was so severe<br />

that the building was condemned for<br />

two months. After working with city<br />

officials to create a list of necessary repairs,<br />

the building has reopened and<br />

restoration work has been completed.<br />

All repairs were paid for out of pocket<br />

and with the help of local donations,<br />

according to Mastrodonato. Because<br />

the building is owned outright, no<br />

federal or state assistance was available<br />

for repairs, he said.<br />

The owner, Marginy, Inc., which is run<br />

by 80-year-old Jean Vavrovsky, has<br />

had to pay upwards of $920,000 so far<br />

to rebuild. With these repairs, the decision<br />

was made to restore the building<br />

to as close to original as possible,<br />

including keeping 117-year-old ceiling<br />

tiles and wood floors. They are even<br />

able to use wood sourced from the<br />

same forest used in the original 1906<br />

construction. The building and the<br />

land have an assessed value of about<br />

$258,600, according to the DeSoto<br />

County Property Appraiser.<br />

But the value to the community is far<br />

greater, said City Administrator Terry<br />

Stewart. “Most communities work<br />

very hard to take care of the basics,<br />

you know, water, sewer, trash pickup,<br />

you know, keep your roads in good<br />

shape, open, things of that nature,”<br />

Stewart said. “But when a community<br />

gets to the point that they can begin<br />

investing or people are investing<br />

in bringing things like arts and cultural<br />

activities to a community, that’s<br />

one of the things that truly adds to<br />

the quality of life.”<br />

To ensure the Heard remains a lasting<br />

investment, the two windows that<br />

were blown out during the storm were<br />

not replaced, as an engineer suggested<br />

this would be best for structural integrity.<br />

As all major repairs have been<br />

completed, Mastrodonato wants people<br />

to know that the doors are open,<br />

and business is in full swing.<br />

Visitors can enjoy various activities,<br />

and new ideas are always welcome.<br />

Wednesday nights are band nights,<br />

with dozens of people coming together<br />

to enjoy and play music. People can<br />

play pool, record a podcast, learn to<br />

play an instrument or just hang out in<br />

the space, according to Mastrodonato.<br />

“Come up these stairs and it’s going<br />

to change your life,” Mastrodonato<br />

said, leading the way from the street<br />

level to the space once popular with<br />

local performers until Hurricane Donna<br />

ripped off the roof in 1960. “Everyone’s<br />

welcome up here.”<br />

Life returned to the opera house in<br />

1989 when it was made into an antique<br />

store that doubled as a museum.<br />

In 2021, Mastrodonato and his<br />

wife, started a petition to return the<br />

opera house to its original use. The<br />

petition garnered over 1,000 signatures<br />

and was presented to Vavrovsky,<br />

at which time he agreed to turn the<br />

space into a community center.<br />

To keep up with the opera house’s<br />

most recent happenings, follow<br />

them on Facebook at https://www.<br />

facebook.com/OperaHouseArcadia/.<br />

The opera house is open Monday<br />

through Saturday and located at 106<br />

W Oak St.<br />

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