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DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Stefania<br />

Fochi<br />

Owner and Top Chef at<br />


Also in this issue:<br />

■ Salute to the Arts, Part 2<br />

■ Arts: Perlman Suncoast<br />

■ Arts: Sarasota Art Museum<br />

■ Arts: Soundbox Ventures<br />

■ Arts: Chamber Orchestra

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Feb 1: “Curating Life<br />

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Feb 8: “Women With Purpose—<br />

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DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

EARS<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 />

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Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

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

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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

The Perlman Music Program<br />

Suncoast’s 20<strong>23</strong>-2024 Season<br />

Celebrating 20 Years of the PMP Winter Residency<br />

p20<br />

Sarasota Art Museum’s<br />

20<strong>23</strong>/2024 Season<br />

It’s a blend of artists presenting their first solo<br />

exhibitions along with artists renowned worldwide<br />

p27<br />

Season Preview, Part 2<br />

Not deja vu - there really is more Season Preview in this<br />

issue including Sarasota Art Museum, Perlman Music,<br />

ArtCenter Sarasota, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

(and more) and a look at arts events coming up.<br />

p18<br />

The Chamber<br />

Orchestra of Sarasota<br />

They’ll perform a 3-concert orchestra series at First<br />

Presbyterian Church, plus present a recital series at<br />

St. Boniface Episcopal Church<br />

p22<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

12 get to know:<br />

Bay Street Village Towncenter<br />

14 health: The Renewal Point<br />

15 health: all about Craniosacral Therapy<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Stefania Fochi aka Empanada Girl<br />

18 Season Preview II: Highlights & more<br />

20 Season Preview: Perlman Suncoast<br />

22 Season Preview:<br />

Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota<br />

<strong>23</strong> Season Preview:<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

24 Season Preview: Art Center Sarasota<br />

25 Season Preview: Soundbox Ventures<br />

27 Season Preview:<br />

Sarasota Art Museum<br />

29 Coming Up: Sunshine from Darkness<br />

31 dining in: Guests for the Holidays?<br />

Coffeecake to the rescue<br />

32 you’re news<br />

34 good news<br />

■ on the cover: Stefania Fochi, Empanada Girl at the Philllippi Mansion Farmer’s Market.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England<br />

DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Stefania Fochi<br />

This month’s profile of Stefania Fochi is a great<br />

story about entrepreneurism, but with a local angle.<br />

Trained as a chef, Stef as she’s called, quit her day job<br />

and began selling as the Empanada Girl at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota Farmer’s Market in 2010 with one table,<br />

a toaster oven and only seven types of empanadas for<br />

sale which she made by hand.<br />

From that modest start, her business has grown to<br />

include a retail store and booths at three farmer’s markets,<br />

a brand new food truck, catering and delivery. It’s<br />

Stefania Fochi quite a successful trajectory.<br />

Photo: Evelyn England<br />

Some 40% of US businesses are women-owned, and<br />

women started 1,821 new businesses every day last year (2022). According<br />

to NerdWallet, “Women in business are a driving force in the nation’s<br />

economy. The US economy is increasingly reliant on the work of female<br />

entrepreneurs. Women are starting and running businesses at a stunning<br />

rate—and they’re doing so with demonstrable skill and expertise.”<br />

In this month’s profile, you’ll also read about her family and their own<br />

food business and the influence it had on Stef. Visit her store at 4141<br />

S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, or go to The Sarasota Downtown Farmer’s<br />

Market, The Phillippi Farmhouse Market or The Lakewood Ranch<br />

Farmer’s Market. I’ve enjoyed her empanadas for years at the Sarasota<br />

Farmer’s Market.<br />

Promise me, if there’s one thing you must take away from this profile<br />

besides the fact that Stef is a great chef and businesswoman (as well as a<br />

super nice woman), is that you will never microwave the empanadas you<br />

purchase from her company, Empanada Girl (FYI she doesn’t even own a<br />

microwave). Do you promise?<br />

Here’s her company’s website: www.empanadagirl.com. Enjoy!<br />

In This Issue<br />

As we move into milder weather, we can all finally get out and enjoy what<br />

brought us to this sunny peninsula - blue skies, white sandy beaches and<br />

no cold weather.<br />

I’ve noticed that when you ask people when or why they moved to<br />

Florida they say something like, “The blizzard of…” and mention the<br />

precise year that a midwestern storm or a nor’easter dumped tons of<br />

snow where they were then living.<br />

It’s a vivid memory, almost like a<br />

trauma, but then their faces light<br />

up and they add how many years<br />

they’ve been here.<br />

It’s also the time of the year<br />

when our community kicks into<br />

high gear. My eyeballs have just<br />

about recovered from editing all<br />

the art schedules, events, highlights<br />

and features for the upcoming<br />

season in this issue. I’ve<br />

observed that there’s even more<br />

diversity in the offerings - which is great news.<br />

I can’t emphasize enough how healing, relaxing and refreshing the<br />

arts can be - and we all could use a lot of that these days. Pause the<br />

streaming and head to a gallery (there are lots opening up these days) or<br />

walk the grounds of The Ringling, or head to the Sarasota Art Museum or<br />

head up to the MFA or the Dali in St. Pete and surround yourself with art.<br />

I know that works for me.<br />

Happy Anniversary<br />

Congratulations to Tammy Hauser<br />

whose Discover Sarasota Tours marked<br />

five years in business last month. She<br />

adds, “It’s an important milestone only<br />

three per cent of all businesses ever<br />

reach…As you know, it’s been a hard<br />

climb over the past few years, and we<br />

have much to be grateful for.”<br />

Discover Sarasota Tours offers enjoyable tours around Sarasota as<br />

well as themed tours with actors providing some theatrics along the<br />

way. Check them out at www.discoversarasotatours.com.<br />

Welcome Aboard!<br />

Nelle S. Miller has been named President & Chief Executive<br />

Officer of All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB). She will<br />

succeed longtime CEO Sandra Frank, who will retire in<br />

March 2024.<br />

As President & CEO, Miller will have the opportunity to<br />

actualize a comprehensive vision – set forth by Frank – for<br />

the central role AFFB plays in providing solutions to end<br />

hunger in its service area, across Florida and within the<br />

Feeding America network.<br />

Miller returns to All Faiths Food Bank after having<br />

served on the AFFB Board from 2016-2021, including<br />

service as Chair of the Board from 2018-2020, during which time she<br />

assisted in the development of a succession plan for the organization.<br />

“For the past 12 years, it has been my great honor and privilege to lead<br />

this incredible organization and I will cherish my final months at the<br />

helm,” said Frank.<br />

For over 20 years, Miller has served the as the Board Chair of many<br />

leading philanthropic organizations and human services agencies. Miller<br />

is currently serving as the Interim CEO of Unidos Now.<br />

Last year, she acted as Interim President and CEO of JFCS of the<br />

Suncoast. She is currently Board Chair of the Education Foundation of<br />

Sarasota County and is an Advisory Board member for the Boxser Diversity<br />

Initiative. Additionally, she has been Board Chair of the Community<br />

Foundation of Sarasota County, Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services<br />

Center, and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, among others.<br />

Miller will assume her responsibilities as President & CEO of All Faiths<br />

Food Bank on January 3, 2024.<br />

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

Nelle S. Miller<br />

Save Sarasota’s History<br />

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation (SAHP) has launched the<br />

Sarasota Preservation Program to save and protect historic buildings<br />

through a suite of tools that have never been deployed in the region.<br />

These include historic preservation easements; low-cost financing<br />

for maintenance and restoration of historic buildings; and technical<br />

assistance for repairs<br />

and upkeep. The<br />

goal is to combat the<br />

Sarasota region’s<br />

rapid loss of historic<br />

buildings through<br />

tangible help to<br />

homeowners –<br />

including low-cost<br />

loans and help for<br />

those who own even<br />

modest-scale older<br />

dwellings.<br />

Some of the first<br />

Example of historic home in Sarasota’s Central Cocoanut District.<br />

beneficiaries will<br />

be historic homeowners in Sarasota’s Central Cocoanut and Newtown<br />

neighborhoods. The SAHP board of directors has kicked off a matching<br />

gift challenge to double every dollar raised for the program up to<br />

$30,000. Donate here SAHP.<br />

For more information on their invaluable work, visit preservesrq.org<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 />

Special Events<br />

The EcoSummit, on October<br />

22. taking place Dec. 5-6 at the Van<br />

Wezel, offers lectures, panel discussions,<br />

storytelling, and music. Dozens<br />

of national, regional, and local experts<br />

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PINC Experience returns to the<br />

Sarasota Opera House on December<br />

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The 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ<br />

Event is on December 6 put on by<br />

the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.<br />

This event has been the premier<br />

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“A Brave New Wonderland,” to the<br />

CAC’s Holiday-Themed Big Top in the<br />

East District at UTC.<br />

The show, with performances<br />

through December 31, promises a<br />

blend of thrilling circus acts, aerial<br />

performances, and holiday storytelling,<br />

curated and produced under<br />

the creative eye of the “King of the<br />

High Wire” Wallenda himself, along<br />

with his world record-holding wife,<br />

Erendira Wallenda.<br />

To purchase tickets, visit circus<br />

arts.org.<br />

Artist Series<br />

Concerts<br />

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota<br />

has The Queen’s Six direct from<br />

Windsor Castle where they work<br />

and live. This extraordinary vocal<br />

sextet, drawn from the lay clerks of<br />

St. George’s Chapel, was recently<br />

featured on “CBS Sunday Morning.”<br />

In addition to their royal duties, they<br />

present concerts that include austere<br />

early chant, bawdy madrigals,<br />

haunting folk songs, and upbeat jazz<br />

and pop arrangements. They perform<br />

on December 17.<br />

Jonathan Mamora has taken the<br />

piano world by storm after winning<br />

first prize in the Olga Kern International<br />

Piano Competition, AntwerPiano<br />

International Competition, Dallas<br />

International Piano Competition,<br />

American Virtuoso International<br />

Music Competition, and “Sviatoslav<br />

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Richter” International Piano Competition.<br />

He takes to the Historic<br />

Asolo Theater stage on January 9 for<br />

a program that includes Schubert’s<br />

iconic “Trout” Quintet. In 2019, Lin<br />

Ye wowed Sarasota audiences in two<br />

sold out programs.<br />

For information, visit ArtistSeries<br />

Concerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.<br />

Soundbox Ventures<br />

Soundbox Ventures announces<br />

its 20<strong>23</strong>-2024 season of the “Listen<br />

Hear” salon concert series in partnership<br />

with St. Boniface Episcopal<br />

Church. Curated by Max Tan, each<br />

salon-style event includes a classical<br />

music program, insights from<br />

the artists, and conversations with<br />

the audience. The three-event series<br />

begins with “Preludes with Marisa,”<br />

a world premiere of “12 Preludes for<br />

Solo Piano” by Catalonian composer<br />

Marc Migó, on December 16.<br />

Each program is free and registration<br />

is required. Register at www.<br />

soundboxventures.org/events. St.<br />

Boniface Episcopal Church is located at<br />

5615 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.<br />

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The Ringling’s<br />

Art of Performance<br />

Season<br />

The Ringling’s Art of Performance<br />

season in the Historic Asolo Theater<br />

continues. On December 12 there’s<br />

a sunset celebration of Our Lady of<br />

Guadalupe Feast Day with an evening<br />

of music and song with La Santa<br />

Cecilia straight from Los Angeles.<br />

La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the<br />

modern-day creative hybrid of Latin<br />

culture, rock and world music. The<br />

group draws inspiration from all over<br />

the world, utilizing Pan-American<br />

rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova,<br />

rumba, bolero, tango, jazz and<br />

klezmer music. Named after the patron<br />

saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed<br />

of accordionist and requinto<br />

player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex<br />

Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’<br />

Ramirez, and vocalist ‘La Marisoul.’<br />

Held bayfront at The Ringling’s Ca’<br />

d’Zan Campiello, the evening will celebrate<br />

Virgen de Guadalupe’s Feast Day.<br />

Tickets: www.ringling.org.<br />

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The Glen-ridge<br />

Performing<br />

Arts Center<br />

The Glenridge Performing Arts<br />

Center’s 20<strong>23</strong>-2024 season runs<br />

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through April<br />

3. On December<br />

8 Nate<br />

Najar’s “Jazz<br />

Holiday” will<br />

perform.<br />

This annual<br />

tradition<br />

showcases<br />

Najar’s band,<br />

made up of<br />

local and New<br />

York based<br />

talent. Najar<br />

puts together<br />

a swinging<br />

group every<br />

year—a welloiled<br />

jazz<br />

machine that<br />

never fails to<br />

delight.<br />

Maria Wirries<br />

performs<br />

on January 6, 7:30 p.m. Wirries started<br />

giving concerts at GPAC when she<br />

was just 13 years old. Her voice teacher<br />

was Glenridge musical director<br />

Alan Corey. Since then, she graduated<br />

with honors with a degree in musical<br />

theater from Penn State.<br />

Wirries was most recently seen in<br />

the Off-Broadway revival of “Kinky<br />

Boots” and the Broadway and touring<br />

productions of “Dear Evan Hansen.”<br />

She was recently accepted into<br />

the prestigious Lehman Engel Musical<br />

Theatre Workshop.<br />

The Glenridge Performing Arts<br />

Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.<br />

For tickets, call (941) 552-5325 or visit<br />

GPACtix.com.<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents the high-spirited musical revue, “Joyful!<br />

Joyful!” through December 30. Tickets: westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

Choral Artists<br />

Choral Artists presents its Christmas<br />

Celebration concert. Celebrate<br />

the spirit of Christmas through the<br />

power of song. Featuring an evening<br />

of holiday harmonies and festive<br />

favorites, including African-American<br />

spirituals on December 10, 7<br />

p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222<br />

S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

Choral Cinemagic: Featuring<br />

popular movie music, including<br />

from the James Bond films, “Momma<br />

Mia!,” “Sister Act,” and a medley of<br />

all-time favorites. Sunday, February<br />

4, 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian<br />

Church, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota.<br />

Tickets: choralartistssarasota.org/<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Contemporary<br />

Dance<br />

Sarasota Contemporary Dance<br />

has Evolving/Revolving: Alyson<br />

Dolan & Drew Silverman on<br />

January 18-21 in the Jane B. Cook<br />

Theatre at the FSU Center for the<br />

Performing Arts.<br />

2024 launches with artists who<br />

have influenced the company in a<br />

collaboration that will expand the<br />

breadth of SCD’s repertory. SCD<br />

invites back choreographer/dancer<br />

Alyson Dolan (2006-2010) and composer/musician<br />

Drew Silverman<br />

(2009-2010) to co-create with Artistic<br />

Director, Leymis Bolanos Wilmott.<br />

Evolving/Revolving: Alyson<br />

Dolan & Drew Silverman, is a captivating<br />

new, multi-disciplinary<br />

work with projection design by New<br />

College of Florida student Lindsey<br />

Jennings. www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org<br />

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Musica Sacra<br />

of Sarasota<br />

On December 8, Musica Sacra of<br />

Sarasota has A Celtic Christmas, celebrating<br />

the season with the magic of<br />

pipes, fiddles, enchanting songs and<br />

dance. Presented in partnership with<br />

First Presbyterian Church Choir &<br />

The Lubben Brothers Band. Tickets:<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org or<br />

call 941-374-0940.<br />

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Sarasota Concert<br />

Association<br />

Sarasota Concert Association<br />

announces its 2024 Music Matinees<br />

concert series. These free afternoon<br />

concerts showcase regional musicians<br />

performing a variety of musical<br />

styles. From classical to marimba,<br />

this concert series includes something<br />

for everyone.<br />

Coming up is Corda Voce on<br />

Wednesday, January 10, at 2 p.m.<br />

Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Dr. Jonathan<br />

Godfrey form the soprano and classical<br />

guitar duo known as Corda Voce<br />

(Cor-da VO-chay - Italian for “string<br />

voice”). Since 2015 they have intertwined<br />

the influences of cabaret, classical,<br />

jazz, and popular music.<br />

The concerts are free but pre-registration<br />

is required and available 30<br />

days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org,<br />

or through our box office<br />

at (941) 966-6161. Attendees can<br />

reserve up to two tickets per matinee<br />

performance.<br />

Note their new time and location:<br />

First Presbyterian Church, 2050<br />

Oak Street, downtown Sarasota, at 2<br />

p.m. For more information about SCA,<br />

visit www.scasarasota.org or call the<br />

box office at 941-966-6161.<br />

Sarasota Concert Association has<br />

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert on<br />

December 4 at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House. Celebrating 50 years of making<br />

spirits bright, the world’s most famous<br />

brass quintet performs festive holiday<br />

favorites, from Carol of the Bells, to A<br />

Charlie Brown Christmas, swinging<br />

Glenn Miller tunes and more.<br />

Their Great Performer series kicks<br />

off with Sofia Philharmonic on January<br />

15, 2024 at the Van Wezel with<br />

Nayden Todorov, conductor and Liya<br />

Petrova, violin.<br />

Praised as “Bulgaria’s most illustrious<br />

musical institution” by Gramophone<br />

Magazine, the acclaimed Sofia<br />

Philharmonic makes its Sarasota<br />

debut to open the Sarasota Concert<br />

Association’s Great Performers Series.<br />

General director Nayden Todorov<br />

leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s<br />

beloved Symphony No. 7 and Brahms’<br />

romantic Violin Concerto featuring<br />

violinist Liya Petrova.<br />

Tickets: www.SCAsarasota.org.<br />

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Sarasota Ballet<br />

Next up is Program 3 on December<br />

15-16 at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House. Program includes Theme<br />

and Variations with choreography<br />

by George Balanchine and music by<br />

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.<br />

Divertissements include: Les<br />

Lutins with choreography by Johan<br />

Kobborg and music by Henryk Wieniawski<br />

and Antonio Bazzini<br />

In the Upper Room with choreography<br />

by Twyla Tharp and music by<br />

Philip Glass<br />

Tickets: www.sarasotaballet.org.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

At the Van Wezel<br />

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Coming up (partial list):<br />

• Sweet Caroline Tour: A Neil Diamond<br />

Christmas - December 4<br />

• Allman Betts family - December 12<br />

• Marie Osmond - December 13<br />

• Daniel O’Donnell - December 15<br />

• Celtic Angels Christmas -<br />

December 21<br />

• The Illusionists: Magic of the<br />

Holidays - December 16<br />

• Wheel of Fortune LIVE!” -<br />

December 17<br />

• Cirque Musica Holiday<br />

Wonderland - December <strong>23</strong><br />

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

available through Mattison’s at the<br />

Van Wezel which is located inside the<br />

theatre. Reservations can be made<br />

on VanWezel.org or through the box<br />

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

Bishop Museum<br />

of Science and<br />

Nature<br />

The Bishop has SHE ENGINEERS<br />

through December 31, 20<strong>23</strong>. SHE<br />

ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English<br />

and Spanish) poster exhibition<br />

highlighting eight women in various<br />

engineering fields. In their own<br />

words, the women share their passion<br />

and what inspired them to become<br />

engineers.<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

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

bishopscience.org.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Art Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College has:<br />

• Contemporary/Traditional: Selections<br />

from the Basch Glass Collection<br />

through Feb. 11, 2024. Drawn<br />

from the Richard and Barbara Basch<br />

Collection, Contemporary/Traditional<br />

gives a glimpse into the dynamic<br />

world of international contemporary<br />

glass art of the late 20th and 21st centuries.<br />

This exhibition showcases a<br />

range of glasswork styles, from delicate<br />

figural sculptures to powerful<br />

abstract shapes.<br />

• Juana Valdés: Embodied Memories,<br />

Ancestral Histories through<br />

Feb. 11, 2024. This is Valdés’ first solo<br />

exhibition at a museum. It will showcase<br />

a range of works drawn from her<br />

three-decade-long career. Valdés’<br />

work, anchored in history and narratives<br />

related to her Afro-Cuban heritage,<br />

addresses colonization’s history<br />

and migration’s impact, as well as the<br />

issues of gender, race, and the representation<br />

of the female body.<br />

• Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces<br />

runs November 19-March 24, 2024.<br />

Pfaff, widely regarded as a pioneer of<br />

installation art, has created work that<br />

spans disciplines from painting to<br />

printmaking and sculpture to installation,<br />

eschewing definition. Pfaff<br />

ingeniously transmutes and transforms<br />

materials, including natural<br />

objects from her garden, hand-painted<br />

and digitally manipulated images,<br />

welded steel, aluminum, wood,<br />

expanded foam, melted plastic, blown<br />

glass, neon, and LED lights.<br />

Visit sarasotaartmuseum.org to<br />

learn more. Sarasota Art Museum<br />

is located at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

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The Hermitage<br />

The Hermitage<br />

Cross Arts<br />

Collaborative on<br />

December 14 features<br />

Hermitage<br />

Fellow Cleyvis<br />

Natera who will<br />

read from and<br />

offer insights into<br />

her debut novel,<br />

Neruda on the<br />

Park. She’ll also<br />

share a glimpse<br />

into her writing<br />

process at the<br />

Johann Fust Community<br />

Library in<br />

Boca Grande.<br />

The book is<br />

based in a Dominican<br />

community in<br />

New York City on<br />

the brink of the seemingly inevitable<br />

gentrification process, Natera’s novel<br />

charts the varied reactions to this new<br />

reality: some are willing to accept it,<br />

some may even benefit, but others are<br />

planning to risk everything to fight<br />

to keep their home. Offering no easy<br />

answers, the story ultimately asks:<br />

who are the people and where are the<br />

places that make us who we are? Hear<br />

the author read and discuss her work<br />

and gain insight into what’s up next for<br />

this much-praised writer.<br />

Registration is required at: HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art has Mountains of the<br />

Mind: Scholars’ Rocks from China<br />

and Beyond which runs through June<br />

<strong>23</strong>, 2024 in The Ringling’s Ting Tsung<br />

and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian<br />

Art. The exhibit features a selection of<br />

scholars’ rocks and related paintings<br />

and prints, including rocks recently<br />

donated from the extensive collection<br />

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

acquisition funded by Lucia and Steve<br />

Almquist and paintings on loan from<br />

the 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<br />

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

various shapes, textures and geological<br />

properties. The rocks are further<br />

contextualized by paintings, prints<br />

and texts that illuminate their cultural<br />

importance for scholars across<br />

the centuries. The stones have been<br />

appreciated and admired in China<br />

for more than a thousand years;<br />

historically, connoisseurs displayed<br />

their stones in their studios alongside<br />

paintings and other treasures, where<br />

they served as a focus for meditation<br />

or creative contemplation.<br />

On view through March 3 is Working<br />

Conditions. Explore labor through<br />

The Ringling’s Photography Collection.<br />

The Industrial Revolution of the<br />

eighteenth and nineteenth centuries<br />

radically changed the nature of human<br />

labor. Photography was itself introduced<br />

to the public in 1839.<br />

The subsequent development of<br />

photographic media has thus been<br />

intertwined with the culture of labor<br />

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ever since. In addition to the camera’s<br />

technical use as an instrument to record,<br />

photographers have also created<br />

images over the decades that have<br />

helped shape how we think about<br />

work and the politics of labor. This<br />

exhibition explores the myriad ways<br />

in which photographs have communicated<br />

ideas about labor since the<br />

nineteenth century through examples<br />

from The Ringling’s photography permanent<br />

collection.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

Theatre<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

presents its Christmas card to the<br />

community with the high-spirited<br />

musical revue, “Joyful! Joyful!” A<br />

blend of new takes on traditional<br />

holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics<br />

and pop songs, the show will<br />

include a twist on the carol “Joy to<br />

the World,” a version of “Carol of<br />

the Bells” that is an homage to the<br />

O’Jays, and a lively gospel rendition<br />

of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” to<br />

name a few.<br />

Some favorite WBTT performers,<br />

talented Stage of Discovery students,<br />

and some fresh new faces will<br />

put audiences in a festive holiday<br />

spirit. Jacobs will direct. Show runs<br />

through December 30.<br />

Location: WBTT’s Donelly Theatre,<br />

1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Tickets:<br />

westcoastblacktheatre.org<br />

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The Players Sarasota has A Tuna<br />

Christmas running December 2-17.<br />

In this sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s<br />

Christmas in the third-smallest town<br />

in Texas. Radio station news personalities<br />

Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie<br />

report on various Yuletide activities,<br />

including the hot competition in<br />

the annual lawn-display contest. In<br />

other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s<br />

production of A Christmas Carol is<br />

jeopardized by unpaid electric bills.<br />

Moses and Kitch stand around on<br />

the corner – passing the time and hoping<br />

that maybe today will be different.<br />

As they dream of their promised land,<br />

a stranger wanders into their space<br />

with his own agenda and derails their<br />

plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass<br />

Over crafts everyday profanities into<br />

poetic and humorous riffs, exposing<br />

the unquestionable human spirit of<br />

young men stuck in a cycle just looking<br />

for a way out.<br />

Held at The Players Studio Black Box,<br />

1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200,<br />

Sarasota. Tickets: theplayers.org<br />

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Manatee Performing<br />

Arts<br />

Center has these<br />

shows:<br />

• She Loves Me<br />

— In this case of<br />

mistaken identity<br />

and letter writing,<br />

two feuding<br />

perfume clerks<br />

have no idea that<br />

they are in love.<br />

Runs through<br />

December 10.<br />

• Disney’s The<br />

Aristocats Kids<br />

Show — Based<br />

on the Disney<br />

animated film,<br />

and featuring<br />

a jazzy, upbeat<br />

score, Disney’s<br />

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The Aristocats KIDS is a thrill ride of<br />

feline fun. December 9.<br />

• Tis the Season Concert— Recording<br />

artist and singer-songwriter, Joe<br />

Gattuso, has brought together musicians<br />

to create a show that will flood<br />

you with Christmas memories. Nyke<br />

van Wyk, a violinist will dazzle you<br />

with his modern take on Christmas<br />

classics. Melinda Drake, international<br />

singing competition winner of 20<strong>23</strong><br />

will captivate your imagination as she<br />

sings both original and classic Christmas<br />

melodies. Runs December 21-22.<br />

• The Nutcracker — Under the artistic<br />

direction of Darya Fedotova and<br />

Sergiy Mykhaylov, The International<br />

Ballet of Florida will present “The Nutcracker”<br />

Ballet a Christmas tradition<br />

for the entire family. The original choreography<br />

is by Vadim Fedotov and is<br />

set to the music of Pyotor Tchaikovsky.<br />

International Ballet of Florida will<br />

join dancers from the National Ballet<br />

of Ukraine, Lithuanian National<br />

Baller, Orlando National Ballet, and<br />

more. December <strong>23</strong>.<br />

• You’re Some Kind of Wonderful<br />

— US soul legend John Ellison was<br />

the lead singer and songwriter of the<br />

Legendary Atlantic Recording Group<br />

known as the Soul Brothers Six who<br />

first recorded the classic song, “She’s<br />

Some Kind of Wonderful”. To date<br />

“Some Kind of Wonderful” has been<br />

covered by more than 70 artists. This<br />

great classic song has received millions<br />

of airplays, and in 1994 it was the<br />

third most played song in the world.<br />

Now it’s time that the world be introduced<br />

to the person who wrote this<br />

iconic and classic song with John Ellison<br />

delivering his ultimate version of<br />

that instant classic. December 30.<br />

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

Performing Arts Center, 502 Third<br />

Avenue W, Bradenton.<br />

Venice Theatre ’s Raymond Center<br />

(Venice Theatre’s 130-seat temporary<br />

stage in the Raymond Center directly<br />

behind the main building) will be A<br />

Christmas Carol running Dec. 1-20.<br />

Based on the story by Charles Dickens,<br />

Venice Theatre’s musical version<br />

of A Christmas Carol returns with the<br />

joyous spirit of the year-end holidays.<br />

Intergenerational veterans from past<br />

productions (including Brad Wages as<br />

Scrooge) join with new cast members<br />

to tell Charle Dickens’ story of redemption<br />

and rebirth.<br />

Info: venicetheatre.org/<br />

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At the Van<br />

Wezel the<br />

Allman Betts<br />

family on<br />

December 12.<br />

Tickets: www.<br />

VanWezel.org<br />

Asolo Rep has Crazy For you<br />

through January 4, 2024. Put on<br />

your dancing shoes as you are transported<br />

back to the Roaring Twenties<br />

by this Tony Award-winning, romantic<br />

musical comedy. Featuring iconic<br />

Gershwin songs such as “Someone<br />

to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,”<br />

and “Embraceable You,” Crazy For<br />

You delivers comic high jinks, spectacular<br />

dance numbers, and fun for<br />

the entire family.<br />

Visit asolorep.org to learn more info.<br />

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for<br />

Actor Training has Miss Julie running<br />

February 15 -March 10. By<br />

August Strindberg. Witness a clandestine<br />

encounter of desire, lust and forbidden<br />

love. On a Midsummer Night,<br />

the count’s daughter, Julie, enters<br />

the kitchen, sparking a dangerous<br />

connection with the servant, Jean. As<br />

their illicit affair unfolds, Christine,<br />

another servant and Jean’s fiancé,<br />

quietly observes, leading to a shocking<br />

climax. Experience a naturalistic<br />

tragedy where class, sex and fate<br />

intertwine, as Julie and Jean spiral<br />

into a mesmerizing “dance of death”.<br />

For information, visit asolorep.org/<br />

conservatory<br />

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Florida Studio Theatre has the<br />

latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This<br />

interactive family-friendly, musicfilled<br />

show celebrates everything<br />

that makes the holidays in Sarasota<br />

special. Since Deck the Halls was<br />

first produced in 2016, the show has<br />

become a holiday tradition for many<br />

families on the Suncoast.<br />

This year, the festivities return<br />

with all-new sketches, all-new songs,<br />

and all-new memories ready for<br />

the making. Created by Caroline<br />

Saldivar and Sarah Durham with<br />

additional material by Dellan<br />

Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the<br />

Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays<br />

in FST’s Keating Theatre.<br />

Inspired by happenings in the<br />

community and trends in popular<br />

culture, this year’s edition of Deck the<br />

Halls will lovingly spoof everything<br />

from over-the-top commercials and<br />

Taylor Swift-mania to snowbirds and<br />

the rise of TikTok—all shared through<br />

a family-friendly lens. Audiences<br />

can also expect entertaining parodies<br />

of classic holiday songs—such as<br />

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”<br />

and “Jingle Bells”—as well as original<br />

comedy sketches featuring five of Santa’s<br />

favorite elves and Mrs. Claus herself.<br />

Runs to December 24.<br />

Florida Studio Theatre’s has It’s A<br />

Blunderful Life, an improvised holiday<br />

musical playing one-night only:<br />

December <strong>23</strong>. With no scripts, no<br />

musical score, and absolutely no idea<br />

what will happen next, FST’s ensemble<br />

of improvisers will deliver fullblown<br />

musical numbers, drama, and<br />

spontaneous choreography in this<br />

musical improv show.<br />

Visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org or<br />

call 941-366-9000.<br />

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Sarasota Jewish Theatre has<br />

three plays from January through<br />

May: “Fully Committed” by Becky<br />

Mode, “Better Late” by Larry Gelbart,<br />

and “The Immigrant” by Mark<br />

Harelik. The plays are presented at<br />

The Players Centre Studio 1130 at the<br />

Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

To purchase tickets and subscriptions,<br />

visit ThePlayers.org or call 941-365-<br />

2494. For information, visit Sarasota-<br />

JewishTheatre.org.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Soundbox Ventures<br />

Their “Listen Hear” Salon Concerts<br />

are on December 16, March 8<br />

and March 20 at St. Boniface Episcopal<br />

Church. This interactive “exhibition<br />

for music” series examines a<br />

specific way we hear expression and<br />

meaning. Curated by Max Tan, each<br />

salon-style event includes a classical<br />

music program, insights from the<br />

artists, and conversations with the<br />

audience.<br />

The three-event series begins with<br />

“Preludes with Marisa,” a world premiere<br />

of “12 Preludes for Solo Piano”<br />

by the Catalonian composer Marc<br />

Migó, on December 16. American pianist<br />

Marisa Gupta will present the<br />

world premiere of “12 Preludes for Solo<br />

Piano” by the Catalonian composer<br />

Marc Migó. Max Tan will host a conversation<br />

with Migó and Gupta about<br />

the process of composing new works<br />

and the relationships between composers<br />

and performers. This program<br />

is sponsored, in part, by the Iberian<br />

Foundation of the City University of<br />

New York Graduate Center for Music.<br />

Each program is free and registration<br />

is required. Register at www.<br />

soundboxventures.org/events. St.<br />

Boniface Episcopal Church is located<br />

at 5615 Midnight Pass Road on<br />

Siesta Key.<br />

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At The Galleries<br />

Island Gallery and Studios presents<br />

“Enchanted Florida Holidays.”<br />

The Art Walk reception is on December<br />

9, from 5-8:30 pm. Mingle with<br />

artists while taking in the artworks<br />

and enjoying holiday refreshments.<br />

Holiday creations by member<br />

artists will showcase throughout<br />

the gallery in December. You’ll find<br />

hand-crafted ornaments, cards and<br />

prints, and a variety of original artworks<br />

that make great gifts.<br />

Downtown Bradenton’s Winter<br />

Wonderland on Old Main Street includes<br />

live music and dancing, vendors,<br />

food and activities for the kids.<br />

Added this year - a hayride.<br />

Island Gallery and Studios is<br />

located at 456 Old Main Street in<br />

downtown Bradenton. Visit www.<br />

islandgalleryandstudios.org or call<br />

941-778-6648.<br />

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Art CenterManatee has Joyful<br />

Expressions and the annual Holiday<br />

Extravaganza in their galleries<br />

through December 29.<br />

January 30 -March 8 brings the<br />

156th International American<br />

Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit<br />

and Florida Suncoast Watercolor<br />

Society Annual Aqueous Exhibit.<br />

AWS features master watercolor<br />

artists from around the world and<br />

the ArtCenter will be one of only<br />

three venues in the United States to<br />

host the traveling exhibit. The opening<br />

reception for these two don’t miss<br />

shows will be February 1, 5-7pm.<br />

They’re at 209 9th St W, Bradenton.<br />

Info: ArtCenterManatee.org.<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra’s Harmony<br />

Gallery features local artists showcasing<br />

their work in solo exhibitions<br />

throughout the Orchestra’s season.<br />

These juried exhibitions feature<br />

artists with mediums ranging from<br />

painting to pastels to mixed media.<br />

Twenty-five percent of all proceeds<br />

from the sale of the artwork benefit<br />

Sarasota Orchestra.<br />

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JoAnn Golenia Exhibition<br />

Titled: Take a<br />

Hike! runs through<br />

December 11. Golenia is<br />

a painter and has exhibited<br />

in international<br />

venues including the<br />

International Festival in<br />

Houston, Texas, the Carnegie<br />

Center for Art and<br />

History in New Albany,<br />

Indiana, and the Schweinfurth<br />

Memorial Art<br />

Center in Auburn, New<br />

York. Locally, she has<br />

exhibited at Art Center<br />

Sarasota, Lighthouse<br />

Center for the Arts,<br />

Tequesta, FL, and the<br />

Venice Art Center.<br />

Next up is Booker<br />

High School VPA Student<br />

Exhibition. VPA<br />

visual art students will<br />

present a collection<br />

of two-dimensional<br />

artwork from various<br />

genres. Exhibit<br />

Dates: December<br />

14-January 25. Reception:<br />

January 24, 5 - 6:30<br />

pm.<br />

Information: www.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra.org.<br />

Art Center Sarasota<br />

Cycle 2: Runs through January 13,<br />

2024. Opening Reception: December<br />

7, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Aimee Jones: Aimee Jones’<br />

paintings use Florida’s landscape of<br />

desire and lust to portray the body,<br />

interwoven with the American idea<br />

of paradise. She plays with the dichotomy<br />

of the female form as a political<br />

landscape and the power of a woman’s<br />

bodily agency.<br />

• Ethan Fielder: Ethan Fielder will<br />

exhibit a body of sculptural ceramics,<br />

which examines personal and collective<br />

growth inspired by formative<br />

moments of transformation that he<br />

experienced through his turbulent<br />

countrywide travels in 2020.<br />

• Tom Casmer: In his upcoming<br />

exhibition, “ges•talt,” Tom Casmer<br />

brings to life the infrastructure that<br />

lies beneath the skin, the fabric of the<br />

world around him. Drawing inspiration<br />

from the organic and inorganic alike,<br />

Casmer’s sources include the human<br />

figure, nature, and machine-made elements.<br />

His work recognizes the mechanism<br />

of organic and addresses the connection<br />

between the mechanical form<br />

and the human system.<br />

• Juried Show: “Still Life.” Artists<br />

are invited to present their formal<br />

and conceptual notions of modern<br />

day still life. Still life work often holds<br />

suggestive and symbolic imagery that<br />

informs the viewer on the artist’s message,<br />

biography, or cultural climate.<br />

The juror for this exhibition is Mara<br />

Torres, owner and curator of MARA<br />

Art Studio + Gallery in Sarasota.<br />

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. Info: www.<br />

artsarasota.org.<br />

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SPAACES presents EXIT MUSIC:<br />

Continuum, featuring the work of<br />

St. Petersburg-based artist Nathan<br />

Beard through December 16. Lecture<br />

by Nathan Beard is on December<br />

16, 10-11 a.m.<br />

As patrons leave a movie or theatrical<br />

performance, Exit Music helps<br />

usher our senses from the imaginary<br />

world back to the mundane. Beard<br />

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The<br />

Glenridge<br />

Performing<br />

Arts Center<br />

has Maria<br />

Wirries on<br />

January 6,<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

For tickets,<br />

call (941)<br />

552-5325<br />

or visit<br />

GPACtix.com.<br />

employs Exit Music as a metaphor<br />

for transition through liminal space.<br />

Meditating upon the connective patterns<br />

underlying events, Beard seeks a<br />

deeper understanding of the intricate<br />

relationships between matter, space,<br />

energy and time. Beard’s richly-layered<br />

Exit Music paintings combine<br />

playful Abstract Expressionism with<br />

fields of color that transition slowly<br />

through color and temperature. He<br />

slices blue painter’s tape, strip-bystrip,<br />

and methodically applies it to<br />

create cyclic patterns that enhance<br />

the dimension and movement of<br />

roughly-hewn serpentine forms floating<br />

in an expressionistic soup.<br />

For tickets and reservation<br />

(required) www.spaaces.art. SPAAC-<br />

ES is at 2051 Princeton St., Sarasota.<br />

Selby Gardens has Clyde Butcher:<br />

Nature Through the Lens at the<br />

Historic Spanish Point campus on<br />

view to August 31, 2024. Featuring<br />

extraordinary, large-format wildlife<br />

prints by this well-known landscape<br />

photographer and conservationist,<br />

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through<br />

the Lens gives viewers the chance to<br />

engage with Clyde Butcher’s artwork<br />

against the backdrop of our Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus. selby.org.<br />

Sarasota<br />

▼<br />

Orchestra<br />

▼<br />

Masterworks performances take<br />

place at Van Wezel and Neel Performing<br />

Arts Center.<br />

• The Scottish – December 2, 3 with<br />

Johannes Debus, conductor; Randall<br />

Goosby, violin performing John Corigliano<br />

– Stomp; Mozart – Violin Concerto<br />

No. 3 and Mendelssohn – Symphony<br />

No. 3 (Scottish)<br />

• Friends & Inspirations – January 5,<br />

6, 7 with Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor<br />

and Sir Stephen Hough, piano,<br />

performing Clarice Assad – Bonecos<br />

De Olinda; Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody<br />

on a Theme of Paganini; Elgar –Enigma<br />

Variations<br />

The Discoveries series features bitesized<br />

programs delighting<br />

both devotees and<br />

newcomers to great<br />

chamber orchestra repertoire.<br />

Discoveries performances<br />

take place<br />

at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House.<br />

• Next up is Cheers to<br />

the Music of Dance on<br />

December 20 with Yue<br />

Bao, conductor, performing<br />

J. Strauss, Jr.<br />

–Voices of Spring; Gluck<br />

– Dance of the Blessed<br />

Spirits; J. Strauss,<br />

Jr. – Emperor Waltzes;<br />

Brahms – Hungarian<br />

Dance No. 5 and Poulenc<br />

– Sinfonietta<br />

The Great<br />

Escapes series offers a<br />

mix of popular tunes,<br />

light classics and conductor<br />

commentary.<br />

Great Escapes performances<br />

take place at<br />

Holley Hall.<br />

• Next top is Holiday<br />

Party on December<br />

6-10 with Kelly Corcoran,<br />

conductor<br />

The Chamber<br />

Soirées series offers the<br />

opportunity to get up close and personal<br />

with Sarasota Orchestra musicians<br />

as they perform magnificent,<br />

small ensemble works. This season<br />

includes six programs featuring string<br />

and piano quartets, classics for wind<br />

and brass instruments, rare gems and<br />

more. Chamber Soirées performances<br />

take place at Holley Hall.<br />

• Next up is Beethoven and Berio on<br />

December 21 with Gabrieli – Four<br />

Canzoni (Arr. For Brass Quintet);<br />

Berio –Opus Number Zoo and Beethoven<br />

– String Quartet No. 2<br />

For further information, visit www.<br />

SarasotaOrchestra.org.<br />

Art Around<br />

the State<br />

The legacy of writer and painter<br />

Leonora Carrington on view at The<br />

Dalí Museum. During her lifetime,<br />

Leonora Carrington produced more<br />

than 2,000 paintings and authored<br />

several notable written works, earning<br />

the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime<br />

Achievement award in 1986. The Dalí<br />

Museum will present “Leonora Carrington:<br />

Writer, Painter, Visionary,”<br />

to Jan. 7, 2024 in The Museum’s Raymond<br />

James Community Room. The<br />

exhibition will highlight Carrington’s<br />

personal life, her written work and her<br />

visionary images.<br />

Carrington’s remarkable life was<br />

filled with adversity and profoundly<br />

shaped her artistic endeavors. Born<br />

into a wealthy conservative English<br />

family, she rebelled early on, finding<br />

solace in her partnership with Ernst.<br />

WWII ruptured their bond when<br />

Ernst was arrested by the French<br />

police and German Gestapo. These<br />

separations initiated Carrington’s<br />

collapse, propelling her to leave<br />

France. In Madrid, another mental<br />

breakdown led her to be institutionalized<br />

in a Spanish asylum against<br />

her will. She orchestrated an escape<br />

by a marriage of convenience with<br />

Mexican Ambassador Renato Leduc,<br />

which facilitated her flight to New<br />

York. She eventually settled in Mexico,<br />

where she thrived creatively,<br />

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forming connections with expatriate<br />

artists and marrying photographer<br />

Emerico “Chiki” Weisz. The majority<br />

of her most notable work was created<br />

in Mexico, her primary residence<br />

until her death in 2011 at the age of 94.<br />

Visit TheDali.org.<br />

Explore the Vaults: Water + Color.<br />

This exhibition explores paintings and<br />

drawings from the MFA’s permanent<br />

collection made using water-based<br />

media, including ink, gouache, and of<br />

course watercolor. The works in this<br />

gallery, both on the walls and in the<br />

cabinet drawers, show the wide array<br />

of visual effects—from crisp lines to<br />

delicately hued washes to intensely<br />

saturated passages—created through<br />

water’s interaction with pigments<br />

upon various surface. Among the<br />

most ancient of all artistic techniques<br />

is painting or drawing with pigments<br />

suspended in water.<br />

Because they can be created from<br />

simple substances—such as naturally<br />

occurring minerals, soot,<br />

plant materials, and water—these<br />

paints and inks are found in cultures<br />

around the globe. This exhibition<br />

explores paintings and drawings<br />

from the MFA’s permanent collection<br />

made using water-based media,<br />

including ink, gouache, and of<br />

course watercolor. In contrast to<br />

more complicated media, like egg<br />

tempera or oil paint, water-based<br />

paints and inks are easier to work<br />

with, dry more quickly, and can be<br />

used successfully without specialized<br />

training. Over the last two hundred<br />

years, commercially produced<br />

pigments and new media like acrylic<br />

paint have expanded the range of<br />

colors and finishes for water-based<br />

techniques. The works in this gallery,<br />

both on the walls and in the cabinet<br />

drawers, show the wide array of visual<br />

effects—from crisp lines to delicately<br />

hued washes to intensely saturated<br />

passages—created through<br />

water’s interaction with pigments<br />

upon various surfaces. Runs through<br />

January 7. Info: mfastpete.org.<br />

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Meetings<br />

On December 15, The Palm-Aire<br />

Women’s Club has Broadway musical<br />

actress Ann Morrison who will<br />

perform for their holiday luncheon.<br />

Morrison is best known as Mary Flynn<br />

in the Stephen Sondheim/George<br />

Furth musical Merrily We Roll<br />

Along. She won the Theatre World<br />

Award for her performance. She has<br />

performed on television, stage and<br />

in cabaret.<br />

Contact Ann King at Pawc20<strong>23</strong>@<br />

gmail.com to be included on the<br />

email list. Visit the PAWC website:<br />

www.palm-airewomensclub.org.<br />

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The Manatee Genealogical Society<br />

will have its 2024 Annual Seminar<br />

on Saturday, January 27, 2024.<br />

The theme of the seminar is “Finding<br />

Your Elusive Ancestors” and as<br />

in the past, with nationally known<br />

speakers. For more information, visit<br />

https://mgsfl.org/.<br />

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get to know<br />

Meet the Women<br />

Behind Osprey’s Most Exciting Destination:<br />

Bay Street Village Towncenter<br />

Diamonds, jewels,<br />

flowers, art,<br />

music, textiles,<br />

and photography<br />

from distant<br />

shores along<br />

with wonderful dining options<br />

are waiting to be discovered<br />

on Destination Drive, at<br />

the shops of Bay Street Village<br />

Towncenter, Osprey, FL.<br />

from distant shores along<br />

with wonderful dining options<br />

are waiting to be discovered<br />

on Destination Drive, at<br />

the shops of Bay Street Village<br />

Towncenter, Osprey, FL.<br />

All thanks to the talented<br />

women entrepreneurs who<br />

have created this special<br />

place that is nestled in a<br />

beautifully designed Mediterranean-style<br />

town center,<br />

near the intersection of Bay<br />

Street and South Tamiami.<br />

Diamond Bay Jewelers’ owner<br />

Monica Galfre is one the<br />

women business entrepreneurs<br />

behind these unique<br />

and successful business.<br />

After she and her Swisstrained<br />

watchmaker husband<br />

Jorge Rysko opened Diamond<br />

Bay Jewelers in January 20<strong>23</strong>,<br />

Monica began to meet her<br />

business neighbors. She<br />

saw opportunity. “Working<br />

together, I thought that we<br />

could create a wonderful<br />

shopping and dining destination.<br />

All our stores and<br />

businesses complement each<br />

other, and we’re all only steps<br />

away.” Her fellow women<br />

business owners agreed. They<br />

began coordinating their<br />

efforts and cross promoting<br />

each other’s services and<br />

talents. Today, the Bay Street<br />

Village Towncenter is one<br />

of the region’s most exciting<br />

destinations.<br />

Monica is also the woman<br />

behind the highly successful<br />

18-year-old Silver City Jewelry,<br />

a Siesta Key landmark. “When<br />

my husband and I decided to<br />

open Diamond Bay Jewelers<br />

in Osprey, in January, 20<strong>23</strong>,<br />

we returned to our roots in<br />

the fine jewelry world.” Silver<br />

City carries the area’s finest<br />

silver jewelry, custom designs,<br />

L to R - Dr. Karolina Baker, MD, Aven Clinic; Monica Galfre, Diamond Bay Jewelers; Abbey Box, Sutra Fine Art &<br />

Textiles from India Photo Gallery; Dr. Doaa Talees, DPT, Physical Therapy Doctors; Midge Johnson, Midge Johnson’s<br />

Fine Art Studio; Susan Pohlmann, By-the-Bay Bistro; Gemma Lewis, Flowers on Bay Street and Dr. Delia Cotera, DDS.<br />

and trademarked Watercolor<br />

Gemstone and Tide Away jewelry<br />

line. Trip Advisor named<br />

Silver City Sarasota’s #1 destination.<br />

The store has over 350<br />

reviews and more than 5,000<br />

likes on Facebook.<br />

Diamond Bay Jewelers is<br />

where Monica’s customers<br />

find exquisite gems, fine<br />

watches and jewelry for<br />

women and men in gold,<br />

platinum and silver. “We<br />

specialize in fine watches and<br />

watchmaking and we are one<br />

of a select number of jewelers<br />

nationwide to carry the elegant<br />

Gabriel & Co. line of fine<br />

jewelry as well as the beautiful<br />

Imperial Pearl line.”<br />

Flowers on Bay Street, Diamond<br />

Bay Jewelers’ neighboring<br />

business, showcases<br />

the talented New York City<br />

floral designer Gemma Lewis.<br />

The shop is filled with silk<br />

and natural flowers arrangements.<br />

Gemma also visits<br />

client’s homes and offices<br />

to decorate with her floral<br />

designs and for the holidays,<br />

she is decorating Christmas<br />

trees in her client’s homes.<br />

Her monthly classes in flower<br />

design are also popular. Next<br />

door, Midge Johnson’s Fine<br />

Art studio is where the artist<br />

creates and sells her original<br />

abstract paintings. Midge and<br />

her classically trained pianist<br />

husband, Alan Wasserman,<br />

who has performed at New<br />

York City’s Carnegie Hall, also<br />

offer performance sessions<br />

where he plays a classical<br />

piece of music and discusses<br />

the work, as she paints.<br />

When photographer Abbey<br />

Box opened her Sutra Fine<br />

Art & Textiles from India Photo<br />

Gallery in early November,<br />

next door to Midge Johnson,<br />

customers discovered Box’s<br />

rare collection of exquisite<br />

silk and embroidered<br />

cashmere stoles from India,<br />

textiles, paintings and more.<br />

“Abbey,” Monica noted, “is a<br />

wonderful photographer. Her<br />

images in black and white,<br />

and color, from India and the<br />

United States, would grace<br />

any home’s walls. We’re so<br />

happy that she joined us.”<br />

Three talented culinary<br />

artists also have their restaurants<br />

at the Bay Street Village<br />

Towncenter. The charming<br />

By-the-Bay-Bistro is open or<br />

breakfast and lunch where<br />

chef and owner Susan Pohlmann<br />

makes every item to<br />

order. “Her delicious baked<br />

goods are imported from<br />

Europe,” Monica advises. At<br />

the front of the Towncenter,<br />

the lively Tacos & Tequila<br />

Mexican restaurant opens for<br />

lunch and dinner. On the second<br />

floor, for dinner, a taste<br />

of Italy awaits at Bella Vino<br />

& Cucina Italian restaurant.<br />

Dana Lopez and her husband<br />

Isell own and managed both.<br />

Representing the medical<br />

community at her Aven<br />

Clinic are Dr. Karolina Baker,<br />

MD, a board-certified family<br />

medicine and functional<br />

medicine provider, Dr. Gabby<br />

Doaa Talees, PTDPT, PCS ,of<br />

Physical Therapy Doctors,<br />

and Dr. Delia Cotera, DDS.<br />

“I know that I speak for all of<br />

my fellow business entrepreneurs<br />

in saying thank you,”<br />

said Monica. “We at Diamond<br />

Bay Jewelers look forward to<br />

being your home town jeweler<br />

and welcoming everyone<br />

to the women-owned businesses<br />

on Destination Drive,<br />

at the Bay Street Town Center<br />

in Osprey! ”<br />

Coming up at<br />

Bay Street Village Towncenter<br />

♦ Friday, December 22, Diamond Bay Jewelers’ Men’s<br />

Christmas Shopping Event<br />

♦ On Friday, December 22, from 3 pm–7 pm, Diamond<br />

Bay Jewelers will host a special men’s shopping event. Visit<br />

diamondbayjewelers.com.<br />

♦ Saturday, January 27, Diamond Bay Jewelers One Year<br />

Anniversary Celebration<br />

In-store celebration. Wine and cheese. Visit diamondbayjewelers.com<br />

♦ Saturday, February 3, 15th Anniversary Celebration – Bay<br />

Street Village Town Center, Osprey<br />

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♫Deck the halls with boughs of holly,<br />

Fa la la la la– la la la la!♫<br />

That’s right, ‘Tis the season<br />

to be jolly.’ Soon we’ll be<br />

donning our gay apparel<br />

and heading to Grandma’s<br />

house (or other relative<br />

or friend) for holiday<br />

fun, songs, and gifts. And<br />

let us not forget Grandma’s table<br />

filled to the brim with a bountiful<br />

feast: pecan pie, honey-baked ham,<br />

sweet potato casserole with marshmallow<br />

topping and candy cane<br />

truffles – Yum-yum! It causes me to<br />

pause and think of all the fun, family,<br />

and friends of holidays past.<br />

Sweet treats and rich meals can<br />

be tempting, yet no one wants to<br />

feel deprived during the holidays.<br />

I confess, even as an expert in<br />

nutrition and metabolic medicine,<br />

I have a long history of letting the<br />

holidays get the better of me too.<br />

Fear not – Read on. I promise,<br />

you’ll not be asked to lock yourself<br />

in a closet for the month or be<br />

made to eat a dinner of iceberg lettuce.<br />

There are more sensible and<br />

fun ways to navigate this territory<br />

and come out January 2nd even<br />

healthier.<br />

1<br />

Nix the guilt. – Feeling guilty<br />

after eating foods you don’t<br />

usually allow yourself to eat<br />

can breed more unhealthy behaviors.<br />

So, abandon those negative<br />

voices in your head, give yourself<br />

permission to enjoy the indulgence,<br />

guilt-free, and then remember<br />

to get back on track with your<br />

normal eating routine the very<br />

next day.<br />

2<br />

Three<br />

bites and good<br />

night. – Stick to the threebite<br />

rule for desserts: The first<br />

bite is the best, the last the grand<br />

finale, and every bite in between<br />

is the same. In three bites, you get<br />

the full dessert experience, so really<br />

focus on savoring those three and<br />

you’re less likely to overindulge.<br />

3<br />

Alternate<br />

your drink with<br />

sparkling water. – On average,<br />

most adults consume<br />

almost 100 calories a day from<br />

alcohol. Alternating between an<br />

alcoholic beverage and a zero-calorie<br />

sparkler can help you avoid<br />

pouring on the pounds. Plus, sparkling<br />

water keeps things festive<br />

and, bonus, you’ll avoid entering<br />

the hangover zone, a not-so-happy<br />

holiday tradition side-effect.<br />

4<br />

Stay<br />

physically active. – If<br />

you are not a gym or sports<br />

buff, make a holiday tradition<br />

of walks or bike rides around<br />

the neighborhood or park with<br />

friends and family (or your dog).<br />

5<br />

Get<br />

enough rest. – Between<br />

holiday traveling,<br />

work schedules, and all that<br />

shopping, it can be easy to skimp<br />

on sleep in order to get your to-dolist<br />

done, but getting a consistent<br />

seven to nine hours of sleep every<br />

night helps regulate hormones,<br />

promotes recovery from workouts,<br />

and prevents daily fatigue. Plus,<br />

it keeps you from face-planting<br />

directly into your mom’s apple<br />

pie. There’s really no such thing as<br />

“catching up” on sleep, so the key<br />

is consistency.<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 />

Google Advanced<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 />


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Stefania<br />

Fochi<br />

Owner and Top Chef at<br />


With Stef is her grandmother Paula Piccaluga<br />

She’s the owner of The Empanada Girl in Sarasota.<br />

Trained as a chef, she quit her day job and began selling<br />

at the Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market in 2010.<br />

Now she’s at three farmer’s markets, has a retail store with<br />

her family, has a new food truck and offers takeout and delivery.<br />

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They fit in your hand so nicely<br />

and make for a savory or sweet<br />

on-the-go light meal or snack.<br />

We’re talking empanadas.<br />

They’re not calzones, tacos or<br />

wraps. Nope to pierogies, ravioli<br />

or egg rolls. Closest would<br />

be the English pasty, but the empanada is<br />

creatively diverse especially in the hands of<br />

Stefania Fochi, the owner and chef behind<br />

The Empanada Girl in Sarasota.<br />

So how is your empanada IQ? From The<br />

Empanada Girl website, “They [empanadas]<br />

are much like a turnover or pastry;<br />

they’re essentially a filling folded inside<br />

of a dough, which is then served either<br />

baked or fried. Empanadas are a staple Latin-American<br />

hand-held food-pocket, originating<br />

in Spain that has since made its way<br />

to all of South and Central America. Each<br />

culture has adapted them into their own<br />

unique version.” They left out one thing:<br />

they’re delicious.<br />

Rather than just meat-flavored, Stefania<br />

has diversified her offerings: Curried Veggie<br />

Chickpea, Margherita, Meatballs and<br />

Cheese, Spinach - to name a few. There are<br />

30 flavors in total and they offer gluten-free<br />

and vegan options.<br />

The Empanada Girl is a classic entrepreneur<br />

story—the one where someone makes<br />

a small batch of something, works from<br />

home, then starts selling small locally. Fast<br />

forward, their food is “discovered” and it<br />

takes off. In Stef’s case, she began selling at<br />

the Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market in<br />

2010 with just a small table table, one toaster<br />

oven, and seven empanada flavors.<br />

She used to seal every single empanada<br />

by hand. Tendonitis in her hands and<br />

arms meant importing a semi-automatic<br />

empanada sealing machine. Out went the<br />

physical hand-sealed shape, but in came<br />

consistent production. Their dough is made<br />

weekly, from scratch, with Italian 00 wheat<br />

flour. All of their empanadas are baked, not<br />

fried. Her flavors are “customer-driven” she<br />

explains, which is why there’s scrambled<br />

eggs in one of her empanadas. She admits<br />

resisting at first, but turns out it’s one of her<br />

best sellers.<br />

Years of experience have fine-tuned her<br />

business. She uses only whole foods and<br />

nothing is “precut”, meaning everything is<br />

made from scratch. “We have a cycle. Monday<br />

is prep day; Tuesday is dough [making]<br />

day and Wednesday and Thursday are machine<br />

days.” Describing herself as a “master<br />

delegator” she has moved away from doing<br />

it all - something most startups find hard to<br />

do. “I did everything myself - purchasing,<br />

cooking, marketing, rinse and repeat.”<br />

Another reason for delegating is that she<br />

is mom to twin, toddler boys which means<br />

she can’t be in the kitchen or at the markets<br />

all the time. The new food truck has also<br />

simplified things greatly. There’s no setup<br />

for one (that typically requires five people<br />

at the Sarasota Downtown Market, for<br />

example). Their food truck at the Phillippi<br />

Farmhouse Market is self-contained, requires<br />

no setup and the menu is on the side<br />

of the truck.<br />

Before The Empanada Girl, Stef earned<br />

a culinary degree locally, graduated, then<br />

started working for a high-end retirement<br />

community. It wasn’t for her, but there’s<br />

no acrimony, just the feeling that “there<br />

was no love” in the food being created and<br />

served. Food is love, she believes.<br />

Starting her own business was “a leap of<br />

faith” that now includes a retail store at 4141<br />

S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota and booths at The<br />

Sarasota Downtown Farmer’s Market, The<br />

Phillippi Farmhouse Market and The Lakewood<br />

Ranch Farmer’s Market. She also purchased<br />

a food truck that you can’t miss due<br />

to its bright pink color. Takeout, catering<br />

and wholesale round out her business.<br />

Cooking runs in the family from her<br />

mother to her grandmother. The three<br />

generations operate out of the S. Trail store<br />

called Peperonata Pasta and The Empanada<br />

Girl. Enter and you’ll find all kinds of<br />

fresh-made pastries, pastas and entrees to<br />

go. From their website, “We are a family of<br />

Italian immigrants from Argentina. We’ve<br />

been making pasta and empanadas all our<br />

lives and professionally in the US since<br />

2002.” Stef’s grandmother runs the store<br />

and bakes all the fabulous cookies on display.<br />

“She’s the best cook I ever met,” says<br />

Stef. Her mother makes all the pasta and<br />

does the baking. “Everything is made from<br />

scratch,” Stef says.<br />

It was her mother who came up with the<br />

idea of Stef selling empanadas and “I ran<br />

with it,” she explains. From her website,<br />

“Cooking is in my blood. Growing up, my<br />

mom cooked meals from scratch every single<br />

night. Very early on, I would hop on to<br />

assist doing whatever I could do: peel potatoes,<br />

bread milanesas, washing dishes.”<br />

Nothing prepared her for COVID, however,<br />

and like so many other businesses, she<br />

had to radically adjust. Her business closed<br />

for six months and reopened offering delivery<br />

- which she did herself - driving to and<br />

from Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Bradenton<br />

and Punta Gorda. This also meant being<br />

online “all the time” doing marketing. And,<br />

she adds with pride, her staff never missed<br />

a paycheck.<br />

But there’s more to Stef’s great products<br />

and great family narrative. It’s how she<br />

feels about food and its preparation. From<br />

her website, “Everything began with the<br />

core values of respecting the food, using<br />

exclusively whole foods as ingredients,<br />

and cooking with love. It was a venture<br />

that really made my soul happy as I shared<br />

love and joy through my food. Through<br />

the years, I slowly expanded on flavors in<br />

response to the demand, as well as evolved<br />

the existing recipes. I spent years on every<br />

single recipe, slowly playing with proportions<br />

and seasonings until they reach perfection.<br />

It took me three years to evolve the<br />

proportions in my traditional beef recipe to<br />

the point to where it currently is today.”<br />

She goes on to say, “We cook with the<br />

intention that everyone that eats our empanadas<br />

feels the joy that we create them<br />

with, that everyone nutritionally receives<br />

exactly what they need from our food, and<br />

that everyone feels the satisfaction of eating<br />

food that is respected.”<br />

To learn more about The Empanada Girl,<br />

visit empanadagirl.com.<br />

STORY: Evelyn England<br />

IMAGES: Evelyn England<br />

Editor’s note: for me, I like contrasting<br />

sweet and savory flavors so I order spinach<br />

and butternut squash empanadas along<br />

with the guava and cheese empanada.<br />

Photo: peopleImages<br />

A Tuna<br />

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Season Highlights:<br />

events we think you’ll find interesting or unique<br />

Direct from<br />

Windsor Castle<br />

The Queen’s Six comes direct from<br />

Windsor Castle where they work and<br />

live. This vocal sextet, drawn from<br />

the lay clerks of St. George’s Chapel,<br />

was recently featured on “CBS Sunday<br />

Morning.” In addition to their royal duties,<br />

they present concerts that include<br />

austere early chant, bawdy madrigals,<br />

haunting folk songs, and upbeat jazz<br />

and pop arrangements this time with<br />

The Queen’s Six CREDIT Gill Heppell<br />

Artist Series Concerts. They perform on<br />

December 17.<br />

For information, visit ArtistSeries<br />

Concerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.<br />

Do You Believe<br />

the Cher Show is at<br />

the Van Wezel?<br />

The Cher Show (January 10-12), also<br />

a Sarasota Premiere, is 35 smash hits,<br />

six decades of stardom, two rock-star<br />

husbands, a Grammy ®, an Oscar ® , an<br />

Emmy ® , and enough Tony Award-winning<br />

Bob Mackie gowns to cause a<br />

sequin shortage in New York City, all in<br />

one unabashedly fabulous new musical<br />

that will have audiences dancing in the<br />

aisles! www.vanwezel.org.<br />

Key Chorale has a<br />

US Premiere in 2024<br />

“The Legend of Bijan and Manijeh”<br />

will have its US Premiere in February<br />

2024 with Key Chorale and Orchestra,<br />

Joseph Caulkins conducting.<br />

“The Legend of Bijan and Manijeh”<br />

by Iranian composer Farhad Poupel for<br />

piano, choir, and orchestra with pianist<br />

Jeffrey Biegel, is an evocative work is<br />

based on an ancient Persian love story<br />

taken from the Shahnameh (The Book<br />

of Kings), an epic poem<br />

by Persian poet Ferdowsi<br />

written between 977 and<br />

1010 CE.<br />

The friendship between<br />

artistic director Joseph<br />

Caulkins and pianist Jeffrey<br />

Biegel led to this opportunity<br />

for Key Chorale.<br />

They have done numerous<br />

projects together, including<br />

one memorable performance<br />

of Beethoven’s<br />

“The Legend of Bijan and<br />

Manijeh” by Iranian composer<br />

Farhad Poupel<br />

“Choral Fantasy” in 2018<br />

with the Chorale.<br />

“I am deeply honored<br />

that this new piece of<br />

mine will be presented<br />

for the first time in the<br />

US by the distinguished<br />

forces of Jeffrey Biegel,<br />

Joseph Caulkins and Key<br />

Chorale,” says composer<br />

Farhad Poupel.<br />

“Key Chorale is thrilled to present the<br />

US premiere of this evocative and magisterial<br />

setting of this ancient Persian love<br />

story,” says Maestro Caulkins. “Poupel’s<br />

music is full of deep, rich orchestral<br />

colors with an incredible sensitivity to<br />

how the voices and piano interact with<br />

the orchestra.<br />

For more information visit<br />

keychorale.org.<br />

Sarasota Concert<br />

Association Chopin<br />

International Piano<br />

Competition Concert<br />

Sarasota Concert Association<br />

has pianist Bruce Liu on March 29 at<br />

Riverview Performing Arts Center.<br />

First Prize winner in the 2021 Chopin<br />

International Piano Competition,<br />

and the pianist who brought down<br />

the house two years ago in Sarasota<br />

with his incredible virtuosity, Bruce Liu<br />

pianist Bruce Liu<br />

will perform a recital including<br />

works by Rameau, Ravel, Chopin<br />

and Liszt. Tickets: SCAsarasota.<br />

org or call the box office at 941-<br />

966-6161.<br />

Selby Gardens: Yayoi<br />

Kusama: A Letter to<br />

Georgia O’Keeffe<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

will present Yayoi Kusama: A<br />

Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe as the<br />

eighth iteration of its annual Jean<br />

& Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which<br />

examines the work of major artists<br />

through the lens of their connection to<br />

nature.<br />

The exhibition, which will be on view<br />

from February 11 through June 30, 2024,<br />

at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota<br />

campus, will explore the unexpected<br />

yet profoundly impactful mentoring<br />

relationship that developed between<br />

iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia<br />

O’Keeffe.<br />

Yayoi Kusama has become one of the<br />

world’s most influential contemporary artists.<br />

“The exhibition will emphasize the<br />

meaningful connection between Kusama<br />

and fellow artist Georgia O’Keeffe, based<br />

on their personal correspondence at a<br />

critical point in Kusama’s artistic development.<br />

This show also will explore the<br />

ways in which the work of both artists<br />

is rooted in nature, befitting an art and<br />

horticultural experience set in a botanical<br />

garden.” At Downtown Sarasota campus,<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.<br />

In the mid-1950s, Yayoi Kusama was<br />

a young artist living in Japan, where<br />

her future was very uncertain. Seeking<br />

advice from a more established female<br />

artist, Kusama wrote to Georgia O’Keeffe,<br />

whose work she greatly admired but<br />

whom she had never met. To Kusama’s<br />

surprise, O’Keeffe responded, thus<br />

establishing a correspondence that gave<br />

the young Japanese artist the courage to<br />

move to America and pursue her career<br />

in New York City, which was then the<br />

center of the art world.<br />

More information at selby.org/<br />

Clyde Butcher<br />

at Selby Gardens’<br />

Historic Spanish Point<br />

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the<br />

Lens is on view through August 31, 2024.<br />

Clyde Butcher<br />

continued >><br />

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season highlights continued<br />

Featuring extraordinary, largeformat<br />

wildlife prints by this wellknown<br />

landscape photographer and<br />

conservationist, Clyde Butcher:<br />

Nature Through the Lens gives<br />

viewers the chance to engage with<br />

Clyde Butcher’s artwork against the<br />

backdrop of the Historic Spanish<br />

Point campus. selby.org/<br />

Not to be Missed<br />

at ArtCenter Manatee<br />

January 30 -March 8 brings the 156th<br />

International American Watercolor<br />

Society Traveling Exhibit and Florida<br />

Suncoast Watercolor Society Annual<br />

Aqueous Exhibit. AWS features<br />

master watercolor artists from around<br />

the world and the ArtCenter will be one<br />

of only three venues in the United States<br />

to host the traveling exhibit. The opening<br />

reception for these two don’t miss<br />

shows will be Thursday, February 1,<br />

5:00-7:00pm. 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL<br />

34205 A complete schedule is available<br />

at the ArtCenter or online at ArtCenterManatee.org.<br />

Twelve Angry Men:<br />

The New Musical<br />

The spring brings the Theater Latté Da<br />

world premiere production of Twelve<br />

Angry Men: A New Musical (May<br />

8 – June 9). Propelled by a jazz-infused<br />

score, one of America’s greatest dramas<br />

reaches new heights in this searing<br />

story of a lone juror who demands that<br />

our legal system lives up to our ideals.<br />

This groundbreaking new musical is<br />

directed by Asolo Rep’s new Producing<br />

Artistic Director Peter Rothstein, who<br />

has played an integral role in bringing<br />

this new work to the stage. Tickets<br />

at asolorep.org.<br />

Wasting Away Again…<br />

At Venice Theatre in their Raymond<br />

Center and running January 19 - February<br />

18, 2024 is Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to<br />

Margaritaville. Music and Lyrics<br />

by Jimmy Buffett; Book by<br />

Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley<br />

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere,<br />

so escape to Jimmy<br />

Buffett’s Margaritaville! The<br />

popular musical with a buffet<br />

of Buffett hits promises<br />

to change your attitude and<br />

latitude. Paradise is found in<br />

Jimmy’s jukebox jam, Jimmy<br />

Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville.<br />

venicetheatre.org/.<br />

Did Shakespeare<br />

have a Sister?<br />

Urbanite theatre presents: JUDITH<br />

running January 5 - February 18, 2024.<br />

The world premiere of JUDITH poses<br />

a question: What if Shakespeare had a<br />

sister? Playwright Katie Bender offers<br />

an answer in this one-woman show,<br />

which follows Judith’s transformative<br />

journey to save her brother’s<br />

reputation. Gallivanting in<br />

and out of character, she<br />

discovers the pleasures<br />

and pitfalls of passing as<br />

the bard himself. www.<br />

urbanitetheatre.com.<br />

Ruby is back at WBTT<br />

After two painful postponements due to<br />

COVID, WBTT is thrilled to finally bring<br />

the world-premiere musical “Ruby”<br />

to the stage. (Book by Nate Jacobs<br />

and Michael Jacobs, lyrics by Michael<br />

Jacobs, music by Nate Jacobs, Nehemiah<br />

Luckett, Brennan Stylez and Antonio<br />

Wimberly.)<br />

On August 3, 1952, the unthinkable<br />

happened: A Black woman murdered<br />

a white doctor in Live Oak, Fla., guaranteeing<br />

a conviction for the woman<br />

bold enough to commit such a shocking<br />

crime and bringing celebrated writer<br />

Zora Neale<br />

Hurston to<br />

town to cover<br />

the story for<br />

a northern<br />

newspaper.<br />

This powerful<br />

and haunting<br />

musical<br />

explores the<br />

secrets just<br />

beneath the<br />

Nate Jacobs<br />

surface of the<br />

idyllic, genteel exterior of a quaint Florida<br />

town. Jacobs will direct. Show runs<br />

February 28-April 7, 2024.<br />

Tucci at Town Hall<br />

Stanley Tucci will take the stage February<br />

26. Tucci is an Academy Award<br />

nominated actor known for his versatility<br />

as an actor, writer, director, and producer.<br />

He has appeared in over<br />

90 films, countless television<br />

shows, and more than a dozen<br />

plays, on and off Broadway. Tucci<br />

reached his widest audience<br />

yet in the role of Caesar Flickerman<br />

in The Hunger Games<br />

franchise. Big Night, Stanley<br />

Tucci’s first pursuit as co-director,<br />

co-screenwriter, and<br />

actor on the same<br />

film, earned him<br />

numerous honors.<br />

Stanley Tucci:<br />

Searching for Italy<br />

is Tucci’s latest<br />

endeavor, which<br />

was greeted with<br />

excitement and<br />

success from<br />

both its fans and<br />

Stanley Tucci critics.<br />

Visit www.rclassociation.org.<br />

New in 2024<br />

Sarasota Rising is an interdisciplinary<br />

arts festival scheduled to launch in 2024.<br />

The festival will emphasize performing<br />

arts while offering visual arts exhibitions,<br />

family-friendly events, live music<br />

and more.<br />

Living Arts Festival will be a weeklong<br />

celebration emphasizing performing<br />

arts, with visual and other ancillary arts<br />

programming scheduled throughout.<br />

Established organizations will offer special<br />

accessibility to new visitors, while<br />

others will produce works specifically<br />

for the festival.<br />

Expect kick-off events, world premieres<br />

of performing arts productions,<br />

art exhibitions, youth and family<br />

programming, celebrations of diversity,<br />

block parties, inspired food and beverage<br />

showcases, educational outreach<br />

and philanthropic activation. Info: www.<br />

sarasotarising.org<br />

Anniversaries:<br />

Venice Symphony will mark its 50th anniversary<br />

in 2024. The Venice Symphony<br />

was incorporated in November 1974<br />

when 56 area volunteer musicians joined<br />

together under the leadership of Hartley<br />

Haines, the director of music in the<br />

public schools. Originally, the orchestra<br />

played three concerts in the Venice High<br />

School auditorium with banks and subscribers<br />

covering the costs.<br />

They’ve come a long way since then<br />

with a new conductor/artistic director<br />

Troy Quinn, new offices, a new performance<br />

place,<br />

expanded<br />

programming<br />

and more.<br />

Celebrate<br />

with the Venice<br />

Symphony<br />

on their 50th<br />

at their Venetian<br />

Nights,<br />

January 5,<br />

2024 at the<br />

Conductor/Artistic Director<br />

Troy Quinn<br />

Venice Community<br />

Center.<br />

www.thevenicesymphony.org/<br />

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In 2024 Sarasota Orchestra is celebrating<br />

75 years of live music. Since 1949,<br />

Sarasota Orchestra has entertained music-lovers<br />

across the region and visitors<br />

from around the world.<br />

As the oldest continuing orchestra<br />

in the state of Florida, each year the<br />

76-member Orchestra performs more<br />

than 100 classical, pops, chamber music,<br />

and community outreach concerts.<br />

They’ll celebrate with a concert and<br />

gala on February 15. Peter Oundjian,<br />

conductor with Garrick Ohlsson on piano<br />

will perform Copland – Fanfare for the<br />

Common Man; Tower – Fanfare No. 6 for<br />

the Uncommon Woman; Rachmaninoff –<br />

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30<br />

and Gershwin – An American in Paris.<br />

For tickets, visit sarasotaorchestra.org<br />

DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 19

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast’s<br />

20<strong>23</strong>-2024 Season<br />

Celebrating 20 Years of the PMP Winter Residency<br />

This year marks a milestone for<br />

The Perlman Music Program<br />

Suncoast (Perlman Suncoast).<br />

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of<br />

its largest events: The Perlman<br />

Music Program (PMP) Winter Residency.<br />

Led by acclaimed violinist and conductor<br />

Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman,<br />

this two-week event energizes local audiences<br />

while providing unparalleled musical<br />

training for gifted students ages 12-20+ from<br />

all over the world, who play the violin, viola,<br />

cello and bass.<br />

Led by acclaimed violinist and conductor<br />

Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman,<br />

The Perlman Music Program Winter Residency<br />

providing musical training for gifted students<br />

from all over the world.<br />

Lisa Berger, executive director of Perlman<br />

Suncoast says that they are “honored<br />

to support the PMP Winter Residency for<br />

the past two decades. Last year, after a<br />

two-year hiatus, audiences were thrilled to<br />

watch the transformative interplay once<br />

again between young, gifted musicians and<br />

world-renowned faculty, including Itzhak<br />

Perlman.”<br />

Berger explains that, in addition to the<br />

PMP Winter Residency, Perlman Suncoast<br />

also presents PMP alumni concerts and recitals<br />

throughout the year—and this year<br />

is no exception. “Some of the outstanding<br />

events we’ve planned include a concert celebrating<br />

the legacy of Juilliard Quartet violist,<br />

Roger Tapping; the Carr-Petrova duo’s<br />

“HERS” celebration of women composers<br />

throughout history; and the return of the beloved<br />

Ariel Quartet.”<br />

As PMP participants complete their graduate<br />

studies and become professional musicians,<br />

Perlman Suncoast supports their<br />

future endeavors by inviting them back for<br />

concerts and recitals, as well as school and<br />

community outreach programs. “With this<br />

opportunity, they gain performance experience<br />

and delight new audiences as their<br />

careers advance,” says Berger. She adds<br />

that PMP alumni are “trained in community<br />

outreach, providing educational information<br />

and insights into classical string music.<br />

In addition, Q&A sessions at each performance<br />

allow audiences to ask questions<br />

of the musicians, broadening their engagement<br />

and enjoyment.”<br />

PMP Winter Residency<br />

Each December, musically gifted students<br />

from the Perlman Music Program (PMP)<br />

Summer Music School, Israel Residency and<br />

Chamber Music Workshop reunite on the<br />

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus for lessons,<br />

studio classes, works-in-progress (WIP) recitals,<br />

chorus and orchestra rehearsals. Participants<br />

come from all over the world and<br />

include 28 gifted students, ages 12 to 20+,<br />

alumni fellows who mentor the students,<br />

and an exceptional faculty led by acclaimed<br />

violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.<br />

Starting on December 29, the public can<br />

attend free master classes and works-inprogress<br />

(WIP) recitals. Special evenings are<br />

scheduled for guests to watch PMP orchestra<br />

rehearsals under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.<br />

Audiences will also be able to watch<br />

Patrick Romano, choirmaster, rehearse with<br />

the PMP choir. This season’s Winter Residency<br />

runs December 29-January 5 in a heated<br />

tent on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee.<br />

On January 6, PMP Winter Residency<br />

students and faculty present the “Celebration<br />

Concert,” featuring the PMP String Orchestra<br />

under the baton of Itzhak Perlman,<br />

and the PMP Chorus, led by Patrick Romano,<br />

at the Sarasota Opera House. The “20th<br />

Anniversary Celebration Gala” follows the<br />

concert at Michael’s on East.<br />

PMP Alumni Concerts<br />

Perlman Suncoast’s season includes special<br />

performances and recitals by PMP alumni<br />

including the Punchline Quartet on February<br />

12. Berger says she is especially honored to<br />

present “Remembering Roger: Celebrating<br />

the Legacy of Roger Tapping,” on January 20.<br />

A beloved member of the Juilliard quartet and<br />

faculty member of The Perlman Music Program<br />

for many years, Tapping inspired generations<br />

of musicians for his wit and charm,<br />

biting humor, and consummate artistry.<br />

Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova<br />

will present “HERS” on March 3. As the<br />

Carr-Petrova Duo, they will perform pieces<br />

from their new album, which celebrates<br />

female composers from the 1100’s to the<br />

present day. “HERS vibrantly celebrates the<br />

vision, strength, resilience, and incredible<br />

accomplishments of eight fearless women –<br />

from the 12th-century’s Hildegard Von Bingen<br />

to today’s Beyoncé,” says Berger.<br />

The Ariel Quartet returns to Sarasota on<br />

April 4 in partnership with The Jewish Federation<br />

of Sarasota-Manatee. This exhilarating<br />

quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide<br />

for more than 20 years—and is a favorite<br />

among regional audiences. The concert will<br />

be at the Ora on the Federation’s new campus.<br />

20<strong>23</strong>-2024 Season at a Glance<br />

g 20th Annual PMP Winter Residency -<br />

December 29-January 8<br />

PMP Suncoast hosts the PMP Winter Residency<br />

for young musical prodigies ages<br />

12-20+ who play the violin, viola, cello and<br />

bass. The program provides valuable mentoring<br />

and performance opportunities for<br />

young, promising musicians from all over<br />

the world. This is a life-changing experience<br />

that shapes the lives of these young musicians.<br />

PMP’s world-class faculty, led by acclaimed<br />

violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman,<br />

oversee a curriculum of solo, chamber<br />

music, and orchestral repertoire at the<br />

highest level. Events include orchestra and<br />

chorus rehearsals, works-in-progress (WIP)<br />

recitals, and master classes.<br />

g Tent Rehearsals, Master Classes<br />

and Recitals: December 29-January 5 on<br />

the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Non-reserved<br />

seats are free to the public for master<br />

classes and WIPs. Reserved seats for all<br />

tent events are free to supporters. The Winter<br />

Residency’s daily schedule is available at<br />

www.PMPSuncoast.org.<br />

g Celebration Concert: January 6, 5<br />

p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House. Get tickets<br />

by calling Sarasota Opera House’s box<br />

office at 941-328-1300 or at www.sarasotaopera.org.<br />

g 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner:<br />

January 6, following the Celebration<br />

Concert at Michael’s on East, 1212 S East<br />

Ave., Sarasota. The evening includes dinner<br />

and entertainment with PMP students, faculty<br />

and the Perlmans.<br />

g NEW! PMP Student Chamber Quartet<br />

Recitals: January 8, 5 p.m., at First<br />

Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak<br />

St, Sarasota. The PMP students, under the<br />

direction of violist Caitlin Lynch, are paired<br />

together in quartets that blend their individual<br />

styles. Seven quartets that were formed<br />

during the residencies will perform at this<br />

event, showcasing the students’ talents.<br />

PMP Alumni Recital<br />

g Punchline Quartet on February 12, 7 p.m.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum, Thomas McGuire<br />

Hall, Sarasota.<br />

Combining musical mastery with a touch of<br />

wit, the Punchline Quartet delivers engaging<br />

performances that crescendo to a captivating<br />

musical punchline.<br />

Formed in 2022 by violinists Kate Arndt,<br />

Ria Honda, violist Sarah Sung, and cellist<br />

Elena Ariza, the quartet members have individually<br />

been a part of the PMP community<br />

as far back as 2010 and have found their way<br />

together in the fall of 2022 with the shared<br />

passion for chamber music and community<br />

engagement. Comprising four women, they<br />

felt it most suitable to champion Caroline<br />

Shaw’s music, alongside the classic Beethoven<br />

and Dvorak.<br />

PMP Alumni<br />

Special Performances<br />

g Remembering Roger: Celebrating the<br />

Legacy of Roger Tapping is on January 20<br />

Pre-performance salon talk at 6 p.m., with<br />

concert to follow.<br />

Unitarian Universalist Church, Sarasota.<br />

Roger Tapping, former violist of the Juilliard<br />

Quartet, passed away in January 2022.<br />

This concert was conceived by Michelle<br />

Ross and Max Tan<br />

as an opportunity<br />

for PMP alumni<br />

from different<br />

generations to pay<br />

tribute to a mentor<br />

whose legacy lives<br />

Remembering Roger:<br />

Celebrating the Legacy<br />

of Roger Tapping is on<br />

January 20<br />

through them. A beloved<br />

faculty member<br />

of The Perlman<br />

Music Program for<br />

many years, Tapping<br />

inspired generations of musicians for<br />

his wit and charm, biting humor, and consummate<br />

artistry.<br />

Michelle Ross’ String Quartet, titled “For<br />

Roger,” will receive its Sarasota premiere at<br />

this concert. Her work is built on themes of<br />

a Haydn string quartet, a favorite of Roger’s<br />

and incidentally, the last quartet that Michelle<br />

played with him. With David Kaplan, piano;<br />

Michelle Ross, violin; Max Tan, violin; William<br />

Frampton, viola; and Lev Mamuya, cello.<br />

g “HERS”<br />

The Carr-Petrova Duo: Molly Carr, viola;<br />

Anna Petrova, piano on March 3<br />

Artist talk at 6 p.m.; followed by a concert<br />

at 7:15 p.m.<br />

The Harvest, 3650 17th Street, Sarasota.<br />

Carr Petrova Duo:<br />

Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova<br />

Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova<br />

will present a concert performing pieces<br />

from their album that celebrates female<br />

composers from the 1100’s to the present<br />

day. In a pre-performance talk, they will<br />

speak about the composers and their importance<br />

in music history. “HERS” celebrates<br />

the vision, strength, resilience, and incredible<br />

accomplishments of eight fearless women<br />

– from the 12th-century’s Hildegard Von<br />

Bingen to today’s Beyoncé.<br />

g The Ariel Quartet<br />

In partnership with The Jewish Federation of<br />

Sarasota-Manatee on April 4, 7 p.m. concert<br />

The Ora, 578 McIntosh Road, Sarasota<br />

The Ariel Quartet<br />

This quartet has garnered critical praise<br />

worldwide for more than 20 years. They<br />

formed when they were just teenagers<br />

studying at the Jerusalem Academy Middle<br />

School of Music and Dance in Israel. Celebrating<br />

their 25th anniversary in 20<strong>23</strong>, the<br />

quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence<br />

at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory<br />

of Music (CCM), where<br />

they direct the chamber music program<br />

and present a concert series in addition to<br />

touring in the United States and abroad.<br />

With Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Alexandra<br />

(Sasha) Kazovsky, violin; Jan Grüning, viola;<br />

Amit Even–Tov, cello.<br />

For tickets, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org.<br />

For more information,<br />

visit PerlmanSuncoast.org.<br />

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The Chamber Orchestra<br />

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at First Presbyterian Church, plus present a<br />

recital series at St. Boniface Episcopal Church<br />

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Laurie Vodnoy-Wright, an experienced violinist,<br />

founded the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota<br />

seven years ago along wither her brother,<br />

Robert Vodnoy.<br />

The COS opens its season with “Holiday Gems”<br />

on Dec. 5 featuring Giuseppina Ciarla, the<br />

principal harpist with the Sarasota Opera and<br />

the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota.<br />

Let’s start a chamber orchestra!”<br />

is what Laurie Vodnoy-Wright said<br />

to her brother, conductor Robert<br />

Vodnoy, when he and his wife Kayla<br />

came to visit her in Sarasota in 2016.<br />

“Sounds great, but do you know how<br />

much work that will be?” was his reply, but<br />

her infectious optimism and vision won the<br />

day. “Oh, I know everyone, and Sarasota<br />

doesn’t have a chamber orchestra,” was<br />

her confident reply. Seven years later, her<br />

vision is proving to be correct.<br />

Laurie is a violinist who has lived and<br />

worked in Florida since 1981 when she<br />

joined The Florida Orchestra under Irwin<br />

Hoffman. Her master’s degree from the Chicago<br />

Music College of Roosevelt University<br />

and her subsequent study with Victor Aitay,<br />

concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony,<br />

well prepared her for a lifelong career as<br />

a violinist. In addition, Laurie and Bob attended<br />

the Monteux School for Conductors<br />

and Orchestral Training in Hancock, Maine<br />

for many years.<br />

Laurie moved to Sarasota in 2003, and<br />

has played with the Venice Symphony,<br />

Sarasota Opera, and many other orchestras<br />

in SW Florida along with her busy career as<br />

a wedding violinist and teacher.<br />

In addition to playing in orchestras and for<br />

weddings, Laurie enjoys playing music for<br />

people as music therapy. “One of my biggest<br />

joys has been performing at Parkinson Place,<br />

Kobernick Aviva, and Tidewell Hospice. Violin<br />

music comforts our loved ones. When<br />

I perform songs at the tempo of the heart it<br />

is so wonderful for calm and hope.” She also<br />

regularly plays at the Don CeSar, the Vinoy,<br />

the Ritz Carlton, and many other venues.<br />

She is a new grandmother, too. Her youngest<br />

daughter, artist Abby Wright Day, recently<br />

gave birth to a daughter Clementine. Laurie’s<br />

other daughter, Sarah Wright Altman, is a<br />

fashion designer who lives in New York City.<br />

Laurie and Bob are from a musical family.<br />

Their mother Elsye was a piano teacher<br />

who studied with Louise Robyn at the<br />

American Conservatory in Chicago. “I<br />

credit my parents love and support for this<br />

multi-generational devotion to the Arts,”<br />

Laurie says. “Our mother was a talented<br />

water-colorist in addition to being a pianist<br />

and our father was an internationally renowned<br />

optometrist.”<br />

“The Chamber Orchestra is a labor of<br />

love for Bob and me,” Laurie says, “and it’s<br />

doubly rewarding that it is a brother-sister<br />

project. This season we will perform our<br />

3-concert orchestra series at First Presbyterian<br />

Church, plus present a recital series<br />

at St. Boniface Episcopal Church and an<br />

education/outreach concert with the Venice<br />

High School Orchestra at the VPAC. We<br />

have wonderful musicians to work with,<br />

great soloists to present, and the best audiences<br />

in the world to play for.”<br />

Audiences can experience the joys of the<br />

chamber orchestra repertoire on December<br />

5 at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church,<br />

when the COS opens its season with “Holiday<br />

Gems.” The program will feature<br />

Giuseppina Ciarla, the principal harpist<br />

with the Sarasota Opera and the Chamber<br />

Orchestra of Sarasota. In addition to her<br />

regular performances as a guest principal<br />

harpist with the Sarasota Orchestra, she<br />

freelances with major orchestras in southwest<br />

Florida and pursues her cross-over<br />

project for harp and voice which draws on<br />

classical and jazz genres.<br />

Giuseppina says: “I am thrilled about my<br />

upcoming concert with Chamber Orchestra!<br />

Under the direction of Maestro Robert<br />

Vodnoy, the program features two exceptional<br />

pieces from the harp repertoire. One<br />

of the highlights is Debussy’s “Danse sacrée<br />

et profane” for harp and string orchestra.<br />

This exquisite masterpiece showcases the<br />

harp in all its vibrant colors and emotions.”<br />

“The other piece I will be performing<br />

with the COS is the renowned Adagietto<br />

from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. This piece<br />

rightfully belongs on the Mount Olympus of<br />

classical music. The Adagietto is a deeply<br />

moving and poetic composition, touching<br />

the hearts of listeners like no other piece of<br />

music ever composed.”<br />

Other pieces on the concert include Vivaldi’s<br />

Concerto in A Minor for mandolin<br />

and orchestra with Rafael Ramirez, soloist,<br />

Hanukah Festival Overture by Calvin<br />

Custer, and Christmas Overture by Samuel<br />

Coleridge Taylor.<br />

Learn more at<br />

www.ChamberOrchestraSarasota.org<br />

or call 219-928-8665.<br />

22 WEST COAST WOMAN DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong>

WBTT presents this<br />

season’s holiday show,<br />

‘Joyful! Joyful!’<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s<br />

‘Christmas card to the community’<br />

features traditional holiday tunes, gospelinfused<br />

classics and pop songs<br />




Artists featured in<br />

‘Joyful! Joyful!’<br />

include (clockwise<br />

from left) Ariel Blue,<br />

Nate Summers,<br />

Michael Mendez,<br />

Raleigh Mosely II,<br />

Amber Myers and<br />

Stephanie Zandra.<br />

Photo by Sorcha Augustine<br />

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Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe is gearing<br />

up for the holidays,<br />

ready to celebrate the<br />

season with its holiday<br />

production and Christmas card to the<br />

community, “Joyful! Joyful!” Theater<br />

fans of all ages and religious backgrounds<br />

are invited to celebrate the season with<br />

high-spirited, uplifting songs as only<br />

WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians<br />

can perform them. The show runs from<br />

November 29-December 30, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

The original musical revue – created,<br />

adapted and directed by WBTT Founder/<br />

Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and performed<br />

for the first time in 2021 – features<br />

a blend of new takes on traditional holiday<br />

tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop<br />

songs. The show will include “Joy to the<br />

World,” an O’Jays-inspired take on “Carol<br />

of the Bells,” a gospel-infused rendition<br />

of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” “African<br />

Drummer Boy” and many more.<br />

Performing in “Joyful! Joyful!” are a number<br />

of WBTT regulars, including Ariel Blue,<br />

Michael Mendez, Delores McKenzie, Nate<br />

Summers, Raleigh Mosely II, Jazzmin Carson,<br />

Stephanie Zandra, Maicy Powell and<br />

Samuel “Sammy” Waite as well as artists<br />

new to WBTT’s stage. Students from the<br />

Stage of Discovery summer musical theatre<br />

intensive program will also be featured.<br />

“As the holidays approach, there is so<br />

much for our organization to be thankful<br />

for, and we’re honored to share our joy<br />

with families and the wider community,”<br />

said WBTT Founder and Artistic Director<br />

Nate Jacobs. “We’ve made some changes<br />

in the show since its premiere in 2021 and<br />

welcome previous and new patrons to join<br />

us for this year’s production. In fact, we<br />

invite everyone to attend and help us unwrap<br />

the present of joyful, seasonal music<br />

with WBTT!”<br />

Choreographer is Donald Frison. Music<br />

director is Matthew McKinnon, who also<br />

plays main keys. The rest of the band is<br />

Charlotte Corporan, auxiliary keys; Marvin<br />

Hendon, bass; Brad Foutch, guitar; and<br />

Caleb Miller, drums.<br />

Kevin White is production manager,<br />

Jennifer Woodford is stage manager, Ka-<br />

Cie Ley is assistant stage manager, Patrick<br />

Russini is sound designer, Michael Pasquini<br />

is lighting designer, Austin Jacobs is projection<br />

designer, Darci Collins is costume<br />

designer, Donna and Mark Buckalter are<br />

scenic designers, and Annette Breazeale is<br />

properties designer.<br />

Tickets are $50/adults, $20/students and<br />

active military (prices include all applicable<br />

ticket fees). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.<br />

Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on<br />

Saturdays and Sundays; there will be no<br />

performances on December 24, 26 or 27.<br />

For more information or to purchase tickets,<br />

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call<br />

the Box Office at 941-366-1505.<br />

ABOUT Westcoast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe<br />

The mission of Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe (WBTT) is to produce professional<br />

theatre that promotes and celebrates<br />

African American history and experience,<br />

engages a broad base of patrons and audiences,<br />

supports the development of a dynamic<br />

group of aspiring artists, and builds<br />

self-esteem in youth of color.<br />

Visit westcoastblacktheatre.org<br />

for more information.<br />


NOVEMBER 20<strong>23</strong> - APRIL 2024<br />




Dec. 15 • 7:30 pm<br />

Dec. 16 • 3:30 and 7:30 pm<br />


Jan. 12 • 7:30 pm<br />

Jan. 13 • 3:30 and 7:30 pm<br />



Feb. <strong>23</strong> • 7:30 pm<br />

Feb. 24 • 3:30 and 7:30 pm<br />




Mar. 15 • 7:30 pm<br />

Mar. 16 • 3:30 and 7:30 pm<br />


Apr. 26 • 7:30 pm<br />

Apr. 27 • 3:30 and 7:30 pm<br />


EVENT<br />

February 9-10<br />

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January 5, 2024<br />

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DECEMBER 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>23</strong>

Art Center Sarasota’s<br />

20<strong>23</strong>-2024 Exhibition Season<br />

Diverse offerings include both solo exhibits and group shows<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s<br />

20<strong>23</strong>-2024 exhibition<br />

season is underway and<br />

features an array of “captivating<br />

solo artists and<br />

thought-provoking juried shows that shed<br />

light on our unique cultural climate,” says<br />

Christina Baril, ACS’s exhibition director.<br />

“At the heart of this season is a celebration<br />

of diversity, not only in the personal histories<br />

of our artists, but also in their materials,<br />

techniques, and concepts.”<br />

According to Baril, the season explores a<br />

spectrum of artistic prowess by solo artists<br />

whose distinct voices capture an array of<br />

visual expressions. “Inspired by topics from<br />

Brutalism to feminism, these solo artists are<br />

sure to inspire creativity and lively debate.”<br />

She adds that, in addition, to the solo<br />

shows, the unique open call shows, juried<br />

by professionals in the arts community, “are<br />

carefully curated to spark intrigue and contemplation.<br />

We invite artists from all walks<br />

of life to submit their artwork, resulting in<br />

an eclectic fusion of styles, concepts, and<br />

cultures.” Art Center Sarasota will also offer<br />

Artist Talks, lectures, and special events.<br />

“The opening of a new season is a highlight<br />

for our artistic community as well as the<br />

many visitors who travel to Sarasota to enjoy<br />

and engage with the multitude of arts and cultural<br />

programs offered,” says Kinsey Robb,<br />

ACS’s executive director. “We live in a world<br />

where we see, read, and hear about events<br />

that impact us all the time—these are things<br />

that cannot be captured by words alone.”<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s 20<strong>23</strong>-2024<br />

Season at a Glance<br />

Cycle 2: through January 13, 2024<br />

Opening Reception: Thursday,<br />

December 7, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Aimee Jones: Aimee Jones’ paintings use<br />

Florida’s landscape of desire and lust to portray<br />

the body, interwoven with the American<br />

idea of paradise. She<br />

plays with the dichotomy<br />

of the female form as a<br />

political landscape and<br />

the power of a woman’s<br />

bodily agency.<br />

Aimee Jones, Situationship<br />

• Ethan Fielder: Ethan<br />

Fielder will exhibit a body<br />

of sculptural ceramics,<br />

which examines personal<br />

and collective<br />

Ethan Fielder, In Bloom<br />

growth inspired by formative moments of<br />

transformation that he experienced through<br />

his turbulent countrywide travels in 2020.<br />

• Tom Casmer: In his<br />

upcoming exhibition,<br />

“ges•talt,” Tom Casmer<br />

brings to life the<br />

infrastructure that lies<br />

Tom Casmer, Solstice<br />

beneath the skin, the fabric of the world<br />

around him. Drawing inspiration from the<br />

organic and inorganic alike, Casmer’s sources<br />

include the human figure, nature, and machine-made<br />

elements. His work recognizes<br />

the mechanism of organic and addresses the<br />

connection between the mechanical form<br />

and the human system.<br />

• Juried Show: “Still Life.” Artists are invited<br />

to present their formal and conceptual<br />

notions of modern day still life. Still life work<br />

often holds suggestive and symbolic imagery<br />

that informs the viewer on the artist’s<br />

message, biography, or cultural climate. The<br />

juror is Mara Torres, owner and curator of<br />

MARA Art Studio + Gallery in Sarasota.<br />

Cycle 3: January 25 - March 2, 2024<br />

Opening Reception: Thursday,<br />

January 25, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Brian V. Jones: Brian Jones’ upcoming<br />

exhibition is a visual conversation with light<br />

and color, traditions and growth, fear and<br />

joy, technology, and romance. An ongoing<br />

project of over three years, these photographs<br />

serve as a visual narrative representing<br />

the artist’s relationship with the complexities<br />

of the city of Sarasota.<br />

• Carole Lyles Shaw: Carole Lyles Shaw<br />

exhibits a series of textile collages, or art<br />

quilts, that represent the essence of an individual<br />

and their personal and historical<br />

context. These “Spirit Portraits” celebrate<br />

Black women musicians who played significant<br />

roles in the history of music, from<br />

opera to country to rock and roll.<br />

• Christopher Skura: Emphasizing improvisation<br />

and freehand drawing for phenomenological<br />

effect, Christopher Skura captures<br />

the speed of living in Lower Manhattan.<br />

His new body of work took root during<br />

the 2020 pandemic.<br />

• Juried Show: “Annual Members Juried<br />

Show.” Juror: Paul Toliver is a passionate<br />

advocate in promoting all forms of<br />

art and is particularly motivated to uplift<br />

artists of the African Diaspora.<br />

Cycle 4: March 14 - April 20, 2024<br />

Opening Reception: Thursday,<br />

March 14, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Natasha Dikareva: Natasha Dikareva reflects<br />

on the current state of her homeland,<br />

Ukraine in her upcoming exhibition featuring<br />

a variety of narrative, figurative ceramic<br />

sculptures.<br />

• Angela Pilgrim: Drawing on a skillful<br />

fusion of printmaking, painting, and mixed<br />

media, Angela Pilgrim imbues each work<br />

with a sense of depth and dimensionality,<br />

presenting each subject as an essential living,<br />

breathing entity. Her upcoming exhibition<br />

celebrates the complex inner worlds<br />

of Black women and invites viewers to contemplate<br />

the spiritual dimensions of our existence,<br />

exploring themes of identity, faith,<br />

and resilience.<br />

• Michael Kinsey: Michael Kinsey’s exhibition,<br />

“Listening to Black Voices,” showcases<br />

stunning black and white portraits, highlighting<br />

the richness and diversity of Sarasota’s<br />

Black community.<br />

• Juried Show: “Great Artists Steal.”<br />

“Great Artists Steal” encourages artists to<br />

create works inspired by their favorite artists<br />

and artworks from contemporary art<br />

and art history. This inspiration may come<br />

from the technique, content, or style of the<br />

artist(s) or artwork(s) in reference, and<br />

uniquely recontextualizing these elements.<br />

Juror is Alecia Harper, professor, State<br />

College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.<br />

Cycle 5: April 30 - May 11, 2024<br />

• North County Sarasota Public<br />

Schools, Spring Art Show: Organized by<br />

school coordinators Angela Hartvigsen and<br />

Debra Markley, the Spring Art Show is one<br />

of the art center’s most cherished exhibition<br />

traditions. The North County Sarasota<br />

Schools Spring Art Show highlights over<br />

1500 pieces of artwork from the county’s<br />

youngest artists in grades K-12, representing<br />

the best of their creations from the past<br />

school year.<br />

Cycle 6: May <strong>23</strong> - July 27, 2024<br />

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 27,<br />

6-8 p.m.<br />

• Annual Juried Regional Show: “Beyond<br />

Comfort.” The Annual Juried Regional<br />

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

juried show of the year and encompasses<br />

all four gallery spaces. The show is open<br />

to all artists in the southeast region of the<br />

United States. The juror for this season’s<br />

show is Virginia Shearer, executive director,<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of<br />

Art and Design. This year’s show, “Beyond<br />

Comfort,” invites artists to express their<br />

perception of beauty and/or the grotesque<br />

in contemporary art and society. This show<br />

allows artists to define and explore aesthetics<br />

while joining the long debated concept<br />

of beauty and its function in art.<br />

Cycle 7: August 15 - September 28, 2024<br />

Opening Reception: Thursday, September<br />

28, 6-8 p.m.<br />

• Precious Darling will present an exhibition<br />

that explores the complexity of femininities<br />

and its relation to objectification<br />

through photography and sculpture.<br />

• Boys & Girls Club: Art Center Sarasota<br />

and Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County<br />

(BGCMC) have teamed up to present a special<br />

exhibition of artwork created by BGC-<br />

MC members. ACS youth instructors will<br />

guide these young artists in the creation<br />

of works inspired by the Annual Juried Regional<br />

Show on view during the summer of<br />

2024. Showcasing a variety of styles, media,<br />

and expression, these unique pieces will<br />

reflect the artistic voices of our youngest<br />

generation.<br />

• Tanner Simon will present an installation<br />

of his large-scale paintings that explore the<br />

intersection of humor, seriousness, and the<br />

absurd. This installation invites viewers to<br />

engage with the dynamic relationships and<br />

visual conversations that emerge between<br />

imagery and paintings in space.<br />

• Juried Show: “Flora & Fauna” invites<br />

artists to celebrate characters of the natural<br />

world, real and imagined, living and<br />

extinct, peaceful and poisonous. The juror<br />

is David Berry, vice president for visitor<br />

engagement and chief museum curator at<br />

Selby Gardens.<br />

Art Center Sarasota,<br />

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

Visit www.artsarasota.org.<br />

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December 17 • 2 pm • First Presbyterian Church<br />

Soundbox Ventures Announces<br />

“Listen Hear” Salon Concerts<br />

“Exhibition for music” series examines<br />

a specific way we hear expression and meaning<br />

Sound Ventures’ 20<strong>23</strong>-<br />

2024 season of the “Listen<br />

Hear” salon concert series<br />

in partnership with St. Boniface<br />

Episcopal Church begins<br />

this month. Curated by Max Tan, each salon-style<br />

event includes a classical music<br />

program, insights from the artists, and conversations<br />

with the audience.<br />

The three-event series begins with “Preludes<br />

with Marisa,” a world premiere of “12<br />

Preludes for Solo Piano” by the Catalonian<br />

composer Marc Migó, on December 16.<br />

Founded in November 2022 by violinist<br />

Max Tan, Soundbox Ventures is a project-based<br />

performing arts management<br />

organization headquartered in Sarasota.<br />

invitation to contemplate profound beauty<br />

in community.”<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong>-2024 “Listen Hear”<br />

Salon Concert Series At a Glance<br />

December 16, 7 p.m.:<br />

“Preludes with Marisa”<br />

American pianist Marisa Gupta will present<br />

the world premiere of “12 Preludes for<br />

Solo Piano” by the Catalonian composer<br />

Marc Migó. Max Tan will host a conversation<br />

with Migó and Gupta about the process<br />

of composing new works and the relationships<br />

between composers and performers.<br />

~ Featured on “CBS Sunday Morning”<br />

~ Sang at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle<br />

A program of austere early chant, florid Renaissance<br />

polyphony, bawdy madrigals, haunting folk songs,<br />

upbeat jazz and pop arrangements, and seasonal favorites<br />

in the incomparable British tradition.<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 />

Max Tan, founder Soundbox Ventures<br />

Tan explains that the mission is to “build<br />

meaningful connections between musicians<br />

and audiences by organizing artist<br />

residencies and concerts that focus on<br />

making the artist process accessible.” Tan<br />

adds that the group’s pilot “Listen Hear”<br />

series was incubated at the Sarasota Art<br />

Museum last season.<br />

The “Listen Hear” series is “an interactive<br />

exhibition for music,” says Tan. “Each<br />

program examines a specific way we hear<br />

expression and meaning. Imagine walking<br />

into a musician’s living room and witnessing<br />

music being written, or artists gathering<br />

to explore chamber music…all with food<br />

and drink!” He adds that the series was inspired<br />

by Alex Ross’ book “Listen to This.”<br />

“One of the joys of being an artist is to<br />

connect with a local community of friends<br />

and to produce art that is homegrown,”<br />

says Tan. “Think of Soundbox as the musician’s<br />

sandbox; it provides the resources to<br />

enable them to develop a project and then<br />

share it with the local community. I am extremely<br />

excited for this series and other<br />

projects ahead – stay tuned.”<br />

Mia Laity, the executive director of<br />

Soundbox Ventures, says that the Soundbox<br />

team “believes in facilitating as many<br />

opportunities as we can for every individual<br />

to engage with music in a way that<br />

nourishes their inner artist. I’m especially<br />

excited to watch the ‘Listen Hear’ series<br />

further spread its wings in the grand space<br />

of St Boniface’s sanctuary. The space is ideal<br />

for gathering; the room is an acoustical<br />

instrument in itself; and the context of the<br />

sacred space is in perfect harmony with the<br />

American pianist Marisa Gupta<br />

March 8, 7 p.m. “Ned Rorem’s<br />

Centenary: Celebrating His Life<br />

in Music and Words.”<br />

Curated by pianist Marisa Gupta and baritone<br />

Tom Meglioranza, this program honoring<br />

the centenary of the late American<br />

composer Ned Rorem centers on his<br />

masterpiece “Aftermath,” written in the<br />

wake of 9/11. Through 10 heart-wrenching<br />

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March 20, 7 p.m.: Max Tan and Marisa<br />

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Sarasota Art Museum’s 20<strong>23</strong>/2024 Season<br />

It’s a blend of artists presenting their first solo exhibitions<br />

along with artists renowned worldwide<br />

The Museum’s season features a<br />

blend of artists presenting their first<br />

solo exhibitions along with artists<br />

renowned worldwide for their work.<br />

This includes several exclusive exhibitions<br />

created and installed at the Museum<br />

from the ground up by world-class artists.<br />

• Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces, on<br />

view through March 24, 2024, explores the<br />

devastating impact of Hurricane Ian that battered<br />

southern Florida as a Category 4 storm<br />

in September 2022. In her largest solo show<br />

since 2017, Pfaff will present paintings and<br />

sculptures that celebrate Florida’s beauty and<br />

acknowledge its vulnerability to environmental<br />

threats.<br />

News coverage of Hurricane Ian’s extensive<br />

damage sparked the idea for the installation.<br />

Pfaff often keeps the televisions<br />

in her studio tuned<br />

to the news and was struck<br />

as she watched the storm<br />

ravage the homes and vegetation<br />

in its path. A January<br />

20<strong>23</strong> visit to Florida’s Fort<br />

Myers Beach and Sanibel<br />

Island gave the artist a firsthand<br />

look at the destruction<br />

left by the storm that killed<br />

more than 150 people. For<br />

Pfaff, exploring the area was<br />

reminiscent of her childhood<br />

in post-World War II London<br />

and her experiences living in<br />

New York during 9/11 when<br />

white dust blanketed the<br />

area following the collapse<br />

of the World Trade Center.<br />

“Seeing with my own eyes<br />

the major impact Ian had on<br />

the land and homes completely<br />

shook me. In Picking<br />

up the Pieces, I use ordinary<br />

materials and natural<br />

detritus to distill what I saw<br />

during my visit to Florida,”<br />

said Pfaff. “Since moving to the Hudson Valley<br />

10 years ago, I have become more aware of the<br />

wind, rain, and sun in the extreme. Winter can<br />

be extremely fierce and harsh, and because of<br />

that, I repair and repurpose a lot of elements<br />

around me to put new life into them.”<br />

Pfaff routinely uses elements from her garden,<br />

hand-painted and digitally manipulated images,<br />

welded steel, aluminum, Plexiglas, wood,<br />

photographs, expanded foam, melted plastic,<br />

blown glass, neon, and LED lights to build<br />

captivating, large-scale installations that invite<br />

viewers on a fantastic and unexpected journey.<br />

Welded metal trees, photographic flower wallpaper,<br />

and painted metal flowers often anchor<br />

her work. As a carpenter, welder, printer, painter,<br />

designer, and glassblower, Pfaff partners<br />

with several studio assistants to bring her hypnotic<br />

installations to fruition.<br />

Pfaff created a plethora of new objects<br />

for Picking up the Pieces, including several<br />

translucent fiberglass boats made from a mold<br />

at her studio and numerous glass pieces made<br />

at Pilchuck Glass School this summer. She is<br />

also fashioning her two- and three-dimensional<br />

works in response to the unique architecture of<br />

Sarasota Art Museum, which is housed in the<br />

building that was once the historic Sarasota<br />

High School.<br />

Learn more about Picking up the Pieces<br />

at sarasotaartmuseum.org/judy-pfaff.<br />

Public Programs:<br />

• Director’s Tour: Judy Pfaff: Picking up<br />

the Pieces<br />

December 18, 1-2<br />

pm in the Wendy<br />

G. Surkis & Peppi<br />

Elona Lobby. Free<br />

for members.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum’s<br />

executive<br />

director, Virginia<br />

Judy Pfaff.<br />

Installation view<br />

of ar.chae.ol.o.gy at<br />

the Pamela<br />

Salisbury Gallery,<br />

Hudson, New York,<br />

2021. Mixed media.<br />

Courtesy of the artist.<br />

Judy Pfaff. Installation view<br />

of Tivoli → Tisbury (A Romance),<br />

at Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury,<br />

England, 2017. Wooden<br />

beams, fluorescent light bulbs,<br />

expandable paper, painted<br />

steel, expanded foam, chalk,<br />

glass drops, steel weights, steel<br />

column, and wooden cutouts,<br />

tree roots, stones, steel staircase,<br />

and glass panes.<br />

Shearer,<br />

will lead<br />

a walkthrough<br />

of<br />

the exhibition,<br />

offering<br />

insights<br />

into the<br />

artist’s methods and practice.<br />

Judy Pfaff. Installation view of<br />

Notes on Light and Color, at Jaffe-Friede and<br />

Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover,<br />

New Hampshire, 2000. Plaster, dyes, UV<br />

fluorescent and incandescent lights, contact<br />

paper, pencil, and glass.<br />

• Art at Noon with Joe Fig<br />

December 19, 12-1 pm in the Wendy G. Surkis<br />

& Peppi Elona Lobby. Free for members.<br />

Enjoy discussions with specialists and artists<br />

covering various topics related to Sarasota Art<br />

Museum’s exhibitions, architecture, and areas<br />

of interest with Joe Fig, Ringling College of<br />

Art and Design Fine Arts department head and<br />

practicing artist.<br />

• Curator Tour:<br />

Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces<br />

January 29, 2024 from 1-2 pm in the Wendy G.<br />

Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby. Free for members.<br />

Join Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., Sarasota Art Museum’s<br />

senior curator, for a tour of Judy<br />

Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces. She will share<br />

in-depth curatorial insights about the artist’s<br />

pioneering career and her site-specific installation<br />

on view.<br />

• Contemporary/Traditional: Selections<br />

from the Basch Glass Collection<br />

Continues through Feb. 11, 2024<br />

• Juana Valdés: Embodied<br />

Memories, Ancestral<br />

Histories<br />

Continues through Feb.<br />

11, 2024<br />

Embodied Memories, Ancestral<br />

Histories, Valdés’ first<br />

solo exhibition at a museum,<br />

will showcase a range of<br />

works drawn from her threedecade-long<br />

career. Valdés’<br />

work, anchored in history<br />

and narratives related to<br />

Laura de Santillana. Uran, 2014. Blown and slumped glass. her Afro-Cuban heritage, addresses<br />

colonization’s history<br />

and migration’s impact, as well as the<br />

issues of gender, race, and the representation<br />

of the female body.<br />

Working in a range of both traditional<br />

and non-traditional media—from<br />

ceramics, with all its associations of<br />

feminine and manual work, to new-media—Valdés<br />

communicates ideas of the<br />

personal and subjective while at the<br />

same time challenging the canon of art.<br />

Philip Baldwin and Monica<br />

Guggisberg. Nero (from Species Novae series),<br />

2018. Blown and carved glass.<br />

Drawn from the Richard and Barbara<br />

Basch Collection, Contemporary/<br />

Traditional gives a glimpse into the<br />

world of international contemporary<br />

glass art of the late 20th and 21st<br />

centuries. This exhibition showcases<br />

a range of glasswork styles, from<br />

delicate figural sculptures to abstract<br />

shapes.<br />

Artists featured in this exhibition include<br />

artist-duo Philip Baldwin and<br />

Monica Guggisberg, Lucio Bubacco,<br />

Dale Chihuly, Václav Cigler, Jun<br />

Kaneko, Carmen Lozar, married duo Stanislav<br />

Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Dante Marioni,<br />

Debora Moore, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana,<br />

Laura de Santillana, Livio Seguso, Preston<br />

Singletary, and Lino Tagliapietra.<br />

Contemporary/Traditional reveals how<br />

today’s glass artists are pushing traditional<br />

boundaries, innovating, and asserting their own<br />

vision in their works. The artists featured in the<br />

exhibition have mastered classical approaches<br />

and chosen to bend or abandon the rules, expand<br />

ideas, and develop new techniques, giving<br />

a contemporary interpretation of the medium<br />

and revolutionizing glass art.<br />

Visitors will have a chance to discover more<br />

than 40 works by some of the world’s leading<br />

glass artists, including artist-duo Philip Baldwin<br />

and Monica Guggisberg, Lucio Bubacco,<br />

Dale Chihuly, Václav Cigler, Jun Kaneko, Carmen<br />

Lozar, married duo Stanislav Libenský and<br />

Jaroslava Brychtová, Dante Marioni, Debora<br />

Moore, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, Laura<br />

de Santillana, Livio Seguso, Preston Singletary,<br />

and Lino Tagliapietra.<br />

• Molly Hatch Commission<br />

TBD Spring 2024<br />

Ceramic artist Molly Hatch will create<br />

a brand-new commissioned site-responsive<br />

installation inspired by<br />

Sarasota’s cultural landscape. Hatch’s<br />

signature plate paintings—large-scale<br />

installations of hand-glazed ceramic<br />

plates—reimagine historical decorative<br />

arts through a contemporary lens,<br />

while bridging the gap between decorative<br />

and fine art.<br />

• Impact! Contemporary Artists at<br />

the Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

March 10-July 7, 2024<br />

Impact! presents recent works by 10<br />

contemporary U.S.-based artists, all alumni of<br />

the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota: Diana<br />

Al-Hadid, Sanford Biggers, Chitra Ganesh,<br />

Todd Gray, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Michelle<br />

Lopez, Ted Riederer, John Sims, Kukuli Velarde,<br />

and William Villalongo.<br />

Dan Cameron, the exhibition’s guest curator,<br />

is a former Hermitage Curatorial Council member.<br />

The exhibition will feature works across a<br />

range of media, including sculpture, painting,<br />

installation, video, photography, printmaking,<br />

ceramics, and performance.<br />

• The Truth of the Night Sky: Anne Patterson<br />

and Patrick Harlin<br />

April 21-Sept. 29, 2024<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellows Anne Patterson<br />

and Patrick Harlin will collaborate to create<br />

a multimedia site-specific installation. Composer<br />

Harlin’s original orchestral work, Earthrise, will<br />

serve as an integral part of the immersive installation<br />

work by multidisciplinary artist Patterson.<br />

Patterson’s large-scale installations combine<br />

sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music,<br />

and scent. As a synesthete (when she hears<br />

sound, she sees color and shape), Patterson<br />

seeks to transport audiences to a multi-sensory<br />

realm. This immersive installation will engage<br />

the senses: visitors will plunge into color-filled<br />

light or enveloping darkness, and move in<br />

rhythm with exalting music or in ambient sound.<br />

Just the Facts:<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located at 1001<br />

South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Visit Sarasota-<br />

ArtMuseum.org for more information. General<br />

Admission $15; Museum Members Free.<br />

Open 7 days a week - Monday-Saturday: 10 am<br />

to 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm<br />

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Celebrating the Future of Classical Music<br />

Sunshine From Darkness<br />

announces Inspiring Hope<br />

Dinner program<br />

Dinner benefiting youth emotional literacy and<br />

youth mental health research to feature keynote by<br />

Tom Arnold, personal stories from local notables<br />

Sunshine From Darkness, a<br />

nonprofit organization dedicated<br />

to the funding of local<br />

mental health services<br />

and programs and mental<br />

health research, has announced its 2024<br />

Inspiring Hope Dinner. The organization’s<br />

annual fundraising event will take place<br />

on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.<br />

at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (1111 Ritz<br />

Carlton Drive).<br />

This year’s keynote speaker will be<br />

American comedian, actor, producer and<br />

writer Tom Arnold, who will speak about<br />

his journey with<br />

anxiety and longtime<br />

battles with<br />

addiction. Arnold<br />

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for over five years<br />

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Tom Arnold will be<br />

career as well<br />

the keynote speaker<br />

as significant for the 2024 Inspiring<br />

health challenges.<br />

Today, he is presented by Sunshine<br />

Hope Dinner, which is<br />

in recovery and<br />

From Darkness<br />

sharing his journey publicly in order to give<br />

hope to others who face the same demons.<br />

The evening will feature “Faces Behind<br />

the Stories,” shining a spotlight on the<br />

personal, sometimes difficult journeys of<br />

four members of our community: Roger<br />

Capote, senior vice president, marketing &<br />

community relations and CCO, CAN Community<br />

Health; Kelvin Foster, chaplain,<br />

North River Fire District and American Red<br />

Cross Disaster spiritual care regional advisor<br />

for Central and SW Florida; Sydney<br />

Koffman, chemical engineer; and Linda<br />

Larsen, motivational speaker.<br />

The event will also feature the bestowing<br />

of the 2024 Lee and Bob Peterson Legacy<br />

Award to Bunny Skirboll, founder of<br />

Compeer, Inc., a lively paddle raise, live<br />

music with Quintessence – featuring some<br />

very special guest vocalists, including<br />

Chris Eisenberg – who will perform selections<br />

from his Frank Sinatra tribute show,<br />

“Frank & Me,” Raleigh Mosely II and Ariel<br />

Blue – and dancing.<br />

Co-chairs are Amie Austin, Ph.D., Sarah<br />

Karp Renkliyuz and Taylor Karp Teymuri.<br />

More than 380 were in attendance for the<br />

Inspiring Hope Dinner in January of 20<strong>23</strong>;<br />

the event grossed more than $200,000, with<br />

Co-chairs for the 2024 Inspiring Hope Dinner are<br />

Sarah Karp Renkliyuz, Amie Austin, Ph.D. and<br />

Taylor Karp Teymuri Photo by Cliff Roles<br />

proceeds allocated toward the mission of<br />

Sunshine From Darkness, the local mental<br />

health services of Harvest House and<br />

Teen Court of Sarasota, and cutting-edge<br />

research funded by the Brain & Behavior<br />

Research Foundation.<br />

Founded as a subsidiary of the Lee and<br />

Bob Peterson Foundation, Sunshine From<br />

Darkness hosts events throughout the year<br />

that bring mental health and addiction<br />

awareness and education to the forefront of<br />

the community, providing professionals and<br />

philanthropists with the opportunity to engage<br />

with the broader mental health community.<br />

Its mission is to enhance and promote<br />

mental health wellness in our community.<br />

Tickets are $350; proceeds will benefit<br />

Sunshine From Darkness’s “blue door services,”<br />

which will focus on emotional literacy<br />

for youth, and youth mental health<br />

research. For more about Sunshine From<br />

Darkness or to purchase tickets to the Inspiring<br />

Hope Dinner, visit sunshinefromdarkness.org.<br />

ABOUT<br />

Sunshine From Darkness<br />

Sunshine From Darkness is a nonprofit<br />

organization dedicated to raising funds<br />

for local charities that provide health and<br />

addiction disorder services in the Sarasota<br />

community and funding cutting-edge mental<br />

health research. Founded as a subsidiary<br />

of the Lee and Bob Peterson Foundation,<br />

Sunshine From Darkness hosts events<br />

throughout the year that bring mental<br />

health and addiction awareness and education<br />

to the forefront of the community,<br />

providing professionals and philanthropists<br />

with the opportunity to engage with<br />

the broader mental health community. Its<br />

mission is to enhance and promote mental<br />

health wellness in our community. Visit<br />

sunshinefromdarkness.org.<br />

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Guests for the Holidays?<br />

Coffeecake to the rescue<br />

F Cinnamon-Crisp Coffee Cake<br />

Cinnamon-Crisp Coffee Cake T<br />

F Glazed Espresso Coffee Cake<br />

Glazed Espresso Coffee Cake T<br />

Crowned<br />

with cinnamonscented<br />

crumbs<br />

and hiding<br />

a layer<br />

of sweet,<br />

fudgy<br />

filling, this<br />

coffee cake<br />

is an updated<br />

classic.<br />

Makes 9”<br />

round<br />

coffee cake<br />

FILLING:<br />

1/3 cup granulated sugar<br />

2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon*<br />

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa,<br />

Dutch-process or natural<br />

Crumbs<br />

1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-<br />

Purpose Flour<br />

6 tablespoons granulated sugar<br />

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar,<br />

sifted if lumpy<br />

CAKE:<br />

2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-<br />

Purpose Flour<br />

3/4 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 teaspoon baking powder<br />

3/4 teaspoon salt<br />

1/4 teaspoon baking soda<br />


2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon*<br />

1/4 teaspoon salt<br />

6 tablespoons unsalted butter,<br />

cut into 1/2” cubes; at room<br />

temperature<br />

1 teaspoon Vanilla<br />

*If using a different kind of cinnamon,<br />

increase to 1 tablespoon<br />

8 tablespoons unsalted butter,<br />

cut into 1/2” cubes; at room<br />

temperature<br />

2 teaspoons Vanilla<br />

2 large eggs<br />

1 cup buttermilk or plain Greek yogurt*<br />

*Whole milk or full-fat yogurt (about 5%<br />

fat) is preferred for the most tender cake.<br />

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” cake pan with a round piece of parchment or round<br />

reusable liner and lightly grease the sides.<br />

To make the filling: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa. Set aside.<br />

To make the crumbs: Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup,<br />

then sweeping off any excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars,<br />

cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter and vanilla; toss to combine. Using a bowl scraper,<br />

fork, or your fingers, work in the butter until crumbs form and no dry spots remain. The<br />

crumbs should be irregular, ranging in size from a pea to walnut. Set aside.<br />

To make the cake: In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar,<br />

baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the butter and mix at low speed using an<br />

electric hand mixer or the flat beater attachment of a stand mixer until the mixture<br />

looks sandy, about 1-2 minutes.<br />

Beat in the vanilla and eggs, then mix until no dry spots of flour remain. Stop the mixer<br />

and scrape the bowl and beater attachment as needed; the mixture will be thick.<br />

If using buttermilk, slowly pour it into the mixture while the mixer is running on low<br />

speed. If using Greek yogurt, add the yogurt all at once before starting to mix. Continue<br />

to stir until the batter is smooth. Stop to scrape the bowl and then mix again at low<br />

speed for 1 minute; this final mix is key to ensuring the best texture so don’t skip it.<br />

To assemble and bake the coffee cake: Transfer half the batter (about 1 1/2 cups) into<br />

the prepared pan, spreading it all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the filling evenly across<br />

the batter.<br />

Transfer the remaining batter atop the filling and gently spread to the edges. (The batter<br />

will be pourable if you’ve used buttermilk; otherwise, transfer the thick batter by dolloping<br />

portions over the filling then use a spatula to smooth it out into an even layer.)<br />

Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the batter and gently press to adhere.<br />

Bake the cake for about 45-50 minutes, until it’s set in the middle and light brown.<br />

When it’s done, a toothpick or paring knife inserted into the center should come out<br />

with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to<br />

cool in the pan for 20 minutes.<br />

Featuring<br />

dazzling zebra<br />

stripes of<br />

chocolate and<br />

vanilla cake<br />

batter along<br />

with a bold<br />

coffee glaze,<br />

this espresso coffee<br />

cake brings<br />

extra caffeine to<br />

the table.<br />

Makes one<br />

9” round<br />

coffee cake<br />

CRUMBS:<br />

1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-<br />

Purpose Flour<br />

6 tablespoons granulated sugar<br />

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar,<br />

sifted if lumpy<br />

1 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon*<br />

1/4 teaspoon salt<br />

CAKE:<br />

2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached<br />

All-Purpose Flour<br />

1 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 teaspoon baking powder<br />

3/4 teaspoon salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon baking soda<br />

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into<br />

1/2” cubes; at room temperature<br />

2 teaspoons Vanilla<br />


2 teaspoons espresso powder<br />

6 tablespoons unsalted butter,<br />

cut into 1/2” cubes; at room<br />

temperature<br />

1 teaspoon Vanilla<br />

*If using something other than<br />

Vietnamese, increase to 2 teaspoons.<br />

2 large eggs<br />

1/2 cup buttermilk<br />

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold brew<br />

concentrate or brewed coffee,<br />

strong; divided<br />

3 tablespoons espresso powder<br />

2 teaspoons black cocoa*<br />

*For the most contrast, use black cocoa.<br />

Substituting another cocoa will create a<br />

lighter chocolate batter.<br />

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” cake pan with a round piece of parchment or round<br />

reusable liner and lightly grease the sides.<br />

To make the crumbs: Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup,<br />

then sweeping off any excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, cinnamon,<br />

salt, and espresso powder. Add the butter and vanilla; toss to combine. Using<br />

a bowl scraper, fork, or your fingers, work in the butter until crumbs form and no dry spots<br />

remain. The crumbs should be irregular, ranging in size from a pea to walnut. Set aside.<br />

To make the cake: In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar,<br />

baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the butter and mix at low speed using an<br />

electric hand mixer or the flat beater attachment of a stand mixer until the mixture<br />

looks sandy, about 1 to 2 minutes. (This mixing method is called reverse creaming and<br />

is also known as the paste method.)<br />

Beat in the vanilla and eggs, then mix until no dry spots of flour remain. Stop the mixer<br />

and scrape the bowl and beater attachment as needed; the mixture will be thick.<br />

Combine the buttermilk and 1/2 cup of the coffee or cold brew concentrate. Keep the<br />

mixer running and slowly add the wet mixture to the bowl. Mix until smooth, then stop<br />

the mixer to scrape the bowl and mix again at medium-low speed for 1 minute; this<br />

final mix is key to ensuring the best texture so don’t skip it.<br />

To assemble and bake the coffee cake: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the<br />

espresso powder, black cocoa, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of coffee or cold brew<br />

concentrate. Stir to combine. Heat briefly in the microwave if the mixture remains lumpy.<br />

Transfer slightly less than half, about 1 1/2 cups, of batter to the medium bowl with<br />

the espresso/cocoa mixture. Stir until the batter is uniform in color with no dark streaks<br />

remaining; this will be the espresso batter. (The remaining batter is the vanilla batter.)<br />

Portion roughly 1/2 cup of the vanilla batter into the prepared pan (a scone or muffin<br />

scoop works well here; use 2 scoops for 1/2 cup). Next, use the same scoop to portion<br />

about 1/4 cup of the espresso batter into the center of the vanilla batter and gently spread<br />

it in a small circle using the back of the scoop. (This will cause the vanilla batter to spread.)<br />

Continue to scoop the batters, alternating between espresso and vanilla, in 1/4 cup<br />

increments (like you’re creating a bull’s eye pattern) until all the batter is used. You<br />

will now have thin rings of each batter towards the edges of the pan and thicker rings<br />

towards the center.<br />

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you’re news<br />

Accolades<br />

■ The Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

recently hosted its 6th annual<br />

Legacy Society Appreciation<br />

Luncheon. Longtime supporters,<br />

volunteers and founding Society<br />

Members Shirley and Jack<br />

Brown were recognized as the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Legacy Society Honorees.<br />

From left to right: Pedro Reis,<br />

Dolly Jacobs, Shirley & Jack Brown,<br />

Jennifer Mitchell<br />

For more than 13 years, Jack has<br />

served The CAC as board member,<br />

treasurer, board chair and fundraising<br />

chair. Throughout, Shirley<br />

has championed The CAC as<br />

School Board of Sarasota County<br />

Member and as a Florida State<br />

House Representative.<br />

The Legacy Society Luncheon<br />

celebrates and thanks those select<br />

individuals who have included The<br />

CAC in their charitable estate giving.<br />

Appointments<br />

■ Nelle S. Miller has been named<br />

President & Chief Executive Officer<br />

of All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB).<br />

She will<br />

succeed<br />

CEO Sandra<br />

Frank, who<br />

announced<br />

her intention<br />

to retire back<br />

in March<br />

20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

Miller<br />

Nelle S. Miller<br />

returns to<br />

All Faiths<br />

Food Bank after having served on<br />

the AFFB Board from 2016-2021,<br />

including service as Chair of the<br />

Board from 2018-2020, during<br />

which time she assisted in the development<br />

of a succession plan for<br />

the organization.<br />

Miller has a background in the<br />

nonprofit world of Sarasota and<br />

Desoto counties and the issues of<br />

hunger, health and nutrition, and<br />

access to healthy food have been at<br />

the heart of the philanthropic work.<br />

Miller is currently serving as the<br />

Interim CEO of Unidos Now. Last<br />

year, she acted as Interim President<br />

and CEO of JFCS of the Suncoast. She<br />

is currently Board Chair of the Education<br />

Foundation of Sarasota County<br />

and is an Advisory Board member for<br />

the Boxser Diversity Initiative.<br />

Additionally, she has been Board<br />

Chair of the Community Foundation<br />

of Sarasota County, Glasser<br />

Schoenbaum Human Services<br />

Center, and the Jewish Federation of<br />

Sarasota-Manatee.<br />

Miller will assume her responsibilities<br />

as President & CEO of<br />

All Faiths Food Bank on January<br />

3, 2024. For more information,<br />

visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

■ The Ringling has announced the<br />

promotion of Sarah Cartwright to<br />

Chief Curator,<br />

making her the<br />

first person in<br />

more than a<br />

decade to hold<br />

this title at the<br />

museum. As<br />

Chief Curator,<br />

Dr. Cartwright<br />

will have<br />

Sarah Cartwright<br />

oversight of<br />

the curatorial<br />

department and will help shape the<br />

museum’s long-term exhibitions<br />

and collections strategies in pursuit<br />

of institutional strategic goals.<br />

She will continue as the Ulla R.<br />

Searing Curator of Collections, a role<br />

she has held since 2017, maintaining<br />

responsibility for the museum’s collections<br />

of European and American<br />

paintings, sculpture, and works on<br />

paper from Antiquity to 1900 CE.<br />

Her current projects include the<br />

international loan exhibition Guercino’s<br />

Friar with a Gold Earring: Fra<br />

Bonaventura Bisi, Painter and Art<br />

Dealer, open through Jan. 7, 2024,<br />

which she co-curated with David M.<br />

Stone, Professor Emeritus, University<br />

of Delaware. The exhibition is<br />

accompanied by a book of the same<br />

title, co-authored by Stone and Cartwright<br />

(Scala Arts Publishers). In<br />

December, Cartwright will open Shinique<br />

Smith: Parade, an exhibition<br />

curated in collaboration with<br />

Smith, which marks the first time<br />

the artist’s work will be displayed in<br />

museum galleries of European art.<br />

■ All Faiths Food Bank has created<br />

a new, senior-level communications<br />

position. In early October,<br />

new hire Nina Harrelson began<br />

her work as All Faiths Food Bank’s<br />

Director of<br />

Strategic Communications.<br />

Harrelson’s<br />

responsibilities<br />

will include<br />

strategic<br />

marketing<br />

planning and<br />

execution,<br />

Nina Harrelson<br />

development<br />

and implementation<br />

of the organization’s<br />

overall communications strategy,<br />

brand management, oversight of<br />

public and media relations, crisis<br />

plan management, and more.<br />

Harrelson comes to AFFB from<br />

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin<br />

Hospital/HCA Florida Twin Cities<br />

Hospital, where she served as the<br />

Director of Communications &<br />

Community Engagement.Prior to<br />

that, she served as the Public Relations<br />

Specialist for The Salvation<br />

Army of Memphis & the Mid-South.<br />

■ The Manatee County Board of<br />

County Commissioners has appointed<br />

Nicole Knapp as Director<br />

of Development Services. She started<br />

her Manatee County career eight<br />

years ago, bringing with her nearly<br />

20 years of<br />

land development<br />

experience<br />

spanning<br />

several areas.<br />

In the early<br />

part of her<br />

career, Knapp<br />

worked for<br />

the Village of<br />

Bolingbrook,<br />

Nicole Knapp<br />

IL, where she<br />

played an integral role in managing<br />

Bolingbrook’s rapid growth in housing,<br />

commercial development and<br />

infrastructure improvements, which<br />

led to Bolingbrook being recognized<br />

as one of the top 50-best places to<br />

live in the United States.<br />

At Manatee County, she has<br />

served as the Public Hearing<br />

Section Manager, Planning Section<br />

Manager for Emergency Management<br />

in Public Safety, Comprehensive<br />

Planning Division Manager,<br />

and the Impact Fee Administrator.<br />

For the past four months, Nicole has<br />

been serving as the Interim Director<br />

of Development Services. Knapp<br />

was born and raised in Stoney<br />

Creek, Ontario Canada, where she<br />

earned a degree in Municipal Planning<br />

and Development.<br />

Board News<br />

■ Embracing Our Differences<br />

(EOD), announced recently that the<br />

organization has appointed Chloe<br />

Niebuhr as a STAR student board<br />

member.<br />

Niebuhr, a<br />

12th-grade<br />

student at Pine<br />

View School,<br />

is a member<br />

of The Boys<br />

& Girls Club’s<br />

STAR (Students<br />

Take<br />

Chloe Niebuhr<br />

Active Roles)<br />

Leadership<br />

Training program. After completion<br />

of the program, students are<br />

eligible to give back to a cause they<br />

care about by serving as a voting<br />

board member for one of STAR’s 90<br />

partner agencies.<br />

Niebuhr, 17, was chosen to be<br />

a Pine View Unity Day leader for<br />

EOD’s Unity Day in 2022. She says<br />

this offered her “first opportunity<br />

to gain a deep understanding of the<br />

organization’s goals and its impact<br />

on my community.”<br />

In addition to her work with EOD,<br />

Niebuhr pursued independent<br />

study in art and attended Ringling’s<br />

Precollege Program and Sotheby’s<br />

Summer Institute of Art. With this<br />

experience, she was chosen as the<br />

STAR Student Representative on<br />

Sarasota’s Public Art Committee.<br />

“Art is something I’ve been passionate<br />

about my entire life. In addition<br />

to being an artist, I love how art<br />

connects people, how it influences<br />

thought processes, and how it can<br />

change people’s opinions and beliefs<br />

for the better,” she says.<br />

Community service has been vital<br />

to Niebuhr since she was little. She<br />

has served as a teacher’s assistant<br />

at Visible Men Academy, helping<br />

direct math and science projects.<br />

She also served as a unit leader for<br />

Growing Strong Stem (GSS), an<br />

organization dedicated to helping<br />

middle and elementary school students<br />

at Laurel Civic Association.<br />

“My students at VMA and GSS<br />

come from different backgrounds<br />

and cultures than my own,” she<br />

says. “My experience with them<br />

has taught me how important<br />

initiatives such as Embracing Our<br />

Differences are for bringing us all<br />

together and teaching respect,<br />

inclusivity and kindness.”<br />

At Pine View, Niebuhr was<br />

responsible for its largest fundraiser,<br />

with the proceeds funding the<br />

Speech and Debate team. Other<br />

accolades include being nominated<br />

for the Education Foundation<br />

STRIVE Award, receiving the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Biology Honors Award, and being<br />

named AP Scholar with Honors.<br />

Embracing Our Differences’<br />

board of directors includes Judge<br />

Charles E. Williams, Chair; Linda<br />

Poteat-Brown, Vice-Chair; Kaitlin<br />

Yelle, Treasurer; Richard Bergman,<br />

Secretary; and Christina<br />

de Guia, M.D., John Weber, and<br />

Sarah Wertheimer.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

embracingourdifferences.org.<br />

■ Four new board members have<br />

joined JFCS of the Suncoast. They<br />

include Adam Gersh, SPHR, GPHR,<br />

Talent Acquisition Leader with<br />

Arcadis North America. Joining<br />

him are Ellen Goldner, a former<br />

Director of Admissions for Alexander<br />

Muss High School in Israel, and<br />

Director of Development for the Y<br />

Camps in New Jersey; Dan Dannheisser,<br />

P.A., founding partner<br />

at Dannheisser Injury Law and<br />

member of the Bar Associations for<br />

Florida, District of Columbia, Colorado,<br />

the American Bar and Florida<br />

Justice Academy has also served on<br />

the Sarasota Rotary, Sarasota African<br />

American Cultural Coalition,<br />

Safe Children Coalition and Temple<br />

Sinai; Sasha Rosin, currently a<br />

realtor with Horizon Realty and a<br />

background in volunteer work, has<br />

also joined the board.<br />

■ Visit Sarasota County (VSC)<br />

has welcomed Susie Bowie,<br />

President and CEO of The William<br />

G. and Marie Selby Foundation, to<br />

its Board of Directors.<br />

After seven years as the Executive<br />

Director of Manatee Community<br />

Foundation, Bowie became the<br />

President and CEO of the William<br />

G. and Marie Selby Foundation in<br />

March of 20<strong>23</strong>. She is a graduate of<br />

Leadership Florida and Vice President<br />

of the Charitable Gift Planners<br />

of Southwest Florida.<br />

The other members of the Visit<br />

Sarasota County 2024 Board of Directors<br />

are: Lorrie Liang, President<br />

of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s<br />

Sarasota Campus; Nick Mavrikas,<br />

Owner of Magna Hospitality; Richard<br />

Russell, General Director of<br />

the Sarasota Opera; John LaCivita,<br />

President of Willis Smith Construction;<br />

Hon. Ron Cutsinger of the<br />

Sarasota County Commission; Ann<br />

Frescura, Executive Director of the<br />

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce;<br />

Mark Gordon, Managing Editor<br />

of the Business Observer; Rick<br />

Konsavage, Managing Director of<br />

The Resort at Longboat Key Club;<br />

Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice Main<br />

Street; Mike Quillen, President of<br />

Gecko’s Hospitality Group; Wes<br />

Santos, General Manager of the<br />

Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Tim<br />

Self, Financial Advisor at Gulfside<br />

Investment Services.<br />

■ The Child Protection Center,<br />

Inc. (CPC) have announced the<br />

appointment of Nikki Williams<br />

and Christie Mucha to its Board<br />

Nikki Williams and Christie Mucha<br />

of Directors. Williams has been<br />

serving the Child Protection Center<br />

for over a decade as a volunteer,<br />

donor, and event attendee. She<br />

has served as a Co-Chair of the<br />

Blue Ties and Butterflies signature<br />

fundraiser for the organization<br />

among other event support.<br />

Nikki was the 20<strong>23</strong> Volunteer of<br />

the Year for the Child Protection<br />

Center. Mucha joins their Board of<br />

Directors as a volunteer, advocate<br />

and donor for the prevention,<br />

intervention, and treatment of<br />

child abuse. Christie has a Masters<br />

in Education and has worked in<br />

early childhood and elementary<br />

education. She has served on the<br />

Blue Ties and Butterflies committee<br />

for the past two years.<br />

Other CPC board members include<br />

Tina Granthon, Board Chair, Jennifer<br />

Steube, Board Vice Chair, Alina<br />

Cemitier, Charlie Brooks, Tony<br />

Dempsey, Jennifer Douglas, Jennifer<br />

Fox, Edward Griese, Tammy<br />

Karp, Donna Koffman, Graci Mc-<br />

Gillicuddy, Tom McLaughlin, Freya<br />

Robbins, and Dan Starostecki.<br />

For information on CPC, visit<br />

www.cpcsarasota.org.<br />

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good news department<br />

IMPACT100 SRQ<br />

Announces Ten Grant Finalists for 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Members of Impact100 SRQ celebrated<br />

their 5th Giving Year on Wednesday, November<br />

8, at their Annual Celebration &<br />

Award Ceremony. They heard presentations<br />

from the 10 nonprofit grant finalists<br />

who were selected by volunteer members<br />

from this year’s applicants, each<br />

with the opportunity to receive funding.<br />

The 763 members in 20<strong>23</strong> funded 7 grants<br />

of $109,000 each in keeping with the organization’s<br />

giving model: At least 100<br />

women annually donate $1,000 each to<br />

fund grants of at least $100,000 to local<br />

nonprofits.<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong> Impact100 SRQ grant recipients are:<br />

■ Arts, Culture & History Focus Area:<br />

Art Center Sarasota<br />

The proposed Youth Digital Art Lab &<br />

Classroom Upgrade: Building a Digital Arts<br />

Program + Expanding Classroom Capabilities<br />

initiative will create opportunities<br />

for students to explore digital art such<br />

as photography, animation, graphics, and<br />

visual effects by expanding the youth program<br />

to include digital technology, and<br />

will upgrade classroom space to allow for<br />

increased enrollment.<br />

■ Education Focus Area:<br />

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.<br />

The proposed Girl Scouts Amphitheater<br />

on the River initiative will provide a gathering<br />

space for educational, recreational,<br />

environmental, and social activities at<br />

Camp Honi Hanta with the construction of<br />

a new outdoor amphitheater.<br />

■ Environment & Recreation Focus Area:<br />

The Paul A. and Veronica H. Gross<br />

Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida<br />

The proposed Help Florida’s Raptors Soar<br />

– Construction of a 100 ft. Flyway for Raptor<br />

Rehabilitation initiative will strengthen<br />

the healthy raptor population and<br />

therefore the local ecosystem with the<br />

construction of a critical rehabilitation<br />

flyway for birds of prey.<br />

■ Family Focus Area:<br />

Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.<br />

The proposed Legal Lifeline For Youth initiative<br />

will increase their ability to assist<br />

children in foster care at every stage of<br />

their proceedings by expanding the Lifeline<br />

Project with the funding of a second<br />

children’s attorney.<br />

Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.<br />

The proposed Empowering Families<br />

through a Second Chance initiative will<br />

provide more support for first-time misdemeanor<br />

youth offenders and their families<br />

by funding an additional client coordinator<br />

and support staff.<br />

■ Health & Wellness Focus Area:<br />

Easterseals Southwest Florida<br />

The proposed Bringing the Magic of Gardening<br />

to Children, Teens, and Adults with<br />

Disabilities initiative will construct a new,<br />

wheelchair accessible Grow and Learn<br />

Garden, where clients will have experiences<br />

in nature that will enhance learning,<br />

support motor skill development, decrease<br />

anxiety, and improve self-esteem<br />

from learning new skills.<br />

Jewish Family and Children’s Services<br />

of the Suncoast<br />

The proposed School and Family Wellness<br />

Support Services initiative will improve<br />

the emotional, social, and physical<br />

well-being of more youth/teen clients<br />

and their families by funding a mental<br />

health professional with a focus on family<br />

and a part-time case manager to coordinate<br />

wrap-around services.<br />

At the event, the 10 nonprofit grant<br />

applicant finalists each gave short presentations<br />

to explain their initiatives and<br />

the sustainable impact each project<br />

would have on the community. Following<br />

all the presentations, Impact100 SRQ<br />

members were able to cast their votes<br />

for which initiatives they wanted to fund.<br />

Upon tabulation of the votes, the 7 recipients<br />

were announced.<br />

The more women who join the organization,<br />

the more grants can be funded.<br />

The membership drive for 2024 is<br />

now open until March 26, 2024. To learn<br />

more about Impact100 SRQ and how to<br />

become a member, visit the website at<br />

www.Impact100SRQ.org.<br />

Forty Carrots<br />

Expansion Reaches Milestone for Campus<br />

Forty Carrots Family Center’s Generations<br />

of Change Expansion Campaign reaches<br />

another milestone as its new building for<br />

expanded Mental Health and Parenting<br />

Education services takes shape as the roof<br />

goes on. Architects<br />

the Schimberg<br />

Group and<br />

builder Tandem<br />

Construction<br />

are ahead of<br />

schedule with<br />

plumbing and<br />

electricity completed<br />

and windows<br />

installed.<br />

The campaign has reached $8.75 million<br />

of the $10 million dollar goal for the building<br />

and program expansion. Since 2020,<br />

Forty Carrots has increased child and family<br />

mental health services by over 70%, and the<br />

expansion will allow for a 100% increase in<br />

Mental Health and 30% in Parenting Education<br />

services over the next several years.<br />

The Generations of Change expansion<br />

Wilson-Wood Foundation<br />

funds early education for area families<br />

The Wilson-Wood Foundation recently<br />

awarded a grant of $15,000 to Safe Children<br />

Coalition (SCC), for its HIPPY (Home<br />

Instruction for Parents of Preschool<br />

Youngsters) program. The grant will help<br />

area families with young children to prepare<br />

their children for success in school<br />

and beyond.<br />

This is the fifth year that the Wilson-Wood<br />

Foundation has provided support – totaling<br />

$55,000 – for the HIPPY program.<br />

The HIPPY program helps parents to<br />

provide educational enrichment for preschool-age<br />

children and is designed to<br />

remove barriers to participation in education.<br />

The program is offered to all participants<br />

free of charge so that disadvantaged<br />

children can enjoy future success;<br />

the goals of HIPPY are consistent with the<br />

mission of the Wilson-Wood Foundation,<br />

which aims to do good deeds in health,<br />

education and human services.<br />

In fiscal year 20<strong>23</strong>, HIPPY served 125 parents<br />

and children with economic, social<br />

and educational challenges in Sarasota<br />

includes a new 6900 sq ft building on<br />

1.72 acres at 1350 Cattlemen Rd. It offers<br />

a Child and Family Therapy Center with 6<br />

therapy rooms, intake office, waiting area<br />

and Parenting Education Center equipped<br />

Aerial view of Forty Carrots Family Center new building on Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.<br />

with flexible capacity with moveable wall<br />

and observation capabilities, virtual program<br />

rooms, administrative offices, and<br />

program staff workspaces.<br />

The addition of the Cattlemen property<br />

allows the existing buildings on S. Tuttle<br />

Avenue to expand early education and<br />

house administrative offices.<br />

To learn more, visit www.fortycarrots.org.<br />

A recent grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation will support Safe Children Coalition’s HIPPY program.<br />

County. Every HIPPY family is TANF (Temporary<br />

Assistance for Needy Families) eligible<br />

and faces overwhelming poverty.<br />

In the most recent monitoring of the<br />

program, 100% of HIPPY children, ages<br />

3-5, improved their School Readiness Curriculum-Based<br />

Scores, 100% of children<br />

transitioning to kindergarten passed the<br />

school readiness assessment, and 100%<br />

of parents surveyed indicated that the<br />

program helped their child(ren) to learn<br />

skills to succeed in school. Additionally,<br />

100% of the parents served increased<br />

their engagement in parent activities.<br />

“Since 1992, HIPPY has encouraged<br />

participation from local parents who<br />

might otherwise not feel empowered or<br />

equipped to get involved in a meaningful<br />

way with their children’s education,”<br />

said SCC president and CEO Brena Slater.<br />

“We are grateful to the Wilson-Wood<br />

Foundation for its continued support of<br />

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Nayden Todorov, conductor<br />

Monday, Jan 15, 7:30 pm | Van Wezel<br />

An All-Beethoven program!<br />


Wednesday, Jan 24, 7:30 pm<br />

Riverview Performing Arts Center<br />

Mendelssohn, Britten, and jazz standards<br />



Jader Bignamini, conductor<br />

Monday, Feb 19, 7:30 pm | Van Wezel<br />

Elgar Cello Concerto and Scheherazade<br />



Lahav Shani, conductor<br />

Sunday, March 3, 7:30 pm | Van Wezel<br />

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and<br />

Romeo and Juliet<br />


Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm<br />

Riverview Performing Arts Center<br />

Performing Ravel, Chopin and Liszt<br />

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