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SRQ DAILY Jul 19, 2023

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"We like to hire people with character who understand the concept of philanthropy. That is what is important to us and I think what is important to the community"

- Art Lambert, Cofounder, S-One Holdings Corporation.
 

[Volunteers]  S-One Shows Interns the Value of Volunteerism
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Giving back is part of S-One Holdings Corporation’s DNA, according to the company’s cofounder, Art Lambert. “We like to hire people with character who understand the concept of philanthropy. That's what's important to us and I think what's important to the community,” he says.

On Thursday, July 20th, the global company, headquartered in Sarasota with a focus on the digital imaging industry, plans to show its interns firsthand the positive impact made through volunteerism as its team members, along with its nine interns, pitch in at All Faiths Food Bank to pack and sort non-perishable goods as part of the Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Summer is a time of food insecurity. The end of the school year is when hunger begins for many young lives in our community, impacting over 40,000 local children according to All Faiths Food Bank. Inflation has added to the struggle of low-income workers to feed their families. The USDA reports food purchased from grocery stores or supermarkets was 5.8% higher in May 2023 than in May 2022.

In addition to learning about community engagement through the S-One internship program, students gain real-world knowledge to help them pursue their chosen careers. The program runs yearly from May through July and tends to have a local focus. “An internship at S-One is designed to address college students who grew up here in Sarasota and we want them to come back to Sarasota,” says Lambert. “It's very important that whether they come back and work for us or someone else, it's great to bring young professionals back into the community and that's one of our goals,” adding that S-One has had many interns over the years that have come back to work with them and are still there after about 15 or 16 years. The corporation, now in its 30th year, employs over 200 people with about 120 in Sarasota. And whether the prospective employee or intern has an interest in finance and accounting, marketing, product development, sales or operations, S-One works to create a strong match that is beneficial to all.

In addition to its efforts with All Faiths Food Bank, S-One supports organizations like Take Stock in Children, Sticks for Soldiers, and Team Tony Cancer Foundation. To learn more about S-One, visit https://www.sone.com/. To learn more about All Faiths Food Bank, visit https://allfaithsfoodbank.org/.

S-One Holdings Corporation, 1605 Main Street, Suite 300, Sarasota, 941-256-7800. 

Pictured: S-One Co-Founder Art Lambert. Photo courtesy of S-One Holdings Corporation.

[Board of Directors]  David Sessions Elected Board Chair of Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) elected David Sessions as Chair and Anand Pallegar as Vice Chair for a one-year term as officers beginning July 1, 2023. The Board also welcomed three new Board members, Keith G. Johnson, Frank Martucci, and Pete Petersen, for a three-year term beginning March 1, 2023. David Sessions has served on the Gulf Coast Board since 2019. As the immediate past Chair of the Finance Committee, Sessions ensured that Gulf Coast’s budget was responsibly managed to deliver the greatest impact to the region. Sessions is CEO of Willis Smith Construction and has been with the company since 1988. “I am thrilled that David Sessions is Chair of our Board of Directors,” shared Phillip Lanham, president | CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “David brings a wealth of experience, community knowledge, and keen expertise to our Board. He exemplifies Gulf Coast’s mission, vision, and values, and he supports the work we do together with our philanthropic partners and the community.” Vice Chair Anand Pallegar has served on the Gulf Coast Board since 2016, as Chair of the Community Leadership Committee and as an active member of the Risk and Audit Committee and CEO Search Committee. Pallegar founded ATLARGE, a thriving Experiential Branding Agency dedicated to solving intricate business challenges for market-leading, global brands. Today, Pallegar leads a portfolio of successful companies and ventures, including DreamLarge which champions innovative, catalytic philanthropy, and meaningful community impact with the goal of affecting change both locally and globally. Keith G. Johnson, CFP®, CEPA™ is a Managing Director and Senior Wealth Advisor with Truist Wealth. Acknowledged for sound decision-making and analytical abilities, Johnson has a significant record of success ensuring profitable business development and creating significant relationships with strategic partners in matrix organizations. Frank Martucci the former general partner, senior managing director, and board member of Bear Stearns & Company. Locally, Martucci also serves on the Board of Directors for Sarasota Ballet and Ringling College of Art and Design. He has served on the board of directors for William Penn University, Smithsonian Institution, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bryant Fellows, among other boards across the country. Pete Petersen is CEO at Dealers United and BuyerBridge, helping the automotive industry simplify social advertising using ad tech. Prior to joining Dealers United, Petersen was a member of S-One Holdings Leadership Team which is responsible for strategic planning, culture, tactical implementation, and profitability.

The members of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors for the foundation’s 2023-2024 fiscal year are: Anne Essner, Ping Faulhaber, Rose-Anne Frano, John Giglio, Past Chair David Green, Rod Hershberger, Tracy Knight, Past Vice Chair Lisa Krouse, Keith G. Johnson, Phillip P. Lanham, Frank Martucci, Vice Chair Anand Pallegar, Pete Petersen, Chair David Sessions, Peter Soderberg, Susan Sofia.

  

Pictured: David Sessions and Anand Pallegar, Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

[Grant]  Bank of America Helps PLANit Sarasota Reach and Support Underserved Students

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has received a grant of $10,000 from Bank of America to support PLANit Sarasota’s work to create more opportunities for underserved youth to pursue education after high school. PLANit Sarasota is the local college access network (LCAN) of Sarasota County. With the Education Foundation serving as the convening organization, PLANit Sarasota comprises over 40 education, community, philanthropic, and business partners that work collectively to increase its impact and help more students complete education after high school. Its long-term goal is to increase the percentage of working-age adults in Sarasota County with a college degree or a high-value certificate to 60% by 2030. Through this funding from Bank of America, PLANit Sarasota will host career explorations, where students can engage directly with local businesses to learn about career opportunities and find out how they can prepare for higher-skilled, higher-wage, and in-demand jobs. At previous career exploration events, students have met with representatives from Bank of America, Florida Power and Light (FPL), PGT Industries, and Coke Florida. This grant will support PLANit Sarasota’s outreach efforts in low-income communities to reach those students most in need of extra support to plan and prepare for life after high school. PLANit Sarasota will connect with students, who can receive free comprehensive support at the Education Foundation’s community resource center, LaunchPad4U, conveniently located in the Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. This grant from Bank of America will also help PLANit Sarasota host more Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) open houses across the county as well as virtually. These open houses are free to students and families, who can work one on one with an expert financial aid advisor to complete this vital step in the college-application process. The Education Foundation is grateful to Bank of America for its long-standing support of its work to open pathways for students, especially underserved students, to graduate high school more equipped to thrive.  

[Support]  New Local Events Venue Supports Local Trauma Survivors

The Retreat Sarasota has stepped centerstage and taken the limelight as Florida’s newest preferred venue for social occasions, weddings, gatherings and corporate events. With a naturally beautiful backdrop of oak hammocks, fields, a community garden and an intimate reflection pond, the property features both indoor and outdoor spaces for gatherings of all occasions and sizes. Guests and attendees will feel worlds away yet close to home, thanks to the center’s proximity to I-75 via Fruitville Road and easy access to three international airports. Far beyond its captivating aesthetics, The Retreat Sarasota serves a meaningful purpose as the “venue that save lives.”  The center’s rental proceeds directly benefit local non-profit Resilient Retreat, whose mission is to provide free, confidential and evidence-based, trauma-informed services to trauma survivors, helping professionals and first responders. By choosing The Retreat Sarasota, couples, companies and event planners can feel good about giving back while ensuring that their guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience. On the heels of launching its new website (theretreatsarasota.com) and appointing Event Sales Manager Brandy Harlan, The Retreat Sarasota is proud to announce several introductory packages for its debut season: Ideal for couples in search of a unique venue to say ‘I do,’ the Magnolia Package includes a half-day rental in an indoor venue, tables and chairs for up to 120 guests and a fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchen. This package is currently priced at $3,500 for a limited time. The Waterlily Package provides both an outdoor ceremony space and a full-day indoor venue, a one-hour rehearsal the day prior to the event, tables and chairs for up to 120 guests and a fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchen. This package is currently priced at $6,000 for a limited time. The Oaks Package includes all of the offerings in the Waterlily Package, plus a one-and-a-half-day exclusive use of the entire property, sleeping accommodations for up to 28 and rehearsal dinner space. This package is currently priced at $12,500 for a limited time. Fully customized wedding packages are also available upon request. For corporate meetings and social events, The Retreat Sarasota offers the following new packages: A half-day indoor venue rental (up to five hours), including tables and chairs for up to 120 and a fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchen, starting from $2,500. A full-day indoor venue rental (up to 10 hours), including tables and chairs for up to 120 and a fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchen, starting from $5,000. A full buyout for the weekend with exclusive use Friday through Sunday, including tables and chairs for up to 120, overnight accommodations for up to 28 guests, breakout rooms, the retreat center and a fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchen, starting from $20,500. For more information or rental inquiries, please contact Event Sales Manager Brandy Harlan at 941-343-0039 or info@theretreatsarasota.com. 

[Animal Welfare]  Satchel's Last Resort Launches Innovative Muzzle Outreach Program to Promote Responsible Pet Ownership and Keep Dogs in their Homes

Shelters across the country are currently overrun with animals being surrendered. In an effort to help keep dogs in their homes, Satchel’s Last Resort is proud to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Muzzle Outreach Program. The initiative aims to educate pet owners on the importance of muzzle training and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to safely and effectively use muzzles on their pets. The Muzzle Outreach Program recognizes the vital role muzzles play in ensuring the well-being of both dogs and humans. Satchel’s provides everything to dog owners free of charge, including a new Baskerville Ultra muzzle, through which dogs can eat and drink, and a monthly training with Rafael “Rafi” Fontan of RafStarK9. During the monthly training, Fontan will help fit the muzzle, and he will work with owners step-by-step until the dog actually looks forward to being muzzled because the muzzle will be associated with fun things. Owners will work with their dog and Fontan for as many months as needed until they are comfortable. “Humane muzzling solves so many behavior issues and is something we already have in place at Satchel’s,” shares Page Knoebel, Founder of Satchel’s Last Resort. “I know muzzling is not something anyone wants to talk about, but it has changed the lives of many of our dogs. We wanted to open this program up to owners who were struggling to train or manage their dog. Oftentimes they think the best option for their pet is to surrender them to a shelter like Satchel’s, but in reality, it is often better for the dog to stay in their home environment and receive specialized training. That’s why we offer this Muzzle Outreach Program as an option for pet owners struggling with what’s best for their dog.” The muzzle opens up a whole new world for dogs; all encounters while muzzled will be pleasant. These canines may even gain enough confidence after having positive experiences, that one day, they may be able to forgo the muzzle. The Muzzle Outreach Program is an integral part of Satchel’s Last Resort’s mission. By providing dog owners with an alternative option to surrendering their pet, Satchel’s Last Resort hopes to keep more dogs in homes with loving families. For more information about the Muzzle Outreach Program or to inquire about eligibility and resources please contact Jill Creevy at jcreevy123@verizon.net. To learn more about Satchel’s Last Resort, please visit SatchelsLastResort.org. 

[Board Members]  Hermitage Artist Retreat Welcomes New Board President, Trustee, and Staff

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announced that Carole Crosby has been elected by a unanimous vote as President of the Hermitage Board of Trustees after four years as a member and two seasons as Chair of the Hermitage Governance Committee. Crosby succeeds Robyn Citrin, who concludes her two-year term as President and will remain on the Hermitage Board. Both Crosby and Citrin became trustees in the same season Andy Sandberg was hired as Artistic Director and CEO. The Hermitage also this year welcomes Terry Brackett as a new member of the Board of Trustees. These changes to the Hermitage Board follow a remarkable 20th Anniversary season that has included more than 50 live programs and events, dozens of new and expanded arts and education partnerships in the community, another record-breaking fiscal year, and a dramatic expansion of the Hermitage team. “We are thrilled to have Carole stepping into her new leadership role on the Hermitage Board of Trustees,” says Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “With her vast experience and insight into board governance, as well her deep understanding and appreciation for the arts, Carole is a natural fit for this position. In addition to being a tremendous supporter and champion of the Hermitage and the arts in our community, Carole has been an invaluable member of the board, and I am excited to be her partner-in-crime in the seasons ahead. We are also delighted to welcome Terry Brackett to the Board of Trustees. Terry has been a passionate supporter of the Hermitage and its values, and we are looking forward to having her play a vital role in the future of the organization. I must share my sincere appreciation to Robyn Citrin, who has been a great friend and collaborator to me in her role as President and has helped guide us through a transformational time. We are grateful to have Robyn staying on as a trustee with her experience as an immediate past president, and we are looking forward to continuing the growth trajectory at the Hermitage.” Carole Crosby commences a two-year term as President, with David Green continuing as Vice President and Steve Adler continuing as Treasurer. Sondra Biller begins her first year as Secretary, while Ellen Berman transitions into her new role as Chair of Governance. The Hermitage Board of Trustees also includes Ellen Berman (Chair of Governance), Christine Boone, Terry Brackett,* Maryann Casey, Robyn Citrin (Immediate Past President), Marletta Darnall, Leslie Edwards (Past Pesident), Stephanie Jones, Tina Shao Napoli, Charlotte Perret, Liz Richardson, Edward M. Swan, Jr., Nelda Thompson (Emeritus), Mary Lou Winnick, Doug Wright, and Andy Sandberg, Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO (ex-officio). *Indicates New Trustee. 

Pictured: Carole Crosby, Andy Sandberg, Zoe Sarnak. Photo courtesy of The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Board Members]  Applications Now Open for Fall 2023 Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is now accepting applications for its October 2023 Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The online application, overview, and statement of commitment for the program are available at https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/gulf-coast-board-institute. This high-demand program is delivered through Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible consultants to active nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. The deadline to apply for this governance training series is Sunday, August 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The group will participate in training experiences through four consecutive Fridays from October 6 to October 27 at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Venice Headquarters, 601 Tamiami Trail S, Venice. Topics will include fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a diverse, highly functioning, and engaged board. Training is led by certified consultants who are part of Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible nonprofit capacity-building initiative. Participants will be selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to serve as advocates for good board governance in current and future nonprofit board roles. Applicants are encouraged to be current, active board members at a nonprofit in the region, although prospective board members will also be considered. Regardless of prior board experience, all participants should possess a personal commitment to use what they learn through GCBI to strengthen the governance capacity of a nonprofit organization in the Gulf Coast region. Because of strong demand for this high-quality training opportunity, applicants also must sign a commitment that they will attend all four days of training if selected. To learn more, visit https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/gulf-coast-board-institute. 

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

[Grant]  Driving Community Change Forty Carrots Family Center Receives Van Funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded Forty Carrots $25,000 to fund a new van for community outreach and travel for its Mental Health Program. Part of the Foundation’s Equity and Access initiative, this grant is made possible through the Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund, Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund, James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund, and the Two-Generation Approach Fund. The new therapy van is equipped with every kind of therapeutic tool, supply, and resource necessary for therapists to create mobile treatment room for clients at Forty Carrots’ partner locations. This model of service delivery is highly effective and efficient by providing services to clients where they are already receiving partner agency services (i.e., families in shelters, parents in residential treatment programs, students in elementary schools, or teen parents at their high school) and speaks directly to the nature of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Equity and Access initiative in increasing clients access to mental health treatment for child and families. Since 1993, Forty Carrots Family Center has served families in Sarasota & Manatee counties, ensuring good beginnings that last a lifetime for children through its expertise in Parenting Education, Mental Health Services, and Early Childhood Education. Rated 4-Stars by Charity Navigator, Forty Carrots serves families from all walks of life, with 94 percent of families receiving services free of charge. Visit www.fortycarrots.org for more information. 

  

[Mural]  Local Planned Parenthood to Host Ribbon-Cutting for Mural Honoring Sarasota Black Pioneers

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) will hold a ribbon-cutting event to officially unveil a new mural on the side of their Sarasota health center. The mural features Sarasota’s first Black resident, Lewis Colson, and his wife Irene. It is part of an ongoing initiative led by Newtown native Walter Gilbert and is one of four large-scale artworks by the Gilbert Mural Initiative. This mural initiative is a crucial step in highlighting the contributions of the Sarasota Black community and the importance of preserving history in our city. Black residents of Sarasota have played a major role in contributing to and building Sarasota since the 19th century. Sarasota’s Overtown neighborhood (now the “Rosemary District”) was initially established by Lewis Colson in 1910 and was one of the city’s first Black communities. A former slave, Colson, alongside wife Irene, went on to help organize Sarasota’s first Black church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, and Lewis served as its first minister. Irene Colson served as a midwife for the many Black residents who were denied access to mainstream medical care, and she was held in high regard in the community. After passing away in 1922, Mr. Colson was buried at Rosemary Cemetery. He and Irene are the only known Black residents to have been buried at the white-only cemetery. Legend has it that the Colsons were buried during the night to avoid discontent from the families of the others buried at the cemetery. This mural initiative was funded by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Mural organizer Walter Gilbert, PPSWCF President and CEO, Stephanie Fraim, former PPSWCF board chair Mary Braxton Joseph, and Jon Thaxton from Gulf Coast Community Foundation will speak. Guests will include local community leaders and elected officials.

Thursday, July 20th, 6:00pm, Planned Parenthood Sarasota Health Center – 736 Central Ave, Sarasota. 

To learn more, visit

[Support]  The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Launches Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is proud to participate in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program to aid individuals with non-visible disabilities and provide the support they need while traveling through SRQ. This voluntary program for airport passengers identifies hidden disabilities by the green sunflower product they choose to wear. While this program does not allow for special treatment or expedited service, it is a reminder to airport staff that the passenger may require additional assistance. “We understand traveling may not always be easy for everyone. SRQ is happy to offer our passengers an extra helping hand with utilization of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. It has always been our desire to provide easy travel to passengers, we hope this program creates a better travel experience for those with hidden disabilities,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. For further information regarding the program at SRQ please visit Disabilities and Special Needs | Fly SRQ (https://flysrq.com/disabilities-special-needs). 

[Donation]  Elks Lodge 2449 Donates $2500 to Assist Mayors Feed the Hungry Program in Palmetto, FL

On July 6, 2023, The Palmetto Elks Lodge #2449 made a generous contribution of $2,500 to the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program organization. This donation will support efforts to alleviate hunger within the Palmetto community. The funds were utilized to purchase gift cards to assist community members struggling with food insecurity. Each of the five local Mayors’ Feed the Hungry agencies in Palmetto received $500 worth of food gift cards to distribute at their respective food pantries. During a heartfelt presentation, the Mayor of Palmetto, Shriley Bryant, graciously accepted the generous contribution on behalf of the community. Representatives from both the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry agencies and the Palmetto Elks Lodge were present, showcasing the collaborative efforts and shared commitment to addressing the need for food resources in the area. For four years in a row, the Palmetto Elks Lodge #2449 has contributed grants to the Mayors Feed The Hungry Program, illustrating their unwavering dedication to making a difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity. The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry initiative extends its heartfelt gratitude to the Palmetto Elks Lodge and their continued support in the fight against hunger. 



[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reassembling Spilt Light, An Immersive Installation by Carlos Bunga , July 21, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Join the most creative, social, and fabulous fans of art in Sarasota and enjoy early access to Reassembling Spilt Light, An Immersive Installation by Carlos Bunga before it opens to the general public. Enjoy access to all summer exhibitions from music by DJ KEZA, cocktails and lite bites for purchase. Grab your friends, grab your friend’s friends, and don’t miss this unforgettable evening. Purchase Tickets at sarasotaartmuseum.org. Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 South Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 10 Excellent Excel Functions , July 19, 12 to 1 pm

Did you know that Excel has over 450 functions to automate your spreadsheets? We will be showing you how to use ten or more of the most popular and powerful examples. The workshop is online. Register for this free workshop at score.org/manasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Intro to Glassblowing and Flameworking , July 21 – July 22, Various times

Learn how to make glass art this summer! This workshop includes a hands-on tutorial with Little Wolf Glass and all the materials you’ll need to make your own glass masterpiece. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest at The Van Wezel , July 11 – September 22, 5-9pm

Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues with TEN-76 on August 11. TEN-76 is a powerhouse high energy band that covers classic and modern rock. From the Lakewood Ranch homebase, TEN-76 regularly plays many of the local venues and are expanding in the Southeast Region. They have volunteered their time and entertainment for many charities to help raise funds and awareness.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Public Market , June 24 – August 26, 9 am to 2 pm

Realize Bradenton is pleased to announce the continuation of the Bradenton Public Market through the summer months. The summer Markets are scheduled once a month on the last Saturdays of each month, on June 24th, July 29th and August 26th on Old Main Street and 3rd Ave West in Bradenton. Our Market family is excited to see their customers throughout the summer while still enjoying some well-earned time off. The Market was founded in April of 1979 in a Downtown Bradenton parking lot. Over the past 44 years, the Market has grown and evolved to fill Old Main Street with produce, local artisans, and prepared foods. realizebradenton.com/market.

[SOON]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Creative Collaboration , July 1 – July 28, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the July exhibit, Creative Collaboration, showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Donna Grossman, Christine Hales, Debbie Kadagian, Maureen Riesco and Kathryn Adele Schumacher at the First Friday public reception on July 7 from 6-9 p.m. All five award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 1 and runs through Friday, July 28. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Pearl Sings , June 28 – August 6, Various times

In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they have each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearls memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Surfer Boys at Florida Studio Theatre , June 13 – August 13, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys,an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as California Girls, Good Vibrations, Barbara Ann, and Surfin USA, The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in the FST Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Summer Circus Spectacular , June 9 – August 12, Various times

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year, with exciting acts signed on for the one-hour, action-packed show. The 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular, which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups alike, takes place from June 9 through August 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 9, which includes a gala reception with the artists, are $50. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Visit Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399 to purchase tickets and learn more. The Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.

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