ARTbeat! 03.07.2014

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art beat March 7, 2014

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Notice of Public Meeting:
TDC/A Grants Policy Meeting

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Grant Policy Committee Meeting
9:00 – 10:00 am
Alliance’s Downstairs Conference Room
Purpose: to consider TDC/A Applicant Eligibility

The TDC/A Grant Policy Committee will meet on March 11, 2014 in the downstairs conference room of the Arts and Humanities Building located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail. The public is welcome to attend.

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5th Annual YouthArts Fest

The fifth annual YouthArts Fest, sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance, will be held on March 22 at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. This event is free and open to the public.

Over 500 students will showcase their talents in various performances throughout the day. Selby Library will display an extensive student art exhibit. Local arts and cultural organizations will be exhibiting to offer information on the summer and after-school programs, workshops and scholarship opportunities they offer to students.

“One of the top priorities of the Alliance is to build support for arts education programs in our schools,“ says Arts and Cultural Alliance Executive Director, Jim Shirley. “We hope this showcase of the amazing artistic talents in our schools will inspire the community to ensure the arts remain an essential part of a complete education for our students.”

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Dance Couture with Fuzion Dance Artists


Fuzion Dance Artists, Sarasota’s cutting-edge contemporary dance company, will present its 8th annual concert, Dance Couture: Art Meets Dance, from March 13-16, 2014, at the Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 

The title of the March program derives from its relationship to visual art and design. A select group of iConcept designers from Art Center Sarasota are creating original costumes for the production.

“I am excited about this season’s annual performance not only because of the diverse and entertaining choreography created by our guest artists, but also for the opportunity to revisit Dreamfall, a piece that feels even more powerful in its refined state,” comments Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, artistic director.

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Art Center Sarasota partners with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee


Israel Exhibit

Art Center Sarasota will present a group exhibition entitled “Confluence: Israel,” showcasing works by emerging and established Israeli artists. This exhibit opens March 13, 2014, and runs through April 25, 2014. This exhibition evolved from a partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

“It will be the first exhibition of its kind in our area,” Lisa Berger, executive director, says. “The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has wanted to produce an exhibition of art by artists living and working in Israel for a long time. We’re thrilled to help make it happen.” She explains that her team worked closely with Shosh Dagan, a prominent Israeli curator, to showcase the up-and-coming generation of innovative Israeli artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, woodwork, video, jewelry and embroidery.

“Confluence: Israel” runs concurrently with three other exhibits: The Secret Life of Jewelry,” featuring fine art jewelry; “MASHterpieces,” showcasing repurposed, donated artwork in collaboration with Goodwill Manasota and; and “One World,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition. The opening reception for all of the exhibits is March 13, 5-7 p.m.

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ArtSlam in Downtown Bradenton



The fourth annual ArtSlam, a celebration of the arts featuring dozens of artists, musicians, performers, installation art, and interactive art experiences, will be the biggest ever! Don’t miss this special event in downtown Bradenton, Saturday, March 8 from 12pm-10pm.

“It will be a full-on sensory explosion with more than 25 artistic teams and 10 bands,” says Realize Bradenton‘s executive director, Johnette Isham, explaining that the family-friendly festival features multiple teams of artists offering interactive creative projects, local bands, random acts of art, video art, and even an eco-friendly labyrinth. “It’s largely interactive with plenty of opportunities for audiences to become part of the creative process,” says Isham.

ArtSlam installations will be created “live” along Old Main Street. “Because there is no set theme, collaborative teams will creatively use existing streetscape sites while engaging the general public in brief contemporary art experiences,” she says.

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Hans Weigand at the IceHouse



The IceHouse on Tenth will host a new exhibition, Hans Weigand: Neue Vienna Art, March 8 through 16, 12 to 6pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Since the 1970s, Hans Weigand has emerged as one of the leading multidimensional artists in Austria, and all of Europe. A master image-manipulator, he employs media ranging from renaissance printing techniques to woodcarving to modern UV-printing, silkscreens and under- and over-painted collages. Revolving around a simple vocabulary—the sea, breaking waves, storm clouds, apocalyptic landscapes and surfers—his work depicts the line where paradise meets reality. Hans’ dynamic, large-scale paintings bring a wild, otherworldly beauty to Sarasota.

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Sarasota’s Van Wezel Needs Your Help!


Van Wezel

Help name the Van Wezel’s Purple Cow!

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been lovingly called the Purple Cow for many years; even stars refer to it as such. Mary Bensel, Executive Director at the Van Wezel, recently acquired a new mascot, pictured above, from Circus City Architectural Salvage on 10th and Central.

But, they need your help! Get your name game on and send them your suggestions. The chosen name will be branded on the cow and the winner will also receive a four pack of tickets to the Tony-nominated Broadway show, Bring It On: The Musical on April 2, 2014.

To enter the contest, submit your name suggestion to [email protected] all entries must be received before Friday, March 14.

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Events & Happenings

Music & Movie in the Park with the Sarasota Pops
March 7 from 6 – 10pm
Pavilion at the Bradenton Riverwalk
The Sarasota Pops Orchestra performs as part of the Legacy of Valor series and will feature music honoring veterans from all of the American wars. Selections include music from the movies The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, and Platoon. Learn More!

Masterworks Series: Exotic Stories
Sarasota Orchestra
March 7 through 9, 2014
Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director, Memphis Symphony Orchestra leads this Masterworks concert featuring three exotic stories told through music. Program repertoire includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, an orchestral work inspired by The Arabian Nights, and Chinese and Canadian composer An-Lun Huang’s Saibei Dance from Saibei Suite No. 2, written during China’s Cultural Revolution. Learn More!

“Homage to Verdi” Exhibit
Sarasota Opera House
March 8 through March 25, 2014
Sarasota Opera is thrilled to announce it will be host to an exhibition from the Rome Opera House entitled”Homage to Giuseppe Verdi; Celebrating the Bicentennial of his Birth.” The exhibition tells the story of the most famous performances of Verdi’s operas, and of the great performers, singers, set designers, and costume designers who have kept the legend of Giuseppe Verdi alive. The official opening of the exhibition, March 8, will be preceded by a free panel discussion at 11am. Reserve your complimentary ticket by calling (941) 328-1300.

Singspiration III: And Then There Was Music
Belle Canto
March 9, 2014 at 7pm
In a concert celebrating Women’s History Month, Belle Canto, Sarasota’s premier women’s choral ensemble, joins forces with Sarasota Young Voices, The Chroma Quartet, Adam De Sorgo, oboe, and Bruce Lehman, percussion. This concert includes a stirring celebration of women poets and the composers they inspired. Learn More!

Creators and Collectors Self-Guided Art Tour
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota
March 14 to 15, 2014
Enjoy the unique opportunity of visiting eight Sarasota area artists at their homes and studios. Explore their studios and view their art. Meet the artists and learn about their techniques. A wide selection of art works will be available to purchase. Our Galleria at the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall is located in the Ulla Searing Student Center at the Ringing College of Art and Design. It will feature the art work of 13 additional artists and art works from Ringling’s Madeby Gallery. Learn More!

A Touch of Danger by Francis Durbridge
Lemon Bay Playhouse
March 12 through April 6, 2014
In this surprise-filled thriller, mystery abounds when novelist Max Telligan returns to his London apartment from Munich to find his evening newspaper reporting his violent death. He is greeted by a parade of mysterious visitors. Max, it seems, has unwittingly become embroiled in an international terrorist group. Learn More!


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In This Issue

Grants Policy Committee

YouthArts Fest 2014

Dance Couture

Art Center Sarasota

Bradenton’s Art Slam

Hans Weigand

Van Wezel’s Purple Cow

Events and Happenings

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