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Lullaby Concert Series receives grant for September performances

Lullaby Concert Series receives grant for September performances

 

The Sarasota County library system’s very popular Lullaby Concert Series will return in September thanks to a $1,292 grant from The Community Foundation of Sarasota County from the Sarahart T. Loeb and Jack W. Loeb Endowment Fund for Family Literacy Outreach.

The free concerts start at 11 a.m. and will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Blvd., Venice, and Saturday, Sept. 24 at North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. “The Lullaby Concerts are extremely popular and we hold them on Saturdays to make it easy for parents and grandparents to attend,” said Alisa Mitchell, Sarasota County Library System outreach coordinator.

Sarasota artist signs with Collection Privee Gallery of Miami Beach

Sarasota artist signs with Collection Privee Gallery of Miami Beach

Sarasota, Florida -- Beverly A. Smith, a local abstract expressionist painter has recently signed on with Collection Privee gallery to represent her in the Miami Beach area. Collection Privee on Lincoln Road features the most exclusive art in today’s market.

“It’s very exciting to have my work featured on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and it’s also a privilege to be included in the Collection Privee Gallery,” says Beverly.

Smith, a native New Englander who has travelled the world, produces bright and energetic work in thick oil using a palette knife or brush.  Much of her work draws on her love of the marshes in Falmouth or Edgartown, Cape Cod and is appreciated for being unique and fluid.

Legacy of Sarasota student funds dreams of aspiring artists

Legacy of Sarasota student funds dreams of aspiring artists

Sarasota, Florida -- Booker High School students in the school’s Visual and Performing Arts TV/Film and Guitar programs will benefit from the generosity of parents who are honoring the memory of their son, a Pine View alum who was killed by lightning in 2009. Over the next three years, funds totaling $36,000 will be donated to the two programs from the John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Trust.

At the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, Booker High celebrated John H. Lamensdorf Day in the VPA TV/Film Studio.

Guitar students performed on new instruments purchased with funds from the trust. Film equipment purchased with the same funds was used to create the student film that was shown directly after the musical performance. Kathy Lamensdorf, John’s mother and the trustee for the trust, told students how they can apply for scholarships for music and TV/film production camps and other artistic opportunities.

Amazing 3-D pavement art innovator coming to Sarasota Chalk Festival

Amazing 3-D pavement art innovator coming to Sarasota Chalk Festival

Sarasota, Florida – Sarasota Chalk Festival, as part of their FREE November 1 – 7, 2011 festival, ‘Pavement Art through the Ages’, secured renowned 3D artist Kurt Wenner for
the 4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. Ringling College of Art and Design will host a premier gallery show with the Festival and Wenner in the Ulla Searing Exhibition
Hall October 27th – November 8th.

Wenner, who last participated in a festival in 1995, will conduct lectures and demonstrations throughout the show. He will perform with select students creating one of his 3D street paintings throughout the week at the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

Venice Theatre Summer Stockers bring Jesus Christ Superstar to MainStage

Venice Theatre Summer Stockers bring Jesus Christ Superstar to MainStage

 

Venice Theatre’s Summer Stock actors will light up the theatre’s MainStage with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Based on Gospel accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, this contemporary classic opens on Thursday, July 28 and runs through Saturday, August 6.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. There are also 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday July 31 and Saturday August 6. Tickets are $24 for adults, $12 for students and can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at (941) 488-1115. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. The production is generously sponsored by Boone, Boone, Boone, Koda & Frook, PA.

As is the nature of Summer Stock, Jesus Christ Superstar is cast primarily with senior high and college students who are pursuing performance careers. Three adult actors are working alongside the students: Brad Wages as Pontius Pilate, Phil DeNiro as Caiaphas and William Czarniak as one of the priests.

Venice Theatre Guild awards '11 - '12 scholarships

Venice Theatre Guild awards '11 - '12 scholarships

The Venice Theatre Guild announced the recipients of its 2011-12 college scholarships recently at a Guild lunch, held at the Venetian Golf & River Club. Awards were presented by Scholarship Committee Chair David Lynn-Jones. The Guild awards multiple scholarships of $2,000 every year to local students committed to careers in the arts.

The 2011-12 recipients are:

Perlman Music Program awarded $30,000 grant

Perlman Music Program awarded $30,000 grant

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice recently awarded The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) a $30,000 operating grant to expand the organization's marketing and development programs. PMP/Suncoast's executive director, Elizabeth Power, explains that the grant will be used to "build year-round community awareness about our Education Outreach Program and Winter Residency events."

Power says that funds will be directed to increasing marketing staff, creating a professional brochure, adding a handout for public school distribution, increasing the advertising budget, and creating a video for community presentations. The new marketing plan also includes updating social networking formats, revising the organization's website and adding an e-newsletter and print newsletter.

"We are immensely grateful for these critically needed funds," says Power. "This grant will allow us to broaden our audience base and reach out to people who may never have experienced a live classical music performance. Since most of our events and performances are free, we want to encourage everyone to have a chance to participate in these remarkable experiences."