Archive for January, 2010

01/1/2010

Good as New

Nancy Foster looks far younger than her 47 years. This trim and attractive woman is the mother of two children, Tara, 18, and Andrew, 15, both Pine View students. Foster, who smilingly refers to herself as a “domestic engineer,” spends most of her days shuttling them and their friends to and from after-school scholastic and […]

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01/1/2010

Fresh Air and Freedom

Imagine a spot along the Florida shoreline where young children play and learn outside all day, riding horses, swimming (sans suits) in warm aqua waters safely penned off from sharks, picnicking in the shade and opening their curious minds not only to the 3Rs but to the natural and scientific world around them, nurtured by […]

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01/1/2010

Designing Mind

Longtime Sarasota designer Jeff Hart is chair of the 15th annual “Jewels on the Bay” Showhouse for Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties, which premieres this month with rooms by 26 designers displayed in two contrasting Longboat Key homes: a Tim Seibert-designed Sarasota School of Architecture home on Dream Island Road built […]

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01/1/2010

Calendar

Art Venice Art Center. The Black & White Plus One Color exhibition remains through Jan. 7; it’s followed by a three-dimensional show open to all (any media), Jan. 15-28. 485-7136. Art Center Sarasota. The sixth annual Florida Open Juried Photography Exhibition continues here through Jan. 9, as do a show of paintings by Dean Mitchell […]

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01/1/2010

Boutique

Wine Enthusiasts The staff’s enthusiasm is infectious at new superstore Total Wine, where you’ll find sets of Riedel “O” glasses (chardonnay $19.95 or champagne $24), and best-sellers like a well-structured cabernet sauvignon  from Coastline Cellars ($8.99). Total Wine, 8539 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 351-7895.    Florentine Gold Straight from the land of the […]

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01/1/2010

Backstage Pass

Ever since the long, acrimonious contract dispute between the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra and its management was resolved, people keep asking me who won. The obvious answer is that the Sarasota-Manatee community won. Because now the staff, board and musicians can again focus  their energy on presenting the concerts and educational  programs that make […]

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01/1/2010

ArtSeen

Painter Tim Jaeger, a 2002 Ringling College grad, has long been fascinated with the human figure. But lately Jaeger’s been drawing on his Kentucky boyhood to evoke images of that common barnyard animal, the rooster. “In the body, particularly through the feathers, I began to free myself of the rules that held me down in […]

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01/1/2010

Homefront

Distinctive Countertops In your otherwise beautiful home, does your eye go straight to those ugly, cracked countertops? Sounds like you’re in need of a custom countertop makeover. Distinctive Surfaces’ flawless natural stone or wood countertops are sure to impress. For a limited time only, celebrate the New Year with special pricing; the granite at Distinctive […]

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01/1/2010

The Class of 2010

Graduation changes everything. With the flip of a tassel and the toss of a mortarboard, students cross over into the great unknown. We asked 10 local high school, college and graduate students, all of whom will be graduating this spring, to reflect on their studies in Sarasota, what their lives look like now and what […]

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01/1/2010

Tales from the Gothic Room

Lovers of Gothic art will find much to delight them in the Ringling Museum’s new exhibit, Gothic Art in the Gilded Age. The show, encompassing more than 300 items including medieval and Renaissance paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and more, reflects both museum founder John Ringling’s passion for fine art and objects and his desire to […]

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01/1/2010

Can Larry Thompson Save Sarasota?

When the Sarasota County Arts Council was being reorganized last summer, there was no debate about who should be the group’s new chairman. “The choice was obvious,” says board member Murray Chase. “No other name was even suggested. We all started saying, ‘We want Larry. We want Larry.’” That’s Larry as in Larry Thompson, who […]

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01/1/2010

A Night At The Circus

Ladies & gentlemen! Children of all ages! Direct your eyes to the center ring, where we celebrate our town’s world-famous circus heritage with high-flying styles with all the color, glitter and glamour of the Greatest Show on Earth! Special thanks to Erendira Wallenda and Pedro Reis of Circus Sarasota, which kicks off its season Feb. […]

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