Artful Lobster co-chairs Flora Major and Leslie Edwards with Andy Sandberg. 

The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently raised $128,500 at its Artful Lobster fundraising luncheon. For 12 years, the Artful Lobster has raised funds for Hermitage's renowned artist-in-residency program on Manasota Key, where artists across multiple disciplines can work and interact with the community.

About 150 guests attended the sold-out event on Nov. 14. The luncheon took place outdoors, underneath a large tent on the Hermitage's beachfront campus. Flora Major and Leslie Edwards chaired the event, and violinist and Hermitage fellow Ralph Farris headlined the event with original compositions.

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