Open House

27 Sarasota-Manatee Neighborhoods You Need to Know

Whatever your passion, take it from us, we guarantee you’ll find the neighborhood to follow it in the Sarasota-Manatee area.

11/08/2020 By Ilene Denton

Creative Spirits

Meet Eight Local Artists Who Find Inspiration Everywhere

Even a pandemic can't stop these creatives from practicing their crafts.

11/07/2020 By Allison Forsyth, Cooper Levey-Baker, Kay Kipling, Susan Burns, and Megan McDonald Photography by Jenny Acheson

Creative Spirits

John Sims Creates Change Through Art

“I want to get folks inspired to move the culture somehow."

11/07/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Creative Spirits

Julie Kanapaux Fuses Fine Art and Digital Design

Kanapaux’s practice blends traditional painting techniques with high-tech digital manipulation.

11/07/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Creative Spirits

Joe Fig's 'Contemplation' Paintings Are Winning Rave Reviews

“Doing my work makes me better at teaching and administration, and feeds my mental health."

11/07/2020 By Kay Kipling

Creative Spirits

Dale Rieke Is an Artisan Urban Woodworker

“I love the versatility of wood, and that with a little imagination, it can be a tabletop, a bench and artwork.”

11/07/2020 By Susan Burns

Creative Spirits

Cassia Kite Transforms Color Into Sound

Musicians and composers "read" Kite's fiber colors, then dance and perform to her unique musical tapestries.

11/07/2020 By Kay Kipling

Creative Spirits

Keenan Perren Creates Skateboard Collages

“There are just a lot of creative people out there. They help each other out.”

11/07/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Creative Spirits

Noelle McCleaf Tells the Stories of Women and Florida Through Photography

"When you make work about universal things—like mother-daughter relationships or friendships—it becomes universal.”

11/07/2020 By Megan McDonald

Creative Spirits

Ki Woon Huh Is a Nature-Inspired Master Potter

“Florida is good for my art,” says Huh. “I find nature and make it into my style. Sometimes humorous. Always beautiful.”

10/31/2020 By Dan Harris

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Ride Electric Bikes on Siesta Key Beach

Cruise along Siesta's white sand on an electric bike with Endless Summer SRQ.

10/22/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Equality

Selby Gardens Adopts Organization-Wide Goals For Diversity and Inclusion

By the end of 2025, Selby Gardens aims for 20 percent of its trustees, employees, and volunteers to be racially and ethnically diverse.

10/13/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Four Trustees Join Selby Gardens’ Board of Trustees

Pat Ball, Keith Monda, Mike Quillen and Jeannie Russell were elected to serve three-year terms.

09/02/2020 By Staff

Grants

Morton’s Gourmet Market Grants $25,000 to All Faiths Food Bank

And thanks to a matching grant through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the $25,000 gift could become $50,000.

08/31/2020 By Staff

Grants

Ringling Museum Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant

The funding, which comes from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, will support family programming and the Art of Our Time initiative.

08/11/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota County School Board Wants to Push Back Reopening

The board wants to move the 2020-21 school year start date to Aug. 31.

07/14/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Florida Education Commissioner Orders Schools to Reopen This Fall

However, local health officials have the option to override it.

07/07/2020 By Staff

Hurricanes

Selby Gardens Receives $600,000 State Appropriation

The funds will be used to house the gardens' scientific collections in hurricane-resilient facilities.

07/06/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Selby Gardens Reverts to Phase One Reopening Status

The move comes after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

07/01/2020 By Staff

A Taxing Question

Selby Gardens and Other Nonprofits Face Challenges to Tax-Exempt Status

Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst's office has mailed intent- to-deny letters to several organizations, which they say threatens their operations.

05/29/2020 By Kay Kipling