Sarasota Scoop: The Inside Track about Sarasota & Her islands

Theo Wujcik continues investigating popular culture in new works displayed in a solo show titled The Previously Unseen opening at Selby Gallery on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design. The gallery welcomes the public to attend the opening reception 5-7pm Friday, October 25, 2013.

Wujcik will give an artist’s talk and preview at 7pm Thursday, October 24, and a Director’s Tour takes place at 11:30am Monday, October 28. The exhibit continues through December 11. All events are FREE and open to the public. Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota, Florida USA.

After a career as a professor of art at the

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Here are the September 2013 statistics for the real estate market in Sarasota County. These statistics offer a clear-eyed view of exactly what's happened in the Sarasota County real estate market during the past 12 months. Community stats for a particular ZIP Code appear on the neighborhood pages.

These results have not yet been released to the public by the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

Note that these four charts are updated frequently and automatically from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) feeds. For the date of the most recent update, please see the line below each chart.

  • The Market Activity chart tracks inventory trends;
  • The Pricing chart tracks median and average sale price changes;
  • The Days On Market chart tracks length of
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Single-Family home builders shared results of a June 2013 survey about how room sizes compare in homes measuring 3,000 square feet or more.

That set me thinking about larger residences in Sarasota & Her islands.

I recently held an open house at a 7,452-square-foot residence in Country Club Shores on Longboat Key where the Master Bedroom measured 441 square feet or about 6 percent of the finished floor space. The National Home Builders Association (NAHB) special study of space allocations in new homes (released October 1, 2013) gives a way to see how finished floor space is distributed in homes these days.

Let's look at Master Bedroom as an example. Interestingly, the Master Bedroom is the only completely separate type of room present in

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The first FREE opportunity to see The Ringling’s new “Icons of Style” exhibition happens tomorrow (Monday, October 7, 2013). Every Monday, the Museum of Art, including special exhibition galleries (but not the circus museums or Ca d’Zan), open free to the public as a legacy gift from museum founder John Ringling.

The show includes 132 items that curator Lauren Whitley, Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Boston chose from their collection. In addition to gorgeous evening gowns, there are beautifully fashioned men’s suits, fashion sketches, swatches of fabric and other materials as well as references to famous fashionistas.

“I didn’t even look at the info card. I could tell that was Elizabeth Taylor,” a woman said about a

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Recycled or repurposed materials alter ideas about costuming as illustrated by the Art of the Costume “Reinvented” at State College of Florida SCF) Fine Art Gallery through Wednesday, October 16.

The designers hail from almost a dozen local performing arts companies, and they present fabulously beautiful creations made from a crazy assortment of objects. Macaroni hair, garbage-bag skirts, pool-noodle sleeves, Gummy Bear jewels and postage-stamp bodices hint at the variety of trash-to-treasure ideas on display.

Watch Ken Erickson fashion his Renaissance and Elizabethan outfits on YouTube. He has great ideas that you can co-opt for your Halloween costume. You have a few weeks to bring your version to trick or treat.

For more information, call

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For art’s sake, bring your empty and most colorful cereal boxes, office supply boxes, shoe boxes, liquor boxes to Sarasota High School, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Here are the drop-off times: 11am-2pm October 19, November 9 and December 14.

Your brightly printed cardboard trash will make a splash onto a site-specific art installation that artist Lisa Hoke will create early next year. The artist transforms trash to colorful art at major museums, and now she will work her wizardry in Sarasota. Her new installation will grow inside the historic high school, the future home of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) as part of the ARTmuse program.

“It’s most important that the boxes be colorful, not ripped or crinkled. No plastic,” said Wendy Surkis, president

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The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training eases Sarasota in the cultural direction with Oleanna, a FREE admission two-character play, at 8pm Monday, September 30, 2013. Seating is first come, first served at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail.

Written by David Mamet, this one-night-only production explores the power hierarchy between a university professor and his student. The play stars Allie Henkel and Matthew Olson. Students of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training present, produce, act and direct in this production.

I hope that you attended Celebrate Sarasota Performing Arts Festival last weekend at Sarasota Opera House. Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota organized and presented the two full-length performances. The

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I ran across this photo showing Lido Key toward the end of the 1940s. The vintage postcard illustrates so much that has changed in 60-plus years.

The card features Lido Casino designed by renowned architect Ralph Twitchell in Art Deco style. Ornamentation included cast concrete seahorses, tropical murals and glass blocks. Formally opened in 1940, the building was destroyed and replaced in 1969.

Some joys don't change. We still walk from St Armands Circle to Lido Beach for brilliant sunsets and a chance at spying the green flash just before the sun drowns in the Gulf of Mexico. The little cottages are mostly gone, replaced by condominium complexes along Ben Franklin Drive and mansions along Sarasota Bay, but the park purchased by the city from

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Sarasota Magazine’s Heat Index feature gave full-page treatment to the neon Flamingo Colony Motel sign that used to glow in the dark on Sarasota’s North Trail. The vintage sign lives on in Marty Treu’s book Signs, Streets and Storefronts: A History of Architecture and Graphics along America’s Commercial Corridors.

Learning that Treu, an architect, lived in Sarasota 30 years ago and helped us legislate protection for vintage signs, I started thinking about my favorite signs. It feels good to pull these graphics from the recesses of my mind and take note again.

The Gulf Beach Resort Motel sign gave me my first introduction to Sarasota more than 20 years ago. Converted to a condo motel in the late 1970s, this 1950s-era retreat on Lido beach has added

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Today Green turtles are flourishing on Manasota Key, thanks to the tireless efforts of about 150 volunteers up before sunrise to check for turtle nesting activity. The barrier island that straddles Sarasota and Charlotte counties claims the highest concentration of turtle nests on the Gulf Coast — 69 green turtle nests and 2,644 loggerhead nests.

As recently as a couple of years ago, the numbers looked very different. Then just 19 of the endangered green turtles nested on the beaches from Manasota Key to Anna Maria Island. This year that number jumped to 104, an increase sea turtle experts call remarkable. There's a larger population explosion among turtles in Florida.

Green sea turtles, which are uncommon on local nesting beaches, laid 30 nests

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