Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 19th February 2015

February Friends Meeting


The February meeting of the Friends of the Hermitage was well attended, informative and fun. Thanks to those of you who brought food to be shared before Sharyn Lonsdale welcomed us. It was good to have our friends Eleanor Hodges and Florine Broden back with us again. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 19th February 2015

Generous Gifts Start the New Year Right

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We want to welcome Charles and Charlotte Perret to our growing group of Artist Sponsors! They will be supporting the residency of Anna Clyne, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra resident composer who was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition with her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds, which was composed during a previous stay in Sarasota. Anna will be back this month and you can meet her at the Beach Reading planned for February 27. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 19th February 2015

Meet The Board: Ellen Berman

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Hermitage Trustee Ellen Berman began visiting Sarasota in 2007 and instantly became involved in the Sarasota County arts scene. Her introduction came via the 2007 Ringing International Design Summit. As the founding and very recently retired president of the nonprofit Consumer Energy Council of America, Ellen volunteered to bring in the keynote speaker to that conference and served as co-chair of the event. There she met then Jim Ley and his wife Tamara. They in turn invited Ellen to the Hermitage. After a tour of the campus and a “great chat” with Executive Director Bruce Rodgers, she was hooked. “I just loved what they did.” Within a year she was invited to serve on The Board of Trustees. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 19th February 2015

Five Generations of the Dignam Family Legacy at the Hermitage

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Over the years Tom Dignam worked with us on the renovation of the Hermitage buildings. He supplied a never-ending stream of free construction material, labor, and furnishings. He came to the rescue when artists locked themselves out, when the electricity went off and when snakes got into studios. I even caught him cleaning the refrigerator and re-arranging furniture. Renowned Playwright Craig Lucas thought Tom was the handyman and was astonished that we named a building after him. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 21st January 2015

Following our Fellows

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Congratulations to Hermitage Fellow and recipient of the 2009 Greenfield Prize in music, Eve Beglarian. Earlier this month, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a nonprofit arts organization founded by John Cage and Jasper Johns, awarded Eve the third annual Robert Rauschenberg Award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $35,000. The two previous awardees were choreographer Trisha Brown and the late composer Elodie Lauten. Eve, along with Ruthie Stephens and a creative team from New York, was here this past November working on the new musical piece “Descent,”" presented in workshop at Circus Sarasota. Composer and Hermitage fellow Phil Kline is also part of the “Descent” creative team. READ MORE

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