Category: Newsletter



Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 1st October 2016

Thank You for Meeting “The Challenge”

YOU DID IT! An amazing group of 88 people donated to the Hermitage during the recent 24-hour Giving Partner Challenge! This is up from 66 donors last year. Once all the “dust has settled” at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Hermitage will be receiving more than $20,000 – thanks in part to matching dollars provided by The Patterson Foundation. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 29th September 2016

Librettist Mark Campbell Talks at the Sarasota Opera

At dinner on the beach his first night at the Hermitage Mark Campbell regaled us with backstage stories until the stars were out. This year his operas will premiere at the Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the Santa Fe Opera. You too can come under the spell of his words by just showing up at the Sarasota Opera House at 10:30 am Oct. 26. Click Mark, whose opera Silent Night received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, will talk about the recent boon in contemporary American opera, the joys and challenges of working in the art form, and give a preview of the five new operas he premieres in 2017. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 29th September 2016

Book Reading with Hermitage Fellow Josh Barkan

When Josh Barkan walked along the sandy Hermitage path, he was seeing the sands of Mexico and hearing Spanish in his mind. Josh was the first of two writers in residence who wrote timely and important stories of the underworld of Mexico. As I read his stories I too was transported, with a new empathy for those across the Gulf from us. He befriended painter Michael Wyshock while at the Hermitage, so Wyshock invited him to read at the College. Reservations are not required for this reading. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 29th September 2016

Fiction Writers Workshop by Eric Goodman

The Suncoast Writers Guild is collaborating with the Hermitage to get the word out to area writers about this free creative learning opportunity. “The Things They Cherish” is a two-hour workshop designed to help writers of all levels in fiction and creative non-fiction, create vivid characters through the use of a totemic object, a talisman, if you will, that carries great meaning for the character. Seating is very limited for this workshop. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 21st July 2016

Do You Remember Our Very First STARs? We Sure Do!

So just how does the STAR program make a difference in these artist/teachers lives? I went back to our first STARs, a wonderful group of teaching artists, several of whom I am happy to call my friends, who came to the Hermitage in 2011, not knowing what to expect from this surprise gift of time and space. I had been here three years and never saw a group of artists bond so tightly. Looking back, they provide insight as to what is so special about the STAR program and how five years later, how much their time here mattered. READ MORE

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