Artful Lobster

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2020
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Composer, performer, and Hermitage Fellow Daniel Bernard Roumain
Then and Now: in residence 2006 (left) and wowing the crowd at our 2019 Artful Lobster (right).

See photos from the festive 2019 Artful Lobster
Sarasota Herald-Tribune & The Observer


The highly popular Artful Lobster is our signature fundraising event, and the only benefit to take place on our historic Gulf front campus on Manasota Key. With a luscious lobster feast catered by Michael’s On East and live entertainment featuring a celebrated Hermitage Fellow, the Artful Lobster is anticipated as the season kick-off for many across our community.

$5,000 Platinum Sponsor
– VIP table of eight.
(For an additional $200, your table may be broken into smaller groups upon request.)
– Champagne for your table.
– Acknowledgment on invitation, program, and website. 
– Table photo with Hermitage Fellow.

$3,000 Gold Sponsor
– Premiere table of six.
(For an additional $200, your table may be broken into smaller groups upon request.)
– Acknowledgment on invitation, program, and website.

$1,750 Silver Sponsor
Preferred seating for four.
(For an additional $200, you may request a private table, or two individual two-tops.)
Acknowledgement on invitation, program, and website.

$1,000 Benefactor
– Preferred seating for two. (Private table available for $200 surcharge.)
– Acknowledgement on invitation, program, and website.

*Non-tax-deductible value is $100 per guest; single tickets not available at this time due to limited capacity.

For sponsorship information, contact:

Michael Salimbene
(941) 475-2098, Ext.



Arrival and Cocktails

Enjoy the sounds of Island Music!


Welcome Remarks

Performance by a Celebrated Hermitage Artist

Followed by Lobster Feast catered by Michael’s On East


A Toast to Hermitage Heroes Nelda & Jim Thompson

Raise your Paddle in Support of the Arts

Followed by Dessert

Closing Remarks

Flora Major and Leslie Edwards


Steve and Dale Adler
Robyn and Charles Citrin
Marletta and Bob Darnall
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Charlotte and Charles Perret

Carol White Bold and Larry Bold
Christine Boone
Key Agency, Inc.
David and Linda Green
Flora Major
Addie Morrison

John & Jackie Ruthman / John & Janet McIntyre
Dr. Susan M. Brainerd and Alan R. Quinby
Ruth and Andy Maass
Tina and Dan Napoli

Ellen Berman and Roy Cohen
Terry Brackett
Maryann Casey
Carole Crosby and Larry Wickless
Peggy Hunt
Sarah and George Pappas
Mary Lou and Edward Winnick


*As of August 28, 2020

Special Addition to the Artful Lobster Weekend

This year, we will be celebrating the legacy of Nelda and Jim Thompson, longtime  Hermitage supporters and champions of Manasota Key. In addition to recognizing Nelda and Jim at the Artful Lobster on Saturday, November 14th, we will be hosting a special celebration honoring the Thompsons on the evening of Friday, November 13th. If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities for the Thompson Celebration ($5,000 and $10,000), please let us know.


The health and safety of our guests, artists, and staff are top priorities. As one of the first events of the fall season, we are taking extra precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor celebration.


To read more about some of the additional measures we are taking this year, please CLICK HERE.


We understand your comfort level to attend the Artful Lobster is a personal choice, and we respect whatever decision you make. Please know we are taking significant measures to ensure that this event is as safe as any trip to the grocery store or outdoor dining experience. If you are unable to attend (or not comfortable to do so), we hope you will still consider supporting the Hermitage in this season as we work to provide a safe and inspiring atmosphere for artists who are creating the work that will enrich our lives for many years to come.