Jan
24
Fri
Meet Andy Sandberg (in Englewood) @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm
Meet Andy Sandberg (in Englewood) @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House

Meet Andy Sandberg, the New Hermitage Artist Retreat Artistic Director and CEO

Friday, January 24, 5:00 p.m. in the Hermitage Palm House
It is a leisurely 10 minute walk from the parking lot, so please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Thank you.

Join us for a reception with light refreshments, a brief talk by Andy Sandberg at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Flutist Claire Chase, a Hermitage artist-in-residence, will offer a brief performance at the event.

Registration for this free event is required; reserve your seats here.

“We recognize that not everyone knows about the Hermitage,” says Sandberg. “Or they might know the Hermitage name but don’t fully understand the breadth of our regional programming and the invaluable support we provide to artists across multiple disciplines. We felt this forum would be a good opportunity for me to introduce myself to the community and explain what has drawn me to Sarasota County—and specifically to the Hermitage. Plus, this is a chance to hear from members of our community, and to share some thoughts about what’s possible for the future of this unique and vital organization.”

Andy Sandberg was announced as artistic director and CEO of the Hermitage in December of 2019. An accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, Sandberg was selected to lead the organization following an extensive national search. For more information about Sandberg, visit www.AndySandberg.com.

Jan
27
Mon
SOLD OUT: The History of the Hermitage @ Manasota Beach Club
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm
SOLD OUT: The History of the Hermitage @ Manasota Beach Club

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

The History of the Hermitage: From Nudist Colony to Artist Colony,” with Patricia Caswell, Hermitage co-founder and program director, is Monday, January 27, noon, at the Manasota Beach Club, 7660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.

The 1907 cottage on the beach was rotted and rusted in the 1990s. It took a diverse team of caring folks to save it from the elements. Beach Club owner Buffy Crampton will add to the story as Caswell tells backstage tales—from pioneers to Pulitzers. The fee, which includes lunch, is $25.

Jan
28
Tue
Meet Andy Sandberg (in Sarasota) @ Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm
Meet Andy Sandberg (in Sarasota) @ Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Meet Andy Sandberg, the New Hermitage Artist Retreat Artistic Director and CEO

Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 p.m., in Sarasota

Hosted by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Reservations for this free event are required; please click here to reserve your seats.

Join us for a reception with light refreshments, a brief talk by Andy Sandberg at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Flutist Claire Chase, a Hermitage artist-in-residence, will offer a brief performance at the event.

“We recognize that not everyone knows about the Hermitage,” says Sandberg. “Or they might know the Hermitage name but don’t fully understand the breadth of our regional programming and the invaluable support we provide to artists across multiple disciplines. We felt this forum would be a good opportunity for me to introduce myself to the community and explain what has drawn me to Sarasota County—and specifically to the Hermitage. Plus, this is a chance to hear from members of our community, and to share some thoughts about what’s possible for the future of this unique and vital organization.”

Andy Sandberg was announced as artistic director and CEO of the Hermitage in December of 2019. An accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, Sandberg was selected to lead the organization following an extensive national search. For more information about Sandberg, visit www.AndySandberg.com.

Jan
31
Fri
When is the Last Time Someone Read You a Story? @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm
When is the Last Time Someone Read You a Story? @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House

Fridays @ Five: “When is the Last Time Someone Read You a Story?” with Kirstin Valdez Quade and Sigrid Nunez
Friday, January 31, 5 p.m., Hermitage Palm House
It is a leisurely 10 minute walk from the parking lot, so please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Thank you.

When we were children, we listened to stories read aloud. Has that ancient experience been lost?  Emily Nemans, who sits on the Hermitage’s curatorial board and serves as editor of the Paris Review, reflected that Valdez Quade’s A Night at the Fiestas was one of the best story collections she’s read in years. Nunez, a titanic talent, may read from her National Book Award-winning The Friend or from something in progress.

Reservations for this free program are required and can be made by clicking here.

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s Night at the Fiestas, won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It was a New York Times’ Notable Book and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Valdez Quade is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught, and is an assistant professor at Princeton.

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, For Rouenna, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, The Friend, which received the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Her other honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award. Nunez is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, and Harper’s. She lives in New York City.

Feb
11
Tue
The Suffragist Project: Supporting Women’s Voices in Playwriting @ Bookstore1
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm
The Suffragist Project: Supporting Women’s Voices in Playwriting @ Bookstore1

The Suffragist Project: Supporting Women’s Voices in Playwriting
with Playwright and Hermitage Fellow Julia Jordan

Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 p.m.
Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Registration for this free program is required at SarasotaBooks.com

This event is in collaboration with Florida Studio Theatre’s Supporting Women’s Voices in Playwriting program. 

Playwright and Hermitage Fellow Julia Jordan will speak about advocacy to focus national attention on gender disparity in playwriting and the strides women playwrights are making. The conversation includes Catherine Randazzo, FST’s associate artistic director, and Patricia Caswell, the Hermitage’s program director and co-founder.

Jordan is a graduate of The Julliard School and the executive director and co-founder of The Lilly Awards Foundation, established to recognize the achievement of women in the theater. She led the charge in focusing national attention on gender disparity on and across American stages and was responsible for launching “The Count,” an annual tally of plays by women produced by theatres across sectors.  Jordan is the co-conceiver and author of the cult musical, Murder Ballad, and is currently working on a new musical with Emile Sande.

Feb
28
Fri
Restoring Coastal Ecology, and Creating a Sense of Place @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm
Restoring Coastal Ecology, and Creating a Sense of Place @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House

Restoring Coastal Ecology, and Creating a Sense of Place
with Landscape Architect Michael Gilkey

Friday, February 28, 5:00 p.m.
Hermitage Palm House, 6630 Manasota Key Road, on Manasota Key

This event is free, but reservations are required and can be made here.

Michael will share his vision for the restoration of the Hermitage acreage, including the “Preserve,” which contains three distinct habitats; coastal hammock, dune and wetlands. Learn about native Florida plants and the process of creating an old Florida landscape. After the talk, join us for a walk on the beach to enjoy nature and a sunset.