Itâ€™s been a restful summer so far, which has given us (your staff of three) the chance to replenish our batteries while we prepare for a very busy season. At the same time, weâ€™ve been working with Sarasota County as they prepare to help us make some major repairs on the Hermitage House. Mother Nature is unforgiving and she makes the task of maintaining a wooden beach house under the relentless Florida sun, a real challenge. So we did not schedule artists to be in residence during this time, knowing that hammering and sawing were not so conducive to creativity work.Â
However, we will be hosting playwrights James Garcia and Kia Corothron, as well as Sarasota poet Justin Spring in August. Theyâ€™ve agreed to deal with the noise. When James arrives in August the vacationâ€™s over and we will have artists in residence continuously until next August. So while it doesnâ€™t look like weâ€™ll be repaired by then, we will be rested, and raring to go.
The image is playwright Kia Corothron taken during a previous Hermitage residency.