Hermitage Artist Retreat raises over $ 225,000 for Artful Lobster


ENGLEWOOD – The Hermitage Artists Retreat raised over $ 225,000 at the Artful Lobster 2021 fundraising luncheon on November 13th. Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster is raising funds for the Hermitage Artist Residency Program and community programming initiatives.

About 200 guests attended the event, which took place in a large tent on the historic Hermitage waterfront campus and was co-chaired by Charlie Huisking and Charlotte Perret. The Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage, Andy Sandberg, was the master of ceremonies.

Dorothy Lawson, member of the Hermitage, is the founding cellist and artistic director of the ETHEL string quartet.

Dorothy Lawson, member of the Hermitage and founding cellist and artistic director of the ETHEL String Quartet, dominated the event with a virtuoso cello performance.

To celebrate The Hermitage’s free community programs and collaborations, Raleigh Mosely II, a frequent performer with the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, delivered an original song written by Hermitage member Rona Siddiqui. Mosely made his WBTT debut in “Broadway in Black”. Siddiqui, who performed her original songs last season at Hermitage Beach and Selby Gardens, is an award-winning New York-based songwriter, lyricist, orchestrator and musical director.

After lunch, Lawson returned to the stage to perform a piece by Bach, which she dedicated to the memory of the late Susan Brainerd, a recent Hermitage administrator who sponsored Lawson’s last visit to the Hermitage earlier. This year.

“Great music, great art, great theater, great literature, great television – none of this happens without great artists,” Sandberg said. “We thank everyone who attended or supported this year’s festivities. The generous outpouring of support for the work we do at the Hermitage is a demonstration of our community’s extraordinary commitment to the arts and the creative process.

Sponsors and partners of the Artful Lobster 2021 celebration included the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CHUBB, Key Agency, the Herald-Tribune with LOCALiQ and Sarasota Magazine. A full list of this year’s sponsors, benefactors and partners is available at HermitageArtistRetreat.org/ArtfulLobster2021.

The Hermitage welcomes artists to its Gulf Coast Manasota Key campus for residencies of several weeks to develop new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, dance, etc. As part of their residencies, Hermitage Fellows participate in free community programs.

Hermitage programs are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenue; the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; and the Sarasota County Community Foundation.

All of the Hermitage’s live programming through the end of 2021 will continue outdoors with headquarters far away. For more information visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

Upcoming Hermitage programs

• Friday December 3 at 5 pm: “Connections”With Hermitage Fellows Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler (Live at the Hermitage Beach / Also via Live-Stream).

• Sunday December 12 at 2 p.m .: “Hermitage at La Baie: Muse (ic) and Poetry” with Hermitage Fellows Francine J. Harris, Mae Yway and Ishion Hutchinson (Live at The Bay Park).

• Friday December 17th at 5.30pm: “The Edge of Music” with Hermitage Fellow Luke Stewart (live at Booker High School).

Submitted by Lynn Riechmann


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