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BEST OF SRQ LOCAL

COMPILED BY ANNELISE ADAMS, ARIEL CHATES, ANDREW FABIAN, JACOB OGLES AND BRITTANY MATTIE ART DIRECTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN

From American Gothic and The Scream to Starry Night and the Mona Lisa, precious few masterpieces have garnered the artistic eminence to achieve the distinction of truly becoming a household name. In this 12th annual Best Of SRQ Competition, thousands of localvores clicked through to show love for their hometown favorites and breakout trailblazers. We hope to showcase these benchmarkers in the spirit of true visionary talent because we recognize the artistic endeavour in most things—especially local. Perfectly rolled sushi, steamed lattes and crafted cocktails are works of art in their own regard. But whose floral arrangements would impress Monet? What jeweler would Vermeer visit to buy his lady earrings? Which restaurant would Da Vinci choose to have his last supper? Where would Seurat spend his Sunday afternoon? In an art-centric community thriving with local businesses, it’s easy to see why Sarasotans revere our daily stops as worthy as iconic works of art. We challenge readers to decipher the most world-renowned and searched-for paintings throughout history that we’ve loosely referenced throughout this Best of SRQ Local annual feature. THIS PAGE: Kress Burger from Patricks 1481, photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

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