BEST EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINTING
Snider’s Painting | Lakewood Ranch Painters Before anyone steps foot through your front door, they are greeted by the outside walls.Paint color is an important first step to giving guests an insight into your style. A light yellow home can be seen as inviting while a bright pink door lets visitors know you’ve got a zany side. Simple beiges and browns keep things seeming organized while a jet-black house will have all the neighbors talking. SNIDER’S PAINTING | LAKEWOOD RANCH PAINTERS is the Platinum pick while BRAENDEL PAINTING grabbed readers attention with Gold. D & D PAINTING & RESTORATION takes Silver and LERCH CUSTOM PAINTING bristles into Bronze.–AC Platinum Winner- Snider’s Painting | Lakewood Ranch Painters / Gold Winner- Braendel Painting / Silver Winner- D&D Painting and Restoration / Bronze Winner- Lerch Custom Painting.
Good News Pest Solutions There is nothing worse than a guest that overstays their welcome, but what about one who was never invited— moving in! The dreaded pest problem of any home can be zapped with these bug busters. GOOD NEWS PEST SOLUTIONS is your pest bet for a bug free-home at Platinum while KRIZEN PEST CONTROL gets rid of grubs with Gold. HUGHES EXTERMINATORS saves the day with Silver and ALL AMERICAN PEST SERVICES | TERMITES & BED BUG REMOVAL says goodbye to bugs with Bronze. Honorable
Mention Impact Pest Elimination is here to help as well .–AC Alicia Bradshaw (on Krizen): Ryan Krizen is not only a veteran to our country he is an exterminator to the pesky bugs! He has an outstanding company motto and he is a wonderful family orientated individual that deserves more than any reward! He makes SRQ proud to live here and love where we live. Ayla Zimanek (on Hughes): Hughes Exterminators is thorough, kind, prompt and professional. They are considerate of your schedule and are excellent communicators! They do a fabulous job. Carrie Collins (on All American Pest): Family owned and run business. Clean, precise and spot-on work. Platinum Winner- Good News Pest Solutions / Gold Winner- Kirzen Pest Control / Silver WinnerHughes Exterminators/ Bronze Winner- All American Pest Services | Termites & Bed Bug Removal.
ARTS &CULTURE BEST GALLERY
The Artful Giraffe If gallery gazing and galavanting is your groove, then Sarasota is the right town for you. Streets full of art-packed shops sit and wait for you to admire, appreciate and adorn your homes with the beautiful offerings local painters, sculptors and talents have to offer. THE ARTFUL GIRAFFE paints their
way to Platinum while ART UPTOWN INC glitters it’s way to Gold. Sculpting out the perfect Silver spot are GALLERIES OF RINGLING COLLEGE and ARTCENTER MANATEE busts into Bronze as the fourth place winner. Honorable Mentions Dabbert Gallery, State of the Arts Gallery and Ligon Fine Art have plenty more to feast your eyes upon. –AC Ellie Levine (on The Artful Giraffe): The Artful Giraffe displays art from over 300 local artists. And the showroom is set up in such a fun way! Every time you walk through, you see different pieces, depending on which way your head is turned. Mel Carlstein (on Art Uptown): Such a warm and inviting gallery, full of local artists with a wide variety of mediums. Tom Walker (on Galleries of Ringling College): Although the pandemic eliminated many of the in-person experiences, I was able to enjoy all of their exhibitions on line. Beautiful galleries. Angie Lukas (on ArtCenter Manatee): Three galleries with exhibits that change monthly featuring local, regional, national and international artists. Platinum Winner- The Artful Giraffe / Gold Winner- Art Uptown Gallery / Silver Winner- Galleries of Ringling College / Bronze Winner- ArtCenter Manatee.
BEST MUSEUM Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus Florida may be known for its beaches but Sarasota is known beyond the surf for their famed arts and culture. Where best to spend a day off the sand? The Platinum pick MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS DOWNTOWN SARASOTA CAMPUS bloomed to victory easily with a hundred vote lead, while THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART caught art-
lovers attention with Gold. The sensational Silver winner this year is the SARASOTA ART MUSEUM and readers loved the many un-marine-able offerings at Bronze winner MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM. For more magical museum musings check our Honorable Mentions The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature and Ringling College of Art and Design. –AC Amy Gorman (on Marie Selby): What a wonderful living museum! There are constantly new exhibits and events with knowledgeable volunteers. Donna Emley (on The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art): Exceptional collection of indoor galleries, outdoor sculpture and grounds, and temporary rotating exhibits. Ronni Blumenthal (on Sarasota Art Museum): Beautifully curated space. Platinum Winner- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus / Gold Winner- The Ringling Museum of Art / Silver Winner- Sarasota Art Museum / Bronze Winner- Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
BEST VISUAL ARTIST Karen Chandler With so much homegrown talent, or those who decided to make Sarasota their permanent studio, plenty of galleries around are filled with artwork from people just down the street. KAREN CHANDLER was our readers pick for Platinum while just two votes away MARO LORIMER paints the Gold. LIPSTICK LEX sashayed into Silver and legacy artist and arts ambassador TIM JAEGER bounded into Bronze. Honorable Mentions Brandon Thrift, Mary Lou Johnson and Matt Pecson had readers admiring their artistic flair. –AC continued on page 108
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