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BIG ARTS Monday Night Film Series
by Di Saggau
The BIG ARTS
Night Movie for January 9 is Rams,
a drama from Iceland about two Icelandic
curmudgeonly bachelor brothers, sheep
farmers, who haven’t spoken to one
another in 40 years. A scene-stealing
sheepdog passes notes between them.
The film encapsulates all the best
things about Nordic film-making: polished
storytelling, radiant humanism, great acting
and immaculate cinematography that
shows off the stunning landscapes. The
film is shot in widescreen, with striking
compositional use of sky, land, rooftops
and fences, often in long takes that give
you time to hear the crunch of boots
over snow, the baaing of sheep, and the
whisper of wind over the mountains.
One brother appears to comply with
the authorities while the other rages
against the enforced slaughter of their
herds. Rams is an involving and, at times,
curiously exciting film because the story
is so clean and simple. We never find out
exactly what caused the two brothers to
stop speaking to each other. We know it
must have been bad, or maybe they’re just
stubborn, because they live on adjacent
farms, see each other every day and raise
sheep descended from the same ancient
bloodline... but never exchange a word.
A crisis arises that requires all the
livestock in a region to be destroyed. This
drives the brothers back together again,
though not in the way you might expect.
You spend a rather long time during this
film watching characters exist. That’s
something mainstream American films
almost never do, and there’s something
quietly riveting about it. Stefi Irwin serves
as moderator for the evening. The film
runs 109 minutes.
Admission to BIG ARTS Monday Night
Film Series is $10 and all screenings begin
at 7 p.m . in Schein Performance Hall.
Each film is followed by a complimentary
reception and discussion. Film Sponsors:
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore, Stan and
Visnja Gembicki, Hyde Tucker, Penny
Wilkinson and the Island Sun.
BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop
Road on Sanibel. Tickets are available at
www.BIGARTS.org, at the door or by
calling 395-0900 .
From page 1
Two Exhibits At BIG ARTS
exhibit is an invitation for not only a fresh presentation, but a personal exploration
of uncharted creativity exclusive to the BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery.
Jay Lana’s Reken ‘Strekt in the Founders Gallery is something else entirely. A
of Florida, Lana works with reclaimed materials to create award-winning
“functional art.” Rather than following a strict set of standards and precedent,
Lana’s art is based on intuition alone. Each piece he creates tells a story of time
and place, a photograph in time, which provides each piece with qualities such
as strength, grace and balance. No two pieces are alike, and many are meant to
challenge your perceptions.
Both exhibits are currently open and run until February 4.
Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about these events and to purchase
tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 395-0900.
From page 22
some of the most effective hunters.
This presentation discusses the unique
adaptations of the native and migratory
raptors of Florida. One of CROW’s animal
ambassadors will be present.
Thursday, January 12, 2 p.m .,
adults $7, teens $5, 12 and under
no charge CROW Case of the Week,
presented by a CROW student.
CROW’s teaching hospital offers
externship, fellowship and internship
opportunities for natural science and
veterinary medicine students. While
on site, students learn the ins and outs
of conservation medicine and wildlife
rehabilitation, and share their favorite
patient stories. One of CROW’s animal
ambassadors will be present.
The “Ding” Darling Wildlife
Society-Friends of the Refuge
(DDWS) board of directors
recently welcomed three new members
at its annual membership meeting,
including Brett Gooch, Phyllis Gresham
and Bill Valerian. The board re-elected
incumbent director and vice president
Mike Baldwin for another term.
Gooch has been working for ‘Tween
Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on
Captiva Island since 2007. He currently
serves as general manager for it and
West Wind Inn.
Gresham, a retired nurse, has
volunteered at the JN “Ding Darling
National Wildlife Refuge for 14 years
and also serves as chair of the City of
Sanibel’s Vegetation Committee and on
the board of Sanibel-Captiva Audubon.
Chairman, president and CEO of
Liberty Bank NA, Valerian has held
leadership positions with several
organization including chair of the
convention and visitors bureau of
Greater Cleveland, Ohio and national
chair of the Institute of Financial
Two retiring board members were
voted in as emeritus board members:
Jim Scott, who has served on the
board for nine years in many positions
including president; and Don Wildman,
who, during his six years on the
board, took leadership of the annual
“Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon
The board also elected officers for
2017, including president Doris Hardy,
vice president Mike Baldwin, secretary
Wendy Kindig and treasurer Sarah
photos courtesy DDWS
From left, DDWS president Doris Hardy, vice
president Mike Baldwin, secretary Wendy
The Southwest Florida Symphony
Endowment Foundation distributed
$105,000 from its general fund to
the Southwest Florida Symphony for fiscal
year 2016-17. Each year, the foundation
makes an annual distribution of four to five
percent of total assets to the symphony in
accordance with their grant policy.
“We are pleased to make this
contribution to the Southwest Florida
Symphony,” said David Hall, president
of the Southwest Florida Symphony
Endowment Foundation board of trustees
and executive vice president, chief financial
officer and chief operating officer of
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. “These
funds will go a long way toward supporting
our beloved symphony.”
As of November 30, 2016, the
foundation had total assets of $2,418,000,
including $2,152,000 in the general
fund, $153,000 in the Van Sickle fund
and $113,000 of symphony funds. The
board’s goal is to increase the endowment
to $5 million by 2020.
The foundation was established in
2002 to build assets for the long-term
financial support of the Southwest
Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only
professional orchestra. Since then, the
endowment has grown to more than
$2.75 million. The foundation is managed
by an independent board of trustees
and receives gifts, provides appropriate
investment stewardship and makes
regular disbursements of earnings to the
In addition to Hall, the Southwest
Florida Symphony Endowment Foundation
board of trustees includes vice president
Thomas Kracmer, owner of Cadence
Music and Southwest Florida Symphony
principal tuba player; secretary Scott
Gregory, vice president and business
insurance agent, BB&T-Oswald Trippe
& Company; treasurer Corey Vertich, a
principal with Uhler and Vertich Financial
Planners; Doris Colgate, president and
CEO of Offshore Sailing School; Robert
Diefenbach; and Don King.
For more information about the
Southwest Florida Symphony and its
Endowment Foundation, visit www.
SWFLSO.org or call 210-2345.
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