Welcome New Business Partner, Voila! Gallery

Welcome New Business Partner, Voila! Gallery

Located in the heart of downtown Venice, in the historic 1920s San Marco building, Voila! Petite Fine Art Gallery is a charming and intimate gallery space featuring the modern works of Resident Artist, Melissa Erlenbach, as well as guest artists and craftspeople. Look forward to upcoming pop-up events at Voila! Gallery in February, March and April 2022.

“Every artist has a personal philosophy that guides her work,” states Melissa. She loves and creates art that stimulates thought and opens up a conversation. A title starts the conversation, allowing viewers to layer their own memories and meanings onto the paintings. Her inspiration is drawn from the Modern Art Philosophy which emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and direct expression, and credits the artist/art philosopher, Robert Motherwell as having had the greatest influence on her work. ​”I awaken before dawn each morning, my head swirling with possibilities. I watch the day emerge as the sun rises outside my studio, then follow the muse. The process of visually diving into each image through its multiple layers of rich texture and depth is the sort of magic that compels me to come back to creating, day after day. My work has evolved over the years, but the drive to create, interpret, and share has never failed me.”

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Voila! Petite Fine Art Gallery
238 Tampa Avenue West Suite 21A
(941) 586-4616
erlenbach-modern.com

Heart Bombs on Historic Venice Buildings

Heart Bombs on Historic Venice Buildings

Show Your Favorite Historic Buildings Some Love This Valentine’s Day
Three Organizations Sponsoring Heart Bombing Throughout City

Contact: Harry Klinkhamer, Historical Resources Manager, City of Venice, hklinkhamer@venicefl.gov 941-486-2490.

This February the City of Venice Division of Historical Resources, Venice MainStreet, and Venice Heritage Inc. are encouraging the community and, in particular, historic property owners to heart bomb historic buildings throughout the City. Heart bombing is a program started by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide awareness and support to those buildings a community deems important to its historic fabric. It consists of adorning buildings with handmade paper hearts that have messages of love and support for those places. It doesn’t matter if they are pristine, a little run down, or threatened with loss. All historic buildings would appreciate the attention. People should also feel inspired to stand with hearts in front of buildings for a photo opportunity.

Venice Main Street and Historical Resources are supporting three downtown historic buildings. The public is invited to heart making stations to create their messages in support/love of historic buildings. On Miami Avenue create your heart bomb for the Burgundy Square building at the stores Gulf Soles and Nest. On Venice Avenue, create your heart at Venice Wine and Coffee Company for the Johnson-Schoolcraft Building, and on Tampa Avenue create your heart bomb at Tri-Healthy and Compass Property Management to show your support of historic preservation of the KMI/San Marco Building. Starting the beginning of February the public is invited to create hearts at these buildings. The hearts will be collected and put up by volunteers on February 11 when you can take photos with them throughout the weekend and on Valentine’s Day. Venice Heritage and Historical Resources encourage owners of historic homes to spread the love on their properties. Remember, any place over fifty years old is worth showing some love to. Place hearts where people can see them. Gather your friends and neighbors for some group photos around your homes.

Post your photos on social media so everyone can see which places we love the most. Be sure to tag them with #IHeartSavingPlaces and #HeartBombVeniceFL. Share them on the Facebook pages of Venice Main Street, Venice Heritage, and Venice Museum & Archives. We look forward to seeing the love of our history displayed throughout Venice this Valentine’s Day!

Venice MainStreet 2022 Board of Directors Announced

Venice MainStreet 2022 Board of Directors Announced

Venice MainStreet welcomes its 2022 Board of Directors and is excited to get to work tackling new projects this year. Board members will serve on Venice MainStreet committees including Economic Vitality, Organization, Partnership, Marketing and Design. Efforts will be guided by MainStreet’s mission to preserve and enhance the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic downtown Venice.

President
Tracy Silver, Venice Wine & Coffee Company

Vice President
Patrick Carney, Navamaze Senior Living Solutions

Secretary
Jeannie Gomes, Hotel Venezia

Treasurer
Ronnie Fernandez, Venice Florida Tours

DIRECTORS
Andy Britton, Britton Law Group
Cynthia Caton, Nest Venice
Sandra Di Pentima, Fifth Third Bank
James Haas, Twist Boutique and Sunbug
Alison Hooper, Made in Italy
Becky Leake, Englewood Bank & Trust
Cindy Lodge, Community Volunteer
Tom Mattmuller, Community Volunteer
Helen Moore, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Co.

Florida Main Street Day is January 18, 2022

Florida Main Street Day is January 18, 2022

Venice MainStreet has partnered with the Florida Department of State on a statewide initiative to celebrate the successes of Florida’s Main Street communities and educate the public about the impacts of local, statewide, and national Main Street programs. Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced January 18, 2022 as this year’s Florida Main Street Day. Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet, will be attending the event in Tallahassee, Florida.

Since 2020, the Florida Main Street program has organized Florida Main Street Day to raise awareness of Main Street programs. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Florida Main Street, Orlando Main Streets, and local Main Street communities will be located on the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Florida State Capitol.

“I am thrilled to recognize this year’s Florida Main Street Day,” said Secretary Lee. “Our Main Streets have proven to be vital in protecting and revitalizing our state’s historic downtowns and commercial corridors, and I look forward to their continued success.”

Developed in the late 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street program works to revitalize historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial corridors by encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation. Since 1985, Florida Main Street has worked with more than 100 communities to rejuvenate Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul. Currently, Florida Main Street oversees 54 participating communities, including Venice MainStreet.

Welcome, Venice Pride, Inc.

Welcome, Venice Pride, Inc.

Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome Venice Pride, Inc. as a Nonprofit Partner! Venice Pride, Inc. is an inclusive place that celebrates the diversity, visibility and strength of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

In 2018, Venice Pride joined other activists and LGBTQ+ supporters and allies to celebrate the visibility and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. In what started out as a vision to promote awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, SunCoast Metropolitan Community Church’s (MCC) members and friends took the initiative to provide the support needed to host the first Venice Pride Festival in November 2018. Due to the overwhelming support from the broader community, Venice Pride recognized the need for an ongoing presence and voice of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2020, Venice Pride incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and in 2021 developed its Strategic Plan ​for 2022 to 2024 to guide the organization’s work. With community support, it plans to expand programming, build partnerships, educate and advocate — all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of its LGBTQ+ friends and allies in the Suncoast region of Florida. 

To learn more about Venice Pride, Inc., its programs and events, visit VeniceFLPride.com, call (941) 271-0818, or email info@veniceFLpride.com.
Located at 3276 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292.

Welcome, Venice Area Women’s College Club

Welcome, Venice Area Women’s College Club

Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome the Venice Area Women’s College Club (VAWCC) as a Nonprofit Partner! “Reaching Out To Make A Difference,” the VAWCC promotes fellowship among college women and encourages their personal growth and participation in community affairs. Membership includes any woman with an Associate’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

Meetings are held at the Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd, Venice, FL 34293. For more information about the Club and joining, contact  collegeclubinfo@gmail.com.

Welcome AlternativeHomemaking with a Heart of SW Florida!

Welcome AlternativeHomemaking with a Heart of SW Florida!

We are delighted to welcome Alternative Homemaking with a Heart of SW Florida as a Business Partner!  Alternative Homemaking, which has been serving the Venice area community since 1987, is a stay-at-home alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Its services are available 24/7, 365 days a year providing homemakers, personal care, respite, companions, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and transportation. It services all of Sarasota County and Charlotte County.

Alternative Homemaking can assist with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, cleaning, and bathing. Whether you just need companionship to keep you company or transportation services, such as shopping assistance or your doctor’s appointments Alternative Homemaking can develop a custom-tailored care plan for your specific needs. 

CHAP Accreditation
With 55 years of accreditation experience and counting, CHAP is the most experienced home and community-based accreditation program. Alternative Homemaking has been accredited through CHAP since 2009.

Corporate Headquarters in Venice
1901 Tamiami Trail South, Suite A, Venice, FL 34293
941-488-2248
info@altwithaheart.com
althomemakingwithaheart.com

Photo credits: Alternative Homemaking with a Heart of SW Florida

Welcome, Excel Telemessaging!

Welcome, Excel Telemessaging!

We are happy to welcome Excel Telemessaging as a Business Partner! When the image of your company depends on how your telephone is answered, your answering service must be as professional as you and your staff. Excel prides itself on attention to every detail from agent training to maintaining accurate information and instructions on your account. From a conventional telephone answering service to the most advanced web based applications. its services are as diverse as its clients’ needs. Excel offers 24/7 live bilingual agents, appointment scheduling, a virtual receptionist, and order taking, among other great telecommunication service options.

181 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285
941-556-3150
info@exceltelemessaging.com
exceltelemessaging.com

Welcome, Country Club Estates!

Welcome, Country Club Estates!

Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome Country Club Estates as a Nonprofit Partner!  This beautiful boating community is located on the island of Venice and is a vibrant, 55+ resident-owned manufactured home community that provides fun amenities for a healthy lifestyle. Its location is one mile from Venice Beach and on the Venetian Waterway Trail, perfect for walking and biking. It is close to the hospital and local doctors, as well as local shopping and dining. If you are a boater, the community is just 7 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Country Club Estates is a Deed Restrictive Community, which ensures its beauty today and into the future.

700 N. Waterway, Venice, FL 34285
Sales: 941-486-0591
Rentals: 941-488-2111
countryclubestatesvenice.com

Photo credit: Country Club Estates

Welcome Nonprofit Partner, Venice Area Mobile Meals!

Welcome Nonprofit Partner, Venice Area Mobile Meals!

Venice MainStreet is happy to welcome Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc. (VAMM) as a Nonprofit Partner! VAMM is an all-volunteer organization that provides a “Mobile Meals” community service to the Greater Venice, Florida area to anyone unable to prepare a meal due to mental or physical disability, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, holidays included. 

About VAMM
A group of citizens, organized by founder Edward Cruse started the meal delivery program in 1969. Meals were initially prepared at St. Martha’s Church in Sarasota and distributed from the Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church. In 1978 the local service program became Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice FL, 34285
(941) 488-1889
veniceareamobilemeals.com

Photo credit: Venice Area Mobile Meals