+ Actor Dylan McDermott doesn’t talk acting
Most people who watched “The Practice” would recognize Dylan McDermott. Others might remember him as the hunk who married Julia Roberts in “Steel Magnolias”; younger generations as the blue-eyed eye candy in “American Horror Story” or film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower;” and others might think he’s actually David Duchovny or Dermot Mulroney, or that one guy on “Friends,” which he says happens frequently.
But, people rarely think of him as a writer or photographer.
His first photography exhibit is opening May 10, in Montreal. He’s been taking photos since 1986, and it’s the only thing that made him light up in a recent interview. The exhibit features photos from a trip to Congo, where he photographed women who had been raped.
He came to Ringling College of Art and Design, thanks to David Shapiro and Sam Logan, of Future Films LLC, and spoke a lot about his career, but he gave The Observer the inside scoop. For the full Q&A, visit YourObserver.com.
+ Home Resource Houses more than furniture
If you’re in the market for new furniture, and even if you aren’t, stop by Home Resource to check out its first photography exhibit. This retail store, known for producing full-house theatrical performances a few times, has an even larger artful undercurrent.
It’s a traveling project of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program, which exhibits large-scale photographs by Andrew Moore that showcase modern landmarks and offers educational panels that teach how each was preserved. It features five case studies, which stem from a Trade Union School in Germany to libraries in New York and Michigan. It opened in Gainesville and has been as far as New York and venues in Europe, but it’s special to Sarasota, considering one of the modern landmarks it features is the former Riverview High School building. In 2010, a group was unsuccessful in saving the modern building, and this is the only case study in the exhibit that failed.
The exhibit also coincided with the U.S. national symposium of DOCOMOMO “Modern Matters,” which is a nonprofit group devoted to the conservation of all sites modern. The group met April 18 through 21, in Sarasota.
Each week, The Observer releases an episode in its video series, Patron Saints. This series spotlights performing-arts venues around town and the patrons who donate to them.
Sarasota Orchestra Board of Directors Chairwoman Anne Folsom Smith was an interior designer who joined the board more than 20 years ago because she wanted to get involved with something more than design. She does it because she believes the more you give, the more you get.
To see the full episode featuring Folsom Smith and Sarasota Orchestra, and to see every Patron Saints video, visit http://www.yourobserver.com/content/Patron-Saints-378.html.
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