"The most amazing, life-altering, eye-opening, practice-evolving, friendliest
and generous of gifts"
- Margaret Stewart, Photographer

Every symphony you hear, every play you see, every dance you experience every painting and sculpture you see, and every book you read, begins its life with a person in a room with an idea and a passion. The Hermitage provides the room for accomplished creators in a spectacular, inspiring environment. Our artists bring their brilliant ideas. Together, with nature, we feed the passion, and we share it all with our community. This is the work of the Hermitage.


September 22nd’s Hermitage Beach Reading will feature artists from the Association of Florida Teaching Artists, (a 501C3 AFTA). AFTA’s mission is to infuse the arts and literacy to underserved students in the community. Folk musician, Bill Schustik will offer a prelude while the audience enjoys a picnic dinner from 6-6:30p.m. The artist studios will be open to view the work of AFTA’s visual artists. They include Amy Webber, painting and pottery, Judy Levine, jewelry, Missy Malloy, painting, Kat Sjogren, animal portraits and tiny paintings. The evening will include Synia Carroll, jazz singer who has been a featured artist at the St. Pete Jazz Festival, the Blue Rooster, Florida Studio Theater and the the Starlite Room in Sarasota. Synia’s ongoing collaboration with the Billy Marcus Trio led to the release of her first jazz album, “Here’s to You...”

Missy Mulloy, artist and film maker will share her poetry and Chris Wanta some musical guitar riffs. Stephanie Heidemann is a World-Fusion vocalist/performer & arranger of music. In 2012, Stephanie was awarded the Ringling Towers Award for Performing Arts, and artist residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat. Stephanie performed with world a cappella quartet, VIDA (IMG-Artists), who quickly went from busking on streets to performing at University auditoriums and world music festivals, to landing on the cover of Billboard Magazine and Dirty Linen. She has released 4 CDs, and was highlighted on NPR's All Song's Considered, and TEDxSarasota.

Susan Raincrow Geyer, a Native American musician will play down the sun and close the evening performance, featuring her original compositions on the flute . The evening will introduce the audience to the talent of AFTA’s teaching artists who work with the students in our communities.


We are proud to share our talented people with those in the region through our community programs. Check our calendar and blog for up-to-date information on Hermitage news and events. Interested in volunteering? Our Friends of the Hermitage organization offers many excellent opportunities.