Free event at Hermitage features Bordo, Lavin and sunset today

March 23, 2018
By Marcy Shortuse

The Hermitage Artist Retreat invites the community to join them for a free evening on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m., to tour the painting studio of renowned painter Robert Bordo and then hear acclaimed Mexican writer Monica Lavin read from her work on the beach around 6:30 p.m., in time to enjoy her work before the 7 p.m. sunset.
The program is on the beachfront campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. The studio tour will include canvases in progress by Bordo, whose work has been shown around the world and is included in many museum collections, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum. Attendees should bring beach chairs or blankets and any refreshments they care to enjoy and set up on the beach. Reservations are required in case the weather causes us to move the reading inside the Palm House, 6630 Manasota Key Road. Reservations may be made online at or by calling (941) 475-2098, ext 8.
“We are very excited to present another unique and inspiring program,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director. “Robert has not shared his Hermitage canvases, even with us, so we are all looking forward to seeing this new work. Then we will have the privilege of hearing Monica’s work and learning about the culture in which she lives and writes, entering a new world and seeing it through her eyes. Plan to join us and be surprised, inspired and entertained.”
Monica Lavin writes in Spanish but will read an English translation. After reading, she will talk about identity, writing and memory. Her translator says about her work: “Her stories are haunted by a piquant mixture of familiarity and oddness. She is a modern Latin American woman writing about sex, love, desire and eroticism with a frankness, honesty and linguistic virtuosity that seared and wounded me.”
Monica Lavin is the recipient of many national literary awards in Mexico for her short stories and novels. She writes nonfiction works in the fields of scientific and food journalism, in addition to hosting cultural interview broadcasts and lecturing internationally. She currently is a professor of creative writing in Mexico City.
Robert Bordo lives and works in Columbia County and Brooklyn, N.Y. Since the mid-1980s, he has shown his paintings internationally in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include the National Exemplar, NYC, Bortolami Gallery NYC, The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois; Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York; and Mummery + Schnelle, London. Bordo’s paintings were featured in Greater New York at MOMA PS1 in 2105-16. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Artist Space, NYC, the Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst in Basel and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art among others. His work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Norton Museum of Art and the Sheldon Museum among others. Robert has designed sets, costumes and posters for the Mark Morris Dance Company. He was an associate professor of art at The Cooper Union, where he led the painting program from 1996 until 2017. Presently he is on the painting faculty of Bard MFA.
The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. It invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront campus. Hermitage community programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes), and the Sarasota County Tourist Development tax revenues. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call (941) 475-2098, ext. 5, or visit the website at