Love art? So does Bradenton! We have a vibrant art scene that features award-winning restaurants, artists, and artisans. We highly recommend visiting the art distracts and museums during your stay. But, it really does not matter where you go because everywhere you will find a mural or sculpture that emulates our love for the arts. Particularly here in Bradenton, where you will find homes adored in quirky and whimsical sculptures. Or, in Sarasota, if you have an artist’s eye and draw to sophistication, you will be astounded by the grandeur of the Ringling Museum and Ca’ d’Zan. We guess you could say that the whole city is an art gallery!
Here are some of the more well-known art galleries, and a little spot where you can have your fun as an artist as well!
Where: 1113 12th St West, Bradenton
The Village of the Arts is an eclectic live-work community made up of colorful historic cottages that house everything from award-winning restaurants to specialty shops, studios, healing arts, bakeries, and Bradenton’s best art galleries. Be sure to attend the monthly art walks held the first Friday and Saturday of every month.
Where: 209 9th Street West, Bradenton
ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education, and unique gifts in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries with exhibits that change monthly. ArtCenter Manatee has repeatedly been voted the best art gallery by the Herald Tribune and Bradenton Herald.
Where: 1304 6th Ave West, Bradenton
For that budding artist in all of us. What goes better with learning how to paint than wine? This interactive art studio is perfect for a girls night out and learn a thing or two about how to create art by the experts themselves. You can have delicious appetizers or snacks while enjoying the painting work with a group of friends or family. Their calendar changes and some classes are kid-friendly.
In 1925, circus impresario John Ringling (1866–1936) decided to build an art museum. Today, The Ringling, the State Art Museum of Florida, is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States. Spend a day or two exploring the 66-acre estate of John and Mable Ringling which also includes the Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan, The Historic Asolo Theater, Bayfront Gardens, and more. Whether it is a Gallery Walk and Talk, Ringling by the Bay, or a self-guided tour, there is something for everyone.
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This is just scratching the surface of the amazing art collections and exhibitions there are to experience from Bradenton to Sarasota. Just a drive down Anna Maria Island, you will pass countless independent studios where you will find the most unique pieces of art. What a perfect souvenir!
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