Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 3

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 3

Sarasota is well known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, due to the plethora of live shows, art galleries, and more. Explore Sarasota’s art community at one of the many beach retreats below! 

 

Fine Art

 

The Ringling

This 66-acre waterfront paradise is the heart of Sarasota culture. Originally the estate of John and Mable Ringling, The Ringling art museum is a spectacular sight that can’t be missed! Regardless of your art preference, there’s something for all at The Ringling. From timeless art collections to contemporary work, gorgeous gardens, historic tours and more, The Ringling is a must-see on your Sarasota vacation! 

Ringling College of Art + Design

Have you been looking for budget-friendly activities to complete your vacation checklist? Just south of The Ringling, you will find the Ringling College of Art and Design, a creative corner for developing artists. The campus features galleries that include the student work as well as professional artists around the globe – free of charge! View the raw artistic beauty that Sarasota produces at The Ringling College of Art and Design. 

Towles Court Artist Colony 

One of Sarasota’s most beloved art retreats can be found downtown, at the Towles Court Artist Colony. Originally founded as an experiment to enrich the neighborhood’s art culture, it has grown into a revered center full of breathtaking collections. You can join their monthly art walk every third Friday of the month and fully explore all Sarasota has to offer! 

Art adventures for all 

Located on Tamiami Trail you will find one of Sarasota’s most celebrated art collections, Art Center Sarasota. The Art Center strives to reach the community through creative pursuits such as art education, programs and art exhibitions for everyone!

Clyde Butcher Art Gallery

Known across the globe for his photography and preservation efforts, Clyde Butcher has made his prints available for visitors to view! Located in Venice, you will find Butcher’s darkroom where he creates his exclusive prints of undisturbed nature throughout Florida. 

Meet the Local artists

Are you looking for a closer view into the minds of Sarasota artists? 

Linda Richichi is a famed local artist who offers mentoring as well as weekly classes for those looking for their creative side. 

Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is a local farmers market that offers live music, food, entertainment, and most importantly, local art! This is a great place to start looking for hidden local talent. 

 

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Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

By Hannah M.

Island Living in Historic Matlacha, Florida

A historic gem with an abundance of Seminole culture, Matlacha (Mat-la-SHAY) is a prismatic and peaceful paradise. The legacy left by the Seminole tribe is scattered throughout the tiny town, making Matlacha a historical hotspot full of fun adventures. This matured fishing village, nestled on a small island between Cape Coral and Pine Island, brings a charismatic charm unlike anywhere in the world and promises a serene stay.

What to do in Matlacha

  • Bridge at Matlacha Pass

Not only is this historic utopia full of fascinating culture, it is a fisherman’s dream! The bridge over Matlacha Pass (nicknamed the “World’s Fishing-est Bridge”) is famed for the abundance of aquatic life. The currents sweeping under the bridge brings an array of fish that draw in locals and visitors alike. Take in Matlacha’s aesthetic with a peaceful stroll down the bridge lined with local anglers casting their lines in “Matlacha Reeboks”; these tall white rubber boots are an essential part of the coastal lifestyle here.

  • Shopping and More

This vibrant and cheerful island gives you a sunny welcome to their tasteful art community. Matlacha is scattered with vintage Floridian style homes, fishing boats moored just outside the doors, art galleries, shops, and a tranquil atmosphere throughout. The serene seaside experience is reminiscent of Florida Keys without the hustle and bustle. If you were searching for the perfect peaceful getaway, Matlacha is the place to be!

Matlacha home to a variety of creatives and artists, including international artist Leoma Lovegrove. You can observe her dazzling and unique paintings in Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens; her vibrant Impressionist-Expressionist style paintings are just the start of the artwork you must see while in Matlacha!

A Historic Slice of Heaven

This historic, colorful town is a tropical slice of heaven and a must-see when visiting Florida. Matlacha Cottages has a variety of places you can stay, most located directly on the water. An artist’s paradise, Matlacha’s tranquil and exquisite landscapes draw you in the second you step foot on this island; you won’t want to leave this historical heaven-on-earth!

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