Sarasota: An Artist’s Dream!
An Itinerary to Sarasota’s Art Community
Sarasota, Florida is renowned for the art found there, as it is home to a plethora of artists and creatives. An artistic utopia, Sarasota is known all over the world by artists and aspiring alike. To be expected; this enticing city situated right on Sarasota Bay has top-tier art colleges and an array of alluring galleries. Need some ideas on how to get creative and fully experience Sarasota’s local art? Below are some highlights on where to start your complete artist’s retreat!
The Ringling Art Legacy
The heart of the creative culture found in Sarasota started with John and Mable Ringling. Avid supporters of the art community at the turn of the twentieth century and imperative to the eventual evolution of Sarasota’s creative atmosphere, you will find their original collection of unique art in The Ringling, the State Art Museum of Florida. As well as the Ringlings’ personal collection, the museum holds a variety of other galleries, including a spectacular Modern Art gallery.
The Ca’ d’Zan
Are you more interested in a practical application of art? Sunny Sarasota has something for every type of creative! For those more interested in the architectural or historical aspect of Sarasota’s art scene, the Ringlings’ home should be on the must-see list. The Ca’ d’Zan, on The Ringling campus, was constructed per Mable Ringling’s personal design influences. Tours are available to see this exquisite 5-story, 41-room mansion up close. Travel back in time while exploring the unique grandeur of this mid-1920’s mansion!
Before the tour is complete, be sure to stop by Muse at The Ringling for a delicious dinner and impeccable views; located in Mable Ringling’s famous rose garden.
Ringling College of Art and Design
The impact the Ringling’s had can be seen all throughout Sarasota; including The Ringling College of Art and Design, founded in 1931 in honor of Sarasota’s most prominent supporters. From student galleries to experienced artists around the world, the art found at this institute is unlike any other. All galleries on campus are open to the public and offer a wide perspective on the art community not only in Sarasota, but across the world. The new Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts center displays an even wider variety of art with a glass art studio consisting of Basch’s personal art collection and an assortment of glass art from ranging artists.
Sarasota’s Most Creative Neighborhoods
Sarasota’s hidden gem, Towles Court’s Old Floridian homes and aged brick streets bring a whimsical charm to this small, serene town of artists. Home to a diverse group of designers, art therapists, jewelry makers, potters, cafes and many more, this vibrant community will be a favorite! Make sure to plan your trip around the third Friday of the month; Towles Court hosts monthly Art Walks with live music, great food, and much more.
Are you hoping to improve your skills as an artist during your retreat? Gillespie park is a historic downtown village that also hosts monthly Art Walks and other events. If you were looking to hone your craft, stop by The Artful Giraffe for classes taught by the local artists themselves!
Rosemary Historic District
All aboard for the artist’s dream getaway! Next stop: Rosemary. Another hidden gem, but more modern than Towles Court, Rosemary Historic District is a contemporary community that is home to many different types of designers. For those looking for the architecture hotspots- this is it! Sarasota Architectural Salvage features exclusive furniture and art you don’t want to miss.
Exploring Sarasota’s Art Community
No matter what your ideal vacation is, there’s no end to the adventures in store for you in Sunny Sarasota. Sarasota is full of hidden gems just waiting for art lovers to discover. Following this quick guide to Sarasota’s art community, you’re ready to set off for the quintessential artist’s getaway!