The art scene is as diverse as it is vibrant on Florida’s Cultural Coast. From posh galleries housing the works of Renaissance and Baroque Masters to quirky grottos piled with one-of-a-kind upcycled “salvage art” finds; art connoisseurs of all tastes discover a feast for the senses in Sarasota.
The circus magnate and Roaring Twenties developer’s powerful cultural influence and generous patronage of the arts are most evident today on the grounds and in the galleries of The Ringling, the State Art Museum of Florida. John and Mable Ringling, among the wealthiest couples in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, were passionate collectors of art who made Sarasota their winter home.
The Rosemary district is situated in a prime location on the north side of Downtown Sarasota. It’s one of the most popular areas, growing with new energy from an artsy, hip crowd that revels in the urban neighborhood lifestyle. The area boasts historic buildings and steel sculptures, Ringling College Art Gallery, and dozens of boutiques, cafes and art galleries.
The Historic Downtown Village, established circa 2010, is a colorful collection of renovated American Craftsman style cottages housing local art and classes, boutique shops, and cute, mom-and-pop style eateries. This Sarasota Neighborhood also features a monthly Art Walk on the fourth Friday of every month.
Tucked away in “Old Florida” style bungalows on brick streets, the Towles Court Artist Colony was established in the 90s as a unique experiment to bring artists together in a live-work, studio-driven neighborhood and has evolved into a unique collection of artist studios and galleries, interior and graphic designers, art therapists and teachers, jewelry makers and pitters, salons cafes and more.