People from all over the world come to Florida’s Cultural Coast to experience the art that makes this area so unique. Find out how to take on the Sarasota art scene like a local!
There’s no place that’s creative like Florida’s West Coast. Housing the ‘Sarasota Modern’ school of architectural design and serving as the winter home for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the city of Sarasota is especially culture filled. Check out for some of these areas where artists are known to create and share their works.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been bringing Downtown Sarasota live acts from all over, including Broadway plays and ballet productions. The theater is so important to Sarasota’s cultural canvas, that it’s being considered for the future development of upcoming entertainment complex The Bay. Make sure not to miss events such as Bob Dylan and Eddie Izzard in October!
Campus Galleries at the Ringling College of Art and Design
See tomorrow’s artists, today at the six museums dotting the campus of this intuitively creative college. Featuring everything from guest artists and staff works, to senior theses. An upcoming show, A Tale of Two Cities: A Snapshot of the Mapping a Site: In and Out of Context Project displays a collaboration between faculty and students from both the Ringling College of Art and Design and art student from colleges around Europe. They were asked to ‘map’ their respective cities through art, sculpture, performance, and other creative endeavors; these works provide an image of the towns where they live.
Named by Coastal Living as one of the Top 10 Artist Colonies in North America, Towels Court is a shopping center where artists of all kinds gather to sell their works in their galleries. While the artists and their galleries tend to have their own hours of operation, you can find a majority of them accessible during the Gallery Walk, where artists and vendors sell crafts and food while live music plays in the background.
Art Center Sarasota
Serving as a multimodal unit for artists and purveyors of art for years, this is where art classes, artist interviews, gallery showings, and performances are shown. Check out the Salon D’Art, where you can meet with an artist and discuss their works while viewing them in a gallery showing.
Funky and fabulous, the Rosemary District has been where Downtown Sarasota goes to get their culture. Keep your eye out for Italian Tradition, a restaurant that offers new takes on old Italian classics. Grab fresh produce and original part pieces at the Rosemary Sunset Market every Thursday evening. Within recent years, the Rosemary District has established itself as a business district as well, with the recent construction of open offices and workspaces, arts representation, and residence towers. The residence towers especially blend into the Rosemary District’s artistic vibe while also introducing their own aesthetic. Take the BLVD Sarasota residence tower for example: it utilizes contemporary colors and styles in its exterior design, while also expressing the artistic principles of the area.
BLVD Sarasota is now under construction! These residences start at $1.9 and offer a landmark lifestyle in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown arts & entertainment district. With just 49 residences ranging from 3,550sf to 5,500sf, these BLVD Sarasota residences will feature large wrap around terraces, soaring ceilings, and a rooftop zero-horizon pool to capture the city views and expansive sights of Sarasota Bay. Spacious designs offer some of the largest floor plans in Downtown Sarasota.
BLVD Residents are always just steps away from Sarasota’s world-class entertainment, museums, art galleries and restaurants. A future development titled ‘The Bay’ is working to deliver live entertainment, outdoor activities, and a gorgeously designed social center right to the Rosemary District’s doorstep. Another future development titled The Quay will serve to fill a need for shops and entertainments within the Rosemary District’s area. It’s a great way for small businesses to promote themselves while also empowering Sarasota’s economy.
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