Sarasota Art Galleries
(Sarasota, Florida - FL, USA)
Sarasota is well into the performing arts scene, with its live theater, opera and ballet. Without doubt, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the city's most comprehensive and interesting museum, housing 21 separate art galleries in total. There are also numerous art galleries and arts districts worth exploring within Sarasota, with most of these featuring works by renowned international and nationally recognized masters.
However, if you are only interested in local Floridian painters, then Art Uptown is the place to go, displaying many originals. The Ringling Museum holds some of the best international works in the city, with rare pieces by Rubens, while the Art Center Sarasota has fine examples using different media in its galleries and sculpture garden.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida FL, 34243-2161, USA
Tel: +1 941 359 5700
Sited close to the New College of Florida, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota was founded in 1927 and contains seemingly endless spacious art galleries, housing a wealth of art works and masterpieces from all over Europe and the USA. Other highlights at the museum include colorful tapestries, sculptures, photographs and a courtyard, with large statues of gods from Greece and Rome.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 17:30
Admission: charge, discount available for students, children and seniors
Art Center Sarasota
Address: 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida FL, 34236, USA
Tel: +1 941 365 2032
The Art Center Sarasota features three galleries full of works by local and nationally renowned artists in many different media including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and enamelware. The gallery is located within the Rosemary District, near to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and also features a sculpture garden, where art demonstrations and various events are held.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Art League of Manatee County (ArtCenter Manatee)
Address: 209 9th Street, West Bradenton, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 941 746 2862
The Art League of Manatee County is a comprehensive art facility and lies within the adjacent city of Bradenton, some 13 miles / 21 km to the north. It holds a variety of exhibitions and shows during the year, while lectures and workshops are also frequent and the children's art programs hosted here are very popular.
Open hours: daily
Address: 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 941 955 5409
Art Uptown is unique to Sarasota in that it only displays the works of local artists, while it also happens to be one of the oldest galleries in the city. Many different media are covered in Art Uptown including photography, basketry and pottery as well as handmade paper works. All paintings here are originals. Numerous restaurants are to be found close by in all directions, should you require a bite to eat after your art appreciation.
Open hours: daily - 11:00 to 17:00
S'Platters Pottery Painting Place
Address: 2222 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 941 926 3070
S'Platters Pottery Painting Palace is open year-round and is great for kids, with its summer camp and make-your-own toys. Visitors can paint pottery, make mosaics and stuff toys.
Open hours: Monday - 11:00 to 18:00, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday - 11:00 to 18:00, Thursday and Friday - 11:00 to 21:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Towles Court Art District
Address: 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 941 957 0609
Located one block west of Osprey and east of Washington Boulevard, the Towles Court Art District lies within the downtown area and features various art walks, live music and gallery openings set in an authentic historic district.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 11:00 to 16:00