ART GALLERIES & Museums: Great spots to see local art and take in some history
Editor's note: Exhibit listings are published on a rotating basis as space allows.
Anna Maria Island Historical Complex: 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Historical Museum, built in 1920 as an icehouse, features displays of life on a barrier island from 1890 to 1950. Visit the famous old island jail, "no doors, no windows, no roof, no bars" and tour Belle Haven Cottage, a beautifully restored 1920 cracker house filled with period antiques and furnishings. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 941-778-0492 or www.amihs.org.
A Room with a Hue: 12518 Cortez Road, Cortez
Studio and shop owner AnnMarie Nicholas exhibits her art in the form of hand-painted vintage windows, hand-painted furniture, murals, faux finishes, original art, coastal furniture, funky beach signs, gifts and accessories. Custom painting and color consultation available. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Information: 941-798-9034.
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
An opening reception for the Foundation of Dreams and the ArtCenter Manatee's exhibit created by the children of Dream Oaks Camp will be 5-7 p.m. Nov. 1. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-746-2862 or www.artcentermanatee.org.
Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island: 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
November's theme is "Chairs." ArtsHOP Gallery Walk, 2-8 p.m. Nov. 9. The Guild's art classes and workshops are offered November-April at CrossPointe Fellowship Church in Anna Maria. Call for a full schedule. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Information: 941-778-6694.
Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery (Manatee County Cultural Alliance): 926 12th St. W., Bradenton
Paintings and Zentangle by patsy monk, on display through Nov. 28. Gift Gallery features affordable art by local artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-746-2223.
Bits & Pieces: 1303 13th Ave W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Discover this unusual gift shop with handmade quilts, original art and almost-antiques. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, during art walks and by appointment. Information: 941-744-2487 or 941-932-5869.
Clay in the Garden Studio: 1011 12th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Original whimsical sculptures created by Jo-Ellen Gorris overflow from the studio into the garden and provide a habitat for the village geckos. Sculpture demonstrations ongoing during art walks and Saturdays, other times by chance or appointment. Information: 941-747-6405.
Cross Stitch Magic: 1222 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Many works of fine art by masters such as Van Gogh and Monet are recreated in stunning counted cross stitch displays throughout the gallery. They are the work of resident stitcher Glenda Tietjen. Smaller pieces are also on display. Supplies are available here to make your own masterpiece. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and during art walks. Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-746-4163.
The Dancing Crane Gallery: 1019 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
A wine reception for the jazz and blues exhibit "The Crane Sings the Blues" and the annual Celebration of the Festival of the Skeletons, will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring live music by Seventh Avenue. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. A special exhibit of furniture, hand crafted by artist and carpenter Russell Mendez, will be on display Nov. 2. First Friday receptions are 6-9 p.m. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Sundays on First Weekends, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. First Fridays, and by appointment Information: 941-744-1333 or email@example.com.
Divine Excess, Folk Art and Other Needful Things: 1125 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
The gallery will host the official judging of the Frida Kahlo Look-Alike Contest at the seventh annual Dia de los Muertos or "Festival of the Skeletons," 8 p.m. Nov. 2. The "Frida Kahlo Gets The Blues," shrines altars and paintings in blue, are on display through Nov. 30. The gallery features works by 25 top Florida folk artists, plus well-known local and gulf coast artists in a colorful 1925 cottage in the heart of the village. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, First Friday Artwalks and by special appointment. Information: 941-747-1320.
Family Heritage House: 60th Avenue and 26th Street West, Bradenton
"Currier & Ives" prints on display now. The Family Heritage House Museum at State College of Florida is a gallery and resource center for the study of African-American achievements and celebrates the cultural diversity of our communities. The permanent collection includes an exhibition called "Timeline: A Walk Through History," a diorama of old Central Avenue that is now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue; antiques; photographs; literature; and a research center on the Underground Railroad. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-752-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearts Desire: 1221 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
November featured artist is Michele Marx Penn. Furniture by local artist Pamela Marwede, Woven purses by Nancy Faris and jewelry designs by owner Vicki Rollo. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 6-9:30 p.m. First Friday ArtWalks. Information: 941-302-1069 or visit www.heartsdesirefl.com.
Island Gallery West: 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
A reception for November featured artist of the month, nature photographer Joe Fletcher, will be 4-8 p.m. Nov. 9. The gallery hosts public art receptions monthly and free weekly art demonstrations January-April. Schedules are available at the gallery or at their website. Island Gallery West is a cooperative of 28 local artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-778-6648 or visit www.islandgallerywest.com.
Joan Peters Studio/Gallery: 1210 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Peters opened her gallery in 2001. An eclectic painter, she displays her colorful landscapes, local landmarks and subjects. Ongoing demonstrations and "meet the artist" events. Hours: First Friday and Saturday ArtWalks and by appointment. Information: 941-544-5344.
Miracle's Fine Art Gallery at ComCenter Bradenton: Riverwalk Professional Park, 100 Third Ave. W.
The gallery has on exhibit 12 large outdoor sculptures by Ed Miracle, Wes Wofford, Doug Hays and Victor Garcia, and inside oil paintings, murals, sketches and more sculptures by Miracle. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Information: 941-761-8676 or www.miraclesart.com.
Palmetto Art Center: 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Wednesdays. Information: 941-518-2109.
Plato Gallery & More LLC: 1405 11th St. W., Bradenton
The gallery features original and limited production art work by local and regional artists. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday. Information: 941-822-9048.
Picture This Gallery: 8615 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Original art by local artists Judy Dunn and Don Heckerman. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-798-9910.
Sandra French/Stained Glass Artist: 1102 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Original art by local artists, including Karen Pauline, Sandra French and Jeanne Garrison. Demonstrations daily. Art work includes stained glass, watercolors, jewelry, pottery and mosaic. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-747-9561.
South Florida Museum Gallery: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The exhibit "Vote For Me! Vote For Me! Marketing of Presidential Campaigns," featuring vintage and rare presidential campaign materials from 1789-present, will be on display through Nov. 25. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.
State College of Florida, Fine Art Gallery: Bldg. 11, Room 125. 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
"Stories-so-far: Constructions of Landscape" featuring artwork by artist Nicole Pietrantoni, through Nov. 15. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-752-5252.
Still Life in G Gallery: 1014 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 6-9:30 p.m. First Friday Artwalks and by appointment. Information: 941-932-1336 or villageofthearts.com.
10th Avenue West Studios: 1102 10th Ave. W., Bradenton
An opening reception for November featured artist of the month, wood sculptor Ron Weismehl, will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2. Photographs and paintings by Sadge Moore, "Venerated Scrolls" by Barbara Page, copper creations by Kevin Webb, mosaics and landscapes by Lou Bagnall, altered books by Mitchell Englander, shoe polish paintings by Ana Maria Arbelaez. Information: 941-744-7484.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine: 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
The studio is a salon in which artists and art aficionados can interact. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-778-1906.
Village Voices and Eclectic Art Emporium: 1010 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Village Voices is a local outlet for unique gifts, including agate bookends, therapeutic salt lamps, handmade silver jewelry and driftwood art by owner Dona Lee. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Information: 941-748-6865.
The Chihuly Collection: Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Drive
A permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly featuring large-scale works that include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier and works from several of his popular series. They include Macchia, Niijma Floats, Persians and more. They create a unique visual experience. The collection includes a 30-seat theater, where guest can enjoy a video presentation, and a store with Chihuly merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Docent-led tours will be every half-hour on the quarter hour, so tickets will be timed for every 15 minutes. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors, $12 students and children older than age 5. For more information, call 727-896-4527.
Florida Craftsmen: 501 Central Ave.
CraftArt 2012, featuring 130 of the nation's finest craft artists, NOv. 17-18. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during Saturday Gallery Walk 5:30-8:30 p.m. Information: 727-821-7391.
Florida Holocaust Museum: 55 Fifth St. S.
"Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps," through Dec. 31. "Reflections on Man's Fate: The Art of Judith Weinshall Liberman," through Jan 20. The Florida Holocaust Museum houses the premier permanent exhibit, "History, Heritage and Hope," a compelling history of individuals of strength, courage and spirit, who confronted the extremes of hatred and persecution in their homes and communities. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission: $16 adults, $14. Discounted admission is offered to students and to adult and student groups; and free for museum members. Information: 727-820-0100 and www.flhm2.org.
Museum of Fine Arts: 255 Beach Drive N.E.
"Contemporary Prints by American Women: A Selection from the Gift of Martha and Jim Sweeny," through Feb. 3. A Members' Reception for the exhibit "The Art of Golf," will be 6-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Beer and wine cash bar. Reservations: 727-896-2667, ext. 198. The exhibit runs Nov. 3-Feb. 17. Upcoming gallery talks: Master Printer, Erika Greenberg-Schneider, 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Hazel and William Hough Chief Curator, Jennifer Hardin, 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $17 adults, $15 seniors 65 and older, $10 students age 7 and older; free to museum members and children 6 and younger; group discounts available. Admission reduced to $10 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and student groups (including college) of 10 or more pay $4 each. Information: 727-896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.
Salvador Dalí Museum: 1 Dali Blvd.
The world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. Permanent art collections on display year-round. Admission: $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and U.S. military, police and firefighters, $15 for children ages 13-18 and students ages 18 and older with valid ID, $7 for children ages 6-12, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Admission for Thursdays after 5 p.m. is $10. Group and child rates are available. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 727-823-3767.
Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
"The Man, the Image and the World: Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective," will be on view through Jan. 13. "Object Image," sculpture and video by Erik Levine, now on display. "Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art," on permanent display. The museum and Tampa law firm Hill Ward Henderson's new program, "Art on the House" enables visitors to enjoy the museum 4-8 p.m. Fridays for free. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $7.50 seniors, groups, military plus one guest, $5 students and free for children ages 6 and under. A "Pay what you will" structure is offered 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Information: 813-274-8130.