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.
Agnus Dei Gallery: 1219 11th Ave. W., Bradenton
The work of Barbara Page, assemblage artist, is currently featured. Venerated Scrolls is the descriptive title of these Hebrew, Koine Greek, Christian and English scrolls assemblages based upon Scripture texts and antique Bibles. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during art walks and by appointment. Information: 941-254-4726.
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
A "Student and Member Show" all media open exhibition, through Jan. 4. 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
December featured artist is Patricia Curtis. 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
Spectacular Santa ornaments for sale through Dec. 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.
Baobab Tree Gallery: 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
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
"The Crane Sings the Blues," through Dec. 31. The gallery displays artwork by Florence Putterman, Carol Doenecke, Barbara Colangelo, Elaine Charney, Polly Curran, Bernice Gaines, Fernando Madridejos, Janet Mishner, Marilyn Flinn, Lorene Erickson, Joan Schnuerch, Susan von Gries, Dennis Meloy, Lois Hardie, Alan Zawacki, Mary Louise Hooper, Cheryl Grace, Raul Casas, Jessica Wilson and more. 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 Gallery and Other Needful Things: 1125 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
"'Twas The Night Before Christmas," through Dec. 29. 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
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
December featured artist is Brenda Alcorn 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
"Seashores of the Suncoast," through Dec. 31. 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
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
"Project Get$mart," through Feb. 20. 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
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
An opening reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society 2012-2013's Signature Show will be 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. The show runs through Jan. 4. 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.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts: 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key
"Overlooked," and George Pappas' "The First Sixty Years," through Dec. 14. Art classes are offered, call for a full schedule. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-383-2345.
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery: 1288 N. Palm Ave.
An artists' reception for the exhibit "The Allure of Collage," will be 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14. The exhibit runs through Dec. 29. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 6-8 p.m. during First Friday Artwalk; or by appointment. Information 941-366-2454 or www.allyngallup.com.
Apple & Carpenter Galleries: 64 S. Palm Ave.
The gallery has a variety of art available, including glass, sculpture, pottery, Italian masks, paintings and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. First Fridays.
Art Center Sarasota: 707 N. Tamiami Trail
An opening reception for the exhibits "For the Love of Art," "ACS Instructor Show," and "Point of View," will be 5-7 p.m. Dec. 20. The exhibits run through Feb. 17. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Information: 941-365-2032.
Art Uptown: 1367 Main St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-955-5409 or www.artuptown.com.
Artista Visual and Performing Arts Studio: 37 S. Beneva Road
The studio offers an array of art classes to students of all ages Mondays-Saturdays. Information: 941-345-7032.
Artists on the Court: 1943 Morrill St.
An art gallery, artist studio and art class complex with a focus on Sarasota artists. Children's classes are ongoing and adult art classes will begin in the fall. Summer hours: noon-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-706-4805.
Ashby Art and Antiques, 1920 Adams Lane
Paintings by Francesco Agresti. The gallery features paintings, prints, jewelry, antiques and decor. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 6-10 p.m. third Friday Art Walks. Information: 941-954-4263.
Back Allie Art: 1938 Adams Lane, Suite 102, Towles Court
Back Allie Art features hooked and woven rugs, painted silk, jewelry and more. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. during gallery walks. Information: 941-365-4222.
BAS studio/gallery: 537 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 203, Towles Court
Beverly A. Smith's studio features abstract art. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Information: 955-4390 or www.beverlyasmith.com.
Bits and Pieces: 1303 13th Ave. W.
Fabric by the yard, abstract acrylic paintings, fabric wall art and vintage quilts and gifts. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Information: 941-744-2487.
Black Bird Home Gallery: 1540 Main St.
The gallery displays and sells pieces of furniture and art combining the glamour of Los Angeles and the coastal living of Sarasota. Fine jewelry pieces by Cresta Bledsoe. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Monday by appointment. Information: 941-366-0941.
The Celery Barn: 266 S. Links Ave.
Basha Maryanska exhibits her art and teaches a variety of workshops 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Information: 518-965-1524 or 518-504-0792 or visit www.bashamaryanska.com.
Clair Mitchell Gallery: Towles Court, 1920A Adams Lane
Each month, a variety of artists will offer demonstrations, workshops, lectures, films and lessons. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and during Friday Art Walks, every third weekend from 6-10 p.m. Information: 941-328-9133 or www.towlesourt.com.
Custom Frames and Displays of Art Gallery: 7910 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 105
Featuring the works of Janet Mishner, Herb Morgan, John Slawik and potter Scott Gregory, plus those of international artists Janusz Blachowicz and Val Andre. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Mondays by appointment. Information: 941-232-1461.
Dabbert Gallery: 76 S. Palm Ave.
"Lasting Impressions," through Dec. 31. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and until 9 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walks. Information: 941-955-1315 or www.dabbertgallery.com.
Design Impressions Gallery: 33 S. Palm Ave.
Studio owners Werner and Carol Meier host an ongoing display and sale of work by local artist Gay Germain, whose media include fine antique reproduction, accessories, lighting, interior design and paintings. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Information: 941-373-9660 or www.designimpressionsgallery.com.
Edfish Gallery: 3615 Webber St.
Group show with featured artists Jim Roberts, Ed Walsh, Mel Stauffer and Mike Balas. Information: 941-706-2659.
Elizabeth Stevens Gallery: 1911 Morrill St.
"Water Works," through Fall. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 6-10 p.m. during the ArtWalk on the third Friday of each month. Information: 941-587-9851.
Equinox Gallery: 1968 Adams Lane
The gallery features handcrafted sterling jewelry, minerals, contemporary art and more. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-954-8774.