It could literally be the biggest art exhibit in Bradenton history.
"Embracing Our Differences" features 39 billboard-sized works of art, all celebrating diversity and acceptance. It's been a popular attraction in Sarasota for the past 10 years, and now, for the first time, it's coming to Bradenton's Riverwalk.
The exhibit will be on display at Anthony Rossi Waterfront Park in downtown Bradenton from March 31 through April 29. It will open the same day in Sarasota, and stay there until June 2.
Bradenton art lovers will see the same images that are in Sarasota. The images will be reproduced and displayed in groups of three, set up in a triangle design.
"You won't be able to miss it," said Gisele Pintchuck, the associate executive director for Embracing Our Differences. "It will be there 24-hours a day, seven days a week and it will turn your head."
Every year, Pintchuck's organization solicits submissions from artists in any medium. People who aren't artistically inclined are asked to send in quotations about tolerance. Exhibit officials pair the quotations with artwork. This year, about 4,000 submissions came from 52 countries.
The exhibit officially starts on March 31, but an unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. March 29. Organizers aren't sure whether all 39 pieces of art will be installed in time for the unveiling, but many of them definitely will be.
The free Music in the Park series concert follows immediately after on Friday, with Dean Johanesen & the Human Condition playing until 8 p.m. at the Mosaic Amphitheatre. For information, visit embracingourdifferences.org.
-- Marty Clear