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.
A Room with a Hue: 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island
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Studio and shop owner AnnMarie Nicholas exhibits her art in the form of hand-painted vintage windows, hand-painted furniture, murals, faux finishes, coastal furniture, funky beach signs, gifts and accessories. Custom painting and color consultation available. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Information: 941-778-1222.
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 May-September. Admission is free. Information: 941-778-0492 or amihs.org.
Alcover Massage: 917 12th Ave. W., Studio A, Bradenton
The gallery offers artwork from a featured artist every month. Products from the massage studio will be available for purchase. Hours: open during first Friday art walks. Information: 407-690-0533.
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
"Endangered," featuring photographs by Lloyd Roberts, "Photos from Near & Far," featuring photographs by Nell Rude, and "Go with the Flow," an open, all media, juried exhibit featuring work by various local artists will run through Nov. 6. An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-746-2862 or artcentermanatee.org.
Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island: 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
October window theme: "A Change is in the Air." Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.-Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 941-778-6694.
Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery (Manatee County Cultural Alliance): 926 12th St. W., Bradenton
An exhibit featuring artwork by students from the Manatee School for the Arts will run through Oct. 29. Gift gallery features affordable art by local artists. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-746-2223 or manateearts.org.
Baobab Tree Gallery: 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
The gallery features Gordon Turner's latest works. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. First Friday art walk and by appointment. Information: 941-447-3795.
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: 1834 14th St. W., 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
New Zealand artist, Chloe Hill in Gallery 2. Kayl Perks photography in Little Garden Gallery. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 6-9:30 p.m. First Friday receptions and by appointment. Information: 941-744-1333 or dancing-crane.com.
Divine Excess Folk Art Gallery and Other Needful Things: 1125 12th. St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
"Just Folks," major new works by Missionary Mary Proctor, Mr. Eddie, RhondaK, and Rev. Hugo Porcoro, plus 25 well known local and Gulf Coast artists in a colorful 1925 cottage in the heart of the Village of the Arts. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, First Friday Art walks and by special appointment. Information: 941-747-1320.
Family Heritage House: 60th Avenue and 26th Street West, Bradenton
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 scf.edu.
Fine Art Gallery at State College of Florida, Manatee Sarasota: 5840 26th W., building 11 N., Bradenton
An opening reception for the exhibit "Phantasmagorical: The World of Elisabeth Stevens," will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16. The exhibit runs Oct. 16-Dec. 9. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Information: 941-752-5252. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-752-5225.
Florida Maritime Museum: 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
An opening reception for the exhibit Maritime Mythologies series, "Sailor Superstitions," will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Reservations are requested. The exhibit explores nautical legends and lore, with a special focus on those that surround tattoos. The exhibit will run through Dec. 4. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-708-6121 or floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Fun Girl Art: 1001 12th Ave. W., Bradenton
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-448-7485 or fungirlart.com.
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 Art walks. Information: 941-302-1069 or visit heartsdesirefl.com.
Island Gallery West: 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Island Gallery West is a cooperative of 23 local artists and hosts public art receptions monthly and free weekly art demonstrations January-March. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-778-6648 or visit islandgallerywest.com.
Joan Peters Studio/Gallery: 1210 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Joan Peters' Plein Air "Florida Landscapes" on display. 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 Art walks and by appointment. Information: 941-544-5344.
Left of Center Gallery: 1013 11th Ave. W., Bradenton
One of the oldest galleries in the Village is owned and operated by Kathy and Randy Blahna and features contemporary paintings by Randy Blahna, glass art by Patty, recycled glass wind chimes and many other unique items. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Art Walks, special events, and by appointment. Information: 941-518-3687.
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 miraclesart.com.
Palmetto Art Center: 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Hours: noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment, closed Wednesdays and Dec. 25-26. Information: 941-518-2109.
Sally's Studio at 12th Street West Gallery: 1221 12th St. W., Bradenton
Impressionistic, acrylic paintings by Sally Anderson Cosgrove. The artist exhibits her work, paints and gives demonstrations daily. Lessons are available Tuesdays-Thursdays. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Information: 941-993-3281.
Sandra French/Stained Glass Artist Artisan Gift Shop: 1006 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
The gallery offers classes and demonstrations, tools, supplies, heirloom quality gifts, repairs and architectural panels. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during art walks. Information: 941-747-9561.
South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
An opening reception for the exhibit Clyde Butcher's "Cuba -- The Natural Beauty," will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Reception tickets: $5, free for members. The exhibit runs through Jan. 16. Lynne Buchanan's "Cuba Project," a photography exhibit, Oct. 8-Jan. 16. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13, or southfloridamuseum.org.
Still Life in G Gallery: 1014 12th St. W., Bradenton
Hours: First Friday of the month Artwalks and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-782-4320 or 941-932-1336.
The 11th Street Gallery: 1412 11th St. W., Bradenton
The gallery exhibits work of mixed media artist Jim Loftus. Studio tours are available on request. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Saturday and by appointment. Information 813-498-8275.
The Once Over Twice: 1015 12th St. W., Bradenton
The gallery features a wide variety of functional and sculptural objects made from handpicked upcycled and repurposed materials. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday and during First Friday events. Information: 941-254-7853.
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.
The Treasure Chest: 12518 44th Ave. W., Cortez
The gallery features artworks from traditional painting, photography, jewelry, sculptors and hand-painted furniture from shabby chic to custom hand-painted pieces by local artists Brandon Scott, Janet Flowers, Creations by Chris!, Jessica Marchuck, Ron Romonchuk, Iris Kreuger, Cyndi Hooley, Josh Rubadou, Julie Ditmarsen, Mary McClung, Doniele Disney-Humphrey, and Damien Humphrey. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Information: 813-475-8809.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts: 6860 Longboat Drive S.
An opening reception for the exhibit "KEY Influence" SARTQ in Residence on Longboat Key, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays September-May. Information: 941-383-2345
Art Center Sarasota: 707 N. Tamiami Trail
"Race," a collaborative piece by Wojtek Sawa and Mirek Chudy, both visual and performance artists, 3 p.m. Oct. 5; no charge. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Information: 941-365-2032.
Art Uptown: 1367 Main Street
The gallery is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-955-5409 or artuptown.com.
Dabbert Gallery: 76 S. Palm Ave.
"Fall Preview," featuring work of Barbara Krupp, Robert Baxter, Yuqi Wang, William McCarthy, Luke Steadman, William Suys, Allan Teger, Pamela duLong Williams, Kathrin Longhurst, Beatrice del Perugia, and Tom Swimm, will run through Oct. 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 dabbertgallery.com.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: 5401 Bay Shore Road
"Back and Forth -Thinking in Paint," through Oct. 9. "Florida State University: Painting Faculty," an exhibit of contemporary painting and the Ringling's permanent collection, featuring the painting faculty of the College of Fine Arts, through Oct. 25."Clowns," an exhibition examining the use of the clown image in circus advertising form the 1850's to present day, on display through Nov. 30. Paul Rudolph: Complimenting the installation of the full-scale replica of Paul Rudolph's famed Walker Guest House on the grounds of the Ringling, a small focus exhibition on the guest houses Rudolph designed and built in Sarasota will be on display through Dec. 6. "Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China," Oct. 9-Jan. 10. The Howard Bros. Circus, the largest miniature circus in the world, is on permanent display in the Tibbals Learning Center. Twentieth century abstract art in the Searing Wing and "From the Vaults: John Ringling's Asian and Cypriot Art," are on permanent display. General admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Ca d'Zan Mansion, the Circus Museum, the Rose Garden and grounds: $25 adults, $23 seniors 65 and older, $5 children 6-17 and students with ID, $10 for Florida teachers. Free for children 5 and younger and museum members. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Advance tickets: 941-358-3180. Information: ringling.org.
The Little Art Gallery at Towles Court: 1911 Morrill St.
Contemporary fine art, sculpture and photography featuring works by Todd Warner, Monte Nagler, Mi Young Lee, Mouly, Fanch and Bellet. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and Sunday and Monday by appointment. Information: 941-957-0609.
Madonna Stella: 1900 Main St., Suite 105A
The gallery represents local artists Wendy Thurlow, Karen Johnson, Deborah Reed, Jan Friend-Davis, Donna B. Raymond, Liz Vercruysse, Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Madonna Stella, Yanira and Tricia Salzano. Classes in clay and studio space available. Information: 941-706-2119.
MillerBrady Fine Art Gallery: 614 Florida Ave.
Contemporary minimalist original paintings and glass fiber reinforced concrete framed works of art by Eric Miller and Jake Brady. Hours: by appointment only. Information: 941-232-1411.
Muse Galleria: 3801 McIntosh Road
The gallery showcases jewelry, clothing, accessories, fiber art, painting, collage and more by 50 regionally based artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-706-3328 or visit musegalleria.org.
Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery: Ringling College of Art and Design campus, Academic Center Building, 2362 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-309-1000.
S/ART/Q: 1549 State St.
"Here and Now," featuring artwork by 16 local artists, now on display. The gallery features one-of-a-kind art and art events by the Sarasota collective of professional contemporary artists. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Information: 941-330-4838 or sartq.com.
Scarlett's Feathers Gallery: 53A S. Palm Ave.
The gallery features one-of-a-kind fiber and wearable art, collage and paper art, mosaic, furniture, jewelry, rugs and more by regional artists and artisans. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Selby Gallery: Ringling College of Art and Design campus, a half-block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The 2015 Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition and the 2015 Annual Ringling College Staff and Continuing Studies Program Exhibition, through Oct. 28. Winter hours (Sept.-April): Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-359-7563 or 941-351-5100, ringling.edu/selbygallery.
Selby Gardens Museum of Botany and the Arts: 900 S. Palm Ave.
"Gardens of the Mind," works of art by Holocaust survivor Dr. Joel Elkes, through Nov. 15. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
Selby Room: 340 S. Tuttle Ave.
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10:30-4 p.m. Information: 941-366-1700
Sonnet Gallery: 1480 Main St.
Original paintings, glass sculptures and accessories are on display year-round. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment. Information: 941-955-6443.
Stakenborg Fine Arts: 1545 Main St.
The gallery offers an enticing collection of prints, drawings and other media by renown artists spanning four centuries. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-487-8001 or stakenborgfineart.com.
State of the Arts Gallery: 1549 State St.
Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays June-October. Information: 941-955-2787.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota: 3975 Fruitville Road
Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and after services Sundays. Information: 941-371-4974.
Unity Gallery: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota
October featured artist is watercolorist Nancy McDermott. Information: 941-955-3301.
Victoria B. Cooley Studio/Gallery: 1920 Adams Lane
Original oils, watercolors and giclee prints. Floral, shell and still-life motifs as well as hand-painted items and miniature canvases are on display. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (or 10 p.m. during art walks) Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-374-1988.
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 Holocaust Museum: 55 Fifth St. S.
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 flhm2.org.
Museum of Fine Arts: 255 Beach Drive N.E.
"Marks Made: Prints by American Women Artists form the 1960s to the present," Oct. 17-Jan. 24. 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 is "$5 after 5" Thursdays only. 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. Reduced student and school group admission is courtesy of The Stuart Society, the museum's dedicated fund-raising auxiliary. Information: 727-896-2667 or visit fine-arts.org.
Salvador Dalí Museum: 1 Dali Blvd.
The exhibit "Escher at the Dali," featuring an array of M.C. Escher's most famous works alongside rarely exhibited early drawings of family members, panoramas of exotic landscapes and historic architecture, original preparatory sketches and mezzotints, will run through Jan. 3. "Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination," featuring original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio, many from Disney studio artists, through Jan. 3. 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 Bay History Center: 801 Old Water St., Tampa
Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Holiday hours: New Years Eve and Christmas Eve: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors ages 65 and older, youths ages 13-17 and students with ID, $7.95 children ages 4-12, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Information: 813-228-0097 or tampabayhistorycenter.org.
Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
"XTO+J-C," featuring artwork by Christo and Jeanne-Claude from the Bequestof David C. Copley, on display through Jan. 3. "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.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-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. The Tampa Museum of Art participates in the Museums on Us program sponsored by Bank of America, which provides cardholders free access to some of the nation's finest museums. Information: 813-274-8130.