BRADENTON -- To be displayed along side the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci can only be an artist's dream come true, but that will happen from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bradenton Auditorium.
The Michelangelo and DaVinci Side by Side exhibit will host 15 artists from the Village of the Arts as part of its Sunday show.
Brenda Crosby, the exhibit's operations manager, said the idea surfaced from curator Mark Rodger's passion about the Bradenton community.
"One of the things I appreciate about Mark is how he embraces this community," said Crosby. "We were talking one day about what we could do and got in touch with a board member from the Village of the Arts to discuss the idea. We spent about six weeks working out the details and even though we only have enough space for 15 artists, it's a huge win-win for all of us."
Crosby said Sunday's visitors will "get more bang for their buck" when they get a chance to see the diversity of the artists who live and work in the Village of the Arts and, of course, village fans have a chance to do some one-stop shopping.
Visitation to the exhibit at the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. West, has been steadily rising. Crosby said word is beginning to circulate after the exhibit opened a little later than planned.
"Visitation is on the rise," she said. "Word is getting out and school field trips are really picking up. I'm a
local myself, so I'm pleased to be a part of something that is helping our local merchants increase business in the downtown area. This exhibit, other than going to Italy, is somewhere that people can see the true dimensions and detailed work of these two great artists."
The exhibits are cast directly from the works of Michelangelo and DaVinci that are located in Florence, Italy. The exhibit, which opened in January, will remain open through the end of April.