Manatee Village Of The Arts Hosts Florida Highwayman. Sarasota's cultural amenities do not end in Sarasota. Our neighboring Manatee County is also home to a variety of cultural attractions. The eclectic Manatee Village of the Arts is just one of Manatee County's cultural jewels.
The Village of the Arts is an exotic and lively community of artists who live and work in this unique enclave in Bradenton, Florida. The Village of the Arts is one of the largest art communities in the area and is home to over 30 businesses. There are galleries, cafes, healing arts studios, jewelry, fashion, books and more.
The streets of this charmingly bohemian village are filled with lovely 1920's and 1930's era cottages in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. The lawns are filed with whimsical sculptures and tropical landscaping. A leisurely stroll through the village is like stepping back in time to a more gentle era.
The Manatee County Cultural Alliance is currently displaying the works of Robert L. Lewis, one of the few living Florida Highwaymen. Mr. Lewis,71, is one of the original Florida Highwaymen and has been included in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee, Florida, the state capital. The legendary Florida Highwaynen are a group of African-American artists who created over 100,000 lush and colorful paintings of Florida landscapes in the 1960's and 1970's. I feel fortunate to know Mr. Lewis personally and lucky enough to own three of his beautiful and vibrant impressionistic paintings.
The Manatee Village of the Arts has many great events coming up this spring including an open studio tour, garden walk, street dancing, brunch and fashion show. Their events can be checked out on Village of the Arts web page.
The Manatee Village of the Arts, just one more delightful reason to live in the exciting Sarasota area! For more information on relocating to or living in the Sarsota Area contact me!