Unique Art Experiences in the Bradenton Area
The Bradenton Area is home to a vibrant arts scene, including one of the largest (and most colorful!) live-work art districts in the region. You’ll find a wide array of art to discover and enjoy, from the performing arts to visual arts, and everything in between. Make time to explore the Village of the Arts, ArtCenter Manatee, Mainly Art, and the many local galleries.
Founded in 1937, ArtCenter Manatee is one of the best places to view varied exhibitions of art, and go hands-on with expert-led classes. The workshops are held throughout the day and evening, and offer classes in many mediums, including painting, drawing, pottery, jewelry design, photography, and more. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced artist, you can explore your creativity through the skilled guidance of the teachers. After your class, be sure to browse the LiveArtfully artisan market for unique, affordable gifts by talented local and regional artists. All purchases help support local artists and subsidize the cost of the art classes!
Miano Academy of Art
Miano Academy of Art is a nonprofit art school dedicated to the education and teachings of Contemporary Art. This workshop is host to classes that teach the timeless principles of classical-style painting, drawing and sculpture. There you can learn from master artists, soak in the art history lectures, take an online class or simply admire the stunning array of classical art by contemporary artists.
If you’re visiting the Downtown Bradenton Public Market, you’re in for an artful treat. Between shopping for local fruits and veggies on Old Main Street, you’ll have the opportunity to browse Mainly Art, a collection of artist and artisans showing off their creations. This outdoor exhibition allows you to discover the many local artists that call the Bradenton Area home, and to find keepsakes for friends and family or yourself!
Village of the Arts
You will know you’re somewhere special when visiting the quirky and colorful cottages of the Village of the Arts. The ‘Village’ is an eclectic blend of early 20th century bungalows, Florida cracker homes, and modern houses, all of which allow artists the opportunity to live and create in their gallery space. You’ll find a vast assortment of art here, including sculpture, painting, healing arts, and other specialty shops. Be sure to mark your calendars for the first weekend of each month for ArtWalk when the Village explodes with creativity. Many galleries open their doors for the public to explore and enjoy. Trust us, the unexpected character of the Village may have you purchasing your own bungalow to display your creative work!
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St W, Bradenton
Miano Academy of Art: 5320 Lena Rd Unit 105
Mainly Art: 400 Old Main Streeet, Bradenton
Village of the Arts: 1017 12th Ave W, Bradenton