Saturday, March 29, 2014

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." ~ Pablo Picasso

Bradenton, where we have been this winter, seems to sit in between two very artsy cities - St. Petersburg and Sarasota. Bradenton is in the process of a bit of an art renaissance itself, with new shops and galleries popping up regularly.  There is a section of town known as The Village of the Arts

"The Village of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists living and working together in Bradenton, Florida. The Village is Florida’s largest art community and over 30 businesses call the Village home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920's and 30's cottages. Located just south of downtown, the Village is one of Bradenton's most exciting areas. Carving out a creative community where people can live and create, going strong after more than 11 years." 

Open primarily on weekends, this series of colorful and vibrant homes are a delight to wander through. The owners are friendly and excited about the work that they do, and if the crowd permits, they are happy to chat and share their craft.  We ended our day there with a charming puppet parade, which I will share in my next post. Enjoy!

Model (above) and portrait (below)



  1. I love the Picasso quote. I do not remember ever reading that one ( I may use it in a post of my own someday). The blast of color in your photos is a beautiful sight for my winter weary eyes. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I do believe that spring is headed your way!

  2. We need so many more communities like this! Great photos - loving the colors, textures and even the artists themselves. Can't wait for the puppet parade. :)