The arts in Sarasota can ultimately be traced back to one man, who brought a few of his favorite things to town about 100 years ago. John Ringling, circus magnate and connoisseur of fine art and sculpture, was primarily responsible for putting Sarasota on the map, fostering the cultural treasure it is today. Without his vision, we may not have become the urbane and cosmopolitan destination scores of visitors and seasonal residents flock to every year. One of Ringling’s most revered quotes was perfectly aligned with the legacy he left for our city: “Though life is short, art is long.”
While Sarasota has long-been a sophisticated sensation in the way of culture, the Downtown area has recently been undergoing a grand and dramatic transformation in its development and offerings. Just steps from the marina and bay front, historic Palm Avenue, also known as “Gallery Row,” now boasts of some of the finest art galleries around. This royal palm tree-lined promenade in the heart of the arts district features installations and exhibits ranging from fine and modern to abstract, sculpture to jewelry, even rugs to couture.
All of the galleries are within easy walking distance of each other on this intimate and enchanting 2.5-hour stroll. The tour will commence with a Prosecco toast and also include a small bite along the way, making stops at two of Downtown’s hottest restaurants. Join us for the opportunity to hear gallery owners speak of their collections and ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere created especially for our guests.
Offered only on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2pm, this exclusive tour is a must-do for art lovers and aficionados who wish to engage in and learn more about the art scene in Sarasota!