Art & culture abound

ENJOYING VENICE’S ART AND CULTURE

Got a bit of a sunburn? Or perhaps you wonder if your sightseeing will be sidelined by one of Venice’s rare wintertime rainstorms. Wonder no more.  This is your opportunity to explore the art and culture of Venice while staying indoors.

Save some time for The Venice Art Center, where you can stroll through the latest exhibition, enjoy an evening of live blues or jazz, listen to a mid-day lecture, or even sign up for a class on watercolors, pottery, or jewelry making.

Serving the senior community, the Venice Friendship Center offers a different band for your listening and dancing pleasure nearly every afternoon. They also offer stimulating art and music classes, lectures in a host of other engaging topics, as well as foreign language classes.

You’ll want to be sure to check the schedule at the Venice Community Center, where your choices can range from a concert, a game of pickleball, or even free income tax help.

At the Venice Performing Arts Center you may have some trouble deciding where to begin. The Center’s 1,090 seat multi-level auditorium is home to The Venice Symphony, The Venice Concert Band, The Venice Chorale, The Venice Institute for Performing Arts, and the Venice High School Performing Arts Department.

Looking for entertainment? Venice Theatre isn’t just one of the largest and most active community theatres in the United States. It’s also your source for cabarets, musicals, dramas, comedies, and cutting-edge contemporary productions. Performances may range from Dream Girls, to The Grapes of Wrath, or the latest offering from The Capitol Steps.

Perhaps you’d like a restorative afternoon in a quiet corner of the William H. Jervey Venice Public Library, where you can find the latest magazines, newspapers, or that best-seller you’ve been waiting to read.

DOWNTOWN ART SCENE

Explore our growing art district and discover the vast trove of creatives. Art Walks, organized by the Venice Art Center and local galleries, are held during the winter/spring season, so check our online calendar or follow Venice MainStreet on Facebook to find out dates and trolley pick-up locations.

LOCATIONS SHOWN ON MAP ABOVE

1. Venice Gallery and Studio of Clyde Butcher
Black and white fine art photography
237 Warfield Avenue
941-486-0811
clydebutcher.com

2. Stillpoint Studio
200 N. Tamiami Trail Suite I
941-416-3446
stillpointstudiocreatingart.com

3. Voila! Gallery
238 Tampa Avenue
941-266-6014
camersonstudios.com

4. Schmidt Gallery @ Century 21
(During Art Walk events)
100 West Venice Avenue
800-881-2140
c21schmidtrealestate.com

5. Venice Island Gallery & Gifts
100A- West Venice Avenue
941-441-8797
veniceislandgallery.net

6. Collectors Gallery & Framery
114 Nokomis Avenue South
941-488-3029
collectorsgalleryandframery.com

7. Art Escape Gallery
206 Miami Avenue West
941-303-6992
artescapegallery.net

8. Piece by Piece Art Studio
211 Nassau Street South
941-961-9558
piecebypieceartstudio.com

9. Venice Art Center
390 Nokomis Avenue
941-485-7136
veniceartcenter.com