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. Grab a bite to eat right onsite at The Art Center Caffee.
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, Venice Institute for Performing Arts, and the Venice High School Performing Arts Department, among other performing groups.
Looking for theatrical 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.
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. The Community Room often offers something interesting from local organizations. Lectures, movie screenings and musical performances combine education and entertainment. Check the library’s calendar HERE.
DOWNTOWN ART SCENE
Explore our growing art district and discover the vast trove of creatives. Find a treasure at one of our local galleries or take a memorable selfie by one of the many public artworks in the district. Explore the art projects funded by Venice Area Beautification Inc. and don’t miss the Venice MainStreet’s “Venice, Florida” mural at the corner of West Venice Avenue and Nassau Street South. Got Shark Spotting and find all ten bronze shark sculptures downtown.
• Endangered Animal Sculptures by various artists- West Blalock Park, 401 Pensacola Road
• Healing in the Enchanted Garden by Joseph Barron- Founders Walkway (in the 200 block of West Venice Avenue connecting to Miami Avenue West)
• Maria sculpture- corner of West Venice Avenue and Nokomis Avenue South
• Merkids by Catherine Beausoleil and art students- Centennial Park near the Intergenerational Fountain
• Sharing Paradise in Venice by BJ Carson- Michael Biehl Park, 100 W. Tampa Avenue (on Venice Theatre wall)
• Venice, Florida by David Lee- Nassau Street South (near corner of West Venice Avenue)
• Venice Remembered by Coleen Henry- back side of Venice Gondolier Building facing Intracoastal Waterway, 200 East Venice Avenue
• Murals at United States Post Office, Venice, Florida by Coleen Henry, 350 West Venice Avenue