Venice Sharks Tooth Festival returns in 2023!

Venice Sharks Tooth Festival returns in 2023!

The Venice Sharks Tooth Festival returns in 2023! Join us on April 22nd and 23rd for an exciting weekend filled with live music, delicious food, and fun activities for the whole family hosted by Venice MainStreet. For more information, visit venicesharkstoothfestival.com.

FREE ADMISSION!

DATES
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10am-8pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 10am-5pm

LOCATION
Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285

VENDORS
Fossil Vendors
Craft Vendors
Jewelry Vendors
T-shirts

FOOD & BEER TRUCKS
Brew Burgers
Git Chew Sum
Kona Ice
Sharky’s On the Pier
Taste the Vibez
The Eggroll Truck

MUSIC
Lineup coming soon!

KIDS ACTIVITIES
Shark-themed kids’ area
Face painting
Shark tooth hunting
Fossil show & tell

EDUCATIONAL SPEAKERS
Gulf Coast Mineral Fossil & Gem Club
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Welcome, Cottage Art Gallery!

Welcome, Cottage Art Gallery!

Thank you, Cottage Art Gallery, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The Cottage Art and Gift Gallery, established in 2014, showcases and supports local artists in a historically registered cottage. Shop and discover its unique, eclectic variety of work or tap into your own hidden talent by taking a class in watercolor painting or cartooning. Head to the Cottage Art Gallery on the third Saturday of each month for its outdoor Nokomis Art & Craft Market.

Gallery Hours
October – April: Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm
May – September: Thurs-Sat: 10am – 4pm

The Nokomis Art and Craft Market
3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER – MARCH, 9:30AM – 4:00PM
Featuring local artists, live music and even clowns! Shop for jewelry, home and yard decor, and all kinds of quality, handmade items. The Cottage Gallery, Hot Chicks Hot Glass and RumRunners Antiques are open for business during the Market and there is plenty of free parking, plus free coffee.

The Cottage Art Gallery
106 Pocono Trail E, Nokomis FL 34275
(941) 275-8121
thecottageinnokomis.com

15th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

15th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

15th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
Saturday & Sunday, January 28th-29th, 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Downtown Venice: 100-300 Blocks of West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL
Free Admission

Join us in Downtown Venice to browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. Our event will be set up along West Venice Avenue, one of Venice’s historic downtown streets. In addition to the incredible crafts, our Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters, as you stroll along downtown Venice. Located on Florida’s west coast, Venice is a vibrant town on the Gulf of Mexico, filled with historic charm, natural beauty, and independently owned shops and restaurants. Presented by Howard Alan Events in partnership with Venice MainStreet.

Friday Night Concert Series

Friday Night Concert Series

Join the fun in historic downtown Venice for the bimonthly Friday Night Concert Series at the gazebo in Centennial Park! This event, hosted by Venice MainStreet and sponsored by Neal Communities, is held the second and fourth Friday of each month from 7pm-9pm and is free and open to the public. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park.

To follow our events on Facebook CLICK HERE. Musicians and bands interested in being considered for future concert dates, please download and send in the following form: CLICK HERE.

2023 CONCERTS

January 13
Assisted Living Band

January 27
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

February 10
Kit M. Jones

February 24
Steve Arvey

March 10
Harbor Drive

March 24
Doug Burns

April 14
No concert due to another scheduled community event at the gazebo

April 28
Swinging Bridge

May 12
Tiki Vibe

May 26
Joe Mullan

June 9
Rising Vibes

June 23
Shindig Band

July 14
Sara Nelms

July 28
Rocky Rick

August 11
George McVey River Road

August 25
Latitude 26

September 8
Robert Garcia

September 22
2 Peace

October 13
No concert due to another scheduled community event at the gazebo

October 27
The Seamus McCarthy Band

November 10
Rocky Rick

November 24
Paul Mezzanotte

December 8
Joshua Reilly Trio

December 22
To be announced soon

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining!

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining!

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Holy Spirit is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America and welcomes all to join them or to just learn more. Enjoy delicious bread, rolls, spanakopita, holupki, and pierogies at its monthly Food Sales and Jewelry Boutique, the third Friday of every month from 11am – 2pm located at the parish.  Pre-orders can be placed with Chris: ckourapis@aol.com or 941-416-6883.

Services
Thursdays 9 am and 5 pm
Fridays 9 am 
Saturdays 5 pm
Sundays 9 am and 10 am

Contact
700 Shamrock Boulevard
Venice FL 34293
941-497-7041
frstephenlourie@gmail.com
hsoc-venice.com

Thank you, Face Foundrié, for joining!

Thank you, Face Foundrié, for joining!

Thank you, Face Foundrié, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! This all-inclusive focused facial bar specializes in “All Things Face.”
Let their trained staff of skin experts let you feel and look your best with their services including facials, lashes, brows and skincare. 

Book Your Appointment Today!
5231 University Parkway, Unit 118
University Park, FL 34201
941-226-9074
sarasota@facefoundrie.com
facefoundrie.com/location/sarasota

Thank you, Mary Charland, for joining!

Thank you, Mary Charland, for joining!

Thank you, Mary Charland, P.A., REALTOR at Gulf Shores Realty, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Mary has been a resident of the Venice area for over 35 years, so if you have a question about the Venice area, just ask her! Whether you are buying or selling, Mary is a full-service realtor with over 25 years of experience in Advertising Campaigns and Media & Public Relations. Whether buying or selling, she will negotiate for your best interests in whatever side of the deal she is working on for you. Learn more about Mary HERE. 

Contact Mary Charland
Gulf Shores Realty

Office: 941-445-4555
Cell: 941-408-5642
marycharland@gmail.com
marycharland.swfloridahomeandcondo.com

Thank you, lugufelo Art Studio, for joining!

Thank you, lugufelo Art Studio, for joining!

Venice MainStreet is excited to welcome lugufelo Art Studio as a new Business Partner! 

Meet lugufelo
Luis
Guillermo
Fernandez
Lovera

lugufelo is a renowned Sculptor who immigrated to the United States to escape the escalating political and social instability in his native country of Venezuela. His distinctive multidimensional style triggers many senses, creating an integrated experience that grows over the years, forcing the observer to continually reexamine their interpretation of what they see, observation after observation. 

The ability of lugufelo’s work lies in his use and understanding of geometric shapes, which capitalizes on the tactile nature of his materials, whether they be aluminum, stainless steel, or wood, to the subtleties of shadows cast by his pieces as the sun hits the form at different times of the day. 

He harnesses nature to further amplify the senses by capturing the whispering wind, gently passing through his art, or roaring across its surfaces to integrate further the experience beyond a colorful representation of his mind’s eye but into the total immersion of insight beyond the physical.

Although lugufelo studied under the watchful eye of one of the greatest geniuses for kinetic design, Jesus Rafael Soto, he is also influenced by Naum Gabo, Pablo Picasso, and Victor Vasarely. The uniqueness of his installations is that they can be scaled to mega proportions suitable for railings, roofs, gates, shade panels, and banners to corporate entrances or local parks, juxtaposing with the surrounding natural topography, capturing the reflective gazes of curious onlookers. 

Lugufelo’s ability to fabricate designs at an exaggerated scale gives him the freedom to create art out of the most mundane components, bringing a new perspective to art and design. He often integrates computer-generated components that scale to work as a mega-sized integrated piece of art with his installations.

Even great sculptors need mental and physical health breaks, and lugufelo is no exception. He enjoys bicycling and walking to relax and calm his mind and often spends his free time practicing martial arts. lugufelo has been a member of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP) since 2011. He is also the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 Appreciation and Achievement Award at the Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit, 1st Place in the Sculpture Artists and Arts Juried Show in 2014, the Douglas County Art Encounters People’s Choice Award, “The Eye,” Castle Rock, CO in 2013. In 2013 he was honored with the official dedication of February 25, “lugufelo Day,” by the City of Doral, Florida.

lugufelo was born and raised in Venezuela but came to the United States in the 1990s and obtained citizenship in 2009. He currently lives in Venice, Florida, and his work can be viewed in private collections in America, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Panama, and Venezuela, in addition to public exhibitions worldwide.

Visit lugufelo Art Studio
321 Nokomis Ave S, STE D, Venice, FL 34285
Studio tours are available on Wednesdays from 3 PM – 5 PM or available by appointment
lugufelo.com

Travel by Georgia Recognized as #1 Groups Producer by World Travel Holdings

Travel by Georgia Recognized as #1 Groups Producer by World Travel Holdings

Congratulations to Travel By Georgia, a Venice MainStreet Business Partner, for its recent honor as Top Groups Producer!

Venice Dream Vacations Franchise Travel By Georgia/The Fun Couple Travel and its local owners, Georgia and Fred McFarlin, were recently named Top Groups Producer during the 2022 Dream Vacations National Conference onboard the Norwegian Encore.

“The Travel by Georgia Team is truly honored to be recognized as number one for group travel among all Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchises,” said Georgia McFarlin, Dream Vacations franchise owner. “We work with all types of groups – Destination Weddings, Social Clubs and Corporate Outings. But, we consider ourselves truly fortunate to be able to combine two of our favorite things – music and travel – with some of our largest groups, including Parrothead Cruise 2023 next March. We also want to thank our incredible team of associates, Sandy Records in Texas, Pete Cutter in Georgia, Roni Coppock in Northern Florida, and all our wonderful clients and customers all around the country. As we like to say, “We’re HERE to help get you THERE.”

As part of World Travel Holdings, one of the nation’s top travel retail networks, Dream Vacations offers consumers the lowest possible pricing on cruise and land vacations through its relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators.

For more information or to book a dream vacation with Travel by Georgia, please call (941) 218-6399 or visit www.DreamVacations.com/gmcfarlin.

About Dream Vacations
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received franchise partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.

2022 Holiday Window Contest Winners

2022 Holiday Window Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Venice MainStreet Holiday Window Decorating Contest and thank you to all of the downtown businesses that  participated! (Categories below are listed in no particular order.)

Most Creative
SunBug

Most Elegant
1st Place- St. Marco Boutique
2nd Place- Bodrum Restaurant

Most Whimsical
1st Place- The Island Bookshop
2nd Place- Boutique by the Beach

Most Creative Use of Merchandise
1st Place- Collectors Gallery & Framery
2nd Place-Eyes on You

Most Traditional
Venice Olive Oil Company

Best Use of Lights
1st Place- Florida Violins
2nd Place- Luxurious Interiors