Sarasota, also known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, is considered by some to be the cultural center of the Southeastern United States. The city’s vibrant and diverse cultural fabric is home to many world-renowned artists and numerous independent art galleries ranging from posh boutiques to quirky bungalows piled with one-of-a-kind finds. Art connoisseurs of all tastes will enjoy these top Sarasota art galleries.
Wyland Galleries of Sarasota
Wyland Galleries offers original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures by marine life artist, Wyland. The art depicts the marine creatures and seascapes with the goal of increasing awareness about the ocean environment and its inhabitants – as well as the need to preserve and protect it. Several of the rooms are set up with dimmer switches so you can appreciate how the paintings come to life with just the right light.
Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota is a small art gallery located on the bay, just a short walk from downtown. The center includes four rotating exhibition galleries and a sculpture garden, and it is member-funded and offers adult and youth classes, workshops, and programs. You’ll find everything in its galleries from tapestries to sculptures to digital art.
Dabbert Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery on historic South Palm Avenue that showcases original fine works of art by local, national, and international artists. Oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, etchings, drawings, marble, wood, clay, and bronze sculptures are just a few types of art you’ll find. The gallery also offers custom picture framing, artists commissions, art consultations, and gallery rental.
The Artful Giraffe
The Artful Giraffe is an art and gift gallery that feels a lot like a whimsical art fair. Whether you’re looking for artistic inspiration or want to purchase a piece of art, this place will get your creative juices flowing. Browse original paintings, metal sculptures, fused and stained glass, jewelry, seashell creations, ceramics, wearable art, handcrafted soap and candles, and much more. Most of the art follows a coastal theme and is inspired by the beauty of Florida’s gulf coast. If you’re looking for that unique gift for someone creative, The Artful Giraffe has endless options! Behind the gallery is a Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studio where you can create something to take home.
530 Burns Gallery
530 Burns Gallery is a unique gallery that features art and jewelry made by regional and national artists. Located inside a charming Burns Court cottage, the gallery holds jewelry that is inspired by art and nature. Monthly exhibitions and meet-the-artist trunk shows ensure that no two visits to the gallery are ever exactly the same.
Towles Court is an art gallery and historic district in downtown Sarasota. Stroll through the artist community’s colorful collection of “Old Florida” bungalows that house all styles and mediums of art, from realism to abstraction. Join the community every third Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for free music, events, a moonlit gallery, studio openings, and refreshments!
William Hartman Gallery
The William Hartman Gallery features Florida landscape paintings and vintage photographic images of Sarasota and Florida. Since opening in 1976, the gallery has specialized in archival framing and has earned an outstanding reputation for the framing of fine art. From period paintings to contemporary graphics, from ancient textiles to objet d’art, the gallery showcases Sarasota’s history and the natural beauty of our city.
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