Only in Sarasota: Tom Dignam Beach Cottage, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Manasota Key

This month, John Pirman sketches the Tom Dignam Beach Cottage at Sarasota's Hermitage Artist Retreat.

By John Pirman December 1, 2014

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It’s a prestigious moment in an artist’s career to be invited to stay at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key, where he or she will work on a project and also contribute in some way to the local community. Illustrator John Pirman was captivated by the historic cottages and seaside setting when he visited a choreographer friend staying there. “I could understand how this tranquil place stirs the soul and brings out the creative best in its guests,” he says.