Visual Arts

Cold Case

The Heist That Rocked Sarasota's Art World

In 1969, thieves made off with 15 of Ben Stahl’s most famous paintings. The heist ruined him financially and left behind a mystery that has never been solved.

03/03/2023 By Robert Plunket

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Embracing Our Differences Raises Record-Breaking $248,000 at Annual Luncheon

“Clearly, more and more people are searching for the creativity and inspiration that is represented in our exhibit," said executive director Sarah Wertheimer.

03/01/2023 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Embracing Our Differences Was Vandalized Last Night

A piece of art called "Women of the Bluest Eye" was targeted. Embracing Our Differences estimates it will cost about $3,000 to repair.

02/01/2023 By Megan McDonald

The Gift of Color

Selby Gardens’ Upcoming Exhibition Brings to Life the Vivid Designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany

"Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature" opens Sunday, Feb. 12.

01/25/2023 By Kay Kipling

Making a Name for Himself

At Just 25, Ringling Grad Jamiel Law Has Found Success on the National Stage As an In-Demand Illustrator

Law is a highly sought-after illustrator specializing in editorial and narrative work for clients like The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian and Netflix.

01/24/2023 By Nick Steele

Catch it While You Can

The Ringling's New Exhibit Highlights a Decade of Collecting

One thing that’s immediately noticeable in the show is how much contemporary art is on display.

01/12/2023 By Bethany Ritz

Only in Sarasota

The Bay Offers a Place for Rest and Tranquility

John Pirman illustrates a small sandy nook with views of Longboat Key.

01/11/2023 Illustrations by John Pirman

Best of the Year

Our Favorite Photos of 2022

From emotional portraits to striking natural beauty to one hilarious lemur, here are some of the best photos we ran in 2022.

12/29/2022 By Staff

A Year of the Arts

Sarasota's Top 10 Performances of 2022

We pulled together a short list of the best of the arts, theater and performance in Sarasota this year worthy of reminiscing or catching before they close.

12/27/2022 By Kay Kipling

Art for all

Will You Be The Free Little Art Gallery's Next Curator?

Sarasota's Free Little Art Gallery is closing its tiny doors on Dec. 25. Founder Judy Robertson is looking for its new home.

12/19/2022 By Kim Doleatto


Remembering Sarasota Artist John Sims

Sims, who died earlier this week, spent decades producing provocative art that touched on racism, mathematics and much more.

12/16/2022 By Kay Kipling and Cooper Levey-Baker

The Big Reveal

Check Out the Winners of the Upcoming Embracing Our Differences Exhibit

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the annual outdoor art exhibit will tour Sarasota, North Port and Bradenton, starting next month.

12/09/2022 By Kim Doleatto

A Closer Look

The Gods and Lovers Exhibit at Ringling Magnifies Indian Art

A temporary exhibit of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Ringling Museum opens a portal to India

12/07/2022 By Laura Paquette

Season Preview

The Best Plays, Shows and Exhibitions in Sarasota This Season

Artistic directors have planned all sorts of exciting shows and performances for us

12/04/2022 By Kay Kipling

Crystal Crowns

Meet the Winners of the 2022 Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The annual sand sculpture competition turns the beach into an outdoor art gallery.

11/15/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Public Displays of Affection

Sarasota's Collection of Public Art Features More Than 95 Works Citywide

We have a love affair with public art, but the road to a happy marriage isn’t always smooth.

11/12/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Where the Magic Happens

The Hermitage Artist Retreat Has Become an Incubator for Artists from Around the Country

More than 600 artists have found inspiration there, and the work they have done at the retreat has gone on to stages and museums around the world.

11/12/2022 By Kay Kipling

Chalk Talk

This Year's Chalk Festival Returns to Historic Burns Square

The show will go on from Oct. 28-31, despite damage from Hurricane Ian at its original Venice location.

10/26/2022 By Laura Paquette

Calling All Artists

Arts Nonprofit Issues Call for Submissions for Upcoming Exhibit

The nonprofit that uses art to promote social justice is asking artists to submit work by Friday, Oct. 28.

10/24/2022 By Yasi Bahmanabadi