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Village of the Arts Presents “Sweetheart’s Stroll” Artwalk

“Sweetheart’s Stroll”, February’s First Friday Artwalk
Village of the Arts district in Bradenton, FL
February 2, 6-9:30pm and February 3, 11am-4pm

Love is in the air in the Village of the Arts as the creative community prepares for February’s First Friday weekend.  This year’s February Artwalk is titled “Sweetheart’s Stroll”.  Artists and merchants throughout the Village are preparing new works of art that offer something for everyone including oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, metal sculpture, whimsical upcycled creatures and thought-provoking art from the far side of our imaginations.

Galleries, shops and restaurants will be open for Sweetheart’s Stroll on Friday, February 2 from 6-9:30 pm and Saturday, February 3 from 11am-4pm.  Several galleries will debut new exhibits. The Dancing Crane Gallery opens three feature exhibits with “The Nature of Things”, oil paintings by Alfred Cianfarani in Gallery 1, new works by Scylla Liscombe in Gallery 2, and “All About the Light”, recent paintings by Karen Mathis in Gallery 3. Contemporary artist Randy Blahna debuts new work at Left of Center Gallery.  The Joan Peters Gallery will offer a limited 2018 edition of mini easel “heART” paintings. Visitors can enjoy live music at Firestone Gallery with Seabreeze duo Jerry Shell and Miles Ferris, and make their own origami hearts at Sign of the Firefly. Find a new selection of copper hearts and metal art sculpture by Gene Tenery at 14th Avenue West Studio in the south side of the Village. Chase Alice's white rabbit to the far side at 11th Street W at 15th Avenue, and follow the luminaries for an artful discovery.

Delicious eats and treats will be available throughout the Village at the restaurants and inside the galleries. Don’t miss the tasty selection of gluten-free sweets like dark chocolate raspberry truffle cupcakes at Retrobaked on Friday evening. Village restaurants will be open and serving their award-winning fare on Friday and Saturday. As visitors explore the Village, they can also enjoy chocolates, cookies and other fun treats offered at individual galleries, shops and guest food vendors.

A comprehensive list of activities can be found on the event page.

The Village of the Arts is Bradenton’s live/work art district located between 9th Avenue W and 17th Avenue W on the north/south boundaries, and 9th Street W and 14th Street W on the east/west boundaries. Limited street parking is available throughout the Village; parking can best be found during events in the south side of the Village on 11th St. and 13th St.  A public parking garage is also available within walking distance north of the Village at the intersection of 12th Street W and 8th Avenue W. A Village map and directions can be downloaded at