in Neighborhood News,Press Release

(courtesy of Realize Bradenton)

The Village of the Arts now home to three new ‘Postcards from the Friendly City.’

Currently there are 14 public art postcards along the Riverwalk and at Manatee Performing Arts Center, The Bishop Museum, the Manatee County Courthouse and O’Bricks Irish Pub and Martini Bar.

"Homage to a Creative Spirit" by Tim Jaeger

BRADENTON, Fla. — The three new postcards will expand the City
of Bradenton’s current public art collection to over 60 pieces of public art,
and act as a wayfinding guide to draw pedestrians from the Riverwalk to Old
Main Street into the Village of the Arts enjoying unique public art along their

In June 2018 a request for qualifications invited artists to submit their credentials for the creation of new public art panels. The Public Art Advisory Board endorsed the recommendation of the Public Art Advisory Panel to select three artists to create art depicting various aspects of the Village of the Arts. The artists selected for the work include: Tom Casmer, Tim Jaeger, and Mark Mitchell.

"Flora and Fauna" by Tom Casmer

The postcards are installed in three locations in the Village of the Arts.  An Homage to the Creative Spirit by Tim Jaeger is located at the corner of 12th Street West and 11th Avenue West, Flora and Fauna by Tom Casmer is installed on the property of ReWorked Creations at 1227 12th Street West, and Follow Your Bliss, by Mark Mitchell is installed on the property of Ortygia Restaurant at 1418 13th Street West.

The entire public art collection can be viewed on, Realize Bradenton’s interactive website that identifies over 60 pieces of public art, 25 historical sites, and 145 other points of interest on a map, and guides users to explore these downtown assets. “With the growing number of quality public art pieces, as well as the Village of the Arts, downtown Bradenton is quickly becoming a destination for art enthusiasts,” said Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton, “ connects visitors and residents with downtown’s public art, historical sites, the Riverwalk, Old Main Street, and over 145 places to eat, play, and stay,” Isham further explained.

Major sponsors of the new public art postcards include Realize Bradenton, Together Manatee, Artists Guild of Manatee, City of Bradenton, and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Follow Your Bliss" by Mark Mitchell

The public is invited to a brief unveiling ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at 11:00am at Ortygia Restaurant at 1418 13th Street West. The works of artist Mark Mitchell and Tom Casmer will be featured at ReWorked Creations Gallery for the entire month of May. 

Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that builds community
and promotes economic prosperity. Bringing people together to realize
possibilities and transform public places helps shape Bradenton as a city where
people want to contribute and live, work and 
play. Working with our partners, investors, donors, and volunteers, we
build a vibrant, healthy, fun community using arts, culture, heritage, and

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