Village of the Arts

Artists Guild of Manatee, Bradenton, Florida

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The Artists Guild of Manatee

The Guild's mission is "to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment."

In the summer of 1999 the Artists Guild of Manatee, Inc. was formed to establish the Village of the Arts in Bradenton. The dream was a community where artists and artisans of all disciplines could live, work and prosper.

City officials made zoning changes; sidewalks and lighting were improved. Business leaders cheered us on. Studios and galleries started popping up. Old home got face lifts. Plans for cafes, classes, art walks and other community-wide events got underway.

Today, this artist's colony, the largest on the Suncoast, lies nestled among other homes in this multi culturally rich neighborhood. Not all of its residents are artists. Pick out studios by their Village of the Arts signs.

French Market
Village of the Arts, French Market

· Officers · Board of Directors · Advisors
French Market
Annual French Market theme (See Events) brings in thousands of visitors to enjoy the outdoor vendors and indoor studios. An event for the whole family.
New Signs
Village artists, Victor Garcia of Garcia’s Gallery and Mark Runnals of the Village Potter, install signposts to guide strolling visitors to the many studios and galleries.
Village of the Arts Studio
The Village is studded with charming studios where most of the artists live and work.
Chloe Teaching
The Village artists offer a rich assortment of creative learning experiences, including painting, mosaics, bead making, ceramics, weaving, and quilt making.
Graciela Giles Studio
Old Florida style homes are being refurbished and restored by the artists.
Emerging Artists
The Village sponsors an annual Emerging Artists Competition for regional high school budding artists. Recently, a proud student collected her first prize cash award.

Graciela Giles
Arnie playing
Talents abound in the Village -- musicians Graciela Giles and Arn Hanson entertain visitors during artwalks.

VOA Studio <---  Typical joyful exuberance and vibrant hues as Village artists decorate their studios.

A visit from the Ladies Red Hat Society, the Village is one of their favorite outings.
Red Hat Ladies

Carl Keeler
Cyndy Custis
Kristie Cole
Linda Bronkeman

Vice President

Board of Directors:
Miki Boni
Cheryl Kinderknecht
Herbie Rose
Kathy Blahna
Dr. Carl Keeler, Scott Edwards, CPA, Jack Hawkins, Attorney

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