Bradenton, Florida’s Vibrant Village of the Arts

In 1999 the non-profit Artists Guild of Manatee was formed to create a place artists could live, play, and work. Download a village map here and check the Village of the Arts’ day planner for a list of merchants and hours.

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Art Junkies

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Turning trash into treasure since 2015, Art Junkies, is the first studio we encounter in the vibrant Village of the Arts.
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Art Junkies, The Village of the Arts, Bradenton

The Baobab Tree Gallery and Studios

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The Baobab Tree Gallery and Studios open Friday and Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Jerk Dog Records

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New and used records, tapes, magazines, and comics focusing on music outside of the mainstream can be found at Jerk Dog Records. Open Wed – Friday 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Little Swamp Studio and Gallery

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Jewelry, pottery, and wall art can be purchased at Little Swamp Studio & Gallery open Thursday – Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm or at their online store.

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The Dancing Crane Gallery

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Follow the cranes down the sidewalk to The Dancing Crane Gallery with an assortment of acrylics and collages.

World Piece

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At World Piece visitors can stop and relax with a massage, unwind in the sauna, or browse the collection of local tea and wearable art.

Bird Rock Taco Shack

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Bird Rock Taco Shack has over 17 tacos ranging from $2 – $6 each and 7 burritos to choose from. Open Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm -9:00pm and Friday – Saturday 12:00pm – 10:00pm.
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Bird Rock Taco Shack, Village of the Arts, Bradenton

10th Avenue West Studios

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Since 2006, 10th Avenue West Studios has been transforming old tin roofs into unique sea life and fish.

Arte Coyoacano

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Arte Coyoacano, Village of the Arts, Bradenton

Raven’s Whim Gallery/Alisa’s Refoveo Touch

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Raven’s Whim Gallery (left) and Alisa’s Refoveo Touch, open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm turns recycled materials into mosaics and stained glass works of art.

Fun Girl Art LLC

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Fun Girl Art LLC, Village of the Arts, Bradenton, FL
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Fun Girl Art LLC, Village of the Arts in Bradenton

Clay in the Garden Studios

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All things clay and paper mache can be found at Clay in the Garden Studios.
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Clay in the Garden Studios. Villages of the Arts in Bradenton

The Village Mystic

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Everything holistic and metaphysical can be found at The Village Mystic a Gallery of Natural Art including candles and incense, tarot and oracle cards, oils, crystals, and visitors can even mine for gemstones at Mystic Mines.
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Psychic readings, aura cleansing, crystal healing, meditation, and chakra balancing services are also available. A variety of classes and events are available each month.

Bits & Pieces

Bits & Pieces, open Friday and Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, has more than quilting materials.

Firestone Gallery and Design House

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Beach or folk themed art to rock and roll or shabby chic can be found at Firestone Gallery and Design House.

Village Veranda

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Village Veranda, LLC, Village of the Arts, Bradenton

Divine Excess Folk Art Gallery

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Divine Excess Folk Art Gallery, Village of the Arts, Bradenton


Visiting the Village of the Arts early Sunday morning the merchants were closed, but we enjoyed looking at the colorful shops and unique yard decor.

May 2018


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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