PHOTO BY SUSAN SMITH
also offers local actors the chance to audition
for productions and volunteer behind the
The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay (452 W.
Dearborn Street) and The Englewood Art
Center, a division of The Ringling College of
Art and Design (350 S. McCall Road) offers
exhibits and classes throughout the year as
well as the opportunity to purchase the work
of local artists and artisans.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat on
Manasota Key is open to the public several
times a year when the artists and writers
in residence give back to the community
with readings on the beach, open studios,
workshops and exhibits. All events are free.
The Open Studio (380 Old Englewood
Road) encourages visitors to check out its
organic garden, open house events, exhibits
and many classes focusing on art, healing,
organic gardening, and healthy living. On
Sunday evenings, about one hour before
sunset, everyone is invited to the Sunday
Drum Circle on Englewood Beach. Bring a