On Manasota Key, the Hermitage artist retreat invites artists from all disciplines
to stay and share their art with the community. Photo by Tom Newton
begins at $60 and includes eligibility to
exhibit and reduced fees. www.ringling.edu/
The Hermitage Artist Retreat (6630
Manasota Key Road) brings world-class
artists, writers, composers and creators to
its historic campus on Manasota Key. It is
open to the public for special events and a
Friday evening performance series, 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. www.hermitageartistretreat.
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. Facebook @openstudio; www.
MUSIC & MORE
The Englewood Event Center presents a
wide variety of entertainment from tribute
shows to rock cover bands and comedy at its
750-seat performance hall (3069 S. McCall
Road) or visit www.englewoodeventcenter.
com for all upcoming events.
The Englewood Performing Arts
Series (EPAS) is a long-standing series
held Tuesdays at the Englewood United
Methodist Church, featuring nationally
known musicians, bands and more. Season
tickets go fast. Call 941-473-2787 or www.
Englewood does not have a symphony
orchestra, but just to the north is The
Venice Symphony, offering a seven-concert
season from November through April at
the Venice Performing Arts Center (www.
thevenicesymphony.org). The Punta Gorda
Symphony presents its classical and pops
concerts at the Charlotte Performing Arts