The Village of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists living and working together in Bradenton, Florida. The Village is Florida’s largest art community and over 30 businesses call the Village home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920's and 30's cottages. Located just south of downtown, the Village is one of Bradenton's most exciting areas. Carving out a creative community where people can live and create, going strong after more than 15 years.

Open year-round with monthly Artwalks the first Friday (6-9:30pm) and following Saturday (11am-4pm) of every month. Closed Sundays. Normal business hours vary by gallery. Please see website map or visit our artist/gallery page for details . Most galleries and businesses open Friday and Saturday from 11am-4pm. Click here for a list of summer hours for all your favorite Village spots.

September Artwalk: Friday September 5, 6-9:30pm and Saturday September 6, 11am-4pm. Go Bananas during our Gorilla Artwalk! Gorilla painting demos, parade puppet making and totem building. Friday September 5, 6pm-9:30pm and  Saturday September 6, 11am-4pm.

Enjoy the Coolest Place in town all summer long. The Village of the Arts is the place to be for the hottest and largest selection of local art. Take a stroll in the cool of the evening among our 30 galleries and 3 five-star restaurants all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of great art, music, wine and good food. It's always happening at the Coolest Place in town! 

Fall Events

Friday November 8, 6-9:30pm & Saturday November 8, 11am-4pm
The 9th Annual Dia De los Muertos, FESTIVAL OF THE SKELETONS, Mexican Food and Music, Village Community Shrine Honoring Santa Fe, New Mexico's famous painter of flowers, Georgia O' Keeffe. Memory Wall for Loved Ones, Artist's Skeleton Walk, Procession of the Skeleton Puppets, Artist's Shrines and Altars to Friends and Loved Ones at Galleries throughout the Village, Plus a special appearance by Mexico's most famous Skeleton, Lady La Catrina and her handsome skeleton escort. So put on your Best Skeleton Face and take you picture at our life-size Dia de los Muertos Postcard Photo Board in Remembrance of this Joyous Event. A not to be missed Celebration of Life for Skeletons of All Ages. FREE.

Friday, December 5, 6-9:30pm & Saturday, December, 11am-4pm
Step into a Christmas Card From the Past as you stroll through our quaint village of colorful 1920 cottages festooned with Holiday Lights to the sounds of the Southeast High School Carolers and the Keys Tones Barbershop Quartet. Enjoy Vintage Holiday Fashions from Retro Rosie's of Bradenton, Holiday Treats and Sugar Plums at the Village Eateries and Hot Cocoa and Cookies on the Street Corners,  Antique displays of Quilts, Dolls and Toys, and the Grand Opening of The Herbie Rose Village of the Arts Center, Gallery & Gardens featuring a special display of Village Gingerbread Houses, a Village Artists Christmas Tree and carols by the famous Manatee Players English Dickens Carolers. And Yes Virginia, Santa will be on hand to hear your every wish too. Be sure to bring your Christmas Gift List as Village Artists will be displaying their latest One-of-a-Kind Creations for your Holiday Shopping pleasure. Truly a weekend of Olde Fashioned Fun and Memories for the Entire Family. FREE

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GPS Coordinates:
27.489588    -82.5730109
N27° 29.3753', W082° 34.3807'

  or enter address 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205  

Little Swamp Gallery Co-op
1105 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

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Friday, October 3rd (6:00 PM)
Runs until October 31st
Larry Allan's Photography to Benefit Wildlife
Larry Allan's award winning nature photography to benefit Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife.
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Saturday, October 4th (1:00 PM)
Featured Artist speaks about wildlife photography and Benefit
Larry Allan will speak about his exhibition of wildlife photography.
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Saturday, November 1st (1:00 PM)
Larry Allan's Book Signing
Allan's book-signing event on Saturday, Nov 1st from 1-4PM for his new book, "Florida Animals for Ev
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