Currently there are 14 public art postcards along the Riverwalk and at Manatee Performing Arts Center, The Bishop Museum, the Manatee County Courthouse and O’Bricks Irish Pub and Martini Bar.
The three new postcards will expand the City of Bradenton’s current public art collection to over 60 pieces of public art, and act as a wayfinding guide to draw pedestrians from the Riverwalk to Old Main Street into the Village of the Arts enjoying unique public art along their walk.
In June 2018 a request for qualifications invited artists to submit their credentials for the creation of new public art panels. The Public Art Advisory Board endorsed the recommendation of the Public Art Advisory Panel to select three artists to create art depicting various aspects of the Village of the Arts. The artists selected for the work include: Tom Casmer, Tim Jaeger, and Mark Mitchell.
The postcards are installed in three locations in the Village of the Arts. An Homage to the Creative Spirit by Tim Jaeger is located at the corner of 12th Street West and 11th Avenue West, Flora and Fauna by Tom Casmer is installed on the property of Reworked Creations 1227 12th Street West, and Follow Your Bliss, by Mark Mitchell is installed on the property of Ortygia Restaurant 1418 13th Street West.
The entire public art collection can be viewed on WalkBradenton.com, Realize Bradenton’s interactive website that identifies over 60 pieces of public art, 25 historical sites, and 145 other points of interest on a map, and guides users to explore these downtown assets. “With the growing number of quality public art pieces, as well as the Village of the Arts, downtown Bradenton is quickly becoming a destination for art enthusiasts,” said Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton, “WalkBradenton.com connects visitors and residents with downtown’s public art, historical sites, the Riverwalk, Old Main Street, and over 145 places to eat, play, and stay,” Isham further explained.
Major sponsors of the new public art postcards include Realize Bradenton, Together Manatee, Artists Guild of Manatee, City of Bradenton, and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The public is invited to a brief unveiling ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at 11:00am at Ortygia Restaurant at 1418 13th Street West. The works of artist Mark Mitchell will be featured at ReWorked Creations Gallery for the entire month of May.
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About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that builds community and promotes economic prosperity. Bringing people together to realize possibilities and transform public places helps shape Bradenton as a city where people want to contribute and live, work and, play. Working with our partners, investors, donors, and volunteers, we build a vibrant, healthy, fun community using arts, culture, heritage, and food.
For more information visit: RealizeBradenton.com.