And that’s not just local boasting. First Dr. Beach named Siesta Key the number one beach, and now American Style Magazine readers voted Sarasota the number one best small art city. John Ringling would be so proud.
The Tampa Bay area as a whole dominated the magazine’s poll. Bradenton came in second to Sarasota in the small art city category, and St. Petersburg came in first in the mid-size city category. Tampa came in third.
The Ringling Estate was the main focus of the American Style article, and rightly so, but there are so many other reasons Sarasota deserves the title. There’s ballet, opera, and theater. Festivals cover the gamut – blues, film dance, and chalk.
And then there’s the art that just surrounds us lucky residents in our every day lives. Mosaics are inserted into the sidewalks under our feet. Sculptures line the bayfront, and murals are scattered throughout the city. This one greets visitors heading into the city from the airport; it’s on the east side of U.S. 41.These two murals can be seen from Pineapple Avenue. The camera was painted during last year’s Chalk Festival.
This is the most talked about mural of the moment – “Dr. Robin” by artist MTO.It’s painted on the side of Sarasota Architectural Salvage on Central Avenue and is a replacement for MTO’s first mural “Fast Lane.” The building’s owner painted over it after much local controversy. Some interpreted the image of two hands with the words fast life written across the knuckles to have gang-related undertones. “Dr. Robin” is MTO’s response; the doctor’s badge leaves no need for interpretation, “Dr. Robin – Specialist for leaders and haters
bullshit oooops crisis – City of Sarasota” Art isn’t art without controversy, or is it? This is an abandoned building on the corner of 10th and Central in the Rosemary District.Even the boarded up windows look good to me…life is pretty in Sarasota.