The area in and around Sarasota is loaded with art...art...and more art. In fact Left Brain and I met a nice man named Art at the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy.
Actually he wasn't real, but you'd never know it! I kept staring at him and waiting for him to blink.
The other lady sitting near him was obviously not real, but she was just as interesting...especially to a doll maker like myself. I'm going to have to make more life sized dolls
Every aspect of this museum was fascinating...down to the tiniest details. The colors chosen were wonderful, the art is exquisite and the staff very friendly. I had the opportunity to meet Marietta herself while there.
There is more than just the inside of the museum - the back yard is vast and each area is tastefully arranged with eye candy to drool over. She is hoping to be able to add a gift shop in the future.
The museum is located at 2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34234. The phone number for the museum is 941-364-3399 and Marietta's email is MleeAWP@aol.com.
It is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 - 4PM. There wasn't any website listed on the business card provided to me, so you'll just have to make the drive down there and check it out yourself.
Everywhere you turn the view is just stunning. The walls are all gorgeous warm fun colors with statuary everywhere, including the rooftop. I was taken back with the urinal in the mens room...not so unusual except that it was positioned near the ceiling.
They were setting up for a class on adding shells and glass to an archway when I was there that looked very interesting.
I probably could have stayed longer because Left Brain looked very comfortable visiting with his new friends. But.....alas we had places to go and things to see.
Long Live the Queen of Whimsy