PROFESSIONAL THEATER

SARASOTA

“BLUE SUEDE SHOES”: Four talented singers and musicians look back at the roots of rock ’n’ roll in this lively, driving revue that features songs from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and more. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Extended through April 22. Florida Studio Theatre, Goldstein Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“CONSTELLATIONS”: Playwright Nick Payne takes an unusual path toward building a relationship between a scientist and a beekeeper that takes them into multiple universes, but there are many rewards in the charming and engaging production staged by Jason Cannon and featuring fine performances by Chris Tipp and Alexis Hyatt. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) (Mature language and themes.) Through March 16. Florida Studio Theatre Stage III, Bowne’s Lab, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“THE FOUR PHANTOMS”: Four former stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” come together to celebrate the music of the show and perform a variety of Broadway favorites. March 21. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-953-3368; vanwezel.org

“FST IMPROV”: “Life’s a Beach” revue-style show with a Sarasota twist, featuring sketches, regular improv games, and improvised musical interludes. Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Florida Studio Theatre, Bowne’s Lab, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL”: As legendary singer Billie Holiday, Tony-winner Melba Moore stirs excitement whenever she’s singing in Lanie Robertson’s play with music, but she doesn’t have the same confidence as she shares scattered memories about Holiday’s life. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) (Mature language and content.) Through April 8. Understudy JoAnna Ford performs in a special performance March 18. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way. 941-366-1505; westcoastblacktheatre.org

“THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE”: Adapted from the classic C.S. Lewis children’s novel, a play about four young children who enter a magical land filled with strange creatures through a portal in a wardrobe. Saturdays through March 31. Florida Studio Theatre, Bowne’s Lab, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“NATIVE GARDENS”: Karen Zacarias has crafted an involving comic drama about two couples at war over their property line, but the performances seem strangely stylized, which diminishes the impact of the story and their relationships. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through March 25. Florida Studio Theatre, Gompertz Theatre, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“RHINOCEROS”: Frank Galati has staged an often riveting and laugh-out-loud funny production of Eugène Ionesco’s still-timely absurdist play about residents of a small French town turning into rhinos as one man tries to hold firm and remain himself. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through April 14. Asolo Repertory Theatre, Mertz Stage, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-351-8000; asolorep.org

“ROE”: Examining partisan tensions that still surround abortion today, Lisa Loomer’s play about the two women -- the lawyer and the plaintiff -- at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which had a resounding effect on reproductive rights nationwide. Through April 14. Asolo Repertory Theatre, Mertz Stage, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-351-8000; asolorep.org

“SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST HITS”: A fun cast creates a good time performing songs from musicals and the pop world inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare, but the individual numbers don’t add up to create a strong point of view. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through June 10. Florida Studio Theatre, John C. Court Cabaret, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”: A lively staging of Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film takes a while to build up momentum, but by the second act, the large and energetic cast can win you over with a story that speaks to William Shakespeare’s brilliance and a true love of theater. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through March 28. Asolo Repertory Theatre, Mertz Stage, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-351-8000; asolorep.org

“THE THINGS THEY CARRIED”: A stage adaptation and one-man play version of Tim O’Brien’s book about key things that soldiers carried with them in battle, starring David Sitler. Through April 13. Florida Studio Theatre Stage III, Bowne’s Lab, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

TAMPA BAY

“THE BODYGUARD”: Starring Grammy nominee Deborah Cox, a musical adaptation of the Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston movie about the unexpected romance between a pop star and the ex-Secret Service bodyguard hired to protect her from a stalker. March 20-25. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827; strazcenter.org

“DADDY LONG LEGS”: A musical adaptation of Jean Webster’s novel about a courageous orphan who is sent to a prestigious college with the help of an anonymous benefactor. March 16-April 8. freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205; freefalltheatre.com

“FOREVER PLAID”: Featuring nostalgic pop tunes of the 1950s, a musical about four young singers who are killed in a car crash and then posthumously take the stage for one final gig, showcasing classic barbershop quartet harmonies. Through March 17. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Jaeb Theater, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827; strazcenter.org

“HIR”: Questioning the binds of gender, class and family norms, Taylor Mac’s dark comedy finds a (dishonorable) soldier returning home to an unrecognizable family: an ailing father, divorced and liberated mother, and a sibling who has made a gender transition. Through April 1. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Jaeb Theater, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827; strazcenter.org

“MARJORIE PRIME”: In Jordan Harrison’s sci-fi drama, an elderly woman concerned about her memory uses mysterious technology to recover her past, raising questions about human identity and the ethics of technology. Through April 1. American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529; americanstage.org

COMING UP

“MOTOWN THE MUSICAL”: Based on the real history of Berry Gordon’s establishment of the Motown label, a musical about the recording studio that launched the careers of stars such as Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and more. March 27-April 1. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368; vanwezel.org

“BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL”: A musical telling of the true story of King’s rise to stardom, from songwriting with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationships with fellow writers and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo pop music acts. March 27-April 1. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827; strazcenter.org

COMMUNITY THEATER

SARASOTA

“THE PRICE”: Arthur Miller’s drama about two estranged brothers brought together and rehashing old problems as they try to dispose of their late father’s property. Through March 25. Backstage at the Players Centre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-365-2494; theplayers.org

MANATEE

“BABY”: A musical with a score by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. about three sets of couples working towards parenthood under very different sets of circumstances. Through March 18. Manatee Players, Kiwanis Studio Theatre, 502 Third Ave. W. 941-748-5875; manateeperformingartscenter.com

“THE CURIOUS SAVAGE”: John Patrick’s high comedy about a woman committed to a sanitorium by her step children who are plotting to gain access to their dead father’s fortune. Through March 25. The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island. 941-778-5755; theislandplayers.org

VENICE

“DREAMGIRLS”: Syreeta S. Banks is a powerhouse performer, who commands your attention at every moment as Effie White in a production of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical about a Supremes-like group rising in the 1960s, the Broadway musical about an up-and-coming trio of African-American women who become music stars, loosely based on the Supremes. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through March 18. Venice Theatre, MainStage, 140 W. Tampa Ave. 941-488-1115; venicestage.com

“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”: Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy about two couples who run away from their troubles into the woods, where they find magic, fairy royalty, a band of actors, and their true fate. March 15-April 8. Venice Theatre, Pinkerton Stage, 140 W. Tampa Ave. 941-488-1115; venicestage.com

ENGLEWOOD

“FLEMMING”: A comedic mystery about a broker who abandons his life of privilege to pursue a career as a detective and quickly finds himself overwhelmed with serious murder cases. Through April 1. Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St. 941-475-6756; lemonbayplayhouse.com

COMING UP

“LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL”: A musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel set during the Civil War about the lives and struggles of the the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. March 22-April 8. Manatee Players, Stone Hall, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-748-5875; manateeperformingartscenter.com

“THE GAME’S AFOOT”: Ken Ludwig’s comic whodunnit about American actor William Gillette, famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, and his acting company who gather at a Connecticut castle for a weekend of mysterious events. March 22-25. Charlotte Players, Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. 941-255-1022; charlotteplayers.org

“FUNNY GIRL”: Based on the life story of Broadway star Fanny Brice, a musical about one woman’s determined climb to fame in early 20th century Manhattan. March 29-April 15. The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2494; theplayers.org

OPERA

SARASOTA

“CARMEN”: As the tempestuous gypsy Carmen, mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez takes the stage with a commanding presence and voice in a production that features a strong and impressive chorus and design elements. (Reviewed by Gayle Williams.) Through March 24. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

“MANON LESCAUT”: A handsome production featuring Sandra Lopez and Matthew Vickers of Puccini’s opera (a debut at Sarasota Opera) about the doomed love story of the beautiful Manon Lescaut and the Cavalier Des Grieux. (Reviewed by Richard Storm.) Through March 23. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

“NORMA”: Vincenzo Bellini’s tragic opera about the fallout after a forbidden romance between a Druid priestess and a Roman official in Roman-occupied Gaul features superb music in the hands of fine musicians, both on stage and in the orchestra pit. (Reviewed by Richard Storm.) Through March 24. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

“TIEFLAND”: Though rarely performed in the United States, Eugen d’Albert’s verismo opera about a young woman trying to escape from the bonds of a powerful man who has forced her to be his mistress for years on end, features a musical score of arresting beauty and a cast of strong voice actors. (Reviewed by Gayle Williams.) Through March 25. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

CLASSICAL MUSIC

SARASOTA

“FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD”: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents pianist Richard Glazier in a program of recognizable tunes from the stage and the big screen. March 17-18. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road. 941-306-1200; artistseriesconcerts.org

“MUSIC MONDAYS”: The SILL series of performances and talkbacks includes: a celebration of the music and life of Leonard Bernstein, with stories, memories and videos presented by his three children, March 19; concert saxophone soloist Ashu, March 26. Morning sessions at the Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road / Afternoon sessions at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto. 941-365-6404; sillsarasota.org

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”: The Sarasota Orchestra performs a movie music medley, with selections from the scores of “The Sound of Music,” “Star Wars,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and more. March 21-24. Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org

TAKACS STRING QUARTET: The Sarasota Concert Association presents this quartet in a performance of works by Mozart, Dohnanyi and Beethoven. March 16. Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way. 941-225-6500; scasarasota.org

MANATEE

“LIFT-OFF”: For Masterworks 6, soprano Pureum Jo joins the Sarasota Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s concert arias as well as works by Roger Zare and Gustav Holst. March 15 at Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Manatee, 5840 26th St. W. / March 18 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org

VENICE

“A SYMPHONIC JOURNEY”: Guest conductor Janna Hymes leads the Venice Symphony in a program of Strauss, Dvorak and Barber. March 16-17. Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave. 941-207-8822; thevenicesymphony.org

COMING UP

“PRINCIPALLY BRAHMS”: In a program of Brahms, Joseph Holt accompanies four first chair musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra: Joshua Horne, French horn; Daniel Jordan, violin; Natalie Helm, cello; and Bharat Chandra, clarinet. March 22. Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. 941-306-1200; artistseriesconcerts.org

“CIRQUE DES VOIX”: The Circus Arts Conservatory partners with Key Chorale to celebrate the music of Danny Elfman (best known for scoring Tim Burton films) with this performance of singing, circus acts and orchestral music. March 23-25. Circus Sarasota Tent, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. 941-355-9805; circusarts.org

“GUITAR SARASOTA INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES”: The Kupinski Duo (Poland), March 24; Meng Su (China), April 7. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. 941-260-3306; guitarsarasota.org

“JOSHUA BELL/ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS”: This internationally-touring chamber orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Wieniawski, featuring musical director and violinist Joshua Bell. March 24. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368; vanwezel.org

“MUSIC MATINEES”: The annual Sarasota Concert Association series presents: State College of Florida Chamber Choir and Presidential Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Melodie Dickerson, March 26. David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-225-6500; scasarasota.org

“VOICE HAMMER”: Alongside mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, ensembleNEWSRQ performs works by two 20th century composers, Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez. March 26. First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. ensrq.org

“BOSSA NOVA ALL STARS”: Nylon string guitarist Nate Najar, vibraphonist, Chuck Redd, tenor saxophonist, Harry Allen, and vocalist Maucha Adnet present a program of Bossa Nova hits and jazz samba music. March 31. Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice. 941-218-3779; veniceperformingartscenter.com

GALLERIES / ART EVENTS

NEW & SEASONAL

SARASOTA

ALEXART INTERNATIONAL GALLERY: Now on display, a new exhibit of realistic oil paintings by Guido Borelli da Caluso and an oil-on-canvas collection of floral still life by Danka Weitzen. / Ongoing display of works by Italian artist Massimo Meda who specializes in hyper-colorful 3D effect paintings. 25 N. Pineapple Ave. 813-465-1249; alexartinternational.com

ALFSTAD& CONTEMPORARY: On display March 15-April 14, “Native Shore” exhibit of paintings by Mike Solomon. Opening reception, March 15. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 1419 Fifth St., Sarasota. 941-366-6400; alfstadand.com

ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART: Through March 31, “Magical, Mystical, Fantastical” exhibit of paintings, drawings and mixed-media by Craig Rubadoux, curated by Mark Ormond. Open noon.-5 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. & Sat.; noon-6:30 p.m. Fri. and by appointment Mon. & Tues. 1288 N. Palm Ave. 941-366-2454; allyngallup.com

ART CENTER SARASOTA: On display March 15-April 20: “Spectrum III” experimental installation by Elisabeth Condon, Sue Havens, and Kristen Schiele; “iconcept: 10th Anniversary Retrospective” featuring works by artists who create fashion using unconventional materials; “New Realities” exhibit of works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s Junior Fine Arts class; “Real/Not Real” open juried exhibit. Opening reception, March 15. / On March 17, “Artists and Social Responsibilities” panel with Douglas Chismar, Bridget Elmer, Christopher Jones, Carolyn Mason and Maureik Robison, moderated by Mark Ormond. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-365-2032; artsarasota.org

ART UPTOWN: Featured this week, large nature and animal paintings by Evelyn McCorristin Peters and hanging woven textiles by Nancy Faris. Meet the artists event, March 23. / Through March 30, “Spring Flowers in the Abstract” exhibit featuring paintings by Jill Krasner and jewelry by Lisa Flam Corin. First Fri. ArtWalk events, 6-9 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., and 12-5 p.m. Sun. 1367 Main St. 941-955-5409; artuptown.com

CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE: Through April 14, “Ordinary and Extraordinary Architecture of Heightened Awareness: The Works of Brooks + Scarpa.” This interactive exhibit includes sketches, models, 3D visualizations and short films. Open 12-­5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-­2 p.m. Sat. Don Chapell Gallery, 265 S. Orange Ave. 941-350-­5430; cfasrq.org

DABBERT GALLERY: Through March 30, abstract and nature-inspired works by Barbara Krupp and paintings of figures, animals and nature by Peter Esdaile. 46 S. Palm Ave. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 941-955-1315; dabbertgallery.com

DEBBIE DANNHEISSER GALLERY: New monthly exhibits. The gallery will participate in the March 16 Towles Court ArtWalk. Open 12-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and by appointment. Located at the Elizabeth Stevens Gallery at 1911 Morrill St., Towles Court. 941-350-8839; debbiedannheisser.com

ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY: On display March 16-April 30, "Springing up Color” exhibit featuring the works of Marge Bennett. Open 12-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and by appointment. 1911 Morrill St., Towles Court. 941-587-9851; towlescourt.com/ss.htm

530 BURNS GALLERY: Artist Talk with Robert Bordo, March 15. / Ongoing display of a variety of mediums, including fine oil painting, abstract art, glass sculpture, one-of-a-kind pottery, and art jewelry by both local and visiting artists. 530 Burns Lane. 941-951-0620; 530burnsgallery.com

FOGARTYVILLE COMMUNITY MEDIA & ARTS CENTER: Through April 13, “Celebrating Jewish Culture” exhibit. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. and by appointment. 525 Kumquat Court. fogartyville.org

LISA L GALLERY STUDIO: Through March, Lisa L’s “Art, Storytelling, & Fashion” series of contemporary paintings and clothing. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and by appointment. 1975 Morrill Street, Towles Court. 941-313-2175; lisa@lisaldesigns.com

LOIS & DAVID STULBERG GALLERY: Through March 24, “As Many Hours As It Takes — 10 Years of Impractical Labor” exhibit celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an art project which now exists as both a union and research institute. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues. Ringling College, Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2363 Old Bradenton Road. 941-359-7594; ringling.edu

MEG KRAKOWIAK ART GALLERY & STUDIO: Now on display, a new exhibit titled “What Do You See?” Palm Ave. First Fri. Gallery Walks, 6-9 p.m. 60 S. Palm Ave. 941-400-2478; megkrakowiakstudios.com

PATRICIA THOMPSON GALLERY: Through March 23, an exhibit by modern impressionist painter Katie Dobson Cundiff. Ringling College, East of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. mormond@c.ringling.edu

RICHARD & BARBARA BASCH GALLERY: Through March 24, “Glass: Cast, Cut and Cold” exhibit of glass art by over two dozen artists, including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Cigler, Irene Frolic and Seth Randal. Weekly Wed. tours with Barbara Basch through March 21. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues. Ringling College, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2363 Old Bradenton Road. 941-359-7594; ringling.edu

RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART: Visiting Exhibitions: Through March 18, “Alfred Eisenstaedt: Defining Moments” exhibit of early 20th century works by this German-born photojournalist. / Through May 7, “250 Years of the Circus in Print.” / Through May 20, “Toni Dove: Embodied Machines,” a retrospective interactive video exhibit. / Through June 1, Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” installation on the grounds of the museum. Through June 10, “Branded/Unbranded” exhibit of ten photographs from Hank Willis Thomas’ series “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015.” Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Daily tours available. 5401 Bay Shore Road. 941-358-3180; ringling.org

SELBY GARDENS: Through June 30, a display of four Andy Warhol silkscreens entitled “Flowers,” along with several other works by the artist, photographs from his life, and a curated selection and arrangement of flowering plants important to his art. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave. 941-366-5731; selby.org

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CENTER: Through March 21, “Creative Photography Exhibition” by Linda Romero and Roxanne Beckman. The artists will be present every Wed. at 11:30 a.m. for a raffle of viewer's choice prints from the show (15% of proceeds will benefit the Center). Open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1888 Brother Geenen Way. 941-556-3214

STAKENBORG-GREENBERG FINE ART: On March 16, the “Triple Art Extravaganza” event includes a showcase of works by Gene Costanza, watercolors on early modern documents by Lorenzo Sarubbi, and Maitres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Posters) lithographs. / Ongoing display of art spanning five centuries, including etchings, lithographs and woodcuts by Rembrandt, Durer, Piranesi and Goltzius and others. Also, futurist and constructivist drawings, and watercolors by Italian, Russian and German artists from the early 1900s. Open House each first Fri., 5-8 p.m. 1545 Main St. 941-487-8001; stakenborgfineart.com

STUDIO AT GULF AND PINE: Through April 7, a new show featuring works by 14 local artists with proceeds benefiting the rescue organization Wildlife Inc. Opening reception, March 15. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. 10101 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria. 941-778-1906; studioatgulfandpine.com

WILLIS SMITH GALLERY: Through March 17 in collaboration with Yale University, “Peace Paper Project,” an international initiative that utilizes paper-making traditions as methods of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues. Ringling College, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2363 Old Bradenton Road. ringling.edu/gallery_calendar

MANATEE

ARTCENTER MANATEE: Through March 23 in the Kellogg Gallery, the 150th Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, featuring works by over 40 artists. On view in the Reid Hodges and Searle Galleries, the annual aqueous show by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Fri. & Sat.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.. 209 Ninth St. W. 941-746-2862; artcentermanatee.org

DANCING CRANE GALLERY: Featured in March: Alfred Cianfarani's show continues in Gallery 1, Scylla Liscombe in Gallery 2, Joan Schnuerch in Gallery 3, and Group Artists in Galleries 4 and 5. Also on display, baskets by Patti Kraft Creations and wood designs by Sandy MacNeill. In the Pop Up Gallery in the Gardens on First Fri. and Sat., abstract acrylics by Mark Gagnon and Monica Gagnon, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. ArtWalks are held on the first Fri. of the month and third Sat. of the month. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. First Fri. and by appointment. 1019 10th Ave. W. 941-744-1333; dancing-crane.com

ISLAND GALLERY WEST: On display in March, “Sea Escapes: Celebration of the Sea and Sail” exhibit of watercolor paintings by Judy Saltzman. / Weekly art demonstrations with rotating artists, every Sat. through March. Ongoing exhibits of painting, mixed media, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, fiber art by 30 artists. Participates in Holmes Beach Art District ArtWalk events on the second Fri. of each month. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 5368 Gulf Drive (S & S Shopping Plaza), Holmes Beach. 941-778-6648; islandgallerywest.com

SCF FINE ART GALLERY: Through March 23, a new exhibit of two and three-dimensional art by SCF’s creative faculty. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. State College of Florida Sarasota-Bradenton Campus, 5840 26th St. W. 941-752-5225; scf.edu

ENGLEWOOD

THE HERMITAGE: Open studio event with painter Robert Bordo, March 23. 6660 Manasota Key Road. 941-475-2098; hermitageartistretreat.org

ONGOING

SARASOTA

ANNE IRELAND STUDIO: Contemporary landscapes of Maine and Florida in oil and acrylic (commissions accepted). 1938 Adams Lane, Towles Court. 207-838-9666; anneirelandart.com

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL, GIFT & FRAMING GALLERY OF COLLEEN CASSIDY: The Painted Lady Gift Gallery offers watercolor paintings, painted furniture, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, handbags, home accessories, more. New location: 312 N. Osprey Ave. 941-924-1200; colleencassidy.com

ART AVENUE GALLERY: Exhibits of international works and pieces by local artists. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 12-6 p.m. Sun. Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. 440-227-4592; artavenueflorida.com

ART INSIDE: Acrylic and oil paintings, fish prints, mixed media, collage, portrait painting and photography exhibits. There is also be a rotating “spotlight artist” exhibit every month. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 32 S. Palm Ave. 941-377-6902; facebook.com/ARTInsideSRQ

THE ARTFUL GIRAFFE ART AND GIFT GALLERY: Whimsical art and coastal themes by predominantly Florida artists. Original paintings, fused and stained glass, metal sculpture, photography, wearable art, ceramics, handcrafted jewelry, soap, candles, gifts, and more. 1861 Fruitville Road, Historic Downtown Village. 941-388-3700; theartfulgiraffe.com

ART SPACE 200: Atmospheric landscapes and coastal scenes of Florida. Abstract and impressionistic oil paintings by Karin Riccardi. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Towles Court, 1938 Adams Lane. 941-323-8934; karinriccardi@yahoo.com

B&TB DESIGN GALLERY: Features a collection of handmade jewelry, crafted from beads, recycled metals/materials, and textiles based on Fair Trade principles. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 422 S. Pineapple Ave., Historic Burns Court. 941-952-0101; beadeck.com

BLANK SLATE GALLERY: Original works by artists from around the country in paintings, sculptures, glass works, ceramics, mobiles/stabiles, mixed media and furnishings — many with a modern and contemporary flair. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 538 S. Pineapple Ave. 941-312-5700; blankslategallery.com

BLASE CAFE: Local artist David Stahl is the current featured artist in the Cafe. 5263 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 941-914-4818

CENTRAL AVENUE MAKERS SPACE: Sarasota-native craftsman Shawn O’Malley exhibits handcrafted tables, furniture and more, built from reclaimed Florida cypress, heart pine, industrial architectural salvage and beyond. 1143 Central Ave. 941-504-6093

CHASEN GALLERIES OF SARASOTA: Gallerist Andrew Chase features an ongoing display of art pieces including works by Picasso, Matisse, Robin Branham, Joanne Rafferty, Ivan Kugach, Nikolai Fedorovich Novikov, and more. Suite 102, 1830 S. Osprey Ave. 941-260-5787; chasengalleries.com

CREATIVE FRAMING & GIFT GALLERY: Featuring original art and fine crafts from local artists in shell décor, fused glass, metal/wood sculptures, pottery, mosaics, various types of handmade jewelry, and many other gift items. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 1267 Beneva Road. 941-388-7085

DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE & ESTATE SERVICES: “Multiple Expressions” varied collection of art pieces including oil painting, print, pottery, carving, mixed media, glass work, watercolor, tapestry, weaving, cast bronze, or floor standing sculpture. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.;10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 100. 941-366-5293; designingwomenboutique.org

EAST-WEST ART SPACE: “Found” exhibit of works by Nikitas Kavoukles. Exhibit shares space with the offices of Matthew Edlund, M.D. 1241 S. Tamiami Trail, second floor. 941-365-4308

GALLERIA AMADOURÉ: Oil paintings; original mixed-media sculptures by local and international artists. 401 Burns Court. 941-906-8666; galleriaamadoure.com

GALLERIA SILECCHIA: “Rendezvous: When Ancient Meets Contemporary” exhibit of works by American painter and sculptor Paul Tamanian. / Original oils by Aleta Pippin. / Ongoing exhibitions: Newly released bronze sculptures of children by Glenda Goodacre, painted glass by Ulla Darni and paintings by Glenn Harrington. / Botanical photographs by Laurie Tennent. 20 S. Palm Ave. 941-365-7414; galleriasilecchia.com

GALLERY AT MOZAIC RESTAURANT: Abstract and mixed media paintings by Susan von Gries. 1377 Main St. Open 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 5-9 p.m. Sun. and by appointment. 941-360-6997; susanvongries.com

GRACE HOWL GALLERY: This new gallery features an ongoing exhibition of contemporary abstract art works by Grace Howl. 419 & 421 Central Ave., Rosemary District. 941-539-5302; gracehowl.com

KIRKELL SILK STUDIOS: Ongoing display of “Orchids and Irises,” an exhibition of hand-painted silk florals by artist Jamie Kirkell. Call for studio hours. 2737 Hyde Park St. 941-284-7277; kirkellsilkstudios.com

MADEBY GALLERY (RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN): Artwork and fine crafts by Ringling student and alumni. Ringling College of Art + Design, Ulla Searing Student Center Lobby, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-822-0442; madebygallery.com

MUSE GALLERIA: Art boutique and gallery featuring works by 25 local artists, specializing in fine art, jewelry, clothing, accessories and mixed media. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 12-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 3801 McIntosh Road. 941-706-3328; musegalleria.org

NONTANDO: Carrol Boyes Pewter Functional Art, Shona People Stone Carvings, Heidi Lange Batiks and more. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 6578 Gateway Ave., Gulf Gate Village. 941-929-7844; nontando.com

OPEN HOUSE ART GALLERY: This gallery features utilitarian ceramic wares and free form wall art, tiles and outdoor garden ceramic sculpture by local veterinarian Dr. Adam Cohen. Also featured are acrylic paintings by R.O. Woody and metal sculptures by Taylor Cohen. Last Fri. of the month Meet the Artist events. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 2642 Bee Ridge Road. 941-922-5800; adamtoddstudios.com / rowoodystudio.com

PALM AVENUE FINE ART: This gallery features an exclusive collection of work by nationally and internationally recognized artists, with a focus on plein air work. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and by appointment. 10 S. Palm Ave. 941-388-7526; palmavenuefineart.com

PHYLLIS NATHANS WATERCOLORIST: “Snippets of Sarasota” themed works featuring watercolors and limited edition prints. 1938 Adams Lane, Suite 203, Towles Court. 610-608-2295; phyllisnathans.com

RED DOOR ART GALLERY: New “Miniature Obsessions” exhibit. / Original abstract paintings, giclee prints, artisan jewelry by Sherrie Starowicz. Third Fri. art walks: 6-9 p.m. Towles Court, 1950 Adams Lane. 941-366-0891; reddoorartgallery.com

RIO ART STUDIO AND GALLERY: New gallery featuring fine art and contemporary works. Call for appointment. Coral Cove Mall, 7362 S. Tamiami Trail. 646-664-5417; facebook.com/rioartstudioandgallery

SALON FORTY ONE: Ongoing beauty and art exhibition featuring works by Tom Ruthz and John-Norman Tuck. 41 S. Palm Ave. 941-906-9468

STUDIO 41 GALLERY & MUSEUM: Ongoing display of photographs by photographer Arnold Berns from his recent travels to India, Russia, Italy, Israel, Cuba and the Panama Canal. Also, a designated “Sarasota History” room with pictures, news articles and memorabilia. 1770 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-924-5224; studio41photography.com

TOWLES COURT ARTIST COLONY: Visit galleries, view demonstrations, listen to music, visit restaurants. 5-9 p.m. third Fri. of each month. Adams Lane, west of U.S. 301 (south of Ringling Boulevard). towlescourt.com

TURTLE BEACH RESORT ART GALLERY: Abstract paintings, landscapes and more by Gail Rubinfeld. Turtle Beach Resort, 9049 Midnight Pass Road. 941-349-4554; turtlebeachresort.com

TWICE’S NICE: Piano key quilts handmade by Dr. Gail Davis with customizable classical composers’ faces and facts. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 1480 Fruitville Road. 941-366-2188

MANATEE

AL’S STUDIO & ART GALLERY: Ongoing displays of work by international artists such as Rick Garcia, a Cuban-American commercial artist from Miami, Karen Beach, a painter from the Island, and Steve Nesius, a Tampa Bay area photographer. Now exhibiting: wildlife photography printed on metal by Grant Jefferies, former chief photographer for the Bradenton Herald. 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island. 941-216-4131

BAOBAB TREE GALLERY: Variety of whimsical art offerings with new pieces from local artists, including Gordon Turner’s work. / ArtWalks are held on the first Fri. of the month and third Sat. of the month. 1113 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-447-3795; villageofthearts.com

COMCENTER: The Lakewood Ranch Art Club has a permanent exhibit of original watercolor, oil, acrylic and sketch works. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 941-782-1234

CROSS STITCH MAGIC: Stitched re-creations of works by Monet, Van Gogh and other masters by Glenda Tietjen. 1222 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-746-4163; cross-stitchmagic.art.officelive.com

DIVINE EXCESS FOLK ART GALLERY: "Southern Folk and Other Stories” exhibit of works by Missionary Mary Proctor, Eddie and Reverend Hugo Porcaro, plus 25 other local and regional folk artists. / ArtWalks are held on the first Fri. of the month and third Sat. of the month. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 1125 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-747-1320; villageofthearts.com

JOAN PETERS GALLERY: Ongoing “Florida Landscapes” exhibit on display. / ArtWalks are held on the first Fri. of the month and third Sat. of the month. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and by appointment. 1210 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts. 941-365-9960

STILL LIFE IN G GALLERY: Works by Deborah McKeever, the Oiseaux Sisters, Ruby Williams and more. 1014 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-932-1336; villageofthearts.com

THE ONCE OVER TWICE: A variety of functional and sculptural objects by award-winning artist and Ringling College faculty member Kim Litch. / Ongoing: interactive “Love Locks” exhibit. 1015 12th St., Village of the Arts. 941-254-7853; facebook.com/theonceovertwice

10TH AVENUE WEST STUDIOS: “Dramatic Digitals” exhibition. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 6-9 p.m. First Fri. 1102 10th Ave. W. 941-744-7484; 10thavenuewest.com

VENICE

CLYDE BUTCHER GALLERY: American landscape photographer Clyde Butcher presents a new digital collection of wilderness areas. 237 Warfield Ave. 941-486-0811; clydebutcher.com

CREATIVE FRAMING & GIFT GALLERY: Featuring original art and fine crafts from local artists in shell décor, fused glass, metal/wood sculptures, pottery, mosaics, various types of handmade jewelry, and many other gift items. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 2357 S. Tamiami Trail. 941-493-2276

MELANGE GALLERY: Fine art and artisans gallery, featuring paintings, jewelry, fiber, clay, stained glass, furniture, clothing and gifts. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 252 W. Tampa Ave. 941-488-5522

MODA ARTE VENICE: Featuring fine art paintings by international artist, Francesco Agresti and textile art and designs by Linda Tilson. 206 Miami Ave., Island of Venice. 941-445-3915

THE PURPLE IBIS GALLERY: Ongoing display of sculptures and paintings by the artists and owners, Debbie and Len Marucci. 234 Tamiami Trail S. 941-587-7575

NOKOMIS

THE COTTAGE: Display of jewelry, pottery, paintings, metal sculpture, photography and much more in an old Florida cottage setting. / On the third Sat. of the month through April 21, the gallery will host The Nokomis Art and Craft Market on the grounds, showcasing oils, acrylics, fish prints, wearable art, wood works, yard art and more from over 20 artists. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. 106 E. Pocono Trail. 941-275-0235; artinthecottage.com

BOCA GRANDE

SMART STUDIO: Ongoing “Venice and Beyond” exhibit of paintings of Italy by Wini Smart. 370 Park Ave. 941-964-0519

PLACIDA

ISLAND ART: Patti Middleton exhibits watercolors of Florida wildlife. Also, pen and ink works of Cape Haze. 13050 Fishery Road. 941-928-3504

MARGARET ALBRITTON GALLERY: Artwork of tropical Florida by Margaret Albritton; paintings by Garry Albritton; wood carvings by Greg Albritton; photography by Chris Albritton; more. Ongoing. 13020 Fishery Road. 941-698-0603; margaretalbrittongallery.com

SAFETY HARBOR

SYD ENTEL GALLERIES / SUSAN BENJAMIN GLASS ETC.: Ongoing display of glass, acrylic and oil painting works. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 247 Main St. 727-725-1808; sydentelgalleries.com