The Sequential Artist Workshop

In Gainesville, you can never get enough beauty and if you have an appreciation for the arts, The Sequential Artist Workshop offers a variety of classes from adult classes, to teen classes, to online classes. Unlike other art classes or craft stores, Saw has an application process and an expensive fee for a year long membership to pick out the people who show a real desire and commitment to learn more about comic book and sequential art. Classes and workshops are less expensive, but times and costs vary so be sure to check out their website to find out which class you would like to sign up for. The classes will be sure to help you develop and further your interest in comic art and teach you skills that you many not have been able to pick up otherwise. It is a unique and fun learning experience for people of all ages, so check out their website to learn more and see testimonials of participators of the classes and programs.


Art lovers

Gainesville is known for its nature and beautiful outdoor spaces, and just as amazing as natural beauty is handmade artwork that can be found at the Gainesville Artisans’ Guild Gallery located at 201 SE 2nd Place. All of the pieces there are made by local artists whose talents deserve to be appreciated and admired for the works of art that they are. There are several exhibits throughout the year from paintings and pottery to jewelry, textiles, and mixed media. You can be a part of the art community by contributing and becoming a sponsor so that the gallery can continue to run. Sponsors can choose from one of four memberships that all offer different benefits, but are all equally appreciated by the workers and artists associated with the gallery. You can even purchase and own some of the pieces as well. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm, check out the gallery today.


Acrosstown Repertory Theatre

A theatre that’s mission is to get the community involved in the arts, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre,  invites anyone and everyone of all ages, ethnicities, and skill to come to the theatre to watch plays as well as engage and develop your own theatre skills as well.  Plays of all topics and genres are constantly playing so you will be sure to find something that you would be interested in seeing from classic stories, to stories about love, history, and even horror. Outside of plays, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre has an after-school program for middle school and high school students to teach students artistic and technical theatre knowledge, leadership, and communication skills. In addition, every last Friday of the month they hold ArtWalk Gainesville in Downtown Gainesville, featuring street performers, actors, musicians, mimes, poets and more. Check out their website to find out which upcoming shows will be playing so that you can be sure to get your ticket in time.

Art Classes

Gainesville Art Classes located at 717 NW 1st Street, are taught by Alison LeBaron, who is an award winning Florida landscape painter and has been painting since 1992.  Classes at her studio include pottery, beginning oil painting, intermediate oil painting, and beginning watercolor. Classes meet weekly to help you develop and further your skills in art from forming different functional pottery pieces, to abstract portraits, and landscape pieces. If you are interested in art, these classes can help you learn and practice new techniques that you may not have heard of before. Fees vary according to what class you take but not only does the fee cover the class, it covers the different materials that come with the class, including clay and glazes for the pottery classes and brushes, paints, sketchbooks and much more. Check out the website today to see if you would be interested in furthering your art skills.

Calling all art lovers

Full of history, culture, and creativity, Gainesville always has something to offer for those of you who enjoy the arts. University Galleries, in collaboration with the University of Florida, consists of three galleries: University Gallery, Focus Gallery, and Grinter Gallery that offer art shows and exhibits of all types from Persian textiles to ceramics and graphic designs of internationally known artists to students of the University. All exhibits are free and open to the public, however you always have the option to donate or get a membership so that you can do your part in supporting a community of creativity and expression. University and Focus gallery are located at the Fines Arts complex at the University of Florida and Granter Gallery is located in the lobby of Grinter Hall on the east side of campus. Check the University Galleries website to find out more and what time the exhibits are to enjoy a night of culture and beautiful art.

Annual Craft Festival

The UF O’Connell Center main arena transforms into a wonderland of holiday spirit filled with unique gifts to amaze, delight and satisfy friends and family on your gift list. North Central Florida’s largest two-day indoor craft extravaganza is the envy of Santa’s workshop. Creatively decorating with attention-getting, show-stopping colorful shiny, glittery and sparkling items will make your home the talk of the season.

When: Saturday, December 7               Time: 10 am to 6 pm

When: Sunday, December 8                 Time: 10 am to 5 pm


Phone: 352-392-5500

General Admission: $4 – UF Students w/ID $1 – 13 and under – free

Where: Stephen C O’Connell Center – 2020 W University Ave – Gainesville, FL 32611

Being artsy in Gainesville

If you like to do more than just appreciate the arts by going to the theater or to museums and you would rather make art yourself, than one studio in Gainesville may be just what you are looking for when it comes to getting in touch with your more creative side. Corks and Colors Studio, located on 5200 W Newberry Rd, offers both open studio where you can paint your own canvas or pottery piece as well as classes where you can learn how to create new crafts. Open from 10 am to 9 pm on Monday through Saturday and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, this is a great place to gather with friends or family and paint a beautiful picture, decorate any piece of pottery you choose, or even create your own clay piece. If art is a big part of your life, there are also memberships that you can sign up for that include perks such as discounts on pottery, kids classes and birthday parties, and free clay workshops. Next time you are in the mood to express yourself through painting, be sure to visit Corks and Colors Studio where you can create your next masterpiece!

32nd Gainesville Downtown Art Festival

Among the top 100 art festivals in the US, Gainesville’s own juried festival offers the works of 250 outstanding local, regional and national artists and fine craft persons. There is no better time to begin or add to one’s art collection. Enjoy the many and varied food selections. The stage at Bo Diddley Plaza features continuous musical entertainment throughout the two day event. Many non-profit organizations offer services that do good things for our community. The festival is family friendly.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17

Times: 10 am to 5 pm             Phone: 352 393-7520

Where: Core blocks around Downtown Community Plaza

On a Budget in Gainesville

Do you ever find yourself getting bored of doing the same old thing? You want to do something unique and different, but at the same time you are on a budget? Well you are in luck because there are several activities and attractions in and around the Gainesville area that are fun and unique without being costly.  The Museum of Natural History is completely free for everyone and has 12 permanent exhibits and several special shows. Located on 3215 Hull Road and open 10 am to 5 pm on Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, stop by to spend an afternoon learning and having fun. The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, open from 9 am to 2 pm seven days a week and located on 3000 NW 83rd Street, is only $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4 to 12, seniors, UF students and is free for Santa Fe students. Visit its 10 acres to see 70 species and over 250 individual animals. The Curtis Phillips Center for Performing Arts on 315 Hull Road has new shows every month with some showings being more costly, but several shows are completely free. From special guest speakers to Jazz shows to Shakespearian plays, the Phillips centers has events for everyone.

Shrek – The Musical

Shrek, an ogre finds love with Fiona a fair maiden to reign as queen in his swamp.  This universal favorite is the hilarious and entertaining Oscar winning DreamWorks film finding new life as a musical on the stage of the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.  Presented by Musical Me Theater, Gainesville’s Children’s Theater Company.

Tickets may be purchased online: and one hour prior to each performance.

When: Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2  –  7:30 pm

Phone: 352-234-6228

Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32610