Visit the Free Little Art Gallery in Sarasotas Southgate Neighborhood


Judy Robertson with Free Little Art Gallery SRQ. On the corner of Upper Tangelo Street and Brink Avenue in Sarasota is a small wooden house tied to a stake and parked under a shady oak tree. It’s the.

Similar to the little free library Free Little Art Gallery Judy Robertson concept. The gallery is a place where locals can give and take art from artists of all ages and ability. The gallery has a shingle roof, colorful walls and rocks and sculptures at the base. Take a look inside and you’ll find miniature art hanging on walls and even figurines admiring the art. The artist


, who started the project, said she wanted to put smiles on people’s faces.

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“I was in a stalemate for eight months during the pandemic,” says Robertson. “The thought of creating something was more than I could handle. I was a graphic designer for 45 years. I’m retired now and needed something to put my energy into. That’s the most fun I’ve had with a project. “Stacey Milrany Robertson has a small work studio in the Rosemary District. She found inspiration for the small gallery after finding Seattle artist

on Instagram. Milrany created a similar concept for her neighborhood. “I just thought it was the coolest thing ever,” says Robertson. The gallery opened on March 15th and has around 10 to 15 visitors a day.But it’s growing.

The art in the gallery changes daily.


“I always turn art in and out of the gallery and encourage people to take things even if they don’t have art to give in exchange,” says Robertson. “I also put out small, blank canvases when people want to do something.”

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Presented by Sarasota Magazine social media The gallery’s growing interest in has state and country artists participating in it. Robertson has already received pieces from California and Sweden.Mixed media artists Lynn and John Whipple gave pieces, and Florida artists donated, too.

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However, some of the best donors have been amateur artists young and old. When the gallery first opened, two neighborhood boys rode their bikes over to take a look. One boy told Robertson that he “couldn’t do art,” says Robertson, but it reassured him. “You can even take a stick and paint,” she told him.

“The next day,” she says, “I looked into the gallery and saw a painted stick glued to a canvas. Art is art. It it’s sweet when you get such small nuggets. ”

The signage in front of the gallery invites visitors to make art.

A young girl named Nora lives six houses away and regularly comes to visit in a princess dress and shoes. An elderly woman visited the gallery and said it was a miracle she found it. “She had looked everywhere and I thought she was practically going to fall when she saw it,” says Robertson. “Giving and receiving art really means for all ages.”

people visit in groups, by bike or on foot, and talk to Robertson. She said one of the best parts was meeting and talking to her neighbors. She hopes that more small galleries will open in Sarasota and Bradenton soon.

“Don’t hesitate to take something,” says Robertson. “I understand the spirit of wanting to give something back,but we have a lot of inventory and plan to send art to other small galleries. We have set up a small gallery community and will encourage each other. “The Free Little Art Gallery SRQ is located on the corner of Upper Tangelo Street and Brink Avenue in Sarasota. For more information, visit the gallery website at.