With A Thriving Arts Community,
Pensacola Shares Its Art And Soul With Visitors
Pensacola is proud to host the “big five,” including ballet, opera, symphony, theatre and an accredited museum of visual arts. Pensacola’s vibrant art scene puts on several art festivals and gallery nights during the year which showcase the talents of local, regional and national artists in everything from watercolor, acrylic and oil to glass, pottery, jewelry and more.
ART FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Gallery Night. Enjoy a Friday evening of arts and culture by touring downtown art galleries and shops open late for this fun event on Jan. 27, March 16, May 18, July 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. Downtown Pensacola comes alive as businesses host everything from art exhibitions and live demonstrations to music events in an open-house atmosphere with free food, wine and trolley service.
3rd Annual Perdido Key Spring Wine & Art Festival. March 24. Sample wines from boutique, international and local vineyards as artists display their original paintings, jewelry and sculptures at the Villagio.
Festival on the Green. March 30-31. University of West Florida’s annual spring event features a fine arts-and-crafts show, dog agility showcase, live music, sporting events, food and a children’s fair.
35th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. Sept. 28-30. Shop at the many arts-and-crafts vendors throughout Seville Square, sample a variety of mouth-watering seafood dishes, enjoy continuous live entertainment and participate in a 5K.
5th Annual Art and Wine Weekend. Oct. 6-7. Enjoy wine tastings and local art as you’re transported by trolley across the island.
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Nov. 2-4. Browse more than 200 fine art and handmade craft exhibitors from around the country in Pensacola’s historic Seville Square.
In 2009, the Saenger Theatre completed a multi-million dollar renovation to transform the Spanish Baroque-style landmark to its original grandeur. The Palafox Place centerpiece is only one of four Saenger Theatres still operating in the South. Built in 1925, it is home to the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Opera and Pensacola Children’s Chorus, and hosts many traveling Broadway shows, special events and local theater productions. The theatre is also available for meetings and other events. This year’s lineup includes Madama Butterfly, Riverdance, Rigoletto, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Straight No Chaser among many others.
PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART
Formerly the old city jail, visitors will find a permanent collection of 19th, 20th and 21st century works and famous traveling exhibits, displayed throughout the building and even inside the old jail cells. Admission is free on Tuesdays. On the first and second Saturday of each month, children’s workshops are available. Art in Bloom, March 22-24, is highly popular featuring floral arrangements inspired by art. Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder are among the artists in the permanent collection.
ART GALLERIES: FROM A TO Z
A Means of Expression is a fine art and gift gallery downtown features original paintings, limited editions, pottery and jewelry by several highly-collected artists.
Artel Gallery was founded in 1993 to foster appreciation for art in its purest form without concern for commercial marketability. Located inside the historic Escambia County courthouse, the gallery seeks to evoke a creative response and inspire artists to create work that is innovative and provocative.
Atelier Alcaniz, Art and Gift Gallery downtown is operated by artists and known for its contemporary paintings and a large selection of functional and decorative pottery. The back room of the gallery also provides a working space for the artists manning the gallery.
Blue Morning Gallery is a co-op art gallery on Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola. Local artists display watercolors, oils, pottery and batik.
Belmont Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary working arts center, which offers workshops in glass blowing, pottery, jewelry making and even belly dancing. Located in the up-and-coming Belmont-Devilliers community, the center contributes to Pensacola’s arts scene by exposing the work of local, regional, national and international artists to the Greater Pensacola community.
Quayside Art Gallery was established by Pensacola Artists, Inc., the largest cooperative organization in the Southeast with more than 200 artists and associate members. The gallery, adjacent to the Pensacola Museum of Art, includes three floors of work from oils, watercolor and acrylic to batik, pottery and jewelry.
Susan Campbell Jewelry on Palafox Place hosts a unique collection of handmade, gallery-quality jewelry. Jewelers are selected from throughout the country for their unique design and quality craftsmanship.
Zayszly Artz on 12th Avenue sells a variety of fine art photography, blown glass and pottery. Owner L.B. Zayszly also produces custom pottery to order straight from her kiln — from colorful place settings and serving bowls to decorative dishes and urns.