Alliance of the Arts — Celebrating Art in Our Community

On October 18th, Wellen Park held the “For the Love of Our Arts” event in partnership with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. This event symbolizes the allegiance between our community and the thriving local art scene that we have right in our own backyard. 


Wellen Park President Rick Severance (left) and Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Executive Director Jim Shirley (right).

A Successful Start to an Inaugural Event 

“We are blessed to be in a vibrant and robust arts and cultural region, which is why it’s so important for us to build upon that access within Wellen Park,” said Wellen Park President, Rick Severance, who kicked off the event.

Current and future residents gathered in the Wellen Park Welcome Center for the reception. Our Welcome Center serves as an outward representation of our commitment to integrating art into everyday life through beautiful custom murals and installations.


A talented string quartet from The Venice Symphony performed during the reception.

Music to Our Ears: The Who’s Who in the Sarasota Art Community

The Venice Symphony, Sarasota Opera, The Ringling, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Venice Theatre, Sarasota Art Museum, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Venice Art Center all sent representatives to speak about their organizations and other upcoming opportunities to experience the arts in Sarasota County. You can read more about these fine organizations and the arts in Sarasota here.


This mobile pop-up cart will regularly feature work by different local artists.

Leaving the Spotlight on Our Featured Artists

Check out some of our featured artists and their work that was showcased throughout the event:

  • Michele Moore of the Bone Boutique creates unique jewelry and is the featured artist from the North Port Arts Center — her work is currently on display at the mobile pop-up cart. 
  • Blooms” is a vibrant mural of colorful flowers painted on the building’s exterior walls by local artist Laura Pommier.
  • Heartfelt Connections” by Sarasota-based artist Alexis Fraser, also known as Lipstick Lex, is a piece made of lipstick kisses as an homage to Wellen Park’s heritage tree program.


Countdown to Downtown: Events in celebration of Wellen Park’s future cultural hub.

A Successful Event Series Launch

As the official launch of Wellen Park’s Countdown to Downtown, “For the Love of Our Arts” kicked off a series of resident events which will all tie back to the opening of Downtown Wellen, set to be completed in the later months of 2022.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events in this series, such as culinary experiences focused on healthy lifestyles, craft cocktail-making classes, and various fitness meetups.

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