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This vibrant painting, depicting a retro blonde woman joyfully sailing on the azure waters, pays homage to Sarasota County's rich maritime history and its longstanding allure as a coastal paradise. The carefree and nostalgic imagery encapsulates the essence of Florida's mid-20th century tourism boom, when the state became synonymous with sun-splashed adventures and oceanic serenity. Clad in a classic blue swimsuit, the woman's radiant smile and dynamic posture as she navigates her boat through the foaming waves evoke a timeless charm that is integral to Sarasota's cultural heritage, reminding us of the county's role as a haven for leisure and recreation.

Moreover, this artwork serves as a tribute to the integral role boating and sailing have played in Sarasota’s community life and economy. The image harks back to an era when countless visitors and residents alike flocked to Sarasota's pristine beaches and busy marinas, creating a bustling scene of aquatic activities that continues today. The cheerful slogan "Experience Florida" reinforces Sarasota's status as a quintessential destination for those seeking the quintessential Floridian experience. The painting not only highlights the historical vibrancy of Sarasota’s coastal life but also invites new generations to appreciate and partake in the timeless joys of sailing and seaside relaxation.

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City of Sarasota

The Avenue of Art is supported in part by the City of Sarasota. With an abundance of public art, the City's Public Art Program facilitates the creation and exhibition of a wide variety of publicly and privately initiated art works through commissions, acquisitions, donations, and loans governed by Zoning Code requirements for new development applicable city wide.