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BIG Arts (Barrier Island Group for the Arts)

900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239 395 0900
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Type: Educational Sites, Art Galleries, Performances
Traveler Description: Whether your interest is in classical, jazz or popular music, dance, the visual arts, lectures, film or theater, summer art camp for... more »
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Fort Myers, Florida
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136 reviews 136 reviews
56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We went to a concert at Big Arts and it was nice because it is a small venue and you could see well and hear well regardless of where you sat. The seating is not pre assigned. During the intermission they had free wine and cookies and walking around the lovely grounds at night was a plus. I would go... More

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ALEXANDRIA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We enjoyed several activities presented by BIG ARTS on a trip to Sanibel. We attended a free jazz concert on a Sunday afternoon (bring your own chair if you have one). The music was good and the atmosphere was friendly and fun. We also toured an exhibit in the gallery and purchased tickets for plays at the theatre. Check to... More

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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I was very anxious to see the art galleries here, but was disappointed when I got there. While this is the main gallery on the island, there wasn't much too it. The facility provides an outlet for performing arts as well as visual arts, and their line-up for performing artists was impressive. Unfortunately, not of them were appearing during our... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Who would expect a cultural center in vacationland. Apparently the local folk really appreciate listening and learning. We attended a movie that was something out of the arts theater venue. It was a full house and the crow was mostly locals.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went to a jazz concert at this lovely venue and thoroughly enjoyed the program. The people were friendly and other members of the audience were happy to mingle and chat. It was nice vacation entertainment.

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Davison, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We saw some very unique and interesting art. Florida has some great artists. We like the glass and metal art works.

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Scotland/Sanibel
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68 reviews 68 reviews
6 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Hidden behind Periwinkle Way you have a row of some of the best services Sanibel provides. Serices which add up to an outstanding community whether you live on Sanibel or visit as a tourist. There is the library (possibly the best in the world), the police station and city hall, the historic village of old island houses and, of course... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I just found Big Arts and it will forever change the way that I plan my Sanibel vacations! The variety of offerings from plays, to musicals, live concerts-- this time jazz... And art CLASSES! How fun is that!! I will be planning to take a class while there for sure and looking to see if there are any plays or... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We're always amazed at the great international talent brought to Big Arts. We've heard the pianist Joyce Yang up close, as an example. The classes are well done. Also enjoyable are the foreign film nights.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is so much to do at BIG Arts and you don't have to be a member to use the facility. There are movies, current affairs discussion groups on Monday mornings, art displays and numerous classes that can be taken. Sanibel wouldn't be the same without BIG Arts!

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