"The most amazing, life-altering, eye-opening, practice-evolving, friendliest
and generous of gifts"
- Margaret Stewart, Photographer

Every symphony you hear, every play you see, every dance you experience every painting and sculpture you see, and every book you read, begins its life with a person in a room with an idea and a passion. The Hermitage provides the room for accomplished creators in a spectacular, inspiring environment. Our artists bring their brilliant ideas. Together, with nature, we feed the passion, and we share it all with our community. This is the work of the Hermitage.


Where can you feast on a gourmet lobster buffet in splendid surroundings of historic buildings nestled among the coastal environment of Manasota Key and engage in easy conversations with great friends and talented artists? PLUS, at the same time, raise essential funds for an artist retreat that is recognized nationally? Answer - at the Artful Lobster at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Saturday, November 15, 2014!

The Artful Lobster Committee, chaired by Susan Brennan, is planning a marvelous daytime event -- delicious New England style lobster bake catered by Michael’s on East, complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, and a specialty cocktail, tours of the Hermitage, and a spectacular live auction. Click on the link to make your reservation today!


The Silent Auction will feature wines, artwork, gift certificates, and much, much more. The Live Auction includes these fabulous experiences.

Elegant wine tasting party for 20 at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

Your own special creative weekend at the Hermitage Artist Retreat for four.

Louies Modern or Libby’s cocktail party for 25.

A week on Lake Como, playground of the rich and famous, for up to eight people.


One of the community's best events of the Season is planned for Saturday, November 15, 2014! Tour the Hermitage, feast on Lobster, enjoy great music, and have fun with us as we raise money for the Hermitage and its programs. Click on Artful Lobster to learn more.


We are proud to share our talented people with those in the region through our community programs. Check our calendar and blog for up-to-date information on Hermitage news and events. Interested in volunteering? Our Friends of the Hermitage organization offers many excellent opportunities.