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5 Must-See Galleries In Downtown Ocala

5 Must-See Galleries in Downtown Ocala

1. The Brick City Center for the Arts

The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) operates the Brick City Center for the Arts, a popular art gallery, located in historic downtown Ocala. Monthly rotating exhibits feature art by regional artists. The venue, and its adjacent courtyard, is a sought after rental for special events.

Known to locals as “The Brick”, MCA was the champion in creating the art district we have in Downtown Ocala today. Long before this historic building became the Center for the Arts, it was known as The Hub – an appropriately fitting home for the hub of our arts community. The Hub was a clothing store from around 1953 that was owned and operated by Robert “Bob” Leibowitz.

  

2. Magnolia Art Xchange

The Magnolia Art Xchnage (MAX) is Ocala’s first art incubator. Located in the historic Union Station, MAX furthers visual artists’ creativity and professionalism, is a collaborative resource hub for artists, educators and art enthusiasts, and dramatically expands the cultural presence in Ocala.

MAX offers studio rentals for resident artists, as well as shared spaces for member artists, teachers, professional advisers and students for public workshops, classes and events. Through opportunities for public engagement, art enthusiasts can personally connect with artists and their art.

  

3. NOMA Gallery

NOMA Gallery opened in 2020 as a Pop Up Art Gallery called “ArtCastle”, intended as a limited time relief and recovery response to Covid 19 pandemic by the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation. During 2020, artists and non-profit arts organizations were able to show, perform, and sell their works with no fees or commissions.

Renovated and re-opened in February 2021 as a traditional for-profit fine arts gallery, David and Lisa remain committed to their philanthropic roots by offering a free event to a select non-profit each month. This gallery is located inside the beautiful and historic Coca Cola Bottling Plant, which was built in 1939 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  

4. Gallery B

Gallery B is an art collective made up of five local artists. This location is home to a gallery and teaching space in downtown Ocala that represents diverse 2D art including, contemporary landscapes, still life, abstracts, using watercolors, oils and mixed media.

Also located within the Shops of Suite B are Pen & Ink, Grated and Cured, Baked by Small Batch, and The Graceful Gardner. This is a one-stop-shop for local products.

 

5. 8th Ave. Gallery

8th Ave. Gallery opened for its first exhibition in February of 2019 and in a years time has grown to be a premier gallery. 8th Ave. Gallery is dedicated to curating abstract art in all of its varied styles and forms. Located in the budding art scene of Ocala, FL, this hidden gem is located in the Neighborhood Storage in Midtown Ocala.