Art & Antiques on Sanibel & Captiva? Certainly! The islands have long been a haven for artists – some quite famous; an abundance of island galleries reflect that. Savvy shoppers will also discover antiques and heirloom jewelry, on both islands.

The best part is many of your favorite purchases will fit right in your bag for the trip home (shipping is available for those that don’t). For inspiration before you shop, we suggest a visit to the Sanibel Historic Village, filled to the brim with artifacts telling the story of the island.

It’s not uncommon to find antiques mingling with art, and island shoppers will have a wonderful time discovering the “finds” that will later bring back memories of Sanibel and Captiva. Most galleries can be found along Periwinkle Way, Tarpon Bay Road and Palm Ridge Road on Sanibel. There are diverse, excellent galleries in Captiva’s village as well, showcasing everything from modern to wildlife.

Art lovers should keep a keen eye out for works in banks and local restaurants as well. Many work hand-in-hand with local galleries and have constantly rotating artwork. The painting hanging over your table, the one that’s been calling out to you all evening, may very well be for sale.

Artists are inspired by the islands – who isn’t? – and you’ll enjoy their many interpretations of island landmarks such as the Lighthouse, shellers on the beach and Captiva’s Chapel by the Sea. Some galleries focus on locally relevant artwork, while others offer an eclectic mix of the bold and different

Want to try your own hand? Drop in at Barrier Island Group for the Arts (B.I.G. Arts) on Dunlop Road and check out the pottery, cartooning and painting classes offered. There’s also a terrific gallery at B.I.G. Arts. Enjoy!