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Updated: 11/14/2013 03:07:31PM

This museum can make you smile

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SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

Less than 2 miles south of The Ringling is a smaller, more intimate bit of whimsy known as the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

A guard and his dog welcome visitors to the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota.

By KIM COOL

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Open once again for the season, Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy Inc. is designed to make visitors happy.

One day in July, while spotting a museum guard who seemed to be asleep within the entry, I had to stop and see what was in this cheerful pink and marshmallow white building. There was a closed sign but, spotting someone in addition to the sleeping guard, I knocked on the window and showed my press credentials. Both the museum’s founder Marietta Lee and an associate were present. They were working on the exhibit for the museum’s 2013-2014 season which began Oct. 24.

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