New changes at the Artists’ Guild Anna Maria Island

The Artists’ Guild Anna Maria announces their newly elected Board for 2014. Wendell Graham, President; David Gaw, 1st Vice President; Chris Collins, 2nd Vice President; Leslie Robbins, Recording Secretary; Barbara Singer, Corresponding Secretary; and Kay Johnson, Treasurer.

Artists’ Guild Anna Maria

Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island
Chris Collins, Wendell Graham, David Gaw and Barbara Singer.

The mission of the Artists’ Guild is to educate and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their members arrange exhibits and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. Their gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. It has 45 artists works as well one local high school student on display. These artists Guild members collectively show, sell and run the non-profit gallery. One of the highlights the new board looks forward to is celebrating the Gallery’s 25th year at their present location.

While at the general meeting January 6th in Holmes Beach, new President Wendell Graham, honored outgoing Co-Presidents Midge Pippel and Joan Voyles. They were both presented with flowers. Graham thanked each for their leadership and selfless contributions to the Guild and its membership during their past four years as co-presidents. He also cited several key projects for which Pippel and Voyles were responsible. This includes the largest and recent remodeling of the 25-year-old gallery.

All are welcome to meetings

The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island encourages the support of friends and patrons at monthly general meetings. These meetings are at the Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach and are open to the public. January’s speaker was Denise Kowal, founder and chair of the Sarasota Chalk Festival. She spoke about the joys and tribulations of presenting this international Chalk Festival for the past four years. The next general meeting will be on February thired. It features  Olivia Chiusano, a Sarasota artist. Olivia unites science with art, botanical accuracy with good design and also beauty. She has authored 11 books on the subject of botanical illustration. She is also the founder of the Academy of  Botanical Art and the Florida Society of Botanical Artists.

Denise Kowal speaking at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Meeting in January
Denise Kowal – Found of the Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Fifth Annual Art Show “Reflections”, hosted by the Artists’ Guild is currently at The Studio at Gulf and Pine. It is in Anna Maria and is another Artists’ Guild venue showcasing the talent of many artists. Not only from the Island but other areas as well. The exhibit will be on display until January 27th.

Graham encourages anyone interested in learning about the Artists’ Guild and its programs, to visit the Guild’s website. Also visit the Gallery at 5414 Marina Drive. Come to one of the Guild’s general meetings, or visit the “Reflections” show at The Studio at Gulf and Pine. While all are welcome, donations are encouraged.

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