Respect our feathered friends while relaxing at the beach

Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island birds and wildlife are very important to locals, and the success of our environment. Bird nesting season is here and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC for short, is asking beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing nesting shore birds. With nests built out of sand, respecting local wildlife is especially important during high traffic times like Spring Break. A lot of these birds face conservation challenges and taking into consideration a few do’s and don’t can go a long way towards helping preserve our local ecosystem.

Anna Maria Island birds and wildlife

Rules for beachgoer’s

Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are giving signals for you to back off.

Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goes to do the same.

Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible.

Do not take pets to the beach.

Keep the beach clean and do not fee wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.

Rules for wildlife photographers

Remain beyond the posted area, with no part of you or your camera equipment extending beyond the string or signs.

Restrict photography to no more than 10 minutes. Too much time photographing near the nest may stress birds.

Don’t “push” birds around the beach. Stay far enough away so the birds do not change their behavior in response to your presence. They need to feed and rest without disturbance.

If you see someone disturbing nesting birds report their behavior to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC(3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or by texting Tip@#MyFWC.com.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer feeding it’s babies during nesting season on Anna Maria Island.

April Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – During April, the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is featuring the work of Southeast High School student Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney. Zoe’s acrylic floral painting, is called “O’Keefe Orchid”. She has previously exhibited at the Sarasota Airport. Zoe will be attending college next fall but is undecided on her career path. She studied the Chinese language for three years in the International Baccalaureate program in high school.

Barbara Kenney’s watercolor painting is titled “Spring Trio”. She has been an art teacher at Southeast HS for over thirty years and is the sponsor of the Art Club and Chairperson for the Visual & Performing Arts.

The paintings will be displayed all month at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Nancy Hossbach of the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney
Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Respect Dolphins Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins may be one of our nicest finned friends, but they are still wild animals protected under law by the Marina Mammal Protection Act. Here are some do’s and don’ts for interacting with them.

atlantic bottle nose dolphin anna maria island
Anna Maria Island Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins

Do’s

Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins when viewing from a vessel or watercraft.

Limit time spent observing marine mammals to 30 minutes or less.

Avoid making loud or sudden noises near these aquatic mammals.

Move away slowly if a dolphin’s behavior indicates the animal is stressed or disturbed.

Look before you book! Book wild dolphin viewing tours with businesses that responsibly view dolphins in the wild and help cetacean conservation.

Put your vessel’s engine in neutral if in the close vicinity of dolphins.

Dont’s

Pursue, swim with, pet or touch wild dolphins, even if they approach you.

Encircle or entrap dolphins with vessels.

Operate or maneuver vessels in a manner that may cause dolphins to change their current behaviors. Specifically, do not direct a vessel or accelerate toward dolphins with the intent of creating a wake.

Separate mother and calf pairs.

Drive watercraft through or over groups of dolphins.

If you see a dolphin in distress call Mote Marine’s Stranding Investigations Program at 941-988-0212.

 

 

Kids art workshop at the Anna Maria Island Art League

Holmes Beach – The Anna Maria Island Art League is hosting a three day kids art workshop called “Exploring Creativity’, taught by Marie Garafano. The class will be taking place from Monday, March 30th through Wednesday, April 1st from 1:30-3:30pm.

During the class children will elarn how to paint with watercolors as well as experiment with colalge to create expressive pictures. Marie Garafano is a watercolor painter and former illustrator/designer who also illustrated the children’s book “Ginger Goes on a Diet”.

The cost for the class is $50 per child and supplies will be provided. Classes are limited to 10 people and children should dress comfortably in clothes they are okay getting paint on.

For more information or to register for the class, call 941-778-2099 or visit the gallery itself  in Holmes Beach at 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm.

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach – It’s that time of year again, City Fest is coming back to Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island!

On Friday, March 27th from 5-10pm and Saturday, March 28th from 10am-10pm, this 2-day event will be taking place at the Holmes beach City Hall Field.

Continuous band music will be provided by a host of live entertainers on stage in addition to a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Wine, Beer , Rum Runners, Margaritas and more!

Island CityFest is being held at the Holmes Beach City Hall “Field” 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach (next to City Hall). For Vendor or Sponsor Information see attachments or call 941-778-1541.

Band Line-Up Friday March 27th:

Scott Pritchard – MC

5:30-7:30pm Koko Ray & the Keepers

8:00-10:00pm – Billy Rice Band

Band Line-Up Saturday March 28th:

Mike Sales – MC all day

11:00-12:00 noon – Cant Turn Left

12:30-2:30pm – Mike Sales & the Restless Natives

3:00-5:00pm – soulRcoaster

5:30-7:30pm – Shotgun Justice

8:00pm-10:00pm – Scott’s Garage

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach
city fest 2015

Gene Aubry, Conversations with an Architect

Holmes Beach- Gene Aubry, will have a conversation about “chapters” in his career as an architect for the program for the Artists’ Guild meeting on Monday, March 2nd at the Church of the Annunciation, 45th Street and 2nd Avenue. Social hour begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7 PM.

After leaving Houston and the 5th largest architectural firm in the US with 250 architects working under him, Gene came to Anna Maria in 1985. He subsequently designed the Sarasota Library and the Naples Philharmonic Hall, among other buildings.  Come and hear stories about working with the famous architect Phillip Johnson, John and Dominique de Menil, Houston art patrons, and Mark Rothko to complete the Rothko Chapel at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. “I only do what I enjoy:  being an architect has been fun….I enjoy is drawing directly what I see (which resulted in a book of Galveston Historic Buildings)… and playing guitar evenings at the Beach Bistro”.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site: amiartistsguildgallery.com. We are also on facebook.com/ArtistsGuildofAMI.

Gene Aubrey, Architect

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island March Artist: Cheryl Jorgensen

Holmes Beach – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is pleased to present watercolorist and teacher Cheryl Jorgensen as the featured artist for the month of March.There will be a reception for her at the Guild Gallery Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.

Cheryl was born in Trinidad, then moved to Denmark, and finally to Florida. She began painting in oils but changed to watercolors, feeling that the flow and spontaneity of this medium, as well as the vibrant colors, best allowed her self expression. She has now been living and teaching in the area for ten years, and currently holds classes at the Crosspointe Fellowship on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

For more information call the Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site at www.AMIArtistsGuildGallery.com.

Masks, Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen at the Artists' Guild

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Uh oh! Looks like these events are just fun memories now.

But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!

Take a look at some of my favorites below:
Cortez Fishing Festival Blog
Halloween Events Blog
Local Art Events
Local Festivals 

 

The paintings of Dorothy Okray at the Artists’ Guild Gallery

Holmes Beach – February 1 through the 28th, the paintings of Dorothy Okray will be displayed in the window of the Artists’ Guild Gallery, located at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Friday, February 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Dorothy will host a reception also at the Guild Gallery. This event will be in conjunction with the town-wide ArtWalks in the Holmes Beach Art District.

An award winning artist, Okray’s paintings cover a variety of mediums. Her work is represented at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery. “Every morning the trees grow a little. Grass grows a little. Every morning the world is new and will never be exactly the same again,” Okray states. “You see new things, think new thoughts, and feel new feelings….every day. You wake up every day a little bit different. And that is what makes painting the most exciting art form…trying to capture the sensation, that fresh moment which exists only for the briefest instance in time.”

Okray has exhibited at the Studio at Pine and Gulf, Anna Maria Island; Art Uptown Gallery, Sarasota; Medical Center, Bradenton; Venice Art Center; University Park Country Club, University Park FL; Art Centers Sarasota and Manatee; Lexow Gallery, Sarasota; The Wine Club, Southlake, TX; Centennial Art Show, Morenci MI; Long Lake Annual Art Exhibition, Long Lake NY; and Rockport Art Center, Rockport MA.

She is a member of the Art Guild of Anna Maria Island, Women’s Contemporary Art Association, Florida HiWay Women Artists, Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee, and is currently the owner of CHURCHgalleries.com, a webpage serving the multimedia design needs of churches throughout the world.

For more information call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site, www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Let There be Light, oil by Dorothy Okray

February happenings at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – February brings us new happenings at the Artists’ Guild Anna MariaI. Joey Long is an expert on the use of Keetons newest and most innovative art products. Join her for endless fun with a Gelli™ Plate, rubber brayer, acrylic paint, and an array of textural tools. Create stunning prints loaded with color, texture and design. Learn to layer prints to produce some BOGGLING results! It’s addictive, and the more you experiment the more you’ll want to try. Take home beautiful – or funky-prints you can frame, or use for collage, journaling, gift paper and more.

The cost is $35 Artists’ Guild members and $50 non-members.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island
Joey Long with an array of Gelli™ supplies.

Chinese Brush Painting with instructor Renee Vickery

Wednesday, February 11, 9:30-12:30

Explore this traditional Chinese art form with Renee, who lived and studied in Asia for fifteen years. Learn about the materials used; practice Chinese characters and traditional Chinese motifs; and have the chance to experience painting with an orchid/bamboo brush and pigments. You will leave with at least one rice paper painting, a greeting card and a sheet of gift paper.

The cost is $45 for Artists’ Guild members and $60 for non-members. For more information call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694. You may register on-line by going to www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island
Fallen Lotus Petal by Renee Vickery