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

Masks, Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen at the Artists' Guild

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island –  Plan on watching the Super Bowl 2015? To help you out we’ve put together a list of some of the places on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy the game, and a snack, and a drink. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the game.

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-5788

Watch the game in HD. NFL Wings and other game food.

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

ESPN Sunday Package

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Superbowl Party all day. ESPN Sunday Package.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

10 ft TV to watch the game on. Tailgate party until 5:00pm. Drink and food specials all day long.

Below is a list of some other places that regularly do something special for Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035


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, 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,

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.

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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

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Fallen Lotus Petal by Renee Vickery

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island January Student of the Month

Holmes Beach – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is pleased to feature the artwork of Hunter Windham, age 17, who is a senior at Manatee High School and is the Artists’ Guild January student of the month. His mixed media painting is a multiple portrait, ‘ Lennon, Hendrix and Dylan,’ which will be displayed in our Gallery for the month of January. Hunter plans to pursue his interest in art although he is undecided on a career path. Recently he created an event . “A Night at the Museum”at the South Florida Museum where he is currently a docent. His art teacher is Jon Scott.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island January Student of the Month
Hunter Windham, left, and art teacher Jon Scott

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island December Art Student of the Month

Holmes Beach – During the school year the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island exhibits the work of a Manatee County High School art student. This year the invitation has been extended to the teachers as well. It is with pleasure we present the work of Martin Vera, an eighteen year old Palmetto High School Senior who plans a career architecture at USF. His artwork is titled “Not Here” and his medium is spray paint. Martin recently exhibited at the Comm Center in Lakewood Ranch where he won a Merit Award. His teacher, Troy Schroeder, has a two-part acrylic diptych titled “Night Time at the Beach, Part 1 and Part 2”. He teaches the AICE program, Advanced International Certificate of Education .

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Education chair Artists Guild Karen Ellsworth and Jacquelyn Daum

The Artists’ Guild Gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive and open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Walk to Restaurants from Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals – Part 2B

You don’t have to leave the island or WALK very far from any of the Island Real Estate vacation rentals to enjoy the wide selection of restaurants our little paradise has to offer.

There are several ways to find out about all the good Island eateries on this blog. The restaurant finder will give you an overview of your options. Also more detailed summary might narrow it down. Click here for this information or search our top ten from your local Island Real Estate rental team.  Find the best “Happy Hour” and convenient delivery options or click here for Waterfront Dining.

The largest shopping area on the island is along East Bay Drive close to the Manatee Ave intersection.  This stretch of Plazas offers several restaurant choices. There are breakfast/lunch restaurants like Peaches, Paradise Bagel and Subway. Pick your favorite international dinner: Italian at Solo’s Pizza, German at The Hamburg Schnitzelhaus or Japanese at Ocean Star.  The Manatee Public Beach with the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe is also close. Their specialty are the daily All-u-can-eat Pancakes and the All-u-can-eat Fish Fry on Fridays.

Turn back around and find Skinny’s across the street. One of the few original buildings and restaurants on Anna Maria Island. Grab one of the world famous hamburgers!

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Just South of the shopping area past the traffic light are two more local favorites:  Mr. Bones BBQ and The Anchor Inn.

The condo complex Sandy Pointe is across of the Publix Plaza.
Sandy Point 206
3601 East Bay Drive
Sandy Pointe

The lovely Palm Isle Village is a short walk to the South and is located just across the beach. It features 1 and 2 bedroom bungalows with Widow’s watches for Gulf views and a heated pool.  There are 11 units in total. Please click on the link for the largest 2 bedroom bungalow:
Palm Isle 3209

There are several single family homes in this area. This home is the closest with a french themed decor:
4002 6th Avenue

This stunning home offers water and sunset view from the upper balcony:
SeaBreeze Sands

Directly Gulf front is this 3 bedroom condo located. It features designer decorations and a heated pool:
Palm Gables

This is just a selection of the vacation homes in this area of the island. For a full list of the Island Real Estate selection please visit our vacation property website right HERE!







Anna Maria Island Weather, how do we stack up?

Anna Maria Island Weather is gorgeous! Thousands of people get away from the harsh winters of home every year by visiting the island. But how does the weather really compare to other areas in the world?

Anna Maria Island Weather

As of right now (12:47 October 28th 2014) the weather report reads “ clear 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit Today is forecast to be NEARLY THE SAME temperature as yesterday.” so what about some other great cities of the world?

Nashville, Tennessee- Mostly cloudy 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be MUCH COOLER than yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms.”

Paris, France- Overcast 51 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be MUCH WARMER than today. Showers ending by midday”

New York City, New York- Clear 64.8 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be WARMER than yesterday.”

London, United Kingdom-  61 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be COOLER than today. Periods of light rain.”

Berlin, Germany- 49.3 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be NEARLY THE SAME temperature as today. Periods of light rain early tomorrow night”

Honolulu, Hawaii- 74.1 Degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be COOLER than yesterday. Morning showers.”

San Diego, California- 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be WARMER than yesterday.”

So as you can see while the rest of the world is buttoning jackets to go outside here on Anna Maria were folding towels to go to the beach. So next time your scrapping ice from your windshield or shoveling snow from the driveway remember that there’s someone on Anna Maria laying by a pool right now with a cold margarita in their hand! So don’t wait until there’s salt on the roads to give us a call, do it today and that could be you by the pool building up a nice winter tan!

Anna Maria Elementary School 2014 Fall Festival

Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival is the best way to make Halloween last and to ring in Fall here on Anna Maria Island. The Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival is on Saturday November 1st from 3:30 to 8PM!!!  This event is open to the public, so you do not need to be or have a student at this school to enjoy the event.

This year’s festivities will start out with a children’s costumed parade beginning at 3:30PM at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.  They will then take a path south down Gulf Drive ending at the elementary school located at 4700 Gulf Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

After the parade there will be carnival type games with prizes, a costume contest with prizes and a HUGE bake sale not with prizes… sorry.   There will be live music by Blue Echo Bluegrass to enjoy with lots of eats and treats too with the island cookout!

If you didn’t get enough scares on Halloween make sure to take a tour of the Haunted House (which is open on October 31st as well)!  There are also not so scary tours for the little monsters/princesses as well that will not give them nightmares.

All proceeds for this event will go directly back to the school to support their programs and facilities.  If you would like more information please contact the school directly at 941-708-5525.  The event is put on by the school’s PTO, and is one not to be missed.  Hope to see you all there!

AMI Privateer Pirate Invasion Weekend!

Come join the fun at the AMI Privateer Pirate Invasion Weekend! costume celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1 between 10am and 10pm, and again on Sunday, Nov. 2 between 10am and 5pm! It will be far from a ghost town on the south end of Anna Maria Island as the Invasion Weekend will take place at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

Bring your friends and family as there will be fun for all ages! There will be a great lineup of live music (both Sat & Sun) along with drinks, vendors and children’s activities. The Privateers are even opening their boat-float to children where they will be hosting storytelling and playing games.

Music Lineup:
November 1st– Kettle of Fish, Kei Bland, Savannah Brady and Shotgun Justice.
November 2nd – Savannah Brady, The Mangled Tango’s as well as Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band.

There will be an all-denominational church service on November 2nd for those who would like to attend.

From your friends at Island Real Estate, we hope to see you all there!

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