New changes at the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island 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.

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

The mission of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is to educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their membership—100 plus artists and supporters of the arts—arrange exhibits, shows, and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. Their gallery, the Guild’s largest program, is located at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach and has 45 displaying artists as well one local high school student’s art work 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 later this year is celebrating, with the community, the Gallery’s 25th year at their present location.

During the general meeting held January 6th at the Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach, new President Wendell Graham, honored outgoing Co-Presidents Midge Pippel and Joan Voyles by presenting each 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.   Graham cited several key projects for which Pippel and Voyles were responsible, including the largest–the recent remodeling and redesign of the 25-year-old gallery.

The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island encourages the support of friends and patrons and hosts a monthly general meeting at the Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach with a program that is open to the public. January’s speaker was Denise Kowal, founder and chair of the Sarasota Chalk Festival who 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 3 and features  Olivia Chiusano, a Sarasota artist, said to unite science with art, botanical accuracy with good design and beauty. She has authored 11 books on the subject of botanical illustration and is 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 Fesival

In addition, the Fifth Annual Art Show “Reflections”, hosted by the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, is currently at The Studio at Gulf and Pine 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 more about the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island and its programs, to visit the Guild’s website at, visit the Gallery at 5414 Marina Drive, come to one of the Guild’s general meetings, or visit the “Reflections” show currently at The Studio at Gulf and Pine.   All are welcome.

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