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 www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.

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Fallen Lotus Petal by Renee Vickery

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.

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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.

Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Donates Money to Local Schools

The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island recently donated $200 to each of two Manatee County Middle Schools. Lee Middle and King Middle received the funds for their Art Departments.

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The Artist’s Guild is a non-profit organization and one of its missions is to support public school art education by donations, scholarships, and demonstrations. Congrats to the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island for stepping up and supporting our burgeoning artists!

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Dudley Leigh and Stefania Daly art teachers and Mary Zion Guild Education Committee

You can also visit the Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach at 5414 Marina Drive. Here you can find works on display along with rotating exhibits in the front window. all are welcome to visit too!