Holmes Beach – Spring Fest is back in it’s 28th year celebrating arts, crafts, food, music and fun. This year Spring Fest will be held April 9th and 10th from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Holmes Beach City Hall field at 5901 Marina Drive. Parking and admission are free for this family friendly event!
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League, this juried art event showcases over 100 fine artists from across the country showing off their talent. Proceeds raised from Spring Fest and Winter Fest events go to support the Anna Maria Island Art League Art Center, children and adult art classes, and the Art League Scholarship Fund.
Gala Art Raffle
When you attend this event be sure to join in on the fun Gala Art Raffle to help support the Art League while collecting fabulous art donated by these wonderful artists. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winners do not need to be present to collect raffled art work.
Juried Art Show
The juried categories for this arts event include:
Fiber & Paper
Graphics & Pastels
Oils & Acrylics
Artists awards include $1000 prize for Best of Show, four Awards of Distinction for $250 and five Awards of Merit for $100 are up for grabs. Deadlines for Artist entries have already passed.
Enjoy music all day long from several favorite local musicians at Spring Fest. This event offers great food and beverage vendors in addition to amazing artwork. Learn a thing or two about Anna Maria Island from local non-profit historical and wildlife organizations that will be set up.
With so much going on at Spring Fest this free event is not to be missed! Visit The Anna Maria Island Art League Website or call 941-778-2099 for additional information about the event and their beautiful organization.
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.
Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island is not only a place to take in the natural beauty, but the man made beauty as well. No need to go to a big city to view many different local artists. A few names you may have even heard of such as Emerson, Sue Lynn Cotton or Barbara Hines. You can either go to one of many local galleries, or gift shops on the island to find local work. Some of our local artists can even be found in many of our vacation rentals. Take a stroll through one of the galleries, and see if you recognize anything.
Here are the local galleries for you all to enjoy. Please click on the names below which will take you to their web site for phone numbers, hours and what collections are available for viewing throughout the year:
Some of these galleries will allow traveling artists to display/sell some of their pieces as well. If you have some great pieces, and will be on the island for a while, this may be the perfect opportunity for you.
Sometimes you just need to slow the pace, enjoy life around you, and even experience it through someone else’s eyes. This is not hard to do when visiting the many fabulous galleries around Anna Maria Island.
The art league presents a series of three classes exploring the basics of Sea-Life painting. John Allison is a renowned mural artist. He teaches classes that are designed to show the basics of form and tone. Additionally, he’ll teach drawing with light to create movement under water and how to achieve the effects of nature through paint. Also producing finished artwork at the end of each lesson.
The classes take place April 26th, may 3rd and May 10th 2014 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Please call the Anna Maria Island Art League, at 941-778-2099, for registration as space is limited.
Anna Maria – The Anna Maria Island Art League, located at 5312 Holmes Blvd on Holmes Beach, offers a variety of classes, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Below is a sampling of their 2014 offerings. Contact the Anna Maria Island Art League at 941-778-2099 for more information and to pre-register for classes.
Photography: Camera Basics
Welcome Point and Shoot and DSLR Cameras
Instructor Spencer Pullen will alternate between classroom learning and field trips. You will learn the parts of the camera and how they work, and go on a “Field of Dreams” field trip to apply what you have learned. There will be group learning as well as individual exploration. (Please visit Spencer’s web site www.SpencerPullen.com to view his impressive work and teaching experience!) Class sylibus HERE
Instructor: Spencer Pullen
1/7, 1/14, 1/21 & 1/28/2014
$100 for the class
Just Wanna Paint!
Janet Kingan will be teaching an on-going weekly basic oil painting class. In a relaxed atmosphere, with an emphasis on fun, we will explore techniques with a brief demo, share tips and paint! Students will supply their own paints. The materials list will be supplied.
Instructor: Janet Kingan
Mondays, 10:30am- 12:30 p.m.
Coming soon in 2014
$30 per class
Drawing to Painting
Drawing, the foundation upon which all good painting depends, is taught in a condense, intense 2 week span. In class, the student will work further toward knowledge of renaissance inspired methods and techniques. Then, for the remaining 3 weeks, the class will delve into painting with oils or watercolors. Supply list can be emailed or picked up.
Instructor: Rolando Rodriquez
Coming soon in 2014
2D Art Beginning Class
Begin exploring and experimenting with media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional artworks through the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and/or design. You will begin a well rounded basic understanding of technical practice, sketch and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research and/or imagination.
Instructor: Abby Flanigan
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon
Coming soon in 2014
$75 for 4 class session
This Weekend on Anna Maria Island is a regular section highlighting the various happenings and events going on over the weekend. Check our events calendar for a list of future events.
• Dec. 13, from 5-8 p.m., Anna Maria businesses host a citywide holiday open house. Participating businesses will stay open extended hours to toast the season and children can visit with Santa Claus.
• Dec. 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Art League presents Winterfest at city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The event provides an opportunity for art-enthusiasts to do some holiday shopping and for artists — from near and afar — to show off their work in a juried festival.
• Dec. 14, from 3-7 p.m., the Bridge Street Merchants hosts the annual Christmas on Bridge Street celebration, featuring visits with representatives from the North Pole, raffles, a children’s gift bazaar, carols and holiday specials in the stores and restaurants.