Spring Fest 2016 – Anna Maria Island Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts

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!

Spring Fest

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.

Spring Fest
Photo Credit: Anna Maria Island Art League Website.

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
Mixed Media
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.

Festival Happenings

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 Vacation Rental

If you are looking for the perfect Holmes Beach vacation rental Island Real Estate offers a large selection!

Holmes Beach Vacation rental
Mermaid Crossing is a gorgeous 3 Bedroom Holmes Beach Vacation Rental just a short walk away from Spring Fest! Click on the image to view this beautiful home.

Artists’ Guild Anna Maria Island March 2016 Happenings

The Artists’ Guild Anna Maria Island have several happening going on in the month of March including great art talks and new artists on display!

March 7th Artists’ Guild Anna Maria Island

On Monday, March 7th at the guild’s monthly meeting Dr. Robert Boxley will be giving his lecture “Art and the Brain”. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Boxley serves people with anxiety, adjustment trauma, relationship and substance abuses, along with coping with other life challenges. The Florida Council for Community Mental Health awarded Dr. Boxley with the Supervisor of the Year Award during his time at Manatee Glens.

This event takes place at the Episcopal Church of Annunciation at 45th Street and 2nd Avenue in Holmes Beach. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30pm with the talk to follow at 7pm. “Art and the Brain” is a free event open to the public.

March 11th Artist Reception

During the March 11th Holmes Beach Art Walk the Artists’ Guild Gallery will be holding a reception for award-winning watercolorists Marie Garafano and Dee Pastorius from 5:30-7:30pm at 5414 Marina Drive.

After moving to Bradenton in 1993 Dee Pastorius was able to fully pursue her passion for art. Working with many media forms, she fell in love with watercolors using them almost exclusively. Dee’s favorite subject is children on the beach of which she also does commissions. Dee continues to learn and study her practice.

A Philadelphia native and graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts now). Here she also taught watercolors. Additionally, Marie Garafano worked as an illustrator for corporate clients and children’s book publishers. Marie is now a permanent Florida resident practicing her work with the Light Chasers Plein Air Painters. In association with this plein air painters, Marie’s panting are on the Collector’s Wall of the American Art Collectors Magazine.

March 26 Book Signing

Hosted by the Artists’ Guild and the Island Coffee Haus, there will be a book signing by Author Kathy Sparks for her new children’s book “Ocean’s Tale”. Kathy Sparks is a local artist, author, publisher, illustrator, and Director of the Artists’ Guild Gallery. Kathy will be set up at the Island Coffee Haus 5350 Gulf Drive from 8am-noon. A portion of the book sales will go toward Children’s Guardian Group. “Ocean’s Tale” is a story with seaside artwork for both the young and young at heart.

March Student Artist

The work of Lauren Cash will also be on display in the Artists’ Guild Gallery as the March Student Artist. Seventeen year old Senior Lauren attends Lakewood Ranch High School as an advanced placement honers student. Lauren plans to study motion design, animation and videography at Ringling College of Art and Design in the Fall 2016. Lauren’s work also won first place at the recent SRQ Airport Art Show.

Artists' Guild Anna Maria Island
Marie Garafano’s watercolor piece “Twin Lakes” on display at the Artists’ Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach.

For additional information visit the Artists’ Guild Anna Maria Island online.