April Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – During April, the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is featuring the work of Southeast High School student Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney. Zoe’s acrylic floral painting, is called “O’Keefe Orchid”. She has previously exhibited at the Sarasota Airport. Zoe will be attending college next fall but is undecided on her career path. She studied the Chinese language for three years in the International Baccalaureate program in high school.

Barbara Kenney’s watercolor painting is titled “Spring Trio”. She has been an art teacher at Southeast HS for over thirty years and is the sponsor of the Art Club and Chairperson for the Visual & Performing Arts.

The paintings will be displayed all month at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Nancy Hossbach of the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney
Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Kids art workshop at the Anna Maria Island Art League

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.

The Galleries of Anna Maria Island

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.

Art Space Deborah Webster
Dancing Water by Deborah Webster owner of Art Space Anna Maria.

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:

Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island – 5414 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Art League – 5312 Holmes Boulevard Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Historical Society – 402 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Island Gallery West – 5368 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Studio at Gulf and Pine – Corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Artspace Anna Maria – 101 South Bay Boulevard Anna Maria, FL 34216

Emerson Studio Store – 317 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

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.

Sea and Sky Art Exhibit by Lex Halakan

Sea and Sky Art Exhibit
Sea and Sky art exhibit by Lex-Halakan

There is a new solo art exhibit being displayed on Adnna Maria Island until March 15th, 2013 for all of you patrons of the arts. The series is called “Sea & Sky” by Lex Halakan, an Anna Maria local who has won awards on an international scale for his breath taking work transforming oil paintings into portrayals of nature mixing common and phenomenal settings. If you’d like to stop by an admire the gallery it will be open to the public at the Artspace Studio & Gallery in Bay Plaza by the Anna Maria City Pier from Tuesdays-Saturdays (11am-5pm).

Continue reading Sea and Sky Art Exhibit by Lex Halakan

This Weekend ~ The 4TH Annual Anna Maria Island ArtsHop ~

Art Festival On Anna Maria Island 11-12-10
Anna Maria Island’s ArtsHop 2010

This Friday we will kick off the 4th annual Anna Maria Island ArtsHop with an island wide gallery walk.  Start at any participating gallery to pick up an ArtsHOP “passport” which maps out the ArtsHOP galleries on Anna Maria Island.  At 8p.m. Friday and again on Saturday the Island Players will present an evening of One Act Plays for your enjoyment.   You don’t want to miss these plays and local acting skills, tickets are only $15.00 and they will be serving coffee and gourmet pastries during intermission.

On Saturday there will be an Arts & Crafts sale at the City Hall field in Holmes Beach, a book singing at the Anna Maria Island historical Society,  the Calling All Turtles Art Event in the City Of Anna Maria, and An Evening Of One Act Plays at 8p.m. presented by the Island Players.

On Sunday the Arts & Crafts sale will continue in Holmes Beach, there will be a concert featuring Broadway show tune selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Irving Berlin at the CrossPointe Church in the City Of Anna Maria.  The tickets are open seating and cost $20.00.  End the weekend with the sunset and drum circle at 4:30 on Manatee County Beach.