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:
Clay
Jewelry
Photography
Fiber & Paper
Metal
Sculpture
Glass
Mixed Media
Watercolors
Graphics & Pastels
Oils & Acrylics
Wood

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.

 

 

 

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.

2015 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – The 33rd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, February 14th-15th from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Art, music and seafood will bring scores of people to the historic Cortez fishing village and you won’t want to miss it!

cortez commercial village festival

Admission – $3.00 for Adults – Children 12 under free

To find Cortez Village on a map, locate Bradenton which is about 50 miles south of Tampa. Find State Road 684, known locally as Cortez Road or 44th Avenue, and go west to the beaches.

Remote Parking for the Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Every year there is a something new at the Festival. Festival goers will want to note that there is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209). Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. You can’t miss it.

As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site.

Also, the parking area just east of the village off of Cortez Road has been expanded again this year. But get there early or later in the day as this parking area tends to fill up quickly. Parking spots open up later in the day.

Another option is to park in the western part of town. Many folks manage small parking areas throughout the village with some charging a fee depending on how close they are to the village.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

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.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island
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.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island
Fallen Lotus Petal by Renee Vickery

Island Players 2014/2015 Season

Anna Maria – Imagine what the Island Players Theater house has seen season after season, play after play; ballet recitals, concerts from many genre’s, hurricanes, actors polishing their craft, a school room, a church, the Anna Maria Garden Club and Women’s Club meetings, a service club during WWII, town hall meetings and tourists.

The actual building was brought by barge to the island in 1912 and it became the home of the Island Players organization in 1949. Originally the home was built in Parrish for the William Gillette family and floated down the Manatee River and set right where it still stands on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. With termites threatening the historic building in the 1970’s, the Players took on the project of not only saving the building from these ravenous bugs, but to preserve it’s historical value and making improvements that benefitted all who come to enjoy our little community theater.

What a great night out! Come see what this season has in store for patrons. For a mere $20 you can lose yourself in drama, comedy and the small town feel that is part of the magic of Anna Maria. Click HERE for their season schedule.

Local theatre, Island Players of Anna Maria Island

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.

2014 Food and Wine on Pine – Anna Maria Island Festival

Anna Maria – The 4th annual 2014 Food and Wine on Pine is taking place on May 3rd on historic Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Featuring the very best in food, win art and music on the island, you won’t want to miss this unique event.

2014 Food and Wine on Pine

2014 Food and Wine on Pine on Pine Avenue

Twenty five local restaurants will feature their unique cuisine. This is all while you taste at least thirty upscale wines. Craft and domestic beers will also be available! Approximately 40 juried artists, more than 30 musical acts and more will line Pine Avenue.

New for this year is a Kentucky Derby Tent. Here you can watch the spectacle on big screen tv’s called the Pine Avenue Downs. There will be other derby related events including betting on the race, a bar serving up Mint Julips and more. It’s almost as good at being in Kentucky!

This event is popular among locals and visitors, and is well attended every year too! While this event grows in popularity, it always offers something new each year.

Food and wine on Pine is organized by the Chiles group of restaurants. They will also be among the vendors list of participants.

Stay tuned to the Food and Wine on Pine website for more information!

 

 

This Weekend on Anna Maria Island – December 20th-22nd

 

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. 21st, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., Artist Cecy Richardson will present a demonstration of mixed media painting at Island Gallery west, at  5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  It is free and open to the public.

 

Island Gallery West 2014 Art Demonstrations

Anna Maria Island – Island Gallery West, a vibrant co-operative gallery located in the Holmes Beach S&S Shopping Place, offers free art demonstrations throughout the year. Taking place through the spring every Saturday from 10am to noon, here is the list of Spring 2014 Art Demonstrations:

Jan 4 Dee Pastorius – Painting on Glass
Jan 11 Brenda Alcorn – Gyotaku (fish printing)
Jan 18 Caroline Whitmore – Watercolor
Jan 25 Betsy Kennedy – Jewelry
Feb 1 Patricia Sorg – Color with Oils
Feb 8 Carole Dougherty – Mixed Media TBA
Feb 15 Roger Rockefeller – Watercolor
Feb 22 Robert Reiber – Watercolor
Mar 1 Shirley Rush Dean – Polymer Clay
Mar 8 Anne Abbgott – Watercolor
Mar 15 Barbara Hines – Watercolor
Mar 22 Don Pulver – Oil Painting