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.

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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.




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
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Gene Aubry, Conversations with an Architect

Holmes Beach- Gene Aubry, will have a conversation about “chapters” in his career as an architect for the program for the Artists’ Guild meeting on Monday, March 2nd at the Church of the Annunciation, 45th Street and 2nd Avenue. Social hour begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7 PM.

After leaving Houston and the 5th largest architectural firm in the US with 250 architects working under him, Gene came to Anna Maria in 1985. He subsequently designed the Sarasota Library and the Naples Philharmonic Hall, among other buildings.  Come and hear stories about working with the famous architect Phillip Johnson, John and Dominique de Menil, Houston art patrons, and Mark Rothko to complete the Rothko Chapel at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. “I only do what I enjoy:  being an architect has been fun….I enjoy is drawing directly what I see (which resulted in a book of Galveston Historic Buildings)… and playing guitar evenings at the Beach Bistro”.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site: We are also on

Gene Aubrey, Architect

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island March Artist: Cheryl Jorgensen

Holmes Beach – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is pleased to present watercolorist and teacher Cheryl Jorgensen as the featured artist for the month of March.There will be a reception for her at the Guild Gallery Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.

Cheryl was born in Trinidad, then moved to Denmark, and finally to Florida. She began painting in oils but changed to watercolors, feeling that the flow and spontaneity of this medium, as well as the vibrant colors, best allowed her self expression. She has now been living and teaching in the area for ten years, and currently holds classes at the Crosspointe Fellowship on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

For more information call the Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site at

Masks, Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen at the Artists' Guild

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

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Fallen Lotus Petal by Renee Vickery

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island January Student of the Month

Holmes Beach – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is pleased to feature the artwork of Hunter Windham, age 17, who is a senior at Manatee High School and is the Artists’ Guild January student of the month. His mixed media painting is a multiple portrait, ‘ Lennon, Hendrix and Dylan,’ which will be displayed in our Gallery for the month of January. Hunter plans to pursue his interest in art although he is undecided on a career path. Recently he created an event . “A Night at the Museum”at the South Florida Museum where he is currently a docent. His art teacher is Jon Scott.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island January Student of the Month
Hunter Windham, left, and art teacher Jon Scott

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island December Art Student of the Month

Holmes Beach – During the school year the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island exhibits the work of a Manatee County High School art student. This year the invitation has been extended to the teachers as well. It is with pleasure we present the work of Martin Vera, an eighteen year old Palmetto High School Senior who plans a career architecture at USF. His artwork is titled “Not Here” and his medium is spray paint. Martin recently exhibited at the Comm Center in Lakewood Ranch where he won a Merit Award. His teacher, Troy Schroeder, has a two-part acrylic diptych titled “Night Time at the Beach, Part 1 and Part 2”. He teaches the AICE program, Advanced International Certificate of Education .

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Education chair Artists Guild Karen Ellsworth and Jacquelyn Daum

The Artists’ Guild Gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive and open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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.

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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.

Artists’ Guild Scholarship Award Winner – Young Artists 2015

The Artists’ guild Scholarship Award Winner is a great one this year!

Artists’ Guild Scholarship Award Winner

The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island has awarded Rachel Stenger a $1000 Scholarship. She will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design this fall and will major in illustration. Rachel also recently graduated from Braden River High School. The scholarship this year was named in honor of the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the founding of the  Artists’  Guild.

Each year the Artists’ Guild awards young artists with a scholarship to help keep the arts intriguing. It is always wonderful to give young people the gift of creativity and education at once.

Artists' Guild Scholarship Award Winner artists' guild of anna maria island Rachel Stenger
Pictured left to right: Rachel Stenger and Karen Ellsworth, education and scholarship chairperson

Turtles featured in the window gallery display at the Island Artists’ Guild

During the summer, the Island Artists’ Guild will display themed works from it’s members in the gallery window. Find the gallery at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. For the month of May, the Artists’ Guild will feature turtles as that months Gallery window display.

Island Artists’ Guild Window Display

Themes for the following months are as follows; Fish in June, Patriotic in July, Tropical in August, Kids in September and Harvest in October.

Island Artists' Guild

The mission of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is to educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their membership is 100 plus artists and supporters. They arrange exhibits, shows, and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. Their gallery, the Guild’s largest program, is located at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach and has 45 displaying artists as well one local high school student’s art work 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 later this year is celebrating, with the community, the Gallery’s 25th year at their present location.