ArtsHop 2014

Anna Maria Island – The 8th Annual ArtsHop 2014 celebration is just around the corner on the weekend of November 7th-9th.

Spanning all three cities of Anna Maria Island, the weekend begins with a tour of the various art galleries and shops across Anna Maria Island as listed below.

HOLMES BEACH- Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Restless Natives – 5416 Marina Drive

Artists Guild Gallery – 5414 Marina Drive
The Mission of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is to educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their membership—100 plus artists and supporters of the arts—arrange exhibits, shows, and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. The Artists’ Guild Gallery will feature a portion of the public art exhibit along with music, art demos and of course, refreshments. Web site: amiartistsguildgallery.com

Giving Back – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
Giving Back is its name, apropos of the shop’s purpose – All proceeds go to charity. A great example of pooling resources to meet the needs of the community. Giving back will feature painted furniture and photography.

Art League of Anna Maria Island – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
The art league offers studio space and classes, as well as a gallery for their member artists, plus two amazing art festivals each year: Winterfest and Springfest. The Art League will feature a portion of the public art exhibit and will have the Keeton’s raffle basket (turn in your stamped passport for a chance to win!) Web site: islandartleague.org

Island Tattoo – 5337 Gulf Drive Suite 300

Libby’s Jewelry – 5337 Gulf Drive

Island Gallery West – 5368 Gulf Drive
DON PULVER, Oils & Acrylics Artist, Exhibits “The World in Art” as November artsHOP Featured Artist at Island Gallery West Don Pulver has been named November Featured Artist at the gallery. His vibrant oil and acrylic paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit “The World in Art.” A public reception honoring Mr. Pulver will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 7, 5-8 PM, as part of the Island-wide 8th annual artsHOP Gallery Walk. Many gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors with refreshments, live music by Chip Ragsdale and a gyotaku (fish print) art demo, 5-6 PM, by Brenda Alcorn. Web site: islandgallerywest.com

Steam Design – 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600
Graphic design, marketing, branding, large format grarphics, tradeshow displays, artist giclee reproduction prints, banners, signs, print … you name it! Steam Design will feature a portion of the public art along with the Art League and the Artists’ Guild Gallery. Facebook: Steam Design

Creations by L – 5500 Marina Drive, Suite 2
Creations by L will have a display of beaded jewelery along with a store raffle with a $50 certificate for classes. Web site: CreationsbyL.com

The Islander Sidebar Gallery – 5604B Marina Drive
The Islander Sidebar Gallery includes a collection of work by numerous local and national artists for sale, as well as Caribbean paintings by friends of the ministry in Haiti. There will be a store raffle, refreshments and other surprises.

Salt Aire – 5508 Marina Drive

Sun & Surf – 5418 Marina Drive
Sun & Surf will feature dy artist, Sara Gafvert

ANNA MARIA – Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Studio at Gulf and Pine – 10101 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria Island’s cultural art gallery and event facility, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, lectures and the Einstein Circle and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. Founded by former First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, part of the Studio’s permanent collection consists of the Chiles family collection of paintings which hung in the governor’s office. The Studio will feature the Gullette Elementary School Children’s Art. Web site: StudioatGulfandPine.com

Emerson’s Studio – 317C Pine Avenue
Images that make you smile. The Studio is filled with paintings, prints and many other wonderful items that are sure to make you laugh and leave the store with a smile. Web site: EmersonsHumor.com

Shiny Fish – 306 Pine Avenue
Shiny Fish Emporium is a Family Oasis retail store, where classic 1950’s Florida meets the artistic flare of Soho with a touch of beach glam. It is a destination for the entire family offering an irresistable array of unique goods, confections and kid crafts and activities, Paint your own sanddollar, Ukelele Music and refreshements. Facebook: Shiny Fish Emporium

Tide and Moon – 314 Pine Avenue
We love the chunkiest, coolest, natural stones…for ALL your sterling silver needs~ This is the place. Hand designed and hand fabricated custom, one of a kind sterling silver jewelry and ready made sterling silver, bead work and funky island gifts. Facebook: Tide and Moon

Ginnie and Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through our front doors is “we are different”! Not your normal fare you expect to see at the beach. Although you will find those necessities you need to help you stay comfortable when you are playing in the sun and sand, what you will also find is a unique and funky collection of local art and antiquities all sorced locally from pickers and artists. Web site: Ginnys and Janee s.com

Libby’s on Pine – 501 Pine Avenue

Hometown Desserts – 507b Pine Avenue
Hometown Desserts creates delicious desserts and custom cakes. We also offer wholesale pricing to local restaurants. Facebook: Hometown Desserts

Room with a Hue – 314 Pine Avenue
Artfully inspired home accents, gifts and hand painted furniture. Facebook: Room With a Hue

Salon Salon on Pine – 313 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria’s very own beauty boutique and spa! Live models and demonstration of hair art, Big Hair Beehives, avant-garde styles. From 5-6 hair, makeup and costumes. Facebook: Salon Salon on Pine

BRADENTON BEACH- Sunday, November 9th 10am – 3pm

The Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Merchants will host an upbeat, unique Bridge Street ArtWalk Sunday November 9th 10am-3pm including an outdoor market with live music and merchants on the street. Get your Bridge Street Passport for a chance at the grand prize.

That isn’t all though. The weekend continues with other events such as a special play on Friday and Sunday at the Island Players of Anna Maria, a symphony withe the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and more that you can read about on the official ArtsHop website. 

Historic Green Village – The model of going Green on Anna Maria Island

If you’re on Anna Maria Island you have to check out the Historic Green Village (HGV). This unique combination of commercial and residential buildings combines today’s modern energy efficient technology in a historic setting.

Historic Green Village

Owners Mike and Lizze thrasher had a vision for Pine Ave when they vacationed here in 2007. The couple bought 4 adjacent lots on Pine Ave which only had two usable properties and a few abandoned garages. In 2009, when the renovations began, they purchased two different historic abandoned houses from around the island; the Sears Cottage, and the Anglers Lodge.

Building the Green Village

The Anglers Lodge is a huge two story house which required 300,000lbs of concrete reinforcement and required a temporary bridge built across one of the canals to move. It took three “heart slipping” hours to move the Anglers Lodge across the canal but was successfully delivered to the lots on Pine Ave.

During Renovations Architect Gene Aubry assisted the thrashers in choosing high quality building materials that reduce energy consumption. They also added in a fifth building, brand new, that was built to match the historic look of the other buildings. Mike and Lizzie Thrashers vision was to establish a group of buildings with a high level of sustainability. With the guidance of environmental consultant, Raymond Kaiser, the HGV was able to become only 1 of 100 places worldwide to earn the Platinum LEED certification and achieve Net Zero Energy during its first 18 months of operation.

Net Zero Energy

Net Zero Energy (NZE) building is one that relies on renewable sources to produce as much energy as it consumes. There are several main areas where buildings are evaluated to determine LEED certification. All the buildings are insulated with a special soy based formula that completely seals and insulates attics, keeping them at the same temperature as the rooms. The HGV also uses special energy efficient windows. These allow in maximum light and filter out the heat carrying infrared spectrum.

On top of the HGV buildings lay 400 photovoltaic solar panels which generate about 100kw, or 14,000$ in electricity annually. The photovoltaic solor panels collect energy from the minute the sun rises until the sunsets. The surplus energy created by HGV is sent to Florida Power and Light. The surplus comes back to the HGV when needed during rain storms and at night. Also, the buildings collect rain water to flush the high efficiency toilets and water the landscaping. Another way the HGV is saving energy, is the 450ft deep well pull that brings up 80° water from deep below the surface to help cool the AC, increasing efficiency by 30-50%!

A model of Green

The Historic Green Village is an inspiration to the local community. The Thrashers are hoping to influence others by proving that this is possible not only for commercial but residential. Despite the serious impact of this quaint historic village, don’t forget to check out the shopping venue while you’re here. The Relish Marketplace features Vintage clothing and accessories, reclaimed designer fashions and much more. Lastly, make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious cupcake at Hometown Desserts and then browse the Bob Brown art gallery.