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.