The paintings of Dorothy Okray at the Artists’ Guild Gallery

Holmes Beach – February 1 through the 28th, the paintings of Dorothy Okray will be displayed in the window of the Artists’ Guild Gallery, located at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Friday, February 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Dorothy will host a reception also at the Guild Gallery. This event will be in conjunction with the town-wide ArtWalks in the Holmes Beach Art District.

An award winning artist, Okray’s paintings cover a variety of mediums. Her work is represented at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery. “Every morning the trees grow a little. Grass grows a little. Every morning the world is new and will never be exactly the same again,” Okray states. “You see new things, think new thoughts, and feel new feelings….every day. You wake up every day a little bit different. And that is what makes painting the most exciting art form…trying to capture the sensation, that fresh moment which exists only for the briefest instance in time.”

Okray has exhibited at the Studio at Pine and Gulf, Anna Maria Island; Art Uptown Gallery, Sarasota; Medical Center, Bradenton; Venice Art Center; University Park Country Club, University Park FL; Art Centers Sarasota and Manatee; Lexow Gallery, Sarasota; The Wine Club, Southlake, TX; Centennial Art Show, Morenci MI; Long Lake Annual Art Exhibition, Long Lake NY; and Rockport Art Center, Rockport MA.

She is a member of the Art Guild of Anna Maria Island, Women’s Contemporary Art Association, Florida HiWay Women Artists, Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee, and is currently the owner of, a webpage serving the multimedia design needs of churches throughout the world.

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

Let There be Light, oil by Dorothy Okray

New classes starting at the Anna Maria Island Art League

Holmes Beach – The Anna Maria Island Art League recently announced a series of new classes centered around Sea-Life painting.

Anna Maria Island Art League 2014 Calendar

Anna Maria Island Art League happenings

The art league presents a series of three classes exploring the basics of Sea-Life painting. John Allison is a renowned mural artist. He teaches classes that are designed to show the basics of form and tone. Additionally, he’ll teach drawing with light to create movement under water and how to achieve the effects of nature through paint. Also producing finished artwork at the end of each lesson.

The classes take place April 26th, may 3rd and May 10th 2014 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Please call the Anna Maria Island Art League, at 941-778-2099, for registration as space is limited.



The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island Workshops!

This season, the Artists’ Guild is expanding its class and workshop offerings to include classes in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, collage and acrylics.  Classes include “Values in Watercolors” with island artist Cheryl Jorgensen; “The Beauty of Colored Pencil” with Roger Rockefeller; “Collage: Paint a Picture with Paper” with Marie Garafano; “Acrylics Island Style” with Kathy Sparks; and, “Explorations in Graphite: The Basics” with Margo Chick.

Workshops being offered this season include Mark Polomchak’s  “Sails in Paradise”, January 31; Jim Ladd’s  “Abstracts in Watercolor”, February 7; Cheryl Jorgensen’s “Yupo and Watercolor” March 14; Ellie Barber’s “Fun with Paper Beads”, March 21 and April11; and, Kay Johnson’s “Weave Your Own Basket” on November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12 and March12,.

All daytime classes and workshops will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship Church in Holmes Beach.  Kathy Sparks’ evening class will be held at the newly renovated Artists’ Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.  Classes will be offered in November, January, February, March and April.   To register for a class or workshop, or for additional information, please visit the Artists’ Guild’s website, or call the gallery at 941-778-6694.


Paper Collage by Marie Garafano 


Colored Pencil by Roger Rockefeller2

Graphite Drawing by Margo Chick3

Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen4

Basket by Kay Johnson5