Roger & Mariarosa Rockefeller at Island Gallery West in February

Anna Maria Island – Get a double dose of the Rockefeller’s this month at Island Gallery West on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island.

Roger Rockefeller will be demonstrating watercolor painting of bromeliads, a Florida plant, on Saturday February 15th from 10:30am to noon. A member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Reckefeller teaches and has won numerous awards for his work.

Artist and Photographer Mariarosa Rockefeller is the featured artist of the month at Island Gallery West. “Gulf Coast Sunsets”, an exhibit of photographs, is featured in her free public reception to be held at Island Gallery West at the gallery on Friday February 14th from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and runs through February 28th. Working in watercolor and colored pencils, as well as photography, Mariarosa teaches course and workshops in Photoshop Elements at the ArtCenter Manatee in downtown Bradenton. Also a member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, she has won numerous awards for her work.

Island Gallery West is located at 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. They are open from 10:00am-5:00pm Monday thru Saturday, and 10:00am-3:00pm on Sundays. For more information call 941-778-6648 or visit To view a list of Island Gallery Wests 2014 workshops Click Here.

Anna Maria Art Island League 2014 Classes and Workshops

Anna Maria – The Anna Maria Island Art League, located at 5312 Holmes Blvd on Holmes Beach, offers a variety of classes, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Below is a sampling of their 2014 offerings. Contact the Anna Maria Island Art League at 941-778-2099 for more information and to pre-register for classes.

Anna Maria Island Art League 2014 Calendar

Photography: Camera Basics
Welcome Point and Shoot and DSLR Cameras
Instructor Spencer Pullen will alternate between classroom learning and field trips. You will learn the parts of the camera and how they work, and go on a “Field of Dreams” field trip to apply what you have learned. There will be group learning as well as individual exploration. (Please visit Spencer’s web site to view his impressive work and teaching experience!) Class sylibus HERE
Instructor: Spencer Pullen
Tuesdays 4-6pm
1/7, 1/14, 1/21 & 1/28/2014
$100 for the class

Just Wanna Paint!
Janet Kingan will be teaching an on-going weekly basic oil painting class. In a relaxed atmosphere, with an emphasis on fun, we will explore techniques with a brief demo, share tips and paint! Students will supply their own paints. The materials list will be supplied.
Instructor: Janet Kingan
Mondays, 10:30am- 12:30 p.m.
Coming soon in 2014
$30 per class

Drawing to Painting
Drawing, the foundation upon which all good painting depends, is taught in a condense, intense 2 week span. In class, the student will work further toward knowledge of renaissance inspired methods and techniques. Then, for the remaining 3 weeks, the class will delve into painting with oils or watercolors. Supply list can be emailed or picked up.
Instructor: Rolando Rodriquez
Coming soon in 2014

2D Art Beginning Class
Begin exploring and experimenting with media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional artworks through the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and/or design. You will begin a well rounded basic understanding of technical practice, sketch and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research and/or imagination.
Instructor: Abby Flanigan
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon
Coming soon in 2014
$75 for 4 class session


Joan McArthur is the January featured artist at the Artist's Guild of Anna Maria Island

Joan McArthur, featured artist
Joan McArthur, January featured artist
Holmes Beach – Every month the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island features one of their artists, and for the month of January that distinguished creative is Digital Photo artist Joan McArthur.

The Artist’s Guild will be holding a reception for Joan on January 10th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Joan has described “Impressions” as her passion. Using a lens to capture what is seen, and then digitally editing it, she reinterprets beauty and the essence of the image on canvas, metal, wood or paper. She even occasional ventures into the world of acrylics or other materials to further enhance her work.

The Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive on Holmes Beach. For more information reach them by phone at 941-778-6694 or online at