Island Arts and Culture

Island Gallery West
A rich variety of art by talented local artists awaits the art lover at Island Gallery West. We’re on Holmes Beach in the heart of Anna Maria Island. The works of nearly 30 local artists, artisans and craftspeople are on display. Stop in and take home some local art as a souvenir of our lovely island. We offer painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, stained glass, painted furniture and basketwork. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. islandgallery.info

Artist’s Guild Gallery
The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, a non profit organization, was formed in 1989. The goal was to promote and support creative processes by bringing together all artists – visual and performing and writers – to share experiences, expertise and work together to develop and promote the artistic community on the island. They held the first weekend art festival on Anna Maria Island that fall. In February 1990 The Artists’ Guild Gallery was opened in Holmes Beach to display the work of member artists. Today members continue to volunteer to work at the gallery. In the winter season, demonstrations are presented and member artists are featured monthly in an art opening reception. The public is invited to attend all functions, which are free. Phone: 941-778-6694. Address: 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 amiartistsguildgallery.com

Island Art League
The Art League was founded in 1989 by a small group of artists and art lovers with a desire to bring art to the island community. In June 1993 the Art League opened the island’s first art center in Holmes Beach, Florida. The Art Center facility includes a large exhibit/classroom, membership gallery/conference room, photo lab, art library and picnic grounds where the League offers a broad range of classes, including a scholarship program for children and adults. Annually the League sponsors Winterfest and Springfest, two juried fine arts and fine crafts festivals that provide funds for the art center and its scholarship fund. islandartleague.org

Studio at Gulf and Pine
Located in Anna Maria City, Anna Maria’s cultural art facility, The Studio, offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, USF lectures and discussion groups (by reservation only), and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. The art gallery features works by regional artists and artisans provided by former Florida First Lady, Rhea Chiles. Open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Different showings and events all year. studioatgulfandpine.com

Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
Founded by Holmes Beach resident Willem Bartelsman in 1992, AMICCA boasts an orchestra and chorus, made up mostly of volunteers, unique in the area in that they rehearse and perform together. The group presents four concerts from November through March, and uses the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for rehearsals and Crosspointe Fellowship church for performances. Led by Alfred Gershfeld, who emigrated from the former Soviet Union, the group seeks out musical talent in youth of the area and attracts strong local support, as well as favorable press coverage, with its renditions of Handel’s Messiah having become a beloved community tradition amicco.org/

Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Housed in the museum are rare old photographs, maps, records from the early 1900s, clippings from newspapers, and videos of old times. The mission of the group is to collect, research, preserve, and exhibit materials relating to the early days of Anna Maria Island. The educational program is of great importance, helping to preserve its heritage. Historical Society members visit churches and civic organizations to make the history of the Island come alive to students. amihs.org

Island Artists

Joan Voyles
In 1986 Joan chose to move from Illinois to her dream island, Anna Maria. This community is now the core of a series of prints – over half of the 90 plus watercolor images in her developing inventory feature Anna Maria Island and the nearby historic Cortez Village. Joan delights in capturing bright tropical foliage colors and contrasting these with the ‘old Florida’ look of local architecture. People experience whimsical and happy feelings as they look at these artistic expressions. Collectors appreciate the large variety of paintings, selecting clusters for display of favorite places and themes, such as funky restaurants, cottages, piers and Cortez fishing village scenes. Her prints hang in homes and offices all over the world and her vision is that her art will help identify, preserve and protect these special places. joanvoyles.com

S. Rush Dean
My work is a response to the world I see and enjoy. My wish is to share with others the sense of place of the landscapes and things I love. I work with a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, oil and etching. Since moving to Florida and experiencing the vivid colors of the landscape I have turned mainly to watercolor and acrylic to capture those images. The extreme contrasts of colors and shapes in this environment challenge me to create compositions that reflect that beauty. www.srushdean.com

Sue L. Cotton Watercolors
Thirty years of graphic designing for the business world. Creating stunning designs to sell your products. Full-color or black/white illustration, digital photography and Photoshop skills. Experienced in marketing a variety of businesses, with reasonable rates. Also: architectural renderings, portraits, logos, brochures, catalogs, newsletters. label design, web design, illustrations, ad design, book layout and design and art classes. www.suelynncotton.com