Anna Maria Island

artsHOP 2014


The 8th annual artsHOP weekend will be celebrated on Anna Maria Island on November 7-9. Friday night festivities include an ArtWalk from 5-8 PM in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Many ArtWalk locations will offer refreshments, "chance" baskets, art demonstrations, live music and a chance to meet the artists. The ArtWalk will continue on Sunday in Bradenton Beach and coincide with the Bridge Street Market.

Friday, November 7th: Holmes Beach, Anna Maria
Sunday, November 9th: Bradenton Beach

artsHOP 2013

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

Restless Natives - 5416 Marina Drive
Refreshemnts, Music, Artist's demonstration

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:

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. Artists: Sue Riester, Christine Galanopoulos, Richard Thomas, Refreshments

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 art basket (turn in your stamped passport for a chance to win!) Web site:

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:

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:

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 refreshments and other surprises.

The Feast - 5406 Marina Drive
Featuring "culinary art" by Chef Chris Dale and exhibiting artists: Jim Dohms, Joan Voyles.

Saltair - 5508 Marina Drive
Artists:Kim Darnell, Dry Dock- Mike Farley, Refreshments

Sun & Surf - 5418 Marina Drive
Sun & Surf will feature dye artist, Sara Gafvert

Island Coffee Haus
Stop by Island Coffee Haus for entertainment and refreshments. Web site:

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:

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:

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

Poppo's Taqueria - 212 Pine Avenue
Exhibiting artists: Lacy Smith, and also "Cheeta"

Libby's on Pine - 501 Pine Avenue
Jewelry, Refreshments

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

Lazarra Studio South 507a Pine Avenue
Joyce Lazzara - Artist Gallery, Raffle, Refreshments

BRADENTON BEACH- Sunday, November 9th 11am - 3pm

The Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Merchants will host an upbeat, unique Bridge Street ArtWalk Sunday November 9th 11am-3pm including an outdoor market with live music plus stops at 5 businesses. Get your Bridge Street Passport for a free chance at the Grand Prize: 2 night stay, dinner for two, massage on the beach and more.

Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco-Boutique - 112 Bridge Street
The home of the island's only massage right on the beach, is also home to Red House Design Studio's only gallery for their award-winning Coastal Wood Art and Furniture, as featured at the Sarasota Farmers Market and Manatee Center for the Arts. Red House artist Kelly Headley will also show her beach watercolors. Other artisan items include premium handcrafted soaps, candles and jewelry. Web site: Sea-renity

The Lot - 109 First Street
This little gem, just off Bridge Street, is owned and operated by Gayden Shell, a long-time Master Photographer who also upcycles jewelry from estate pieces, stone crab claws, shells and other baubles. She's always creating something which you can see for yourself at her store and gallery when she's not out fishing. Facebook: The Lot

Bridge Street Bistro - 111 Gulf Drive, South
Taste a culinary sample while discovering the island's latest gallery. The upscale Gulfview restaurant has partnered with Quidley & Company Fine Art of Boston and Nantucket for an ongoing exhibit. In a creative contrast to the Quidley collection, the paintings of popular Island Time Bar & Grill server, "Liz" (Elizabeth Christine), will also be shown for artsHOP. Her work is self-described as Tim Burton meets Disney with a twist. Located on the 2nd Floor of Bridge Street Bistro. Web site: Bridge Street Gallery

Bridge Walk - 100 Bridge Street
Visit the hotel lobby for refreshments and the opportunity to meet the island's homegrown wood sculptor, Dustin Cole. Working with mahogany and other woods, his large-format tarpon, mahi, sailfish and egret creations have been making a splash at Bayfest and far beyond. Facebook: Art by Dustin Cole

Bridge Street Market - 111 Bridge Street
This weekly island event (Nov-April) is full of art and proud to be part of this year's artsHOP. In addition to photography, jewelry, paintings and folk art from island favorites, you will experience the art of touch (chair massage), the art of music (live performers weekly) and the art of taste (fresh produce and prepared foods). Facebook: Bridge Street Market

Back Alley -108 Bridge Street
The Back Alley is full of wild treasures for funky souls. This is the sister business of Restless Natives in Holmes Beach and full of cool art, handmade gifts and great coffee as well as other tasty treats! Home to over 30 local artists' work: Unique jewelry, stained glass, paintings, pottery, folk art, and repurposed items. Web site: Back Alley

Our Anna Maria Island community proudly supports over 12 art galleries and studios, a nationally recognized historical society, a renowned orchestra and chorus, The Island Players theater, and a published writers' group. Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island was established in 2008 for the purpose of promoting and supporting our island culture. "Cultural Connections' mission is to promote Anna Maria Island as a cultural destination."

The 8th annual artsHOP is presented by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island
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