Anna Maria Island, Florida


Anna Maria Island art gallery
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Established 25 years ago by a small core group of local artists on Florida's Anna Maria Island, our gallery has evolved into a successful artists' cooperative of nearly thirty members. We offer paintings, photographs, mixed media, ceramic arts, stained glass, pottery, decorative tiles, jewelry, notecards and more. The works of a different artist are featured each month.

The gallery is staffed six days a week by member artists who welcome the opportunity to discuss their art with you. Stop by for a pleasant, relaxing visit and enjoy the many fine works of art on display in two exhibit areas. You'll discover all the variety and visual stimulation of an art festival in a pleasant gallery setting.

The Gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Art Demonstrations on Saturdays during the winter season.
Call 941-778-6648 to check schedule. Everyone welcome.

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Island Gallery West

Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach

Island Gallery West, a members’ co-op, is currently accepting applications for membership.

Application forms can be found at the desk inside the gallery or by clicking the link below. For additional information, please call Island Gallery West, 941-778-6648 or Carole Dougherty, 941-722-2314.

Membership Agreement
or telephone: 941-778-6648 for more information

Welcome to Island Gallery West!

The gallery is always staffed with a member artist who is knowledgeable in the techniques and portfolios of all the artists. Be sure to visit soon to check out the newest art including oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass and fiber art.
Island Gallery West members celebrating their 25th Anniversary

Standing from left, Marie Rice, Susan Swanson, Debra Ridgdill, Kathy Storm, Joe Fletcher, Marlane Wurzbach, Bill Mears, Tracie A. Godri, Charlie Bell; sitting front row from left, Marti Salerni, Joanne Karpay, Lee Mears, Caroline Whitmore, Connie Wolgast, Pam McMillen. Not pictured, Brenda Alcorn, Candace Bennington, Lois Carson, Shirley Rush Dean, Carole Dougherty, Jane Keeling, Betsy Kennedy, Nancy Law, Mary Roff, and Patricia Sorg.

Featured Exhibit, September, 2015

S. RUSH DEAN, Bradenton acrylics and oils artist, has been named Featured Artist for September at Island Gallery West.

Ms. Dean enjoyed a 20-year career teaching design, drawing and color theory at the University of Maryland and Design at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Ms. Dean is also a longtime member of Island Gallery West and is well known in both Manatee and Sarasota counties for her compelling land and beachscapes. The theme of her exhibit is “Water World."

The exhibit runs from September 1-30. Gallery hours are 10 AM-5 PM,


Featured Exhibit, October, 2015

LEE MEARS, Mixed-Media Artist, Named October Featured Artist at Island Gallery West, Exhibiting "Whatever!”

This October LEE MEARS, a popular mixed-media artist and veteran member of Island Gallery West, will present her paintings, collages and other mixed-media art in an exhibit entitled “Whatever!” Lee’s joyful attitude is evident in the pieces she creates using everyday materials from the more expected paper, string, buttons and beads right on to egg shells and even discarded computer parts.

The exhibit will run through October 31


Featured Exhibit, November, 2015

GRACIELA GILES, Bradenton Watercolor Artist, exhibits “Poetry in Color” as November artsHOP Featured Artist at Island Gallery West. Ms. Giles’ love of the natural world is apparent in her colorful style of painting local scenes. Her award-winning art has become very popular over the many years she has painted in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island. Her month-long exhibit will be highlighted by a public reception on Friday, November 13, 5-8 PM, as part of the Island-wide 9th annual artsHOP event. Many of the Gallery’s artists will be on hand to greet visitors with refreshments and live music by popular local musician Chip Ragsdale. A raffle for a basket full of Island Gallery West art will be offered.

Island Gallery West is located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, Trolley Stop 15 on Anna Maria Island. The exhibit runs through November 30.


2015-2016 Featured Artist Exhibits at Island Gallery West

Please join us for fine art, fun, food and refreshments at our monthly open house receptions during the winter/spring season. Many of our member artists attend and look forward to meeting you.

June 2015 Debra Ridgdill (pottery) & Kathy Storm (nature photography) "Nature Transformed"
July 2015 Brenda Alcorn (mixed media) "The Spirit of Nature"
Aug. 2015 Jane Keeling (oils) "Splash" swimmers, pools, and sunbathing
Sept. 2015 Shirley Rush Dean (acrylics) "Water World"
Oct. 2015 Lee Mears (mixed media) "Whatever"
Nov. 2015 Graciela Giles "Poetry in Color" ArtsHop Event with public reception Nov. 13, 5:00-8:00 PM
Dec. 2015 Marti Salerni "Inspired by Nature" Holmes Beach Holiday Party with public reception Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 PM
Jan. 2016 Candace Bennington (oil and pastels) "It’s All About the Beach" with public reception Jan 8, 5:30-7:30 PM
Feb. 2016 Carole Dougherty (mixed media) "Heart Beats" with public reception Feb. 12, 5:30-7:30 PM
Mar. 2016 Marlane Wurzbach (acrylics) "Reflections" with public reception Mar. 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
Apr. 2016 Jerry Patridge (Lucky Penny cigar box guitars) "Playable Wall Art" with public reception Apr. 8, 5:30-7:30 PM
May 2016 Joanna Karpay (oils) “Old Florida Spendor, Landscapes & Vistas”

2016 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West
Weekly Art Demonstrations are offered at Island Gallery West from January 9 through March 26, 2016. The free events are open to the public and are held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the gallery located at 5368 Gulf Dr. (S & S Shopping Plaza, Trolley Stop 15), Holmes Beach, FL. Seating is first come, first served. Please visit or call 941-778-6648 for further information.

Jan. 9 Maria Sine - Matting Artwork
Jan. 16 Candace Bennington - Pastels
Jan. 23 Caroline Whitmore - Watercolor Seascapes
Jan. 30 Jane Keeling - Oil Figures
Feb. 6 Brenda Alcorn - Printing Fish "Gyotaku"
Feb. 13 Shirley Dean - Polymer Jewelry
Feb. 20 Graciela Giles - Watercolor Landscapes
Feb. 27 Joanna Karpay - Pastels
Mar. 5 Carole Dougherty - Tech Ink - "Let It Flow"
Mar. 12 Brenda Alcorn - Collage
Mar. 19 Charlie Bell - Oil Landscapes
Mar 26 Pam McMillen - Beaded Jewelry

Island Gallery West History

Artist James Pay conceived of and planned Island Gallery West in April 1990 with other local artists including Sidney McKenna, Mary Worobec, Helen DeForge, Thelma Weeks, Irene Murphy, Judy Adams, Bren Jackson and Jane Fitzgerald.

The gallery opened at the current location, 5368 Gulf Drive in the S & S Shopping Plaza in Holmes Beach, with the Anna Maria Island Art League using the back room for its headquarters and classroom for the first three years.

A fire at an adjacent restaurant, Augie's, damaged the gallery in April 2003, but the artist co-op worked together to clean and repair the gallery, re-opening it little more than a month later.

The gallery remains a vibrant co-operative of diverse local artists. New applicants are juried by current members to be accepted into the group. There are no paid employees, and each member staffs the gallery once a month. Gallery visitors can always count on meeting with a professional artist knowledgeable in his or her fellow artists' medium.

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