ABOUT ISLAND GALLERY WEST
Established over 20 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,
furniture, pottery, basketwork, 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.
HOW TO JOIN ISLAND GALLERY WEST
Interested in Becoming an Exhibiting Member?
From time to time we have openings for new artists to exhibit in the gallery. We encourage local
artists and artisans, craftspeople, photographers, jewelry makers and other creative people to contact
us about membership. We use a jury process to select new members.
or telephone: 941-778-6648 for more information
Island Gallery West was very pleased to be voted Best Art Gallery of 2013 at The Islander newspaper's recent
Best of AMI Awards event on April 25. Thank you Islander readers!
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 member artists from the left, back row: Carole Dougherty, Terry Denson, Janice Campbell, Marlane Wurzbach, Don Pulver, Shirley Dean, Joe Fletcher, Nancy Law, Jane Keeling, Richard Stewart. Standing middle row from the left: Kathy Storm, Barbara Hines, Barbara Orear, Lee Mears, Nancy Faris. Front row from the left: Patricia Sorg, Debra Ridgdill, Dee Pastorius, Gloria Cropper, Cecy Richardson, Lois Harper and Pam McMillen. Absent members: Anne Abgott, Betsy Kennedy, Brenda Alcorn, Caroline Whitmore, Mariarosa Rockefeller, Roger Rockefeller.
November Featured Artist
Featured Artists Gloria Cropper and Cecy Richardson unite in a joyful celebration of artistry, color and life as artists at a reception held in their honor on Friday, November 8th from 5 until 8 p.m.
Gloria Cropper's unique baskets are joyful jewels in both color and design. She finds inspiration in the beautiful underwater scenes she saw while diving, and the quiet beauty of walking the beach. Cropper's stunning baskets, jewelry and fantasy fish are artistic treasures. One of her fantasy fish has graced the White House Christmas tree.
Cecy Richardson's love of Anna Maria and Cortez is expressed in her playful mermaids, local scenes and spotlights the quirky life that makes this area special.
Richardson finds her inspiration everywhere from the sky and seagrape leaves, to birds, fish, cats, crabs and other critters. Her incredible acrylic and
handmade print artwork draws viewers into the wonderful world where she lives and works.
Cropper and Richardson's work will be featured at Island Gallery West until November 30.
Island Gallery West will also celebrate ArtsHOP on November 8th with a special appearance by BIG RED, a demonstration by Ann Abgott, and the music of
Chip Ragdale. A free Ann Abgott pelican print will be given to each art purchaser at Island Gallery West at ArtsHOP as long as supplies last.
Come enjoy the fun and meet BIG RED.
December Featured Artist
Local artist Jane Delight Keeling will encourage you to shape up with her Island Gallery West featured exhibit of, “Portraits in Fitness,” during the month of December. Her paintings depict athletes participating in various types of workouts using a contemporary approach to composition while highlighting the energy and musculature of the subject.
Other paintings on display include local landscapes, wildlife and boats.
Jane was born in Enid, Oklahoma and earned a BFA in painting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She also studied art at Scripps College and the
Sir John Cass School of Art in London. She started a business in mural painting in Denver, and has worked as an interior decorator. Since moving to Florida
seven years ago, she has been doing oil painting in her studio and on location with various plein air groups. She has taught classes and workshops and earned
numerous awards with her work.
A reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on Friday, December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30. The exhibit runs through December 31.
Island Gallery West's 2013-2014 Featured Artist and Public Reception Schedule:
Please join us for fine art, fun, food and refreshments at our monthly open house receptions during the winter season.
Many of our member artists attend and look forward to meeting you.
May Shirley Rush Dean, acrylic and oil paintings and jewelry exhibit
June Debra Ridgdill, pottery and Kathy Storm, nature photography - joint exhibit
July Dee Pastorius, watercolor paintings exhibit
August Patricia Sorg, oil paintings exhibit
September Caroline Whitmore, watercolor paintings exhibit
November Gloria Cropper & Cecy Richardson, mixed-media exhibit with artsHOP reception on Nov. 8, 5:30-8:30
December Jane Keeling, oil paintings exhibit with HB Holiday Party, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 PM
January Joe Fletcher, photography exhibit and reception on Jan. 10, 5:30-7:30 PM
February Mariarosa Rockefeller, Suncoast Sunsets exhibit and reception on Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30 PM
March Don Pulver, oil painting exhibit and reception on Mar. 14, 5:30-7:30 PM
April Brenda Alcorn, art exhibit and reception on Apr. 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
2013-2014 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West offers free Art Demonstrations at the gallery from January through the spring every Saturday from 10 AM to Noon.
Seating is first come, first served and there are no reservations. Please call 941-778-6648 for further information.
Dec 14 Jane Keeling - Oil Painting
Dec 21 Cecy Richardson - Mixed Media
Dec 28 TBA
Jan 4 Dee Pastorius - Painting on Glass
Jan 11 Brenda Alcorn - Gyotaku (fish printing)
Jan 18 Caroline Whitmore - Watercolor
Jan 25 Betsy Kennedy - Jewelry
Feb 1 Patricia Sorg - Color with Oils
Feb 8 Carole Dougherty - Mixed Media TBA
Feb 15 Roger Rockefeller - Watercolor
Feb 22 Robert Reiber - Watercolor
Mar 1 Shirley Rush Dean - Polymer Clay
Mar 8 Anne Abbgott - Watercolor
Mar 15 Barbara Hines - Watercolor
Mar 22 Don Pulver - Oil Painting
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.