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
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.
Featured Artist, August, 2014
BRENDA ALCORN, Mixed-Media Artist, Named August Featured Artist
This August, Island Gallery West will feature the photography and Gyotaku (fish printing) art of Brenda Alcorn in an exhibit entitled "The Tranquility of Nature."
Ms. Alcorn has enjoyed a long and successful career teaching, for 30 years teaching English at Manatee High School, and now conducting art classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League. For the last four years as a member of Island Gallery West, Ms. Alcorn has treated many visitors to free demonstrations at the gallery’s weekly Saturday morning art demos in season.
The exhibit will run through August 30
Featured Artist, September, 2014
CHARLIE BELL, Oils Artist, Named September Featured Artist
This September Island Gallery West is featuring CHARLIE BELL's oil paintings in an exhibit entitled "Florida Sunsets."
A long-time Florida resident, nature lover and avid wade fisherman, Charlie captures all the breathtaking beauty of these coastal scenes. Charlie joined Island Gallery West just this summer, so be sure to stop by the gallery to see his new and original art.
The exhibit will run through September 30th.
Featured Artist, October, 2014
NANCY LAW, Acrylics Artist, Exhibits "Our Endless Blooming Season" as October Featured Artist at Island Gallery West.
Longtime Island Gallery West member Nancy Law has been named as October Featured Artist at the gallery. Her acrylic paintings will be featured in her month-long exhibit “Our Endless Blooming Season.” Ms. Law’s popular floral paintings are inspired by her extensive travels along the US east coast and her years spent living in Antigua.
The exhibit will run through October 31st.
Featured Artists for 2014-2015
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.
Sept. 2014 Charlie Bell (oils) "Florida Sunsets"
Oct., 2014 Nancy Law (acrylics) "Our Endless Blooming Season"
Nov. 2014 Don Pulver (acrylics/oils) "The World in Art"
ARTShop event - with reception on Nov. 7, 5:00-8:00 PM
Dec. 2014 Pam McMillen (jewelry) & Susan Swanson (ceramics) "Birds & Beads"
HB Merchants Holiday Party-with reception on Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 PM
Jan. 2015 Joe Fletcher (photography) "Gulf Coast Nature Photography"
with reception on Jan. 9, 5:30-7:30 PM
Feb. 2015 Jo Gaus (mixed media) "The Look of Love" with reception on Feb. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM
Mar. 2015 Marti Salerni (mixed media) "Inspired by Nature"
with reception on Mar. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM
Apr. 2015 Lois Carson (watercolors) "Waterbirds & Wonders of Florida"
with reception on Apr. 10, 5:30-7:30 PM
May 2015 Caroline Whitmore (watercolors) "Florida Gulf Seascapes & Landscapes"
June 2015 Debra Ridgdill (pottery) & Kathy Storm (nature photography) "Nature Transformed"
2014-2015 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West
Our Art Demonstrations Schedule runs from January 3 through March 14. The events are free, open to the public and are held weekly 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 call 941-778-6648 for further information.
Jan. 3 Nancy Law demonstrating Painting Acrylic Flowers
Jan. 10 Lee Mears demonstrating Kids Art for Grown-Ups
Jan. 17 Caroline Whitmore demonstrating Watercolor Seascapes
Jan. 24 Jane Keeling demonstrating Oil Painting
Jan. 31 Carole Dougherty demonstrating Water Media Techniques
Feb. 7 Betsy Kennedy demonstrating Sterling Silver Jewelry
Feb. 14 Joanne Karpay demonstrating Oil Painting
Feb. 21 Lois Carson demonstrating Watercolor Painting
Feb. 28 Jo Gaus demonstrating Monoprints
Mar. 7 Brenda Alcorn demonstrating Gyotaku (Fish Prints)
Mar. 14 Patricia Sorg demonstrating 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.