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.
Island Gallery West, a members’ co-op, is currently accepting applications for
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.
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.
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 Artist, November, 2014
DON PULVER, Oils & Acrylics Artist, Exhibits "The World in Art" as November 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.
The exhibit runs through November 29.
Featured Artist, December, 2014
PAM McMILLEN, Jewelry Artist, and SUSAN SWANSON, Ceramics Artist, Will Exhibit "Birds and Beads" as December Featured Artists at Island Gallery West
Pam McMillen and Susan Swanson have been named December Featured Artists at the gallery. Most of Pam’s jewelry is based on Kumihimo,
a Japanese form of braid-making using seed beads accented with natural stones, glass or shells. Susan’s colorful and quirky ceramics
are glazed and kiln fired which makes them weather-proof and perfect for Florida decor.
Their month-long exhibit "Birds and Beads" will be highlighted by a public reception at the gallery on Friday, December 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, as part of the annual Holmes Beach Merchants' Holiday WalkAbout. Come meet many of the gallery artists, enjoy fine art and holiday cheer.
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.