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.
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 30
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.
July 2014 Lee Mears (mixed media)
Aug, 2014 Brenda Alcorn (mixed media)
Sept. 2014 Charlie Bell (oils)
Oct, 2014 Nancy Law (acrylics)
Nov. 2014 Don Pulver (acrylics/oils) (artsHOP event - reception on Nov. 7, 2014)
Dec. 2014 Pam McMillen (jewelry), Susan Swanson (ceramics)
(Holmes Beach Merchants Holiday Party-reception on Dec. 5, 2014)
Jan. 2015 Joe Fletcher (photography) (with reception TBA)
Feb. 2015 Jo Gaus (mixed media) (with reception TBA)
March 2015 Marti Salerni (mixed media) (with reception TBA)
April 2015 Lois Carson (watercolors) (with reception TBA)
May 2015 Caroline Whitmore (watercolors)
June 2015 Debra Ridgdill (pottery), Kathy Storm (nature photography)
2014-2015 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West TBA
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.