ABOUT ISLAND GALLERY WEST
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.
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 Exhibit, February, 2015
Island Gallery West to Host Special February Exhibit "THE LOOK OF LOVE" Featuring Our Favorite Art with Public Reception
on Feb. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM.
Love is in the air in February, so Island Gallery West artists will come together showing the art they love most in an exhibit entitled “The Look of Love.” The month-long exhibit will be highlighted by a public reception at the gallery on Friday, February 13, 5:30-7:30 PM. Come meet many of the gallery artists, enjoy fine art and a toast to Saint Valentine.
Island Gallery West is located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, Trolley Stop 15 on Anna Maria Island. The exhibit runs through February 23.
Featured Artist, March, 2015
Island Gallery West Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Public Reception on 3/13/15 and
Paintings Exhibit by MARTI SALERNI, “Inspired by Nature.”
Mixed-media artist MARTI SALERNI’s paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit entitled “Inspired by Nature” this March at
Island Gallery West. Ms. Salerni is known for the use of vibrant color in her watercolors, acrylics, dye and yupo paintings.
Come join the artist members to celebrate 25 years of fine art at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach with a 5:15 PM ribbon cutting, public reception, complimentary refreshments and live music on Friday, March 13, 5:15-7:30 PM.
The gallery will also celebrate all month with discounts of 25% off selected works of art.
The exhibit runs through the end of March.
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 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 The Look of Love
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 Tracie A. Godri (mixed media) “Intensely Hued”
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 Tracie A. Godri demonstrating Acrylic Medium, Abstracts
Feb. 7 Betsy Kennedy demonstrating Sterling Silver Jewelry
Feb. 14 Joanne Karpay demonstrating Oil Painting
Feb. 21 Lois Carson demonstrating Watercolor Painting
Feb. 28 Charlie Bell demonstrating Oils Mixing Chart
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.