Anna Maria Island

artsHOP 2014


HOLMES BEACH artsHOP Art Walk Participants
Friday, November 11 5:30-8PM

5368 Gulf Drive
Jane Keeling, Oils Artist, is featured with the opening of her November exhibit “Surf’s Up”. View the pottery, jewelry, photography, mixed media and paintings of nearly 30 local artists. Meet the artists, sample tasty refreshments, and enjoy live music by Chip Ragsdale. On the way to the Art League stroll by Lobstah’s and enjoy music by Tim Connelly.

5508 Marina Drive #A
This coastal chic inspired shop features the art work of Kim Darnell.

5416 Marine Drive
Explore the ever-changing showroom of this sophisticated lifestyle & home accessories boutique that features local artisans and custom in-house designed pieces creatively displayed in a mix of modern and vintage. Watch artists Helen Tish Mihelarakis work with fused stained glass, and Mark Burdette paint - mermaids and waves are his specialty.

5312 Holmes Drive
“Mermaids, Sirens, Manatees, what calls you to the sea” is the theme of November’s exhibit. The opening reception will be 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Come for the art, complementary refreshments, and live music in the courtyard by AMI Radio, Bill Mott, John Puckett and Marlo the Kid.

5414 Marina Drive
Hear ye, Hear ye, th’ Artists' Guild ‘o Anna Maria Island has hostages. Dare give a go’ bargainin’ wit’ th’ mermaids who hold th’ key keepin’ Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson, Manatee Community Foundation Susie Bowie, Keeton's Frank Perry locked away in th’ Gallery's artsHOP brig. Arrgghhh! Local art! Scurvy music by Larry Wilhelm! Drink, put grub in your gullet ‘n be merry while watchin’ th’ hostages beg for release. Donations benefit th’ Guild's Scholarship Fund. Join in th’ ruckas, ‘n don’t forget to brin’ ye ransom doubloons

5350 Gulf Drive
Meet Margie Amberge, view her inspired and awarding winning photography of Anna Maria Island and listen to live music by Debbie Hood & Friends.

5602 Marina Drive
Artist Ruth Santiago will be painting. Live music is featured by Kenny Marshall.

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ANNA MARIA artsHOP Art Walk Participants
Friday, November 18 5:30 - 8PM

507A Pine Avenue
Among the array of fine art in a variety of mediums is the work of internationally recognized artist Joyce Lazarra. Come make a hemp and bead bracelet; receive the instructions and materials for $10. Enjoy a light spread of finger foods and refreshments, and the music of “On a Whim”.

425 Pine Avenue
The eclectic shop features the large scale classic black and white celebrity images of David McGough, an internationally known photographer; Joe Hutcheson’s sought after painted furniture and more. Enjoy refreshments and live music by Daniel VonZangensberg.

313 Pine Avenue
Be transformed into a beautiful mermaid through the magic and art of makeup and elaborate hair braiding, while enjoying refreshments and music on the porch by Lorraine Baker & Friends.

306 Pine Avenue
Handmade jewelry as well as tee shirts and prints from original art from the husband and wife team, Dan & Rebecca. A limited edition holiday tee shirt featuring an original drawing will be revealed at ArtsHop and available for purchase. Drop by Shiny Fish Emporium, home of "Paint your own Sand Dollar" and enjoy a splash of hibiscus champagne while you paint or find a hand painted sand dollar from the artists own collection to bring home.

Jenae Rudicelle, boutique owner will host the unique and distinctive art work of long time island resident Dr. Andre Renard.

The newest shop on Pine Avenue will feature original watercolors plus "living driftwood sculptures" - driftwood with tropical plants incorporated into them, plus dish gardens and "living pictures" - vertical gardens to hang on the wall.

Meet Margie Amberge and view her award winning photography inspired by Anna Maria Island. Just steps away on the porch…live music by Lorraine Baker and Friends.

10006 Gulf Drive
Artist Ruth Santiago will be painting. Live music is featured by Kenny Marshall.

314 Pine Avenue
View the art and chat with the artists at Al’s Studio: photographers Enzo Telli, Christa Joyner Moody, Grant Jefferies and Steve Nesius; sculptor Selinah Eldridge; jeweler Terry Stewart; watercolorist Karen Beach; fine artist Suzanne Richarson and glass mosaics artist Annabel Synder. Enjoy refreshments and live music on the porch by Bill Mott.

503 Pine Avenue
On the deck all evening, is live music by Scott Pritchard. Come by for an after art walk jam session at 8 pm where prize drawing winners will be announced.

402 Pine Avenue
Tour the Anna Maria Museum during this unusual evening open house and listen to music by Tim Connelly outside the historical Anna Maria jail known for having “no roof, no windows, no doors and no bars”!

9908 C Gulf Drive
Candy Bennington will demonstrate painting a coastal table top at 6 pm. Enjoy Candy’s award winning fine art, treats and live music by AMI Radio and John Puckett on the Plaza.

101 South Bay Blvd
Art Space invites you to "Flutterby"- An exploration of creativity inspired by the butterfly form. Stop by for a champagne and dessert reception with live music by Thor Olsen, raffles and more!

317 C Pine
Cartoonist Emerson Quillin describes his humorous art as “fun and free-moving, whimsical and off-beat". Stop in for laugh, a bit of fruit and wine, a prize drawing for a free sweatshirt –and leave with a smile. Lorraine Baker and Friends will play live music on the porch.

507 B Pine Avenue
Experience the art of baking...taste the fall inspired treats...order your holiday pies…at this lovely island bakery. Stay for live music outside by “On a Whim”.

10101 Gulf Drive
The Studio was founded by Rhea Chiles, the former First Lady of Florida. Recognized area artists works are featured.

9801 Gulf Drive
This tiny shop features unique watercolors, photos, jewelry and more crafted by local Florida artists. Musician Tony O'Dell is featured on the porch.

BRADENTON BEACH artsHOP Art Walk Participants
Sunday November 13th Noon to 5PM

Visit charming Bridge Street for a unique artwalk with water views from beach to bay and a chance to win a Stay & Play Getaway Package ($500+ value). Participate in Public Art by creating your very own Mermaid, designed by island artist Kathy Sparks and available at Mermaid Haven (114 Bridge Street). Check out our local art, live music and fresh seafood on Anna Maria's south end. Only 5 minutes to Coquina Beach for this evening's concert. For more information contact Amanda 941-896-2222


Bridge Street Bistro & Gallery (2nd Floor)
Bridge Street Bistro invites you to experience the art of the view, from our second floor banquet room and gallery, with a stunning Gulf view. Our restaurant offers some of the finest cuisine on Anna Maria Island and our Chef will be serving complimentary tastes. Our Gallery features original works of art from Quidley and Company of Boston, Nantucket, and Naples.
BridgeWalk Resort
Bridgewalk, a landmark resort - a boutique hotel with retail stores, restaurant and spa will be featuring live art with Rhonda K, Native Florida Folk Artist. Rhonda’s signs are highly collectible and her outdoor murals can also be seen over by the Bridge Tender at the other end of the street. Have a cup of coffee and cookies while you watch her work.
Adventure Away
By wheels to water Segs by the Sea / Adventure Away shares the art of motion. Chill out on the porch with fresh lemonade and take your turn on a Segway or Pedgo Electric Bicycle. Local artist Shelby Counihan will have her distinctive island-style graphics on t-shirts and tanks available for sale. Hoppers will get discount coupons for segways, bikes, scooters and golf carts.
The Uptown Lot
Connect with Gayden Shell, master photographer and proprietor of the unusual, at her new location for the Lot right on Bridge Street. Shell, her actual surname, makes art with shells, baubles and the like by “up-cycling” vintage jewelry and found objects into new creations for wearing, wall hanging and adoring. A stop this fun is sure to have fun refreshments, too.
Stop by Sea-renity to truly “see the sea”in the original coastal wood art and watercolors by co-owner Kelly Daszynski of sky30 art studio. The Eco Boutique will serve refreshing cucumber water while showing a gulf-inspired collection of artisan soaps, candles and jewelry. The work of a nearly two dozen different artists are represented, including sea glass art by Avery Jackson who will be on-site. Sea-renity will also offer the art of relaxation with complimentary chair massage for Hoppers.
Bridge Street Interiors / Mermaid Haven
Bridge Street Interiors is clearly not just for home design. In fact, it’s now a Mermaid Haven. Toast the owners with a wine spritzer in celebration of 15 years in the same location. Check out their growing selection of Mermaid-related gifts, hand-crafted jewelry and more. This tropical boutique has long been home to the work of many local artists.
Blue Marlin Grill
Visit the award-winning Blue Marlin for old Florida charm and a free draft beer or house wine. “Street Food” will be available for sale, including the famous fish tacos. Chill out to music all afternoon in the “The Trap Yard” under the trees. Live Bluegrass with Will Corr starts at 4pm.
Tide & Moon / Room with a Hue
This two for one stop is a new location for Tide & Moon and Room with a Hue, both previously on Pine Ave. Now in one location right on the Pier, you’ll find whimsical treasures of all kinds including hand-painted glassware and jewelry. Metalsmith Laura Sheely will be demonstrating some jewelry-making techniques and showing some of her one of a kind pieces.
Water-views and free margaritas-- sounds like the art of a great time. Check out the newest edition of this popular eatery now right on the Bridge Street Pier. Toast artsHOP for 10 great years with a selection of complimentary margarita samples, including the oh-so-Florida Key Lime.

Live Music
Koko Ray & Karma Duo near the Pier 1-3
Folksy jazz songstress Lorraine Baker at the Bridgewalk 1-3
Strolling minstrel Larry Wilhelm
Bluegrass at the Blue Marlin with Will Corr 4 - 8

“It has been my distinct pleasure to sponsor the artsHop event developed and hosted by Cultural Connections since 2008. This event showcases the world class, exemplary arts and culture offerings we have on Anna Maria Island in a way that is fun, engaging and memorable. The event attracts a plethora of arts and culture enthusiasts enjoying everything from music to art to theater. The partnership between artsHOP and the Chiles Group has proved to benefit us in immeasurable ways by introducing new guests to our brand, creating brand ambassadors and showing visitors what a unique and wonderful piece of paradise we have. We look forward to many more years supporting artsHop and the various worthwhile organizations under the umbrella of Cultural Connections. I would encourage sponsorship of artsHOP for businesses who see the value in preserving our arts and culture community.”
Ed Chiles
The Chiles Group

Our Anna Maria Island community proudly supports over 12 art galleries and studios, a nationally recognized historical society, a renowned orchestra and chorus, The Island Players theater, and a published writers' group. Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island was established in 2008 for the purpose of promoting and supporting our island culture. "Cultural Connections' mission is to promote Anna Maria Island as a cultural destination."

artsHOP is presented by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island
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