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Art lovers must come to Anna Maria Island for inspiration and stay for the same reason. With the galleries and workshops for Enthusiasts, collectors and decorators, you are going to love the all of the opportunities available. Start on Pine Avenue with The J.Lazzara Gallery, located in the Historic Green Village. The shop owner, Joyce Lazzara, is an internationally recognized artist. Her work is featured in a variety of mediums.
Work your way to ART SPACE , For studio and classroom opportunities, is here to challenge your creativity in group setting. If you need encouragement to take risks, experiment and produce new work, then this is your venue. This is a wonderful opportunity to the snow birds who came for the winter. With all of the art you create, remodeling may be the first agenda upon returning home.
As you venture about the Island, you may notice that artists have lent their talents to beautify the sides of many local stores, and offices. Part of the Charm when getting acquainted with the Island.
The Artists Guild on Marina Drive has a lovely gallery with workshop options for those who like to hone their creative skills. Fine art & fine crafts are available at reasonable prices by local artists. Buy intimate gifts, such as greeting cards and jewelry or step it up to Pottery and sculpting to add to your decor. Bring a part of your Anna Maria Island vacation, to your home in the form of Photo or painting and be the envy of all of your friends. Each time you look at it will spark a memory of you time in Paradise. Find your perfect fit for your age and creative aspirations. All are welcome to grow in Creative Styles.
Other galleries that you may want to visit are walking distance or a short Trolley ride.
Island Gallery West, in Holmes Beach, 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 Art League, also in Holmes Beach, was founded by a small group of artists and art lovers with a desire to bring art to the island community. Annually the League sponsors two juried fine arts and fine crafts festivals that provide funds for the art center and its scholarship fund. Join them for classroom activity as well as Relaxing with Healing Meditation and YOGA. Check out the Events and Festivals, happening during your Island stay.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, exhibits materials and artifacts relating to the history Anna Maria Island. The educational program is one of great importance. It helps to preserve the heritage of our beautiful seven-mile jewel. Historical Society members visit churches and civic organizations to make the history of the Island come alive to students, residents and visitors from all walks of life.
For those of you who enjoy the Theater, you are in for a treat. The Island Players, offers a small town atmosphere with a Broadway style experience. The players are local talent, but offer options for newcomers. Auditions are held at the Island Players theatre,on the corner of Pine Avenue at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria FL. 34216. Phone: 941-778-5755
Scripts are usually available for perusal at the Island Branch Public Library.
If you’d like to get involved and are on Anna Maria Island for a long term vacation, this is your opportunity to shine. Check the production schedule and make your Vacation plans to incorporate The Island Players. Enjoy your Anna Maria Island vacation rental home and all of the creativity you can get involved in, or just enjoy observing. See you soon on the Island.