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Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island January Art Walk with Ruth de Haan

The Holmes Beach Art District will again feature Ruth de Haan at its annual town-wide ArtWalks.  Participating art galleries and retail businesses include Island Gallery West, Artists’ Guild Gallery, Art League of Anna Maria Island, SteamDesign, Arts for the Earth, Fukinsei Art Lab, The Islander Sidebar Gallery, Restless Natives, Libby’s Jewelry, Island Tattoo and Beach Life. These locations will feature special exhibits, free refreshments and music.

ArtWalk on January 9

During the ArtWalk of January 9 at the Artist’s Guild Gallery, 5415 Marina Drive, there will be a reception for Ruth Eriks de Haan and her paintings will be featured in the window all month. Throughout the reception Ruth will be available to talk about her work.

Art has always been an important part of Ruth’s life and while she previously worked with oil  paints, she now calls herself a “water colorist”. This beautiful Island and her travels with her husband offer endless subjects for her work.  Sometimes she works from photographs she has taken on their travels. She reads, discusses her work with other artists and constantly experiments with her new medium.   She says, “I’ll never retire; I’m having too much fun and I’m better now”.

For more information, call the Gallery at 778-6694 or see the web site at www.amiartistsguildgallery.com

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This Week at the Bridge Street Market Anna Maria Island

This week, the Bridge Street Market features a Chili Challenge on December 7th.  All proceeds to benefit the AMI Community Center. Chili makers should sign up in advance via www.BridgeStreetMerchants.com, while chili eaters should just show up 11-1:30 to taste the island’s best for only $8. The winner earns bragging rights plus a $100 Publix gift card. A macaroni and cheese challenge is set for January 4th, and a Chowder Challenge is set for February 1st, both benefiting local charities.

Market Hours

The weekly markets run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of April at 111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  It is located on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Locals and visitors can find fresh produce, local art, chair massage, beach-style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, food, fun and more. A limited amount of vendor space is still available in some categories.

Live Music

Live music this week is by Tangled Mangos, a funk-reggae-blues-bluegrassy duo that formed in Bradenton Beach. They started in 2012. Kyle Shell layers instrumental loops and sings lead.  “Barefoot” Dan Ryan adds to the grooves with the sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ. The duo has performed in a wide variety of venues. From the Orange Blossom Jamboree Festival two years in a row, to Ace’s Live Music in Bradenton and the State Theatre in St. Pete, to island-based tiki bars and restaurants. Their upbeat and feel-good songs get people dancing.

The Bridge Street Merchants, a 501c6, host the Sunday Markets, and provide year-round shopping, dining and entertainment on the south end of the island. Other merchant events such as Market Food Challenges and Christmas on Bridge Street support various local charities.

Free Trolley

For Sunday, consider taking the Free Island Trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include:

  • The city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro;
  • Up and down Bridge Street including by the city pier;
  • City Hall (permissible on Sundays) and along the beach just south of Bridge Street.

For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants or vendor space contact Market Manager, Melissa Enders.  MelissaEnders76@gmail.com or (215) 906-0668 or visit www.BridgeStreetMerchants.com.

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Souvenir Shops and Shopping on Anna Maria Island

What is the one thing you want to find while shopping on Anna Maria Island? Find exactly what you are looking for or buy a local souvenir to remember your time on Anna Maria Island at some of the country’s cutest shops. We are all guilty of trying to take a little bit of this island paradise home with us!

The following list is to help you find the best places to get local goodies for yourself or a family member that didn’t get to come to Anna Maria to make then jealous of your trip.

Shopping on Anna Maria Island:

  1. Libby’s – 501 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, Florida 34217
  2. Sand Dollar – 5302 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
  3. Shiny Fish Emporium – 306C Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
  4. Bridge Street Bazaar – 117 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
  5. The Back Alley Gift and Coffee Shop – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
  6. Sun & Surf Beach Shop – 5418 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
  7. Restless Natives – 5416 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
  8. West Coast Surf Shop – 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
  9. Two Sides of Nature – 101 South Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, FL 34216
  10. AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear & Apparel – 505 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
  11. Island Cabana – 403C Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
  12. Island Bazaar – 3304 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
  13. Raders Reef – 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Now this is a very short list, and there are a plethora of other places to find what you are shopping for on Anna Maria Island, but these are the best places for local souvenirs.   Make sure to tell these shops that Kacey from Island Real Estate sent you while on the island for your beach vacation.