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Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island

The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island has plenty of amazing pieces of art to be discovered. The gallery is  located in the Island Shopping center, the same plaza as The Feast and Small Town Creamery.

There is so much beautiful artwork displayed here, including; original fine art, watercolor, photography, sculptures, local writers books, custom jewelry, etc. A lot of the art shows off fabulous Anna Maria Island as well as our local seascapes.

They even offer different art workshops each month.  Visit their website for a calendar of events and the topic of choice for the month you plan to visit the island. What’s a better way of remembering your trip than with some artwork you made while you were there?

The Artist Guild is non-profit and run by volunteers.

Anna Maria Artist Guild

Island Shopping Center
5414 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Fl, 34217
(941) 778-6694

 

 

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Update on Food and Wine on Pine 2017

Unfortunately, Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria island was cancelled for 2017.  We are hoping that next year it will come Back!

Anna Maria – The sixth annual Food and Wine on Pine happened Saturday, May 7th (rain date May 8th) from 11:30am-6:30pm.

This fun family friendly event was always a crowd pleaser with great food, wine, music, art, vendors and kids activities. Parking for this event is free, and can be found at the Anna Maria Island Community Center at 407 Magnolia Avenue, or at Cross Point Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive. Admission is $2 each or a $5 admission includes a wine glass and buffet tray. Food samples will ranged 2-10 tickets each.

Food and Wine on Pine
6th Annual Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria Island

Food

2016’s Food and Wine on Pine festival brought restaurants from all over the area with samples from over 20 vendors. There was be chipolte oysters, grouper sliders, curry lamb, and stuffed shrimp to name a few.

Participating vendors included:

Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Blue Marlin
EnRich
Harry’s Grill and Bistro
Island Spice
Polpo Pizza
Riverhouse Reef and Grill
Sage Biscuit Cafe
Southern Slush
Sugar Cubed
The Beach House Restaurant
The Feast Restaurant
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
The Sandbar Restaurant
Seafood Shack
Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill
Covadonga Cigars, Inc.
Marilyn’s Toffee and More, LLC
Southeast H.S.
Traveling Gourmet
Two Scoopes Ice Cream Parlor

Food and Wine on Pine
Food and Wine on Pine Photo Credit: FoodandWineonPine.com

Wine

There were be over 30 different wines, and several beers to choose from at last years event. Beer and wine was provided by local distributors at a cost of one ticket per a tasting, or 5 tickets for a six ounce glass of wine or 12 ounce beer.

Food and wine on pine wine tent
Wine Tents from the 2015 Food and Wine on Pine.

Art, Music and Happenings

25 Juried artists set up along Pine Avenue, showing off their amazing work adding a touch of aesthetic beauty to this event. Throughout the day over 30 musicians provided entertainment to keep this event moving along. In addition, actors dressed up as characters from Anna Maria’s past. For the younger crowd there was a children’s art and activity area with face painting, games and art projects.

Enjoy the “Pine Avenue Downs” area for a Kentucky Derby style experience. There were Mint Juleps, a fun Derby hat contest, and two 60 inch televisions to keep up to date on the race! Bet on your favorite horse with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Truly a fun family friendly event, there is something for everyone at this bustling island event!

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Bradenton Beach Shopping

Check Out The Back Alley Cafe And Gift Shop In Bradenton Beach On Anna Maria Island!

As I walked through the front door of the Back Alley on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach I was greeted by the friendly staff.  Soon I found out that the Back Alley was much more than just a café.  In the gift shop I found some very cool paintings and prints done by local artists.  There were also lots of books from local authors on Anna Maria Island.

There are necklaces and hand crafted jewelry hung throughout the Gift Shop.  In the back of the gift shop they have a bar area where you can order snacks, sandwiches, pub pizzas, coffee, cold beer, or a glass of wine. The pub pizzas are $5.00 and the sandwiches are all around $7.00 they take cash or major credit cards and you can grab a table out back for your dining experience.

Live Music at The Back Alley

The Back Alley has live music every Friday night.  You can catch local bands like: Firedoor, SR64, The Florida Mountain Boys, Human Condition and many more.  You may have seen some of these bands at Anna Maria Island’s 10TH Annual Bayfest on Pine Avenue this past weekend.

The staff at the Back Alley is all about promoting local bands.  They also champion local authors, artists and good causes like WildLife Inc. WildLife Inc is a nonprofit organization and runs solely on donations and volunteers.  They help injured and orphaned animals return to the wild. Attend this fun event and help animals in need.

So when you are planning your Florida vacation or looking for the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rental, restaurant, shopping, artwork, or a place for live music, check in with one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rental specialists and make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!

The Back Alley
121 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL
Anna Maria Island
941-778-1800
 

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Anna Maria Island Beading at Creations by L in Holmes Beach

Anna Maris Island Beading is one of the best things about visiting the cute Creations by L boutique in Homes Beach! There are items for all interests and budgets at Creations by L on Anna Maria Island.

And when I tell you there is something for everyone, I mean it! Beautiful handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings twinkle in your eye as you walk in the door. One of my favorite beachy items is the Barefoot Sandal.  They are a great way to dress up your tootsies on a day at the beach. These whimsical and dressy designs combine the fun of an anklet with the fashion of footware. Sandal style without having to shlep your shoes, what a unique way to add flair to beach feet! There are all sorts of fun things to choose from on the display tables, including bookmarks, and cell phone charms, key chains and anklets.

Beading at Creations by L on Anna Maria Island

She offers classes for all levels of interest. Not only does she have supplies for beautiful pieces, she also has a great selection for kids.

She has key chains and bag tags that the boys were able to create. My six year old made an alligator with colorful plastic beads. He proudly sports it on his backpack. My eleven year old son choose a glow in the dark alien face he could use as a key chain.

My nine year old daughter made a beautiful anklet that I really thought should have been for her mother! Lois even had a collection of colorful shaped beads that my three year old was able to use.

The kids have also created some jewelry for their grandmother, with gorgeous glass beads and colored crystals.  Of course, they were made to match Grammy’s favorite colors. Lois patiently taught the novices.  She helped with their designs and creations and offered suggestions to assist in the process.

Beautiful Bead Jewelry on Anna Maria Island

There are lovely crystal pieces for a night out, casual stone pieces for island hopping and custom pieces available to highlight your wedding or special event. There are sets and individual pieces, and walls of beads to look at, for creating your own design. The signature piece of the store, though, has to be the new Anna Maria Island Charm Bracelet.

The display case sits front and center, and lets you make your pick of the perfect design. With its beautiful charm choices, you can create a piece that epitomizes your trip to Anna Maria Island’s little piece of paradise. Did you ride the trolley, see some dolphins, find a starfish? Include it on your charm bracelet – this is a perfect keepsake of a fabulous vacation!

To find the perfect accommodations for your trip, don’t forget to check out our Vacation Rentals. Island Real Estate has great weekend getaway specials, and places all over the island, for a perfect break from the hustle and bustle. Call us at 877-778-6066, and one of our Vacation Rental Specialists will be happy to help you find a place to stay.