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Discover ~ ArtsHOP 2016 on Anna Maria Island

ArtsHOP - Anna Maria Island Florida

ArtsHOP 2016

Anna Maria Island is rich with culture and is one of the reasons why artists gravitate here. So many of our favourite artists take inspiration from the gorgeous Beach Life that surrounds this island treasure. The island really is a haven of inspiration for resident artists like Cory Wright, Marlene Wurzbach, Deborah Webster, and so many, many, more that we admire. It's no wonder that this popular artist event has grown into 2 weekend celebrations! In this article we will be focusing on the ArtsHOP walk and Art Galleries. There are links to each event below. Enjoy our complete Insider's Guide on ArtsHOP!

Our Insider's Guide to ArtsHOP

The first thing you need to know is that this island-wide festival is pronounced Arts - HOP not Art - shop. We don't want you walking around like a foreigner pronouncing things wrong now do we?

Sandblast Sand Sculpture
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Did you also know that ArtsHOP is a combination of a Symphony, Art Gallery Showcases, Sand Sculpture Contest, and a Play?


Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 20, 2016


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Orchestra plays on Coquina Beach

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Read all the details about Symphony on the Sand in our article HERE

Keep Manatee Beautiful Sand Sculpture Sandblast

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sand Sculpting Contest

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Read all the details about Sandblast in our article HERE

Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 20, 2016

Five Plays are presented annually from October - May. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm during season.

"Murderers" is a whodunit comedy that will be showcased during ArtsHOP.

10009 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria


Holmes Beach - Friday, November 11, 2016

Bradenton Beach - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Anna Maria - Friday, November 18, 2016

5:00 am to 6:00 pm

Gallery - Marlane Wurzbach


Holmes Beach - Friday, November 11, 2016

Pineapple - Maralane Wurzbach

Restless Natives, 5316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach - Art & Gift Shop featuring over 85 Island Artists.

Artists' Guild Gallery of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach - Paintings, Pottery, Jewelry and Wood Carvings from the Artists Guild. Free monthly demonstrations by a local artist are presented in a variety of media and topics

Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach - This Gallery showcases over 30 local artists. Monthly public receptions are hosted throughout the season. Free art demonstrations are offered Saturday mornings as well. Discover Marlane Wurzbach's art shown throughout this article at Island Gallery West!

Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach - New exhibits every month and most is for sale by the artists. Receptions are open and free to the public.

Saltair, 5508 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach - Featuring the works of Kim Darnell.

The Egret's Landing, 5502 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach - featuring Artist Ruth Santiago with live music.

Island Coffee Haus, 5350 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach - featuring stunning photography by Margie Amberge with live music.

ArtsHOP - Holmes Beach

Bradenton Beach - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cory Wright

Back Alley Treasures, 108 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach - Art & Gift Shop featuring Island Artists.

Bridge Street Bistro, (2nd Floor) 111 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach - Featuring Artwork from Quidley and Company

BridgeWalk Resort, 100 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach - Featuring one of our favourite folk artists Rhonda K doing a live demonstration. You can find Rhonda K artwork throughout our vacation rentals. Guaranteed you will want to buy some of her artwork.

The Uptown Lot, Bradenton Beach - Featuring 'master photographer and proprietor of the unusual' Gayden Shell. Up-cycled vintage jewelry and shell objects.

Sea-renity, 000 Historic Bridge St. Bradenton Beach - original coastal wood art and watercolors. Artisan soaps, candles and jewelry is available for sale.

Bride Street Interiors / Mermaid Haven, 114 Historic Bridge St. Bradenton Beach - unique mermaid inspired gifts, jewelry and more.

Tide & Moon / Room with a Hue, 000 Historic Bridge St. Bradenton Beach - whimsical treasures and hand crafted silver jewelry.

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Tide & Moon Boutique is one of our favourite jewelry shops on the island. We love their longitude and latitude rings and necklaces. They always remind of us Anna Maria Island wherever we go.

ArtsHOP - Bradenton Beach

Anna Maria - Friday, November 18, 2016

Artspace, (2nd Floor) 101 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria - Our favourite gallery! A champagne and dessert reception with live music will take place. Artspace is a working studio and gallery that is welcoming to all ages. A wide range of activities occur at this studio including art receptions, art classes, workshops and for the amateur artist 'Canvas 'n Corks'. Canvas n Corks is a sip and paint style workshop that includes all supplies for $35 per person. A fun family or all girls getaway experience. For more details CLICK HERE.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria - A premier cultural facility, This studio hosts exhibits, drama workshops, meetings, lectures, music and literary events.

Anna Maria Island Historical Society and Belle Haven Cottage, 402 Pine Ave. Anna Maria - This petit museum houses rare maps, old photographs, newspaper and video clips and tons more unique historical objects. Gift shop is also on site.

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The Old City Jail, circa 1926, is located next to Belle Haven Cottage. A great photography spot while you are visiting Anna Maria Island. Admission is free!

J Lazzara Studio, 507A Pine Ave., Anna Maria - Enjoy appetizers and refreshments at this studio.

Pineapple Junction, 425 Pine Ave., Anna Maria - featuring photography in this eclectic shop

Salon Salon on Pine, 313 Pine Ave., Anna Maria - featuring the art of makeup and hair braiding. A good stop with little ones!

Shiny Fish Emporium, 306 Pine Ave., Anna Maria - featuring handmade jewelry and original art tee shirts available for purchase.

Pink & Navy, Pine Ave., Anna Maria - features local artist Dr Andre Renard.

Paradise Found Bookstore Pine Ave., Anna Maria - featuring driftwood sculptures and living plant wall art.

Tern Tern Tern - Marlane Wurzbach

The White Egret, 10006 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria - features live demonstration from local artist Ruth Santiago.

Al's Art Studio, 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria - Refreshments and live music on the porch

Anna Maria General Store, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria - On the terrace live music. At 8:00 pm the prize draw winners will be announced.

A Beachy Place, 9908 C Gulf Dr., Anna Maria - Demonstrating chalk painting a coastal table at 6 pm.

Three Island Monkeys, 9801 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria - featuring unique water colors, photos, jewelry and more. Music on the porch.

Emerson's Studio & Store, 507A Pine Ave., Anna Maria - Emerson is a humorous cartoonist. Showcasing his work on tee shirts, pyjamas, dining linens, and traditional artwork.

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A prize for a free sweatshirt will be drawn at Emerson's Studio & Store. Emerson's is one of those stores where you 'leave with a smile'.

Map of ArtsHOP - Anna Maria

Where to Stay

Sirenia By The Sea

At Anna Maria Island Home Rental, we have luxurious waterfront accommodations available for minimum one week stays. We specialize in family vacations. Contact us for information about our fantastic last minute deals!

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