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Holmes Beach Art District ArtWalk on Friday, February 9, 5:30-7:30 PM at Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

February 9, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Downtown Holmes Beach continues its annual series of ArtWalks from 5:30-7:30 PM on the second Friday of the month this February 9, March 9, and April 13, 2018. Participating art galleries and retail businesses include Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Restless Natives, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, The Anna Maria Island Art League, Island Gallery West, and SteamDesigns. These locations will feature special exhibits, free refreshments, music and fun for all those who enjoy…See More
Feb 4
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JUDY SALTZMAN to Exhibit “Sea Escapes: Celebration of the Sea and Sail” Paintings as March Featured Artist at Island Gallery West at Island Gallery West

March 1, 2018 at 10pm to March 31, 2018 at 5pm
Judy Saltzman’s month-long March exhibit "Sea Escapes: Celebration of the Sea and Sail" is a collection of vibrant and expressive watercolor paintings. Judy has a deep affinity for watercolor, both for its ability and its unpredictability. As an award-winning artist and Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and American Society of Marine Artists, Judy explores the melding of realism and impressionistic style to create visual intricacy while adding layers of color for harmony. Her…See More
Jan 19
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JOANNA KARPAY to exhibit “The Color of Sunlight” Oils and Pastels as February Featured Artist at Island Gallery West at Island Gallery West

February 1, 2018 at 10am to February 28, 2018 at 5pm
Joanna Karpay’s oil and pastel paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit entitled “The Color of Sunlight” this February at Island Gallery West. As part of the monthly Holmes Beach Art District ArtWalks, a highlight of the exhibit will be a public reception on Friday, February 9 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Follow the sweet sounds of live bluegrass music performed by a trio of musicians, enjoy complimentary refreshments, meet the artists and see all the latest local art at Island Gallery West.  A…See More
Dec 21, 2017
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MARLANE WURZBACH to exhibit “New Horizons” as January Featured Artist at Island Gallery West with Public Reception, January 12, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM at Island Gallery West

January 2, 2018 at 10am to January 31, 2018 at 5pm
Marlane Wurzbach’s bold and colorful acrylic paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit entitled “New Horizons” this January at Island Gallery West. Ms. Wurzbach was a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island and now paints in Sarasota where she creates detailed scenes to explore natural beauty and history of our area. A highlight of the exhibit will be a public reception at the gallery on Friday, January 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM as part of the monthly Holmes Beach Art District…See More
Nov 20, 2017
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Anna Maria Island's 11th Annual ArtsHOP GALLERY WALK on Nov. 10 at Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

November 10, 2017 from 5pm to 7:30pm
The 11th annual artsHOP weekend will be celebrated on Anna Maria Island from November 9 —12. The central event of the weekend has always been the Holmes Beach Gallery Walk on Friday evening from 5-7:30 PM, and this year’s lineup will not disappoint, featuring original, local art, refreshments, art demonstrations, live music, art raffles, and a chance to meet the artists.  This year’s participating galleries include Island Gallery West where Marti Salerni will show her latest “Petal Away”-themed…See More
Oct 27, 2017
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MARIA SINE to Exhibit “Land and Sea” as Dec. Featured Artist with Public Reception Dec. 1 at Island Gallery West

December 1, 2017 at 10am to December 31, 2017 at 5pm
Bradenton artist Maria Sine presents “Land and Sea,” an exhibit of vibrant acrylic and watercolor paintings of distant lands and the creatures found in and around our local waters. Maria focuses on local sea life in her paintings to share her love of nature and in hopes that we will work to preserve it. A highlight of the month-long exhibit will be a public gallery reception on Friday, December 1 from 5:30-7:30 PM as part of Holmes Beach Merchants’ Holiday Party. Maria’s exhibit will run from…See More
Oct 21, 2017
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MARTI SALERNI, Mixed-Media Artist, to Exhibit “Petal Away” as November Featured Artist at Island Gallery West at Island Gallery West

November 1, 2017 at 10am to November 30, 2017 at 5pm
As Featured Artist for November at Island Gallery West,  MARTI SALERNI presents"Petal Away,“ an exhibit of brightly colored watercolor and acrylic paintings of whimsical bicycles and flowers. A highlight of her month-long exhibit will be the first of the season of monthly public gallery receptions on Friday, November 10 from 5-8 PM, as part of the 11th annual Anna Maria Island artsHOP event.Marti’s exhibit will run from November 1—30 at Island Gallery West, located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes…See More
Sep 21, 2017

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A little about me (so that you know I am a real person and not a spammer!)
Artist’s Statement:
After many years enduring the long drab winters of the northeast, Florida’s cheerful vistas offer me a wealth of colorful, dramatic subjects for painting. Painting realistically and in detail is a challenge that gives me great joy and creative satisfaction. The objects, people and scenes I paint have captured my attention and brought me much happiness. It is my sincere hope that they do the same for all those who view them. -- Marlane Wurzbach

Given positive encouragement from creative parents who once even let me draw on the living room walls, I was an eager student at all available art classes in school and college. After graduation art took a back seat to career and family responsibilities, but creativity was part of all of my endeavors. After college I graduated from New York School of Interior Design, worked as an interior designer and a window dresser in Greenwich, CT. And when babies kept me at home, I ran a small dessert catering business. With children in school all day, I took a job writing and doing some design layout for The Nutmegger Magazine. Magazine work evolved into my own desktop publishing business producing newsletters and marketing materials for businesses from Connecticut to Manhattan. All these businesses had the common thread of art, visual expression and a desire to try new artistic mediums.

Moving to Florida in 2005 was an opportunity for me to refocus on fine art. I was juried into an Anna Maria Island artists’ cooperative and another in Sarasota FL where I exhibited my work for sale and served as PR Director and Board Member. Currently I offer my acrylic landscape and floral paintings at local art shows, public exhibits and online. I have been pleased to win a number of local painting awards, and my work is in private collections across the United States.
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The things I like most about the Sarasota/Manatee area
Burnes Court Movie Theater
Island Fresh Market and Fresh Market
Selby Gardens
Dining al fresco
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I'm interested in enjoying summer all year long in my AMI lanai sipping cava ... local FL history ... kayaking canals when I feel nosy and social and heading for the mangroves when I don't ... Farmer's Markets ... learning about tropical gardening and orchids ... cooking for friends, mostly because FL doesn't have the great take out CT has and friends do need to be fed ... collecting mermaids ... listening to NPR when it isn't too depressing ... and ending the day with a Netflix movie or the Daily Show.
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2017 Free Saturday Morning Art Demo Schedule Announced! Mark Your Calendars!

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

2017 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West 

Weekly Art Demonstrations are offered at Island Gallery West from January 7 through mid March 2017. The free events are open to the public and are held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the gallery located at 5368 Gulf Dr. (S & S Shopping Plaza, Trolley Stop 15), Holmes Beach, FL. Seating is first come, first served. Please visit…


Island Gallery West's Monthly Featured Artist Calendar for Fall/Winter 2016 & Spring 2017

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 9:16am 0 Comments

2016-2017 Featured Artist Exhibits at Island Gallery West

Please join us for fine art, fun, food and refreshments at our monthly open house ArtWak receptions during the winter/spring season. Many of our member artists attend and look forward to meeting you. 

July 2016 Patrick O’Neill (acrylics) "America the Beautiful"

Aug. 2016 Maria Sine (acrylics)…

Island Gallery West, 26 Yr. Old Artists' Co-op, is Currently Accepting Applications for Membership

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 9:11am 0 Comments

Applications are currently being accepted and the forms can be found at the desk inside the gallery or on the website at For additional information, please call Island Gallery West, 941-778-6648 or Carole Dougherty, 941-722-2314.

Island Gallery West, located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, is an artists' co-op of approximately 27 local artists offering a rich variety of art including…


Island Gallery West, a members' co-op, is currently accepting applications for membership

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 12:25pm 0 Comments

Island Gallery West, located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, is an artists' co-op of approximately 25 local artists offering a rich variety of art including paintings, mixed media, photography, jewelry, pottery, and stained glass. The Gallery has thrived in Holmes Beach for more than 25 years. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM. The Gallery offers popular free art demonstrations on Saturday mornings from January through March…


Island Gallery West members prepare to celebrate 25th Anniversary!

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Island Gallery West members celebrating their 25th Anniversary, standing from left, Marie Rice, Susan Swanson, Debra Ridgdill, Kathy Storm, Joe Fletcher, Marlane Wurzbach, Bill Mears, Tracie A. Godri, Charlie Bell; sitting front row from left, Marti Salerni,…


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At 4:06pm on October 3, 2011, Patricia Ann Ritter said…

your work is really lovely.  I haven't seen one piece that I don't enjoy looking at.  Very fine work!


At 10:37am on July 6, 2010, Jack Alexander said…
Hi again Marlane -- Here's an update for you. Enjoy my gift to you. Let us keep connected while networking through this site. If we are not yet networking friends, let us become friends now.

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At 7:36am on July 9, 2009, Richard Stewart said…
Thanks much, Marlane. -- Richard
At 12:47pm on July 7, 2009, Erin W. Hood said…

I love how your art captures the Florida lifestyle. It steeps my gratitude in being a local native.

Thank you for creating and sharing it.

At 5:04pm on June 30, 2009, S. Rush Dean said…
Hi, fancy meeting you here, I just logged on after the email and there you were on the other end of the picture line. Keep up the good work.
At 4:56pm on June 30, 2009, Francesco Agresti said…
Thank you Marlene....
Yes some ar oil and some acrylic

i teach now both at the Venice art center.
I am also a New Yorker,Bronx
was transfered there as a child and got all my education there, before teaching in Italia ,Napoli as professor and then came back to the states and worked as professor in the winston salem area for many years, before marrying my wife , who is a floridian.from germany.
would love to see your work, i will stop by the gallery when i am up there.
At 4:35pm on June 30, 2009, Francesco Agresti said…
lovely work.........greetings francesco from Venice

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