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Member News

Trolley Award

Anna Maria Artists’ Guild Recipient of Trolley Grant Award at Annual Awards Event, January 26, 2022.

Past President, Sharon Tarras, Co-Presidents, Anne Abgott and Carolann Garafola, Vice President, Tim Cunningham and his wife, Sue were in attendance at the Seafood Shack, Cortez Island, FL for the award presented to the Artists’ Guild Gallery of Anna Maria Island.  The award is for project renovations and promotion of the Gallery for this year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.  Those responsible for writing the grant included, Sharon Tarras, Pres. at the time and LuAnn Widergren, Member of AGAMI.

This fantastic program is a joint venture between Manatee County Government and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. With an average of half a million riders a year, the free trolleys help reduce traffic around the island. In order to help keep the trolleys free for all who ride them, the AMI Chamber sells advertisement space on the outside as well as on the inside of the trolleys. These ads also brighten and amplify the character of the trolleys as well as the island. Be sure to check them out, you will find great offers in some of the ads!

After taking care of expenses and administrative costs, excess revenue is dispersed in the form of grants to committee-selected Island and Cortez none and not-for-profits. The AMI Chamber is extremely honored to be a part of this valuable program and give back to the community in an effort to preserve our island, its wildlife, history, arts and culture and organizations who do so much for our society.

Trolly Grant 2022

Photo (l to r) Tim Cunningham, VP, Sharon Tarras, Past Pres., Carolann Garafola, Co-Pres., Sue Cunningham, Member, Anne Abgott, Co-President honored at the Seafood Shack Restaurant at the Annual Trolley Giving Back Event by the AMI Chamber of Commerce


  News from the Board


Board meetings are held monthly, usually by Zoom.

Any member may attend. If you wish to to speak, contact the Guild President before the meeting so your concern may be added to the agenda.

Minutes of the meeting and financial information are posted on the Members Only page.  A member directory is also available on the page. 

Congratulations to the 10 Artists selected to display their artwork at the Key Royale Club.  Click here to view the pieces on display and available for sale.

Congratulations to Anne Abgott on her award from the Artist Network Over 60 competition. 

Click here to read more.

Sharon Tarras awarded the The Genevieve Alban Award for 2022.  Click here for details on her award
Window Display Guidelines

Please note the change in how the Gallery is handling Theme Windows:


We are now allowing larger pieces to be used in our theme windows. This will make for a more attractive and have more of an impact on the presentation to our customers.


All larger pieces submitted should be “up to and including the frame” be over 800 square inches to 1300 square inches , and will cost $30. [Measure the outside of your frame or artwork canvas and multiply height in inches by width in inches]


Our prices remain the same $10 for all other framed work.


To reduce the amount of work on our treasurer we now request that your check or money for the Theme Window should be in a sealed envelope and hung on the wire on the back of your painting.


This will simplify the refund if your painting is not used in the Window Theme Display.


Thank you for participating in the support of our Art Gallery.


The painting should be delivered to the upper racks in the back designated for this event before the first day of the month in which you wish to participate. Make out a sale card to go with the paintings with title and price and apply to the painting. 


Every effort will be made to use your painting in the window. The final decision is made by the window committee. You will be refunded your money if the painting is not used. 


All members — whether Display Artists or not, are eligible for theme windows.

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Watercolor by Sue Lynn Cotton

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