It’s artsHOP time

Every year, Anna Maria Island’s arts community comes together to present artsHOP, a celebration of the arts, and this year, the big event is the Holmes Beach Gallery Walk on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be local artwork on display, art demonstrations, refreshments, live music, art raffles and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Marti Salerni will display her latest “Petal Away” themed watercolors, and Chip Ragsdale will entertain with acoustical guitar at Island Gallery West. The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island will display work by members, many of whom will be there, with live music in the background. The Anna Maria Island Art League’s reception will conclude its juried all-media art exhibit, “Faces of Emotion,” with winners in attendance. Restless Natives will present local artists Karen Prunier, with a “Reflections in Clay” demo, and Patricia Clarke, with a hot glass demo, plus new Restless Natives addition, “HowLuckyAMI.”

Those who visit all the galleries can have their “passports” stamped to be eligible for prize baskets of local, original art.

Other events tied to artsHOP include the public reception of “10byTEN” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Studio at Gulf and Pine, the Island Players performance of “The Game’s Afoot” at 8 p.m., both on Thursday, Nov. 9, and an ice cream social and museum tour at the AMI Historical Museum on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria following the Veteran’s Day events at City Pier Park on Friday, Nov. 10.

Cultural Connections is a sponsor of artsHOP; business sponsors include Anna Maria Vacations, Duncan Real Estate, LaPensee Plumbing, Sato Real Estate, Gagne Construction, Island Mail and More, Abrahamson Uiterwyk, Historic Green Village, Beach House, Island Coffee Haus, Egmont Key Adventures and Flip Flop Candy Shop.