Meet the young artists

Families and friends are invited to celebrate young environmental artists from Anna Maria Elementary at a reception on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-5 p.m. at the Waterline Marina Resort pool, 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

The students have drawn more than 50 masterpieces selected for best depicting the importance of saving the sand dunes on the beach for wildlife, said Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

The artwork will be posted on informational signs at dune walkovers on Anna Maria Island, and will be printed on notecards.

Turtle Watch volunteers and Anna Maria Elementary teachers and staff will be on hand to congratulate the artists, along with Darcy Young, representing the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, which awarded the art project grant to Turtle Watch.

Fun, kid-friendly refreshments will be served.