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Anna Maria Island’s Cultural Art Facility & Elegant Event Venue.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine offers an eclectic array of exhibitions, instructional classes, and cooking classes. The Studio serves as an elegant social venue with nearly 4,000 square feet of indoor space.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine was founded by the former First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles. As first lady, Mrs. Chiles championed many causes, including upgrading the technological resources of the governor’s office, making the first inventory of the furnishings in the governor’s mansion, and most notably, the anti-tobacco initiative aimed at curbing smoking among young people. Rhea also supported the arts in Lakeland, where she was a founder of the Polk County Museum of Art.

Rhea spent her retirement years on Anna Maria Island, concentrating on the community and cultural arts. Today the Studio serves as an educational center, hosting everything from art shows, events, local fund raisers, art classes, and exhibits. The studio welcomes artists, poets, musicians, and writers to exhibit their talents and exchange ideas.

In the News

First lady’s life work opens door to Hall of Fame

Rhea Chiles legacy continues to be alive and well in the Sunshine State and, on Anna Maria Island, where she spent much of her senior years.

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Anna Maria Island residents remember Rhea Chiles for contributions to arts scene on island

"She was a Florida lady and she was a real dynamic individual in the arts," recalled Sissy Quinn, a resident of Anna Maria.

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