Introducing Our New Silk Painting Class!

cathyBShimmering color on a canvas of silk…Join our new silk painting class and learn the techniques of the “French Silk Serti” method of painting on silk to create beautiful, unique art!

Our instructor is our own Cathy Beausoleil, professional artist and designer, whose work all of us have admired in our gallery shows.  Now Cathy shares with us her techniques for creating exquisite colorful art on silk.

No experience is necessary, and the class is open to beginners through advanced painters. The class will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.for six weeks beginning April 24 through May 29.  Cost is $75.

Because silk painting supplies are difficult to obtain locally, Cathy will have paints, resists, and fabric on hand for purchase, and will direct students to online sources for additional supplies.  Students will need to bring some basic items to the first class, such as brushes, paper towels, and water containers.   A complete list of things to bring, along with the flyer more fully describing the class, can be found by clicking HERE.

To sign up, stop by the  Art Center or call us at 941-423-6460.  You may also register online by clicking HERE.

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Now is the time…..

youthclassesTo sign up your child for “Fun”tastic Art Camp and “Fun”tastic Active Art at the North Port Art Center. Fine-art and crafts, tie-dye, painting, mosaics, jewelry, pottery, candle making, drawing, art history, games and more.  Each week is different.  All weeks offer a full variety of lessons.

Eight separate weeks: June 9 – Aug. 8
no camp week of June 30 – July 4
9am -1pm Monday-Fridays

Free Lunch included!(Provided by the Sarasota County Food Service Fund)ages 6 and up $80/week (20 hours)

We are also offering an extra program to help those who are looking for an all day experience. “Fun”tastic Active Art is creative play from 1-3pm, $35/week.

Click here to register your child for ”Fun”tastic Art Camp

Click here to register your child for ”Fun”tastic Active Art


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Demonstrating Artists Wanted!

artThe City of North Port is once again asking that our member artists demonstrate their artistic talents at this year’s spring “Arts in the Park” on Saturday, March 29.

The North Port Art Center is hoping that  at least a dozen of our member artists will participate in this year’s event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garden of the Five Senses on Pan American Boulevard.

The event will feature artists painting “en plein aire” in the lovely garden setting, while local musicians provide entertainment for visitors.  City residents are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs as they spend the day observing our artists at work.

We see this as a great way to showcase the talent of our member artists and create interest in the work of the NPAC.

Artists may bring samples of their completed work for potential sale, but may not set up a traditional festival booth.

If you are interested in participating, please call the Art Center at 941-423-6460.

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How “Note-able” is Your Art?

Music_NoteNow is the time to start planning your entries for our next gallery show, “Note-able Art,” an all-media show with a different, fun twist.

Here’s how it works:  Each entry must be inspired by a song title  reflected in the content of the piece.  For example,  perhaps you love the song, “Autumn Leaves.”  Your artwork might depict a beautiful fall scene. If you’re a dog lover, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” or “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog”  might prompt you to paint, photograph, or sculpt your favorite canine.   “Jamaica Farewell” or “The Girl from Ipanema” could be your inspiration for art with an island theme.  These are just examples, but you get the idea.

So think about the music you know and love, and decide if the title of your favorite tune could be interpreted in the medium of your choice. You can name your entry anything you like, but here’s the rule:  You must tell us the song title that inspired your creation. 

Entries for this show will be received May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The awards reception will be Saturday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Silent Auction Success for NPAC, Boys and Girls Club

masquradeball The silent auction portion of the annual Divas’ Masquerade Ball this year was a win-win for both NPAC and the Gene Matthews Boys and Girls Club.

The ball, held Feb. 15 at the Plantation Golf and County Club in Venice, was a benefit fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. Members of NPAC’s Fundraising Committee organized and conducted the auction portion of the event, which allowed the Art Center to share in the auction proceeds. The auction raised around $3,100 for the Boys and Girls Club, and just over $2,000 for the North Port Art Center.

We would like to thank all of our members and local businesses and organizations that provided us with our share of auction items that went up for bid that evening. We were truly astounded at our member artists’ generosity with the number of donations of art, jewelry, clay creations, and photography that were part of the auction selections.

Once again, many thanks to you all.

Here’s a salute and another thank-you to the following members and others who contributed auction items: ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, Artistica Spa, Barbara Archer-Baldwin, Barbara Sanchez, BB&T Bank, Bernard Theil, Beth Hornick, Bill Howat, Campaign to Elect Jacqueline Moore, Carmen Sleeth, Carol Dawkins, Chris Sylvester, Catherine Beausoleil, Clare Harvey, Deborah Borner, Eileen Nail, Englewood Sailing Association Inc., Eugene Stodulski, Gayle Luper of Bungalow Beach Resort, Jill Luke, Mimi Steger.

Also, Jann Elwood, JD’s Bistro and Grille, Jim Cattell, John Baldwin, Bema J’s Bistro, Karen Frustereo, Kathleen Wilke, Kathy Plante, Louise Hall, Mark Klingel CPA, Nancy Colby, Nancy Morris, North Port Music Center, Kris Bilodeau of OnQ Financial, Patricia McLean, Patsy Spencer, Rich Cucchi of Caddy Carts, Rod Haggett, Sarasota Opera, Shanna Lee Lange, Sharon Dumont, Sharon Gilman, Sue Berger, Suzanne Boeck, Wendy Namack of Namack Portfolio Investment Professionals , Wanda Carter, and Venice Theatre.

And thanks also to our NPAC Auction Committee members who worked so tirelessly before, during, and after the auction to ensure its success: Karen Frustereo, Carol Dawkins, Clare Harvey, Barry Thorne, and Mary and Steve Alspaugh.

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