Wine & Unwind This Holiday Season

winewindGive yourself and your friends a little night of fun this busy holiday season at the Art Center on December 17 when we host another “Paint Party”. A just-for-fun event where we paint, eat, drink, listen to great music, and otherwise make merry for some laid-back, grownups-only (21 and over) relaxation.

We’re calling it “Wine and Unwind,” which pretty much says it all. And it’s for the non-painter or the not-so-serious dabbler –no experts allowed! It’s fun art, not fine art!

So what’s involved? You sign up with a friend or two or three, come down to the Art Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th, and plan to spend 2 1/2 hours of “you” time…no pressure at all.

We’ll paint a simple painting along with Instructor Clare Harvey, enjoy some food and libations, have a few laughs, and just kick back.

And what do you need to bring? Absolutely nothing! We’ll provide it all–food, drinks, canvasses, easels, paints, brushes, music, and instruction. It’s your night to relax, have fun, and leave all the details to us. And you’ll go home with your very own completed 11 x 14 acrylic painting, suitable for hanging.

The cost is $30 per person and seating is limited, so hurry and reserve a spot for yourself and some friends. You can register here or by calling the Art Center at 941-423-6460. Walk-ins are welcome, until full.

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Santa’s Workshop at the North Port Art Center

santaLittle elves are already getting ready for Christmas and one thing they will want to do is join Santa’s Workshop being held at the North Port Art Center on December 13th, 1:00pm until 4:00pm. They will make a special Christmas Gift, card & wrap while you run some last minute errands or just relax knowing your child is having a wonderful time. The cost is $10.00 and the workshop is for ages 6 years and up. Sign you child up NOW for this yearly favorite event as class size is limited. Cal the art center or register online.


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Trivia Tournament at Olde World Resturant

Question-marks-284x300The North Port Center will be the recipient of funds raised during the October and November monthly trivia contests, and we are inviting our members to participate by signing up with a team of six or as individuals. The monthly tournament is sponsored by the North Port Rotary Central. We have two teams registered already, and would like to get two more teams of six. Can you join us?

Here’s how it works: Teams of six compete against other teams from the North Port community to win a cash prize. It’s $15 per person, which includes tournament fee, dinner and non-alcoholic beverage. The event begins with dinner at 5:30 and teams compete in answering trivia questions in eight different categories, starting around 6:15. Proceeds after expenses go to the named charity for the evening.

It’s a fun, friendly competition, and can even get a little raucous and rowdy at times! You get to pick a name for your team and assign a team captain. Everyone at the table puts their collective brains together to come up with the answers, and without assists from laptops or smart phones. Some of the questions are easy; others, well, not so much. But since we work as teams, no one person is ever put on the “hot seat” to answer a question. And, yes, that’s a good thing!

Let us know if you would like to be part of one of the NPAC teams during the October and November tournaments. The events will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and a date in November to be announced.

Call the art center at 941-423-6460 to sign up, either as an individual or as a six-member team. If you don’t have a team, we’ll place you on a team as names of participants come in.

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Casino Night Friday, Nov. 7


Be a part of a wonderful fundraising opportunity on Friday, Nov. 7, when Aston Gardens in Venice presents its Fifth Annual Dice and Diamonds Casino Event, a Las Vegas style evening with all proceeds to benefit our art center.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10. Professional croupiers and dealers will be present. Games include blackjack, roulette, craps and slots. Hors d’oeuvres and more will be served and cocktails will be available. Capping the evening are the drawings for a number of special prizes, including a Grand Prize give-away at the end of the event. And everyone is encouraged to wear red or black.

Adjoining the casino area will be a large gallery room dedicated to the display of artwork by NPAC members.

Tickets are $50 and a limited number are available at NPAC. The price is good only until Oct. 27; thereafter, tickets will be $65 each, so get yours now! Each year the event has been a sell-out. Attendees are expected to number 250.

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