Attention Amazon Shoppers

3pnaAre you a regular or even a one-in-awhile shopper at Did you know that Amazon has a new program that allows you to designate a small portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice?

Here’s a great way to help the North Port Art Center as you place your Amazon orders. The new program is called “Amazon Smile.” When you designate a particular non-profit, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase to that charity.

To shop at Amazon Smile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. If you are already an shopper, you’ll be directed to select a charity, and of course we hope you’ll select the North Port Art Center.

And every time you shop on Amazon, go to the above link to begin. All your current settings remain the same on Amazon Smile as on your regular account. But a little portion of your purchase will be directed to the Art Center.

And while 0.5 percent is a small amount, these days every little bit helps!

For a complete description of the Amazon Smile program, click HERE.

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Open House, Gallery Reception, Raffle Drawing and More!

openhouse An artists’ reception, live demonstrations, our annual raffle, and more will all combine on Thursday, Sept. 11 during NPAC’s biannual Open House.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the event is a blend of all that NPAC has to offer its members, with the goal of attracting new artists and students to membership in our Art Guild.

The Open House will feature NPAC instructors demonstrating techniques in a variety of media, while winners of our upcoming gallery show, “Reflections,” will be announced. Everyone attending will be invited to select their favorite painting to determine the Grand Prize-People’s Choice Award from among the entries.

At 8 p.m., winning tickets in our annual Disney Raffle will be drawn. We will also draw winners for free art classes, and the drawing is open to newcomers as well as current members attending that evening,

The Open House, held every six months, is made possible by donations to the Deirdre Bartolotta Memorial Fund. Mrs. Bartolotta, a member and art student at NPAC, passed away in 2013. Her family directed that donations in her memory to NPAC be used to encourage newcomers to art to join the Art Guild, take a class, and explore their own creative potential.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Call to Clay Artists: Third Annual Pottery Show

rokuClay Artists and Potters are invited to enter the North Port Art Center’s Third Annual Pottery Show. If you work in clay, this will be a great opportunity for you to display and perhaps sell your pieces.

Our show will run from Saturday, September 20, through Saturday, October 25. Entry fee is $10 per piece, with a three piece maximum. All pieces must be freestanding on shelves or pedestals.

Entries will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

This show will be juried by the public! Visitors to the art center during the exhibition will be asked to select their favorite piece, with one ballot to each unique visitor, so ballot-box stuffing will not be allowed! Based solely on the number of votes received, prizes will be award for first, second, and third places, and several honorable mentions, depending upon number of overall entries.

If your piece is sold during the exhibition, the usual rate of 30 percent to NPAC and 70 percent to the artist applies. The show is open to all clay artists in Southwest Florida. There are no local residency or membership requirements. Prizes will be awarded during a special reception on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the art center. No winners will be notified in advance. For further information, please call the North Port Art Center at 941-423-6460.

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Sign up now for fall classess

2014The new fall schedule is now available. Take a look and try something new.  Download your copy.

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Art About Town

NPAC artists are showing their work in a variety of venues around North Port. Here’s a quick rundown of the artists and the locations:

  • Paintings by Judith Cowan Lee and Karl Goudy are at North Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Boulevard. Through June.
  • Photography by Leah Slosberg is on display at the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, 15141 Tamiami Trail. Through July.
  • Paintings by Clare Harvey can be viewed at the North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Boulevard. Through June,
  • Art by Crystal Diff is being shown at the office of Dr. Gregory Smith, North Port Chiropractic, 1361 South Sumter Boulevard (Publix Plaza). Through July.
  • Paintings by Eileen Nail are on display at the North Port branch of BB&T bank, 1299 Sumter Boulevard. Through July.
  • Watercolors by Nancy Morris and Kathleen Byrne are on display through July in the Juliano Room of the North Port Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail.

If you would like the opportunity to show your work at some of these venues at a future time, please contact Barry Thorne or Clare Harvey, co-chairs, Art in Public Places Committee, 941-423-6460.

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