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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Sign up NOW for “Funtastic Art” Camp

artThere is a few openings for this week….don’t miss out!  This is what the campers will be doing for week 1 (June 16-20)

Judy Cowan Lee – German castles (culture/mixed media)
Clare Harvey – Marionette Puppets (air dry clay)

Crystal Diff – Antoni Gaudi mosaic houses (mixed media)
Clare Harvey -Faux Batik (cloth painting technique)

Crystal Diff – Exploring 3-D forms with tinfoil & masking tape (sculpture)
Clare Harvey – Oil Pastel paintings, Cezanne Still-Life

Crystal Diff – Ancient Egyptian motif collars (mixed media)
Clare Harvey – Paper Making

Crystal Diff – Piet Mondrian De Stijl paintings
Clare Harvey – Scrolls (drawing)

Call the art center at 941.423.6460 to register or register online.  You DO NOT need to be a member for your child to have this opportunity!

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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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Thank you NPAC Donors!

thank-youOur many, many thanks to the NPAC members and others who answered our call for support in this year’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge. Together you helped to raise just over $1,500 for the Art Center, an amount that will certainly assist us as we strive to meet our financial goals and continue to operate in the black.

More than 400 non-profits from Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties participated in the event, which featured early donation matching funds and random cash drawings as well as prizes in a number of “best of” categories. The annual event is held to encourage the public to give generously to non-profit agencies in our communities. It was sponsored this year by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and Charlotte Community Foundation.

And it is interesting to note that, while we didn’t win any of the prize categories, the NPAC received more individual donations than any of the other art centers or visual arts-related non-profits of similar size in the three counties. We’re also anticipating an additional $225 in matching funds for early bird donations. Way to go, North Port!

Once again, a special thank you to all who participated in last month’s Challenge. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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