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. Continue reading

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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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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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