5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port, FL 34287
Phone: (941) 423-6460
Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tues and Thurs 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
The North Port Art Guild, DBA the North Port Art Center has a long history in the city of North Port. The Art Guild began in 1988 with a loosely formed band of local artists who met in private homes and public meeting rooms, holding classes, small art shows and planning for their growth in the community.
The Guild was formally incorporated in 1993 and continued serving its growing membership. They met in the YMCA, City Hall and the North Port Library. In 2007 the North Port City Commissioners voted to lease a building to the Guild and the North Port Art Center was born!
Today the Art Center’s main building holds an art gallery, the Artisan’s Port Gift Shop, classrooms, a library, offices and a kitchen. A second building was added in 2010, through a gift from the State College of Florida to the City of North Port. This building holds a beautifully equipped pottery center and glass arts studio.
The North Port Art Center may be small but it is jam-packed with opportunity. There is a very strong and dedicated community of teachers and artists with a passion for bringing the love of arts to everyone. The City of North Port and business leaders recognize the value that the art center brings to the community and supports our continuing work and growth in having the North Port Art Center as a Destination Place.
Gallery Shows and Receptions
Themed monthly art exhibits are a great opportunity for artists to enjoy challenging their creativity and submit their work for everyone to enjoy. The art center welcomes the public to come in and take a stroll through the gallery any day or time we are open. We love to give tours of our facility and answer any questions.
Each exhibit also has an Artist’s Reception the public is invited to attend, always at no charge, this celebration is to take the time to honor our artists and inspire the community in the appreciation of visual arts. The Art in Public Places program showcases our artists and carries our message to many locations around the city. Different artists hang rotating shows at City Hall, the Senior Center, the Libraries, and other locations.
It is our mission to touch every person with the message that creative expression is important to our health and well-being.
We strive to provide classes in many types of art for every age group and every level of expertise. We have an impressive youth program. We start with introducing toddlers to art expression in mommy and me style classes that we call “The Mini Monets”. Daily classes are available to after-school and home-schooled children. The community-funded “Free Saturday” program provides any child between 5 and 12 a free art class each Saturday throughout the school year and our famous Funtastic Summer Art Camp is always filled to capacity.
Adults can enjoy one-day art introduction parties, weekly lessons for more serious students, two- and three-day workshops by Internationally renowned artists to challenge those at the professional level. The art center also has trained art therapy artists that bring life-enrichment art classes to those in need of assisted living. We also provide individual specialized art instruction to our adult developmentally disabled community.
Artisans Port Gift Shop
All members of the art guild have the opportunity to display and sell their art in the Artisans Port Gift Shop. All gift shop items are unique handcrafted art in a variety of mediums showcasing the talent in our artistic community.
Friend Raising Events
Throughout the year the art center hosts local group events. The North Port Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals, The People for Trees, Leadership North Port and The Left Coast Pastel Society to name a few.
We are invited to be involved in many City events by the Parks and Recreation Committee of North Port; The Freedom Festival, the Poinsettia Parade, Health and Wellness Fair and the yearly Art in the Park event held on the green of City Hall every spring.
We actively pursue collaborations with other local arts and culture entities. We are proud to work with the North Port Poetry Workshop members, the Alamanda Garden Club, the Shannon Staub and the North Port Libraries, Heart and Hands Children’s Performing Arts, Radio Station WKDW-97.5 and the Common Grounds coffee shop performance platform, The Rock Box and the North Port Performing Arts Center.
The North Port Art Center has many different styles of fundraising throughout the year. Our major fundraiser “The Heist..the Art of the Steal”, is a unique and elegant dinner where everyone goes home with a professional, original art piece. Started in 2015 this event is the star of the art center. Approximately 60 artists are hand-chosen to donate a piece or maybe two, of their best art. The event kicks off with the “Best of the Best Champagne Reception” where the art pieces are revealed and the artists are honored with ribbons and prizes. The lucky Heist ticket holders will be able to mark down their favorites in anticipation of the Dinner and their opportunity to “steal ” a masterpiece!