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 pushing 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 showing off pieces from local artists, the Artisan’s Port Gift Shop, Classrooms, a Library, Administration Offices, and of course, 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 these small walls are jam packed full of opportunity and culture. There is a very strong and dedicated community of teachers and artists with a burning passion for bringing the love of arts to everyone. The City of North Port and local business leaders recognize the value and culture the Art Center brings to the community. They continue to support and encourage our growth in having the North Port Art Center becoming a Destination Location.
Gallery Shows & 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 look through their gallery and day to time we are open. We love to give tours of our facility and answer any questions you may have.
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 our “Mommy & Me” style classes that we call “The Mini Monet’s”. Daily classes are also 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, 2 three day workshops by Internationally renowned artists to challenge those at the professional level. The Art Center also has highly 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.