Artists Should Check Out the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center

Artists Should Check Out the Punta Gorda Visual Arts CenterIf you are a fan of the visual arts, a budding artist yourself, or are just looking for new fun things to do in Punta Gorda to get to know the area and the people living here, you need to check out the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center. 

The Mission of the Visual Arts Center 

The visual arts center's mission statement is posted on the homepage of their website, the mission statement reads:

"Our Mission is to Inspire, Explore, Create & Promote the Visual Arts"

The visual arts center headquarters is located in Punta Gorda across from the famous and highly popular Fisherman's Village. They are responsible for the operation of three galleries, 6 classrooms, art studios, an art library, a gift store, a supply store, and more. It is a 12,000-square-foot visual arts facility with something for artists of all ages. 

Events at the Art Center

Gallery Exhibits

There is almost always something to spectate at one of the three galleries in the art center. Admission to the galleries is free and makes for a fun relaxing afternoon. Exhibits coming in the last week of May and into June include: 

Main Gallery

Ignite Imagination

Goff Gallery

Back in Time

Rebecca Hall Gallery

Wonky World by Paulette Morrissey

Workshops

Most workshops take place from September to May. The Master Workshop Series brings talent from all around the country to teach high-level skills. Workshops are longer class offerings from modern professional artists. They last as little as a half day or as long as a full week. Check out current workshops on the workshop page and register for specific shops with the same refund policy as regular classes. 

Create and Sip Social Events

The create and sip events are some of the most popular. They offer a fun and lively atmosphere with the opportunity to create your own piece of art guided step by step with a skilled instructor and to enjoy a libation or two. It is a popular thing to bring friends along, but it is also a great atmosphere to go and meet new people. Create and Sip Art Socials are most often on Wednesday nights at the center. Classes are between $45 and $55 dollars and sell out quickly. 

Classes

There are countless art education classes offered through the Visual Arts Center. Whether you are a beginner trying something out for the very first time or an artist with current skills looking to polish or enhance what you already know. From classes on-site at the center to online classes, and classes for different age groups. Check out the specific classes on the class page and get registered. Classes are offered throughout the day so they work with anyone's schedule. Morning sessions begin at 9 am and wrap up at noon. Afternoon sessions run from 1 pm to 4 pm. Evening classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Weekend classes are on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. 

The price for each class depends on the class itself. There are currently 32 classes available on the schedule for sign-up. Class tuition ranges from $150 to over $200. A deposit and registration secure your spot. Tuition is refundable minus your deposit up to 9 days before the start of every class. 

Membership

If you are a big art enthusiast, you might consider membership at the arts center. Membership comes with several benefits including discounted rates on classes, workshops, and other events. There are members-only events at the gallery that come "free" with membership. You can enter art in exhibits at a reduced rate. There is a 10% discount on supplies in the art supply store. Members also get to take advantage of membership to over 1,200 art institutions and programs that are part of the North American Reciprocal Museum collection. 

New memberships are $80 for the first year and $75 to renew. Two people living at the same address can get a new household membership for $130 and renew for $120. A family membership including two adults and up to 4 children is $145 for a new membership and $140 to renew. Membership is non-refundable. 

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