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The Visual Arts Center featured on FOX-4 Paradise TV in June 2015


To the best of my recollection, the last time I picked up a paintbrush to do anything other than slap some paint on a piece of furniture was when I was in elementary school.  And so it was with great trepidation that I signed up to paint at Canvas for a Cause, a collaborative fundraiser between the Visual Arts Center andAMIKids/Crossroads.  Seriously, is there anything more intimidating than a white canvas that you're expected to fill? See entire article

Have you always dreamed of being an artist? Or maybe you'd like to make some creative friends? Many people view their move to Punta Gorda as a chance to pick up those hobbies they have always dreamed they would do. Now is the time. Whether you are a lifelong artist, interested in learning a new craft, or want to meet new people, the Visual Art Center on the corner of Maud Street and Marion Ave can help you. See entire article

Not every small town has a strong art community.... The Visual Arts Center has long been a hub of artist activity in Punta Gorda. The Center’s history stretches back to the 1960s when a group of local artists came together to form the Charlotte County Art Guild, Inc. See entire article

Don’t be surprised if you notice Claude Monet with paintbrush in hand the next time you drive down Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. You’re not imagining things. The Visual Arts Center unveiled the first work in its Masterpiece Painting Project in early June: a reproduction of one of Monet’s water lilies paintings. The work has been mounted on the north side of the VAC building, across from Fishermen’s Village. See entire article

One of the nation's most prestigious juried exhibitions of traditional two-dimensional media, this show is produced by the Visual Arts Center every other year to benefit its programs and artists. The show dates coincide with the greatest seasonal population. Punta Gorda is geographically centered in Southwest Florida between Sarasota and Naples, an affluent, art-buying market. See entire article (PDF)

The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda has begun accepting entries into the 9th Biennial National Art Exhibition. As this is an open competition and show with a Best of Show prize of $2,000 and $6,000 in total prize show money, artists throughout Southwest Florida are scrambling to submit entries for this prestigious show. See entire article

The Visual Art Center, 210 Maud St. is a gem across from Fishermen's Village. With two Galleries and monthly changing exhibits, a wonderful, one of a kind, gift shop and classes for those with more time, the gem is a must see not only for visitors but also for locals and their guests. See entire article

Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County. While relatively small, it boasts amenities usually found only in much larger cities, but without the crowds and traffic. With a year-round population of about 17,000 full-time residents, Punta Gorda is home to fewer people than some of Florida’s gated communities. There is a Performing Arts Center, a Symphony Orchestra and Visual Arts Center. See entire article