2017-09-01 / Amenities

Art center opens new home


Folks walk into the new art center, located at 104 N. Alister St.The building opened its doors to the public for the first time at the First Friday reception on Friday, Aug. 4. Folks walk into the new art center, located at 104 N. Alister St.The building opened its doors to the public for the first time at the First Friday reception on Friday, Aug. 4. Members of the Port Aransas Art Center are enjoying their new, larger building located at 104 N.Alister St.

The 4,000 square foot facility is twice the size of the old building. It provides more classroom space as well as being able to accommodate larger audiences and attract nationally-known artists.

The art center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with more than 400 members and more than 225 artists who show their work in the gallery.

It offers classes and workshops for adults, camps and classes for children and families, as well as First Friday receptions.

The receptions, held the first Friday of every month, mark the opening of a new show. Works in the First Friday shows remain on display and for sale for the remainder of the month; coming down in time to make way for the next exhibit. Folks who attend the receptions may enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music while viewing the artwork.

Corporate sponsors help fund the art center on a monthly basis. Sponsorships, at $1,000 per month, may be shouldered by an individual or business or shared by two or more individuals or businesses.

The public is invited to a street dance on Saturday, Sept. 30, to help celebrate the opening of the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and include a barbecue dinner, adult beverages, a quick draw, live auction and music by Latin Talk.

Other activities sponsored by the art center in the fall are the annual PA Art About set for Saturday, Oct. 7, and the Songwriters Showcase on Monday, Oct. 9.

For more information about events at the art center watch issues of the South Jetty for stories about the events and the art center calendar for information about ongoing and new classes.

For more information or to register for events, call 749-7334, e-mail artcenter@centurytel.net or visit www.portaransasartcenter.org.

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