November 15, 2019

Letter From Our President
With this November newsletter comes some sad, and yet, hopeful tidings.  Our Executive director, Mary Rose has had some medical setbacks.  She is doing well but is in rehab at this time.  We expect her to return home in a few days with some home physical therapy.  

In the meantime, the Art Center is up and running with two employees, Laura Griffith and Sylvia Parke and a host of volunteers including Bobbie Mussett and Dianne Govella.  Yours truly is on an already planned and much needed vacation and will be back on Nov 21.  

Right now, the art center has several events on the near horizon.  One is our Family Art Days, Nov. 16, 1:00 to 3:00.  Bring you and your family and participate in some arty fun! ( Kids must be accompanied by an adult).

We are offering a Wine, Whine and Design class on Nov. 17th but it is already booked solid. 

The next event is the Island Holiday Market on Nov. 30th and Dec 1st at the Port A Civic Center.  Come and enjoy Christmas shopping at its very best.  

On Dec. 6th is our First Friday Reception at the Art Center.  It is also our annual Christmas party.  If you haven’t already, you can decorate a Christmas ornament for our tree and make a contribution (any amount) to the good of the Art Center and it’s continued success in and for the community.  

And last but not least, on Dec. 8th is our Annual Student Art Show.  Ribbons will be awarded to winners from the high school and middle school of Flour Bluff, the Seashore Learning Center and Port Aransas. This exhibit is amazing and filled with so much talent.  See details for all these events in the newsletter below. 

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends and lots of turkey and all the trimmings.  Keep Mary Rose in your thoughts and prayers!  And Happy Thanksgiving!  

Karen Winship Ridout
President, on behalf of the Art Center Board of Directors
Family Art Days
Saturday | November 17, 2019


Thanks to a generous grant from the Valero Energy Foundation, we are excited to announce that Family Art Days have returned to the the Art Center.

Bring the family and create trees exploding with fall color! Kids of all ages are welcome and its FREE! Drop-in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17.

(Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout class time.)
Wine, Whine Design | November 17, 2019
Sold Out!

Wine, Whine & Design will be held on Sunday, November 17, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Arlene Hughes will show us how to create this fun, sea turtle tote bag. The Port Aransas Art Center will provide all materials, a canvas tote bag, brushes, paint and wine glasses.

Cost | $40 donation to the Port Aransas Art Center Building Fund
Island Holiday Market
November 30 - December 1, 2019

This two-day annual affair filled with the best of local vendors, artists and fine craftsmen is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping. The market includes fine art, pottery, jewelry, wood and metal art, unique gifts, accessories and more. See our website for a list of participants.
Watercolor Workshops
Co-hosted by the Watercolor Society of South Texas

Michael Holter Watercolor | December 2-4 | Sold Out!

Michael Holter welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs. The workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. It takes place at the Port Aransas Art Center on Monday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 4 from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Registration is $325.

This workshop is hosted by the Art Center and the Watercolor Society of South Texas. The Watercolor Society will be accepting registrations for this workshop. Please follow this link to be put on the waiting list.

Annual Holiday Party
First Friday | December 6, 2019


The Port Aransas Art Center will celebrate the holiday season on First Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with food, fun, and live music!

Author and Illustrator, Glenn D. Vondra will be joining us for a special book signing of his new collection of nature inspired Tanka poems, “Fins, Wings and Other Things”. The Student Art Exhibition also opens with amazing works of art by area students in grades 6 through 12.

See you there!

Sponsored by the DeLeon Group

Student Art Exhibition
December 6-27, 2019
2018 Student Art Exhibition

Each year, students in grades 6 through 12, from Flour Bluff Independent School District, Port Aransas Independent School District, and Seashore Middle Academy exhibit what they have learned from their art teachers. Refreshments will be served and awards given during a special reception on Sunday, December 8, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.
Consider a Year-End Gift
and help decorate the Tree!

The Art Center invites you to help decorate the tree this year!

When you make a year-end donation between now and December 6th, you can add an ornament to our tree in the main gallery, and you will be entered in a drawing for a 5″ x 5″ Gallery Wrap Canvas hand-painted by one of the Art Center’s artists.
  • Donate online using a credit card, debit card or e-check. We will hang an ornament on the tree for you and register you for the drawing!


Vladislav Yeliseyev Watercolor Workshop | April 3-5, 2020

Vladislav will demonstrate his approach to creating impressionistic watercolors and bringing out the light, that is so crucial to every watercolor. Students will paint from photographs and explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

Vladislav Yeliseyev welcomes both novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs. Registration is $425.

This workshop is hosted by the Art Center and the Watercolor Society of South Texas. The Watercolor Society will be accepting registrations for this workshop. Please follow this link to register.
Join & Donate

Membership is the lifeblood of the Port Aransas Art Center. With your donation, we are able to continue operating year-round and offering high quality art education programs for all ages, exhibitions and special events. But, we cannot do it without you!
You may also increase your impact by extending your pledge payment over time, and you can make a gift in memory or in honor of someone special. At whatever level you choose to donate, your gift makes a real difference.

We would like to thank our partners, Lone Star Taste, Texas Highways: The Travel Magazine of Texas, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine for providing discounts to our members. Once you donate online, you will receive information about securing the discounts. An exclusive VIP pack of artist-made computer "wallpapers" is designed just for donors of $100 and more.

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