Randy Moore, the publisher of the South County Healthy Living and Englewood Healthy Living announced that the North Port Art Center is the second recipient of the North Port Spirit Award in recognition of its sustained efforts to promote art education in the community.

    Moore said, "The North Port Art Center is a respected champion of art education.  Their fun classes, workshops, special programs, gift shop, pottery center, and glass arts studio enrich our community in supporting artistic expression, the non-profit enhances a sense of wellness of many adults and children".  

    The North Port Art Guild, doing business as the North Port Art Center, began in 1988 with a group of local artist meeting in private homes offering classes and exhibits.  The group incorporated in 1993 and in 2007 moved to their current location, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, offering a wide variety of classes and workshops for adults and children, and adding a pottery studio in 2010.  The art center also offers the Artisans Port Gift Shop, where members can sell their art work.

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