Join us for plein air painting at Centennial Park in Venice, Florida
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Plein Air Painting at Venice's
Centennial Park

Monday, April 27, 2015, 8:30am

Dear Artists,
We will be painting in beautiful downtown Venice.  Park in Centennial Park and from there you can find a good painting location in and around the downtown area.   There is a few block stretch of downtown Venice which includes Tampa, Venice, and Miami Avenues. This area is officially known as “The Venice Downtown Historic District,” with architecture modeled after Northern Italy.

A little history on the Venice area: Originally known as “Horse and Chaise,” early settlers renamed the area "Venice" in 1888 in recognition of the many natural waterways around the area.

As a City, Venice became a reality when The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers arrived in 1925 and began to build a retirement community for its members.

Designed by well known city planner John Nolen, the original plan included wide paved boulevards with planted medians, small parks throughout the community, a golf course, a beach front amphitheater and lots reserved for schools and hotels as well as an agricultural area known as Venice Farms.

Directions:  30 miles / 46 minutes from Punta Gorda 
Take 41 North for 27 miles
Turn slight left onto US-41 Bus North (just past Shamrock Blvd)  2.4 miles.
Turn left onto W Venice Ave
Go to the Nassau Street entrance to the park
The restrooms are on the corner and free parking is behind the restrooms
Get there early to get a good parking space in the shade

See you in the field!

Sharon Yarbrough, Coordinator
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NAME OF SHOW:  Primavera
April 27 - May 28

Primavera has no specific theme and is open to all types of 2D and 3D media. Both members and non-members are welcomed to submit work.

Receiving for Primavera is Friday, April 24, 9am - 12pm.  Exhibit runs April 27 - May 30
Download the complete Prospectus HERE.


Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Saturday, May 16, 2015

You can paint and/or show your finished works for sale. You may bring something to display your art on such as easels, a table or rack.

The Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival will be held in beautiful Gilchrist Park on the waterfront in downtown Punta Gorda.  Plein air artists are invited to paint at the Festival and show their work on Saturday, May 16.  Set-up is Saturday BEFORE 8 A.M.  There is a ten (10%) percent commission on sales going to the Historical Society.  Organizers, Stan Munson and/or Michael Haymans will be available on Saturday morning to help you with set-up if needed.  The Festival will provide a tent for artists to display their work and sell.  Dianne Munson needs to know how many artists will attend and how much space is needed well in advance of the event.  Deadline for contacting her in this regard is May 6th.

Please submit your name, contact information and space requirements to Dianne Munson at email: as soon as possible, but no later than May 6, 2015.  Questions can be answered at 941-457-3659 or 941-639-0760.  

Thursday  4/30/2015 - 9:00 AM
GPS: 400 Palmetto Avenue  Osprey, FL 34229
Bay Preserve includes a nature trail, wildlife observation platform, canoe and kayak launch, a performance pavilion, a restored 1930's neo classical waterfront mansion, historic Cracker cottages and a lovely boat house over the water.  You often see young adults practicing in skulls for racing. There are free parking and restroom facilities..
If you are coming from the South on I-75 take Exit 195/Laurel/Nokomis.  Take this to Tamiami Trail/Rt 41 and turn RIGHT. Drive about 5 miles and watch for Oak Street.  Turn LEFT onto Oak just after the light on Bay Street and Right on Palmetto Avenue; then left into parking lot.

Call to Artists - “May’s Bouquets” This exhibit is open to all area artists with work depicting the theme of flowers. Flowers in all shapes, sizes and media make up this extremely popular exhibit. Delivery of your artwork is on Monday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-noon with a non-refundable entry fee of $15 for up to 3 pieces. Exhibit will be judged and juried. Works must be original, not previously shown at CCAS and must be ready to display. Must be 16 or older to enter - all media accepted. Call or email us for more specifics. Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, 574-0802.
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