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Art Guild Showcases Local Creativity

West Pasco Art Guild members are displaying their creations in their downtown headquarters.

In its building at 6206 Jefferson St. in downtown New Port Richey, the offers artists the chance to exhibit their creations for guests to admire.

Right now, the art on display in the building gallery includes paintings of tropical birds, still life watercolors, scenes from the ocean, ceramic pieces and more.

These pieces are all part of the Art Guild’s newest exhibit Summer and the Living is Easy. The exhibit was featured in a reception Saturday, Sept. 8, and it will be on display through the first week of October.

The guild holds the exhibit every summer so that artists can have a space to display and prospective buyers can take a look at art for sale.

The exhibit is only one reason to visit the gallery in the coming months. The guild, which is a nonprofit, is going to feature a new, different show each month.

All shows are free to view. Guild members sell the art they display.

Currently, there are about 120 members in the guild, which attracts folks from throughout West Pasco. The organization is run completely by volunteers.

The guild owns and maintains its building, which it bought in 1971. The guild survives through donations, membership dues and workshop fees.

The guild's leaders want to increase awareness of its programs and artists and attract memberships.

“I would like people to come know we’re here and come and see us and what we do,” said Beth Heller, president of the guild.

A membership with the guild costs $35 for the first year and $30 the following years.

In addition to the gallery, the guild offers classes in a variety of mediums as well as workshops and a library of art books.

The West Pasco Art Guild's Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and guild workshops are on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also monthly guild meetings during the season.

In October, the guild will premiere Seaside, a show chaired by members Bette Davis MacDonald and Darla Willhite. The reception will be on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The guild is also coordinating an art exhibit in Peace Hall across from Sims Park for the second-ever Pasco Ecofest and is seeking artists interested in participating. The exhibit will be on display during the festival Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

Want to see creations of local artists? Pay a visit to theWest Pasco Art Guild at 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey (Corner of Missouri off of Main Street).

The Summer and the Living is Easy exhibit is open the following hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about upcoming exhibits and classes at the West Pasco Art Guild, call its members at 727-841-7732, visit them at 6206 Jefferson St. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. You can also take a look at their website anytime.

Spellbinding Sherry September 12, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I love the West Pasco Art Guild. Usually I'm there twice a week. Because I've traditionally worked most comfortably alone, I was reluctant to indulge the group environment. I am glad I did though, as the folks in the room have varied skills and talents, most of which are far different from my own so I am able to learn a good deal, just sitting nearby, asking questions. Overall, I find my WPAG interactions to be kind, encouraging, honest and forthright. The group might seem a teensy bit off kilter when one first walks in, (we are artists, after all!) but in truth, it is a delightful group of folks and a rather lovely old space. Come learn some new skills or hone some old ones. You'll probably be quite at ease once you begin visiting in with regularity. There's plenty of room for you and your talent!

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