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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Visual Arts

Mission: The Port Aransas Art Center is a community of artists and art patrons who value art and who are dedicated to fostering and supporting the creative process that is art. The Center provides time, space, resources and art education for an ever-increasing audience. The Port Aransas Art Center is solely supported by charitable donations, member artist sales in the gift shop, and art classes for all age groups.

Results: One of our many achievements is the construction of a spacious new facility to house the Port Aransas Art Center. Opened in late summer, 2017, the new building has received rave reviews.

Target demographics: people of all ages and backgrounds, residents and visitors alike

Geographic areas served: Nueces County, Texas

Programs: art classes taught by expert instructors (and for all ages and experience levels), workshops (more extensive art classes), the sale of works of art by artists in our gift shop, art exhibitions (including exhibitions by students of the Port Aransas Independent School District), and a wide variety of special events held year round that help foster an appreciation of the arts, and that help build community and support.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband Larry and I have been members of Port Aransas Art Center for over a decade. Larry is a watercolor artist and I am a writer. We are happy that PAAC supports all the arts. We especially admire the way it serves the entire community from its retired persons to its youngest public education students to its non-resident members. The board members are dedicated and offer hours of their own time to support PAAC projects. Mary Rose, Executive Director, provides excellent leadership. Because Port Aransas, Texas is a tourist destination on the Gulf Coast, Port Aransas Art Center is in a unique position, serving local residents, non-resident homeowners, and a multitude of tourists. They do a great job!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Port Aransas Art Center has a beautiful new building that made it through Hurricane Harvey. That left us very impressed by their facilities. The art on display is well done and shows that the local talent loves the beach, birds, and fish. The staff was friendly and helpful.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Port Aransas Art Center has a beautiful new home after 22 years in business. The Art Center features a monthly exhibit and has a huge gallery and classrooms. It is well worth a visit from anyone who comes to Port Aransas. It is on the main street, Alister, and is easily recognized by its bright turquoise exterior and the beautifully landscaped yard around. I think you will enjoy every aspect of this unique Art Center. Also the First Friday of every month, there is a Artist Reception with wine, food and live music by local musicians. There is no charge and it is open to everyone. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. These receptions are the Art Center's way of saying "thank you" to the community and area and the receptions were really appreciated by weary Hurricane Harvey victims. They added a note of normalcy in a world of debris.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family had the privilege of visiting the Port Aransas Art Center, and we were in awe of the beautiful paintings, stained glass, pottery, sculptures, and more that were exhibited. The staff was very friendly and inviting, and we felt free to wander and enjoy the beautiful work that fills the center, taking as much time as we wanted to spend. I can't say enough about the immense talent of the artists whose work is on display--it's all simply amazing!

The building itself is gorgeous, and it is hard to believe that it withstood hurricane Harvey with so little impact. The gift shop area is well organized, and offers many beautiful things for collectors, home decor, gifts, or trip mementos.

I did not know there was such a beautiful Art Center in Port Aransas until shortly before our visit, and I can assure you, we will be back for more visits whenever possible. It's a truly beautiful, fascinating place to visit!

2 Ryan R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The First Friday event that the Art Center hosts is one-of-a-kind. The majority of the community comes together to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, socializing with friends, and of course, enjoy the artwork from local talents. I highly recommend attending First Friday next time you're in town, as it provides a great way to meet others in the community and support a worthy local organization.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Join us every first Friday for a great art exhibit featuring different area artists, live music and refreshments. The Port Aransas Art Center hosts this event each month. See the great paintings, photos, pottery, jewelry and more. The Art Center offers classes for children and adults from beginners to accomplished. The center also hosts artists workshops, seminars and some fun Wine, Whine and Design classes. There is so much to do and see here. Don’t miss it when you visit Port Aransas.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Welcome....when you walk in to the Port Aransas Art Center, you become a part of our family here.
Please stop by, say hello, and join us at our Art Center...where you can always find something for everyone and for every age.
There are painting classes offered regularly to help you with that one-of-a-kind masterpiece, as well as showcase your talent. Port A's Art Center has incredible Youth Camps offered during the summer for our younger generation to come & enjoy.
Join us for 'First Friday' monthly (event is held the first Friday of every month) and become a part of one of Port A's best mixers...where you can view/purchase new art, meet new artists, enjoy the live music & refreshments while you browse, along with meeting an incredible mix of great folks.
Be sure and ask about our upcoming events, as there is always something fun & exciting going on throughout the year at the Art Center.

3 Annette C.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be associated with The Port Aransas Art Center. It has the most dedicated volunteers and board members. It is truly a jewel in our community and displays a wonderful collection of art for sale. Fun and informative classes are held on a regular basis. These classes are for kids and adults, experienced and novice artists will find something to suit there fancy. Our new building survived Hurricane Harvey and was used as a much needed outreach and meeting place for the community in its aftermath. When in town be sure and check us out.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you come to visit Port Aransas, Texas, you need to stop in at the Port Aransas Art Center. Everyone is so helpful and the Art and Jewelry is beautiful.

5 Laura Griffith

Board Member

Rating: 5

I travel to Port Aransas from my home in Ingleside on a regular basis. As I drive on to the ferry that will take me to the island, my senses awaken with the wildness of the Texas coast. Dolphins play in the bow wave of a passing ship, pelicans perched on the bollards eye me like sentries on duty and the laughing gulls screech overhead. My destination is the Port Aransas Art Center. I am an artist, a member of the Board of Directors, a volunteer, and an all-around supporter of the Art Center. It is my home away from home. I love the spirit of the people on this small island. I think it is their closeness to mother nature and distance from the hub-bub of the big city that creates their unique culture. The art center is the embodiment of that culture. It gives me a place to share my love for the beauty of the Texas coast through my art, allows me to share knowledge and skills I have learned with others, and gives me opportunities to learn from others. My favorite time to visit the art center is the first Friday of the month when a new exhibit opens and people from all walks of life gather to celebrate art.

4 Carolyn Appleton

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting the Center in January, 2017. Thank heaven, after the devastating hurricane of 2017, the Center survived. This nonprofit had only recently completed construction on its new building, in fact. Happily, the architect and the builder did a great job. The Center sustained only modest hurricane damage, and it was repaired and running again in no time. In fact, the Center has become a meeting place for other organizations in Port Aransas that were less fortunate. One cannot blame them for wanting to meet at the Center! It is new, clean, modern, airy, the art galleries are lovely, and there is plenty of parking. And they continue to offer delightful programs and events. The staff and Board have a very positive attitude. Please donate and support this marvelous community institution!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started taking classes at the Art Center when I was a winter Texan for four years; now that I live here full time, I'm still taking classes and still loving it! I had never drawn a thing when I attended that first class on a whim; now I can paint! The Art Center has something for everyone - paintings, pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, classes. The people are friendly and fun, helpful and knowledgable. For this tiny resort town to have a facility like this is truly amazing! We who live here are indeed fortunate to have the Art Center!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I'am an artist in Port Aransas , TX with a working pottery studio & gallery. The art center encourages all that I do. The amount of volunteers who work and maintain the center and are so passionate about promoting the arts.. is truly amazing. This is one of the reasons I love living here. We've outgrown the facility and need to move on into a new larger area and need to raise enough money soon..an exciting time.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Port Aransas Art Center has something for everyone! Classes are offered for every level of artist. The Center even offers art camps for children! In addition to the beautiful art available for purchase, locals and tourists can choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, note cards, and more! Monthly socials are offered on the 1st Friday of every month. I am so impressed with the dedication of the staff and volunteers who work so hard. Port Aransas may be a small town, but the talent and dedication at the Art Center is "bigger than Dallas"!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This art center is a great asset for the community. It houses a wide variety of art, something for everyone, highbrow, lowbrow and in between. A wide variety of classes are available and are open to all from the experienced artist to the person who has never held a paint brush. The art camps for children expose the kids to a wide variety of artists who are able to engage them with wonderful projects and leave them with a sense of accomplishment.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Port Aransas Art Center is a vibrant hub of creativity and enriching artistic and social experiences in a small coastal town--a community of diverse and generous people from all walks of life. The PAAC's classes and workshops, in virtually all art media, serve the interests of a wide variety of participants, of all ages, abilities and experience. It's the way it ought to be! Artists, some of whom are very accomplished and well known, have a showcase in an active tourist destination in the Texas Coastal Bend. It's a wonderful place!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Port Aransas Art Center is a wonderful place to see art, show art, and learn art through classes and workshops. The staff and volunteers are all very friendly and helpful. I've been a member-artist for several years and I really appreciate having the opportunity to show my work along side so much talent and so many beautiful works. Since I live in Louisiana "most" of the time and Port Aransas "some" of the time, I have only been able to participate in a few workshops but thoroughly enjoyed them and hope to participate in more in the future. The First Friday events featuring several artists each month as well as paintings, sculptures, pottery, and jewelry by regular member-artists are fun. Live music, a raffle, wine, tasty treats and great folks make it an evening to look forward to!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Port Aransas Art Center has provided years of exceptional art classes in drawing, pastel, watercolor, acrylic & oil painting for all skill levels including summer art camps for children. In addition, the Center provides a sales venue for participating artists, a gallery for art patrons, a monthly social event for the community, and annual art festivals for the region. The Center is truly an asset to the cultural life of Port Aransas.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Port Aransas Art Center is not only a great place to enjoy the talents of many wonderful artists, but also a great place to learn skills in various mediums through the excellent instructors it provides. Its friendly and helpful staff, volunteers and member artists make the Center a terrific place to display one's work, appreciate others' work and enjoy the many special events it sponsors for its members, patrons and the entire community. It is truly a Godsend to established artists, aspiring artists and art lovers who want a place to come together, learn and share.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The art center does a tremendous job showing every kind of art. Low-brow, high-brow, the center lets the visitor make those distinctions. every first friday I've ever been to had a great, friendly turn out there are always free snacks, drinks by donation a raffle drawing and live music. It's always a fun event where you will see fine art and may find a book signing.