DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council

Arcadia, Florida

The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council of Arcadia was organized in 2006 to promote the arts in DeSoto County, Florida. Our goal is to make all of the arts visual, literary and performing an important part of our community and accessible to everyone.

The group features several activities for member artists, including:

  • Monthly meetings, often including a featured speaker, demonstration or field trip
  • Monthly Art Walks from October through April in downtown Arcadia, where artists can display and sell their works
  • An annual art show in January with several cash prizes awarded
  • The third annual Rio de la Paz Festival and the Art of the River Show, coming in Feb. 2015
  • The Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out, in Nov. 2013
  • Groups of artists who concentrate on specific areas (e.g., painters, writers, photographers), share their work with others, critique work and join in field trips
  • Monthly newsletter with information about DAHC's aactivities, sales and shows of other area art groups, and helpful tips
  • Opportunities to volunteer to foster the arts in our commmunity, including the weekly Children's Art program at the DeSoto County Library

Explore our site! Find out what DAHC can offer you!

The third annual Rio de la Paz Festival and Art of the River!

Feb. 6-7, 2015

This event features over $1,700 in cash prizes plus purchase awards for artist in two- and three-dimentsional categories and photography.

Original works of art depicting the natural environment or the rich cultural heritage of the Peace River region, past or present, will be displayed inside at South Florida State College. A Friday night reception will be held Feb. 6 to announce prizes and allow sponsors with "Art Bucks" to purchase works of art.

A Saturday festival on the grounds of South Florida State College will include a variety of vendors incouding food, arts and crafts, nonprofit displays, environmental features, business displays and more, along with live musical entertainment.

For detaills, visit the Art of the River page.

Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out

Our seconden plein air event on Saturday, Nov. 15, will feature artists painting all over downtown Arcadia, from the Opera House to the Courthouse, from coffee shop to the many antique shops. The Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out takes place Nov. 15, 2014.

Cash prizes will be awarded the same day at a reception at the Martin Art Gallery, with an opportunity for works to be sold.

Visit the Events page for details and a downloadable brochure.