NEWSFLASH! Coffee 'n Canvas added to Rio de la Paz Festival!

DAHC presents the 4th Annual

Art of the River show

February 5-6, 2016
South Florida State College - DeSoto Campus, Arcadia FL


Express your love of the Peace River by entering in the "Art of the River” Art Show to be held at South Florida State College—DeSoto Campus in Arcadia, Florida. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council announces an art show open to all artists in the Peace River watershed and beyond.

The show will promote awareness of our natural resources as inspiration and solace for artists and communities. All works must be based on past or present life in the Peace River Valley and the natural Florida environment or the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Click for a downloadable version of our Art of the River brochure.

Click here for a downloadable version of the Artist Entry Form you can print and return.

Key deadlines:

  • Jan. 29 -Receiving for artwork noon to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 1 - Receiving for artwork 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 5 - Reception, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. By invitation with RSVP
  • Feb. 6 - Free Art of the River exhibit open to the public 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8 - Pick up remaining sold and unsold artwork, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Rio de la Paz Festival

There will be several vendors both inside and outside the South Florida State College building where the art will be on exhibit, including:

  • Food by Links 2 Success
  • Heartland Chapter - Florida Trail Association
  • Native Plant Sale - John and Forest Reynolds
  • Peace River Chapter of the Audubon Society
  • Artists Dorothy Bade, Sally Rockefeller, Roger McCall, Jenni Novak, Cindy Rose, Rhett Butler and more
  • Authors including Carol Mahler, Tom Williams, Jane V. Blanchard, Judith Doctor and more

Coffee 'n Canvas

While you're enjoying the art and the vendors, try your hand with a paintbrush and canvas with our special "Coffee 'n Canvas" experience! Like our "Sip 'n Paint" sessions, we'll give you a beautiful picture to paint, a canvas, and the brushes and paints you'll need to complete these gorgeous hibiscus flowers: all you need to bring is your desire to create a beautiful painting you can frame and call your own! No artistic talent necessary ... we'll provide easy-to-follow instructions!

But because this is being held at the college campus, no alcohol is permitted. So we're providing coffee and some light snacks.

The painting will take place at the college campus, so after you get inspired by seeing the wonderful art created in our part of the world, you can try your hand at your own masterpiece. Cost: only $25 per person.

To reserve your place, simply email to DAHC or call us at 863-703-0373. Seating is limited!

How to get to SFSC DeSoto campus:

Click here for a link to Google maps.

2016 calendars
now available!

Our beautiful 2016 calendar features paintings from the Second Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out, held in 2014. The paintings created by the any talented artists who participated feature DeSoto County icons, from the pink Rosin Building to the famous Peace River Bridge to the rodeo grounds. The calendars are only $5 each and they make great gifts.

Know someone who used to live in Arcadia or is a frequent visitor? They might love this calendar featuring Arcadia landmarks.