DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council
Check out all of our events on our Calendar!
Board meetings are generally on the first Thursday of every month (usually) at 5:30 p.m. The next board meeting is on Jan. 7. Any member is welcome to attend the board meetings - help shape DAHC to serve all Desoto artists!
Member meetings are scheduled usually once a month. Member meetings are open to everyone. Feel free to invite a guest!
Upcoming member meetings have been scheduled as follows:
- Sat. Jan. 7 - Intake for Annual Members Show, 10 a.m. to noon
- Thurs. Jan. 19 - Art of the River organization meeting
- Sat. Feb. 4 - Art of the River and drawing for 'The Red Door'
- Sat. March 18 - Pioneer Day at Veterans Park.
Our annual Art Show opens Jan. 12 with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Martin Art Gallery at Martin Realty, 207 E. Magnolia St., Arcadia. Entrants must bring up to three entries on Saturday, Jan. 7, to the Martin Art Gallery between 10 a.m. and noon. (Anyone who has a problem getting their work to the gallery at this time should contact DAHC by email or call 863-703-0373.) There is no charge for members currently in good standing (i.e., dues are paid for 2017). Nonmembers can enter up to three pieces for $15 (which can be applied toward membership later if the artist chooses to join DAHC).
There is no theme for this show - anything goes! Entries can incude any media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or fabric arts. This is our opportunity to show off our talents to DeSoto County!
All artwork must be removed by Jan. 27 between 10 a.m. and noon. Intake for the Art of the River show begins at noon that day, so if you want to enter any of these pieces in Art of the River, let a member know and we will try to make arrangements to transport your work to the college for you. (You will still have to come in, fill in the application forms and pay the fees to enter.)
Sip 'n Paint sessions are offered at various times through the year. The next one takes place on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., as part of the Fifth Annual Art of the River. Click here for details.
Unlike some of the commercial painting businesses, we give our painters more of a challenge. We're not doing childish simplistic drawings, that are more like paint-by-number. We are teaching our painters techniques that artists use to draw and paint their subjects. The evolution of the painters who have participated in several sessions is remarkable ... they are truly discovering artistic talents they didn't know they had! And we are so proud of how they are developing their skills.