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Art in The Villages

This listing contains many clubs, workshops, and art shows. Any reference should be verified due to changes in venues, dates or other changes. References are given to websites and other online sources to assist in verifying and/or locating additional groups. It is not intended to be a complete list since new groups are formed all the time.

What is going on in Art around The Villages

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Art Clubs and Workshops

The Villages Recreation News and the district government Club Contacts Catalog are  good sources of locating art classes and workshops, along with the Lifelong Learning College which offers a wide variety of art instruction. The Workshops in The Villages offers a list of visiting artists with complete supply lists for classes.

Visusal Arts Association (VAA) meets at 12:30 on the 3rd Friday of the month at LaHacienda Center. After a short open business meeting and announcements of upcoming activities, demonstrations are given by artists in various media.

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Village Art League (VAL) The Villages Art League (VAL) meets the 1st Monday of each moth at the Saddlebrook Recreation center and is made up of artists working in various media and at diverse skill levels. We are residents of The Villages, Florida and welcome other Villages residents who are interested in art.

VAL Workshop Schedule: Monday 9:00 am - Noon, Saddlebrook Rec. Center,  Fox Glove Room;  Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm,  Mulberry Rec. Center,  Arts & Crafts Room;  Saturday - 8:30 am - 11:00 am,  Paradise Rec. Center,  Charlie Chaplin Rm

Wet 'N Wild Watercolors Group - Saddlebrook Rec  Center - each Saturday at 12:00 noon

Jump Start/Drawing Den, Sea Breeze Rec Center in the Neptune Beach room, noon-3pm. This is an informal art group for self-motivated artists who want to accelerate their skills in 2-D media or learn new applications.  The purpose is to gather artists of all levels who want to take their techniques to new levels by sharing ideas and concepts with other artists, and through periodic instruction. A variety of DVD demos with outstanding artists are shown each week.  The "Drawing Den" is a subgroup for artists who want to learn more about drawing techniques in a one-on-one approach.  Drawings are created from set-ups or personal reference materials. Critiques are given on request. For info, call Frank Zampardi (753-8770). 

Playing With Watercolors - Hibiscus Rec Center - each Thursday at 1:00pm

Colored Pencil Workshops are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at Laurel Manor Recreation Center from 9-11am with Nan Klein instructing.

Colored Pencil Painters' Guild.  Monthly meetings at La Hacienda Center on 2nd Wednesday 9:30-noon.  Studio workshops at Lake Miona Recreation Center 4th Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Contact:  Amy Ottilige 352 446-8961 Monthly meetings (year round) .

Pen and Ink Workshops share the same time and place with the Colored Pencil Workshops at Laurel Manor with instruction by.

Sketching Made Easy held on Saturdays at 9am in Saddlebrook  Recreation Center, just bring pencils and sketch pad.

Figure Drawing Workshop held every Friday of each month at 9:30-11:20am at the Pimlico Recreation Center, bring pencils and sketch pad.

The Art Studio meets every Thursday 9-noon at Colony Cottage Recreation Center. Artists using all types of media are welcome. Gentle critiques, sharing of techniques, and frequent demonstrations are planned. Contact Judi Adams 270-316-1282

Paradise Art Workshop

Every Wednesday morning from 9 - 11:30.  An opportunity to work with like-minded artists, in any medium - sharing skills and projects. Year-round at Paradise Recreation Center.    Contact Brian Dickson 633 0575


Splash with Us Watercolor class at Colony Cottage: every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11:50 and every Monday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 at Colony Cottage and Mondays from 4-6. Artists work and learn together, using a variety of techniques and many different themes, and we are all richer for it. Seating is limited. Please e-mail Julie McGlone at to join the class. You will enjoy the camaraderie of the nicest people in the Villages.

Joy of Pastel  meets at the Moyer Loop Recreation Center in the Village of Pine Ridge

Tuesday from 4-6.  Brings pastels, Paper, and drawing tools.  Instruction for those who want it.

Beginners as well as advanced are welcomed to the group. Contact: Iris Kaplan  518 947 4995


Exhibits & Activities

Artists Round the Square (ARTS) is held at the Spanish Springs Town Square or Lake Sumter Market Square 2 to 4 times a year. Sign up to exhibit as many as 3 original pieces of artwork on one easel plus one browse box. The event takes place from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday. The public votes for their favorite paintings and People's Choice awards are given at the end of the day. VAA and The Entertainment Dept event.

LaGalleria exhibits are held at LaHacienda Recreation Center. On each scheduled date, artist submit one original piece of artwork between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Judging is at 11:00 a.m. and an awards ceremony may take place later in the day.  Paintings are expected to remain at LaGalleria for 3 to 4 months, until the next scheduled event. It is the responsibility of the artist to pick up his work. VAA event

Sumter County Annex, County rd 466 Shows are held here 3 times a year. Original Artwork is submitted, judged and awards are given. The artwork remains until the next schedule Show. VAA event

The Villages Artist Showcase is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Savannah Center from 9am to 3 am on a Saturday . Tables and spaces are rented for $20 through the VAL. The purpose of the showcase is to show and sell paintings, prints, note cards, etc. Tables may be shared.. VAL event.

The Art Extravaganza is held in February at Laurel Manor , Buena Vista and 466 from 9am to 3 am on a Saturday.. Tables and spaces are rented through the VAA. This show is juried but open to all media. Awards are given in 5 categories.  VAA event.

The Villages Summer Art Festival is held the second Saturday of July at the Lake Miona Recreation center, corner of Buena Vista and Bailey Trail. This show is usually on a Saturday and from 9 am to 3 pm. Spaces are rented through the Village Art League for $20.  VAL  eve.