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About the Art Council

The Art Council of SouthWest Florida is dedicated to expanding the range of art appreciation and creative art  opportunities for the residents of south Florida and the many thousands of people from all over the world who visit here annually.

The Council’s major goals are threefold:

1) the support of its member art studios and organizations via this website and shared publicity of their classes, workshops, exhibits and other activities,    

2) the provision of quality exhibit and sales opportunities for the artists and craftspeople who are members of the council’s affiliate organizations,

3) and the provision of networking opportunities for sharing ideas concerning art appreciation, art education and art creation.

Besides hosting two major art exhibits (the Spring Art Exhibit, the Winners’ Circle Show), the Art Council operates the Co-operative Art Gallery at Coconut Point Mall in Estero, Florida.  This venue provides year-round exhibit and sales opportunities for the artists and craftspeople who are members of the council’s affiliate organizations.

Because it is operated by the artists themselves, the gallery provides experience in the curating, marketing and sale of the visual arts.

In this video, the Art Council’s Immediate past President Aimee Schlehr discusses the synergy between the Art Council, its affiliate organizations, their member artists, and the Co-operative Art Gallery.