In September 1958, a small group of Bartow artists gathered to work and paint under the tutelage of HENRY de RUES. This group founded the BARTOW ART GUILD in 1959 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of development and exposure of visual and cultural art in the City of Bartow and its environs.
The guild held meetings at various locations over the years, and in 2002, the Community Healthcare Foundation offered a building on the grounds of the old Bartow memorial Hospital as a permanent home for the members.
The building was renovated to accomodate a large working space, an office and a small storage room. Many locals donated their time and expertise to the project, and on December 14, 2002, ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at the new site (pictured below) at 1240 E. Main St.
Our members include award winning artists of all media, patrons, and supporters. We conduct artist showcases, special events, exhibits, and classes and workshops throughout the year.
The guild has a volunteer board of directors elected by the members. All funds raised by the group are used for community projects, outreach programs, and maintenance of guild property and business. A $1500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating art student at Bartow High School.
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