Charlotte Arts
— August 28, 2020 —

Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news, member news and opportunities for artists.
Charlotte Arts is pleased to provide an online directory of artists, cultural non-profits and cultural businesses. With up to four images from each one, you can attend a virtual museum of Charlotte County-area art! A few examples are below.
Inevitable by Gina Battle.
Re-Emergence by Sharon Eng.
3-D Fin by Dee Ott.
Virtual Diversions
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with arts organizations from coast to coast, presents 20 weeks of free five days a week at 4 p.m. online on Facebook Live and YouTube, Visit their website to watch anytime.
The 20th annual festival will be held online Sept. 25 to 27.
The interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” will feature new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. Virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes, and book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose, with a limited number of commemorative book plates signed by authors.
Visit their website for more details.
Local Diversions
All events are free unless otherwise noted.

A Shot in the Dark
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and
2 p.m. on Sept.13 and 20
182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
On Broadway, Julie Harris played the good hearted and guileless child of nature who is hauled before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. What is most shocking to the magistrate is the complete frankness with which she describes her life. She is so ingenious that the magistrate, at the risk of his juridical neck, decides that she could not have committed the murder. The magistrate finds the right culprit and the open hearted little parlor maid offers herself to him as a present. Cost.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Tiki Tom and Moni.

Chris G: Friday, Aug. 28, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

“Sunny” Jim White: Saturday, Aug. 29, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy classic and original troprock music.

Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, Aug. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy variety music with a Caribbean flare.

Dan Meadows: Sunday, Aug. 30, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the music of the 50s, 60s and country.

Paul Roush: Thursday, Sept. 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy country, rock and standards from the last 30 years with Paul's own songs that tell stories in his own way and time.
Chris G: Friday, Sept. 4, 5 to 9 p.m.
Dan Meadows: Saturday, Sept. 5, Noon to 4 p.m.

 Skylark: Saturday, Sept. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy acoustic variety music.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, Sept. 6, Noon to 4 p.m.
Rita Beach: Monday, Sept. 7, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy music that crosses the entire spectrum.
Mark Gorka: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 5 to 8 p.m.
Acoustic singer and musician well-known songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.
Mark Gorka: Thursday, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Friday, Sept. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
Mark Gorka: Saturday, Sept. 12, Noon to 4 p.m.
“Sunny” Jim White: Saturday, Sept. 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
Rita Beach: Friday, Sept. 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
Dan Meadows: Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon to 4 p.m.
John Patti: Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.
Chris G: Friday, Sept. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
Tammy Renee: Saturday, Sept. 26, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of a Nashville recording artist!
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Port Charlotte Town Center Mall | 1441 Tamiami Trail (The gallery is located between J.C. Penney and Dillards.)
Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.
Herons over Water by Larry Palmer.

The Charlotte Arts Gallery is sponsored by the Ocean Financial Group.

Artists whose work is on display July 2 through Aug. 30 include Henry August, Shelley Bell, Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Sharon Eng, Jill Lindsay, Dee Ott, Larry Palmer, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo, and Sule Tugmen.

Visit the website to see samples of their art and who will be showing their art at the show that begins Sept. 3 and runs through Oct. 11.

Alcohol Ink Class with Betty Teramo
Charlotte Arts Gallery
Friday, Sept. 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
If you'd like to learn this painting technique, contact Betty at or 386-804-8433. Cost: $35.

Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year. Please visit the website for see the locations now open and artists whose work will be on display.

The programs will resume in the Fall when the weather is more cooperative. Contact if you would like to suggest a location.
These programs are open to anyone with a desire to paint outside. They are held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. There are no fees and no instruction. For those who wish, at 11:15 a.m. paintings are shared and discussed. This group meets at different locations.
210 Maud Street,
Punta Gorda

The Center will be closed Aug. 8 to Sept. 7.

The Visual Arts Center will host a Virtual Open House on Facebook Live Sept. 9 to 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live broadcasts featuring Instructors. Visit the VAC website for a detailed schedule.
Open studios begin Sept. 14. Pottery, jewelry, glass, 2D art studios for up to eight participants to work independently with an instructor. Cost.

Online classes begin Sept. 14. Take live classes from the convenience of your home via Zoom! VAC instructors will offer online one- to six-week classes in watercolor, oil, charcoal, and more beginning the week of Sept. 14. Cost.

Visit their website for additional details.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

The symphony is "working to re-imagine how we'll engage together this year. . . Due to safety and health precautions for both our audience and our musicians, we are continuing to explore possibilities" for the 2020-21 season.

The 2021-21 season programming is postponed to 2021-22! Dates listed will likely change.
  • Verdi | Creston | Berlioz: Nov 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Pops: Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Beethoven | Tchaikovsky | Farrenc: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Berlioz | Brahms: Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Strauss | Sarasate | Massenet | Shostakovich: March 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Get Happy!” Joan Ellison sings Judy Garland: March 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Add-on Performances:
  • Thomas Pandolfi, Solo Piano: Saturday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m.
  • Stewart Goodyear, Solo Piano: Saturday, March, 20, 3 p.m.

Principal Percussionist Dean Anderson will perform Paul Creston's Concertino for Marimba in the 2021-2022 season! Until then, please enjoy these short snippets and get inspired for the future.
96 W Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

After long deliberation and in light of the best advice regarding the pandemic from all avenues of information, the Board of Trustees has decided it is in the best interest of our patrons, staff, and volunteers to delay our opening until January 2021.
". . . the arts are a powerful and important part of what unites us as Americans. The arts celebrate our differences through a collective, shared experience."
-- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter
Charlotte Arts and member events were cancelled because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on March 23. Some member organizations cancelled their events and hours of operation for the season and others are now re-opening. If you wish to confirm the status of any event or organization, please contact the event host.
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  • Become a member of Charlotte Arts. Your membership helps ensure the success and vibrancy of the entire cultural community. Memberships for artists, individuals and families are $50, nonprofit, government and university-based organizations are $75 and businesses are $100. If you already are a member, thank you. Please encourage others to support Charlotte Arts by becoming a member.
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  • Purchase the "State of the Arts" license plate tags. A portion comes back to Charlotte County to support quality arts and humanities programs, including Arts in Education classroom grants.