Charlotte Arts
— December 18, 2020 —
Charlotte Arts and member events through January 1, 2021.
Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news, member news, including changes to members' seasons, and opportunities for artists.

Looking for a gift? Support Charlotte Arts

  • Give a gift of membership to Charlotte Arts. The 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.
  • Are you shopping on Amazon? Amazon will donate 0.5% to Charlotte Arts of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
  • 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. Charlotte Arts is pleased to offer grants in support of teachers within Charlotte County Public Schools who incorporate arts and humanities into their curriculum. Charlotte Arts has awarded a total of $143,195 in grants, providing arts and cultural programs to more than 52,600 students. Charlotte Arts is anticipating offering additional grants in January for the 2020-2021 school year with support received from the Florida license plate.
Local Diversions
 All events are free unless otherwise noted. COVID-19 precautions remain in effect.
1200 West Retta Esplanade,
Punta Gorda

Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy New Year's Eve at Fishermen's Village with music from Noon to Midnight!
DJ Michael White will be on stage from 8 p.m. to Midnight.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Dec. 19, Noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy variety music.
Chris G: Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Beth Travers: Wednesday, Dec. 23, Noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy Englewood/Nashville-based singer songwriter whose unique vocal quality is enhanced by her skillful wordplay and creative melodies.

Terry Dotson performs with Dave Heveron: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy blue grass and folk with holiday music mixed in.

Paul Roush: Thursday, Dec. 24, Noon to 4 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.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Dec. 26, Noon to 4 p.m.
Beth Travers: Saturday, Dec. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.

New Year's Eve at Fishermen's Village: Thursday, Dec. 31, Noon to Midnight
Paul Roush, Noon to 4 p.m.
Dan Meadows, 4 to 8 p.m.
DJ Michael White, 8 p.m. to Midnight
Enjoy the final day of 2020 in an open air environment! Center Court access for a meal and music will be available on a first-come first-served basis with social distancing and mask protocols in place. No dance floor and no fireworks display due to group gathering limitations.
Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist
Available for streaming by the Charlotte Players.

This holiday musical blends theater, film and cutting-edge animation. The production features a cast of 24 award-winning Broadway notables and is the creation of John Caird, the Tony and Olivier award-winning director of Les Misérables, and Paul Gordon, the Tony-nominated composer of Pride and Prejudice.
The story follows Estella Scrooge, a modern-day Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing. A hotelier in her hometown of Pickwick, Ohio, has defaulted on his mortgage and Estella fancies the idea of lowering the boom personally. Arriving at Harthouse on Christmas Eve, Estella discovers that the defaulting party is her childhood friend Pip Nickleby, a good and generous soul who has transformed the property into a refuge for the sick, dispossessed, and homeless. A freak snowstorm forces Estella to take refuge. That night, just as it happened to her ancestor Ebenezer, she is haunted by three visitations!
Cost: After Dec. 10, $29.99 for 72-hour viewing for each household or $44.99 for a VIP Premium Theatre Experience with unlimited viewings, a voucher to download the CD, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. For limited time, $5 off coupon is available.
Daytime outdoor socially-distanced concerts will be held in partnership with Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, and Feb. 6, 2021. Visit the website to place yourself on a ticket waiting list. Cost: $49.

The Punta Gorda Symphony is partnering with ARTS AXIS Florida, a program born from the circumstances of the pandemic. Visit the website for recordings and other performances from local arts organizations.

Maestro Ponti’s popular Behind the Notes lecture series will be live-streamed online at 4 p.m. (dates are listed below) and made available free of charge. Ponti will host and interview audience-favorite guest artists and Punta Gorda Symphony musicians alike, ending with a question-and-answer session.
  • Jan. 22 | Violinist David Kim
  • Feb. 26 | PGSymphony Principal Bassist Laurence Glazener
  • Mar. 19 | Grammy Award-Winning Composter Kenneth Fuchs
  • TBD | Pianist Terrence Wilson
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.)

Heron and Ibis by Larry Palmer. (This art may not be representative of the art on display.)

This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by
Valerie Guenther, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Nov. 19, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021, include Donna Dinneen, Henry Garcia, Larry Palmer, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo, and Tina Weida. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.
Visit the website to see samples of their art.
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. Due to COVID-19, there will be no receptions.

Milky Way Turtle by Mary Lundeberg. (This art may not be representative of the art on display.)

Artists whose work will be on display in November and December 2020:
  • Sharon Stchur at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Linda Soderquist at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer, Jill Lindsay and Betty Teramo at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Shelley Bell at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • James Hollenbeck at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte) 
  • Larry Palmer, Tina Weida and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda) Art can only be seen by passengers.

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!
Every Monday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Dec. 21: Punta Gorda Historic Homes around Gilchrist Park | 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
  • Dec. 28: Casey Key Fish House | 801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey

Anyone with a desire to paint outside may join us any Monday. 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 a different location each week.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Galleries: Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit their website for additional details.

Nautilus by L. Oliver in Off the Wall exhibit.

Off the Wall: Nov. 25 to Dec. 19 in Main Gallery.
The 2D and 3D art on display can be purchased "off the wall" for $200 or less.

Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild: Dec. 8 to 19 in Goff Gallery.
Artists express unique ideas in a varied of media, creating objects designed to complement and enhance contemporary interior decor and wearable statement.

Off-Site Exhibits
The Wyvern Hotel | 101 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Nix & Associates Real Estate | 2421 Shreve St, Unit 111, Punta Gorda
113 W. Marion Avenue,
Punta Gorda
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please make an appointment by calling 1-410-703-2252.

Magnolia by Joanne Stramara.

Guest Artists in January
Eileen Amster, oil and acrylic artist
Pamela Jones, "Buddhaquaries" Shine artist

Artists of the Month (Jan. 7 to Feb. 4)
Joanne Stramara, watercolor artist
Nancy Griffin, Nantucket basket and Shaker box artist

This cooperative fine art gallery offers a variety of unique artisan crafts as well as paintings and photography of 20 award-winning artists.
Charlotte County Concert Band is working diligently to bring the sound of music back. While not confirmed, they are hopeful to start the season in 2021.

Lemon Bay Playhouse season will begin Jan. 9 with Paisley Craze.

Charlotte County Jazz Society will hold its 30th anniversary celebration in 2021.
The concert season remains on hold until the William H. Wakefield Theater at the Cultural Center reopens. Jazz jams at the Golf Club and/or special afternoon events at The Grill at 1951, both limited to 50% capacity now, will likely be our first scheduled activity when some kind of normalcy returns.
Virtual Diversions
Thursday, Dec. 24,
7 to 10 p.m.
This video will be available to watch any time after its Dec. 24 premier through Jan. 1 on the YouTube channel.

Come along with Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. This show is just what you’ll need to put you in the mood for the holidays!

Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre filmed at the Bardavon in 2019. The New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s 22nd season presenting this classic holiday event featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet. Peter and Lisa Naumann, co-directors of the NPBT, have brought artists together to create this beautiful production. Dancers, designers, and technicians have all contributed to make this Nutcracker a visual delight.

The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting. Browse any online Getty Museum collection or other free great online collections, including LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walters, or the National Gallery.

Florida Humanities is offering a wide array of "virtual" public humanities programming from engaging lectures on local history and relevant panel discussions on community issues, to timely museum exhibitions and diverse cultural events! Together, these events serve to preserve, promote and share the history, literature and culture of Florida. The virtual events are free for everyone to attend but require a registration. Visit their full events calendar for details and to register. Events are added weekly.
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.
If you wish to have arts and humanities information included in the next issue or would like to provide art that provides a moment of joy, please provide it by following the "Submit" button.
The next email will be released Friday, Jan. 1. By Noon on Wednesday, Dec. 30, please follow "Submit Events, News and Opportunities" link below to provide information for both this e-newsletter (member events only) and the online cultural calendar (all arts and humanities events), member news, and opportunities for artists.
". . . 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.