Charlotte Arts
— December 4, 2020 —

Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news, member news, including changes to members' seasons, and opportunities for artists.
Local Diversions
 All events are free unless otherwise noted. COVID-19 precautions remain in effect.
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.
  • Dec. 4 | PGSymphony Harpist Richard "Dickie" Fleisher
  • Jan. 22 | Violinist David Kim
  • Feb. 26 | PGSymphony Principal Bassist Laurence Glazener
  • Mar. 19 | Grammy Award-Winning Composter Kenneth Fuchs
  • TBD | Pianist Terrence Wilson

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.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! by Barbara Robinson
Wednesday to Saturday, Dec. 2 to 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
COVID-19 precautions remain in effect.
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on. This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and features a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs. Cost: $22, $11 students.
113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The gallery will be exhibiting an amazing variety of artist created gifts, ornaments, cards, and original artwork in our courtyard and throughout the gallery. There will be artists demonstrating their artistic specialties each day.

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.
This cooperative fine art gallery offers a variety of unique artisan crafts as well as paintings and photography of 20 award-winning artists.
Dec. 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laishley Park | 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda
Nationally recognized juried artists represent various mediums including art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, stone sculptures and watercolor. Live music, art demonstrations and an array of food and beverages complement the art show for an immersive cultural experience. Cost: $5.

Artists Lori Potts and Kathy Wood have been selected as this year’s featured artists.
SGC HOA Pavilion | 14859 Ingraham Blvd., Port Charlotte
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This art show and sale features local artists. Represented media include fine art work in acrylics, pastels, oil, watercolors, sculptors and photography. Cost: $5. Contact Rosana (, 775-997-3424) for details.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library Documentary
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. 
The documentary The Library that Dolly Built: Celebrating the People Who Made Dolly’s Dream Come True offers a behind-the-scenes look at Parton’s nonprofit that provides free books to children in all 50 states and five countries. Inspired by her father’s inability to read or write, Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1996. The program mails one free, age-appropriate book to registered children each month. More than 60 million books have been distributed to millions of children so far.
The Charlotte County affiliate has mailed more than 100,000 books to more than 2,000 children since it launched in 2011 by founder Shawn Gilstad and the Charlotte Players.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m.
Sonshine Baptist Church | 23105 Veterans Blvd, Port Charlotte
Call for seating information and reservations (941-204-0033). Admission is by reservation only. Free will offering.
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.)

Purple Pelican by Laura Pucci.

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.

Trolley by James Hollenbeck.

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!
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Kraig Kenning on Dec. 12.

Chris G: Friday, Dec. 4, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy variety music.

Paul Roush: Saturday, Dec. 5, 5 to 9 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.
Mark Gorka: Tuesday, Dec. 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.
Paul Roush: Thursday, Dec. 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

Festival of Lights at Fishermen’s Village: Dec. 11 to 31
Daily viewing of more than 1,000,000 lights and traditional old fashioned Christmas decorations throughout Fishermen's Village. Daily holiday music/entertainment.
Rita Beach: Friday, Dec. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy music that crosses the entire spectrum.
Kraig Kenning: Saturday, Dec. 12, Noon to 4 p.m.
National Slide Guitar Champion mesmerizes with his Contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle performance.
Beth Travers: Saturday, Dec. 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy Englewood/Nashville-based singer songwriter whose unique vocal quality is enhanced by her skillful wordplay and creative melodies.

Beth Travers: Monday, Dec. 14, Noon to 3 p.m.

Terry Dotson performs with Dave Heveron: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy blue grass and folk with holiday music mixed in.
Paul Roush: Thursday, Dec. 17, Noon to 3 p.m.
Tammy Renee: Thursday, Dec. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of a Nashville recording artist!
Dan Meadows: Saturday, Dec. 19, Noon to 4 p.m.
Chris G: Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.

Beth Travers: Wednesday, Dec. 23, Noon to 3 p.m.

Terry Dotson performs with Dave Heveron: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 5 to 8 p.m.
Paul Roush: Thursday, Dec. 24, Noon to 4 p.m.
Dan Meadows: Saturday, Dec. 26, Noon to 4 p.m.
Beth Travers: Saturday, Dec. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.

Paul Roush: Thursday, Dec. 31, 1 to 5 p.m.
Every Monday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Dec. 7 by invitation only: Selby Botanical Gardens: 1534 Mound St, Sarasota
  • Dec. 14: Manasota Beach Club | 7660 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood
  • 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.

Art by Kathy Wood, one of the two featured artists at the Dec. 5-6 festival.

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

Paint a Masterpiece @ Home
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Gather your friends online for a fun, socially-distanced evening and a live online paint-along art session via Zoom. Learn some art history while receiving step-by-step instruction. Cost: $40.
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
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.
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". . . 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.
Support Charlotte Arts

  • 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.