Charlotte Arts
— January 29, 2021 —
Charlotte Arts and member events through February 12, 2021.
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.
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.)

The Flock by Betty Teramo.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Jan. 28 to Feb. 28, 2021, include Mark Davern, Rosana Halprine, Larry Palmer, and Betty Teramo. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception. Visit the website to see samples of their art.

Bill Gladwell & Mind Games
Langdon Playhouse (1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m.
During his 90-minute performance, Bill Gladwell will seemingly pull thoughts directly from your mind, predict what you’ll say before it comes out of your mouth, and read you like an open book.
Cost: $22.

The Edwards Twins
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda)
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.
These identical twin brothers put on a musical comedy show featuring magnificent impressions of famous entertainers from Neil Diamond, to Lady Gaga to Luciano Pavarotti! The show is great for all ages. Cost.
Symphony on the Lawn
Daytime outdoor socially-distanced concerts will be held in partnership with Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. The concert on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 offers music of well-known composers from Hollywood and Broadway that tell stories of love. 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.
Feb. 26 | PGSymphony Principal Bassist Laurence Glazener
Mar. 19 | Grammy Award-Winning Composter Kenneth Fuchs
TBD | Pianist Terrence Wilson
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy music of Dan Meadows on Jan. 29, Feb. 7 and 14.

Dan Meadows: Friday, Jan. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy variety music.

Terry Dotson performs with Dave Heveron: Saturday, Jan. 30, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy bluegrass and folk.
CJ & Pearl: Saturday, Jan. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Take a walk down memory lane with music from yesteryear.

Mark Gorka: Sunday, Jan. 31, Noon to 4 p.m.
Acoustic singer and musician well-known songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.

Bruce and Tiki D: Tuesday, Feb. 2, Noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy tropical variety music with the relaxing sounds of this duo.
Mark Gorka: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Mark Gorka: Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Skylark: Friday, Feb. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy their acoustic variety music.
Bruce and Tiki D: Saturday, Feb. 6, Noon to 4 p.m.
Chris G: Saturday, Feb. 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, Feb. 7, Noon to 4 p.m.
Chris G: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4 to 7 p.m.
Paul Roush: Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon to 3 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.
Kat Orlando Duo: Friday, Feb. 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy variety music and jazz classics.
Kraig Kenning: Saturday, Feb. 13, Noon to 4 p.m.
National Slide Guitar Champion mesmerizes with his Contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle performance.
Mark Syster: Saturday, Feb. 13, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy feel-good classic rock and Country music.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, Feb. 14, Noon to 4 p.m.
Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Please visit the website to see the locations now open and artists whose work will be on display. Due to COVID-19, there will be no receptions.

Shorebirds (on wood) by Donna Dinneen.
Artists whose work will be on display from January through April, 2021:
  • Karen Bell at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Donna Dinneen at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Marilyn Dorsey at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Donna Dinneen at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Henry Garcia at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Rosana S Halprine at Punta Gorda Library (401 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Jill Lindsay (January-February) and Laura Pickell (March-April) 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
-- Visit website for more details on locations. --
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

Beauty and Grace by Carolyn Francis.

Florida's Best: Jan. 13 to Feb. 10 in Main Gallery.
Multimedia exhibit inspired by the Sunshine State.
The Winners of Florida’s Best: 
  • First Place: Merry Gulf Go Round by Nancy Carlson 
  • Second Place: Beauty and Grace by Carolyn Francis 
  • Third Place: “Swept Away” by Christine Keyworth 
  • Merit: “A River Runs Through t” by Brenda Mitchell 
  • Merit: “Booted Bird” by Broc Johnson 
  • Merit: “She Sells Sea Shells” by Francine Warren 
  • Merit: “Sweet Dreams” by Ruth Renshaw 
  • Merit: “Lovin’ the View” by Susan Ritter 
  • Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence: “Summertime” by Susan Anderson 

Student Art Show: Feb. 13 to Mar. 10

The Nature of Blue: Jan. 13 to Feb. 10 in Goff Gallery. Paintings in oil by Paris Milliken and Laurel Garrison.

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.

Colorful Blown Glass Kaleidoscope by Bob Rioux.

Guest Artists (February):
Pamela Richardson, fiber artist, and Robert Richard, wood sculpture

Artists of the Month (Feb. 4 to Mar. 4):
Barbara Albin, contemporary artist, and Robert Rioux, stained glass kaleidoscope artist
Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum (900 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)

Saturday, March 20, 7 p.m.

The Military Heritage Museum and the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society are proud to present All That Jazz. This narrated concert performed by the Jazz Phools, will tell the story of the county's founding in 1921 with the original music, photographs and words of that time woven together into an event, that you will remember for years. Meet the people, the places and the music that brought Charlotte County into being. The 1920s will sparkle and roar for the special one-night-only exclusive event. Joining the band will be guest vocalists, Kirsten Joyer and Isaac James. Cost: $30 and $35
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda

PGICA offers a variety of classes and programs: art classes, crafting, and exercise classes, lectures on health topics, members’ world travels, financial seminars, and town hall meetings. All are open to the general public. Visit their website to learn more. Registration is required. Register at A few of the courses offered are described here.

Finish that Book: Mondays in February, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Instructor James Abraham will offer writing guidance and direction structured to address your concerns and problems on becoming an author from character development (Feb. 1), romance (Feb. 8), plot and pacing (Feb. 15), and dialogue (Feb. 22). Zoom only. Cost: $20/session

Landscape Painting in Oils: Tuesdays beginning Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays beginning Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $175/series of 4
Join local artist Mary Taglieri for a series of lessons geared toward beginner and intermediate artists.

Card Making with Patti: Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to Noon
Patti Boese will lead you in a creative card making session that will make your correspondence feel special. You will create four cards using pre-cut designs while learning new techniques. Cost: $15.

Acrylic Painting: Thursdays, Feb. 4, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Have fun exploring media, substrates, and tools while you develop painting skills using acrylics with Patti Presseller. Cost: $125/4 classes

Needle Felting Poppies: Friday, Feb. 12, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Finish a poppy wall hanging using this unique method of needle felting with Nancy Walden Cost.

Pen and Ink with Watercolor: Tuesdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, Wednesday, March 3
Learn to make pen and ink drawings. Cost $125/4 classes
Charlotte County Concert Band is working diligently to bring the sound of music back for the 2021-2022 season. No events will be scheduled during the 2020-2021 season.

Lemon Bay Playhouse has also cancelled its 2021-2022 season.

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.
ABOVE: Irises, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh. Oil on canvas in. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Re-creation via Twitter DM by Cara Jo O’Connell and family using Play Doh, carrot slices, and wooden beads

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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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.
". . . 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, 2020. Some member organizations cancelled their events and hours of operation for the season and others are open and following CDC guidance. If you wish to confirm the status of any event or organization, please contact the event host.