Charlotte Arts
— July 17, 2020 —

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Here's just one!
Shown above: Irises , 1889, Vincent Van Gogh, at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Re-creation by Cara Jo O’Connell and family using Play Doh, carrots, and wooden beads.

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 , the National Gallery, or do your own online search. Learn more.

". . . 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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Summer Camps
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m. and
Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m.
CDC guidance will be followed.
Community Life Church
(19048 Edgewater Dr, Port Charlotte)
The students will present “Annie Jr.” The shows are open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online . Social Distancing will be applied to all show seating.
Learn more or call 941-255-1022 with questions. Cost.
For students in grades 4 to 12 with access to the Internet and required equipment.
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, July 13 to 31

This summer camp allows students to remain sate and heathy at home but still be social, creative, and engaged with a musical instrument. Three one-hour group lessons each week with an instrument of choice, including: Brass (Euphonium, French Horn, Trombone), Guitar/Ukulele, Piano (requires access to a piano or full-sized keyboard), Strings (Violin), or Woodwinds (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone).
Students can expect to add and strengthen their instrumental skills, increase musicianship through the guidance of professional musicians, and have fun working with their peers and instructor! Cost: $50 plus cost to borrow an instrument if needed.
Local Diversions
Each event title below is linked to the website where you can learn more about that event. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
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.)

Great Blue Herons by Marilyn Dorsey.

Artists whose work will be on display inclu de Henry August, Shelley Bell, Robert Broyles, Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Sharon Eng, Jill Lindsay, Larry Palmer, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo, and Sule Tugmen. Visit the website to see samples of their art. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.

Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year. Locations below are now open.

  • Jim Hollenbeck at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Rosana Halprine at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer, Tina Weida and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (visible only to passengers)

Home "Art Show" on the Days Mansion-ed
Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m.
18169 Windswept Ave., Port Charlotte
About 25 paintings will be on display. To confirm details and for more information, contact Alex Haak .

Select Mondays (weather permitting), 8:30 a.m. to Noon
A paint-out will be held once in July, August, and September. RSVP to if you are interested or would like to suggest a location. Anyone with a desire to paint outside may join us 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.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Paul Roush.
Paul Roush: Friday, July 17, 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.
Tammy Renee: Saturday, July 18, Noon to 4 p.m.
Don't miss the debut performance of this Nashville recording artist.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, July 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy variety music with a Caribbean flare.
Paul Roush: Sunday, July 19, 12 to 4 p.m.
Paul Roush: Thursday, July 23, 5 to 8 p.m.
Chris G: Friday, July 24, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.
John Patti: Saturday, July 25, 12 to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.

Paul Roush: Saturday, July 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
Chris G: Sunday, July 26, 12 to 4 p.m.
Paul Roush: Thursday, July 30, 5 to 8 p.m.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Friday, July 31, 5 to 9 p.m.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members Showcase: July 2 to August 6
A variety of mediums and styles will be on display.
The Member’s Showcase received a total of 291 works of art, which were peer-judged by fellow exhibiting artists. Those selected for recognition are:
  • First Prize: Weeping Waters by Roseline Young
  • Second Prize: What Next? By Jill Lindsay
  •  Third Prize: Imperial Destroyer by Victor Gartner
  •  Merit: I’m Melting by Barbara Zappulla
  •  Merit: A Kyoto Geisha in Cherry Blossoms by Susan Kapuchinski
  •  Merit: Dragon Slayer by Kathy Wood
  •  Merit: Muir Woods Stream by Valdimir Chapko
  •  Merit: Dije No Fotos by Kitt Moran (shown above)
  •  Best 2D Display: Gloria Urban
  •  Best 3D Display: Nancy Andreae

Open Studios for 2D Art and Pottery
Every Monday and Thursday through July,
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There is no professional instruction, just use of the facilities for up to six artists on any day with a VAC Open Studio Coordinator. Cost. Visit the website for more details and to register.
Friday to Sunday, July 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and July 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Two difficult, single people, Phyllis and Bradley, get their luggage mixed up at the airport. After a disagreeable first encounter, they form a friendship that eventually leads to the two discovering they are perfect for each other. Cost.
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.