Charlotte Arts
— June 19, 2020 —

Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news , member news and opportunities for artists .
Charlotte Arts and member events were cancelled because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) as of March 23. Some member organizations cancelled their events and hours of operation for the season and others have cancelled them through April or May. If you wish to confirm the status of any event or organization, please contact the event host. Select programs and locations are now open.

Learn more about COVID-19 guidance .
"As we reflect on the pain and anguish that our nation has felt over the last several days, weeks, and even months, we are reminded that 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

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The non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz music, has cancelled their events and will reschedule their 30th anniversary dinner celebration from Oct. 24 to a later date. With the current uncertainty, the Board of Directors is considering a courtesy extension on memberships.

Lifelong Learning at Florida SouthWestern State College
With a heavy heart, the Board of Directors approved to dissolve the nonprofit organization whose mission was to foster interest in continuing education among adults, to offer quality classes and programs in a campus atmosphere in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, personal finance and technology as well as providing a variety of educational opportunities outside the classroom. 
"I wish you good health and please continue to “learn – just for the fun of it!”
-- Bonnie Leroy, President
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 per week with instrument of choice, including:
Brass: Euphonium, French Horn, Trombone,
Piano (requires access to a piano or full-sized keyboard)
Strings: Violin
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.
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.
Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year.

The second AIPP location is now open!

Jim Hollenbeck at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)

Trolley by Jim Hollenbeck.

Cayo Costa Dental is the first to re-open in June!
Christine Brunette at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)

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

Alcohol Ink Class with Betty Teramo
Charlotte Arts Gallery
Friday, July 3, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
If you'd like to learn this painting technique, contact Betty at . Cost: $50.

Monday mornings through June (or longer if weather permits)
Anyone with a desire to paint outside may join us any 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 a different location each week.
Monday, June 22: Park across from the old Charlotte County Courthouse
(226 Taylor St, Punta Gorda)
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Chris G: Friday, June 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Pure Country Band: Saturday, June 20, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Music classic country hits of the 80s, 90s, and today.

Rita Beach: Saturday, June 20, 5 to 9 p.m.
Music that crosses the entire spectrum.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, June 21, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy variety music.

Paul Roush: Thursday, June 25, 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.
Paul Roush: Friday, June 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, June 27, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy guitar, vocals, sing-a-longs, and R&B.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, June 27, 5 to 9 p.m.
John Patti: Sunday, June 28, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.
Fourth of July: Saturday, July 4, Noon to 9 p.m.
Patriotic salute by Rita Beach : Noon to 4 p.m.
Country hits of the 80s and 90s by Pure Country Band : 5 to 9 p.m.
Water, Water Everywhere Exhibit: Blissful Silence by Michael Alexander.
Water, Water Everywhere Exhibit: Phineas Fish by Jan Pronko.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Exhibits: June 2 to 24
Main Gallery: Water, Water, Everywhere
Exhibit of 2- and 3-dimensional art of anything and everything to do with water.
Goff Hall: Sea Grape Gallery artists
Rebecca Hall: Graphic Art and Design Show featuring Dave Bise, Ron Sanders, and Victor Gartner

Open Studio s for 2D art, fused glass, stained glass, jewelry, and pottery for no more than six artists on any day beginning the week of May 25.There is no professional instruction, just use of the facilities (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) 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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