As of March 23, Charlotte Arts and member events were cancelled because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 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.
COVID-19 guidance is provided at the end of this email, after the diversions.
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The next email will be released Friday, June 19. By Noon on Wednesday, June 17, please follow "Submit Events, News and Opportunities" link above 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.
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 local visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year.
Cayo Costa Dental is the first to re-open in June!
Christine Brunette at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
Snowy Egret by Christine Brunette.
Charlotte Arts Gallery will re-open the weekend of July 4!
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.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.
Skylark: Friday, June 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy their acoustic variety music.
Dan Meadows: Saturday, June 6, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy variety music.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, June 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy guitar, vocals, sing-a-longs, and R&B.
Paul Roush: Sunday, June 7, 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.
Paul Roush: Thursday, June 11, Noon to 3 p.m.
Paul Roush: Friday, June 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
4th Annual Bluegrass Music Fest:
Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bluegrass and country music of
Southwind Bluegrass Band
performing bluegrass and folk,
's eclectic music, and
featuring Rick Saint Germain performing guitar and mandolin along with Rita Beach, vocals and guitar. Luscious summer food specials!
Beth Travers: Saturday, June 13, 5 to 9 p.m.
Beth is an Englewood/Nashville-based acoustic singer, songwriter, and entertainer who has a new record on MFG Records Nashville. Her unique vocal quality is enhanced by her skillful wordplay and creative melodies. Songs like
celebrate her love of humor and light-hearted beachy grooves. Enjoy Beth’s original music sprinkled in between old favorites
Chris G: Sunday, June 14, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.
Mark Gorka: Tuesday, June 16, 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, June 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chris G: Friday, June 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
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.
Paul Roush: Thursday, June 25, 5 to 8 p.m.
Paul Roush: Friday, June 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, June 27, Noon to 4 p.m.
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.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Exhibits: June 2 to 24
Water, Water, Everywhere
Exhibit of 2- and 3-dimensional art of anything and everything to do with water.
Sea Grape Gallery artists
Graphic Art and Design Show featuring Dave Bise, Ron Sanders, and Victor Gartner
Vacation's End by Wrightman.
for no more than six artists begin 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.
Online art classes
- Scratchboard with Sheryl Unwin, Tuesday, May 26 to June 16
- Watercolor with Linda Benson, Wednesday, May 27 to June 17
- Oil painting with Laura Pommier, Thursday, May 28 to June 18
Meet virtually from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Art supply information will be sent to you after registration. Art supplies and class supply kits can be purchased online and either picked up at the VAC or mailed to your home. These are free to VAC members.
In-person art classes
2D ART: $150, $120 for members
- Watercolor with Linda Benson (All Levels), Monday, June 8 to July 13
- Scratchboard with Sheryl Unwin (All Levels), Wednesday, June 10 to July 15
- Oil Painting with Laura Pommier, (All Levels), Friday, June 12 to July 17
- Oil Neo-Impressionism with Margaret Egli, (All Levels), June 10 to July 15
GLASS: $150, $120 for members
- Fused Glass with Janie Duke (All Levels), Tuesday, June 9 to July 14
- Stained Glass with Belinda Duclos (All Levels), Wednesday, June 10 to July 15
JEWELRY: $150, $120 for members
- Jewelry - All Levels with Belinda Duclos, Thursday, June 11 to July 16
- Jewelry - Experienced with Belinda Duclos, Friday, June 12 to July 17
POTTERY: $225, $180 for members, includes 25 lbs. of clay with glazing and kiln firing for up to 6 pieces
- Handbuild & Wheel with Hartke (All Levels), Wednesday, June 10 to July 15
- Big & Tall with Hartke (All Levels), Thursday, June 11 to July 16
- Pottery Wheel with Steve Strunk, Friday, June 12 to July 17
Wednesdays beginning May 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ZOOM, 824 East 3rd Street, Englewood
The theme in May is "Florals and Abstraction." We will take inspiration from artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Henry Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, but create our own compositions and paint an abstract creation during class. We will discuss background application, composition, color choices, placement, dynamics, etc. Please have your acrylic paints ready as well as your paint brushes, a palette knife, a table easel (not essential), a small foam roller, and organic sponge, old rags and water of course. The canvas size is your choice. Cost.
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.
This 10-day free online event will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions. “We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival,” Cannes Film Festival executives said in a statement. The festival will feature programming curated by the
Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and more
. All viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The mission of the wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and educate the public. A 2021 calendar will be created -- featuring donated photographs -- to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. You can donate up to three photographs of wildlife native to Florida by August 31 for consideration.
With so many of our cultural partners temporarily closed, let us bring the humanities directly to you! Tapping into the immense talent and knowledge of our Speakers Directory, Florida Humanities is excited to announce its new weekly
Florida Talks: At Home
series! Tune in with your computer or smart device as we connect you with some of our state's preeminent historians, authors, storytellers, and scholars.
Documentaries funded fully or in part by Florida Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities are available for viewing on the Florida Humanities website.
The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. Thousands of re-creations later, we’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor. The challenge was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a brilliant Instagram account called Between Art and Quarantine, but adapted by the Getty Museum with the invitation to use digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. 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
the Art Institute of Chicago
the National Gallery,
or do your own online search.
New York Times
has compiled locations where verse is happening on Facebook, Zoom, in people’s notebooks, and in our earbuds. Some highlights are a sound artist who is making an audio collage of haikus about the pandemic, weekly book release readings from Copper Canyon Press, and the option to book a live video call with a poet through the Poetry Society of New York.
The husband and wife team of Rachel and Brendan transformed a back bedroom closet into a makeshift theater. Following the philosophy that theater only requires actors, the text and an audience, these professional actors get back to the basics with the help of A-lister playwright pals, writers with projects in development, and students of all ages submitting material for them to read for LIVE audiences via Facebook for free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. (The link is to a Facebook site.)
Florida Rep has launched a free weekly series, every Friday at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The live series is limited to 100 participants per session, but they'll post a recorded version of all sessions the following week.
Browse this site to find diverse cultural life from around the world.
For example, digital stages have been opening their archives and broadcasting legendary past performances featuring star actors, boundary-pushing directors and incredible sets and costumes. These online streaming theater, dance and opera shows ensure you have best view in the house, and it’s often for free.
Virtually visit museums and art galleries
Google Art Project
partnered with more than 1,200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. (After following
, scroll to about the middle of the options to find the museums and galleries.)
Listen to music online
As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans.
is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.
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.
- 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.
- Please take care and stay healthy.
- Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey from Americans for the Arts to help determine the economic impact of Covid-19 on our cultural economy. This information will help inform the distribution of stimulus funds. We need to hear from ALL organizations and individual artists. https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey
We know that there are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk. We also know that the arts provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection, perhaps even more so during challenging times such as these.
— Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
- A compilation of resources with national reach for artists and arts organizations is now available on the National Endowment for the Arts' website. This list will continue to be updated as new resources are announced.
- HowlRound and a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the United States held a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines, and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community. Watch the recorded webinar at your convenience: https://howlround.com/happenings/artists-time-global-pandemic-asl-captioned
- Information on Charlotte County's response to Covid-19 is available at www.CharlotteCountyFL.org, including links to the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The Charlotte County Emergency Management Office has established the CharCoCares text system to provide local updates related to COVID-19, area resources and opportunities as they become available. Simply text CharCoCares to 888-777 to opt in. The service is free; message and data rates may apply. In addition to CharCoCares text messaging, residents and visitors can find information on COVID-19 by calling the Florida Department of Health Call Center 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.