Charlotte Arts
— March 12, 2021 —
Charlotte Arts and member events through March 26, 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.
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
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda)
Friday, April 23, 6 to 11 p.m.
Charlotte County will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the county’s creation with a Centennial Gala. Enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. Cost: $65.

Charlotte County was created on April 23, 1921,
when Gov. Cary A. Hardee signed a bill passed two days earlier by the Florida Legislature that divided DeSoto County into five counties: Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands, Glades and DeSoto. Learn more about the county's history and events to celebrate the anniversary at
Rick Rourke
Tim Wechgelaer
Beth Traverse and Dave Signs
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Kat Orlando Duo: Friday, March 12, 5 to 9 p.m. 
Enjoy variety music and jazz classics.

Kraig Kenning: Saturday, March 13, Noon to 4 p.m. 
National Slide Guitar Champion mesmerizes with his Contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle performance.

Chris G: Saturday, March 13, 5 to 9 p.m. 
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Dan Meadows: Sunday, March 14, Noon to 4 p.m. 
Enjoy variety music.

Paul Roush: Monday, March 15, 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.

Bruce and Tiki D: Tuesday, March 16, Noon to 3 p.m. 
Enjoy tropical variety music with the relaxing sounds of this duo.

St. Patrick’s Day at Fishermen’s Village 
Wednesday, March 17, Noon to 9 p.m. 
Enjoy performances by:
  • Acoustic Musicians Beth Travers and Dave Signs performing Irish selections, originals and favorites (Noon to 4 p.m.)
  • Calendar Girls St. Paddy’s Day Dance routine (2 and 4 p.m.)
  • Bag Pipers performing in various areas on the property (2 to 4 p.m.)
  • Musicians Tim Wechgelaer and Rick Rourke performing traditional Irish tunes and sing-a-long favorites (5 to 9 p.m.)

Paul Roush: Thursday, March 18, Noon to 3 p.m.
Paul Roush: Friday, March 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Bruce and Tiki D: Saturday, March 20, Noon to 4 p.m.
Bob Schiele: Saturday, March 20, 5 to 9 p.m.
Performs acoustic and classic rock and originals, including Charlotte Harbor Moon.
Mark Gorka: Sunday, March 21, 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.
Paul Roush: Monday, March 22, Noon to 4 p.m.
Mark Gorka: Tuesday, March 23, 5 to 9 p.m.
Chris G: Wednesday, March 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
Paul Roush: Thursday, March 25, Noon to 3 p.m.
Mark Gorka: Thursday, March 25, 5 to 8 p.m.
Dan Meadows: Friday, March 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
Paul Roush: Saturday, March 27, Noon to 4 p.m.

Mark Syster: Saturday, March 27, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy feel-good classic rock and Country music.
Mark Gorka: Sunday, March 28, Noon to 4 p.m.
Temperatures are taken upon arrival. Masks are required. Social distancing will take place in the theatre.

March 11 to 28: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and
Sundays and Saturday, March 27, 2 p.m.
Langdon Playhouse (1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte)
This Neil Simon classic delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered in the summer of 1953 in the Poconos. Cost: $22, $11 students.

Sister's Easter Catechism: Will my bunny go to heaven?
Friday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda)
Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers the time worn questions of the season like “Why isn't Easter the same day every year like Christmas?” and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps. Sister answers questions about pet heaven and the significance of those adorable baby chicks! Classroom participation is a must, so don’t forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat! Cost: $42 adults, $22 students.
Chamber Concerts
Sunday, March 14 and Sunday, April 11

Select Punta Gorda Symphony musicians will perform newly added select Punta Gorda Symphony musicians will perform newly added chamber concerts at two new locations in Punta Gorda: Strings in the Garden: Baroque + Beatles + Wine at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens on March 14 and Harborside Brass at Four Points by Sheraton on April two new locations in Punta Gorda: Strings in the Garden: Baroque + Beatles + Wine at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens on March 14 and Harborside Brass at Four Points by Sheraton on April 11.

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.
March 19 | Grammy Award-Winning Composter Kenneth Fuchs
April 9 | Pianist Terrence Wilson

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.
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.)

Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.

Harbor Mist by Donna Dinneen. (May not be representative of art on display.)

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from March 4 to April 4, 2021, include Mark Davern, Donna Dinneen, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo and Tina Weida. Visit the website to see samples of their art.

The gallery now has a gift shop. All art in the gift shop costs $55 or less!
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.

Great Blue Herons by Marilyn Dorsey. (May not be representative of art on display.)
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)

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

Monday, March 15 at the Celery Fields (6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota)
This former agricultural site is now home to 220+ bird species, 200,000 aquatic plants and trees, 100 acres of wetlands, boardwalks and a 75-foot hill/observation point.

-- 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.
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.
They are following CDC guidance and ask that everyone wear a mask.

Clearing Skies by Anne Tuttle.

Artists of the Month (March 4 to April 1):
Anne Tuttle, colored pencil artist, and Jan Pronko, hand-built clay artist

Spring Courtyard Sale: March 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet the artists. A portion of the sale will benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank as the artists are donating special pieces with proceeds donated to the food bank.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda

New Beginnings: March 13 to April 13

Peace River National Art Festival
March 20 and 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda. Cost: $5.
A kaleidoscope of artistic creativity will be presented of nationally-recognized juried artists. Hope Croskey and Kaytee Esser are this year’s featured artists. Art will be for sale at a variety of prices.

Off-Site Exhibits
The Wyvern Hotel | 101 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Nix & Associates Real Estate | 2421 Shreve St, Unit 111, Punta Gorda
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
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.