Charlotte Arts
— November 6, 2020 —

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.
Mom's Gift by Phil Olson
Thursdays to Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. on
Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Sundays, 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 15
182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte

COVID-19 precautions remain in effect.
Cast photo: Seated, from left, Wendi Scianna (Kat), Gloria Bandy (Mom),
Terry Williams (Trish), Marilyn Barton (Mrs. Nordquist), and Trish (Brittany Campbell);
standing, from left, Jim Manns (Dad) and Henry Reisinger Jr. (Kevin).

In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. Cost: $22.
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.)

Art by Marilyn Dorsey.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, 2020, include Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Henry Garcia, Ryan Hayes, Larry Palmer and Betty Teramo. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.
Visit the website to see samples of their art.
Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year. Please visit the website for see the locations now open and artists whose work will be on display. Due to COVID-19, there will be no receptions.
Art by Shelley Bell. (This may not be representative of the art on display.).

Artists whose work will be on display in November and December 2020:
  • Sharon Stchur at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Linda Soderquist at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer, Jill Lindsay and Betty Teramo at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Shelley Bell at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • James Hollenbeck 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.
Every Monday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

Nov. 9: Casey Key Fish House
801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey
Casey Key Fish House (photo) is one of the last “Old Florida” waterfront restaurants with deep water dockage right on the inter-coastal and next to the historical Blackburn Point Swing Bridge.

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.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Mark Gorka on Nov. 6.

Mark Gorka: Friday, Nov. 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Acoustic singer and musician well-known songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.
Dan Meadows: Saturday, Nov. 7, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy variety music.
Beth Travers: Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy Englewood/Nashville-based singer songwriter whose unique vocal quality is enhanced by her skillful wordplay and creative melodies.

Paul Roush: Thursday, Nov. 12, 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.
Paul Roush: Friday, Nov. 13, 5 to 9 p.m.
Chris G: Saturday, Nov. 14, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Southbound with Rita Beach: Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy music that crosses the entire spectrum.
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Galleries: Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit their website for additional details.

Falling for Art: Oct. 10 to Nov. 18.
This is a juried exhibition of 2D art of any subject.

Common Threads: Oct. 31 to Dec. 1 in Goff Gallery
Common Threads is a fiber art group whose work will be featured.

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

Classes begin Nov. 5. Take onsite instructor-led four- and six-week classes in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums. Learn more on the VAC website. Cost.

Paint a Masterpiece
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Gather your friends online for a fun, socially-distanced evening and a live online paint-along art session via Zoom. Learn some art history while receiving step-by-step instruction. Cost: $40.
Dec. 5 and 6,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laishley Park
(100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda)

Cost: $5 a person.

Nationally recognized juried artists represent various mediums including art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, stone sculptures and watercolor. Live music, art demonstrations and an array of food and beverages complement the art show for an immersive cultural experience.

Artists Lori Potts and Kathy Wood have been selected as this year’s featured artists.
SGC HOA Pavilion (14859 Ingraham Blvd., Port Charlotte)
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Art Show and Sale featuring local artists. Represented media include fine art work in acrylics, pastels, oil, watercolors, sculptors and photography. Cost: $5. Contact Rosana (, 775-997-3424) for details.
Punta Gorda Symphony announces plans for live and livestreamed programs. Making modifications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 season will include two exciting programs. Daytime outdoor socially-distanced concerts will be held in partnership with Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, and Feb. 6, 2021. Visit the website to place yourself on a ticket waiting list. Cost: $49. Maestro Ponti’s Behind the Notes lecture series will begin in November as an online livestreamed lecture series. It will be free to all patrons.

Charlotte County Concert Band is working diligently to bring the sound of music back. While not confirmed, they are hopeful to start the season in 2021.
Virtual Diversions
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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". . . 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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