Charlotte Arts
— October 9, 2020 —

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Local Diversions
 All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Running Mates (or, The Family Party)
by Beth Kander
Thursdays to Saturdays, 7:30 on
Oct. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Sundays, 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 18
182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
Sam Storm has been the beloved mayor of Anderson, Georgia for the past 20 years. Loved by the community and his doting wife. Sam's name is usually the only one on the ballot come election time, but when an embarrassing video of him is leaked, his seat in office is threatened. Sam has some real competition when the last person he ever expected to run against him puts her name on the ballot: his wife Sophia. Now it's down and dirty as husband and wife duke it out. Can their marriage withstand the political fisticuffs? And what happens when an unexpected third candidate enters the race? This fast-paced political comedy brings new meaning to the phrase family politics. Cost.
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.
Visit the website to see samples of their art.

Bright Futures by Betty Teramo.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Sep. 3 to Oct. 11, 2020, are Henry August, Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Rosanna Halprine, Henry Garcia, Dee Ott, Larry Palmer, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo, and Sule Tugmen. The Charlotte Arts Gallery is sponsored by the Ocean Financial Group for the Sept. 3 to Oct. 11 show.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8, 2020, include Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Henry Garcia, Ryan Hayes, Larry Palmer and Betty Teramo.

Alcohol Ink Class with Betty Teramo
Charlotte Arts Gallery
Every Friday, Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
If you'd like to learn this painting technique, contact Betty at or 386-804-8433. Cost: $35.
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.

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings by Linda Soderquist.

  • Rosana Halprine at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte) 
  • Howard Spielman at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda) 
  • Larry Palmer and Jill Lindsay at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda) 
  • Betty Teramo at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda) 
  • Gina Battle at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Reception: Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 to 7 p.m. Masks required to be worn.
  • Linda Soderquist at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, 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.
  • Marilyn Dorsey at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of John Patti on Oct. 10.

Paul Roush: Friday, Oct. 9, 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.

John Patti: Saturday, Oct. 10, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.

Mark Gorka: Saturday, Oct. 10, 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.

Paul Roush: Thursday, Oct. 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
Chris G: Friday, Oct. 16, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Oct. 17, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy variety music.
Beth Travers: Saturday, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 22, 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.
Chris G: Friday, Oct. 23, 5 to 9 p.m.

CJ & Pearl: Saturday, Oct. 24, Noon to 4 p.m.
Take a walk down memory lane with music from yesteryear.
Paul Roush: Saturday, Oct. 24, 5 to 9 p.m.

Art in the Garden with Gloria Urban
Cooper Gardens | 14186 Edsel Dr., South Gulf Cove in Port Charlotte
Sunday, Oct. 25, Noon to 5 p.m.
Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling the gardens and view the many affordable representational coastal landscapes, florals, and abstract paintings. You will find many paintings of Gloria's Plein Air paintings of the local surrounding landscapes for your coastal home. Raffle and refreshments. Contact Gloria for details (, 610-741-3318).
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
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.
Awards presentation: Oct 15 2 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Portrait Group: Oct. 12 to 29 in Goff Gallery

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) announced the winners of “COLOR” during a Facebook Live presentation Sept. 24. The winners are:
  • “Snaps on 41” by Susan Kapuchinski - Merit, oil
  • “Conspiracy Theory” by Beverly Yankwitt - Merit, acrylic
  • “Untitled No. 15” by Gina Battle - Merit, acrylic
  • “Ruby Falls” by Tania Begg - Merit, acrylic
  • “Boat on the Sea” by Lilia Sofier - Merit, oil
  • “Magic Garden” by Barbara Melot - Third Place, alcohol ink
  • “All My Friends” by Barbara Albin - Second Place, acrylic
  • “Shelliquary 2 - Relics” by Pamela Jones - First Place, mixed media

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

Online classes begin Oct. 8. Take live classes from the convenience of your home via Zoom! VAC instructors will offer online one- to six-week classes in a variety of mediums. Learn more on the VAC website. Cost.
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.
". . . 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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