Charlotte Arts
— September 11, 2020 —

Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news, member news and opportunities for artists.
Local Diversions
 All events are free unless otherwise noted.
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.

Sea Turtle in Blue Acrylic on Wood by Donna Dinneen.

The Charlotte Arts Gallery is sponsored by the Ocean Financial Group.

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. Visit the website to see samples of their art.

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.

Over There, Beyond the Hill by Gina Battle.

  • 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) 
  • 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)

A Shot in the Dark
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and
2 p.m. on Sept.13 and 20
182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
On Broadway, Julie Harris played the good hearted and guileless child of nature who is hauled before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. What is most shocking to the magistrate is the complete frankness with which she describes her life. She is so ingenious that the magistrate, at the risk of his juridical neck, decides that she could not have committed the murder. The magistrate finds the right culprit and the open hearted little parlor maid offers herself to him as a present. Cost.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Rita Beach.

 Tiki Tom & Moni: Friday, Sept. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy variety music with a Caribbean flare.

Mark Gorka: Saturday, Sept. 12, 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.

“Sunny” Jim White: Saturday, Sept. 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy classic and original troprock music.

Rita Beach: Friday, Sept. 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy music that crosses the entire spectrum.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon to 4 p.m.
 Enjoy the music of the 50s, 60s and country.

John Patti: Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.
Chris G: Friday, Sept. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Tammy Renee: Saturday, Sept. 26, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of a Nashville recording artist!
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
210 Maud Street,
Punta Gorda
Visit their website for additional details.

The Visual Arts Center will host a Virtual Open House on Facebook Live Sept. 9 to 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live broadcasts featuring Instructors. Visit the VAC website for a detailed schedule.
Open studios begin Sept. 14. Pottery, jewelry, glass, 2D art studios for up to eight participants to work independently with an instructor. Cost.

Online classes begin Sept. 14. Take live classes from the convenience of your home via Zoom! VAC instructors will offer online one- to six-week classes in watercolor, oil, charcoal, and more beginning the week of Sept. 14. Cost.

Color: Sept. 15 to Oct. 2 in Main Gallery
Artists express themselves using Color, the possibilities are endless in the art on display.

Black & White: Sept. 15 to Oct. in Goof Gallery
Artists explore value, line and shape in the art on display.

Portrait Group: Oct. 12 to 29 in Goff Gallery
Virtual Diversions
Florida Humanities is offering a wide array of "virtual" public humanities programming across the Sunshine State from engaging lectures on local history and relevant panel discussions on community issues, to timely museum exhibitions and diverse cultural events! Together, these events truly 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 our 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 20th annual festival will be held online Sept. 25 to 27.
The interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” will feature new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. Virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes, and book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose, with a limited number of commemorative book plates signed by authors.
Visit their website for more details.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

The symphony is "working to re-imagine how we'll engage together this year. . . Due to safety and health precautions for both our audience and our musicians, we are continuing to explore possibilities" for the 2020-21 season.

The 2021-21 season programming is postponed to 2021-22! Dates listed will change.
  • Verdi | Creston | Berlioz: Nov 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Pops: Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Beethoven | Tchaikovsky | Farrenc: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Berlioz | Brahms: Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Strauss | Sarasate | Massenet | Shostakovich: March 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Get Happy!” Joan Ellison sings Judy Garland: March 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Add-on Performances:
  • Thomas Pandolfi, Solo Piano: Saturday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m.
  • Stewart Goodyear, Solo Piano: Saturday, March, 20, 3 p.m.

Principal Percussionist Dean Anderson will perform Paul Creston's Concertino for Marimba in the 2021-2022 season! Until then, please enjoy these short snippets and get inspired for the future.

The programs will resume in the Fall when the weather is more cooperative. Contact if you would like to suggest a location.
These programs are open to anyone with a desire to paint outside. They are held on 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 different locations.
96 W Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

After long deliberation and in light of the best advice regarding the pandemic from all avenues of information, the Board of Trustees has decided it is in the best interest of our patrons, staff, and volunteers to delay our opening until January 2021.
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 either March or October 2021. The directors have passed a resolution that all current members of CCJS will automatically have their memberships extended for one year from the time jazz society performances can safely resume.
". . . 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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