Charlotte Arts and Members Events
— Oct. 25 to Nov. 8, 2019 —
The Charlotte Arts website lists all arts and humanities events in its cultural calendar . Learn about Charlotte Arts news , 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.
The next email will be released Friday, Nov. 8. By Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 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.
Cranes at Sunset by Larry Palmer. Larry's work is on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery, the airport and Event Center.
Ongoing Events and Performances
Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.
Port Charlotte Town Center Mall |
 1441 Tamiami Trail between J.C. Penney and Dillards
Artists whose work will be on display at the Charlotte Arts Gallery from Oct. 3 to Nov. 10, 2019 , are Linda Ancil, Shelley Bell, Christine Brunette, Joanne King, Kitt Moran, Larry Palmer, Ron Sachen, Annita Survilla, and Betty Teramo. See a sample of the artists' work .

Free art exhibits by local visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year. See a sample of their work and learn about the locations.

September and October 2019
  • Linda Soderquist at Mid-County Library | 2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte
  • Maryann Artesani at Cayo Costa Dental | 316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda
  • Larry Palmer and Linda Soderquist at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center | 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda
  • Becky Van Pelt at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home | 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda
  • Karen Wood at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home | 635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
  • Kelly Reark at Charlotte County Administration | 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte
  • Larry Palmer, Sandra Manzke and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport | 28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
  • Nancy Thomas at Port Charlotte Library | 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte

November and December 2019
Receptions will be added to the website once details are confirmed.
  • Gail Fazzina at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Dedo at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer and Linda Soderquist at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Bev Yankwitt at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Maryann Artesani at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Natalie Terry at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer, Sandra Manzke and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda)
To Nov. 7: Keith Johnson, watercolor artist, and Renee Farr, glass artist
October: Guest artist Laura Pommier, oil painter
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. |
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
113 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda

By Laura Pommier.
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • To Oct. 31 in Main Gallery: Harvest of Art, an annual juried exhibit of traditional two-dimensional media.
  • To Nov. 8 in Goff Gallery: Three Art Guys (Ralph LaGro, Doug Michalski and Dave Kelley)
  • To Oct. 31 in Rebecca Hall: Thelma Daida, abstract artist

In the Pink by Beverly Yankwitt. Second Place in Harvest of Art.

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)
Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 7 to 17,
7:30 p.m. except 2 p.m. on Sunday
Langdon Playhouse
1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
Four residents of a retirement home have had their life savings stolen by a smooth talking financial advisor. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses and keep the authorities from discovering their plans. Cost: $22, $11 students.

Oct. 27, Nov. 2, Nov. 3, Nov. 21, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14.
7:30 p.m. except 2 p.m. on Sunday
Langdon Playhouse | 1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
During his 90-minute performance, Bill Gladwell will seemingly pull thoughts directly from your mind, predict what you’ll say before it comes out of your mouth, and read you like an open book. Cost: $22.
Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 16 to Nov. 3, 7:30 | Thursday to Saturday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Lemon Bay Playhouse | 96 West Dearborn St., Englewood
A state senator has died in a ridiculous gun accident, and it has made him a national hero. Everyone is searching for something; the local political leaders are looking for someone to fill his seat, his ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket, and a purple squirrel named Mel. In this madcap comedy, love, politics, and, well…everything is not what they seem. Cost: $23, $14 students.
One-Time Events
in chronological order. Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.
Be sure to check out classes and workshops below
for events held on more than one night.

Friday, Oct. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.

Saturday, Oct. 26, Noon to 4 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Dress in your favorite 50's attire and enjoy games, contests and live music featuring Nick Dattilo and the Legends Band, a tribute band to Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens and The Beach Boys, Boomers, a five-piece band playing music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy country, rock and standards from the last 30 years.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center | 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda
Join Maestro Raffaele Ponti and the CSO for an unforgettable, pre-season teaser celebrating the most beloved film scores of our time — Star Wars, E.T., Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Gladiator, Indiana Jones, and more! Costumes are encouraged. Cost: $55, $15 youth.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 to 8 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

Monday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Acoustic singer and musician well-known songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 to 11:55 a.m.
Florida SouthWestern State College Auditorium, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
Are you thinking about traveling alone but not sure how to get started? And what if you want to take your furry friend along? Join this discussion about the joys and benefits of traveling alone, overcoming roadblocks, and great places to visit on your own, led by experienced solo traveler Jennifer Huber. The class will include tips for traveling with your pet. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Acoustic singer and musician well-known songs of many genres from the 60s to Pop, Rock and Country of today.

Friday, Nov. 1, 5 to 9 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Performs country and rock of music by artists such as John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen.

Saturday, Nov. 2, Noon to 4 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Performs country and rock of music by artists such as John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy songs of James Taylor, trop rock, country by this entertaining and engaging performer.

Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
Kingsgate Golf Club | 24000 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte
These are held the first Sunday of each month October through April. Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members.

Sunday, Nov. 3, 4 to 8 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy country, rock and standards from the last 30 years.

Monday, Nov. 4, Noon
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Join us at the ribbon cutting for the festival. Who will win the battle of the Brushes? Celebrities are raising funds support the Visual Arts Center.

Monday, Nov. 4, 4 to 7 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Performs country and rock of music by artists such as John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 to 4 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy Reggae, Calypso, Buffett and Marley performed on the Steel Pan.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Florida SouthWestern State College Auditorium | 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
Join Award winning author, D.L. Havlin, for all or part of the day. The morning session will cover the Revolutionary War years and the afternoon session will cover the years between the Civil War and WWI. Attend the morning and/or the afternoon class and enjoy lunch with the author for an informal discussion. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.

CSO Composer’s Luncheon
Thursday, Nov. 7, Noon to 1 p.m.
Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan Street
The Phantoms of the Orchestra, the volunteer group that supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO), holds a monthly luncheon with guest speakers who provide insight into the next symphony. Cost: $15 for lunch. Reservations are required by Noon on Tuesday the week of the luncheon by leaving a message on 813-708-3292.

Thursday, Nov. 7, Noon to 3 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy country, rock and standards from the last 30 years.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 7 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Enjoy Reggae, Calypso, Buffett and Marley performed on the Steel Pan.

Friday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.
Florida SouthWestern State College Auditorium, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
Raffaele Ponti, maestro of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, with guest artists will feature the music and composers of the CSO season. Cost: $20. Similar events will be held prior to each concert.

Friday, Nov. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Five piece band performs country, line dance, Southern rock and audience requests.

Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center | 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda
The first concert of the session pays special tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. Cost.

Select future events

Sunday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Performing Art Center (CPAC)
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda
The rarely heard Concerto for Double Bass by Koussevitzky will feature the extraordinary Leonid Finkelshteyn on bass, and is a great opportunity to hear what this instrument is capable of when showcased. Maestro Ponti describes the piece as “a rare chance to hear the bass transformed into a solo voice as if it were a violin.” Finkelshteyn joins the Punta Gorda Symphony as a guest artist in the season opener. Pre-performance Talk: Musical Conversations with John Davis will be at 6:30 p.m. for all concert ticketholders.

Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Cultural Center Theater | 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte
Enjoy the first performance of the season. Cost: Free for members, $20 non-members.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center | 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda
Celebrate the Season with world renowned traditional and lighthearted music. The Charlotte Chorale is a 70-voice community choir. Cost: $25, $10 students.
Events Held Each Week

Seven informal, philosophical discussion groups are held each week.
  • Café Philo: Every Friday, 10 to Noon, Mid-County Regional Library (2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte)
  • Café Philo, Every Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Punta Gorda Public Library (424 W. Henry Street)
  • Café Socrates, Every Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Mid-County Regional Library (2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte)
  • Café Philo, Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, South Port Square, Gables East Building (23023 Westchester Blvd, 4th Floor, Charlotte Harbor)
  • Café Theo. Every Saturday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mid-County Regional Library (2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte)
  • Café Philo. Every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Florida Community Bank (125 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Café Philo, Every Wednesday, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Englewood/Tringali Library (3450 N. Access Road, Englewood)

Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to Noon, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Join an eclectic group of painters, jewelry makers, and other crafty artisans who come together to create and share constructive advice. Cost: $2 donation.

Every Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m.
WKDW 97.5 FM and online at www.kdwradio.com .
WKDW Radio invites all writers to read three minutes of their family-friendly poetry, short stories or novel. Sign up at 2:30 any Sunday at Common Grounds Meeting Hall (12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port) to read during a live broadcast from 3 to 4 p.m. 
The public is welcome to the station's BYOB listening room during the taping.
Info: Linda Schell at 941-223-1262. Check for cancellations on  Writers on the Air Facebook page .

Every Monday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Anyone with a desire to paint outside may join us any Monday October to May. There are no fees and no instruction. For those who wish, at 11 a.m. paintings are shared and discussed. This group meets at a different location each week.

Every Monday, 10:30 a.m.
Mid-County Regional Library | 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard, Port Charlotte
Charlotte County Genealogical Society offers these free workshops to assist others in their quest for genealogical and historical information.

Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Mid-County Regional Library | 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard, Port Charlotte
Charlotte County Genealogical Society offers these free workshops to assist others in their quest for genealogical and historical information.

Every Tuesday, 2 to 3 p.m.
Listen to Dave Bise and Catherine Lucas talk about art from around the world.

Every Wednesday, Noon to 1 p.m.
WKDW 97.5 FM and online at www.kdwradio.com
Join hosts Marie LaBrosse and Loretta Martin as they explore the eye-opening journey into the creative world of art. Explore the world behind the scenes where the artists and business people create for our enjoyment. Info:  marie@kdwradio.com , 941-815-6230 or 941-624-2912.

Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Join other artists in Goff Gallery and work on your portrait skills in any medium with live portrait models. Cost.

Every Friday, Noon to 1 p.m.
WKDW 97.5 FM and online at www.kdwradio.com
Join host Marie LaBrosse .

Classes and Workshops
Visit Charlotte Arts online calendar for more classes.

Paint pour by Pam Schmidt. Join her for a one-day workshop at The Learning Place.


Florida Southwestern State College, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda

-- Join our Wednesday Evening Art and Wine Adventures --
Let's Get Splashed! with Marki Raposa
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
Join our art and wine evening adventure! The session begins with a glass of wine and ends with a finished painting - a new scene each month. Creative, entertaining and memorable! Cost: $40 includes paints, canvas, wine and snacks.

Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jill Lindsay
Beginner and Intermediate: Nov. 18 to 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beginner and Intermediate: March 30 to April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Advanced: Feb. 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn how to create both abstract and realistic pieces with a unique and versatile medium. Cost: $280 members, $350

Pine Needle Baskets Half-Day Workshop with Kathryn Erickson
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also on Saturday, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and March 28.
If you can sew, you can learn how to form pine needles into a piece of art. Learn to coil pine needles and finish basket on your own. Nothing but patience is needed! Cost: $80 members, $100


Three-hour art classes for four or more students. Students provide their own materials, although I do help out beginners until they learn what materials they need.
Cost: $15.


5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port
Classes offered range from Photoshop to pottery to painting and more.


2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, 941-625-4175 x223.

Fundamentals of Soft Pastels with Pam Cox
Every Thursday, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
Learn the basics of drawing with soft pastels, focusing using the medium while exploring mostly still life and landscape subjects, paying attention to color blending and shading. Some previous drawing or painting experience is helpful but not necessary. More advanced students are welcome. Cost of class #341: $56 members, $64 non-members.

Introduction to Quilling with Carol Berntsson
Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Quilling is essentially the art of paper sculpture which can be mastered easily following the basic technique and using the materials provided in this introductory workshop. Students will be provided with the materials and equipment that will enable them to develop a hobby that produces lovely accents, ornaments, and 3D pictures to enhance gifts and cards. Cost for class #WS-111 with supplies: $35 members; $38 non-members.

Open Studio-All Levels and All Mediums with Donna Birchfield
Every Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to Noon
All media -- oil, acrylics, soft and oil pastels, watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencils and drawing -- and all levels of instruction provided. Beginners and those interested in getting back to painting would enjoy this class. Cost for class #335-3: $56 members, $64 non-members.

Lapidary-Cutting Stones with Tony Poliseno
Every Tuesday, Nov. 11 to Dec. 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
This class teaches the cutting of natural stones, including preparation of faceting stones into angles and shapes and into sparkling, polished gems for jewelry. Cost for class #702-2: $61 members, $69 non-members.

Mix & Understand Color in Painting with David Petrelle
Every Tuesday, Nov. 19 to Dec. 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
The object of this class is to teach how to mix color and understand it. When you paint you also have to understand black and with values and all the tones in-between. Most people have trouble mixing color as beginners. They must learn the difference, how the eye mixes color, how each of us sees color, how color can change in different light and how it relates to its application in art. By understanding this, you can isolate what colors to purchase and how to set up your palate. Cost of class #380-2: $56 members, $64 non-members.

Watercolor All levels with Skip Mattie
Every Thursday, Nov. 21 to Dec. 19, 9 a.m. to Noon
Learn the basics of watercolor painting, the equipment needed such as paper, paints, brushes, etc., how to prepare and get the image on paper, and how to do washes and detail work. We will complete some paintings and the student can paint a favorite subject with assistance. Cost of class #337-2: $56 members, $64 non-members.

Paint Pour Adventures: The Basics with Pam Schmidt
Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Put down the brushes and pick up a cup because we are going to flip some paint onto a canvas. Start the adventure by learning the basics of acrylic paint pouring, also known as Fluid Art. This fun class is completely hands-on from mixing your own paints to flipping your own cups. You will quickly become addicted to this art form and amazed at the beautiful abstract painting that you will create with your very first canvas. You will learn the proper way of mixing your paints and loading your cups for the perfect pour. You will also learn how to manipulate the canvas to alter the flow and shape of your artwork. Cost for class #WS-1132 with supplies: $55 members, $58 non-members.

Clay Winter Candle Luminary with Pam Cox
Thursday, Nov. 26, 1 to 4 p.m.
Make a candle luminary with unglazed terracotta clay so that you will have a fantastic lighted decoration for your home or garden. All tools are provided but if you have experience with clay, you are welcome to bring your own. This is a fun workshop for beginners or those with some clay experience. Cost for class #WS-1145 with supplies: $38 members, $41 non-members.
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.
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  • 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.