The Arts & Humanities Council highlights hundreds of local artists working in visual arts, music, theater, literature, filmmaking and more.
Contact information is included so that visitors can not only see the wide variety of talent in our community, they can also purchase artwork or hire professional services from artists and performers of all disciplines.
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Art by Dedo
Art by Dedo
a visual artist who captures emotions and the essence of life. my art celebrates life and my art connects to the universality of the human spirit.
Watercolorist with robust interest in the Florida lifestyle. Works highlight animals,flora and fauna that are unique to Florida.
No Image Available Henry August
Land and Seascape, with an occasional trip into abstract art.
JSB&A Design Inc.
I work in watercolor and acrylic to portray the emotion of the subject I am painting. I want the viewer to feel a relationship with the painting.
Violinist- I play chamber music at weddings or can play alone. I also stroll for events. Scherenschnitte is the art of German paper cutting. I use a pair of small scissors to cut images, scenes, silhouettes and mount them on decorative paper.
Bisque It Studio
Bisque It Studio
I work mainly with the art of glass fusing . Which is mosaic art with glass that is fired in a kiln . I also enjoy throwing pottery on wheel as well as clay hand building . Working with different clay bodies and glazes
I create realistic watercolors. I enjoy painting florals botanicals, and landscapes. I have been able to travel extensively to many parts of the world. Most of my photography depicts many of these places.
I love to create wearable art jewelry in silver and copper , emphasizing color with fire, enamel and semi-precious stones and occasionally beads. You may see more of my work on Fine Art America at dianne-brooks.pixels.com.
No Image Available Fred Capitelli
I play harmonica, tenor saxophone, and flute. I have a 16 piece BIG BAND. We play the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ray Anthony, Glenn Miller and many more. We play the first and third Wednesdays of each month from October through April in the Music Room at the Cultural Center. The address is: 2280 Aaron ST. Port Charlotte, Fl. Tel: 941-625-4175.
Wanda M Carter
Pets & People, Too
I play alto sax and flute in two swing bands in Port Charlotte at the Cultural Center, beginning Oct. 8, 2017. 1. Charlotte County Big Band 2. INGROOV BIG BAND 1. Concerts: Sundays. beginning Oct. 8th……….don’t know the time yet…………afternoon or evening. 2. INGROOV: Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. in the Music Room at the Cultural Center beginning the end of October. We play the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
I paint from life, landscapes and portraits in pastel or acrylic paint. I love to paint people and animal portraits.
No Image Available Myrna Charry
Myrna Charry Photography
My photographs are in the surreal tradition. I double expose images through the lens and create photomontages, collages and solarized prints in the darkroom. I love shooting nudes — they offer the most honest images. I play with light, using chiaroscuro techniques as my guide. Unusual combinations and strange arrangements are my trademark. My photos are not conventionally pretty — rather they are offbeat and curiously interesting.
No Image Available Thelma Daida
With my career demands, I was not able to pursue my artistic interests until moving to Florida. I began by taking watercolor classes at the Visual Arts Center with Kathy Bostwick, and have attended numerous workshops with other instructors such as Maxine Masterfield, Mary Anne Beckwith, Kathleen Conover, Helga Flower, and Liz Hutchinson, all of whom were a great influence on my work. They helped me enhance my skills and garner acceptance into juried shows and receive awards in exhibitions.
My earlier works were representational florals and botanicals, but as I progress, I find myself doing more abstract realism and non-objective abstracts, which I find challenging and very rewarding.
I am currently a member of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, The Charlotte County Art Guild at the Visual Arts Center, and an associate of the Florida Watercolor Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. In February, 2009, I was the Charlotte County Artist of the Month. In May, 2016, I became a Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
Mark Davern Tattoo, Inc. / PainttheFloor
Mark is a tattoo artist and has been tattooing for nearly 40 years.
My paintings reflect my love of dance and beautiful women. A captured moment of movement, the subtle shading of skin and cloth, the strength of purpose all inspire my artwork.
After retiring and moving to Florida Marilyn found a lot of time on her hands so decided to do what she had always wanted to do, paint. She found she enjoyed painting birds so now is know as the Bird Lady She pays great attention to detail and rich color. Her style is impressionism. She tries to capture the beauty of the birds Her art is a refuge, helps her to forget, fuels her life and gives her great joy. Her art has been shown in many venues and has won a number of prestigious awards.
No Image Available Margaret Elder
I am a certified bunka teacher. It is a needle art done with lilli yarn. It is a blend of various types of stitches used in the picture. A Bunka picture resembles an oil painting but upon closer inspection you will see the beautiful art of the stitchery
No Image Available James Ellsworth
Bankershours Wood Turnings
Wood turned bowls, urns, vases, sculptures and utility pieces
No Image Available Vicki Glynn
Watercolors inspired by nature. Tropical, dipicting birds, fish, sky and water. Studies of the textures and layers of nature.
I am a Metal Artist in Copper and Brass using new and recycled materials. I design custom Wind Vanes and Wind Directionals as well as sculpture whimsical creatures fashioned from high quality brass and copper or from old tools, vases, gas cans, etc. One of my wind vanes is on permanent display at the entrance to the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
No Image Available Cynthia Hassall
My work portrays a sunny, positive energy using a full palette of color; taking the observer to a comfortable, pleasing place.
Deanna is a visual artist with an interest in nautical themes. She pays close attention to composition, color and details in her paintings.
Red Hat Studio
I am the owner of Red Hat Studio, a teaching facility at 311 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda for 18 years. Classes are held on Mon & Wed am (9-12:30) & pm (1:00-4:30) as well as Tues (9-12:30.) There are eight artists per class so there is always plenty of time for individual instruction. A group critique follows each class. Hands-on Color Workshops, Drawing Exercises, plus advice on Mural and Stained Glass Design are also offered. For eight years I served as the Assistant Director of Art/Study Giverny in the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet located in Giverny, France. Ask me about Commissioned Portraiture (including Dr. Ben Carson, Neuro Surgeon, recently retired from Johns Hopkins Hospital) as well as painting reproductions of your favorite classical paintings. I am a founding member of and have had a long association with the PG Historic Mural Society as well as serving as Assistant to Daniel Greene’s Workshop Program (Ohio and Florida.). Gallery associations provided upon request.
My work is essentially realistic, often with a twist of humor. My passions are drawing and color, I invite you to come see the world through my eyes. I am essentially a realistic artist with over thirty years experience. My passions are teaching, drawing and color — often with a touch of humor. Living a lucky life, I do what I love to do — come see the world through my eyes.
I paint in a variety of styles, including abstract, realism, and animal portraits using acrylic on stretched canvas, framed or gallery wrapped; lots of color. I also paint floor cloths and table runners with beautiful designs and color; easy to clean and durable for many years. Painting folk and abstract themed furniture is a specialty I’ve also enjoyed for a long time.
Sea Grape Gallery
My work is primarily oil on canvas done both from photos and sketches from my many travels. I have a particular love of florals and landscape and try to explore the inherent beauty in nature either from a singular orchid bloom or a specific setting that was my inspiration. My work usually conveys a soft, romantic though realistic mood and my goal is to make my artwork sing!
I have been painting in Watercolor and Acrylic for approximately 5-6 years. I have been a photographer for many years. and have sold both my paintings and photos. I am also a writer of prose for many years. I have exhibited in “Art in Public Places” as well. My career is a Psychotherapist and my specialty is Addictions.
No Image Available Sandra Manzke
Artwork by Sandra Manzke
I work in multiple mediums. The subjects I paint range from landscapes to seascapes, wildlife to still life as well as animal and human portraitures. Much attention is given to detail. My work usually consists of very bold colors with sharp contrasting backgrounds.
Sea Grape Gallery
EXTENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO SPECIALIZING IN TROPICAL UNDERWATER, BIRDLIFE, AND FLORA
My paintings are highly expressive and emotional regardless of whether it is an abstract, landscape or still life. If I paint a person, generally they are anonymous one with my feelings painted onto of the moment. I also love to paint horses and want to do more, such gentle, noble and loving creatures. Movement and rhythm are also important in my work,
No Image Available Beth Allen Morrison
Beth Ann Morrison is an award winning nature photographer who enjoys photographing the amazing sunsets that we are privileged to have here in Southwest Florida. She also loves to feature the exotic birds and beautiful flowers and landscapes. Beth is also a professional Flutist who has performed with many musical groups for over 25 years. Beth spends most days teaching elementary school general music classes, helping children learn to sing songs, move to music and play instruments.
Gloria G Nelson
Watercolors are always a surprise to me. I’m never sure what will happen when applying water and paint to paper. Watching it mingle, meander, and change is a wonder for me. It always provides me with inspiration. Florida birds, flowers, turtles and more always seem to emerge from the paper. My subject matter is always around me. I get lost in my paintings. Time disappears.
No Image Available Linda ONeill
My photography consists of wildlife, nature, landscape,digital art .
I prefer photographing nature including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, birds and animals. I also use heat transfers to put my pictures and my customers’ pictures and ideas on many items including tee shirts, puzzles, mouse pads and more.
Kates Art Studio
Kathleen “Kate” Przepadlo
I found great interest in all the different mediums, from graphite & charcoal to watercolor, acrylic and oils. Having studied with Barbara Albin, internationally known Katelyn Smith, & nationally acclaimed artist Alix Anderson, Bob Ross & Johannes Vloothius. While in New Jersey, she worked as a commissioned artist for custom made furniture. She is a member of the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda and the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County. Her work has been shown at the Rose Gallery in Port Charlotte, Art in Public Places for the Arts & Humanities Council and The Galleries at the Visual Art Center.
Living on a bridgeless, barrier island affords Linda Soderquist opportunities to observe wildlife and be inspired by pristine beaches. Sea turtles and shorebirds are frequently found in her watercolors, while nature’s wonders underwater also provide fascinating subjects. As she experiments with colorful washes, scenes of the island emerge in her work. Coaxing out the bright light through negative painting helps to portray the beauty of her natural surroundings.
Linda received her B.A. in Fine Art and Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M. Ed. from the University of South Florida. After teaching gifted elementary students for many years, Linda retired and began to focus on her painting career. She has illustrated three books on Florida’s turtles and regularly exhibits paintings in shows and galleries.
Linda spent her childhood summers in northern Minnesota, where she first nurtured a deep appreciation for nature. She has lived on Florida’s Little Gasparilla Island for over twenty-five years, observing nature, beachcombing, painting, and taking care of the island’s sea turtles and shorebirds…a never-ending inspiration.
Contemporary realism encompassing landscapes, seascapes, still life, and portraiture
Salty Dog Productions LLC
Performs a mix of classic country and light rock songs on guitar as well as singing, with custom background tracks for a full band sound at a single person rate.
Most all my work is done with a digital camera. I am a fine art and abstract photographer. I also do landscape, advertising and the occasional portrait. I use an artistic eye to take pictures that makes the viewer stop and think about what they are seeing or just enjoy the view.
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I sing/DJ for various types of events, large or small.
Maddie’s Wish offers hand crafted and hand stitched genuine leather goods. Maddie’s Wish offers hand crafted and hand stitched genuine leather goods. Enjoy the convenience of carrying an all-in-one billfold-and phone case for any phone. Wrap your iPad or tablet in a sturdy leather case with a unique design and concho for closing securely. Maddie’s Wish also makes lovely ring binders that feature lots of storage.
I think I am truly an artist at heart; perhaps reincarnated! As I have gotten older my passion has only grown. Whether it is painting pictures, (murals, and even sandals on the sidewalks of Punta Gorda!) creating batiks or sculpting, there is just never enough time! Can’t wait to retire!!!
Karen Wood: Caladium
Karen Wood: Old Fishing Hat
Karen Wood: The Real Nattalie Wood
I work mostly in mixed media using acrylic, markers, papers, and collage on canvas or watercolor paper. I especially enjoy doing abstract paintings although I do representational work in oil and cold wax. I also do encaustics which is melted bees wax and damar resin on wood panels.