Charlotte Arts Gallery re-opening July 4th weekend: Call to artists

The Charlotte Arts Gallery is opening July 4th weekend!  If you’d like to be one of the 15 artists whose work will be on display, contact Leigha at 813-360-5500. There will be no fee to participate but you must be a current member of Charlotte Arts. This show will run through August. The gallery, located in the Port Charlotte Town Center (1441 Tamiami Trail), will be open Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Plein air painting and art classes will be held near the gallery.

Covid-19 Update from Charlotte Arts on March 27

  • Please take care and stay healthy.
  • Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey from Americans for the Arts to help determine the economic impact of Covid-19 on our cultural economy. This information will help inform the distribution of stimulus funds. We need to hear from ALL organizations and individual artists. 

    We know that there are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk. We also know that the arts provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection, perhaps even more so during challenging times such as these. — Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

  • A compilation of resources with national reach for artists and arts organizations is now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. This list will continue to be updated as new resources are announced.
  • HowlRound and a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the United States held a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines, and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community. Watch the recorded webinar at your convenience:
  • Information on Charlotte County’s response to Covid-19 is available at, including links to the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • While all events, including music, are cancelled at Fishermen’s Village, many of the stores remain open (Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.) and Village Brewhouse and Good ‘Ole Days Coffee are open for carry out only. Call to confirm if they are open before visiting.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Preparing for the Impact of the Coronavirus

February 26, 2020
Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus 

Are you ready for a temporary closure? 

In Asia and Europe, public gatherings including performances, museums and festivals have been cancelled and shuttered to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Outbreak Shutters Italian Museums; Event Cancellations Continue in China and South Korea – Hyperallergic

While the spread and impact of the virus here in the U.S. is not yet known, you should have a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporary close.

Preparing Your Facility Now 

Put additional hand-sanitizing stations in the lobby and theatre spaces and bathrooms, and make wipes available for people to use on armrests, if the surface is wood or metal.

If you do need to temporarily close, refer to What to Take When you Evacuate. This checklist suggests what your staff should plan to take with them if you have to leave your facility on short notice, to be able to continue to work and communicate.

Ensure you have an up-to-date facility shut-down protocol. Individuals should be aware of their specific responsibilities and processes, including data backup, safe shutdown of IT and other equipment; securing/protecting any assets that require regular attention or are of value (including cash, blank checks, and sensitive artwork); and have a clear protocol to sweep the facility and ensure everyone is out before locking it down.
Supporting Your Staff and Volunteers 

Inform all staff and volunteers to limit contact with audience members – look at the tickets rather than taking them and handing them back.  Review cancellation and work stoppage policies with staff during a special meeting. Test your contact tree and other means of communication for all stakeholders including board members.

Stay updated on the status in your local area. Identify your local and regional health department personnel and websites to make sure you have the most up-to-date knowledge of the spread of the disease locally. From Heather Noonan at the League of American Orchestras:

Do you have a contact tree for your staff/volunteers/artists? Should you need to change an event or temporarily shut down your facility, you need a tree so that each individual is reached with the news, and must respond back to confirm they know the organization’s status. Group texts can be particularly effective.

Your staff, volunteers and artists will be concerned about protecting their own families. Encourage them to make sure your home/family preparedness kit is up to date. FEMA has a great resource page with suggested supplies. Many of these recommended items will help them if they need to shelter in place – that is, can’t exit their home.

Our friends at offer free tools to address the possibility of the Coronavirus affecting your organization; you’ll need to enter your name and email address to download their Coronavirus checklist, and a tabletop exercise to walk your team through a realistic scenario.

Coronavirus Preparedness Kit – Agility Recovery

Communicating with Audiences and Stakeholders 

Make sure you have a current and clear event cancellation/closure policy – will you refund tickets, reschedule, or not? Does everyone on staff know your policy? How will you be in touch with your audience? Here’s advice from NCAPER’s Executive Director Jan Newcomb: “Review your ticket refund policy and resend it to all your patrons – you may decideto give credit to people who cancel up to 2 days before their ticketed performance.  You may want to extend that policy to include all other performances during a limited timeframe so that sick people stay home.  You should prepare a financial impact statement before you do so, so you know your liability.”

Review all performance contracts to understand your financial liability if you decide to cancel performances.  Prepare a financial liability statement for the board.

If you have questions or additional suggestions for your colleagues, please send them to

Be safe!

Team ArtsReady, A national initiative of South Arts

Charlotte Arts: Reception to select artists for Arts in Public Places 2020

By Oct. 30, complete this form if you are interested in participating in the reception. This reception is your opportunity to be chosen to display your art in Charlotte Arts’ Arts in Public Places Program in 2020. Register to attend the reception at!

Artists selected must be members of Charlotte Arts. Become a member at

After Oct. 30 you will receive an email with details to confirm your participation. We ask that you arrive by 4:30 to setup. Artists may bring three of their newest and best pieces for display to the reception. One or two easels will be set up for you in an individual pipe and drape studio. We have eight sites currently participating in this program in 2020 with art changing as often as six times a year. Learn more at

Artist Selection Reception
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m.
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)

Call Leigha Murray at 813-360-5500 if you have questions.



Charlotte Arts Arts in Public Places

Charlotte Arts and local businesses are pleased to offer free art exhibits by local visual artists at locations throughout Charlotte County. Art changes as often as six times a year. Learn about artists whose work is on display now, see a sample of their work, and learn about the locations.

May and June 2020: Cayo Costa is first to re-open in June!

  • Chris Brunette at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)

March and April 2020: All locations closed at different times in April because of COVID-19. Some of the receptions were also cancelled.

  • Karen Bell at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Robert Broyle at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Tuesday, March 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Larry Palmer and Jill Lindsay at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Chris Brunette at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Wednesday, March 25, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Lee Jones at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Thursday, April 2, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Shelley Bell 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)
  • Sharon Stchur at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte) Betty Kern and Rosana Halprine at Punta Gorda Library (401 Shreve Street)

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Support Dancing with the Charlotte Stars to support Charlotte Arts

Thank you to everyone who provided support of Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the “most fun” fundraiser in Charlotte County. Proceeds support the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Charlotte Arts), including classroom grants to Charlotte County schools. Your support has been greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t already, would you join us for the 11th annual event that will be March 8, 2019, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda? We’re sorry for the late reminder but tickets to join us will need to be purchased quickly.

Learn more, donate and purchase tickets at You can help any of the six celebrity dancers reach their goal.

Thanks for helping bring arts and humanities programs to Charlotte County.

Stacy L. Jones, Chair
Dancing with the Charlotte Stars

Charlotte Arts Gallery Shows and Receptions

Charlotte Arts Gallery showcases artists who are members of Charlotte Arts. The show changes eight to ten times a year. Learn more at Charlotte Arts Gallery.

  • COVID-19 update: The Charlotte Arts Gallery is not expected to open until September 2020.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Feb. 13 to Mar. 22, 2020) features art of Betty Beasley, Karen Bell, Shelley Bell, Robert Broyles, Christine Brunette, Donna Dinneen, Carolyn Dlouhy Walega, Adrienne Lasky, Lionel Lewis, Larry Palmer, Laura Pommier, Rita Schwab, Samantha Stone, Betty Teramo, and Gloria Urban. Reception: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m. with music by Counter Parts Acoustic Sounds of Josh Rodrigues, Nate Bell and Steve Bell as well as wine and cheese.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Jan. 2 to Feb. 9, 2020) features art of Linda Ancil, Betty Beasley, Karen E. Bell, Shelley Bell, Robert Broyles, Christine Brunette, Robert Gaunt, Adrienne Lasky, Kay MacLeod, Larry Palmer, Benjamin Puzankov, Samantha Stone, Elizabeth Teramo, Gloria Urban, and Tina Weida. Reception: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m

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Charlotte Arts: Reception to select artists for Arts in Public Places

Calling all 2-D Artists: Charlotte Arts Arts in Public Places

By Oct. 22, call Leigha Murray at 813-360-5500 if you are interested in participating. Artists selected must be members of Charlotte Arts.

Artist Selection Reception
Monday, Nov. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda

This reception is your opportunity to be chosen for display in 2019. Please bring three of your newest and best pieces for display to the reception. One or two easels will be set up for you in an individual pipe and drape studio. We have eight sites currently participating in this program in 2019 with art changing as often as six times a year.

Charlotte Arts Board of Directors: Join us as a Board Member

The Charlotte County Arts and Humanities Council is currently accepting resumes for applicants interested in filling four Board of Director positions, beginning in October. The Board meets monthly to oversee operations of Charlotte Arts, its programs, fundraisers, and events. Terms are for three years. If interested, please send resume and cover letter by Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, to Valerie Guenther, Board President, at