Airport Partnership with Art in Public Places Offers New Photo Op Spot at Bailey Terminal

Thanks to the Charlotte County Airport Authority’s partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has a new colorful photo op spot for passengers to capture a selfie and share on social media.

Local artist Larry E. Palmer painted a Charlotte Harbor sunset mural on a 10-foot wall in the corridor that connects ticketing and baggage claim in the Bailey Terminal. The scene is completed with two bar-height Adirondack chairs sourced from Ocean Isles Outdoor, live greenery provided by TROPEX and a full-color PGD logo installed by Monarch Direct.

The photo op spot was envisioned and facilitated by the Art In Public Places Program (AIPP) Project Coordinator Leigha Murray and is available to the public and travelers alike. It lis ocated in the middle of the window-facing corridor that connects ticketing and baggage claim, just south of the Flybrary. Adjacent automatic doors make exterior access easy, and parking in the short-term lot across the street is free for one hour.

“The idea is to create an iconic spot for PGD travelers to take a photo. We hope it will create a lasting memory and reminder of their journey to southwest Florida,” said PGD’s CEO James W. Parish.

Photo takers are encouraged to “check in” on social media with the hashtags #FlyPGD and #PGDSmize, and tag @PuntaGordaAirport on Facebook, @PuntaGordaAir on Twitter and Fly_PGD on Instagram. Since masks are still required inside the Bailey Terminal, airport staff is encouraging passengers to smile with their eyes – a recent term coined as a “smize” or “smizing.”

Palmer’s handiwork is no stranger to PGD, as his colorful nature-focused paintings adorn the walls in the corridor and ticketing area as part of the Council’s AIPP. Palmer, who has been painting since he was 12 years old, donated his time to create the sunset photo op mural. “It was an honor to help create such a beautiful space where travelers can capture a lasting memory,” said Palmer.

About Punta Gorda Airport
The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA), governed by five elected commissioners, owns and operates the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), located at 28000 Airport Road, five minutes off I-75, exits 161 and 164. PGD provides quick and easy access to Southwest Florida, and is home to commercial air service, air charters, medical transport services, aircraft maintenance and avionics repair, as well as flight schools, distributers and manufacturers. CCAA is a nontaxing entity and operates as an enterprise fund, totally supported by revenue generated from its operations including rental car concession, parking, fuel sales and hangar, building and land leases on its 2,000-acre property. The CCAA is an independent special district pursuant to chapter 189, Florida Statutes, and operates in accordance with FAA requirements and guidelines. A 2018 economic impact study by the FDOT estimated that PGD is responsible for 12,392 jobs and $1.275 billion in total economic output. For more information, visit
Kaley Miller, Marketing & Communications Manager
Punta Gorda Airport
941.639.1101 ext 131
941.628.2137 cell


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.  Learn about artists whose work is on display now, see a sample of their work, and learn about the locations.

May through August 2021

  • Toni McNulty at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Becky Van Pelt at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Gloria Urban at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Tina Weida at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Tina Weida at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Thursday, June 24, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Karen Wood at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda)

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Charlotte Arts Gallery Shows and Receptions

Thanks to everyone who participated as an artist or a patron. The Charlotte Arts Gallery closed at this location on June 27, 2021.

Charlotte Arts Gallery showcased artists who are members of Charlotte Arts. Some artists will have their art on sale during this sale. A gift shop opened of art that cost $55 or less!


  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (May 13 to June 13) features art of B & D Nature Photography, Henry Garcia, Larry Palmer and Laura Pucci.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Apr. 9 to May 9) features arts of B & D Nature Photography, Henry Garcia, Larry Palmer and Laura Pucci.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Mar. 4 to Apr. 4, 2021) features art of Mark Davern, Donna Dinneen, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo and Tina Weida.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Jan. 28 to Feb. 28, 2021) features art of Mark Davern, Rosana Halprine, Larry Palmer, and Betty Teramo.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Jan. 7 to 24, 2021) features art of Mark Davern, Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Larry Palmer, Betty Teramo, and Tina Weida.
    • This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by Valerie Guenther, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty.

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Charlotte Arts will post opportunities for artists as they are received to this website. They are also sent by email to current members. You must be a current member of Charlotte Arts to participate. For more information on member benefits and how to pay, visit

Opportunities for artists have included:

Call to Artists (for juried shows, actors for plays, musicians, etc.): Embracing Our Differences is seeking submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park (5 Bayfront Dr.) in downtown Sarasota. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and People’s Choice categories, totaling $3,000. Learn more at or contact Liz Chicoine (941/404-5710,


Call for Artists: Pain, Process and Promise:  Submission deadline: July 1 • In this extended moment, we find ourselves navigating crisis upon crisis that has further underscored the deep inequities in our society. In an attempt to process the multilayered issues facing our society and culture, this exhibition asks artists to submit traditional works of art in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and sculpture but is also looking for proposals in a variety of installation or alternative mediums such a video, projection, memorials and community based projects. Date: July 10 – August 20, Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

Exhibition Calendar

  • Artwork on Display: Friday, July 10 – August 20
  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday July 3
  • Delivery of Accepted Artwork: Monday, July 6 (by appointment)
  • Artwork Pickup: Friday, August 21 (by appointment)

Contact Ehren Gerhard at for more information or visit


Clearwater Sculpture360: Season X seeking Florida artists

The city of Clearwater, in partnership with the Public Art and Design Board and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), is seeking three artists to install completed sculptures on the 400-600 blocks of Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater. Applications are due by noon (EDT) on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and the selected artists will be notified by August 24, 2020. Sculptures must be available for installation by September 30, 2020 and remain on display through March 2022. Applicants must be Florida residents and each of the three artists will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium for the loan of the art.

Sculpture360 is a rotating exhibition of temporary artwork and is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program. The exhibition is entering its tenth season and is supported through contributions from the City’s Public Art Fund and partnerships with other local donors and organizations. The artwork will be displayed at three locations in Downtown Clearwater and are all highly visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artwork will be displayed for 18 months and is entering its tenth season.

This call is open to Florida resident artists and teams of artists with professional experience in temporary sculpture exhibitions and public art. Those interested are asked to submit the following items: a one-page resume or short bio, 2-4 photographs of eligible sculptures, with details such as name, materials, and dimensions, contact information for 2 references from past installations. To submit your work, contact Christopher Hubbard at or (727) 562-4067.


Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home is seeking an artist to donate a painting of a veteran-related mural to the outside of its building by Memorial Day 2021. The artist will be promoted widely in marketing and media materials. For more information, contact Leigha at 813-360-5500.


2020 Florida Biennial Open Call to Artists by July 10

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood announces an Open Call for their 2020 Florida Biennial (November 7 to February 20). Visual artists residing in the state of Florida may submit art for the exhibition juried by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. Only one entry per artist. Entry fee is $40. Three pieces of art may be submitted per entry for General Exhibition and two may be submitted for Artists Select where you may be selected for a solo exhibition.

Awards include:

  • Artists Select: Two artists will be selected for solo exhibitions in the Middle and Interactive Galleries during the 2020 Florida Biennial. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium
  • General Exhibition: $40 honorarium for all exhibiting artists in the Biennial exhibition
  • All Participating Artists: $150 Friend-Level membership with free admission to more than 1,000 cultural institutions given to all exhibiting artists in the Biennial

Thanks to Kathy Futch for providing this information. Learn more at


City of Tampa’s Open Call to Artists by June 9

This call is to create a prequalified pool of artists for Mayor Castor’s Art on the Block Program. The program has too many projects on the horizon to give each an individual call.

This call is open to artists in the State of Florida who are within driving distance, including:

  • Emerging and established artists.
  • Artists that you don’t typically think of in the realm of “public art” – graphic designers, printmakers, poets, storytellers, photographers, artists of social justice/practice  (Not open to dance, theater or music at this time.)
  • Art teachers in both public and private K-12 schools, universities and other institutes of higher learning.

Learn more at


Artist Relief Fund

The Deadline for Round 1 of applications is

April 23rd at 11:59pm EST

To support artists, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. For more information and to apply, visit


Charlotte Arts online reception to select artists for Arts in Public Places 2021

Instead of an in-person reception for Arts in Public Places hosts to select artists whose work will be on display at their locations in 2021, the hosts will review samples of your work that you’ve provided for the Charlotte Arts online directory. The details are not yet worked through but we expect the hosts will make their selections in early December. Because of this we ask that you update your directory by mid-November and you can now include (1) the title of your art, (2) medium, and (3) size that’ll be added as a caption under each image.

The directory is updated regularly ( The page also includes guidance on how to submit an entry with a link to the online form ( After you’ve selected your four images, it should only take a few minutes to complete the form. You may update your information anytime by completing the online form. We do ask, however, that you complete the form in its entirety so we can simply replace the information.

You must be a current member of Charlotte Arts to participate. For more information on member benefits and how to pay, visit

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.



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