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.

Artists and locations since October 2018:

July and August 2019

  • Sharon Eng at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Linda Soderquist at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer and Kelly Reark at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Gloria Nelson at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Wednesday, July 17
  • Nancy Thomas at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Karen Wood 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)
  • Mark Davern at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)

May and June 2019

  • Maryann Artisani at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Nancy Thomas at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Thursday, May 30, 5 to 7 p.m. with refreshments.
  • Larry Palmer and Kelly Reark at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Samantha Stone at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    • Reception: Wednesday, May 22, 5 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and music by Alfonso Smith on steel drums.
  • Mark Davern at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Janet Jennings 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)
  • Linda Soderquist at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)

March and April 2019

  • Henry August at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Tina Weida at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer and Laura Pickell at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Laura Pommier at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    Irish Springtime Reception Wednesday, March 20, 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Dan Martin on guitar.
  • Marilyn Dorsey at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Mark Davern 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)
  • Karen Bell at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home

January and February 2019

  • Lionel Lewis at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Deborrah Larson at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Rosana Halprine at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Chris G on keyboard.
  • Henry August at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Les DaCosta on sax and keyboard.
  • Larry Palmer, Sandra Manzke and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Tina Weida at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Karen Wood at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)

November and December 2018

  • Jill Lindsay at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Tina Weida at Bayfront Health (809 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Mark Davern at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Nancy Briechle at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce (2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte)
  • Laura Pickell at Charlotte County Justice Center (350 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda)
  • Beth Morrison at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Maryann Artesani at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
    Reception: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Les DeCosta on sax and keyboard.
  • Sandra Manzke at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
    Peace River Quilters Guild at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer, Sandra Manzke and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda)

September and October 2018

  • Mark Davern at Mid-County Library (2050 Forrest Nelson, Port Charlotte)
  • Tina Weida at Bayfront Health (809 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Bonnie Rodgers at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Sandra Manzke at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce (2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte)
  • Marilyn Dorsey at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Maryann Artesani at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)
  • Dedo at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda)
  • Janet Jennings at Englewood (Charlotte) Public Library (3450 North Access Road, Englewood)
  • Linda Soderquist at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home (635 East Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Lynn Webster at Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte)
  • Larry Palmer and Sandra Manzke at Punta Gorda Airport (28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda)

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 https://www.charlottearts.org/dancing-charlotte-stars/. 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 opened July 18, 2018. Artists whose work is on display are all members of Charlotte Arts. The show changes approximately 10 times a year. Learn more at Charlotte Arts Gallery.

  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (July 4 to August 11, 2019) features art of Shelley Bell, Christine Brunette, Jessie Goodwin, James Hollenbeck, Jill Lindsay, Larry Palmer, and Betty Teramo. Reception: Sunday, July 21 with folk rock music of Peg and Emery. Demonstrations will be held in the Center Court by Nancy McCune with clay and Larry Palmer with acrylic painting.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (May 16 to June 30, 2019) features art of Shelley Bell, Christine Brunette, Jill Lindsay, Nancy McCune, Larry Palmer, Betty Teramo and Gloria Urban. Reception: Sunday, May 26, 2 to 4 p.m. with music by Alfonso Smith on steel drums.
    • This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by Patricia A. Scott, DDS.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (April 4 to May 12, 2019) features art of Christine Brunette, Gerry DeWitt, Sharon Eng, Bob Gaunt, Mary Haller, Nancy McCune, Larry Palmer and Betty Teramo and Carolyn Walega. Reception: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m. with music by Alfonso Smith on steel drums.
    • This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Jan. 31 to March 3, 2019) features art of Henry August, Dianne Brooks, Wanda Carter, Bob Gaunt, Valerina Lomax, Nancy McCune, Larry Palmer, Samantha Stone and Gloria Urban. Reception Sunday, February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. features music by Fred Capitelli’s Ingroov Big Band.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Jan. 3 to 27, 2019) features art of Maryann Artesani, Susan Fraley, Joanne King, Marilyn Maulin, Gloria Nelson, Larry Palmer, Howard Spielman, sharon Stchur and Samantha Stone. Reception on Sunday, January 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. features music by George Voss on keyboard.
    • This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by JMK Designs, Inc. | Promotions by Design | JMK Studio “Fine Art”.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Dec. 5 to 30, 2018) are Bob Roehrig, Samantha Stone, Kelly Reark, Larry Palmer, Howard Spielman, Rosana Halprine, Mary Lundeberg, Tim Wehrle, Phil Wickstrom, Joanne King, Judy Lee and Sharon Stchur. Reception Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. features music by Les DaCosta on keyboard and sax.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Oct. 17 to Dec. 2, 2018) features the art of Kathleen Cone, Dedo, Jan Pranko, Loretta Evans, Samantha Stone, Larry Palmer, Jill Lindsay, Sandra Manzke, Sharon Eng and Toni McNulty. Reception Sunday, October 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. features music by Les Dacosta on keyboard and sax.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery (Aug. 30 to Oct. 14, 2018) features the art of Jill Lindsay, Larry Palmer, Becky Van Pelt, Rosanna Halprine, Laura Pommier, Gina Battle, Dianne Brooks and Lillian Aragonés. Reception Sunday, September 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. features Harpist Margi Miller and Flutist Barbara Hornyak.
  • Charlotte Arts Gallery grand opening (July 18 to Aug. 26, 2018) features artists Larry Palmer, Jill Lindsay, Beverly Yankwitt, Janie Duke, Sandra Manzke, Samantha Stone, and Dedo. Grand Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. features Harpist Margi Miller and Flutist Barbara Hornyak.
    • This Charlotte Arts Gallery exhibit is sponsored by Valerie Guenther, Realtor Realtor® Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty.

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 executive.director@charlottearts.org.

Charlotte Arts awards 15 Arts in Education grants

The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County – Charlotte Arts – is pleased to announce 15 grants have been awarded to Charlotte County School District teachers for projects during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County — Charlotte Arts — is Charlotte  County’s only “united arts” agency. Charlotte Arts celebrates and supports all artists — visual arts, performing arts, and humanities — as well as cultural organizations and businesses.

Grants were received by teachers at half of the public schools in Charlotte County, including three high schools, three middle schools and five elementary schools

These projects will involve more than 8,300 students.

  • Performing Arts Class Tech Equipment, $435, Murdock Middle School
  • Artist Trading Cards for an Emerging Art Community, $692, East Elementary School
  • STEAM Family Night, $950, Myakka River Elementary School
  • Math and Art Make the World Go Around! $390, Murdock Middle School
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall, $449, Charlotte High School
  • The Addams Family Musical Collaborative Stagecraft, $379, Punta Gorda Middle School
  • Readers of the Arts, $999. Myakka River Elementary School
  • History of Art in Jazz, $689, Punta Gorda Middle School
  • Sculptures of a Human Head, $400, Port Charlotte High School
  • Ceramics and the Scientific Method, $392, Sallie Jones Elementary School
  • Create, Publish, & Perform, $391, Punta Gorda Middle School
  • The Music Supply Project, $400, Punta Gorda Middle School
  • Can You Spot the Leopard? African Masks, $399, Meadow Park Elementary School
  • Micropipette Art, $942, Lemon Bay High School
  • Art Therapy Garden, $93, L.A. Ainger Middle School

“Charlotte County Public Schools are truly appreciative of the work that Charlotte Arts has done to increase motivation, participation, and engagement through arts education.  These grants allow thousands of students to try new projects because of the support from the Arts Council,” explains Curriculum Specialist Ellen Harvey of Charlotte County School District.

Charlotte Arts grants awarded total $127,195, providing arts and cultural programs to more than 40,000 students.