Call for Artists: National Art Exhibition

12th Biennial National Art Exhibition
February 7 – March 25, 2020 | Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts
Entry into NAE is open until midnight on December 15, 2019. Notification by email will occur in early January.

This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media. Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting and pastel. All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at (use of JAS is free for applicants).

Submit Application to 2020 National Art Exhibition HERE

The total prize money will be in excess of $8,000.

The 2020 Juror Dawn Emerson is an internationally known pastel artist, art instructor and author. Ms. Emerson’s work has been featured in many national exhibits, and is available through Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon. She is sought after as an artist, art judge, workshop instructor, and inspiring demonstrator. Visit our website to learn more.

“Pastel Innovations” Workshop: Dawn Emerson will present a two-day workshop for all levels on February 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more at Visual Arts Center.

Auditions for “Mama Won’t Fly”

Charlotte Players Rehearsal Hall on Sunday. August 25 and Monday, August 26 at 7:00 PM

Mama Won’t Fly is an outrageously hilarious race against the clock that begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama’s vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced that traveling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues.


Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health — Florida Conference Sept. 23-24, 2019

With the overarching goal of creating stronger and healthier communities through the arts, this conference is intended to connect people working and thinking at the intersections of the arts, public health, and community development.

The event is a part of Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, a national initiative designed to accelerate collaboration among the arts, public health, and community development sectors.

Conference Goals

CONVENE professionals from the arts, public health and community development sectors

SHARE impactful program and practice models

GENERATE dialogue around key issues that limit health and wellbeing, including but not limited to, social isolation, equity, collective trauma, wellbeing and access to the arts

PROVOKE ideation, innovation and solutions to these issues

STIMULATE new partnerships between the arts, public health and community development sectors in Florida and in the United States

Who Should Attend?

• Artists, arts professionals, arts educators and arts researchers
• Public health, community health, healthcare, social services and human services professionals, educators and researchers
• Community builders, community development professionals, planners, architects
• Social change agents and advocates
• Educators, researchers, funders and policy-makers in the arts, health and community development sectors


Learn more and register.

National Art Exhibition Entries by Dec. 15

12th Biennial
National Art Exhibition
February 7 to March 25, 2020 | Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts

Entry into NAE begins July 10 and continues through midnight on December 15, 2019

All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at (use of JAS is free for applicants).

Artist notification will be made by email in early January. If accepted into the 2020 NAE, you will receive further instructions by email regarding receiving and other important information.

This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media. Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting and pastel. The work must have been completed in the last three years and cannot have been accepted into the Visual Arts Center’s 2018 National Art Exhibition. Computer-generated art, photography, glass and fiber/fabric art are not eligible. Artwork from any state or country is eligible for entry.

Important Dates in 2019
• July 10: Online entry begins
• December 15: Online entry closes at midnight
• Notification by email will occur in early January

Important Dates in 2020
• Receiving for shipped artwork, January 29, 30 & 31
• Receiving for hand-delivered work January 31 and February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center
• February 7: Exhibit opens to the public
• February 13: Awards Reception at the Visual Arts Center
• March 25: Last day of Exhibit
• March 26 & 27: Pick up hand-delivered work from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center; return shipping begins

Donate photographs of wildlife to Peace River Wildlife Center by Aug. 10

The Peace River Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Its mission is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and educate the public. In 2018, the center admitted more than 2,500 patients and has more than 100 permanent wildlife residents on educational display.

The Center created calendars in 2018 and 2019 to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. Thanks to guidance provided by many people, the 2020 calendar will feature donated images.

Will you please consider donating up to five photographs for possible use in the 2020 calendar?

Important things to remember:

  • Because Peace River Wildlife Center is creating this calendar, the calendar will only feature images of wildlife native to Florida. Priority may be given to animals that are treated at the Center.
  • Any photograph of native wildlife taken any time anywhere by anyone may be submitted. Because the calendar will showcase the diversity of wildlife found near the Center, we recommend that you only submit one image of the same subject. For example, don’t submit five images of an eagle as only one large image will likely be of an eagle.
  • A large image will be featured above each month and maybe elsewhere. Each of these images will be printed at nearly 12” wide x 9” high. The resolution must be about 300 dpi at that size. If you force this resolution, no one will be happy with how they look in the printed calendar. We also ask that images not be altered except for cropping or adjusting the exposure.
  • Several images will placed throughout the calendar. These images are much smaller so the resolution does not have to be as high.
  • We anticipate 2,000 calendars will be printed and distributed free, probably in November 2019.
  • The photographer of each image will be acknowledged by their name, business name or contact information, whatever is provided as long as it doesn’t exceed 50 characters. As a thank you, a few calendars will be provided to each person whose work is featured.

By August 10, if you are willing to donate your photograph(s), please complete the short release form that follows. You may upload images to the release form or you may send them by email to or you may use a file transfer service of your choice. If you provide the images by email or file transfer service, be sure to provide your name so that the images can be tied to your release form. The online release form must be completed no matter how you provide your images. (You can return to your response and edit it but that means cookies must be removed from the computer if more than one person wishes to submit images. Once this is done, the computer will not allow the first person to edit that set of responses.)

Please spread the word to others you think may have an interest in supporting this project.

Thank you for helping the Peace River Wildlife Center create a 2020 calendar to educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the Center.

Classes and Workshops

Charlotte Arts adds classes and workshops members add to the email released every other Friday as well as to its online cultural calendar if the day and time are known.
Two members currently offer classes and workshops on demand.

Charlotte Arts Member Nancy Thomas

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.


North Port Art Center Classes

5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port

Classes offered range from Photoshop to pottery to painting and more.


Visual Arts Center Members’ Showcase Call to Artists


The Member’s Showcase

Receiving Friday June 28, 9am-Noon

Visual Arts Center

210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda

Cost: 20+

For more info visit or call 941.639.8810

The Member’s showcase provides an excellent opportunity to display your best work – Anything goes! Artwork may have won VAC awards or could have been created years ago. All 2D and 3D media will be accepted.

This exhibit is open to VAC members only. Entry fee is $30. Minimum 3 entries. Both the Main Gallery and Goff Gallery will be used as exhibit space. There will be 50 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis, assigned by lottery at receiving.

Download a prospectus from

What’s YOUR Story Writing Contest

Mid-County Public Library has launched a new writing contest called What’s YOUR Story?

What’s YOUR Story? A chance for Charlotte County’s diverse community to share fictional, short stories inspired by photos. Stories can be based far in the future, set in the past or developing right now – written on a single-spaced one page submission emailed to or dropped off at the Mid-County Regional Library (2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. Port Charlotte, FL 33952).

Both Kids + Adults Prizes (awarded separately): 1st place $75 2nd place $50 3rd place $25 + Top 3 Honorable Mentions (Free 1 year Membership with The Friends of the Library).

Contest Starts: June 1, 2019

Contest Deadline: July 31, 2019

Winners Announced: August 2019

Charlotte Players auditions for Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore

Auditions for Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore will be held on Sunday and Monday March 17 and 18 at 7 pm both nights at Charlotte Players, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte, FL. No experience necessary. Show runs from May 17-25 in the Langdon Playhouse.

Director Jenni Elliott will be looking for 4 or 5 men and 3 women to play 8 roles.

Characterizations are attached.

Any questions please call 255-1022 10 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri.

Jack Benny’s Not 39 Any More


NORMAN BENDER:  72 years old.  Feisty, always scheming to get rich quick.  Accent:  Jewish New York

EDNA BENDER:  70 years old.  Norman’s wife of 40 years.  Tolerant of his eccentricities but willing to go toe-to-toe with him when necessary.  Accent:  Jewish New York

ROSEMARIE DICARLO:  70 year-old attractive widow.  Edna’s new friend and next door neighbor.  Accent:  New York Italian

MARCIE SILVERMAN:  Norman and Edna’s divorced daughter, a fiftyish attractive lawyer.  Accent:  Jewish New York

RAYMOND DICARLO:  Rosemarie’s divorced son, a fiftyish attractive lawyer. Accent:  New York Italian

HARRY CONNEGHY:  72 years old.  Retired sock magnate who was married only to his career.  Accent:  New York

RABBI TEITLEBAUM:  95 years old.  He drifts in and out of reality.  Accent:  Jewish New York

JUDGE KRAUTHAMMER:  Any age.  Authoritarian and quirky.  Accent:  Jewish New York

Note:  Rabbi Teitlebaum and Judge Krauthammer can be played by the same actor.