Bion Cantorum seeking singers: Rehearsals begin May 10

Bion Cantorum, a non-profit vocal ensemble, is seeking singers at all levels for its July 4 concert. Rehearsals start May 10. Must be able to read music and blend with other voices. Some solo work may be needed. Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda (25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda). All concerts are at 3 p.m. on Sundays. For further information, contact Jean Finks at 941-626-1070, Joan Byron at 941-661-1553 or Denny Ausman at 941-204-2900. (The March 13 concert has been cancelled.)

Bion Cantorum is looking for singers

Bion Cantorum, a non-profit singing ensemble, is looking for singers in all voice ranges, to perform in three concerts on November 20, 2021, March 6, 2022 and July 3, 2022.  Singers should be able to read music, blend well and be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Masks are optional.  Rehearsals are at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.  Our first concert is “A New Beginning” and will feature Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas choral pieces.  Our guest soloist will be Ann Alton, former principal cellist of Punta Gorda Symphony.  Our Musik Director will be Dennis Ausman and our accompanist will be Jane Schroeder.  For further information contact Jean Finks, President at 941-626-1070.

Getty Museum Challenge: Artworks Recreated with Household Items

Getty Museum Challenge: Artworks Recreated with Household Items

The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting. Browse any online Getty Museum collection or other free great online collections, including LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walters, the National Gallery, or do your own online search. Learn more.

Shown above: Irises, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh, at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Re-creation by Cara Jo O’Connell and family using Play Doh, carrots, and wooden beads.

An Inspiration for Everyone

“We love you, everybody loves you.

You’re loved by millions of people you’ll never meet.

You’re not a stranger to anyone.

These flowers are from everyone.”

— Michael Gittes


On July 26, Michael Gittes was featured on the television program Sunday Morning. Michael, an artist from Los Angeles, had painted a flower for each of the 1,800 employees at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. The non-profit hospital was selected because its intensive care unit is treating coronavirus patients in an underserved community.

Watch the Sunday Morning interview


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 County Centennial: Request for articles by Sept. 30

Tthere will be no official county centennial book so I’ve decided to publish such a book, and I’m asking for your help.

I envision a different kind of commemorative book, a people’s history that will showcase both behind the scenes contributors to our community and culture and the men and women who were a part of the big things that shaped and defined our county. Please see the attached cover.

I’ve been here for 20 years. As a journalist I covered history daily. As a book publisher I’ve published my share of local history, working with legends such as the late Vernon Peeples. .

But I’d be remiss to think I could tell this story alone. Many of the authors whose books about the county I’ve published have agreed to provide excerpts. Other authors have contributed excerpts from their books that feature our county in some form or fashion. And I’m also enlisting experts in their fields to help flesh out the story of the county. From Sandi Witzke, the historian of the Charlotte County Garden Club to chroniclers of the community like Diana Harris, Fran Desguin, Lynn Harrell, and Mike Haymans, I’m asking people who know and are proud of their field of expertise and heritage to step forward.

Write an essay, send me a photo with a good caption, or just direct me to the old guy or woman who knows everything.

I’m been asking businesses to tell their stories. Teri Ashley, the Chamber executive, for example, has agreed to write a history of that organization.

In this time of plague, I’m using Zoom to conduct interviews. If you or someone you know would be interested in such an interview, send me an email. I’ll also be contributing the oral histories that result from those interviews to the county’s centennial Facebook page. The deadline for all submissions is Sept. 30. I plan to release the book during the first week of December.

Please help me. I’m not asking for money or a martini (although that would be nice), just your stories. Help me make this a true people’s history.


James Abrahamm (

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

The Library of Congress National Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 20th annual festival will be held online Sept. 25 to 27.

The interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” will feature new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. Virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes, and book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose, with a limited number of commemorative book plates signed by authors.

Visit their website for more details.