Save Art Space

My name is Travis Rix, co-founder of SaveArtSpace, a nonprofit organization for Public Art and Community Activism.
Since 2015, we have exhibited 118 artists on 138 billboards or similar advertising spaces, in 8 major US cities. We are excited to offer this new opportunity to your community, and would be honored to invite you and your organization to be involved in our public art programming.
Save Art Space provides local Florida artists the opportunity to have their artwork displayed on billboards in their neighborhood or in Miami, for at least one month. For more information and to submit, please visit
We invite you to share our open call with your artists and art communities. We look forward to saving space for art across Florida.

Artist opportunity for Tampa Bay Rays Artist Print Series

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies are partnering with Creative Pinellas to launch a series of prints designed by artists in Tampa Bay, to celebrate our MLB and USL teams and to honor the authentic, unique culture of our region. The goal of the project is to create a series of fun, unique prints that bring artists and fans together around a community-oriented, accessible art collectible. We are looking for each artist to create a piece that represents their own style, perspective and interpretation of the Rays/Rowdies brand.

Artists from Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota counties are invited to submit an application to be selected as the designer for a print in the series.

Artist Compensation: $1,000 + other exciting benefits to be announced

Application Deadline March 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Learn more at Please include CV, link to website/social media and 3-5 samples of your previous work with your application. A panel of artists, curators and other professionals will select the artists who will be invited to create the poster designs. You do not need to submit ideas for prints to apply.

Prints will be created for the following games:


Series Dates — Opponent — Theme

May 10 – 12 — New York Yankees — Throwback/Devil Rays

(throwback uniforms will be worn on 05/11)

June 14 – 16 — Los Angeles Angels — Pride

July 4 – 7 — New York Yankees — Independence Day

August 3 – 4 — Miami Marlins — Citrus Series

September 5 – 8 — Toronto Blue Jays — Latinx Heritage

September 20 – 22 — Boston Red Sox — Artist’s Choice


August 24 — Memphis USL

If you would like more information, email

Writers invited to read on radio

Writers on the Air Radio Show
Every Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m.
WKDW 97.5 FM and online at
WKDW Radio invites all writers to read three minutes of their family-friendly poetry, short stories or novel. Sign up at 2:30 any Sunday at Common Grounds Meeting Hall (12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port), to read during a live broadcast from 3 to 4 p.m.

The public is welcome to the station’s BYOB listening room during the taping. Cost: Free. Info: Linda Schell at (941) 223-1262. Check for cancellations on Writers on the Air Facebook page.

Free educational programs

Charlotte Arts is pleased to sponsor Tech4Good-Charlotte County programs.  TechSoup NetSquared‘s goal is to create strong, self-sufficient communities of practice where people can come together to share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate around using technology for social benefit. All who are somehow affiliated with a nonprofit are welcome. You do not need to live or work in Charlotte County to participate.

Upcoming free programs at Babcock Ranch The Hatchery begin at 6:30 p.m.:

o Nov. 14, 2018: Gutenberg, The Future of WordPress is Now
o Dec. 12, 2018: Google Ad Grants (up to $10,000) for Nonprofits
o Jan. 9, 2019: Inclusive Technology: Working with and Serving Senior Audiences

Learn more and RSVP at

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.

Call for Actors by Charlotte Players

Auditions for the Charlotte Players production of Arsenic and Old Lace will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, and Monday, Sept. 17, at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center (1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte). Ian Bisset, who is directing this classic of American theater, is seeking adult actors of all ages. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. both days.

The farcical black comedy revolves around the Brewster family, which includes a pair of spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men, a brother who think he’s Teddy Roosevelt and another brother on the run for murder. Nephew Mortimer Brewster has to deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police while keeping his fiancé, Elaine, from discovering the truth.

The play was written by Joseph Kesselring in 1939 and debuted on Broadway in 1941. Many will remember the 1944 film version directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as Mortimer and Priscilla Lane as Elaine, with Jean Adair and Josephine Hull as the wacky aunts.

The New York Times said the play was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The Players’ version will come to the Langdon Playhouse in November. Tickets are on sale now and available at or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Three Opportunities for Artists with DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council

Arcadia Plein Air Paint-Out: Saturday, November 10, 2018. Registration is now open. Artists may paint anywhere within the City of Arcadia or DeSoto County. Pre-paint date is Saturday, October 27, 2018. Michelle Held’s spontaneous personality, enthusiasm for art and 24-years as a working artist in Sarasota makes her a discerning judge. Advance registration deadline is October 26, 2018. Register online at, or send your contact info and check for $30 to DAHC, P O Box 2451, Arcadia FL, 34265. Advance registrants receive goodie bags. Late registration including the day of the event —$35. First 30 participants receive goodie bags.

Portrait of a Community is a project that captures life in Arcadia through painting, sculpture, photography, and words. Artists will capture people going about their everyday lives at our community partners—businesses, organizations, public offices, city and county departments and more from July 2018 through January 2019. This project is underway now and will culminate in an art show at South Florida State College – DeSoto Campus on February 22 and 23, 2019.

The Second Annual All Florida Cowboy Art Championship will be held on March 6, 2019, in conjunction with the Arcadia All Florida Rodeo. Watch our website for more information.

Learn more at

Call to Painters for the SWFL Annual Juried Painting Exhibit

Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) and the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) are seeking submissions for our annual painting exhibit at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113) on exhibit from Nov. 6, 2018, to Jan. 9, 2019. In celebration of the Rookery Bay’s 40th anniversary, the theme and title of this year’s exhibition is Intersection of Man: People, Planet, and Prosperity. Paintings should reflect and/or express the essence of Florida’s flora and fauna.

Entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. Please review the application closely:

This year’s juror is Megan C. McShane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University. There will be three cash awards, sponsored in part by Cohen & Grigsby. Cohen & Grigsby has generously taken on the role of our top cash awards sponsor and juror honorarium sponsor.

Join the Charlotte Chorale – Celebrate 30 years of quality choral music with the 2018-19 Season

The Charlotte Chorale is seeking new singers to join the Chorale for the upcoming 2018-19 Season.  The Charlotte Chorale is the largest community choir in the area with three major concerts scheduled.  Rehearsals begin in October. This season is the Chorale’s 30th year in Charlotte County. The chorale is currently under the outstanding direction of Dr. William Dederer. All voice parts with prior choral experience are encouraged to contact our membership coordinator, Jean Sutton at 864-420-3146.  Rehearsals are Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church (Quesada Ave, Port Charlotte).

  • Sunday, December 9: A Season of Hope
  • Saturday, March 2: Bach to Bacharach
  • Saturday, April 13: Puttin’ on the Glitz

Each of the three concerts begins at 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center (CPAC, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda). Cost: $65 for the season, $25 a performance for adults; $25 for the season, $10 a performance for students.  Info: or (941) 204-0033.