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.

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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.

Visual Arts Center: Two-Part Photography Event

Visual Arts Center Calling All Photography Enthusiasts! PARADISE: Two-Part Photography Event Starts March 17
Part 1: Pictures in Paradise Photographic Exhibit
Submit your photographic masterpiece and compete for prizes in a “Photo Only” Exhibit at the VAC March 31 – April 24. Pictures in Paradise will feature photography on display in the Main Gallery March 31 – April 24. Both members and non-members are welcome to enter. Receiving for Pictures in Paradise will be March 29, 9am – 12pm in the Main Gallery. Before entering the exhibit, please Download a prospectus.
Part 2: “A Week in Paradise” Online Photographic Event Open to All!
Participate in a National Online Digital Event . . . Digitally submit your best 3 photos taken 3/17-3/23, from anywhere, depicting your “Paradise”. One photo will be selected for a digital photo display in the Paradise Photography Exhibit March 31 – April 24, on the VAC Website, and printed in a hard cover Photo Book. The public is invited to a Reception and awards ceremony for both exhibits Thursday, April 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Download the PDF Handout.
A Week in Paradise digital photography exhibit will be featured on display at, plus alongside Pictures in Paradise at The Visual Arts Center March 31 – April 24 at the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda, FL. Photographers anywhere in the world are invited to join the exhibition. Online registration will remain open until midnight on March 23.
Photographs for the event must be taken during the week of March 17 – 23.  Original photographs taken during the week should represent whatever you consider “Your Paradise”, whether in Southwest Florida or anywhere. Pick your best 3 photos from the week and submit them by email March 17 – 23 to by no later than midnight on Saturday, March 23.
All photos submitted must be highest quality .jpeg format but no larger than 5MB each. A panel of judges will review the entries and select one photograph from each photographer for entry into the exhibition and printed photo book.
The Selected photos will be featured on a revolving screen in the “Pictures in Paradise” photo exhibit at the Visual Arts Center March 31 – April 24. They will also be displayed online in a revolving digital display at and printed in a book, available for purchase in the VAC Gift Shop and online. By entering this event, the photographer agrees to release the rights of the submitted photographs for display in the Visual Arts Center and on its website, for use as marketing material for the event and for publication in an event book that will be sold.
The following Prizes will be awarded for A Week in Paradise: Best of Show: $200, Excellence Award: $50, Merit Award(s).

Artists tables available at North Port Art Center’s Arts on the Green

North Port Art Center: Arts on the Green

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port

Visit with artists, see their wonderful one of a kind art available for purchase. Jazz entertainment and refreshments will be available. This event is a joint effort with the City of North Port and others.

*Artist tables are available. Call 941-423-6460 or stop by the Art Center at 5950 Sam Shapos Way.

Lemon Bay Playhouse Open auditions for “Old Love” and “’Til Beth Do Us Part”

Open Auditions at Lemon Bay Playhouse (96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223)

The Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for two upcoming play productions at 7:00 pm on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25, 2019, at the Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The plays are “Old Love” by Norm Foster and “’Til Beth Do Us Part” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooton. Check in at the Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood for the auditions. The audition for the show you choose will be held in the Playhouse or in the Annex.

“Old Love” will be directed by Jack Rabito and runs from April 24 through May 12, 2019. It calls for a cast of four female and three male actors. “The story spans three decades and half a dozen meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife. One of them is smitten from the very first meeting — the other, let’s just say — less so. The story is straightforward, easy to follow and funny, often very funny. Canada’s pre-eminent comic playwright, Norm Foster, has written a clever and witty dialogue celebrating the pursuit of love, the kind of love that ‘makes you breathe just a little bit faster.’ Charmingly written … Foster’s use of one-liner’s serve the script well and has the audience smiling, chuckling and laughing throughout the entire play.” —THE HUB

“’Til Beth Do Us Part” will be directed by Ron Bupp and runs from June 5 through June 23, 2019. It calls for a cast of four female and two male actors. In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby — a washed-up weatherman who no longer makes his marriage a priority but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been. In comes Beth, Suzannah’s sprightly Southern assistant, and just in time for Suzannah’s boss Celia Carmichael to fly in for an impromptu business meeting. Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy.

For more details about the auditions please visit our website at or contact the box office. Scripts and sides are available for perusal on our website (sides only) or at the box office between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm weekdays. To confirm the scripts and sides are available, and for additional information, call the box office at 941-475-6756.

Call to Artists by March 5: North Port, Florida

Call to Artists – North Port, Florida
Native Florida Waterbird Sculpture at the Southeast corner of Price Blvd. & Sumter Blvd.

Location: Northeast Corner of Price Blvd and Sumter Rd
Budget: $10,000.00
Submission Deadline: March 5, 2019

This call is open to all artists who are permanent or part-time residents of FL working in any three-dimensional medium. The artwork must include a native, Florida bird (e.g. blue heron, roseate spoonbill, sand hill crane, etc.) Bird candidates can be found on The Florida Ornithological Society website;
Proposals for outdoor work need to include materials and designs that are durable enough to last through potentially severe and hazardous weather, including tropical activity and high winds over a long course of time without extensive maintenance. Final installations must meet all current applicable codes. UV-resistant and rust resistant materials should be used. Artworks should be constructed to reasonably discourage theft and vandalism and must take into consideration the ground surrounding the piece. Include plans for nighttime lighting.
*Please Note: The proposed artwork(s) is/are intended to be installed permanently. The$10,000 budget is a “project budget” and is used for all related costs to the project including the artist’s stipend, fabrication, and delivery to North Port, FL. The work of art will be maintained and owned by the City of North Port, North Port, FL.

Selection Criteria:
Participating artists must have reached a certain level of expertise and recognition in their medium. Their CV/resume should illustrate and include that the artist has completed other public commissions on a similar scale.

Project Timeline

Deadline for Submission: 3/5/19
Artist Notification: 4/30/19
Art Completion: 11/30/19

All proposals must be submitted to no later than 11:59 pm, March 5, 2019. There is no application fee. Incomplete or incorrectly formatted applications will not be considered.


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.