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.

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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.

Call for Articles from Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc.

Do you have a story or photo for the Geneagram? We welcome articles on any subject related to genealogy, including family stories, research ideas, and stories of your travels in search of ancestors. We must have permission to reprint anything that has previously been published in print or on the Internet. Photos are great additions to any story. Sometimes a photo is a story by itself, with an appropriate caption. The deadline for the September issue is Sunday, August 26. Send articles to Julia McIntyre, Editor of The Geneagram, at