The Peace River National Art Festival (PRNAF) is Charlotte County's premiere outdoor juried fine arts show. The 10th annual PRNAF returns to Laishley Park on March 18 & 19, 2017 from 9am - 4pm. There will be plenty of free parking at the Justice center and adjacent parking lots.
The festival is the Visual Arts Center's only outdoor festival and we are proud to receive outstanding support from the City of Punta Gorda and Boulderbrook Productions to ensure a successful event each year.
Nearly 100 nationally recognized juried artists represent various mediums including art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, stone sculptures and watercolor, Live music and an eclectic array of food and beverages complement the art show and create an immersive cultural experience. The two day event draws over 8,000 visitors from Charlotte County and the surrounding areas.
The annual Peace River National Arts Festival began in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Charley devastated Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. What began as a fund raiser to repair the Visual Arts Center facility has continued supporting the arts in Punta Gorda over the past decade as our signature fundraiser.
Many artists travel to this event and need a place to stay for the weekend. If you would like to host a visiting artist, please download the homeowner form HERE.
If you're a visiting artist who needs a place to stay, please download the Artist form HERE.
Gina Battle is a self-taught abstract artist who aims to remain a relevant part of the arts community. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts/Speech & Communications and studied design & photography at Fashion Industries High School in NYC. Her migration into expressionism abstraction painting has provided Gina a sense of freedom in expressing herself. Her unique, non-traditional approach is not singular in thought or concept, but based on pure emotion and what's happening in any given moment along her life journey. “The buyer is very lucky. Her work is special,” said H. W. Goldson. For Gina, one of the most thrilling aspects of painting is waiting to see what will happen to her blank canvas.
Gina’s work has been sold nationally and internationally. She has been featured on the cover of Harbor Style Magazine and Gulf Coast Woman Magazine. She has been featured in several articles in The Charlotte County Florida Weekly news magazine and Focus of SW FL Magazine. She was recently featured in the Charlotte County Florida Weekly 2016 – ‘BEST OF’ Special Annual Edition. She donates her time and art to various community organizations, including the Charlotte Community Foundation Marketing Committee, and is a proud member of the Visual Arts Center and the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County.
Growing up in an artistic family, Lise Lindsay was always encouraged to create. She majored in fine arts when starting college, but in the 1970’s, computer programming proved to be much more lucrative. After earning degrees in computer science and accounting, she spent decades driving a desk, but dreamt about the day when she could focus on art. Creativity now drives her and her focus is fused glass. She loves its color, reflection, dimension, and challenge of working with heat and glass. Varying temperatures, thicknesses, and the reactive qualities of glass components can produce spectacular results.
Lise’s work includes abstract glass panels and imaginative functional pieces. By combining layers of opaque and transparent glass, metals, powders, paint, and other components, she attempts to achieve deep and ethereal images.
Lise is primarily self-taught in the art of glass, but she has also studied with many well-known glass artists including Kari Smoller-Minnick, Kate MacLeod, Richard LaLonde, Tanya Viet, Morgan Madison, Gail Stouffer, and Barbara Becker Simon. She is constantly researching and experimenting with ways to express herself with a complex medium. Lise lives and creates full time in beautiful Punta Gorda, Florida and her work can be found at SeaGrape Gallery and the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
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