Thanks to the efforts of TEAM Punta Gorda, the Visual Arts Center, the Arts & Humanities Council, the City of Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, a working artists' studio and gallery, the Artisans' Atelier, is now located at the Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda. Click here to see photos of the atelier opening ceremonies.
A team of artists, gallery owners, local art organizations and art lovers planned and assessed the needs of artists for studio and gallery space and identified the Herald Court Centre as affordable and centrally located. This is a secure, affordable venue where artists can create, exhibit and sell their work. The artists must commit to working 18 of the 36 hours the atelier is open. “What has really been cool about this project is how so many people and groups worked together to make it happen,” said Clarisa Parodi, chair of the TEAM Punta Gorda Artisans’ Atelier Committee. “In addition to the many groups who provided funding, we are grateful to Owen Ames Kimball, TLC Engineering and Alliance Design Group, PA who donated countless hours to assure the success of the project.”
The 15 spaces at the atelier are occupied by a variety of artists representing numerous types of media including writers, two and three-dimensional artists and jewelry designers.
Current hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and until 8 pm on Gallery Walk, the 3rd Thursday of the month. Jerry Presseller of the Downtown Merchants Association is the manager of the Atelier. Artists interested in renting space at the Atelier should contact Jerry at 941-391-4856.