The Andreae Group Loves Punta Gorda’s Art Community


Local children learn pottery at the Visual Arts Center

Local children learn pottery at the Visual Arts Center

Not every small town has a strong art community.

Punta Gorda is fortunate.

So, when Luke Andreae heard Punta Gorda’s Visual Arts Center had launched a campaign to raise money for building repairs, he was happy to have the Andreae Group donate $1000.00.

The Visual Arts Center has long been a hub of artist activity in Punta Gorda. The Center’s history stretches back to the 1960s when a group of local artists came together to form the Charlotte County Art Guild, Inc.

In the 1980s, the idea for a building where artists could gather to learn and show their art was born. The building officially opened in November 1989.

The center offers visual art instruction for students of all ages and levels. In addition, it hosts the Peace River National Arts festival, an outdoor juried show which sees crowds of over 10,000 people ever year.

The Visual Arts Center 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign hopes to raise $400,000 for necessary building repairs and refurbishments.

In a press release, Thalia St. Lewis, President of the Visual Arts Center board thanked the Andreae Group, “Your generosity will help insure that The Visual Arts Center will continue to be the place where residents from Charlotte County and the surrounding areas can explore, create, and share their talents through the visual arts.”

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