By Saturday morning, the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda was jam-packed with masterpieces of the county’s youngest aspiring artists.

Charlotte County’s elementary teachers made a special trip to the VAC to hang their students’ best pieces in the gallery for friends and family admire.

Myakka River Elementary School fifth-grade student Sofia Troshuk was there with her family to see her drawing of Koi fish hanging in the gallery. After weeks of working on her piece, Sofia was finally able to see it in a show.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said, containing her excitement to just a few words.

East Elementary School student Isabella Frankoletti was able to show off her painting, a simple piece painted from what she thinks her perspective of forest trees would look like.


“I like to draw and sketch, but she likes to steal my sketchbook sometimes,” Isabella said, pointing to her little sister.

The artwork was in the company of proud parents through the afternoon.

VAC Executive Director Janet Watermeier is glad to host an event that showcases students’ natural talents.

“It gives us a glance into the future of art and the incredible talent of our young artists at every level,” Watermeier told The Daily Sun. “The skill and attention to detail provides reassurance that visual art will continue to be important and relevant for our future generations. It also gives us a chance to connect with some incredible art teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students.”

Gallery viewing remains open through April 30 during VAC regular exhibit hours; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda.

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