The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society is a non-profit organization formed to revitalize, preserve and enhance the community through painting murals that depict the history of the area. The society has painted murals on various downtown buildings in the city of Punta Gorda, FL. The society was formed in late 1994 with the first mural painted in 1995 on a large blank wall of a former shopping center located on U.S. 41. There were more than 90 murals painted over the years, but hurricane Charley in 2004 destroyed many of them.
To learn more about the Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society and to view some of the magnificent murals, visit their web site at http://www.puntagordamurals.com/index.html. There are photos of each mural along with a description and the date it was dedicated. There is a downtown walking tour map highlighting the location of the murals. Renderings of the murals are also on display at the Punta Gorda City Hall and the Charlotte Harbor Events and Conference Center.
You can help support the society by joining the Friends of the Mural Society or by making a donation. They also have a Facebook page you can “like.” See their events calendar for upcoming fundraisers and events to help support the society and the creation of new murals. The cost for each mural ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on size and complexity.
Enjoy a video tour of the murals of Punta Gorda on You Tube by Punta Gorda TV at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FNupDjI9Fk.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL