About Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society
Mission Statement: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda, Florida area
through the beauty of mural art.
The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization whose objectives include the Revitalization, Preservation and Economic Enhancement of our community through the painting of murals that depict the rich history of our area. We have no paid employees and the business of the PGHMS is conducted by a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisers.
In August 2004, Hurricane Charlie roared ashore in Punta Gorda with winds in excess of 160 mph destroying among other things, half of the 20 murals that had been painted since 1995. Through lots of effort and community support, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society has repainted nearly all of the lost murals as well as adding additional ones throughout the community. To date, 28 murals have been painted, proudly depicting the rich history of our area.
Renderings of all of the murals are on display at the Charlotte Harbor Events & Conference Center, the Punta Gorda City Hall the old Punta Gorda Courthouse, and the Charlotte Community Foundation.
We hope you find this website useful and full of good information about our murals and history. We appreciate your continued support.
The History and the Dream
The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society started with Dr. Robert Andrew’s dream to feature historic and educational murals around the City of Punta Gorda. Dr. Andrews contacted the Punta Gorda Business Alliance (forerunner of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce) in 1993 for help in promoting the idea of murals in the historic downtown district. The proposal was an instant hit with the PGBA Board of Directors.
A committee was formed and through a lot of effort, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society was organized in late 1994. Application was made and approved to operate as a 501c(3) tax favored non-profit organization and plans began for the first mural location, theme and artist selection.
The large wall on the south end of what was once the Punta Gorda Mall, located at 115 Tamiami Trial (US 41-North) was identified as a potential site. With support from the mall owner, Wilbur Marvin, painting by the local artist Tom Graham began in January 1995. The mural was finished in September and the dedication took place on October 11, 1995.
The First Mural
In getting City Council approval for this first mural, there was a lot of input from the public regarding the idea of painting murals around town. Some residents were opposed calling it “graffiti” but once the mural was completed, opposition subsided. Subsequent murals brought even more support from the public. Residents now take their guests around town, proudly showing them the murals.
The long term goal of the PGHMS is to continue adding murals to help make Punta Gorda a beautiful and unique community to live in and visit.
Board of directors
- Bob Andrews – Chairman
- Kelly Gaylord – President
- Kim Foss – Vice President
- Frank Mazur – Treasurer
- Judy Martens – Recording Secretary
- Carol Nielsen – Corresponding Secretary
- Chris Clark
- Mary Mazur
- Kelly-Ann Munroe
- Flo Norsell
- Marki Raposa