Artsensation returns Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, to the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center to celebrate 20 years of the festival. Presented by the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, the event is open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Local artists, performers, writers and cultural organizations will meet with guests and discuss their work. Admission is free. Outside, performers will entertain with dancing, performing, and singing. Scheduled to appear are the Panther Chorus from Peace River Elementary School, students from Higher Ground Performing Arts Company, and Punta Gorda Middle School's Chorus and Band and the Charlotte Chorale. After a few year’s absence, the Charlotte County Jazz Society returns to the Artsensation stage. Inside, check out the best local entertainers including Amanda Segur, manager of the Cultural Center Theater and consummate performer, who will thrill the audience with her variety of styles. Twelve year old powerhouse Marcella Brown will be there as well as performing sensation Kathleen Candales. Valerie Sneade and Ed Loder return and the Council hopes he will entertain the crowd with his Johnny Cash repertoire. In the main room, exhibitors will run the gamut of disciplines. There will be cultural organizations such as the Visual Arts Center with its potters demonstrating, the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte County Library, and Peace River Woodturners will demonstrate turning on a lathe. Find visual artists demonstrating and selling their paintings, jewelry, sculpture, note cards - all great holiday gifts. Local galleries such as Sea Grape Artists Gallery will have displays and local authors will be onsite to discuss their books and the process of getting published. A hands-on children’s area will keep the little ones entertained with an art project to indulge their creativity. Galactic Bounce House will be there as well as artist and face painter Tayla Karys. The Third Annual Artsensation Plein Air Art Contest will take place throughout downtown Punta Gorda. Artists from around the county will paint in the sunshine between 9 a.m. and noon. At 1 p.m., their works will be judged with $500 being awarded for first prize. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of artwork. People’s Choice is a $100 prize. For information about how to participate, contact 941 764-8100 or email charlottearts@daystar.net. Image Source: The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County