Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Benande Earth & Green Platter, Sea Grape Gallery

Bonnie Benande

During the months of May and June our 3D featured artist is clay artist Bonnie Benande, who has been creating pottery since 1978.  Bonnie's pieces are functional as well as artistically beautiful.  She is inspired by the flora and fauna of southwest Florida and often includes plant and ocean motifs in her work.  She uses glazes which suggest the soft, subtle hues of the ocean, and the earthy tones of local vegetation.  Bonnie enjoys creating beautiful, useful art for others to enjoy.Click here to see the artist's work.      
Kapuchinski A Splash of Orchids, Sea Grape Gallery

Susan Kapuchinski

Our featured 2D artist for May and June is oil painter Susan Kapuchinski.  Sue paints a diversity of subject matter, including  scenes from her world travels, as well as local landscapes and seascapes.  She is well known for her delicately beautiful flower paintings.  Sue's work has a soft, impressionist feel, and her goal is to make her artwork sing.Click here to see the artist's work.

 Artists’ Awards

Bev Yakwitt, Crossing the Bar Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Beverly Yankwitt's painting, "Crossing the Bar," won Honorable Mention in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society's Open Aqueous Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, on view until June 7th. 
Joanne Stramara, Hello Spring Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Joanne Stramara

Congratulations to Joanne Stramara, whose painting, "Hello Spring." won an Honorable Mention in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society's Open Aqueous Exhibition being held at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda until June 7th.
Barbara Albin, WCA Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Barbara Albin

Barbara Albin's acrylic painting titled "Unraveling Hope" won a Merit Award in the prestigious Women Contemporary Artists' Spring Juried Exhibition at Chasen Gallery in Sarasota.  Chasen Gallery is located at 1830 Osprey, No.102, Sarasota, and the show runs from April 18th to May 13th, 2019.  Call 941.260.5787 for hours and info. 
J Lindsay Inspiration, Sea Grape Gallery

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay's essay, "What Being an Experimental Artist Means to Me," was selected as the winner in the Society of Experimental Artists' Essay Contest in March.  Jill has been awarded a cash prize to be used to further her studies in the field of experimental art.
Evans, Grape Harvest, Sea Grape Gallery

Loretta Evans

Loretta Evans won Third Place in the Visual Arts Center's March Primavera Show with her stained glass piece, "Grape Harvest."