Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by Bonnie Benande

Bonnie Benande

During the months of July & August, our 3D feature artist will be potter Bonnie Benande.  Bonnie has been creating pottery since 1978, and focuses on creating pieces that are functional as well as beautiful.  Her work includes vases, pitchers, and bowls and plates of various shapes and sizes.  Her napkin rings and fan pulls are very popular items in the Gallery.  Many of Bonnie's pieces reflect forms found in nature, such as shells, marine life, and leaves, and are glazed in soft blue-greens and earth tones. Click here to see the artist's work.
Keith Johnson_Joes Crab Shack, Sea Grape Gallery

Keith Johnson

Our featured 2D artist for July and August is watercolorist Keith Johnson.  Keith is an accomplished artist who paints mostly en plein air.  He enjoys the challenges of quickly capturing the essence of a local scene, and works in a loose, painterly style.  Keith's paintings have won many awards, and his works are in collections across the country. Click here to see the artist's work.

 Artists’ Awards

Moran Year of the Girl, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Kitt Moran won First Place with her oil painting, "Year of the Girl," in the Visual Art Center's July/August Color: Bold, Bright, and Beautiful show on view until August 24th.
J Lindsay Award, Inspiration, Sea Grape Gallery

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay won Second Merit for her piece, "Inspired" at the Color: Bold, Bright, and Beautiful show on view at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda during the months of July and August.
Albin Award, Second Chance, Sea Grape Gallery

Barbara Albin

Barbara Albin's piece "Second Chance" was awarded First Merit in the Visual Art Center's July/August Color: Bold, Bright, and Beautiful show.
Krasny, VAC Fourth Merit, Sea Grape Gallery copy

Sue Krasny

Sue Krasny's painting, "Summer Hideaway," won 4th Merit Award in the Visual Arts Center's July Members' Showcase.
Lindsay First Prize, VAC Members Show, Sea Grape Gallery

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay won First Prize at the Visual Art Center's July Members' Showcase with her mixed media piece "Innocence."  Jill also won the People's Choice Award for her flamingo painting, "Reflect," in the VAC's June show, "Water, Water, Everywhere."
Stramara Water Lilies, Sea Grape Gallery

Joanne Stramara, One Woman Show

Joanne's one-woman show at the Venice Art Center Satellite Gallery, Jacaranda Trace, 3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL, will have an opening reception on July 10th from 3-4:30 pm.  The show will be on view during the months of July, August, and September.  Don't miss a chance to see Joanne's imaginative and colorful artwork!
Yankwitt VAC Members' Show Third Prize, Sea Grape Gallery

Bev Yankwitt

Bev Yankwitt won Third Prize in the Visual Art Cemter's July Members' Showcase with "Savannah Buffalo," a painting inspired by her African Safari trip.
Moran VAC Bowles Portrait Award, Members Show, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Kitt Moran won the Bowles Portrait Award at the Visual Art Center's July Members' Show with her oil painting, "Apple Picking."
Giffin Opposites Attract in Brown, Sea Grape GalleryJPG

Nancy & Bill Giffin

Nancy & Bill Giffin recently won Third Place in the Southwest Florida Craft Guild's May exhibit "Monochromatic-One Color" with their basket entry "Opposites Attract in Brown."
Cheryl McClure VAC Photography Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Cheryl McClure

Cheryl won the "Excellence Award" at the Visual Art Center's "A Week in Your Paradise" online photo exhibit with her photo of a cute frog entitled "Ribbit, Ribbit."  The online show and the VAC's Goff Gallery Photography Show both took place during the month of May.