Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by

February Artist of the Month Jim Beech

Our 2D Artist of the Month for February is Watercolor Artist Jim Beech.  After a career in advertising design and commercial art, Jim focused his creative energy on watercolor painting.  Jim believes in "story-telling subjects" and he especially enjoys painting abandoned buildings, leading the viewer to wonder about the history of the building before it reached its present state.  Boats and scenes from his travels in North America and abroad are other favorite subjects.  Jim enjoys teaching watercolor at the Visual Arts Center and is a proud Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society. Click here to see the artist's work.
Pronko Ursula Fish, Sea Grape Gallery

February Artist of the Month Jan Pronko

Our 3D Artist of the Month for February is Clay Artist Jan Pronko.  Jan is well-known in the area for her popular whimsical stoneware creations of sea life creatures and shore birds.  She often uses components like driftwood and jute to enhance her artwork.  These hand built clay art pieces range from ornaments to sculptures, totems, wall hangings, and plant stakes.  Jan's fertile imagination is evident in all her original creations, and she loves making whimsical art pieces for others to enjoy. Click here to see the artist's work.

 Artists’ Awards

Bev Yankwitt, Brewing, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Congratulations to Beverly Yankwitt,  whose abstract painting "Brewing," was accepted into the Visual Arts Center's biennial National Art Exhibition on view through April 12th.
Nancy Giffin, Zippered, Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Nancy Giffin

Congratulations to Nancy Giffin, who won Merit #2 Award for her gourd piece, "Zippered," at the "Expressions" show of the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, February, 2024.
Barabara Albin, Moving On, Acrylic, 36 x 36, Sea Grape Gallery

Barbara Albin

Barbara Albin's acrylic painting "Moving On" was accepted into  the 14th Biennial National Art Exhibit hosted by the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Out of 562 entries only 122 were chosen for the show. The show will run from Friday, February 16th to Tuesday April 12, 2024. The opening Awards Reception will be February 22, 2024 from 6pm to 9pm.
Bev Yankwitt, Wildfire Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Bev Yankwitt

Congratulations to Bev Yankwitt who won First Place in the January, 2024 "Fire" Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center for her painting, "Wildfire."
Brenda Berdnik, Dinner Time, Sea Grape Gallery

Brenda Berdnik

Brenda Berdnik's sculpture, "Dinnertime" won Second Place in the "Through the Fire" exhibit at the Visual Arts Center, January, 2024.
Kitt Moran Award, Girl on a Swing, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Congratulations to Kitt Moran, whose painting, "Girl on a Swing," won First Place in the Venice Art Center's "Over the Edge" exhibit, January, 2024.
Kitt Moran Award, Year of the Girl, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Kitt Moran's painting, "Year of the Girl," won Second Place in the Bold Brush November, 2023 Art Contest and Exhibition, sponsored by FASO.
Nancy Giffin Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Nancy Giffin

Nancy Giffin's decorative gourd piece won Second Place in Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild's Distinctive Design Exhibit, December, 2023.
Kitt Moran Award, Gold Kimono, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Kitt Moran's painting, "Gold Kimono, won a Merit Award and the People's Choice Award at the Venice Art Center's "Bold & Beautiful" Exhibit on view December 15, 2023 to January 4, 2024.
Bev Yankwitt, Moonlight, Sea Grape Gallery

Bev Yankwitt

Congratulations to Beverly Yankwitt, whose  painting, "Moonlight,'  was accepted into the National Watercolor Society's online International Exchange Exhibition, January,  2024.
Bev Yankwitt, My Summer Garden, Sea Grape Gallery

Bev Yankwitt

Beverly Yankwitt's painting, "My Summer Garden," won a Merit Award in the Visual Arts Center's Members' Showcase, August, 2023.
Bev Yankwitt, Apples & Oranges,, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Congratulations to Beverly Yankwitt, whose  painting, "Apples & Oranges," was accepted into the National Watercolor Society Annual 103rd International Open Exhibition, held at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California, October 1st to November 5, 2023.
Jim Beech, Winter Wall, Sea Grape Gallery

Jim Beech

Jim Beech won Second Place in the Visual Arts Center's April/May, 2023 "Fresh" Exhibit with his watercolor entry "Winter Wall."
Bev Yankwitt, Welcome Spring, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Congratulations to Beverly Yankwitt, who won First Place in the Visual Arts Center's April/May, 2023 "Fresh" Exhibit with her piece "Welcome Spring."
Lunar Light, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Congratulations to Beverly Yankwitt, whose  painting, "Lunar Light,'  was accepted into the American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, April, 2023.
Beth Lane Williams, Florida Scrub Jay, Sea Grape Gallery

Beth Lane Williams

Beth has been honored by the Audubon Society with an interview on their website discussing her artistic practice in creating bird sculptures using pine needles.   Click here to access the article.
"Boy" by Kitt Moran, Sea Grape Gallery

Kitt Moran

Congratulations to Kitt Moran, whose oil painting, "Boy," won a Merit Award in the Visual Art Center's January/February, 2023 New Beginnings Show.  "Boy" was also accepted into the American Impressionist Society's third member online exhibit, November, 2022.  "Boy" won Best of Show in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Associate Members Online Gallery for 2022.  "Boy" also won Second Place in Venice Art Center's "Now and Then" show, July/August, 2022, and was also included in the FAV15% (jurors' top favorites) in the June, 2022 Bold Brush Painting Composition.