Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by

Nancy Giffin

During the month of September, our 3D featured Artist of the Month is basket artist Nancy Giffin, who, with her husband Bill, creates authentic replicas of traditional Nantucket and Shaker boxes and baskets. Originally from Massachusetts, Nancy has always been inspired by American history and strives to preserve and pass on these historic fine crafts.  Nancy & Bill's timeless pieces are not only beautiful, but functional as well, and enhance any decor style.Click here to see the artist's work.      
Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by

Vicki Glynn

Our 2D Artist of the Month for September is watercolorist Vicki Glynn.  Vicki has been well known in Southwest Florida for many years for her beautiful, softly rendered watercolors of area locales and wildlife.   Many of her paintings are inspired by time spent on the water while flats fishing.  She has recently been taking camping trips to various destinations in the U.S., and is now enjoying painting scenes from her travels.   Vicki is truly inspired by nature, and she excels at capturing it on paper. 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 in May.
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 held at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda in May.

Beverly Yankwitt

 Beverly Yankwitt.  Beverly's piece, "Hidden Harbor," won a Merit Award in the Visual Arts Center's June exhibit, Water, Water, Everywhere.  Beverly also had a piece accepted into Fort Myers' Alliance for the Arts June My Florida exhibition.
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 in April and May.   Barbara was also one of three women artists who took part in a Spring show "Three Artists in Bloom" at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda in June. 

Visual Arts Center Member Showcase

Congratulations to Jill Lindsay and Loretta Evans, who both won awards in the July/August Members' Showcase at the Visual Arts Center. Jill won First Place with her mixed media piece "Escape," and Loretta won a Merit Award for her glass panel art piece "Heron."