Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by

Marlene Jones

During the months of July and August, our 3D featured artist is clay artist Marlene Jones who enjoys creating beautiful and functional pieces of art from wet clay. Marlene's specialty is horsehair pottery, which is fashioned in the style of the Plains Indians.  Both her horsehair pottery and her beautiful iridescent Raku pottery are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.Click here to see the artist's work.      
Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by

Cheryl McClure

Our featured 2D artist for July and August is photographer Cheryl McClure.  Cheryl's passion for photography began with a fascination for undersea marine life, and then grew to include the wildlife of southwest Florida, especially birds.  Patience and time are necessary to create her amazing wildlife compositions.  Cheryl's photographs are printed on archival paper with archival inks, and are available in several sizes, both framed and unframed, and cards are also available.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."