Artist Recognition

Artists of the Month

Jones Raku Piece, Sea Grape Gallery

Marlene Jones

During the month of February, our 3D featured Artist of the Month is Pottery Artist Marlene Jones.  Marlene enjoys the creative process of taking a ball of clay and forming it into a beautiful piece of art.  Marlene specializes in creating horsehair pottery, following the traditions of the Plains Indians who honored the spirit of their horses by applying hair from the horse's tail or mane to pottery pieces still hot from the kiln, leaving a carbon trail.    Marlene also excels at creating beautiful Raku pottery. Click here to see the artist's work.
Yankwitt Alternate Reallities, Sea Grape Gallery

Beverly Yankwitt

Our 2D Artist of the Month for February is mixed media artist Beverly Yankwitt.  Bev enjoys creating experimental abstract art, which she believes is the most unique, original expression an artist can render.  Her bold and colorful paintings have been accepted in many juried shows locally and regionally, and she has won numerous awards.  In addition to producing her artwork, Bev enjoys teaching abstract art at local art organizations.  Click here to see the artist's work.

 Artists’ Awards

Jim Beech

Congratulations to Jim Beech, whose watercolor, "Workshop," was selected for entry into the Visual Arts Center's 12 biennial National Art Exhibition, on view from February 7th to March 25th.  
In the Pink

Beverly Yankwitt

Beverly Yankwitt's painting, "In the Pink," won Second Place in the Visual Arts Center's 30th Annual Harvest of Art Exhibit in October, 2019.
Pronko Display Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Jan Pronko

Jan Pronko was awarded First Place for her Pottery and Ceramics display at the Englewood Winter Fine Arts Festival held in December, 2019.
Keith Johnson Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson won Second Place in the SanCap Art League's December, 2019 "Destination Captiva" show with this beautiful watercolor painting.
Lindsey Jack Merit Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay.  Jill's piece "Jack" won a Merit Award at Art Center Sarasota's December/January Open Season - National Juried Exhibition Show.
Mara's New Haircut

Anne Tuttle

Congratulations to Anne Tuttle, whose colored pencil portrait, "Mara's New Haircut" won First Place at the Visual Arts Center's October, 2019 Harvest of Art Exhibit.
Lucy Maude Montgomery House

Jim Beech

Jim Beech won a Merit Award in the October Harvest of Art exhibit at the Visual Arts Center for his watercolor, "Lucy Maude Montgomery House."
Johnson Morning at the Peace River Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Keith Johnson

Congratulations to Keith Johnson, who won First Place with his watercolor "Morning at the Peace River" in the Visual Arts Center's Quick Draw Contest held on January 13, 2020 as part of its month long Plein Air Festival.
Jill Lindsay, VAC Battle of the Brushes, Sea Grape Gallery

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay won the award for "Best Coach" and her painting partner Marjorie Benson, owner of Friendly Floors, won "Best in Show" for her entry in the Visual Art Center's November fundraiser "Battle of the Brushes."  The event pairs an experienced painter "coach" with a non-artistic prominent community citizen "student."   They then meet several times over a period of a few weeks, with the student creating a piece of art under the tutelage of the coach. 
Tuttle Farm in Winter, Sea Grape Gallery

Anne Tuttle

 Anne Tuttle won First Place in the Professional Category in the North Port Art Center's November/December 2019 "Urban or Rural" exhibit with her colored pencil painting, "Farm in Winter."   
Johnson Causeway Breeze Award, Sea Grape Gallery

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson won First Place in the Visual Arts Center's January, 2020 Plein Air Exhibit with his watercolor "Causeway Breeze."   The exhibit is on view the month of January as part of the VAC's Plein Air Festival.