Jan Pronko

Pronko Rhett Fish, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2019    Fine Art Medium:  Clay Jan Pronko has been interested in arts and crafts since childhood.  She has a special love of sewing, has worked in several mediums, and had a career in retail management of fabric and craft stores.  Her focus now is creating whimsical hand built clay art pieces of sea life and birds.  Her pieces range from ornaments to sculptures, totems, wall hangings, and plant stakes.  ... Read More

Donna Pape

Donna Pape, Boca Grande Beach Chairs, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2021Fine Art Medium:  Oil PaintingDonna Pape first developed an interest in oil painting while in high school, and then went on to study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has worked in the graphic arts field and and taught oil painting in the Chicago area.  Since moving to Florida, Donna has found new inspiration in the beauty of nature and the ... Read More

Barbara Albin

Albin, Leaping for Joy, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2001Fine Art Medium:  Watercolor and Acrylic Barbara Albin has loved art since the tender age of four. By age seventeen, she had sold her first two watercolors to Northern Illinois University where she was a freshman and won a first place ribbon. Since then Barbara has been in over 300 juried and invitational shows with many awards to her credit. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of Northern Illinois ... Read More

Jim Beech

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2007 Fine Art Medium:  Watercolor and Acrylic I studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Sheridan College, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. My background is primarily advertising design and commercial art, but I am now at a point where the majority of my time is spent working as an artist. I began the adventure of handling watercolors in 1957, studying ... Read More

Bonnie Benande

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by Bonnie Benande
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2004 Fine Art Medium:  Wheel Thrown Pottery Expressions In Clay Originally from Minnesota, Bonnie began studying the art of wheel thrown pottery in 1978 while living in North Carolina.   After moving to New Jersey, she continued her clay studies at a local college.   However, the demands of her business career limited the time she had to pursue this artistic endeavor.   Upon settling in Punta Gorda in 2001, Bonnie again ... Read More

Thelma Daida

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2006 Fine Art Medium: Water Media I was born and raised in Hawaii and I was a registered nurse specializing in Operating Room nursing for most of my adult life. Twenty-six of those years were spent in the Panama Canal Zone/Republic of Panama. Spending most of my life in tropical climates gave me an appreciation of bright, vivid colors, and the undulating movements of nature. With my career demands ... Read More

Renee Farr

Farr Lucky Leprechaun, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2019Fine Art Medium: Fused Glass My obsession with glass began in the early 90’s when we settled in Southwest Florida. At the time I was designing jewelry and wanted to add glass components to my artwork so I took a few classes at a local studio. I quickly realized that I needed to fully explore the medium. I love things ordered and symmetrical, and strive for perfection in every ... Read More

Nancy & Bill Giffin

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2015 Fine Art Medium:  Nantucket and Shaker Style Basketry Creating Authentic Works Inspired by American History! Originally from Massachusetts, Nancy and Bill Giffin moved to Florida in 1992, bringing with them knowledge of the Nantucket and Shaker traditions and cultures. They have always loved the creativity, simplicity, and beauty of Shaker furniture and the Shaker oval boxes.  The boxes were made in a wide range of sizes for household ... Read More

Vicki Glynn

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2014 Previous Membership: 1992-2005 Fine Art Medium: Watercolor "For most of my life, art has been my passion and my profession.  Nature has been my inspiration.  I believe that both are extremely important for my spirit and the community in which I live." Vicki Glynn has been painting the beauty of Southwest Florida since she and her husband moved to Charlotte Harbor in 1980.  They immediately became avid flats ... Read More

Sam Harris

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2015 Fine Art Medium: Handcrafted Knives Art on the Cutting Edge Sam Harris, a retired commercial arline pilot, designs and creates various types of knives, including hunting knives, folding knives, kitchen knives, and carving sets.  He also creates beautiful letter openers and key chains.  Sam started making knives at a young age, inspired by the knives used in his family's meat market.  The blades are made of stainless steel, ... Read More

James & Wilkens

Susan James and James Wilkens, Cypress Sunrise, Sea Grape Gallery
Susan James & Ken Wilkens Sea Grape Gallery Artist Members since 2021Fine Art Medium: Intaglio Printmaking and Photogravure Punta Gorda based artists Susan James and Ken Wilkens specialize in the art and science of Photogravure. Susan has been a printmaker since 1985, and Ken has been a photographer since the pre-digital days of film and darkrooms. When they met in 2011 Ken began to teach Susan about photography, and in 2015 they took a Photogravure ... Read More

Marlene Jones

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2017 Fine Art Medium: Horsehair and Raku Pottery "Working with clay is one of the most rewarding experiences," says Marlene Jones.  "Essentially, I take what is considered mud and form it into something useful as well as beautiful.  It is my personal passion." First introduced to pottery in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960's, Marlene started on a kick wheel, where her leg provided the "spin" for centering and forming ... Read More

Sue Krasny

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2005Fine Art Medium:  Oil, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Artist Statement Susan's paintings are meant to communicate a unique sense of place through the bold use of color and light Her travels, both in the United States and abroad, provide the subject matter for most of her paintings. This allows Susan to mentally re-visit each location and express its special qualities. Techniques Susan's oil paintings are primarily done with palette ... Read More

Nancy VanTassell

VanTassell silver woven bracelet, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2019Fine Art Medium: Silver Jewelry My journey to the world of jewelry design evolved accidentally. I spent many years in the paper art world, creating altered books and rubber stamping. One day in 2003, after stamping a polymer clay pendant, I decided I needed to bead a chain on which to hang my newly created pendant. Jewelry designing took over my world! My husband and I moved to Florida ... Read More

Cheryl McClure

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2008 Fine Art Medium:  Photography Cheryl was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to Colorado in 1979 with her family. Cheryl's husband Larry always said that he would like to retire where palm trees could grow, so in 1993 they moved to Florida and traded their ski equipment for scuba gear. She immediately became fascinated by the wondrous creatures inhabiting the oceans, which cover an amazing 70% of ... Read More

Bob & Elissa Rioux

Sea Grape Gallery, Punta Gorda F L artwork by Bob and Elissa Rioux
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2015 Fine Art Medium:  Handcrafted Stained Glass Kaleidoscopes Bob and Elissa Rioux have been working with glass since 1976.  Using their skill and creativity, they design and create glass kaleidoscopes that are beautiful works of art.  Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding their studios in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Punta Gorda, Florida, they create unique and original stained and blown glass kaleidoscopes for both the first time buyer as well as ... Read More

Joanne Stramara

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Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2014Fine Art Medium:  Water Media Joanne's love for art was always a part of her life while growing up in Pennsylvania.  Family and business didn't give her much time to pursue her interest in it, but now in retirement years she can devote full time to creating artwork.  Joanne studied art at Kutztown University and Wyomissing Institute, and with many local and national art instructors.  Art trips to California, ... Read More

Anne Tuttle

Tuttle Waiting for Lunch, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2005Fine Art Medium:  Colored Pencil, Graphite, and Silverpoint Anne's primary interest is drawing, and in the early 90's, she became part of a small group of artists who were exploring the emerging medium of colored pencil.  She quickly came to appreciate its simplicity and versatility, and has found satisfaction in watching colored pencil grow in popularity and become an accepted medium in art shows and galleries.  Anne strives for ... Read More

Beverly Yankwitt

Yankwitt Laying Down Tracks 24 x 24, Mixed Media Abstract, Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2013Fine Art Medium:  Oil and Mixed Media Bev Yankwitt moved to Charlotte County in 1985, and spent many years working in the medical field at two local hospitals.  Upon leaving the medical industry, Bev obtained a license as a Financial Advisor and joined her husband working in the financial sector.  After Bev retired, she decided it was time to pursue her true love, art. She works in oils and ... Read More