History of the Sea Grape Gallery

Sea Grape is an established, award-winning, cooperative art gallery that celebrated its 27th anniversary in 2015.  Its continued growth and success is due to the commitment of its artists and the support of its patrons.  It remains the most popular place in Punta Gorda to buy original fine art paintings and high quality three dimensional art pieces.

Sea Grape Gallery Mission Statement: To provide a venue for area artists to market and sell their artwork, and to support the community.

Gallery Membership

As a cooperative art gallery, Sea Grape exhibits only the artwork of its member artists and selected guest artists.  The members staff the Gallery and conduct its business operations.  Artist members are juried in based on the professionalism of their artwork, and the skills they bring to the Gallery.  

Download a Membership Application here.

Guest Artist Program

From November through April, Sea Grape selects 2-D and 3-D artists from outside the Gallery to exhibit for limited time periods.  This adds variety to our Gallery offerings, and is an opportunity for artists to exhibit without long-term commitment.  Artists are chosen for the high quality and originality of their artwork.

Download a Guest Artist Application here.


Since 1996, as part of its community service, the Gallery has awarded a scholarship each year to a graduating Charlotte County High School Senior who intends to further his/her study of art at the collegiate level.

Gallery Awards

Sea Grape Gallery has been awarded the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce's Special Recognition Award, and is a past recipient of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County's Charlie Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts.

The Gallery won the Charlotte Sun newspaper's Readers' Choice Award for "Best Art Gallery in Charlotte County"  every year from 1996 through 2014, was a Finalist in 2015, and won Best Art Gallery Award again in 2016.

The Gallery has won Harbor Style magazine's "Hottest on the Harbor" Award for Best Art Galllery in Charlotte County in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Artist Recognition




Jim Ellsworth's abstract segmented wood piece, "Mind of the Artist," won First Place in the Florida Winter National Wood Expo, held in Punta Gorda, January, 2017.  Several of Jim's other pieces also garnered awards in the show.








Kitt Moran won First Place in the January, 2017 Light & Shadow Show at the Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, with "Seventh Avenue South." 














Jim Beech won Third Place in the Light & Shadow Show with his watercolor, "Boulder Brook."








Keith Johnson won Fourth Merit for his watercolor painting, "White Alley," in the Light & Shadow show.









 Keith Johnson 's watercolor painting, "Early Morning Walk," won a special prize for "Most Representative of the Beach" in the Fort Myers Beach plein air Paint the Beach festival, November, 2016.



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Keith Johnson's watercolor, "On the Dock," has won Second Place in the Florida Watercolor Society's  2017 Online Show.







Congratulations to Kitt Moran, whose oil portrait, "Mike," won Fourth Merit Award at the Visual Art Center's November Harvest of Art exhibit.










Beverly Yankwitt's abstract painting, "Forbidden City," received Second Place in a recent show at the Englewood Art Center.









Barbara Albin's acrylic piece "Let's Party" won Third Prize in the Visual Art Center's October, 2016 "Mayhem, Chaos, and Confusion Show," 









Lise Lindsay's fused glass piece, "Alchemy," won First Merit Award in the October VAC show, "Mayhem, Chaos, & Confusion."







Strategic Partners

Many thanks to our corporate sponsors and to our reciprocal businesses:



Brian J. Mariash, CIMA, MLC & Associates