About Sea Grape Gallery
History of the Sea Grape Gallery
Sea Grape is an established, award-winning, cooperative art gallery that was founded in 1988. 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.
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.
Since 1996, as part of its community service, the Gallery has awarded a scholarship each year to a graduating High School Senior who attends one of Charlotte County's three high schools, and who intends to further his/her study of art at the collegiate level.
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 won Harbor Style magazine's "Hottest on the Harbor" Award for Best Art Gallery in Charlotte County in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and was a Finalist in 2017.
RECENT ARTISTS' AWARDS
Beverly Yankwitt won First Merit at the Visual Art Center's July/August "Mayhem, Chaos, and Confusion" show with her abstract painting, "Transmissions."
Kitt Moran won First Prize at a recent Venice Art Center Show with her oil painting, "Splash."
Jim Ellsworth won Second Merit Award for his corrugated cardboard piece, "Recycle, Recyled," in the June/July "Recycle, Reclaim, Recreate" show at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
Joanne Stramara won a Merit Award for her painting, "Roots" in a recent show at the North Port Art Center.
Beverly Yankwitt won a Merit Award for her painting, "Mountain Gorilla Rwanda," in the June "Feathers, Fur, and Fins" show at the Englewood Art Center.
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors and to our reciprocal businesses: