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.

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.

Scholarship

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.

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 Gallery in Charlotte County in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Artist Recognition

RECENT ARTISTS' AWARDS 

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Keith Johnson's  watercolor, "Sandy Acres Ranch," won First Merit at the Visual Arts Center's March Primavera Show.

 

 

 

 

 MindoftheArtist

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 BoulderBrook

 

 

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

 

 

 

 WhiteAlley

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Strategic Partners

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

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