Sea Grape Gallery Events
March Guest Artist: Mosaic Artist Lisa Radomsky
Lisa Radomsky has been involved with art all her life, and has excelled in several mediums, but has focused on mosaics for the last four years. Mosaics combines her love of art and making things with her hands, with a lifelong hobby of collecting unusual and beautiful things. She likes to use unexpected materials in unexpected ways. She creates compositions that successfully combine a variety of materials, colors, and shapes, and she enjoys the technical aspects of grouting and finishing. Her favorite objects are tables and framed wall pieces. Her style is primarily abstract, inspired by nature and the ocean, and she favors lots of movement, texture, and the interplay of light and transparency. In addition to her original designs, Lisa enjoys making commissioned pieces commemorating loved ones or pets, important life occasions, and street number signs for homes. She creates both functional and decorative pieces, and they are all made to last. Lisa also conducts workshops and classes in mosaics in Sarasota and Venice, Florida.
March and April Guest Artist: Potter Marlene Jones
Marlene Jones' passion for pottery began in the 1960's in Baltimore, Maryland, and she furthered her knowledge and love of ceramic art while living in Italy for four years in the 1970's. She returned to the USA in 1979, and embarqed on a 25 year career in marketing, while still maintaining her love of pottery. Upon retiring to Florida, Marlene took pottery classes at the Visual Arts Center, and is now is a member of the Jack Vartanian and Friends Studio in Punta Gorda, where she creates stoneware, raku, and horsehair pottery, She is displaying many of her horsehair pieces at the Gallery. Marlene first creates a wheel-thrown vessel, which is ultimately fired to about 1300 degrees, and then quickly removed from the kiln while still glowing hot. She then drapes a few long hairs from a horse mane or tail onto the hot clay. It instantly vaporizes and leaves the unique carbon trails and smoke patterns that are the hallmark of horseshair pottery. Marlene accepts commissions to create unique pieces for horse owners by using hair from their own horses. Horsehair pottery originated with the Plains Indians, as thier horses were very important to them and they honored their horses through the creation of this pottery form. They believed the indelible marks, each with its own story, made their horses invincible. Marlene believes that working with clay is a rewarding experience and her personal passion. She says, "Essentially I take what is considered mud and form it into something useful as well as beautiful."
Spring Madness Courtyard Sale
We had a great two days for our annual courtyard sale, but if you missed it, there is still time to purchase artwork at incredible savings, as our sale will continue indoors through March 31st. Reduced prices are available on all types and sizes of paintings and giclee prints, photography, basketry, wood, jewelry, glass, pottery, and more! Stop in to meet our artists, and get great bargains on items for yourself, your home or office, or for gifts.
Artist of the Month
During the month of March, we will feature oil painter Kitt Moran. Kitt is an accomplished Jazz and Cabaret vocalist, and now also an award-winning artist who views visual art as an extension of her musical abilities. Kitt paints in a slightly abstract impressionistic style, and her subjects are varied, including portraits, city scapes, land and sea scapes, children at play, animals, birds, and still life. Kitt enjoys painting from her heart, and also accepts commission work.
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Our featureed 3-D artist for March is Nancy Giffin, who, along with her husband Bill, creates authentic Nantucket and Shaker baskets and boxes, including traditional lidded oval boxes, sewing boxes, woven vessels, vases, and baskets, and her popular pineapple baskets. Nancy takes pride in creating pieces that are inspired by our American heritage. Her boxes and baskets are both beautiful and functional, and serve many useful purposes in the home.
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Alive After 5
Alive After 5!
This event, featuring art, music, shopping, and food, is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, and takes place on the third Thursday of every month, from 5-9 pm. Shops and galleries are open for browsing, and local musicians will entertain you. Enjoy the evening by taking a pleasant stroll with friends through historic downtown Punta Gorda, and then stop in at one of our many fine restaurants for a leisurely meal. Sea Grape Gallery will be ready to welcome you with complimentary refreshments, wine tasting by Gilded Grape Winery, and artist demonstrations. Our artists are always available to assist you, and to discuss their artwork and techniques.
Alive After 5 now features additional artist participation, food trucks. and so much more!
Next Alive After 5 Event: April 20th, 5-9 pm