Guest Artist

May Guest Artist

Photographer Gary Brownell

For most of his life, Gary lived in upstate New York where he enjoyed camping, hiking, and canoeing in the mountains and lakes of the Adirondacks.  He developed an interest in biology, environmental conservation, and the natural world, as well as photography.  He has also travelled extensively, and enjoys capturing images of the local landscapes, both in the USA and throughout the world.  Gary actively pursues opportunities to enhance his knowledge of photography with workshops, and by attending art shows and gallery exhibits.  His award-winning work has appeared in magazines and calendars, and he has also written a book, Journeys with Light, which describes his exploration of photography through the years and how the many qualities of light and their impact on the characteristics of people, places, and things influenced his need to make images.  Gary now lives part of the year on the Peace River in Punta Gorda, affording him many opportunites to photograph the natural world of Southwest Florida.

Bird of Paradise"Bird of Paradise"


BrownellFortyOneBridgeWeb"41 Bridge"

BrownellWindowSceneWeb"Window Scene"

BrownellBrickPondTreesWeb"Pond Trees"


BrownellSolarPowerWeb"Solar Power"





Gallery News


We are pleased to announce that Marlene Jones has joined our Gallery.  Marlene creates raku glazed pieces using a reduction process, as well as unusual horsehair pottery in a style similar to the Plains Indians.  Please stop in to see her beautiful, versatile, and functional art.  

Click here for more information about Marlene.


Artist of the Month

JMS "Sunflowers" by Joanne Stramara



During the months of May and June, Joanne Stramara will be our featured 2D artist. Joanne creates in various water media, but her favorite medium is watercolor.  She has also been recently experimenting with alcohol inks.  Joanne's work ranges from realistic to stylized to abstract, and her paintings explode with vibrant color.  Joanne also enjoys teaching at the North Port Art Center.

Click here to see the artist's work.









BenandeLeafLeaf Plate by Bonnie Benande


Our  featureed 3-D artist for May and June is stoneware potter Bonnie Benande.  Bonnie's interest in pottery began while living in North Carolina, an area known for this art form.  Her goal is to combine function with beauty and to create pieces which are both useful and decorative.  She is inspired by nature, and many of her pieces incorporate motifs such as shells, palm trees, dragonflies, and turtles.  Bonnie enjoys creating beauiful art for others to enjoy.

Click here to see the artist's work.

Alive After 5










JimEDemoOneArtist Demonstration at 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: June 15th, 5-9 pm