Courtesy Sea Grape Artists Gallery            

Sea Grape Gallery’s Artists of Month for September 2018

From September 5 to October 4 Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Joanne Stramara, watercolor artist, and Loretta Evans, stained glass artist.

Joanne Stramara has always had a love of art. While living in Pennsylvania, she was involved in her family and their business which did not give her much time to focus on her creative juices, producing art.  After retirement, she studied art at several art institutions and attended workshops in many U.S. states and France.  As Joanne states, “my love of experimentation has been very rewarding and my choice of subjects, coupled with an explosive use of color, have allowed me to create a unique signature style”.  Her paintings range from realism to abstract. Joanne enjoys teaching watercolor painting and entering her artwork in various art shows where she has won numerous awards for her creativity.

Loretta Evans has been creating original stained glass designs for more than 25 years and is recognized as an innovative, accomplished, and professional stained glass artist.  As Loretta says, “I start with a design but always leave myself open to change as suggested by the movement of the glass; I am often inspired by the glass itself”.  She has created original custom pieces for homes, offices, and places of worship along the entire East Coast.  When creating a custom stained glass piece, each piece is designed to be integrated into its surroundings, so it looks like it has always meant to be there. Lorretta’s beautiful art has been featured in several publications and magazines across the country.    

Many of Joanne’s bold and vibrant paintings and Loretta’s beautiful stained glass pieces are prominently on display at the Sea Grape Gallery. In addition, more of their art and the artworks of all Sea Grape artists can be viewed at www.seagrapegallery.com.

Sea Grape Gallery is celebrating their 30-year Anniversary in 2018.  The Gallery has been awarded the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s Special Recognition Award and has consistently won the Charlotte Sun Newspaper’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Art Gallery.  Come visit the Gallery and its many talented award-winning artists who are on hand to welcome and assist visitors.

Sea Grape Gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941-575-1718 and jbenande@comcast.net. The Gallery is always open until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month for “Alive After 5.”

Contact:  Bonnie Benande: (941) 575-9752.