Courtesy Sea Grape Artists Gallery

Artists of Month for December 2018

From December 6, 2018 to January 10, 2019 Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Susan Krasny, oil, acrylic and mixed media artist, and Bob Rioux, handcrafted stained glass kaleidoscopes artist.    

Susan Krasny, after a busy business career, retired to Florida where she began focusing quality time on her passion for creating art. Upon retiring, she has also enjoyed more time traveling both in the United States and abroad which provides the subject matter for most of her paintings.  While working on a specific painting, Sue mentally re-visits that location, allowing her to express its special qualities. Her bold use of color and light seem to communicate a unique sense of place. Sue primarily uses a palette knife on her oil paintings to create texture and layers of color. She also enjoys creating whimsical collages in which she blends paint, handmade paper, shells and other found objects. When viewing Susan’s artwork, it becomes evident why she has won numerous awards in highly acclaimed juried shows.     

Bob Rioux has enjoyed working with glass since 1976.  He and his wife Elissa together use their individual skills and creativity to design and create beautiful works of art kaleidoscopes.  Having had a studio in Kennebunkport, Maine and currently in Punta Gorda, Florida, they have always been inspired by the natural beauty surrounding these areas. Their unique original stained and blown glass kaleidoscopes are created for both the first-time buyer as well as experienced collectors. Their kaleidoscopes are in collections all over the world and several well-known individuals are proud owners of Bob and Elissa’s beautiful kaleidoscopes.  When designing their kaleidoscopes, Bob and Elissa often incorporate unique fused dichroic glass and iridescent stained glass and detailed glass embellishment that produce brilliant color within the piece. 

Many of Susan’s beautiful paintings and Bob’s unique and unusual kaleidoscopes 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

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.  The Gallery is always open until 8 p.m. during downtown Punta Gorda’s Third Thursday Wine Walk.