Saturday, February 28, 2015

Art Gallery of Viera is proud to present our Featured Artist for March 2015: Ione York




Ione's love for the arts started as a child as she watched her father, an engineer, dabble in oil and watercolor painting. That was the beginning. She enrolled in art classes through high school and college and when she married, she took classes with local artists to continue her studies.
Later, she began working with people with disabilities and taught them crafts and watercolor painting. After 40 years, Ione retired and looks forward to working with just watercolors. "I find learning to control this medium both fascinating and challenging, yet it gives me the freedom to produce lovely colors in my paintings."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sirens and Muses with Melissa Hall at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery


Exhibit runs: March 2, 2015 through March 28, 2015


Opening Reception: March 6, 2015   5:30pm to 8;30pm


The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of former gallery member, Melissa Hall, with her photography exhibition, "Sirens and Muses" opening on March 2, 2015. 

Quoting Melissa, "The past few years have seen a fundamental shift in the way I approach my photography. When I originally began working with my camera, I shot a multitude of images that would later be combined into a single composition. Textures inspired me. Getting that elusive story into one shot was not a comfortable idea. Returning to Kentucky after 10 years of living in Florida, altered not only my environment but also my muse. Muses & Sirens presents a collection of work which celebrates what can happen when you listen to that siren call of finding that next location, the perfect dress, and the wild women who inhabit my work."   

Melissa will give a free demonstration on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2 PM titled, "Shoot, Print, Wax: Combining photography with encaustic processes."  Her work is built by combining her photographs with translucent layers of encaustic medium, oil paint and pastels.  She uses a heat gun or blow torch to fuse the wax to the photographs.  Melissa writes, "Encaustic can be unpredictable and unwieldy, but that adds an element of surprise that reminds me of happy accidents from the darkroom." The demo is open to the public.

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.

Artwork: Melissa Hall, What may be: photography, encaustic

FABRIC ART CLASSES WITH DIJ PACARRO March, 2015 at QUILTS AND LACE





FABRIC LANDSCAPE COLLAGE Á LA VAN GOGH
(OR MONET)
Friday, March 13th  from 10 am to 2 pm (bring a lunch)
Create a beautiful, artistic landscape in the impressionist tradition using fused snippets of fabric in place of paint strokes. No sewing machine required.
$40 plus supplies.


FABRIC PORTRAIT Á LA PICASSO
Saturday, March 21st, 10:00 - 1:00
Create a whimsical self portrait (or a portrait of a friend, relative or pet) using my fabric puzzle collage technique. No sewing machine required in class. $30, plus supplies.



Class size is limited, so register early!
Register at Quilts and Lace
7720 N. Wickham Rd. Suite 111
Melbourne, FL 32940          321-622-8602
E-mail: aira@quiltsandlace.com
Payment is required at time of registration.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Card Rack Wanted

Nancy Sadowski would like to buy a card rack. Call her at 724-0221 or 243-1078

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Orange County and the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL Public Art Opportunity


$400,000 is available for public art


The Orange County Public Art Review Board (OCPARB) seeks artists or artist team(s) to create artwork appropriate for the world class Orange County Convention Center
(OCCC), the Center of Hospitality, in Orlando, Florida. The OCCC values nature, water and ecology, and our community has grown from a center of citrus and tourism to a center of innovation and technology as well.


Project Description

The OCCC is spending over $40 million to renovate the north end of its West Building. The artwork proposed for the renovated space should complement the venue, enhance the guest experience and create an impact.


Likely places for placement of substantial public art are in the large, high-ceilinged entrance hall using the three-stories of cubic space – suspended or in the center of the floor, depending on egress. The art should be visible from a distance in this vast space. Sculpture, suspended art and kinetic art, are all possibilities. The exterior space outside the entryway near the construction project would also be a possible location for artwork.


Background


Orange County, Florida is a destination for travelers from across the world. It is the first location in the United States to welcome 60 million visitors in one year. The area is becoming a cultural capital in ways that go far beyond the theme parks that have brought tens of thousands of skilled artists and creative thinkers to consider Central Florida their home


The County is a rapidly growing metropolitan area of over one million residents
containing the City of Orlando and a dozen other municipalities. A National Endowment for the Arts analysis of census data indicates that there are more “entertainers and performers” per capita than in any other major U.S. metropolitan area.


Celebrating more than 30 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center is the
second largest convention center in the United States. Each year the OCCC hosts
approximately 200 events. Almost 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to our area’s economy each year. For more information about the OCCC, refer to http://www.occc.net


Site
Photos of the space under construction and schematics are included below. Also, for a better understanding of the space being renovated and the materials and colors being incorporated, refer to the West Halls E&F Construction Video:


http://www.occc.net/CIP/videoGalleries.asp. Additional information can be found at http://www.occc.net/CIP/ .


Construction for this project is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.


There will be a café on the right down from the main entrance way which can serve attendees from inside as well as outside the building. Some seating will also be outside in
this area.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

text and TEXTURE at Art Gallery of Viera


Tell your tale with text and textures! Art Gallery of Viera announces “Text & Texture” an exhibit featuring artwork that highlights text or texture or both, running from March 13th through April 5th, 2015. The Opening Reception for this show will be March 14th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For details about how to apply go to artgalleryofviera.com and scroll down to the Call for Art. Application deadline is March 5th.
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The New Era of Fine Art in Viera
    www.artgalleryofviera.com
            321-504-4343

Friday, February 20, 2015

Don't Miss: SPLASH



BREVARD WATERCOLOR SOCIETY PRESENTS


 Saturday and Sunday February 21st and 22nd
10:00am – 5:00pm
Azan Shrine Temple 1591 W Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, FL


First Place Winner 2014 - “In Her Own Little World”  by: Barbara Rios
Brevard Watercolor Society proudly presents this truly exciting event for the 20th year in a row.   (brevardwatercolorsociety.com)  The show runs Saturday and Sunday, February 21st & 22nd   from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.  The show is open to the public FREE of charge.  The purpose of the Society is to encourage, support and educate members (180) of the society as well as he the public to the importance and beauty of watercolor in the art world.  This water-soluble media on paper will be offered by both men and women of the society in approximately 190 works. 
   
This is the largest display of original watercolor paintings in Brevard with subjects ranging from wildlife, landscapes, still life and more.  Pieces will be framed and available for purchase.  This “20 Years and Counting” show offers painting demos, an active and exciting paint-a-round, browse box room that offers prints, giclees and originals, raffle items, and silent auction.    
Original art is one of the most meaningful gifts one can give, and this show is a perfect venue to select a one-of-a-kind piece of art work for that special person.  You may find a painting with a “Love and Romance” theme that’s just right.  The public is welcomed to come and admire all works of art by the BWS members. FREE  PARKING – FAMILY FRIENDLY.   Heart Healthy Lunch items will be available for purchase

COCOA MAIN STREET Announces the launch of THrowback THursdays in Cocoa Village




New shopping and dining campaign successfully launched February 12, 2015

In an effort to reinvigorate the local economy in Historic Cocoa Village, Cocoa Main Street has partnered with local merchants to launch “Throwback Thursdays,” a unique shopping and dining campaign which began last week.  

“This is an incredible opportunity for Cocoa Main Street to support local businesses and showcase our dedication to the continued economic improvement of Historic Cocoa Village,” explains Ken Wilshire, Cocoa Main Street’s New Executive Director.  “And we want the community to know that we (Cocoa Main Street) are active and are gaining some exiting momentum.”

“Throwback Thursdays” officially began this past Thursday, February 12, 2015 with over 20 merchants pledging to extend their normal business hours to 8:00PM every Thursday night.  Their signed pledges kick-started their involvement in this unique program, and participating merchants reported the opening evening to be a notable success.  Merchants engaged in the program have agreed to stay open later on Thursday evenings and offer exclusive ”Throwback” discounts only available during the event.  Many of the initial participants are also involved in Cocoa Main Street’s VIP Discount Card program, and discounts offered for “Throwback Thursdays” are additional to those on the VIP card. 

 “This project marks another important milestone in the Cocoa Main Street’s commitment to economic development in the downtown district and is a testament to the support of new ideas from a growing number of merchants in the area,” declares Cocoa Main Street’s Treasurer and subcommittee chair, Dr. Dan Ezell.

The purpose of the Cocoa Main Street program is to continue to enhance our community identity and heritage, foster a center of activity and ensure economic stability for the heart of Cocoa through concentrated efforts of design, promotion, organization and economic revitalization.

News from Lori Pitten Jenkins

Lori Pitten Jenkins took 1st place in Watercolors at the Coconut Grove Art Festival in Miami this past weekend.  The award was based on her body of work.

EAU GALLIE ARTS DISTRICT HOSTS FIRST FRIDAY THIS MARCH 6


The Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street (EGAD) hosts its traditional First Friday with multiple events happening in the old Eau Gallie downtown. The Junior League is taking over Highland Avenue for their NEON Re-Run 5K starting at 6:30 p.m. The retro themed Re-Run will feature blast-from-the-past 1980's flair and fun for all ages and abilities and glow in the dark fun for the Friday night run. There will be several glow zones along the race course glow paint everywhere. Registration for the race is on their website. Stay for the post-race 80s dance party in Eau Gallie Square, along vendors and food trucks. Full details and registration are on their Website -- http://www.jlsb.net/5K/.

All shops, restaurants and galleries are open late. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, fresh off their 40th anniversary, is pleased to present the work of a former gallery member, Melissa Hall, with her photography exhibition, "Sirens and Muses" during First Friday. Also hosting a special juried art show is Art & Antiques called “Kaleidoscope.” First Friday is free and open to the public.

Sirens and Muses with Melissa Hall


Exhibit runs: March 2, 2015 through March 28, 2015

Opening Reception: March 6, 2015   5:30pm to 8;30pm

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of former gallery member, Melissa Hall, with her photography exhibition, "Sirens and Muses" opening on March 2, 2015. 

Quoting Melissa, "The past few years have seen a fundamental shift in the way I approach my photography. When I originally began working with my camera, I shot a multitude of images that would later be combined into a single composition. Textures inspired me. Getting that elusive story into one shot was not a comfortable idea. Returning to Kentucky after 10 years of living in Florida, altered not only my environment but also my muse. Muses & Sirens presents a collection of work which celebrates what can happen when you listen to that siren call of finding that next location, the perfect dress, and the wild women who inhabit my work."           

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.


Artwork:  Hypnotic Stripes, Melissa Hall, photography

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Celebrates 40 Years


Exhibit runs: through February 28
 Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Celebrates Forty Years in Brevard County


The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the oldest gallery in Brevard County, set a high standard for artwork shown in the gallery from the beginning. That standard has been maintained to the present.  The gallery has provided a museum-like setting for the finest local artists, some nationally and internationally recognized, to display their work.  It is “the place to go” for original artwork and the finest crafts. 

Beginning with ten local established artists in 1975, the gallery has grown to become a leader in the art community, showcasing visiting artists from around the country.  Now, with seventeen active members, several are internationally collected and acclaimed in their own right. 

A variety of monthly exhibits has contributed to the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's success.  The gallery gives back to the community with themed invitational shows benefiting local charities. The Holiday Designer Craft Show has been a Brevard County highlight for the past 32 years and gives gifted craft artisans an opportunity to exhibit their work.  Another successful endeavor is the 100% Pure Florida Juried Art Exhibit, open to all Florida artists.

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975.  It is artist owned and operated.  The gallery is located in EGAD, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beginning Drawing Class with J. Susan Cole Stone

 
Good drawing skills are the foundation for great art. Learn how to draw what you see 
as well as the basic principals of drawing, including perspective, shading and composition. 
  
January 23-March 30, 2015
Mondays,  2:00  to 4:00 p.m. 
$100 / 6 weeks.

For more information contact Susan Stone at susan@jsusancolestone.com or (401) 596-4266
or Ralph’s at 321-255-3331

Uncommon Threads


For Info:  http://411.fit.edu/threads/

News from Lori Jenkins


 
Lori Pitten Jenkins took "Best of Show" at the 39th Annual Images: A Festival of the Arts outdoor show this past weekend in New Smyrna Beach.  The festival presented 225 artists from 29 states and Canada.  Lori was also chosen by The Atlantic Center for the Arts to be the featured poster artist for the event.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pause for Pets at Art Gallery of Viera

Art Gallery of Viera is proud to present our newest art show, 'Pause for Pets'
opening on Valentine's Day, February 14th, from 5:30 to 8 pm. 
Come and help us celebrate our beloved animals.
 Enjoy an art demo by Bobbi Q Brown, 
a free entry to win one of Helen Wheatley's Powertex Pets,
 meet our artists and enjoy light snacks.
Our special  guests will be representing our current charity drive, Paws for Veterans.
Paws for Veterans has been devoting its energy to providing our Nations Heroes
 with the help they need while simultaneously saving the lives of dogs 
that would otherwise be facing euthanasia. 
You can participate in saving 2 lives with 1 act of kindness.
We have a donation jar at the checkout, 
and will be holding a month long raffle for beautiful gift baskets. 
Come on out for a joyful evening of art, and pets and vets... 



The New Era of Fine Art in Viera
    www.artgalleryofviera.com
            321-504-4343

Fearless Surface Design…with Midge Baudouin and Tracy Stilwell

 
 
Fearless Surface Design…with Midge Baudouin and Tracy Stilwell
Art More Place, 150 East Dr., Melbourne
March 13 and 14, 10-3
$225
Join these two fearless artists for 2 days of playful experimentation with surface design. The class will begin by creating backgrounds of colors with spray inks and acrylic paints on cotton. They will cover “free form” silk screening and the use of thermofax screens. You will be examining different and exciting ways to layer color and pattern as well as exploring the power of simple mark making. The class will also dabble with water-soluble crayons. The possibilities are endless.
The second day will be spent creating small stitched pieces with our newly created fabric. Sewing machines are optional. You will leave with a “fearless” attitude and BIG out of the box thinking! OH YEAH!


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!!!  artmoreplace.com
Appropriate for teens and adults.