Thursday, September 3, 2015

Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street Receives Two State Awards

MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD!) is proud to announce that it received two awards of honor at the Florida Main Street State Conference in St. Petersburg, FL, for Outstanding Membership Development and Outstanding Sign/Display Project. EGAD was awarded two of the 14 awards given at the annual Secretary of State Awards dinner at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Resort in front of several hundred people including state dignitaries and other Florida main street programs from around the state. EGAD received their main street designation and first state award for their revival of the Founders’ Day Fish Fry in 2010.

Says Lisa Packard, EGAD executive director, “There is something about Eau Gallie that encourages great passion. From the residents who call it their hometown, even if they no longer live in their childhood homes, to the merchants who have managed successful businesses for 10-40 years when others would have given up, to the newcomers who are anxious to establish roots in the community, to the list of people we hear from every day who are looking for suitable business space, EGAD is blessed with passionate, talented visionaries who see the gem that is Eau Gallie. Successful businesses and developers, who are waiting for the right time to move in and invest heavily, are watching us. To them we say, ‘that time is now’.”
The Melbourne City Council recently announced changes to the zoning regulations that will further stimulate investment and development in Eau Gallie and enhance its competitiveness for new development opportunities.

Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Florida Department of State in its Bureau of Historic Preservation. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in preserving historical architecture while revitalizing the central business district. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach of Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring, community volunteers, government and private enterprise work together to bring about desired improvements.

For further information, please contact Lisa Packard at (321) 574-2737 or

Brevard Cultural Alliance Celebrates 40 Years


Wednesday, September 16 at Nyami Nyami Lodge 
MELBOURNE (Sept. 3, 2015) - Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA), the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector on Florida’s Space Coast, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, September 16 at the Nyami Nyami Lodge at the Brevard Zoo beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

BCA invites the community to come together and celebrate Brevard County's thriving arts and cultural sector. Through the years, BCA'a initiatives and activities have worked to build sector sustainability, develop Brevard County as a cultural destination and empowered youth through arts-integrated education initiatives.

During BCA's 40th Anniversary event, BCA staff and Board members will share favorite highlights from the last 40 years.

"It is exciting to see how far we have come as a community, but also to look into the future to see the amazing opportunities and potential ahead of us here in Brevard," said BCA Executive Director Neil Levine. 
To RSVP, please email, and please also copy due to some intermittent but persistent email issues. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

100% Pure Florida at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Event Day: September 4
September 4, First Friday in Eau Gallie will see Fifth Avenue Art Gallery hosting the annual juried exhibit, 100% Pure Florida. The very best works have been juried from entries by artists all over the state of Florida into this dynamic exhibit. Awards will be presented during the opening on First Friday. Be sure to meet the artists and to support them as they are recognized for extraordinary works. It has, over the years, built a reputation of being a high quality exhibit of a variety of styles of artwork.

This year's judge is Robin Maria Pedrero. Ms Pedrero is an award winning artist with work in museum permanent collections, in film and collections worldwide. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Pedrero creates from her Florida studio and was awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterby's Art Auction Gallery, is listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame and is the featured solo artist in September 2015 at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Florida. Pedrero works from her home studio in Longwood Florida, enjoying the company of her dog Max A. Million.

The exhibit will run from September 1 through September 27th. (artwork by Georgina Love)

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Second Glance - artwork by Heather Kelley

Exhibit dates: September 29 - October 30, 2015

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery proudly present "Second Glance, artwork by Heather Kelley" opening on September 29. Heather Kelley is a member artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Heather studied art during an artistic revolutionary period. Her influences lie in op, pop, minimal, conceptual, performance, feminist and modern realism. “Second Glance” represents how these influences have influenced her growth as an artist. Come meet her at the opening reception on Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm.

According to Heather, modern realism “creates a realism that the camera cannot see. That is, it is not photographic, but interprets the image with a medium more capable of breaking the 2-dimensional plane by emphasis, lighting, and paint application. It is about forms, space, colors, and textures, without an agenda to tell a story about the image.  In my figurative pieces, each muscular structure is modeled by layer upon layer of paint to achieve dimensional believability but not necessarily perfection.  My abstract works also forego storytelling, in favor of peaceful imagery.  I am hopeful my viewers will enjoy the simplicity and honesty inherent in my minimalist works.”

Heather grew up in Orlando and, with private art instruction from local artists, has been painting since age 10.  Her art degree is from The University of Florida, with graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She resides in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

TAL Adult Classes

Central Brevard Art Association's Annual Fall Juried Art Show

Over 30 artists from the CBAA showcasing their work.

Friday September 25th & Saturday September 26th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday September 27th  
1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Cocoa Beach Library, 550 North Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Beach

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ArtWorks of Eau Gallie: Call to Artists

September 15 is the deadline for applications to be submitted for the 19th Annual ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival on November 21 & 22, 2015. This art festival is held along Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne.

*100 juried artists working "en plein air."
*Artist Awards:  $25,000 in cash awards and ribbons will be presented.  This includes the $3500 "Best of Show" Award. Demonstrators' Awards are also included.
*Sponsor Purchase Awards:  $4000.
The Prospectus and Application are on the web site.  For more information and to apply, please visit:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Titusville Art League Calsses for Children and Teens/Young Adults

Camera Club of Brevard September Meeting on 9/1/15

The Camera Club of Brevard will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave. in historic Eau Gallie. September’s program will be “Questions and Answers.” Do you have a question about any aspect of photography that you crave the answer to? You’re probably not alone. Members of the club have submitted written questions to the club for September’s program. Each of these questions was assigned a knowledgeable member to answer it at the meeting. Questions cover topics such as workflow (the sequence and process of downloading, storing, editing, and post-processing photos), what is hyperfocal distance and how do you use it, how does one take milky waterfall photos, how do you blur the background, how do you resize a photo without distorting it, what does Lightroom offer that Photoshop Elements doesn’t, and more. This will be a meeting at which probably everyone will learn multiple new things about photography.
    The August photo contest theme was “Farm Fresh.” Winners are shown above. The September photo contest theme is “Storms.” Members may submit one photograph to the contest. The CCB meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave. in historic Eau Gallie. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information please see

Encaustic Workshop with Judy Edwards

Friday, August 28, 2015

Light and Shadow: Contemporary Fiber Art by Hye Shin September 19 – December 12, 2015

 Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

  • NAME of event:  Light and Shadow: Contemporary Fiber Art by Hye Shin
  • DATE of event: September 19 – December 12, 2015
  • TIME of event: Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00; Sat. 12:00-4:00
  • LOCATION of event: Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
  • ADDRESS of the location: Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901
  • PHONE NUMBER for public use:  321-674-8313

Born and raised in South Korea, the contemporary fiber artist Hye Shin is known for her large, richly textured wall hangings. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in galleries throughout Florida and the nation. Shin has been teaching at Crealdé School of Art since 2002 and is the founder of the Focus on Fiber Art initiative.  The Center is pleased to present Shin’s wall hangings, embroidery and large-scale sculpture as well as a site-specific installation during fall 2015.

Nature is a primary source of inspiration in Shin’s body of work; rather than conveying a literal representation of it, her abstract weavings and atmospheric installations are focused on expressing a sense of place, mood or feeling.  “When I struggle with my life, I am drawn toward nature…that inspires me with a beautiful and poignant dialogue.” This dialogue results in the transformation of source material into condensed geometrical constructions.

The pieces created for this exhibition are characterized by the dichotomy of the natural world (light vs. shadow, sadness vs. joy, life vs. death and recovery). The artist believes these qualities are inherent to nature and critical to understanding and appreciating its beauty. 

Shin’s artistic process is characterized by layered weaving and expressive surface design. She knits, sews, dyes, and manipulates contrasting materials including linen, horsehair, and paper in attempt to convey the balance that can be achieved through fiber art.


The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is the only textiles center in the state of Florida and one of very few in the nation.  The Center preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, FL at 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (321) 674-8313.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One Word at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit runs: July 28th - August 29th

One Word, an interactive exhibit, currently at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery closes this Saturday the 29th. This is your last chance to try your mind at matching the list of words with the artwork. What happens when you ask artists to use their talents to express “one word“? Come in and experience the exhibit for yourself.

Each of the participating artists received a three word list from which they picked their “one word”, and have used their creativity to express that word. This very important, one word is the title of their creation. The interactive part of the exhibit happens when viewers try to match the artwork to the correct title. It may not be as easy as it sounds. All artwork titles will be hidden from view until the matches have been made. 

This exhibit will close at the end of business on Saturday, August 29.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Call for Art for Brush with Success 2015 at Art Gallery of Viera

Brush with Success 2015

This Call for Art is open

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Varley's Views Photography Exhibit at the King Center

Rob Varley Photography Exhibit

                                             “Varley's Views”           

August 31 - September 27

Open to the public  – Sept 3, 6 - 8 PM
at the King Center for the Performing Arts

Melbourne, FL – A collection from area photographer Rob Varley, appropriately titled, “Varley’s Views” will be on display in the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C. King Center lobby from August 31st through September 27th. It may viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 3rd from 6 – 8 pm that is open to the public.  Mr. Varley will be in attendance to interact with guests about his work.

As a prominent businessman in Brevard County and former director with the Space Coast Office of Tourism for over 20 years, Varley was recognized as Business Leader of the Year in 2014.

Rob Varley studied photography at East Texas State University in the ‘70’s. He perfected his photo skills during his 30+ years in the destination marketing business. Varley concentrated his photography in the landscape and architectural areas, shooting photos for the various destinations he promoted in Texas, California, and Florida. He switched to digital photography in 2007 and discovered a new way to enhance his photo skills through the editing process on his Mac and now produces all of his prints on metal.

All of the artwork will be available for purchase. For additional information on the exhibit, please contact Karen Wilson at 321-433-5717.  For more information on Rob Varley and to view photos from his gallery, please visit

Saturday, August 22, 2015


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Art News from Susan Giblin

Local artist Susan B. Giblin  has had one of her paintings accepted at the Berkeley Arts Council Life in the Wild Juried show in Martinsburg WV.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Atlanta and Palm Coast Artist Featured at Ocean Art Gallery

Acrylic Artist Michelle Palmucci
Introduces Lush Paintings

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Ocean Art Gallery’s featured artist for September is Michelle Palmucci, a gifted artist whose acrylic paintings capture local Flagler beauty and breathtaking scenes from her travels. Her show, “Paradise – Lost and Found,” opens Friday, September 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. The artist will be on hand to meet guests and demonstrate her painting style. Light refreshments will be served at this free event.

Palmucci, with homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast, shares the best of two worlds, with her paintings capturing local Flagler County beauty and breathtaking scenery from her frequent travels. Strong brush strokes and vivid colors blend smoothly to produce images that pull the viewer in deeper and deeper until one feels the natural surroundings.

When asked about her art, the artist said, “My seascapes become ‘sea escapes’ for the viewers as they are transported to nature’s oceanfront mysteries.” Her work is visually engaging and stirs a peaceful emotion with a hint of mystery. She searches for elements of everyday life in exotic and unexpected places.   

During this event, the winner of the month-long raffle of photographic artist Kenny Fasnacht’s “Walk with Me” photograph on metal will be drawn at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and may be purchased until 7:30 pm. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Flagler Beach Photography Club’s scholarship program.

Flagler Beach’s First Friday “Music in the Park” will be happening within 200 feet of the gallery and there are 12 restaurants nearby. Come out for a delightful night at the Ocean.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Drawing Classes with Peggy Nolan

Monday evenings 6:30 - 8:30

Join Peggy Nolan for Monday night drawing classes, all are welcome no matter your talent or experience. Peggy is a practicing artist, displays her work with CBAA and has taught art at all levels PK through college. Her classes will explore line, form, value and the merit of using a light source. Bring your supplies i.e., a few HB pencils, kneaded eraser and paper, bring your own image or use the still life setup. $15.00 payable each night, email Peggy with any questions at