Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2nd Annual Winter Fest by Cocoa Beach Main Street

Giant snowball rolls into downtown Cocoa Beach!
Main Street event features snow and slide

Snow is in the forecast for downtown Cocoa Beach!

The 2nd annual Winter Fest, organized by Cocoa Beach Main Street, takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 on Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach.

This year Cocoa Beach Winterfest features a host of family-friendly activities including holiday music, pictures with Santa, train rides, and  fabulous food. This year’s event is sponsored by the City of Cocoa Beach Waste Management, the Cocoa Beach Hotel and Lodging Association.

And of course the main attraction: Snow and a snow slide, right here in sunny downtown Cocoa Beach. Admission is free to the public.

“There will be fun for everyone and families can kick off the holiday season with friends,” said Beth Javens, executive director of Cocoa Beach Main Street. 

Here are more events to round out your month: 

The annual Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade runs through downtown from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Sponsored by the City of Cocoa Beach.
Surfing Santas Dec. 24th 8 a.m.  This annual tradition includes hundreds of surfers decked out in their best Santa gear. Where Minuteman Causeway meets beach. Free event. All surfers and spectators are welcome.  

Studios of Cocoa Beach is holding a special members art exhibit called “Therefore, I Create.” Nov. 24 -Jan. 19.  Call 321-613-3480 for more information. 165 Minutemen Causeway.

Beasley’s Floral is ready to serve all your holiday floral needs, with fresh arrangements for both pick up and delivery. Call 321-609-0339.

Juice-N -Java Cafe  serves up great food and entertainment  Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 7pm.

Get into downtown’s newest lounge every evening at 87 Main Street Spirits with their new garden patio, live music and creative food. menu. 87mainstreetspiritscom

Capture Brevard 2017 by Camera Club of Brevard at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in February

Exhibit Dates: January 30, 2017 - February 24, 2018
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is proud to sponsor Capture Brevard 2017, an exhibit of the Camera Club of Brevard, from January 30 through February 24, 2018. This exhibition began last year with the first Capture Brevard 2016 as an internal show for the membership of the camera club only. The upcoming exhibit at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will offer the public a glimpse into the talents and visions of some of the club’s membership.

There were 180 images submitted to this project, but being a small gallery, Fifth Avenue can only offer space to about 30 of these images. The entire 180 images will be presented to the camera club as a slide show. 

This is not a juried exhibit, but rather a chance for photographers of all levels to share their personal vision of Brevard County. The idea for this show began with John Buck and his reaction to a series of books, A Day in the Life, each shot in a different location. The Camera Club of Brevard has taken that idea and expanded it to be a vision of life in Brevard County stretching over a period of time. Each photographer is given six months to shoot imagery and then is able to submit up to 5 photos. There are no restrictions or requirements to the photos. The intention of the project is to showcase the talent of the membership. It is the club’s hope to make this an annual event. Work has already begun on Capture Brevard 2018. The dates of shooting for that show are October 2017 through May 2018.

The Camera Club of Brevard was begun in 1980 and currently boasts a membership of 220. It is a socially active organization and is open to any level photographer. They meet monthly at the Civic Center in Eau Gallie and offer a speaker at each meeting. The specialty of each speaker varies month to month in order to offer something for everyone’s niche interest.

John Buck, the current president of Camera Club of Brevard, says the goal of the club is goal is education and photography. “Let’s have fun, let’s learn photography.” (John Buck) They also offer a variety of workshops, from location workshops, technical workshops, and field trips in addition to monthly speakers. The club has also earned the distinctive honor of having a “Canon Explorer of Light” come to address the club once a year. This is a Canon sponsored event.

Capture Brevard 2017 is not a tourism show, nor is it intended to be a fine art exhibition, but rather a generally happy celebration of Brevard County. For information on the club or to learn about membership you can visit
There will be a First Friday Opening Reception on February 2, 2018 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. The exhibit will be open from January 30 through February 24. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts district of Melbourne, Florida. All events are free and open to the public.


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

Friday, November 17, 2017

News from the Eau Gallie Arts District

Eau Gallie Arts District is busy preparing for 10 days of creativity and activity for all ages. Beginning Friday, November 24, the Anti-Gravity Project, where multiple murals will be installed, will kick off at Intracoastal Brewing Company at 6:30 pm. This mural festival will unite international, national and local artists and community volunteers in an explosion of creativity.

The festival ends Saturday, December 2 with an Anti-Block party happening from Noon – 10 pm. Highland Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the entire arts district will be abuzz with live mural painting, art demonstrations, music, gallery exhibitions, illustration battles, interactive games, a moon bounce and pop-up shops. This entire event is free and open to the public thanks to our title sponsor, Craig Technologies. Check the website or Facebook event page for daily events or visit the EGAD office in the arts district. Donations of any amount are always appreciated, and sponsorships are available online.

Our annual Holiday Tree Lighting is Friday night, December 1 from 6-10 pm. Santa will be delivered via special carrier to the delight of everyone. The shops and galleries on Highland Avenue are ready for you with creative, original holiday gifts for everyone.

EGAD is also raffling off a muralized 2006 Mazda 5 Touring Minivan for just $25 a ticket, five for $100 and 10 for $200. The winner will drive away in an original, fully-functional piece of art. Tickets are available on the event website and the winner will be called Saturday evening, December 2.
Those wishing to make a weekend of it are invited to contact the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront at (877) 701-9252 or reserve online at Reference the group code EGA to receive the discounted rate of $109 for a Standard Room or $119 for our Coastal Room over the dates of Friday, November 24, 2017 – Sunday, November 26, 2018, and Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2018.

The event website is project

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ellen Lindner’s Fabric Collages Shown in Houston

Were you one of over 60,000 people who got to see Ellen Lindner’s art quilts at the Houston International Quilt Festival?  If not, here’s your own private viewing.

Ellen’s piece, Crotons, was in a juried exhibit called “In Full Bloom.”

The international juried exhibit “Hands All Around” invited Ellen to show her piece, Summer in the South.

Finally, Ellen’s piece, Daydream, was a finalist in the juried “World of Beauty” quilt competition.


Ellen Lindner loves to show her work to the public.  You can see more on her website .