Thursday, September 18, 2014

Color My World! Applying and Making Porcelain Colored Slips

Color My World! Applying and Making Porcelain Colored Slips

Instructor Cheryl Baduini Zaricki
Sat. & Sun. Sep. 27 and 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$150 non-members / $135 members
Join this informative 2-day workshop to explore how applications of colored slips can be incorporated into one’s own ceramics.  Students will learn how to use colored mason stains and porcelain to make colored slips.  Also, students will have the chance to use the colored slips produced in the workshop into at least two pieces of artwork.  A boxed lunch will be provided both days. Additional materials are required, visit  website for details.
Register online or email/call the Renee Foosaner Education Center for more information. or 321-674-8923

2nd Annual NOCHE DE GALA Art Event -- Don't Miss It

Earth Dragon by Rudy Pacarro

The Journey by Helen Wheatley


2nd Annual Noche de Gala Art Event
to benefit The Children's Hunger Project
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
at the crane creek medical center in melbourne, florida

Maria Reyes Laughlin is proud to present the 2nd Annual "Noche de Gala" charity art event.  This year's event will feature nine of Brevard County's premier artists, with techniques that include contemporary mixed media, oils, watercolors, mosaics, fiber art, digital art, Raku pottery, jewelry and more.

Featured artists are:

Maria Reyes Laughlin
Bobbi Q. Brown
Jerry Hanzl
Cassandra Myer
Dij Pacarro
J. Susan Cole Stone
Rudy Pacarro
Helen Wheatley
Laura Kucharyson

Tickets are $25 each and are available at :
Art Gallery of Viera - 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111, Viera, FL 32940
Laughlin Martial Arts - 3535 Jupiter Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909
K9 Kampus - 240 No. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935

Net Proceeds from ticket sales and a percentage of all art sales will be donated to The Children's Hunger Project, which provides hungry young people on the Space Coast with weekend food backpacks with a goal of ensuring elementary school-age children do not have to experience hunger and malnutrition. This ambitious goal can be reached through your support.
Each $150 donation feeds one child on weekends for an entire school year! 
For more information, visit them at

Thanks to our sponsors:
K9 Kampus, Al Dia Today, Art Gallery of Viera, Laughlin Martial Arts,
Space Coast Wine Guild.

Mango Madness by Bobbi Q Brown

Sunflower Dragonfly by Cassandra Myer

EGAD Announces New Executive Director




MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District has hired Lisa Packard as the new Executive Director to follow Vicky Dorman who is retiring. Lisa brings her strong business and social work background and marketing knowledge to EGAD. Lisa is formerly from Alexandria, Virginia, where she was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Events for the Lindsay Automotive Group, including one of the top Lexus dealerships in the country. She also worked with both the country’s premiere sports management and marketing companies, ProServ and Advantage International, where she worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes. She became active with EGAD Main Street four years ago and served on their inaugural Board of Directors for two years and was an instrumental in the promotional group that launched the inaugural Founders’ Day Fish Fry, which won a Florida Main Street state award.

An honor graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a degree in Social Work and graduate work in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management, she is well suited to serve the Board of Directors in pursuing their vision EGAD. Says Packard, “Growing up on military bases, I have always appreciated the value of a downtown main street. I was excited to participate in the Florida Main Street program which offers technical and planning guidance to guide the preservation and development of historical downtowns. They are a hotbed of entrepreneurs and creative people trailing their own paths. I also live in Eau Gallie and I love being able to ride my bike to work, have dinner, get some flowers, have a craft beer, hit the Green Market on Saturdays, and visit the latest exhibit at the Foosaner or any of the galleries. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Besides, the feral cat community has adopted me.”

Ms. Packard has also volunteered with the Welcome Home Florida Veterans Parade, Space Coast Pride, Space Coast Honor Flight and contributed web or graphic design work for a variety of nonprofits or animal rescue efforts. She was a member of the Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club for three years.

Vicky Dorman came out of retirement over a year ago to serve as Executive Director and helped EGAD Main Street in critical ways over this past year.  Her non-profit arts experience helped EGAD in fundamental ways. Vicky’s achievements include strengthening EGAD’s relationship with the city of Melbourne, resulting in a new sign kiosk installation coming soon. Dorman also worked with the Foosaner Art Museum to bring jazz to the park and support their highly successful April in Paris movie in the park. She also helped expand Founders’ Day Fish Fry. Her successful grant writing skills resulted in very high grant panel scores with the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Her continued participation as a volunteer and advisor will be greatly welcomed and appreciated. “I have enjoyed my time at EGAD and becoming friends with so many dedicated business owners, and I am looking forward to working with closely with Lisa, the Board of Directors, the businesses and artists as a volunteer,” said Dorman.

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

Nancy Crawford in 24th Annual All florida Juried Exhibition

Nancy Crawford,  member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Transparent Watercolor “Nature’s Weavings will be featured in The 24th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition in Stuart, Florida.  The exhibit organized by the Arts Council of Martin County will open at the Court House Cultural Center located at 80 E Ocean Blvd., on Friday September 19 and run throughNovember 7

Attachment:  Nature’s Weavings, Transparent Watercolor, 39”x48” Nancy Crawford

100% Pure Florida Exhibit at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery


Exhibit runs:  through September 27th, 2014

There are only ten days left to see the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's 9th Annual 100% Pure Florida Exhibition. It is a fabulous show with work from all over the state of Florida. Brevard's own Nancy Seib received Best of Show with her assemblage,"House for Sale," winning a $500 prize and a solo show at the gallery next June.  

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, across from the Foosaner Art Museum in the Eau Gallie Arts District, is the premier art gallery in Brevard County. We will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February, 2015. 

Art Work: Nancy Seib, "House for Sale"

Ellen Pavlakos at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in October

Opening Reception: Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

The front of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will become Ellen's studio during the month of October. It will be fascinating to see the process from the beginning to the finished work in plaster or bronze. Pavlakos, one of our long-standing members in the gallery, is internationally acclaimed and collected. The gallery has many bronze pieces of her work and Pavlakos will be working in the gallery studio on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm during October. 

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, across from the Foosaner Art Museum in the Eau Gallie Arts District, is the premier art gallery in Brevard County. We will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February 2015.

Artwork: Celebration of the Deep

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Art Gallery of Viera is looking to expand its Board of Directors

Art Gallery of Viera was founded by a group of local artists in 2009. AGoV is a members gallery, requiring our artists to join the gallery and most artists share in the day to day operations. It is managed by a board of directors. Over the last five years, through many changes, AGoV has become one of the finest art galleries in central Florida.

Since its opening, the gallery has relocated twice, gained new members and made several changes to the artists on the board of directors. There are currently five directors on the board with one taking a leave of absence. J Susan Cole Stone is the gallery's current executive director and she joined the board when the gallery relocated to its current location. Jeanette Drake, Helen Wheatley, and Jerry Hanzl are original founders of the gallery. Rebecca Gomme has been a member since the gallery's opening and joined the board when it relocated the first time.

Being a director at AGoV is a labor of love. It is a non-paid position that requires a lot of hard work. It's something only an artist would understand. We are seeking one or two local artists to join our board of directors. You must be a team player but also able to take a task and run with it. This is the chance for some creative soul to not only become a part of our amazing gallery but to help form its future. We can offer you gallery space, access to the classroom, exposure and the prestige of being a major part of one of the finest art galleries in our area.

To apply please email info@artgalleryofviera and put 'director' in the subject line. Tell us about yourself, about your art (send us a few samples) and why you would like to become a member of our team. Application window - September 1st through Sept 30th.

Art Gallery of Viera
2271 Town Center Ave
Suite 101, Space 400
Viera, Fl 32940


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sipping and Painting Party with Nancy Sadowski

There will be a Sipping and Painting Party at Spessard Holland Golf Course in Melbourne Beach, Florida,  on 9/24/14 from 5:30 to 7:30. Get a group together or bring your husband for a fun nite out.

All supplies and drinks included (beer and wine). The cost is $30.00.

Contact Nancy Sadowski, instructor at 724-0221.

Art and Antique Studio and Gallery Celebrates 10 Years

“The Power of Ten” – “Generation to Generation” by Jeannette Keen

Art and Antique Studio and Gallery Celebrates 10 Years in Eau Gallie with the Power of Ten exhibit with paintings by their current gallery members.  President-Therese Ferguson challenged the artists to create paintings illustrating the power of Ten.  The exhibit will open, Friday, October 3, during the monthly art walk (5:30-8:30) and will hang for the entire month of October.  The public is invited to an evening of celebration with food and music.

Ten years ago, the co-op gallery (Art and Antique Studio and Gallery) began with co-founders, Therese Payne Ferguson and Debbie Bowes McElwain.  The object was to have a working studio where artists could create, teach and invite the public to meet them personally. 

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in what is now known as the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD), the gallery looks forward to showcasing the outstanding talent Brevard County has to offer, presenting (hundreds of exhibits) with the works of local and out-of-town artists on a monthly basis with such themes as Save the Chimps,  The Porsche Art Car, China Painters, Stained Glass Wonders, Historical Photos of our Space History, Wildlife,  Nature, a High Flying Photographer. And, two of their favorites,  A Garden Tea Party and Southern Marketplace and the annual Miniature Show.

In March 2015, the Gallery will host a state-wide juried art show:  KALEIDOSCOPE of ART. This show will be open to all Florida and seasonal residents and will include 2-D and 3-D artwork.  More information and applications will be available at the Gallery and on our website 

Today, the artist-run gallery has achieved a very unique look combining antique furniture and glass with fine art, and the koi pond floor that the members painted.  Many of our artists have quite a history of winning awards locally, statewide and nationally which is a tribute to their talent.  Art collectors often return to pick up new works from their favorite artists as well as commissions.  President Therese Ferguson said, “The secret to the success of our gallery is the wide-range of talents here and the artists themselves.  They are a great bunch of people who are passionate about their art and work really great together. Come in for a look... you'll like what you see."  

 The gallery is partners with the Courtyard Studio, where classes are taught and studio space is available on an on-going basis.   


This long-standing gallery welcomes artists, or groups, to showcase their talents.  If you wish to  make Art and Antique Studio and “EGAD” Eau Gallie Arts District part of your portfolio please contact Therese-Payne Ferguson 321-253-5553 for more information.  If you are a teacher or instructor and would like to teach at the Courtyard Studio please contact Phyllis Marple at 321-960-8076 or e-mail: for more information. 

Call for Volunteers for the 18th Annual ArtWorks: Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival

ArtWorks, a plein-air fine arts show, will be held Nov. 22 and 23rd from 10 to 5 PM on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne Florida. Volunteers are needed for a variety of fun tasks during the two-day event and for miscellaneous jobs a week before the show.

 If you are interested in supporting the arts by participating, contact Prill Clendenin at 321-254-8926 or Go to for more information.

Book Signing with Phuyllis Reiser Stone at Art and Antique Studios and Gallery

Art and Antique Studios and Gallery

1419 Highland Avenue – 321-253-5553
Eau Gallie Arts District

Friday, October 3, 2014
6:30 pm – 9:30pm
Meet and Greet Author
Phyllis Reiser Stone

Phyllis was nine when she began writing short stories in notebooks. She also entertained her younger brothers with stories, and put on skits with them to entertain their family. When in sixth grade she wrote and directed a play which was performed for her classmates.   In her senior year while living in Long Branch, New Jersey Phyllis joined the journalism class at Long Branch High and was chosen to be the co-editor of the school newspaper in the second semester. This gave her opportunities to write editorials after a semester of writing news as a reporter. The newspaper later won awards with the Columbia School of Journalism. She also helped write and coordinate the school year book in her senior year.  Although unable to attend a college to continue her education in journalism, she continued to write short stories and plays. A short story about her dog Scotty was published in Guideposts magazine in 1952. A Christmas play she wrote but did not publish was performed in her church. She currently has a short story, “Rent-a-Granny” to be published in Driftwood, a local publication. This is her first published novel.  As an Army Brat, Phyllis moved often.  Books were her friends and she enjoyed historical novels and cozy mysteries. She decided to try creating a cozy mystery after she toured a turn-of-the century house that had the potential as a bed and breakfast. 

Synopsis for “The Haunting of White Horse Inn”

A financial crisis forces Linda Rogers, a recent widow, to make a life changing decision. She agrees to become the innkeeper for a pre-Civil War mansion on the banks of Lake Michigan. The mansion needs extensive renovations before it can become a Bed and Breakfast. When Linda and her daughter Amy first inspect it for the owner they are disheartened. The house looks spooky with vines and spider webs everywhere; shutters hang at odd angles and paint is peeling on the windows. When inspecting the inside of the mansion a sudden noise sends them fleeing. Mysterious noises and lights almost convince Linda that it really is haunted as the townspeople believe. However, her faith in God helps her determination to continue. Linda and Amy make the acquaintance of a young security guard named Rick Vandermere. After their move into the mansion, while moving shelving in the formerly locked basement room, they discover a secret underground tunnel. It appears to have been used recently. Who is using it? And why?  Is this the reason for the mansion’s haunted reputation? Who are these mysterious guests who book reservations at the mansion and wander at night? Did Linda’s decision put them in danger?

*Free Admission – Light Refreshments will be served