Thursday, October 30, 2014

54th Annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival Call for Art

Applications are now available for artists and crafters wishing to enter the 54th Annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, which will take place April 25 and 26, 2015 at Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida. Completed applications must be postmarked by  March 15, 2015 for jurying.  ALL DECISIONS OF THE JURY ARE FINAL.  Confirmation of jury results will be emailed to you by April 1, 2015.  Applications can be downloaded from our website:
Three photos of individual examples of the work you will be displaying and one photo of your booth along with a written description of your work are required as well as a detailed description of the artistic process.  Photos must be in JPEG format with good resolution(at least 300 dpi is recommended). While email is preferred, CDs also will be accepted and should be included with your application.
Applications will not be processed until all components (application, payment, photos and written descriptions) have been received.
Artists are selected from the photos submitted of recent original work based on artistic merit and workmanship.  Categories are:  Fine Arts: Division 1 - Two-Dimensional: paintings, (watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic), graphics, drawings, photography and some mixed media.  Division II - Three-Dimensional: sculpture, pottery,  and some mixed media. Division III - Fine Handcraft:  weaving, woodworking, stained glass and jewelry.  Division IV - Creative Crafts.
For more information, Email: artandfoliagefestival@gmail.comcall: Joann at 407-880-2111 or Linda at 407-880-4158 or  mail to: Art Chairperson, Apopka Art & Foliage Festival, PO Box 378, Apopka, FL 32704-0378.

Eau Gallie Arts District Announces New Board of Directors for 2014-2015

The Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street (EGAD) Board of Directors held their annual election of
directors and officers for the coming year. The Executive Board is now comprised of Derek Gores,
President, Marty Mercado, Vice President and Promotions Chairperson, Tom Powers, Treasurer, and
Mary Bonhomme, Secretary and Past President. The remaining board members with committee chair
responsibility include Jacie Stivers, Economic Restructuring, Vonnie Hoyman, Organization, and Link
Johnsten, Design. Other continuing board members are Dani Clevens, Carla Funk, Carl Kaiserman,
Steve Lum, Barbara Rumpel, Eric McKinley, Ally Soltesz and Kim Deffebach. The members of this
year’s board bring with them strong ties to the community and a tremendous wealth of talent.

Tom Powers, Carl Kaiserman and Link Johnsten have not only served in a variety of capacities on the
EGAD Main Street board over the past five years but were instrumental in the genesis and formation
of EGAD as a Florida Main Street. Members continuing on the board are Derek Gores, noted collage
artist, Jacie Stivers, commercial real estate broker, Vonnie Hoyman, long-time community volunteer,
Steve Lum, president of Slug-a-Bug, Carla Funk, director of University Museums for Florida Institute
of Technology (Foosaner Museum of Art and Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts), Barbara Rumpel,
president of Victoria Landing Assisted Living, and Dani Clevens, owner of Clevens Face and Body
Specialists and an active community volunteer.

New to the board is Marty Mercado, formerly with American Cancer and March of Dimes and most
recently Eastern Florida State College Foundation, who brings tremendous fundraising and
promotional event experience; Eric McKinley, who brings business development experience and has
past ties to Harris Corporation, but is now owner of CrossFit Rise Above Gym; Ally Soltesz, who is
new to Brevard but brings grant and marketing experience to the board; and Kim Deffebach, who is
a child psychologist and also a long-time community philanthropist and volunteer.

EGAD is very fortunate and grateful to have such a talented assemblage of notable members of the
Brevard County community working towards revitalizing the old Eau Gallie area.

For more information about EGAD, please visit our

Abstract Painting Workshop with Meike Aton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard Exhibit ALL THAT ART Photo Competition Exhibition

November 3 - 30th
Harris Corporation Art Gallery
 at the King Center for the Performing Arts

Melbourne, FL – A juried collection of photos from Melbourne and surrounding area  photographers will be on display at the Harris Gallery in the Maxwell C. King Center lobby from November 3rd through November 30th. The exhibit is comprised of approximately 62 pieces of framed photos. 
This event is presented by The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2007. This organization provides assistance and support to creative artists of Brevard & surrounding counties to exceptionally talented youths in the fields of music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts. Support for these programs are generated from fund raisers and the generosity of concerned citizens. They offer opportunities for artists to display their work or talents in many ways such as Music on the Hill, Brevard’s Got Music Talent and All that Art. These programs are open to all artists/photographers with a primary focus on talented students with financial needs.

The photo gala/ceremony will be open to the public on Monday, November 3rd from 5 – 7 pm. It may also be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances. All of the artwork will be available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Frank (321) 254-3398 or
Please visit our website at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

Pastel Painting Class with Debi Pettigrew - Join Anytime!


WHO:             Instructed by Debi Pettigrew
WHAT:            Painting with Pastels Classes
WHEN:           Tuesday evenings:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                        Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Art Gallery of Viera at the Avenue
COST:             $20.00 per class or $75.00 /4 classes
CONTACT:     Debi Pettigrew, or 321-749-1153

Have fun creating magical pastel paintings with local artist Debi Pettigrew.  Learn how to paint wildlife, animals, pets, landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits!   Classes will focus on various pastel techniques to achieve textures, contrast and colors as well as learning how and when to use hard and soft pastels.  This class encourages every student to choose their favorite subject matter and to develop their own unique style.  Join us Tuesday evenings or Sunday mornings in the Art Education Center in the Art Gallery of Viera.

The “Painting with Pastels” classes will be held at the Art Gallery of Viera, located in “The Avenue” off Lake Andrew Drive.  You can register for classes by contacting Debi Pettigrew, (321) 749-1153 or, or The Art Gallery of Viera, (321) 504-4343.  Supply list will be provided upon registration.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


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Book Signing at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery on November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014
Art & Antique Gallery
1419 Highland Avenue
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Meet and Greet Author

Darryl L. Gentry

Let the Good Times Roll: birth of rock n roll 1955 - 1963 by Author Darryl L. Gentry , is about the songs , the singers , the stories that take you on a documented journey back to 1955 to learn how rhythm & blues and rockabilly became the first and last music teenagers called their own. Darryl was born in Bay Shore , New York in 1941. He received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. His Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. Prior to retirement, Darryl was a license clinical psychotherapist for over 30 years , graduate school instructor , medical school instructor, and published author of Brief Psychotherapy. In 2011 at age 70 , he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has been teaching Let the Good Times Roll :birth of rock n roll 1955 - 1963 since 2010. Darryl's book was published in June of 2013..

Free Admission – Light Refreshments will be served

Call for Art from Art Gallery of Viera

Ho ho ho! Art Gallery of Viera announces the return of its wildly popular Holiday Gift 
Shop, running from November 7th 2014 through January 3rd 2015. 
The Opening Reception 
for this show will be November 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m. To apply, email a few jpegs that are 
representative of your items to no later than October 23rd. 

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

Artist and Author Peter C Stone to appear at Ocean Art Gallery



FLAGLER BEACH, FL – With the name change, new paint and a sophisticated LED lighting system now in place, Ocean Art Gallery will be the venue for internationally renowned artist and author Peter C. Stone on Friday, Saturday, November 7th & 8th, when he introduces “Dreams to Dance in the Moonlight & Other Stories” art show. Subsequently, on Tuesday the 11th of November he will give a talk and hold a book signing at Ocean Art Gallery. This will be the artist’s first introduction in Florida.

An accomplished sailor, Stone has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from the southern reaches of Patagonia to the Antarctic. These experiences inform his work and a unique self-taught style of Tonal-Realism which incorporates the aesthetic of plein airisme with a sophisticated glazing technique.

Stone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the Claremont Colleges. His undergraduate theses in Marine Biology and Studio Art provided an early foundation for Waltzes with Giants, his highly successful book he wrote and illustrated about North Atlantic right whales. Since 1983, he has presented more than fifty solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, and England, including Art Expo New York, the Toronto International Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the DeCordova Museum.

Wanting to offer multiple opportunities for people to talk with the artist and view his work, Stone will welcome guests from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, November 7th, and then again from 1 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, November 8th. The artist, who will be painting during the opening and describing his artistic approach, will also be available on Tuesday, November 11th, for commissions prior to and after his talk and book signing at the gallery at 6:00 PM.

Ocean Art Gallery is located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, across the street from the Flagler Beach Pier. Normal hours are 12 – 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and Monday by appointment. .

Friday, October 24, 2014



An Open House at historic Green Gables in Historic Riverview Village will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 1-5pm. Walk the riverfront grounds and take a tour of the first floor, including some historic items from the home and recent artwork of the house and surroundings.

Please go to for more information about the house and its history, as well as to make a donation to help save this very important part of Melbourne's history and bring Green Gables back to its former glory.

Green Gables is located at the corner of Route 1 (Harbor City Drive) and Riverview Drive just north of 192 in Melbourne.

Don't miss... Ellen Pavlakos at the Fifh Avenue Art Gallery

Wednesday, October 29th, is the last chance this year to see a master sculptor at work at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Ellen Pavlakos, a long time member, has set up the front gallery as her studio. She has been working on her pieces each Wednesday during October from 1 to 4 pm. The front gallery looks so alive! Watching Ellen work is truly an opportunity not to be missed.
Ellen is internationally acclaimed and collected. The gallery has many bronze pieces of her work. Pavlakos' sculptures are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Florida. She has exhibited in many state and national competitions as well as competitions in Paris, France, Athens and Thessalonica, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus.
The figure is Ellen's vehicle of expression. There is a continuing thread of concern with human emotions through most of her work. Through a link to the classical Greek, a positive feeling of the human experience and glorification of life communicates directly to the viewer.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, across from the Foosaner Art Museum in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District, is the premiere art gallery in Brevard County. We will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February 2015. 
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street News - Highland Market


MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) has exciting events happening on Highland Avenue this fall. Starting Friday, October 24, their normal Saturday Farmer’s Market is expanding to two days—Friday and Saturday—and is renamed HIGHLAND MARKET to reflect the variety of vendors. Highland Market will showcase a diverse selection of produce, food artisans, high quality hand-crafted items and more.  Highland Market will always be in the Eau Gallie Square on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District, which is at the western base of the Eau Gallie Causeway. 

There are two First Fridays left in this year and both are packed with live entertainment, strolling on Highland Avenue through the shops and galleries. In November, the first of six kiosks will be installed in Pineapple Park that commemorate the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Byway. That will be on Pineapple Avenue next to Eau Gallie Library. In December, the Eau Gallie High School Band will entertain from the band shell along with the choir from St. Paul’s Methodist Church. A certain fat man will be there to greet children of all ages. Festivities for both run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Don’t forget to bring cash for the food vendors.

EGAD also plays host to the Junior League’s annual Festival of Trees at the Foosaner Museum of Art on November 15-16 this year. Christmas trees decorated by local designers will be on display throughout the museum. Admission is $5 both days. Please visit their website for full details.

USA TODAY named ArtWorks of Eau Gallie the #1 event on the space coast and Highland Avenue will be closed for two days to host this curated ‘plein-air’ art show, where artists exhibit their skills with public demonstrations as well as offer very high quality works of art in many forms. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be live music and other entertainment for all ages. For complete information, please visit their website.

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