Wednesday, May 23, 2018

You Are an Artist: Sip n’ Paint Party at Studios of Cocoa Beach

Everyone is creative and the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach offers Sip n’ Paint Parties for adults.  Artist and experienced teacher Jaymee Weinreich will guide you through a complete painting from 6 to 9 pm on Friday June 1, 2018. Bring your friends and your favorite beverage and go home with a complete work of art; a happy dog portrait of Frenchy the bulldog “The Golden Bone”

No previous experience necessary.  We’ll supply all materials, you bring snacks and drinks and prepare for a fun experience.  $35 includes all materials.  Registration is required.  Contact Jaymee at or 787-640-6119 (text or call).

The Studios of Cocoa Beach is a non-profit art gallery and the creative hub of downtown Cocoa Beach with a full schedule of workshops in a variety of techniques from beginner to advanced, adults and children.  The Studio is open Monday and Tuesday 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 am-8pm and Sunday 11 am-4 pm.  For more information on exhibits, Studio artists, or the complete workshop schedule, visit the website: or call 321-613-3480.

Artist and Sculptor Nicky Ravine of Satellite Beach is a New Member of the Studios of Cocoa Beach Art Gallery

Artist and Sculptor Nicky Ravine of Satellite Beach is a New Member of the Studios of Cocoa Beach Art Gallery.His paintings and sculptures reflect his artistic relationship with the ocean and his soul surfing imagery echoes it's primitive calling. Nicky's Laserchrome Direct to Metal Prints and Canvas Prints are on display at The Studios Of Cocoa Beach starting May 15,2018.

Laserchrome Technologies is Sponsoring and Judging The Out Of Towners Art Exhibition at The Studios of Cocoa Beach Friday May 25th 6-9 PM. Artists Alan Metzger , David Hunter, Heidi Stovenga, Kenan Sari, Kate Carney, and Pete Steenland are competing for the coveted Laserchrome Award Of Excellence.

Titusville Sea Turtle Festival Youth Art Contest hosted by The Downtown Art Gallery

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Linnea Reid and Samantha Reid: June Featured Artists at Studios of Cocoa Beach

Like mother, like daughter?  This is true of the two artists chosen to be featured artists for the month of June at the Studios of Cocoa Beach.  Linnea and Samantha Reid are both artists.  Linnea has been painting since the 70’s when she studied with R.L. Lewis, one of the original Florida Highwaymen..
Later she took classes at Eastern Florida State College (then BCC) where one of her fellow students was her daughter Samantha.  Sam now has a degree in art education and teaches 3D art at Titusville High.

Linnea paints with oils, sometimes on wooden fence planks.  Her subjects include nature, nautical, people and wildlife, including mermaids.  “My inspiration for the mermaids is the sweet faces of my daughters and granddaughters.”

Sam also paints, in acrylics, and often on the boots of queen palms, where she creates whimsical faces, or turns them into sculptures.  She loves crafting three dimensional art using clay, paper mache, and silicone rubber, sometimes fashioning costumes or eccentric attire.  

A free drawing for an artwork from each . a wood plank of daises from Linnea and a small turtle sculpture from Samantha, will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018 during the opening reception for the Studios’ exhibit the “Out of Towners”.  

The Reid’s art work can be seen daily at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach.  The Studio is open Monday and Tuesday 10:30am-3:30 pm,  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 am-8pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. For more information on the exhibits, artists, and the workshop schedule, call 321-613-3480 or visit the website:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Call for Art for Shades of Red at Art and Antique Studio

14th Annual Members' Show at Art and Antique Studio

A Chip Off The Old Block at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit Dates: May 1-27, 2018
A Chip Off the Old Block closes on Sunday afternoon, May 27, at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This unusual exhibit challenged member artists to find a small area of a past work of art and create a new piece using, according to the artist, the most exciting, most interesting, or most neglected section of their art. Each new work is 11 x 14" at its final size and is hung alongside the original art. The 'chip' could be magnified or minimized, simplified or detailed. Colors and medium might also have been altered. The resulting works were as varied as all the members of the gallery. There are traditional portraits, representational pieces, and abstract pieces. There is even a sculptural piece by Ellen Pavlakos mirroring one of her large bronzes. 

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL. All events are open and free to the public.

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Children’s Classes: Summer Fun at Studios of Cocoa Beach

The Studios of Cocoa Beach is offering three summer camps and two one day classes in July at the gallery 165 Minuteman Causeway, in downtown Cocoa Beach.  

July 9 - 12  Creative Creatures, ages Kg thru grade 3, noon to 2 pm
July 16-19  Animated Animals for for grades 4,5,6,  noon to 2 pm
July 23 - 26 Fantastic Beasties , for grades 7-12 ,    noon to 3 pm
Maria Tomacari , local public school art teacher, will hold camps for three weeks in July , each week a different age group.  The younger artists willmake amazing imaginary animals using recycled materials that will be covered with papermache and then painted with colorful designs and embellished. The teen class will observe animal anatomy then exaggerate and combine characteristics of animal to create fantastic beasts.
Cost of the four day class is $50 which includes most materials ( 2 days available with approval) Contact Maria for more info and to sign up:
Friday July 13, 2018     9 am to noon  OR  1 - 4 pm
Giraffe Gourd Workshop with Fonda Haddad
Giraffes are the tallest animals of them all.  Fonda Haddad, an award winning fiber artist, will help you create a giraffe from two gourds .  Students will choose a  long handle dipper gourd for he body and a miniature gourd for the head..The giraffes may be traditional with tan body and brown spots or can be funky with a white body and zentangle type black designs.  Each giraffe will have eyes, ears and short horns and a fiber tail. 
Cost of the class is $30 which includes all materials.  Contact Fonda for details and registration at  or call 321-298-2796
Monday, July 23, 2018 or Tuesday July 24  9 am to 11 am
Secret Treasure Box with Debora Tweedie and Ann Welly Revels
Transform a cigar box into special container for a ll your summer treasures.  Cost of the two hour class is $20 which includes all materials.  You are invited to bring photos or magazine pictures that reflect your special interests. The instructors are both award winning mixed media artists. Contact Ann to register at or call/text 321-267-0009
All classes are held at the Studios of Cocoa Beach , 165 Minuteman Causeway , Cocoa Beacha non-profit gallery and  the creative hub of downtown Cocoa Beach with a full schedule of workshops in a variety of techniques from beginner to advanced, adults and children.  The Studio is open Monday and Tuesday 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 am-8pm and Sunday 11 am-pm. For more information on exhibits, Studio artists, or the complete workshop schedule, visit the website: or call 321-613-3480

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sumnmer 2018 Exhibits at Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Image Credit: Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Memorial Wreath: Damnation, 2017. Hand-stitched cotton and found embroidery, 14 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

‘Not Quite Sew,’ ‘Apron Strings’ On View Until Aug. 11      
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology will open two new exhibitions on May 19, “Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Not Quite Sew” and “Apron Strings: Ties to the Past.”

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s embroideries – hand-stitched from the salvaged and recycled materials she collects – critique gender and familial relationships through their portrayal of idealized and subversive subjects. While fabric and stitching are familiar to most people, the discarded household goods Hiltner uses have a history of some other person’s place, actions and time.

She often finds these trivial decorations to be ominously full of double meanings. “I love to create images that at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so,” Hiltner said.

Hiltner’s work has been featured in art museums and galleries nationwide including Missoula Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. She has been showcased in numerous publications including American CraftFiberArts and Interviewmagazines, and she was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Artist’s Innovation Award for the state of Montana.

Hiltner will led a gallery tour of her featured work, which includes art made exclusively for “Not Quite Sew,” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Center’s galleries. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

In conjunction with “Not Quite Sew,” the Center is also presenting, “Apron Strings: Ties to the Past.”

Taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this popular traveling exhibition. Featuring 51 vintage and contemporary examples, “Apron Strings” reviews the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still relevant today.

Using aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women.

The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
“Not Quite Sew” and “Apron Strings” will remain on view through Aug. 11.

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

Artist Vendors Wanted for Titusville Sea Turtle Festival

The 8th annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival will be held in the downtown Titusville Commons area the afternoon and evening of Friday June 8 and all day Saturday June 9.  In addition to educational displays, the turtle craw scavenger hunt, a student art show, and live music, the Festival is looking for artisan vendors. The deadline to apply is May 25th with applications posted at   Or contact for additional information

Monday, May 14, 2018

CALLFORART: “HotTropics” at Art Gallery of Viera

Summer is here! Art Gallery of Viera announces Hot Tropics an exhibit featuring artwork that is Hot, Hot, Hot, running from June 7th through July 9th, 2018. 

The Opening Reception for this show will be June 9th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For complete information go to and click on Call to Artists. To apply, email a .jpg of each artwork and a number where you can be reached to no later than May 31st. Upon notification of acceptance, download the Entry Form & Guest Artist Inventory Form, complete and bring along with your fee and artwork to Art Gallery of Viera during the designated take in day and time.
A. Submissions accepted: From Thursday, May 10th until Thursday, May 31st at Midnight 
B. Accepted artwork due: Tuesday, June 5th between 12:00 and 7:00 pm.
C. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9th from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.D. Show closes: Monday, July 9th at 9:00 p.m.

E. Pick up artwork: Tuesday, July 10th between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Treasure Trove, Fine Functional Art at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in August