Saturday, February 13, 2016


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CBAA Art Show at Cape Canaveral Public Library

An Evening with the Artists ... fundraiser for the Central Brevard Art Association

Uncommon Threads: Reimagined put on by The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Florida Institute of Technology and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts present the annual textiles symposium, Uncommon Threads: Reimagined, on Feb. 18-19. Now celebrating its 11th year, Uncommon Threads is offered to the community as part of Florida Tech’s expanding focus on the textile arts and seeks to help expand arts patrons’ understanding of textile scholarship by bringing renowned speakers and industry insiders to Brevard County.

Since 2004, this singular event has presented internationally recognized curators, scholars and experts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. This year, Uncommon Threads will host Dr. Elissa Auther, Windgate Research Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center, New York.

Auther’s book, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010), focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in American art of the 1960s and 70s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. In addition, she co-curated and edited the accompanying catalog for the exhibition West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 (Minnesota, 2012). Most recently she co-curated the retrospective exhibition of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter and she has two new publications on the fiber-based work of artist Josh Faught. She also co-directs Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics, a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that focuses on issues of women and gender through creative practice.

As part of the symposium, which is being held in conjunction with the Ruth Funk Center’s feature exhibition, Reimagined: Innovations in Fiber, Auther will present a free lecture, “Miriam Schapiro’s Unheralded Legacy”  at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus. This illustrated lecture examines the pioneering work of artist Miriam Schapiro, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2015, and considers the legacy of her practice in art today. The legacy of Schapiro’s innovative, subjective approach to abstraction has yet to be fully appreciated, and Auther will also discuss the artist’s work in relation to artists utilizing fiber, ornamentation, and pattern today. Reservations are not required for the Feb. 18 lecture. Free parking is available.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Auther will present, “Josh Faught: Fiber and Feeling,” followed by a champagne reception, three-course luncheon and an Artisan Showcase highlighting local artists featured in the Ruth Funk Center’s gift shop. This event is in the Hartley Room of the Denius Student Center on campus. Tickets, with limited availability, are $75 each. Valet parking will be available. Uncommon Threads: Reimagined is sponsored by Nita Grisham of Wells Fargo Advisors. The honorary chair of this event is Midge Dunn. For more information or to make luncheon reservations, contact the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at (321) 6748313 or by

Images: Headshot courtesy of Elissa Auther; Josh Faught, It Takes a Lifetime to Get Exactly Where You Are, 2012, 8 x 20 feet. Courtesy of Lisa Cooley Gallery, NY.

Don't miss: Splash 2016 put on by Brevard Watercolor Society

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Native Florida Opening Reception at Art Gallery of Viera

Name: Native Florida Opening Reception
Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Viera
Address: 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL 32940
Phone Number: (321) 504-4343

Art Gallery of Viera is pleased to announce "Native Florida" an exhibit featuring artwork of all that surrounds us. This show will feature not only our talented member artists, but other local artists, bringing the beauty of Florida to our walls. The opening reception will be on Saturday February 13th, giving the unique opportunity to talk with each artist about their work (and enjoying some free light refreshments as an added bonus!) In addition, you can also enter to win a piece of art by Jim Kalupa and check out a fantastic demo by Sue Kennicott! The event is free and family friendly, we hope to see you there!

Attention local artists! The call for art is still open, apply by February 4th to be part of the show and have your artwork displayed all month, check our website for full details

Shared Pathways: Steven and Katherine Aimone at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit dates: February 2 - February 28, 2016

Shared Pathways: Steven and Katherine Aimone will open on February 2, 2016 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, FL. Katherine and Steven will be present at the First Friday opening on February 5th, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm, to meet, greet, and discuss their paintings. Both artists’ bodies of work are based upon internal work, communicated through abstract means.

Steve and Katherine are freshly returned from a painting sabbatical, from October through December of 2015, in Cortona, Italy. This exhibition features some of their work created there. The couple maintains studios in Asheville, NC and on Mohegan Island, ME. They work and grow as artists, supporting one another in the pursuit of their dreams, aspirations, and goals.

by Katherine Aimone
Katherine says about her work: “My work is about experiencing beauty—that vulnerable state that is accessible each day, but often overlooked in our push to succeed and take care of practical concerns.” Her paintings were hung at the American Embassy in Moldova from 2010-14 through the Art in Embassies Program, and she had a solo exhibition in Asheville during 2015. She is currently organizing a national exhibition that opens in April for the new Greenville Creative Arts Center. Together with Dr. Nancy Hillis, she teaches workshops called Doing the Work of Your Life: Moving Beyond Fear in Abstract Art.

by Steven Aimone
Steven says about his work, “My work is visual poetry, speaking indirectly and metaphorically about the human experience. The paintings serve as gateways, affording access to complex, internal states of emotion, psyche, and spirit.” Steven’s work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in Florida, New York, London and more. His works are represented in corporate and private collections. 
Steve, a nationally recognized painting teacher in both the US and Canada teaches the Master Series Workshop-Residences during January and February every year at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He also teaches in Asheville, Maine, and New Orleans. He is the author of the popular book, Expressive Drawing, published in 2010. Katherine’s company, ArtsWrite, provides professional writing for artists. 

Shared Pathways will run through February 28.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Thursday, February 4, 2016

19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival - TAL Art Show and Competition

Adult Winners

2-D Category
1.  Sheryl Hughes - “Owl Live 2”
2.  Kathie Benson – “Nested & Waiting”
3.  Kathie Benson – “Incoming Outgoing”
Merit: Laura Zoellner – “Emerging”
Merit: Sheryl Hughes – “Tricolor”

3-D Category1. Glauco Mendoza – “Sunrise Light”
2. Frank Gant – “Early Migration”
3. Frank Gant – “Protective Custody”
Merit:  Charlie Shrum – “Sea Turtle”
Merit:  Sally Shinn – “Hanging Out to Dry”

Photography1.  Ed Swan – “I’ll Be Watching You”
2.  Joe Campanellie – “Got Fish…?”
3. Jim Boland – “Cypress Ghost”
Merit:  Ladore Sime – “Fish Toss”
Merit:  Ladore Sims – “Woody”

People’s Choice: Charlie Shrum – “Sea Turtles”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Author, Artist, Musician Showcase by the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

 A celebration of professional authors, musicians and artists will be held at Viera/Suntree Library on February 13 between 1 and 3 pm highlighting local talent from Brevard and Indian River counties. 

Arranged by the Cape Canaveral Pen Women (CCPW), the showcase will feature poetry and book readings, musical performances as well as a chance to meet the scribes, troubadours and artisans who are members of the CCPW, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

Featured authors who will be on hand to discuss their books include Fay Picardi, Mia Crews, Kay Williamson and Anna Flowers. Picardi penned Simonetta, the subject of Botticelli’s Venus, a fascinating historical fiction, which provides a glimpse into the Italian court and the mysterious woman who lived in Renaissance Florence. Crews and co-author Karlene Conroy, will discuss their hilarious book Last Stop Paradise about coping in the sandwich generation. For budding authors, Crews will also have on hand her CD How to Publish on CreateSpace and Kindle for Free. Williamson, a teacher turned mystery writer, artist and songwriter, will feature her numerous well-crafted mystery novels. Anna Flowers will have her updated riveting book focusing on the real-life mystery surrounding the shocking story of Sue Logue, her lover Strom Thurmond and a South Carolina blood feud.

Artist Rosemary Brofo, president of the Vero Beach Pen Women, will also be on hand to highlight Two Little Girls from Kissimmee, her new illustrated book, a memoir of Central Florida during World War II. In addition, well-known poet JoAnna O'Keefe will introduce her song America at the Crossroads, now on CD, while Fay Picardi will read poetry. Musician/composer Melany Perkins, specializing in children’s music, will play guitar and sing from her CD Animalopolis, which received a Parents Choice award.

Admission is free and the event will include raffles to win the artists’ work as well as refreshments. Books, CDs and professional artists work will also be available for sale.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Imprints: Those Made/Left Behind by David Wallace

Exhibit dates: March 1 - March 27, 2016

 Imprints: Those Made/Left Behind by David Wallace, artist photographer, opens on March 1st at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie. David will be at the opening on March 4th to share his vision with attendees.

Born and raised in Florida, David moved to California shortly after graduating from the University of Florida. For almost 25 years, he has worked extensively in various artistic fields focusing on Graphic Design, Visual Production and Marketing for the Motion Picture Industry. Just about 5 years ago he re-discovered his love and passion for photography which he combines with his graphics background to create his unique Photo-Illustrations.

Imprints: Those Made/Left Behind is the culmination of this marriage of sorts and focuses on his travels both abroad and in the United States with a focus on his love of Paris. David's work has been described as a bit dark or moody but he challenges all who view his work to find the beauty, tenderness and sometimes humor that he sees in every image.

The opening on March 4th will run from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. The exhibit will run through March 27.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

CBAA Exhibit at the King Center for the Performing Arts

Central Brevard Art Association Exhibit
FEB 1 – FEB 28
Harris Corporation Art Gallery
at the King Center for the Performing Arts

Melbourne, FL – A collection of artwork created by local members of the Central Brevard Art Association titled, “Celebrating Diversity” will be on display at the Harris Gallery in the Maxwell C. King Center lobby from February 1st through February 28th. The exhibit will feature approximately 50 pieces of work compromised of watercolor, oils and photography.  

A FREE open to the public viewing will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd from 5 pm – 7 pm. All other viewing times are for ticketed guests attending King Center main stage performances. All guests will have the opportunity to vote for “People’s Choice.” Please stop by and place your vote for your favorite piece. All of the artwork will be available for purchase.

Established in 1960, the Central Brevard Art Association is the oldest art organization in Brevard County.  They offer art instruction, art workshops and art shows for display of members' work.

For additional information on the exhibit, please contact Karen Wilson at 321-433-5717.

For information on becoming a member of the Central Brevard Art Association, please call 321- 632-2922 or visit our website at