Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nancy Blauers and Tom Ackley Featured at Ocean Art Gallery duirng Flagler Art and Wine Weekend

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – The weekend of December 5th through 7thwill showcase the art of two very different artists at Ocean Art Gallery, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. The gallery’s featured artists for the month of December are Nancy Blauers and Tom Ackley. The dual opening receptions will be Friday, 12/5 from 6 – 9 pm and Saturday, 12/6 from 1 – 4 pm & 6 – 9 pm to allow everyone an opportunity to meet with the artists.

Nancy Blauers, from Geneva, Florida, is an internationally renowned artist perhaps best known for her work as the senior artist with Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.” Her show "New Dimensions - the Sculpted Art of Bas Relief," will feature her engaging bas relief creations and several other selections from her colorful portfolio.

A native of the Connecticut shore, Nancy has a longtime love for the maritime coast. She grew up sailing on Long Island Sound. The wind, the waves and her fascination for wildlife serve as inspiration for her art. Her parents were greatly supportive of her artistic skills, which were discovered at a young age, and she was formally trained at the Frank Covino Academy of Art in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City, earning her BFA in illustration in 1986.

Nancy is skilled in many different mediums. She often paints with oils and also has a very strong background in sculpting in wood and resins. Her bas relief sculptures have been displayed at numerous wildlife shows and galleries, including The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wasau, Wisconsin, with The Society of Animal Artists, and the Society of Illustrators in NYC.

In 2007, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission selected her design for the new "Save the Manatee" license plate for the state of Florida.

She is the Senior Artist with Margaritaville Merchandising, where she greatly enjoys creating designs depicting "the Margaritaville lifestyle" for products such as dimensional sculptures, ceramic goods and clothing for the Margaritaville stores.

Tom Ackley, who resides in Port Orange, will present his work in a show entitled "Painting with Fire - the Unique Woodburning of Artist Tom Ackley." He came to Florida in 2003 from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and quickly developed a love for fishing and surfing, which became the subjects for much of his artwork.

Ackley’s formal art training was acquired through the Art Quest School of Art and Design, which was taught by nationally renowned artist Gregory Graham Grant. Throughout his training, Ackley tried many different mediums, and in his experimenting came up with a new mixed-media style of art.

Ackley’s artwork has been described as art that captures the brilliance and soul of his natural subjects. His pieces are created using many mediums, including acrylic paint, Japanese Sumie ink, and woodburning. Using wood as a canvas, he burns the images into the piece and adds a loose Sumie brush style with wood stain as the shading. The piece is then topped off with a burst of color using acrylic paint for texture.

He has had three different Signature Gallery locations in Central Florida over the past five years and has done design work for marine life artist Dr. Guy Harvey.

Ocean Art Gallery is a participating gallery in the Holiday Flagler Art & Wine Shuttle on Sunday, December 7th. The art of Blauers and Ackley, along with that of 24 other local, national and international artists, will be on display. The gallery is the home of the original acrylic painting “See Lion,” the focal point of a raffle to benefit the United Way’s Women’s Initiative Flagler. 

Raffle tickets are available at the gallery now through 5:00 pm on December 7th for $5 each or three tickets for $10. The drawing will be conducted at Ocean Art Gallery at 5:30 pm, with the donating artist Fred Haase pulling the lucky winning ticket.

Ocean Art Gallery will maintain the Blauers and Ackley Art Shows through December. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 6 pm. Appointments for Monday may be obtained at 386-693-4882.

News from Lori Jenkins and Therese Ferguson

Two Brevard County residents took top honors at the Artworks of Eau Gallie outdoor show this past weekend in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.  Therese Ferguson won an award of "Merit" and Lori Pitten Jenkins won "Best of Show".  Both awards were based on their entire body of work.

Ryan Walters Presents IN THE AMBER OF THE MOMENT

December 1 – January 4

Harris Corporation Art Gallery

at the King Center for the Performing Arts

Melbourne, FL – The impressionist landscapes of artist Ryan Walters will be featured in the Harris Corporation Art Gallery at the King Center for the Performing Arts from December 1st – January 4th.

Along with landscapes, his presentation, “In the Amber of the Moment” will include seascapes/boats and still-life work.  This exhibit will be open to the public on Thursday, December 4th from 6pm – 8pm. 
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  The exhibit can also be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King  Center main stage performances. All of the artwork will be available for purchase.

Walters has participated in many juried shows locally and has 40 paintings in private collections in five states. He primarily constructs impressionist landscapes and only uses pallete knives to paint. In addition to painting, he also has a degree in Post Modern English and American Fiction and teaches Theory of Knowledge and English at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School.

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Creative Cards With Ree at The Art Gallery of Viera

(Near Coldwater Creek and Belk)
Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts.  We create greeting cards, gifts, or gift bags.  New projects each week!
Beautiful, quality materials, including cardstock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the $12 price of the class.  
Advance reservations are needed and may be placed by contacting Ree at
 321-961-2350 or at
 December Schedule:
December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
                 You may sign up for either the morning class (10:30 am-12:30 pm) 
or the afternoon class (1:30 pm-3:30 pm)

Check out our Christmas Card Workshops at

Art Gallery of Viera •  2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111  • Viera, FL 32940

Monday, November 24, 2014

Susan Wechsler - A Mosaic Journey

2014 ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Awards

Art Awards
Best of Show  ($3500)    Lori Pitten Jenkins 

2-Dimensional Judges' Choice  ($2500)    Carol Elder Napoli
3-Dimensional Judges' Choice  ($2500)    Dave Burton

Awards of Distinction  ($1500)   Gregory Jones
                                                     Michael Nemnich
                                                     Paul M. Stevens

Awards of Merit  ($1000)   Therese Payne Ferguson
                                            Jinsong & Carol Kim
                                            Viola Knudsen  
                                            Mark Van de Bogart   

ArtWorks Patricia Sams Memorial Award  ($650)    Lisa Shepperd

Awards of Honor  ($500)   Jens Bisgaard
                                           Peg Miller
                                           Charles Nalle
                                           Ralph Rankin
                                           Xochitl Ross
                                           Russell Taylor
                                           Gregory Thomas-Moore
                                           Barbara Umbel                                                                                                                       

Foosaner Art Museum, F.I.T.  Award for General Excellence  ($250)
                                          Tricia Eisen  

allaprima styling group Award in Honor of Gretchen Chell  ($150)
                                         Krystal Greene

Art & Antique Studio & Gallery Award for Excellence  ($150)
                                         Alex Stankiewicz

Brevard Watercolor Society Merit in Watercolor Award   ($100)
                                        Godwin Kou   

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Award   ($100)
                                         John Sluder

Demonstrators' Awards

2-Dimensional Demonstrator's Award  ($1000)     Sloan Keats

3-Dimensional Demonstrator's Award  ($1000)     Charles Nalle

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This weekend... ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival - November 22 and 23 - Melbourne Florida

Don't miss the ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival It is this coming weekend and has something for everyone.   

It is two days of showing the public how artists work in their medium. Great music and food come along with the package. ArtWorks utilizes the talents of local musicians (including local high school ensembles) and local food vendors.
There will be 100+ artists demonstrating their skills along Highland Avenue and the side streets.  The Florida Chalk Artists will be there too.  And in the Civic Center will be the Meet the Authors Book Fair and the Porcelain Artists.  So there is something for the whole family.

Be sure to drop by and enjoy.

Artists.... Cindy sent me her booth number.  Anyone else want to do the same. I'll be glad to add them on.

Cindy Michaud will be in booth #114 on the south side of Highland Avenue Saturday and Sunday...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Art Market at Art More Place

The Holiday Art Market at Art More Place is on November 29th from 10am to 6pm. The Art More Place consists of  16 local artists selling their unique treasures and art, professional photographer, Photo Fun taking Holiday Family Portraits and Happy Belly offering healthy and delicious food.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Designer Craft Show

Exhibit runs: through Jan. 3, 2015, open Mondays through Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, 1:00 to 4;00 through December 30.

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is now featuring our 32nd  Designer Craft Show and you won't be disappointed.  Beautiful, unique gifts in all price ranges. This year we have handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts, both functional and decorative, from the country’s best artisans. There is blown glass, pottery, hand made books, hundreds of  hand crafted Christmas ornaments, fabulous jewelry and much more. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is the place to do all your holiday shopping.

Stop by during ArtWorks,  November 22nd and 23rd.  We are open Monday - Friday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 4.
The earlier you shop the better the selection. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's Craft Show is known for the excellent selection of hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family. This year will be no exception. 
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. We will be celebrating our fortieth anniversary in February, 2015. The gallery is located in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Art Gallery Christmas Cards With Ree at the Cocoa Beach Library

Wednesday, December 3, 10 am-12 pm
In this class you will learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create 3 high quality Christmas cards. Beautiful, quality materials, including card stock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the price of the class of $10. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required.  Contact Ree Nathan at or call (321) 961-2350 or 
(321) 773-0095.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Out My Backdoor exhibit

From December 1, 2014, though January 31, 2015, the 22nd Floor Gallery of the Florida State Capitol Building will feature the outstanding work of seven Brevard county visual artists in a Florida-themed exhibit entitled OUT MY BACKDOOR.  Working within the theme but in a wide variety of media and styles, the artists have produced an exciting offering.  Marilyn Cook brings us subtle, dream-like photographs; Nancy Baur Dillen carries us away with fantasy seascapes and imaginary characters in oil; Lydia Friedland produces large, exuberant textiles out of unlikely materials, Carol Garutti invites the viewer into intimate and colorful abstract digital compositions, Susan Martin immerses us in vibrant acrylic close ups of tropical foliage, Ellen Pavlakos calms us with the elegance of classically-styled bronzes, and Jean Thomas interprets the influences of water upon us with its colors, motion and changing appearance.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sharon Burridge Stained Glass at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery

Reception 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Art & Antique Gallery
1419 Highland Avenue – Eau Gallie

Outstanding Stain Glass  by:  Sharon Burridge
"Creating Glass that is special to me and my client is very rewarding”

Sharon Burridge began working with glass in 1978.  She loved glass from the first day and still feels the same. In the beginning, she sold her work in sidewalk art shows and now sells her work  out of her Studio, downstairs from her home on North Merritt Island; Brooke Pottery Gallery, Lakeland, FL, Art and Antique Gallery in Eau Gallie.  I love to hear what my clients want and need. To Sharon -Glass is both beautiful and functional.

Two of Sharon’s largest installations can be seen at: 
  1. In Boca Raton at Gumbo Limbo Environmental Park, on A1A.  She has installed 6 windows-6 feet tall and 3 feet wide that tell the story from an historical perspective of what the area was like in the 1500’s
  2. Closer to home you can see a large wall of 36 windows at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Minuteman in Cocoa Beach.  Jesus’ halo creates a reflection that moves with the sun. Prisms of light create multiple rainbows that move across the pews, in effect touching the people with light.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Silk Painting Workshop at Courtyard Studio

Fiber artist Linda Geiger will teach a beginner’s workshop entitled “Silk Painting Basics” at the Courtyard Studio, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District. The two-day workshop will take place on Monday, December 1 and Monday December 8, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The cost is $45 for both days. Participants will complete an original piece of art suitable for framing or use in a sewing project in this informative, hands-on workshop.
Silk Painting Basics with Linda Geiger
Monday, December 1st AND Monday December 8th, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $45, supplies included
For more information call 321-784-9347 or email
Courtyard Studio is located at 1425 Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie, Florida, next to Art & Antique Studio and Gallery.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art That Pops at The Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville

     ART that POPS! 
Elizabeth Sammons- Art Opening
     The Downtown Art Gallery
      Friday, Nov 21st  6-10pm

Acrylic paintings of animals; horses, cats and dogs of different breeds in fun, bold colors that pop off the canvas! 

Elizabeth Sammons will be on display starting Nov 17th through Christmas. Her artwork is perfect for
holiday gift giving.  

Join us Friday, November 21st for her  Opening Reception.  

Spiced Mulled Apple Cider Cocktails will be served along with Harvest  Hors d' oeuvres. Yum!
Free Event. Public welcome  
For info call Heidi at 321-268-0122.

Jeanette Drake featured artists in December at Art Gallery of Viera

Who: Art Gallery of Viera
What: December's Featured Artist
When: December 1st through December 31st
Where: Art Gallery of Viera, at The Avenue, Viera - between J. Grace & Co. and The Avenue office.

  Another year ends at Art Gallery of Viera, and what a year it has been. The gallery has celebrated it's fifth anniversary and has become the place to see local artists and their wares. The gallery's amazing success, even during trying times, is due in large part, to it dynamic board of directors. And during their year end holiday gift shop, the gallery is proud to highlight one of it's founders and it's financial director, Jeanette Drake.

  Jeanette Drake is an award-winning artist and is the featured artist in December at the Art Gallery of Viera.

  Jeanette was born and raised in Miami, FL and after retirement from Miami Dade College she would devote much of her time to painting. She began with classes in 2004 in Botanical Illustration at Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami. Now retired in Melbourne, Jeanette enjoys her second career as an artist and has won many top awards for her watercolor paintings. She is one of three artists who have been on the Board of the Art Gallery of Viera since it began more than 5 years ago

  Jeanette is well known for her detail, particularly in her paintings of the local wildlife and tropical flowers. She uses many washes and layers in her paintings but it is the detail that appeals to Jeanette and that which makes her paintings come to life.

  Although watercolor is her favorite medium, Jeanette has recently begun painting with acrylics and will have Christmas themed hand painted gourds on display at the Art Gallery of Viera in their “Holiday Gift Shop”.

  Jeanette is a member of: Brevard Cultural Alliance, Florida Watercolor Society, Brevard Watercolor Society, Strawbridge Art League and Titusville Art League.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Guest Artist Kerr Grabowski to Speak At Friends of Textiles Lecture Nov. 18

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts will host guest artist Kerr Grabowski in the next Friends of Textiles Lecture Series event on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. at the center, which is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne. At 6 p.m., Grabowski will present a gallery tour of her work. The talk is presented in conjunction with the center’s current exhibit, Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art, on view through Dec. 13.

Kerr Grabowski’s history as a fiber artist has been marked by her constant experimentation with innovative approaches to dyeing and screening processes. She developed Deconstructed Screen Printing, a monoprinting technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing.

Formerly Artist in Residence at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, N.J., Kerr now maintains a studio in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. A past recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship and New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship, Kerr is published in Ornament, Surface Design Journal, Fiber Arts Design Book Six, Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art and Textiles Now.

Admission to the lecture is $10. It is free to Friends of Textiles members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and full-time students.

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