Saturday, January 20, 2018

Call for Art: Strawbridge Art League Vision 2018 Take In

The take in for the Strawbridge Art League Vision 2018 show is on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 12pm to 4pm and on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 12pm to 4pm.

The take in is at the Strawbridge Art League and Gallery at 819-2 East Strawbridge Avenue in Historic Downtown Melbourne, Florida.

Driven to Abstraction - A Solo Show by Helen Wheatley at Gallery 14 in Vero Beach

Driven to Abstraction

Artist Helen Wheatley is extending an open invitation to one and all to join her for the opening reception of her solo show "Driven to Abstraction"at Gallery 14 in Vero Beach.  This will be the premier showing of many of Helen's latest works.

Helen will be exhibiting works in Acrylic and Mixed Media from Jan. 2nd to Jan 26th, 2018 with an opening reception at Gallery 14 on Friday, January 5th from 5-8 pm.
Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, Fl.

Helen also invites you to follow her on fb at and see more of her artwork at Art Gallery of Viera at The Avenue, Viera.
Helen Wheatley - Artist

Sip, Savor and Soul on Main Street on Cocoa Beach Downtown hits the high notes in February

Sip, Savor and Soul on Main Street on Cocoa Beach
Downtown hits the high notes in February

Cocoa Beach Main Street will host in a series of events in 2018 beginning with the first Sip and Stroll of the year.

“This event is becoming known as much for the food as it is for the wine,” says Beth Javens, Executive Director, Cocoa Beach Main Street.  Our last event featured our most diverse menu of spanish tapas, cuban sandwiches, clam chowder, bratwurst, spring rolls and tapenades. There were some sweet treats as well such as key lime tartlets and flan. Wine and food for $30! Participating businesses in downtown Cocoa Beach will invite over 500 participants to “wine and dine” on Saturday, February 10th beginning at 5pm.

Free Friday events begin on February 16th at 6pm on Minutemen Causeway and continue throughout the year on te 3rd Friday of every month in downtown.  Lady and the Tramps headlines the February event with over 40 crafts, vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Here are more activities to add to your calendar:
February 9th Heidi’s Jazz Club Bruce Katz with Chris Vitarello (guitar, vocals) and Ray Hangen (drums) at Heidi's Jazz Club from 8:30pm – 12am. Seating is limited and the music charge is $20.  Bruce Katz is a 4 times Blues Music Award nominee, New York Blues Hall of Fame inducted and was a regular member of the Greg Allman and

February 3rd. 10th, 17th, 24th   Feeling Green Soap Company Fran Malloy has a passion for pottery and making soaps she has been in business as a massage therapist for over 20 years. She has decided to open a storefront to the public Saturdays only 14 North Brevard Ave in the Baliwick Mall. For more information visit or 321-749-1468

February 1st-28th 87 Main Street Spirits Wednesdays Joshua Keels from 7pm-10pm, Tony Castro on Thursdays from 7pm-10pm; Fridays Antonio on Piano 7-10 pm; Paul on Saxophone 7pm-11pm

February 13th-14th Infinity Yoga Yoga Calm for Children classes, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons with Stephanie Sisler.; Parents Night Out, Kids Night In! Send your kids to the studio for yoga fitness, a painting project and pizza from 6-8:15 p.m. $20 per child.

February 10th Studios of Cocoa Beach Word Portraits: Reflecting on travel and Nature to Paint a Picture with Words with Adria Carey. February 11th and February 18th Earrings Course 3 Challenging Our Creative Abilities and Solving Problems; February 13 Jewelry from Junque with Joan Kisner; February 24th and 25th Watercolor Workshop with Tom Jones.

February 1st -28th Cocoa Beach Library presents workshops throughout the month including “Art Space” with Liz Scholder  and “Western Humanities” Medieval and Renaissance Periods.

For more information find or Cocoa Beach Main Street, Inc is a 501c-3 not-for profit. Cocoa Beach Main Street, Inc. advocates on behalf of issues affecting the economic vitality and cultural identity of downtown Cocoa Beach. It is an accredited Florida Main Street Community.

Friday, January 19, 2018

American Watercolor Society 151st International Exhibition - two area artists selected

Lori Pitten Jenkins
Two Brevard County residents have had their work selected for the American Watercolor Society's 151st International Exhibition to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York.  Frank Spino's "Citrus Squared" and Lori Pitten Jenkins "Just Be Claws."  The show will run from April 9th to April 28th.

Frank Spino

Jewelry From Junque Workshop at Studios of Cocoa Beach

If you don’t think you are creative, this class will uncover your hidden talent.  Join Instructor Joan Kisner at the Studios of Cocoa Beach on Tuesday February 13 from 1 to 4 pm.  Bring any favorite broken jewelry, interesting objects, or pick from the "junk" we  will provide. We will create a new, exciting piece of jewelry you will be proud to wear. All tools and other other supplies will be furnished.
Joan has been an artist and art teacher most of her life with expertise in painting, fine art enameling and jewelry design.  She has taught workshops in many states  and has had art selected for regional and national tours.  If you have never made jewelry before, this is the class for you.  With  Joan’s guidance you will turn bits and pieces into wearable art.
Cost of the workshop is $32. Reservations are necessary. Call or text 317-370-9329 or email:
The class will be held at The Studios of Cocoa Beach , 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown  Cocoa Beach.  The Studios is a non-profit gallery and the creative hub on the Beach with a full schedule of workshops.  The Studio is open Monday and Tuesday 10:30am-3:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday10:30 am -8pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Phyllis Shipley: February Featured Artist at Studios of Cocoa Beach

The Studios of Cocoa Beach announces the featured artist for the month of February, Rockledge painter Phyllis Shipley.  Phyllis is an award winning acrylic and watercolor artist with 30 years fine art experience.  A native of Tennessee, she began her art education at East Tennessee State and then traveled through the US, Europe and Central America gathering inspiration and taking workshops with renowned artists.  Phyllis owned a gallery in Tennessee and now has work on display in several states.  She was recently included in Art Basel, an international show in Miami, and will be showing at a New York gallery this spring.

Phyllis is famous for her brilliant colors;  especially in her depiction of flowers which hark back to childhood gardens which “instilled in me a feeling of peace and comfort and a love of color.”  Her music background inspires her jazz paintings where colors, keyboards and instruments dance across the canvas.

A print of her painting  “Outburst” will be given away on Friday, February 23rd  in a drawing during the Studios opening reception for it’s exhibit “A Painter’s Pursuit”

Phyllis Shipley’s work can be seen daily at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach.  The nonprofit gallery features 25 artists and offers a full schedule of workshops in a variety of techniques for both adults and children. 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:

Word Portraits Creative Writing Class with Adria Carey Perez

Whether you have dreams of writing your memoir, a novel or series of poems, a travel guide, or even a business plan or cover letter this is the class for you.  Join Adria Carey Perez at the Studios of Cocoa Beach on February 10, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm for her class " Reflecting on Travel & Nature to Paint a Picture with Words."  Learn the three elements of writing that you can master to reach your goals. Over the course of four hours (divided between instruction, practice, critique, and revision), we will delve into the use of concrete, specific detail; argumentation; and structure. And, yes, you already have all of these skills! Everyone has the ability to write, and harnessing our experiences in travel and nature, we will build on these skills to elevate what we have to say to the level of art.
Adria is a full time free lance writer, experienced in teaching, editing and designing for the written page3.  She specializes in  in crafting fluid prose from a story-telling perspective to draw readers in and deliver the message for projects that are as diverse as educational products, travel articles, marketing newsletters, company websites, and my own digital creation, Odyssa Magazine.
This is a 4 hour class (with a working lunch) for Beginner/Intermediate students. Materials needed: writing implement and notebook; laptop if you prefer.  Cost $60   Contact Adria for details and registration at or call 321-586-7054
The class will be held at The Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway,  Cocoa Beach, a non-profit gallery featuring 25 plus local artists.  It is 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 10:30am-3:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 am-8pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. For more information on exhibits, artists, and the workshop schedule, visit the website: or call 321-613-3480

Monday, January 15, 2018

How to design from your photos with Dorothy Koliba at Studios of Cocoa Beach

Gallery 14 Presents Collage Artist Derek Gores in February


Gallery 14 is honored to be bringing the work of master artist Derek Gores to Vero Beach, FL.  Derek, who recycles magazines, maps, data and other paper materials to create his lush figurative works, is considered part of the Pop Surrealism or New Contemporary Movement.  He exhibits globally with top galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Miami and more.

The show, entitled: Derek Gores/COLLAGE COUTURE – Lush Figurative Works from Magazines, Maps, Notes and More! will run at Gallery 14 from January 30 through February 23.  The exhibit is sponsored by Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Melbourne Mercedes Porsche Audi, Bistro Fourchette, and Vero Beach Magazine.  There will be a reception, with Mr. Gores in attendance, on Friday February 2nd from 5-8pm, as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.

Derek was recently commissioned to create the cover of Playboy Magazine, for The Limited Edition: Hugh Hefner Special Tribute Issue, which went on the news stands nationwide in November.  The Hugh Hefner project utilized hundreds of bits of paper culled from the Playboy magazine archives.  Other major commissions have included the 2013 Kentucky Derby commemorative poster, the 2014 Windsor Charity Polo Cup poster, as well as an iconic portrait of Barach Obama done in 2009, used to commemorate his inauguration.

According to Derek: “I like my pictures to barely come together with teasing little details.  The mind can’t help but wander, even when trying to focus on one thing.  In the collages, some of the little bits I use are deliberate, but I’m after an end result more interesting than I could have planned.  One friend calls it a ‘Zen Narrative.”
Also, featured will be work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, collage, sculpture, ceramic, jewelry and photography by artist-owners Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Beth-Anne Fairchild, Mary Ann Hall, Barbara Landry, Deborah Morrell Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel. And, represented artists Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Diana Feuer, Terry Green, Mia Lindberg, Viola Pace Knudsen, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, and Carol Staub. Gallery 14, located at 1911 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, Florida, is open Tues – Fri 10-5pm and Saturday 10-4pm or by appointment. For further information, please call 772 562-5525. Or visit:

Saturday, January 13, 2018


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Jon Houghton Workshop Series: Watercolor Portrait and Floral Still Life

Margaret Culver - February 2018 at Art and Antique Gallery



Acrylic artist MARGARET CULVER is the featured artist at Art and Antique Gallery for the month of February 2018.  Margaret features acrylic paintings for the modern equestrian.  She has been an avid horsewoman for several decades, foxhunting and competing in Hunter/Jumper horse shows.  She is a member of the Metamora Hunt, she lives on a Michigan horse farm in the heart of Foxhunting country and currently rides her big Belgian Warmblood mare.  She has studied at the Vero Art Museum and the Foosaner Art Museum in Florida   In Michigan, she studies at The Studio.  She has painted with internationally known mixed media painter, Frits Van Eeden and in Michigan with nationally known artist Diann Benoit.  Margaret’s paintings have been exhibited in juried shows in both Florida and Micigian.  She has been a featured artist in various galleries and several of her paintings have received awards.  Her paintings are also sold at horse shows.  Some of her paintings have gone to international homes and can be found in different States across the US.  Margaret has had a varied career history, working for most of her life as a Special Education teacher.  During that time, second jobs included serving for 10 years as the Director of the Michigan Student Film and Video Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts, winning a national Telly award for a short film she produced and gathering two local Emmy nominations for TV shows she produced.  Margaret was also recognized with the Michigan Media Educator award for her work with students in media.  Another job she held was working for the Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association.  In her competitive riding years, training with Tim Wright of Waverly Farm, she won several Medals and Hunter championships.  Margaret continues to demonstrate her passion for HORSES through her art.