Friday, August 29, 2014

9th Annual 100% Pure Florida Exhibition at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit runs: September 2 through September 27th, 2014
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to announce their 9th Annual 100% Pure Florida Exhibition. Forty-five artists from throughout the state of Florida will be participating this year. Sixty-five artworks are included.  The awards will be announced on Friday, September 5th, at 7:00 pm during the opening reception. The 100% Pure Florida reception coincides with EGAD's First Friday Art Walk.

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District is the premier art gallery in Brevard County. We will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February 2015. 
Artwork: Francesa Miller, Merritt Island, "Pelican Sunrise," Digital Art
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Acrylic Painting Classes with Elizabeth Scholder at Art Gallery of Viera

Drawing: Methods and Techniques with Elizabeth Scholder at Art Gallery of Viera

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art Gallery of Viera is looking to expand its Board of Directors

Art Gallery of Viera (AGoV) was founded by a group of local artists in 2009. AGoV is a members gallery, requiring our artists to join the gallery and most artists share in the day to day operations. It is managed by a board of directors. Over the last five years, through many changes, AGoV has become one of the finest art galleries in central Florida.

Since its opening, the gallery has relocated twice, gained new members and made several changes to the artists on the board of directors. There are currently five directors on the board with one taking a leave of absence. J Susan Cole Stone is the gallery's current executive director and she joined the board when the gallery relocated to its current location. Jeanette Drake, Helen Wheatley, and Jerry Hanzl are original founders of the gallery. Rebecca Gomme has been a member since the gallery's opening and joined the board when it relocated the first time.

Being a director at AGoV is a labor of love. It is a non-paid position that requires a lot of hard work. It's something only an artist would understand. We are seeking one or two local artists to join our board of directors. You must be a team player but also able to take a task and run with it. This is the chance for some creative soul to not only become a part of our amazing gallery but to help form its future. We can offer you gallery space, access to the classroom, exposure and the prestige of being a major part of one of the finest art galleries in our area.

To apply please email info@artgalleryofviera and put 'director' in the subject line. Tell us about yourself, about your art (send us a few samples) and why you would like to become a member of our team. Application window - September 1st through Sept 30th.

2nd Annual Noche De Gala Art Event

to benefit The Children's Hunger Project

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

at the crane creek medical center in melbourne, florida

Maria Reyes Laughlin is proud to present the 2nd Annual "Noche de Gala" charity art event.  This year's event will feature nine of Brevard County's premier artists, with techniques that include contemporary mixed media, oils, watercolors, mosaics, fiber art, digital art, Raku pottery, jewelry and more.

Featured artists are:

Maria Reyes Laughlin
Bobbi Q. Brown
Jerry Hanzl
Cassandra Myer
Dij Pacarro
J. Susan Cole Stone
Rudy Pacarro
Helen Wheatley
Laura Kucharyson

Last year's event was a huge success, and this year promises to top that experience.  A wonderful local wine selection will be provided by the Space Coast Wine Guild.  Delicious light snacks will also be served.  Entertainment will be provided by several talented musicians, including Maria Ameijeiras, who stole the show last year.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at :

Art Gallery of Viera - 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111, Viera, FL 32940

Laughlin Martial Arts - 3535 Jupiter Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909

K9 Kampus - 240 No. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935

Net Proceeds from ticket sales and a percentage of all art sales will be donated to The Children's Hunger Project, which provides hungry young people on the Space Coast with weekend food backpacks with a goal of ensuring elementary school-age children do not have to experience hunger and malnutrition. This ambitious goal can be reached through your support.

Each $150 donation feeds one child on weekends for an entire school year! 

For more information, visit them at

Thanks to sponsors:

K9 Kampus, Al Dia Today, Art Gallery of Viera, Laughlin Martial Arts,

Space Coast Wine Guild.

Contact:  Maria Laughlin         954-394-0795

Monday, August 25, 2014

Downtown Titusville - 2nd Friday Night

Party in the street with Live Jazz by Tony Wynn & Cameron Brown. 

Vendors of All Kinds, Classic Cars - Food demonstrations by Chef Jolene at 7PM, 8M and 9PM   All Free!

Stores open. Pritchard House open for $1 Sneak Peaks

Beer Garden

Wine Sampling $25.00, includes glass & 10 samples with 10 participating Downtown Businesses featuring wines that are not found in stores! Get your Wine Sampling tickets now before they sell out! Visit Downtown Art Gallery or Cliff Shuler Auctioneers for tickets. 

During our Friday Nite Live on 9/12,  The Downtown Art Gallery will be featuring artist P.J. Smith, an acrylic artist who paints saints and whimsical characters with a stained glass feeling inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany.  He is also the author of two children's books:  Miracles, Magic and Mayhem and Daisy Crazy

Historic Downtown Titusville
US Hwy 1 northbound, between Julia & Broad Street

Hosted by Downtown Titusville Merchants Assoc

Saturday, August 23, 2014

News from the Eau Gallie Arts District

First Friday – September 5 6:30-9:30pm
It is going to be an exciting First Friday Art Walk! The Foosaner Art Museum and EGAD! Are proud to bring New Orleans jazz musician Sybil Gage to the stage.

Be sure to check out other September First Friday events in the district:
Studio Z will be offering a HOT HULA Fitness master class for only $7. Get a fun, exciting workout in 60 minutes. Visit for more information.
Nature's Spirit is offering free Native Wildflower seeds and free squirts of an all natural Nature's Spirit Bug Banisher Blend.
Art and Antique Gallery presents the outstanding photography of Nate Nalven.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the 100% Pure Florida Exhibit

October First Friday - October 3 will feature the Melbourne Municipal Band as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. They have commissioned Derek Gores to commemorate this anniversary.

Dream State is the show at Art Gallery of Viera in September and J Susan Cole Stome is the featured artist.

What:  Dream State, a new art show opening reception
Where:  Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue
                 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111, Viera, FL 32940
When:      September 13th, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm

Contact:   Jerry Hanzl  321-633-4075

On Saturday September 13th, from 6 to 9 pm, the Art Gallery of Viera in the Avenue, will present their newest art show, “Dream State”. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. 
Magical Mystery City by Dij Pacarro
Come and enjoy the dreams and visions of the artists of AGoV. Register to win, “Magical Mystery City” a print by artist Dij Pacarro and enjoy a watercolor demonstration by J. Susan Cole Stone. 
Sunset Sail by J. Susan Cole Stone

Susan is the gallery’s executive director and will be the gallery’s featured artist for September. J. Susan Cole Stone grew up drawing and painting in New England and attended Paier School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut.  Susan had a studio and lived in Westerly, Rhode Island for over 30 years, relocating to Florida over four and a half years ago. She has found a true home here and revels in the new environment and all the new subject matter.

Well-known for her attention to detail, particularly in her architectural and wildlife paintings, Susan’s work is in private collections across the country and in such far-flung places as Australia, Italy and France. Susan is able to render a detailed and accurate architectural drawing or painting from life, from blueprints or even the concept sketched out on a napkin. Her experience extends
 to illustration, illustrating many books, publications and many  commercial graphics projects. Watercolor is her favorite medium followed closely by pen & ink and colored pencil.  She teaches classes at the gallery in those mediums and perspective drawing as well as basic drawing. She says, “I learn as much from my teaching as the students do.”

One of the common subjects in Susan’s paintings is abandoned houses and barns. She writes, “A subject I often paint is houses, or bits of architectural detail of houses. But an abandoned house is something even more special to me. While I am drawn to paint the interesting 
 detail, the way the light reflects in a window or the way the shadow falls at a particular time of day, the thing that truly draws me in is  that at some mysterious point in time, the last person walked out of this house, shut the door, walked away and no person has ever lived  there again. Why did that happen? What happened?  No one lives there anymore. There are no more celebrations, no births or deaths, no laughter, no tears, as there once was in this place.  For me, there is a sad poignancy to a house that has been left. In time, it will crumble into the ground and disappear as well. But there remains a spiritual quality to an abandoned house. The people are gone, but they have left a part of themselves within its walls. The house tells us something of their stories.”

Book Signing with Phyllis Reiser Stone at Art and Antique Gallery

1419 Highland Avenue – 321-253-5553

Eau Gallie Arts District


Friday, September 5, 2014

6:30 pm – 9:30pm



Meet and Greet Author

Phyllis Reiser Stone

Phyllis was nine when she began writing short stories in notebooks. She also entertained her younger brothers with stories, and put on skits with them to entertain their family. When in sixth grade she wrote and directed a play which was performed for her classmates.   In her senior year while living in Long Branch, New Jersey Phyllis joined the Journalism class at Long Branch High and was chosen to be the co-editor of the school newspaper in the second semester. This gave her opportunities to write editorials after a semester of writing news as a reporter. The newspaper later won awards with the Columbia School of Journalism. She also helped write and coordinate the school year book in her senior year.  Although unable to attend a college to continue her education in journalism, she continued to write short stories and plays. A short story about her dog Scotty was published in Guideposts magazine in 1952. A Christmas play she wrote but did not publish was performed in her church. She currently has a short story, “Rent-a-Granny” to be published in Driftwood, a local publication. This is her first published novel.  As an Army Brat, Phyllis moved often.  Books were her friends and she enjoyed historical novels and cozy mysteries. She decided to try creating a cozy mystery after she toured a turn-of-the century house that had the potential as a bed and breakfast. 

Synopsis for “The Haunting of White Horse Inn”

A financial crisis forces Linda Rogers, a recent widow, to make a life changing decision. She agrees to become the innkeeper for a pre-Civil War mansion on the banks of Lake Michigan. The mansion needs extensive renovations before it can become a Bed and Breakfast. When Linda and her daughter Amy first inspect it for the owner they are disheartened. The house looks spooky with vines and spider webs everywhere; shutters hang at odd angles and paint is peeling on the windows. When inspecting the inside of the mansion a sudden noise sends them fleeing. Mysterious noises and lights almost convince Linda that it really is haunted as the townspeople believe. However, her faith in God helps her determination to continue. Linda and Amy make the acquaintance of a young security guard named Rick Vandermere. After their move into the mansion, while moving shelving in the formerly locked basement room, they discover a secret underground tunnel. It appears to have been used recently. Who is using it? And why?  Is this the reason for the mansion’s haunted reputation? Who are these mysterious guests who book reservations at the mansion and wander at night? Did Linda’s decision put them in danger?

*Free Admission – Light Refreshments will be served

Nathan Nalven at Art and Antique Gallery

– 1419 Highland Avenue – 321-253-5553

Eau Gallie Arts District

FirFriday Art Walk - September 5th


 Photography  by:  Nathan Nalven

Nate Nalven is highly energetic and driven individual, with over 30 years in aerospace engineering, recognized globally as a leader and innovator in the design and manufacturing of high tech aerospace systems.  Nate was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he  now  makes the Space Coast his home. A newly aspiring artisan in photography  with a rich, diverse portfolio leveraging his years of conceptual product development, highly trained presentation skills and innate artistic skills.  Nate uses his daily experiences as an inspiration as well as  traveling across the country building a collection of high dynamic range (HDR), water drop, city-scapes, natural wonders, macro photography, and national park landscapes throughout the grand circle, photographing the geographic wonders of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California.  Nate also has a love for macro, abstract, water drop, and astronomical photography showcasing Nate’s creativity and engineering background.