Friday, October 24, 2014



An Open House at historic Green Gables in Historic Riverview Village will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 1-5pm. Walk the riverfront grounds and take a tour of the first floor, including some historic items from the home and recent artwork of the house and surroundings.

Please go to for more information about the house and its history, as well as to make a donation to help save this very important part of Melbourne's history and bring Green Gables back to its former glory.

Green Gables is located at the corner of Route 1 (Harbor City Drive) and Riverview Drive just north of 192 in Melbourne.

Don't miss... Ellen Pavlakos at the Fifh Avenue Art Gallery

Wednesday, October 29th, is the last chance this year to see a master sculptor at work at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Ellen Pavlakos, a long time member, has set up the front gallery as her studio. She has been working on her pieces each Wednesday during October from 1 to 4 pm. The front gallery looks so alive! Watching Ellen work is truly an opportunity not to be missed.
Ellen is internationally acclaimed and collected. The gallery has many bronze pieces of her work. Pavlakos' sculptures are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Florida. She has exhibited in many state and national competitions as well as competitions in Paris, France, Athens and Thessalonica, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus.
The figure is Ellen's vehicle of expression. There is a continuing thread of concern with human emotions through most of her work. Through a link to the classical Greek, a positive feeling of the human experience and glorification of life communicates directly to the viewer.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, across from the Foosaner Art Museum in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District, is the premiere art gallery in Brevard County. We will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February 2015. 
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935

Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street News - Highland Market


MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) has exciting events happening on Highland Avenue this fall. Starting Friday, October 24, their normal Saturday Farmer’s Market is expanding to two days—Friday and Saturday—and is renamed HIGHLAND MARKET to reflect the variety of vendors. Highland Market will showcase a diverse selection of produce, food artisans, high quality hand-crafted items and more.  Highland Market will always be in the Eau Gallie Square on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District, which is at the western base of the Eau Gallie Causeway. 

There are two First Fridays left in this year and both are packed with live entertainment, strolling on Highland Avenue through the shops and galleries. In November, the first of six kiosks will be installed in Pineapple Park that commemorate the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Byway. That will be on Pineapple Avenue next to Eau Gallie Library. In December, the Eau Gallie High School Band will entertain from the band shell along with the choir from St. Paul’s Methodist Church. A certain fat man will be there to greet children of all ages. Festivities for both run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Don’t forget to bring cash for the food vendors.

EGAD also plays host to the Junior League’s annual Festival of Trees at the Foosaner Museum of Art on November 15-16 this year. Christmas trees decorated by local designers will be on display throughout the museum. Admission is $5 both days. Please visit their website for full details.

USA TODAY named ArtWorks of Eau Gallie the #1 event on the space coast and Highland Avenue will be closed for two days to host this curated ‘plein-air’ art show, where artists exhibit their skills with public demonstrations as well as offer very high quality works of art in many forms. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be live music and other entertainment for all ages. For complete information, please visit their website.

For further information, please contact Lisa Packard at (321) 574-2737 or info@eaugalliearts.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Art in the Heart of Cocoa Village

Christmas Card Workshops with Ree at Cocoa Beach LIbrary

Christmas Cards Workshops with Ree
Wednesday, December 3, 2014   10:00 am-Noon
Cocoa Beach Public Library
550 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

We will create 3 elegant Christmas cards with matching envelopes  using beautiful cardstocks, designer papers, beautiful stamps,  ribbons and embellishments.  We’ll use the Die Cut Machine and punches to create shapes and embossed textures for our cards.  All supplies will be provided. Cost is $10. Register by December 1 by emailing Ree at or calling her at 321-961-2350. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Florida Tech's Textile Center, Artist Bring Art Experience to University Park

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology recently partnered with Brevard Public Schools’ Art Explorers Program to present a two-part outreach event with guest artist Marina Dempster.

The project, titled “Super Heroes and the Power of Imagination,” focused on the transformative power of wearable art and the embellishment of super hero capes. The September program included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Center’s current exhibit, “Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art.” Dempster gave fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students an exclusive tour of her work on display, and students were given the opportunity to talk about the fantastical qualities of art and the inspirations for the capes they would complete later that month during a workshop at University Park Elementary School.

“The super hero cape has the unique ability to inspire an empowered state of mind,” Dempster said. “My intention in creating this collaborative project with University Park and the Ruth Funk Center was to promote self-confidence and belief that anything is possible. It was such a gift to see the students as a collective embrace this project with such voracious enthusiasm and curiosity, learning in practice about the transformative power of art.”
Dempster also designed the specialized workshop, which was presented by local artist and quilter Dij Pacarro. The students worked in teams to produce their capes using found and donated materials, and older students sewed some of the capes. Some capes had themes, including peace, the ocean and the school’s panda mascot.

“I enjoyed seeing their big smiles and enthusiasm as they worked together to create their masterpieces,” Pacarro said.

Todd Forschino, program development coordinator for Brevard Public Schools, said it was a great collaboration between all involved.

“We were able to bring an amazing enrichment to the children at University Park’s Afterschool program. With real-life applications being applied during this project, the children experienced creation of art on a unique level,” he said. “Having children exposed to multiple avenues of creation through projects like the Super Heroes and the Power of Imagination, allows for them to expand their critical thinking skills and to embrace different ways of expression and learning.”

Supported by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, Art Explorers is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant which supports after school learning experiences for several Title I schools in Brevard County. The Funk Center, through a sponsorship from R.B. Case Consulting, launched its fall 2014 partnership with Art Explorers as a platform for the expansion of youth-focused community programs.
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.

Artist and Author Peter C Stone to appear at Ocean Art Gallery



FLAGLER BEACH, FL – With the name change, new paint and a sophisticated LED lighting system now in place, Ocean Art Gallery will be the venue for internationally renowned artist and author Peter C. Stone on Friday, Saturday, November 7th & 8th, when he introduces “Dreams to Dance in the Moonlight & Other Stories” art show. Subsequently, on Tuesday the 11th of November he will give a talk and hold a book signing at Ocean Art Gallery. This will be the artist’s first introduction in Florida.

An accomplished sailor, Stone has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from the southern reaches of Patagonia to the Antarctic. These experiences inform his work and a unique self-taught style of Tonal-Realism which incorporates the aesthetic of plein airisme with a sophisticated glazing technique.

Stone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the Claremont Colleges. His undergraduate theses in Marine Biology and Studio Art provided an early foundation for Waltzes with Giants, his highly successful book he wrote and illustrated about North Atlantic right whales. Since 1983, he has presented more than fifty solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, and England, including Art Expo New York, the Toronto International Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the DeCordova Museum.

Wanting to offer multiple opportunities for people to talk with the artist and view his work, Stone will welcome guests from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, November 7th, and then again from 1 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, November 8th. The artist, who will be painting during the opening and describing his artistic approach, will also be available on Tuesday, November 11th, for commissions prior to and after his talk and book signing at the gallery at 6:00 PM.

Ocean Art Gallery is located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, across the street from the Flagler Beach Pier. Normal hours are 12 – 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and Monday by appointment. 386-693-4882.

November Classes with Betsy Heath at Art Expressions

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Call for Art from Art Gallery of Viera

Ho ho ho! Art Gallery of Viera announces the return of its wildly popular Holiday Gift 
Shop, running from November 7th 2014 through January 3rd 2015. 
The Opening Reception 
for this show will be November 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m. To apply, email a few jpegs that are 
representative of your items to no later than October 23rd. 

Art Gallery of Viera
2271 Town Center Ave
Suite 101, Space 400
Viera, Fl 32940

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Call for Art - Florida Chalk Artists at ArtWorks of Eau Gallie

Join Florida Chalk Artists Association members as "street painters" at ArtWorks of Eau Gallie on Saturday, November 22, beginning at 8 am. This event will take place along St. Clair Street. Beginners or experts may participate in this chalk art event as we take to the sidewalk in the Eau Gallie Arts District with soft pastels. Judging and Awards will follow.

Sign up in advance by contacting Chelsey Austin at or by mailing in the applicationInstruction, coaching, and chalk are available upon request.

Ocean Reef Beach Festival -- Satellite Beach

December 6th, 2014 is the date for the 3rd Annual Ocean-Reef-Beach Festival to return to Pelican Beach Park! Celebrate the ocean lifestyle with us!
Continuing our annual tradition, the Ocean-Reef-Beach Festival will be returning to Pelican Beach Park on December 6th, 2014 in Satellite Beach, FL! Join us to celebrate the ocean lifestyle in a family atmosphere with fun opportunities for all ages. From educational programs in the clubhouse to a sea turtle maze for the kids, there will be something for the whole beach community. The Slow-Down, Chow-Down Chowder Cook-Off and our other food vendors will tempt your taste buds, while live music entertains. The very best of our local ocean arts community, local surfboard shapers, and other vendors help you take care of all your Christmas shopping. Come to have fun; leave with more knowledge and a new appreciation of our ocean, our reef, and our beach!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Abstract Painting Workshop with Meike Aton

Local Artist Meike Aton is offering an Abstract Painting Workshop,
located in Satellite Beach/Indian Harbour Beach area

Date: Tuesday November 11 and18
Time: 10am -1pm
Fee: $85 due at sign up
Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 10 students This class is for active painters only.

Bring the following to the first meeting:
1) Images that inspire/attract you- we will not be copying those!! They only serve as inspiration.
2) Canvases, 3-4 sized 24x36, or 30x40 or 24x24 or 36x36, but no smaller than 18x24 please.
3) Your acrylic paints, brushes, palette knives and whatever you normally need.

Meike 417-343-3481 see my Artwork on

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grand Opening Lomazzo Gallery and Two Year Anniversary of Thee House of Yoga

Title: La Body Fantastic
 Grand Opening Lomazzo Gallery and Two Year Anniversary of Thee House of Yoga
When: November 1, 2014
Where: 410 & 412 5th Ave., Indialantic, FL 32903
Contact: 321-684-9126

Art Gallery of Viera announces: Holiday Gift Shop and Featured Artist Helen Wheatley

Who: Art Gallery of Viera
What: the Holiday Gift Shop and November's Featured Artist
When: Opening Saturday, November 8th, reception from 6-9 pm.
Where: Art Gallery of Viera, at The Avenue, Viera - between J. Grace & Co. and The Avenue office.

Art Gallery of Viera will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 8th, from 6-9 pm.   The Opening Reception for Art Gallery of Viera's Holiday Gift Shop is always a big hit.  Shoppers flock to snag the perfect, unique gift for anyone on their shopping list.  The event features a demonstration by Ed Carlson, a free drawing, light refreshments and a few surprises!   November featured artist is Helen Wheatley.

Helen Wheatley is an artist who loves to explore various styles and mediums. Her thirst for artistic growth has driven her to study with a multitude of local and nationally known artists. This vast exposure has deeply affected both her and her artwork. Her journey has led her to work in watercolors, mixed media, collage, acrylics, sculpture and Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) in styles that range from realistic to abstract and from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Helen has won numerous awards for a wide selection of these works.

Helen enjoys sharing her passion for art by doing demonstrations, teaching classes and offering an occasional workshop. She has held a number of volunteer positions with the local art leagues and takes great pride in having resurrected the Central Brevard Art Association‘s Youth Scholarship Award program.

Helen was offered the opportunity in 2009 to create an art gallery in an out of the way location, so she and a handful of other artists jumped at the chance and opened Art Gallery of Viera. A year later, the gallery moved to The Avenue, Viera and over the last four years it has blossomed into a thriving hub of artistic activity. Helen is one of three artists who have been on the board of the gallery for its entire existence.
Helen is committed to continuing her art experience as well as promoting the enjoyment of art throughout the local and virtual community.

I’ve always felt a need to create. As a child I’d collect and assemble sea shells to form whimsical animals, bits of dried materials to create dioramas of forest scenes, scraps of wood to nail together creating sculptures, and clay from the beach to make more animals. Art classes in school were always my favorite but I didn’t really get to express my passion until after a long, frustrating stint as a worker in a soap factory. (A few animals I carved from bars of soap found their way to the boss’s desk but I didn’t dare admit to carving them) A corporate down-sizing became a god send when it led my husband and me to move from Maryland to Florida after losing our jobs. Here, I finally learned how to paint. Receiving top awards in the first art competitions I entered served to fuel the fire that was growing inside me. Art is now my life and almost everyone I know is involved in the art world. I am both inspired and challenged by their creativity and talent. The myriad of artistic opportunities that are available locally satisfy my thirst to learn and evolve. I cannot tell you what I will be doing next as I will only know when it finds me. I am on the ride of my life and I’m throwing my hands in the air and enjoying the thrill of the moment!”

Helen is a member of: Brevard Cultural Alliance, Central Brevard Art Association, Florida Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists, Strawbridge Art League and Titusville Art League.

Ellen Pavlakos at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit runs: September 30 to October 31

You are invited to see Ellen Pavlakos working on her sculptures in the front area of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on Wednesday afternoons in October from 1 to 4 PM. The front gallery looks so alive! It is a sight not to be missed.
The figure is Ellen's vehicle of expression. There is a continuing thread of concern with human emotions through most of her work. Through a link to the classical Greek, a positive feeling of the human experience and glorification of life communicates directly to the viewer.
Ellen Pavlakos, a long-standing member in the gallery, is internationally acclaimed and collected. The gallery has many bronze pieces of her work.  Pavlakos' sculptures are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Florida and she has competed and exhibited in many statewide and national competitions as well as in Paris, France, Athens and Thessalonica, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus. 
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, across from the Foosaner Art Museum in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District, is the premiere art gallery in Brevard County. They will be celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary in February 2015. 

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

Designer Craft Show at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Starts in November

Exhibit runs: Nov. 5, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The time for the Designer Craft Show at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is right around the corner. Beautiful, unique gifts in all price ranges from all over the United States will be available.  This year they will have many handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts, both functional and decorative, from the country’s best artisans. There will be blown glass, handmade dolls and books, pottery, unique Christmas ornaments, jewelry and much more.
The earlier you shop the better the selection. For thirty-three years the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery has been known for the Designer Craft Show.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will be celebrating their fortieth anniversary this February. The gallery is located in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.

Artwork: fused glass, Mona Hoag

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

Paint-Out... join in...

Join Art and Antique Gallery members IN FRONT OF THE GALLERY AT 1419 HIGHLAND AVENUE every 3rd Saturday for a PAINT OUT.  Let’s have some fun painting, networking and visiting with EGAD shoppers. Choose your topic and bring your own set-up and supplies. No tents please.  Participating artists are responsible for their own sales.  Just show up and PAINT.
Questions:  321-253-5553.