Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pairings - Concert and Art Show to Benefit Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

“PAIRINGS” CONCERT & ART SHOW
TO BENEFIT KEMP’S RIDLEY SEA TURTLES

ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS CREATE
“A FEAST FOR EYES AND EARS” IN PALM COAST

PALM COAST, FL – Always seeking ways to offer unique artistic experiences, Ocean Art Gallery owner Frank Gromling will present “Pairings” on Friday, May 11 at 7 pm in its Palm Coast gallery location, 2298 Colbert Lane, the home of Grand Living Realty Design Center. Also known for his conservation work, Gromling is donating a significant portion of all art sales from the “Pairings” opening reception and all related artwork on display for the entire month of May.
The May 11 event will feature six pieces of art selected by Gromling and his co-host, Laura Kiehner, president of the Tecolutla Turtle Preservation Project, a U.S.-based non-profit which raises funds for Kemp’s ridley sea turtle protection on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Kiehner, a professional flutist, has chosen six musical selections to match each of the pieces of art. The professional musicians who will perform during the May 11 art opening reception are Tricia Jane (New York City), Dennis Fremin (St. Augustine), Laura Everts (Daytona Beach), Cloud Ssu-Yun Wang (Palm Coast), and Laura Kiehner (Palm Coast).
The six Ocean Art Gallery artists whose artwork will be featured are Kari Powell (San Diego), Stewart Jones (Orlando), Kenny Fasnacht (Palm Coast), Fred Haase (Flagler Beach), and Dara Dodson (St. Augustine). Each artist will be interviewed about their art, motivation, and technique to aid the audience in its acquisition decisions. Additional pieces of the artists’ work will be on display and available for purchase throughout the Design Center.
Because seating for this special event is limited to 45 people, advance reservations are required and may be made by calling Grand Living Realty Design Center/Ocean Art Gallery at 386.447.0800. Anyone wishing to view the six featured artworks and additional pieces should visit the gallery on Colbert Lane beginning May 1st.
During the Opening Reception on May 11 there will be door prizes, raffles of items donated by local businesses, and a wine reception following the performance. Additional information is available at 386.693.4882.

Summer Art and Craft Fair in Historic Cocoa Village

Historic Cocoa Village Association
26th Annual Summer Art & Craft Fair
Saturday May 12, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday May 13, 10 AM-4 PM.

Street Entertainment Featuring The Gemini Band
Kid & Pet Friendly
Fantastic Food
Art & Craft Fair on the streets of Cocoa Village, Over 150 Exhibitors

Two days of fabulous Arts and Crafts in the streets of Historic Cocoa Village!

Free Admission!
Free Parking!
Fun for the Whole Family!

For Further Information:
321-631-9075

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Chip Off the Old Block at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in May


Exhibit Dates: May 1-27, 2018
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On May 1 A Chip Off the Old Block will open at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Featuring members of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, this unusual exhibit challenged artists to find a small area of a past work of art and create a new piece using, according to the artist, the most exciting, most interesting, or most neglected section of their art. Each new work will be framed in an 11 x 14 frame and hung alongside the original art. The areas can be magnified or minimized, simplified or detailed. Colors may also be altered. The only restriction is the framed size.

The show will open on May 1 and run through May 27. There will be a First Friday Opening Reception on May 4, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. Come, enjoy light refreshments and conversation with the artists.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL. All events are open and free to the public.
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Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Preoccupation - a solo show featuring the works of Vanessa Bates at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery


Be sure to put Preoccupation, a solo show by 2017 100% Pure Florida winner, Vanessa Bates, on your calendar for May 29 through June 30. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is proud to host this exhibit and will have an Opening Reception on the evening of First Friday, June 1. Come between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm for light refreshments to meet Vanessa and learn more of her process and work.

This will be an exhibit you will not want to miss. Vanessa's sharp sense of humor and irony lead the viewer on a delightful adventure in color and message. She describes her work this way, “The subject matter itself is often chosen for humor, expressed either as visual irony or lighthearted observation.” She began her career as a graphic designer and illustrator but gravitated towards fine art as her experimentation in color drifted outside the gamut possible with traditional printing techniques. She says of her work, “Early illustration lessons still influence my art as each work has a simple focus and studied use of color and light to direct attention to the subject of the piece.” Vanessa works in both acrylic and digital with equal fluency.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL. All events are free and open to the public.

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

You Are an Artist: Sip n’ Paint Party at Studios of Cocoa Beach



Everyone is creative and the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Cswy.
in downtown Cocoa Beach offers Sip n’ Paint Parties for adults.  Artist and experienced teacher Jaymee Weinreich will guide you through a complete painting from 6 to 9 pm on Friday May 11, 2018. Bring your friends and your favorite beverage and go home with a complete work of art;  a beautiful ocean sunset scene "Beached”.

No previous experience necessary.  We’ll supply all materials, you bring snacks and drinks and prepare for a fun experience.  $35 includes all materials.  Registration is required.  Contact Jaymee at jaymeeweinreich@yahoo.com or 787-640-6119 (text or call).

The Studios of Cocoa Beach is a non-profit art gallery and 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 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 am-8pm and Sunday 11 am-pm.  For more information on exhibits, Studio artists, or the complete workshop schedule, visit the website: www.studiosofcocoabeach.org or call 321-613-3480.

Opening Reception for “The Out of Towners” Exhibit at Studios of Cocoa Beach


The Studios of Cocoa Beach will hold a reception on Friday, May 25,2018 from 6 to 9 pm to open it’s latest exhibit”The Out of Towners” featuring a variety of art works by artists who do not live in Brevard County including
Heidi Stavinga -Clearwater, Kenan Sar- Orlando, Alan Metzger- Clearwater/St Pete, David Hunter - Winter Park, Karin Connolly- Orlando and Pete Steenland - Daytona.

Festivities include awards for Best in Show sponsored by LaserChrome Technologies.  Attendees can enter a free drawing for a print by Studios artist, photographer Don Martin. Wine and food bites will be served.  Visitors can also view the Studios’ 1st Annual Student Art Show which will be on display featuring the work of county students aged kindergarten through high school.

The exhibit will be on display daily until July 23 at the Studios, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach.  This non-profit, co-op gallery features the work of 30 local artists and is the creative center for the beaches offering workshops and classes for adults and children in a variety of techniques.  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:  www.studiosofcocoabeach.org

Acclaimed Visionary Artist Brian Dowdall Honored at Studios of Cocoa Beach



 The acclaimed visionary artist Brian Dowdall passed away recently in Baltimore.  Dowdall lived in Cocoa Beach for 33 years from 1978 to 2011.  His many friends and admirers in Florida will gather at the Studios of Cocoa Beach on Friday May 4, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm to celebrate his creative life and wish him a fond farewell.  Food, drink and art will surround his friends.  For the month of May Brian’s work will be featured in the window of the Studios at 165 Minuteman Causeway in Downtown Cocoa Beach 

A self-taught outsider artist, Brian used cardboard to create objects and as his canvas.  His paintings depict spirit animals, angels, mermaids and goddesses.  Each animal was set in a luminous field of color” from the sun , moon, fire, earth, trees and water”  Brian amassed over 2000 books  on poetry, mythology, art and Irish literature.  His home contained 5000 works of art, both his own and that of other visionary artists , works that he obtained by trading his art.  He moved to Baltimore to work with the American Visionary Art Museum.  The city of Baltimore provided a house for him to live in and in exchange he provide art works including mural throughout the city.
Nationally recognized he will be fondly remembered by everyone lucky enough to meet him.  Those who didn’t have the privilege will want to view the profile done by the PBS News Hour in 2017 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/outsider-artist-baltimore-5000-pieces-art-home

For more information on the memorial contact Mike at bigdaddyscash@yahoo.com

Friday, April 13, 2018

Call for Artists for Unity of Melbourne's Earth Day Expo

Exhibit opportunity! Calling artists for Unity of Melbourne’s  Earth Day Expo to display their eco-friendly works, all mediums, seascapes, landscapes, wildlife and recycled items. Only $20 for 10x10 outdoor space, good visibility on US1 in north Melbourne. Contact Joan at joancrutcherart@gmail.com


Monday, April 9, 2018

Vania Elise, April Featured Artist at Studios of Cocoa Beach



The Studios of Cocoa Beach announces the featured artist for the month of April, Vania Elise.  Vania is a multimedia artist who uses photography, painting & film-making as her mediums. After 10 years of photography experience, she began studying art and digital media imaging.  As part of her studies, she assisted both a commercial/celebrity photographer & a fine art photographer. In 2012 she was nominated for photographer of the year for the Raw Artist's Organization. In 2015 she completed the Photography Mastered Program with mentor Nick Knight, where her fashion film, “Time Travel”, was featured on Show Studio. 

Since moving to Brevard County Vania has concentrated on portraiture & storytelling through photography.  Her fashion stories have been  published internationally. Currently, she is exploring the art of acrylic paint pouring and excited to share her new found passion. 

One of her original acrylic paintings will be awarded to an attendee during downtown Cocoa Beach Friday Fest, April 20. She will also be doing a demonstration of the acrylic pouring painting technique. Visit the Studios between 6 and 9 pm to meet the artists,  and participate in a Make & Take activity for children

Vania’s work can be seen daily at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach.  The nonprofit gallery features 25 local 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:  www.studiosofcocoabeach.org

A View from the Loft by Art Students' Guild of Brevard at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery


Exhibit Dates: April 3 - April 29, 2018
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A View from the Loft continues at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie. This exhibit is a visual celebration of the Art Students’ Guild of Brevard, TASGOB. The Guild is the oldest art organization in Brevard County. Members gather three times a week to sketch or paint live models, drink coffee, and talk about art. Located on the top floor of the Arcade Building in downtown Melbourne, the Guild has offered workshops since its earliest beginnings. One of its prominent faculty, Bill Shultz, with the help of his students, created the American Impressionist Society. Some members hold membership in the Portrait Society of America as well as many of our local artists’ groups. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged by everyone. The variety in this exhibit takes offers a close look at the talents and diversity of its members and offers something for everyone.
This exhibit will run through April 29. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts district of Melbourne, Florida. All events are free and open to the public.
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Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Appreciation

Thanks to The Art Students' Guild of Brevard for renewing their status as Friends of Brevard Art News.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please click on their badge in the right column to see what they are doing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Last Call for Entries - Mystery Fest Key West Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Entry Deadline is April 15


 
Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript?
Mystery Fest Key West has announced a ‘last call’ for submissions to this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. Deadline is Monday, April 15.
 
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to whodunitaward@mysteryfestkeywest.com no later than April 15. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
 
The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
 
The inaugural, 2015 award was won by J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, for her entry titled "The Dark End of the Rainbow." Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, Florida, took the 2016 Whodunit with “Tequila Mockingbird,” and in 2017 Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, for his entry, “Key West Flashpoint.”
 
Complete Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details are available at mysteryfestkeywest.com.
 
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Photo Caption:
Key West resident Lewis C. Haskell was the 2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner for his entry titled "Tequila Mockingbird," and took Third Place in 2017 with “Kilimanjaro Snow.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Opening Reception of A View from the Loft at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery


Exhibit Dates: April 3 - April 29, 2018
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You are invited to the First Friday Opening Reception at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie on April 6, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. A View from the Loft is a celebration of the Art Students’ Guild of Brevard, TASGOB. Come and meet Guild members, learn about the Guild and enjoy their artwork. Members will be present to share their work and thoughts with you.

The Guild is the oldest art organization in Brevard County. It is where members gather three times a week to sketch or paint live models, drink coffee, and talk about art. Located on the top floor of the Arcade Building in downtown Melbourne, the Guild has offered workshops since its earliest beginnings. One of its prominent faculty, Bill Shultz, with the help of his students, created the American Impressionist Society. Some members hold membership in the Portrait Society of America as well as many of our local artists’ groups. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged by everyone. This exhibit takes a closer look at the talents and diversity of its members and offers something for everyone.
This exhibit will run through April 29. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts district of Melbourne, Florida. All events are free and open to the public.
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Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935