Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts Events

Current Exhibit:
Southern Accents (May 16 - August 22, 2015) This juried quilt exhibit features work submitted by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members living in the Southeast. Quilts are to be inspired by the question: what makes life in this part of the country special?…the history, tradition, or climate? Maybe it’s the demographics, food, or industries. Participants are encouraged to find the qualities that make living in the Southeast unique and celebrate them in an art quilt. The exhibit is juried by Dr. Sandra Sider. 

Upcoming Workshop
Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fabric Puzzle Collage for Kids

Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine, 2nd floor
Cost: $5 Admission, Ages 9-14
Pre-registration by June 8 required. Contact Donna Sewell at (321)674-6129 or

Learn how to turn a simple line drawing into your own unique art quilt! Participants will work with fusible web and put together “puzzles” using wild and wacky scraps of fabric. No sewing required and all materials are provided.

Mindy Z Colton at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in May

Exhibit runs: April 28th -May 30, 2015

 The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to present the art of Mindy Colton. 

Award-winning Orlando artist Mindy Z. Colton, originally from New York City, was classically trained in all the traditional arts. She pursued a career in Graphic Design & illustration, eventually leaving behind a successful career to follow her true passion as a fine artist. Her focus in recent years has been sculpture. She is known for her unique sculptural horses and large outdoor art. 

Mindy’s fine art, including sculptures, paintings, mixed media, and photography, have been exhibited in numerous solo and two-person shows and more than 150 juried and group shows, garnering over 100 awards. Mindy has exhibited and won awards in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums.    

Mindy Colton: Unbridled Spirits, Sculpture

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

June Events in the Eau Gallie Arts District

The Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street (EGAD) has multiple exciting offerings happening in the arts district in June. A new restaurant has opened--Otjundu’s--on the corner of Highland and Montreal Avenue with a parking lot for 30 cars across the street. Otjundu’s is German fare with a South African flair. The restaurant has seating under the live oak out front as well as a lovely biergarten in the back. They are currently only open for dinner.

Anaya Coffee, formerly located in the Melbourne Beach Market, is opening a coffee shop on Highland Avenue this month, too.

Fridays in the arts district just got a whole lot busier, too. First Fridays have a fun slate of activities planned for summer beginning with June 5’s theme of Endless Summer where we celebrate living in paradise with live music from Vintage, a band, food, and arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine (cash only) and special happenings occurring in the shops and galleries along Highland Avenue. Summer hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Beginning on Friday, June 19, the one and only Orlando Food Truck Bazaar will be hosting EGAD EATS! on the third Fridays for the rest of 2015 on the southern end of Highland Avenue. The best parking will be on Pineapple Avenue in the large lot located in front of Pineapple House. The Orlando Food Truck Bazaar is the original food truck party and there will also be arts and crafts vendors and entertainment. Bring the gang and your own chair, if you want to have a seat. Hours are 5:30-8:30p.m.

For more information about EGAD, please visit our web

Monday, May 18, 2015

Art Gallery Cards with Ree at the Cocoa Beach Library

Wednesday, June 10, 2015   9:30 am-11:30 am
Cocoa Beach Public Library
550 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
We will create 3 pretty greeting 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 Monday, June 8, by emailing Ree at or calling her at 321-961-2350. Class size is limited to 10 students so make your reservation early!

Art Gallery Cards at the Titusville Art League

1421 Draa Road, 
Titusville, 32796

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
 $13 price of the class ($15 for non-TAL members).  
Advance reservations are needed by the prior Monday  and may be placed by contacting Ree at
 321-773-0095 or 321-961-2350 
or at
May-June Schedule: 
  May 17 and 21
June 11 & 25
Classes are 11 am-1 pm
Check out our classes and cards at

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Show of Hands at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery in June


“A Time Remembered” by Mike Bullock”

Art and Antique Studio and Gallery, 1419 Highland Avenue, celebrates 11 years in Eau Gallie with the exhibit with paintings by their current gallery members illustrating Hands That Tell a Story.  The exhibit will open, Friday, June 5, during the monthly art walk (5:30-8:30) and will hang for the entire month of June.  The public is invited to an evening of celebration with food and music.

Eleven years ago, the co-op gallery (Art and Antique Studio and Gallery) began with co-founders, Therese Payne Ferguson and Debbie Bowes McElwain.  The object was to have a working studio where artists could create, teach and invite the public to meet them personally.  

Celebrating its 11th anniversary the gallery looks forward to showcasing the outstanding talent Brevard County has to offer, presenting (hundreds of exhibits) with the works of local and out-of-town artists on a monthly basis. 

Today, the artist-run gallery has achieved a very unique look combining antique furniture and glass with fine art, to the koi pond floor that the members painted.  Many of the artists have a history of winning awards locally, statewide and nationally. Art collectors often return to pick up new works from their favorite artists as well as commissions.  

President, Therese Ferguson said “The secret to the success of our gallery is the wide-range of talents here and the artists themselves.  They are a great bunch of people who are passionate about their art and work really great together." 

 The gallery is partners with the Courtyard Studio, where classes are taught and studio space is available on an on-going basis.  

Website:  This long-standing gallery welcomes artists, or groups, to showcase their talents.  If you wish to  make Art and Antique Studio and “EGAD” Eau Gallie Arts District part of your portfolio please contact Therese-Payne Ferguson 321-253-5553 for more information.  If you are a teacher or instructor and would like to teach at the Courtyard Studio please contact Phyllis Marple at 321-960-8076 or e-mail: for more information. 

Ed Quillian's Photograph Selected for 2nd Place Rosette Award at the 5th Annual Eastern Florida State College Titusville Campus "Growing with the Arts" Spring Art Exhibition

Cocoa, FL—A photograph by local photographer and photography student, Ed Quillian, was selected and awarded a 2nd Place Rosette Award out of all the photography submitted in the exhibit. The Art Exhibition was located at the EFSC Titusville Campus Library on Hwy. US-1. The exhibition started April 10 and went through May 13. There was an opening night reception on April 20, where all the awards were presented.  “Sunrise Cypress'” is the title of the image taken while on a "day photo trip" to the "Blue Cypress Lake", located on Hwy. 60, west of Vero exit on I-95. The cypress trees are located in the water and on the edge of the lake's banks, and accessible only by boat from "Middleton's Fish Camp." Blue Cypress Lake is spring fed and is said to be the start of the St. John's River, which flows north to Jacksonville Florida. 

It's is an honor to have a photographic image awarded a 2nd place rosette out of all the other outstanding photographs submitted in the contest exhibit,” said Quillian. "My wife and I are finishing up the last class at Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus "Certificate in Photography" program and are looking forward to getting back to the QCA Photography & Graphic Art business that we own. I would recommend the Photography program offered at the college to anyone that wants to gain a in-depth knowledge of photography.”

Ed is a listed member photography artist with the Brevard Cultural Alliance located in Brevard County Florida, and has several images that have been placed with the "Art in Public Places" program. He is also a member of the Central Brevard Art Association and has images in the "Art in Public Spaces" program. He and his wife are now showing at the "Island Art Gallery" located in the Merritt Island Mall. He is a member of the "Camera Club of Brevard" and has received numerous competition awards and temporary displays in Southern Photo, a local camera shop.  He is also a member of the Florida Camera Club Council.    To contact him call 321-749-4329

Jewelry Workshop with Lois Mittleman

To Sign up for the class, click here.

Nancy Seib at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in June

Exhibit runs: June 2 through June 27

Opening Night: June 5, 5:30 to 8:30pm

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to announce that Nancy Seib, who was the 2014 Winner of our 100% Pure Florida completion last year, will be showcased in our front gallery for the month of June. 

Nancy received her MFA from the University of Chicago and came to Brevard to teach at BCC which is now Eastern Florida State College.  Nancy's art reflects the varied disciplines she has taught, combining styles and media, but always with a little philosophic edge.  

Nancy is a member of the Ten Women in Art and has exhibited in numerous locations with them.  Over the years, she has been selected to exhibit in many juried shows, both national and international.  Her photographic assemblage  "Windows"  is in the permanent collection of the Foosaner Art Museum. 

Using her art, Nancy continues to explore what she understands of the world.  She, however, hopes to express these things with a little irony and humor.

Art Work: Nancy Seib: Me and the Universe

Visual Artistry features the Avian Photographic Art of Joe Campanellie


FLAGLER BEACH, FL - Ocean Art Gallery will hold an Art Opening Reception on the First Friday, June 5th from 6 - 9 PM for Joe Campanellie, master photographer, featuring his avian and nature photographic art. Campanellie will be available for questions and discussion about his nature photography and long lens techniques for avian photography. The reception at 200 S. Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach, is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  Titled "Visual Artistry", the show will remain as the featured collection through June. Campanellie has been with Ocean Art Gallery since April of 2013.

Campanellie’s introduction to photography was quite by accident when he picked up a friends’ camera and began to “play” one day.  From the moment that he developed his first roll of film to his first black and white print, he has been “hooked.”  For the past 30 years, he built a reputation as one of Maryland’s premier portrait photographers.  It has only been recently that he has returned to one of his first great loves…nature photography.
The images that are currently exhibited at Ocean Art Gallery began as an exercise to rekindle his lost passion in photography. But it became so much more to him personally, professionally, and creatively. What began as a series of self assignments to avoid total creative burnout has now become a body of work that defines him as the photographer he is today.
In October 2012, Joe and his wife, Mary Jean, relocated to Palm Coast, Florida, to pursue fulltime his passion for nature photography. The Smokey Mountains, the Bald Eagles of Alaska, the beautiful American scenic landscapes, and especially the Migratory Birds of Florida, are some of his favorite subjects.
Campanellie received the Master of Photography Degree in 1996 and the Photographic Craftsman Degree in 1998 from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers.  Since its’ inception some 40 years ago, there are only 85 "living" photographers worldwide to have completed the thesis and portfolio requirements for this highly honored degree. He also is a three-time recipient of the PPA's Diamond Photographer of the Year.
His images have won critical acclaim from such respected organizations as Eastman Kodak, the Fuji Film Corp., the Professional Photographers of America and the American Society of Photographers.  In 2011 a collection of his prints was awarded the Canon Par Excellence Award, considered the pinnacle of achievement at the regional competition level.
Campanellie’s images have been displayed at the Photographer’s International Hall of Fame in Chicago, the Epcot Exhibit in Orlando, Florida, Dulles Airport in Virginia, a special exhibit in Washington, D.C., and internationally through the Professional Photographers of America’s International Loan Collection.  His images have been accepted into many juried art shows throughout the United States, as well as private and corporate collections.
As an iInternational affiliate juror, he and his wife, Mary Jean, maintain an active speaking and judging schedule addressing professional photography organizations, photography schools, seminars, and conducting workshops throughout the country.

Historic Cocoa Village's BBQ and Blues Returns for 2015

You're invited to the fifth Annual, FBA-Sanctioned BBQ and Blues, Pro BBQ Competition June 5th & 6th!  This event is now a World Food Championship BBQ Qualifier as well as an American Royal Invitational, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational and Jack Daniel's World Championship qualifier.

Returning sponsors for 2015 include Brighthouse Networks, Sublime Restaurant & Sangria Lounge, Craig Technologies, Econolodge Port Canaveral Area and Visit Space Coast. This year we are also pleased to announce that CH2MHill and will be joining our sponsor lineup.

BBQ & Blues kicks off Friday afternoon with live music on the Sublime Stage at Riverfront Park featuring local Blues Man Joe “Survival” Caruso followed by The Joey Gilmore Blues Band and a Pub Crawl through Historic Cocoa Village brought to you by

On Saturday, Riverfront Park will be smokin’ with hot BBQ in the park and cool blues on the CH2MHill stage.  The lineup for Saturday includes local “one-man-band” Matt Rosman, The Pitbull of Blues, Sarasota Slim, Eryn Shewell and headlining this year is 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo Winner and 2013 International Blues Challenge “Best Solo/Duo Guitarist,” Little G Weevil and his band!  

Also not to be missed are the People’s Choice judging at 11AM Saturday, the Kids Fun Zone, various street entertainers, a vendor village showcasing the work of talented local artists and crafters, and of course the 5:00PM awards ceremony to honor the very tastiest in Florida BBQ!  Did we mention the food?  A dozen BBQ vendors will be on hand to delight you with their culinary delights!

Admission to this great event is free and partial proceeds go toward supporting music in schools through Brevard Schools Foundation.

Allan Chapman

A Call for Art: EDIBLES at Art Gallery of Viera

A feast for your eyes! 
EDIBLES is now open to guest artists. 
Visit and scroll down to the Calls for Art section.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Thanks so much to Nancy Seib for becoming a Friend of Brevard Art News.  Please click on her badge in the right column to see some of her beautiful work.

Thanks again. Your support is appreciated.

Fun Infused Mosaics at Pizza Gallery and Grill

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eau Gallie Public Library Featured Artist - Linda Krupp

 Linda Krupp is the featured artist for the month of May.  Her oil paintings are usually landscapes, either of Florida or of her native North Carolina.  She enjoys the outdoors, whether it is gardening, walking, or painting and tries to capture the beauty found there in her work.  Many of her scenes are reflections of life growing up in rural North Carolina, capturing images that are slowly fading away.

Her work may also be viewed at the Art Gallery of Viera (www.artgalleryofviera) and the Downtown Gallery in Titusville (  Linda resides in Titusville with her husband, Michael.

The Eau Gallie Public Library is located on 1521Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, FL.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

5th Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival Children’s Turtle Tribute Art Exhibit and Contest

All children grades K-6 are invited to create a sea turtle inspired work of art for the Titusville Sea Turtle Festival’s Children’s Art Contest.

Organizers request one entry per child in a 2-D format ready-to-hang.

Artwork is due at The Downtown Art Gallery by Saturday, June 6, 2015 before 3:00pm. All entries will be on display at The Downtown Art Gallery June 8-13, 2015.

Art Reception on Saturday, June 13th  1:00-2:30pm.  

Awards will be given out. An Art Reception will be hosted by the Downtown Art Gallery on Saturday ◦ June 13, 2015 from 1:00 –2:30 PM. Punch and cookies will be served.


Canaveral National Seashore Park Ranger will be there to meet and announce the winners. Awards include 1st, 2nd & 3rd place & Honorable Mention in each age group, one "Best Depiction of Theme" award overall and one People's Choice award. Winning artwork will receive a ribbon and gift certificates from area businesses and will be used in 2016 Sea Turtle Festival promotional materials.

Entry Rules:
1. Art must be on paper or canvas. Entries should be 14”X18” or smaller.

2. Pencil, pastel, watercolor, tempera, charcoal, pen & ink, crayon, acrylic or oil may be used. No digital art.

3. Mount your picture to heavy construction paper, mat board or poster board.
4. Make your picture ready-to-hang by stapling a piece of string to the backing board.  Making sure the string is not visible when hanging.
5. The child can sign their artwork but no other identifying marks, grades or ages should be on front.
6. Affix a 3”X5” card to the back of your picture listing: child’s name, grade, age, school and contact information- making sure that there is a contact name and phone number on the back
7. Mail or hand deliver the artwork to 
     The Downtown Art Gallery, 335 S Washington Avenue in historic downtown   Titusville, FL, 32796.
8. Artwork should be picked up on June 13th after the Awards Reception.

Any questions, call Heidi at The Downtown Art Gallery  321-268-0122.

For more information on the Sea Turtle Festival and to see last year's winners go to

Titusville Art League - Summer Camp

Acrylic Painting 101 Workshop

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Remembering Link Johnsten

Thanks to John Emery for the use of this photo.



Remembering Link Johnsten


I'm sure most of you have heard that Link Johnsten passed away Wednesday.  The art world has lost a great friend. He is well known for his artistic accomplishments, mentoring and philanthropy throughout the country. 

On Friday, May 1, there was a wonderful outpouring of affection for him in front of his shop with participants spreading flower petals along Highland Avenue. 

There will be a funeral mass for Link on Tuesday, May 5, 3:30 p.m., at Ascension Catholic Church. And a reception will follow at the Foosaner Art Museum.
We send comfort and condolences to his family and friends.

Kid’s Classes Coming to Art Gallery of Viera for June and July

Art Gallery of Viera is happy to announce that in addition to their regular children’s class on Saturday mornings, Art Gallery of Viera is having special summer sessions for kids on every Thursday morning and afternoon throughout June and July as well as having a six-week “Heroes” session on Friday afternoons. There are over 24 different classes to choose from! Go to for a complete and downloadable listing.

May Art Classes at Art Expressions