Monday, September 26, 2016

Final Week of 100% Pure Florida exhibit at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit dates: August 30 - October 2

This is the final week to experience 100% Pure Florida at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This exciting exhibit features 54 pieces of work from 38 different artists from all over Florida. Entries were juried into this exhibit and then were then judged by our guest judge, Ms. Dana Hargrove, a Professor of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park.

This year's 1st Place Award Winner, Gabrielle DiTota, will be back next year for a one-woman exhibit as part of her award winnings. Look for further information on this sure to be amazing show.

100% Pure Florida will be open through October 2. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 pm - 4 pm on Sundays.

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brush with Success at Art Gallery of Viera

Brush with Success Opening Reception
Name: Brush with Success Opening Reception
Date: October 8th, 2016
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm, with awards at 7:00pm
Location: Art Gallery of Viera
Address: 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL 32940
Phone Number: (321) 504-4343

Art Gallery of Viera is pleased to announce their 5th annual “Brush with Success” show. This show will feature a juried competition with cash prizes, recognizing some of the best talent and amazing works of art. With the opening reception on October 8th, starting at 5:30pm and going until 8:00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the evening, mingle with the artists, and see the award presentation taking place at 7:00pm. All are invited and welcomed to this free spectacular art event. Come in anytime on the 8th to enter to win one of two great giveaways; a beautiful framed print by artist Laura Kucharyson, as well as a stunning Diana Necklace that has been donated by J. Grace. Also be sure to check out our Featured Artist wall where we will have the work of Susan Carden-Flicker on display.

Brush with Success 2016 will be on exhibit from October 7th to November 6th.

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Judge and Appetizers sponsored by Pizza Gallery and Grill

Juror: Helga Flower

Gold Award $500: Sponsored by The Highland Mint, Robin Braswell and J. Grace

Silver Award $300: Sponsored by Animal Hospital and J. Grace

Bronze Award $200: Sponsored by American Moulding

Special Awards $100: Titusville Art League, Art & Antiques Studio & Gallery, Strawbridge Art League, Fifth Avenue Gallery, Brevard Watercolor Society, Central Brevard Art Association, Essentials Spa & Salon, & Laserchrome Technologies

Merit Awards: Ridleys Custom Framing & Studio 3 Framing

Friday, September 23, 2016


Top Plein Air Artist
Showcased At Ocean Art Gallery

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On Saturday, October 1st, one of Florida’s top plein air artists will welcome guests to his “A Landscape Perspective” art show from 6 to 8 pm. A longtime exhibitor at Ocean Art Gallery, Scott Hiestand will present his detailed acrylic landscape and wildlife paintings created expressly for this show. 

During the opening reception, Scott will meet with guests and share his artistic technique, which has won him rave reviews and multiple awards throughout Florida and the Southeast. Recognized for his realistic imagery, the artworks on display will be the best he has ever offered the public. Art lovers and collectors from across the state will journey to Ocean Art Gallery, Flagler Beach’s Art Destination, to view Scott’s capturing of Florida’s beauty and majesty. A resident of Ormond Beach, Scott is an avid plein air painter who is invited to almost every juried plein air paint out in Florida.  

Upon obtaining his art degree, Scott was recruited by Hallmark Cards. He later worked for some 35 years as a graphic artist for various newspapers, including 15 years at the St. Petersburg Times, where he illustrated the outdoors pages.

Scott’s work has been recognized throughout the United States. He is a State of Indiana upland game bird stamp contest winner; was selected for the Paint America National Gallery Tour; and designed the Florida Bass Fish automobile license plate. Scott was recently an over-all winner for the Plein Air Magazine Salon Contest. Highly regarded by collectors, Scott’s works are in many private and corporate collections nationwide.

As always, the art opening at Ocean Art Gallery, held on the first Saturday of every month, is a free event to which everyone is invited. Light refreshments and live music will be available. Saturday night in Flagler Beach is a lively time as locals and visitors enjoy the oceanside ambiance created by more than a dozen eating and drinking establishments within a half mile of Ocean Art Gallery’s prime location right on SR 100 (Moody Blvd.). With two entrances and a large parking lot behind the gallery, there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the art opening and downtown Flagler Beach.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Call for Art ... Holiday Gift Shop at Art Gallery of Viera

What: Holiday Gift Shop - November & December
When: Application window  From September 22nd to November 3rd 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Art Gallery of Viera announces the return of its wildly popular Holiday Gift Shop running from November 11th, 2016 through January 8th, 2017. To apply, you will need to email a few jpegs that are representative of your items, to No later than November 3rd. Upon notification of acceptance, download the Entry Form and W-9, complete and bring along with your fee and artwork to Art Gallery of Viera during the designated take in dates and times.

Visit our website for the full prospectus:

Location: Art Gallery of Viera
Address: 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL 32940
Phone Number: (321) 504-4343

Monday, September 19, 2016

Calling All Brevard County Young Artists!

Recycle Brevard would like to invite Brevard County K-12 students to participate in the 2nd Annual Waste Me Not Recycled Art Show.

The Recycled Art Show will be hosted at The Avenue Viera on November 6, 2016 from 2-5pm and student participation is FREE. Artwork will be judged by STRAWBRIDGE ART LEAGUE. Group submissions accepted. Winning artwork will be at display at THE AVENUE VIERA. Prizes and certificates will be awarded at the event. 

With the continued support from The Avenue Viera, Strawbridge Art League, Brevard Public Schools and our other partners, we are looking to receiving more than 100 submissions in 2016 to outnumber the 80 submissions we had in 2015.
This year’s theme is Speaking for our Waters and entries should reflect ways to help with the long term health of our waters, specifically our Indian River Lagoon and the species that call it home. 
The show is part of Waste Me Not Projects whose goal is to connect action to reflection and help inspire agents of change. Learn more at

For information on how to participate, visit Registration deadline is Oct. 28 with submissions due on Nov. 5, 2016.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Drawing Classes with Peggy Nolan

34th Annual Designer Holiday Craft Show at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit dates: November 1, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Time to dust off those shopping shoes. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is happy to announce the upcoming opening of its 34th Annual Designer Holiday Craft Show. There will be a First Friday Opening Reception on November 4, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. 

This is your chance to find that unique gift for those on your list. The show will run from November 1 through January 7, 2017. Be sure to visit and enjoy the exceptional quality of work of the craft artisans represented here. 

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Melbourne Eau Gallie Arts District. Gallery hours during this exhibit will run Monday through Saturday, 10 am through 5 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm until 4 pm.

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

Visions of Italy with art work by Phyllis Shipley at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Exhibit dates: October 3-30, 2016

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is proud to host Visions of Italy, art work by gallery member Phyllis Shipley, during the month of October. The First Friday opening reception for this exhibit will be on October 7, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. Phyllis will be present to discuss her work, her methods and her enthusiasm for creating art. 

Phyllis has been producing fine art for the past thirty years and has been a gallery owner, an art show participant and award winner, and a continuing student in the details of water color and acrylics. A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, she uses her intuition to create loose and flowing colors with a musical fluidity of expression. Phyllis began painting in the early 1980’s. After years of playing and teaching music with the organ and piano, raising children, and a successful career as a purchasing executive with a major chemical corporation, the time was right to pursue her dream and passion. Painting for her is like a musical score, expressing emotion and beauty with the brush as the melody rings in our ears. 

Shipley is driven by questions about life; what is it, why do we love, how are we developing our destiny? She is searching for whatever it is that is charting our course. Her paintings begin with pouring, glazing or washes of color. As she manipulates the paint, an image begins to develop. “I strive to ‘get out of the way and let spirit take control’ (a quote given to me many years ago when I was frustrated with details)”, says Shipley.

She strives to provide a source of visual pleasure by using color to exert energy, life and excitement. When I can feel the 3 S’s (Senses, Suggestion, Symbols), I feel development and growth as an artist. She believes that life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed. Her hope is to create art that is full of color, chaos and energy to bring joy, a zest for life, and excitement without constraint to all who view her work.
She is presently an exhibiting member at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and also currently an exhibiting artist at the newly opened Art Avenue Gallery located in Sarasota, Florida. She is further represented by the Liz-Beth Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Visions of Italy will run from October 3 through October 30. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL.

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

Friday, September 9, 2016

CALL FOR ARTISTS from Studios of Cocoa Beach

Studios of Cocoa Beach, a non-profit art cooperative is a space dedicated to art, creativity, learning, and buzz opening this October. 
Located in the heart of Cocoa Beach next to Heidi's Jazz Club on Minutemen Causeway, the Studios will feature more than 20 artists and artisans. All mediums are welcome and a variety of price points is encouraged.​ Teaching workshops and availability to help in studio a plus.​ 
Apply at by Sep 25. 

Ted Matz Plein Air Workshop offered by TASGOB

Must be registered by the 15th of September. 

Presented by the Art Students’ Guild of Brevard

October 15th and 16th

Payment Due: September 15, 2016.

The focus of the workshop is to help each participant understand key elements of hue, value, and temperature. The artist will learn how to make colors stronger and more saturated, pushing values for more dramatic impact and to control the temperature of the painting for the overall effect that is has on the interpretation of the painting.
You will learn how to take a painting from “OK” to “GREAT”.You will learn how to take a painting from “OK” to “GREAT”.
The class is open to any medium. Each day will begin with a demo illustrating core plein air principles. Each participant will get one-on-one advice. There will be group discussion and critique at the end of each day.
Note: In the event of inclement weather, the participant must bring with them several reference photos of landscapes.

The cost of the workshop is $225 for Guild Members and $275 for non-members.

Pay online with surcharge by clicking here

Mail your check or money order to:
Alex Stankiewicz =
321 987 4157
for instructions
Questions? Contact:  Alex Stankiewicz  321 987 4157
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About Ted Matz… 

Ted Matz calls Lake Worth, Florida his home and is currently the Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse Art Center Museum and School of Art in Tequesta, Florida where he teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, pastels and plein air painting.  Ted also teaches at the Boca Museum School of Art in Boca Raton, Florida where he teaches watercolor and plein air painting.  He has taught classes and workshops in Michigan and Vermont, and currently does domestic and international workshops in Massachusetts, Maine, Italy and France.  

He majored in Watercolor at the Eastern Michigan University and also studied at Kendall College of Art and Design.  He has worked in design related positions with Jacobson’s Store, Inc, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

He chaired and coordinated the First, Second and Third Annual Lighthouse Art Center’s Plein Air Festival in Tequesta/Jupiter Florida and is currently working on the 4th Annual Festival.  The event brings 50 nationally recognized artists from across the country and Europe to compete for $10,000 in prize awards.  

To see his work visit  or

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call for Artists and Crafters - Holiday Showcase at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery


Christmas ribbon A Crhristmas ribbon

Art and Antique Studio and Gallery wants your 3-D Fine Art and Crafts

For exhibit and sale during November and December 2016

Works must be original designs and handmade by the artist

Please Contact Art and Antique Gallery at 321-253-5553 for further details

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Funk Center Exhibition Explores Artistry of ‘Stuff’ from Four Artists

A detail from Julie Peppito's "Hybrid (After Nature by Jedediah Purdy)," from 2015, part of the exhibition opening Sept. 17 at the Florida Tech's Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transformers: Re-contextualizing Our Material Culture’ Opens Sept. 17

Transformers: Re-contextualizing Our Material Culture opens a three-month run Sept. 17 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.
The exhibition features the work of Jodie Mack, Garry Noland, Julie Peppito and Gerry Trilling – contemporary artists whose paintings, sculptures, films and tapestries transform the “ordinary stuff” of our lives into works that reflect the splendid and the strange.
The handmade films of experimental animator Jodie Mack use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. Her films use domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The London-born artist currently works as an associate professor of animation at Dartmouth College, where she co-organizes an experimental media series, EYEWASH, and is serving as the 2015-16 Sony Music Fellow.
Garry Noland’s abstract collages illustrate his fascination with unusual and often overlooked materials such as PVC pipe, bubble wrap and duct tape. Noland, a studio artist since 1980, has had recent exhibits presented at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Formerly based in the Midwest, Noland recently moved to Los Angeles.
Julie Peppito’s artwork, often composed of discarded materials, is a combination of psychedelic collage, miniature quilts, botanical illustration and Americana. The hybrid forms are metaphors for the way we connect to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet. Based in New York City, Peppito has been the subject of six solo shows and has exhibited extensively across the U.S.
Gerry Trilling is a conceptual artist whose work is rooted in the history and assimilation of the American Jewish diaspora. Her parents escaped the Holocaust, relocating to St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up in a community of immigrants. Trilling’s experiences there have greatly influenced her body of work, particularly as it relates to the concept of home and community. The artist is currently in a three-year residency at Studios Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri, where she will be presenting a large, pattern-based show in May 2017.
Transformers is curated by contemporary artist China Marks and presented in conjunction with Radiant Messenger: Drawings by China Marks, which will go on view at the Foosaner Art Museum starting Oct. 22.
Starting Sept. 17, regular hours for the center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is located 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.
Related Programs
There will be two public gallery talks presented in conjunction with Transformers. Garry Noland will hold a gallery talk on Tuesday, Oct. 18. And Gerry Trilling will hold a gallery talk on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Admission to each is $10 per person. The lectures will be held in the Funk Center’s galleries and begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m., with the talk starting at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Art More Place Schedule of Workshops

100% Pure Florida Exhibit Awards

Foliage by Gabrielle DiTota

 Exhibit dates: August 30 - October 2

100% Pure Florida opened last week at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Awards were announced at First Friday's opening reception and were given as follows:

1st Place: Gabrielle DiTota, for Foliage;  $500 and a solo show in June of 2017. The award was sponsored by gallery members Renee´ Decator, William R. McCoy, Mark & Lois Mittleman, Witha Lacuesta and Nancy Gatti.

2nd Place: Nancy Hamlin-Vogler for Linear Elements: Birds; $300, , sponsored by Susan and John Hopkins

3rd Place: Thom Harrell, for Imminent Danger; $200, , sponsored by Southern Janitor Supply

Merit Awards of $100 each:
     • Karen "Keko" Ekonomou, for Drink Pink, sponsored by Strawbridge Art League
     • James Newman, for Old Downtown Vero, sponsored by Art Gallery of Viera
     • Ellen Lindner, for Florida Native #1, sponsored by Darcia and John Francey, designated for a local artist, in loving memory of Ann Jones
     • Margie McInarnay, for The Lure of Leaves, sponsored by Brevard Watercolor Society
     • Henry Peter, for Morning Guest, sponsored by Titusville Art League
     • Katty Smith, for Planting the Seeds of Life, sponsored by Arts and Antiques Studio and Gallery

This stimulating exhibit features 54 pieces of work from 38 different artists from all over Florida. Entries from artists all over the state of Florida were juried into this exhibit. They were then judged by our guest judge, Ms. Dana Hargrove. Ms. Hargrove's background includes a B.F.A from Dundee University and a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is presently a Professor of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park and is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia.

The show will be open through October 2 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL.
Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 pm - 4 pm on Sundays.

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Thanks to Renee Decator for renewing her support as a Friend of Brevard Art News.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please click on Renee's badge in the right column to see her beautiful artwork.

Friday, September 2, 2016

EGAD: First Friday September 2nd... Still happening inside...


September First Friday's outside festivities have been canceled, due to Tropical Storm Hermine. The conditions in the park are not likely to be ideal; however, elsewhere in EGAD  all is continuing as scheduled... Come on out and enjoy the exhibits...

...Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is hosting "100% Florida," a new exhibit and reception from 5:30-8:30pm
...Jazz Friday at Foosaner Art Museum/FIT is hosting La Lucha Trio in the Harris Community Auditorium 5:30 – 7:30. Free admission. The galleries are open through 7:30 pm.
...Art & Antique Studio's featured artist for September is, Mary Salvage, watercolorist. The exhibit, "A Sea Change, from the Mediterranean to the Space Coast” runs through September 30 with a reception from 5:30-8:30 pm.
...Derek Gores Gallery has an existing new exhibit,, "Sights, Insights," for Ten Women in Art at Derek Gores' Gallery 5:30-8:30pm.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Featured Artists at Art and Antique Studio and Fine Art Gallery

Opening of New Featured Artist Exhibit on First Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
“A Sea Change: From the Mediterranean to the Space Coast”
Featured Watercolor Artist
Mary Salvage

This award-winning artist was born in Michigan. She attended Parson’s School of Design in New York City, later majoring in art at Wayne State University in Detroit. Following a move to Greece, she exhibited her plein air and live model watercolor paintings in Thessaloniki. Later in Athens, she studied oil painting with Aristotle Solounias, and exhibited still life oils in Kolonaki. After 30 years in Greece, where she married and raised a family, she again crossed the sea and settled in Florida. Today, remarried to her high school sweetheart, she delights in painting local scenes as well as places she loves in Europe.

Join us for the show’s opening night and meet the artist on First Friday, September 2, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
This show will run through the month of September

Monday, August 29, 2016

3-Day Both Studio and Plein Air Workshop with Mary Garrish

Gary Marchesano presents Introspection


Melbourne, FL – A collection of framed pastels from acclaimed artist, Gary Marchesano will be featured in the Maxwell C. King Center's Harris Corporation Art Gallery from August 29th – September 25th. Mr. Marchesano’s vibrant work entitled, “Introspection,” may be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances. Mr. Marchesano will be present for conversation about his work at the September 10, 17 and 25 concerts.

Gary Marchesano was born in New York and raised on the west coast of the United Sates where he found education and inspiration frequenting the galleries and museums of Los Angeles, Carmel, Newport Beach and San Francisco. He matured as an artist in the Northern California / Nevada region of Lake Tahoe where he studied under internationally acclaimed Artists, David Foster and Phyllis Schafer.   A former gallery owner and exhibitor at Art Miami,

Marchesano currently resides on the Space Coast of Central Florida where he creates a wide variety of artwork.

For more information, please contact Karen Wilson at (321) 433-5717.