Thursday, May 31, 2012

EGAD celebrates local musicians and artists at June 1 First Friday Art Walk

Nine local performers and bands will share their musical talents for six hours June 1 as an extended musical celebration in conjunction with the Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street First Friday Art Walk. All activities are free and open to the public.

First Friday attendees may pick up a “Passport” from the EGAD table at Eau Gallie Square. By having merchants and galleries validate their visits, arts enthusiasts can submit the passports for a chance to win $50 in EGAD Bucks, redeemable throughout the district.

The musicians will perform original work from 5-11 pm. They are donating their time as part of a pre-launch benefit for the new Vertigo Music Magazine, being produced by Victoria Jennings Mitchell. The magazine will be in print form and online at  

EGAD Main Street will host an open house from 4:30-7:30 at its new office in the Gould Business Center, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Suite 103. The drop-in event also is scheduled as a welcome for new EGAD Executive Director, Chevon Baccus. Various local artists are displaying work at the new office, and a special “Music Room” mural by Mike McCloskey is being unveiled.

Musical performers  confirmed for Eau Gallie Square include: Jessica Ottway at 5 p.m., Matt Rosman at 5:30 p.m., Andy Harrington at 6 p.m., No Diving at 6:30 p.m., Circuit Bender at 7:15 p.m. Sounds of Nebula at 8 p.m. Elephant Gun at 8:45 p.m., Mad Martigan at 9:30 p.m. and a special surprise guest band at 10:15 p.m.

Artists scheduled to exhibit in the square include: Sandi Palofer, Damien Share, Pat Frazier, JoeVedovati, Spiral Flutes and Brian Benson with Art 4 Kids.

A variety of other activities are planned for First Friday, and many retail shops and galleries will stay open late.  

The Foosaner Museum of Art , 1463 Highland Ave., will hold a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the opening of its new exhibit of Florida Artwork from the permanent collection.  The Foosaner also will be hosting a free jazz concert by Matt Heister.

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with a new exhibit “Moving from Realism to Abstract” by artist Barbara Burkhardt.

Art  and Antique Studio, 1419 Highland Ave., will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  with its new exhibit, “It’s a Man’s World,” featuring the work of various artists. 

Artist Elizabeth Kaufmann’s “Stories in Acrylic” will be on display at Highland Art & Studio, 1414 Highland Ave., which also will offer musical entertainment by “The Hemingways.”

The works of 21 artists portraying “Travel” of all definitions remains on exhibit at the EGAD Art Lab, 1405 Highland Ave.

Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c )3 organization dedicated to promoting arts and economic development in the old Eau Gallie section of  Melbourne.  To become involved or get more information, call 321.752.0463 or email  The organization’s website, is under renovation so some information is out of date.

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