Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monotypes in Red with Grace Leal, Peter Crumpacker and Barbara Burkhardt at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

by Peter Crumpacker

Exhibit dates: June 28-July 31

Come to Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on First Friday, July 1, as we paint Eau Gallie RED, with the help of Grace Leal, Peter Crumpacker, and Barbara Burkhardt.  Monotypes in Reda joint exhibit, opens on June 28. At First Friday on July 1, from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm, you can meet the artists and learn what motivated this interpretation of red. According to the artists, 'Red' is all about love, joy, happiness and celebration. In this joint exhibit all three artists were seeing RED. This promises to be a stimulating show, offering three individual visions in collaboration.

Crumpacker brings an engineering mind and the free spirit of the artist to his work. The engineer in him wants precision; the artist wants mayhem, mess, and beauty. His best work combines it all. Peter is very active across the state of Florida and his work is in collections all across the United States.

Burkhardt says of her work, “After painting realistic watercolor for years, I find myself moving in a different direction. The most drastic change in my work is moving from realism to abstract.” She is working intuitively and creating work that evolves on an emotional level through the manipulation of color choice and design elements.  

Leal’s work often addresses the "point of transgression," the period of time when a choice is being made to displace oneself in order to evolve, change and reach another level. Grace, a multi-media artist, uses a variety of voices in her work. Sometimes narration takes precedence, sometimes it is a social or political commentary, and sometimes it is a sheer expression of passion in an abstract work that includes just shapes, forms and colors, in this case - Red.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is in the Eau Gallie Art District in Melbourne.

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

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