Exhibit Dates: August 29 - September 30, 2017
Awards for the twelfth annual 100% Pure Florida exhibit were presented at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at Friday evening's opening reception. First Place went to Vanessa Bates, from Merritt Island, for her digital work, Motoring. Vanessa received $500 and a solo exhibit at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in 2018. This award was sponsored by the following people: Dr. Karamvir & Nancy Mann, Nancy Crawford, Mark & Lois Mittleman, & William McCoy.
Second Place was awarded to Mindy Colton of Orlando for Unbridled Sea Horse, a sculpture, which brought her a $300 award sponsored by John and Susan Hopkins. Our Third Place honor went to Carmen Sarmiento, from Hialeah, for her acrylic work, Royal Poinciana Flower. This award was sponsored by Southern Janitor Supply.
The seven merit awards of $100 each went to Linda Barone, Naples, for Red Shouldered Hawk Encroached, acrylic; John Cielukowski, Cocoa Beach, Highnoon, Frostproof, FL, Acrylic; Louise Hill, Mims, Summer Creepin' In, Photography; Ellen Lindner, Melbourne, Lava to the Sea, Fabric Collage; Kestrel Michaud, Melbourne, Classy, Fabric; Melissa Miller Nece, Palm Harbor, Dash and Dive, Colored Pencil, and Mark Palmer, Rockledge, Lazy Sunday, Mixed Media. The merit awards were sponsored by John and Darcia Francey, Smile Design & Wellness Center, Jini James, Art Gallery of Viera, Titusville Art League, Art & Antiques Studio, and Brevard Watercolor Society.
57 artists entered the juried competition this year with 182 pieces of art. 57 pieces were chosen, representing 42 artists. Of these 42, 30 are from Brevard County while the remaining 12 are from outside of the county. There are 12 types of media represented by this diverse group. “Pure Florida” refers to the artists’ residence. Subject matter is unlimited.
Our guest judge, Kellie Moore commented on 100% Pure, "I was delighted by a number of works that drew me in with a mastery of their medium, their creative prowess, and strong elements of design, and enjoyed the resonating message and uplifting feeling many of those same works provided. Whether they be abstract or representational, utilizing comparatively new mediums or rooted in traditional crafts, it was wonderful to see artists with such great skill and imagination pushing their boundaries to deliver something beautiful and something unexpected. Thank you very much and congratulations to all of the artists exhibiting in this fabulous show!"
Ms. Moore holds a BFA with a specialization in painting & printmaking from the University of Central Florida, and has created and exhibited her work both nationally and abroad. When she’s not exploring the Mayan ruins of Central America, the architecture and ornament of Southeast Asia, or the beauty of India by rail, Kellie lives & works between the Caribbean and Central Florida where she creates functional & decorative ceramics inspired by nature and the observations from her travels.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie arts district of Melbourne, Florida. All events are free and open to the public.