Brevard Art News - October 5, 2008
- Opportunities and Services
- Organizations and Meetings
- Presentations and Appearances
- Upcoming and Future Events
- Artist of the Month: Therese Ferguson
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Opportunity for Artists: Tropical Storm Fay Brings Floods, Jazz and Art Together
Fay received national attention from dozens of celebrity Smooth Jazz Artists who have responded. These musicians saw Tropical Storm Fay's devastation on the Melbourne area and began calling the radio station with concern, because many have performed here for WGRV, The Groove's famous Smooth Jazz Nights Out.
Please support this effort by signing up today to be one of the artists at the Space Coast Jazz Festival.
A FABulous Affair
Save November 8th, 2008, for A FABulous Affair: Art, Collectibles, and Antique Auction and Appraisal Fair. This event will benefit the Fund for Arts in Brevard... "FAB."
Where: Melbourne International Airport (Free parking with validation)
Appraisals: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ($10.00/appraisal or $25.00 for 3 appraisals)
Silent Auction: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Live Auction: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information contact the Brevard Cultural Alliance at 321-690-6817. To pre-purchase appraisal tickets, go to http://www.artsbrevard.org/.
This event is sponsored by the Residence Inn-Marriott, UBS Financial Services, MLB, Braswell Appraisal Services, BCA, and Cottage Art and Frame.
Invitation for Artists
Artwork must be brought to the BCA office by October 10th. Artwork will be picked up by a Cancer Center representative.
For more information, contact Lynne Brezina at 321-690-6817.
Congratulations to Lori Knerick. In a recent meeting of The Scribblers of Brevard - a writers' group that meets at the Eau Gallie library twice a month - Lori Knerick's altered photograph "A Bright Voyage" was chosen for the cover of Driftwood (an anthology of poetry, short stories and art). The photograph captures a solitary duck and small sailboat with sails at rest in a peaceful, yet vivid harbor.
Renee Decator's book, Road Trip, impressions of a memory is available. It is a compilation of artwork and stories inspired by a road trip she took last summer with her 86-year-old father and 18-year-old son. They went to the roots of her father's childhood in the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. The book contains 60 pages of art and stories. It can be purchased at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie or at her website: http://www.shop.reneedecator.com/ or if you are local, you can purchase it directly from the artist by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pieces of 8: Hot off the press!! The Masters' Pieces, a compilation of well-loved art as copied by The Pieces of 8, is now available for purchase. Sixteen master artists are chronicled with over 30-full color photographs of the paintings. The local women: Jini James, Carol Schiff, Denette Schweikert, Mary Warnick, Carmen Beecher, Suzanne Peiffer, Donna Vines, and Cindy Michaud set out to closely study the techniques and styles of the greatest of the great by copying their work. The resulting show has been exhibited several times as "Friends and Faux" and will appear once again in November 2008 at the Melbourne Beach Public Library. A great gift for an art lover or someone just learning about the masters, the book is only $14.00 and can be ordered by going to http://www.piecesof8.net/ and clicking on the small copy of the book.
One of Nancy Dillen's paintings, "Lay By," owned by Brevard Community College English professor and author David Johansson, is going to be on the cover of his first novel, Skin of Sunset. The book will be published by Squire Press on March 21, 2009. Also, David wrote to Dillen stating "...at the last minute I wrote your painting into the book - the lead female character is a painter herself - and her 'take' on her (your) work may amuse you."
October classes at the Cocoa Beach Library start on October 2nd. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday. The dates for the classes are 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. The cost is $70. Call Suzanne Frank at (321) 254-3398 to register.
Susan Kessler is teaching watercolor painting on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Art Gallery and Studio, 802 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne. The cost is $12.00 per class. Contact Susan at (321) 723-8736 for information. (painting by Susan Kessler)
Lin Sons Graphite Classes: Graphite drawing classes are available on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m to noon at the Art and Antique Studio, 1419 Highland Avenue, in historic Eau Gallie. The cost is $25 per session. The class is taught by Lin and is limited to four students. Contact Lin at 321-223-4635 to schedule class and to discuss the supply list. Lin's work may be seen on her website at http://www.aahrtbylin.com/
Helen Wheatley Watercolor Class: Helen Wheatley will be teaching watercolor classses at the Cocoa Beach Library on Tuesday mornings from 9am to noon for eight weeks beginning October 7th and running through December 2nd. There will be no class on November 11th for Veteran's Day. The classes are geared for the beginner to intermediate artist. Cost is $80.00 for the eight weeks. Sign up and pick up a list of materials at the Cocoa Beach Library. Enrollment is limited. The fee is due in full at the first class. The Cocoa Beach Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Avenue., Cocoa Beach.
PaperWorks. Take-in for the juried exhibit is coming soon. Prepare your artwork now. It's all about paper. The Strawbridge Art League juried exhibit PaperWorks will hold a take-in for submissions to their exhibit on Saturday, October 18th, upstairs in the Henegar Center Ballroom from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This is the 5th Annual PaperWorks Juried Exhibit. It includes anything that can be done on paper - mixed media, collage, computer art, altered books, photography, watercolor, ink - virtually anything... To enter, you must be a member of the Strawbridge Art League, but you can join at the take-in.
CBAA Featured Artist: Helen Wheately is the featured artist for the Central Breavard Art Association's exhibit at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa for September and October. She will be displaying five of her award-winning watercolor and mixed-media paintings in addition to several other pieces, including her latest work titled, "Birds of a Feather." The exhibit will run from August 28th through October 30th. The library is located at 308 Forest Avenue in Cocoa. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 to 9; Friday, 9 to 6; Saturday, 9 to 5; and Sunday, 1 to 5. (painting by Helen Wheatley)
Art and Antique Studio at 1419 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. The featured artists for the month of October at the Art and Antique Studio and Gallery are a group of six porcelain painters. The following artists are participating in this exhibit:
Art Gallery and Studio of Melbourne, 802 East New Haven Avenue, Downtown Melbourne, 321-729-9368. October's featured artist is Barbara Perlmutter with her "Jewish Religious Art" exhibit. The opening reception is October 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 11 to 5 p.m.
The newest members of the gallery are Gloria Summerford, Barbara Paul, Laura Rabbits, and Trish Storey. There will be a special reception to welcome them on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Family Ties: Three Generations. Judy Gelles has spent 30 years navigating feminism, motherhood, and developing as an artist. With determination and humor, Gelles provides a social commentary on our lives. Utilizing three generations of family artifacts, Gelles relocates the past, present, and future.
Be sure to stop by to see both exhibits.
The Downtown Gallery in Titusville: The unveiling of the newly expanded showroom at the Downtown Gallery was held on Friday evening, September 12th with an opening reception. Different media are showcased, including tropical paintings, bronze sculpture, elegant hand-crafted jewelry, black and white photography and grand landscape photography. The Downtown Gallery is located at 335 S. Washington Avenue (US 1) in charming downtown Titusville. For more information, call 321-268-0122. The picture is "A Magical Moment in Time" taken in Glacier National Park by artist Dale Nichols. And the sculpture is "Infinity" by artist Yure Lima de Alencar.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. The public is invited to the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery to see the exhibit by renowned watercolorist Jean Grastorf. You will want to see what pouring watercolor does to make her paintings extraordinary. She infuses movement, light, and color into her watercolors to inspire, captivate and entice viewers. Gastorf normally paints with transparent watercolors, but she has added gouache and acrylics to her repertoire. These more opaque pigments enhance and contrast the transparent watercolor washes.
Thousands of frame shops and art galleries will be celebrating with a variety of special events and programs designed to promote the enjoyment of art as a part of daily life.
Founded in 1997, National Art and Framing Month is an opportunity to "Picture the Possibilities" that art and framing can bring to homes, offices, and public spaces.
Vivian C. Kistler, director of the NA&FM Council, believes that individual businesses can play a key roll in generating interest in the arts. "For the past few decades, budget cuts have forced schools to reduce or even eliminate art programs. It is now more important than ever for frame shops and art galleries to help the public understand and enjoy art."
Art has been an important part of human society since the earliest scrawlings on cave walls, and picture framing preserves and displays artwork to hang on the walls of homes, offices, and public spaces. National Art and Framing Month shines a spotlight on this essential aspect of our culture.
To "Picture the Possibilities" that art and framing can do for you, stop by Art Expressions and help us celebrate. Art Expressions is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District at: 1404 Highland Avenue. http://www.artexpressionsfinecustomframing.com/.
Great Opportunity for Artists: Sevenartists.com is the newest creation from http://www.digitalartbyjerry.com/, local artist Jerry Hanzl. He is offering a free web page to local artists on http://www.sevenartists.com/, in an attempt to draw more attention to the great talent in our area. If you have an existing website, he will create a lead-in page from the site. If it is your only web presence, Jerry will give you a more involved page. His service is free and done in his spare time, donations are accepted. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to review. Email Jerry at email@example.com and join the seven. If you're trying to create a presence on the Internet, here's an opportunity for you. (Digital art by Jerry Hanzl)
Organizations and Meetings:
- Brevard Porcelain Artists monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army, Hickory Street, Melbourne. The meeting begins at 9:30 am and visitors are welcome. Contact: 321-255-3746.
- Brevard Watercolor Society: The Brevard Watercolor Society meeting is on the second Saturday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 1:00pm at the Satellite Beach Civic Center, Cassia Blvd., Satellite Beach.
- Central Brevard Art Association: Meetings of the Central Brevard Art Association are on the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00p.m. at 566 Barton Blvd, Suite 3, Rockledge.
- Florida Chalk Artists Association: The Florida Chalk Artists will be participating in the ArtWorks Festival in Eau Gallie this year on November 22 and 23. This is their first street-painting event in conjunction with ArtWorks. Cash awards will be made on each day. This is an ideal opportunity for FCAA members to demonstrate and instruct the public on this art form. For more information go to http://www.floridachalkartists.org/.
- Strawbridge Art League: The Strawbridge Art League meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the ballroom of the Henegar Center for the Arts on New Haven Avenue, Melbourne. The speaker/demonstrator for the October meeting will be Linda Hedary. Also, the downstairs hall gallery exhibit called "Changing Colors" begins on October 6, 2008. If you are a member of the Strawbridge Art League, don't forget the take-in for "Changing Colors" from 2 to 4 p.m. on October 6, 2008.
- Titusville Art League: Meetings of the Titusville Art League are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:45pm at 1421 Draa Road, Titusville. The Fall Art and Craft show will run 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2008, and Saturday, November 8, 2008. The event will be at the Ashkelon, 1651 South Park Avenue. For more information, contact Dot White at 321-267-9363, Bob Bielling at 321 267-9732, or Connie Allen at 321-482-6413.
Presentations and Appearances None reported to me... okay, who out there is doing a presentation or making an appearance in the near future?
Upcoming and Future Events
Upcoming in October: Start preparing those works on paper. The take-in for the juried exhibit called "PaperWorks" at the Strawbridge Art League is on October 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All works for this exhibit must be on paper or made of paper. All entries are welcome. Membership in the Strawbridge Art League is required. You may join at the take-in. The take-in will be in the ballroom of the Henegar Center on New Haven Avenue.
Painting by Renee Decator. Be sure to stop by to see her at the Main Street Masters. Her space is M2.
Upcoming in November: ArtWorks The dates for ArtWorks are November 22 and 23. This street festival of art will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, Florida. This art festival is a great experience for the whole family. In addition to displaying their works, artists spend time demonstrating their craft. It's a learning experience for all involved. For information, go to http://www.artworksofeaugallie.org/
Upcoming in November: Brevard Porcelain Artists' show, Touch of Elegance, is on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, 2008, in the Eau Gallie Civic Center.
Upcoming in January : 19th Annual Indialantic Art Festival. The festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 17-18, 2009 at Nance Park in Indialantic, Florida. http://www.artfestival.com/events/visitorsShow/114/1
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