Brevard Art News - August 31, 2008
Artist of the Month - Denice Van Waardenburg
You can rarely open a newspaper, magazine, or newsletter in this area without seeing some mention of Denice Van Waardenburg. She is one of the most prolific artists I have met and has become involved in the many art events offered in Brevard County.
Denice's medium is oil on porcelain. In 1973, she was introduced to china painting while living in Brazil. Back then, she painted the traditional way including flowers, fruit and traditional designs. Then, because she was born in Africa, she became drawn to express her passion for the wildlife native to Africa. After she learned the techniques, she started to paint the subjects that were of greater interest to her, such as elephants, tigers, and other wildlife seen in Africa.
Denice exhibits her beautiful artwork throughout the county, and she has been the subject of magazine articles internationally. She has won many awards for her work. Most recently, she won Honorable Mention in the art exhibit at the Zoo.
Denice has a busy fall schedule. If you want the see her work in person, visit one of the events listed here.
Her piece called "Massai Warrior" a portrait of a warrior from Kenya will be on display throughout September in the 100%Pure Florida exhibit at the Fifth Avenue Gallery on Highland Avenue. The opening reception for the exhibit is on September 5, 2008, from 5:30 to 8:00 at the gallery. The public is welcome. She got the idea for this piece from the National Geographic.
In October, Denice will be exhibiting with four other members of the Brevard Porcelain Artists at the Art and Antique Studio at 1419 Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie. The opening for that show will be on the first Friday of October (10/3/08). She will display paintings as well as vases.
Denice is a member of the Strawbridge Art League and has a piece in their Landmarks exhibit that is traveling the county. The show will be on exhibit in the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts during October. She has a wonderful rendition of the Brevard Symphony House in that show. The opening for that exhibit is Thursday, October 2, 2008, from 4pm to 6pm. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception.
On November 1st from 8am to 2pm, she will show and sell her works in the bazaar at the Suntree United Methodist Church on Wickham Avenue in Suntree.
Denice is a member of the Central Brevard Art Association and will participate in their show at Heritage Isle Community Clubhouse off Wickham Road, West of I-95. This event is on November 8th and 9th from 10pm to 5pm.
Also in November, the Brevard Porcelain Artists will be exhibiting in the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. She will exhibit with this group from November 4th through the 28th. The opening for this show will be on Thursday, November 6, 2008, from 4pm to 6pm. This is open to the public.
Still more in November... She will have her works in the Brevard Porcelain Artists show called Touch of Elegance at the Eau Gallie Civic Center on November 22 and 23 from 10am to 5pm each day. The admission to this event is free and door prizes are awarded. Denice will be present for the show, so stop by to meet her.
The Fifth Avenue Gallery on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie features a Holiday Boutique during November and December. You will find Denice's beautiful porcelain ornaments in that sale among the other holiday items.
In the new year, Denice will be in one more show at the Harris Gallery in the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. She will be in the Small Works Show in March. The opening for that show will be on March 5 , 2009, from 4pm to 6pm. The public is welcome.
Because the community has been so supportive of her works on porcelain, Denice prices her pieces so they are affordable and accessible to the public. When asked where she gets the motivation for her painting, Denice said, "My love for painting wildlife on porcelain stems from dedication to nature and my love for Africa and the rekindled global interest in preservation of endangered species."
If you'd like to contact Denice about her work, call 321-255-3746. And to see more of her beautiful paintings, visit her website at http://home.earthlink.net/~djjvw/
Brevard Art News - August 31, 2008
Editor's note: Well, with a month of putting the Brevard Art News together behind me, the big picture is coming together. I thought I'd fill you in on format decisions that I've made... They are: The Artist of the Month article will occur in the issue closest to the first of the month, and it will be followed by the regular issue of Brevard Art News. At the end of every month, I'll clean out the items that have run for a while. Also, I have decided on categories that will recur each week to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. They are:
News: This will always be at the beginning of Brevard Art News and will cover any new submissions that have come in that week.
Then the information from previous weeks that is still current will be divided into the following categories:
Opportunities and Services
Organizations and Meetings
Presentations and Appearances
Upcoming and Future Events
So, enjoy the Brevard Art News and please comment at the end of the post. I love hearing from you. As always... if you have news, send it to me at Lou@LouBelcher.comThanks,
and now on with the news...
Fall for the Arts -- September 18th, 5:30 to 7:30, on Highland Avenue of EauGallie. Arts and cultural organizations are joining forces on September 18, 2008, to announce their upcoming events, seasons, and exhibitions at an outdoor party on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie. Groups will present highlights of their upcoming seasons. Wander from group to group and collect schedules of upcoming events and enjoy food and drink offered at a minimal charge. The event is free and open to the public. Over 40 organizations are scheduled to participate.
Opening Reception for the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C. King Center. Save Thursday, September 4th, 2008, from 4 to 6pm. Come to the reception for the opening of Michael Shelton's one-man show called "Reflections and Expressions" in the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C King Center for the Performing Arts. Michael will show some of his wonderful portraits and landscapes. The exhibit will hang throughout the month of September. The reception is the kick-off of the 2008-2009 Harris Art Gallery Season. All the artists who will be exhibiting in the coming season have been invited to the reception. So come and meet this group of wonderful artists and learn about the upcoming season of art. The King Center is located at the corner of Post and Wickham Roads in Melbourne. Painting by Michael Shelton (Note: Learn a little more about Michael Shelton. He's the subject of my article in Brevard Florida Live Magazine in September.)
The Art Gallery and Studio will be having a special exhibit in honor of the September 11th tragedy. The exhibit, "9-11 Remembered" will be on display from September 1st thru September 30th. A reception for the exhibit will be on Friday, September 12th, from 6 pm to 8pm. The reception is open to the public.
Embracing Our Differences call for submissions: Embracing our Differences is a juried show of 39 billboard-size selections. They will be displayed in April 2009 at Island Park in Sarasota, Florida. Submissions are due by January 12, 2009. Go to http://www.embracingourdifferences.org/ for information about submissions requirements.
The Downtown Gallery in Titusville: The unveiling of the newly expanded showroom at the Downtown Gallery will be held on Friday evening, September 12th with an opening reception from 5pm to 9pm. Meet well-know, award-winning artists who will display their works and be available for questions and signings. Different media will be showcased, including tropical paintings, bronze sculpture, elegant hand-crafted jewelry, black and white photography and grand landscape photography. Cheese and wine will be served. Admission is free. 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.
New Class beginning soon... sign up is necessary: Pearl Ollie is about to start a class at the Cocoa Beach Country Club for Freedom 7 Senior Community Center; 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd.; Cocoa Beach, FL; 32931. This notice is to determine who might be interested. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm. The cost will be $5.00 for members using their own supplies and $10 for members using Pearl's supplies. The cost will be $7.00 for non-members using their own supplies and $12.00 for non-members using Pearl's supplies. A start date will be set once Pearl hears from those who are interested. Call Pearl at 321-536-3523 to sign up or for more information.
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, Florida, or at her website: http://www.shop.reneedecator.com/collections/road-trip-impressions-of-a-memory/products/road-trip-impressions-of-a-book or if you are local, you can purchase it directly from the artist by emailing her at email@example.com.
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.
Susan Kessler is teaching watercolor painting on Mondays from 10am 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.
Pearl L. Ollie of "The Cultured Pearl," 1245 Florida Avenue., S; Rockledge FL 32955; (321) 536-3523; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pearl teaches a variety of classes to adults and to children in a variety of locations. For a complete list of Pearl's classes and to see many of her paintings, click here. Contact her for details.
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/
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.
The Strawbridge Art League Landmarks exhibit is hanging at the FIT library throughout September. It will move to the Harris Gallery at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in October. Be sure to see this exhibit at one of these locations. The exhibit is the culmination of three years of the Strawbridge Art League artists concentrating on the wonderful historic landmarks in Brevard County.
Art and Antique Studio at 1419 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida, will offer the works of Bobbi Q. Brown for the month of September. The public is invited to the opening reception on September 5, from 5:30 to 8:30. Bobbi Q. Brown feels we are all born to create. She enjoys sharing her sense of wonder, joy, and beauty in the world around us through art. She loves playing with all the various watercolors, different techniques, and materials. She always dreamed of becoming an artist and took the leap in 1999 after 10 years as a commercial artist. She has appeared in shows and galleries across the country and she finds the local flora and fauna an awesome inspiration. She inspires others by teaching privately and in a classroom setting. Don't miss her exhibit From Mangos to Manatees -- The Colors of Florida. The exhibit will be at the Art and Antique Studio throughout September.
Art Gallery and Studio of Melbourne, 802 East New Haven Avenue, Downtown Melbourne, 321-729-9368. September's featured artist is Erin Terryn. Known for her large, dramatic abstract work, her pieces will be featured for the month. The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Erin from 6pm to 8pm during downtown Melbourne's FridayFest on September 12th, 2008, at the Art Gallery and Studio. Refreshments will be served.
Brevard Art Museum: The 2008 Juried Exhibition will hang in the Brevard Art Museum through September 12, 2008. Dr. Jennifer Hardin, Chief Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg was the guest curator for the show. Be sure to stop by and see the works she chose for the exhibit.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida, announces its 3rd Annual 100% Pure Florida juried exhibition. This exhibit features the astonishing and multi-faceted talents of Florida artists who live and work in Florida. The artwork is 2 and 3-dimensional with diverse subject matter and media. These Florida artists represent the very best talents Florida has to offer in many media. The opening of the exhibit is during First Friday on September 5th from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Visit with the artists at this opening reception and vote for the Viewer's Choice Award. The public is welcome.
Opportunities and Services
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.
Organizations and Meetings:
- Brevard Porcelain Artists will begin their monthly meetings on the first Tuesday in September 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 month 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.
- Strawbridge Art League: The Strawbridge Art League usually 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. There will be no September meeting as the league is encouraging its members to attend "Fall into Art" on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie on September 18. The downstairs hall gallery exhibit called "Snorkeling, Surfing, and Skivvies" began August 26th. It will hang until October 5, 2008 in the Henegar Center for the Arts.
- 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.
Presentations and Appearances
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. All works for this exhibit must be on paper or made of paper. Watch for more details in the near future.
- Upcoming in October: Main Street Masters of Art. The festival is on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2008, in Historic Downtown Melbourne.
- Upcoming in November: ArtWorks of EauGallie Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, 2008 on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie area of Melbourne. The committee is looking for volunteers. 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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