Membership

Join Us

Thank you for your interest in the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This information is for professional artists who may be interested in becoming active members of the gallery. Membership is open to professional artists and fine crafts persons living and working in Melbourne and surrounding areas. Our gallery is artist owned and operated and prides itself on being the oldest known members gallery in Brevard, founded in 1975. As gallery membership grew the original location on Fifth Avenue in Indialantic was replaced by a larger space on Highland Avenue in Melbourne where the gallery currently resides. The gallery continues to evolve as new artists join and bring their unique creativity to the space.

How the gallery works

For those of you who may not be familiar with just what exactly a member gallery is, here’s a brief run down: Every member artist is involved in the day to day operation of the gallery from press, marketing, hanging, to painting, replacing bulbs, gardening, dusting, cleaning – you name it we do it all. What makes this gallery look so attractive is the hard work, creativity, and elbow grease of every member. Active participation by all members is essential to the success of our gallery. Members are also responsible for working in the gallery a couple of days a month. They handle inquiries, sales transactions, and basic daily tasks.

Eligibility

Fine artists or craftspersons residing in Melbourne, Florida and surrounding areas are eligible to apply for membership. We showcase the work of local artists who want to take an active role in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Your work must be original, recent, hand made, and different from other work that we are currently showing. The best way to know if your work will be a good fit and a fresh addition to the gallery is to stop in and visit in person. You can chat with one of our member artists to get a feel for what we’re looking for.

Getting In

Prospective members must return a completed application along with 6 to 10 examples of their work along with a resume/ bio, artist’s statement, price list, two references and printed portfolio (optional, but helpful) for consideration on the Thursday PRIOR to the last Tuesday of the month. If you have or need a special display for your work (i.e. cases, pedestals, electricity, etc.) please let us know at the time of your application. If you have photos of your display, please submit those with your application as well. When gallery members meet on the last Tuesday of the month your work will be juried for quality, professionalism, and the needs of the gallery. You may pick up your original work and materials the Wednesday after the last Tuesday of the month. You will be notified promptly as to their decision. If your application is approved the members will get in touch with you to help get your work transitioned into the gallery.

What we ask of our members

Membership in the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is a privilege and as such comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. The gallery is a wonderful way to showcase and sell your work, but members must never forget that they are the ones expected to keep the business running. All members are required to attend monthly general meetings to keep up to date on gallery business. In addition, members must participate in one or more gallery responsibilities, which may require up to four hours or more of their time each month in addition to their days working at the gallery. Think about where your talents lie and what you’d like to do for the gallery.

Areas of interest include:

  • Maintaining our mailing list (snail mail and email)
  • Marketing & Design
  • Printing
  • Gardening
  • Painting, Maintenance and upkeep
  • Merchandising
  • Web design/maintenance
  • Schedule upkeep
  • Public Relations
  • See something missing that you can help us with? Let us know.

Beyond gallery activities we ask that you keep your designated space filled to gallery standards and that the work displayed is fresh and up to date. Varying the work on display at least quarterly helps keep the gallery interesting and invites visitors to come back often to see what’s changed.

Also, if you gain collectors as a result of the gallery we ask that you inform them when you have added new work to the gallery.