Lois Mittleman

 “Weaving became an obsession in 1980, when an artist friend taught me to make a simple melon basket.  I consumed basketry books and materials, spending every waking hour weaving. Having been a pianist since the age of five, I never imagined I could create visual forms.  I love being able to create something in my mind and transfer it to a physical thing.  Sound lasts only an instant and then is gone, except for the memory of the performance.  My baskets, sculptures and paintings are still here tomorrow and next week and next year.I still think of myself as a musician and creator of sound.  Music seeps into my work as timbre, tone color, balance, form and dynamics.  I am proud of my craftsmanship — 40 years of  Hanon and Czerny have served me well!

“In 1999 I took my first jewelry class.   It is such fun creating custom jewelry, sorting beautiful stones until the right combinations emerge.  It is delightful and fulfilling to design a custom piece with a client – jewelry she can wear knowing she was part of the creative process.  It is equally delightful to redesign a family heirloom or  antique piece of jewelry with the owner.  These “partnered” pieces always turn out great.” I have  returned to fiber.  I have two looms.  Watch for my weavings!”

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Education

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Major

Graduate Studies: University of N. Florida, University of Toronto

Artistic Studies: Brevard Community College, Craft Guild of Dallas, Brookhaven College

Workshops: Jeanne Schubert, Michael Davis, Billy Ruth Suddath , John Cogswell

Awards

First Place – Painting, FBCAA, 2000

First Place – Graphics, FBCAA, 2000

Honorable Mention – Small Works, FBCAA, 2000

Collector’s Award, Space Coast Art Festival, 1998

Honorable Mention, Space Coast Art Festival 1987

Merit Award, Longwood Historical Society Show, 1987

First Place, St. Cloud Art Festival 1986

Honorable Mention, Space Coast Art Festival 1986

Second Place, Cocoa Village Art Festival 1986

Honorable Mention, Cocoa Village Art Festival 1986

First Place – Fiber, Sand Point Festival of the Arts, Titusville, FL, 1985

Solo Exhibitions

Shainberg Gallery, Memphis TN, JCC, 2000

Coleurs Gallery, Sebastian, FL, 1999

Brevard County Government Center,  Brevard County, FL 1998

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL, 1996

Selected Group Exhibitions

Collaborations, Melbourne, FL , March 2011

“New Members Show”Fifth Avenue Gallery, Melbourne, FL July 2003

“Black and Blue” McKinney Avenue Contemporary Members’ Invitational, 2000

“sound whispers silence” Collaborative Installation, Dallas Visual Art Center, 2000

1999 Dallas Visual Art Center Member Exhibition, 1999

Artist’s Forum Annual Juried Exhibition, Brevard Museum of Art and Science,1997

“The Art of Basketry,” Art Forms Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1988

 

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