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Exhibition Opening: Friday June 7, 2013
We are excited to announce the upcoming solo-exhibition for Michael Robinson; last years 2012 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition winner for Best of Show.
In Robinson’s hands glass is not worked or manipulated but transformed into designs that suspend time. Captured in this exquisitely unforgiving medium is a portal into the mind’s eye of this talented artist. Entry may take us to a distant windswept shore – or result in the quiet contemplation of a single perfect bloom – or plunge us into the depths of that remote region known as inner space.
Robinson states, “I have found glass to be an appropriate medium to express the forms found in nature – the fluid motion of wind and water and the shapes of the creatures that inhabit those realms –because glass echoes nature; it is enduring but fragile. Careless action can destroy a glass object (or a natural ecosystem) that would otherwise exist for eons. Here we have the underlying voice of glass”.
April 29—June 2, 2013
Nancy Hamlin-Vogler will explore the Infinite in her solo show at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The show will begin April 29 and run through June 2nd. Her artwork is gestural and spontaneous, while maintaining comprehensible proportions. She works on prepared paper using acrylic aqueous mediums combined with gesso, charcoal, conte, and pastels, occasionally adding pasted paper elements from silk screens or drawings. Hamlin-Vogler’s work reflects her roots in Cape Cod and Maine, with worldwide travels in between.
Hamlin-Vogler studied art at Wells College and learned the screen printing process while earning her M.A. in French literature at the University of Maine. An award winning artist, Hamlin-Vogler is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association and exhibits in gallery shows throughout Florida. For the past ten years she has co-directed the Louise Freshman Brown Art Workshops in St. Augustine.
The opening reception for the show will be Friday, May 3, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet Hamlin-Vogler as you enjoy viewing the artwork.
SECOND SATURDAY ART TALK
MAY 11th, 2:00pm
The St. Augustine artist will also give a Second Saturday Gallery Talk and Demo on May 11 at 2 p.m. at the gallery. Seating is limited so please arrive early!
March has been very busy at the gallery. We started with the opening for What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge; bringing together 24 artists from our community to support Very Special Arts Brevard. On March 15th we had the premiere for the wonderful documentary produced about the project, and a fabulous gala reception and “art-raffle”.
The artwork produced for the project is hanging in the front gallery this week only… Some of the wonderful work is still available for sale. Proceeds go to Very Special Arts Brevard. You can watch the video online.
Whew! What an exciting March it has been at the gallery! Months and months of planning and coordinating… 24 artists, 24 hours, 24 works of art to raise money and awareness for Very Special Arts Brevard. We are so fortunate to have partnered with Brandt Ronat & Company to capture the artists and their approach to the challenge in an amazing documentary about the project!
We had a wonderful premiere and gala reception on Friday, March 15th and thus far have raised over $4,000 for VSA Brevard. Thanks to all who participated… the artists, the filmmakers, the merchants who donated items for our raffle baskets and our wonderful patrons who bought tickets!
The documentary really pulled the project together. The 24 artists worked separately…in their own studios and homes and did not, for the most part, have much interaction until after the challenge was over. We talked to them about art and it’s effect on their lives and all the connections are captured on film.
You can watch it now, then stop in the gallery or call to order a copy! $10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3cLM3hDI84
“Travels”:A Solo Exhibit of Landscapes from America and Abroad by Jini James
April 1—April 28, 2013
Gallery member artist Jini James is exhibiting in a solo show for the month of April. James has created all new works in oil from her “endless list” of visual inspirations from the Chesapeake Bay, the American Southwest, Central America, Paris, and Iceland. Her first painting trip was to Honduras, loaded down with a heavy French easel and at least 30 tubes of oils, plus canvases. “The exploration of Mayan ruins in Copan, Central America was a life-changing experience,”says James. “Through art, I realized how cultures survive. It was the artists who recorded Mayan history in stone. I also learned that with each subsequent trip, I packed lighter and lighter until watercolors and mini sketchbooks took the place of the oils, canvases, and an easel. ”My watercolor studies, along with photographs, translated into oil paintings when I returned to my studio,” says James.
In her artistic endeavors and travels, James has received numerous awards and signature memberships in the art world. Her training began in her teens when she studied privately with a well known New York Illustrator and progressed to study at Moore College of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy. Her passion for life long learning includes workshops, “for that once or twice a year tune-up”. “I am a believer in craftsmanship and preserving reality while allowing the viewer to see the painterly strokes that are laid into the piece. These are story paintings.”
The Gallery desk will be distributing free raffle tickets, one per person, from April 5 until April 13 for this lovely painting by Jini. You must be present at the Second Saturday Art Talk to win.
SECOND SATURDAY ART TALK
James will also discuss her work at the gallery’s Second Saturday Art Talk on April 13 at 2 p.m. Thoughts about painting on site as well as creating a good composition will be discussed along with a painting demonstration. Arrive early as seating is limited.
Last Friday and Saturday the 24 participating artists took the challenge! They received an email early morning of their workday with a list of prompts… words and phrases like: “echo of a dream, fresh, song in action… They chose three from the list of seven and started to work on their art piece. They had 24 hours to create a work of art. The 24 pieces of newly created art will hang at the gallery during the month of March. What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge will benefit Very Special Arts Brevard their website through sales of the work. The artwork will be sold via a “guaranteed raffle”. All Big Ticket holders will choose an artwork from the exhibit.
To add to all the excitement of the challenge, we enlisted Brandt Ronat and Company to document the artists efforts on video. Each artist was visited during their workday and caught on film; the footage will be used toproduce a documentary about the project.
The exhibit will open for the general public on Friday March 1, 2013. The film premiere and gala reception will be held on Friday March 15, 2013. Tickets are available at the gallery and online. Are you coming to the film premiere and gala reception on Friday March 15th? Better get a ticket. You can check out the lists of artists and buy your tickets here .
Saturday, February 9th 2:00
Exhibiting artist Larry Moore will make a guest appearance at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm to talk about his oil paintings and give a demonstration. Please join us to learn about composition, color mixing, and his travels. An active member of the Plein Air Painters of America, Larry will also talk about traveling with paints, canvas, and brushes.
A national award-winning artist, his works are widely collected and exhibited throughout the United States in private collections and museums such as the Orlando Museum of Art, Laguna Museum of Art, Naples Museum of Art, and the Tallahassee Museum.
Free and open to the public. Arrive early as space is limited. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located at 1470 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Artists District (EGAD) of Melbourne. Phone number is (321) 259-8261.
Thursday November 1, 2012
Gift Basket Giveaway!
We are proud to celebrate our 30th Holiday Craft Show this year at the gallery, and are so excited about the wonderful art pieces; decorative and functional from artisans across the country, that are included in the show. Handmade in the USA … you won’t find them anywhere but Fifth Avenue Art Gallery!
YOU ARE INVITED to our 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show Preview Event. You will have “first pick” of some truly unique items that should excite everyone on your holiday shopping list. It’s the perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays!
Lots of refreshments… coffee, cookies and we’ll be awarding one of you a very special gift basket of goodies, just for coming and shopping with us. Bring your friends and join us!
The show opens officially Friday, November 2nd at our First Friday Artwalk. Don’t miss out on that “something special” item you won’t see anywhere but here.
For a sneak peek… take a look at the slideshow on our craft show page.
Lori Pitten Jenkins
Saturday October 13th, at 2:00 pm
As part of our continuing Second Saturdays at the Gallery , Lori Pitten Jenkins will be demonstrating her watercolor techniques from start to finish. She will also be speaking about the thought process of her unusual subjects and whimsical titles. Lori has a clear, brilliant, colorful style of watercolor painting that is unique to her. She will be raffling away 2 original watercolors at the end of the demonstration. Free and open to the public, seating is limited so arrive early for a good seat!
While you’re at the gallery, enjoy Lori’s solo-exhibition Something Fishy. Lori is a Brevard County native and grew up around the water. She recently won the Best of Show in Watercolor at the Melbourne Art Festival, 2012. Lori is known for her whimsical, bold, bright, detailed watercolor paintings relating to fishing, seafood and boating. She has a very pleasant, unique point of view in her paintings that delight viewers.