100% Pure Florida Winners Announced 

100% Pure Florida Winners Announced 

1st Place Katherine Mathisen“Onus” 

Sponsored by:   Tom and Dotty Powers and Mrs. Philip McKee   $500 and a solo show in 2016

2nd Place  Frank Spino   “Circle and Squares I”

Sponsored by:   Susan and John Hopkins   $300

3rd Place Susan Rollins Gehring   “Red Fish Creek”

Sponsored by:   Southern Janitor Supply   $200
Merit Awards – $100 Each

Alex Stankiewicz   “Zenfull Garden”

Sponsored by:   Darcia and John Francey in Loving Memory of Link Johnsten

 Mindy Colton   “Journey Seeker II”

Sponsored by:   Strawbridge Art League

 Sandy Johnson   “Ginnie Springs, FL”

Sponsored by:   Titusville Art League

 Louise Hill   “Harmony”

Sponsored by:   Art Gallery of Viera

Ashley Dennison   “From a Dusty Bookshelf”

Sponsored by:   Brevard Watercolor society

 Georgina Love   “Bic Ben”

Sponsored by:   Art and Antiques Studio 

Robin Maria Pedrero, the 2015 100% Pure Florida Judge


Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is excited to announce that Robin Maria Pedrero, of Longwood, Florida will be this year’s awards judge for 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition.

Robin Maria Pedrero paints the spirit and energy of life in rhythmic layers of color. Her vibrant poetic work combines natural and imaginary elements.  She responds to what catches her eyes and heart personifying nature.  “I use a symbolic visual language exploring both the visible and invisible creating a commentary on relationships and thoughts. As I work the images can be unexpected flowing from gathered memories. Music plays a role in my process and seeps into my art.  I build layers making connections and a story comes forth and unfolds. The work evolves, and quite often by the time the painting is finished it has a history of stories interwoven in the layers.”


Born in Connecticut in 1964, Pedrero is an award winning artist with work in museum permanent collections, in film and collected worldwide. She enjoys to map the countries where her work has been collected; America, Great Britain, Bahrain, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Pedrero creates from her Florida studio and is awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the featured solo artist in September 2015 at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Florida. Pedrero works from her home studio in Longwood Florida, enjoying the company of her dog Max A. Million.




Rainbow Waves

Rainbow Waves

Opening Reception
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Damien’s love and passion for marine life and the lifestyle of a true surfer are all revealed on canvas. He paints to inspire us and to communicate all that is beautiful both physical and spiritual in sea and life.
He works exclusively in acrylics, which gives the work a bold look and every piece ties him to water, be it ocean or the Lagoon. Please join us for this exciting exhibition… come meet Damien Share and enjoy his unique view of Brevard County.

Florida Winter

Who has the most inviting winters in the entire country… we do! The member artists of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invite you to our January exhibition: Florida Winter, which runs through February 1st. It features a collection of  wonderful and  inviting artwork that highlights some what Florida has to offer in January. Please stop in and enjoy the view.

Tenderness by Witha Lacuesta

Tenderness by Witha Lacuesta

More images of included artwork… here

Ellen Pavlakos’ Solo Exhibition Opens This Friday


One of our long-standing gallery members, Ellen Pavlakos opens her solo-exhibition, “Work in Process” this Friday, October 3rd. Pavlakos works in clay, plaster, stone, and other contemporary materials, casting most of her work in bronze.
Her sculptures are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the state of Florida and she has competed and exhibited in many statewide and national competitions as well as in Paris, France, Athens and Thessalonica, Greece, and Nicosia, Cyprus.
The figure is her vehicle of expression. There is a continuing thread of concern with human emotions through most of her work. Through a link to the classical Greek, a positive feeling of the human experience and glorification of life communicates directly to the viewer.

The front gallery of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will become Ellen’s studio during the month of October. It will be fascinating to see the process from the beginning to the finished work in plaster or bronze.  Pavlakos will be working in the gallery studio on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm during October. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this master sculptor at work.

To read more about Ellen, go to: Ellen Pavlakos

We’ve Got the Winners!

We had a fabulous opening night for 100% Pure Florida, our ninth annual juried exhibition, on Friday night; despite some nasty weather. Many of the participating artists came from across the state to attend. The following awards were announced.

Best of Show: $500 and a Solo Exhibition next June
Nancy Seib, House For Sale, assemblage

2nd Place: $300
Ivelin Kandov, Pyramid, sculpture

3rd Place: $200
Carol Staub, Numerology 3, mixed-media

Awards of Distinction: $100@

Stephen Heywood, Bottle Set, ceramics
Debra Mixon Holliday, Stand #1, etching
Lynn Morgan, Low Country, pastel
David Hunter, Bone Creek, etching
Craig Morris, See the USA, oil
Mindy Z Colton, Florida Cracker Horses; Mare and Foal, sculpture
Cara J, Cactus II, oil

Congratulations to all the award winners and participating artists!