Gallery One, located in the front of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, features changing exhibitions with opening receptions held the first Friday of the month from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The shows are open to the public, admission is free, and refreshments are served.
A Family Affair
Marlis & James Newman
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is proud to host A Family Affair, an exhibit by Marlis and James Newman, during the month of May. Marlis Newman, a beloved, longtime member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, is a contemporary impressionist painter whose work has achieved regional and national recognition. She has had many solo exhibits and participates regularly in prestigious group and juried exhibitions. She says, “Every painting is a new challenge. It’s exciting and scary and wonderful. I really love the process of making art.”
James Newman, Marlis’ son, has been painting since the 1970’s when he studied under Eliot McMurrough at his private art school. Growing up with artist parents he was provided with great inspiration and encouragement. His career as a graphic artist with the University of Florida also added to his development as a painter. James’ passion for painting comes from a fascination with and appreciation for the colors, shapes, and patterns found in nature. This fuels his love for plein air painting.
May 30 – July 1, 2017
Fabric Art by Gabriele DiTota, Winner of 2016’s 100% Pure Florida, Juried Exhibition
Born in Northern Germany, where Gabriele’s mother was a seamstress, she would play around the sewing machine trying to stay out of the way of the treadle. The family immigrated to America and a new way of life. Textiles and sewing didn’t return to Gabriele’s life in a meaningful way until she retired from the early education field. Since then Gabriele’s art quilts have been widely exhibited throughout the United States as well as overseas in England, Ireland and Australia. Both her Art Quilts and her Art Dolls have been published in books and in magazines.
Matching seams and meticulous piecing were her first efforts in textile art fabrication, but they quickly gave way to a more organic, raw edge approach to quilting. Surface design techniques including monoprinting, mark making, dyeing, discharging and screen-printing help Gabriele create the unique fabrics she uses in her art works.
Have you been to First Friday yet? The first Friday of every month is a great time to head down to Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District). We “open” all our exhibits on first Fridays. There is music and art in the park, and the Brevard Art Museum and other EGAD galleries are open too.
We hope to see you here!
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) across from the Foosaner Art Museum.