2017 Exhibitions


Rediscovering Klimt


Childs Play, a journey into imagination


Fifth Avenue Art Gallery welcomes Lisa Mistiuk, a Michigan artist, for the month of February 2017. “Child’s Play, a journey into imagination,” will reflect her most recent work. Lisa has studied art from Germany to San Francisco, turning her skills into strong oil paintings with an emphasis on the elements that make up our everyday lives.

Brian Sherwin, an art critic, said of her, “Lisa Mistiuk brings a lot of painterly skills to the table… she meshes styles and subjects in a way that is uniquely her own. She is clearly an informed student of painting. Her focus on everyday life — specifically her works involving children — allows her to capture the energy of the ‘here and now’. In fact, one could suggest that these paintings serve as a form of social documentation… reminding viewers of their own cherished experiences.”

Lisa will be at the First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, February 3, 2017 and will offer a gallery talk on Saturday, February 4th. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from January 31st through February 26th.

2009 BFA Academy of Art University
2006 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA A.A. Fine Art
2003-2004 HAWK Hochschule Fur Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany
2003-2004 Volkshochschule, Hildesheim, Germany, Language Studies
2003 Yuba College, Marysville, CA, selected art courses
· Director’s Award for BFA painting, Academy of Art University, Spring Show 2009
· Presidents Honor Roll, Academy of Art University 2004-2006
· The National Dean’s List 2004-2006
· Portfolio Grant Recipient, Academy of Art University, Amsterdam, 2004
· Honorable Mention, San Leandro Art Association, San Leandro, CA, 2005
· 1st and 3rd place, Bangor Art Association Annual Show, Bangor, CA, 2004


Witha Lacuesta, Solo-Exhibition

Cypress no. 1 lo res

Opening on February 28 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Musings in Color will feature the work of artist Witha Lacuesta. Witha is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and has been painting for many years. She has studied in Germany and the US.

This exhibit will consist of two series. The first, Cypress Tree series, was inspired by a recent excursion to the Blue Cypress Conservation area which serves as headwaters for St. Johns River. The beauty of these century old trees was deeply moving. Having withstood various weather extremes, they stand for persistence, resilience, and grace. They also inspire us to strive for the same attributes when facing adversity or solitude.

Dancer hi res

In contrast, my second series entitled ‘Dancers’ conveys a different mood through the serendipitous use of color and shapes as expressed in dynamic abstract watercolors.

“I would like my viewers to find a pleasant sanctuary in my paintings where they can quietly reflect and discover a sense of peace.” – Witha Lacuesta



Inspiration: France
April 4-30

The artists of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will be offering a taste of France at their member exhibit, Inspiration: France, opening on April 4. The First Friday celebration will be on April 7 from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. Come and revisit Paris, or kindle a desire to go to France. Experience the wonder of tiny sail boats at a pond side stand, remember Jim Morrison with a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, or discover the wonder of French graffiti. This exhibit will feature artwork inspired by France from the membership of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.

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A Family Affair
Joint exhibit by Marlis and 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.

Mother and son have joined forces to mount this once in a lifetime exhibit,  A Family Affair. The exhibit will open on May 2 and run through May 28, with a First Friday opening reception on May 5, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm where you can meet both artists and hear about their work.






Dreams and Wishes, Birds and Fishes
Solo exhibit by Renee Decator