2021 Exhibitions


West Coast – East Coast
Metal Sculpture by Walt Mendenhall

January 4-30, 2021

Mendenhall graduated from Oregon State University in 1968. After serving a tour of duty in the Air Force as an instructor pilot, he returned to the family farm in Oregon where he began creating metal sculptures in 1975. He is a self taught sculptor, drawing on his natural surroundings for inspiration. Walt spent many years hiking the mountains and forests of the West. Since moving to Florida in 2012, he has developed new lines of tropical sculptures such as coral fish, palms, sea grapes and others as he explores the beauty of Florida and the ocean. 

Walt works with steel, stainless steel, copper and bronze in a variety of ways to present the natural patterns that surround us in an interpretive expression of form, color and texture. The striking contrast of the worked stainless and the rich tones of bronze produces an ideal combination for his more contemporary designs. He has capitalized on the many colors derived from heating metals, bringing to life all the different types of metals he works with, copper being the most colorful of all. His newer tropical fish designs now use alcohol inks for color as well. 


Open for Interpretation
a 3 women exhibit

February 1-27

Lori Pitten Jenkins, Renee Decator and Barbara Desrosiers explore what’s in a word… 9 words to be exact.

3 words, 3 artists, 27 works of art. Open for Interpretation, a 3 women exhibit, opens at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on February 1, 2021. This exhibit will feature the work of Lori Pitten Jenkins, Renee´ Decator and Barbara Desrosiers. Come to the 1st Friday Opening Reception on February 5, from 5:30-8:30 pm to experience the different visions of these unique artists.

All 3 women are members of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and each have a distinctly unique style and media. Lori Jenkins, a Florida native, is an internationally known watercolorist with a sharp sense of irony. Her watercolors can best be described as intense. Color and contrast play an integral part in her work. “The WOW factor is my ultimate goal.” (Lori Jenkins) Renee´Decator, also a Florida original, utilizes collage elements in vibrant and striking colors to fire up the viewer’s imagination. She describes herself as a ‘southern expressionist.’ Renee is heavily influenced by her surroundings and the experiences of growing up in the South. Barbara Desrosiers, a Florida transplant for 15 years, approaches her work from a technical point of view. Her work begins on an ipad, frequently from photos that she has taken, and is ultimately transformed into an ink transfer onto watercolor paper. She brings years of world travel and other cultures to her work. This exhibit promises to give you three distinctly different views of the same subjects.


15 th Annual 100% Pure Florida, a juried exhibition

March 1-27

100% Pure Florida highlights the varied and extraordinary talents of local, regional and state-wide artists. Pure Florida refers to the artist’s residence. Subject matter and style are unlimited.

ELIGIBILITY: This call for artists is open to all Florida artists who are 18 years of age and up.

Jury/Judging Process: The show jury process is completed by a panel of five current gallery members. This is a juried show. Submission is no guarantee of acceptance. The Awards will be determined by a judge not associated with the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. 

AWARDS: All awards will be based on the best single piece of work as determined by the solo judge.
1. First place receives a solo exhibition for Calendar year 2020 and an award of $500.
2. Second place receives an award of $300.
3. William R McCoy Memorial Award of $300
4. Third place receives an award of $200.
5.3 or more Merit awards of $100.


Art by Judy Edwards

Circularity, paintings by Judy Edwards, opening on March 29. Circularity is a collection of cold wax and encaustic paintings born of an abstract art journey. Edwards, a current member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, will be at the opening reception on Friday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30 pm to meet you and share her love of art with you.

Judy feels she was born to be an artist but never took it seriously until she was able to attend the Honolulu Art Academy as a young woman. She began her studies in figure drawing. After a move to New England she pursued her studies with Don Stone on Monhegan Island, in Maine. This venture into plein aire painting eventually gave birth to a 277 day painting trip around the world with her 13 year old daughter. That trip resulted in a solo show in Newport, RI with 70 paintings. She eventually wrote a book about her trip, Journeys: a grand adventure around the globe and within.

After a move to Florida in 2001 she began working in abstract in earnest and mastered encaustic (hot wax) painting at the Ringling Art School. That led to encaustic monotypes and eventually to Cold Wax painting which is her current medium of choice.  

Edwards says of this exhibit “Circularity follows my career in art. Making art for me was never static, it has always been very dynamic and constantly moving, never going in a straight direction. I learn one thing and another follows. Circularity is also pertinent to our year of COVID -19, where we were housebound and socially isolated for so long. This has taken us in a somewhat circular pattern where in the end we will end up where we started only a little bit wiser.”

March 29- May 1


The World As I See It
Photos by Jim Kalupa

May 3-29


Solo Exhibit by Michiel Bullock

May 31- June 26


Works in Progress
a member show

June 28- July 31


Lost & Found
an invitational exhibit

August 2 -28


100% Pure Florida Winner Solo Exhibition

August 30- September 25


Solo Exhibit by Sue Tully

September 27- October 29

November & December

39th Annual Holiday Craft Show

November 2- January 2, 2022