STARS & STRIPES, Renee Decator’s flag project

 

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Stars & Stripes

This piece began as a demonstration of my art… Every November I participate in a local art festival called “ARTWORKS”. It is unique in that it requires the artists to share their art medium techniques.  I decided to demonstrate my mixed media collage by inviting show visitors to participate by painting, collaging and/or stenciling one of the pre-cut sections I had prepared, and create the American flag. Veterans day was two weeks prior to the  art show and many of my family members and friends have served in the military, so my plan was to donate proceeds from the sale of the finished piece to a Veterans organization.  Fifty to sixty visitors of all ages collaborated to create the elements for this collage. Some of them were veterans. Some were children or grandchildren of veterans. Some of them just wanted to be a part of the project. After the artshow, I took the flag back to my studio to finish filling in all the blanks. I created the stars using paper mache and found some very cool old stamps from the 50’s & 60’s that brought a bit of historical markers to the piece.

 


Proceeds from the sale of “Stars & Stripes” will go to a local chapter of NVHS (National Veterans Homeless Support). NVHS offers 3 unique programs, here in Brevard County, to assist homeless vets.
From their website: Founded in 2008, NVHS is a community-based organization formed by veterans with the goal of locating and assisting the 1,300 and more homeless veterans that are currently living in the parks, woods, and streets of Central Florida, and to get them off the streets permanently. What makes NVHS truly unique is the fact that we tackle homelessness directly where it thrives…on the streets of our community.
Unlike every other homeless service provider in the State of Florida, who wait patiently for homeless to reach out to them, we proactively go out to find our clients where they live, provide basic needs to ensure their survival and build rapport, and then connect them to any community organization that offers a service beneficial to them, rapidly moving from homeless to housed. To read more about them, go to: https://nvhs.org/

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Stars & Stripes, mixed-media, Renee Decator

Stars & Stripes, mixed-media, $1500 is on available at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Proceeds go to NVHS (National Veterans Homeless Support), Brevard County.
To view more of Renee’s artwork, go to her website here.
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HOW TO BECOME AN ARTIST

Heather Kelley

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Step 1: Choose the right parents. 

Your mom takes art lessons from a prominent local artist.  You are a toddler who gets to scribble on scraps of paper during these lessons.  Mom never confesses to a suspected affair. You might have been a foil…

Step 2: Grow up in the 1950’s

Status and appearance are important.  The rising middle class (your parents) emulates the wealthy by filling their homes with encyclopedia sets, classical music, condensed literary classics (why waste time?), and art prints.  You are a visual learner and you:

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a. read Classic Illustrated comics, the first graphic novels based on the classics. This is of great value later on, when people think that you are a “well-read” adult!

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b. watch Winky Dink, the first interactive television program, where you purchase a plastic overlay for the tv screen and draw on it to save Winky Dink and his dog Woofer from potential hazards.(Good thing you drew that bridge just in time!)

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c. submit an entry to the “Draw Me!” ad in Readers Digest to try to win an art scholarship. This marketing scam gives you false hope of becoming a professional artist by buying a pricey correspondence art course.

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d. complete many paint by number masterpieces. You learn to stay in the lines.

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e. take private art lessons with schoolgirl besties on Saturday mornings with 2 of Orlando’s art legends, Ralph Bagley and William Orr. Learn the basic techniques and composition of art, and begin the dream of becoming an artist.

Step 3. This step takes 50 years when you come of age in a sexist culture that coerces you to lower your expectations and forces you to completely lose track of your dream.

a. through k. you major in art at university (finally, real grades for real art), and the dream is reinterpreted for you because you are single and a mother. “Sorry,” says the dean of the art department, “even though you are a great painter, you must major in art education, not painting. There are no open spots in the painting track.” That is not true; it is because you are now a mother who “should” follow a traditional career path. You teach art but marry an ambitious entrepreneur and be his office manager for over 20 years to further his artistic success. Things change in marriage and business and you are back to teaching high school English. (You already have a vast knowledge of classic novels!) Additionally, you are fully responsible for caretaking your elderly mother who is in her late 90’s (Remember, she gave you your first art exposure in Step 1). She keeps your dream alive with encouragement for you and artful conversations. You keep her alive…for a while. You receive additional encouragement from daughters and friends. You begin painting seriously again at age 55 and join other artists in life drawing sessions. Inspiration returns!

Step 4. Blossom.
You are validated by being accepted into local art shows and winning some prizes. Your acceptance as a member in The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery comes almost simultaneously with your long awaited glorious retirement. You feel the lightness of being. You start new adventures. You meet the love of your life. Just like that! You are an artist.

Heather Kelley is a member-artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. More about Heather

Apply for a Gallery Exhibition

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is taking submissions for guest artist exhibitions. This is a great opportunity for emerging artists, mid-career artist, artists who have “new work” to share or a group of artists who would like to curate an exhibition.

We present a new exhibit every month in our front room gallery and host a opening night reception with all the bells and whistles. We are completing our 2019 schedule soon! Get your submission in now. Get all the information…
Here’s How 

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Talk of Sailing or Art ~ Jini James

If you’ve heard my story before, I’ll try to add more flair.   My Dad once told me about trading a new pair of roller-skates for a sailboat, I think he called it a Snipe, and he kept it hidden at a local pond.  Much later, while he was still living, I came home from work and told him I just bought a boat.  Imagine the look on his face. The Annapolis Sailing School experience gave me a great start but the decision came to me with Dad’s old story.

Time passed and I always found myself living near a body of water with a boat.  Colleges, a brief stint in art school, then graduate school, followed by art workshops and mentorships all influenced how I approached art making.   I love chemistry and discovery of the nature of things.   I have to understand it, everything about “it” before the subject or idea goes down on paper, canvas, sandpaper or whatever the supply stores sell.

We lived in Bucks County, PA with a circle of artist friends.  The exposure was breath-taking.  I got to see how they worked at art for a living and collected art for their pleasure.   It becomes my mission then to spread art-awareness to everyone I meet especially in communities that know little about the visual arts.   If you cross my path, there will be either talk of sailing or art.

My watercolor shown here is part of a local hospital collection and is referenced by our boatyard on the Eastern Shore of MD.  The photo is of me at the boatyard using my art skills to paint a Bermuda Longtail on the transom of our 42ft Grampian.  The paint job has held up for over 20 years.  I try my best to do it right the first time.

Art ~ Fuel for the Soul by Barbara Desrosiers

Art speaks from the soul of the artist.
Guardian I draws a direct line from my art to my heart.
In the late 1980’s, before I had seriously accepted my call as an artist, I had an experience which left me shaken. I woke out of a sound sleep to see a 7’ figure, glowing green and wrapped as a mummy, bending over me. To say I screamed is an understatement. I didn’t sleep well the rest of the night. This visit burned into my mind and this figure has appeared occasionally in my artwork since.
I shared it with my friend who happened to be both an Episcopal priest and a Jungian analyst soon after it happened. His explanation shocked me; he said that I had been visited by the Archetype of Creativity. Now here is where you roll your eyes and brand me a crazy woman. It’s okay, I can accept it. The fact of the matter is that I have not been able to shake this vision for one minute since it occurred. I have researched the Archetype of Creativity and have found nothing to corroborate the explanation I received, and yet it’s the only one that actually rings true. It was within the next couple of years of this visit that I found myself returning to college for my BFA.
Until now I have not mentioned this figure to many people at all and it has, as mentioned, sometimes appeared in my work but not in the forefront. A few years ago when I had my first or second iPad it was suggested by a friend that I begin having a conversation with this figure by drawing it. So I did. Hundreds of drawings on my iPad, all of which I filed away in the dark hole of cyberspace. Recently another friend said that it might be time for me to readdress this figure. Thus began the Guardian Series. It is time to go public. This series is drawn directly from the original drawings on my earlier iPad.
I am now bringing some of them into my current iPad and reworking them into compositions that speak from my soul. The stages are varied, but consistent in the fact that once I have a basic composition I will layer and filter and manipulate until the piece sings almost finished to me. Then it is transported to Photoshop where I do final polishing before printing.
The print is not the final image, although it could be. I will then mount the print onto a cradled panel and work over it with cold wax and perhaps oil sticks and other collage materials. The image you see here is the final digital version yet to be mounted and worked with wax.
To see the final image you can come to Fifth Avenue Art Gallery where it will be hung in the exhibit Sleep Walkers from February 27 through March 31. After that you can see it on my website barbaradesrosiers.com. The series will consist of between 9 to 12 images and all will be mounted on 18×24” cradled panels.

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Art has been and continues to be the fuel that nourishes my soul. Perhaps you might find some fodder in your night time excursions of the soul also.

CALL FOR ART ~ Treasure Trove

July 30 – August 26, 201

Fine, Fun, Functional Art


We are so excited to invite artists and crafters to participate in our August show: Treasure Trove! We will transform the front room gallery into an eclectic shopping boutique, full of hand-made one of a kind, treasures. We want all kinds of fabulous creative thinkers and doers to be part of our very first TREASURE TROVE!

WHAT: TREASURE TROVE, a juried art and craft show and sale.
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District)
WHEN: The exhibit/sale will run from July 30- August 26, 2018.
WHY: Because we love treasures! We want to show all of Brevard the amazing talents of the artisans in this show. Fine, Fun, Functional Art and Crafts!
More about the show and how you can participate: Show Prospectus

ENHANCE YOUR PAINTING RESULTS IN THE STUDIO ~ William R McCoy

Many artists paint from photographs, their computer monitor, and an assortment of other reference materials. Myself as well. However, painting outdoors on occasion, has helped me immeasurably when using photos as reference while working in my studio.  The experience gained has helped me to better interpret what the camera distorts and misrepresents. A good example is shadows. The shadows and darks in  a landscape most often reproduce as dark masses, lifeless in color. Your outdoor experience teaches you to understand the subtle value and color variations that you can now incorporate into your work.

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Get out there, paint from life. You don’t have to invest, in all the paraphernalia related to plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Just take a minute to look around your own back yard. Paint a tree, your fence, set up a still life in a sunny spot. You can make a painting from almost anything.

 

Have fun with this, don’t expect a masterpiece. Consider this an exercise to enhance your results in the studio. Do this, and it will change the way you look at photographs!

My finished painting will be on display at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for the month of February. I welcome your comments and thoughts, If you decide to give this a try, send me your image for my feedback. Email to Fifthavenueartgallery@gmail.com, attn: Bill

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Go to: Bill’s page for more about his background and to view a sampling of his artwork.