2016 100% Pure Florida Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s juried exhibition award winners! 

Best of Show, $500 and a solo exhibition in 2017: Gabrielle Di Tota, Foliage

2nd Place, $300: Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Linear Elements: Bird

3rd Place $200: Thom Harrell, Imminent Danger

Merit Awards $100@

Ellen Lindner, Florida Native #1

Karen “Keko” Ekonomou, Drink Pink

James Newman, Old Downtown Vero

Margie McInarnay, The Lure of Leaves

Katty Smith,  Planting the Seeds of Life

Henry Peter, Morning Guest

Lost & Found Opening and Awards

Last Friday, May 6th was the opening date and reception for Lost & Found. 25 artists started with a unique “kit” and using a portion of every item, created a work of art. Wow, we really have some “outside of the box” artists here in Brevard County. So many wonderful pieces were unveiled at the opening… and the creative energy was very invigorating!

We were originally going to present 2 awards… one for Creativity, and the other for Most Unified Use of Materials. Our judge, graphic designer, photographer, painter and past member of the gallery,  Suzanne Clements was very impressed with all the finished artworks and donated additional funds to create more awards. A BIG thanks to Suzanne for her amazing support as our judge and patron.

AWARDS

1st Place Creativity $100: Betsy Heath, Reality of X…A Struggle to Hear, See, Speak and Express Oneself
2nd Place Creativity $50: Helen Wheatley, Don’t Fence Me In
3rd Place Creativity $25 gallery gift certificate: Deborah Conti, Lux Voces #6384
(Light of the Words #6384)

1st Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $100: Jody Carter, Timothy looks for his Antlers
2nd Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $50: Lori Pitten Jenkins, Circus Daze
3rd Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $25 gallery gift certificate: Vicki Busby, Catbird and Robin.

We had 3 Honorable Mentions.
For “Biggest Chuckle”, Dij Pacarro, The Mountain of Too Much
Best Hidden Materials in a Wonderful Artwork:
Carol Egan, Namaste’
Nellie Brannan, Going Wherever it Leads

Thanks to all the wonderful artists who participated and took the challenge! There are so many wonderful pieces in the show… come by the gallery and see them, buy one or two…get inspired!

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.

 

The Art of DAMIEN SHARE

The Art of DAMIEN SHARE

Rainbow Waves

Rainbow Waves

Opening Reception
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
5:30-8:30
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

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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