Heather Kelley is a member artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. View her bio and a partial portfolio, HERE
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/
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.
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.
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
Go to: Bill’s page for more about his background and to view a sampling of his artwork.
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
Friday, June 6th
One of our former own, Paul Davis, an award winning artist from Vero Beach is back! The front gallery will be hosting Paul’s show entitled “Above Water”. Paul is internationally collected and sought after, with images pertaining mainly to the sea and boats and even the best inflatable paddle boards sometimes. No one captures the mood and ambiance better than Paul.
Mark your calendar and make sure you stop by during the month to see these new paintings. Come to the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on June 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 and meet Paul.
Little Bits and Pieces
Jewelry Designs by Lois Ann Mittleman
Opening on April 1st, the jewelry designs of Lois Mittleman will fill the front exhibit room of the Fifth Avenue Gallery. Many of you are familiar with Lois’s jewelry and may even own some of her designs. On April 1 you will be able to see the wide variety of pieces Lois creates.
You will see new and unusual stones: Black Tourmaline, Script Stone, Amethyst Padre Paraiso, Argonite, Pink Sapphires, Prehnite with Epidote, and Ethiopian Fluorite. You will see new and current gemstone cuts: collar-style plates and natural rough-cut Rubies, Apatite, and Fluorite. And of course, lots of the regular stuff will be in the show: Pearls, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires, Tanzanite and Tourmalines, Jasper, American Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty and Kingman mines, Quartz, and even a few Black Diamonds.
Gemstones inspire Lois, and they will inspire you, too. Lois’s designs are based on the beauty, color, and shape of the stones, and that theme is evident in all her work. When Lois begins a new piece of jewelry, the gemstones rule.
I majored in music at Indiana University, studied with Martha Lipton and graduated with a BME (Music Education) Degree in Voice. Taught music in Cleveland Public Schools for 5 years. Taught piano for 7 years. Directed a Junior High/High School Choir of 63 at Brith Emeth Congregation in Cleveland for 7 years.
Frank Spino is our award winning guest artist for March, with his solo exhibition entitled, “Good Enough to Eat”. “This show focuses on my fascination with painting citrus”, Spino says.”Color excites me. Realism and rich, saturated color are what my art is all about. I love the vibrant color and challenging textures: thick, dimpled rinds; thin, transparent slices, freshly cut and glistening wet with juice. We think you will agree… his painting look – “Good Enough to Eat” .
In 1971, Mr. Spino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, but said his “real” education came from the famous painter Henry Hensche, who he studied under at the Cape School of Arts in Cape Cod, Mass.”My understanding of color came from him,” he said. “We painted outdoors every day, sunny or overcast.”
Frank will be participating in our Second Saturday event on the 15th of March when he will be talking about his paintings and watercolor.