Creativity in Isolation, part 6

Creativity in Isolation, part 6

Renowned sculptor and gallery member Ellen Pavlakos has been working at her studio through this period of isolation. Her new piece is still in the rough stage and not dressed yet. Ellen adds; “It will be about balance and how important balance is in life, balance in everything we do.”

We look forward to seeing more as her work progresses!

Creativity in Isolation, part 5

Creativity in Isolation, part 5

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Gallery member Jini James:

Would you just look at this couple enjoying a cone together at last year’s Vero Beach Art show!  The closeness is mesmerizing. I can picture the ice cream dripping everywhere.  That’s what art making does for me.  It transports me to a place of comfort and serenity.
If you have seen my recent work at the Gallery it now is about figures and what they may tell us about the world in which we live.  While in isolation from the pandemic I count on my memories and reference photos to invite them into my studio.  Welcome, old friends.
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Creativity in Isolation part 4

Creativity in Isolation part 4

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Gallery member Renee Decator has been really inspired with some new subject matter and the self distancing led her down to her studio much more than her normal schedule allows. “All the constant news updates, talk of pandemic and hunt for toilet paper stressed me out, so I retreated to one of my “happy places” to focus on the creative process.” “I’m an optimist by nature and escaping to my studio helped keep me reacting positively.”

new projects: works in progress

 

 

Creativity in Isolation part 3

Creativity in Isolation part 3

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Lori Pitten Jenkins

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Cole’s Crabs, watercolor, by Lori Pitten Jenkins

“A relative sent me a pic of his sons catch.  I knew it would be a puzzle but what else did I have to do.  I was overwhelmed at first so I came up with a plan to tape off a small section of the painting each day and only work on only that section.  It did take three weeks and I wanted to quit a few time but I persevered.  “Cole’s Crabs”

 

 

Creativity in Isolation

Creativity in Isolation

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that lots and lots of creative types flourish under self-induced isolation. While the gallery has been closed for the past 7 weeks following our state’s guidelines for the Covid 19 virus outbreak, our artists have been exercising their creativity at their homes and studios. We want to share some of that work with you.

Gallery member Tricia Eisen created this painting, “from a photo shoot I did from my car during quarantine.   It’s our beautiful Viera wetlands”.  Acrylic on board.

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Gallery member Jim Kalupa:

“Most of my photographic work is digitally enhanced to some degree depending on how I feel about the image.  I took considerable artistic liberty in applying water color effects to this piece.”.
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“Venice, Late Afternoon” photo art
We will be re-opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, 2020. We can’t wait for you to see what all our members have been creating. If you’d like to see something in person, send us an email!

 

On the Easel ~ Jini James

This is a really big adventure painting for me.  I have decided to devote all my energies into figurative work for the time being as it has been a focus ever since I started my formal studies with an Illustrator when I was just 14.  I used to see figures as exacting portraits but now that I have been at it for a very long time and fell under the spell of studying the work in museums and national exhibits, I see the figure as landscape and abstraction.  When a painting becomes that, the artist, in this case me, becomes an exercise in composition, line, form, and color.  I am no longer copying the perfect photograph hoping that all the details are accurate.
So here’s what happens: I go to the beach, wait for people to assemble, move around, and then bring out my sketch book and iPhone camera.   The ideas are laid out, the color notes are described along with my feelings about the day.  Was it overcast?  Bright and sunny? Did my subjects seem to know each other?  (I love to make up stories about that one!)

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So then I head back the studio and think about what the theme might be.  Sometimes I get stuck on that until one morning, over a good cup of coffee, it all comes together.  I write it down as those moments can be fleeting.  Then the work starts.  I begin with line only then move to form and color.  I have been known to change this many times but I am showing you the points I have landed on this week. 

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More to come…….

James is a member artist of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. More about Jini James

“Art is Where You Find It…Or It Finds You” by Heather Kelley

I am in the waiting area recently. I can’t take my eyes off the woman sitting across from me.  She is wearing a black and white striped dress, has a black and white purse and is holding a cell phone in a black and white striped case.
After the intrigue of the moment turns into a serious study, I get up my nerve to politely ask “Excuse me, would you mind if I took a photo of you?
 I am an artist, and I think your look would make an interesting painting.  I won’t show your face.”  She agrees, and I show her the photo, quipping that I’m surprised that she didn’t finish the look with black and white shoes. She says ( in all seriousness), “I’m having a pedicure today, so I couldn’t wear them.”
Sometimes your inspiration can be right in front of you!  Working on this painting now:

Heather Kelley is a member artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. View her bio and a partial portfolio, HERE

STARS & STRIPES, Renee Decator’s flag project

 

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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.

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.

 

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