Heather Kelley is a member artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. View her bio and a partial portfolio, HERE
Hey Art Lovers! Summer is a great time here in Brevard to get into Fifth Avenue Art Gallery to experience some great art. This is Florida… we don’t stop making and showing great art because it’s hot out. Summer is a really good time to take an afternoon and swing into the gallery to see what is new and exciting.
Monday, July 1st… a brand new show will be in the front room gallery: Where Am I, features new work by members of The Wednesday Group (Begun informally by Donne Bitner and Loretta Schnitzius in the early 80s, The Wednesday Group grew over time to become an informal organization of roughly 20 women artists. In the beginning they called themselves The Beach Girls. The purpose was to only discuss art. They met for a while in restaurants but then moved to Donne’s studio. From there the group grew and became a rich resource of women artists. The group has always remained fluid, members coming and going as life demanded, while still retaining its history of group shows, supporting each other’s work and discussing art.)
Come check it out!
In August we have a solo exhibition of wonderful sculptures by local artist; Larry Buist.
Mr Buist has been working in 3 dimensional art for over 20 years. His work has won many awards and is in many collections, including the Hilton Charter Hotel in Seattle, WA. Buist says of his work, “I sculpt but do not draw or paint except to work out designs for sculptures. In preparation for a new piece I often create clay or wire models. When working without a model I follow a vision and assemble pieces until a rough concept is manifest. With each new piece, I push the limits of my abilities and technical experience, as well as the medium I work in…”
COME ON IN AND SEE US! FLIP FLOPS WELCOME.
We are moving the 100% Pure Florida Exhibition from September 2018 to February in 2019 and succeeding years. This is to take advantage of increased traffic generated by seasonal tourists and part time residents that will be in Florida in February. Our gallery records show increased sales during this time of the year.
The prospectus is now available here: 2019 100% Pure Florida Prospectus/Entry Form
Be sure to remind all your artist friends to apply! It is a great opportunity for seasoned artists and newcomers to the arts. We have some wonderful prizes and your artwork, if accepted, is on show at one of the most prestigious galleries in Central Florida!
For more info go: 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.
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:
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!
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!)
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.
d. complete many paint by number masterpieces. You learn to stay in the lines.
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
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…
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.