Endorphins on Your Canvas by Ellen Pavlakos

Hello Artists and Art lovers!

While Gallery hopping the other day on Highland Avenue, our Arts district, I was amazed at the beautiful work in all the galleries. Paintings, sculpture, and beautiful pottery! A large “happy” painting made me stop to enjoy and think of a great article I read about the way you feel when you write influences your writing. Of course! The same way your mood goes, that’s the way your painting or sculpture will…So before you start your work, goof off! I bet you can think of a few things you would like to do, like exercise and all those endorphins will make you so happy…
Turn on the music! The one that lifts you and your legs start dancing before you know it, and even your brushes will feel it… You can close your windows or open them so the whole neighborhood celebrates with you. Sing your lungs out! Dr. Gundry says its good, not only for your mood, but your heart!

You just can’t wait to start your work!

Now if your plans were to work on a serious project, lets say, the emotional and physical suffering of refugees, you’ll be in trouble with your happy mood… You can fix it easily by turning on the news! It’s a guarantee! You’ll be just right for that agonizing work…

So you see even artist’s work is influenced by their moods. You can see it easily if you pay attention. The details will tell you all the “secrets”. You’ll be able to “read” them through their work. Did you ever try?

Rodin had said: Most people look at Art but they don’t Really see it…

Ellen Pavlakos
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Member

“I am a figurative sculptor who likes to work in portraiture and the human form. Working in clay, plaster, stone or wax, the figure is my vehicle of expression. My goal is to utilize a creative language to express clearly my emotional response to the human condition. Approaching the human figure with great respect, I enjoy all stages of creation including the search, struggle, and discoveries. Some time I make a fast maquette to catch a fleeting thought, but most of the time when an idea has fermented in my mind, I get right to making the armature. All the excitement and passion is poured into the actual piece. Greek art is a strong influence. I grew up in Athens where sculpture was very visible in my every day life and had a profound effect in my awareness and love of art.”

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Ellen’s work

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13th Annual 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition, Call for Art!

 

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Big Changes!

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

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

Meet Kay Shannon

Hello, my name is Kaye Shannon and I am one of the artist members of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.  I am mostly a watercolorist but I love doing most anything to create something..  I paint at home and generally have a “supervisor” to watch (or sleep) over  me as I go about my “creating”. These have been my cats.  I have had several  supervisors throughout my many years of painting.  The first picture is of my first supervisor.  I would like to introduce you to  Booeenie.  Here is a picture of her supervising her portrait and I have included her portrait after it was finished. She seemed to have liked it very much.  She is now in cat heaven and I miss her very much.
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 I now have two new supervisors.  Baxter and Izzy.  I have a couple of baskets in my studio that they love to crawl in.  We listen to good music as I paint and they generally curl up and sleep. Occasionally they like to creep over to where I am working and do a toe test on my wet work.   Also another area they love to manage for me is the laundry.  I have included a picture of their work there.

See more of Kaye’s work here.

2017 100% Pure Florida Winners

It was a great evening at the opening of 100% Pure Florida! It is a wonderfully diverse show with representation by artists from across the state. A Big CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 100% Pure Florida award winners.

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Motoring by Vanessa Bates

Best of Show: Vanessa Bates, Motoring, digital, Merritt Island
2nd Place: Mindy Z. Colton, Unbridled Seahorse, sculpture
3rd Place: Caren Sarmiento, Royal Poinciana Flower, acrylic, Hialeah
Merit Awards
Linda Barone, Red Shouldered Hawk Encroached, acrylic, Naples
John Cielukowski, Highnoon, Frostproof, FL, Acrylic, Cocoa Beach
Louise Hill, Summer Creepin’ In, Photography, Mims
Ellen Lindner, Lava to the Sea, Fabric Collage, Melbourne
Kestrel Michaud, Classy, Fabric, Melbourne
Melissa Miller Nece, Dash and Dive, Colored Pencil, Palm Harbor
Mark Palmer, Lazy Sunday, Mixed Media, Rockledge

12 Annual 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition Call for Art

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Calling All Florida Artists! The prospectus/entry form for Fifth Avenue Art Gallery’s annual juried exhibition, 100% Pure Florida is now available. Last year was one of our very best juried show presented at the gallery. We are looking forward to another great exhibit highlighting the amazing artistic talents of artists across the state. The First Place Winner will receive $500 and a Solo-Exhibition in 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this Florida artist showcase! The deadline for entry is July 8, 2017.

Prospectus/entry form: 2017 100 Percent Call