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, 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.
This August at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery we are celebrating “man’s best friend”, and you can join us! You are invited to create an original dog artwork for “BEST IN SHOW, a dog art exhibition”. A portion of the art sales from the exhibit will be donated to the Central Brevard Humane Society. The show opens on Friday, August 4th in conjunction with the EGAD First Friday Art walk (Dog Days of Summer).We will be awarding some fun ribbons for our dog art winners, shooting doggie portraits on the front porch and dog quick sketches in the gallery! Love dogs… love to make dog art… please join us.
Space is limited… so don’t delay! Get all the info: here
March has been very busy at the gallery. We started with the opening for What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge; bringing together 24 artists from our community to support Very Special Arts Brevard. On March 15th we had the premiere for the wonderful documentary produced about the project, and a fabulous gala reception and “art-raffle”.
The artwork produced for the project is hanging in the front gallery this week only… Some of the wonderful work is still available for sale. Proceeds go to Very Special Arts Brevard. You can watch the video online.
Whew! What an exciting March it has been at the gallery! Months and months of planning and coordinating… 24 artists, 24 hours, 24 works of art to raise money and awareness for Very Special Arts Brevard. We are so fortunate to have partnered with Brandt Ronat & Company to capture the artists and their approach to the challenge in an amazing documentary about the project!
We had a wonderful premiere and gala reception on Friday, March 15th and thus far have raised over $4,000 for VSA Brevard. Thanks to all who participated… the artists, the filmmakers, the merchants who donated items for our raffle baskets and our wonderful patrons who bought tickets!
The documentary really pulled the project together. The 24 artists worked separately…in their own studios and homes and did not, for the most part, have much interaction until after the challenge was over. We talked to them about art and it’s effect on their lives and all the connections are captured on film.
Last Friday and Saturday the 24 participating artists took the challenge! They received an email early morning of their workday with a list of prompts… words and phrases like: “echo of a dream, fresh, song in action… They chose three from the list of seven and started to work on their art piece. They had 24 hours to create a work of art. The 24 pieces of newly created art will hang at the gallery during the month of March. What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge will benefit Very Special Arts Brevard their website through sales of the work. The artwork will be sold via a “guaranteed raffle”. All Big Ticket holders will choose an artwork from the exhibit.
To add to all the excitement of the challenge, we enlisted Brandt Ronat and Companyto document the artists efforts on video. Each artist was visited during their workday and caught on film; the footage will be used toproduce a documentary about the project.
The exhibit will open for the general public on Friday March 1, 2013. The film premiere and gala reception will be held on Friday March 15, 2013. Tickets are available at the gallery and online. Are you coming to the film premiere and gala reception on Friday March 15th? Better get a ticket. You can check out the lists of artists and buy your tickets here .
Our Bi-Annual fundraiser; What a Difference a Day Makes;24-hour Art Challenge will be held in March 2013. The 24 participating artists will have a 24-hour period in which to create an artwork based around a small set of prompts and guidelines to be revealed that day. These works will be sold via a “guaranteed raffle”to raise money for Very Special Arts Brevard; Established in 1987, this local organization is committed to providing persons with disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential through the arts.
Thanks to the creative talents at Brandt Ronat & Company we will be videotaping a portion of each participant’s work day and producing a documentary about the project that will be screened prior to our special reception. For a list of the participating artists and how to get your ticket see more here.