Calling All Artists woof, woof… woof

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

Lost & Found Opening and Awards

Last Friday, May 6th was the opening date and reception for Lost & Found. 25 artists started with a unique “kit” and using a portion of every item, created a work of art. Wow, we really have some “outside of the box” artists here in Brevard County. So many wonderful pieces were unveiled at the opening… and the creative energy was very invigorating!

We were originally going to present 2 awards… one for Creativity, and the other for Most Unified Use of Materials. Our judge, graphic designer, photographer, painter and past member of the gallery,  Suzanne Clements was very impressed with all the finished artworks and donated additional funds to create more awards. A BIG thanks to Suzanne for her amazing support as our judge and patron.

AWARDS

1st Place Creativity $100: Betsy Heath, Reality of X…A Struggle to Hear, See, Speak and Express Oneself
2nd Place Creativity $50: Helen Wheatley, Don’t Fence Me In
3rd Place Creativity $25 gallery gift certificate: Deborah Conti, Lux Voces #6384
(Light of the Words #6384)

1st Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $100: Jody Carter, Timothy looks for his Antlers
2nd Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $50: Lori Pitten Jenkins, Circus Daze
3rd Place Most Unified Use of Materials, $25 gallery gift certificate: Vicki Busby, Catbird and Robin.

We had 3 Honorable Mentions.
For “Biggest Chuckle”, Dij Pacarro, The Mountain of Too Much
Best Hidden Materials in a Wonderful Artwork:
Carol Egan, Namaste’
Nellie Brannan, Going Wherever it Leads

Thanks to all the wonderful artists who participated and took the challenge! There are so many wonderful pieces in the show… come by the gallery and see them, buy one or two…get inspired!

Robin Maria Pedrero, the 2015 100% Pure Florida Judge

 

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is excited to announce that Robin Maria Pedrero, of Longwood, Florida will be this year’s awards judge for 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition.

Robin Maria Pedrero paints the spirit and energy of life in rhythmic layers of color. Her vibrant poetic work combines natural and imaginary elements.  She responds to what catches her eyes and heart personifying nature.  “I use a symbolic visual language exploring both the visible and invisible creating a commentary on relationships and thoughts. As I work the images can be unexpected flowing from gathered memories. Music plays a role in my process and seeps into my art.  I build layers making connections and a story comes forth and unfolds. The work evolves, and quite often by the time the painting is finished it has a history of stories interwoven in the layers.”

 

Born in Connecticut in 1964, Pedrero is an award winning artist with work in museum permanent collections, in film and collected worldwide. She enjoys to map the countries where her work has been collected; America, Great Britain, Bahrain, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Pedrero creates from her Florida studio and is awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the featured solo artist in September 2015 at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Florida. Pedrero works from her home studio in Longwood Florida, enjoying the company of her dog Max A. Million.

 

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

We’ve Got the Winners!

We had a fabulous opening night for 100% Pure Florida, our ninth annual juried exhibition, on Friday night; despite some nasty weather. Many of the participating artists came from across the state to attend. The following awards were announced.

Best of Show: $500 and a Solo Exhibition next June
Nancy Seib, House For Sale, assemblage

2nd Place: $300
Ivelin Kandov, Pyramid, sculpture

3rd Place: $200
Carol Staub, Numerology 3, mixed-media

Awards of Distinction: $100@

Stephen Heywood, Bottle Set, ceramics
Debra Mixon Holliday, Stand #1, etching
Lynn Morgan, Low Country, pastel
David Hunter, Bone Creek, etching
Craig Morris, See the USA, oil
Mindy Z Colton, Florida Cracker Horses; Mare and Foal, sculpture
Cara J, Cactus II, oil

Congratulations to all the award winners and participating artists!

Above Water, solo exhibition by Paul Davis

Opens
Friday, June 6th
5:30-8:30

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.

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Little Bits and Pieces, Jewelry Designs by Lois Ann Mittleman

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Little Bits and Pieces
Jewelry Designs by Lois Ann Mittleman

lapis plates by Lois Mittleman

lapis plates by Lois 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.

Published article in Music Educators Journal.(they mispelled URBAN!)
ORFF and the Ubran Child

  • Lois Rosenblum Mittleman

Music Educators JournalMarch 1969vol. 557: pp. 4143.

March 1969 Journal Article ORFF and the Ubran Child Lois Rosenblum Mittleman Music teacher at the Supplementary Educational Center, Cleveland Public Schools, Cleveland, Ohio.
Moved to Florida in 1978.
Joined Fifth Avenue Art Gallery as a Basket Weaver.  Started weaving in 1980.  Started making jewelry in 1999 when we moved to Dallas for 3 years and came back to the Gallery in 2002 making jewelry.
Member of Winter Park Bach Festival Choir from 1988 to 1995.
Executive Secretary for Supervisor of Elections Shirley Baccus and Fred Galey 1989 – 1996
Worked for BCA as Finance and Grants Manager 1998 – 1999.
Two Grown Daughters, 3 grandchildren.  Married to Mark Mittleman.
“For me, creating art is simply the visual expression of music.”
Lois is a member artist of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. You can view more of her work on her page: Lois Mittleman