STARS & STRIPES, Renee Decator’s flag project

 

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Stars & Stripes

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.
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CALL FOR ART ~ Treasure Trove

July 30 – August 26, 201

Fine, Fun, Functional Art


We are so excited to invite artists and crafters to participate in our August show: Treasure Trove! We will transform the front room gallery into an eclectic shopping boutique, full of hand-made one of a kind, treasures. We want all kinds of fabulous creative thinkers and doers to be part of our very first TREASURE TROVE!

WHAT: TREASURE TROVE, a juried art and craft show and sale.
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District)
WHEN: The exhibit/sale will run from July 30- August 26, 2018.
WHY: Because we love treasures! We want to show all of Brevard the amazing talents of the artisans in this show. Fine, Fun, Functional Art and Crafts!
More about the show and how you can participate: Show Prospectus

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

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!

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!