Creativity in Isolation, part 6

Creativity in Isolation, part 6

Renowned sculptor and gallery member Ellen Pavlakos has been working at her studio through this period of isolation. Her new piece is still in the rough stage and not dressed yet. Ellen adds; “It will be about balance and how important balance is in life, balance in everything we do.”

We look forward to seeing more as her work progresses!

Creativity in Isolation, part 5

Creativity in Isolation, part 5

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Gallery member Jini James:

Would you just look at this couple enjoying a cone together at last year’s Vero Beach Art show!  The closeness is mesmerizing. I can picture the ice cream dripping everywhere.  That’s what art making does for me.  It transports me to a place of comfort and serenity.
If you have seen my recent work at the Gallery it now is about figures and what they may tell us about the world in which we live.  While in isolation from the pandemic I count on my memories and reference photos to invite them into my studio.  Welcome, old friends.
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Creativity in Isolation part 4

Creativity in Isolation part 4

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Gallery member Renee Decator has been really inspired with some new subject matter and the self distancing led her down to her studio much more than her normal schedule allows. “All the constant news updates, talk of pandemic and hunt for toilet paper stressed me out, so I retreated to one of my “happy places” to focus on the creative process.” “I’m an optimist by nature and escaping to my studio helped keep me reacting positively.”

new projects: works in progress

 

 

Creativity in Isolation part 3

Creativity in Isolation part 3

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Lori Pitten Jenkins

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Cole’s Crabs, watercolor, by Lori Pitten Jenkins

“A relative sent me a pic of his sons catch.  I knew it would be a puzzle but what else did I have to do.  I was overwhelmed at first so I came up with a plan to tape off a small section of the painting each day and only work on only that section.  It did take three weeks and I wanted to quit a few time but I persevered.  “Cole’s Crabs”

 

 

Creativity in Isolation

Creativity in Isolation

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that lots and lots of creative types flourish under self-induced isolation. While the gallery has been closed for the past 7 weeks following our state’s guidelines for the Covid 19 virus outbreak, our artists have been exercising their creativity at their homes and studios. We want to share some of that work with you.

Gallery member Tricia Eisen created this painting, “from a photo shoot I did from my car during quarantine.   It’s our beautiful Viera wetlands”.  Acrylic on board.

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Gallery member Jim Kalupa:

“Most of my photographic work is digitally enhanced to some degree depending on how I feel about the image.  I took considerable artistic liberty in applying water color effects to this piece.”.
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“Venice, Late Afternoon” photo art
We will be re-opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, 2020. We can’t wait for you to see what all our members have been creating. If you’d like to see something in person, send us an email!

 

“Art is Where You Find It…Or It Finds You” by Heather Kelley

I am in the waiting area recently. I can’t take my eyes off the woman sitting across from me.  She is wearing a black and white striped dress, has a black and white purse and is holding a cell phone in a black and white striped case.
After the intrigue of the moment turns into a serious study, I get up my nerve to politely ask “Excuse me, would you mind if I took a photo of you?
 I am an artist, and I think your look would make an interesting painting.  I won’t show your face.”  She agrees, and I show her the photo, quipping that I’m surprised that she didn’t finish the look with black and white shoes. She says ( in all seriousness), “I’m having a pedicure today, so I couldn’t wear them.”
Sometimes your inspiration can be right in front of you!  Working on this painting now:

Heather Kelley is a member artist at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. View her bio and a partial portfolio, HERE

Summer Art Scene

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.)

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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…”

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COME ON IN AND SEE US! FLIP FLOPS WELCOME.

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

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

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.