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, part 2

Creativity in Isolation, part 2

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 Barbara Desrosiers shares:

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This is Guardian 84, in process. It has not yet gone through the transfer process which will change the image a little bit. I have been spending a good amount of time creating Guardian images during the pandemic. They seem to keep me company and calm my mind. Recently I have been told by two viewers that one if them thinks of them as Watchers and the other as Warriors. I find the different perceptions informative and reinforcing of my belief that art takes on its own life when it leaves my hands.  — Peace, Barb

 

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!

 

On the Easel ~ Jini James

This is a really big adventure painting for me.  I have decided to devote all my energies into figurative work for the time being as it has been a focus ever since I started my formal studies with an Illustrator when I was just 14.  I used to see figures as exacting portraits but now that I have been at it for a very long time and fell under the spell of studying the work in museums and national exhibits, I see the figure as landscape and abstraction.  When a painting becomes that, the artist, in this case me, becomes an exercise in composition, line, form, and color.  I am no longer copying the perfect photograph hoping that all the details are accurate.
So here’s what happens: I go to the beach, wait for people to assemble, move around, and then bring out my sketch book and iPhone camera.   The ideas are laid out, the color notes are described along with my feelings about the day.  Was it overcast?  Bright and sunny? Did my subjects seem to know each other?  (I love to make up stories about that one!)

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So then I head back the studio and think about what the theme might be.  Sometimes I get stuck on that until one morning, over a good cup of coffee, it all comes together.  I write it down as those moments can be fleeting.  Then the work starts.  I begin with line only then move to form and color.  I have been known to change this many times but I am showing you the points I have landed on this week. 

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More to come…….

James is a member artist of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. More about Jini James

Art Road Trips ~by Lori Pitten Jenkins

Art Road Trips

Three of my paintings are on or headed to an adventure.  “Boot Camp” is in Texas at the Southern Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition.  “The World is Your Oytster” is headed to Orlando in September for Florida Watercolor’s 48th Annual Juried Show, and “A Tale of Two Tails” will be published in Splash 21, The Best of Watercolor in 2020.

 

Lori is currently president of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. She is a nationally recognized watercolor artist. More of Lori’s work can be seen HERE

“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.

Call for Art!

Bon Appetit
To celebrate beautiful food and the love of making it and sharing it, we invite you submit your food inspired art for our April show, “Bon Appetit”.
Show Guidelines
All artwork shall be 11″x14″ finished size (framed, gallery wrapped or cradled board).
All artwork must include a written recipe as part of the design (a partial recipe is fine).
The artwork should depict the completed dish or the ingredients of the recipe. We are so excited to see your interpretation of Bon Appetit!
The complete recipe will be displayed with the artwork.
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District)
WHEN: The exhibit/sale will run from April 2 – 27.
RULES FOR PARTICIPATION
ALL WORK WILL BE JURIED IN.
Entry fee: $10 for the first accepted artwork, $5 for one additional accepted artwork.
To apply for exhibition please send a jpg. image file of the completed artwork, along with your name, title of the artwork, medium and price to: fifthavenueartgallery@gmail.com in the subject line please write “Bon Appetit entry”.
SALES
40% commission to gallery
Dates
To be considered for participation, email now until Sunday, March 10, 2019 (the sooner the better, space is limited)
Exhibition Opening: Friday, April 5, 2019