Celebrating the Art of Joan Wallace

A memorial exhibit of art work by former member and founder, Joan Wallace will open on January 5th at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, Florida.
Joan had a career in commercial art in her early years as an artist and ultimately turned to watercolor and seriagraphy as her mediums of choice. She lived in Brevard County with her husband and children, and was very active in the art scene here. This is your chance to add to your collection of Joan Wallace art, or to begin one. The exhibit will open on January 5th and will run through January 31st. Start your new year off by enriching your spirit with art.


Shared Pathways
Steven & Katherine Aimone

Shared Pathways: Steven and Katherine Aimone will open on February 2, 2016 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, FL. Katherine and Steven will be present at the First Friday Opening on February 5th, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm, to meet, greet, and discuss their paintings. Both artists’ bodies of work are based upon internal work, communicated through abstract means.

Steve and Katherine are freshly returned from a painting sabbatical, from October through December of 2015, in Cortona, Italy. This exhibition features some of their work created there. The couple maintains studios in Asheville, NC and on Monhegan Island, ME. They work and grow as artists, supporting one another in the pursuit of their dreams, aspirations, and goals.

 Katherine says about her work: “My work is about experiencing beauty—that vulnerable state that is accessible each day, but often overlooked in our push to succeed and take care of practical concerns.” Her paintings were hung at the American Embassy in Moldova from 2010-14 through the Art in Embassies Program, and she had a solo exhibition in Asheville during 2015. She is currently organizing a national exhibition that opens in April for the new Greenville Creative Arts Center. Together with Dr. Nancy Hillis, she teaches workshops called Doing the Work of Your Life: Moving Beyond Fear in Abstract Art.

Steven says about his work, “My work is visual poetry, speaking indirectly and metaphorically about the human experience. The paintings serve as gateways, affording access to complex, internal states of emotion, psyche, and spirit.” Steven’s work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in Florida, New York, London and more. His works are represented in corporate and private collections.

Steve, a nationally recognized painting teacher in both the US and Canada teaches the Master Series Workshop-Residences during January and February every year at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He also teaches in Asheville, Maine, and New Orleans. He is the author of the popular book, Expressive Drawing, published in 2010. Katherine’s company, ArtsWrite, provides professional writing for artists. 

a Solo-Exhibition by David Wallace

David Wallace, artist photographer, will be exhibiting his body of work, IMPRINTS: THOSE MADE / LEFT BEHIND, at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie during the month of March.
Born and raised in Florida, David moved to California shortly after graduating from the University of Florida. For almost 25 years, he has worked extensively in various artistic fields focusing on Graphic Design, Visual Production and Marketing for the Motion Picture Industry. Just about 5 years ago he re-discovered his love and passion for photography which he combines with his graphics background to create his unique Photo-Illustrations.
IMPRINTS: THOSE MADE / LEFT BEHIND is the culmination of this marriage of sorts and focuses on his travels both abroad and in the United States with a focus on his love of Paris. David’s work has been described as a bit dark or moody but he challenges all who view his work to find the beauty, tenderness and sometimes humor that he sees in every image.
David will be at the opening on March 4th to share his vision with attendees. The opening will run from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. The exhibit will run through March 27.

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Just Wingin It, Encaustics by Barbara Desrosiers

Barbara works in Melbourne, Florida and is an active member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. She holds a BFA from the University of Rhode Island. She has traveled the world, camera in hand, with her now retired Air Force husband, enabling her to collect thousands of images. She began experimenting with encaustic in 2012 after 20 plus years of working in digital montage and acrylic painting. She is very interested in the inner life and how spirituality comes to us in forms of nature and unseen influences. Her aim is to make manifest the invisible in life. This leads her further and further down the path of creativity and constantly fuels the inner dialogue that feeds her image making. Her work is currently a mixed media technique, combining encaustic with altered digital imagery. 
The phrase ‘winging it’ usually refers to someone doing whatever feels natural to them in a certain situation where they had no plan in place. It is reflective of my feelings at the outset of this series. It transformed into a visual dialogue.
‘Just Wingin’ It’ is the result of my conversation with birds. I’ve spent hours watching and photographing them and marveling at their talent for floating on air currents without forcing their control upon the wind. My work is an exploration of this and became a discipline of giving intuition more honor and attention.
The intuitive grace, power, and faith of these unknowing models floating on unseen air currents all worked together to allow me to touch a bit of that spirit and capture it in these images.


An Invitational Art Challenge

May 2-29

lost&found copy

Lots of us artists are gatherers, treasure hunters… collectors of “stuff”. We find things on walks or buy the “latest, greatest new art material with the best of intentions. Sometimes these special bits and pieces of treasure get LOST in the shuffle. They’re in that bag or box behind some other “stuff”, just waiting for MAGIC to happen. Fortunately… we FOUND that stuff!

Your challenge: Get your Lost and Found Kit and use everything included to create an amazing work of art. Can you make something marvelous from the mundane?

Interested in participating? Entry info


The Ceramic Art of Katherine Mathisen
2015 100% Pure Florida Best of Show
Katherine Mathisen Solo Exhibition

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is proud to announce “CONNECTIONS, the ceramic art of Katherine Mathisen.” Katherine was the 2015 100% Pure Florida exhibit winner. Her work, done by hand, uses earthenware clay and a combination of surface glazes, engobes, colored slips, stains, terra sigillata and Egyptian paste. Creating figurative sculpture posed in simple gestures to convey human emotion and relations, Katherine’s current work blends clay and other media in an artfully articulate way. She has recently been awarded the 2016 Edith Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Award and was the poster artist for the 2016 Artisphere in Greenville, So. Carolina.

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This exhibit will open on May 31st and will run through June 26th. Katherine will be present at the First Friday opening on Friday, June 3rd, from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm. You are invited to join us in this evening of art and socializing.

Monotypes in Red: A Collaboration by
Barbara Burkhardt, Peter Crumpacker and Grace Leal

Monotypes in Red, a joint exhibit of work artists Grace Leal, Peter Crumpacker and Barbara Burkhardt, is set to open at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on June 28 and will run through July 31. Each artist brings their own unique vision to this collaboration.

Grace Leal’s work often addresses the “point of transgression,” the period of time when a choice is being made to displace oneself in order to evolve, change and reach another level. Grace, a multi-media artist, uses a variety of voices in her work. Sometimes narration takes precedence, sometimes it is a social or political commentary, and sometimes it is a sheer expression of passion in an abstract work that includes just shapes, forms and colors.

Peter Crumpacker approaches his work with an engineering mind and the free spirit of the artist. The engineer in him still wants precision; the artist wants mayhem, mess, and beauty. His best work combines it all. Peter is very active across the state of Florida and his work is in collections all across the United States.

Barbara Burkhardt says of her work, “After painting realistic watercolor for years, I find myself moving in a different direction. The most drastic change in my work is moving from realism to abstract.” She is working intuitively and creating work that evolves on an emotional level through the manipulation of color choice and design elements.

August 1-27, 2016
Gallery Member Show, Sale & Auction
Menu Venue, a menu themed show, continues at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This exhibit features original food related art and also offers discounts on many of our members’ works. There are new, original covered cookbooks to tempt you for your own collection or for gift giving. Come, browse the gallery and see what whets your visual appetite. The show will run through August 27th.

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100% Pure Florida, a juried exhibition

Visions of Italy
Phyllis Shipley Solo Exhibition
October 3-30, 2016

The month of October will see Fifth Avenue Art Gallery hosting gallery member Phyllis Shipley’s Visions of Italy. Phyllis has been producing fine art for the past thirty years and has been a successful gallery owner, a successful art show participant and award winner, and a continuing student in the details of water color and acrylics.
Shipley says “My paintings begin with pouring, glazing or washes of color. As I manipulate the paint, an image begins to develop. I strive to get out of the way and let spirit take control.” She uses color to express energy, life and excitement. Her hope is to create art that is full of color, energetic, joy, and excitement.
Shipley, a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, uses her intuition to create loose and flowing colors with a musical fluidity of expression. Phyllis began painting in the early 1980’s. After years of playing and teaching music with the organ and piano, raising children, and a successful career as a purchasing executive with a major chemical corporation, the time was right to pursue her dream and passion. Painting for her is like a musical score, expressing emotion and beauty in the brush as the melody rings in our ears.
She is an exhibiting member at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Phyllis is also currently an exhibiting artist at the newly opened Art Avenue Gallery located in Sarasota, Florida. She is further represented by the Liz-Beth Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee.

November & December
Holiday Craft Show