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.

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!

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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Good Enough To Eat, Solo Exhibition by Frank Spino

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Frank Spino is our award winning guest artist for March, with his solo exhibition entitled, “Good Enough to Eat”. “This show focuses on my fascination with painting citrus”,  Spino says.”Color excites me. Realism and rich, saturated color are what my art is all about.  I love the vibrant color and challenging textures: thick, dimpled rinds; thin, transparent slices, freshly cut and glistening wet with juice. We think you will agree… his painting look  ­– “Good Enough to Eat” .

In 1971, Mr. Spino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, but said his “real” education came from the famous painter Henry Hensche, who he studied under at the Cape School of Arts in Cape Cod, Mass.”My understanding of color came from him,” he said. “We painted outdoors every day, sunny or overcast.”

Frank will be participating in our Second Saturday event on the 15th of March when he will be talking about his paintings and watercolor. 

Drawing With Light Opens

We enjoyed a large crowd of photographers and art lovers at the opening of Drawing With Light.
Thanks to everyone who participated and all of you who came out to see the show.
Here are the results of the two independent judges,  Marilyn Cook and Lloyd Behrendt.
 First Place – $300 Award sponsored by Southern Janitor Supply won by
 Ed Quillian  “Sunrise Storm”
 Second Place – $200 Award sponsored by Southern Photo won by
 Ruth Stanley-Quillian  “Abstract Train”
 Third Place – $100 Award sponsored by Ridley Custom Framing won by
 Mary Lou Christy – “Rowing Through Florence”
 Honorable Mention – $50 Gift Certificate sponsored by Art Expressions won by
 Barry Schoenholz “Artists at Work”

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“Drawing With Light” Deadline Approaching

 DRAWING WITH LIGHT

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15th (entry postmark date)

February 4th – March 3rd
 
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This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a juried photography exhibition  in the premiere gallery in Brevard County. Photographic subject matter and style are unlimited, so get busy and get ready to show your creative and technical genius!

AWARDS:
First place receives an award of $300.
Second place receives an award of $200.
Third place receives an award of $100.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th
5:30 to 8:30

Call for Photographers
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is pleased to
announce a photography juried exhibition;  Drawing With Light.
Photographic subject matter and style are unlimited.

for more information download:  Drawing with Light Prospectus

31st Annual Holiday Craft Show

It’s that time again…the garland is hung and the ornaments are all in place. We have put together a unique collection of wonderful one-of-a kind treasures… pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, wall and fiber art. Beautiful handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list!

OPENING RECEPTION
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Friday, November 1st 5:30-8:30
Light refreshments will be served!

Glass artist Brett Tam will give a demonstration on the gallery’s front porch during the opening.

A SPECIAL INVITATION

COME EARLY FOR OUR SHOW PREVIEW This FRIDAY MORNING, November 1st, from 10:00-12:00. Refreshments will be served and you will be eligible to win a lovely gift basket loaded with gallery goodies! You will also get a “first look” at this exciting collection of art gifts, and a jump-start on your holiday shopping!

~ HOLIDAY GALLERY HOURS ~
Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday 1:00-5:00