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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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!

One more week

March has been very busy at the gallery. We started with the opening for What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge; bringing together 24 artists from our community to support Very Special Arts Brevard. On March 15th we had the premiere for the wonderful documentary produced about the project, and a fabulous gala reception and “art-raffle”.

The artwork produced for the project is hanging in the front gallery this week only… Some of the wonderful work is still available for sale. Proceeds go to Very Special Arts Brevard. You can watch the video online.


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What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 Hour Art Challenge on youtube

Whew! What an exciting March it has been at the gallery! Months and months of planning and coordinating… 24 artists, 24 hours, 24 works of art to raise money and awareness for Very Special Arts Brevard. We are so fortunate to have partnered with Brandt Ronat & Company to capture the artists and their approach to the challenge in an amazing documentary about the project!

We had a wonderful premiere and gala reception on Friday, March 15th and thus far have raised over $4,000 for VSA Brevard. Thanks to all who participated… the artists, the filmmakers, the merchants who donated items for our raffle baskets and our wonderful patrons who bought tickets!

The documentary really pulled the project together. The 24 artists worked separately…in their own studios and homes and did not, for the most part, have much interaction until after the challenge was over. We talked to them about art and it’s effect on their lives and all the connections are captured on film.

You can watch it now, then stop in the gallery or call to order a copy! $10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3cLM3hDI84

What a Difference a Day Makes: 24 hour art challenge

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Our Bi-Annual fundraiser; What a Difference a Day Makes; 24-hour Art Challenge will be held in March 2013.  The 24 participating artists will have a 24-hour period in which to create an artwork based around a small set of prompts and guidelines to be revealed that day. These works  will be sold via a “guaranteed raffle”to raise money for Very Special Arts Brevard; Established in 1987, this local organization is committed to providing persons with disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential through the arts.
Thanks to the creative talents at Brandt Ronat & Company we will be videotaping a portion of each participant’s work day and producing a documentary about the project that will be screened prior to our special reception. For a list of the participating artists and how to get your ticket see more here.

Rescue Me

August 3-31

This is a members show that will bring awareness to animals in need of help. We will be highlighting three organizations, the Friends of Viera Wetlands, Florida Wildlife Hospital, and the Humane Society of South Brevard. Members will have art works that represent endangered, threatened, protected or simply animals in need or of concern.

Hawksbill by Nancy Crawford

Scrub Jay by Mark Mittleman

Morning Glide by Renee Decator