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.

Judy Edwards… Inspired

I was born an artist but it didn’t exactly work out the way I intended. Be that as it may, that is not the story I am going to tell. I am going to fast forward to living outside of Boston, Ma where my husband and I raised our 2 daughters. A favorite pass time over the years was heading to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and going to the Contemporary Wing. I loved the imagery and color of Arthur Dove, a modernist who lived from 1880 to 1946. We even had this poster hanging in our family room.

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I resumed taking art classes after a one year program in Honolulu while we lived there before children. In New England, I connected with a group of artists on Monhegan Island, Maine. I was in over my head but over time, I persisted in learning how to be a realist painter. That led to a somewhat  impulsive one year painting trip around the world with my then 13 year old daughter.  I came back with 70 paintings and wrote a book about our adventures.

 

Florida was next on my journey and when I got here, I didn’t relate to the scenery and remembered the Arthur Dove painting that hung in my old house. My search to find how to paint with wax emulsion which is the medium he used, led me to taking a 3 day course at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. The only problem was, it was not wax emulsion it was wax encaustic, which I never heard of. But I had paid for the course and had a place to stay….. and that was 10 years ago. I took the exact same course 3 times over the course of year 1.  After learning the ins and outs of encaustic, I was still stymied by how to make the transition from a realist to an abstract painter. My teacher in Maine, Don Stone, commented that any good abstract painter had to first be a good realist painter. So, I had that part under my belt.  I was just afraid to do it.

One night in a dream, Arthur Dove came to me and told me I had everything in me that I needed and fear was the only thing preventing me from doing it. All I needed to do was walk through the fear, which I did.

I enjoy encaustic collage, the brilliance of encaustic alone and encaustic monotypes.

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Encaustic monotype using the hotbox

I recently added encaustic pigment sticks to my mix and they are luscious and brilliant.

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Travels

Travels”:A Solo Exhibit of Landscapes from America and Abroad by Jini James

Conch Key by Jini James

Conch Key by Jini James

April 1—April 28, 2013

Gallery member artist Jini James is exhibiting in a solo show for the month of April. James has created all new works in oil from her “endless list” of visual inspirations from the Chesapeake Bay, the American Southwest, Central America, Paris, and Iceland. Her first painting trip was to Honduras, loaded down with a heavy French easel and at least 30 tubes of oils, plus canvases. “The exploration of Mayan ruins in Copan, Central America was a life-changing experience,”says James. “Through art, I realized how cultures survive.  It was the artists who recorded Mayan history in stone.  I also learned that with each subsequent trip, I packed lighter and lighter until watercolors and mini sketchbooks took the place of the oils, canvases, and an easel. “My watercolor studies, along with photographs, translated into oil paintings when I returned to my studio,” says James.

In her artistic endeavors and travels, James has received numerous awards and signature memberships in the art world.  Her training began in her teens when she studied privately with a well known New York Illustrator and progressed to study at Moore College of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy.  Her passion for life long learning includes workshops, “for that once or twice a year tune-up”. “I am a believer in craftsmanship and preserving  reality while allowing the viewer to see the painterly strokes that are laid into the piece.  These are story paintings.”

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Painting Giveaway!

The Gallery desk will be distributing free raffle tickets, one per person, from April 5 until April 13 for this lovely painting by Jini. You must be present at the Second Saturday Art Talk to win.

SECOND SATURDAY ART TALK

James will also discuss her work at the gallery’s Second Saturday Art Talk on April 13 at 2 p.m. Thoughts about painting on site as well as creating a good composition will be discussed along with a painting demonstration. Arrive early as seating is limited.