'100% Pure' exhibition
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the "100% Pure Florida 2011" juried exhibition.
Artists from all over the state entered this competition, and winners are chosen by a panel from the gallery.
The show is always an eclectic montage, highlighting the various talented artists who live throughout the state. Winners in years past have come from as far away as St. Augustine and Miami.
The exhibition runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
Gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit the gallery online at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
Ralph's Art Supply, 1420 Highland Ave., Melbourne, will present encaustic painting workshops for all levels 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
Taking a workshop is a great way to start an exploration in this exciting medium, or move your work forward with new methods if you've been incorporating encaustics into your existing studio practice.
All you ever wanted to know about encaustics will be presented.
Cost for all materials and supplies is $100.
Go home with a painting or two, and have fun.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 243-3355.
Free open evening of storytelling
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble invites you to an open evening of storytelling at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Ryan family Chiropractic Center, 129 Hibiscus Blvd., Suite O, Melbourne.
Master storytellers will be performing. Seating is limited.
For more information, call Lady Gail at (321) 676-0697 or visit www.crevardensemble.com.
Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' at the Civic Theatre
The Melbourne Civic Theatre presents Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" through Sunday, Sept. 23 at LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
Literally nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain's most spell-binding thriller.
"The 39 Steps" is adapted from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock and an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble.
The show is directed by Peg Girard with a cast of four, including Mark Blackledge as "Richard Hannay," Christina LaFortune as "Annabella," "Margaret" and "Pamela," Dana Blanchard as "Clown 1" and Pete Jacobsen as "Clown 2." The set and light design, as well as technical direction, is by Alan Selby, sound design by Wendy Reader and costume design by Alice Henning.
"The 39 Steps" will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
For more information or tickets, call (321) 723-6935 or visit www.mymct.org.
Indian River Potters Guild expands educational program
The Indian River Potters Guild is offering new courses in fused glass and mosaics to expand the spectrum of visual arts instruction at the studio.
Classes in wheel thrown/hand-built pottery and sculpture have been filled to capacity, requiring the addition of more options to the schedule.
Class description and times may be found at the studio's website at www.indianriverpotters.com.
Indian River Potters Guild is a ceramic art studio located in the Eau Gallie Arts District at 1542 Guava Ave., Melbourne.
Classes are open to adults and mature teens.
The studio provides opportunities to explore visual arts through classes and memberships.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpotters.com.
Cuba unveiled in two books
Dawn Currie is proud to announce the release of two new books: "In Search of the Real Cuba: A Journey from East to West; From Ignorance to Insight" and "Faces of Cuba."
These books provide a glimpse of life in Cuba, where time stands still, yet takes its toll.
They are the fruits of a physically and mentally challenging two-week trek by the author / photographer that spans the island of Cuba from east to west.
Ms. Currie brought school and clinic supplies to impoverished areas and left enriched with memories to last a lifetime.
"In Search of the Real Cuba" includes more than 300 photos that will stir the mind and stories that touch the soul.
"Faces of Cuba" includes images of the resilient, creative, and generous Cuban people, where they work and live.
These works were made possible, in part, from the patrons who purchased her photographs during the solo exhibition and art sale at the Viera Government Center. The books are available online at blurb.com.
She is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Gallery of Hope in Vero Beach, that opens Oct. 3. Her images can also be viewed and purchased at curried.smugmug.com.
What is the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble?
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's storytellers search all year for stories about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad, but always entertaining.
For, not only is the state surrounded by water that is enjoyed by tourists, but it has nurtured and produced some of the worlds great events.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
This year's production starts in the world of 1513 and continues with events and people who assisted in developing the state:
. Ponce de Leon: 1513,
Fountain of Youth)
. Osceola: 1838, (his
. Dr. John Gorrie: 1842,
be thankful to him for
every glass of cold water
. Henry Flager: at 53,
when most are thinking of
retirement, he began
opening the East Coast
. St. Augustine: not only
the oldest city in America,
but it holds many ghost
. Carl Fisher: his dreams
built Miami Beach with
his faithful elephant
These are just a few of the stories told by master tellers in costumes of the time and live music to enhance the evening performances.
For more information about the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 676-0697.
Eau Gallie Arts District events
The Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne presents:
. Sculpture workshops: every Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Ralph's Art Supply, 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Instructor is Pearl Ollie. Cost is $35 for two hours or $65 for all four hours. Firing is additional.
For more information, call (321) 255-3331.
. Farmers Market: every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, arts, crafts and more outdoors in Eau Gallie Square.
For more information, call (321) 917-0721 or email Richard@brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
. Coming in September: five-course meal with wine tasting and live music at Live Oaks Bistro, 1385 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, email email@example.com
Encaustic painting workshops
Taking a workshop is a great way to start an exploration in the exciting medium or encaustic painting, or to move work forward with new methods if you've been incorporaing encaustics into your existing studio practice.
All you ever wanted to know about encaustics will be presented 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Ralph's Art Supply, 1420 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
All materials and supplies will cost $100.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (321) 243 3355 or visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.
New fall pottery, sculpture, hand-building classes
Classes in wheel-thrown pottery, sculpture and hand-building for students of all levels will begin the week of Sept. 16 at the Indian River Potters' Guild.
Also starting are classes in fused glass and mosaics.
The classes run for six weeks and are a great way to explore a new art medium or expand an existing knowledge base.
Indian River Potters' Guild is an art studio located in the historic Eau Gallie Arts District. It is home to eight of Brevard's talented local ceramic artists and offers classes and workshops, which are open to the public.
Classes offered at the Indian River Potters' Guild are:
. Fused glass: Monday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125.
. Wheel thrown: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $145.
. Sculpture in clay: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $145.
. Mosaic art: Thursday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $150.
. Wheel thrown: Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $100.
. Hand building: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. Cost is $100.
. 'Twice the fun:' Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $180.
All classes run for six weeks.
Visit the website for more information at www.indianriverpottersguild.com.
Indian River Potters' Guild is at 1542 Guava Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpottersguild.com or call (321) 543-3645.
Doll-making comes alive at Art & Antique Studio & Gallery
Space Coast Doll Artists brings to Art and Antique Studio during September a show of creativity and style in the art of doll making.
This evolving soft sculpture doll club began in 2005, with doll maker, Dolores Cox.
The group changed its focus from primarily a hobby of making cloth dolls, to an art doll group challenging each other to make more dolls inspired by great artists' works.
They have outgrown three locations to accommodate the sewing machines, classroom space and materials to further the doll making.
The club now meets every fourth Thursday of the month (except December) at the West Melbourne Library.
At the monthly meetings, there is usually a short mini-lesson on perspective, color, focus, design, etc.
There is a challenge every three months, and usually one of the members teaches a new project, method or new material. The club brings in nationally-recognized instructors for two-day workshops.
The club has displayed works at local libraries and quilt shows throughout Melbourne.
The club welcomes beginners to advanced members with all pitching in to help and guide one another.
The fee is $20 per year, and members in good standing receive discounted prices on classes.
The Art & Antique Studio & Gallery is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 253-5553.
'Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam'
The King Center for the Performing Arts has a new exhibit in its Harris Corporation Art Gallery.
Award-winning photographer James Lowell will be showcasing his collection of black-and-white photography in the Harris Gallery of the King Center for the Performing Arts.
This exhibit, "Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam" shows some of the faces of those who went about their daily lives in a war zone in 1965-66.
Second Lt. James Lowell was 22 when he was assigned as leader of an Army photographic team, based out of what was then called the city of Saigon.
When off duty, he and his camera captured the faces of a changing world, the images of those people who were involved in their day-to-day activities in the streets, market places and military installations in and near this rapidly transforming city.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 1 and can be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call James Lowell at (904) 519-9430.
'Second Saturdays' at the gallery
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to the "Second Saturday Demonstration" at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
"Artistic Musings in Painting, Sculpture and Jewelery" is the topic.
Join Marg Kuhl, an award-winning Melbourne artist, as she describes and even demonstrates how thoughts and ideas grab her imagination and translate themselves into pieces of fine art.
Even her wearable art designs are spin-offs from higher order works!
She will be bringing examples and will offer the audience with an opportunity for her to create something right on the spot.
Seating is limited, so arrive early.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261.
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