Theater classes offered
Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is offering theater classes at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.
One class will be held either Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. or Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
A second class will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The cost is $5 per child, per class. The recommended age for the class is 10 to15.
Classes will focus on developing acting skills and encouraging creativity and growth. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of acting terminology, rehearsals, auditions and more.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.
For more information or to register for a class, call the Viera Regional Community Center at (321) 433-4891 or email email@example.com.
Working with pastels
This is a basic pastels class, from color mixing to preserving and storing your work.
This class is for beginner and practicing pastel artists.
Cost is $28 for this four-week series. It begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Jane von Thron Room of the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
Local artist wins award
Lori Pitten Jenkins took one of the top awards at Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach recently.
Her watercolor painting "Black, White, & Read All Over" was given the $1,000 award of distinction.
She is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
The gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com or call (321) 259-8261.
Artist wins award
Witha Lacuesta, a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie, recently received a merit award for her watercolor painting "The Robbers" in the ninth annual Flora & Fauna at the Refuge Wildlife Show at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The cara caras in her painting were observed at the Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.lacuesta-art.com or call (321) 259-3635.
Highlights and shadows
Artists and photographers have always been acutely aware of the highlights and shadows in a scene when creating art.
These patterns of light continue to intrigue us and are the subject of January's show, entitled "Shadows" at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.
This is a member's show that will explore the nuances of shadows, real or imaginary, in various mediums.
The show will run until Sunday, Jan. 27.
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.
For more information, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at
Comedy-drama at playhouse
This romantic comedy, one of the most popular of the century, follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year.
Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers, who discuss the births, deaths, marital problems and social changes affecting their lives, and develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year.
The play was adapted into a 1978 movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. Caution: Contains mild profanity and adult themes.
Surfside Players, the community theatre of Cocoa Beach, presents "Same Time, Next Year," by Bernard Slade, directed by Janet Rubin and starring Becky Behl-Hill and Gordon Ringer.
The show runs for three weekends, January 11-27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military and $13 for students.
Tickets are available online at www.surfsideplayers.com, or through the box office at (321) 783-3127.
The operator works 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, but leave a reservation request with your name and phone number on voicemail and she will respond.
Surfside is located in Cocoa Beach, an hour's drive east of Orlando.
In Brevard County, take S.R. 520 or S.R. 528 eastbound to Highway A1A southbound, or take Pineda Causeway, Eau Gallie Boulevard, or U.S. 192 eastbound to Highway A1A northbound.
Drive into Cocoa Beach, and turn west on South Fifth Street.
Creative cards and gift-making classes
Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts at the Art Gallery of Viera.
We create greeting cards, gifts, gift bags and new projects are created each week.
Beautiful, quality materials, including cardstock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the $12 price of the class.
Advanced reservations are needed and may be placed by contacting Ree at (321) 773-0095, (321) 961-2350 or at email@example.com.
You may sign up for either the morning class (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or the afternoon class (1:30-3:30 p.m.) on Mondays, Jan.14, 21 and 28.
Also, there will be a valentine workshop 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. A price of $15 includes all materials.
Pre-registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Ree at (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
Arts and crafts at the beach library
Local artist Alex Stankiewicz will teach a series of pastels classes for beginners on Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Feb. 1.
Professional calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation and instructor at the Charleston Museum, Natasha Lawrence, will teach a calligraphy workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Professional calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation and instructor at the Charleston Museum Natasha Lawrence will teach the practical art of calligraphy ("beautiful writing") to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals and make gift tags and personal correspondence.
The class takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon. Cost for this workshop is $10 and pre-registration is required.
The Cocoa Beach Library continues to present its patrons and members of the community with an array of stimulating and engaging classes. This season's art class offerings have expanded to include new instructors and some new opportunities to learn new skills.
In addition to these classes, the library offers watercolor classes with local artist Helen Wheatley, a social watercolor painting group, and many arts and crafts workshops throughout the year.
The library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104, email email@example.com or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
Art show at gallery
"Go Figure," a figurative art show, will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera, Saturday, Jan. 12, from 6-9 p.m.
"Go Figure" is a tongue-in-cheek look at the figure (and figures) in art, with the opening Saturday, Jan. 12.
Artists will be on hand, drawing figures with a live model and will offer tips.
Come in and try your hand at figure drawing or at modeling for the artists!
Artisans of many mediums will also be there to discuss the figures in their art.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Art Gallery of Viera at (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
Auditions for comedy-farce
Auditions for "Love, Sex and the IRS," a comedy-farce about taxes and refunds, have been scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14 at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
The play, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and directed by Troy Jones, is about out-of-work, male musicians, who have been claiming a "married" (to each other) status on their tax forms to save money.
When the Internal Revenue Service investigates them, one has to masquerade as a housewife, aided by one of the character's fiancée.
The character's mom drops by to meet the fiancée, and an ex-girlfriend shows up to find out why the other character hasn't called her.
Show dates for the play are March 8-24.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127.
Classes offered at art gallery
The Art Gallery of Viera is offering the following classes in January:
Acrylic painting: email sophie@palm-spiritcom or call (321) 266-4616
Oil painting: call (321) 254-1606
Cards and gift making: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 961-2350 or (321) 773-0095
Mosaics classes: email email@example.com or call (321) 431-5881
Pastel paintings: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 504-4343
Watercolor classes/group: email email@example.com or call (321) 536-7773
Childrens' adventures in art: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 596-4266
Drawing for teens: email email@example.com or call (401) 596-4266
Open studio: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 596-4266
Jewelry-making: introduction and intermediate: email email@example.com or call (321) 507-4022
For more information, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
The gallery is at 2261 Town Center Ave., No. 111, Viera.
Call (321) 504-4343 for more information.
Beach art festival announced
The town of Indialantic will host its signature art festival Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at Nance Park in Indialantic.
This 23rd annual art festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 4 Wavecrest Ave., Indialantic.
The festival supports the arts and the local economy.
The vast array of original handcrafted artwork includes a diverse selection of artistic media priced to suit all budgets and ranges from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. This popular art event will take place at Nance Park, located directly on the ocean and Highway AIA.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.artfestival.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 746-6615.
'Hear Me Dance 2013' to be performed
The third annual "Hear Me Dance" concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Heritage Isle Clubhouse Theater, 6800 Legacy Blvd., Viera.
"Hear Me Dance" will feature student choreography from dancers from various local dance schools in Brevard. "Hear Me Dance" provides an avenue for dancers to express current teenage issues to movement.
The event is being hosted by Dance Arts Centre, a not-for-profit dance school.
Tickets will be available at the door for $5.
The proceeds will benefit Club Esteem.
For more information, visit www.clubesteem.org or www.danceac.org.
Opening reception at the gallery
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to join in for the opening of a show of paintings by Larry Moore 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 during the First Friday Art Walk in Melbourne.
He is a prominent plein air painter who is also a Florida native.
He lectures and travels with the Plein Air Painters of America and understands the full boundaries of color and the craft of oil painting.
His works are widely collected and exhibited throughout the United States.
The Fifth Avenue Gallery is pleased to present his collection of art with a Florida twist.
His works can be viewed at www.larrymoorestudios.com.
Visit with the artists as you peruse the artwork and enjoy light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public.
Mr. Moore's exhibition continues through Feb. 24.
Afterward, continue your stroll down the street to enjoy dinner and other shops, galleries, as well as the Foosaner Art Museum in downtown Eau Gallie.
The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261 or visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com .
Acrylic painting for beginners, experienced
This class is designed for adults, 16-99 years of age. No experience is needed, but welcome.
After completion of four meetings, the
students will leave with a completed 18x28 acrylic painting on stretched canvas, ready for a wall.
They will be working some wet-on-wet and some on-dry surface and also explore texture usage.
The color wheel, mixing techniques and the creation of new colors will be learned. Large, two-inch brushes, as well as smaller ones are the main tools.
Acrylic painting requires no chemicals. Water is used for cleanup and paint thinning.
This class meets on Tuesdays in February only at the Indian Harbour Community Center, Gleason Park.
Meeting times are 9:30 a.m. to noon (morning class) and 5:30-8 p.m. (evening class), Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
The course fee is $80,
plus $20 for materials.
The participants will leave with a completed painting at the end of the course.
For more information, call Meike Aton at (417) 343-3481, email email@example.com or visit www.meikeaton.com
1960s production coming to Brevard
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, will run Feb. 8-24.
This production will be directed by Nicholas Henn, with Mario Davis as musical director and Danielle Horak as choreographer.
Mr. Henn recently directed Surfside's successful "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in October, as well as "Wizard of Oz" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" at Quincy Music Theatre and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at First United Methodist Church in Titusville.
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a sweetly comic story about blossoming romances at a Catskills resort in 1960, with characters including recently jilted bride-to-be "Marge" and her friend "Lois," self-obsessed singer "Del Delmonaco," geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter "Gabe," Borscht Belt comic "Harvey" and resort owner "Esther."
This touching romantic musical was built around 18 songs from the repertoire of 1960s pop singer Neil Sedaka, including "Where the Boys Are," "Calendar Girl," "Sweet Sixteen," "Love Will Keep Us Together" and his signature hit "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do."
The music is by Neil Sedaka, with the book by Ben H. Winters and Erik Jackson and lyrics by Howard Greenfield and Philip Cody.
Surfside Players is located at 300 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players."
Local actress becomes writer, producer and director
A local actress becomes a writer, producer and director with the premier of her original play, "Last Call," at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Downtown Melbourne.
Jessica Taylor, member of the improv troupe Not Quite Right and long-time Brevard County thespian, wrote the play with many of her friends and fellow actors in mind.
"Last Call" is set in a hotel bar, with a bartender (Hank) having to deal with his eccentric customers and their problems, while trying to shake his own past.
Using her improv background, Ms. Taylor wanted to make the show somewhat interactive, replacing the normal upstairs seating with cocktail tables, creating the feeling that the audience members are also bar patrons. The audience will actually be able to order drinks from Hank's bar.
"Although the storyline revolves around Hank, the play has an ensemble cast made up of some of Brevard's most talented actors.
The cast includes Not Quite Right members Joe Boasci, Jon Emmerich, Adam Lucker and Michelle McElvaine, as well as Donna Furfaro, Taylor Kopman, Rob Landers, Michelle Lee, Diana Taylor, Doug Taylor, Tori Smith and Ms. Taylor herself.
Tickets cost $15 and are on sale now through the Henegar Center box office at or online at www.henegar.org.
The show runs Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The Henegar Center is at 625 E, New Haven Ave., No. 119, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-8698.