'Art for Wildlife' night
The Downtown Art Gallery is hosting its fifth annual "Art for Wildlife" event on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5-9 p.m.
There will be a live art demonstration by watercolor artist Scott Hatch. One of his original paintings will be raffled at the end of the evening.
Sixteen artists will be on display, selling their artwork.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Artists will also donate pottery, jewelry and other artwork, in drawings throughout the evening, all benefiting the Refuge.
New featured artist Melody Hendrix will be on display with some of her latest pieces.
Come down for a good cause and be one of the lucky winners.
Wine, hors d' oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
There is no cover charge.
The Downtown Gallery is at 335 S. Washington Ave., in Historic Downtown Titusville.
Call (321) 268-0122 for more information.
'On Golden Pond' comes to Melbourne
Melbourne Civic Theatre's next production is "On Golden Pond" by Ernest Thompson.
This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning play will run through Feb. 24.
The performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Hailed by theater critics as "a work of rare simplicity and beauty," "On Golden Pond" is the endearing love story between Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their waterfront summer home and learn about themselves and the bonds that tie them to those they love: the ultimate triumphs of life, love and family.
The performers are Bill Lembeck as "Norman," Linda Lawson as "Ethel," Tynan Pruett as "Chelsea," Dan Wilkerson as "Charlie," David Baum as "Bill" and Kyle Caudill as "Billy." The crew: Caroline Osborne is set designer, Alan Selby is tech director and light designer and Wendy Reader is sound designer. The event will be directed by Peg Girard.
Cost is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors, students and military.
The Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-6935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Award winning musical 'Follies'
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne's downtown theatre district has announced the Broadway production of "Follies," the Tony Award-winning musical that has reunited some of Melboune's most talented divas!
Based on the book by James Goldman, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunic, "Follies" features a cast of 35 singers, dancers and actors, along with a live orchestra.
The show runs through Feb. 3, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
"Follies," a visionary musical, crafted around the themes of age and memory, centers around a reunion of performers who appeared in the Weissman Follies over many decades.
The Henegar theatre itself lends the perfect atmosphere for this Tony Award-winning masterpiece with its rich history and its many memories left behind by the former divas of Brevard County.
And those divas will be on the Henegar stage together again, with show-stopping choreography, glorious voices and magnificent character portrayals.
Directed by Joan Taddie, a former diva herself, "Follies" features choreographer Deborah Crisafulli, conductor Mark Nelson and musical director Tim Liscum.
The cast includes Christine Manning Brandt, Deborah Crisafulli, Jack Maloney, Hank Rion, Kim Dickman, Yvonne Mellard Weinstein, Russ Weinstein, Ed Guilbeau, Rita Moreno, Terrence Girard, Priscilla Blyseth, Pam Quenzler, Brooke Deratany Goldfarb, Wendy Chapman and a large talented ensemble of future divas performing the Sondheim classics, such as "Broadway Baby," "Losing My Mind" and "I'm Still Here."
"Follies" is produced by the Henegar Center for the Arts, and is sponsored, in part, by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance Inc., the city of Melbourne, and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
The Henegar Center for the Arts is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., in Melbourne's Downtown Theatre District.
Tickets cost $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for students, plus handling fees.
Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Henegar Center Box Office Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Tickets may be purchased by phone using Visa, Mastercard or Discover by calling (321) 723-8698 or online at www.henegar.org.
For more information, visit the center's website at www.henegar.org.
Arts and crafts at the beach library
Local artist Alex Stankiewicz will teach a series of pastels classes for beginners on Fridays through Feb. 1.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, visit www.lacuesta-art.com or call (321) 259-3635.
Last weekend for highlights and shadows art
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
Last weekend for 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 through Jan. 27, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Annual art show
The Central Brevard Art Association's 11th Annual Cape Canaveral Library Arts Show at 201 Polk Ave. will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26.
This event is sponsored by the city of Cape Canaveral.
Artists will be displaying mixed media. There will be watercolors, oils, acrylics, silk painting, pastels, sculpture, porcelain, jewelry, photography and glass painting.
All artwork is handcrafted and available for purchase.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.brevardart.net or call (321) 632-2292.
'Hear Me Dance 2013'
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.
Create a whimsical portrait
Fabric Portrait A La Picasso class will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Art Gallery of Viera.
Create a whimsical self-portrait or a portrait of a friend, relative or pet using the fabric puzzle collage technique.
No sewing machine is required.
Cost is $25 with an optional kit with everything you will need $10.
The gallery is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
To register, contact Dij Pacarro at email@example.com or call (321) 806-5550.
Opening reception at Fifth Avenue
The opening reception for the Larry Moore
exhibit is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, during the First Friday Art Walk in Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to join in for the opening of a show of paintings by Larry Moore.
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.
His works can be viewed at www.larrymoorestudios.com.
The exhibition runs through Feb. 24.
The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Art Museum.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261.
Visit the gallery at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
Music talent competition
Final audition date for "Brevard's Got Talent" will be Sunday, Feb. 3.
Any music student, age 10-19, and a Brevard resident is eligible.
All genre, all instruments including voice will be accepted.
The top 12 auditioners will perform at the Henegar Center show, April 14 in Melbourne, before a panel of judges.
Prizes offered will be: first - $1,000, second - $500 and third - $250.
To apply, go to www.cafob.org and click on "Brevard's Got Music Talent." Open application form and mail in.
The audition fee is $15.
For more information, call (321) 254-3398 - Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Making valentine cards
The Art Gallery of Viera presents the "mommy (or dad or grandma) and me" valentine-making workshop Friday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Make two elegant valentines and two cute little valentines.
The cost of $15 includes all materials and instruction.
Pre-registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Ree at (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350.
Make your reservation now! Class size is limited.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343.
Create artistic quilts
This class will teach you the basic skills to make your machine quilting successful, artistic and fun. A sewing machine, with a free motion or darning foot, is required. Cost is $25. An optional kit is available for $10, or you can bring your own supplies.
To register, contact Dij Pacarro at email@example.com or (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early! Payment is required at time of registration.
The class will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, in The Avenue Shopping Center, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
Abstracts fill the senses
Join Art Gallery of Viera as it celebrates "Driven to Abstraction," a show dedicated to cerebral art of abstracts.
Paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, mixed media and more will be represented by the member artists of Art Gallery of Viera on the second Saturday of the month, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Experience the "New Era of Art in Viera" at the Art Gallery of Viera, between Cold Water Creek and Yankee Candle, 2261 Town Center Ave., The Avenue, Viera.
For more information, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com or call (321) 504-4343.