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Arts notes - north Brevard
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Posted: 2013 Feb 08 - 06:24

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 reenathan@bellsouth.net 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,c all (321) 504-4343.

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.

1960s production comes to Brevard

"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. 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 surfside_info@yahoo.com or visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players."

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 quilterdij@earthlink.net 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.

Nude art on display

On Saturday, Feb. 16, The Indian River Gallery will feature "Art in the Buff."

Local and visiting artists will have on display artwork that is of the human body in the buff.

The event will be from 6-8 p.m. There will be refreshments and artists on hand. The event is open to the public.

There is plenty of parking in front and on the side of the building.

The Indian River Gallery is at 226 King St., Ste 100, Cocoa.

For more information, call (321) 305-6947.

Local artist receives status

A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Lori Pitten-Jenkins, has been awarded the prestigious American Watercolor Society Signature status in the American Watercolor Society. Ms. Jenkins' winning artwork, "Prawns on Prongs," will be part of the 146th Annual International exhibition in New York this year.

Each year, the society holds a juried exhibition of watercolor artists throughout the world.

To become a signature member, an artist must be accepted into two shows, then apply for signature status and be accepted into a third show. This allows the artist to use the initials AWS following his or her signature. Each artist may only submit one piece of art each year. In 2008, Jenkins' piece, entitled "Crustacean Frustration," was accepted for exhibition; and in 2012 "A Decided Fate" was accepted.

Ms. Jenkins lives and creates in Melbourne, where she specializes in fine art watercolor painting.

Being a Florida native is reflective in her subjects, highlighting the unique treasures that Florida has to offer.

She has been an artist all of her life and received her formal training in studio art from Florida State University.

Ms. Jenkins is the president of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society.

Her most recent awards include the 2012 Melbourne Art Show First place Watercolor, 2012 Mount Dora Art Festival Award of Excellence, the 2012 Space Coast Art Show Second place Watercolor, the 2012 Santa Fe 2D Award of Excellence, the Halifax Art Festival Award of Distinction and the 2012 Artworks Max Spector Memorial Award.

To see more of Ms. Jenkins' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in Melbourne or go to her website at www.loripittenjenkins.com.

Classes at the art gallery

The Art Gallery of Viera is presenting art classes.

Pre-registration is required, and class sizes are limited.

Contact the teacher or the gallery for registration information at www.artgalleryofviera.com.

Classes will be:

Acrylic Painting: A positive fun approach to acrylic painting: explore color, composition, mediums and the use of different textured gels and painting on different surfaces, including canvas, boards and papers.

Landscapes, seascapes, and pet portraits are just a few of the projects we will be doing. Classes will be ongoing. Cost for four weeks is $80, or $25 per class. Pre-registration required.

For more information and to register, contact Sheila Wedegis at (321) 266-4616 or at sophie@palmspirit.com

Oils: Oil painting with Robert LeBron: Take advantage of this opportunity to learn oil painting with a true master, Robert LeBron.

"Bob" has 50-plus years of experience, is world famous, and welcomes all levels. A supply list will be provided with registration. Classes are Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $25 per class.

Contact Bob LeBron at (321) 254-1606.

Cards and Gifts: Mojo Mondays creative cards and gift-making classes: Learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts.

Beautiful, quality materials, including card stock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the price of the class.

Fees are payable in advance of the class. Cost is $12 per class (two classes are now available each Monday)

Ongoing: Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Contact Ree Nathan at reenathan@bellsouth.net or call (321) 961-2350 or (321) 773-0095.

Mosaics Classes: Mosaics by Suzan meets Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. Take the classes that suit your schedule until your project is complete.

Cost is $20 per class, using instructor's tools and your own materials.

Cost is $10 per class, using your own tools and materials.

Contact Suzan Brooks for more information at suzanbrooksart@aol.com or call (321) 431-5881.

Pastels: Create magical pastel paintings: Have fun creating magical pastel paintings with local artist Debi Pettigrew.

Learn how to paint wildlife, animals, pets, landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits.

Classes will focus on various pastel techniques to achieve textures, contrast and learning how and when to use hard and soft pastels.

This class encourages every student to choose his or her favorite subject matter and to develop his or her own unique style.

Classes are Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon.

Cost is $20 per class or $75 for four classes.

Contact Debi Pettigrew at (321) 749-1153 or dpettigrew@cfl.rr.com or The Art Gallery of Viera at (321) 504-4343.

Supply List will be provided upon registration.

Watercolor Classes: Watercolor Group: Bring your watercolor supplies and your ideas, and Bobbi will help you pull it all together.

The emphasis will be on guiding you with your projects and helping you to develop your individual style.

Classes are Tuesdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Cost is $20/three-hour class.

Contact Bobbi Q Brown at bobbiqbrown@hotmail.com or call (321) 536-7773.

Open Studio: Open Studio with Susan Stone will include an ongoing drawing class with demonstrations in perspective, watercolor, colored pencil and pen and ink, as needed or requested.

Students may work on their own projects with direction from Susan or participate in the ongoing drawing class.

Classes are on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

Classes cost $60 for four weeks or $20 per individual session.

Notice a day in advance is requested for drop-ins or cancellation.

Contact Susan at susan@jsusancolestone.com or at (401) 596-4266.

The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., No. 111, Viera.

For more information, call (321) 504-4343.

Make jewelry at the gallery

If you've never made jewelry before, you will love "Jewelry-Making for Beginners."

The two-hour class will be taught at The Art Gallery of Viera, Friday evening, Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m.

The $20 fee, plus $10 for materials, will have students making earrings and a bracelet.

The gallery is located in The Avenue Mall, 2261 Town Center Ave.

To register, call Beverly Morgan at (321) 507-4022.

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