Last weekend for 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Feb. 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."
Artist opening night
Bill Miller's fine handcrafted and carved wood pieces will have a gallery opening night Friday, Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m. This is a free event.
The Downtown Gallery Fine Art Gallery & Frame Shop is at 335 S. Washington Ave., Downtown Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 268-0122.
Wood is the perfect medium for Mr. Miller, with numerous stories locked within its core. Its character is fashioned by drought, storms, wind, insects, fire and all the other forces of nature from the time of sapling to great tree before its final fall to earth.
Starting as a hobbyist craftsman in 1992, he began as a simple wood turner selling his work in craft shops. He quickly developed a following of regular customers, who collected his work.
Of great importance from the very beginning was the "feel" of the wood when it was touched; a sense of warmth and smoothness that makes you want to pick up the piece and hold it.
The work evolved as he studied techniques of other nationally- and world-known wood artists, such as Trent Bosch (United States) and Stewart Mortomer (England) and many from around the world.
Changes began to come when he added woodcarving to modify the round appearance of bowls turned on the lathe and allowed more unusual shapes to be formed.
Later, the inclusion of some turquoise was added as a touch of interest.
Then, while attending a woodturning symposium in Provo, Utah, he visited a mineral store and discovered the possibility of incorporating other semi-precious stone into the wood forms. Mastering the technique of adding stone (a very hard material) to the softer wood base was soon solved with special sanding materials and diamond tipped cutters.
Today, stone of many types, like turquoise, malachite, blue lapis, chrysacola, fuchsite, coral alabaster and others is used to enhance the features of the wood, making Mr. Miller's artistic works even more beautiful and unique.
His work has been displayed in The Brevard Museum of Art and the Orlando Museum and is now on display at the upscale Downtown Gallery, in downtown Titusville. His products are prized as gifts, home decor and personal collections.
The Downtown Gallery is located at 335 S. Washington Ave., in Historic Downtown Titusville.
For more information about the artist or the event, call Heidi at (321) 268-0122.
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.
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.
Fun with fabric for adults
Create a beautiful, floral art piece in the impressionist tradition, using fused snippets of fabric in place of paint strokes. No sewing machine is required. Cost is $30.
Optional kit includes everything you need for $15 more.)
The class will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
To register, contact Dij Pacarro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early!
Payment is required at time of registration.
Auditions for play
Surfside's Playhoue's Second Stage program brings newer, grittier theatre and challenging acting roles to the Brevard County community theatre scene.
There will be auditions Sunday and Monday, March 3-4, at 7 p.m. for "Night, Mother," a drama by Marsha Norman, directed by Joan Dunn.
Needed are two adult women, one in her 30s through 50s, one in her 50s through 70s.
Jessie and her mother share a small house on an isolated country road. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins, Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first, her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build...
Performance dates are two weekends, April 19-28 (note this is a change from previous published dates). Contains profanity. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (www.dramatists.com)
Surfside Playhouse is located at 300 Ramp Road,, Cocoa Beach.
For more information about these and other events, visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players." Submit an email or postal address to email@example.com to receive updates on shows throughout the season.
Panhellenic fundraising event
The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic's annual scholarship fundraising event will be Sunday, March 10 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Lansing Island Home of Teresa McNeight, 253 Lansing Island Drive, Satellite Beach.
"The Art of the Scarf" is a special event that offers people the unique opportunity to support this 52-year-old organization.
The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic's outreach is to award scholarships to Brevard County collegiate women attending Florida colleges.
To date, $300,000 in funds have been given to talented women; who, for the most part, return to Brevard to be highly-contributing members of the community.
River Rendezvous "The Art of the Scarf" will take place at a beautiful, riverside estate on Lansing Island. Guests will be served champagne, hors d'oeuvres, dessert and coffee. Dillard's will provide a fashion show, and local vendors are contributing fabulous offerings for the silent auction.
Tickets cost $60 per person.
Inquiries for sponsorships or tickets may be addressed to (321) 255-2899, (321) 799-0154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic perspective drawing class offered
Learn the fine art of perspective drawing.
Students learn the basic principles of one-, two- and three-point perspective, with hands-on participation.
Drawing simple boxes and moving on to more complex drawings, such as stairways, houses and cityscapes, students will have the foundation to experiment on their own.
Basic Perspective II will delve further into cast shadows and architectural elements, such as arches, steeples, dormers and more.
Take one or both days. Cost is $65 for one day or $100 for both.
Materials for use during class will be provided. Pre-registration with payment is required.
Contact Susan Stone at email@example.com or (401) 596-4266.
Basic Perspective I is March 16. Basic Perspective II is March 17. Times are: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with an hour for lunch) each day.
The classes will be at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For more information, call (321) 405-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.
Call for playwriting contest entries
Surfside Players has announced its 13th Annual Playwriting Contest.
This contest is open to anyone who resides in Brevard County currently or within the past two years.
Submit an original, unpublished script by Sunday, March 31 to: Surfside Playhouse - Playwriting Contest, 200 N. First St. Cocoa Beach, Fl., 32931, or send it in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Playwriting Contest Entry).
The winning play will see its world premiere on Surfside's stage June 7-9.
A complete copy of the rules and guidelines are available at www.surfsideplayers.com - About our Theatre - Playwriting Contest.
Surfside Playhouse is located in Cocoa Beach.
'A Solo Exhibit of Landscapes from America and Abroad'
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery member artist Jini James is exhibiting in a solo show for the month of April.
The artist has created 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.
In her artistic endeavors and travels, Ms. 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.
As a teacher, Ms. James gives workshops, which are designed to guide students through the intricacies of drawing and painting, using "Betty Edwards techniques in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain."
Ms. 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.
Meet Jini James and talk to the gallery's member artists, as you enjoy viewing the artwork. Complimentary light refreshments will be served during the opening reception, which is open to the public.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. The gallery is located at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit its website at http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.