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Arts notes - north Brevard
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Posted: 2013 Mar 01 - 06:26

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 quilterdij@earthlink.net or call (321) 806-5550.

Class size is limited, so register early!

Payment is required at time of registration.

Spring fine arts and crafts in Historic Cocoa Village


Historic Cocoa Village will be hosting its spring fine arts and crafts show holiday show, the "Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar," on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 2-3.

This will be a judged show this year, with $3,800 in cash and awards up for grabs. Participants will need to complete a Fine Arts Addendum (available at registration) and pay a $10 jury fee for each item entered. 

Award categories will be: 

Two dimensional - oils and acrylics, watercolors, drawings, collages and photography

Three dimensional - clay, sculpture, glass, leather, fiber, wood and mixed media

Jewelry - Please look for more information at registration.

Once again, the Volunteers of America will be joining in to provide concierge services to those artists and crafters, who need help unloading or setting up on Saturday morning. Please ask at registration for help if you need it.

The Clarion Hotel near Cocoa Village is offering a special rate for those vendors needing accommodation.

For those looking for accomodations a little "off the beaten path," check out the Parrish Inn, a delightful bed and breakfast in the heart of Cocoa Village. It is located at 536 Delannoy  Ave., just a short walk from the art and craft show grounds.

Call (321) 505-0404 for reservations, and be sure to let them know that you are participating in the Spring Arts & Crafts Show.

For more information, call (321) 631-9075, email info@visitcocoavillage.com or visit www.facebook.com/historiccocoavillage.

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 surfside_info@yahoo.com to receive updates on shows throughout the season.

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.

Photographic show

Art Gallery of Viera presents "Exposure: A Photographic Experience" at the gallery, Saturday March 9 from 6-9 p.m.

This photographic show encompasses all types of photography, from straight to digitally enhanced and manipulated images.

Southern Photo will be on hand, demonstrating the very newest in cameras from Nikon, Canon and Sony.

Register to win a free 16X20 canvas gallery wrap from Southern Photo. Light refreshments will be served.

Join in for the opening every second Saturday of every month at Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., The Avenue, Viera.

For more information, contact Art Gallery of Viera at (321) 504-4343, or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.

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 melbournepanhellenic@gmail.com.

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 susan@jsusancolestone.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.

Annual league art show

The Titusville Art League, Inc. will hold its 49th Annual Spring Art Show Friday and Saturday, March 22-24 at the Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville.

Take-in and registration for art will be on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

The categories include oil, acrylics, oil pastels; watercolor; pastel; mixed media and collage; photography & digital art; sculpture and 3-dimensional art; colored pencil, graphite and pen & ink.

For more information, contact show chair Connie Allen at (321) 220-4718 or visit the Titusville Art League website at http://www.nbbd.com/godo/tal to download a prospectus.

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 surfside_info@yahoo.com (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.

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