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, the 2012 Artworks Max Spector Memorial Award and first place at the Sebastian River Art Festival on Jan. 19 and 20.
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.
Zumba, Zumba, Zumba
Brevard County Parks and Recreation offers Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., in Palm Bay.
Zumba fitness is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music by Grammy Award-winning producers and contagious dance steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive.
Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest, and most successful, dance-fitness program, with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages participating in weekly Zumba classes in more than 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
The cost is $5 per class, and multiple class discounts are available. The first class is free for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Zumba is taught by certified instructor Candace Pytel.
For more information, call (732) 573-5620.
Art quilt exhibit
Seams Unique Fiber Artists, a surface design group located in Melbourne, has announced its annual "Small Art Quilt Exhibit." It is available for viewing at Boutique 4 Quilters on S.R. 192 in Melbourne.
The installation features works from the group's members, the results of "challenges" that were assigned throughout the year, including "Photo To Abstract," "Black, White and One Color" and "Inner-Self-Portraits."
The exhibit is open to the public now throughout the month of March, during regular business hours.
Admission is free.
For more information, contact Marlyn Foell at (321) 537-3502.
Gallery member receives award
A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Earl Evans, received his second consecutive "Photograph of the Year Award" during the Indian River Photo Club's annual year-end banquet and competition.
This is the first time that a member has collected the club's highest individual award two years in a row.
The 2012 award was for his old barn image, "Last Light," while 2011 was for the "Great Blue Heron piece, Irritated."
The Indian River Photo Club of Vero Beach, one of the state's larger and more established photography groups, also holds monthly contests and sponsors the annual photo competition for the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Mr. Evans has won numerous awards in these competitions.
In addition to being a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, he is vice-president of the Camera Club of Brevard and a member of the Beech Mountain, N.C. Art Guild.
To see more of Mr. Evans' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
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.
Auditions for 'The Heiress'
In the 1850s, young "Catherine Sloper" lives with her father, "Dr. Austin Sloper." Catherine is shy, unsophisticated and plain-looking. Her father blames her for the death of her mother, who died giving birth to her.
"Morris Townsend" courts her. Catherine believes him sincere, but her father believes he's after her inheritance. When the three confront each other, they agree that Austin will take his daughter to Europe for six months. He believes that either Morris or his daughter will give up, but they don't think so.
On their return, Dr. Sloper sees that nothing has changed and threatens to disinherit her if she marries Morris. Catherine suggests to Morris that they elope immediately, that she cannot stand to be in her father's house another night; but she also mentions the threat of disinheritance.
Morris leaves to get his things, but does not return, and Catherine is crushed.
Three days later Dr. Sloper realizes that he is mortally ill, and tries to reconcile with Catherine. She refuses.
Two years later, Morris returns and makes excuses about his jilting her. She seems to be swept away again, and tells him to go fetch his things, so they can elope; but when he returns, she has the maid bolt the door against him, and turns out the lights.
Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script.
Needed are three males, age range 20-70, and six women, age range 20-70.
Auditions will be Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. both days at the Melbourne Civic Theatre.
The show will run for six weeks: May 17 through June 23.
The production is by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, suggested by the Henry James novel "Washington Square."
The show will be directed by Peg Girard.
The Melbourne Civic Theatre is at LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call the Melbourne Civic Theatre at (321) 723-6935 or email email@example.com.
Local artist wins award
Lori Pitten Jenkins, a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, won the Potomac Valley Watercolor Award at the 36th Annual Southern Watercolor Society's show for her painting, "Say Ahhhh!."
The show is at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, and will run through April 27.
The Southern Watercolor Society was formed in 1975 to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public of the significance of watercolor as an important creative and permanent painting medium. The Society consists of members from the 19 southern states.
Beth-Anne Fairchild, also a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, received her signature membership in the Southern Watercolor Society this year. This requires being accepted into a show for three years.
For more information, contact the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.