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Arts Notes - the Beaches
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Posted: 2013 Mar 22 - 06:25

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anything can happen in the 'woods'

The Melbourne Civic Theatre presents "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, produced by special arrangement with Music Theater International.

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and rare modern classic.

The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk.

When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, "Into the Woods" is a musically sophisticated show.

The musical will run Friday, March 22 through Sunday, April 28, every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Casting for "Into the Woods" includes Randy Caldwell (Narrator), Leslie Hayford (Cinderella), Daniel Grest (Jack), Donna Furfaro (Jack's Mother), Dana Blanchard (Baker), Vanessa Munns-Quigley  (Baker's Wife), Pam Quenzler (Cinderella's Stepmother), Becky Behl-Hill and Emily Pickens (Cinderella's Step-Sisters) Tori Terhune  (Little Red Ridinghood), Brenda Sheets (Witch), Tracey Thompson  (Cinderella's Mother), Randy Caldwell (Mysterious Man), Bryce Niehaus (Wolf), Tracey Thompson (Granny), Evita Clowney (Rapunzel), Chris Rye (Rapunzel's Prince), Bryce Niehaus (Cinderella's Prince),David Diaz (Steward), Deanna Dickman (Snow White) and Pamela J. Bell (Sleeping Beauty).

Artistic Director Peg Girard said, "Although children (8 and older) are certain to love this show because of its recognizable characters and the colorful scenery and costumes, adults will find it to be a tale about community responsibility and parents and the legacy they pass on. Obviously, it's a great show that will appeal to everyone on different levels."

The production is being directed by Peg Girard, with musical direction by John Kurowski. Holly McFarland serves as choreographer. Technical Direction is by Alan Selby, and lighting design for "Into the Woods" is by Alan Selby and Scott Sutherland. Resident Costumer Alice Henning provides the costume design, with the wolf costume by Eldona Mellen. Set Design is by Gary Postlethwait.   

Melbourne Civic Theatre is at LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.

Tickets for adults cost $25, with a senior/military/student cost of $23.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at (321) 723-6935, visit www.mymct.org or email info@mymct.org.

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 info@mymct.org.

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.

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.

Local artists win awards

Three Fifth Avenue artists have won awards at the 18th Annual Brevard Watercolor Society "Splash" art show held in late February in Melbourne.

Beth-Anne Fairchild won the Strawbridge Art League award, and Lori Jenkins and Witha Lacuesta both won merchandise awards from Martin F. Weber Company.

The show was judged by artist Edie Showalter Fagan, an internationally known artist from Winter Park.

Brevard Watercolor Society is one of the largest watercolor societies and has, as members, some of the most awarded artists in the country.

The society uses proceeds from the show to promote art education both to members and local schools.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member-operated 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.

You can see paintings by these three artists by visiting the gallery in person or on its website at http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.

Pastel painting classes at the art gallery

Learn how to master pastels and pastel pencils to create beautiful paintings.

Whether you are painting a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract or any other subject matter, you will learn how to make color choices, achieve different textures and forms, how to layer and blend and drawing basics if needed.

These classes are ongoing and designed for personalized attention for all levels, beginners through advanced.

Supplies are not needed for the first class. A supply list will be provided for those who want to continue the classes.

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

The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 101, Viera.

For more information and registration, contact Deb Pettigrew at dpettigrew@cfl.rr.com or (321) 749-1153.

Visit www.pastelsbydeb.com.

'Black and White and Art All Over!'

 

The Art Gallery of Viera features high contrast with "Black and White and Art All Over!"

Member artists will be displaying their talents, with the limited pallet of black and white (with perhaps a splash of color) Saturday, April 13 from 6-9 p.m. 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, (between Coldwater Creek and Yankee Candle).

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




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