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Arts notes - Suntree/Rockledge/Viera
Rating: 2.92 / 5 (13 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Apr 05 - 06:22

'Great Escapes: An Artist's Favorite Destinations'

Artist Rene Griffith and interior designer Clay Stephens and his partner Dennis Johnson, have teamed up to add to the excitement of the Eau Gallie Arts District's First Friday festivities.

A show entitled "Great Escapes: An Artist's Favorite Destinations" will blend the furniture, unique home accessories and design sensibilities of Clay Stephens with the fine art and photography of Rene Griffith.

The show will highlight Ms. Griffith's favorite places, such as Paris, Italy, Amsterdam, Panama, San Francisco and her home state of Florida.

Clay Stephens Lifestyles is a new interior design showroom created by Mr. Stephens and Mr. Johnson. It features eclectic furnishings, accessories and fine art, and serves the needs of its local clientele.

The public is invited to attend the opening night reception to meet the artist and designer on Friday, April 5, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and French wine will be served.

Clay Stephens Lifestyles Showroom and Gallery is located at 1399 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne (near the new LIDS restaurant).

Clay Stephens is a Florida state licensed interior designer, with three decades of experience, specializing in high-end, luxury residential interior designs for busy professionals and homeowners.

To learn more about Mr. Stephen's design services and to shop on his online décor showcase, go to his website at www.claystephens.com. There you can also view photos of several of his projects, including a riverside estate on Merritt Island, a Park Avenue apartment in New York City, Ron Jon's Resort and Timeshare and Ron Jon's Cape Caribe Surf Grill.

Ms. Griffith is an artist and photographer, who works from her Indialantic home art studio. She also enjoys creating abstract paintings and collages. She travels extensively in search of interesting landscapes and still life subjects to photograph.

Ms. Griffith is an active member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and teaches art marketing workshops. Her fine art photography and mixed media artwork is owned by private and corporate collections in the United States and is licensed to art publishers.

To see more of Ms. Griffith's work, visit her website at www.renegriffith.com.

Fantastic fun-fold card workshop with Ree

Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create a fun and terrific card!

Fantastic fun-fold card will be:

Wednesday, April 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Deadline for registration is April 5.)

Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Deadline for registration is April 12.)

Students will create a dazzling folded card, with 10 embellished surfaces. An envelope will be stamped to match. All 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. Price is $12 per person. Make your reservation now! Class is limited to eight students.

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

The classes will be at Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.

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.

For more information, call (321) 259-8261.

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 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.

'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.

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.

Variety of art classes

The Central Brevard Art Association offers art classes throughout the week, excepting Sundays.

Being offered is oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pastel, mixed media, silks, tole painting and jewelry.

Beginners are always welcome, as it's an opportunity to unleash and develop those hidden talents. Membership is not required to attend classes.

Contact CBAAartists@gmail.com or telephone (321) 632-2922 to leave a message.

Instructors will be notified of your interest and will converse with you directly on schedule, costs and materials.

CBAA's studio is located at 103 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, behind the former police station.

Artist's photographs featured at show

Three of Rene Griffith's photographs will be part of "Spring Thaw," Pizza Gallery's fourth annual group show, featuring tropical sea- and surf-inspired art.

The three images, entitled "Lost in the Sea of Life," "Your Destiny in the Stars" and "Reading the Sky," were all photographed locally in Indialantic and the Banana River.

The Pizza Gallery and Grill is located at The Avenue in Viera, 2250 Town Center Ave. The exhibit will run through April 27.

In addition to being a fine art photographer, Ms. Griffith paints in her Indialantic home art studio. She enjoys creating acrylic abstract paintings and collages.

An active member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, she licenses her photographs to fine art publishers and manufacturers in the United States and Canada.

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




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