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Arts notes - northern Brevard
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (10 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Apr 05 - 06:23

Win a Jini James painting

You have a chance to win an original Jini James painting! How?

Visit Fifth Avenue Art Gallery between April 5-13, and pick up a free raffle ticket for a drawing to be held at Second Saturday Art Talk April 13. Only one raffle ticket per person, and the winner must be present to take the artwork home.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will have member artist Jini James at its monthly Second Saturday Art Talk. Ms. James is the featured artist in a solo show for the month of April. The show is entitled "Travels: Landscapes from America and Abroad."

Ms. James will discuss her work at the gallery's Second Saturday Art. 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. The raffle drawing for the painting will be held at the end of the demonstration.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is the premier artist-owned-and-operated gallery on the Space Coast. It is located at 1470 Highland Ave., in the historic Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.

For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'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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