Galleries join together for 'art stroll' evening
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- The artwork of elementary school-aged artists and those decades older will be the highlight of downtown Vero Beach this Friday night.
More than one dozen art galleries open their doors in the evening to allow the public to come in and view the creative displays, from thrown clay bowls, to detailed paintings to construction paper cutouts.
The monthly First Friday Gallery Stroll is scheduled for July 5 from 5- 8 p.m.
The workroom at Lighthouse Art and Framing has been bustling with activity as children ages 6 to 14 come in for art classes this summer.
Last week, the students learned about cubism, an art movement considered to be the most influential art movement of the 20th Century.
Alexis Wright, 11, concentrated carefully on her scissors as she cut out specific shapes of colored construction paper to create her own masterpiece, based on her instruction on cubism.
In cubism, the artists broke down the subject of their art, for example, a person's face would be broken down into a nose, two eyes, a mouth and two ears, and showed the subject in an entirely new perspective.
"Hmm, she doesn't look very good," said Sarah Jones, 7, of a painting of a woman by Pablo Picasso.
"Her nose is funny," she said.
The students will learn about various art mediums in the classes, including pastels, block printing, pen and ink, and their artwork will be on display through the month of July, Ms. Hoots said.
"In our gallery is an exhibit of some of our student's very best works, pulled from a wide range of ages and rendered in a multitude of media," said Barry Shapiro, owner of Lighthouse Art and Framing, in a press release.
"These works illustrate the importance of cultivating the innate artistic ability in our youngest generation," he said.
The art will be for sale and partial proceeds from the sale will benefit the Hibiscus Children's Center in Vero Beach, a nonprofit helping abused, abandoned and neglected children.
Many galleries that will be open will have artists on hand to chat about the art pieces, and several galleries include light refreshments as a part of the special evening.
Flametree Clay Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, "Summer Blues" on July 5 for the gallery stroll.
"Summer Blues" is essentially all works done in a blue palette, said Maria Sparsis, artist.
Various artists specializing in various media will be featured at Darby Fine Art, said George O'Malley, owner.
A sculpture by Val Hahn will be on display in the gallery for the art stroll. The artwork is a contemporary version of Pablo Picasso's head in marble, Mr. O'Malley said.
Other featured artists are Peter Laughton and Doraté, oil painter and Betsy McKean, a digital photographer and digital enhancer.
There are more than two dozen restaurants and bars near the arts district in downtown Vero Beach that will also be open to help make the evening a fun night out for everyone.
For more information, visit www.culturalcalendar.org.