Artist Retreat inspires exhibit
Discussion about a weekly painting session and a request for a birthday gift to get away and paint for a few days morphed into a four-day artist retreat that inspired new ideas, stirred creativity and planning of future trips.
Creative results of the four-day artist retreat will be on display during the month of August at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery, 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Join the following exhibitors at the Eau Gallie - First Friday Art Walk, Friday, Aug. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Art & Antique Studio & Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibitors are: Carol Marshall, Jo Lincoln, Karen Lewis, Barbara May Smythers, Cynthia Perry, Mike McCluiston, Therese Ferguson and Lolly Walton.
For more information, call (321) 253-1941.
'Rescue Me' theme for August at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
"Rescue Me" is a members show that will bring awareness to animals in need of help.
It will be highlighting three organizations, the Friends of Viera Wetlands, Florida Wildlife Hospital and the Humane Society of South Brevard.
Members will have art works that represent endangered, threatened, protected or simply animals in need or of concern.
The opening reception will be 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Visit with the artists as you peruse the artwork and enjoy light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public. Afterwards continue your stroll down the street to enjoy dinner and other shops and galleries.
The show will run from Friday, Aug. 3, to Friday, Aug. 31.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261 or email judyedwards05@gmailcom.
Courtyard Studio classes
Discover your creative side using watercolors: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. Cost is $75 and includes all supplies and a light lunch.
To register, call (321) 253-1941 or (321) 652-7115.
Let's paint with Phyllis Marple: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Movie and brown bag lunch.
To reserve, call (321) 723-8736.
Watercolor class with Susan Kessler: 1:30-4 p.m. every Tuesday. This is watercolor for beginners and experienced watercolorists.
For a supply list, visit www.susanwatercolorart.com. For information, call (321) 723-8736.
Watercolor with Therese Ferguson: 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Intermediate and advanced. Open studio, any medium.
The Courtyard Studio is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Call to check space availability at (321) 749-6962.
'Bring Your Own Art' night
Every Monday night "Bring Your Own Art" night is sponsored by the Strawbridge Art League 7-9 p.m. at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.
One the first and fourth Mondays, "Bring Your Own Art" starts at 5 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Platinum Coast Chorus
The Platinum Coast Chorus offers vocal training at all rehearsals for women ages 16 and older, while entertaining audiences of all types through Brevard County.
The chorus, a smaller ensemble or chapter quartets are available to perform for various functions, including luncheons, dinner parties, socials, weddings, singing telegrams, fundraisers and other community events.
For performance scheduling, contact Barb Tamaccio at (321) 259-8605.
Weekly rehearsals are Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Wuesthoff Hospice Administration Building, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
For membership information, contact Kathy Ellis at (321) 259-0020 or visit www.platinumcoastchorus.com.
Strawbridge Art League
The Strawbridge Art League meets at 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Volunteers are needed for exhibits, shows and other events.
Workshops are held 7-9 p.m. every Monday evening for "bring your own art night."
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Art League officers
New officers for the Strawbridge Art League are:
. Kathy McElhinney -
. Kelli Coats - vice
president of exhibits
. Mike Passariello - vice
president of programs
. Leala Dunn - treasurer
. Donn Spencer -
. John Mark McElhinney -
The Strawbridge Art League welcomes volunteers and new members.
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Brevard Young Performing Artists Competition
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra completed its 16th annual Brevard Young Performing Artists Competition recently with a luncheon serving the parents and friends of the competitors who performed in the competition.
Competing were eight pianists, three harpists, three violinists, (one also on viola), two vocalists, one marimba, one trumpet and one flute. Also attending were the board of directors of the POPS Orchestra.
Jody Greenwood, volunteer worker with the Pops, served as mistress of ceremonies.
The six finalists performed their selection of the composition they had performed before the judges the previous day.
Every one of the 19 contestants (one consisted of two brothers performing together on a four-handed composition) had appeared on Saturday before three professional musicians who served as judges of each performance.
Following their final performance, the winners were announced.
In first place was Jonathan Newman, age 16, who played the marimba and won $500.
In second place was Nathaline Germain, age 16, who played the piano and won $300.
In third place was Luca and Dante Valdivia, age 11 and 9, who played a four-handed selection on the piano and won $200.
Three honorable mention competitors won $100 each. They were: Rachel Ho, age 15, playing the viola; Jennah Moulton, age 16, playing the harp; and Clement Li, age 18, playing the violin.
For more information, call (321) 768-6289 or (321) 632-7445.
Surfside Players 2012-13 season
Surfside Players of Cocoa Beach has announced its 2012-13 season schedule. It is its 53rd season.
The Mainstage plays will be:
. Now through Aug. 12: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," by Clark Gesner (musical)
. Sep. 14-30: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," by John Bishop (farce)
. Nov. 2-18: "La Cage Aux Folles," by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman (musical)
. Jan. 11-27, 2013: "Same Time, Next Year," by Bernard Slade (comedy-drama)
. Feb. 8-24, 2013: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," featuring the music of Neil Sedaka (musical)
. March 8-24, 2013: Love, Sex and the IRS, by William van Zandt and Jane Millmore (Farce)
The Second Stage plays will be:
. Oct. 19-27: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (film with shadow cast)
. April 10-19, 2013: "'Night, Mother," by Marsha Mason (drama)
The Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call the box office at (321) 783-3127 or visit www.surfsideplayers.com.
'Advertised Paranoia' exhibit at the King Center
Brian Bo, founder of the Mini Prophets, is showcasing his collection of wall hangings in the Harris Gallery of the King Center for the Performing Arts.
This 12-piece show, called "Advertised Paranoia," is a series of mixed-media collages.
Open to interpretation, they are a study on the effects of advertisements.
The exhibit will run through Sept. 4, and can be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances.
There will be a reception and public viewing, which will be announced at later date.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, please contact Brian Bo at (321) 501-9005.
Cuba unveiled in two books
Dawn Currie is proud to announce the release of two new books: "In Search of the Real Cuba: A Journey from East to West; From Ignorance to Insight" and "Faces of Cuba."
These books provide a glimpse of life in Cuba, where time stands still, yet takes its toll.
They are the fruits of a physically and mentally challenging two-week trek by the author / photographer that spans the island of Cuba from east to west.
Ms. Currie brought school and clinic supplies to impoverished areas and left enriched with memories to last a lifetime.
"In Search of the Real Cuba" includes more than 300 photos that will stir the mind and stories that touch the soul.
"Faces of Cuba" includes images of the resilient, creative, and generous Cuban people, where they work and live.
These works were made possible, in part, from the patrons who purchased her photographs during the solo exhibition and art sale at the Viera Government Center. The books are available online at blurb.com.
She is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Gallery of Hope in Vero Beach, that opens Oct. 3. Her images can also be viewed and purchased at curried.smugmug.com.
Call for musicians
The Central Florida Winds and Central Florida Chamber Winds have announced a call for musicians.
Rehearsals begin again on Sunday, Aug. 5 for Central Florida Winds.
Openings exist for clarinet, trumpet and percussionists.
Information and applications are available online at www.cfwinds.org.
Indian River Potters Guild expands educational program
The Indian River Potters Guild is offering new courses in fused glass and mosaics to expand the spectrum of visual arts instruction at the studio.
Classes in wheel thrown/hand-built pottery and sculpture have been filled to capacity, requiring the addition of more options to the schedule.
The new course schedule will begin the week of Aug. 5.
Class description and times may be found at the studio's website at www.indianriverpotters.com.
Indian River Potters Guild is a ceramic art studio located in the Eau Gallie Arts District at 1542 Guava Ave., Melbourne.
Classes are open to adults and mature teens.
The studio provides opportunities to explore visual arts through classes and memberships.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpotters.com.
'Celebrate Dance' at Galmont Ballet Studios
Hosted by the Galmont Ballet, "Celebrate Dance" is an open house event 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10 at 5575 Schenck Ave., Suite 11, Rockledge.
This is an opportunity to observe students of all ages in daily classes, including ballet technique, pointe and jazz.
For more information, call (321) 543-4403, email email@example.com or visit www.galmontballet.com.
Storytelling just for fun
At 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble Inc. will present an evening of storytelling at Ryan Family Chiropractic Center, 129 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Suite O, Melbourne.
Master storytellers will perform.
For more information, call (321) 676-0697 or visit www.brevardensemble.com.
'How to Succeed in Business' at Henegar Center
Henegar Center for the Arts presents the Feller Theater Academy's production of the smash Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." The program is produced through the educational arm of the Henegar Center.
More than 20 actors, singers and dancers are rehearsing under the direction of Maureen Fallon, with choreography by Debbie Crisafulli, vocal direction by John Kurowski and a live orchestra conducted by Robin Ryon.
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is from the authors of "Buys And Dolls" and is one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time.
A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.
Featuring well-loved songs such as "Coffee Break," "Brotherhood of Man," "Grand Old Ivy," "I Believe in You" and many more, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is a rollicking romp for the whole family.
Performance dates are Aug. 10-19, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for students with applicable handling fees.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.henegar.org or by calling the box office at (321) 723-8698.
News from Space Coast Doll Artists
Art dolls created by Space Coast Doll Artists will be on display at the Cocoa Beach Public Library throughout the month of August.
Space Coast Doll Artists is an art doll club located in Melbourne, which meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.
The mission statement of Space Coast Doll Artists is "to further the enjoyment and appreciation of art dolls, develop individual creativity, help doll makers grow in excellence as doll artisans and promote doll making as an art."
New members are always welcome, and the first meeting for prospective members is free.
For more information, contact the club at SpaceCoastDollArtists@yahoo.com or call club president Patty Briggs at (321) 956-0924.
'Once Upon a Time' art show take-In
The Strawbridge Art League has announced its next judged art show themed "Once Upon A Time."
This show will have a take-in on Monday, Aug. 13 from 1-4 p.m. and again in the evening from 6-9 p.m. upstairs at the gallery on the second floor of the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
This event is open to the public, but you must become a member to join. Membership is good for one year and costs $60.
Awards will be based on the amount of entry fees collected. Minimum awards will be $50 to $100.
'Kindermusik' in Viera
Viera Dance Conservatory has announced Kindermusik with Mandi Berlin.
Kindermusik is an early music education program for infants and young children, along with their parent or caregiver.
The program focuses on educating parents on how to bring the joy of music back in to their homes in an interactive and developmentally appropriate manner.
Classes consist of singing, dancing, playing instruments and dramatic play. All materials and activities are based on the latest research in early childhood development and education.
Mandi Berlin holds a bachelor's degree in music education and has more than 12 years of teaching experience with young children.
She is offering free demonstrations for newborns to 3 years at the Viera Dance Conservatory on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 22 and Thursday, Aug. 16 and 23 from 9:30-11 a.m.
The Kindermusik open house is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Viera Dance Conservatory is located at 3280 Suntree Blvd., Suite 107, Melbourne.
For more information and to RSVP for the demonstrations, contact Mandi Berlin at (321) 698-5461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Highwaymen paintings featured at museum art show
Art show enthusiasts will enjoy Florida Highwaymen paintings and more at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m.
The event will also feature the works of local Florida artists and special appearances from some of the original Highwaymen artists.
During the 1950s to 1980s, the "Florida Highwaymen," a group of 26 African-American artists, embarked on a journey to paint and sell brightly-colored illustrations of the natural Florida landscape.
The Highwaymen often traveled on weekends and out of state to sell their art work.
Cost is $25 and will be available for purchase at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is a not-for-profit organization located in Cocoa.
For more information about this event, call (321) 632-1830.