Creative cards and gift-making class at the Art Gallery of Viera will be 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 27.
Cost is $12 per class.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111, Viera.
For reservations, call (321) 773-0095 or (321) 961-2350 or email email@example.com.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courtyard Studios is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Call to check space availability at (321) 749-6962.
Art League officers
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.
'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.
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:
. 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.
'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 show will run through Friday, Aug. 31.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261 or email judyedwards05@gmailcom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble?
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's storytellers search all year for stories about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad, but always entertaining.
For, not only is the state surrounded by water that is enjoyed by tourists, but it has nurtured and produced some of the worlds great events.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
This year's production starts in the world of 1513 and continues with events and people who assisted in developing the state:
. Ponce de Leon: 1513,
Fountain of Youth)
. Osceola: 1838, (his
. Dr. John Gorrie: 1842,
be thankful to him for
every glass of cold water
. Henry Flager: at 53,
when most are thinking of
retirement, he began
opening the East Coast
. St. Augustine: not only
the oldest city in America,
but it holds many ghost
. Carl Fisher: his dreams
built Miami Beach with
his faithful elephant
These are just a few of the stories told by master tellers in costumes of the time and live music to enhance the evening performances.
For more information about the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 676-0697.
Eau Gallie Arts District events
The Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne presents:
. Sculpture workshops: every Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Ralph's Art Supply, 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Instructor is Pearl Ollie. Cost is $35 for two hours or $65 for all four hours. Firing is additional.
For more information, call (321) 255-3331.
. Art class: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 25 at Highland Art Studio, 1414 Highland Ave., Melbourne: Pollock-Style Black & White Abstract Splatter, spray, sand, glass. Instructor is Humberto Rebollo. All ages welcome. Cost is $35. All supplies are provided. Leave with a 20-by-16 finished artwork you created. Bring snacks, sodas and wine, if you like.
Call to reserve or stop by the studio 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
For more information, call (321) 243-9855 or visit www.highlandstudiio.com.
. Farmers Market: every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, arts, crafts and more outdoors in Eau Gallie Square.
For more information, call (321) 917-0721 or email Richard@brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
. Coming in September: five-course meal with wine tasting and live music at Live Oaks Bistro, 1385 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Auditions for upcoming production of 'Foreigner'
The Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, is conducting auditions for "Foreigner" by Larry Shue.
Needed are five men and two women. Age range is 20-60 years of age.
Accents needed are British and Southern.
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, often visited by "'Froggy' LeSeuer," a British demolition expert, who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base.
This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named "Charlie," who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that "Charlie" is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
Once alone, the fun really begins, as "Charlie" overhears more than he should - the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that "Charlie" doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.
The event will be directed by Peg Girard. The show will run six weeks from Oct. 12 through Nov. 18.
Rehearsals will begin immediately.
For more information, call (321) 723-6935.
'Call for Art' deadline
Gallery of Viera has announced "Something to Talk About ... art with a message."
The gallery is looking for art that makes a statement.
Art Gallery of Viera shows draw quite a crowd, so guest artists, this is a chance to let your voice be heard.
This featured art show will run from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6, with an opening reception on Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
All art mediums are accepted. The theme of the show is centered around.
Artwork should be "family-appropriate." No work previously exhibited at Art Gallery of Viera will be accepted.
Submissions are due Thursday, Aug. 30.
To apply, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com and scroll down to the call for art.
Opening reception: '100% Pure' exhibition
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the opening of "100% Pure Florida 2011" juried exhibition.
Artists from all over the state entered this competition, and winners are chosen by a panel from the gallery.
The show is always an eclectic montage, highlighting the various talented artists who live throughout the state. Winners in years past have come from as far away as St. Augustine and Miami.
Visit with the artists as you peruse the artwork and enjoy light refreshments during the First Friday Art Walk, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept 7.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Afterwards continue your stroll down the street to enjoy dinner and other shops, galleries as well as the museum in Eau Gallie.
The exhibition runs from Monday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
Gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit the gallery online at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
Be a part of an interactive digital happening
Art Gallery of Viera invites you the reception of its newest art show, "Something to Talk About ... art with a message," on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.
This promises to be a fascinating show, giving local artists a chance to speak their minds through their art. Come see what they have to say!
While you are there, be sure to take advantage of the chance to become part of a one-of-a-kind, live digital photography creation!
The gallery's creative director and digital artist Jerry Hanzl will create an interactive collage of this event as it unfolds. Gallery guests will be invited to be photographed and become part of this exciting real time piece of art.
The final image, which will be available for purchase, will be seen on the Art Gallery of Viera website the next morning.
Come enjoy light refreshments and music and become a part of Art Gallery of Viera's Digital Art Happening.
The gallery is located at The Avenue in Viera.
For more information, visit the website at www.artgalleryofviera.com or call the gallery at (321) 504-4343.