'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.
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.
'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.
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 plight)
. Dr. John Gorrie: 1842, (be thankful to him for every glass of cold water you drink)
. 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 stories
. 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.
. 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.
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.
Pen and ink techniques, watercolors, basic art skills, open studio at Art Gallery of Viera
During the basic pen and ink techniques class at the Art Gallery of Viera, students will learn about and experiment with line and shading techniques in pen and ink to create the illusion of form, texture and value.
Using only a simple pen, the variety of expression is endless.
In addition, students learn how to incorporate other media, such as watercolor and colored pencil and work with "quick and dirty" sketching to more finished renderings.
The classes will be Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m., Sept. 6-27.
Cost is $75 for four weeks.
. Each week of a watercolor class will focus on a new aspect of painting with watercolor, including basic drawing, color mixing, washes, wet into wet, dry brush, using other materials for texture and more at the Art Gallery of Viera.
The class will be Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 4, and Thursdays evenings from 5-8 p.m., beginning Oct. 4.
Cost is $80 per four weeks, paid in advance or $25 per session. A materials list will be supplied with registration and payment.
The "Adventures in Art" class at the Art Gallery of Viera will introduce children to basic art skills through a variety of fun projects, while experimenting with mediums, such as watercolor, paper maché, collage and printmaking. All materials are provided. The class is for ages 6-10 and will be held Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost is $75 for four weeks or $25 per session.
. 'Watercolor For Teens' at the Art Gallery of Viera will focus each week on a new aspect of painting with watercolor, including basic drawing, color mixing, washes, dry brush, using other materials for texture and more. All supplies including paint, brushes and paper will be provided.
The classes will be Sundays, 3-5 p.m. for five weeks, Sept. 2-30.
Cost is $100, plus a $35 materials fee.
. 'Open studio' is an ongoing drawing class with demonstrations in perspective, watercolor, colored pencil and pen and ink, as needed or requested.
Students may work on their own projects with direction or participate in the ongoing drawing class Saturdays 1-3 p.m.
Cost is $60 for four weeks, or $20 per individual week.
For more information or to register for any of these classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 596-4266.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343.
The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
'Creative Movement Dance' for 3-4 year-olds
Creative Movement Dance is designed with young dancers in mind to utilize creativity and imagination.
Creative movement focuses on increasing the student's flexibility, balance and memorization skills, while introducing them to the art of dance. Basic ballet steps are gradually incorporated into each lesson plan.
Classes are Mondays, 3:30-4:15 p.m., at Dance Arts Centre, 1855 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, and Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m., at the Dance Arts Centre at the Henegar upstairs dance studio.
For more information, visit www.DanceAC.org, email Sarah@DanceAC.org or call (321) 777-2155.
Dance Arts Centre is a nonprofit dance studio.
Quilting, doodling, design classes at Art Gallery of Viera
. Create truly artistic quilts by learning free motion quilting Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the Art Gallery of Viera.
These classes teach the basic skills to make machine quilting successful, artistic and fun.
A sewing machine with a free motion or darning foot is required.
Cost is $20 per class. An optional kit is available for each class, or you can bring your own supplies.
. Free Motion Doodling class is Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery.
Learn how to achieve the correct tension, how to move the fabric and play with easy designs.
Cost is $20. An optional kit includes all but thread for $10 more.
. Quilt your Fabric Design class is Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery.
Using a large print fabric or panel, you'll learn to follow the motif for very creative quilting.
Cost is $20. (Optional kit includes everything, including thread for $15.)
To register for any or all of the classes, contact Dij Pacarro at email@example.com or call (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early. Payment is required at time of registration.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at its new location is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
Free open evening of storytelling
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble invites you to an open evening of storytelling at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Ryan family Chiropractic Center, 129 Hibiscus Blvd., Suite O, Melbourne.
Master storytellers will be performing. Seating is limited.
For more information, call Lady Gail at (321) 676-0697 or visit www.crevardensemble.com.
Would you like to direct a play?
Due to circumstances, Surfside Players is seeking a new director for the 11th annual production of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The musical tribute to sci-fi and horror B-movies will be screened, with shadow cast, on Oct. 19-27, Friday and Saturday for two weekends.
Deadline for application is Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Contact the Season Planning Committee Chairperson Robin Pena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include a theatrical resume if you have not directed at Surfside within the past three seasons
An informal interview may be scheduled shortly afterward to discuss specific production aspects and schedule.
A decision will be made by Thursday, Sept. 13.
Surfside is located at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information about this and other events, visit www.surfsideplayers.com or call the box office at (321) 783-3127.
Encaustic painting workshops
Taking a workshop is a great way to start an exploration in the exciting medium or encaustic painting, or to move work forward with new methods if you've been incorporating encaustics into your existing studio practice.
All you ever wanted to know about encaustics will be presented 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Ralph's Art Supply, 1420 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
All materials and supplies will cost $100.
For more information, email email@example.com, call (321) 243 3355 or visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.
New fall pottery, sculpture, hand-building classes
Classes in wheel-thrown pottery, sculpture and hand-building for students of all levels will begin the week of Sept. 16 at the Indian River Potters' Guild.
Also starting are classes in fused glass and mosaics.
The classes run for six weeks and are a great way to explore a new art medium or expand an existing knowledge base.
Indian River Potters' Guild is an art studio located in the historic Eau Gallie Arts District. It is home to eight of Brevard's talented local ceramic artists and offers classes and workshops, which are open to the public.
Classes offered at the Indian River Potters' Guild are:
. Fused glass: Monday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125.
. Wheel thrown: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $145.
. Sculpture in clay: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $145.
. Mosaic art: Thursday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $150.
. Wheel thrown: Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $100.
. Hand building: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. Cost is $100.
. 'Twice the fun:' Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $180.
All classes run for six weeks.
Visit the website for more information at www.indianriverpottersguild.com.
Indian River Potters' Guild is at 1542 Guava Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpottersguild.com or call (321) 543-3645.
Doll-making comes alive at Art & Antique Studio & Gallery
Space Coast Doll Artists brings to Art and Antique Studio during September a show of creativity and style in the art of doll making.
This evolving soft sculpture doll club began in 2005, with doll maker, Dolores Cox.
The group changed its focus from primarily a hobby of making cloth dolls, to an art doll group challenging each other to make more dolls inspired by great artists' works.
They have outgrown three locations to accommodate the sewing machines, classroom space and materials to further the doll making.
The club now meets every fourth Thursday of the month (except December) at the West Melbourne Library.
At the monthly meetings, there is usually a short mini-lesson on perspective, color, focus, design, etc.
There is a challenge every three months, and usually one of the members teaches a new project, method or new material. The club brings in nationally-recognized instructors for two-day workshops.
The club has displayed works at local libraries and quilt shows throughout Melbourne.
The club welcomes beginners to advanced members with all pitching in to help and guide one another.
The fee is $20 per year, and members in good standing receive discounted prices on classes.
The Art & Antique Studio & Gallery is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 253-5553.