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Arts notes - Suntree/Rockledge/Viera
Rating: 2.47 / 5 (19 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Sep 14 - 00:21

'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940'

This mystery play by John Bishop features murder, a house with sliding panels and secret passageways and a German maid who seems to be four different people.

"Murders" will show at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 14-30, at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.

The mystery is solved "in the nick of time," while the audience is treated to a "sidesplitting good time" and the author's irreverent wit.

Cost is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military and $13 for students.

Call (321) 783-3127 for reservations.

The box office has a live operator from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. At other times of day, please leave name and callback number on voicemail.

Encaustics painting

Ralph's Art Supply, 1420 Highland Ave., Melbourne, will present encaustic painting workshops for all levels 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Taking a workshop is a great way to start an exploration in this exciting medium, or move your 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.

Cost for all materials and supplies is $100.

Go home with a painting or two, and have fun.

For more information, email judyedwards05@gmail.com or call (321) 243-3355.

Bob Ross painting classes offered at Kiwanis Island Park

Certified instructor Barry Traxler will offer Bob Ross painting classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island.

The late Bob Ross was host of the public television series "The Joy of Painting," which ran from 1983 to 1995 and still appears in reruns in many broadcast areas.

During each half-hour segment, Mr. Ross would instruct viewers in the art of oil painting using a quick-study oil painting technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke paintings down into simple steps that anyone could follow.

The cost for the class is $50 and includes all materials. The Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique allows students to leave every class with a complete, ready-to-frame painting.

Seating is limited. Contact Kiwanis Island Park at (321) 455-1380 to reserve space.

Surfside Players announces open auditions

Open auditions to the Broadway musical "La Cage Aux Folles" will be Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16-17, at 7 p.m. at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.

There are leading roles for seven men and three women of varying ages, plus as many as 12 men and women as "Les Cagelles."

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for dancing.

Applicants will be learning brief song and dance excerpts from the musical.

Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings; tech week begins Sunday Oct. 28; and performances are Fridays through Sundays Nov. 2-18.

Based on the 1973 play by Jean Poiret (which also inspired the Robin Williams / Nathan Lane movie "The Birdcage"), with book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Transvestite nightclub owners and performers "Georges" and "Albin," two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a bit of both when "Georges'" son (from a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician.

"Georges" reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be, but "Albin" has other plans.

The production contains adult themes. It is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

For more information, visit www.surfsideplayers.com or call (321) 783-3127.

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.

'Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam'

The King Center for the Performing Arts has a new exhibit in its Harris Corporation Art Gallery.

Award-winning photographer James Lowell will be showcasing his collection of black-and-white photography in the Harris Gallery of the King Center for the Performing Arts.

This exhibit, "Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam" shows some of the faces of those who went about their daily lives in a war zone in 1965-66.

Second Lt. James Lowell was 22 when he was assigned as leader of an Army photographic team, based out of what was then called the city of Saigon.

When off duty, he and his camera captured the faces of a changing world, the images of those people who were involved in their day-to-day activities in the streets, market places and military installations in and near this rapidly transforming city.

The exhibit will run through Oct. 1 and can be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances.

The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

For more information, call James Lowell at (904) 519-9430.

Dance Arts Centre at the Henegar for the Arts

Dance Arts Centre is offering quality dance education in Ballet I, Jazz I, Creative Movement (Ages 3-4) and Combo (ages 4-5) at the Henegar Centre for the Arts, 525 E. New Haven, Melbourne.

Ballet I is Wednesdays from 4-4:45 p.m. Jazz I is Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Creative Movement is Tuesdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Combo is Tuesdays from 4:15-5 p.m.

Cost is $50 monthly for 3/4 hours weekly and $70 monthly for 1.5 hours weekly.

For more information, email sarah@danceac.com or visit danceac.org.

Gallery celebrates 10 years

Join The Downtown Gallery as it celebrates 10 years of bringing art, atmosphere and culture to Brevard County.

See newly expanded showrooms, meet-and-greet with artists, see the new collections on display.

There will be live music by Indian River Blend and a live pottery demonstration by Linda Sanborn.

Specialty wines and hors d' oeuvres will be served.

This free event will take place, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Downtown Gallery - Fine Art Gallery & Custom Framing, 335 S. Washington Ave., in downtown Titusville.

For more information, call (321) 268-0122 or visit facebook/downtowngallery Titusville.

Art show at Stonefire Art Studios and Gallery

The Stonefire Art Studios and Gallery is hosting its monthly Table Top Arts & Craft Show Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stonefire Art Studio, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Titusville.

Fee per table is $15, plus tax. All art work must be original.

The art show is a venue for local artists to show and sell their wares, and the proceeds of the fee will pay for art classes for underprivileged children.

Please register to reserve your spot by calling Kathy at (321) 225-2145 or email ninaki2000@yahoo.com.

Classes at Art Gallery of Viera

Free motion quilting and fabric design are being offered at the Art Gallery of Viera. The classes are:

. Create truly artistic quilts by learning free motion quilting Saturdays, Sept. 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.

. 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 quilterdij@earthlink.net 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.

Painting classes offered at Riverwalk Nature Center

Certified instructor Barry Traxler will offer Bob Ross painting classes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Riverwalk Nature Center, located at Riverwalk: A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.

The late Bob Ross was host of the public television series "The Joy of Painting," which ran from 1983 to 1995 and still appears in reruns in many broadcast areas.

During each half-hour segment, Mr. Ross would instruct viewers in the art of oil painting using a quick-study oil painting technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke paintings down into simple steps that anyone could follow.

The cost for the class is $50 and includes all materials. The Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique allows students to leave every class with a complete, ready-to-frame painting.

Seating is limited. Contact Riverwalk Nature Center at (321) 433-4490 or email riverwalk@brevardparks.com to reserve space.

Call for art and reception

Art Gallery of Viera has announced its inaugural national juried art show to be held Oct. 12 through Nov. 3.

The competition is open to all artists. Originals only are being accepted, and the work submitted must not have previously been displayed in the gallery.

Interested artists may apply at www.artgalleryofviera.com/brushwithsuccess.htm.

The gallery would like to express gratitude to Waste Pro for sponsoring the judging by Tom Jones (www.TomJonesArtist.com). Thanks also to Country Cookin' Diner and Art Gallery Cards with Ree Nathan for sponsoring "Shapes of Sound," a jazz duo with Matt Heister and Daniel Jordan, who will be performing at the reception.

Many thanks to our prize sponsors: the Gold Award of $500 sponsored by The Viera Company and PNC Bank; the Silver Award of $300 sponsored by Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant; and the $200 Bronze Award sponsored by Viera Reality, Studio 3 Framing and Ridley's Custom Frames & Art.

Merit Awards are sponsored by Pizza Gallery and Grill, Viera Pizza, Mimi's Café, Cracker Barrel and Uno's Chicago Grill restaurant.

This promises to be an incredible display of fine art and a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the artists.

The gallery, located between Coldwater Creek and Yankee Candle, currently features the work of 27 local professional artists and holds classes in its Art Education Center for children and adults.

For more information, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com or call the gallery at (321) 504-4343.




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