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Arts notes - Palm Bay
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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.

'100% Pure' exhibition

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the "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.

The exhibition runs 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.

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.

Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' at the Civic Theatre

The Melbourne Civic Theatre presents Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" through Sunday, Sept. 23 at LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.

This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Literally nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain's most spell-binding thriller.

"The 39 Steps" is adapted from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock and an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble.

The show is directed by Peg Girard with a cast of four, including Mark Blackledge as "Richard Hannay," Christina LaFortune as "Annabella," "Margaret" and "Pamela," Dana Blanchard as "Clown 1" and Pete Jacobsen as "Clown 2." The set and light design, as well as technical direction, is by Alan Selby, sound design by Wendy Reader and costume design by Alice Henning.

"The 39 Steps" will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.

For more information or tickets, call (321) 723-6935 or visit www.mymct.org.

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.

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.

Auditions Sunday and Monday

The Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach has announced auditions for "La Cage Aux Folles" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16-17, at the Surside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.

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

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 ladygailbte@earthlink.net 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.

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 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.

It has 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.

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.

Hometown News is always looking for arts-related activities and events in the Palm Bay area. Please send your arts information to brevnews@hometownnewsol.com.

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