Judges of student art host show for squares


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Viera artist Lolly Walton, center, with artists Lori Pitten Jenkins, left, and Therese Ferguson, judge the fourth annual Charlie Corbeil Youth Art Contest submission on April 13 at the Viera Voice offices.

photo by Marc Rhodes

Artists Lolly Walton of Viera, Therese Ferguson and Lori Pitten Jenkins recently served as judges for a student art contest presented as part of the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards. The winning works were displayed at the eighth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival on April 22, with $500 in cash prizes awarded along with art supplies.

“I loved the diverse choices that we had, the caliber that was there,” Ferguson said. “What I saw was there’s a future for art. There are always young artists and new artists being created every day."

Added Jenkins, “It’s very refreshing to see that children are being taught art, that they’re still enjoying it and there will be a future for it because budgets are being cut for the arts all the time.”

The judging trio's art will be on display throughout June at Art & Antique Studio at 1429 Highland Ave., which celebrates its 13th anniversary with “It’s Hip to be Square,” a members’ show of paintings in a square format.

“We’re all doing square paintings of various subjects and everybody picks their own,” said Baytree resident Lolly Walton, a watercolor artist and one of the studio’s 13 members. “Mine happens to be the back of a woman with a tattoo on her.”

Located in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts District and founded by Ferguson in 2004, the co-op gallery’s members and consignment artists work in a range of mediums, including pottery, watercolor, oil painting, pastels, photography, jewelry, woodworking, fiber art, glass and gourds. Antique furniture and glassware give the gallery a home-style feel.

The gallery recently presented its popular “Kaleidoscope” 2-D and 3-D juried art show. Upcoming events include a call for art for an upcoming recycled art show. The studio also publishes an annual calendar featuring local scenes.

The studio’s main room features the works of an artist or group each month. Budding artists can take lessons and attend workshops at the facility’s nearby Courtyard Studio.

Walton is one of the instructors. Although not formally trained, she fell in love with art in high school, later taking lessons in watercolors and attending workshops.

“I try to give to others what happened to me when I got started,” said Walton, the studio’s publicity director. “Oils and acrylic get a lot of attention, but watercolor is very difficult. You have to keep working at it and you have to enjoy it.”

Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The studio is closed Sundays except for the Daily City Food Truck Bazaar from 5 to 8 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month.

For more information, go to artandantiquestudio.com or call 321-253-5553.

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