Eau Gallie show will highlight Meagher's new art


Local artist Jamie Meagher works primarily in vibrant colors.



Jamie Meagher, a fine artist, graphic designer, art curator at Pizza Gallery and Grill in Viera, and the owner of Petal and Bone, will unveil his new art collection from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Friday March 2 Eau Gallie Arts District at the Standard Collective at 559 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne.

The Anti-Gravity Festival Lego mural artist will present a combination of paintings on upcycled wood cuts crafted from discarded skateboard decks, his signature pop culture Lego character paintings and intricate wood cuts mounted in shadow boxes.

“I think my art is a genre of a mix of pop and low brow art,” Meagher said during a recent interview. “I sell most of my art through social media and have my work in Universal Studios in a shop there called Tu Tu Tango (at Universal at CityWalk) and at a live weekly painting exhibition in Orlando for about eight years now.

“The wood cut thing is a project where I use small woodcuts with a scroll saw and mount them in shadow boxes. I like painting on wood instead of canvas. I wanted to do bigger works from those that are 8 by 10 inches and started looking for wood cuts from old skateboard decks. That is a good way to keep things out of the trash. It is taking an object that has given so much happiness and then to recycle and give that happiness in another form.

“I work primarily in vibrant color,” Meagher said. “A lot of times I will have the color palate decided before I start a painting. I like to take a certain color palate and change people’s opinion in the painting. Many times, a color palate can do that.”

Meagher, a native of New Haven, Conn. who lives in Satellite Beach, has been the art curator at the Pizza Gallery and Grill in Viera (part art gallery and part restaurant) at 2250 Town Center Ave. for 17 years.

“I choose the art, hang it and am responsible for changing it out and scheduling an art show,” Meagher said. “I also handle their marketing and ad work. I usually have a couple pieces (of art) hanging there, but we have found when you work out of a restaurant/gallery you have to have a lot of styles, wider price point and variety.”