Viera’s newest, finest Art Gallery reopens


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The Art Gallery of Viera has reopened at 2251 Town Center Ave., Suite 105, next to the Books-A-Million store.

Adam Palumbo

Many of Brevard County’s award-winning artists will be teaching and featuring their artwork at the newly expanded and redesigned Art Gallery of Viera.

The Art Gallery of Viera held its grand opening Oct. 26 at the gallery’s newest location in The Avenue Viera. The gallery is now located at 2251 Town Center Ave., Suite 105, next to the Books-A-Million store.

More than 15 artists and hundreds of art lovers and supporters attended the grand opening. Music, entertainment and food also was provided.

Jill Blue, the gallery’s executive director and CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group, which publishes the Viera Voice, Senior Life and the Boomer Guide, said Viera needs more art and culture.

“There are so many talented artists in Brevard County,” she said. “We need an artist-friendly gallery. There needs to be an outlet for art.”

  Blue said The Avenue is a perfect location for the gallery because there is plenty of parking, good security and many stores and shops. “People can browse and look around,” she said. “There are many wonderful restaurants.”

The first Art Gallery of Viera opened 11 years ago in a strip mall suite at the intersection of Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard. It later moved to a small location near The Avenue Viera’s corporate offices.

Bobbi Q. Brown of Satellite Beach, one of the original founders of the art gallery, said she is thrilled with the new location.

“We are so excited about this new location,” she said. “I love the big, open spaces, high ceilings and lighting. It’s fabulous.”

Rockledge artist Susan Kennicott is thrilled to be one of the gallery’s featured artists and classroom instructors.

“This is the best art gallery in Brevard County,” she said. “There’s lots of support for the arts in Viera.”

Kennicott, who will teach acrylic painting classes, said the gallery also gives her credibility as an artist. “We have a close group of artists and we build from each other,” she said.

Jim Kalupa of Indialantic, who has several of his photo artworks on display, said the new venue is perfect. “I love the place. It’s fantastic,” he said.

Future gallery plans include hosting and sponsoring more art shows and events, especially for children and young adults.

“We want to have a truly good display of children’s art,” Blue said. “It also will be nice to have children learn about art from the resident artists.”

Beginning Nov. 2, the gallery will host a Holiday Makers Market. It will run through Jan. 5, 2020.

“I want to include lectures on art history, hold more workshops and feature more artists,” Blue added.

Besides the artwork of many of the featured artists, the gallery also will sell paintings by Highwayman artist RL Lewis and legendary artist Robert Lebron.

Lewis was a member of the Highwaymen group. The Highwaymen was an association of young African-American artists who painted their way from the Florida Citrus fields in the 1950s through 1960s and 1970s, painting Florida landscapes in a flamboyant style.

Lebron was an American impressionist artist. He was born in New York City, where he attended New York City's High School of Music and Arts. He also went on to study at the Art's Students' League for five years.

Lebron developed his own personal technique after several extensive stays in Europe, relying on the use of a palette knife rather than brushes.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, featuring artists and representatives from the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, which has an office in Viera.

A schedule of some of the weekly classes include:

Monday: Sculpting with Pearl Ollie, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Card Making with Ree Nathan, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Acrylic and Oil Painting with Laura Kucharyson, 3 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: Acrylic Painting with Susan Kennicott, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and Mosaics with Suzan Brooks, 5 to 9 p.m.

Thursday: Watercolors with Linda Neal, 10 a.m. to noon, and Watermedia with Pat Bowlds, 1 to 4 p.m.

Friday: Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor Painting with Pearl Ollie, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday: Acrylic Painting with Susan Kennicott, 10 a.m. to noon, and Mosaics with Suzan Brooks, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Wire Weaving with Kathee Jones, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Coming soon will be art creation parties with a different artist from 6 to 8 p.m., Silk Painting and Surface Design with Carol Baker and watercolor painting with Bobbi Q. Brown.

The cost of each class varies based on the supplies and the artist’s needs. A classroom can hold 15 students.

For more information, call 321-745-3710 or go to ArtGalleryOfViera.com.