Art Gallery of Viera draws diverse talent to The Avenue


Jeanette Drake's paintings will be on display and for sale at the Art Gallery of Viera when it reopens in late September.

Courtesy of Jeanette Drake

The Art Gallery of Viera is returning to The Avenues in late September. It will be across from Pizza Gallery & Grill.

Jill Blue, owner of the gallery, said the 2,750 square-foot space is about comparable to the shared space it had with Decorativa.

The gallery will have a dedicated classroom for meetings and art classes. Blue said the gallery also will have monthly opening receptions. More than 25 member artists’ and guest artists’ works will be exhibited when it opens.

“We will feature the member artists in articles in  Senior Life and Viera Voice.”

The first featured artist will be Jeanette Drake, one of the Art Gallery of Viera’s previous owners.

“Jeanette was one of the previous owners, and I wanted her to see the vision I have for this endeavor,” Blue said. “She has helped me through the transition and has given me invaluable tips about the trade.”

Helen Wheatley, who was Drake's partner in the Art Gallery of Viera, also has been helpful during the transition.

“Helen gave me some solid advice after the purchase about what would work well,” Blue said. “Past member artists have approached me to express their interest in joining the gallery once again.

“I'm also opening up the arts to children and families,” she said. “They can come in to learn about different styles and techniques.”

Holiday art shows also are planned.

“That brought in a lot of traffic (for the artists),” Drake said. “I really want to help them with that.”