Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Art District Downtown Vero Beach

Art Galleries in
Historic Downtown Vero Beach, Florida
14th Avenue (also called Main Street) and Beyond

37 works of art were chosen to be printed on banners which will be installed hanging from poles throughout the Arts District.  It's a great way to excite the public about all the fantastic art to be found within the Arts District's boundaries and beyond.  This blog-writer is proud to be among the chosen artists.  So stay tuned for samples on this blog, and watch for those beautiful banners shimmering in the Florida sunlight.

Welcome to the Vero Beach Arts District's new collaborative blog.  Visit this "Blogspot" for news of coming or current events in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Vero Beach, Florida, featuring the works of local, regional, national and international artists in a myriad of mediums, subjects and styles. In addition to fine art on canvas and paper etc., there is a vast array of jewelry, fiber art, basketry, photography, pottery, raku, artglass, fine art prints, and plenty of the ecclectic for those who dare to love the Avant-garde!

Eleven Galleries on 14th Avenue open their doors from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on First Fridays throughout the year for our "First Friday Gallery Stroll," and welcome guests to view new works and the works of their featured artists.  Non-gallery businesses often feature local and regional artists' work in their establishments, and invite the public to enjoy refreshments, and often have special offers for their products and/or services.

Artists will be on hand to greet you and chat about their work and the work of others.  Enjoy music and refreshments as you stroll in and out of the galleries, viewing some of the region's finest artists and some stars of the national and international art world. Galleries are clustered in a three-block area--perfect for an evening's leisurely stroll.  This monthly event is free and open to the public, so join us for First Fridays and perhaps find just that perfect piece of art for your collection!

Non-gallery businesses within the Arts District often feature local and regional artists' work in their establishments, and invite the public to enjoy refreshments and the terrific art on display therein.  For a partial listing, visit

While you're here, dine at one of the 32 fabulous restaurants in or near the Art District - to see a list click on the following link:
or enjoy cocktails and live music at one of the clubs after the stroll.  

Arts District Banners Have Been Installed!
Thanks goes out to ABC Printing
1547 20th Street, Vero Beach
37 works of art were chosen to be printed on banners which were recently installed suspended from poles throughout the Arts District.  It is a wonderful way to excite the public over all the fantastic art to be found within the Arts District's boundaries and beyond.  Look for the beautiful banners (shown below), shimmering in the Florida sunlight.

Of Note ~
 Galleries listed in this blog, and many artists therein on a personal basis, regularly give back
to the community and charitable organizations through donations of artworks,
expertise and financial contributions.

Pick up an Arts District brochure at any of
the galleries within the Arts District or find them
at many of the fine establishments in and around
Indian River County



Friday, April 4th, 5-8 pm

~ ~ ~ ~ ~





Artists Guild Gallery
1974 14th Avenue
Hours October-May: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat 11:00 am-3:00 p.m.
And by appointment or by chance

A cooperative fine art gallery of 18 artists and numerous consignors.
Monthly Guest Artist or special event.  Fine Art, Steel Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Raku, Ceramics,
Glasswork, Basketry, Gourd Art, Prints, Wood Carvings, and a bit of the ecclectic! 

April's Featured Artist 
Mimi McCallum

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Representing Artist Partners:
Penny Aliyetti - Collage & Acrylics
Gail Bartholomay - Watercolor, Pen & Ink
Marjorie Bohler - Chinese Brushstroke, Watercolor, Collage (also Watercolor Instructor)
Sue Dinenno - Oil, Acrylics

Annette Gekle - Oil, Painting on Glass, Jewelry
Sue Gwinn - Oil, Jewelry
Sherry Haaland - Pastel
I. Joseph - Watercolor
Richard Lavins - Acrylic
Judy Mercer (Vice President) - Watercolor
Dawn Mill - Acrylic, Oil
Gale Orozco - Watercolor
Judy Rixom - Oil
Judith Ragusa - Oil (also Oil Instructor)
Fran San Miguel - Oil, Basketry
Jean Ray Thompson - Oil
Betty Wade - Watercolor (also Watercolor Instructor)
Rita Ziegler (President) - Oil (also Oil Instructor)

Our Consignors:
George Beckman - Steel Kinetic Sculpture
Mary Ellen Bing - Jewelry
Alicia Callander - Raku
Ann Dozetos - Silver Jewelry
Al Gustave - Wood Turning & Carving
Marie Morrow - Gourd Art 
~ ~ ~

 Stop in to see what new works are on view
in our dozen-plus rooms of art!

The Artists Guild Gallery is a cooperative gallery of 17 artists and numerous consignors.  Our work is  changed over and spaces rotated every month, culminating in an opening reception
each first Friday of the month during the Arts District's First Friday Strolls.
Refreshments, music and lively conversations are provided.
~ ~ ~ ~

Learn the mysteries of paiting at the ARTISTS GUILD GALLERY.
Now offering classes in:
Acrylic, Watercolor, Oils and Water-Soluble Oils, Glass Painting and more.
Impressionstic/Old Masters Style/Realism/Collage/Abstract/Portraiture
Visit our website at: and find out more.

Brett Donnelly Photography

1935 14th Avenue
Long exposure landscape photography from around the world

Brett Donnelly Gallery is pleased to showcase one of Brett's newest pieces,
"Fern Canyon"
View this spectacular piece at the
First Friday Gallery Stroll

Brett will be at the Gallery
on Stroll night to greet you!


1902 14th Avenue - 772-480-0491
Painting ~ Photography ~ Sculpture

Hours:  Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm,  
Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment   

Contemporary gallery featuring American artists in all mediums,
two- and three-dimensional.  Art consulting services also available.


2041 14th Avenue

Ceramic work ranging from the functional to the conceptual
by eight Resident Artists and other local clay artists

On View Through January ~

"The Art of Ikebana

Ikebana artist Elaine Siegler and interior decorator Jeannette Waltz
will share their expertise in Ikebana floral arrangement and containers
during the First Friday Stroll, April 4th, 5-8 pm

Karen Ekonomou
Cosette Kelley
Kim Mayo
Barbara Miro
Richard Pierce
Maria Sparsis
Trudy von Linsowe


Nancy Blair
Hathaway Brewster
Eileen DiTullio
Janvier Miller
Chris Pierce
Valerie Risher
Ginny Piech Street
Mary Williams


1911 14th Avenue 
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm

A fine art gallery featuring contemporary and traditional work in acrylic,
watercolor, oil, collage, mixed media, pastel, jewelry and sculpture.
Guest artists and new exhibits monthly.  Special exhibitions.

On View through April ~

"Back to Nature"
 Fine Art Baskets and Acrylics by Viola Pace Knudsen
Pastels and Acrylics by Dawn E. Miller
"Distillation 1" Acrylic by Dawn E. Miller

Acrylic by Viola Pace Knudsen
* Special Event on Saturday April 5 *
Interactive Basket Weaving Demonstration 
by Viola Pace Knudsen 
starting at 1:00pm 
All invited for an afternoon of hand's on fun and learning
Basket by viola Pace Newton

Resident Artists ~
Edgardo Abello
 Realistic Watercolor & Oil - People, Still Life
Lila Blakeslee
Textured Acrylic - Horses, Nature, People
Cheri Cruden
Bold Acrylic abstracts - People, Animals
Barbara du Pont
Photography - Wildlife, Locales
Mary Ann Hall
Watercolor - Flowers, Birds, Nature
Virginia Knapp
Abstracts - Colors, Faces, Found Objects
Barbara Landry
Large Oils - Wildlife, People, Places
Deborah Morrell Polackwich
Mixed Media Jewelry - Woven Beads, Stone, Glass, Silver
Dorothy Napp Schindel  
 Mixed Media Collage - Florals, Wildlife, People, Environments
The Artists we represent: 
Bryan Beck
Glass Sculpture
Walford Campbell
Fine Art Pottery
Joan Earnhart
Terry Green
Ceramic Sculpture
Emily Heinzel
Wax Colored Pencil on Wood
Viola Pace Knudsen
Fine Art Baskets
Francis Mesaros
Sculpted Oils of the Sea
Carol Staub
Abstract Mixed Media


Highwaymen Gallery
R. A. McLendon Art Gallery
Featuring the work of
Roy A. McLendon, Sr. and Roy A. McLendon, Jr.
1951 Old Dixie Highway
(80 East & Old Dixie, steps from 14th Avenue)
Gallery - 772-562-2959
Cell - 772-559-9539
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sunday by appointment

R. A. McLendon, Sr.

R. A. McLendon, Jr.

Island Images' Gallery of Hope

2036 14th Avenue, Suite #101
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment 

A unique photographic gallery created by Island Images
Professional Photography Studio, Inc.  Our gallery presents
varied photographic exhibitions throughout the year in which
 a portion of the submissions and sales from these exhibits help us
 continue to provide photographic education, programs and opportunities
 to the underprivileged, students and seniors interested in the photographic arts.

Introducing the work of
Jim H. Bowen

"Kelli's Sunset by Jim H Bowen

Introducing the work of photographic Artist Jim H. Bowen, who joined the gallery
in November 2013.  Visit us on Stroll Nights to meet Jim and view his work.

Workshops available for all budgets, levels and schedules.
Receive a FREE CLASS - details on our NEWS PAGE -



Lighthouse Art & Framing
1875 14th Avenue

Hours:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Summer Hours May through August: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.,
Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00, Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Open during all First Friday Strolls, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Fine art framing, custom framing, fine art gallery, art supplies, lectures and workshops

Featured in April:
"Happy Hours"
Oil Paintings by Lynne Payne

Also showing the work of:
Barry Shapiro

painting by Barry Shapiro, Owner of Lighthouse Art and Framing

Now offering:
Basic Principles of Art I & II and
Introduction to Artistic Principals

Main Street Vero Beach Studios

2036 14th Avenue
772-480-8353 or 239-273-0243
Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm,
or by chance or appointment.
Also availble for group and special showings.


Works of Award-Winning Members of
The Indian River Photo Club:
George Bollis
Mary Lou Christy
Dave Garrett
Kay Gibson
Katy Graham
Linda Leonard
William Lord
Lynn Luzzi
Billy Ocker
Mike Ricciardi
Nancy Wessels
Susan Wright
Stefania Wright-Osment


1903 14th Avenue
772-778-3443 or 772-643-2964

Join us for the Arts District's First Friday Gallery Strolls ~
Tiger Lily will swing open our doors to greet you, and show you the
New and exciting pieces we have been working on!

A gallery and working studio presenting six artists' fine art
including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media
Featuring working artists in their studios




  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. I am quite impressed by the way this piece is being displayed. Thanks for the great post.. very advantageous and beneficial for all.
    Online Indian Art Gallery