Monday, November 30, 2015

Vero Beach Arts District On-Line Newsletter Coming In The Fall!

The Historic Arts District in Downtown Vero Beach will be getting its' own 
"News & Reviews" on-line guide in the fall of 2015.

     Island Images Professional Photography Studio, Inc.will be producing an on-line newsletter FOR and ABOUT what is happening in the downtown arts district. The first articles are scheduled to publish on November 4th, 2015 and will be updated weekly.

     Each week we will feature what is happening in the area and also spotlight galleries, artists, restaurants and professional/retail businesses in the district along with other information that is of interest in our area. All Premium Sponsors/Advertisers will be featured  on EVERY page of the regular website and will receive a BOLD & LINKED listing to your website or Faceboook page. This is a much needed tool for the businesses in our area to show the patrons who visit the Vero Beach Historic Downtown Arts District all that is available RIGHT HERE!

SPOTLIGHT your business for FREE!

     If your business is located within the district; we invite all galleries, artists, restaurants, drinking establishments, professional or retail businesses to submit an article for review (200 words or less) and a photo for consideration. Please see the directions/guidelines for submission on our SUBMIT page. If you need someone to write the article or take a photo for you please just give us a call!

     If you are interested in advertising on the blog/website; please visit the ADVERTISING PAGE for sizes and rates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at the studio/gallery at 772-643-6994 or email us at

Monday, November 9, 2015

Photographic Workshops Every Month!

Photographic Workshops are offered for ALL LEVELS at Island Images' "Gallery of Hope". Our photography gallery, studio and education center offers all the BASICS of photography EVERY MONTH!

We also offer  Photo Walks, Day Tours and Weekend Tours on a regular basis so check our website regularly. Better yet... join our photography group, which is the "MOST ACTIVE" photographic group on the Treasure Coast! We have monthly photo walks, a social & critique night, morning coffee chats and a few movie nights... ALL for ONLY $5.00 per month!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Carmine and Lucia's the "Real Story"

Carmine and Lucia’s is most definitely a meaningful and personal adventure for me.  I came to Vero Beach for the first time in February 2015 to visit my dad who had just retired here 2 months prior. Just four short weeks later after experiencing some concerning symptoms, we received devastating news that my dad had end stage pancreatic cancer. A man that was rarely sick, had no previous medical history and took no medications was gone just 6 weeks later, at the young age of 64. A story that I’m certain many have lived.
I spent a month in Vero with my dad, and took care of him at home until he passed. I am very grateful to have had that time with him, as difficult as it was. It was by far, the hardest thing I have ever done, and to say it changed my life is an understatement.  Call it an “epiphany” if you will, but I just knew I was returning to Vero.  Thankfully, I was able to share my intentions with my dad a few days before he passed, so he knew my plans. I flew back home to NY, told my family I was moving, and gave a month notice to my employer. I have since put my career as a cardiac RN on hold to open Carmine and Lucia’s.  Once I made my mind up to open the store, I was a woman on a mission. I wrote my letter of intent to the company, and was approved to proceed in Vero Beach. The rest is history!
The store is named in honor of my late grandparents, and my logo is their beautiful wedding photo. My entire life, I was always enamored by the photo, as it is so incredibly beautiful.  Now, some 85 plus years later, this image will be in the kitchens of people across the nation. That thought alone, simply amazes me. Life is most certainly a journey, and we really never know just where it may lead us. My dad’s decision to retire here, although he only had a few short months, prompted me to make major life changes, as well as making Vero my home.  A place I most likely would have never visited.
I am very excited to bring these wonderful, high quality products to the community of Vero Beach. It is my belief, that once you consume these products, you will immediately taste the freshness and quality, notices the difference, and become hooked!  They are made from the freshest olives, crushed within hours of picking, and come from countries in both hemispheres, as well as California. We carry fused and infused oils, truffle oils and ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils (EVOO). The balsamic vinegars come from Modena Italy, and are free of any thickners, caramel coloring, a known carcinogen, or added sugar.
A culinary connoisseur I certainly am not, however I know good food and quality products. Growing up with Italian genes, food is something you are surrounded with, (whether you’re hungry or not!) from a very young age, and you learn to appreciate good food.  I have been consuming these products myself for over 5 years, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I look forward to seeing you soon! Xo. 
Warm Regards,
Dana DelPriore 
Carmine and Lucia's is located at 1916 14th Avenue

Monday, October 26, 2015

CALL TO ARTISTS for Our Beautiful Waters Exhibit 2015

CALL TO ARTISTS for Our Beautiful Waters Exhibit 2015 
A Benefit for the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach is Announced by Gallery 14

© 2014 "Turtle Flirts" Cherylynn Ferrari
The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and Gallery 14 announce “Our Beautiful Waters” a juried benefit exhibit and art sale. Gallery 14 will donate 20% of the artwork sale price, during the benefit,  to ELC specifically for educational programs. The mission of the ELC is to educate, inspire and empower all people, including those with minimal access to nature, to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

The subject of your artwork should concern the ocean, rivers, estuaries, lagoons, mangroves, wildlife, aquatic life, birds, or beaches, with focus on life found around the waters of Florida.  The show will run Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015 - Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015  with a reception and awards ceremony on Friday: Dec. 4, 5-8pm.

Application should be postmarked on or before Monday November 9, 2015
Please visit to download and print applications.
Applications are also available for pick-up at the Gallery
1911 14th Avenue, Vero Beach. Please call 772-562- 5525 for further information.

Monday, October 19, 2015

A new gallery on Main Street, Downtown Vero Beach

A new gallery on Main Street, Downtown Vero Beach is opening for the First Friday Gallery Stroll November 6, 5-8 with a GRAND OPENING, Saturday, November 14, 3-6.  The Other Half Gallery features the work of Ann Lee Fuller, Helane Levine-Keating, Inverna Lockpez, Nat Thomas, Gerda Van Leeuwen, and Peter Yamaoka, six artist friends who originally met and worked in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. It’s a diverse body of work that includes painting, mixed media, stoneware and porcelain vessels, photography, and printmaking, created from the artists’ distinctive cultural perspectives. The gallery is located at 1847 14th Avenue, near 18th street on the south end of the Historic Downtown Vero Beach Arts District.

Gallery 14 presents Whimsy and Wonder


Gallery 14 presents Whimsy and Wonder
Sculptured Bamboo by Brent Greene and Paintings by Viola Pace Knudsen

November will be a special month at Gallery 14 when two very popular artists return to the Gallery to offer more of their special creative interpretations of our natural surroundings.  Gallery 14 presents Whimsy and Wonder: Sculptured Bamboo by Brent Greene and Paintings by Viola Pace Knudsen.

The exhibit, will run from November 3-27, with a reception on Friday November 6, from 5-8pm as part of the Historic, Downtown Arts District's First Friday Gallery Stroll.

Brent Green's bamboo insects and other delights have graced the halls of Gallery 14 before.  He was the December 2014 Gallery Choice Award at Our Beautiful Waters, and then in February of 2014 went on to win 1st Place Mixed Media at Art on the Island.  His bamboo creations also helped us usher in Spring of April 2014.

Viola, who is represented by the Gallery year round, will have her yearly special expanded show.  This exhibit will focus, not on her intricate and fanciful baskets – although some will be on view – but, rather on her special photo-realistic paintings of the wonders of the Florida landscape.

Also on view, will be work in watercolor, acrylic, oil, graphite, mixed media, collage, jewelry, photography, ceramics and sculpture, by Gallery 14 partners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Mary Ann Hall, Barbara Landry, Virginia Knapp, Deborah Morrell Polackwich, Dorothy Napp Schindel and Shelley Weltman, as well as represented artists: Carol Staub, Francis Mesaros, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Walford Campbell, and Emily Heinzel.

Gallery 14, located at 1911 14th Ave. Vero Beach, is open Tuesday through Friday 11am-6pm, and Saturday 11am-5pm, or by appointment.

Artists Nancy Dillen and Quentin Walter Exhibiting at Art on 18th Gallery

Nancy Dillen, retired Art Professor Emeritus, Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College) and Quentin Walter, Art Director, STOUTHOUSE are the featured artists at Art on 18th Gallery, November 2015.  The opening reception will be during the First Friday Gallery Stroll, November 6, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Vero Beach. Art on 18th Gallery is a shuttle stop on the gallery loop.

Nancy Dillen paints with oil paints that she mixes herself.  This exhibit titled REUNITED features several of Ms. Dillen’s dog, cat, goat, and bird paintings that capture the essence of the animals.  Ms. Dillen is intrigued with the relationships between landscape, color, and space.

Quentin Walter’s intimate paper collages feature a selection of works from her fashionista series that are inspired by runway models, classical art and antiques, and jewelry.  The intricate pieces of paper are cut from magazines using 8” Titanium stainless steel scissors. The completed image evolves much like creating a spontaneous puzzle with many layers of meaning.