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Paris! Paris + horses + magic collage = I was honored to create art at the big time Longines Masters in France,
hosted by the equally big time LUMAS Gallery. Video evidence 1 minute mark here—. 
Morgan Spurlock curated Sundance Art Show.

*Juxtapose Magazine + Thinkspace Gallery = “Juxtaposed” Opening April 21, 2017 @ Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

*POW WOW HAWAII 2017 Group show with Thinkspace Gallery, LA & Honolulu Museum.

*Robots seek human sponsors and artists for mega art show March 31-April 1…


Sights, Insights: Ten Women in Art

Sights Insights

Derek Gores Gallery is honored to present Sights, Insights, featuring a collection of work by ‘Ten Women in Art’.  Opening Friday, September 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm, during the Eau Gallie Arts District’s First Friday.  The group ‘Ten Women in Art’ was created in the early 1980’s as a platform for female artists to present their works to galleries and museums. Collectively they’ve worked to be featured in over 50 gallery and museum shows across the state of Florida and the Southeast.  Individually their work appears internationally. Throughout it’s 30+ years, ‘Ten Women in Art’ has included over 40 women. The current ten include Becky Beerensson, Marilyn Cook, Nancy Dillen, Lydia Friedland, Carol Garutti, Grace Leal, Susan Martin, Ellen Pavlakos, Nancy Seib, and Jean Thomas. They are art educators, community leaders, art activists and professional artists, deeply committed to impacting their community through their life’s work and their art.  Expect paintings large and small, abstracts, ceramics, digital art, photography, sculpture.

Sights, Insights will be Brevard’s’ premiere of Nancy Dillen’s imaginary oil paintings Cuckoo Land and Sky Tortoise.  In Cuckoo Land, “a soap opera takes place as two birds interact with a worm…houses planted in the ground…chaos is everywhere”.  Marilyn Cook, instructor at Eastern Florida State College will be exhibiting her ‘scanner images’.  Usually working with a digital camera, Cook chose to use a flatbed scanner to create her piece Joy, showcasing to viewers “they can think out of the box and use other tools to create”.  Grace Leal will feature Weeds No. 8, stating, “Human are always trying to control their environments, their lives…even in their choice of plants to love and hate.  In our minds we know, or should know by experience, that this is never possible”.  Exhibit through Saturday, October 1st, 2016.  Artist Talk Saturday September 10th, 11am-12pm.

March is the month of Surrealism…

March is the month of Surrealism.

FEELING SURREAL opening night Friday March 18th 6pm at Derek Gores Gallery

THE SURREALIST GAMES Workshops: Adult Workshop: Saturday March 12th, 9-4pm $95.  Email to register. Kids (ages 8-17) Workshop  Saturday March 19th, 9-12pm $35. Participants are asked to bring sketchbook, wear messy clothes and bring their favorite art making supplies.  The surrealists often played a game called “The Exquisite Corpse” which combines random heads, bodies and feet to produce a surprising creation.  In The Surrealist Games, participants will use the process of “The Exquisite Corpse” as inspiration for visual surprises, improvised landscapes, and encounters with the strange beautiful corners of our minds.  Workshop lead by Danielle Horak, who earned her BA in Studio Art with University of Florida and is currently pursuing her MA in Art Education with the University of Florida.  Her research focuses on play as the origin of art making.

LECTURE “Women of Surrealism: Embracing the Irrational” Saturday March 26th, 11am-12pm, $10. Carla Funk, Florida Tech’s Director of University Museums will present on this fascinating topic.  Surrealist cocktails will be served.

Please direct questions to  SURREAL FB

Scrapbook Medley Raffle



Save the date!  Friday August 7th, 2015 is the drawing for ‘Scrapbook Medley’, the original Melbourne Municipal Band 50th Anniversary collage. Friday, August 7th, 8pm @ Derek Gores Gallery. Raffle tickets $10 each; only 5oo tickets sold. Tickets available at Derek Gores Gallery, and online here: More the MMB 50th Anniversary here:;


Old & Improved

11390338_1117315344951388_3888379936848828430_nFriday June 26th, 7-10pm.

A found canvas art show presented by Derek Gores Gallery, co-curated by Jamie Meagher (of Pizza Gallery Fame). Thrift store, flea market, yard sale or any discarded work of art, liberated and reimagined to create a new contemporary masterpiece. Or not. Updated details on Facebook.

DJ: Casey DeCotis
Pop-up boutique by: Electric Oranges
BAR by EAC Edible Art Catering

Plus surprises to be announced~

Robbie Ripoll
Christopher Maslow
Jen Tyler
Jennifer Bonset
Jeff Filipski
Stephen Lomazzo
Jamie Meagher
Derek Gores: artist
Casey DeCotis: Artist
Cliffton Chandler
Hassan Patterson
A.e. Søland
Tina Marie
Michael Giragosian
Mark Gilliam
Ryan Speer
Tim Shubert
Marty Mercado
John Sluder Photography
Peyton Nicole Oller
Jessica Haines
Julie Rupp Oakes
Kirian Regan
Jose Orlando Marquez
Kevin Roberts
David Cruey
and more…

Wish of a Lifetime

A fresh update on art adventures: Last week I was thrilled to create art for the wonderful ‘Wish of a Lifetime’ organization, which honors senior citizens and is based in Denver, CO. For the third year in a row, my commission was able to help them raise thousands of dollars toward their many worthy projects. This year my daughter Kathryn accompanied me… and she had more glue on her than I did! We capped two days in Denver with an expedition into the Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park. A moose strolled by four feet from us. We found one waterfall and more than one mountain.
For more on Wish of a Lifetime, click here. To see the completed artwork, or to purchase a reproduction, click here.



2015 Safari Under the StarsI am excited to partner up with Brevard Zoo at their upcoming fundraiser, Safari Under the Stars, on April 25, 2015 where I have been commissioned to create an original piece which will be sold at their live auction. Our partnership will continue as I work with the Zoo for a yearlong project which will incorporate their mission and community’s involvement. Brevard Zoo is a not-for-profit and if you would like to see me and support the Zoo at the same time, I invite you to their fundraiser on April 25. Please contact the Zoo for more information, 321-254-9453 ext. 485 or

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ART MARKETING WORKSHOP Saturday April 4th, 9-11am: Kickoff a 9-session series on marketing your art. Facilitate by Derek Gores, this presentation will include a Q&A session, artists will break into diverse teams who will undertake a self-run marketing program over the next serveral weeks.  Recommended for artists with a body of work, who are looking seriously to the next level in exhibitions and sales.  Open to all art forms, visual, performing, writing, film, ETC. Fee is for this intro session only.  No additional fees.

ART CRITIQUE SALON Saturday April 11, 9-11am: Bring one piece of art; participate in a thoughtful critique facilitated by Derek Gores or a guest curator.  This will be the first in a quarterly art critique series for local artists.  All levels of experience welcome.

Both events are pay at the door.  $5 for EGAD members, $15 for non-members.  More about EGAD membership at