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Foosaner Art Museum Melbourne FL.

Foosaner Art Museum Melbourne FL.If you have been looking for a way to beat the rising temperatures, look no further than a visit to the Foosaner Art Museum of Florida Institute of Technology. Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District, the Foosaner Museum opened its doors in 1978. The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 3,000 pieces of art that fall into five different categories: Modern and Contemporary Art, The Conill Mendoza Collection of American Industrial Design, Asian Art, Cultural Education Collection, and Women Artists. The Museum also has rotating exhibitions throughout the year to offer its visitors the chance to see nationally and internationally recognized contemporary art work.

The rotating exhibitions for this summer include Pressing Print: Universal Limited Art Editions 2000-2010 (Showing May 25th through August 4th), The Way Things Go (July 2nd through September 1st), and The Art of Conservation(ism): Works from the Permanent Collection (August 10th through October 13th). The Pressing Print exhibition includes fifty-two works from six artists, both master and emerging artists. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, the exhibition is described as “an exceptional and transformative force in contemporary art.” The Way Things Go is a film presentation created by Peter Fischli and David Weiss and was made available to the Museum by Icarus Films. The final exhibition showing over the summer, The Art of Conservation, is made up of works from Earl H Reed (prints) and Clyde Butcher (photographs).

In addition to the collections at Foosaner, a number of events are available throughout the summer months. Some of these include Pressed Together – A Printmaking Experience for Families being held Friday, June 28th. Located at the Foosaner Education Center, mini printmaking workshops are being offered with separate classes for adults and children. The event will begin at 6pm and run until 8pm and is $25 for a parent/child pair and $10 for each additional child or adult. The Foosaner also participates in Jazz Friday, held the first Friday of the month with the Eau Gallie Arts District First Fridays. Jazz music will be playing for guests while they view the current exhibitions. Open from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, admission is free and wine and beer are available to purchase. The musicians playing at the next two Jazz Friday’s are Matt Heister (July 5th) and Hafer House Jazz (August 2nd).

A little culture with a a lot of air conditioning, a trip to the Foosaner Art Museum is a great way to spend a hot summer’s day or night. So if you have the time, try and make a trip down to the Museum and enjoy all it has to offer. 

Eau Gallie Florida

Eau Gallie FloridaLooking for that perfect lamp to complete your family room, wall art for the dining room or maybe just something to do to beat April’s showers? Look no further than the numerous antique shops that can be found in and around Melbourne. Antiquing will not only give you the chance to peruse an array of interesting items but could also include finding and negotiating for those one of a kind pieces.

One of the newest and largest antique stores in Melbourne is Wildwood Antique Mall which just opened its doors this past December. Its grand opening event is planned for April 20th from 10am to 5:30pm. Once at full capacity, the mall will boast over 135 dealers in one convenient location. The Wildwood Antique Mall is actually a chain of four stores located around the state with more on the way.

If you prefer smaller, local run shops, there are also plenty of those available. The best Google reviewed shops include Sweet Bygones on E New Haven Ave, Antique Connection on W Eau Gallie Blvd, and Corner Thrift Furniture Antiques on Sarno Rd.

Before you head out looking for that perfect piece, read on for some antiquing tips. First off, know what your looking for. It is easy to get distracted by the variety of items found in these shops. Once you narrow down what you want to find, do a little research. The internet is a great place to find how much you might be paying for different pieces. When you find what you are looking for in the store, examine its condition  closely and look for signs of authenticity. If you decide the piece is you for you, do not be afraid to negotiate but be sure not to insult. Asking the dealer if the price listed on the tag is the “best price” may be a good place to start. Finally, have fun! You never know what you might find. 

Rossetter House Melbourne Florida

Rossetter House Melbourne FloridaNestled in the heart of Melbourne, in what was once the center of Eau Gallie, rests the city’s mother of pearl, the old Rossetter House.  The historic Rossetter House is a Victorian beauty.  Built in 1908, the prominent house surrounded by beautiful country gardens was built for James Wadsworth Rossetter, his wife Ella Maude and their growing family.  The Rossetter family occupied the house for over 90 years. The daughter of James and Ella, Carrie Rossetter lived to be a very successful businesswoman and community philanthropist. 

Before her death, Carrie Rossetter saw to it that her family homestead remained preserved, by registering it as a historic home with the state of Florida.  Upon her death the Rossetter House became a museum and function venue.  Today, this lovely picturesque house is boasted as one of Melbourne’s best wedding venues.  One look at this venue and you can see why.

The Rossetter lawns and gardens are absolutely stunning.  It is the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding ceremony.  The spacious lawns can seat up to 100 guests comfortably and parking on location is provided.  The Rossetter house offers the bride and the groom, the use of tents, chairs, dance floors, DJs, and refreshments.  The house also has a dressing room designated specifically for the Bride and her bridesmaids to use prior to the wedding ceremony.  Another room inside the house functions for the wedding party to mingle and greet arriving guests.

Besides the beautiful location, the main reason the Rossetter House appeals to so many happy couples, is the reasonable rental pricing.  With the average wedding across the nation costly more than a down payment on a new home, hearing the friendly venue rental pricing of the Rossetter House is just sweet music.  The grounds and house can be rented for four hours for only $600 (not including set-up or breakdown time or tax).  The price is very affordable especially for the immaculate condition of the gardens and the house.  Only a $200 deposit is required along with obtaining mandatory insurance coverage.    It is no wonder, this venue is so highly sought after.  Happy couples definitely get the most bang for their buck with this wedding location.

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