Artworks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival

1490 Highland Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32935


About us:

Plein air' is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means 'in the open air'. What makes ArtWorks unique is that all artists are asked to demonstrate during the two day festival.

How it All Started:

In 1996, Link Johnsten, in true "Andy Hardy" * fashion, said, "Hey! Let's have an art show on Highland Avenue! Let's ask local artists to demonstrate HOW they do what they do!" So, friend Charles Spohn called members of the Strawbridge Art League, asked if any of the artists would participate, and the fledgling one-day art show was hatched. When asked if Pam Harbaugh would publicize the show in her arts column, Pam asked for the name of the show. Link had no clue. So, Pam came up with a suggestion or two, one of which was "ArtWorks". Artists working. Simple!

Members of the Strawbridge Art League were so enthusiastic about the little street show and its concept of education that they volunteered to host the show. Under the auspices of SAL, the show was extended to a two-day event of fine arts featuring the work of local artists.

That is ArtWorks! Two days of showing the public how artists work in their medium. Great music and food come along with the package. ArtWorks utilizes the talents of local musicians (including local high school ensembles) and local food vendors.

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