West Coast-East Coast
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery announces the upcoming exhibit West Coast-East Coast, opening on January 3, 2021. This will be an exhibit of metal sculptural art by Walt Mendenhall, a Florida resident since 2012. A 1st Friday Opening Reception will be held on January 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm giving you an opportunity to meet Walt and learn about his work directly from him.
Mendenhall graduated from Oregon State University in 1968. After serving a tour of duty in the Air Force as an instructor pilot, he returned to the family farm in Oregon where he began creating metal sculptures in 1975. He is a self taught sculptor, drawing on his natural surroundings for inspiration. Walt spent many years hiking the mountains and forests of the West. Since moving to Florida in 2012, he has developed new lines of tropical sculptures such as coral fish, palms, sea grapes and others as he explores the beauty of Florida and the ocean.
Walt works with steel, stainless steel, copper and bronze in a variety of ways to present the natural patterns that surround us in an interpretive expression of form, color and texture. The striking contrast of the worked stainless and the rich tones of bronze produces an ideal combination for his more contemporary designs. He has capitalized on the many colors derived from heating metals, bringing to life all the different types of metals he works with, copper being the most colorful of all. His newer tropical fish designs now use alcohol inks for color as well.
Walt has shown his work across the country and has been a full time artist for over 30 years.
The exhibit will run from January 3 through January 30. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) in Melbourne, FL. All events are free and open to the public. For further information call 321-259-8261.