Lois Ann Mittleman

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Artist Bio

Weaving became an obsession in 1980, when an artist friend taught me to make a simple melon basket. I consumed basketry books and materials, spending every waking hour weaving.

Having been a pianist since the age of five, I never imagined I could create visual forms. I love being able to create something in my mind and transfer it to a physical thing. Sound lasts only an instant and then is gone, except for the memory of the performance. My baskets, sculptures and paintings are still here tomorrow and next week and next year.

I still think of myself as a musician and creator of sound. Music seeps into my work as timbre, tone color, balance, form and
dynamics. I am proud of my craftsmanship — 40 years of Hanon and Czerny have served me well!

In 1999 I took my first jewelry class. It is such fun creating custom jewelry, sorting beautiful stones until the right combinations emerge. It is delightful and fulfilling to design a custom piece with a client – jewelry she can wear knowing she was part of the creative process. It is equally delightful to redesign a family heirloom or antique piece of jewelry with the owner. These “partnered” pieces always turn out great!

I have returned to fiber. I have two looms! Watch for my weavings!!

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Major
Graduate Studies: University of N. Florida, University of Toronto
Artistic Studies: Brevard Community College, Craft Guild of Dallas, Brookhaven College
Workshops: Jeanne Schubert, Michael Davis, Billy Ruth Suddath , John Cogswell

First Place – Painting, FBCAA, 2000
First Place – Graphics, FBCAA, 2000
Honorable Mention – Small Works, FBCAA, 2000
Collector’s Award, Space Coast Art Festival, 1998
Honorable Mention, Space Coast Art Festival 1987
Merit Award, Longwood Historical Society Show, 1987
First Place, St. Cloud Art Festival 1986
Honorable Mention, Space Coast Art Festival 1986
Second Place, Cocoa Village Art Festival 1986
Honorable Mention, Cocoa Village Art Festival 1986
First Place – Fiber, Sand Point Festival of the Arts, Titusville, FL, 1985

Solo Exhibitions
Shainberg Gallery, Memphis TN, JCC, 2000
Coleurs Gallery, Sebastian, FL, 1999
Brevard County Government Center, Brevard County, FL 1998
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL, 1996

Selected Group Exhibitions
“New Members Show”Fifth Avenue Gallery, Melbourne, FL July 2003
"Black and Blue" McKinney Avenue Contemporary Members' Invitational, 2000
"sound whispers silence" Collaborative Installation, Dallas Visual Art Center, 2000
1999 Dallas Visual Art Center Member Exhibition, 1999
Artist’s Forum Annual Juried Exhibition, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, 1997
“The Art of Basketry,” Art Forms Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1988

Current Representation
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL

Artist Statement

I have returned to fiber. I have two looms! Watch for my weavings!!

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