On the first Friday of each month, local artists converge on the corner of Highland Ave. and Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne to display their art and souls. The Eau Gallie Arts District, or EGAD, is described as an “enclave for working artists,” where a unique vibe has been translated into one-of-a-kind works of art.
Art enthusiasts from all ages come from Brevard and beyond to soak in the sights and sounds of EGAD, and First Fridays are a great way to check out the scene.
Local bands perform while kiddos are invited to let loose their inner Picassos in the children’s painting tent.
In August, the event featured a fun-loving cardboard robot who transformed from ordinary to extraordinary after being introduced to Brevard’s budding artists. Merielle, the nicest clown in town, was also there with balloon animals and free smiles.
Of course, kids aren’t the only ones who have fun during EGAD First Fridays. The event is pet friendly, with water bowls sprinkled throughout the area for thirsty pups. If you are lucky, you might even catch a puppy parade!
Obviously, the real draw is the art, which illustrates the essence of what EGAD is all about through photography, up-cycled crafts, jewelry and beautiful paintings. Not only do local artists display their work in the park, but the local galleries open their doors past regular business hours for patrons to peruse their exhibits.
Below is just a sampling of some of the art that can be seen on EGAD First Fridays. If you want to check out what EGAD is all about, the next First Friday is September 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.