I’m all about stumbling upon those hidden gems here in Florida, and one of my most recent discoveries did not disappoint. During a trip down to Melbourne, I came across the eclectic Eau Gallie Arts District, along with one of its landmark attractions, the Foosaner Art Museum.
I’ve driven by the exit for the Foosaner countless times in my travels between South and Central Florida, but I never thought to visit this museum until my recent trip. The museum is surrounded by other art galleries and is nestled just outside of Eau Gallie Square, near a brewery, shops, restaurants and more.
The Foosaner Art Museum is home to an impressive permanent collection of works by Central Florida artists. However, I was especially excited to learn that the museum housed a special collection of photography by Clyde Butcher. As some readers may know, I’m a fan of Clyde Butcher’s black and white landscape photography, which beautifully captures Florida’s diverse environment.
For those who are less familiar with Butcher’s work, his goal is to showcase the beauty of Florida’s environment to help promote its conservation efforts. He often talks about his philosophy that “the world is round,” and that everything we do can impact other parts of the world for better or for worse.
The Foosaner Museum’s collection of Clyde Butcher photography is particularly unique; the collection of 60+ pieces was personally donated to the museum by Butcher, and only three copies of each photo were ever made (one for him, one for the Foosaner, and one for sale). All negatives were destroyed except for one. The wide shots make you feel as though you’re right there in the landscapes with him.
The museum also currently houses a temporary exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing — something especially impactful to the Space Coast!
The Foosaner Art Museum offers free admission (donations are accepted) and street parking is available nearby. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first Friday of every month for “First Fridays” from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Knowledgeable docents are available on hand to answer questions and offer more insight into the pieces currently on display.
The exhibitions will be changing over the next few months, so be sure to keep an eye out for current and upcoming exhibitions on their website. I can’t wait to come back soon, not only to check out the new exhibitions but also to explore the Eau Gallie Arts District as a whole!
Have you been to the Foosaner Art Museum? Any plans to visit the Space Coast soon? Sound off in the comments below!