Exploring Eau Gallie Arts District

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, but finally found the time to do it. When I was in Florida over winter break, we spent part of the day in a nearby neighborhood called the Eau Gallie Arts District. Chase and I had visited this little area before, but I wanted to go back to a frame/gift shop. I wanted to visit Arts Expressions to get a pair of earrings & look at all the other goodies the owner has (like sugar skulls and handmade things), plus see Cha Cha, the store dog. We ended up spending more time than expected in the downtown because we walked through other art galleries and it happened to be the start of their First Friday event.

We got pizza from Chef Mario’s Cafe that was an old bank. The building is architecturally beautiful from the outside.


Murals are everywhere! The first two were on the walls of buildings, the second two a shop floor, & the last skulls on the sidewalk.



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The stage where the band was warming up for First Friday



Shop, gallery, & museum



Something unique about it was there were three different shops with pets! I love shop animals & happened to get a picture of the kitty in the arts supply store.


 This quote is from a newer art studio & I definitely agree with it


My artsy look for the day 🙂


I think this is a place that I will look forward coming back to because I’m excited to see how it develops as an art neighborhood. You can tell that they are really trying to push the arts. The area usually seems to be pretty deserted during the day, but I have heard that during the First Friday they get a great turn out and it has been growing since it started. I’m a big supporter of arts & entertainment planning, and I would love to work with it some day. Districts like these can be inspiring because of all the potential they offer for planners, artists, & business owners. If you live in the Melbourne, Florida area, explore this district!


3 thoughts on “Exploring Eau Gallie Arts District

  1. Hi Ashley! Thank you for visiting EGAD and for your thoughtful writings… you bet we are enjoying creating our little arts district. Next time you are in the area, let’s chat! My gallery is the Derek Gores Gallery, on Eau Gallie Blvd. I certainly look forward to your observations and suggestions as you continue your education. Might I suggest you peek at the book “The Walkable City” by Jeff Speck, if you haven’t already. Enjoy your school time!
    Derek Gores
    EGAD President of the Board of Directors

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post, Derek! It would be great to meet up with you the next time I am in the area. I’ll probably be visiting again over the summer, so I will try to shoot you an email when I plan on visiting. My class on Arts & Entertainment Planning was one of my favorites at Ohio State and I love seeing how different neighborhoods develop arts districts.

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