Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD)
create | PRESERVE | REVITALIZE | BE YOU...IN FULL COLOR.
WHAT WE DO...
..we are a catalyst for the revitalization of historic downtown of Eau Gallie. We work to preserve and enhance all the resources that make us EGAD. Without our natural, historical and cultural assets—and talented makers that comprise our community—we’d be like any other city.
GET TO KNOW…SHAMBALA
Shambala owner, Valorie Cockman, said she had no idea she knew how to paint until she took a class. By the end of the class, something just clicked. A painter was born. She started buying canvases and painted until she had an inventory, but no idea what to do with it.
In 2017, she opened Shambala in the arts district because she saw space available in the courtyard by Eau Gallery (formerly Art & Antiques Studio). Hidden in the back of the courtyard, she was hard to find, but a recent move to the front space directly on Highland has been good for business.
Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, she married, worked as a hairdresser and pet sitter and she and her husband traveled to see daughters living on opposite both coasts. About 16 years ago, her husband’s business brought her to Florida where she decided to take a class in pastels at BCC (now Eastern Florida) where it clicked.
Valorie paints on canvas and paints creative things on palm fronds, where requests for custom fronds have been strong. Shambala sells jewelry, accessories, gifts and she has a special fondness for fair trade items. Valorie had never done retail either, but she considers the whole adventure a gift she wasn’t expecting. Valorie is having a blast and selling what she loves. In any downtime, she paints and takes care of the plants in the courtyard. If you have an appreciation for fair trade merchandise, let Valorie show you what it’s all about. Located at 1419 Highland Avenue (across from Mather’s Cake Shop), Valorie is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. Find her on Facebook at @shambalamelbourne. Call (321) 508-5351.
EAU GALLIE SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS
EGAD’s Design Committee, led by chair, Andrew Roman, has overseen the repainting of the Eau Gallie Square monument, as well as the Eau Gallie Pier monument to look fresh and modern. This was a joint effort between the City of Melbourne Parks & Recreation and EGAD with hand painting of the lettering and the sailboat symbol by Mike McCloskey. The costs were shared by both parties. Here’s AFTER (LEFT) and BEFORE.