Vero Beach Art Club
Vero Beach Art CLub

Club Information

History

The Club is chartered by the State of Florida as a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation.

Our officers and board serve without compensation and consist of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and five Directors with one paid employee. The Club office is located at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach Florida 32963.

Our relationship with the museum originated when the Club joined with the Alliance For the Arts in creating the present Vero Beach Museum of Art facility originally named the Center for the Arts.The Vero Beach Art Club was formed in 1936 by six dedicated artists who called their group the "Vero Beach Sketch Club" incorporating as the Vero Beach Art Club in 1954. Having served the community for over 75 years, the Club which has grown to a membership of over 500 members varying by year, is one of the nation’s largest art clubs. In 1978, the VBAC began negotiations with the City of Vero Beach to obtain a site for the purpose of building an Art Academy and Gallery. After the Club was granted an option for space in the Riverside Park Complex they began a cooperative relationship with the Alliance for the Arts in an attempt to further interest in the building of an art-centered facility. The City of Vero Beach deeded the land to the Art Club and after much discussion an agreement was signed between the Alliance, the Art Club and the City of Vero Beach, to create a building known as the Center for the Arts. In 1981 they broke ground on the present site of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and was established with the Art Club and the Museum as co-tenants in the building on Riverside Park Drive.

Our members gladly volunteer their skills enabling the Club to provide a host of services to the communities of Indian River County including art classes, open studios, demonstrations, lectures, shows, and scholarships. Exhibition opportunities occur throughout the year.

The Club's annual Under the Oaks outdoor art show in March at Riverside Park is a major nationally acclaimed event which attracts artists and fine craftsmen from across the country. Art in the Park at Humiston Park is a venue for many of our members to display and sell their art outdoors monthly from November through April. Our Art by the Sea exhibition is a judged, prestigious member exhibit held at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in January.

Members are offered other opportunities to exhibit i.e. the Indian River County Courthouse and the Indian River Main County Library. Exhibitions are often accompanied by receptions hosted by the Club.

Our monthly membership meetings, held on the first Thursday of each month, include a program or art demonstration by renowned guest artists followed by refreshments and socializing.

Members are offered continuing education through Club-sponsored workshops and an open studio program monitored by Club members.

Two annual functions are held each year: The Installation Luncheon in May in which the officers are installed and the Annual Holiday Party in December.

The Vero Beach Art Club is rich in history and reputation. It promotes the arts by way of educational scholarships, enrichment programs and community projects. It encourages and supports the appreciation and creation of fine art and crafts.


For other community cultural events, try these web sites:
www.vbmuseum.org,
www.cultural-council.org, www.verobeach.com