Vero Beach Art Club
Officers and Board of Directors
Our Officers and Board of Directors are volunteers who work tirelessly to make our Art Club a success. If you are interested in volunteering or have an idea you would like the Club to explore, please feel free to contact them.
After a long career as a Technical Publication Manager at Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut, I pursued my passion for fine art oil painting.
My love for seascapes developed from salt water fishing off of our boat in Long Island Sound. I was truly awed by the beauty and simplicity of the graceful sailing vessels.
My paintings have been accepted in juried art shows in Guilford, Ct., Madison, Ct, Old Lyme, Ct Backus Gallery, Under the Oaks and Art in the Park…many winning awards.
I am an active member of the Vero Beach Art Club and currently exhibiting my work and conducting oil painting classes for all levels at the Artists Guild Gallery in Downtown Vero Beach, FL
I have studied at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Paier School of Art, and have earned a BS in Business Management at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Dorothy Napp Schindel
Dorothy, who hails originally from New York City and the Berkshires in MA, worked for many years as a theater educator, director and scenic designer. She was artistic director of DramaMUSE Associates, a museum theater consultancy company that created drama based interpretive programs for major museums – such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. An award winning author, she holds degrees in both Theater and Museum Leadership, and studied at the renowned Brooklyn Museum Art School, Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts. In Massachusetts, she was the museum director of a one hundred year old historic quarry. Dorothy has been a board member of numerous arts and history organizations, and has served on the AOTI committee since its inception. She is a founding artist-owner of Gallery 14, where she is Manager of Publicity and Public Relations.
I've been Woodturning since 1994 and I started with the Gold Coast Woodturners of Ft. Laurderdale. I served on their Board for four years and as President in 2002 and 2003. I later joined the American Association of Woodturners and have been a member there since 1995. I've been a member of Hollywood Artist Guild, Treasure Coast Woodturners and Space Coast Woodturners.
“Joe has co-chaired Art in the Park, chaired Art by the Sea, set up and take down for Art-Tini and Art on the Island plus a whopper of a job as grounds keeper for Under the Oaks.
He may be a bit over qualified but we welcome him anyway.”
Mary Ellen Koser
My career in the fine arts has spanned many years beginning with two bachelors' degrees: BFA and BS in Ed. I have taught and worked in a variety of media but my medium of choice currently is Precious Metal ClayTM which is a unique clay-like material that lends itself it to a variety of techniques in jewelry making in Fine Silver.
I have been a member of the Art Club for over seven years. I have served on the nominating committee, volunteered frequently at Art by the Sea, Art on the Island, and Art Trail. I have hosted two summer pot luck meetings and have brought food to every meeting I have attended.
I have been on the Art Trail twice and in Under the Oaks for the fourth year this March.
Rae Marie Crisel
Rae Marie Crisel grew up in Kansas. After college, she spent a career in Indianapolis as a scientist and director for a large corporation. She and her husband also own a large farming operation, where they raised a family. Upon retirement, Rae Marie embarked upon her career in the arts.
She specializes in functional pottery collections that reflect both her plains heritage and the ocean environment. She features natural colors and images such as sunflowers, waves, and palms on her themed series. In addition, her wood fired series uses natural hardwood ash as the primary glaze material making each piece unique.
Rae Marie’s paintings reflect both plains and Florida landscape scenes. She loves plein-aire painting, and she takes photographs and makes sketches on site to catch the “spirit” of the subject.
Rae Marie’s personal studio and gallery are located at, 7707 Highway 1 Suite 8, Vero Beach, FL 32967
She can be reached at 317-670-5456, or through E-mail at email@example.com. Her work is also displayed at Flametree Gallery on 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL.
( MEETING LOCATION:
Vero Beach Museum of Art - Gonzalez Room (in the Education wing)
3001 Riverside Park Dr. Vero Beach, FL 32963
General Club Meetings are the first Thursday of the month with the Board Meetings held the day before on Wednesday. Board Meetings are from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.