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. See meeting dates and location at the bottom of the page.

 2018-2019 Board of Directors inducted at our Annual Luncheon and Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018 Left to Right: Paul Davis, Joyce Kindel, Susan Gancher, Camy De Mario, John McAleer, Sara Shankland, Ray McClendon, Rosemary Polsky-Newman, Rae Marie Crisel and Dorothy Napp Schindel

2018-2019 Board of Directors inducted at our Annual Luncheon and Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018
Left to Right: Paul Davis, Joyce Kindel, Susan Gancher, Camy De Mario, John McAleer, Sara Shankland, Ray McClendon, Rosemary Polsky-Newman, Rae Marie Crisel and Dorothy Napp Schindel

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Rosemary Polsky-Newman


Camy De Mario
Vice President

Camy is an artist, author and illustrator. She was born and raised in Milan, Italy until she moved to the United States in 1995.

Since a very young age she was inspired by art, writing and animation (no wonder Walt Disney is her mentor!) Both of her parents were also artists and her mom was a theater actress.

Camy started her career as a children’s book author and illustrator about ten years ago while living in a small island of the Bahamas with her husband and their youngest children. She wrote, illustrated and published her first picture book “The World of Happy, Let’s All Be Friends” and because of her artistic talent, she was asked by her children school’s Principal to teach art classes to the elementary students. Camy spent the next few years in collaborating with the school with art projects and fundraising events.

After the family moved back to the United States, first California and later back to Florida, Camy also immersed herself into painting, especially acrylic and mixed media.

Creativity helped her overcome challenging times and so she became interested in art therapy classes. She took a few courses and became certified in “Therapeutic Arts”. She was offered to volunteer here in Vero Beach, FL at “The Source” poor and homeless shelter, to help their clients cope with their struggles and relieving them through art therapy classes.

Camy shared her passion for “doodling” and her new “Intentional DoodlingTM” activity.

She still writes, paints and freelance as an illustrator, although one of her main goals is to complete her pitch for “The World of Happy” animated TV series.


Joyce Kindel

I have always loved to draw since my teens and always dreamed of becoming an artist. Life happened and I became a mother of four wonderful children alongside my career as an accountant. Helping my children with art displays and posters over time kept me very creative.

In the 1980’s I was able to pursue the arts with informal training classes and then onto workshops with some very talented and leading artists.

I started with pen and inks, tried pastels and acrylic. Then I fell in love with oils. I am enthralled with the beauty of tropical plants. I find painting Plein-aire to be my way of communicating with nature. When painting I try to capture the way I feel when having the privilege of being of being at a beautiful vista or intimate scene. My emotions are uplifted when looking deeply into nature’s way of creating her most intricate flowers and colorful plants; there is pure joy in putting brush to canvas and painting. My hope is to share that joy with you through my creations.

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John McAleer
Assistant to the Treasurer

After  finishing  college as an English major in liberal arts, I taught elementary school,  then  moved on into business.  Beginning in sales- marketing with a fortune 500 corporation, I soon advanced into management. After 10 yrs,  I switched  careers  and  joined a family owned company as Gen. Mgr.,  handling mergers and acquisitions.  Five years later I joined an ergonomic manufacturer selling and promoting ergonomic  seating and workstations.  Within a few years,  I was  owner and President of the Work-Rite/Sit-Rite Co.

Art,  golf,  and travel  are   personal  passions,  that  coincide with  precious family  time.  Creatively,  my hobbies include photography,  which has  evolved  into oil painting.  Currently my oil paintings tend towards realism,  abstract realism,  and color experimentation. 


Dorothy Napp Schindel
Recording Secretary

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.

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Ray McLendon


Sara Shankland

My career in the fine arts spans several decades beginning with two degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education.

Through the years I have taught and worked in a variety of media: drawing, print making, sculpture, and oil painting.

My medium now is Precious Metal Clay ™ a unique clay-like material of .999 pure silver. Its malleability allows my jewelry designs to range from the whimsical to the decorative to wearable art; dramatic ‘statement’ pieces to smaller, delicate pieces creating sophisticated and unique wearable art created with the priceless durability of pure silver and 24kt. Gold vermeil.


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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  Her work is also displayed at Flametree Gallery on 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL.


Paul Davis


Susan Gancher

George Paxton
Ex Officio


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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.


September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 31, 2018 (November meeting)
December 5, 2018

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