Vero Beach Art Club

Committee Chairs for the 2017-2018 Season

Shows & Sales Committee Chairs

Art by the Sea

Sherry Haaland * 772-562-7384

Judy Rixom * h:772-562-1107 or c:772-453-9634

Art in the Park

Caroline Frederiksen * 772-228-8602 or 772-228-4995

Eileen Farrell * 772-794-2489

Art on the Island

Rosemary Polsky-Newman * 917-689-5268

Diana S. Tokarz

Art Trail

Rae Marie Crisel * 317-670-5456

Ray McLendon * 772-321-2802

Art-tini Night by SpringHill Suites Marriott

Patricia Padoll, Chair * 239-849-1073

Xaque Gruber, Co-Chair * h:772-234-2461 or c:223-547-1188

Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Craft Show

Sue Dinenno * 772-321-8701

Jodi Woodall (sponsors) * c: 863-673-0083

Roz Duflo (financial) * c:716-785-2773

Educational & Other Committee Chairs

Artists Gallery

Eileen Lovre is our Chair for the online Artists Gallery. She contact members who have signed up, to give them their login information and directions for managing their webpage. Please contact her if you are interested in joining our Artists Gallery or have any questions.

Eileen Lovre


Deirdre Bugbee handles our correspondence with members, sending a card to wish them well when they are ill, or sending bereavement when a loved one has passed. Please contact Deirdre and the office if you know if someone in need of some words of encouragement.

Deirdre Bugbee * 772-231-8477 or 772-321-0513

Cultural Council Liaison

Mary Ellen Koser is our liasion to the Cultural Council of Indian River County. They provide collaboration, support and networking for all the arts in Indian River County. She provides a valuable connection with the fine arts community in our little slice of the Treasure Coast.

Mary Ellen Koser * 772-562-5445 or 772-971-3790 *


Dawn Mill coordinates our Giving Programs with area schools, art teachers and other art organizations. She also spearheads the Scholarship program for local graduating seniors who wish to pursue an art related course of study at an accredited higher learning institution. See the Scholarship page for details.

Dawn Mill * 772-559-9795

Festival of Trees

Each year we participate in Festival of Trees to help support the Riverside Children's Theatre. Our members create ornaments to match the theme chosen for the current year and also make a tree skirt and help with the decorating. The trees are auctioned off to benefit the Riverside Children's Theatre.

Bobbie Matus

Fun Czar

Our Fun Czar is always on the lookout for a fun event or outing to enrich our members in the area of art. From the Plein Air Paintouts we have at Rock City Gardens to trips to museums in Florida, she is always open to ideas. Please contact Betsy if you have an idea or suggestion.

Betsy Kurzinger * 772-562-9694 or 859-624-1820


Agnes Manganelli documents our history in albums and files to help up maintain an accurate record of our more than 8 decades. She is happy to accept newspaper or magazine clippings, historical articles or any other mention of our Art Club or one of its members. These may be dropped off in the office during normal office hours.
3001 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach (on Orchid Island) just inside the Education Wing of the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm August - April. May - July we are closed on Fridays.

Agnes Manganelli * 772-794-0656


Susan Ivy and Peg Phenicie are our volunteer coordinators for our Finger Foods during our Social time at our General Meetings held at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. They are always looking for volunteers and people to bring snacks on platters and would appreciate any help you could provide.

Susan Ivy * 772-532-9033

Peg Phenicie * 321-693-2358

Indian River County Main Library Exhibit

Every quarter, our members submit artwork to be exhibited at the Indian River County Main Library. The exhibits are free to all members, and their contact information is available for patrons interested in purchasing their work. Please stop by to see our exhibits the next time you are there.

Lee G Smith * 772-978-0721

Rita Sprague * 772-794-9033


Our Annual Luncheon in May is also held offsite at a local restaurant and Holiday Luncheon is held each December at a local restaurant. Both events are organized by Agnes and fun for all to attend. She makes sure we have several wonderful meals to choose from at a discounted price.

Agnes Manganelli * 772-794-0656

Membership Discounts     

Members of the Vero Beach Art Club receive discounts from local retailers, art supply stores, framers and printers to name a few. Yana and Ray strive to find the best discounts available for our current members. Be sure to click on the button below for the current list of participating providers.

Yana Bitter * 772-978-7681

Ray McLendon * 772-321-5923

Members' Invitational Exhibit

The Members' Invitational Exhibit is held each fall in the Hazel Education Studio Gallery of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Vero Beach Art Club members are able to exhibit one piece of artwork for display with contact information and pricing if the item is for sale.

Dorinda Walker * 772-532-1402 or 772-564-8517

Miracle Mile Banners

Miracle Mile Banners are displayed in on the lampposts in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center. Banners are displayed for 18 months. Please click on the button below for details.

Rebecca Van Cordt * 339-221-0325

New Member Social

Every quarter we hold a New Member Social to welcome our new members to our Club. Current members may offer to volunteer their home for these events to earn volunteer hours for events. Click on the button below for details.

Lizdiel Ramos-Hering * 772-453-6600

New Member Welcome

Al is our Welcome to the Vero Beach Art Club greeter mailing our packet to our new members. It included the current newsletter, discounts, a membership card and more.

Al Norton * 772-778-9843 or 609-226-1643

Newsletter Mailing        

While most of our Art Club members view their newsletter on our website, Susan mails a hard copy to members who do not have internet access or the ability to view it online.

Susan Gancher * 772-778-2779

Open Studios

Open Studios are held each week from late September through mid April. There are two sessions, the Thursday Open Studio features a nude model, while our Friday Open Studio has a clothed model. Both sessions are open to anyone while Art Club members receive a discounted price ($10 for members, $15 for non- members).

Keith Mills (Portrait) * 732-298-3604

Cathleen Hahn (Figure Life) * 361-649-0141

Photography Volunteer Coordinator

Susan Gancher * 772-778-2779

Programs - Guest Demonstrators at our General Meetings

Our Programs Chair schedules the Guest Demonstrators at our General Meetings. We can use members, non-members or anyone with an art related topic for our members to learn about different mediums, techniques and more.

Paulette Visceglia * 302-256-3098

Currently seeking a Co-Chair. If interested, please contact Paulette.

Publicity and Public Relations Director

Our Publicity/PR Director Chair oversees all of our Press Releases, Advertising, and work with our Committee Chairs to make sure all of their needs are met. The Chair will contact local media organizations to, place ads and submit press releases as needed.

Camy DeMario * 818-309-3347

Volunteer Coordinator

We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator. Call the office for details 772-231-0303.

Welcome Greeters - at our General Monthly Meetings

Our greeters make sure you are properly welcomed to our monthly meetings and offer assistance/direction to our Sign In Table, help you find information and more. Be sure to say hello.

Emily Kubica * 321-684-0427

Elisha McKenzie * 772-410-7038


Throughout the year we hold Workshops in different mediums lead by artists. Some artists are local and members of our Club, others travel from other areas. We are always looking for new ideas for Workshops and people who are interested in leading a Workshop. Please click on the link below to fill our an idea form.

Betsy Kurzinger

Currently seeking a Co-Chair. If interested, please contact Betsy.