Vero Beach Art Club History

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Celebrating 82 Years - since 1936

The Vero Beach Art Club, formed in 1936, is an independent, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization serving its members and the Vero Beach art community through, education, exhibitions, social events and monthly meetings with special programs and guest artist demonstrators. The public is always welcome to attend monthly general meetings.

Picture of our Founder Jeanette Beach by Mary Taylor Young 1939

Picture of our Founder Jeanette Beach by Mary Taylor Young 1939

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 At-Large Directors with one full time and one part time 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 81 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, scholarships and workshops. Exhibition and sale opportunities occur throughout the year. 

The Club's annual Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Craft Show and sale is comprised of artists awarded admittance through Juried Art Services Judges and is held in March at Riverside Park. It is a major nationally acclaimed event which attracts over 200 artists and fine craftsmen from across the country. Art in the Park held on most Sundays from October - April at Humiston Park is a venue for many of our members to display and sell their art outdoors. Our Art by the Sea exhibition and sale is a judged, prestigious member exhibit and sale held at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in January. New Dimensions exhibition and sale is another juried and judged event held at the Marsh Island Country Club in March. Art-Tini was an event held by Springhill Suites Marriott in which artists exhibit and sell their work, proceeds go to benefit of a local school of Springhill Suites choosing through 2017. Art Trail is held each December and is open to all local artists (10 are chosen for the event). Tickets are sold and local artists open their studios to showcase their work and what goes into creating these special pieces. 

Members are offered other opportunities to exhibit their art. The Indian River Main County Library Exhibit is changed quarterly with no application fee. and open to all current members. The Member's Invitational Exhibit is at the Vero Beach Museum of Art with two exhibitions separated alphabetically (A-K and L-Z). The event is located in the Hazel Education Studio Gallery of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and is free to view during normal museum hours. Admission is not required for this exhibit when entering through the Education Wing. The office now has a gallery open monthly for artists to exhibit artwork at no charge.

Our monthly membership meetings, held on the first Thursday of each month, include a program or art demonstration by renowned guest artists in October, November, January, February, March and April. We offer refreshments and socializing before the meeting and they are open to the public. December and May we have a luncheon. June, July, August and September meetings are held in members’ homes with members bringing their artwork to share for our Community Within a Community.

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 General Meeting/Luncheon an Installation of newly elected Officers in May and the Annual Holiday Party in December.

We have also participated in painting several murals throughout the community to promote the arts and awareness of our rich history and natural surroundings.

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.

Club Historian: Agnes Manganelli
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