Vero Beach Art Club
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June 2019 Dorinda Walker
Bio: My life with clay began in high school, 3 years learning and playing in the mud. then the real world of college and family and work took over for the next 35 years. But I knew when there was time I would revisit my love of pottery. Moving to Vero Beach gave me that opportunity to relearn those skills and more, thanks to the programs at the Art museum and their wonderful instructors. I then found my passion for the Japanese firing technique of Raku. I built my home studio and have working towards developing and improving my skills as a potter in both hand built and wheel thrown pieces for the last 6 years now.
May 2019 Janet Grossarth
Janet with Afternoon in Giverny
Bio: Vero Beach, Florida and Lavallette, New Jersey are the places my husband John and I call home along with our golden retriever, Skippy. We have a wonderful family which includes our son John, his wife Kate, and grandchildren Emily and Will, our son Mark, his wife Kathy, and granddaughter Edie. After retiring as a public school teacher in Basking Ridge, N.J. I worked part time as a student teaching supervisor at Monmouth University. John and I became Florida residents three years ago and now split our time between Vero and Lavallette.
Art has become an amazing and fulfilling hobby for me. Throughout the year I take classes at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Ocean County Artists' Guild. Fabulous teachers have made me passionate about watercolor painting. It is fun and gives me an opportunity to learn, be creative, meet people and make new friends.
April 2019 Trude See
Bio: I have an unusual beginning, in fashion and retail. My husband was in the air force, so I have seen a lot of things and lived in a lot of unusual place. I experienced different kinds of art and saw different things in other countries where you get different perspectives and a great appreciation for creativity, beauty and color. The cultural influence in art from being in other countries or other states has been a big influence to me. I have really appreciated these experiences. My first art lesson was in Maine where I learned how to paint snow and grey skies. I had 3 little children and moved a lot so time was scarce for art. In some bases I had more free time than others, so I started doing florals in oil which was another way to putter around with something I love. While living in Washington DC I did a few things there. There are so many great galleries both national as well as others, which give you an enormous resource.
March 2019 Sharon Morgan
Bio: I studied fine art at Long Beach City College in California and applied that knowledge to various businesses throughout the years: Designing and building theatre sets and props as well as decor for themed corporate parties (1979-1985); Creating signage for large developments in south and central Florida (1985-1999) and since 2000, website design & maintenance. While operating these businesses, I continued to pursue painting and exhibiting my work in many juried shows in southeast Florida including the Hortt Competition at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the All Florida Competition at the Boca Raton Musuem of Art and the A.E. Backus Museum in Fort Pierce. In 2000 I was awarded the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award by the State of Florida for my series of Historical Mandalas and had a solo exhibit at the Capitol Building in Tallahassee and a 3 person show with other award winners at the Ormond Beach Museum & Gardens.
February 2019 Jean Ray Thompson
Bio: Art has been important to me all of my life. I was fortunate to grow up in Charleston, S. C., surrounded by the arts and encouraged by a number of teachers. I always loved expressing myself artistically, but my left brain influenced me to choose a career in business. After retirement, my artistic side flourished and I was again fortunate to find myself in a City of the Arts and Artists. Although primarily self-taught, I have been greatly influenced by a number of teachers and talented artists in Vero Beach. I was a member of the Artists Guild Gallery for almost 9 years; and value my time and experience with the wonderful artists there.
January 2019 Raymond Moriarty
Bio: Prior to trying my hand at canvas painting four years ago, I had been involved for thirty years or more in carving and painting birds and wildfowl. With this endeavor came the knowledge of mixing and blending color. I have been involved in photography most of my adult life and that I believe gives one an eye for light, contrast and color. With a clear mind and steady hand I hope to continue that witch brings me pleasure.
December 2018 Suzy Mellott
Bio: I studied graphic design for 2 years at Miami University before switching my major to accounting. I have always had an artistic venture going and have practiced water color, pastel, collage and oil painting, studying with many great teachers. I currently paint almost daily, at the Palm House Studio in Vero Beach or at my home studio in Marietta, Georgia.
November 2018 Marcy Von Kohorn
Bio: I paint in the ancient and disciplined technique of Chinese Brushwork and have studied with the internationally known Diana Kan.I have had 2 one person shows at the Elliott Museum in Stuart, Fl. I had a one person show at the Pen and Brush Club in New York City and I have had a show in Cairo, Egypt with Ayman Tahar.. I have been in group shows at the Norton Gallery in Palm Beach where I received first prize and at Lincoln Center in New York to mention a few. I have received 17 awards.
I belong to the National League of American Pen Women in art and I letters and the Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Club in New York City.I am represented in collections in the United States, Australia and New Zealand and Egypt.
My turtle "Florida Flo" sits outside of Hospice House and was painted when Vero Beach artists took part in Turtletrax.
October 2018 Kathryn Ramsey
Bio: I've always loved art, and like so many, never thought I had any talent to do it. Watercolor is my favorite medium and I took my first watercolor class in the early 1980's. At that time I was working full time and just didn't have the time or energy to paint much. When I switched to working part time in 2004, I started taking drawing classes and became interested in using colored pencils. I never thought or knew what wonderful art work you can get from them. I have gotten into the habit of painting most every day or doing something artistic since 2004. I try to spend 3 to 5 hours a day in my studio, when we are home. I have taken several watercolor workshops along the way, and a few in colored pencils, each time I learn something new. I hope to never stop learning and to always keep painting, art is a big part of my life. I've been in several juried shows in Mississippi, where we just moved from. I don't promote my art, or have a web site. I do my art for me, close friends, and family. I do put my art on my face book page!
September 2018 Juliet Bacchas
Bio: I grew up in beautiful Jamaica and moved to the US in 2001. I co-own the Juliet Rose Pottery Studio in Monson, Ma., for seventeen years now. I'm a graduate of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston Jamaica. While I was in college I was introduced to a very unique hand-building technique call African Coiling. African coiling originates in West Africa and is widely use in Jamaica. This is my predominant technique, which I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of. For 17 years I have traveled through the New England states with my best friend and business partner (Linda Spelko) doing art festivals and group exhibitions. In addition, I organized and taught Pottery classes and workshops (hand-building and wheel throwing) at our studio. I have also instructed workshops and demonstrations at the Springfield Museum in Springfield, MA; Umass Museum of Contemporary Fine Arts in Amherst, MA; Holyoke Art League in Holyoke, MA; Wilbraham Art League in Wilbraham, MA. My works are in locations such as The Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, MA; Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA; The Cornell Museum Gift Store in Florida.
August 2018 Wendy Prange
Originally from England, I have been a Cape Cod resident since 2000 and a Vero Beach snowbird since 1995. Cape Cod offers a natural affinity for me because similarities in landscape and the abundance of marine activity evoke many memories of my birthplace. As a child, I was always sketching but not until I retired and studied with Rita Ziegler of the Vero Beach Art Club did I realize that I had a latent talent for nautical oil painting. Now, I specialize in painting every kind of sailboat, tall ship, lighthouse and the numerous and beautiful New England beaches. I am an award winning member at the Cape Cod Art Association, Vero Beach Art Guild and a three year co-President of the Guild of Chatham Painters, where I am also a juried member and actively participate in the weekly 2-3 day outdoor art shows in Chatham, MA through the summer months.
July 2018 Steve Strickland
I studied art at East Carolina University in the late 60's I never finished thinking art was a tough career to make a living.
I eventually decided doing what you love is more important than money, as long as you can make a living doing that thing you love.
So in 1978 I began a full time career as an artist. I have tried almost everything and am grateful that I have gotten by.
And to make it better most of that time I have been blessed to live in places that inspire me, mostly Hawaii.
And now I have new inspiration and am looking forward to finishing my career here in Vero Beach.
As long as I can pick up a brush or pencil, I will continue.
June 2018 Felice Cirelli
As a long time drummer since the age of twelve, the arts have always been a part of my life. I first discovered my love of the visual arts back in 1973, when I took my first art class as an elective in college. My art teacher at the time entered several of my works in various shows, and to my surprise, I won several placements in these shows. I continued to paint for a few years post college, but eventually stopped. Around this point in my life, I became a teacher of the Social Sciences and soon started a family, putting my love of the arts to the side.
May 2018 Patricia A. Forelle
I started drawing and painting in kindergarten and never stopped! I was a studio art major in college concentrating in painting. My first job was as a stylist and costume designer. My interest and studies in history particularly French history (MA in french language and civilization NYU) led me to designing for opera and ballet in the 17th-19th c predominately. My sketches for the workroom were of interest to the companies for which I worked and continue to work - a 19th c opera in the 18th c style will be presented in NYC and Washington, D.C. in 2019 is my current project. Working in theatre led me to change mediums.
April 2018 Loren Harvard
My name is Loren Harvard and I am a 7th grade student at St. Helen's Catholic school in Vero Beach FL. I have attended the Diossy Art Studio for the last 3 years where I have learned techniques in drawing, painting and sculpting. I have always enjoyed doing any activity that is creative. Most recently, I have been participating as part of a drama club working with a team to create the set design for an upcoming school play. I am interested in continuing to learn about many different forms of art. My other passions in addition to art, are reading and musicals.
I really enjoy sketching in pencil and have recently started to use charcoal.
I have just always felt an urge to draw and express what I am thinking through pictures.
March 2018 Dawn Miller
I remember, as a child, discovering my Mother's easel in the basement. Tubes of color, cans of brushes and magic on the canvas. With seven children, she found time to teach me to draw. More than that, how to see.
The art community in Vero has been very supportive: I was hired onto the faculty of the VBMA, co-founded a successful Gallery and have been fortunate to teach, show and sell my work around the country. I now teach and paint in my home studio.
My principle medium is soft pastels, but I originally studied and worked in watercolor. Drawing is my backbone and I still delight in the simplicity of pencil and paper. I also work in acrylics and oil but always returned to the directness of pastels.
What inspires my art? Light. objects, people and places that age with grace, determination and dignity. The sea, sky and the peace of a marsh.
February 2018 Justine R Kovacs
Justine has undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University in Graphic Art and Applied Arts and pursued a career in Journalism. I am a certified landscape Consultant and Master Flower Show Judge. Over the years I have studied at the New School, NYC and with A. Getz, Betty Stroppel, Lee Hughs and most recently, John C. Traynor.
Her current artwork specialty is Plein Air Impressionism
She has always been interested in creating art whether on the page, in clothing, flower design, landscaping or on paper and canvas. My own painting career started out of a desire to have affordable art on our walls!
Her creative drive is brought out by a blank canvas.
January 2018 Carole Barton
Carole Barton was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. She attended Hood College and received a BS in Art Education from the University of Bridgeport.
After graduation, she taught Art K-6th grade in Stamford, Connecticut and attended classes at Silvermine Art Center.
Carole moved to Vero Beach in 1994 and became a Docent at the Center for the Arts, now the Vero Beach Museum of Art. She is also a Docent at the Gallery at Windsor.
She enjoys all subjects and methods of painting including watercolors, oils and colored pencil.
December 2017 Arlene Willnow
I began oil painting in the late 70's as a hobby. But did little with it. In 2010, my daughter took me to IR photo club. I began taking pictures of everything. Because of my excitement with photography, my children bought me a camera, tripod, and all sorts of attachments. I have been having a love affair with photography since. Recently I got out the oils and began doing some pictures. I have had no training in either photography or painting. Just really enjoy them.
Why do you create art?: I become totally involved. Very relaxing.
What turns on your creative drive?: I'm competitive - I want to find new ways to express beauty.
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November 2017 Yvonne Steere
Educated in Massachusetts universities, I hold a multidisciplinary baccalaureate in education, sociology and psychology. Pursuing education at the masters level, I received an MS in education specializing in teaching reading and writing to those challenged by important life skills. The arts proved to be a viable, functional avenue to open the door to the acquisition of these skills for many students. When mind, heart and hands work together, an individual brings learning to a different experience.
My own creative process has served me well learning in and outside of a structured classroom. It has been an avenue for spiritual, mental and physical healing. It has been the tool turned to when teaching and guiding. It is a lens to bring perspective.
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