Executive Director's Message
We’ve had a great summer at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in spite of warmer than usual temperatures and more rain. The exhibition, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic, has been a great hit and Summer Art Camp, with its new format of a weekly thematic focus, had a very positive response. The final week, each age level and class worked on a collaborative project called “Box City” resulting in a city fabricated from painted cardboard and found objects. This created city included a high school, amusement park, hotels, parks, beach scenes, and more. The kids not only had a great time but experienced a sense of pride in their accomplishment. The “city” was then put on public display for two weeks in the Holmes Great Hall and the Laura and Bill Buck Atrium.
I’m pleased to report that with support from The Circle, the Museum’s women’s giving circle, two Museum Art School faculty members, Kim Weissenborn and Dawn Miller, along with Education staff member Shanti Sanchez have taken part in the University of Florida’s Art and Healthcare Summer Intensive Certification Program in Gainesville. This training has positioned them to assist in the organization and implementation of new Museum Art School community engagement offerings in the area of art and healing, which we are calling “Art for Health’s Sake.” Having long offered programs for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for teens challenged with drug addiction, the Museum’s new initiatives seek to improve lives by harnessing and focusing the power of the arts to positively impact emotions, attitudes and beliefs, contributing to greater health and wellness for the individual. Additional initiatives we have been working on over the summer include partnering with The Learning Alliance to integrate the arts into their various programs focused on children’s literacy. This fall, we will continue to expand our work with the Learning Alliance to further advance arts integration into the Indian River County School District’s core curriculum.
Fall visitors will experience some new, added color to the lobby and education wing as we seek to enliven the physical public spaces, as well as new signage for the Museum Art School, which opened for fall registration on August 18. Our ever popular Film Studies will begin its first five-week course on Tuesday, September 30, with A SHOW OF CHARACTER: Visiting Some of Film’s Finest Character Actors.
As many of you already know, the 2014-2015 season for the Museum’s International Lecture Series has sold out. We are still offering tickets to a simulcast presentation in the Leonhardt Auditorium. These seats are also experiencing brisk summer sales, so if you want to hear this coming year’s vibrant speakers be sure to sign up soon. Participants will experience new and dynamic technical upgrades to the Holmes Great Hall and Leonhardt Auditorium including state-of-the-art projection and a new audio frequency induction loop system commonly referred to as a “hearing loop” for the hearing impaired.
In addition to our permanent collection, this September the Museum looks forward to presenting recent work by painter Carol Brown Goldberg (opening September 20), a group exhibition of kinetic sculpture (opening September 27) and in the Holmes Gallery Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art, opening to the public on October 18. This exhibition is a landmark survey of Haiti’s complex visual traditions from 1940 to the present. Ranging from vibrant paintings and sequin-covered textiles to sculpture created from reused oil drums and other found objects, the works put into context vodou beliefs and practices as well as document historical and political events and celebrations essential to Haitian culture.
Thanks to our members’ feedback, and after reviewing our Member guest admission policy, I’m pleased to announce our new guest admission benefit (see page 10 of The Quarterly for details). We will look forward to welcoming you to our new line up of exhibitions, art school classes and public programs for adults and families.
Lucinda H. Gedeon, Ph.D.