Executive Director's Message
Welcome to summer at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. As we transition from season to summer we can can look forward to two new exhibitions: one devoted to the marvelous mixed-media paintings by James Prosek titled Ocean Fishes, and the second, a multi-media exhibition drawn from the permanent collection. A number of interpretive programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibitions including a video on Prosek, along with a postcard station where children can create postcards to send to family or friends and tell them about what they've seen. We will be partnering with the Indian River Land Trust for a 500-gallon salt water fish tank, and a special Treasure Hunt gallery activity to engage young children. Books by James Prosek will be available for sale in the Museum Store.
Summer Art Camp opened on June 15 and runs until August 7. Hands-on, art-making classes filled with creative adventures await your young artists. Parents can sign up their children for mornings or afternoon, or for a full day with supervised lunch break. There are also supervised early drop off and late pick-up available. Visit the Museum's website or call (772) 231-0707 for more registration information. The summer term for adults also begins on June 15 with classes offered in ceramics, photography, drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. Come spend an evening at the Museum and learn a new medium or perfect one you're already using.
The Circle, the Museum's philanthropic women's group, held their final meeting in April and voted by ballot to contribute $30,000 to help fund the Museum's involvement in the Moonshot Moment, the School District's goal to increase literacy among our children and have 90% of all third graders reading at grade level by 2018. These funds will support elementary teachers and master coach training in arts integration techniques at the Museum in conjunction with The Learning Alliance. The Museum also received a major grant from the Indian River Community Foundation to continue the Moonshot Masterpiece program to support teachers working with the Museum on creating activities that are curriculum-based, for engaging with a work form the permanent collection to promote and increase oral language and literacy skills. These programs are at the core of the Museum's community impact efforts, along with its Art for Health's Sake initiative.
With a generous grant from the Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation of New Mexico, the Museum will be renovating the Leonhardt Auditorium this summer. Having already upgraded the sound and projection equipment, and added a hearing loop for hearing impaired patrons, it is now time to upgrade the seats, replace the carpeting, and refurbish the stage and its apron. By the season's first Film Studies class this fall, the facelift should be complete.
While Vero Beach is a little less crowded during the summer, the Museum remains a hub of activity. We look forward to a very productive summer and for those who remain in Vero Beach during this period, we hope you will visit often. We wish you all safe travel and fun-filled, healthful summer. Thank you again for your continued support.
Lucinda H. Gedeon, Ph.D.