Executive Director's Message
Summer is upon us at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and we have some art that is “Out of This World” to share! Seventy-one works of art commissioned and collected by NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration — will be on view from the Kennedy Space Center beginning June 25th in the Holmes Gallery. A large number of significant artists, including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, William Wegman and Jamie Wyeth, among others, who work in a variety of media, and explore various themes that embrace and celebrate the glorious achievements of the U.S. space program will be featured. In conjunction with the exhibition, Kidz Art Shop participants and Summer Art Campers will be creating their own “spacescapes,” and designing UFOs and space invaders. Adults will also have the opportunity for signing up for a special 4-part summer Film Studies course that focuses on great early movies about outer space and the sci-fi genre they influenced, as well as two free presentations on Saturdays, June 25 and September 24, which explore the History of the U.S. Space Program, and the Women of NASA by speakers associated with the Kenney Space Center. Also on view will be two exhibitions drawn from our permanent collection that you won’t want to miss.
Summer Art Camp opens June 13 and runs through July 29. Parents can visit the Museum’s web site or call 772 231 0707 for registration information. Summer adult classes, and the popular Cork, Canvas & Company are also being offered and we encourage you to spend an evening at the Museum learning a new medium or creating a “keep sake” over wine and hors d’oeuvres with some friends!
Now in its seventh year, the Museums philanthropic women’s group, The Circle, has made a major contribution to our education programs once again and voted by ballot to fund school programs at Indian River Academy, The Elementary School S.T.E.A.M. Program, Fellsmere Adopt-a-School and a portion of our Art for Heath’s Sake programs. We are most grateful to these 126 women who by collective majority choice, support our on-going school and community impact programs.
This past April 21, the Museum held its Annual Membership Meeting at which Board Chair Scott Alexander gave heartfelt thanks to retiring Board members: Theodore Berghorst, Dorothy Currie, George Higgs, John Kean, Joan Lahey and Judith Schneebeck; and members voted to elect Sharon Dixon, Madeline Long, and Connie Patterson as new members of the Board. In addition, they elected Roberta Titelman back to the board for a three year terms, and re-elected Kjestine Bijur, Susan Lawson Bouma, Ellen Ferro, and Ronald McGlynn for a second three year term. At the Board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Sandra Rolf was elected to be the new Chair of the Board; Herbert Aspbury was elected Vice Chair; Bernard Kastory was elected Treasurer and Rose Ciampa was elected Secretary each for (2) year terms.
In addition to the election, it was announced at the Annual Membership meeting that the Museum has moved into the next, more public phase of its Endowment Campaign: Invest Today, Shape Tomorrow Impact Forever. The funds raised from this phase will support a special Endowment Fund for our various Community Impact Programs, which benefit hundreds of individuals in Indian River County. The Campaign has many dimensions and will be unveiled more thoroughly over the course of the summer and fall of this, our 30th year, but this summer we will be developing our “Community Impact Wall,” of which we invite you and your children to participate. Your child’s artwork can have a permanent place in the Museum’s history, and its future. Purchase a tile for just $20 which your child will decorate and thereafter it will be placed on the exterior vestibule walls to the Art School’s entrance. We look forward to your participation.
As noted within these pages, the Museum remains a hub of activity even in the hazy days of summer. We hope to see many of you here for our exciting “space age” summer programs and should you be travelling and heading to northern climes we wish you safe travel and a healthy and enjoyable summer. Thank you for your on-going and generous support.
Lucinda H. Gedeon, Ph.D.