Local artist exhibit complements national traveling show

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Judy Burgarella’s Six Roosters

Member artists of the Cultural Council of Indian River County responded with enthusiasm and creativity when the Vero Beach Museum of Art offered gallery space to show their works during the Museum’s main exhibit, American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection.

As part of the Art in Public Places initiative, the Contemporary Folk Art Member Exhibit will be on display Oct. 27 through Nov. 28 in the Patten Community Gallery in the Education wing of the museum.

Asked to submit works in the style of Folk Art, 25 artists brought forth their interpretation of a traditional form with a contemporary flair. In this eclectic and creative collection, complementing the Museum’s main exhibition is a variety of works composed of canvas, clay, basketry, wood, textile, resin, recycled and repurposed materials.

Viola Knudsen’s Pine Needle sculpture

“This is a very special invitation from the Vero Beach Museum of Art,” says Alicia Quinn, CCIRC Board Chair. “It’s a unique honor for our local artists and a great boost for our Art in Public Places program.”

To view the American Folk Art Museum Collection in the Holmes and Titleman Galleries and the Contemporary Folk Art in the Patten Community Gallery, the Vero Beach Museum of Art hours are: Mondays, Closed, Tues. through Sat., 10 am to 4:30, Sun., 1 pm to 4 pm. Museum Admission is not required to visit the Patten Community Gallery. Please check the VBMA website for COVID-19 visitor guidelines. 

Sheila McAvoy Sister’s Sunbeams Quilted Wall Hanging

The Cultural Council’s Art in Public Places has four venues of exhibition, the Indian River County Courthouse, Indian River County Administration Buildings A and B, the Intergenerational Recreation Center and the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. New shows are rotated regularly every three to four months.

The Art in Public Places program is made possible through a grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Arts and Culture. The Division promotes the arts and culture as essential to quality of life for all Floridians.

The Cultural Council of Indian River County, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, promotes visual, literary and performing arts through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. It is the county’s designated arts agency. For more information, visit www.Cultural-Council.org or phone 772-770-4857.

Merana Cadorette’s Spilt Milk Clay 6 inches

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