Visual Arts Association
VAA President: Arrachme, 828-230-6613
Please feel free to call, email, or text.
Next Meeting: 3rd Friday monthly Sept thru June - LaHacienda Center 12:30pm The VAA meets monthly at La Hacienda Recreation Center at 12:30 PM for a light lunch followed by a meeting and presentation. There will be a 50/50 raffle and in addition, gift certificates are given away. We hope to see you and remember guests are always welcome.
Newsletter deadline: 5pm last day of month
New to VAA or The Villages - Art in The Villages lists opportunities for artists
Continuing Exhibits: LaGalleria @ LaHacienda, Annex @ Sumter County Rte 466
Lifelong Learning College Workshops and details available at Links or call 352.753.3035
Students - Art Scholarships
Go to Forms to get the scholarship information, and good luck!
March Program: WHAT DO I DO TO INSPIRE A NEW COMPOSITION?
How do I create my own individual style?
Our March speaker is David D'Alessandris. You may recognize him as a
judge of recent VAA shows. Maybe you've seen his award winning art
in local shows and galleries in Ocala or Belleview? His art is
unique and distinctive. David earned his BFA at Indiana University
and did post graduate art work at Carnegie-Mellon in PA and the
Huntington Museum of Art in WV. Certainly he was influenced by his
career of thirty years in creative product marketing for major
worldwide corporations. His work involved travel around the world
which he claims adds flavor to his creations. Now he paints full
time and enjoys a productive career in art making. His art hangs in
corporate collections throughout the United States. David will share
what motivates his painting style and how we can find inspiration
for new compositions and learn to create a style of our own.
Our goal is to continue to explore and create opportunities for VAA artist to express themselves, share their beautiful works and enjoy the experiences that the art world affords them. We, the committees and volunteers have been fine tuning our systems for several months now. You as a member have commented on the positive improvements of which, I as your president am thrilled that they are so effective. With continued improved efficiencies and educational programs, we will create nurturing environments for all; the first time art maker all the way to the artist that works professionally in the international art scene. There is something in the VAA for everyone. Thank you to the many new additions to the volunteer teams. IT’S WORKING!!! Please accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude to every member of the VAA. You are all important. My door is always open and my phone is always on.
VAA artists - Kudos, Honors, etc - March
Carol Basso and Ruth Ann Maury were selected to show in the Ocala Art Group’s Invitational Exhibitions: Best of 2013. Show.
Duain Vierow will be featured at United Church of Christ Festival of Art and Spirit February 15.
On March 8th and 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Fundraiser and Art Show at Rainbow Springs State Park. Gallery East, Florida Artists Gallery, and Ocala Art Group will come together to offer their finest artwork for sale. Several VAA are members of these groups, and will have their artwork for sale at this event.
Three VAA members won awards in the Leesburg Art Association Spring Show 2014 judged by Derek Gores, internationally recognized artist: Best of Show - Ruth Ann Maury for "Birds of a Feather" - watercolor on Yupo; Award of Achievement - Lisa Woodward for "Duck, Duck" - mixed media; Honorable Mention - Marge McQueston for "Nikki" - watercolor.
Ruth Ann Maury will be a guest speaker at the Colored Pencil Painters Guild's Second Annual Spring Jubilee Show & Sale March 8. Ruth Ann's presentation titled "Creative Processes: Inside an Artist's Mind" will be held in the Tea Room/Study from Noon - 12:45 pm at Colony Cottage Recreational Center.
Diane Andrus, Susan Donohoe, and Ruth Ann Maury will be making a
guest appearance March 22 as a trio of watercolorists: Three Artful
Women. They will be painting in the studio at The King's Gallery, on
Main Street, just off Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages FL,
from 3-7 pm.