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About the Visual Arts Association

History

In 1995 Sumter County officials agreed to a proposal from the group of 12 artists and provided free gallery space in the Sumter Sheriffs Annex in return for an opportunity to have fine art on their walls. Thus the Visual Arts Association was born. As the group expanded, it needed more structure, and in 1997 Bylaws were approved, officers elected and an Executive Board formed. These bylaws have been updated regularly due to the needs to accommodate growth opportunities. As may be seen in the venues listed in this Membership Year Book and on the web site, the VAA now provides many opportunities for members.

Mission Statement

The Visual Arts Association is a “not for profit” organization that encourages members in their various fine art endeavors. Membership is open to all residents of The Villages who share an interest in fine arts. A number of venues allow members to show their art and to learn and advance their skills. A demonstration by a guest artist at meetings promotes interest and instruction in various techniques. The VAA promotes the Workshops of the Life Long Learning College throughout the year. The association supports local high school students with the opportunity to apply for scholarships.

MEETINGS

Membership meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Friday of each month at 12:30 pm in the Ricardo Montalban Room of La Hacienda Recreation Center. The Executive Board also meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 9:30 am of La Hacienda Recreation Center.

Effective January 19,2018, the meeting times have been changed to 9:00 for the Board meeting and 10:30 for the General Meeting.