Fort Lauderdale Art Salons
Venetian Arts Society welcomed more than 100 members and guests to a magical and surreal DALI FINALE for our August Art Salon at New River Fine Art on East Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale last Friday night. This was another first for VAS on so many levels and continued our reputation for creating unique, prestigious, educational, and “fun” happenings! What an amazing way to end the 2012-2013 season!
Everyone enjoyed a Champagne Reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts (by Lenora Nolan Ryan Catering), great conversation and interaction, not to mention the rare opportunity to view a landmark exhibit of over 100 original drawings, watercolors and many of surrealist master Salvador Dali’s most beautiful suites.
Lisa Burgess, owner of New River Fine Art, share some wonderful history and insight about Salvador Dali: A Surreal Collection. “Dali was many things to many people: painter, etcher, sculptor, magician and aspiring alchemist,” Mrs. Burgess said. New River Fine Art was named manager of a compelling collection of over 800 original works and master prints by Salvador Dali from the estate of the late Baron Philippe du Noyer de Lescheraine. “From the huge crowd that attended the opening night and the standing-room only lecture by Dali authority Bernard Ewell the following day… to the many people who visited the gallery, it is proof positive that Dali is still one of the most important artists of the 20th Century,” Lisa added. The final day of the exhibit is Saturday, August 31st.
Another special component of the evening was the fact that our special guests of the evening were the Opera Society and the Friends of the Museum of Art! We are extremely honored that so many of you attended and hope you will all join the VAS family!
What an amazing way to end the 2012-2013 season and kick off the upcoming 2013-2014 season, which begins with a Gala Anniversary Salon with a our new film documentary honoring the life and career legendary opera star Virginia Zeani on Saturday, September 28that Cinema Paradiso. We are entering the international arena, as our film is part of a lecture series that includes Milan, Italy and Santiago, Chile…so far!
In October, we begin the second season of our master international vocal series UP CLOSE & PERSONAL at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale with a concert and masterclass featuring, Leona Mitchell, Metropolitan Opera Star.
For all our artist-members, VAS is now accepting entries for the 1st Annual VAS Juried Art Competition and Exhibition to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts. The exhibition is limited to members of the Venetian Arts Society with a registration fee of 50.00. All current memberships are up for renewal by September 1, 2013. To join VAS or renewal information please go to http://www.VenetianArtsSociety.org or call Willie at 954-709-7447.
50 pieces will be chosen for the competition. The Exhibition/Competition will be held within one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier businesses from November 9, 2013 through January 1, 2014 and will offer our members the opportunity exposure in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s business district, compete for prizes, and negotiate sales.
Make sure you all join or re-new your memberships, VAS is moving onto the next level…this train is getting ready to leave the station for new and wonderful worlds!