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VAS Art Salon Social: The Art & Culture of the Seminole Indians!

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         In Honor of the 500th Anniversary of the State of Florida

Venetian Arts Society Celebrates the Art & Culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida

Venetian Arts Society, in partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, presents an Art Salon on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6-9 pm to open an exhibition of Contemporary Seminole Art. This extraordinary exhibition will feature the work of Elgin Jumper, Jimmy Osceola, and other prominent South Florida Seminole Artists and will be on display through July 20, 2014 at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s New River Inn located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

The Art Salon will feature The Creative Process of the Seminole Artist by Elgin Jumper and the personal insights of Mike Osceola, a descendant of Chief Osceola, who led the Seminoles against the United States during the Seminole Wars.

Nilda Comas, celebrated international artist, will also be in attendance to present and discuss the historic Seminole Girl Sculpture Project: FLORIDA that she and Elgin Jumper have created as a permanent tribute for downtown Fort Lauderdale to honor the magnificent Seminole Indian heritage.

Venetian Arts Society is proud and honored to accept the challenge to raise the funds for the installation ofFLORIDA, selling 500 2” x 6” ceramic tiles for $100 each. These colorful tiles will be painted by Seminole Indian children with the names of people, businesses, loved ones and installed around all sides of the base of the sculpture. The Seminole Tribe has already donated $50,000 for the sculpture and the City of Fort Lauderdale donated the land where it will stand at Stranahan Landing, directly across the New River from Stranahan House Museum.


 FLORIDAwill also have an interactive feature to swipe your smart phone to hear Seminole Indian children singing in Mikasuki, the language of the tribe and elders of the tribe will tell stories of the various Seminole traditions and folklore. 

Stranahan Landing is located at 500 S. New River Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

The New River Inn is located at 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, part of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s Historic Campus.

   10.00 VAS Members             30.00 Non-Members & Guests


To RSVP, please contact Willie Riddle at or call (954) 709-7447. To purchase a tile go to

As all our VAS Art Salons, we will combine music and cuisine with the visual arts and storytelling, for what is sure to be one of our most unusual, informative, and exciting evenings to date.

About the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) brings the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations. Believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, the FLHS collects, preserves and shares material from our community’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.


With education as the primary focus FLHS offers public lectures and workshops; publish teacher resource materials; arrange school and general group tours and activities; support scholarly research through significant research assistance; maintain a 1907 house museum and three other 1905 historic structures, and a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions, and operate a research center that has functioned uninterrupted for more than 50 years.


About the Venetian Arts Society

The Venetian Arts Society is a not-for-profit cultural arts organization that highlights the multi-cultural diversity of our community through the visual and performing arts in an intimate and interactive Art Salon atmosphere.  Image


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