Sebastian River Art Club
Located in the beautiful City of Sebastian, Florida
The Sebastian River Art Club is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 150 members of diverse mediums who exhibit their works at local venues and within our own gallery space here in the Art Center.
Members actively participate on committees, working towards the benefit of the Club and the community, in addition to enjoying the benefits of painting and learning with others during our classes and open studio painting.
Hours: Gallery every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
New Class Schedule, additional classes added Monday through Saturday. See "Art Classes" Tab.
CLUBHOUSE & MAILING ADDRESS:
Sebastian River art Club
1245 Main Street
Sebastian, Florida 32958
Directions: from US Hwy 1 turn west onto Main Street, drive over the railroad tracks and the SRAC Art Center is on the right side at the end of the City Hall campus. There is an "Art Center" sign on the front of the building and on a monument sign out front.
FACEBOOK: Gallery, Sebastian River Art Club
Richard Gillmor, President, 772-918-3148
Donna Ware, Vice President - 757-999-0331
Vicky Lada, Treasurer - 772-584-1465
Georgene Granholm, Secretary - 908-337-9400
Kathy Gingras, Director - 772-321-4162
Christine Rosenberg, Director - 772-202-7372
Darlene Kratovel, Director - 717-825-3536
Judy McNamara, Past President - 321-258-0987
Art Around Town - Chair, Donna Ware, 757-999-0331
Bookstore - Donna Ware, 757-999-0331
City Hall - Chair, Carol Bennett, 772-202-7289
Dr. Davilla's Office, Chair, Richard Gillmor, 7729183148
North County Library, Chair, Roy Woodall, 772-581-5777
Sebastian Coffee, Tea, and Books, Chair, Donna Ware, 757-999-0331
Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Vicky Lada, 772-584-1465
Sebastian River Medical Center, Chair, Donna Ware, 757-999-0331
Wil's Family Dentistry, Chair, Donna Ware, 757-999-0331
Art By The River - Ken Taber - 715-892-9039
Art Center - Sheila Lougheed - 203-648-3138
Art Classes - Judy McNamara 321-258-0987
Art Review - Mary Rahmig - 772-388-2547
Calling Committee - Kathleen Richter - 321-574-1242
Historian ***POSITION OPEN***
Library (SRAC) - John Houghton - 603-558-1750
Little Gems - Kathy Gingras - 772-321- 4162
Membership - Ardith Hale - 772-589-0366
Newsletter - Mary Rahmig - 772-388-2547
Publicity - Karen Lehner - 772-643-5504
Scholarships - Michelle Henry 772-581-9979
Sunshine - Jean Archibald - 321-725-1537
Volunteer Coordinator - Maureen Fitzpatrick - 772-664-1186
Website - Vicki Graham and Pam Morley
A Message from the President - 2019
I would like to take a little time to thank all those who went before me serving on the board of the S.R.A.C. Past presidents have done a wonderful job of charting a course through often troubled waters for our club. When I joined the club in 2005 there were a total of only 56 members and we met once a week in the Roseland Methodist Church. Our club has grown to over 180 members today. We have been blessed to have our own space in the art center and a wonderful place to meet and paint every Tuesday and Thursday in the community room next door. Art classes have increased and we now have a classroom in the Art Center in which classes can be held seven days a week.
In the past 14 years much has changed, but much has remained the same. The art club still has the welcoming feel that it had when I first joined. The artists that comprise our membership are friendly and helpful to new members, and we all share the joy of creating beautiful works of art in many mediums.
Our art shows by the river in Riverview Park continue, and we have added venues for our shows like Pelican Island Show and The Beautiful Lagoon Show.
Stop by our Gallery at 1245 Main St. and check out the latest exhibits, including our new 3-D Gallery. The Sebastian River Art Club (SRAC) continues to offer wonderful opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, and have fun. Our Art Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 11-3pm.
Celebrating our 81st Year
The Sebastian River Art Club was formed in 1937 by a group of local artists. The group had been very progressive since its inception, enriching the community and its residents with the beauty of its fine art, and contributing to cultural and civic projects and events. In 1972 part of the existing group formed what is now called the Sebastian River Art Club, duly recognized by the city of Sebastian. In 2010 the Club moved into our present-day facility, adding the Art Center to its list offered amenities. In 2016 the Club acquired its 501(c)3 non-profit status.
The Sebastian River Art Club currently serves the community and its members through education, exhibitions, social events, special programs, an art gallery and monthly meetings.
Over the years the Club has donated its talents and treasure to the community in many ways, and continues to increase its philanthropy, a partial list of which can be found under the "Home" tab. The Club has grown many fine artists, with its most treasured being a founding member, Rosalee Taylor Hume, whose bronze sculpture of Paul Kroegel is positioned overlooking the Lagoon with his beloved pelicans perched at his feet. Kroegel was hired in the early 1900's as the first national widlife refuge manager, and had a special appreciation for the area's pelicans.
SRAC's largest fundraising effort is the Rosalee Taylor Hume Scholarship Fund, awarding two $1,000 scholarships each year in memory of Rosalee. More information about Hume can be found in the SRAC Art Center.
Rosalee Taylor Hume
Paul Kroegel bronze statue
by Rosalee Taylor Hume
You can join the Sebastian river Art Club any time of year, however if you join after August your membership will roll over into the next year. General membership is $35, and other membership levels are listed on the SRAC Membership Application. Visit the "Membership" tab of this website and read about all the features and benefits of becoming a member of the Sebastian River Art Club. An application can be found under that tab also, or stop by the Art Center and pick one up.
Board Meetings are held about a week before the Business Meetings.
Business meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from September to May, 10:00 a.m. and usually last for 1 to 2 hours. Beverages are available.
Members are encouraged to bring canned goods to each meeting, which is later brought to the Ecumenical Council Food Pantry.
Committee meetings are scheduled year-round as needed, and are usually held in the Art Center.
Business Meeting Minutes are sent to members via e-mail each month, and posted on the bulletin board in the Club's kitchen for those without e-mail accounts.
The SRAC holds memberships in the following organizations:
Cultural Council of Indian River County, http://www.cultural-council.org - Artists may click on the following link to find opportunities in the Call For Artists section: http://cultural-council.org/calls-to-artists-auditions-scholarships
Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce http://www.sebastianchamber.com/