Creative juices flow into 3-D at Art on the Island show

Members of the Vero Beach Art Club stretched into a third dimension once again with their entries in last weekend’s fourth annual Art on the Island 3-Dimensional Fine Art Exhibition at the lovely Marsh Island Clubhouse. Members could enter two pieces of artwork, completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited at a recent VBAC show.

This year’s judged, members-only show featured 130 pieces of  3-dimensional art, divided into sculpture, mixed media, pottery, glass, wood or fiber, jewelry and 2-D with Pizzazz categories.

“I love the character of the show,” said event chair Rosemary Polsky-Newman. “It’s a challenge for the 2-D artists so the 2-D with Pizzazz category allows them to get a little creative. I think it’s a lot of fun for them.”

The fun factor was clearly evidenced in First Place 2-D with Pizzazz winner Mags Hobbs’ colorful piece, The Abstract Art Class, epoxied with studio paraphernalia such as tubes of paint and brushes.

Like many of the crowd at Friday night’s opening reception, Polsky-Newman said it was difficult to pick a favorite. “I really like a lot of the art. One of the things I like about the Art Club is that we have so many great artists.”

Like the show’s judge, the delightfully creative sculptor Jack Hill from Deland, she was impressed with Best of Show winner Mark Scott’s bronze sculpture, Manhattan Composite Number 2, an embodiment of the iconic New York skyline.

A percentage of sales help support VBAC educational outreach programs, including scholarships for high school seniors and donations of art supplies      to elementary and middle schools.

Next up, the VBAC will host its 67 annual Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Crafts Show, March 9 to 11 at Riverside Park. For more information, visit     

Photos by: Denise Ritchie
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