HISTORY OF AAPA
The Art Association was formed within the Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida in 1989 after the founding member artists had produced a number of successful art exhibitions at the Club. The first meeting was attended by 33 new members. Today this Association, which is perhaps an organization unique within Country Clubs, has over 160 members enjoying the benefits it has to offer.
The Association’s mission is to provide its members a forum for exchanging ideas, opportunities for improving their skills as artists and learning more about the visual and creative arts community in this area.
Membership is made up of those interested in the arts and artists working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpting, wood working, photography, and jewelry designing to name a few.
Members have the opportunity to display their art in the “Member Gallery” of the Country Club during rotating shows throughout the year. The pinnacle exhibit is the Annual Art Show held in late March each year. Participating artists are honored at a special “Exhibitor’s Reception” and all members and guests have the opportunity to celebrate this week at the “Art Gala” dinner dance. The visitor attendance at the Art Show has steadily increased over the years with 500 plus guests attending most years.
Programs are held on the second Monday of each month from November through April beginning with a Champagne Luncheon in November. A local artist or other artistic venue, such as a community art center or museum, is invited to make a presentation to the Association or to host a field trip. Other activities offered include Association sponsored workshops in painting, woodcarving, jewelry beading, silk scarf painting and digital camera/computer workshops.
The Ruth Levin Scholarship bus tour, to a location outside this area, funds a scholarship for a local Ringling College of Art and Design student each year. Recent trips included a touring of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts during the special Botero exhibit and a visit to the St. Pete Clay Co.; a tour of the Henry B. Plant Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Tampa, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at Florida Southern College in Lakeland; the Raymond James private art collection in St. Petersburg; and the Tiffany Art exhibit at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL. The scholarship is named after our founder and long time beloved teacher, Ruth Levin.If you would like to read Ruth's biography, please click here.
We welcome all interested Palm-Aire Country Club members. Contact our Membership Chair, Barbara Saabye at 351-4983 or [email protected]