Whether the preferred medium is oil, paint, sculpture, or photography, it is evident that members of Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s Art Club (OIAC) are inspired by the breathtaking nature thriving throughout their beloved private community as well as the nearby Environmental Learning Center (ELC). A new exhibit, “Nature at Its Best” is currently on display at the ELC for all to enjoy. Featuring more than 30 pieces of art, the exhibit is something local nature and art enthusiasts will not want to miss.
“Nature at Its Best” promotes the ELC Mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. Near and dear to many Orchid Island residents, the ELC’s beauty has often served as inspiration for many members of OIAC. As one of Vero Beach’s hot spots, the ELC has long been the place for the community to explore the sights, sounds, reflections, and sweet breezes of this beautiful area. Show coordinator, Judy Stach, a frequenter of the ELC and past president of OIAC, once took her grandchildren on the evening pontoon boat ride and found an abundance of new subject matter, noting “flora and fauna enriches the artist’s spirit. This environment is unspoiled and unrivaled in its pure representation of simple pleasures that surround us all in a very tumultuous world.”
OIAC is one of many special interest social clubs at Orchid Island. According to Stach, it “was formed in 2012 with a goal to include all who wanted to learn about art and create for themselves, and most importantly, to share their talents with each other.” Open to all Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club members, OIAC is an active membership hosting workshops and member exhibits yearly.
Seven Orchid Island Artisans
Judy Stach is among seven decorated artists featured in the gallery including Muci Clemens, Susan Atwood Daniels, Michele Henry, Lou Lower, Ruth Martin, and Cree Scudder. Judy’s work has appeared in several magazines nationwide, with her forty-year retrospective recently being the featured article in Jersey Shoe Magazine Spring Summer 2020. Cree has been a dedicated painter for over 25 years with experiences studying art in Princeton, NJ, La Jolla, CA, and our beloved Vero Beach, Fl. Susan Atwood Daniels has built a lasting career creating museum-quality Nantucket Lightship Baskets, handcrafted beaded jewelry, and acrylic paintings on stretched canvases in addition to watercolors, oil, and mixed media works. Moving full-time to Florida 10 years ago, Michele Henry began a new, more fun chapter in her life, recording the extraordinary scenery, wildlife, and waterways, making them her own. “Nature at Its Best” not only brings Vero’s unique surroundings to life, but the exhibit also embodies each Orchid Island artist’s storied past.
The Environmental Learning Center’s commitment for its artist series has put a wide variety of artists and artwork mediums on display, with many pieces priced for sale. The “Nature at Its Best” exhibit is available through April 5th, 7 days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm. Head to the Lagoon Room at the ELC and see our community’s unmatched beauty on display and support both Orchid Island artists and the Environmental Learning Center.
Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life not only for the natural neighbors who live in the area but for the people who live here as well. Members and residents enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle. Traveling the community via golf carts makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies style private Beach Club, which overlooks a private beach just for residents and their families to take pleasure in.
This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region but also considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique Audubon Certified habitat.
Luxury residential properties range from the $1 millions to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of the current real estate offerings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com.
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If you’re in the area, make a plan to stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment.
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