Oct. 5, 2023 – Nov. 1, 2023

Celebrating Special Needs Village Artists

A collaboration with Village Arts VB and Art at the Emerson Gallery

Meet the Artists reception

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Featured Artists

Tina Bielecki

Zane Boozer

Peter Ciechanowski

Mara DePalma

Noah Fernandez

Liana Grippo

Elizabeth Kampmann

Waylon Moore

Kate Schaller

Kailee Snellgrove

Robert Stallings

Village Arts VB Presents “Celebrating Special Needs Village Artists” Exhibition

For nearly two decades, Dawn Miller, a local artist recognized for her talent and contributions, has witnessed the lack of accessible programs and services for adults with special needs in our community. Fueled by the absence of such resources, Ms. Miller, alongside friend Sue De Palma, embarked on a transformative journey to establish Village Arts VB, a place where differently-abled adults are cherished for their exceptional abilities. “Our vision was to create a haven of acceptance, brimming with creative opportunities, genuine care, and individual attention,” shared Ms. Miller.

Village Arts VB offers a tapestry of experiences from art classes, cooking classes and shared meals to cultivating gardens, embracing music and dance, fostering teamwork through games, and giving back to the community. “To me and our volunteers, the most rewarding aspect of this initiative is the privilege of connecting with individuals whose authenticity and affection radiate pure joy,” added Ms. Miller.

To honor the diverse of our community, Village Arts VB joins hands with Art at the Emerson Gallery to present the anticipated “Celebrating Special Needs Village Artists” exhibition. A “Meet the Artists” reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Emerson Center. This inclusive gathering warmly welcomes all members of the community to come together and show support for the artists; no prior registration or reservation is necessary. The event will showcase a captivating array of handcrafted treasures and artwork available for purchase. The proceeds from this exhibition will benefit both the Village artists and the sustenance of Village Arts scholarships and programs.

Mark your calendar for the exhibition, which will run from October 5, 2023, to November 1, 2023. The gallery’s doors are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., inviting all to witness the transformative power of creativity.

About Village Arts VB: Village Arts VB, co-founded by Dawn Miller and Sue De Palma, is a pioneering initiative that nurtures the unique talents of differently-abled adults. Beyond art, Village Arts VB provides a spectrum of experiences that foster personal growth and community engagement.

About Art at the Emerson Gallery: Art at the Emerson Gallery is a renowned platform dedicated to showcasing local artists and their creations. The gallery serves as a hub for artistic exploration and collaboration, enriching the cultural fabric of the community.

About The Emerson Center: The Emerson Center’s mission is to provide educational, enlightening, and thought-provoking programs, as well as memorable music events for our community. For more information about The Emerson Center, please visit TheEmersonCenter.com. The Emerson Center is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach at 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.