The Sebastian River Art Club has roots dating back to 1937 formed by a group of area artists. The group was very progressive over the years enriching the community and its residents with the beauty of its fine art. In addition, it has always been in the forefront of assisting and contributing to cultural and civic events. In 1972, part of the existing group branched off and formed what is the present day Sebastian River Art Club, as recognized by the city of Sebastian.
Over the past thirty years, the Club has supported many community and cultural events. It has donated monies to such organizations as the Sebastian River Historical Society, Roseland Methodist Church, provided art scholarship monies to students from Sebastian River High School, and worked closely with the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce. It contributed to City projects, i.e., Sebastian River Anniversary Clock, and benches in Riverview Park. The Club also has an ongoing memorial program of donating art books to the North County Library in memory of deceased members.
Individual Club members donated their time and talents in creating a 16 ft. mural located in the children’s section of the North County Library. A small group of members were called upon, a few years ago, to refurbish a painting that was gifted to the City many years ago. Founding member, Rosalie Hume’s original bronzed art pieces depicting former Sebastian pioneers, can be viewed in the North County Library and adjacent to Riverview Park.
The Sebastian River Art Club continues to hold the values of its founders in promoting original artwork to the community. Upon initial club review board approval, many members offer their work to the public at monthly exhibits from November thru April in Riverview Park, and in civic and private business locations. Club members are very generous in donating pieces of their original artwork to major charitable organizations for use at fund-raising events.
A creative and responsive group, the Art Club provides various educational resources for its members by way of educational demos, guest speakers, museum and gallery trips, and group plein air painting. It also offers an informative newsletter, and website with space for club members to display their original work.
Another unique feature of the club is for those less experienced to have the ability to ask and receive assistance from those artists who are perhaps more experienced, lending to a strong sense of camaraderie among members. The Club consists of adults of all ages, painting at all levels in many varied mediums.
Club members enjoy an annual picnic in Riverview Park, and an annual Christmas Party. Members are urged to actively participate on committees, thus keeping the Club interesting and challenging, with new ideas always coming forward.