VAS imagines…new ways to dream!

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality”
– Jonas Salk

Venetian Arts Society debuts our latest incarnation, “The 11th Guest Salon!” This new artistic experience will more fully realize our intimate and interactive total artistic, educational, and social experience. It will speak to “ALL” people, have a message that is relevant to today’s society, be artistically fulfilling and cleverly educational, as well as… just plain “fun!”

Art has been a reflection of society throughout history. VAS is committed to embracing the physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being of all people. We know that now more than ever, our world is in need of compassion to serve as a balm to pervasive trauma and an approach to addressing the psycho-social factors that create conditions for oppression and injustice. VAS envisions a future in which racism is eliminated and diversity, equality, and inclusion thrive and are celebrated. We remain dedicated to joining with others to promote unity and to nourishing the mind, body, and soul of all in our community.

Venetian Arts Society honors and celebrates the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of our community by presenting world class international and local master artists of all disciplines and genres in intimate and interactive Art Salon settings.  Please join us for a complete artistic experience with food, wine, and stimulating conversation…where art compliments art, synthesizing the total artistic, social, and educational experience.

So, it is with great pride that we invite you to be our“11th Guest.” Please join us from the comfort of your homes to participate in, or eavesdrop on, an evening with ten (10) international and local artists and arts enthusiasts. Adhering to all of the latest CDC Safety Guidelines and engaging all of today’s state-of-the-art digital media technology, VAS will bring the world, as well as each of our members and followers, into South Florida’s most prestigious museums, galleries and private estates, as well as a wide array of sophisticated and diverse performance spaces.

Venetian Arts Society is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our guests and staff. We are honored to have as our Director of Safety Protocol, Dr. Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is a Professor of Microbiology in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Working with Dr. Mayi we have created an environment that exceeds CDC, WHO, and federal and state requirements and recommendations. This program will evolve as we continue to update our procedures and protocols to ensure our standards maintain the most relevant levels of protections.

Using state-of-the-art digital media technology, VAS will give each of you VIP status for the ultimate up close and personal, intimate and interactive Salons. The evening will be filmed Live in HD Salon experience for streaming On Demand. With expert and dedicated filming techniques, the cameras will give our “11th Guests” the ultimate VIP Up Close & Personal perspective.   VAS invites the world and all our at-home members and guests to join in all the fun and magic of the unique, intimate, and interactive high art experience.

Since our early beginnings, VAS has been in a constant transformation as we explored our own ideas, the many new and interesting opportunities that seemed to appear in our lives, and especially what the universe brought us with every new day. We have been constantly striving for the most complete artistic experience possible…searching for new ways to dream!

Featured Venues: The Penthouse Ballroom Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, Beach, Stranahan House Museum, Nova Southeastern University, John Knox Village, Gallery of Amazing Things/WMODA (Dania Beach), Stranahan House Museum, Savor Cinema, Perez Museum (Miami), Villa Vizcaya (Miami), Boca Raton Art Museum, Norton Museum (West Palm Beach), The Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach), Flagler Museum (Palm Beach), NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and some of South Florida’ most magnificent estates as well as a wide array of sophisticated and glamorous venues.

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An Intimate Evening with Levi Kreis, 2010 Tony Award Winning Singing Actor

Nova Southeastern University Performance Theater

Venetian Arts Society, Nova Southeastern University and John Knox Village, present Arts for the Ages; a multi-generational/multi-cultural fine arts program. The goal is to synthesize the total artistic, social, and educational experience and to enrich the individual lives of all in our community through meaningful and purposeful artistic presentations… evoking the vibrancy, energy, and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.

Click Here to Read the Nova Southeastern University comments on our Levi Kreis concert.

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“There is no shortcut to success” -Grace Bumbry
Renowed opera singer Grace Bumbry visits Dillard High School to offer words of advice and inspire the students to strive for success.
Venetian Arts Society presentation sponsored by John Knox Village

Grace Bumbry: Sounds of Legacy and Grace

Opera impresario Grace Bumbry mesmerized audiences during a 60-year performance career. She broke racial barriers in 1960 as the first Black soprano to debut in the Paris Opera House. Renowned for exemplary vocals, Bumbry mastered the bel canto technique and the complex transition from soprano to (read more in the Miami Times)

South Florida Non-Profit Puts 21st-Century Spin on Old-Fashioned Art ‘Salons’

Welcome to the Salon

Not the kind that gives you the cut and color. Nor the type held in the early 1900s in the Paris apartment of Gertrude Stein, where the work of notable visitors like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway was lavished with effusive praise – or lashed with searing criticism.

Venetian Arts Society celebrates America’s monumental contributions to the Art of Dance!

2019 VAS Icon of the Arts Honoree EDWARD VILLELLA, legendary American classical ballet danseur/choreographer

Mr Villella is legendary American classical ballet danseur, choreographer, and founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet. He is frequently cited as America’s most celebrated male dancer of ballet at the time and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2007.

Click here to view the October 24, 2019 ArtSage Dance Celebration at NSU

VAS Salons: Reaching new heights…!

Approaching our 10th year anniversary, the Venetian Arts Society (VAS) has experienced miraculous growth and changes. Today, we are preparing for yet another season of extraordinary arts experiences as well as organizational evolution!

We are sincerely grateful for the generous support of each and all our sponsors, members, and the community at large. Read More . . .

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The Venetian Arts Society was founded in 2010, hosting  Art Salons featuring top talent in different art disciplines on a monthly basis ever since. From local emerging artists to some the greatest master artists from the great stages of the world, it has been quite diverse.  To browse past events that took place before the launch of this website in May 2015, you can browse through the entire collection of articles and blog posts about our events and featured artists from day one, visiting  our old blog site

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Board of Directors

  • William Riddle, President
  • Ingrid Mayi, Vice President
  • Richard Paull,  Secretary/Treasurer
  • Paul Radloff, Director of Strategic Operations
  • Ana Rua
  • Jason Hughes

Advisory Board

Barbara Copanos
Bill Gallo
CJ Staging/Chris Janata, Production Director
Dr. Michael Caldwell
Edward Villella
James Judd
Jodi Peck
Kevin Lane (In Memoriam)
Mario Hamlet-Metz
Nilda Comas (Art Curator),
Renata Scotto
Sherrill Milnes
Simon Benson Offit
Tito Capobianco (In Memoriam)
Virginia Zeani

Diamond Circle Sponsors

Dr. Jacqueline Hayward
Dr. Raymond and Madeline Gambino
Harriet Mertz (In Memorian)
The Peck Foundation Milwaukee – Miriam Peck, Jodi Peck and Les Weil
Kevin Lane (In Memoriam)
Lawrence Culler & Daniel Graves

2020 Angel Sponsors

Ann Clark
Anna Rua
Art Battista
Barbara Copanos
Barbara Lefka
Barry Rabinowitz and Barbara Chasco-Papale
Brian Hero
Carol and Rudolph Frei
Daryl Miller and Dorothy Paczosa
Elizabeth Lycke
Franklin Schmidt
Gene and Murray Kaufman
George Clark III and Tony Ruggiero

Gloria Lafont
Harriett Sams
Helena Caplan
Ingrid Mayi
Irene Schyberger
Jacqueline Niehaus
Jeannette Jordan
JJ Kovacs
John Copanos
Liannette and Joe Marquez
Lowell and Nancy Lohman
Luisa and Tom Kuzma

Maria Salgado
Marjorie Matthews
Milton Graves and Armondo Gutierrez, Jr.
Mitzi and Ray Doumar
Paul Radloff
Roger Smith and Suzan Hinckley
Sam Townsend
Sherrill and Andi Capi
Simon Benson Offit and Peter Cowan
Stephanie Messana