Venetian Arts Society 10th Season Celebrating “The American Spirit”

21st Century Art Salons

The Venetian Arts Society is a South Florida fine arts organization that provides a unique opportunity for an inspiring artistic experience, stimulating conversation and a connection with artists and like-minded arts enthusiasts.

The Venetian Arts Society 21st century version of the “Art Salon” is a performance-educational-social concept with a mission to unify our world by celebrating the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of our community through inter-disciplinary arts. Please join us for a complete artistic experience with food, wine, and stimulating conversation…where art compliments art synthesizing the total artistic, social, multi-generational and educational experience.

Venetian Arts Society, in collaboration with John Knox Village and Nova Southeastern University, present The ArtSage Alliance which synthesizes the total artistic, social, multi-generational and educational experience. The goal is 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.

The goal is 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 going…

… above and beyond life’s trivialities. 

The concept is modeled after the popular Salons that flourished all over Europe, especially France in the 17th and 18th centuries. These Salons, usually in private residences of the wealthy, were a place where artists and arts-enthusiasts would meet to enjoy all the visual, performing, and literary arts, as well as philosophy, science, and politics. These Salons often showcased the great minds, artists, and performers of the day such as Voltaire, Mozart, Monet, Paganini, Picasso, Chopin, Heifetz, and Hemingway.

Fast forward to today, the Venetian Arts Society showcases top level artistic talent in every art discipline, for the delight of those in our community who appreciate it, in an intimate and interactive setting.

We hold a variety of monthly events in art galleries, historical venues, artists’ studios, museums, and even some spectacular private homes.

Venetian Arts Society (VAS),  is a membership-based organization that highlights the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of the South Florida community through a celebration of multi-disciplinary arts in intimate and interactive art salon settings.

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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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 . . .

If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.

– Marian Anderson –

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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

Sincere Thanks To Our Sponsors

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
Mr. D. Patriss
Paul Radloff
Roger Smith and Suzan Hinckley
Sam Townsend
Sherrill and Andi Capi
Simon Benson Offit and Peter Cowan
Stephanie Messana
Sylvia Minchew
William Spears and Christopher Novoa