VERO BEACH ― The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting local artists, as in-person visits to galleries and studios to purchase art have dried up.

Several galleries have temporarily or permanently closed as a direct result of the pandemic. Others remain open only for private appointments, a practice that eliminates walk-up browsing.

In response, the Vero Beach Art Club has opened a new virtual exhibit. Members of the club have posted over 30 pieces of art at prices ranging from $100 to $3,000, most including frame. Artists pay $10 per piece to participate, and donate 20% of sales to the VBAC.

The first virtual exhibit is scheduled to run until June 30. New artwork will be posted periodically, so check back often.

Current members of the VBAC may exhibit up to three pieces at a time, all of which must be for sale.

Prices are set by the artists, and all sales are between the artist and the buyer. If you are interested in a piece, the VBAC will put you in direct touch with the artist.

Most of the artworks are paintings, but also posted are a few pieces of jewelry and a few photographs.

Artists with works in the exhibit include Patricia Forelle, J R Perdunn Kovacs, Joe Thomas, Marzia Verdi Kennedy, Paula Marker, Paulette Visceglia, Yvonne Sewell, Eileen Lovre, Diana Farace, Sharon Way-Howard, Susan Miiller, Sara Alfaro, and Anne Malsbary.

To exhibit artwork for sale, artists must first become a VBAC member. Annual dues are $50 for adults, $5 for ages 12-17, and free for those under 12.

Then click on the “Apply to the Virtual Art Gallery” button on the web page, select how many pieces you are submitting, fill out the form, and email a photo of your artwork.

The Vero Beach Art Club is a non-profit that formed in 1936. It has grown to over 500 members.

For more information about exhibiting your work, contact Eileen Lovre at (954) 673-8137 or ealovre@comcast.net.

To see the virtual exhibit, visit www.verobeachartclub.org and click “virtual exhibit.”

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