Dataw Visual Arts Club History / Timeline

History Overview


The Visual Arts Club’s mission is dedicated to encouraging artistic expression and furthering knowledge and appreciation of the arts for its members. We ended 2021 with 384 memberships, 64 of which were new members. We implemented an auto-renewal program by billing members’ accounts directly. For the first time in over ten years, for 2022, we raised our annual dues by $5 to $20 individual and $30 for family. The best deal on Dataw! In the last four years, our membership has grown by 45%. Our growth is a testament to what VAC offers. Even during the tough times of Covid, we found ways to give members the opportunity to create and appreciate art. Click through to read my full report. Marj Shymske, January 17, 2022 Read more


2020 turned out to be a challenging one for VAC, as it was for other Dataw clubs and residents. The year started well, launched by our annual meeting on January 21st. Special guest and local artist Aki Kato participated in a fireside chat with outgoing VAC President Marj Shymske; their conversation was inspiring on many levels. By March, the pandemic hit and we went into lockdown mode. Only slowed us down a little. Read more


The Visual Arts Club ended 2019 with over 300 Members including our first “junior” member at the ripe old age of 14!  New residents, expansion of our offerings as well as new artist instructors drew many new members. Read more


Photography was reinvented as Photography Club, attracting 35 members; our first Art Journey explored the many aspects of art appreciation; a spring Art Market was held in the gazebo; technology took another leap with appointment of a techy to the VAC Board; a blog was initiated. Read more


2017 was a tremendous year for VAC; we broadened our membership, expanded our workshops and learning opportunities and worked closely with other organizations on Dataw Island. Read more


First “Dataw Art Crawl”- six homes toured, followed by reception at CC. Over $1200 raised for the Lady’s Island Middle School Art Program. Read more


VAC Library relocates to conference room.  VAC participated in refurbishing of the Community Center. Collaborated with Garden Club in Beaufort Festival of Trees. Read more


VAC celebrates 10 years!  Over 100 people attend the “10” Exhibit celebration. Card Club was born.  Diné en Blanc held at the Cannery. $1400 was raised for St. Helena Elementary School through the Giving Tree at the Holiday Boutique.  267 Members Read more

2012 – 2013

“Interpretation: The Art of the Quilt” exhibit held in collaboration with Dataw Island quilters. Read more

2011 – 2012

Worked with Sports & Rec Committee rearranging and “re-arting” the atrium and hallways. Held first book review sessions. Read more

2010 – 2011

Celebrated Dataw’s 25th year anniversary with open house art exhibit and demonstrations in A&C room.  Rolled out VAC Website. Read more

2008 – 2010

Purchased pottery kiln, TV and DVD player and held first movie night. Read more

2006 – 2007

First Artisan Fair held in the Community Center (birth of Holiday Boutique). Read more

2005 – 2006

Worked with DIC Board to refresh Pub with original art. Membership reached 71 Read more

2004 – 2005

Creation of logo, established permanent presence in the Arts and Crafts Room at CC. Held first annual meeting January 2005. Read more

2003 – 2004

Acceptance as DIC Club, election of officers, formation of subcommittees. Membership dues = $10 PP per year. The list serve was created. Read more