What We Offer

VAC membership offers these activities

Workshops, Demonstrations and Classes:

Workshops, demonstrations and classes in a variety of media (e.g., pastels, drawing, acrylics, photography, alcohol inks, clay and pottery, matting and framing) are available to VAC members. These are held in the Arts and Crafts room of the Community Center, check VAC Calendar for all opportunities. Some of the workshops are provided free of charge to VAC members; others are offered at a fee for supplies and/or a fee to the class instructor. Check the VAC calendar on the VAC website often for event descriptions and dates, as we continue to add new and exciting offerings in a wide range of artistic interests.

Open Studio:

Open Studio is an opportunity for VAC members to get together and work on their individual or collaborative projects in a collegial atmosphere. Open Studio normally meets Monday morning from 10 to 12 in the Arts and Crafts room of the Community Center. Artists of all levels and media are invited to attend.

The Mixed Media Group

is a group of all levels of artists who use more than one medium in the making of their collage/mixed media paintings and assemblages, using custom-made papers that they have painted, dyed, texturized, stamped, or stenciled, along with papers and objects that they have found.   Group meets first and third Tuesday of the month from 1-4 PM in the Arts and Crafts room at the Community Center. There is no cost for the bimonthly sessions. Cost of the supplies is shared by all.   If you have questions, contact Lynn Brown – ebrown@islc.net or Sally Coulton – scoulton10@gmail.com.

Studio Tours:

Tours of local artists’ studios, both on Dataw and in the surrounding area, are conducted several times a year. A great opportunity to view the work of individual artists, learn about their creative process and how they set up and use their space.

Clay Open Studio:

Meets the first and third Friday of the month. Participants will work at their own pace on their own projects, but there will be experienced potters available to answer questions and provide guidance. The workshops will include: Instructional videos; minimum of 3 hours of workshop time in the Arts & Crafts room at the Dataw Community Center; all materials, tools and equipment, e.g., clay, glazes, molds, kiln, etc.  Cost of supplies is offset by participant’s full or partial year fee.

Card Club:

Card club members create greeting cards for holidays, special occasions or simply note cards to have on hand. All materials and tools are supplied. Participants will work at their own pace on their own cards, but there will be experienced members available to answer questions and provide guidance. The VAC calendar and emails provide details regarding dates and times. Group meets in the Arts & Crafts room at the Community Center. The annual fee for membership is $25, which helps pay for supplies.

Photography Club:

The photography club is for all skill levels to learn, share, and enjoy the art of photography. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Arts & Crafts room at the Community Center to discuss and demonstrate photography skills and technique as well as to help members learn how to use their particular camera(s). Post-processing and archiving tools and techniques are also discussed. Each month we have a photo assignment and a critique of members’ photos posted in our private area at https://datawislandphotographyclub.shutterfly.com/  As a member of VAC, you are eligible to participate in the photography club; no additional fee is required.

Art Exhibits:

The VAC sponsors four art exhibits a year, each with a different theme, which feature original works by Dataw artists in a variety of media. Each exhibit opens with a reception to which all members of the Dataw Island Club are invited. Exhibit dates and themes are posted on the VAC calendar, located on the VAC website.

Holiday Boutique:

The Holiday Boutique provides an opportunity for VAC artists to promote their work and for Dataw Island Club members to purchase unique handcrafted items. The Holiday Boutique, typically held on Sunday afternoon in November or December each year, promotes the work of Dataw’s own artists in a holiday party atmosphere.

Special Events:

The VAC sponsors various special events throughout the year, including field trips, films, parties, lectures and pop-up or clothesline art exhibits. If you have an idea for a special event, please contact a board member. We are always looking for novel ideas for events that will engage, educate and entertain our membership.