Vandy Shake


To The

Ocala Art Group


Vandy Shake

President Of Ocala Art Group

The Ocala Art Group was established in Ocala in 1950, making our organization the oldest of its kind in Central Florida. The artists have come and gone through the years, but the quality of the work and the enthusiasm of our members insure that the arts remain alive and healthy, no matter the economic climate.     

The Ocala Art Group is a not-for-profit educational corporation and our membership is open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.  We provide programs, demonstrations and workshops that appeal to every art enthusiast and we sponsor at least four art shows a year with all member participation.


Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. ( on the second Wednesday of each month throughout the year (except when the Appleton is closed). There is a fee to enter the Appleton Museum.   A Meet and Greet with refreshments served begins at 11:00 a.m. in the café lobby with the membership meeting and demonstrations beginning promptly at Noon in the auditorium. 

Art  Shows 2014


Images from top to bottom, left to right - Juan Carlos Cahue, Bonnie Eads, John Benzel, Ruth Ann Maury, Gwen Hertz, and Sharon Harris.


Participating Artists: Lee Atsa, John Benzel, Delores Buchan, Juan Carlos Cahue, Vicki Carol, David D’Alessandris, Bonnie Eads, Joseph Hare, Linda Harlow, Sharon Harris, Gwen Hertz, Mary Ann Hollars, Robert Kuperberg, Ruth Ann Maury, Grace Senior Morandi, Lisa Russo, Vandy Shake, Milly Sheffer, and Laura Vizzini Smith.

A Special Thank You to The City of Ocala for the use of Citizen Service Center; Victoria Billig, Assistant Director of Museum Operations at the Appleton Museum of Art for acting as Juror; David D’Alessandris, Lee Atsa, Melissa Townsend, and Meagan Chaney Gumpert for working to install the exhibition; Claudia O’Brien for event publicity; and Mary Ann Hollars for reception planning.

Images from top to bottom, left to right - Grace Senior Morandi, Sharon Edwards, Ruth Ann Maury, Bonnie Eads, Don Borie,  and Kreso Rakic



Participating Artists: Lee Atsa, Loraine Astarita, Marilyn Bennett, Don Borie, Delores Buchan, Vicki Carol, David D’Alessandris, Gail Dicorcia, Bonnie Eads, Sharon Edwards, Barbara Fife, Meagan Chaney Gumpert, Joseph Hare, Linda Harlow, Sharon Harris, Mary Ann Hollars, Ruth Ann Maury, Mel Miller, Grace Senior Morandi, Rosemary Nagel, Claudia O’Brien, Kreso Rakic, Sharon E. Rapone, Margaret Richards, Lisa Russo, Vandy Shake, and Laura Vizzini Smith.





Toast to The Arts Exhibit at the Appleton Museum  

Award Winners  

Best of Show

John Benzel,  Un Heladod  


1st place

Susan Gott,  Two Sisters 

2nd Place 

Mindy Colton, Run Wild Run Free 


Bill Roberts, Portal 

Two Dimensional

1st place

Nan Liu,  Between Classes 

2nd Place 

Kim Shields, Tickle me story teller 

3rd Place

Linda Blackburn,  Homesick


Don Borie,  Hot Work


Deborah Pugh,  the Artists Daughter


Carol Basso,  Buffalo bill


Mildred Sheffer,  Ceramic cat with conch shell







Ocala Art Group