Sebastian River Art Club Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Rosalee Hume is most famously known for her life-size bronze statue of Paul Kroegel.
Rosalee Hume is most famously known for her life-size bronze statue of Paul Kroegel.

The Sebastian River Art Club will celebrate its 85th Anniversary on January 22, 2022, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Sebastian River Art Club’s Gallery. They will celebrate with an auction of Rosalee Hume’s, one of SRAC’s founding members, bronze sculptures of Seminole warriors. Early viewing starts at 2:30 pm.

Each bronze sculpture is accompanied by a book describing Rosalee’s experiences with the Seminole Indians and the stories of those she memorialized. In addition, they will also be auctioning some of Rosalee’s original oil paintings. 

The Auction will be conducted by Ron Rennick Auctions and Galleries of Vero Beach. Light refreshments will be served.

The Sebastian River Art Club’s Gallery is located at 1245 Main Street, in Sebastian.

Locally, Rosalee (a lifelong resident of Sebastian) is most famously known for her life-size bronze statue of Paul Kroegel with his Pelicans that grace Sebastian’s waterfront along the river. 

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Kroegel was the first employee of the National Refuge System and a Sebastian resident who fought to stop the slaughter of brown pelicans in the Indian River Lagoon. His efforts convinced Theodore Roosevelt to designate Pelican Island as our nation’s first wildlife refuge in 1903.

Sebastian River Art Club President Donna Ware will be giving a presentation on these bronzes on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm at the North County Library. 

During the presentation, a select number of these bronze statues will be available for viewing, along with the individual stories written by Ms. Hume. 

For more information, contact the art club via email at [email protected].