2014 - 2015 Season Schedule
2014-15 Season Grand Reopening 

Annual Juried Competition “The Best of the Best”
Sponsored by Seacoast National Bank
October 10 – November 21, 2014

From hundreds of entries in various mediums, three jurors select a little over a hundred works, hence The Best of the Best. One would be hard pressed to find a more vibrant and varied exhibit of first-class artwork than this feast for the eyes.


“Holiday Fine Art Extravaganza” and “Hang It Up” Wreath Extravaganza
November 28 – January 9, 2015
Sponsored by the Museum’s 
Board of Associates (BOAs)

Opening Reception & Sale 
Friday, December 5 / 5-8 p.m.
FREE Admission – Public Invited

Open House Sale 
Saturday, December 6 / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Admission, Refreshments

During the Opening Reception and the Saturday Open House ONLY, everything is 10% off. Members receive 20% off on Museum store merchandise! Receive a FREE Backus lithograph, valued at $75.00, with a purchase of $30 or more.

New this season will be the Museum’s first ever “Hang It Up” Wreath Extravaganza. Select from an engaging assortment of wreaths, created by some of the area’s most gifted artists and craftsmen. Check it out and see which one-of-a-kind wreath will adorn your home.

This year’s Holiday Extravaganza will feature: Florida landscapes and hand-painted glass ornaments by Jackie Schindehette of Ocala; creative gourds by Marie Morrow of Vero Beach; botanically inspired ceramics by Mia Lindberg of Jensen Beach; handcrafted jewelry as wearable art by Suzanne Ritter of Port St. Lucie; photography of wildlife on the award-winning Adams Ranch by Alto “Bud” Adams and Rob Adams of Fort Pierce; pastel landscapes and portraits by Rebecca Eagan of Winter Park; Steampunk Art by Janet Fuller of Fort Pierce; hauntingly beautiful patina paintings by Nathan Bennett of Utah; vibrant photographs of Florida’s vistas by Paul Marcellini of Miami, and so much more.


“Sunday in Key West Brunch & Auction”
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Noon – 3 PM
Held at The Pelican Yacht Club
1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce

Enjoy a scrumptious Sunday brunch overlooking the glorious Fort Pierce Inlet. Enjoy frolicking dolphins and the beautiful view while drinking free-flowing champagne. An exciting live auction of truly unique offerings caps off the afternoon. Don’t miss your chance to win a One Troy Ounce, Gold Krugerrand. Prepaid Reservations Required. Early reservation discount, $65 p.p. if paid by Jan. 10, $75 p.p. after Jan. 10.


“A Tribute to Backus - The Power of Patronage”
January 15 – March 6, 2015

A.E. Backus was a prolific painter who knew great success during his lifetime. There are literally hundreds of thousands of talented artists whom none of us has ever heard of, or ever will hear of. Besides raw talent, what is it that separates those artists from an incredibly successful artist like A. E. Backus? One undeniable component in a successful artistic career is patronage. Backus’ first significant patron was Dorothy Binney Putnam, daughter of Edwin Binney, inventor of the Crayola Crayon and wife of famed publisher, G.P. Putnam. In 1931, Dorothy recognized Backus’ raw talent and launched his career by hosting Backus’ first art exhibit at her home. What began as a near-charitable gesture in 1931, blossomed into a lifelong friendship and an impressive, broad ranging collection of Backus paintings. Dorothy’s third husband, Don Blanding; poet, artist and self-described vagabond, was also pivotal in promoting Backus during the early part of his career. For this once in a lifetime exhibit, the heirs of Dorothy Binney Putnam have generously loaned the Museum selected works by A. E. Backus and Don Blanding from their collections. Many have never been exhibited before and may never be again.


“All You Should Eat Backus Brunch and A.E. Backus Painting Raffle “

Sunday, March 1, 2015 Brunch served 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., rain or shine.
Sponsored by Sunrise Ford, Nelson Family Farms, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Brunch tickets sold in advance for $12.50. At the door adults, $15.00, children under 10, $5.00. The “all you should eat” Backus Brunch is something to look forward to. Feast on fresh fried mahi-mahi, cream cheese laced scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, pancakes, fresh squeezed O.J. from Nelson Family Farms, sweet breads, pancakes - the list goes on and on. At 1:00 p.m., one lucky person will take home an original, A.E. Backus oil painting. This year’s Raffle Painting is “Moonlight Sonata” (20” x 24”) 1984. The painting is valued at $30,000. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50. Only 2,500 tickets available. You need not be present to win. Buy tickets on the web www.backusmuseum.com, at the Museum or from a Museum board member. 


“Sequined Sentinels - Masterpieces of Haitian Art”

Featuring Beaded Voodou Flags from the Collection of Candice Russell
March 12 – May 1, 2015

Sidewalk Haitian Art Sale and Lecture
Saturday, March 28 11:00 a.m. 
Free Admission

Haitian art expert and journalist, Candice Russell, speaks about her collection and the conundrum that is Haiti.

Haiti is a Caribbean paradox, attempting to establish a peaceful democracy amid threats of dictatorship, a legacy of corruption and the rubble left behind by the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake. Its people possess a surprising wellspring of artistic creativity, despite ongoing political and social unrest, poverty and illiteracy. The creativity of many of Haiti’s people is inspired by their diverse religious beliefs. Most striking is the artistry manifested in Voodou flags with their colorful sequined and beaded imagery.

The majority of all Haitians profess some sort of religious affiliation, with the vast majority being Catholic. The New World Afro-diasporic religion of Voodou is also practiced, as an overlapping religion, by an estimated 50% of the population. Voodou encompasses several different traditions, and consists of a mix encompassing African, European and indigenous Taíno religious elements. In this way, it is very similar to other Latin American movements which merge religions and traditions, such as the Cuban Santería.

Saturday, March 28, Purchase your own Haitian art treasure at our sidewalk art sale. Candice Russell will talk about her fascination with Haitian art and culture and her collection of Voodou Flags. 


“Through the Eye of the Camera”
A Juried Photography Competition 
Sponsored by Jiffy Photo and Frame
 May 7 - July 25, 2015

Open to both amateur and professional photographers, this show is fiercely competitive. The exhibit will challenge the perception that photography is not “truly art”. The outstanding array of images runs the gamut from classical portraiture to avant garde digital manipulation. Photographers may enter in any of seven categories. Cash prizes and gifts from our sponsors reward the photographic genius on display.


Summer Hours begin on Saturday, June 15. Open on Saturdays ONLY June 15 – July 25.

“Another Man’s Treasure Sale”

A special sale of an intriguing assortment of gently used items.  

Members Only 
It’s membership renewal time too!
Preview—Friday, September 5-7 PM
Open to the Public
Saturday, September 9 AM - 3 PM

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​Diabolo Bossou
Beaded Voodou Flag
Sequins and Beads Sewn on Satin
by Petit Frere Mogirus