The Opera Society Enjoys Picture Perfect Evening In The Intimate Setting of the Venetian Arts Society

Story And Photos By Kevin Lane

Taking a page from history, the Venetian Arts Society harkens back to the ‘Salons’ that were all the rage in Europe. “The arts salon concept began in private homes in Italy in the 16th century and flourished all over Europe, especially France in the 17th and 18th centuries,” William Riddle explained. Riddle, along with his partner Stephanie Knight created the Venetian Arts Society as an adjunct to their Interior Design and Art Gallery business.

Members of the Opera Society had an opportunity to experience a ‘Salon’ recently when they met to socialize and enjoy an evening of fine food and wine, exceptional music and an art exhibit, all in the intimate setting of Inspired Interiors. The indoor and outdoor venue, overlooking the tranquil Himmarshee Canal, is located in the Venezia-Las Olas Condominium at 111 S.E. 8th Avenue, on the ground floor.

”It was a picture perfect evening, with a cool breeze on the patio where Courtney McKneown, a Young Artist from Florida Grand Opera, sang several arias to the delight of everyone,” said Kim Namoli, President of the Opera Society. Her accompanist was Tatiana Vassilieva, also a Young Artist. Co-Chairs for the event were Linda Balent and Betsy Weiner. Over $600 was raised. Enjoy the photos!!!

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