Roger Carlton Sherman, the Council's longest-serving member passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Roger joined the Arts Council in 2010, and served as chair December 2011─December 2013.
Roger was active in the arts his entire life and first organized an exhibit with the Ambassador of France of the posters of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in 1958 while a student at Lakeland Senior High School. While his degree was in Advertising and Communications, he studied art at Florida Southern College and Florida State University graduating with a BS in Advertising, Communications and Public Relations.
Roger was among the first to qualify as an accredited professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Roger served as Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Arts Commission, Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), co-founded the Order of Salvador at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, and donated exhibitions to museums and libraries in Tampa, Lakeland, Brooksville, St. Augustine, Monson, and Plymouth Massachusetts.
He is a former Chairman of the Hernando Arts Council, Vice Chairman of the Brooksville Beautification Board, Vice Chair of the Great Brooksvillian Screening Committee, and an officer in the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, Inc.
Roger recently conceived of a new kind of art show at the Uptown City Gallery at Brooksville City Hall—“Off the Wall.” The show featured several local residents’ personal collections taken literally off their walls. The collection included paintings, prints, etchings, manuscripts, stained glass, silk embroidery and other items. Among the several items of historical significance was an illustrated manuscript on parchment C1650 contributed by Roger. This well-received event provided a unique opportunity to see the works collected by some Hernando County residents.
Roger’s biography, “Dining with Dukes” by local author Mary Moses, was published in 2016.
William Yerrick, current Arts Council Chairman, called for a moment of silence during the February council meeting and shared these comments: "Roger Sherman was a product of an age when one took pride in the dignity of being a gentleman. We saw, in him, a philosophy to overcoming obstacles toward cooperation and mutual respect, by sticking to a principle and seeking common cause. He represented an institutional memory of the Fine Arts Council."
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council elected its new officers on Dec. 13, 2018. Officers’ two-year terms began Jan. 1, 2019. The Fine Arts Council’s mission is to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in the county and provide a means to showcase the arts.
The officers are W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chairman; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; Barbara Blavatt, Secretary; and Tina Jarvis, Treasurer.
Mr. Yerrick, who joined the Arts Council in February 2013, is a life-long educator and communication professional. He plays string bass in the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and is past president of the orchestra.
Ms. Putnam joined in 2016 and has used her experience as a former English teacher and communications manager to administer the Community Arts Grant Program and expand the Council’s communications efforts.
Ms. Blavatt, a member since 2017, came to Hernando County in 2010 following her 40-year career as an artist and arts educator in Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Barbara proclaims, "I really want the arts to be our children’s drug of choice!"
Tina Jarvis joined the Fine Arts Council in 2016. She is well suited as its Treasurer thanks to 40 years as a financial professional. She feels strongly that the arts play a vital role in the success and sustainability of our community.
Please contact the Hernando County Fine Arts Council at (352) 587-8062 or email to email@example.com for further information.
2019-2020 Hernando County Fine Arts Officers> L-R Tina Jarvis, Treasurer; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chair; Barbara Balvatt, Secretary
Emilio "Sonny" Vergara officially retired from the Hernando County Fine Arts Council Thursday, July 12, 2018. A gifted professional photographer, Sonny was appointed to the Council February 25, 2014, and served as chair since December 2014. Through his passion for the arts, his success at recruiting Council members, and his clear goal of making Hernando County a vibrant art hub, he has made a lasting impact on the Council and on the arts in Hernando County.
A set of interim officers was elected at the July 12 Arts Council meeting with regular elections scheduled in December. Interim officers are Chair William "Bill" Yerrick, Vice-Chair Beth Putnam, and Secretary Barbara Blavatt. Tina Jarvis continues as Council treasurer. Former Vice Chair Paul Shaskan was given the honorary title of Vice Chair Emeritus in recognition of his more than four years as Council vice chair. Mr. Shaskan will continue as co-coordinator of the Council's Art in the Park Festival held annually the second week of March.
William "Bill Yerrick (L), Interim Hernando County Fine Arts Council Chair, presents a thank-you gift to outgoing chair Emilio "Sonny" Vergara.