History of Beaux Arts
Monday, November 9, 1959, on invitation from the Fort Lauderdale Art Center Board and Junior League, to form the Beaux Arts group, approximately fifty active and culturally inclined women met with President Stephen Bowen of the Art Center, Mrs. Russell Pancoast, Mrs. Jon M. Dyer, President of the Miami group, and Mr. Clay Aldrich, Director of Miami's Lowe Gallery.
Another preliminary meeting was held on November 30, 1959, where a slate of officers was voted upon, tentative by-laws and dues set, regular meetings scheduled and objectives of the group clearly stated.
The following women are the charter members of Beaux Arts:
Joyce GardnerJackie Glerum
Betty Lou Gore
Mary Jean Jones
Mary Lou Krause
Betty OsborneElaine Pettijohn
Betty Lou Rose
Mary Lou Siefker
Mary Jane Tucker
*Beaux Arts History from its inception in 1959 through 1975-76 year. Based on the board and general minutes to the best of various Recording Secretaries' abilities. Compiled into this chronological form by Sandra Ross, Historian, 1975-76. Any deletion, omission or rearrangement of events happens to the best historical reports and done here purely by accident and lack of memory.
1959 - 1960
The first regular meeting of Beaux Arts of the Fort Lauderdale Art Center was held on Monday, December 7, 1959. Mrs. Gertrude Link Davis was elected President. In 1959, Junior League held Promenade de Paris with Betty Landrum as Chairman, to raise money for the new Art Center's support. The new group voted to accept Promenade de Paris from Junior League as Beaux Art's moneymaking project. The date selected was Friday, November 4, 1960 in celebration of the third anniversary of the opening of the Art Center. Betty Lou Rose was appointed Chairman and Pat O'Bryan, Co-Chairman. Due to this mammoth undertaking by a new organization, the by-laws were waived and ten new members joined Beaux Arts in October of 1960.