Naples Art Association Welcomes Three New Board Members


Rufino Hernandez, Sara Dewberry and Will Dempsey have joined the Naples Art Association Board of Directors.

The Naples Art Association Board of Directors has added three new members to the team: Will DempseySara Dewberry and Rufino Hernandez. Board President Stacey Bulloch is thrilled that these individuals have stepped forward to get involved. “Sara, Rufino and Will have all been actively involved in the Naples community for many years, and I am excited for the valuable perspective and insight that they will bring to the Naples Art Association,” Bulloch said. With the newest additions, the association’s board includes 17 individuals.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. at The von Liebig Art Center, where Naples Art Association members are invited to attend and meet with the board.

Will Dempsey is an attorney with Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. who shares a passion for local history and culture of Naples. Born in Italy, he has taken a renewed interest in the value of the arts in a society. “I have come to understand intuitively that art is a critical component of any healthy society, and that a child who appreciates art grows into a more creative, dynamic and sympathetic adult. I accordingly want to interest myself in raising the profile of art in our community,” Dempsey said.

Just prior to joining IBERIABANK as vice president, public relations coordinator, Sara Dewberryserved as the Naples Art Association’s marketing director. “I’ve always had a positive opinion of the organization, but that experience truly gave me an opportunity to see the inner workings of the NAA,” Dewberry said. She’s especially passionate about the association’s art education opportunities. Dewberry holds bachelor’s degrees in both Studio Art and Marketing.

Rufino Hernandez is managing partner of Garden District and Golden Gate Nursery, Inc. Well-known for his talent in special events planning, Hernandez says he wants to help enrich the local arts scene through his experience and perspective. “I work in the design field and I am a local Neapolitan. I love to encourage diversity and local artists,” Hernandez said.

The Board of Directors of the Naples Art Association works in tandem with the staff and relies on strong individual talent to collectively accomplish the goals of the organization. The board focuses on the policies that govern the association and represents its interests within the community.  The board welcomes input from the membership and encourages all members in good standing to attend the annual meeting on Oct. 25, 2012 at 9 a.m. at The von Liebig Art Center.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1954 by local artists. Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. Patrons and visitors are inspired to learn, discover and create. Today, the organization includes more than 1,000 members and operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. The art center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit , like us on Facebook at  or follow Twitter at

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