Cultural Council news and event July 1-8


Have you creatively adapted how you connect with the public during these days of crisis?  Let us know what services or resources you are providing so we can assist in spreading the word.

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU! Send info regarding your changes to so we can relay your news via our weekly Newsletter and/or our weekly Cultural Connection. If you have listed events on our Arts and Cultural Calendar, please email us any edits, updates or corrections at’RE HERE TO HELP as we all navigate through this new norm.


night blooming cereas by Merana Cadorette

I am overwhelmed by the response of our desire to see what you out there in this Creative Community of ours have been doing while Isolating. So many wonderful pieces of art have been

Beach Day by Barbara Landry

submitted by a wide variety of individuals…with new pieces being shared every week. What began as an attempt to stay connected to the artists/creators/makers that thrive in Vero Beach…Indian River County…and beyond, has been so uplifting and inspirational to a lot of people. I hear this from fellow artists…from fellow collectors…from fellow residents in our area: “Seeing this art has brightened my day…made me feel less alone…given me a reason to create something myself…!” 

Thank you for being a voice for creativity in this community…and thank you for being part of the bigger picture, because we are one of thousands of groups and organizations and communities that have embraced the concept of sharing our emotions and passions and frustrations and solutions to the isolation we have experienced. Newspapers, magazines, social media platforms…all over the world…have featured art, sculpture, music, dance, song, fashion, etc., etc., from millions of souls crying for connection. I am proud to be a part of the Cultural Council of Indian River County…and hope that we continue to see more from you out there, as we move forward to a new day.

-Mark Wygonik

Cliffs of Etreta by Joel R. Johnson

Thank you to the artists who have submitted their work, created during social distancing, for our viewing pleasure. We invite you to see the artists submissions on our website. Visit: To submit artwork, send JPG or PDF images with your name and the title of the piece (optionally, include a short description) via email to info@

Accidental Abstract Painting emerges from a ninety year slumber to reinvigorate the Sciences and Arts In Vero Beach.

Accidental Abstract Painting by Ms. Beth Siebert. On exhibit at The Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Exhibit runs June 12 -Sept 12 and is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County and the Florida Arts Council.

By Beth Siebert

Ms. Siebert has a master’s degree in science and has taught at two colleges. She has been oil painting for the past thirteen years during which she developed cataracts and could not see well. To continue painting she turned to fluid art. Once her vision was correct Ms. Siebert returned to oil and acrylic painting using knives and brushes but never lost her love for fluid art.


Artists Guild Gallery is now open. The gallery has been streamlined for easier viewing. Hours: Tuesday – Friday , 11:00am – 3:00 pm. Call: 772-299-1234


A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery is shifting to its summer schedule of public hours. Starting Saturday, June 20 the Museum will be open to the public Saturdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Sundays 12 Noon – 4:00 PM. The Museum is located at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

This summer the Museum will resume special free admission dates on Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 2 as part of its Free Admission Days on the first Sundays of the month. The Museum’s summer schedule will continue through Sunday, August 9, then closing to prepare for the upcoming new season. For more information, please visit

Visitor safety, wellbeing, and the ability to share works of art with the public are the Backus Museum’s enduring priorities. The following steps have been instituted in order to maintain a safe environment for the public and staff:

  • Visitors are asked to follow current CDC recommendations to wear cloth face coverings; disposable single-use masks are available for visitors if needed. Additionally, all staff will wear masks.
  • Visitors are asked to observe social distancing practices while in the Museum, maintaining a 6-foot spacing between non-household groups
  • Hand sanitizing is available upon entry and inside the Museum for visitors’ use; we have increased our facility cleaning routines, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, with soap and paper towels fully stocked

At this time, the Museum is suspending all group tours. Please check the Museum’s website and social media for updates.

In addition to the special exhibition, permanent collection and video presentation always available to view, there is an outdoor family scavenger hunt accessible at any time on the Outdoor Mural Plaza. And no visit would be complete without a stop in the Museum Store, which offers many fine and creative gift items, including unique merchandise inspired by the works of Backus. For information

The special exhibition James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths has been extended indefinitely, courtesy of the artist. The Backus Museum is grateful to Mr. Hutchinson in allowing this extension, so that during our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis, visitors will be able to delight in the magnificent work of this Florida Artists Hall of Fame master. The Museum is located at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths features more than 30 oil paintings that present the exquisite variety of scenes from Florida, Hawai’i, Jamaica, and the American West, as well as perceptive Seminole portraits and glimpses of a vanished way of life, all rendered with deep and genuine insight by a modern master. For more information, please visit

Environmental Learning Center Campus Reopened In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the ELC is following the recommendations of the CDC and our local Health Department. To learn more visit :

Indian River Clay has resumed restricted studio hours for members and open by appointment for the general public. Take advantage of its summer membership special from May through September. Learn more at:

Riverside Theatre’s Live in the Loop Outdoor Grill and Bar reopened offering two dining experiences: outdoor dining with live music and indoor dining with comedy. CDC and State guidelines on reopening casual dining will be followed for outdoor dining in The Loop and indoor dining in the Waxlax. To view the upcoming events visit: Tickets to Live in the Loop are still FREE, but must be obtained on website: www. There is a limit of 4 tickets per household. For more information on Riverside Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit:

Vero Beach Theatre Guild plans reopening for January 2021. The Vero Beach Theatre Guild, the longest running community theatre on the Treasure Coast, plans to raise the curtain once again January 8, 2021 with the legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar, weekends from January 8 through the 24. The romantic comedy Almost, Maine plays its full schedule of Tuesdays through Sundays from February 10 through 21 as will the comedy A Shot in the Dark, March 10 through 21. The Broadway musical Sister Act will be given a three week run April 7 through 21 and the season will close May 12 through 23 with the comedy Moonlight & Magnolias. The Guild’s annual Genie Awards for the 19-20 season will held in conjunction with the 20-21 awards in May of 2021.

Three other comedies originally planned for the 2019-20 Main Stage Season; Over the Tavern, Calendar Girls and See How They Run have been added to the 2021-22 Season. Anyone holding pre-purchased tickets to any productions at the Guild will be honored for any production of the holders’ choice from now through the end of the 2021-2022 Season. The box office is currently closed until October, but further information or any questions patrons may have will be answered as quickly as possible by email the Guild at:


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs FREE fresh air concerts. All of the summer concerts in the Treasure Coast Strong Series will be held in beautiful outdoor  settings. Attendees will bring their own seating. Treasure Coast Strong Summer Series performing Sundays at: Riverside Park Grand Pavilion, Vero Beach. Visit :

A salute to health care workers and first responders with a concert of Broadway’s best.

We salute all those who have worn our nation’s uniform and defense workers.

Celebration of educators and essential workers in restaurants, groceries, and hotels!

Ballet Vero Beach 2020-2021 Season

The season begins when Riverside Theatre, in partnership with konverjdans, culminates the ninth annual Riverside Dance Festival. The Riverside Dance Festival arrives at Riverside Theatre on July 31 and August 1, 2020.

The spectacular Nutcracker on the Indian River returns to the VBHS Performing Arts Center for a 4th season December 30 and 31, 2020.

  • Program 1: “Ballet: Bold and Beautiful” on January 15 and 16, 2021
  • Program 2: “Composer’s Notebook: The Music of Antonio Vivaldi”, will take the stage at the VBHS Performing Arts Center February 26 and 27, 2021
  • Program 3: “Chamber Music: Sweeping Dance”, brings the 2020-2021 season to a dramatic close on April 16 and 17, 2021.
  • Additionally, the 2020-2021 Season features the debut of an Accessible Series and a Family Friendly Series.

For more information about the new season please visit or call 772-905-2651.


The VBMA 2020 Summer Art Camp goes Virtual. VBMA summer virtual art camp beginning June 8 to July 17. The Museum offers six one-week virtual sessions with over 45 classes taught by professional artists and area art educators offering an environment for budding artists of all levels to explore new ideas, develop skills, and build self-esteem through art. Creatively themed weekly sessions around a wide range of hands-on and minds-on activities that engage the imagination and spark kids to make their original creations. Registration is now open. Registration forms and class brochures are available on the Museum’s website Scholarships are available. For more information, call Museum Art School Manager Kathie Elias at 772-231-0707 ext 104 or email

Box Office Bottles

Vero Beach native, John Cranman
Director of “The Promise” & VBWFF 2020 Official Selection, brings our home to the big screen in his film “The Promise”. Cranman wrote and
directed the story and filmed the entire project locally. Make sure to look out for some familiar settings! In his film, Cranman tells a story of a childless elderly couple that have come to the end of their rope. But things are not what they appear.

Learn more about John Cranman’s film recommendations and download your virtual film screening and wine tasting mat at

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is keeping Literary Arts alive in Indian River County. Check out Featured Poets Page. Visit:

Ballet Vero Beach presents: A Summer To Celebrate!

Full Online Content. Schedule:

  • July 6: Go For Barocco by Peter Anastos
  • July 20: Divertissement Nostalgique by Camilo A. Rodriguez

All premieres take place at noon (East Coast) on our YouTube Channel. Each work will remain viewable until the next work premieres.

Space Coast Symphony brings great music to our community. There is no substitute for a live orchestral performance, but while concerts and community activities are on hold, you can still find ways to enjoy and support your Symphony. Even though we can’t be with you at the concert hall right now, enjoy videos from our incredible musicians in how they’re keeping the music alive at home. We encourage you to TIP the musician (will go directly to the musicians).

Vero Beach Art Club’s New Virtual Exhibit EXHIBIT & SALE EXTENDED to June 30th, 2020. Enjoy browsing the virtual art gallery and purchasing an awesome artwork created by one of the club’s members. All artwork is for sale and members are donating 20% of all purchases to help Vero Beach Art Club during this time. Please be sure to check back each month for new artwork.

Attention Artists to participate in the exhibit visit:

Vero Beach Museum of Art features Museum Extras designed and developed to provide the opportunity for our members, patrons, and visitors to stay connected with us during this time of disconnect. The page provides inspiring educational tours and insights into our exhibitions and permanent collection. Offering entertaining film content on an artist or period, art tutorials and engaging stories and art projects for tiny tots.  Updated weekly, the VBMA encourages visitors to connect with us regularly online and explore these new resources.

  • Mondays Anke’s Art Moment: Weekly short videos highlighting works in our collection or exhibitions hosted by VBMA Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg.
  • VBMA Tuesdays Flick Pick: To educate and entertain, Film Studies coordinator Diane Thelen recommends a new film each Tuesday on an artist or time period related to the VBMA’s permanent collections.
  • Museum Stories: To keep active young minds engaged, we present a creative lesson plan with suggestions of books, music, and art-making for babies and toddlers.
  • Art Tutorials: A short weekly art-making tutorial with Museum Art School faculty.
  • Museum Fun: A fun collection of Museum related photos, moments, social media and more.


Space Coast Symphony has launched a new website: Visit:


The Cultural Connection with WILLI MILLER

Every Monday on WAXE 1370 AM or 107.9 FM 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Resuming weekly Monday broadcasts on July 6th.
July 6th broadcast features Oscar Sales of Riverside Theatre & Adam Schnell of Ballet Vero Beach.

Call Open to Florida Resident Artists

The city of Clearwater, in partnership with the Public Art and Design Board and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), is seeking three artists to install completed sculptures on the 400-600 blocks of Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater. Applications are due by noon (EDT) on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and the selected artists will be notified by August 24, 2020.

Sculptures must be available for installation by September 30, 2020 and remain on display through March 2022. Applicants must be Florida residents and each of the three artists will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium for the loan of the art.

Sculpture360 is a rotating exhibition of temporary artwork and is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program. The exhibition is entering its tenth season and is supported through contributions from the City’s Public Art Fund and partnerships with other local donors and organizations. The artwork will be displayed at three locations in Downtown Clearwater and are all highly visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artwork will be displayed for 18 months and is entering its tenth season.

This call is open to Florida resident artists and teams of artists with professional experience in temporary sculpture exhibitions and public art.

Those interested are asked to submit the following items:

  • A one-page resume or short bio
  • 2-4 photographs of eligible sculptures, with details such as name, materials, and dimensions
  • Contact information for 2 references from past installations

To submit your work, contact Christopher Hubbard at or (727) 562-4067.


Aerial & Sports Aquatics Camps Begin July 6th. Camp Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. All parents/guardians are to print the Summer Camp 2020 forms located at WWW.COVB.ORG. Click RECREATION / click CAMPS. Complete forms and bring to registration at Leisure Square. CDC Guidelines will be followed. Due to COVID-19, Camp weeks & hours have been shortened. Further Question, please call Leisure Square: 770-6501 OR 770-3775.

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