Cultural Council updates July 25-August 1


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 WE’RE HERE TO HELP as we all navigate through this new norm.

2020/2021 Cultural Council Arts & Cultural Guide of Indian River County

Event listings in our popular Guide are free for both members and non-members! We publish events from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Mark your calendar for August 1, 2020 which is the deadline for submitting your events. Submitting events is a two-step process:

  1. This step must be completed to have your events listed in the guide: Enter your events on our calendar. Visit and click on “Add Event” to enter your information. 
  2. Send an email to: with your list of events for the guide as well as your organization’s name, address, phone, email, website and hours. (These will be listed in the Guide as well).

We will approve your events and send you the listing as it will appear in the Guide so you can notify us of any corrections/changes.


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 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

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:

“The Flight of the Pelican”
Acrylic, 18 X 24″ , Gallery Wrapped Canvas Artist:  Andy Burnam
By Beth Siebert

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

By Beth Siebert







The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival Presents Asbury Shorts USA Goes Virtual! The Best of Asbury Shorts USA A Sip! See! Savor Screening Special Event! With Special Guest, Doug LeClaire, Producer, Asbury Shorts USA. For the past 39 years, Asbury Short Film Concerts has presented a non-competitive touring showcase of the world’s most entertaining short films. LeClaire never releases all titles in advance, to mimic the spontaneity of a live concert.  For a sneak peek at the lineup visit: Enjoy the exclusive talkback with Doug LeClaire after the screening! The Asbury Shorts selection covers it all: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Experimental. This special virtual screening presentation will play on your Smart TV and the digital device of your choice. 

Once again Chef Ashley Allison creates a delectable Dinner for Two: Succulent Chicken Piccata with rustic red bliss mash and fresh French green beans. Summer berry crisp for dessert! Please pick up your dinner orders at COLAB Vero in downtown Vero Beach on Saturday after 5pm. To purchase Tickets & Dinner visit: Sip! See! Savor! Dinner + Movie!

Riverside Theatre’s Live in the Loop Outdoor Grill and Bar reopened and is 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.

Tickets to Live in the Loop are free, but must be obtained on the website: There is a limit of 4 tickets per household.

Live in the Loop bands start performing at 6pm. Open at 5:30pm. Collins & Company will be performing classic rock hits on the outdoor stage 6pm-9:30pm on July 24th.

The Real Deal will be performing classic rock & timeless hits on the outdoor stage 6pm-9:30pm on July 25th.

The Comedy Zone, July 24 & 25 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm showtimes. Indoor Dining Opens at 6:30pm. Headliner Mike Rivera is America’s Most Hilarious Teacher. Opening act Mike Murillo entertains audiences using unique topics you probably shouldn’t discuss. For more information call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit:

To view the upcoming events visit: Dining in The Loop with music and dining in the Waxlax with comedy will continue all summer. Capacity percentages will change when restrictions are eased. For more information on Riverside Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit:

Vero Beach Art Club invites you to attend Summer at the Annex, Fine Art Exhibit Monday – Saturday, 11am – 3:00pm, through August 6th For more information visit:

Summer Series Concert & Art Gallery Reception August 9 with Social Distancing A Summer Series String Concert  by the Youth Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church and opening reception for the Spring into Summer Art Installation at the Galleries at First Presbyterian will take place on Sunday, August 9, 2020. The concert will begin at 3:00pm and the galleries will be open from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard,


Vero Beach. Featured local artists include Keith Mills, Suzan Phillips, and Donna Ware. Tours will be available with an opportunity to meet the artists in attendance. Per CD recommendations, social distancing protocols will be in place for seating in the sanctuary (100 maximum), and masks will be required to attend. These events are free to the community, a $10 donation is suggested for the concert.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will be performing drive-in concerts to celebrate the strength and resilience of our community. Concerts in the special Treasure Coast Strong Series are  held in an outdoor setting at the Pathway Church, 1105 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32966 on Fridays at 7:00 pm. Attendees can remain in their vehicles or bring  their own seating.

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!

For more details visit:


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:

Vero Beach Opera kicks off the 2021 Opera Season, with Puccini favorite La Boheme, on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Met Opera Artist David Pershall returns as Marcello and Met Opera Maestra Caren Levine will conduct.  To learn more visit:

Ballet Vero Beach 2020-2021 Season Update

At this time, it is not prudent to execute the full partnership with Riverside Theatre and friends from konverjdans. Both organizations feel it makes sense to bring them to town a year from now in 2021. If you have reserved tickets to these performances, Ballet Vero Beach staff will contact you. Every effort is being made to execute the student portion of the summer collaboration.

  • 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 Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Keeping Literary Arts Alive in Indian River County

It’s Jennifer Horne’s turn to share her poetry. Jennifer was scheduled to be one of the poets at this past April’s Poetry and BBQ entitled “Neighboring States.” Jennifer is the poet laureate for the state of Alabama, and she will be here in April 2021 for our rescheduled Poetry and BBQ. We can’t wait to hear her read in real life! To enjoy more wonderful poetry from poets like Jennifer Horne, check out the Featured Poets page at:

At Waters Edge

Vero Beach Art Club presents Virtual Art Classes every Thursday 1-4:00 PM via Zoom, in a variety of subjects and mediums. July 30th by popular art instructor Judy Burgarella. Judy will take students through the step-by-step process of creating “At Water’s Edge” in oils, during the three-hour class from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Acrylic painters are welcome to participate and will be given guidance also as needed, and other art-loving people can just tune in and watch if they’d like to. For more informations & to register 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. Visit:


The Cultural Connection with WILLI MILLERNew Time: Sundays at 8am on the Treasure Coast on WQOL 103.7 FM. Hear a replay at

McKee Botanical Garden has been selected as a beneficiary of the Winn- Dixies Community Bag Program for the Month of August by store leadership at the Winn-Dixie located at 2950 9th Street SW (Oslo Road) in Vero Beach. McKee Botanical Garden will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during the month of August, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

Private Art Lessons with Art Works

Discover your new passion! One on one lessons allow for social distancing while still giving you guidance, instruction, and feedback that you can’t get from a virtual course! Lessons are customized for your needs and beginners to advanced students are welcome. Mediums include acrylic or watercolor painting, graphite or pastel drawing, and mixed media such as plaster and sand. Call 772-907-5128 to reserve your spot. Visit:

Environmental Learning Center

Get Your Act Together

Indian River’s Got Talent is Here!

Environmental Learning Center is presenting a new and exciting event— Indian River’s Got Talent! Dust off your tap shoes, tune your guitar and practice your magic tricks— Get your act together, because Indian River’s Got Talent has arrived! This new and entertaining event is in the works, and we are now accepting submissions for our youth division. Submit an up to two-minute video of any talent suitable for public viewing to Cell phone videos are accepted.

Submission Deadlines: 12th grade and younger submissions due September 15. Adult submission deadline will be announced soon.

Sing, dance, play a musical instrument, perform a comedy or magic act, show off your sports moves and show us your talent! The categories for our youth division will be segmented by grade— Elementary School (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12).

Submissions can be one person or up to as many participants as you would like. Please only submit one entry. Indian River’s Got Talent has a $5 entry fee. All who enter will receive two free admission tickets to the ELC. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the entry fee.

Please email for questions.


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