Cultural Calendar October 8-14


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Performances & Events

Art in Public Places: Exhibit is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County. The Cultural Council’s AIPP Program, in partner with Vero Beach Regional Airport in the Passenger Lounge waiting area. Art For Art’s Sake –  Art in Social Isolation.  During this period of Social Distancing caused by the pandemic, the Cultural Council initiated a project as an attempt to see how creative individuals in the area responded to it. It has been almost 6 months since ART FOR ARTS SAKE’s inception…and we have been continually receiving wonderful images of work created by area Artists. Memories of places near and far…happy times spent with family and friends…pride and patriotism of Country…these are several of the themes that are resonating at this time.   On View through January 1, 2021:

The Towers of La Rochelle
Sebastian Mangrove

Image: ‘The-Towers-of-La-Rochelle’-acrylics-16′-x-20′.jpg

The Indian River County Courthouse hosts exhibits of professional Florida Artists on an ongoing basis as part of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Art in Public Places program.Exhibit “Original Intent” by Debra Jenkins. On View through December 10, 2020:

Museum Reopened October 7th 

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce it has reopened its galleries and sculpture parks to the public on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. With the declining rate of new COVID cases in Indian River County, the exhibition galleries will open with required visitation guidelines, limited gallery capacity, and contact-less admission ticketing.

The Museum’s new health, procedural, and cleaning protocols and restrictions are outlined below: Facemasks are required for all visitors’ ages 2+: Temperatures will be taken for anyone entering the Museum 6ft social distancing guidelines are to be maintained Visitors will be encouraged to regularly wash their hands The higher-touch areas in the building, including the auditorium, ArtZone, and Museum Café, will remain closed until further notice, and there will be no group tours in the first stage of reopening. Some public programs, such as Art Talks, Film Studies, and the Museum Art School classes, will be offered online, at least for the fall. Additionally, the Museum is offering reduced admission prices to Adults: $8 and Seniors: $7 with FREE Admission extended to now include First Responders and Healthcare Workers with (I.D). The Museum is opening under new hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm Sunday: 1 – 4 pm For more detailed information as well as subsequent changes in procedures or lifting of restrictions, check the website at

Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show – Sebastian River Art Club October 9 – 11 Art Show to benefit Pelican Island Conservation Society. Friday: 5 – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4pm. More information at:

Fall 2020 Art Installment Opening Reception – First Presbyterian Church October 11, 4:00 -6:00pm First Presbyterian Church, located at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach, features Fall 2020 Art Installment Opening Reception with local artists including Jemal Hayes, Suze Lavender, and Maciek von Ato. Tours will be available with an opportunity to meet the artists in attendance. The art galleries are located in the Gietz Music Suite, the Lobby of the Center for Christian Life, and the E. T. Smith Lounge. Please be aware that the CDC recommended social distancing and safety protocols will be in place for the health and safety of all in attendance. Face masks are required to attend. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information, please contact Ginger Lagemann, Music and Arts Administrator, at (772) 562-9088 or

By Jemal Hayes
By Jemal Hayes

An Outdoor Revolution is here! Now on display at the Environmental Learning Center. Photographer Brian LaPersonerie will have his amazing nature photography on display in the Lagoon Room until November 22.

An Outdoor Revolution 1
An Outdoor Revolution exhibit by Brian

His nature photography is showcased on metal prints and features images of wildlife, nature scenes and outdoor lifestyle shots. The images in “An Outdoor Revolution” aim to transport you to the healing reality of the great outdoors. View Brian’s collection, “An Outdoor Revolution” at the Environmental Learning Center until November 22. The Environmental Learning Center is open Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit is Free with Admission. Visit:

The Best of the Best Juried Exhibition – AE Backus Museum & Gallery On view October 10 – November 13. Each year, the Museum honors its roots as a community gallery by encouraging artists to share their best works in a special exhibition. This annual fine art competition opens our anniversary season to showcase exemplary works in different media by amateur and professional artists that demonstrate exceptional quality, skill, creativity, and presentation. Support the arts by supporting artists. Details at

Barbara DuPont In The Pink Photography
George Pillorge MorningGloryPastel

Gallery 14 presents Calming Influences. Work by Gallery 14 Artists. On View through November 27, In October the Gallery will be open: Thursday – Saturday, 11:00am – 3:00pm. In November, the Gallery open: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm & Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm. The exhibit will feature relaxing work to lift your spirits and renew the soul! There will also be a special wall of artwork offered by the owner-artists called ‘Support the Gallery.’ All proceeds from those sales will go to help the Gallery during these difficult times. There will be two receptions to coincide with the First Friday Gallery Stroll: Friday October 2, 5-8pm and Friday November 6, 5-8pm. All are invited. Please note that masks are required to be worn at Gallery 14. Featured will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, Beth-Anne Fairchild, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as work by Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza. Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach. For more information visit:

Riverside Theatre’s   Live in the Loop Bands start performing at 6 p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m. Oct 9: Minglewood plays music from the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Rondstadt, The Band & More. Oct 10: The Real Deal plays music from The Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks, Creedence, Santana, Zombies, Ray Charles, Rascals and more! Riverside Theatre’s  The Comedy Zone Show Times 7:00 & 9:00pm. Oct 9 &10: Headliner Jim Holder’s comedy is sometimes silly and hard-hitting, often spontaneous and interactive, but always funny. Opening act Andy Huggins is a thirty year veteran of both comedy clubs and concerts who’s opened for acts ranging from Ray Charles to Billy Gardell. For more details visit:

Online Events

New online Art Appreciation Series at the VBMA This fall join VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg in a series of expansive dialogues on the ways art is defined and understood throughout time. Enjoy listening and learning through a series of online classes drawing on highlights from the VBMA’s permanent collection and masterpieces of art history. All classes will be online with content brought to participants through thematic power point presentations offered via Zoom. Each session will include the opportunity for questions and further dialogue. Classes are on Fridays at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and begin October 9 through October 30, 2020.

  • October 9: Categorizing Art: Delve into the varied forms art can take, with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as a case study.
  • October 16: Basics of Art History: Learn about the interpretive tools of the trade: form, content, iconography, and style. 
  • October 23: Valuing Art: Explore the value of art beyond monetary value, from intrinsic to patriotic.
  • October 30: Form Matters: Investigate the qualities of line, space, perspective, and color, drawing on Alexander Calder as a prime example.

Don’t miss out on these unique classes. Register today! To find out more about fall classes at the Museum or to register visit or call (772) 231 0707 ext 136. New online Fall Film Series starts at the VBMA This fall join the VBMA in a series of five-week courses of films selected from the finest in classic and contemporary cinema. They will be part of a slightly different Film Studies course as the Museum offers each series as an online, streaming format for students to view at home. Classes begin October 13 through November 10, 2020. The first series showcases Americana: Stories of American Art and Culture from the Early Twentieth Century and will present films that complement the current Avery to Warhol exhibition highlighting the spirit of American culture between 1850 and 1950. Films will exemplify wonderful writers and painters from this era, including “Last Call,” which chronicles the troubled genius of F. Scott Fitzgerald as he struggled to complete his unfinished novel The Last Tycoon. The framework for “Last Call” is derived from the personal memoir of his assistant and secretary during those last days, when she served as his confidante and sounding board, to create a work that was possibly his most famous and enduring.

Film Studies 2 Bright Lights: Favorite Luminaries from the Entertainment World begins on November 17 through December 15, 2020. This course pays tribute to some of our favorite stars of stage and screen with a selection of five films that spotlight why we fell in love with them. We’ll peek in on an unusual performance from Burt Reynolds, a special local favorite here in Florida. You may be surprised by the unique “foreign” film, “Snapshots,” where he paired up with Julie Christie, in Amsterdam. Besides Burt, we’ll visit four others from a wide range of both American and international celebrities. Students may sign up for either the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m. or the evening session at 7 p.m. as part of the five-week film studies offering. Films will be introduced by Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen, but there will be no moderated discussion.  To find out more about fall classes at the Museum or to register visit or call (772) 231 0707 ext 136.

VBMA Exhibition Avery to Warhol Through- January 3, 2021. The VBMA Avery to Warhol is an exhibition of our new Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg’s selections from the vault. The exhibition will showcase a recent gift to the collection, Henry Hubbell’s Portrait of Three Sisters. From this 1903 painting, we will virtually travel through the twentieth century from the paintings by Milton Avery to Andy Warhol and not only contemporary masters but also selections of the glass collection of the VBMA. Exhibition is available online. Museum is temporary closed due to COVID-19. For more information visit:

The Vero Beach Art Club presents its weekly Zoom live Virtual Art Class October 8, 1-4:00pm To register for this class please visit click on the “Education” tab. 

Facebook Live from The Community Church of Vero Beach October 7 & 14  1:00 – 2:00pm Join Director of Music and Fine Arts Andrew Galuska in “behind the scenes” tours, interviews, and musicians’ roundtables each week live, on facebook. For more information isit:

Friends After Diagnosis Virtual Meeting October 12, 2:00 – 3:00pm For up-to-date meeting and event information, visit the website. Friends After Diagnosis offers support and educational meetings four times per month for women with cancer and others with breast cancer, along with their caregivers and loved ones. For more information:

Friends of the North IRC LibraryCLASSIC FILMS WITH A TWIST! Virtual Version Classic Films has moved to ZOOM. View the movies on your own at home using our free HOOPLA system at the Library or any way you can. Then join online for a ZOOM discussion of the film with Joe Gramm, The Movie Man. Following the discussion take part in a Movie Trivia Contest with prizes for the winners. For more information go to Friends of the North Indian River County Library at or leave your email address with the front desk at the North Indian River County Library for an emailed invitation.


Friends of the North IRC Library – Fall Programs for Children Thanks to Facebook live, Story Time still happens every Thursday at 10:00am. Each week a new “Grab & Go Story Time Kit” is available for pick-up. The kits include a stick puppet, a list of rhymes  and suggested books, instructions for a STEM activity and the supplies needed to make that week’s craft. Halloween will also feature a Zoom/Grab and Go event on October 29th at 4:00pm. We look forward to seeing all of our friends in costume, even if it has to be virtually this year. More information at:

Indian River Genealogical Society Monthly meeting on October 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm Monthly meeting repeats on the second Tuesday in the month at 11:00am to 12:00pm ending May 30, 2021 More information at:

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department – Gymnastics Registration Saturday, October 17th, 8am at Leisure Square. There are gymnastics and aerial classes available for beginners through advanced students. The performance-based program offers instruction for toddlers through teens! Receive training from the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s USA Gymnastics Safety Certified Instructors. Weekday and Saturday classes are available to fit every schedule. Registration will remain open until classes are at capacity. COVID-19 procedures will apply and masks are required. To view the Centerstage Acrobatic Complex COVID-19 procedures, please visit the recreation page at, then click Centerstage Acrobatic Complex. In December, participants will perform in ‘Christmas Wish List’, the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s annual holiday production. Students will have THE BEST TIME preparing for and performing in our show whether in person or virtual!

The City of Vero Beach – Recreation Department’s FIRST EVER HALLOWEEN CAR PARADE! Halloween lovers – we have the perfect event for you! Participate in the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s FIRST EVER Halloween Car Parade! Wear your costumes and decorate your car or a float and meet us in the Riverside Theater parking lot at 9:30 a.m. on October 31st – Halloween! The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. driving east on Beachland Blvd. to Sexton Plaza where free goody bags for participants ages 0 – 17 and prizes for best decorated vehicles will be handed out by our awesome Recreation Staff! No walkers or political organizations will be permitted. Please call Gaby Dwyer, parade supervisor at 231-4787 or 567-2144 for details. Visit the recreation page at for parade application and flyer.

Indian River’s Got Talent is Here Environmental Learning Center is presenting a new and exciting event  Indian River’s Got Talent! Now accepting submissions from all ages! Submission deadline January 15, 2021 All types of talents accepted from youth in grades 12 and under. Categories for entry are based on grade level or age;

  • Elementary school – Kindergarten thru 5th grade
  • Middle school – 6th thru 8th grade
  • High school – 9th thru 12th grade
  • Adult Division – ages 18 & Up
  • Combination Acts – family talent groups

Submit an up to a two-minute video of any talent suitable for public viewing. Submissions can be one person or up to as many participants you would like.  Please only submit one entry per person. Please email for questions.

Call to Artists

Forty 4 Forty A Celebration of Arts4All Florida – Deadline for Submission: October 16 Florida State Capitol 22nd Floor Gallery January 11 – March 26, 2021 Let’s celebrate four decades of accessible and inclusive arts! To honor its 40th anniversary, Arts4All Florida will select 40 works of art on paper for this juried exhibition that will be held at the Florida Capitol 22nd Floor Gallery. Theme: Celebration We invite Florida artists of all abilities to submit works that reflect the theme of celebration – a celebration of the joy of art, personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or a celebration of perseverance during challenging times. Medium: Paper A primary medium for art, paper is universal and accessible. Its simplicity taps creativity for painting, drawing, photography, collage, and calligraphy. For more information visit:

“Keeping The Arts Alive” – Applications due October 22, Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie HWY, Vero Beach. ART DROP-OFF DATE: NOVEMBER 2 This is an invitation for artists to participate in a new art show, “Keeping The Arts Alive,” sponsored and produced by local artists Camy De Mario, Judy Burgarella and Beth Siebert. Deadline for submitting Applications is October 22nd, and drop-off date for artwork is November 2nd (see application for specific times). Applications can be picked up at Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, Florida, or artists can find the application online at and apply within the online form. Ribbons will be awarded in 14 categories. See website for rules and eligibility. Keeping The Arts Alive fine art show will be open to the public November 6th through November 29th, and an Opening Reception for the public will be held on November 6th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Judy Burgarella at 772-581-8281, Camy De Mario at 818-309-3347, or Beth Siebert at 202-597-7058.

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