Cultural Calendar October 21-28


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The Cultural Council of Indian River County announces the publication of its Arts & Cultural Guide 2020-2021, a testament to optimism and resiliency in the cultural arts community. The popular 12-month guide is a singular reference for residents and visitors to plug in to events, exhibits, concerts and classes happening throughout the county and throughout the year. Anyone can pick up the Guide at the Cultural Council office located in the Flametree Clay Art Gallery, 2041 14th Avenue, or around town at various locations including;

  • Vero Beach Museum of Art
  • Riverside Theatre
  • J. M. Stringer Gallery
  • McKee Botanical Gardens
  • Environmental Learning Center
  • Vero Heritage Center and Citrus Museum
  • Vero Beach Art Club Annex

View the Arts & Cultural Guide and future events at:

Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre’s • Live in the Loop

Oct 23Collins and Company is a high-performance variety tribute band featuring a wide range of authentic music from rock and pop to country, Motown, reggae and standards.

Oct 24: Uproot Hootenanny is a four-piece folk/bluegrass band that stays true to the genre through heavy jam sessions and whiskey dreams. They are the perfect accompaniment to a good ole’ fashioned time.

Riverside Theatre’s • The Comedy Zone

Oct 23 & 24: Headliner Al Romas brings hilarious material and a natural rapport with audiences from all over. Opening act Catherine Maloney doesn’t hold back with her no-nonsense attitude. Her comedy is sharp, sarcastic, bold and unapologetic. Show Times 7:00 & 9:00pm For more details visit:

VBMA Exhibition – Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light October 24 – April 30, 2021 This fall, the Museum will offer an exciting exhibition of the Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn. Ahn creates mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. For more information visit:

Museum Reopened – The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce it has reopened its galleries and sculpture parks to the public.  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.  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 check the website at

ARTober The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and guests will rejoice by featuring artists who have exhibited at the ELC both past and present. Meet & Greet October 24, 4 – 6pm. Please email to RSVP

Vero Beach Art Club Art in the Park October 25, 10:00am – 4:00pm Art in the Park is a Fine Arts and Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club members Humiston Park, 3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963. More information at:

Artists Guild Gallery Celebrates 30 Years in Vero Beach! Fine Art exhibited by 11 Artist/Owners, and several consigning artists. October 21 & 25, 11:00am – 3:00pm Artists Guild Gallery  – 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach FL 32960

The Community Church of Vero Beach presents Organ Concert and Silent Film October 26, 6:00-7:00pm. Andrew Galuska, organist and Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Community Church of Vero Beach, will present an Organ Concert accompanying a spooky silent film. Before “talkies” organists and orchestras would often accompany silent films to highlight the drama and action and elevate the story. Be sure to catch this unique event!  More information at:

The Best of the Best Juried Exhibition – AE Backus Museum & Gallery On view through November 13. The popular annual competition yields the best works of art in a variety of media from artists across the state and beyond. A jury panel of three independent judges voted to accept 103 entries out of 233 submissions in four media categories: Oil/Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, Varied Techniques, and Three-Dimensional. For more information:

An Outdoor Revolution 1

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. 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.  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:

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 will be 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.  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, 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach. For more information visit:

Original Intent series by Debra Jenkins

Art in Public Places Program: sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County presents “Original Intent” by Debra Jenkins On View through December 10, 2020 at The Indian River County Courthouse

Sebastian Mangrove

Art in Public Places Program 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 presents. 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.

Online Events

VBMA Art Talk October 21, 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Join a VBMA docent via Zoom for an in-depth focus on artworks from the current exhibition.  Members Free/ Non-members charged admission. Registration required.

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. 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. 

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 On view 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 22, 1-4:00pm To register for this class please visit click on the “Education” tab. 

VBMA Cork, Canvas & Company October 22, 6:00 -8:30pm. Join VBMA instructors on select Thursday evenings for a glass of wine and artmaking fun! Class brought to you via Zoom. Registration required. See website for prices.

Facebook Live from The Community Church of Vero Beach October 21 & 28,  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 visit:

Friends of the North IRC Library – CLASSIC 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 After Diagnosis Virtual Event October 26, 2:00 – 3:30pm. Friends After Diagnosis offers support and educational meetings. For more information visit:

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:

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

“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.

McKee Botanical Garden is looking for local artists to submit their original works of art (color paintings only) of McKee Botanical Garden to be put on display in the Garden Cafe. The Garden Cafe is visited by thousands of McKee Botanical Garden members and visitors from all over the world each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to be seen and exposed to the community-and possibly sell your artwork. They are looking for the following size original paintings of McKee Botanical Garden:

(3) 48″ wide x 36″ high (3) 36″ wide x 18″ up to 24″ high (2) 18″ wide x up to 24″ high

Note: If you have a painting similar to these sizes, please let them know and they will consider it. If you have any original paintings of McKee Botanical Garden that you would like for them to consider, you must email a photo of your painting(s) to Photos are due by Friday, October 23. They will be accepting (2) painting submissions from each artist and will then decide which ones they would like to showcase.

Arts in Public Places – Cultural Council of Indian River County Location: Indian River County Administration Buildings A and B, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach Theme: Artist’s Choice Exhibit Title: Mixed Themes Delivery Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2:00pm-3:00pm Exhibit Runs: Wednesday, Oct. 28 – January 26, 2021

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