Cultural Calendar January 22-28


Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre’s • Comedy Zone

January 22 & 23: Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit takes the Waxlax Stage. Headliner Jeff Jena blends one-liners, storytelling, and touching personal tales focused on family and coming to fatherhood later in life. Opening act Juanita Lolita is a clean comedian that sees humor in everything. Because of her Hispanic-hillbilly heritage, you will find her comedy of everyday life very funny.

Riverside Theatre’s • Live in the Loop

January 22: British Invasion Band Covering all your oldies UK bands from the Beatles, Hollies, Animals, Zombies, Yardbirds, Kinks, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull & Many More!

January 23: Collins 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

Sunrise Theatre presents ~ Evening With the Stars – The Edwards Twins January 21 at 7:00pm.  Remember all the wonderful Variety shows we all grew up on in the 70’s & 80’s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. More information at:

VBMA Exhibition ~ Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the NY Historical Society. January 23 – May 2. The Hudson River School rose to eminence in New York during the first half of the 19th century. This loosely knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice.

Poetry of Nature, comprised of some 40 paintings by 25 artists ranging in date from 1818 to 1886, offers a varied survey of important paintings conceived in the style of the Hudson River School and further enriched by each artist’s personal vision. The exhibition also offers an opportunity to explore the exchanges of influence among a group of artists whose social and professional networks in New York City and at their favored sketching grounds established an artistic vision that we now recognize as the Hudson River School.  The exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

The Galleries at First Pres will offer an opening reception for their 4th Anniversary Art Show on January 24, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.  First Presbyterian Church,  520 Royal Palm Boulevard , Vero Beach. Admission is free. Masks and Social Distancing are required while on the church campus.

VBMA International Lecture Series January 25, 4:30 – 7:00pm 

Karen E. Quinn ~ Historian, Curator and Leading Expert on the Hudson River School. “Glorious Marvels of the Land:” The Hudson River School This lecture will be presented via Livestream at the VBMA or into your home.

During the 19th century, the American landscape was elevated to a place of national pride. Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt remarked, “Truly all is remarkable and a wellspring of amazement and wonder. Man is so fortunate to dwell in this American Garden of Eden.” The Hudson River School had a significant role in this vision of America. Just what was the Hudson River School? What drove the rise and importance of this group of painters? Why did it decline after the Civil War? Karen Quinn explores the answers to these questions against the backdrop of the VBMA’s exhibition Poetry of Nature.

Vero Beach Art Club offers ~ The Limited Palette, Tuesdays, January 26 – February 23. Using three colors plus white, students will learn the foundation of color theory. Additionally, the elements and principles of art will be explored. Students will learn to appreciate, evaluate and critique their art and gain a sense of freedom with exploration.

Diamondback lino cut by Gina Carra
Everglades Grandeur by Evelyn Haught

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at The Indian River County Administration Complex Buildings

Exhibit;  Artist’s Choice ~ Mixed Themes.  On View through January 27

Gallery 14 presents Fabulous Foursome Gallery hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10am-5pm & Friday- 10am-4pm. This show features an expanded showing of three represented Gallery 14 artists: teacher and whimsical ceramicist/metal artist Mia Lindberg, popular master potter Walford Campbell, and multi-award winning mixed media expressionist painter Carol Staub.  Joining them will be Sandy L. Ford, whose colorful abstract realist paintings were seen at the Gallery during the 2019 Strokes of Genius Invitational. Featured, as well, 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 Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza.  For more information visit:

Artists Guild Gallery ~ Celebrating 30 years of sharing art with Vero Beach, this fine-art gallery features the work of artist-owners; Merana Cadorette, Sue Dinenno, Annette Gekle, Barbara Glover, Sherry Haaland, Judy Mercer, Dawn Mill, Patricia Padoll, Judy Rixom, Fran San Miguel, and Rita Ziegler.  Artists Guild Gallery, 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.  Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Ginny Piech Street’s ~ Birds and Blossoms On view through February 8.  Well known local clay artist, Ginny Piech Street will exhibit Birds, Blossoms and 127 Pinch Pots at Seriously Mixed Media, 207 Orange Ave, Ft Pierce FL 34950

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at The Indian River County Courthouse.

Adams Ranch by Sean Sexton

On Exhibit ; PATCN ~ Plein Air Treasure Coast North- Member Exhibit . On View through February 11

Terry K. Hunter’s The Grid Comes Full Circle II  On view through February 26th.  Exhibition presents works of art created by students of Dr. Terry K. Hunter, included are drawings, prints, and mixed media works produced between 1977-2020. On view at Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach.  Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 3:00 – 6:00pm

The A.E. Backus Museum presents  Right of Way: The Highwaymen, the latest exhibition in its annual series recognizing the accomplishments of the original artists who made their names selling their paintings on Florida’s open roads. Drawn from private collections with some paintings never presented to the public, the exhibition is on view through March 7, at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday, Noon – 4pm

Over-Under the Lily Pads by Richard Gillmor
African Ark Woman by Gwen McNenney

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at IRC Intergenerational Recreation Center.  On Exhibit;  Creative Reset Looking Back ~ Looking Forward.  On View through March 30


Sean Kenney

Made with LEGO® BRICKS at McKee Botanical Garden On exhibit through April 25. An award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and mankind’s relationship with nature.  Come explore the beauty and wonder of Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, open Tuesday – Saturday (10am – 5pm), Sunday (Noon – 5pm). The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and at

VBMA Exhibition – Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light

On view through 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:

Online Events

Vero Beach Art Club offers ~ Online Introduction To Art, Thursdays, January 28 – February 25. Introduction to Art is a beginner’s course for those interested in learning how to look at, appreciate, and enjoy the visual arts. The elements used to create a work of art are studied through discussion , reference to artworks of the past and present and actual experimentation in the various art media.

Laura Riding Jackson Foundation presents 2021 Adult Writing Workshops Registration is open for the upcoming Adult Writers Workshops. Workshops via Zoom, so everyone can attend from the comfort of home, wherever that might be. Three stellar instructors offering a wide range of writing interests to get you writing and exploring.


Environmental Learning Center is presenting a new and exciting event:

Now accepting submissions from all ages! 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.

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