Cultural Calendar March 25-31


Performances & Events

Vero Beach Opera presents Rising Stars Opera Festival, Thursday – Saturday, March 25 – 27. Semi-Finals:Thursday, March 25, 2-5pm. Finals: Friday, March 26, 2-5pm. Rising Stars Concert: Saturday, March 27, 7pm. Performing Arts Center at VBHS. Online Ticketing:

Gallery 14 Presents ~ ZOOM IN: Acrylic Realism by Susan Martin

Personal Space by Susan Martin

On view through March 26.  Gallery 14 presents Susan Martin’s astoundingly crisp edged textured and contrasted realistic compositions. Also, on display works by artist-owners Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Beth-Anne Fairchild, Mary Ann Hall, Barbara Landry, George Pillorge, Deborah Morrell Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel.  In addition, Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson and Carol Staub and Jo Zaza. Visit: Gallery hours are: Tues-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

Indian River Clay presents 2021 Spring Fling Pottery Show & Sale March 27, 10am – 1pm, 1239 16th St., Vero Beach. The public is invited to tour the studio and meet the artists; browse the member pop-up exhibit and buy a one-of-a-kind gift; also purchase a ticket for a chance to win a beautiful piece of handcrafted pottery. Proceeds support the Indian River Clay Capital Campaign.

LR Jackson PoetryFinding Your Voice Writing Workshop with Steve Bradbury March 27, 10am – 12pm. In this lively, informal workshop Bradbury will demonstrate ways to polish a poem and bring it alive through word choice and cadence. Participants are invited to submit a short poem for review.

ELC offers Walking Meditation in the Butterfly Garden March 28, 11am – noon. Led by Elise Mahovlich of Living Yoga with Elise. It’s a practice that is all about being aware of our bodies as we move. If our daily lives are defined by ‘going to’ or ‘coming from,’ a walking meditation is simply about being here, happy to be alive! More information:

Vero Beach Art Club offers Art in the Park, March 28, 10am – 4pm. Humiston Park, 3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach. Art in the Park is a Fine Arts & Crafts Show

His boat, My boat, Our Island by Xaque Gruber

Xaque Gruber “Where David Went: Reflections by a Son”

New Watercolors on Exhibit at The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th St., Vero Beach. On View through March 29

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

Melissa Mastrangelo’s Buoy Motel

Gallery 14 presents A LIFE IN THE SUN: Retro Acrylics by Melissa Mastrangelo.  March 30 – April 30, Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm.  Melissa often incorporates other media into her acrylic paintings, such as mid century ephemera and spray paint. Some of her favorite subjects include old neon motel signs, vintage surf vans, beaten up nautical buoys and other rusty objects that had once marked a moment in time. These symbols of a simpler life offer the viewer some comfort in the midst of an ever changing world.

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. On view through March 31. Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Seriously Mixed Media Gallery presents Anita Prentice ~ Guest Artist  On View through April 7. Gallery hours are 11am – 3pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Seriously Mixed Media Gallery, 207 Orange Ave, Ft Pierce

A.E.Backus Museum & Gallery presents“60 for 60” Special Presentation TOP: Anniversary Invitational Exhibition On view through April 25.  The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, in celebration of the Museum’s 60th Season, will present an invitational exhibition of the 10 past winners of the top awards from The Best of the Best fine art juried show and Through the Eye of the Camera juried photography show. The invited artists will share a body of six works each in a wide variety of media.


Sean Kenney

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. This exciting exhibition of the Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. Drawing from Op Art and light-and-space traditions, as well as theories of the subconscious, the Baltimore artist explores the immersive, illusory possibilities of reflection. For more information visit:

VBMA Exhibition ~ Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the NY Historical Society.  On view through May 2.  A stunning array of over forty paintings from the New-York Historical Society’s Collection by Hudson River School artists will be on view for the first time at the Vero Beach Museum of Art..  Painted between 1818 and 1886, the works illustrate America’s scenic splendor, as seen through the eyes of some of the country’s most important painters. 

CCIRC Exhibit Gwen McKenney’s Dance of the Flowers

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

CCIRC Member Exhibit On View through May 26

Online Events

ELC ~  CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE Annual Benefit Virtual Event 3 Easy Ways to Get On Board! Visit:

Silent Auction, March 10 – April 10

Captain a Boat, March & April

Virtual Event,  April 8 – 10

ELC presents Plants to beware of and how to control them! Live & Virtual Workshop, March 28, 1:30 – 3:30pm

The Friends of St. Sebastian River, the Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, and the Environmental Learning Center will be holding a live and virtual workshop on invasive plants. Learn what invasive plants are, why they are bad, how to identify them, plus some tips to help you control them in your yard.  For more information, visit the FSSR at, the Eugenia Chapter at, the Environmental Learning Center at


H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue offers ART from the Heart , through March 31 Questionably skilled artists looking to paint your pet! Send a photo of your pet with a $25 donation and you will be mailed a unique piece of digital artwork created by a H.A.L.O. Volunteer! We guarantee lots of smiles and the satisfaction of knowing you helped homeless pets!

2021 Spring Break Cheer Camp & Summer Camps Looking for an activity for your child during Spring Break? The City of Vero Beach Recreation has the perfect program.

Call to Artists

Keeping the Arts Alive ~  Made in the USA. Local art show runs April 8 – 11, at the Indian River Shores Community Center.  Application due by April 1. For information email: Visit Indian River County,, and the Cultural Council of IRC are working together to showcase local artists and their work.

In April, Visit Indian River County will launch an Artist Spotlight Series of blog posts with the theme,  Indian River County: Through The Artist’s Eye. Each month the blog page will spotlight one artist with a bio, a brief Q&A and images of their work that are inspired by living on the Treasure Coast. This will be promoted across the social media platforms of both Visit IRC and the Cultural Council, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. The deadline for submissions for consideration is Friday, April 2. Please email with up to five (5) examples of locally inspired artwork and your contact information. Please call 772-770-4857 with any questions.

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery ~ Through the  Eye of the Camera Amateur and professional artists in traditional and digital photography are encouraged to enter this favorite competitive opportunity that champions photography as an art form. Juried exhibition is to close this special anniversary season. Entries accepted by advance appointment March 31 – April 30. For Prospectus details visit

Gallery 14 will feature an exhibit of small works by artists near and far. All work in the show will measure 12×12 in total. The creative options are endless and the art will inspire you. The show will be curated and judged. Applications are due May 1. Visit:

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