Cultural Calendar April 28-May 6


Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre ~ The Comedy Zone

April 30 & May 1 Headliner Peter Fogel creates clean, hysterical humor that will always make an impact on the audience. Opening act Roy Haber has a demented sense of humor that will have you doubled over and begging for comedic mercy.

Riverside Theatre ~ Live in the Loop

April 30,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.

May 1,  Joe Reid & The Heartland Band is a 5-piece band featuring a George Strait Tribute Act and other country classic artists!

“Spring Back” at The Galleries at First Presbyterian Church

Beautiful swimmer

Featuring the works of newly featured local artists Joyce Simonton-Clamp and Michele Loftus-Trzcinski. Welcomes back more beautiful works by Donna Ware. The Galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach.  Open for viewing from 12 – 3 pm,  Monday through Thursday, and on Sunday mornings between church services. Admission is free and open to the community. The church requires all visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing while on campus.

Artists Guild Gallery ~ Student Art Exhibit. For the month of April, Artists Guild Gallery will host an art exhibit by the student artists. Teachers Sue Dinneno, Dawn Mill, and Rita Ziegler are proud to present their students’ amazing art in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. On View through April 30, Tues – Sat, 11 am – 3 pm. Located at 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.

3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back ~ This exhibit is a multicultural, multiracial collaboration that addresses systemic racism in our nation. Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy,, Vero Beach.  On View through Apr 30.

Painter Mags Hobbs presents an exhibition at The Center for Spiritual Care.

On View through April 30.  Her paintings can be seen at the Center by appointment 10 am – 4 pm daily. Call 772-567-1233 for further information.

New York, New York by Mags Hobbs

Downtown Friday on April 30,  6 – 9 pm. Street festival along Historic 14th Avenue in Downtown Vero Beach. Live music, 80-100 vendors, food trucks, and drinks. This is a free & fun event for the whole family

Melissa Mastrangelo’s Buoy Motel

Gallery 14 presents A LIFE IN THE SUN: Retro Acrylics by Melissa Mastrangelo.  On View through April 30, Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.  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.

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:

Indian River Clay’s  Garden Plants & Pottery Sale

May 1, 10 am- 1 pm at Indian River Clay Studio , 1239 16th Street, Vero Beach.

Covid19 guidelines will be observed.  Shop the orchid planters and flower pots handcrafted by members of Indian River Clay. A selection of orchids and other garden plants also will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Indian River Clay Capital Campaign.

“Seasons of a Soul” on May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Fundraising benefit for Music Angels.  Featuring Heledys Rodriguez, Concert Pianist & Julio C. Banasco, Artist, Sculptor & Poet. A silent auction for some of Julio’s art work. Students from IRCHS, some supported by Music Angels will be performing the 2nd half of the Program with David Heroux, Dave Mundy & his Wolves. Performance  held in the Sanctuary at 1st Presbyterian Church, 52 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach. Social distancing & masks rules will apply.

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. 

Rhett Palmer’s YellowFish

Gallery 14 presents Finger Paint Palmer: Digital Art by Rhett Palmer

On View May 4 – 28. Meet and Greet with the Artist on May 7, 5 -8 pm. Gallery 14 welcomes local celebrity and magazine publisher Rhett Palmer with his very unique and special exhibit of digital paintings. The exhibit which will feature many bright and colorful images of sun and fun, while showcasing a side of Rhett that many perhaps do not know exists. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm.

McKee Botanical Garden offers special BOGO admission for “MOM” on May 9.

McKee Botanical Garden is honoring Mom on Mother’s Day with a special BOGO offer of one free admission to all mothers* with one paid admission on Sunday, May 9. (*All moms, grandmothers, mothers-in-law or someone who is like a mother to you are included in this special admission).   If you are looking to take mom somewhere special this Mother’s Day…look no further than McKee Botanical Garden where an entire garden of beautiful blooms and fragrant botanicals await to greet her. Mom will enjoy relaxing and unwinding while taking in the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams and peaceful surroundings throughout the Garden. The Garden is open on Sunday, May 9 (Mother’s Day) from Noon – 5 pm. 

Regular Garden Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday (10 am – 5 pm), Sunday (noon–5 pm).  The last admission ticket is sold at 4:00 pm. The Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 p.m.

Seriously Mixed Media presents The Whale Under the Boat featuring gouache artist Danielle Biglin. On View through May 13. Seriously Mixed Media, 207 Orange Avenue in historic downtown Fort Pierce

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

Gwen McNenney’s Cheerful Yellow 2 –

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at Intergenerational Recreation Center presents  “ The Promise Of Spring”.  On View through June 29.


Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation offers “Write in the Middle” Creative Writing Summer Camp. Students entering 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades are eligible. This is a fun camp that explores writing through all sorts of artistic media.

COVB Summer Camps & Gymnastics  Registration

Looking for an activity for your child? The City of Vero Beach Recreation has the perfect program. 

ELC Summer Camps Hands-On, Feet Wet Adventures! Are your kids ready for some outdoor fun this summer? Take a pontoon trip to a spoil island for a splash, canoe through the mangroves on the Indian River Lagoon, become a marine biologist seining in the water, and more! To register:

Call to Artists

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 launched 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 has been extended. Please email with up to five (5) examples of locally inspired artwork and your contact information. Please call 772-770-4857 with any questions. Visit IRC Artist Spotlight:

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County has some Exciting news! We will be shaking things up a bit as we prepare to change out the current exhibit in the IRC Administration Buildings. No particular theme – artist’s choice.

  • Building A will be a Group Show – Please submit up to five (5) images for consideration.
  • Building B will be a Solo Show – If you would like to be considered for the solo installation, please submit a minimum of fifteen (15) and a maximum of twenty-five (25) images. Depending on the size of the artwork, a selection will be chosen to fit the available space.

Please email your artwork to by the deadline, Monday, May 17, including the Title, Medium, Size and Price.  Thank you!

Location: IRC Administration Buildings A & B, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach

Theme: Group Member Exhibit in A Building; Solo Member Exhibit in B Building Submission Deadline: Monday, May 17, 2021 Notification of Selection Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Delivery Date and Time: Wednesday, May 26, 11-12 noon Exhibit Start Date: May 26, 2021 Exhibit End Date: September 29, 2021

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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