Cultural Calendar July 2-7


Performances & Events

First Friday Gallery Stroll, July 2 Galleries along and around 14th Avenue, from 21 Street to 18 Street in downtown Vero Beach are open 5 to 8 pm featuring new artists each month.

A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne – Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York, 1992.

 On View through  September 5, VBMA Holmes and Titelman Galleries. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce the  first commemorative exhibition since Christo’s death of a unique traveling collection of artworks by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.  As partners for more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created lasting environmental installation art throughout the world. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile long curtain titled Running Fence in California, and most recently The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. Because their large-scale public projects are temporary, these preliminary artworks remain as evidence of these installations. This collection represents not only the special relationship between an artist and a collector, but also the collaborative effort between the artists and the many people involved in producing the works.  The collection includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career.

For more information:

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to present its in-person summer film series “Yes, We Cannes” with Vero Beach filmmaker Xaque Gruber in connection with the exhibition A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection.  A selection of three internationally acclaimed feature-length films and three film shorts will touch on key themes of the exhibition: perseverance and the struggle to find one’s place in the world. Guest speaker and filmmaker Xaque Gruber will provide introductory remarks on the cinematic importance of each film and share his personal connections to and experience at the Cannes Film Festival.

July 13 Films: “The Pistol” (2018 short film), “The Piano” (1993 feature length film)

July 20 Films: “Anna (2019 short film), “Anna” (1987 feature length film)

July 27 Films: “12 Zloty (2018 short film), “Persepolis” (2007 feature length film)

All films will be shown in-person in the VBMA Leonhardt Auditorium at 7 pm. 

Pre-registration is required.

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild heads into Season 64 beginning July 14 with the opening of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” directed by Michael D. Naffziger. The Broadway Tony Award winner will continue to run through July 25.

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery is shifting to its summer schedule of public hours, the Museum will be open to the public Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays Noon – 4 PM through August 8; closed July 4 for Independence Day. The Museum is located at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce FL
Lady in a Hat

The Galleries at First Pres – Summer Art Show

Opening Reception: July 11, 2 – 4 pm

The show will feature the works of local artists Linda Irwin, Pat deRobertis, and Lolly Walton. The Sebastian River Art Club will also present artwork by the late Rosalee Hume. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free. The church campus is open, and those who are fully vaccinated against COVID19 need not wear masks.

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery. Original art by local artist-owners:

Wait For Me by Barbara Glover

Sue Dinenno, Barbara Glover, Chuck Haaland, Sherry Haaland, Judy Mercer, Dawn Mill, Patricia Padoll, Judy Rixom,Fran San Miguel, and Rita Ziegler are on exhibit, and for sale. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. The gallery also features art by associate artists Johnson Hagood, and Mimmo Amelio, along with 3D art including sculpture, glass, pottery & ceramics, and jewelry. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing. Artists Guild Gallery welcomes award winning Fine Art photographer Chuck Haaland as it’s newest member. He works in the world of digital photography, and produces artistic photographs of extraordinary quality, which are available, in large sizes, on canvas and metal. Chuck believes that his photographs should be visually stunning, and capable of calling up a deep emotional connection with his viewers. His art is on exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm 1st Friday Art Stroll, 5pm-8pm & 1st Saturday 11am – 3pm 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery 14 presents Summer Squared: An Invitational of Great Proportions

On View through September 10

A sizzling hot art event this summer! Gallery 14 will feature an exhibit of small work by artists near and far. All work in the show will measure 12″ X 12″ in total. The creative options are endless and the art will inspire you.  

Gallery Receptions: July 2,  as part of the First Friday Gallery Strolls. For more information visit:

Vero Beach Art Club presents Big Bold & Beautiful

Fine art exhibit and art marketplace.  Through August 6, Tuesdays – Friday, 11 am – 3 pm.


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

On view through September 9.

Solo Exhibit – J. Thomas


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

Richard Gillmor Ode to Monet

On View through September 29.

Building A, First & Second Floors ~ Member Exhibit, Mixed Themes

Building B , Solo Exhibit by Steve Reid ~ Not Myself”

Original and interpretations of African and Indigenous ceremonial masks

House with Stone Courtyard by Judy Burgarella

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Intergenerational Recreation Center

Vacation Doings and Destinations ~ Member Exhibit

On View through October 26


Vero Beach Art Club Summer Camps

Camps by Age  4- 8, Artists 8 +, Teen Artists 11+.

Runs weekly, June 7 – July 23.

Register online:

Laura (Riding) Jackson Conversation Series — Part III

Laura Riding and Dialectical Thinking – June 30 at 12 pm.  This discussion will be held over Zoom .  LRJ scholar Dr. Simon Tilbury will discuss whether dialectical thinking exists in the poems of Laura Riding by examining ‘The Contraband’, ‘Death as Death’, and ‘Nothing So Far’.  Dr. Tilbury brings us the third installment of our Conversation Series, a series of free interactive discussions led by Laura (Riding) Jackson scholars over Zoom.  To register:

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:

Pelican Island Audubon Society

Summer Camps Give your child a summer of outdoor adventure, exploration, and education at Pelican Island Audubon Society’s summer camp!

Activities include kayaking, wildlife & plant identification, outdoor adventures, hiking, science education, and more!

Offering weeklong camp sessions for children ages 10-17: July 26-30 To register visit:

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