Cultural Calendar Feb 16-23


Performances & Events

Live from Vero Beach presents. Classic Albums Live Performing The Beatles’: Let it Be on February 17, 7 pm at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach..  Listen to Classic Albums Live perform “Across the Universe, “Let it Be,” “I Me Mine,” The Long and Winding Road,” and “Get Back,” among many others, note-for-note, cut-for-cut.

Silver Tones Valentine’s Concert on February 17, 10 am & 7pm

The Senior Resource Association Silver Tones Choir presents their Valentines Concert “Songs About YOU!” Being performed at First Presbyterian Church. No Charge for Admission. RSVP is required.

Art Walk at the 900 Building on February 18, 5 – 8 pm

Enjoy art from multiple galleries off of US 1 between 8th and 12th street. (turn down 10th Street to get to 7th Ave). LoPresti Art Gallery along with two or more galleries are hosting the event. All the art galleries are in the same building so you can easily go from one gallery to another. Enter to win an original art piece. 

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery presents the annual Highwaymen Celebration Weekend, February 18 – February 20 during regular hours, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm & Sunday noon – 4 pm.

A Day at the Boathouse by Willie Daniels

 Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a range of special offerings, including viewing the special exhibition The Highwaymen: Art / History. Admission will be free, with activities outside and inside at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.  The Highwaymen: Art / History, 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 notable paintings never presented to the public, the exhibition is on view through March 3.

Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents Eddie Metz Trio with Nicki Parrott February 19, 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Vero Beach Yacht Club.

The Ed Metz Trio is comprised of three of our favorite jazz veterans: Drummer Eddie Metz, has played with a host of famous musicians, including Count Basie, Clark Terry, and Woody Herman; Aussie premier bassist and jazz vocalist Nicki Parrott has performed with Les Paul, John and Bucky Pizzarelli and many other notable musicians; and Italian award-winning pianist Rossano Sportiello, is an international star who has been touted as one of “the best stride piano players ever”.

Caio Pagano Piano Concert on February 20, 3 – 5 pm World Renown Scholar and Concert Pianist Caio Pagano returns to enchant us with his unique depth, passion, and virtuoso performance on the concert grand Steinway. Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church, 3755 Hwy. A1A, Vero Beach

This Presidents Day Weekend The American Association of University Women Vero Beach (AAUW) presents First Ladies and Their Presidents on February 20, 3 – 5 pm starring Sue and William Wills as Abigail and John Adams and Lou and Herbert Hoover.  While many know of John Adams’ role as one of the Founding Fathers and the second president of America, few know much about Abigail’s contributions or realize the great sacrifices they made as husband and wife, and as parents, to help give birth to this nation. Our first play invites you to travel back in time and imagine you are among a group of citizens who have assembled at the Adams home for a very somber occasion. 

Is your first reaction to hearing of Herbert and Lou Hoover, “Didn’t Herbert Hoover cause the depression?” or “Who is Lou Hoover?” We invite you to be surprised as you learn of the unique accomplishments of both. Did you know, for instance, that First Lady Lou Hoover served as President of the Girl Scouts twice and as an officer over many years? Their story is one of love, partnership, and national and international good works and respect.

Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking is the creation of William and Sue Wills, a veteran husband-and-wife writing and acting team. They’ve spent 44 years in theater, have presented over 9,000 performances together, and are in their 26th year of bringing to life the stories of 34 different Presidential couples. One patron exclaimed, “Congress should declare them a living national monument.” AAUW Vero Beach brings you two of this couple’s performances on Presidents’ Day weekend – Sunday, February 20, 2022, from 3–5 pm at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach. 

General Robert Spalding

Riverside’s Distinguished Lecturer Series presents Robert Spalding on February 21, Lecture times are 4pm and 6pm.  Robert Spalding is a national security policy strategist, and globally recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition and influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. He has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the Trump Administration’s widely praised National Security Strategy (NSS), and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council. 

Dr. Spalding has written extensively on national security matters. His book, STEALTH WAR: HOW CHINA TOOK OVER WHILE AMERICA’S ELITE SLEPT (Portfolio; 2019) is an executive summary of his almost decade-long work countering Chinese Communist Party influence. It has been translated into additional languages. His academic papers and editorial work are frequently published and cited, both nationally and internationally. His Air Power Journal article on America’s Two Air Forces is frequently used in the West Point curriculum. He has been interviewed about the economy and national security on FOX News, BBC, OAN and CNBC, as well as numerous radio and YouTube channels, both nationally and internationally. 

E-Series at the Emerson presents America’s Amazon, The Story of the St. Lucie River with Speaker: John Nelson on February 22, 7 pm.  From the earliest times of Indian settlements to the present day, the St. Lucie River has played a vital part in the history of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Today, the river is frequently plagued with toxic algae blooms and pollutants that have caused immeasurable damage to the environment. But why has our river become one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation? To find the answers, photographer, and documentarian John Nelson tirelessly worked over three years to create America’s Amazon: The Story of the St. Lucie River.

Derek Gores

Gallery 14 presents TropiCollage ~ Derek Gores solo show of all new themed collage art.  On view through February 25. Location: 1911 14th Ave, Vero Beach.

Derek Gores is considered part of the Pop Surrealism and New Contemporary movements, this year will mark his fifth season showing at Gallery 14. Gores was honored to exhibit at the Manifest Hope show at the Presidential Inauguration in 2009 and was commissioned by Playboy to create the cover portrait for their Hugh Hefner Tribute Issue.

Themis by Tim Sanchez

New works by Tim Sanchez at The Center for Spiritual Care

On view through February 26.The new works are called Reconstructions by Sanchez. “Technically, they’re assemblages,” says Center Director Carol Ludwig, “created from fragments of earlier paintings that he combines with the bravura painting style we associate with Tim. It’s a new way of looking at his work and is very exciting. He’s at the top of his form and more exhilarating than ever.”

The Center for Spiritual Care is located at 1550 24th St. in Vero Beach. Viewing after the opening is by appointment between 10 – 4pm, seven days a week. Call 772-567-1233. 

Vero Beach Art Club Annex presents “Not So Still Life”

On view through February 28. Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 3 pm, Located at 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.

Nature Inspired Artist Series at ELC February Showcase featuring the works of Shotsi Cain Lajoie & Judy Burgarella. Location: 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach

2nd Annual Celebrating Black History Exhibit ~ Art at The Emerson Gallery.   On View through March 1. Located at  590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm.

By Sheila McAvoy

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

Spoken In Thread  ~ Yvonne Steere and Sheila McAvoy

On view through March 10.  Artists and sisters, Sheila McAvoy and Yvonne Steere present evocative images created from fiber materials and needlecraft.

Ben and Lisa rehearsing Buyer and Cellar

Buyer & Cellar at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild

Performances run Sundays through March 27, 7:30 pm

The Studio Theater at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild makes its debut this New Year! Opening an all-new contemporary style space is the one-man tour de force comedy, Buyer & Cellar.

5th Anniversary Art Show The Galleries at First Pres

On view through March 31. The show will feature the works of local artists Cy Rochon, Pat Traver & Anne Whitney. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Dual Lotus by Sherry Haaland

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Sea of Knowledge by Steve Reid

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Complex, Building A & B, First & Second Floors. Water, Water, Everywhere ~  Member Exhibit.  On view through April 6.

Herrerasaurus by JPR Images

McKee Botanical Garden presents Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors, through May 1.  In this specially constructed outdoor version of the popular Dinosaurs Around the World exhibition, visitors will be whisked back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth that’s very different from the one we inhabit today.  Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when arid deserts covered Brazil and polar darkness was the norm in Australia! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, cutting-edge research, in an outdoor environment surrounded by nature, you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles brought back to life!  Open daily to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm and the Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and

Radiant Reds by Gwen McNenney

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center.  Mix it Up   ~ An Exhibit of Mixed Media, Member Exhibit.

On View through May 4

Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed

Les Amoureux au Trois Bouquets by Marc Chagall

The Museum’s third curated collection exhibition, representing more than 50 local collectors and over 100 artworks. On view through May 15.  The exhibition is filled with treasures from local collections that are enjoyed in private residences, and now revealed in the public setting of an art museum. The show offers a rare glimpse into artworks seen for the first time at the VBMA, where we can discover major artworks collected in Vero Beach homes. It is a public view into the private world of collecting.  A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

A Peek Ahead:

The Cultural Council of Indian River County is a Non-Profit Partner with LIVE! From Vero Beach Concerts. Enter Code CCIRC and CCIRC will receive 25% of ticket sales on the Jonathan Edwards & Livingston Taylor concert on February 24, at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach @ 7 pm.

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