Cultural Calendar May 4-11


Performances & Events

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit On View May 4 – July 28 Artists capture the exciting colors of animals in the world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee.

Seacoast Treasures 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 Fun Under the Sun ~ Member Exhibit

On View May 4 – August 3

Spring Jazz & Chamber Music Concert Wrap up the season with the sounds of the Vero Beach High School Jazz and Chamber Orchestra on May 5 at 7 pm.

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on May 6 & 7, 7 & 9 pm shows Headliner Philly Plowden takes observations and revelations about the human condition, mixed with stories from his own life. Feature act Bill “BULL” Ohse delivers a unique brand of comedy that produces huge results, and always leaves the audience wanting more. Steve Kalisik will be your emcee!

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop on May 6, 5:30 pm Joe Reid and Heartland are a traditional country group that can mix it up with some Southern and Classic rock. He has opened for many of country music artists and he has had two original songs in the top twenty on the country charts.

On May 7, 5:30 pm The String Assassins a power jam band that melds rock, punk and bluegrass influences into an energetic, fast-paced performance that has to be seen and heard to believe.

Gallery 14: Retrospective: Work by Viola Pace Knudsen

Viola Pace Knudsen Coral Reef Pine Needle sculpture

On View through May 27, Gallery Reception May 6, 5 – 8 pm

A very special retrospective of the work of Viola Pace Knudsen, who has been a popular represented artist at Gallery 14 since its inception. This greatly expanded showing of her work, will celebrate her pine needle sculptures and will feature a selection of her acrylic paintings as well. 

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Gallery Stroll on May 6, 5 – 8 pm Enjoy art along the avenue as the galleries in the Historic Downtown Arts District open their doors for browsing and shopping. Light refreshments available at various locations.Free to the public. Historic Downtown 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

St John’s Fine Arts Series presents Paradise Women’s Chorale ~ Mother’s Day Concert, The Mother and the Sea May 8, 4:30 pm Admission is free – Free-will offering. The Paradise Women’s Chorale, the newest choral ensemble on the treasure coast which specializes in choral works arranged for women/treble voices will perform a Mother’s Day Concert entitled The Mother and the Sea. The Paradise Women’s Chorale, a 25 voice ensemble, is a resident ensemble of the St. John’s Fine Art Series at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. The Concert will feature music about the experiences of life and the sea with music composed/arranged by Andre Thomas, Eric Whitacre, Franz Schubert, Sam Pottle, and more. The concert will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. St John of the Cross Catholic Church 7550 26th Street, Vero Beach

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents Tuned to the Spirit: Photographs from the Sacred Steel Community On view through May 8

The Museum is honored to be debuting the traveling exhibition that will highlight more than twenty years of “Sacred Steel” photography, which has a notable Fort Pierce connection.

Robert L. Stone (b. 1944)..

In the late 1930s, two related African American Holiness-Pentecostal churches began incorporating a novel, modern instrument into worship services – the electric steel guitar. The expressive and energetic music rendered on the instrument soon became essential to the spirited worship services. Today, with more than fifty congregations throughout the state, Florida is a stronghold for the House of God and Church of the Living God, where musicians have passed down the unique musical tradition known as “sacred steel” for generations. Two of these churches (House of God No. 1 and House of God No. 2) are located in the City of Fort Pierce.

In three decades of work, photographer and folklorist Robert L. Stone has documented this music and church culture through images (photography, video) and audio recording. Tuned to the Spirit presents a selection of more than thirty soulful images, augmented by music performances accessed in the exhibition through QR Codes on visitors’ mobile devices. Stone’s 2003 documentary film “Sacred Steel: The Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches” will also be available to see historic footage of these important musicians.

Riverside Theatre presents Almost Heaven – John Denver’s America performances May 10 – 29 “Songs of John Denver” Conceived by Harold Thau

Described as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era,” John Denver was an American musical icon who achieved great success with his down-to-earth acoustic sound. 

Almost Heaven celebrates the life and times of this music man with over 25 Denver’s chart topping hits including: “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and many more.

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents THE CHICAGO GYPSIES By V Glasgow Koste

A heart-warming tale about the migratory life of a show business kid during the Great Depression. Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award! Carolina Lee, nick-named Charley, is the youngest actress in the company that suddenly finds itself stranded, where she becomes a drop-in at the local school and recess is more like a Roman coliseum. Connecting rich, fully realized characters from three generations, audiences warm to Charley’s temperamental actress-mother; her loving, song-and-dance-man of a father; and Charley’s illegitimate adopted grandmothers. While set in the Depression, these Chicago gypsies stubbornly see their way through the worst of times to the best of times in a regenerative reunion that makes these odd yet ordinary people shine with the miracle of loving, quiet survival. Performances Sundays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19 & 26

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents NATIVE GARDENS Performances May 11 – 22

Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Les Amoureux au Trois Bouquets by Marc Chagall

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

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.

Indian River Light by Susan Miller

ELC offers Nature-Inspired Artists Series Solo exhibition of Susan Miiller:

Sand and Shadows.  On view through May in the Tidal Gallery Showcase.

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Members’ Show”

On View through May 30. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

SPRING ART SHOW  ~ The Galleries at First Pres

Featuring the works of local artists Richard Gillmor, Salvador Lorenzo González, and Theresa Prokop. On View through June 1. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Cat’s Eye by Johnson Hagood

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

Barbara Krupp Fine Art Artist Studio/ Gallery

 4315 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 4 pm, By appointment 440-574-4662

A Seagull Soaring by Marc San Souci

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Courthouse presents a Solo Exhibit by Mark San Souci  – An Artist’s Wanderings

On View through June 29.

Pastel Waves by Valerie Cecire

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Buildings A & B

I Love Indian River County ~ Hometown Love Letter

On View through July 6

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