Cultural Calendar May 11-18


Performances & Events

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation  presents May Poetry Weekend Series May 12 – 15. Creating Image – the Modern Haiku with Cowboy Poet Shadd Piehl is on May 13, 9:30 am.  The 10th Annual Poetry and BBQ is on May 14, starting at 2:20 pm.

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on May 13 & 14, 7 & 9 pm shows

Headliner Frank Del Pizzo makes people laugh with his true-to-life stories and attitude. Feature act Nola J will make you laugh hysterically by how much you can relate to her funny reactions to the world. Joshua Armenteros will be your emcee!

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop on May 13, 5:30 pm

Ryz-N-Soulz is a group of energetic performers playing top of the chart covers from Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative & Old to New Country. You’ll hear hits from Bob Seger, Marshall Tucker, Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Luke Combs, Johnny Cash, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Steve Earl, The Black Crows and Chuck Berry!

On May 14 at 5:30 pm Rappture a truly enjoyable and dynamic trio covering hits from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Eagles, John Denver, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Bonnie Rait, Etta Jones, Chicago, Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Van Morrisson and many others!

Gallery Veritas presents Neshama ~ New paintings by Barry Shapiro

Gallery Reception on May 14, 3 – 7 pm.

Neshama is Hebrew for “The Spirit” and the title for an exhibit of new paintings by Vero Beach artist Barry Shapiro. This exhibit is part of a two-year exploration by Shapiro into the ability of art to create an introspective and meditative state for the viewer. These paintings are lively with color and motion, several have 3 dimensional elements and gold leaf. Created during the isolation of the pandemic, they are a reflection of the artists state of mind during the past few years and his hope for a spiritual awakening.  Gallery Veritas is located at 1422 20th Street, just west of the corner of 14th Avenue. It is the latest edition to downtown Vero’s Art District.

Xaque Gruber’s new art exhibit “Lyrical” are whimsical watercolor paintings,

drawings and mixed media pieces inspired by song lyrics, nursery rhymes and poetry. Gallery Reception May 15, 3 – 6pm. On view through the month of May

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

Riverside Theatre presents Almost Heaven ~ John Denver’s America “Songs of John Denver” Conceived by Harold Thau.  Performances through May 29.

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, May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19

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.

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.

Indian River Light by Susan Miller

ELC offers Nature-Inspired Artists Series Solo exhibition of Susan Miiller: Sand and Shadows.  On view through the end of 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

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 Union Village

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.

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Wetlands by Ella Chabot

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

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit

On view through 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.

Poolside Puppy by Tara Rovani

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 through August 3

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