Cultural Calendar June 22-29



Performances & Events

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents the popular juried photography competition Through the Eye of the Camera. This year’s exhibition features 87 of the year’s best photographs drawn from professional and amateur photographers. Through the Eye of the Camera will be on view through June 24, at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.  This year there were 61 artists who submitted 180 entries in one of four categories: (1) Animal subjects; (2) Flora & Landscape subjects; (3) People/Portrait subjects; or (4) Open, for subjects that are not included in the three major categories. The jury panel conferred 24 awards for the Best of Show, Best Black & White Photograph, Best Film / Traditional RAW Photograph, and 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Awards of Merit in the category awards.  During the exhibition visitors are invited to share their own vote for their favorite work on display. The results will be counted for the annual “People’s Choice Award” given at the close of the exhibition. 

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on June 24 & 25, 7 & 9 pm shows.

Headliner Jody Kerns comes to the stage looking like a soccer mom then blows you away with her take on kids, drugs, sex, marriage…you name it, she talks about it. Feature act Paul Farvahar delights audiences with his self-deprecating dry humor, centered on being a single son of disappointed middle eastern parents. Jim Harpring will be your emcee Friday! Steve Kalisik will be your emcee Saturday!

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre On June 24 at 5:30 pm,Dave and the Wave is a premiere entertainment group from the Treasure Coast. From Classic Rock to Motown to R&B to Smooth Jazz, the Wave does it all !!! You’ll hear hits from: Van Morrison, Stephen Stills, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Otis Redding, and other music artists.

June 25 at 5:30 pm, Vince Love & The Soul Cats will make you groove with their magical gift of performing Blues and Motown hits!

Downtown Friday on June 24, 6 – 9 pm.

Live music, vendor booths, food trucks along 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.  Free to the public!

Burgers & Brews 2022 – An American Heritage Celebration

June 25, 1 – 8 pm 14th Avenue at 21st Street in Vero Beach


Enjoy food trucks, vendor tents and our interactive kids zone all event long!

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Slider Tasting & Best Burger in Indian River County Competition

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Live Music on the Main Stage

4:00 p.m. Apple Pie Eating Contest – If you would like to participate (and win a prize!) be at the Main Stage by 3:55pm.

4:30 p.m. Burger Competition Announcements

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Live Music on the Main Stage

Image: Burgers & Brews.jpg

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents America the Beautiful

June 25, 2 pm

The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach

This all-American program will showcase our national heritage, as conductor Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by Richard Rodgers, Mark Piszczek, Eric Whitacre, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa. The concert features Eric Whitacre’s thrilling Ghost Train. Eric transforms a story from American folklore of a supernatural locomotive that roars throughout the Western U.S. Rich in special effects and unique compositional techniques, this dynamic piece creates vivid aural images. Rounding out the program is Adam Gorb’s Yiddish Dances. Gorb’s brilliant classic combines his passion for wind orchestra and klezmer (the folk music of Yiddish-speaking people) with his theatrical flair in five traditionally based dances. Thrilling, touching, affectionate, endlessly inventive, vividly scored, and vibrant, this exciting work will keep you on the edge of your seat.

America the Beautiful will showcase American heritage as conductor and artistic director Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers and “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, along with favorites like “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the beloved, “America the Beautiful.” Attendees can also count on plentiful marches from The March King, John Philip Sousa. Among the many rousing patriotic numbers will be a salute to those who served in the United States Armed Forces; veterans will be asked to stand when their service song is played. Audience members are invited to wear red, white and blue in a show of patriotic solidarity.

Free tickets to America the Beautiful can be reserved online at

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.

Final Performance on Sunday, June 26.

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 30. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Gallery Veritas presents Neshama ~ New paintings by Barry Shapiro

On view though June. 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.

Gallery 14 presents Summer Squared II: An Invitational of Great Proportions

On view through Sept 2

First Friday Receptions: July 1, August 5 and September 2. All receptions will be from 5-8pm.

Sliding Home by Andy Burnam

This intriguing show comprised of 12×12 innovative canvases laid out on the Gallery’s walls, in a creative installation, will fascinate you with the variety of art and the cleverness of the entries. A juried show, the work was chosen from numerous entries and judged by highly regarded and knowledgeable arts professional Mark Wygonik. These multi-varied pieces in many different mediums- on wood and canvas, make terrific gifts for friends and family. You may also find the perfect small piece of art to gift to yourself.

Located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Chasing Birds by Sue Dinenno

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

Valerie Cecire Cloudy Day

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

A Flower Delivery 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

Extended through July 13

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.

Edda Thors

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

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit  “Red, White & Blue”

On view through August 4. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

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

VBMA presents Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee

On View through September 2022, Holmes and Titelman Galleries

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee features 74 of the most notable and compelling works of art by Doris Lee (1905-1983). Using a vibrant color palette, Lee sparks feelings of playfulness and humor in her paintings, drawings, prints, and commissioned commercial designs for fabric and pottery. Simple Pleasures includes works by the artist spanning from the 1930s through the 1960s from both public and private collections and gives overdue recognition to Lee’s significant contributions to American art. A selection of ephemera, such as product advertisements for the American Tobacco Company and General Foods who commissioned paintings from Lee, will also be included in the exhibition.

Doris Lee, Two Cats

Known as one of the foremost American artists during the 1930s and 1940s, Lee was a leading figure in the Woodstock Artist’s Colony. Decades after World War II, Lee responded to the rise of Abstract Expressionism with skill and agility and her own sense of grace, developing her own visual style. By taking a modernist approach and using clean, abstract lines, Lee’s body of work merges the reduction of abstraction with the appeal of the everyday and offers a coherent visual identity that successfully bridged various artistic “camps” that arose in the post-World War II era, truly depicting scenes of the simple pleasures of everyday life.

VBMA will present a full slate of related programming, including Art Talks in the gallery, studio art classes, and artmaking projects for families. For more information and to register for programs, please visit the website and call (772) 231-0707 ext. 136. 

The Vero Beach Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program began on Armed Forces Day, May 21 and will end on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. This summer, Blue Star Families can enjoy Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee exhibition on view thru September 18, explore students and Veteran artworks in the Patten Community Gallery as well as enjoy the Art Zone an interactive children’s space. “The arts play an important role to our overall well-being and now more than ever we are committed to ensuring access for all, and hope our active military and their families will take full advantage of all the Museum has to offer.” Commented Sophie Bentham-Wood, VBMA Director of Marketing and Communications.

McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, September 5. McKee Botanical Garden is a Blue Star Museum participant and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America.

Comment - Please use your first and last name. Comments of up to 350 words are welcome.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s