Cultural Calendar July 27- August 3


Performances & Events

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 0-24 months old on July 27 & August 3, 9:30 – 10:30am VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 2-4 years old on July 27 & August 3, 10:30 – 11:30am VBMA Museum Studios (on Free Admission Saturdays, All Ages!), July 30, 10am – 1pm

Themed, docent-led mini tours of the VBMA’s exhibitions and a connected art project in the Museum Art School studios. No pre-registration required. FREe!


Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on July 29 & 30, 7 & 9 pm shows.

Headliner Ken Miller is just PLAIN OL’FUNNY. In just a few short years he has stormed thru the ranks of comedy. From emceeing, featuring, and headlining, he has become one of the funniest comics in the state of Florida. Feature act Dewayne WIlliams has quickly become one of the hottest young comics in Florida and getting hotter! P-Mac will be your emcee.

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre on July 29  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.

July 30 at 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.

Downtown Friday on July 29, 6 – 9pm

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

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL, Performances through July 31. 

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

“Exhilarating! You’ll have a hard time staying in your seat!” – WNBC

H.A.L.O.’s “Pawcasso”

July 30, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Steve Diossy Marine Art Gallery

3247 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

VBMA Museum Babies and Toddlers

Babies and their caregivers join in art viewing, sensory experiences, and playful learning in the galleries. Museum Babies and Museum Toddlers take place in the museum’s galleries and include an art activity.

August 2, 9:30 -10:30am, The More, The Merrier


Reel in Summer @ the Museum – The Hundred Foot Journey

August 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us in the Leonhardt Auditorium to view a series of family-friendly films related to themes found in the exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee. Galleries will stay open until the film begins; come early to see the amazing exhibition! Pre-registration recommended; see website for details below.

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) 2 hours 2 minutes, rated PG

Two chefs with extremely different restaurants and culinary styles learn from each other, forming a friendship and strong community along the way. Be sure to take a look at Doris Lee’s artwork depicting food and eating meals together, such as Thanksgiving, The Family Reunion, Apple Pickers, and Oasis, A Tunisian Restaurant, Tunisia. Register:

by 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 at the Emerson offers 3rd Annual UU Members and Friends:

An Exhibit featuring artistic talents of UU Members & Friends

On view through September. Meet the Artists Reception August 11, 5 – 7:30 pm

Featured Artist: Hector Cruz

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee. On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach

The Big Itch by Chuck 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

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

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

On view through September 2

First Friday Receptions: August 5 and September 2. Receptions will be from 5-8pm.

Nannette Nielsen Size Matters

This intriguing show is 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

VBMA presents Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee. On View through September, Holmes and Titelman Galleries

Doris Lee, Two Cats

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, The View, Woodstock

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.


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

Artist’s Choice, On view through October 5.

Richard Gillmor Morning Has Broke

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Courthouse Richard Gillmor- Solo Exhibit “Waterscapes” On view through October 12.

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