Cultural Calendar August 3-10


Performances & Events

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 0-24 months old on August 3 & 10, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 2-4 years old on August 3 & 10, 10:30 – 11:30am

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center “Member Exhibit” August 1 – November 2.

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on August 5 & 6, 7 & 9 pm shows. Headliner La Hardy is a versatile and veteran performer you have seen in a lot of places and delivers real observations and a no holds barred comedy style on many subjects. Feature act Jake Klark’s stories of growing up and getting married will resonate with all types of crowds. His high-energy performance will leave the audience wanting more. Steve Kalisik will be your emcee.

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre on August 5 at 5:30 pm. Jesse & The Thieves play radio hits from yesterday and today. Their music features a lot of dance numbers and songs from: the Beatles, Mumford and Sons, The Weeknd, A-Ha, Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Cake, Modern English, Bruno Mars, CeeLo Green, The Killers, and Toto.

August 6 at 5:30 pm, Chemistry is the premier synth-pop-rock tribute to the Decade of Decadence, the 80s. The Golden Age of big hair bands, synthesizers, parachute pants, Max Headroom and MTV! They’ll be ripping Awesome 80s tunes from Pat Benatar, Berlin, Missing Persons, The Motels, A Flock Of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Blondie, Loverboy, Quarterflash and a whole bunch more.

Ballet Vero Beach presents: Chicago Dance Crash Live Performances: August 5th and 6th at 7:30 pm at Riverside Theatre.  Ballet Vero Beach is thrilled to present, in partnership with Riverside Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash. This awe inspiring troupe fuses Hip Hop and Contemporary dance to create original narrative works that are accessible, entertaining, and energetic. Don’t miss this acclaimed company as they kick off their 20th anniversary season right here in Vero Beach!

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Red, White & Blue” On view through August 5. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

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

First Friday Gallery Stroll on August 5, 5 – 8pm

Galleries along and around 14th Avenue, from 21 Street to 18 Street in downtown Vero Beach are open from 5 to 8 pm featuring new artists each month – FREE Event. 14th Avenue Art District

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

Sliding Home by Andy Burnam

On view through September 2

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

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

Jacob and Skylar Velazquez

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents The Jake n’ Sky Show

August 7, 3pm at The Emerson Center.

Superstar Jacob Velazquez returns with Skylar Rae live in FREE concert!  The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents America’s Got Talent standout and frequent guest collaborator, Jacob Velazquez, along with his younger sister, Skylar Rae live in concert! Jacob is a fourteen year old songwriter and multi instrumentalist from South Florida who, in addition to America’s Got Talent, has performed on countless national TV shows including Good Morning America, The View, and The Steve Harvey Show, among others. He has performed alongside Harry Connick Jr., Andrea Bocelli, & Kenny G., as well as Gloria & Emilio Estefan. This special FREE concert is brought to you by Aaron Collins and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Reserve Tickets: www.

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

Mainely Light by Rita Ziegler

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

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 Broken

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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