Cultural Calendar Aug 25- Sept 1


Performances & Events

Free Writers Critique Group on August 26, 10am For all levels – Contact for more information. Indian River County Main Library 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach 

Downtown Friday on August 26, 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 

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on August 26 & 27, 7 & 9 pm shows. Headliner Casey Peruski grew up in a house that was half Irish and half Polish where they all had to have a good sense of humor or a drink. Feature act Christopher Robinson’s comedy is rooted in his unique perspective and understanding of both sides to almost every story. Steve Kalisik will be your emcee.

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre on August 26 at 5:30 pm,

The Mighty Flea Circus is a Swingabilly band playing the most toe-tappin’est, heart pumpin’est, partner swingin’est music around! Come hear the best Rockabilly band around!

August 27 at 5:30pm, Dave Scott & The Reckless Shots are a 2019 International Blues Competition Semi-Finalist (held in Memphis, Tenn.). Don’t let the “Blues” term fool you, we keep the crowd dancing! The band plays a variety of Music, including Tom Petty, Allman Brothers , Little Feat, Eric Clapton, John Prine, John Hyatt as well as many blues shuffles.

VBMA Museum Studios

August 27, 10am – 1pm / Water, Water Everywhere!

Drop in, no registration required. FREE

Themed, docent-led mini tours of the VBMA’s exhibitions and a connected art project in the Museum Art School studios. Observe oceans, lakes, and rivers in the exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee and make a related art project.

Sunrise Theatre’s Comedy Corner Presents: Aaron Edwards Hall LIVE at The Black Box on August 27, 8 PM

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on August 31, 9:30 – 10:30am VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 2-4 years old on August 31, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

On view through September 2

Mars by Dorothy Napp Schindel

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

Art at the Emerson offers 3rd Annual UU Members and Friends: An Exhibit featuring artistic talents of UU Members & Friends On view through September. 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 Vero Beach Canal by Nick Binghieri

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, The View, Woodstock

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 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.

J Karam 1989

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.

Merana Cadorette Summer Squall

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

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