Cultural Calendar Dec 15-21


Performances & Events

Advent Organ and Poetry Series on December 15 , 11am

Andrew Galuska will be joined by nationally-recognized poets for morning presentation of the spoken word, highlighted by organ improvisation. The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

Free Writers Critique Group on December 16, 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach


BMA Art After Dark (2021) Vitreous (2015) by Robert Seidel

On view outdoors: December 16 – 17, 6 -8pm

Brett Phares, lead curator of Art After Dark, worked with the Museum team to arrive at the final selection of international artists whose original works celebrate digital art in its many possibilities. Each night will feature the same artwork but different works from last year’s event, utilizing the latest technologies projected onto the iconic white walls of the VBMA.

Outdoor projection art or digital art celebrates the possibilities found at the convergence of art and architecture. Artworks include illustration, experimental film, motion graphics, and large-scale digital video projection with sound. 

Brett Phares is a New-York based artist and curator working in immersive art and the built environment. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for both startups and international brands, all inescapably informing the visual syntax of his personal work. He earned his MFA from Hunter College in Integrated Media Arts, and MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook. He has shown his artwork internationally; has written and taught on our habituated blindness of the everyday; is co-founder of Alys Beach’s annual light art exhibition Digital Graffiti, named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of top five immersive art experiences in the world; and founder of lightStruct, an immersive art/tech startup.

Admission is free on both nights. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Food Trucks include The Flying Scot, Tavo’s Tacos, and Treasure Coast Girls Coalition (TCGC). Cash only for the bar. Bring your lawn chairs. 

Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone on December 16 & 17

Headliner Larry Reeb presents a dry, observational style of comedy that is punctuated with clever twists and a wonderfully stylized delivery. Feature act Roscoe Nash entertains audiences everywhere with his self-deprecation, sarcasm, and quick wit. P-Mac will be your emcee.

Riverside Theatre Live in the Loop on December 16The Doo Wop Guys are an Oldies Rock n’ Roll Party Band playing all the fun hits from the ’50s and ’60s, plus some Holiday songs too!

December 17: The Real Deal plays music from The Doors, The Zombies, Creedence, Van Morrison, Santana, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, The Rascals, Queen, The Hollies, The Kinks, Badfinger, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles and of course some holiday hits! And expect a surprise “Grinchy’ guest musician later in the show.

3rd Friday Art Walk

December 16, 5 – 7pm

Come to the “new” art walk in Vero Beach. We are behind Chilis restaurant and we feature multiple galleries with new art each month.

LoPresti Art Gallery,927 7th Ave, Vero Beach

Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

December 16th, 17th, 18th

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects–mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why they only wear black!

“Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…” – The N.Y. Times

Sunrise Theatre offers

Main Theatre: Dance Academy Of Stuart: Bring On The Holidays December 15, 6pm

Main Theatre:  Sounds Of The Season December 16, 7 pm

Main Theatre: True Crew Dance Co. Present Buddy The Blue Elf December 18, 4:30 pm


Go Sing it on the Mountain: A Cantata for Christmas December 18, 9 & 11am

First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach will present a special worship service for Christmas entitled Go Sing it on the Mountain. Performances will take place during the 9am and 11am services in the church sanctuary at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL, 32960. Admission is free to the community.

Vero Beach Art Club offers Art in the Park December 18, 10am -4pm

Art in the Park is a Fine Art & Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park.

Humiston Park 3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on December 21, 9:30 – 10:30am

for 2-4 years old on December 21, 10:30 – 11:30am

VBMA Art Talk – Creatures and Habitats: Highlights from the Changing Nature Exhibition

December 21, 12pm

Join VBMA docents for an in-depth focus on select artworks from the current exhibitions and the VBMA permanent collection. Trained docents will meet registered participants at the Visitor Services Desk, then head to the galleries for 45-60 minutes of careful looking and discussion.

Gabriella Carillo

Come celebrate the holiday season at McKee Botanical Garden during the Magic of McKee Festival of Lights

  • December 15 through December 17
  • December 20 through December 23
  • December 28 through December 30

6 to 8pm each night. The last admission ticket sold at 7:30 pm.

Relive moments of holidays past as you marvel at McKee’s nostalgic large-scale train display (December 20-23 and December 28-30) and listen to the sounds of the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ (December 20-23). Intermittent snow flurries create a traditional holiday spirit in the Garden along with Santa, outdoor holiday movies, performances by local entertainers and special holiday treats from the Garden Café. Thousands of bright and colorful professionally installed lights will illuminate the Garden pathways along with lighted holiday displays and festive decorations

Garden of Light Holiday Stroll

December 17 & 18, 6 – 9pm

Rock City Gardens 9080, N US Highway 1, Sebastian 

Gallery 14 presents Start to Finish: The Works of Frank Spino & Carol Staub In honor of their 15th Anniversary Season Gallery 14 is thrilled to present a two month showing of the work of revered water media artists Frank Spino and Carol Staub.  On view through January 28, 2023. Gallery 14, 1011 14th Ave., in Vero Beach

Frank Spino Little Fanning Springs

The works of GAIL LOIS JAFFE, P.A. Feel the Heal

On View through December 23 In the Education wing of the VBMA.

The theme is how art contributes to healing.   

ELC presents It’s The Little Things” A 12″ by 12″ Show, On view through December 24. Features 16 artists – 43 pieces of work.The artists are May Brandt, Judy Burgarella, Camy DeMario, Mary Ann Hall, J. Scott Kelley, Barbara Landry, Katherine Larson, Karen Marsh, Phyllis Petrillo, Annie, Talley, Kathleen A. Raymond, LuAnn Sampson, Mark San Souci, Kevin Thompson, Barbara A. Whitlam, and Arlene Willnow.

Valerie Cecire is the featured artist in the Tidal Gallery and will be exhibiting her contemporary landscapes. She is an award-winning artist whose art pieces are impressions and concepts derived from nature with abstract dimensions. Cathy K. Ferrell is also showing bronze sculptures during this show. All of the artwork is available for purchase.

Hank Feeley, “87979-yr679+b6”

Viva FOCA!” On view through December 30. Center for Spiritual Care,1550 24th St. in Vero Beach, at the corner of 16th Avenue and 24th St. Twenty-seven of Vero’s best-known artists works at the Center for Spiritual Care for a month-long group exhibition. Organized by a local group of art enthusiasts called Friends of Contemporary Art, entitled “Viva FOCA!”The exhibition will feature small works, none larger than 14” x 14”. It will be open to viewers by appointment after the reception through December 30. Call the Center at 772-567-1233 to arrange a personal tour.

On exhibit works by:

Rita Barone, Bonnie Bolton, Mary Garvey Beda, Stephen Edgar Bradbury, Ann Chwatsky, Hank Feeley, Ellen Fischer, Patricia Forelle, Mary B. Gallatin, Xaque Gruber, Susan Hale, Jill Kerwick, Barbara Krupp, Shotsi Cain Lajoie, Madeline Long, Gustaf Miller, Janvier Miller, George Pillorgé, Suzanne Roff, Barbara Rowles, Timothy J. Sanchez, Cree Scudder, Sean Sexton, Allan Teger, Emily Tremml, Janet Kipp Tribus and Maciek von Ato.

Walford Campbell (b.-1960).Thrown and Altered

A.E. Backus Museum presents the latest exhibition by ceramics artist

Walford Campbell, “Vessels: A Journey in Clay”

On view through December 31

Vessels: A Journey in Clay by Walford Campbell, the Jamaican-born ceramicist traces an extraordinary creative voyage, delving into an intimate and lifelong relationship with the earth.

Garden Entrance at McKee

Art Show Galleries at First Pres

On view through December 31

The show will feature the works of local artists

Valerie Cecire, Grace Cormier & Theresa Kelso

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

Early Morning Dip by Fran San Miguel

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

Dorothy Napp Schindel New York City Melange

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit Indian River County Administrative Complex Bldg. A & B, First & Second Floors. Artful Architecture  – Member’s Exhibit featuring works by Ella Chabot, Patricia Forelle, Evelyn Haught, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere, Judy Burgarella, Dorothy Napp Schindel & Patricia Willis. On View through January 4

Art at The Emerson presents All Mixed Up Exhibit

An exciting exhibit showing mixed media art. On view through January 5

On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Clearwater Lady

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Courthouse Ella Chabot Solo Exhibit – “Illuminations”

On view through January 18.

Tony Caruso Tasty Eats

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center “Food, Glorious Food –

Member Exhibit”  On view through February 3, 2023. Featuring works by Judy Burgarella , Merana Cadorette, Tony Caruso, Gail Lois Jaffe, Gwen McNenney, Tara Rovani, Mark San Souci & Ardi Schneider.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

Final Ornament

Garden Club of Indian River County Christmas Ornament released for sale to the Community.  Marking the 31st year of producing the ornament, each year, featuring places in Indian River County that are near and dear to our hearts. Many residents enjoy collecting and gifting these ornaments and eagerly await their arrival. This year the Garden Club is happy to feature ‘Gardenfest!’. The brass ornament is adorned with our white trellis and colorful Bougainvillea. Celebrating the 20th year of this much-loved event, held each year on the first weekend in February under the oaks in Vero Beach. 20,000 people attend each year to find plants, herbs, various garden services, garden accessories and local business services.

Look Ahead:

OPERA: L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)

January 8, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Vero Beach Opera will present an original production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love), with stage direction by Vero Beach Opera Artistic Director Russell Franks. Maestro Christopher Confessore will conduct the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Costumes will come in from Norcostco Costume Co., and sets from Stivanello Costume Company, Inc. 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

Magical Schubert  on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7PM

Brahms and Arensky on Monday, March 20, 2023, 7PM

Performances at The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

Celebrate LRJF’s 30th Anniversary with Carl Hiaasen!

January 19, 6:30pm

Proceeds benefit LRJF’s Teen Creative Writing Workshops, Adult Writing Workshops, and the preservation of Laura (Riding) Jackson’s historic home and gardens. Purchase your tickets Early.

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