Cultural Calendar Jan 25 – Feb 1


Performances & Events

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on February 1 , 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on February 1, 10:30 – 11:30am

Live from Vero Beach! presents Dave Mason on January 26, 7pm at The Emerson Center in Vero Beach

Sunrise Theatre offers;

Strictly Sinatra Presents: The RAT PACK

January 26, 7:30 pm

Johnny Mathis The Voice Of Romance

January 28, 8:00 pm

Free Writers Critique Group on January 27 , 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Inspired Works

On view through January 27 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

On view January 27 – March 28

A tribute to the past and present IRC school teachers exhibiting their fine arts.

On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

VBMA Museum Studios on January 28, 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!

Environmental Learning Center kicks off its 35th Anniversary Celebration During Annual Fundraiser “Mangroves and Moonlight” on January 28

Visit: or call 772 589 5050 for more information.

Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers Visiting Mr. Green

Performances run through January 29.  Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given community service helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts out as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving storyline as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years. Translated in 22 languages, with hundreds of productions in large and small venues, it has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery announces the rousing return of the “Sunday in Key West” Luncheon & Auction event on January 29, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce.

This annual and exciting getaway event brings the free-spirited fun of Key West to the scenic Indian River Lagoon. An exhilarating live auction of exclusive experiences and a fresh silent auction of exceptional items are served with delicious food and a hearty helping of merriment in support of the Backus Museum.

Please call (772) 465-0630 or visit 

Art in the Park on January 29, 10am – 4pm

Fine Art & Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park. 3000 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach

Gifford Historical Museum & Cultural Center offers Art & Music in the Park

January 29, 2 – 4pm. Catered Lunch by 14 Bones BBQ.

For tickets contact Jonnie Perry/ 772-985-7573 or Vera Smith/772-473-8317

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra offers Brahms 4 & Rach 2

on January 29, 3pm at VBHS Performing Arts Center

Rachmaninoff’s monumental and ravishing Second Piano Concerto!

VBMA International Lecture Series

Catherine Futter – From Paris to Vero Beach: Art Deco Design 1918 to 1939

January 30, 4:30-5:30pm

The tumultuous 20-year-period between World War I and the beginning of World War II featured many significant social, political, and economic changes throughout the world. The Roaring Twenties was a time of upward mobility for the middle class. Populations in the developed world enjoyed modern innovations and technological innovations such as automobiles, electric lighting, and radio. Buildings got taller, skirts got shorter, and jazz got hotter. Transformative design combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, especially in Europe, while in the US, consumers had access to new plastics and mass production. Many Americans enjoyed a general feeling of novelty and prosperity, which all came crashing down with the start of the Great Depression in 1929. It was in the midst of this dynamic upheaval from 1918 to 1939 that Art Deco was born. From Paris to Vero Beach examines the modernity, glamour, and exuberance, while exploring the socio-economic impact of these advancements during the Interwar period.

Catherine Futter is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator, Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum. Previously, she was at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City for almost eighteen years. While there, she held the positions of director, curatorial affairs, and the Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts. Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Duke University and earned her doctorate from Yale University, where her focus was American decorative arts.

Catherine has curated a number of permanent-collection installations of European and American art as well as numerous exhibitions. Her recent endeavor American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939, which just closed a national tour. She also curated the international loan exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939, which was accompanied by an award-winning catalogue. A generalist in the history of design and decorative arts, Catherine’s scholarly focus is on transcultural connections and nineteenth-century decorative arts. She is now working on reexamining decorative arts to reveal inequities in their creation and ownership.

VBMA Film Studies – Seeing is Believing

January 31, 1:30 or 7pm

Seeing is Believing: Amazing Stories Based on Real People and Real Events

 Film lovers will find inspiration in learning true stories of people making their way in the world and facing life’s challenges with courage. As the old saying proves, “truth is stranger than fiction” and that’s never more evident than in this selection of fascinating films. One we’ll be viewing is Te Ata (2016), the inspirational story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Native American Chickasaw woman who crossed many cultural barriers to bring her own brand of storytelling to the nation and to the world.

E-Series at The Emerson: Sea Turtles – A Conservation Success Story

Speaker: Kendra Cope January 31, 7pm

Sea turtles are our favorite animal and the reasons go way beyond the fact they are cute. Three species, Loggerheads, Greens and Leatherbacks, are responsible for laying hundreds of thousands of nests along Florida’s beaches each year providing essential nutrients to the beaches we enjoy. They provide a home on their shells to thousands of small plants and animals. And, they keep marine ecosystems balanced by playing unique roles within the food chain that support the health of our oceans, estuaries and reefs. However, our choices as individuals and a society are having a detrimental impact on these critical animals due to light pollution, fisheries interactions, marine debris and more. But, the good news is we as individuals, groups and businesses are all able to make a difference to protect our environment through decisions we make every day.

Riverside Theatre presents Bakersfield Mist

January 31- February 19, ON THE WAXLAX STAGE

“A new-comedy drama inspired by true events” By Stephen Sachs

Inspired by true events, this new comedy follows Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who buys a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover.

This play contains adult language.

Water Woman

Sixth Anniversary Art Show  Galleries at First Pres

The show will feature the works of local artists Jean Breeding, Cathleen Hahn, and George Kofas. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

JM Stinger Gallery presents Poetry of the Colorist.  Exhibit includes recent painting of  Deborah Cotrone, Leonard Mizerek& Jim Rodgers.

On view through February 11.

Willie Daniels (1950-2021). Backwater Dreams

AE Backus Museum & Gallery presents “Dashboard Dreams:

The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road”

On view through February 26. The next presentation of the 2022-23 season at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery continues the annual series of special exhibitions celebrating the unique art movement that traces its beginnings to our community. Dashboard Dreams: The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road considers the iconic imagery and inspirational story of the celebrated artists in the context of the American auto industry of the era.

The Backus Museum is planning to present its annual favorite Highwaymen Celebration Weekend on February 17-19, featuring free admission during regular hours. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a range of special offerings outside and inside. The highlight of the weekend takes place on the Museum’s Outdoor Mural Plaza, where people seeking to start or build their personal collections of Highwaymen paintings will be able to browse an impressive selection offered for purchase by professional dealers, specializing in the vintage works of these artists. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the current state of the art market and to explore owning an original work of art for your home or office. Dashboard Dreams will be on display inside, with free gallery talks for the public each day. The special exhibition expands upon the year-round display of Highwaymen paintings on view, a display which includes video excerpts from the award-winning documentary film “The Highwaymen: Legends of the Road.

Bradbury Rocks Off Sidney’s Dock

Center for Spiritual Care offers the exceptional Drawings of Steve Bradbury, a remarkably sensitive chronicler of Florida river and landscapes whose classical Asian influence is unmistakable On view through January 27.

1550 24 th St., at the corner of 16th Ave. and 24th St.

From January 7, exhibit will be available for viewing by appointment.

Individual tours can be arranged by calling 772-567-1233.

Carol Staub Blue On Blue

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. Gallery 14, 1011 14th Ave., in Vero Beach

Tropical Game Collage by Derek Gores

Derek Gores to Return to Gallery 14 with “Piece of Mind”

January 31 – March 24, Gallery Reception February 3, 5 – 8pm

Gores’ lush collage portraits capture an escapist tranquility, a nostalgic yet contemporary feeling of the good life by the coast.  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism. New subjects include a chess board, a vinyl record and a sweet treat or two, in addition to the floating swimmers, shoes and cocktails for which he is known. For this show, Gores has used many objects and textures inspired by life in Vero Beach. Hundreds of snapshots of local flowers and foliage, shells and waves, vintage postcards, Lilly Pulitzer patterns, and so many more hidden gems can be discovered at each glance. 

His sense of color has really gone next level this time – a nearly neon tropical wave of joy. His title, Piece of Mind, is a playful nod to the artist’s approach. 

Gores is a specialist in being present. He explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative. The story is on the canvas for us to piece together. His client list includes Tag Heuer, Loews South Beach, E! Entertainment, and more. He was honored to be the first ever Artist in Residence at the Hotel Bel-Air, where Marilyn Monroe had her last photo shoot.

Also featured are Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, and represented artists: Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza.

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

Three Pears by Judy Burgarella

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. Featuring works by Judy Burgarella , Merana Cadorette, Tony Caruso, Gail Lois Jaffe, Gwen McNenney, Tara Rovani, Mark San Souci & Ardi Schneider.

Tara Tovani Blue Composition

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit, IRC Administration Buildings A & B Artist Choice”.

Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, Janet Grossarth, Evelyn Haught, Barbara Krupp, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney &  Tara Rovani

Art In Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit IRC Courthouse Solo Exhibit by Merana Cadorette, Acrylic Art: A Retrospective. On view through Apr 19.

Aloe Plant

McKee Botanical Garden to Host World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition

McKee Botanical Garden is hosting Master Glass Artist Jason Gamrath’ s Garden of Glass Exhibition which will run through April 30th.

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

A Look Ahead:

Live from Vero Beach! presents offers Classic Albums Live Performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

On February 2, 7pm at The Emerson Center

Woman looking at the moon with Miro by Susan Hale

Vero Native, Susan Hale, to Show Abstracts

“Journeys,” will include paintings that have been described as otherworldly.

Center for Spiritual Care, February 3-28

IN CONCERT: Phantom Goes to the Opera

February 4, at 7p.m. Vero Beach Opera presents Phantom Goes to the Opera, a Concert celebrating the best of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway showstoppers, and our own Opera favorites.

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.

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

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

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