Cultural Calendar Feb 1-8


Performances & Events

VBMA Museum Babies & Toddlers

February 7, 9:30 – 10:30am

Live from Vero Beach! presents Classic Albums Live

Performing Fleetwood Mac’s ~ Rumours

On February 2, 7pm at The Emerson Center

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace

Big, Bold, & Beautiful

February 2 – March 17 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Free Writers Critique Group on February 3, 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach

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

Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hits (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspect of Love, CATS, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Jesus Christ Superstar) and Opera favorites (Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, La bohéme, Carmen and La traviata) performed by 2022 MET Opera Laffont Grand Finals Winner Soprano Alexandra Razskazoff, tenor Matthew White, baritone Eleomar Cuello, and mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney with collaborative pianist Anna Fateeva.

14th Annual Art Trail Fine Arts & Crafts Studio Tour

February 4 & 5, 10am – 4pm

The Art Trail is an open house of numerous studios around Vero Beach to introduce art to the public in the setting in which it is created. It is a premier event to the season at the Vero Beach Art Club.

Free Event RSVP:

Gardenfest! February 4 & 5

Saturday 2/4, 9 – 5pm. Sunday 2/5, 9 – 4pm

Gardenfest! Natures finest market place, is one of the largest free and family friendly garden shows in Florida. Attendees are encouraged to bring their wagons and to shop for garden gems. Gardenfest! host the highest quality vendors of plants, planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary, and other garden accessories. Suppliers are pleased to offer florida natives, unusual tropicals, and unique plant specimens. Plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, succulents, bamboo, fruit trees, bonsai, roses and may flowering plants. Vendors prepare their displays with great skill and care to show gardeners the latest trends in plant materials and design.

There is a food court and youth activities. Wonderful raffle prizes are bundled in a number of collections. Proceeds help fund the club’s local scholarships and community outreach programs.

Free admission and parking. Rain or Shine! Riverside Park 3260 Riverside Park Drive ,Vero Beach

Art in the Park on February 5, 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

Sunrise Theatre offers;

An Evening With David Foster & Katharine McPhee

February 5, 7pm

Indian River Symphonic Association presents Brevard Symphony Orchestra

February 5, 7:30pm / Christopher Confessore, Conductor

Comedy Tonight – POPS

Featuring music from The Pink Panther, The Producers, Monty Python, Curb Your Enthusiasm, classic cartoons, and Sneaky Pete and the Wolf, a hilarious re-telling by Peter Schickele of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

General James Mattis

Riverside Theaters Distinguished Lecture Series February 6

General (Ret) James MattisThe 26th Secretary of Defense (2018-2019)

There are two lecture times: 4 & 6pm with a time of Q&A following the lecture.

Jim Mattis was raised in Southeastern Washington and graduated from Central Washington State College. He served over 40 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, plus duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and as Commander of U.S. Central Command comprised of 250,000 U.S. and allied troops in combat across the Middle East and South Asia.  Retiring in 2013, he was a Davies Family Scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  Subsequently he served as the 26th Secretary of Defense from January 2017 through December 2018.

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center Emerging Artists Showcase  

on view February 6 – March 17. Featuring works by public, private and home schooled students

Clay Henderson

E-Series at Emerson

Forces of Nature- Florida’s Fighters for Conservation

Speaker: Clay Henderson February 7, 7pm

Clay Henderson is one of Florida’s leading voices in environmental policy. He sponsored or co-authored most of the natural resource protection provisions in the Florida Constitution, including: Amendment 1, the largest voter approved conservation funding initiative in our nation’s history, and creation of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He led development of nationally recognized land conservation programs, including: Volusia Forever (1986 and 2000), Florida Communities Trust (1990), Preservation 2000 (1991) and Florida Forever (1999). He has negotiated over 300,000 acres of lands now part of national and state parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. He negotiated key elements of the Everglades Restoration (1996) and authored the large scale planning sections of Florida Community Planning Act (2011). He negotiated the historic merger of Florida Audubon Society and National Audubon Society, which had coexisted for 100 years, and was one of the founders of Save the Manatee Club.

VBMA Film Studies ~ Seeing is Believing: Amazing Stories Based on Real People and Real Events

February 7, 1:30 or 7pm

 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.

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

Meet the Artists Reception: February 8, 5:30pm. On view through 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.

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

On view through February 11.

Riverside Theatre presents Bakersfield Mist

Performances run through 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

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.

Morning Wade by Harold Newton

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.

Derek Gores Carmen Margarita Collage

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

On view through 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

Tara Rovani 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.

On view through April 5.

Merana Cadorette Be Prepared

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.

Yellow and White Cattleya Set

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 The Rocket Man Show – A Tribute to Elton John February 9, 7pm, The Emerson Center

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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