Cultural Calendar Feb 23-Mar 2


Performances & Events

GYO Annual Concert from 2022

Gifford Youth Orchestra ~ Diamonds and Crystals GALA

On February 23, 5:30pm

Astronaut Winston Scott

The evening will feature Keynote Speaker: Captain Winston Scott, former NASA Astronaut.  The GYO celebrates 20 years of providing music lessons and instruments to the children of Gifford, FL by changing hearts one violin at a time. 

Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and fine food will be served.

Special performances by GYO students to entertain. RSVP to or call 772-213-3007.

Writers Window Pane on February 24, 10am, Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Ballet Vero Beach Program 2 ~ “Beyond the Ballets Russes” will take the stage at the VBHS Performing Arts Center on February 24 & 25

Influence. Drama. Art. In an exceptional program, Ballet Vero Beach celebrates the legacy of one of the most revolutionary dance companies of all time, the Ballets Russes. Taking the influence of the great troupe as a jumping off point, this program will feature a world premiere by Adam Schnell, Sylvia Pas de Deux by George Balanchine, and the world premiere of Camilo A. Rodriguez’s thrilling adaptation of the Ballet Russes classic, Firebird.

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

On view through February 24.  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.

Introduction to Laura’s Writing on February 25, 9:30am

Learn about Laura (Riding) Jackson and her literary pieces! Hosted by Board Member, Cherie Clark.

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation’s Writing Center 1914 14th Avenue, Vero Beach 

VBMA Museum Studios – Nerves of Wheel 

February 25, 10am. 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!

Free Saturday is Art Day at the Vero Beach Museum of Art

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is opening its doors on Saturday, February 25th for FREE admission to encourage budding artists to come and view demonstrations by the faculty instructors from 10 am – 2 pm in the Holmes Great Hall and Studios. 

The day-long activities offer visitors the chance to see a series of art activities ranging from painting to pottery, and yoga to art history all under one roof. The instructors are available to answer any questions, and if you sign up in-person on this one day only you will enjoy 15% off your Spring 2023 tuition. And ask about The Stuart Segal Photograpy Scholarship.

And that’s not all. For kids and families, the Museum is running its monthly Museum Studios – Nerves of Wheel from 10am -1pm, themed around the new exhibition Rolling Sculpture. VBMA docents will provide themed, mini tours to families that include a variety of art in the exhibition. Then participants can get creative making art of their own in the Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. The Art Zone will be open and docents will be offering the public tours of the exhibition at 2 pm.

Sunrise Theatre offers Comedy Corner featuring Marc “Skippy” Price on February 25, 8pm


Atlantic Classical Orchestra at the Vero Beach Museum of Art

Three by Three on February 26, 3pm. The fifteenth season of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s celebrated partnership. You will not want to miss this intimate gathering of musicians. Tickets include admission to the galleries, so come early to take in the exhibitions.  Erno Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio anchors this afternoon of chamber music. Dohnányi’s musical voice was distinctive and his compositions are now regarded as outstanding examples of late Romanticism, though largely free of the Hungarian folk music influences found in his contemporary compatriots. Also on the program is Luigi Boccherini’s String Trio # 1, Op. 47.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Showtime on February 26, 3pm

1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach

Join your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in celebrating Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated show tunes. Selections from the great musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Mel Brooks, Frederick Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more include South Pacific, Candide, The Producers, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Evita Brigadoon, and more!

Morning Wade by Harold Newton

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.

VBMA International Lecture Series

Miles C. Collier – The Automobile as an Aesthetic Aspect of the Built Environment on February 27, 4:30pm

Miles C. Collier, Founder of the Revs Institute® and Author of The Archaeological Automobile: Understanding and Living with Historical Automobiles.

The automobile has always manifested a unique aesthetic, which is not necessarily reflective of the cultural and stylistic environment of the broader culture from which it was made. With the importance of styling as a competitive selling tool, especially in the U.S., the automobile industry has developed an hermetic and independent response to the fashions of the times.

Miles C. Collier will map a fascinating journey through the primitive, rationalist baroque, fantasy, and international styling periods of automobile design. He will directly reference objects in the exhibition Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles: 1930-1941.

Navy Seal Museum offers an Extraordinary Evening at Quail Valley River Club welcomes keynote speaker Captain (SEAL) Chris Cassidy, USN (Ret.). After serving in the SEAL Teams, Captain Cassidy served as the Chief Astronaut at NASA before his current role as President & CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum. Hear about his extraordinary life and accomplishments.

Special photo opportunities will be available. February 27, 5pm.

Vero Native, Susan Hale, to Show Abstracts

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

Center for Spiritual Care, On view through February 28

Janet Kipp Tribus Broad Street

Gallery 14 presents the work of  a contemporary oil painter Entitled Red Umbrellas and Abstraction: Oil Paintings by Janet Kipp Tribus, this colorful, vibrant and joyful exhibit will run  February 28 – March 31, with an opening reception on Friday March 3 from 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

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

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

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

JM Stringer Gallery presents Favorite Places…Favorite Moments

the recent paintings of Edward Noott & Joy Jackson

On view through March 11

Thursday 4 – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 6pm

Riverside Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s~ A Comedy of Tenors

”A romantic-madcap tale”. Performances run through March 12, ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE. Written by one of America’s most prolific playwrights, A Comedy of Tenors is an uproarious tale of romantic indiscretions and madcap situations. On the eve of the concert of the century, 1930’s Paris is all abuzz as four renowned tenors are set to take the stage in a stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently, a lot, when you have one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, and three girlfriends. Can producer Henry Saunders keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife from causing operatic chaos? 

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Big, Bold, & Beautiful

On view through March 17 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center Emerging Artists Showcase  ~ A Juried Exhibit for Student Artists in Grades 9-12.

 On view through March 17.

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

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

On view through March 28.

Tribute to Jasper Johns

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.

Twins by N. 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

Ella Chabot Children’s Moon

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 pond at dawn

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 The Grass Roots

The Grass Roots

March 2, 7pm, The Emerson Center

The 60’s were known musically for folk rock, psychedelic pop, pop rock or sunshine pop. It was also known for The Grass Roots, whose songs were heard on radio, movies and TV. The Grass Roots, formed specifically to record the songs of legendary songwriter P.F. Sloan, began in 1966 as a bunch of faceless, veteran session musicians playing soulful pop, but they were no mere bubblegum band—they developed a mix of blue-eyed soul, 70’s pop, folk and big, brassy rock that would one day morph into the power-pop phenomenon making songs that are familiar to you even if you don’t know the band. “Let’s Live for Today”, “Sooner or Later”, “Temptation Eyes” and “Midnight Confessions” remain the most likely candidates for Grass Roots songs you might have heard on radio, movies, or TV such as “American Horror Story,” “The West Wing” and on the radio in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Their claims to fame were that they were an important development in the formation of “power pop” and somewhat unusual for their time, they employed three lead vocalists. Their 1967 smash “Let’s Live for Today” is one of the defining statements of the “Summer of Love.” Audiences should prepare for a fun evening at this concert!

Mike Delguidice Big Shot

Sunrise Theatre offers Mike Delguidice & Big Shot on March 3, 8pm

Evil Woman– America’s Premier Tribute To ELO on March 4, 8pm


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.  

RISING STARS OPERA FESTIVAL: Competition & Concert on March 22, 23, & 24.  Each year Vero Beach Opera invites at least 10 of the MET Opera Laffont Audition Finalists to compete for cash prizes in Vero Beach. First prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $3,000. Prizes are provided by the Kleinschmidt Family Foundation. Additional Cash Encouragement Awards are presented by Vero Beach Opera.

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