Cultural Calendar April 27-May 4


Performances & Events

VBMA presents Cinema on Wheels – Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

April 27, 2pm. This is the true story of the First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley Muldowney. In the 1950s, housewife Shirley convinces her mechanic husband to let her “drag race” his souped-up sports car. Realizing how much she enjoyed it and how good she was, there was no holding her back from her passion for racing cars. She was met with much-expected criticism and ridicule by the racing community, but soon proved her abilities alongside the best of the male competitors.

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on  April 28 & 29, Headliner JAMES YON, this Florida native is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming comedians. James spends his time touring clubs and casinos all over the country from Orlando to Las Vegas bringing the funny.

Feature Act ABSAR SIDDIQUI brings his unique brand of observational humor, voice impersonations, and quick wit to the stage as he discusses marriage, his upbringing in a Pakistani household, and life as a “brown man” in Florida.

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop

April 28, Take a trip through time together and visit the greatest hits of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Featured band is “American Bandstand with Johnny Nick.”

April 29, Stone Clones pour out classic Rolling Stones hits and create and engaging stage performance! Don’t miss the show!

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Ballet Vero Beach ~ 10th Anniversary Season goes out with a bang with the second Ballet Under The Stars.

April 28, 6pm. Ballet Under The Stars, a casually elegant cocktail party to benefit the education and community engagement programs of Ballet Vero Beach will take April 28, 6pm at Tree House Vero Beach. The Ballet Vero Beach dancers will debut an exclusive performance, a deluxe live auction will be offered, and attendees will dance the night away with our artists to the fabulous sounds of the Dave Capp Project! This one of a kind fundraiser benefits the unique and much lauded programs Ballet Vero Beach uses to improve the lives of all citizens in our community. These programs include the company’s Ticket Donation Program, Stage to Page Student Matinee Series, and the new Fellowship Initiative for Dancers.

Sunrise Theatre presents:

Mary Poppins – April 28 & 29, 7pm, April 30, 3pm

Details :

Writers Window Pane on April 28,10am at Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Kids and families in the studios for Children’s Art Festival

VBMA offers the Children’s Art Festival 2023 on April 29, 10am – 3pm

Annual celebration of the arts and art making! Enjoy activities such as docent-led tours of the exhibition, art hunts, art-making activities in the Museum Art School studios, and music and dance performances by local groups. The FREE event, to be held throughout the Museum, is inspired by the exhibition Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles. Enjoy creative studio art-making with Museum Art School instructors inspiring young artists to try Doodle Ride with Camy de Mario, Totally Tubular Cycles with Pearl Lau, and A-Maze-ing Roads! with Jaynilee Hernandez in the Atrium. Additional studio art activities include Easy Easel Painting with Charter High School photography and film teacher Amy Saville, and Anything But a Paintbrush with Fellsmere Elementary art teacher Sophia Strazinsky. 

VBMA Docents will facilitate fun mini-gallery activities and tours. We will have LIVE performances by local youth groups, including Osceola Singers + Explorer Ensemble, Vero Classical Ballet, Fellsmere Musical Mustangs, and Rhythm & Soul Dance. 

Visitors will enjoy free admission to the current exhibition Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycle, which is the last weekend before the show closes on April 30. 

Additionally, multiple student art exhibitions will be on view, with the Indian River County Student Art Exhibit in the Atrium and An Artistic Discovery – 2023, Congressional Art Competition presented by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey in Holmes Great Hall. 

Lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be available for purchase from The Dignity Food Truck from The Source and DonutNV from Daytona Beach.

Reed Dixon Purple Gallinule

Gallery 14 presents the work of acrylic nature and bird artist Reed Dixon

Southern Light: Focus On Nature by Reed Dixon

On view through April 28. Reed currently lives and works in Boynton Beach, FL. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he studied graphic design and fine arts at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was originally a Hallmark Card designer and illustrator. Later on, after spending years in the ad business (while always painting) Reed opened Dixon Graphics, a graphic design and fine arts studio. His work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City and for the past fifty years he has been widely shown and can be found in several corporate and private collections.

JM Stringer Gallery of Fine Art presents Dancing in the Light the recent paintings of Andre Lucero & Richard Oversmith

On view through April 29

Mass in Blue presented by the Vero Beach Choral Society Musical Director Dr. Jacob Craig

April 29 & 30, 4pm Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. The featured selection, Mass in Blue by Will Todd, features soprano soloist Makilah Slaughter. The work itself was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus of London and written for the composer’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday. Since that time, the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire as an upbeat jazz setting of the Latin Mass text. Upon seeing the premiere performance of the work, Joss O’ Kelly of the Bucks Herald from Aylesbury, UK, said, “Mass in Blue was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening: each movement was set appropriately to its content – gospel and blues for the Kyrie, lots of brass for the Gloria, a haunting ballad for the Agnus Dei, and a return to the upbeat Credo for a grand finale.” This work presents some of the most challenging contemporary repertoire offered by the Vero Beach Choral Society to date, and will include a full instrumental jazz ensemble for accompaniment.

The Vero Beach Choral Society has been making beautiful choral music and thrilling audiences since its formation in 1984. It is an auditioned, community-based, and intergenerational ensemble that performs choral art music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. From concerts in Europe to the prestigious Carnegie Hall, the VBCS has continued to grow and outperform itself, as it remains committed to making a difference through its music. The Choral Society tagline encapsulates the reason for its very existence: enriching the community with music, education and inspiration

VBMA offers Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles. On View through April 30.  Beginning in the 1930s, the confluence of aircraft design, the sleek shapes of fast railroad locomotives, advanced highways like the German Autobahns, the Italian Autostradas, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, along with epoch-changing global events like the 1939 New York City World’s Fair, encouraged automotive designers and engineers to style truly streamlined cars. This exhibition presents a select group of rare automobiles and motorcycles that demonstrate how automobile designers translated the popular new concept of aerodynamic efficiency into exciting machines that looked as though they were moving while at rest. Ken Gross, former Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, served as Guest Curator. He notes: “the twenty rare cars and two motorcycles in this exhibition were designed without the myriad safety and crash-absorbing constraints that affect the look and shape of the modern automobile. The operative charge was that they be sleek and streamlined.“

Riverside Theatre presents 42nd Street

”Song and Dance Extravaganza” Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin

Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, 42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer, who comes to the big city to audition for a new Broadway musical. Unfortunately, she arrives too late. Luckily, she catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he casts Peggy as a chorus girl. When the star of the show breaks her ankle on opening night, Peggy is unexpectedly pushed center stage and not only saves the show, but becomes a big star. Filled with spectacular dance routines, lavish costumes, and wonderful songs, this Tony Award-winning musical will lift your spirits and have you dancing all the way home. ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE, April 11-30

A.E. Backus Print on paper

FINE PRINT: Rediscovering the Backus Portfolio on Paper and Canvas

A.E. Backus (1906-1990). Casual Worker – Nassau, c. 1950.

On view through April 30.  A very prominent limited-edition print portfolio titled “Florida and the West Indies  ~ Sketches by A.E. Backus.” What makes this exhibition so special is that the original sketches have been paired with paintings from public and private collections that connect with the portfolio images.  The story of the prized limited-edition print portfolio “Florida and the West Indies – Sketches by A.E. Backus” is revisited in FINE PRINT for the 50th anniversary of its publication. These exceptional images were drawn from and inspired by the artist’s travels over nearly twenty years and gathered in 1972 as a high-quality portfolio. This assembly reveals Backus’ deep connection to the places and people he encountered. 16 of the original drawings are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and are presented together for the first time since the limited-edition folio was published.   These singular drawings from the Backus Portfolio are displayed in conversation with colorful, rarely seen oil paintings that showcase the artist’s inspiration and creative process. The 40 works in the exhibition are grouped into the geographical subject categories of the original portfolio, with contextual information provided for each. Those categories include Florida; the Everglades; the Bahamas; Hispaniola 

(Haiti and the Dominican Republic); and Jamaica. The collection of drawings and paintings breathe new life into the classic 18 prints known and cherished for generations. 

Yellow and White Cattleya Set

McKee Botanical Garden hosts World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition. On view through April 30th.

Sean Sexton Morning Pastorale

Center for Spiritual Care

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

A Retrospective Including New Works. 41 Years of Working Together –

Sharon Sexton Orange Lake Study

Collaboration: A Celebration Sharon and Sean Sexton

Sharon and Sean: Together Through Time.

On view through April 30. Call 772-567-1233 to arrange your own personal tour.

Gallery 14 presents the work of oil painter Iris Beate

Iris Beate Walking Downtown

Moments in Time: Observations in Oil by Iris Beate

Introspective Exhibit May 2 – May 26. Opening Reception May 5, 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll. All are invited.  Iris Beate captures the lives of people, painting vignettes that reflect a moment in time. Her work reflects the essence of a particular place or environment where human interaction occurs, whether on the water, the beach, or in the city. Her travels have allowed her to freeze instances from around the world. Iris studied with a host of inspiring teachers, including those at the Art Students League in New York City. Her Painting “In Search of Flamingos 2022” was chosen to be the commemorative poster for the Melbourne Art Festival in April of that Year

VBMA Museum Babies and Toddlers

May 2, 9:30 – 10:30am

Babies and their caregivers join in art viewing, sensory experiences, and playful learning in the galleries. Museum Babies and Museum Toddlers take place in the museum’s galleries and include an art activity.

VBMA Museum Stories: 0-23 Month Olds

May 3, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories for 2-4 Year Olds

May 3, 10:30 – 11:30am

A theme-based, participatory program for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers that includes reading books, singing songs, dancing, and creating art together. Museum Stories takes place in the VBMA’s Art Zone. Museum Stories will include a take-home activity.

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace  ~ Different Perspectives

On view through May 5, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Lisa Willnow Pacific Waterlily

Art at The Emerson offers Forever in Bloom: A fragrant array of floral art.

On view through May 30. Featured Artists: Lisa Willnow, Paris Birich, Vera Titova, Daniel Jones, Patricia Kolalewski, Betsy Kurzinger, Anne Whitney & Judy Burgarella

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm, with no entry fee.

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ELC 2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

Spring Art Installment Galleries at First Pres

The show will feature the works of local artists: Rebecca Anders, Margaret Hobb, Tana Brasie Nalley & Iris Peters

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

Hang in There by Judy Mercer

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 Meditation With Melanie

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit Intergenerational Recreation Center, Windows On The World. Featuring works by Ella Chabot, Evelyn Haught, Gail Jaffe, Pat Forelle, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere. On view through June 14.


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

Members Exhibit  ~ Artist’s Choice  Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney, Judy Burgarella,  Michele Nevaeh & Barbara Krupp . On view through July 5

Tara Rovani Tuscany

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit at The Indian River County Courthouse, Artworks by Tara Rovani: A Review.

On view April 19 through July 19, 2023

A Look Ahead:

Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE

May 5 – 21

“And All That Jazz!” a concert featuring the Treasure Coast Chorale, along with the Indian River County Charter High School Jazz Ensemble “The Wolves”!

May 7, 4pm, Doors Open 3pm First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue in Vero Beach

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents The Best of John Williams Side-By-Side Concert

May 28, 3pm, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops, you’re sure to hear all of your favorite themes. The film industry has ensured that orchestras continue to be heard far and wide, and no one composed more inspired and recognizable soundtracks than the illustrious John Williams. Relive the magic of blockbuster classics when your Space Coast Symphony fills the hall with the music of Williams’ most legendary film scores like Star Wars, E.T., Jane Eyre, Far and Away, The Cowboys, The Book Thief, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more.   To experience the true power of the force, attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Star Wars (or similarly themed) attire or costume. The concert will be presented with images on the big screen. Selected youth musicians from around Central Florida will perform side-by-side on the second half with their professional SCSO counterparts in this incredible program.

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