Cultural Calendar May 25-31


Performances & Events

VBMA presents Treasure Coast Creates: A Tribute to Local Artists

On view May 20 – September 18.

Over the years, numerous artists have settled in and around the Treasure Coast. The VBMA ‘s mission is to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work generated by contemporary artists in this summer exhibition. With over 350 applicants, and over 800 artworks to consider, Juror Ellen E. Roberts, Former Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Senior Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL), needed additional time to select for the show. She was impressed with the quality of the submitted work and finally selected 135 works to be featured, 35 more than the anticipated 100. To give the exhibition a curatorial structure, artwork selections were assigned one of the following six categories: Cityscape, Landscape, and Seascape; Abstract; Figurative; Photography; Sculpture, Ceramic, and 3D; Other.

Winners will be announced at the Opening Reception on May 26.

VBMA presents Jack Tworkov: Drawings 1948 – 1981

On view May 26 to September 3.

In a career that played out over seven decades, two phases become clear in the work of Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) that emphasizes the artist’s progressive, conceptual, and humanist approach.

The first phase dates from the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s and confirms Tworkov as one of the giants of the first generation of Abstract Expressionism—where emotion and his embrace of a distinct gestural mark were paramount. Drawing at this time was a method Tworkov used to “strike out in wildly different directions” so he could then go to the canvas without any preconceived plan.

The second phase, often argued into silence, dates from mid-1960’s to 1980’s, and links him to the new dialogue of minimalism. In these drawing, which take a cooler more measured approach, geometry may appear to be paramount as a bold element of the composition, but it is the measured repetitive rhythmic stroke that carries the day. In many instances, drawing was the planning stage for the painting. Tworkov’s aim was to arrive at a style in which a plan did not exclude intuitive and sometimes “random play.”

For this creative shift, Tworkov was celebrated as a Radical Pro by Art News in April 1964, and yet it was only emblematic of his emphatic desire never to repeat himself, to “paint no Tworkovs.”

Writers Window Pane on May 26, 10am. Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Iris Beate The Easter Bonnet

Gallery 14 presents the work of oil painter Iris Beate. 

Moments in Time: Observations in Oil by Iris Beate

Introspective Exhibit on view through May 26 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

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on May 26 & 27 with Headliner  Greg Hall is a quick wit, and with guitar in hand.

Feature act Kojo Prince is silly and superficial, yet satisfying, extremely energetic, and animated.

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop

On May 26, Reckless Shots are a 2019 International Blues Competition Semi-Finalist (held in Memphis, Tenn.). Don’t let the “Blues” term fool you, we keep the crowd dancing! The band plays a variety of Music, including Tom Petty (Listen to your heart, You wreck me) Allman Brothers (Rambling man, Trouble no more, You don’t love me, Melissa) Little Feat (Dixie Chicken, Willin, Hi-roller) Eric Clapton (Further on up the road, After midnight, Have you ever loved a woman) John Prine (Angel from Montgomery)John Hyatt (Feels like rain) as well as many other blues shuffles.

On May 27, Nasty Habits covers Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Castro Band, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton and some real nice funky Blues tunes very good dancing music!!

Downtown Friday May 26, 6pm featuring Axe Throwing, Car Show, Live Music, Treasure Coast Women’s Club, The Gifford Cultural Center and a variety of food trucks.

Sunrise Theatre presents: Dave Siegel LIVE At The Comedy Corner on May 27, 8pm. Details :

VBMA Museum Studios: Creative Colors

May 27, 10am – 1pm

VBMA Museum Stories: 0-23 Month Olds

May 31, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories for 2-4 Year Olds

May 31 , 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.

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.

Riverside Theatre presents

Honkey Tonk Angels

By Ted Swindley

May 30 – June 18 , ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE

Three women leading dull and thankless lives decide to cut loose from hubby, boss and daddy, and board a bus headed for Nashville to pursue their dream of becoming country singers. Romance, independence, and lots of twang and sass result in a feel-good mix of laughter, a few tears, and country pop favorites. “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “Stand by Your Man,” “Delta Dawn,” “9 to 5,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Harper Valley PTA” are just a taste of the heart-thumpin’, foot-stompin’, country classics you’ll experience on the wings of the Honky Tonk Angels. 

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.


Art at The Emerson offers Land & Sea

Landscapes & Seascapes. On view May 31 – July 27

Meet the Artists Reception June 8, 5:30pm

Featured Artists: Lisa Willnow, Iris Peters, Paris Birich, George Blythe, Lee G. Smith, Mark SanSouci, Jemal Hayes, Wyatt Hyora, Lawrence Donghia, LauraTagliaferro, Lynn Broullette & Valerie Cecire.

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

ELC ~  2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

Caroline Frederiksen Magic Bus

Gallery 14 presents  “CRYSTAL JUBILEE 15th Anniversary Celebration”

Summer of 2023 Juried Exhibit 

June 1 – September 2  with Four Gallery Receptions

June 2, July 7, August 4 & September 1 

(all in tandem with the summer First Friday Gallery Strolls)

Gallery 14 delights in bringing you this highly competitive juried summer exhibit, featuring work by artists near and far who have been inspired to creatively interpret the Crystal Jubilee theme.  Also featured will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, George Pillorgé, Deborah Morrell Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub, and artist-sales associate Jo Zaza. Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic District of Vero Beach, FL.

Open summer hours: June and July: Thurs/Friday 11-4pm and Sat 11-3pm. Closed August and September except for the First Friday Gallery Strolls AND open by appointment. Phone 772-562-5525. Visit us at

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.

Sailing Home by Judy Rixom

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

Gail Jaffe Window on the World

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.

BEST OF SHOW, Lovers’ Quarrel by Joe Campanellie

AE Backus Gallery & Museum presents Through the Eye of the Camera

On view through June 23 at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. This year’s exhibition features 78 of the year’s best photographs drawn from professional and amateur photographers.  This year there were 76 artists who submitted 219 entries in one of four categories: (1) Animal subjects; (2) Flora & Landscape subjects; (3) People/Portrait subjects; or (4) Open, for subjects that are not included in the three major categories. The jury panel carefully accepted 35% of these entries for display, with a total of 24 awards for the Best of Show, Best Black & White Photograph, Best Film / Traditional RAW Photograph, and 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Awards of Merit in the category awards.

The top 8 award winners for 2023 are:

  1. BEST OF SHOW – “Lovers’ Quarrel” by Joe Campanellie (Palm Coast)
  2. FIRST PLACE, ANIMALS – “Clowns at Home” by Mike Ricciardi (Vero Beach)
  3. FIRST PLACE, FLORA & LANDSCAPE – “Elements” by Hilda Champion (Naples)
  4. FIRST PLACE, PEOPLE/PORTRAIT – “Lone Wolf” by Serene Savery (Vero Beach)
  5. FIRST PLACE, OPEN – “Marco Hotel (2021)” by Austin Bell (Marco Island)
  6. BEST BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH – “Trails End Cowpens” by Rick Modine (Fort Pierce)
  7. BEST FILM/TRADITIONAL RAW PHOTOGRAPH – “Adventure Begins Where the Trails End” by Cassidy Balsitis (Port St. Lucie)
  8. DIRECTOR’S CHOICE – “In a Fog (2021)” by Austin Bell (Marco Island)

During the exhibition visitors are invited to share their own vote for their favorite work on display. The results will be counted for the annual “People’s Choice Award” given at the close of the exhibition.

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace  ~ A Brush with Nature Exhibit

On view through June 23.

Judy Burgarella Portrait Of The Master

1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

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 through July 19.

Adam Conard_Zoto

McKee Botanical Garden offers Local Master Balancer Adam Conard (ZOTO) will showcase his ancient art of stone balancing “Playing with Gravity”

Exhibition throughout the Garden through July 30.

Stacking stones is more popular; but done as an artform at the masterly level is very rare. Balancing and stacking stones is one of the rarest and most ancient art forms dating back to prehistoric origins and predates 2D cave paintings, which is considered one of the earliest art forms.   This exhibition will feature both highlighted balances and surprise balances, including floating in the waterways at McKee. His balances are intended to inspire one to believe in the unbelievable.

In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to attempt their own balance in a sand box where you can try your hand at balancing.

Merana Cadorette Gazebo

Cultural Council of Indian River County is pleased to announce a new venue for Art in Public Places Program Vero Beach City Hall, 1053 20th Place, Gallery Exhibits in Hallway & Council Chambers. “Collecting Wisdom” on view through October 25 with works by Merana Cadorette on exhibit in the  Hallway. Works by Barbara Krupp on view in the Council Chamber.

A Look Ahead:

The Department of Music and Arts Youth Music Program at First Presbyterian Church will present a Fundraiser Concert on Sunday, June 4, 4pm in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. This concert is free to attend; donations will be accepted to benefit the Youth Music Trip to New York City in June.

The First Presbyterian Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jacob Craig and Erik Bryan. Craig is the Director of Music and Arts for First Presbyterian Church, and Bryan directs the ASTA Grand Champion award-winning Orchestra at Eau Gallie High School in Brevard County. Together, these two dynamite directors have brought a refreshed sense of excellence to the group. This newly invigorated ensemble has goals of going to compete in the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Orchestra Festival in 2024, followed by future international performances and competitions within the coming years. The first half of the performance will feature student soloists, duets, and small chamber groups, followed by full string orchestra performances of Invierno Porteno by Astor Piazolla, The Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar.

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