Volume 3 No. 37 |December 3, 2021
Sharing our wealth of arts and culture. We're having an ARTS BLAST!

Promoting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Notes from the editor:
🌲❄️⛄️ It's First Friday Gallery Stroll in Melbourne & Vero Beach! Stuart's Christmas parade is this evening, so First Friday Art Walk in the Creek District will be tomorrow, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ⛄️❄️🌲

I'll say it again: Wherever you are, shop local, shop the arts, and shop with love. For Arts Blasters up north, out west, across the pond, or maybe even in space -- Lots of local arts groups, non-profits, and small businesses have online shops, so you don't have to be physically on the Treasure or Space Coast to support them!
😳🥳This week marked a seriously elderly milestone for me, and I've decided it's time to get back to making some art of my own. Once I find myself with more time, there's only one more hurdle to hoist myself over: There's no longer any room in my studio to sit down, let alone create.
So ... I've made the tough decision to winnow my options down to a few favorites. To that end, I will be liquidating tools and supplies for a variety of interests I've enjoyed over the years, listing them on my website beginning next week. I'll be adding items regularly, as I unearth them from the layers of "stuff" that has accumulated since I stopped creating art and created Arts Blast three years ago. If you don't see something that interests you, send me an email. There's an excellent chance I have it somewhere! A few categories: Lapidary equipment and slabs; lampwork; stained glass; gourds galore; metalwork; clay; enameling; woodcarving; painting; tons of books and jewelry-makers magazines.
Arts Blast on the Air
Have you discovered Arts Blast on the Air yet?
It isn't a spoken version of Willi Miller's Arts Blast The weekly podcast and radio show offers interviews with people active in the arts locally, regionally, and nationally. The addition of an early-release downloadable podcast is an exciting step for Willi Miller's Arts Blast and it would not be possible without our great sponsors, Riverside Theatre and Ballet Vero Beach, collaborator Donna Roberts Mitchell, and tech guy, Jesse Kriske. Thanks for listening! CATCH THE PODCAST ONLINE. For information on advertising in Arts Blast on the Air, contact Donna.

Coming to Arts Blast on the Air (ABOTA) in addition to local arts folks: Tim Dorsey, Brad Taylor, and James Judd, and If I can get it together, a special Christmas show. Watch this space for updates.

Adam Schnell - Ballet Vero Beach
Oscar Sales - Riverside Theatre

If you haven't yet heard what happens when these two local arts guys get together in a studio with a couple of mics, you're in for a treat!
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In This Issue
César Franck at First Presbyterian Church

James Judd and the Symphonia

Bid for Ballet Vero Beach

On the Weekend Calendar

A New Group in Town - Friends of Contemporary Art

See the Lights!

Holiday Music

It's Messiah Season

Martin Arts Update

ELC Open House

Over 50 Lots to choose from!

Do some holiday shopping and support Ballet Vero Beach's Education and Engagement Programs. Bid on trips, experiences, art, clothing, and more!

Through December 10 Only!
César Franck's Mass in A Major at First Presbyterian Church in December
I can't think of a more musical time of year than the Christmas season. Standard carols, modern takes on the season's music, orchestral concerts, cantatas in varying degrees of complexity, and Handel's Messiah, of course — all familiar and necessary elements of the season. Traditional events that were sidelined last year included the holiday concert by the Vero Beach Choral Society but they're back this month, joining musicians from all around the county to perform César Franck's Mass (Messe solennelle in A major, Op.12) in A Major under Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.
This major work was written in 1861 as a liturgical work for use at The Basilica of Saint Clotilde in Paris, where Franck served as organist and composer from the church’s opening in 1859 until 1890, Craig said. "The mass was originally written as a large orchestral work and featured three choir parts- soprano, tenor, and bass. Likely after concerns presented by the publisher due to the size of the work, Franck adapted the mass for smaller forces only to include harp, organ, cello, and double bass. It was this version that was originally printed in 1872. Eventually, the full orchestral score was printed, along with an adaptation for 4-part vocals to account for modern-day choirs."

While it isn't quite a cast of thousands under Craig's baton presenting this major work December 17 and 19, it will seem very close. "This “mass en masse” endeavor will feature the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir in collaboration with singers from The Vero Beach Choral Society and Sebastian River High School Choirs," Craig said.
"The Youth String Orchestra will be joined by newly formed FPC Youth Winds and Percussion ensemble under the direction of Jessica Russell, Associate Director of Bands at Vero Beach High School, featuring musicians from Vero Beach High School, Oslo Middle School, and Gifford Middle School. As such, this will be the first performance of the newly established “First Presbyterian Youth Symphonic Orchestra.”
The musicians have been working on the mass, on the "medium difficult scale for major works, but on the difficult scale for volunteer musicians," Craig said. "They have put a massive amount of work into it and I am very grateful. They are working hard on all technical and musical components to pull this off, and I am so very excited!"

Bringing all of these musicians together to the level needed for a performance like this might seem an impossible task but Craig found the opposite to be true. "Everyone in Vero is extremely professional and responsive, so coordinating is quite easy frankly."
The photo of Franck is from a music compilation, Selected Piano Compositions edited by Vincent D'Indy, available on Amazon.com.
Photos counterclockwise from top left: César Franck; First Presbyterian Church chancel choir; Vero Beach Choral Society; FPC Youth Winds and Percussion ensemble.
James Judd & The Symphonia
Readers might have noticed that I really enjoy having an excuse to catch up with long-ago arts friends. This time it's James Judd, someone from my WTMI days in Miami. I had occasion to write about him a year or so ago, when he was scheduled to conduct concerts for the Symphonia in Boca Raton. Well, it's happening again, as a last minute change for Love in the Afternoon, with performances December 4 and 5 in the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton.
The conductor describes the program as "A wonderful hour or so of music, starting in the beautiful, melodious calm of William Grant Still, passing through the delicate, intimately profound world of the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto to finish with breathtaking virtuoso flourishes, along side the ear catching lyricism, of the 17 year old Bizet."

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will be the guest artist. His win was for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play, in 2015. On the program:

STILL     "The Quiet One," from the Lyric Suite (arr. Alexander Platt)
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
BIZET     Symphony in C
Judd was Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic and served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Associate Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has appeared with the Florida Grand Opera and founded the Miami Music Project. 

Nowadays, Judd's work commute can be anywhere in the world. When I touched base with him for this story, he was on the other side of the globe. "This time last week I was conducting a series of concerts with the NZSO (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) in Wellington - as in New Zealand, not Florida." And then a "quick 55-hour journey home for this lovely programme," he said. And then he'll be "waiting to see which of my first 3 months of 2022 conducting travels, back to New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Slovakia, Holland, and Poland, will be going ahead in this unpredictable world!" 
See the Lights!
Environmental Learning Center

WinterGreen Night Lights
December 2 - 4 and 9 - 11 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Admission is $15 for adults and children registered for guided canoe tours. 
$10 general admission for adults and children without canoe tours. 
Purchase your s’mores packages at the bonfire: $5 for a package of 2 s’mores. 
While registration is suggested for canoe tours, walk-ins are welcome!
Holiday Open House at ELC
Saturday, December 4th

Shop The Nature Nook Gift Shop at the Environmental Learning Center for those on your holiday list! 

The Nature Nook offers Eco-Friendly and sustainable gift items including puzzles, books for all ages, ornaments, jewelry, 
T-Shirts and more! 

ELC volunteers will offer free gift wrapping services from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. ELC Members get 10% off on all items in shop, all year long!
7th Annual “Garden of Lights” at Heathcote

Garden of Lights runs Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., through the end of December. Holiday hours are Wednesdays 12/22 & Thursday 12/23 and Wednesday 12/29 & Thursday 12/30. We are closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for members, $5 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for children under age 6. Advance tickets can be purchased online after November 1st at www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.com. The Gardens are located at 210 Savannah Road off Indian River Drive, in Fort Pierce. Volunteers are needed!
McKee Botanical Garden invites you to brighten up your holidays during the Magic of McKee Festival of Lights on Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19; Tuesday, December 21 through Thursday, December 23; and Tuesday, December 28 through Thursday, December 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm each night. Festivities include a visit with Santa (Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19), intermittent snow flurries and a large-scale train display (Tuesday, December 21 through Thursday, December 23, and Tuesday, December 28 through Thursday, December 30). Listen to the music of the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ (Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19) and enjoy performances by local performers (Imagine South Vero School Tangerines Ensemble on Tuesday, December 21, McKee Melody Makers on Wednesday, December 22, and vocalist Claudia Ball on Thursday, December 23). Watch your favorite holiday movies on a large outdoor screen, and enjoy special holiday treats from the Garden Café.

Dec. 3, 7 p.m. - 3 Gen Flute Holiday Concert with Swingtimers Trio - Highland Avenue Fellowship, St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Dec. 3 - First Friday Gallery Stroll - Eau Gallie Arts District

Dec 3: First Friday Reception: 39th Annual Holiday Craft Show, Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Eau Gallie Arts District

Dec 3: Opening Reception: Great Art in Small Packages, Eau Gallery, Eau Gallie Arts District

Dec 3-5: Museums of Brevard Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, 8 different historic homes in Brevard, MuseumsofBrevard.org

Dec 3-19: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Titusville Playhouse, 321-268-1125, TitusvillePlayhouse.com

Dec. 4, 3 p.m. - 14th Annual Messiah Sing Along with Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic

Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. - Mixed voices of the Brevard Chorale and Vocal Choral Ensemble present Christmas, Secular and Sacred at the Simpkins Fine Arts Auditorium at Eastern Florida State College, 1519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa. Ticketed

Dec 4, 2 & 4 p.m.: Space Coast Ballet: The Nutcracker, with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra King Center, Melbourne

Dec 4: Merry Mimosas! Sip & Stroll in Downtown Titusville

Dec 4: Holiday Workshop for Children, American Police Hall of Fame, Titusville

Dec 4 & 5: Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar in Historic Cocoa Village

Dec 4, 11 & 18: Downtown Melbourne Candlelight Shopping, Historic Downtown Melbourne

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. - Kevin James at the King Center

Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m. - Sing We Now of Christmas - the Indialantic Chamber Singers - at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach

Dec. 5, 3 p.m. - Community Band of Brevard- A Holiday Celebration Concert at Merritt Island HS auditorium

Dec. 5, 3 p.m. - Holidays with the Markstein Quartet at Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library, Cocoa
Friends of Contemporary Art
Friends of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a relatively new group in town that has attracted a number of professional artists as well as collectors and a gallerist or two to discuss new art, hear lectures, and visit galleries and museums. Its artists -- a baker's dozen of them -- are holding a group show at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach through December.
Some of the most prominent artists in Vero Beach will show their work in this exhibition. Called Viva FOCA!, the exhibition will be the first such activity by this relatively new group of artists and art enthusiasts. It will run through December 30, with an artist’s opening reception at the Center from 5-7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3. and viewings will be available by appointment. Call 772-567-1233 for more information.
Included in the show will be Rita Barone, Ellen Fischer, Xaque Gruber, Susan Hale, Jill Kerwick, Charlotte Cain LaJoie, Madeline M. Long, Gus Miller, Jan Miller, Suzanne Roff, Barbara Rowles, Emily Tremml, Janet Kipp Tribus and Tim Sanchez.

Photos from top: Baby Snow Owl - Xaque Gruber; We're Not In Kansas Anymore - Janet Kipp Tribus; Stack Hull - Gus Miller.

Dec. 3&4, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Gallery Walk & Talk and sale  at Elliott Museum

Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 - A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play by Philip Grecian at ACT Studio Theatre - Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart

Dec. 4, 4-8 p.m. - Opening reception - America the Beautiful - at Visionary Gallery, 1724 SE Indian St., Stuart

Dec. 4 - Stuart Then and Now at RCK Gallery

Dec. 4, all day - Pick up a kit for Holiday Cork Ornaments at the Blake Library. Free

Dec. 4, 7-11 p.m. - Opening night for Court Room Sessions - Contemporary Art Exhibition + Music Showcase at Cultural Court House

Dec. 4-29 - Court Room Sessions - Contemporary Art Exhibition at Cultural Court House

Dec. 4, 6 & 8:30 p.m. - Paula Poundstone at Lyric Theatre

​Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Holly Fair in the Gardens 2021 - All Saints Episcopal Church, Jensen Beach

Dec. 4, 3 p.m. - Treasure Coast Community Singers holiday concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, Jensen Beach  https://tccsingers.org via PayPal $15 prior purchase or $20 at the door.

Dec. 5, 3 p.m. - Dec. 4, 3 p.m. - Treasure Coast Community Singers holiday concert at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Palm City -  https://tccsingers.org via PayPal $15 prior purchase or $20 at the door.

Dec. 3, 5:30-9 p.m. -The Jacks Band in Live in the Loop, Riverside Theatre

Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. - First Friday Gallery Stroll in Historic Downtown Arts District, Vero Beach​

Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. - Visual Poetry reception with Derek Gores, Joan Earnhart, Clifton Chandler, Maslow at Gallery 14, Vero Beach

Dec. 3-30, by appointment - Friends of Contemporary Art holiday group show at Center for Spiritual Care. 772-567-1233

​Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Holiday Sale at Indian River Clay, 1239 16th St., VB

​Dec. 4, 5 p.m. - Christmas Parade - Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

Dec. 4 - Holiday bazaar open house at Sebastian River Art Club

Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Christmas Tree Lane at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach

Dec. 5, 2 & 6 p.m. - Enchanted Christmas Ball at VBHS Performing Arts Center - City of Vero Beach Recreation Department

​Dec. 5, 4 p.m. - The new Youth Winds and Percussion Ensemble in concert at First Presbyterian Church

Dec. 2-4 - Home for the Holidays at IRSC McAlpin Theatre

Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 - Star of Wonder - IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium

Dec. 3 - Opening reception for Made By Hand: 50 Years of Collecting from Florida CraftArt  at Backus Museum and Gallery

Dec. 4, 8 p.m. - Green Grass & Yuletide Jam  at the Sunrise Theatre - The Outlaws with the Pat Travers Band

Dec. 4, 5-8 p.m. - Tradition's Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday celebration - Tradition Square

Dec. 4, 2-10 p.m. - 6 p.m. Parade of Lights -Tree lighting a PSL's Festival of Lights, MIDFLORIDA Event Center
It's Messiah Season

December 4, 3 p.m. - Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic. Space Coast Symphony joins forces with the Indialantic Chamber Singers to present the 14th Annual Messiah Sing-Along.
December 19, 7 p.m.. Doors open at 6. 52nd annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah" at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, 2206 16th Avenue
Holiday Music
Indian River Pops Orchestra presents Holiday Joy

Dec 18, 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Jensen Beach
Dec 19, 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Ross Hall, Stuart
Treasure Coast Community Singers offers upcoming holiday concerts at two locations in Martin County.  

Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.- Trinity United Methodist Church, 2221 NE Savannah Rd, Jensen Beach 

December 5 at 3p.m. - Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1454 SW Mapp Rd, Palm City 

Tickets for both concerts available on our website https://tccsingers.org
Martin Arts Update

Court Room Sessions IV
Opening Night: Saturday, December 4, 7–11PM 
$10 Entry*

Connoisseurs of contemporary art don’t have to drive to Miami this December – MartinArts is excited to announce the fourth installment of Court Room Sessions, curated by our very own Communications Manager, Elise Raffa.
Join us for the opening tomorrow night to celebrate the innovative work of artists living and working in South Florida. The opening night will also feature a music showcase and arts market.
*Attendees of the Creek District's Daytime Artwalk can redeem a Court Room Sessions sticker at any of the 8 participating locations that can be worn to the opening night for $5 entry.
Sunset Concerts at the Gallery
Tuesday, December 14th, 5:30PM: "Holiday Concert" Treasure Coast Flute Choir
Celebrating its sixth season, Sunset Concerts at the Gallery is a free concert series presented both in person and virtually. Every concert reveals the individuality of our amazing musicians, exhibiting a wide range of talent from students up to professionals of all ages!
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