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Volume 4 No. 20 | June 3, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

As this is being typed, we're under a tropical storm warning, so, first of all, stay safe, and second, double check on cancellations before heading out. Any updates I get after Arts Blast goes out will be posted on Facebook. (Somebody check my commas there.)


Beginning very soon, Arts Blast will be on a summer schedule, alternating with Arts Blast On the Calendar. As usual, there will be an extra Arts Blast thrown in from time to time.

The summer publication schedule doesn't mean everything has come to a screeching halt just because the official season is ending, although that would have been the case years ago. We all know we are no longer short of fun, entertaining, and/or educational things to do all year long. 

So, get your hurricane prep list finished — taking advantage of the Florida tax holiday — and start making your summer fun list. Begin with some of the June and July concerts (you go, Aaron Collins!), hit a Live in the Loop or two, and add something totally new to your arts experience. Road trip!

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This week hear Adam Schnell with a Ballet Vero Beach update and David Yakir talking about the Vero Beach Film Festival. Listen to or download the podcast now or listen on the radio — 101.7FM ON THE TREASURE COAST —Sunday evening at 7.

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In This Issue


Cancellations & postponements

Ballet Vero Beach Awarded Grant

Vero Beach Film Festival

And Now There's Artle

This Will Be at 500 Orange

Make Music at Morikami

Vero Beach Art Club Update

June With the Space Coast SO

June at the McAlpin

People's Choice at Backus

And Now There's Artle


Juneteenth in Fort Pierce

Fun Days in Lake Wales

Jazz in Fort Pierce

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Tours

Flashdance at The Barn

Brevard SO’s Summer Evenings

And Now There's Artle

First Friday in Vero Beach is NOT canceled. Individual galleries make their own call.

First Friday Fest inStuart's Creek Arts & Entertainment District is rain or shine.

Waiting to hear from Melbourne's Eau Galli Arts District

The weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach has been canceled because of the potential for severe weather. Watch the website and Facebook page for updates.

June 3 Friday Fest in Fort Pierce has been canceled. Next Friday Fest July 1.

 With the possibility of inclement weather, the Lake wales History Museum has decided to cancel the Summer Fun Days event for tomorrow (Saturday) June 4, 2022. Join us next week (June 11, 2022) for Summer Fun Days! Thank you. 

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery and Marketplace, the Vero Beach Art Club headquarters, is located in the 14th Avenue Arts District. It includes its office, annex, gallery, marketplace, and classroom.  

1903 14th Ave, Vero Beach FL 32960

P: 772-231-0303 Annex: 772-217-3345

Annex Hours: 

Tuesday-Fridays 11AM - 3PM

Satellite location: The Vero Beach Museum of Art

All photos on our website are the property of our volunteer photographers and Vero Beach Art Club. 

No logos, images or content may be used, reproduced or altered without permission.

Congratulations to Ballet Vero Beach, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant!

From Adam Schnell:

Ballet Vero Beach has been recognized for our exemplary work in the field of dance, and have been approved for our first ever NEA grant for our forthcoming production of Firebird.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including Ballet Vero Beach, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

Schnell said, "We have been applying for a few years. Staff there has always been encouraging, but it is all up to the panelists. The grant is for Firebird (which is both for the main stage and ... our 3rd grade Stage to Page Student Matinee)." Miami City Ballet and Sarasota Ballet are the only other two dance organizations in the state funded this round.

Vero Beach Film Festival

From VB Film Festival:

The Vero Beach Film Festival is back with Films, Food and Fine Wines to celebrate the Fifth Festival, June 9-12, 2022, all around Vero Beach.  

Tickets are now on sale on the Film Festival’s new website,  

The weekend event, ranked among the Top 100 Film Festivals in the world and hailed as “The New Summer Sundance,” will continue its mission of pairing talented filmmakers with curious audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives.  

“We have chosen 75 films from more than 250 that were submitted to us this year, “ said David Yakir, president of the festival board. “We are especially excited to bring films that played at the Sundance, Tribeca and World Cannes Film Festivals right here to Vero Beach.” 

Very special events will include one of the most famous films of the Silent Film Era: “Safety Last!” starring the legendary star Harold Lloyd, which will be presented by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd. “Worst To First,” a film about the rise of New York City DJ Scott Shannon, will be presented by executive producer John McConnell of Vero Beach.  And “Saturday Morning Cartoons” will feature the sons of the animator behind “Betty Boop,” “Popeye” and “Casper The Friendly Ghost” classics.

Ballet Vero Beach will present a special “Dance For Film” presentation. The Substance Awareness Center of IRC will present the film, “The Addict’s Wake.”

The film festival will also bring back the popular “Wild and Scenic” environmental film shorts, student films and films made by members of the Vero Beach community. The filmmakers will join the audience at the screenings and gather for panel discussions. 

After a long day of films, there will be parties every night, including the always sold out vintner dinner on Wednesday, June 8; and a 1980s dance party on Saturday night, June 11, celebrating the 1980s music in “Worst To First.” 

Tickets range from $55 for four films and $175 for four full days of films and events, to $575 for all the films and all the parties. 

For more information on upcoming events, films, and all things Vero Beach Film Festival, visit, or call (772) 444-2827.

The venue locations and film schedule are now online.

“FEELING THROUGH” -- This coming of age story follows a homeless teen, and his encounter with a DeafBlind man who needs help getting home in the middle of the night.  Executive producer, actress Marlee Matlin. 

Nominated for an Academy Award.

“CALENDAR GIRLS” -- Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival : Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60, shaking up the outdated image of “the little old lady” and calling for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can. 

“THE BUBBLE” -- A portrait of the fastest growing “town” in the U.S. – the Villages in Florida – which offers everything a retired person’s heart could desire – but at what cost?

“GET A NEW DREAM – THE DENNIS WALTERS STORY” -- Dennis Walters thought his golf career was over when an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, but that didn’t stop him from reinventing himself and being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  Narrated by Jim Nantz and featuring Tiger Woods, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and Gary Player.   


“MARCUS” -- Marcus, who struggles with mental illness, gets unexpected news and an opportunity to right old wrongs, make amends and overcome his greatest obstacle – himself.  

All three made in Florida.

“BLIND AMBITION” -- Official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival: Four friends conquer the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers, after escaping starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe.  

 “DELIVERING HOPE” -- Winner at the Cannes World Film Festival: Kevin Kline tries to raise awareness for children battling cancer by becoming the first person to run Alaska’s treacherous Dalton Highway in winter – but it turns out to be much more than he bargained for. 

“THE” is the most commonly used word in the English language but is unable to exist by herself, as she struggles to understand where she belongs in an ever-evolving world.

Director: Xaque Gruber

Run Time: 0:07:30

This Will Be at 500 Orange

From the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

Join Jazz Diva Muffy Charles and an incredible 6-piece live band for an incredible evening of Pop, Smooth Jazz and R&B as the Cultural Alliance Presents This Will Be: The Music of Natalie Cole at 500 Orange in Downtown Fort Pierce. This one-night only show will be a can’t miss event with Saxophonist Gary Palmer opening the show alongside 104.5 FM the Flame’s Anthony Chambers emceeing, with special souvenir bags to take home for VIPs.

Audiences can dance along to their favorite Natalie Cole hits like Inseparable and Our Love while supporting music education through the Impact School of the Arts, the Multicultural Resource Center and Gifford Youth Orchestra. The show begins at 7:30 PM, but doors open at 6:30 PM and guests will want to arrive early and take in the full experience of this historic renovated building and purchase raffle tickets in support and enter to win a variety of donated prizes from local artists and businesses. 

“We are so excited to be closing our season with this band of top quality professionals,” says Jake Sanders, the Alliance’s Community Engagement Manager. “When Muffy performs this music live, it electrifies the room, people just get up and start dancing.” Led by Music Director Randy Langione on Guitar, the band includes Rudy Brown on Drums, Colin James on Piano, Kirk Green on Bass, Gary Palmer on Saxophone and Angela Johnson Neely as the backing vocalist. 

Transformed into an elegant, jazz club, guests may choose between VIP preferred seating at 4-top tables or general admission seats at 8-top tables. Guests will also enjoy a full liquor bar by Bonner Mobile Bar, with themed drinks like the “Muffytini” and small plates by True Roots Catering, a company from St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen commercial kitchen & incubator, both available a la carte. 

The series kicked off in January with Marvelous: the Music of Marvin Gaye and followed up with Chocolate and Kool Whip: Creme De La Creme, a celebration of the iconic musical duos of yesteryear and Legends of Pop: Starring Apollo Vega & The Vega Tribe, a musical celebration of the pop icons from the ‘70’s to today. 

Tickets are on sale now online at, by calling 772-462-2783 or visiting the Alliance Gallery 10 AM - 6 PM Monday - Friday and 9 AM - 1 PM on Saturdays on the 3rd Floor of 111 Orange Avenue in Downtown Fort Pierce. Advance tickets are $25, with a $35 VIP option that includes reserved, preferred seating and a special VIP souvenir bag. Tickets at the door are $30 and $40 respectively. 

Vote at Backus

During the exhibition, on view through June 24, 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.

“These annual juried shows are an important part of this creative community,” says Museum executive director J. Marshall Adams. “The Backus Museum is well into our second decade of recognizing photographers as artists, and soon will be starting our fifth decade of recognizing fine artists in our fall juried show. Fostering artistic talent at all levels, in so many visual arts disciplines, has been one of the vital ways we extend the Backus legacy. And every year these exhibitions stop you in your tracks for their beauty, their quality, and their collective impact on viewers.”

Making Music at Morikami

Venture into something a little different this summer — a koto workshop at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens. Be forewarned that workshops at Morikami tend to fill up early.

From the website:

The Japanese Traditional Music Program was established in 2017 with initial and ongoing funding provided by Toshiba International Foundation. There are two components to the yearly summer program: a) summer youth camp: for elementary, middle, and high school students from Grades 3 through 12; b) summer adult weekend workshops.

Students participating in the youth camp have various experiences learning about Japan and Japanese culture. The main focus is hands-on individual and group lessons on the Japanese 13-string zither, the koto. In addition, group lessons are offered on the Japanese taiko drums. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, history, and cultural arts through hands-on activities, presentations, and tours of the Morikami galleries and gardens. Summer Camp for Kids Ages 8-17 - Monday, June 27- Friday, July 1, 2022 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

The adult weekend workshops focus on beginner/intermediate levels of the 13-string koto.

The program staff includes Dr. Joseph Amato, Coordinator of the Japanese Traditional Music Program and Koto instructor, members of Fushu Daiko Taiko group, Morikami staff, and guest instructors on Japanese cultural arts.

Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26

Guest Artist Music Workshops

Sponsored by Batchelor Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation

9am – 12:30pm (10am – 10:30am break) (Beginners)

1:30pm – 5pm (2:30pm – 3pm break) (Intermediate)*

Cost: $200. Advance Registration Required.

*Prerequisite is the beginner’s course or prior experience with the instrument

The program is aimed at beginners, those with no or little experience with the koto. An intermediate course is offered for those who have taken the beginners course and want to go to the next level. Workshops are taught by visiting musician and koto teacher, Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato. 

Season Enders at McAlpin


June 9, 10 at 7:00 p.m. and June 11 at 2:00 p.m. 

For our next installment of the highly successful summer cabaret series, we will be presenting cutting-edge, contemporary selections from current and recent movies and Broadway productions. There is much from which to select: revivals such as West Side Story, Newsies, and In the Heights; as well as the newer Moulin Rouge, Dear Evan Hansen, Zootopia, and Encanto. Once again, talented IRSC musical theater students will delight you with song and dance for another memorable cabaret experience.

Tickets are $15.

Kight Center for Emerging Technologies (V-Building)

June 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Follow the explosive rise and fall of a Scottish Lord whose political ambition is constantly fanned by his murderous wife. Together, they usurp the throne of the Kingdom, only to learn that the witches’ prophecy that foretold their triumph also spelled out their doom. Updated to the Film Noir setting of the 1940s, this immersive production will take place in the Kight Center (V-Building) of the Massey Campus.

Tickets are $15.

Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in June

June 18, 7 p.m. -  The Scott Center, Melbourne

June 19, 3 p.m. - The Emerson Center, Vero Beach

June 25, 2 p.m. - The Emerson Center, Vero Beach

June 25, 7 p.m. - The Scott Center, Melbourne

June 26, 3:30 p.m. - Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach

For Wordle Fans and Art Lovers, Now There's Artle!


Artle Is the Art-Historical Version of Wordle You Didn’t Know You Needed to Play

The game, designed by the National Gallery of Art, has boosted the institution's web traffic by 40 percent.

Jo Lawson-Tancred, May 31, 2022

This month, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC released a new art-historical, image-based version of the game it calls Artle. And it’s already a hit, the museum reports, driving an increase in web traffic of over 40 percent since the game’s launch.

The game shares a similar format with Wordle: each day, users are shown a new series of four artworks from the museum’s collection, and are given four chances to guess the artist. Scores can be easily shared on social media. 

To date, the museum said it has recorded hundreds of thousands of players from nearly every country in the world. A quarter go on to explore the National Gallery’s collection online, in many cases for the first time, or move on to visit blog and events pages. 


City of Fort Pierce presents Juneteenth -- Freedom Block Party June 17, 5-10 p.m.

At the Lake Wales History Museum

Saturday Summer Fun Days

(Parents must be in attendance)

xxxJune 4 - Citrus Day

June 10 - Lake Wales Ridge Day

June 18 - Florida Seminole Day

June 25 - Cowmen Day

July 2 - Pioneer Day

July 9 - Train Day

July 16 - City Day

July 23 - TBD

July 30 - Art History Day

August 6 - Last Day of Summer

Tour the new Maltz Jupiter Theatre any Monday this summer, June 13-Aug. 8. Tours begin at 2 p.m.

Flashdance The Musical is at The Barn Theatre July 14-31.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is proud to announce the return of its Summer Evenings Series, hosted on Saturday evenings throughout the summer at the Suntree United Methodist Church at 7400 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32940. This three-concert chamber music series begins on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 7pm, with the remaining concerts taking place on July 16, 2022, at 7pm, and August 13, 2022, at 7pm.

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