Volume I No. 41 |October 1, 2019
In This Issue
CBS Correspondent Charlie D'Agata at the Elliott
R U Cool Enough for Polkadots at Riverside
Ballet Vero Beach Wants You
Something New at Gallery 14
New Museum Pass Program in IRC
I Am a Fiesta at the Norton
On the Calendar Now Has Its Own Arts Blast -
What a Weekend! Goes Out Every Thursday
On the Calendar , Auditions , and Calls for Artists are on WilliMiller.com
Checking In - It's October!
Putting together Arts Blast every week is often one of those “best-laid-plans” things. I had today’s issue laid out by Thursday, with information coming in steadily and all those little ducks getting in line. Then came an unexpected email. 

Weeks ago I had requested an interview with Charlie D’Agata, guest speaker at the Elliott Museum’s fundraising luncheon Oct. 4. Well, Charlie’s based in London for CBS News and is usually on assignment somewhere far, far away, so I didn’t expect to hear from him. And I didn’t — until yesterday morning, when I was putting the finishing touches on Arts Blast. (Who am I kidding? I was scrambling to get it together.) “I have a tight schedule, but when and where …?” he wrote.

My pre-coffee brain threw together a few questions, hoping he’d give me a couple of lines. What came back was so interesting and insightful — and lengthy — that I’m including just about all of his reply in the story below. The luncheon is in Jensen Beach, at the Hutchinson Shores Resort Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. This History in the Making benefit lecture luncheon is $100 for Museum members and $125 for others. Seating is limited, reservations are required. RSVP only: 772-225-1961or email RSVP@hsmc-fl.org.
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Charlie D'Agata at the Elliott
He thought he’d be a veterinarian when he grew but up his pursuit of a degree in journalism led Charlie D’Agata down a very different path. After college, he said, he travelled overseas, “possibly inspired by a romantic notion to be the next Ernest Hemingway.” Becoming a war correspondent wasn’t in the picture at all but he was in London “when everything changed on the morning of 9-11. We all became war correspondents.”

Covering the biggest stories in the world began for Charlie a year before that, September 2000, on his first field assignment, reporting on the fall of Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade.“I was a producer at the time, and I remember being in the thick of it, at least 500,000 people in that square, the parliament building on fire, and I knew my life would never be the same.” 

In September 2001, Charlie was working at CBS News in London “and the next thing I know I was shipped off to Bahrain, home of the US Fifth Fleet, which at that time became the base for US military intervention in Afghanistan.”
In his words:
“About eight months before the Iraq invasion my bureau chief called me into his office and asked me if I were willing to go to Iraq. By myself. This happened on a Friday and I would leave on the Monday. My wife and I had an infant daughter at home, I spoke no Arabic, and I didn’t even have a fixer. Saddam Hussein was still in power. I was assigned a government minder. This predates cellphones, certainly in Iraq. I was on my own, couldn’t call home, isolated and worried, not so much about anything happening to me, but whether I was anywhere near qualified to do the job.”

He continued:
“Months later I experienced the war up close. It’s terrifying. Explosions, gunfire, lawlessness, and in the early days, bodies just everywhere. It wasn’t long before the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad was bombed. And the Red Cross center. And the UN headquarters, which I was close enough to witness people dying right in front of me. We were supposed to be at the press conference when a massive suicide car truck bomb levelled it. It was horrific. And I saw things I cannot unsee."
Interacting with civilians on the ground is something CBS takes very seriously and something Charlie takes personal pride in. “How else to tell a story unless you can speak to the people closest to what’s happened? People relate to people. When our viewers see people who are like they are – mothers, fathers, children – it carries so much more impact, which is really all we’re trying to achieve.” And he doesn’t leave the connections behind when the assignment ends.

One of the people who personified the strength and resilience of the human spirit Charlie encountered is Breshna Musazai, a student at the American University in Kabul when Taliban suicide attackers went on a killing rampage, targeting students, faculty, and police. “She had suffered from polio,” Charlie said, “so she couldn’t run when the gunmen came charging down the hall. So she played dead.” One of the gunmen shot her twice in the leg just to make sure. 
“Even attending that school in the first place meant defying Taliban death threats. Who in their right might would go to a school in Kabul called the American University? And yet, after surviving her terrible injuries, with the help of a team of US surgeons in Texas, she returned to that university less than two years later, to graduate with honors,” Charlie said. She could have gone to any university she wanted but chose to return to that one as an act of defiance. “And she intends to become a Human Rights Lawyer in Afghanistan. A British professor at the university told us more than 90 percent of the students returned after the attack.”
Charlie gains strength through their strength, despite what people might expect. “After witnessing the horrors of war I think people would imagine that I would become callous or bitter with the sheer inhumanity of mankind. In fact, the opposite is true. Almost everyone I have met are people I can relate to. Ordinary people in extraordinary situations just trying to do the best they can. Their courage blows me away.”

Being a war correspondent has to bring a challenge to a family. “It’s been extremely difficult, especially for my daughters, and it’s only gotten more difficult as they grew older and more aware of the risks involved in the regions I cover.” How much time Charlie will be away on assignment is unpredictable, he says. He started this year embedded on the USS John C Stennis in the Persian Gulf. Then it was a few days here and there and then “I bounced to Syria and stayed there until early April. Getting into a place like Syria is easier than getting out. And it’s the getting in and getting out that are the most dangerous.”

It isn’t all war zones, though. Natural disasters call for experienced, level-headed reporting. The Asian and Japanese tsunamis were particularly harrowing, Charlie said. “Anybody who says you get used to seeing dead people is either lying or hasn’t seen a lot of dead people. Or heartless. Either way it’s not someone I want to talk to.”

Charlie found enlightenment, of sorts, with his reporting on the great migrant crisis. “I was astonished how ‘normal’ people were. These were well educated men and women with resources – the average cost of smuggling routes, eating, accommodation – was $4,000 per person. That is an extraordinary amount of money in places like Syria and Iraq.” He knows these were the lucky ones. “The unlucky ones were stuck trying to survive the onslaught or thrown into hellish refugee camps.”
Time will tell if a news anchor’s chair is in Charlie’s future. “It would be nice to know I’d be home at night on a regular basis. Maybe someday.” And maybe in Florida, where his parents have lived for years. “It’s always been a second home for my children. If I have a ‘home’ in America, Florida is it.”

Rob Steele, president and CEO of the Historical Society of Martin County, said, “Charlie D’Agata reports on the human side of life in a war zone. Even though he’s reporting in the middle of chaos, his accounts connect us to an element of unrelenting humanity. His experience is extraordinary, and I’m thrilled we can bring this amazing presentation to the Elliott community.”

The luncheon featuring Charlie D’Agata as guest speaker is a fundraiser for the Historical Society, held Oct. 4 at 
New Day for Artist Receptions at
Gallery 14
Gallery 14 is creating another special evening in the Vero Beach Downtown Arts District. Yes, they will be open Friday for First Friday Gallery Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. but beginning this month, an opening reception for the month’s featured artists will be held the night before, Thursday, Oct. 3, this month, 5-8 p.m. 

The October happening at Gallery 14 is What Happens Next! A Group Show . Derek Gores, a frequent exhibitor at the gallery is guest curator for the show. He has brought together the work of three other artists to join him: Cliffton Chandler, David Burton, and Julie Shaw. The photo is one of Shaw's pieces.

The free shuttle this season is provided by Golf Carts of Vero from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information call Gallery 14 at 772-562-5525 or go to the website, gallery14verobeach.com .
A big Arts Blast thanks to The Galleries of Historic Downtown Vero Beach for supporting Arts Blast:
Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra has Big Band Fever this weekend.
"It don't mean a thing, if it aint' got that swing." The popular song lyric sums up the mindset of concert-goers to Big Band Fever, a concert featuring music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. The dynamic Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will swing three decades of Big Band Era hits in this entertaining performance. Under the direction of Frank Wosar, Central Florida's finest jazz musicians will perform selections from the legendary band leaders Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and more.
Oct. 5. 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. at The Scott Center At Holy Trinity, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne
1707 16th Street. www.spacecoastsymphony.org or 1-855-252-7276.
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Oct. 11-13 - Pelican Island Preservation Society’s (PIPS) annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show at Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main St., Sebastian
A new trio of artists will be featured in The Galleries of First Pres in Vero Beach October 7-January 8, 2020. Featured local artists include May Brandt , Karin Delagi , and Lisa Rose .
An opening reception for The Fall 2019 Art Installment at the Galleries at First Pres will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Tours will be available with an opportunity to meet the artists, and light refreshments will be served. This event is free to the community. 
Photo Credit: May Brandt-
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Another thrilling season is in store with the Vero Beach Opera, beginning Jan. 12 with The Barber of Seville. Sign up for the VBO newsletter online.

Part of the great collection of galleries in the Historic Arts District in Vero Beach.
Vero Beach Art Club's season officially begins Oct. 27 with Art in the Park in Humiston Park on Ocean Dr., Vero Beach. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Treasure Coast Pilot Club's Centennial Autumn in the Park is in Riverside Park, Vero Beach this weekend. Oct. 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Pilot Club supports local charities through its fundraising events. It helps fund the memory care bracelets for the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association in Indian River County.
Theda Bass - Exhibit of Acrylic and oil paintings representing Florida Floral and Fauna at Park Street Gallery , 513 SW Park Street, Okeechobee,
through October 29
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
513 SW Park Street, Okeechobee, FL
Free Admission

Student artst Dahlia is the featured artist at Fawn's Art Gallery, 111 NE 2nd St., Okeechobee.
A new choir, Vero Beach Youth Chorale , is forming at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach. It's open to students 8-12 (grades 3-6 in this school year). Registration fee is $75. janinejones@firstpresvero.org  or 772-696-1271.

Jacob Craig, director of Music and Arts at First Pres, says rehearsals have begun but registration is ongoing.
Free oak trees along with the demonstration planting and care of the tree instructions will be at Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach:
October 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
October 11 at 5:00 p.m. , then stay for a special talk by Matt Hill who is working to reforest Madagascar with the help of local farmers who are receiving the training and materials to help do the job. Following Matt Hill’s talk there will be a short film about how trees communicate. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
October 13, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
ONCE UPON AN ORCHESTRA at McKee Botanical Garden

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra' s String Quartet brings several classic Aesop's Fables to life at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach in the SCSO Once Upon an Orchestra series made possible by an  Indian River Impact 100   grant.

Children will hear the exciting tales of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and The Billy Goat, The Mouse and the Lion, and The Mule, all while learning about the instruments of the string family. Following the program, students will have a chance to try out the instruments of the string section, act out their favorite characters, and pose as a musician in SCSO's symphonic photo booth. Kids will take home their own Once Upon an Orchestra coloring book!

Standard admission required for McKee Botanical Garden. 350 US 1, Vero Beach. Oct, 5 - 10 & 11 a.m.
Polkadots: The Musical for Cool Kids
Riverside Theatre for Kids presents a colorful new musical, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical on October 3-5, 2019 on the Stark Stage. 

From Riverside Theatre:
The story follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily taunts and isolation, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot complexion blooms into an unexpected friendship. Inspired by events of The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots; The Cool Kids Musical serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome! 
Kevin Quillinan, Director of Riverside Theatre Education and Director / Music Director of this production, said he's been wanting to bring this show to Riverside for a long time. "It’s a new show, but one with a timeless message of tolerance and hope. ... What is wonderful about this show is that even though it contains an important message, it is all couched in bright and bubbly music, which is enormously fun from top to bottom.” 

The performers are Riverside's four professional Performance Apprentices, early career theatre artists who are recent college graduates. Quillinan said, "In addition to being amazing actors, singers, and dancers, they are also teachers, directors, and choreographers and will participate in our student shows and classes. It can be tricky to find such multi-faceted artists each year, but we once again have a truly incredible group.” 

The cast for Polkadots: Samantha Young (Lily), Parker Reeves (Sky), Cassandra Brooks (Penelope), and Mac Ogle (Mama Square/Ms. Square). Along with Director Quillinan, the creative team includes: Adam Schnell (Choreographer), Emily Luongo (Scenic Design), Anna Hillbery (Costume Design), Ashley Green (Lighting Design), Andrew Stroud (Sound Design), Anna Cable (Props Design) and Kylee Risdon (Stage Manager).

Performances are on the Stark Stage: Oct. 3-4 at 7 p.m. and at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Tickets are $10, available at the box office, 772-232-6990 and online.
Vero Beach Museum of Art and IRC Libraries - Together
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Friends and Supporters
Starting today, Oct. 1, the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Indian River County Library System are beginning a new partnership. “This initiative is something many public libraries offer their patrons, and we are delighted to be working with the VBMA on this project," Tracey Wehking, Director of Library Services at Indian River County Library said. "It is a great way for the Library to continue to deliver free and open access to services and resources to our community."

The program "allows the community the opportunity to visit the VBMA for free by checking out a Library Museum Pass from ALL branches of the IRC Library System. The pass provides library cardholders free admission for two adults - children under 17 already receive free admission - to the museum."

This initiative is something public libraries offer their patrons, Wehking said. "The program is open to all Indian River County residents with a library card in good standing and can be checked out in person at the circulation desk for the period of one week from any of the branches named above. The passes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.” 

Sophie Bentham-Wood, Director of Marketing and Communications, said, “The idea presented itself through a VBMA staff training program and was an initiative we felt strongly needed to be activated. The library was happy to partner with us, and over the summer, we worked through the logistics to launch this fall with the opening of L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters on October 19 th .”

Get the details at www.vbmuseum.org or call (772) 231 0707, or contact your local library.
Artist Tim Sanchez
The Body Says, I Am a Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art at The Norton
Photo courtesy of Norton Museum:
Javier Silva-Meinel (Peruvian, born 1949)
El Hombre Araña, Qoyllur Rit’i, Cuzco, Peru  (Spider Man, Qoyllur Rit’i, Cuzco, Peru), 1993
Gelatin silver print 
Edition 12 of 25
14 3/8 x 14 7/16 in. (36.5 x 36.7 cm)
Purchase, acquired through the generosity of the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art, 2008.67
© Javier Silva-Meinel
From the Norton Museum of Art:

Diego Rivera, Ana Mendieta, Rufino Tamayo, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons are among the artists who were "active in Latin America and the United States between the 1930s and 2010s" and are represented in the new exhibition at the Norton Museum Oct. 4 - March 1, 2020. "Largely drawn from the Norton’s permanent collection, this exhibition addresses ideas about the body and its symbolic and societal implications in modern Latin American cultures."

The title of the exhibition comes from a book by Uruguayan journalist, writer, and novelist Eduardo Galeano, Walking Words .

“The church says: The body is a sin. 
Science says: The body is a machine. 
Advertising says: The body is a business. 
The body says: I am a fiesta.”

Oct. 11-13 - Pelican Island Preservation Society’s (PIPS) annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show at Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main St., Sebastian.
McKee Botanical Garden announces its 2019-2020 Book Club Schedule. The first meeting of the season will be on Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 am at McKee Botanical Garden. The club will continue to meet the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 am at McKee, except in December.  Carolyn Timmerman and Susan Wheeler are the coordinators of the program.
Check "On the Calendar" at willimiller.com for Updates
On the Calendar - Indian River County
Oct. 1 - Gallery 14 opens for the season with What Happens Next! Through Oct. 25. Opening reception Oct. 3, First Friday Gallery Stroll Oct. 4.

Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. - Art Lecture: Ai Weiwei, at VeroBeach Museum of Art. Ticketed.

Oct. 3 - Opening reception for What Happens Next! at Gallery 14, Vero Beach.

Oct. 3-5 - Polkadots: The Musical for Cool Kids at Riverside Theatre.

Oct. 4 - First Friday Gallery Stroll in the Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m. - Earth Enthusiasts workshop for kids 7-12 at Environmental Learning Center. Bird Wing Aerodynamics.

Oct. 5, 10&11 a.m. - Once Upon an Orchestra at McKee Botanical Garden.

Oct. 5, 6-10 p.m. - Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation’s Black & White Masquerade Ball at VB CountryClub.

Oct. 5 - Youth ceramics classes start at Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Art School. No class November 30 Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. #FA56 $290 (Museum members $240) https://www.vbmuseum.org/calendar/youth-ceramics/

Oct. 5-6 - Autumn in the Park Centennial Arts & Crafts Show in Riverside Park, Vero Beach

Oct. 11, 6-10 p.m. - Vero’s Centennial Jazz on the Lawn, Pocahontas Park, Vero Beach.
Oct. 11-13 - Pelican Island Preservation Society’s (PIPS) annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show at Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main St., Sebastian.

Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Vero Beach Art Club’s first Art in the Park in Humiston Park, Vero Beach. Fine Arts 7 Crafts by members. 

Oct. 27, 6 p.m. - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Silent Film and Organ Concert with Andrew Galuska at Community Church of Vero Beach.

Through Oct. 31- The art of Hector Cruz, Richard Fisher, Julie Shaw, and Leslie Stokes is at the Emerson Center, Vero Beach. There’s a new web address .

Last Saturday of each month is free admission day at Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Through Oct. 31 - The Cultural Council's Artist Registry members exhibit works depicting "Vero Beach - The Perfect Destination" at Vero Beach Regional Airport.

Through Nov. 7 - The Art of Lee G. Smith - historic Vero Beach - at the Indian River County Courthouse.

Through Dec. 15 - Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Al Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold in the Stark Rotunda.

Feb. 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Annual Icon Workshop with Mary Jane Miller at Center for Spiritual Care , Vero Beach.

Artworks by members of the Cultural Council of Indian River County will be on view through October at the Indian River County Administration Buildings A and B during normal office hours, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach. 772-770-4857.

AAUW Vero Beach  collects books K-5th for the Little Free Library. https://verobeach-fl.aauw.net

On the Calendar - Martin County
Oct. 3, 11 a.m. - Auto Collection & Garage Tour with John Giltinan at Elliott Museum.

Oct. 4-20 - Bell, Book and Candle at ACT Studio Theatre, Stuart.

Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. - The Elliott Museum presents the rescheduled History in the Making Lecture Luncheon with Charlie D’Agata, CBS News Foreign Correspondent. At Hutchinson Shores Resort, Jensen Beach. Museum membdrs $100, Non-members $125. Seating is limited; RSVP only: 772-225-1961 or RSVP@hsmc-fl.org .

Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. - Mardi Gras Fridays - Live Ragtime Duo in the Garden at NOTES Music Room

Oct. 5 - Annual New Monrovia Bahamian Connection Festival.

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. - Selwyn Birchwood at Lyric Theatre.

Oct. 6 1 p.m. - Rock’n Riverwalk in downtown Stuart

Through Oct. 6 - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Barn Theatre, 2400 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. - Sunset Concerts at the Gallery - Music Teachers National Competitors perform Solo Music at Courth House Cultural Center, Stuart. Joshua Zhuang, Addison McGee, Brandon Gunter, Ava Gunter.

Oct. 22, 7 p.m. - “Music Teachers National Competitors perform Solo Music”—pianist Joshua Zhuang, pianist Addison McGee, cellist Brandon Gunter and violinist Ava Gunter—joined by pianist Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish.
Every LAST Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. - Story Time in the Gallery, for families of preschool children. Court House Cultural Center. Free and open to all.

Through Dec.1 - Between the Tides exhibition at Elliott Museum continues. Artist Ron Garrett celebrates maritime heritage and the living waters. Discount on Garret’s art offered to HSMC members.

Thursday nights are Jazz Jam nights with Jim van Voorheis at Notes Wine Bar, 872 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart.

Reservations are still being accepted for the 2020 Art Excursion to Italy with the Arts Council of Martin County.

Dates vary, 10 a.m. - The Mansion at Tuckahoe in Indian RiverSide Park tours in Indian Riverside Park, 1707 NE Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach.

Third week of each month, 6 p.m. - Meeting of Martin Artisans Guild. Check website for dates. https://mcost.org

Check the martinarts.org calendar for many art classes and workshops offered by local artists.

Fridays through Feb. 14, 2020 - Pop-Up Art Market at Notes Music Room & Social House, 872 S.Colorado Ave., Stuart.

On the Calendar - St. Lucie County
Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. - Kelly Arnold open house at TheRiverwalk Center, 600 N.Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce.

Oct. 2, 16, 30- 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Wednesday Jazz Jam at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens with Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. Ticketed.

Through Oct. 18 - It's Fall Y'all! art show at Art Connection of Fort Pierce.

Oct. 4-6 - Free admission weekend and Best of the Best Preview at Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce.

Oct. 5, 4 p.m. -Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talk at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Most planetarium shows are just $5 at www.irsc.edu .

Oct. 8 & 22, 7- 10 p.m. - Jazz Jam at Sunrise Theatre with Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. Ticketed.
Oct. 11-27 - Love, Sex and the IRS at Treasure Coast Theatre, Port St. Lucie.

Oct. 12, 5-8 p.m. - Opening reception for the new season at Backus Museum & Gallery. Free for members, $20 for others
Oct. 12, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Master Gardener Volunteer Fall Plant Sale at UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension , 8400 Picos Road, Suite 101 , Fort Pierce

Oct. 13, noon-4 p.m. - Season open house at Backus Museum. Free admission and refreshments. Gallery tours at 2 and 3 p.m.

Oct. 19-20 - 32nd annual Garden Festival & Plant Sale at Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

Ongoing - Heathcote Botanical Gardens is looking for volunteers!

Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. - T he Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society 's Jazz and Craft Market, rain or shine, along the waterfront in downtown Fort Pierce.

Every Saturday. 3-4 p.m. - Critter Crunch & Munch at Oxbow Eco-Center . Free, all ages, no reservation required.
On the Calendar - Brevard County
Oct. 1, 5:30-7 p.m. - Rafael Picón Celebrating Hispanic Heritage on the Cocoa Campus of Eastern Florida State College, Bldg. 12, Library.

Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - First Friday opening reception for Experience: India at 5th Avenue Art Gallery.

Through Oct. 6 - Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse - Broadway on Brevard series.

Through Oct. 18 - Mark Palmer Mixed Media at sbg fine arts gallery, Melbourne.

Oct. 18-20 -Central Brevard Art association presents Cocoa Beach Annual Art Show and Sale at the Cocoa BeachPublic Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave.
Free admission.

Oct. 19-20 - 55th annual Space Coast Art Festival, Space Coast Daily POark, Viera. Note new date and location.
Through Oct. 6 - Urban Decay exhibit at Strawbridge Art League Gallery

Through Oct. 20 - Grease at Titusville Playhouse

Through Oct. 26 - Experience INDIA at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne

Last Friday of the month - Cocoa Village Friday Fest at Myrt Tharpe Square Gazebo 5 - 9 p.m.

Nov. 23-24 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - 23rd Annual Artworks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival, Highland Ave. in Melbourne's Eau Gallie Arts District.
On the Calendar - Palm Beach County
Through Dec. 10 - Posters by Toulouse-Lautrec at Norton Museum of Art.
Through Nov. 2 - TATTOO: The Renaissance of Body Art at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta. “Nearly” Nude runway show Oct. 17, ticketed.

Oct. 4, 5:30-10 p.m. - Art After Dark at The Norton Museum of Art, WPB. Free

Oct. 4, 6 p.m. - Curator Conversation: The Body Says, I Am a Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art at Norton Museum.

Oct. 4, 7 p.m. - Negroni’s Trio for Jazz Friday at Norton Museum.

Oct. 4, 8 p.m. - Ballet Arts Dance Company presents colorful contemporary ballets inspired by the exhibition,  The Body Says, I am a Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art  in the Goergen Garden.

Oct. 4 7 p.m. - Film Series - Fireworks at Morikami Museum.

Oct. 5, 12-5 p.m. - Latinx Community Day at Norton Museum. Free

Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. - Koto Workshop at Morikami

Through Oct. 6 - Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art at Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Oct. 9 - Norton Museum of Art is closed today.

Oct. 10, 2 p.m. - Norton Cinema: Battleship Potemkin at Norton Museum

Through Oct. 12 - Seven Solos Exhibition at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square , Delray Beach.

Oct. 19, 2 p.m. - Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris at Norton Museum.

Through Oct. 22 See and Be Seen: Picturing Notoriety at Norton Museum of Art.
Through Oct. 29 - Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection at the Norton Museum of Art.

Through April 19 - Hall of Heroes at The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, WPB.

Through Nov. 2 - TATTOO: The Renaissance of Body Art at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta. “Nearly” Nude runway show Oct. 17, ticketed.

Nov.9-10 - Fall Art on the Square at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach.

Through Nov. 9 - Palm Beach State College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition at Cultural Council fo Palm Beach County, Lake Worth.

Through Nov. 26 - WHO? A Brief History of Photography Through Portraiture at Norton Museum of Art.

Through Dec. 10 - Art Crew at Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach.

Through Jan. 19 - Carol Prusa: Dark Light at The Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Through Feb. 29 - Eroica: Compared to the Rest of the World at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach.

Through April 19 - Hall of Heroes at The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, WPB.

Ongoing - Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Michael Dean at Boca Raton Museum of Art.

At Mounts Botanical Garden , 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach - Cutting Corners: A Stickwork Exhibit, created from 30,000 pounds of willow during a three-week “community build.”
On the Calendar - Okeechobee County
Through Nov. 8 - Acrylic paintings by Okeechobee artist Kathie Papasso at Okeechobee Historical County Courthouse. Oct. 9, 5-6:30 p.m. - Artist Series reception.

Oct. 9, 5-6:30 p.m. - Artist Series reception of Kathie Papasso at Okeechobee Historical County Courthouse. Reception was postponed because of Hurricane Dorian. Show runs Sept. 19-Nov. 8.
Oct. 12, 3-7 p.m. - Oktoberfest City Walk Craft Beer and Music on Park Street, downtown Okeechobee. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Volunteer musicians are encouraged to contact Okeechobee Main Street.

Through Oct. 29 - The art of Theda Bass at Park Street Gallery, 513 SW Park Street, Okeechobee.

Nov. 1, 2 and 8, 9 at Okeechobee Community Theatre - See How They Run. 610 SW Second Ave., Okeechobee.

Nov. 9-11, weekends only - Okeechobee Main Street Fall Festival in the Park, Veterans Day weekend. Flagler Park, Downtown Okeechobee.
On the Calendar - Beyond the Treasure Coast
Through Oct. 12 - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Lake County Museum of Ar t

Through Sept. 28 - Florida State Parks will host many opportunities to celebrate public lands through Saturday, Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day.

Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m. - Museum Non-Fiction Book Club discusses Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

Sept. 27 - Fourth Friday at Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa.

Through Sept. 27, 2020 - Earth into Art - The Flowering of American Art Pottery at Morse Museum , Winter Park.

Sept. 28, 2 p.m. - Tipsy Teacup Candle Making workshop at Henry B. Plant Museum. Limited tickets.

Sept. 28, 1 p.m. - Discover Drumming Intro at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales.

Through Sept. 29 - Sheila Hicks at The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Through Sept. 29 - Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine.

Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m. - Family Day at The Bass. Free admission all day.

Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon - Lake Wales Museum’s History Bus Tour. An air-conditioned ride through history, with stops at historic building. Limited seating, $15, registration and payment in advance. 863-676-1759.

Oct. 5 12-2:30 p.m. - Road Trip to the Gardens with Rusty Wright Trio at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales.

Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m. - Celebrity Island Dinner for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum .

Through Oct. 24 - Botticelli & Ghirlandaio at The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Through Oct. 13 - Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College.

Oct. 21-Feb. 2, 2020 - “ Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature ” at the Denver Art Museum

Oct. 24 - 2nd annual Zombie Thriller at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

Oct. 24-27 - Suwanee Hulaween at Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak. $219-349 
Oct. 26-Feb. 23, 2020 - “ Edward Hopper and the American Hotel ” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Oct. 26-Feb. 16, 2020 - “ North Forest Lights ” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Oct. 26-27 - Lake Wales Pioneer Days Festival at Lake Wales History Museum.

Through Oct. 27 - Straighten Up the World: Self-Taught Art from the MFA collection,  Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg

Through Nov. 2 - Edison and Ford in Southwest Florida at Museum of the Everglades, Everglades City.

Through Nov. 10 - Paul Fullerton: Forces of Nature at  Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College.

Through Nov. 10 - A Colored Image of the Sun at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College.

Through Nov. 24 - Pierre Henri Matisse: Stories of Creativity at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College.

Through Nov. 30 - Motors & Mud - 70 Years of Swamp Buggy Culture at Naples Depot Museum

Inside the Lab Tour at The Edison and Ford Winter Estates , Fort Myers, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Ticketed. Check ahead.

Ongoing - At Museum of Florida History , 500 S. Bronough, Tallahassee. Alligators: Dragons in Paradise exhibit. 

Ongoing - Daily carillon concerts at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales.

First Friday Jan.-Nov. - Free admission at Henry B. Plant Museum 5-7 p.m. A docent-led tour begins at 5:15. Matt Weihmuller’s Jazz Trio.

Ongoing - Volunteers are needed at Collier County Museums. Docent/Tour Guide, Greeter, Gardener, Education Assistant, Maintenance, Special Events, Special Skills & Talents - Karen.Connetta@CollierCountyFL.gov   (239) 252-8722

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Who: The Community Church of Vero Beach Chancel Choir
What: Choral Section Leaders (Alto, Tenor and Bass)
When: Ongoing-by appointment after submission of resume
Where: The Community Church of Vero Beach
Why: Section leaders provide strong musical support to the members of the Chancel Choir and congregation.
Contact: Send resume to Rachel Carter rachel.carter@ccovb.org or call 772.469.2310 for more information

The Bare Truth . Written and directed by H.G. Brown. Audition dates: November 17-19, 2019.  Show dates: January 23- February 16, 2020.

Calendar Girls .  By Tim Firth; directed by Patty Holerger. Audition dates: January 26-28, 2020.  Show dates: March 19- April 5, 2020

Harvey .  By Mary Chase; Audition dates: March 22-24, 2020.  Show dates: May 14-31.

directed by Jon Putzke
Audition dates: Oct.18 @ 7 pm, Oct. 19 @ 10 am, Oct. 20 @ 2 pm
Auditioning for Jesus, Judas, Mary, Ciaphas, Annas, and Pontius Pilate at this time
Production Dates: March 11 through March 29

directed by Art Pingree 
Audition dates: No. 8 @ 7 pm, Nov. 9 @ 10 am, Nov. 10 @ 2 pm
Casting Needs: 6 women
Production Dates: January 15 through January 26

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (supporting leads & ensemble)  
Audition dates: Dec. 13 @ 7 pm, Dec. 14 @ 10 am, Dec. 15 @ 2 pm
Production Dates: March 11 through March 29

 An Apron Series drama- Reader’s Theatre
Audition dates: Dec. 20 @ 7 pm, Dec. 21 @ 10 am, Dec. 22 @ 2 pm
Casting Needs: 12 men / 3 women
Production Dates: January 31 through February 2

An Apron Series drama
Audition dates: Feb. 21 @ 7 pm, Feb. 22 @ 10 am, Feb. 23 @ 2 pm
Casting Needs: 8 men / 5 women
Production Dates: April 3 through April 5

directed by Patti Hall
Audition dates: March 20 @ 7 pm, March 21 @ 10 am, March 22 @ 2 pm
Casting Needs: 3 men / 1 woman
Production Dates: May 6 through May 17


"Death and Taxes," Dec. 16 - 17, 7-9 p.m. at the Freshman Campus Auditorium. 

The Barn Theatre' s Season 49, along with the audition dates for shows not yet cast, are below. Auditions are held at the theatre; 2400 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Registration is at 6:30 PM, Audition begins at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on The Barn website.

Boeing Boeing - Show dates: November 7 - November 24. - Audition Dates: September 22 - September 24.

The Producers (Musical) - Show dates: January 16, 2020 - February 2, 2020. Audition Dates: October 20 - October 22, 2019 .
2020. Audition Dates: January 5 - January 7, 2020.

You Should Be So Lucky - Show dates: May 7 - May 24, 2020. Audition Dates: March 15 - March 17, 2020.

From the  Treasure Coast Chorale :
Won't you join us? All voice parts are welcome!
Our rehearsals are on Monday nights at 7 p.m (beginning Sept.9 th ) at the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach in the Music Ministry Bldg. on 15 th Ave. between 22 nd  St. & 23 rd  St.
Contact:  www. treasurecoastchorale.org  or 772-231-3498
        What's needed to be part of TCC: 
A desire to present quality entertainment to the community
A friendly “Get-to-know-you-interview” 
Experience with singing harmony 
Annual dues of only $60.00
Find us on Facebook!

TCCS Chamber Singers perform primarily classical challenging music; Community Chorus, no auditions required, just a love of singing; TCCS Youth Chorus is open to all students in grades 2 through 5; and TCCS Cantate Singers is open to all middle school age students grades 6 through 9.

Arsenic and Old Lace (Comedy)
Audition Dates: November 10 & 11 (7 pm)
Show Dates: January 10 - 26

Pirates of Penzance (Musical Comedy)
Audition Dates: January 12 & 13 (7 PM)
Show Dates: March 13 - 29  

Sex Please, We're 60 (Comedy)
Audition Dates: March 15 & 16 (7 PM)
Show Dates: May 1 - 10

The Three Musketeers Fractured
(Comedy with Music)
Audition Dates: May 3 & 4 (7 PM)
Show Dates: June 3 - 28

Every auditioner will be notified by phone of their result, before the full cast list is announced publicly.
Surfside does not precast roles....ever.


ELF, The Musical
Audition Dates:
Oct. 6, 5:30pm (10 & Up) – Sign-up at 5:00
Oct. 7, 6:30pm (10 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00

NOTE: If unable to attend you may also audition for ELF, the Musical at the Henegar Center, 625 East New Haven Ave Melbourne.
Oct. 8, 6:30pm (10 & Up) – Sign-up at 6:00
Oct. 9, 6:30pm (10 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, 2019

Mamma Mia
Audition Dates:
Oct.r 28, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Oct. 29, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: Jan. 10 – Feb. 2, 2020 – At Titusville Playhouse
Performance Dates: Feb. 7 – March 1, 2020 –

Audition Dates:
Jan. 13, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Jan. 14, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: Feb. 28 – March 22, 2020

Audition Dates:
Feb. 3, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Feb. 4, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: April 3 – 26, 2020

Audition Dates:
March 16, 6:30pm (15 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
March 17, 6:30pm (15 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: May 15 – June 7, 2020

For additional information call 321-268-1125 or email Steven@TitusvillePlayhouse.com. Additional details are provided on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/titusvilleplayhouse301). Please check Facebook in the weeks leading up to the audition.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Audition Dates:
Oct. 8, 6:30pm (5&Up) – Sign-up at 6:00
Oct. 9, 6:30pm (5 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
ShowDates: Dec. 6 – Dec. 22, 2019

Mamma Mia
Audition Dates: – AUDITIONS are at Titusville Playhouse.
Oct. 28, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Oct. 29, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: Jan. 10 – Feb. 2, 2020 – At Titusville Playhouse
Performance Dates: Feb. 7 – March 1, 2020 – At Henegar Center
NOTE: We will be offering the the cast from Titusville Playhouse 2018 show to return for this production. A list of available parts will be listed soon as we get closer to the audition dates.

A Chorus Line
Audition Dates:
Jan. 15, 6:30pm (17 & Up) – Sign-up at 6:00
Jan. 16, 6:30pm (16 & Up)- Sign-up at 6:00
Performance Dates: March 13 – 29, 2020

ALL Auditions are at Henegar Center 625 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne. For additional information call 321-723-8698 or email Steven@Henegar.org.
Additional details are provided on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/HenegarCenter

Audition dates: Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m.

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
Available roles Moss, Williamson, Baylen and Lingk
Auditions Oct. 22, 7 p.m. ; Show dates Feb. 7 - 23

Faith Healer by Brian Friel
Auditions Nov. 5, 7 p.m .; Show dates April 10 - 26  

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka
Auditions Nov. 12, 7 p.m.  Show dates April 3 - 5

2399 SE Ocean Blvd, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart
Calls to Artists
Listings are as listed online or submitted and have not been verified by Arts Blast
Naples Art Association Founders Juried Awards Exhibition Dec. 6-Jan. 9. Deadline Oct. 7.

Embracing Our Differences 2020 . Exhibit is in Bayfront Park, Sarasota. Deadline Oct. 8

Images: A Festival of the Arts Jan. 24-26, 2020 - Atlantic Center for the Arts. Deadline Oct. 18.

Under the Oaks Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Vero Beach Art Club, March 13-15. Deadline Oct. 23.

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens  seeks artists interested in participating in their 1st annual “Art in the Gardens” juried art show, which is scheduled for January 4th & 5th 2020.  Application Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Wellington Art Society has a Call to Artists for the January 2020 Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater in Wellington, Fla. Application deadline is Nov. 1.

Spring Art on the Square at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach. Deadline for entry: Nov. 22, 2019

Okeechobee Main Street's Top of the Lake Art Fest is accepting artist applications for the 2020 show, Feb. 8-9 at Downtown Flagler Park, SR 70 W, Okeechobee. Deadline January 24.
Okeechobee Main Street Chalk Walk deadline to be posted soon.

Arts4All Florida showcases artists with disabilities through its Artist Registry. All art forms are represented including visual and performing art as well as literary work. TheRegistry is a free service. For more information, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Sandra Sroka, srokas@usf.edu or 813-974-071

Atlantic Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for the Master Artists-in-Residence Program. Deadline to apply: Varies

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Artwork Loan Program at State Capitol
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is highlighting Florida-based photographers and artists in the state Capitol building. The primary interest for artwork, which will be displayed throughout Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried’s suite on the plaza level of the Capitol, is natural scenic views of Florida’s landscapes and waters. This includes but is not limited to springs, rivers, beaches, forests, prairies, and wildlife. If you have an interest in this artwork loan program, please contact Joey Hicks, Director of Administration, at Joey.Hicks@FreshFromFlorida.com or 850-617-7000.
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