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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 4 No. 7 | February 25, 2022


Tonight is Downtown Friday in Vero Beach, and what gorgeous weather it is for it!

Notes from the Editor:

First, I want to thank all our new Arts Blast subscribers for signing up! It's so great to keep getting discovered as we move forward in our 4th year. (I still can't believe that number!)

I know I'm more fortunate than some in many ways, not the least of which is the view I have from my desk. I get to look out on a bevy of beautiful birds that find the Arts Blast bird garden an attractive place to visit while I'm spending hours with tech support, trying to resolve computer problems. Hours into the live chat Wednesday, it still wasn't determined if the problem is with the web host or the web design platform. Well into Thursday morning, there's no solution arriving in my inbox. UPDATE: A 10-minute live chat got my website up on its feet again.

A whole slew of calendar entries have been added but many events are this weekend or ending soon, so I've listed a bunch near the end of Arts Blast.

Within the next week, Michael Feinstein will perform at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. In the latter appearance, he'll be conducting The Kravis Center Pops in a concert that features the music of Frank Sinatra. You can hear him on Arts Blast on the Air here and read a feature with extended interviews with him in an updated Arts Blast Saturday.

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In This Issue


Art Day at VB Museum of Art

Con Brio at First Pres

Artists Guild Gallery

Art Martin

Ending Soon On the Calendar

Some Covid Mandate Changes

Visionary School Joins ArtWalk

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Opening at Center for Spiritual Care

Ukelele Festival

Susan Miller at ELC

Decorate a Gourd at Bok Tower

Ballet Vero Beach's Symphonic Dances

Under the Oaks

Palm Beach Symphony

Auditions this Weekend

FOTOfusion 2022

MCLS IdeaLab

and more

ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES: Ballet Vero Beach is offering a new fellowship program for dancers, free for all applicants with Florida residency. Earn your Associate Degree from IRSC - Indian River State College, perform with Ballet Vero Beach, and receive ancillary training from The Learning Alliance. Visit (under the Community Engagement tab) to learn more. Priority application deadline is March 15.

Music Con Brio at First Pres Vero Beach

Con Brio is an internationally acclaimed string quartet whose scholarship- and award-winning members will perform in concert Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

Individually, Valentin Mansurov, Marina Lenau, David Pedraza, and Aziz Sapaev have performed with the Symphony of the Americas, the Palm Beach Symphony, and the Florida Grand Opera, and as an ensemble at events in South Florida.

Mansurov, a Boca Raton resident, is a 2006 graduate of Lynn University. Pedraza and Sapaev also live in Boca Raton. The ensemble can be heard April 3 at Boca Raton Library, Downtown Branch.

Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First presbyterian said, "We seek to continue to offer excellent chamber music in our concert series, and we are pleased to offer the outstanding Con Brio String Quartet from Miami this coming Sunday at 4 p.m." As always admission is free and seating is unreserved. A $10 donation is suggested.

The series continues with appearances by Duo Beaux Arts piano duo, the Gainesville Brass Quintet, and Russian piano virtuoso Sergey Belyavsky.

Big Day for Art at Vero Beach Museum of Art

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is opening its doors on Saturday, February 26th for FREE to encourage budding artists to come and view demonstrations by the faculty instructors from 10 am – 2 pm in the Studios. 

The day-long activities offer visitors the chance to see a series of art activities ranging from painting to pottery, and drawing to art history all under one roof. The instructors are available to answer any questions, and if you sign up on this one day only you will enjoy 10% off your Spring 2022 tuition. 

And that’s not all. For kids and families, the Museum is running its monthly Museum Studios from 10am -1pm, themed around the new exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. VBMA docents will provide themed, mini tours to families that include a variety of prints in the exhibition. Then participants can get creative making prints of their own using blocks and shapes in the Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. A limited number of take-home Art Kits will be available for pick up.

Museum exhibition hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm; and Sundays, 1 pm – 4:00 pm. For further information call (772) 231-0707 or visit the Museum’s website at

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting Vero Collects: Hidden treasures Revealed, the Museum’s third curated collection exhibition, representing more than 50 local collectors and over 100 artworks. The exhibition will be on view January 29 through May 15, 2022. 

The exhibition is filled with treasures from local collections that are enjoyed in private residences, and now revealed in the public setting of an art museum. The show offers a rare glimpse into artworks seen for the first time at the VBMA, where viewers can discover major artworks collected in Vero Beach homes. It is a public view into the private world of collecting. 

Art Martin Retires - In a Way

Art Martin is retiring — sort of. He has too many sides to his world of music in Brevard County to leave it behind completely. Martin is moving on from his conducting gig with Swingtime, but his other credits include The Oh Golly Dixieland Band, the Rock & Roll Revue, and Swingtime Lite (A Little Big Band) He founded the Melbourne Municipal Band Summer Youth Band, and is executive administrator for the Melbourne Municipal Band. “I probably will never retire completely except for teaching.”

As a woodwind player, he’s been in the pit for shows at Cocoa Village Playhouse, Surfside Theater, and the Henegar Center for the Performing Arts, and performed with The County Band of Brevard, Central Florida Winds, and the Space Coast Pops.

Add to that his performing with “the Drifters, the Platters, Little Anthony, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Warren Covington Orchestra, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie and Don Braden, to name a few.” He conducted the Hackettstown Community Band in New Jersey and has adjudicated music festivals in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida.

What’s left for him to do? “I guess the only thing I haven't done in music is play with a big band on TV. i.e. the Tonight Show band when Johnny Carson was on,” Martin said. With all the things he’s done musically, he can’t pick only one to name the most fulfilling. “Each area has its own rewarding experiences. Teaching and working with young musicians is rewarding when you see them progress into excellent musicians.” Former students have gone on to play “with the US Marine Band in Washington, DC, perform with Tower of Power, Jazz Clubs in NYC, and with well-known jazz musicians.”

Looking back, he cites some special moments in his career. “Here in Florida, building the Summer Youth Band from just seven students in 2008 to over 120 in 2018 and seeing many of those students continue their musical journey in high school and college.” Add to that “starting the New Jersey Performing Arts Center ‘Jazz For Teens’ program with bassist Rufus Reid and continuing with saxophonist Don Braden. That program started in 1996 and is still going today.” And, of course, “the privilege of performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano and many others has been a joy and inspiration for me.” 

Connie Maltby, one of the singing Swingtimers, said, “Art has been very supportive of local musicians and always brings the best out of the music. The Swingtimers have loved working with him and appreciated his skill in arranging great songs for us to perform. Art’s dedication to music is inspiring to me and I’m glad he’ll still be around to perform with in the Rock &Roll Revue.” 

Artists Guild Gallery

From my hoarded-info files come notes from a 2009 article about the Artists Guild Gallery (Artist Guild at that time). Names and locations have changed but the vision continues. In 2009, I talked with Jo Kelly, one of the founding members. She said, “There was no such thing as a cooperative gallery in Vero Beach at the time.” Kelly had moved here in 1986 from Binghamton, where she was a member of a co-op. “After being here a while, I realized how much I missed it. The group all had one thing in common: We loved to paint, draw, do ceramics, sculpt — and we wanted an outlet for that.” 

The group’s historian at the time, Gail Bartholomay, described each of the Guild members as unique. She said, “The Guild consists of a group of local artists who gladly pay a membership fee each month in order to display their art work. Each one was handpicked by our members, and many of our artists are award winners.””

There were 17 names on the incorporation papers when it was made official on February 21, 1990, according to Kelly. Marjorie Bradley, Margery Kelley, Suzann Phillips, Charlotte Davidson, Jeanne McCullough, Beatrice Bernhard, Marjorie Evans, Arthur Eno, Ruth Dorn, Judy Meier, Patricia Scott, William Schultz, Joyce Hajdinak, Marcy von Kohorn, Patricia Young, Mary Stolz, and Jo Kelly were there but a few who were not on the papers joined the group even before the doors opened: Sally Knowles, Delbert Peterson, Genny Ekstrom, Marjorie Braender, and Janel Lund.

There have been several moves along the way, including two locations in the Portales building on Ocean Drive and Royal Palm Pointe, with a return there after the hurricanes of 2004.

The AGG is now at 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, with classes and workshops offered all year. Gallery hours through April: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Artists Guild Gallery Artists at the

2022 Under The Oaks Fine Arts & Crafts Show are Sue Dinenno, Barbara Glover,

​Judy Mercer, Dawn Mill, Judy Rixom and Rita Ziegler. See each artist at their individual artist booths.

The Artists Guild Gallery paintings and photographs are now on exhibit at The Oak Restaurant, located in the same plaza as the ArtistsGuild Gallery. The Gallery continues it’s association with The Tides on Cardinal Drive beachside.


Chuck Haaland - Merit Award, Photography; Fran San Miguel - 2nd Place, Oils; Judy Mercer "Rosie in Repose" - 3rd Place, Watercolors and "Rent Me"- Honorable Mention, Watercolors; Sherry Haaland - Merit Award, Pastels

Visionary School of the Arts Joins March ArtWalk

From VSOA:

Just because the studios, classrooms and executive offices of Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) are located a bit south of downtown Stuart, it doesn’t mean the team wasn’t eager to participate in the Creek District Art Walk.


Thanks to the generous folks at Roasted Record, artwork from VSOA teachers and interns will be on display at the next Walk, Friday March 4, from 5-9 p.m. in front of the shop at 600 Colorado Avenue in Stuart,


Enjoy live painting by VSOA students and artists as you stroll. Find out about the exciting programs and scholarship opportunities the 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers.


A percentage of the sale of anything sold that night will be donated to the VSOA Scholarship Fund. 


The mission of Visionary School of Arts is to equip youth with award-winning fine arts skills, artisanship, entrepreneurship, while establishing community impact with a center for the arts and continued after-school education.


To learn more,

Photo: Abigail Afong, age 9, one of the VSOA student artists who will participate in the Art Walk

Covid Mandate Changes

Vero Beach Theatre Guild

Today’s world is constantly changing in many ways. As a result of the decline of covid cases in Indian River County, the Board of Directors of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, In accordance with the State of Florida, have voted to eliminate Covid Seating and have made mask wearing optional. 

Society of the Four Arts

The Society of the Four Arts has removed the recent health and safety protocols enacted for programs in the Esther B. O'Keeffe Building's Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium and the Dixon Education Building's Johnson Hall.

The Four Arts no longer will require proof of a negative test or a voluntary vaccination card to attend any programs in those venues or anywhere on our campus. Face masks remain recommended indoors, but are optional. (Please note, the King Library continues to require masks as a courtesy in keeping with Town of Palm Beach policies.)

Last Chance - Ending Soon - On the Calendar

Indian River County

Through Feb. 27 - I Do! I Do! at Vero Beach Theatre Guild

​Through Feb. 28 - Vero Beach Museum of Art Winter Faculty Exhibition - Patten Community Gallery

Through Feb. 28 - Timothy J. Sanchez - Reconstructions - solo exhibition at Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach

Through February - Nature Inspired Artist series at ELC - Shotsi Cain Lajoie and Judy Burgarella

Feb. 25-26 - Program 2, Symphonic Dances - Ballet Vero Beach at VBHS PAC

Feb. 26 ORCA Explorer's Experience fundraising event at Triton Submarines, Sebastian. Ticketed.

Feb. 27, 2 p.m. - Accessible/Family Friendly performance of Program 2, Symphonic Dances - Ballet Vero Beach at VBHS PAC

Feb. 27, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Art in the Park - Vero Beach Art club at Humiston Park

Feb. 27, 4 p.m. - Con Brio String Quartet at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Chamber Music Concert Series

Feb.28, 4:30 p.m. - Vero Beach Museum of Art's International Lecture Series - The Life and Legacy of Peggy Guggenheim with Karole P.B. Vail

Feb. 28, 7 p.m. - VBHS Chorus Concert - Singers All - at Performing Arts Center

Feb. 28 - Deadline to enter Environmental Learning Center's Artist Series Spring Fling Juried Showcase

Brevard County

Through Feb. 26 - Happy Hour Garden Party exhibit by Robin Lee Makowski at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Through Feb. 26 - Spirit of Red (Linda Harrison) at 5th Avenue Gallery, Melbourne

Through Feb. 28 - Kaleidoscope at Eau Gallery, Melbourne

​Feb. 26, 6 p.m. - An Evening of Elegance: Symphony and Sinatra at Kelly Stadium - Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Pineda Campus - Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Michael Andrew

Feb. 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m. - David Bromberg at the King Center Studio Theatre

Feb 27: Tapestry, The Songs of Carole King, King Center

Palm Beach County

Through Feb. 25 - Artist-in-Residence Exhibition at Armory Art Center

Through Feb. 26 - Black Creativity in Art & Words - City of Boynton Beach

Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. - Atlantic Classical Orchestra Masterworks II - Classical Grace - at Eissey Campus Theatre

Feb. 25 - Art After Dark: Celebrate Black History Month at Norton Museum of Art

Martin County

Through Feb. 26 - Michelle Held guest artist at Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, Stuart

Through Feb. 26- Floridian Flavors - Characters, Culture & Cuisine at Cultural Court House. A juried show of art quilts

Through Feb.26, 12-6 p.m. Tues-Sat - Martin Artisans Guild at Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique

Feb. 25, 4&8 p.m. - Atlantic Classical Orchestra Masterworks II - Classical Grace - at The Lyric Theatre

Feb. 27, 3 p.m. - Jureit Musicales - Violinist Ari Nagin is joined by pianist Dr. Lindsay Garritson

Feb. 27, 7 p.m. - The Modern Gentlemen at the Lyric

St. Lucie County

Through Feb. 25 - Palm City Art Associates 33rd Annual Art Show and Sale at Cummings Library, Palm City.

Through Feb. 28 - Legacy art exhibition at the 500 Orange Event Center

Feb. 25, 8 p.m. - Rhythm of the Dance at the Sunrise RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 5, 2021

Feb. 26 & 27 - Auditions for Social Security and The Prisoner of Second Avenue at Treasure Coast Theatre, PSL

Feb. 26, 8 p.m. - A Brothers Revival at the Sunrise

​Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. - Michael Feinstein at the Sunrise

Beyond the Treasure Coast

Through Feb. 27 - Ruby at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe​ - The Donelly Theatre, Sarasota

Through Feb. 27 - Mike Block Trio tour in the Northeast

Through Feb. 27 - Explore the Vaults: Black Portraits at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

​​Through Feb. 27 - Outside Mullingar - at Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. - Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Alessio Bax at Riverview PAC, Sarasota - Sarasota Concert Association

Feb. 25, 5 p.m. - Race and Representation in Baroque Oper - and in the Music History Classroom at Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall UM

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. - Frost Jazz Vocal Invitational at UM Gusman Concert Hall

Feb. 26 & 27 - Châiné - for advanced performers - Central Florida Vocal Arts


Ballet Vero Beach presents Symphonic Dances at Vero Beach HS Performing Arts Center Feb. 25 & 26, with a family-friendly matinee Sunday.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents the fifth signature concert this season, Clash of the Titans, March 12 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the Maxwell C. King Center.

Palm Beach Symphony opera world premiere -The Leopard - at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center March 5 and 6, 3 p.m.

Nominations close March 15 for Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts. Palm Beach County only.

Palm Beach Photographic Centre hosts FOTOfusion 2022 5 Days of Virtual Presentations by 35 Photographers March 1-5

Feb. 26 & 27 - Auditions for Social Security and The Prisoner of Second Avenue at Treasure Coast Theatre, PSL.

Susan Miller opens Sand and Shadows, a solo exhibition, at the Environmental Learning Center March 1. It will be in the Tidal Gallery Showcase through May.

Vero Beach Theatre Guild announces open auditions for Native Gardens Feb. 27 & 28, 7 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel at Bok Tower Gardens March 4, 7 p.m.

Janet Kipp Tribus opens her exhibit, Black and White and Red All Over at the Center for Spiritual Care March 4. It runs through March 28.

Palm Beach Symphony's Masterwork Concert March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Kravis Center - Beethoven & Mahler.

4th annual ukulele festival at Pareidolia Brewing Co., Sebastian.Ukulele music,Hula dancers, SOTW food truck, craft beers and a little fire spinning action. Outdoor event!

Martin County Library System presents Idea Lab- Virtual Tech Talk: Photography - online March 4, 2:30 p.m. Archived Tech Talks are online.

Robert Mac is in Comedy Corner at Sunrise Theatre Feb. 26.

Decorate gourd ornaments Feb. 26 at Bok Tower Gardens, 9 a.m. or 2 p.m.

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