Volume I No. 27 |July 2, 2019
In This Issue
Ellen Gillette's She-Bear in a Beautiful Garden
McAlpin Update - Kerry Rocks
Sunrise Theatre - Herding CATS at VBTG
Road Trip to Norton Museum of Art
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A New Mural in the Works
From Judy Burgarella:
Five artists have been working on a mural for the ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association  www.orcaconservancy.org ), and they are finally done. Each is 4' x 4' on a square canvas over stretch frame, painted in a round format. This is a sneak peek at half of my creation. Each canvas represents five different habitats of Florida, mine being the Florida Uplands. The sixth panel is of a nighttime scene. Each artist had a free hand in research and design, which was a big part of it  

They are spectacular, each one in its own way, and we are proud to offer a sneak peek at them this Friday during the First Friday Art Stroll at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5-8:00 pm, as a soft opening for these impressive works of art. The main unveiling will be some time in the fall, yet to be announced, so this will be the only opportunity you will have to view them together before then.

Join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres at the Gallery, 1974 14th Avenue in Vero this Friday.
McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Update
Straight from the source, we have some insight into the renovations going on at McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the Fort Pierce campus of Indian River State College:

We are getting an all-new PA system installed that will be louder, clearer, and will cover the space more evenly. (With additional front-fill and under-balcony fill speakers, and surround sound for effects!)
We are also upgrading our hearing assistance system to an induction-loop system that will sound better than our old IR system, and will be capable of feeding sound directly to compatible hearing aids.
We’re finally upgrading our dimming system and console with support for modern intelligent fixtures and LED fixtures! We are also getting some new LED lighting fixtures that will allow for greater control and choice of color while lowering the amount of energy required to run a show. 
We’re expanding our video capability immensely, with a whole new control system and five remote-controllable PTZ HD cameras. Look for those to be heavily used during our concerts.
PLUS an update on tickets:

This season we will be celebrating 40 years of shows at the McAlpin Theatre. Please see dates below for when show tickets will be available for purchase.

July 8th : Season Ticket Holder packets will be mailed their renewal packet on July 8th. Season Ticket holders get first priority on seating.

August 12th : Patrons that are interested in becoming a New Season Ticket Holder may order the full package starting on August 12.
September 3rd : For those patrons interested in just purchasing individual tickets to certain shows, tickets go on sale September 3rd. Please note - you will not be able to buy individual tickets to shows until September 3 as seats are offered first to our season ticket holders. 

Our season brochures will be mailed out August 12th with a full listing of our shows for next season. We pride ourselves on offering affordable entertainment to our loyal patrons - please help us save on mailing cost by ensuring that we have the right address on file for you.
From Pineapple Playhouse:
Auditions for the first show of the 2019-2020 season have been moved up a week and are now scheduled for July 21-23. 772-465-0366.

Pineapple's Camp Bravo kids camp (ages 6-16) will run July 15-Aug. 2, with performances by the kids Aug. 3-4.
Summer Museum hours at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery are Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM; and Sundays, 12 Noon to 4 PM. Admission is $5 per person; AARP, AAA, and Veterans with appropriate ID receive a $2 discount. Museum members, students with school ID, children under 18, and active duty military are always free. The first Sunday of the month is Free Admission Day. 
News from Bok Tower Gardens:
The Bok Tower Visitor Center will begin renovations in the Chao Exhibit Hall and Reception area and will remain closed throughout the summer. The Garden is open.
The American Film Classics series at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City is showing Jaws July 3 at 2 p.m.

The Kravis On Broadway 2019-2020 subscriptions are SOLD OUT. Individual tickets will go on sale later this Fall.
She-Bear in a Beautiful Garden
Ellen Gillette is one of those people I should know but don’t. She’s been around the Treasure Coast for many years, is involved with community theatre, and we’ve both been writers for the same publication. A few months ago we touched base through her role at Pineapple Playhouse in Fort Pierce when I was catching up with local arts organizations for Arts Blast.

Then one day an email arrived asking if I might be interested in interviewing a local author. Of course! Gillette was the author/illustrator and She-Bear in the Beautiful Garden the book. The story is a beautifully moving story set in the Garden of Eden, inspired by a random question that popped into the author’s head. If God clothed Adam and Eve when he sent them out of the Garden, where did he get the clothes? “That led me down a path, and ‘She-Bear' is the result. It is a story of trust, sacrifice, disappointment, loyalty, friendship, and love - not your typical children's picture book. I included many illustrations to discuss with younger children, but it is text heavy enough for older readers, even adults.” And I can vouch for that.
Gillette thinks adults do children a disservice “when we give them the idea that life is always happy and carefree. I wanted ‘She-Bear’ to lay some groundwork for dealing with difficult situations positively.”

The author learned about those in a terribly personal way 19 years ago, when her 16-year-old son, Adam, was killed in an accident. When Gillette went with him to get his driver’s license three months earlier, they discussed organ donation. “His decision to donate his organs was the ONLY easy thing about losing him.” She said, “Although when I said something about losing him to my granddaughter a few months later - she was only about two at the time - she made a face and fussed at me. ‘Nana!’ she said. ‘We didn't lose Uncle Adam. We know where he is!’ Out of the mouths of babes…”

Read this Palm Beach Post story about the lives linked by Adam’s death and his generosity. https://www.palmbeachpost.com/article/20010902/LIFESTYLE/812039985
Gillette recently illustrated a book for Vero Beach author Fred Berri, The Adventures of Carmelo, the story of a little boy who learns to swim. She is focusing on magazine articles for now. She-Bear in the Beautiful Garden is available at Vero Beach Book Center, at booksellers online, and on Gillette’s website,  www.shebearinthebeautifulgarden.com . Baaad Sheep - When God's People Let You Down is available digitally at smashwords.com . An as-told-to memoir by Shirley Veltman, Fully Relying on God, was released by WestBow. Readers also are invited to visit www.ellengillette.blogspot.com and www.ellenpoems.blogspot.com

Look for Gillette in shows at Pineapple Playhouse next season. “I'm hoping to be in Howard Brown's play in January, The Bare Truth. There's a great line-up, especially for women's roles, but Howard is a friend who wrote the play and will direct. I've worked with him before and hope to work with him again.” Gillette’s first role after high school plays came about in 1997, when she took her daughter and friends to audition for a show. “They chickened out and didn’t even audition,” she said. She got the lead role and won Best Actress award for Life With Father.
Michael Naffziger's Herding Cats at
Vero Beach Theatre Guild
Talk about pressure! The London production of CATS, where it all began, ran for 21 years. The original Broadway version lasted 18 years, and a Japanese production marked its 35th year in 2018. How does a director put his own mark on a show of such stature?

When CATS opens at Vero Beach Theatre Guild July 10, director Michael Naffziger, directing his first musical at VBTG, will show that he’s up to the challenge. He said, “People come to well-known productions, like CATS, with specific expectations. … (Directors) walk a fine line of offering the ‘musts’ while making the production original to our abilities.” The biggest challenge is convincing an audience for two hours that the actors are not actors, but cats. “We used the Chekov acting technique, an acting technique that focuses on movement, to find each of the personalities of (the) cats, who are based on historical figures.” 
Naffziger said,” Although the ‘musts’ are a must, the most fun, as a director, is discovering characters, blocking stage pictures that entertain myself, but more importantly the cast as a whole. If a cast is enjoying what they are doing, so is the audience.” 

The story is based on T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” Andrew Lloyd Webber is also the man behind the music. It’s about the Jellicles, a tribe of cats that has to make a Jellicle choice about sending one of them to Heaviside Layer.

Among the 23-member cast for the VBTG production are students from Vero Beach High School and Indian River Charter High School. IRCHS graduate Piper Wild is the choreographer. Wild said, “The hardest thing about choreographing a show, especially one so dance-heavy like Cats, is keeping the choreography authentic and doable for everyone at the same time. Thankfully, the cast is so easy to work with. They are extremely talented, cooperative, and creative.” Naffziger said the roles require skills in “acrobatics, ballet, tap, and very fluid and intricate movement. It’s a huge undertaking and requires discipline and commitment.”
The actors had homework assignments, with the first one to create their walk. Naffziger said the goal was not to walk like cats, which would look silly. “Instead we created characters that have goals that force us to move a particular way. Let’s create dynamic characters that just happen to be cats.” And the only Meow heard in the show is one by Rum Tum Tugger. Rehearsals are dance, under Piper Wild; vocals, with Brandon Sturiale; and a combination of the two, Naffziger said. “The ultimate goal is to plot out a rehearsal schedule that peaks the performance, and the performers, on opening night.”

Old Grizabella, played by VBTG veteran Eleanor Dixon, sings the showstopper, Memory. The makeup is applied by Robin Volsky and Cat Faust, who also designed the costumes. CATS is at Vero Beach Theatre Guild July 10-28. Ticket sales have set records since they were made available to the public. Purchase online at www.verobeachtheatreguild.com , or by calling the box office at 772-562-8300 Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Sunrise Theatre in the Sunrise City
The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce has had a long and eventful history and it shows no sign of changing its course. When it opened 96 years ago, it was the largest theatre on the east coast of Florida. It was the main attraction for anything that was happening culturally until the early 1980s, when downtowns faced challenges they couldn’t overcome. Added to that was a commitment not to convert the historic building into a movie theater. 

Later the same decade, Main Street Fort Pierce came to be and decided the Sunrise had to be rescued for the sake of the city. A massive effort that spanned almost two decades brought it to its January 6, 2006 grand reopening. Owned and operated by the City of Fort Pierce, the theatre is its beautiful old self and at the same time a state of the art facility that seats 1,200 in the main area and has a smaller Black Box Theatre for smaller events, including the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s Jazz Jams and Comedy Corner.
Anne Satterlee, marketing director for the Sunrise, explained that one mandate for the renovations was to “maintain the ‘historic’ look and feel of the original theatre. The building was listed on the historic register prior to renovations, so all modifications and additions had to be approved per historic guidelines.” Added to the original 25,000 sq. ft. was new construction of 20,000 sq. ft. to create what is now a popular multi-functional downtown facility. Satterlee said, “These new additions were adding stage space, retail on the first floor (which is now the Black Box) and the second floor bar, dressing rooms and catering area.”

Programs booked into the Sunrise can be rentals or in-house programming. Rentals happen mostly in the spring and summer, Satterlee said. In season, more than 50 percent of audiences are from out of county. The biggest draws are the big name legacy acts: Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Jay Leno, Johnny Mathis, Beach Boys, Ringo Starr and His All Star Band, and others.
Memberships that offer early-ticket purchase perks are available and single tickets go on sale to the public later. Ticketing can be done online but Satterlee said most tickets are sold in person or by phone.

Erick Gill, communications director for St. Lucie County and a former employee of Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, said, “I know first-hand how important a theater is to the economic engine of a downtown. … Having a performing arts space that hosts events that appeal to all ages is not only important to the community’s quality of life, but it also plays a huge part in bringing tourists and out-of-town dollars into your city.” On his personal wish list, the Allman Betts Band coming in October. For information: Box Office at 772-461-4775 or sunrisetheatre.com .
Kerry Rocks at Maltz Conservatory
When I first met Kerry Rocks she was a student at Martin County High School, auditioning for the WQCS Young Musicians Spotlight. She had a voice that was going to take her places even then. And it did, and then it brought her home again.

The circle that ended where it began was studded with memorable teachers and mentors, starting with Peter Jones, her first private voice instructor when she was nine. “He encouraged me to join drama summer camps and was there for my first roles as characters like Wendy in Peter Pan,” Rocks said.

When she got to Stuart Middle School, the chorus director, Pamela Hobbs kept her on track and moving forward. “She recognized my talent and love for singing and went above and beyond to connect me to a teacher who would prepare me to audition for OPUS and teach me to sing classically. She truly believed in my potential and changed my life the way she took an interest.”
When Rita Vallis took over, the world of opera and classical singing opened up for Rocks. “She guided me to audition for Palm Beach Opera. At the time I was the only child who was singing with the company and it was certainly an amazing experience!”

Ron Corbin, now-retired director of OPUS at Martin County High School, nurtured her musicality and passion for performing, Rocks said. “He guided me to study at Stetson University and went with me to my audition and visit there.” Kamal Khan was her instructor when Rocks sang with Palm Beach Opera and would coach her during school breaks at Stetson.
With the regard she has for the teachers whose guiding hands prepared her for a career in music, it should be no surprise to see her name on the roster of the Maltz Conservatory of Performing Arts. This is the second time around at the Conservatory for Rocks. “I began teaching there directly out of college under the leadership of Julie Rowe and with acting instructor Lea Roy and dance instructor Brian Andrews.” After teaching for two years, Rocks headed for New York City to focus on performing, only to return to teach two years ago. 
Her students are focused on musical theater, she said, but “I insist on training with classical technique as well, simply because it creates the best singers. Why limit your voice?” Her teaching method is a blend of bel-canto and scientifically/anatomy-based vocalizing, she said. “You must know your instrument and its parts; the larynx, soft pallet, etc. as well as to be able to move beyond the physicality of your voice and allow your involuntary muscles to do their job while you engage your heart and imagination.”

This summer, Rocks and the faculty of Maltz Conservatory of Performing Arts led a cast of 63 in performing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning show, In the Heights. Ricky Nahas and John Murcurio directed. In addition to her work with Maltz, Rocks, now 33, is the music teacher at J.D. Parker Elementary School in Stuart. Look for her next winter as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Palm City Presbyterian Church.

Photo second from top: Jawan E. Hayes, Rocks’ voice student and a graduating member of the two year certificate Maltz Professional Training Program.
If you're in the Miami area, put the Community Arts Program on your calendar. Mark Hart, an old friend from WTMI days, runs the program and brings in the best! It's across from the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Also, check out  FREE CAP Summer Master Classes  (for all ages), given by the following artists on the Friday morning (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) following their concert: Kenny Broberg - Discovering Piano Precision! / Jason Marsalis - Getting the Jazz Vibe! / Dafnis Prieto - Drumming Up Latin-Style Jazz!.
Road Trip! to the Norton Museum of Art
For those in the southern reaches of Arts Blast, the Norton Museum of Art isn’t really a road trip but it would be for some northern readers. I haven’t been there since the post-renovations reopening, but it’s high on my Road Trip wish list.

The original museum was the vision of Ralph and Elizabeth Norton as a place that could hold the large number of paintings and sculpture they had collected for their Chicago home. Semi-retired in 1935, Norton began planning the Art Deco building that opened in February, 1941. He chose Marion Sims Wyeth to design the museum that would house the core of today’s permanent collection, now numbering more than 7,600 works.

Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) is the Norton’s annual series begun in 2011 to “celebrate the contributions of living female painters and sculptors with solo exhibitions.” The 2019 artist is Nina Chanel Abney. In 2012, the Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers, a biennial international award, was created to showcase photographers “on the leading edge of the field who have not yet received a solo museum exhibition.”
Seeing a need for more exhibition and education space to keep up with growth in the city, county, and state, in 2013, the Norton Trustees brought in Foster + Partners, a London-based architectural firm. Then, on February 9, 2019, almost 80 years after the Norton Museum of Art first opened its doors, it reopened with more space and a new look. “The Kenneth C. Griffin Building, includes: 12,000 square feet of new gallery space; a doubling of classroom space; a larger student exhibition space; a state-of-the-art 210-seat auditorium; a new store and restaurant; and a Great Hall serving as the Museum’s ‘living room.’ The expansion also includes a great lawn for relaxing or for outdoor programming; a sculpture garden, six renovated 1920s-era cottages to house an artist-in-residence program, and the Museum Director’s home.”

Recalling an old advertising slogan for Packard cars, “Ask the man who owns one,” when I set out to write about the Norton Museum of Art after its recent major changes, I thought, who better to ask for comments than a man who runs one, Marshall Adams, executive director of the A.E.Backus Museum and Gallery in Fort Pierce. By coincidence, Adams had taken his staff to the Norton on a field trip a week earlier. Also by coincidence, the Norton is one of his favorite art museums on Florida’s east coast.
In general, Adams said, “The new Norton’s design helps unify the facility for the visitor. The original bones are still there, it’s still a collection of rooms and wings built over a succession of years. But now it feels more whole, which is nice. There are some subtle things inside, where Foster lent his aesthetic, that also help pull the disparate spaces together much better.”

Fans of the giant banyan tree that used to be in the back will be pleased to see that it was given the respect it deserves by the architect, Adams said. “Foster uncharacteristically allowed a striking, asymmetrical accommodation that is exquisite.”

Hugo Ottolenghi, a 34-year resident of Palm Beach County, had a very positive reaction to the changes. “The museum has achieved Smithsonian quality without losing the intimacy that made Norton special among high-quality museums,” he said. “(It) remains walkable, shows many more of its high-quality paintings and sculptures, and can better accommodate better exhibits.”
If Ottolenghi had his druthers, the Chihuly ceiling would have been left as it was, but it’s now in “a dark, out-of-the way corner, and the benches that allowed you to lie down in order to appreciate the objects and their arrangement have been removed. The use of a ceiling is rare among Chihuly exhibits, so its diminished location and lighting represent losses.” Over all, he said, “long-time visitors to the Norton will appreciate the familiar feel in the new sections, while newcomers will enjoy a high-quality museum with amenities such as the large restaurant and dining hall.”

The Restaurant at the Norton is run by the Constellation Culinary Group, which also runs restaurants at Carnegie Hall, the New York Historical Society, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Perez Art Museum Miami. Seating is indoors and out with dishes in a light modern-American vein. Call for hours.
If you go:

1450 S. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 832 - 5196 

Get driving and parking directions on the website.

The Museum will be closed July 4.
The Museum and the restaurant are closed Wednesdays.
Museum is free to the public Fridays and Saturdays.
Fridays 5-10 p.m. - Free admission for Art After Dark.
Photos other than the Backus group photo are provided by Norton Museum of Art/Foster+Partners/Nigel Young
On the Calendar - Indian River County
July 5-6, 7:30 p.m. - Howl at the Moon at Riverside Theatre. Arrive early for Live in the Loop free concert outside.

July 8-12, 15-19 - ORCA’s Living Lagoon Summer Camp. Contact Retta Rohm, Education Coordinator, at 772-467-1600 or rrohm@teamorca.org

July 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon - Write in the Middle Creative Writing Camp for Boys (6th-8th grade). 772-569-6718, summercamp@lauraridingjackson.org . Pre-register.

July 9, 5:30 p.m. - The Man Who Fell to Earth at Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Reel in Summer.

July 10-28 - CATS at Vero Beach Theatre Guild

July 10, 2 & 7 p.m. - MET Live in HD Summer Encore at the Majestic 11, Vero Beach: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. From 2006-07 season.

July 10-13 - Free concerts at Vero Beach International Music Festival, First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. 

July 13, 7-10 p.m. - Star Party at Vero Beach Museum of Art , with Treasure Coast Astronomy Club.

July 16, 5:30 p.m. - Cocoon at Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Reel in Summer.

July 17, 2 & 7 p.m. - MET Live in HD Summer Encore at the Majestic 11, Vero Beach: Verdi’s Aida, from 2018-19 season.

July 21, 4 p.m. - Joie de Vivre with Andrew Galuska, Jill Truax, and Rachel Carter in the Grace Chapel at Community Church of Vero Beach. Piano Duets and Vocal selections by Faure, Poulenc, and Schubert. $10 for adults and $5 for students.

July 23, 5:30 p.m. - Planet at Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Reel in Summer.

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.
Through Sept. 29 - Astronomy Photographer of the Year is in the Holmes Gallery at Vero Beach Museum of Art.

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

Through July 29th - Artworks by members of the Cultural Council of Indian River County will be on view through July 29th at the Indian River County Administration Buildings A and B during normal office hours, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach. 772-770-4857.

Through July 31 - The Cultural Council of IRC Artist Registry members exhibit works depicting "Spring" at the IRC Intergenerational Center. 

Aug. 2-3, 8 p.m. - Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami in performance for 8th annual Riverside Dance Festival at Riverside Theatre. Tickets at balletverobeach.org , riversidetheatre.com , or Riverside Theatre Box Office, 772-231-6990.

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

Through SUMMER - The spring gallery artists showing in The Galleries at First Pres at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. will continue through the summer. The artists are Paul Williams with watercolor scenes, Pamela Schwartz with acrylics, and Jean Archibald with watercolors.

Ongoing - The art of Mary Segal , Peg Phenecie , Mark Johnson is in the Lobby Gallery at the Emerson center, Vero Beach.

All summer - Lagoon activities AND CAMPS at  Environmental Learning Center . Some camp spaces are still available, many are filled already!

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

Through Aug. 8 - Jemal Hayes’ art is at Indian River County Courthouse.
On the Calendar - Martin County
July 4, 3:30 p.m. - Mark Green and the Rowdy Roosters with Dixieland music for the 4th at The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Palm City. The free concert is followed by a free picnic. Please call the church at 772-283-6221 so they can plan the food.

July 6, 2 p.m. - Conversations About Jazz with pianist Robert Steinberg and special guest, guitarist Ryan Waszmer. Performance and conversation at the Cummings Library, Palm City. www.library.martin.fl.us

July 8-26 - Session 2 of Lyric Theatre’s AWESOME Summer Camp . Preregister.

July 13-18 - Romeo and Juliet at A.C.T. Studio Theatre. Tickets and information:  actstudiotheatre.com  and 772-932-8880.

Through July 25 - Artists of the Martin Artisans Guild Summer Salon at the Court House Cultural Center, Stuart.

July 21-23 - Auditions for Beauty & the Beast at the Barn Theatre in Stuart. Show dates are Sept. 19-Oct. 6.

July 18-28 - ROCK OF AGES at the Barn Theatre in Stuart. ​Adult Content

Through July 28 - Between the Tides - Original Artwork by Ron Garrett at the Elliott Museum on Hutcheson Island, Stuart.

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.

Thursday nights are Jazz Jam nights with Jim van Voorheis at Notes Wine Bar, 872 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart.
Through Aug. 1 - Guided night turtle walks at Florida Oceanographic Society , space available. Note: This program is conducted under a state permit. Conducting sea turtle walks on your own or disturbing turtles is against the law.Please keep all lights off while on the beach, including flashlights and cameras, and keep a respectful distance from nesting females or hatchlings.

Through Aug. 10 - Summer Reading Program for kids and adults at Martin County Libraries. https://www.martin.fl.us/summer-reading-program-2019

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

Through summer - Stuart Heritage Museum open daily 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - noon, Old-Timers Social.

Groundfloor Farm is closed for the summer and has been purchased by CoLab Farms in Indiantown.

NOTE: Blake Library Monday late nights are now on Tuesday nights.

Elliott Museum’s Autogeek’s Cars & Coffee is on hiatus. Call for updates.

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.

Check the martinarts.org calendar for many art classes and workshops offered by local artists.
On the Calendar - St. Lucie County
July 2, 7-10 p.m. - Jazz Jam at Sunrise Theatre in teh Black Box - Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society.

July 4, 6:30-10 p.m. - Ticketed BBQ dinner, watch the fireworks at Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Pl., Port St. Lucie.

July 7 - Free admission Sunday at Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce.

July 8, 3 p.m. - Deadline for artists to apply to City of Fort Pierce to paint murals in the Peacock District. Download Information and bid packets .

July 10, 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m. T he Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Jazz Jam at PSL Botanical Gardens, 2410 Westmoreland Blvd., PSL. Cover charge.

July 12-21 - Crimes of the Heart at Treasure Coast Theatre, 10175 S US Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie. Adult content.

July 14, 3 p.m. - Free Summer at the Movies at Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce. July 14 A Star is Born. Tickets are available in person only at the theatre’s box office located at 117 South Second Street, Ft. Pierce, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday and two hours prior to each movie. Limit 4 tickets per person. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information call 772-461-4775.

July 19, 5 p.m. - Deadline for entries int he Art Connection of Ft. Pierce’s Summer Fun show. “We are looking for Treasure Coast/South Florida artists to participate. The show will run from July 23 - August 16.”

July 21, 1-5 p.m. - Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society - Swingin on the Vine at the Winery. 
July 19, 5-8 p.m. - Artwalk in Downtown Fort Fierce

Every Saturday. 3-4 p.m. - Critter Crunch & Munch at Oxbow Eco-Center . Free, all ages, no reservation required.

Through summer - Indian River State College’s McAlpin Theatre will be closed for renovations. Oct. 1 is the anticipated reopening date. 

Through Sept. 3 - Art of Claire Smith exhibition at Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place.

July 28-30 - Auditions for The Young, the Bold, and the Murdered at Pineapple Playhouse, Fort Pierce. 

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.

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.

The Gardens at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens sent Arts Blast a call to all artists, not only SLC residents. The deadline for entry is Nov. 1. Find the application at www.pslbg.org/artapp.

Through Aug. 11 - Summer hours at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery. Free admission days July & Aug. 4. Check website for details.
On the Calendar - No. Palm Beach County
July 4, 5 p.m. - 4th on Flagler - along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard south to Fern Street. Free entertainment, refreshments to purchase. Games, children’s activities, a Military Honor Ceremony, and 18 minutes of fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway at 9 p.m.

July 5, 12, 19, 26, 5-10 p.m. - Art After Dark at the Norton Museum of Art.

July 5-Sept. 17 - Small Worlds: Five Centuries of European Prints and Drawings from the Collection at Norton Museum of Art.

July 6, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Family Studio: Sculpt It! at Norton Museum. 561-832-5196 x1196.

July 2-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Family Fun Day - Make a Tanabata Wish 2019 at Morikami Museum. Tanabata traces its origins to a legend about the Cowherd Star (Altair) and the Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way that are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. In Japan, children and adults write wishes on narrow strips of colored paper known as  tanzaku , and hang them along with other paper ornaments on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. Family Fun Days are included with paid admission.

July 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk at Morikami Museum . See website for ticketing details.

July 12-Oct. 29 - Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection at the Norton Museum of Art.

July 13, Noon - 5p.m. - Bastille Day at the Norton Museum. Free admission. Vive la France! Enjoy live music, films, fabulous cuisine, try the French sport of Petanque, catch a gallery talk, and discover your inner artist making art inspired by works by French artists on view in the galleries.
Through July 13 - Collage Exhibition at Arts Warehouse, 313 NE 3rd St., Delray Beach

July 20, 7 p.m. - Avery Sommers Jazz at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County , 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth.

Through Aug. 3 - Space Odyssey 2019: Astronaut Scott Kelly's Epic Visual Voyages at Palm Beach Photographic Center .

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.

Through Aug. 10 - Window on the World Original Art and Picture Books by National Award Winners at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta.

Through Sept. 8 - Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection; Shifting Perspectives: Art by the Students of the Art Time Outreach Program; and Mediated Reality: Cityscapes by Photorealist at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the campus of Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave. -2765, Winter Park.

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

Third Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - At Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta. Free to members, $5 at door for nonmembers. Wine, hors d’oeuvres.

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.”

Through Aug. 10 -  Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’ s Biennial 2019 exhibition featuring work by local artists. Best in Show: Rick Newton.
On the Calendar - Brevard County
July 4, 7:30 p.m. - Free patriotic concert, God Bless the USA: A Salute to America, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Dr., Indialantic. Ice cream served before and after concert, then stay to watch the fireworks. Melbourne Municipal Band Conductor Staci Rosbury will lead the musical tribute to America, along with Festival Chorus Conductor, David Fleenor and Guest Conductor, Beth Green. www.EPCfl.org .

July 4, 6:30 p.m. - Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents RED HOT & BOOMIN’ BBQ at Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa, followed by a free patriotic concert, Symphony Under the Stars at Cocoa Riverfront Park. Then Fireworks!

July 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - Where Am I?, opening reception for a group exhibition at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Exhibit runs through July 27.

July 5-27 - A Midsummer Night's Dream at Eau Gallery, Melbourne.

July 6 - 30th Season Announcement Party at Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse . $25, limited seating.

July 12-13 - Disney’s Frozen Jr. at Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.

July 13, 7 p.m. - Alan Parsons free concert at Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa.
July 13, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Astronaut Parade and Street Party - City of Cocoa Beach, 2 S. Orlando Ave. The parade route is starting at 4th Street North proceed down (south) Orlando Ave. and ending at 1st Street South.

July 19-20 - The Summer Musical Theatre Project culmination performance at Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse.

Aug. 1-4 - Carrie, the Musical at Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.

Aug. 16-18 - Hot Pink Motown at  Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse .

Through Aug. 24 - Forced to Flee: Art Quilts by Studio Art Quilt Associates. At Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at FIT, 150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne. http://textiles.fit.edu/

Through October 19 - Foosaner Art Museum presents Clyde Butcher: Florida’s Photographer, 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. FoosanerArtMuseum.org .

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.
On the Calendar - Beyond the Treasure Coast
July 3, 11:30 a.m. - Ask the Curator - Recognizing Mina Edison at The Edison and Ford Winter Estates

July 4 - Fireworks at Sand Point Park in Titusville.

July 4, 6:30 p.m. - 12th annual Fireworks Buffet @MFA Café, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg . Ticketed, limited seating, reservations recommended.

July 5, 5-7 p.m. - First Friday at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa.

July 6 - Thunder Over the Indian River, with activities and fireworks in Port St. John.

July 7, 2 p.m. - Jason Vieaux, classical guitarist, at Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg . Marly Music series. Ticketed.

July 9, 15, 23 - Tuesday Family Tours at the Morse Museum in Winter Park. Tuesday program is in support of the Museum’s major new exhibition, Earth into Art—The Flowering of American Art Pottery (October 16, 2018–September 27, 2020) . Reservations required.

July 11, 8 p.m. - Pianist Kenny Broberg in the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Coral Gables Congregational Church , across from the Biltmore Hotel.

July 12, 19, 26 - Friday Family Films at Morse Museum , Winter Park. 90-minute programs that explore the reoccurring themes in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s art and design, will include a short film, a tour of selected galleries, and a hands-on art project. Reservations required.

July 13, 10 a.m. - At Museum of Florida History , 500 s. Bronough, Tallahassee. Opening of Alligators: Dragons in Paradise exhibit. great day of family friendly activities including alligator story time and sing-along, juvenile alligator encounter on the plaza (until noon), and more! Free and open to the public. 

Through Aug. 31 - Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College - Flashback Female: Women Artists in the 1980s from the permanent collection.
July 18, 11 a.m. - Music in the Museum - Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa.

Through July 20 - At the Henry B. Plant Museum - Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel.

Through July 20 - A Fragile Balance: Our Planet, Our People, and the Art of Linda Finch at Polk Museum of Art .

July 26, 4 p.m. - Fourth Friday at Henry B. Plant Museum

Through July 28 - A Feast for the Eyes at Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg , 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg

Through July 31 - Trains Around the World: Railroad Photographs by Fred. M. Springer at Naples Depot Museum , 1051 Fifth Ave. South, Naples.

Through Aug. 2 - Naturally Artistic at Museum of the Everglades , 105 W. Broadway Ave., Everglades Sity

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.

July 30, 11:30 a.m. - The Edison and Ford Winter Estates celebrates Henry Ford’s 156th birthday.

*** July 31 - DEADLINE to apply for the 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Email questions to juriedshow@martinarts.org or  jhearn@martinarts.org . Mention “Juried show” in subject line.

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