Arts Updates, Interviews, Calendar, Calls for Artists and Volunteers, Auditions --- It's All Here in Arts Blast, Arts Blast on the Air, and on Facebook.

Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 4 No. 22 | June 17, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

After some "quality" time with my dentist yesterday morning, I'm still not hitting on all cylinders, so I'll apologize for a late Arts Blast today.

Arts Blast is now on summer schedule, alternating with On the Arts Blast Calendar. As usual, there will be an extra Arts Blast thrown in from time to time and updates on Facebook.

Click to Subscribe to Arts Blast

Can't read this email? Click here to View as Webpage

Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

This week hear Barbara Schlitt Ford with an Environmental Learning Center update and Christopher Confessore, giving us a look at what's ahead for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Listen to or download the podcast now or listen on the radio — 101.7FM ON THE TREASURE COAST —Sunday evening at 7.

Note: Arts Blast on the Air podcast is now uploaded to more than a few sites:





Podcast Addict



Bookmark On the Calendar at for frequent updates. Calls for Artists, Auditions, & Volunteers are now online.Catch up with events at Willi Miller's Arts Blast on Facebook and pick up some laughs and interesting info on the Willi Miller's Arts Blast Extras page. And now there's a Facebook Arts Blast on the Air!

In This Issue


Celebrate Waterlilies at McKee

The Genies Return

FP Art Walk & Juneteenth

Juneteenth - What Does It Mean?

Party Down at the Elliott

Jazz Vespers at Community Church

Space Coast Divas with SCSO

McKee Waterlilies

Be Squared - Laura Kay Whiticar Davill

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Juneteenth at the Norton


McAlpin Season Ender

Space Coast SO in June

Jazz Jams in Fort Pierce

Berlin Philharmonic

Lake Wales History Museum

Maltz Tours

Flashdance at The Barn

TC International Film Society

Jitterbug June Dance w/MMB

Vero Beach Museum of Art will be CLOSED on Sunday, June 19th for Juneteenth.

ArtWalk in downtown Fort Pierce tonight!

Dimas Caraballo

From First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach:

Talented local concert pianist Dimas Caraballo will present “Unforgettable Musical Memories Through the Years” on Sunday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Churchsanctuary at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Caraballo has performed professionally for many years. For his pianistic abilities, he was awarded full scholarships to all universities that he attended in addition to stipend awards for his graduate studies. Caraballo holds an Associate Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Broward Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, and a Double Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University Of Michigan. Playing a complete repertoire of classical music, Caraballo has been honored with numerous awards, including First Place wins in the Southeast Florida Chopin Competition, the Annual Fort Lauderdale Piano Concerto Competition (marked debut with the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra), the Michigan Music Teachers Association Collegiate Level State Competition, Germania Piano Concerto Competition (leading to the premier with the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra in Saginaw, Michigan), and the Young Keyboard Artist Competition. 

During the 1996-1999 academic years, Caraballo served as Visiting Associate Professor of Dance in the dance department at the University of Michigan, which opened additional avenues that further developed facets of his abilities. The diverse experiences gave him the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned Dance Masters and Dance. In addition, he has served as an adjudicator for several national piano competitions. 

Accredited with standing ovations at each of his performances, Caraballo brings a passion and brilliance to the piano that is uncommon among his contemporaries. He is currently a Master Instructor of well over 30 students, many of which are first place competition winners and scholarship recipients, and has served as adjunct Professor at Wayne State Universities and Oakland University. Caraballo also offers piano lessons for all levels in Vero Beach through the Primo School of Performing Arts, housed on the campus of First Presbyterian Church. For lesson inquiries, visit 

Call (734) 377-8033 for tickets; adult tickets are $30 at the door or $25 by advance purchase, and $15 for children under 12. CashApp or Venmo are Accepted.

In another issue of Arts Blast, the other side to the talent of Dimas Caraballo!

Juneteenth - What Does It Mean?

From, an online subscription service:

June 19, 1865: The First Juneteenth Celebration

In June 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by the House and Senate recognizing Juneteenth as a new federal holiday. 

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Texas first learned they were free following the end of the American Civil War. The news came two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

When the war ended on April 9, 1865, Union troops made their way through the Confederate States, reclaiming them and announcing emancipation for the enslaved. Union General Gordon Granger was given command of the District of Texas, and in June 1865, he boarded a steamer at New Orleans bound for Galveston. He arrived on June 18, and his first order of business the following morning was to read aloud General Order Number 3.

As Gen. Granger began, a crowd gathered in the streets, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free….” The crowd erupted with cheers, and a spontaneous celebration spread across the city and state.

In the following years, June 19 marked that historic occasion, and Texas celebrated the date as Emancipation Day. It later came to be known as Juneteenth. Though first celebrated primarily in Texas, the celebration gained momentum and moved to other states. In 1872, on the seventh anniversary of Emancipation Day, some 2000 Black citizens from Columbus, Texas, formed a procession through the town for a Juneteenth celebration. By 1883, the crowd gathered in Corsicana, Texas, numbered more than 5,000. By 1900, Juneteenth had become an unofficial holiday in Texas.

During the mid-1900s, Juneteenth celebrations shifted from larger public celebrations to more informal private gatherings. A renewed interest in Juneteenth in the late 1970s led Texas to become the first state to recognize June 19 as an official state holiday. Following suit, in 1997, Congress passed a resolution officially recognizing Juneteenth. The fight to recognize Juneteenth on a national level culminated in 2021 when President Biden signed the bill declaring June 19 a federal holiday.

Genies at Vero Beach Theatre Guild

The annual, much-anticipated celebration of excellence at Vero Beach Theatre Guild has been thrown off track for a bit, thanks to COVID, but it was back in force May 27, when winners from the past three seasons were announced.

Season 62 (2019 – 2020)

Cats, A Bench in the Sun, Camelot, Always a Bridesmaid, Jesus Christ Superstar

Jon Putzke, President

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Lisa Caperton Always a Bridesmaid

Joe Paldi Award: Tevin Brown Outstanding Newcomer

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Peter Chunka Jesus Christ Superstar 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Isabella Shellbeck Cats

Jim Hindert Award: Bob Stevenson Outstanding Backstage Volunteer

Outstanding Male Vocalist: Michah Nalzaro Cats

Outstanding Female Vocalist: Caitlin Harris Camelot 

The Show Must Go On Award: Edmund Nalzaro Cats

The Bette Parfet Award: Eleanor Dixon Outstanding in the Field of Music

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Jeffrey Barkwell A Bench in the Sun

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Laura Taylor Glunt Always a Bridesmaid

Jacob-Siebert-Hazen Award: Lauretta Hiebichuk Outstanding Volunteer of Many Years

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Tevin Brown Cats

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Caitlin Harris Camelot

Steve Stahl President’s Award: Michael Naffziger Outstanding Help to the President

Outstanding Play of the Season: Art Pingree, Director Always a Bridesmaid

Outstanding Musical of the Season: Jon Putzke, Director Jesus Christ Superstar

Season 63 (2020 – 2021)

Over the Tavern, Almost, Maine, A Shot in the Dark, Sister Act, Moonlight & Magnolias

Lisa McNamee, President

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Will Commerford Over the Tavern

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Bonnie McNair Moonlight & Magnolias

Joe Paldi Award: Grace Keeton Outstanding Newcomer

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Will Commerford Sister Act

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Jessie Stelly Sister Act

Jim Hindert Award: Sunny Uttley Outstanding Backstage Volunteer

Outstanding Male Vocalist: Peter Chunka Sister Act

Outstanding Female Vocalist: Jessie Stelly Sister Act

The Show Must Go On Award: Will Commerford Moonlight & Magnolias

Bette Parfet Award: Caitlin Harris Outstanding in the Field of Music

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Will Commerford Moonlight & Magnolias

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Kasey McBride Over the Tavern

Jacob-Siebert-Hazen Award: Joe Jones Outstanding Volunteer of Many Year

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Peter Chunka Sister Act

Steve Stahl President’s Award: Gerry Quimby Outstanding Help to the President


Outstanding Production of the Season: Pam Harbaugh, Director Moonlight & Magnolias

Season 64 (2021 – 2022)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Dracula, Sleuth, Calendar Girls, I Do! I Do!, 

See How They Run, Native Gardens

Lisa McNamee, President

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Jason Avery Calendar Girls

Joe Paldi Award: Alli Landsman Outstanding Newcomer

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Kasey McBride See How They Run

Jim Hindert Award: Louise Klier Outstanding Backstage Volunteer

Outstanding Performance in a Musical: Beth Shestak I Do! I Do!

Outstanding Performance in a Musical: John Caterina I Do! I Do!

The Show Must Go On Award: Leo Echegaray Sleuth

Bette Parfet Award: Beth Shestak Outstanding in the Field of Music

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Joe Russo Native Gardens

Jacob-Siebert-Hazen Award: Robin Volsky Outstanding Volunteer of Many Years

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Aileen Diaz Native Gardens

Steve Stahl President’s Award: Debbie Brandauer Outstanding Help to the President

Outstanding Production of the Season: Patti Hall, Director Native Gardens

Waterlily Watch at McKee

From McKee Botanical Garden:

McKee Botanical Garden will host its 17th Annual Waterlily Celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.  

Come celebrate the beauty of McKee’s most striking plant collection during the 17th Annual Waterlily Celebration. During the late spring and summer months, McKee’s ponds and waterways are adorned with one of the state’s largest collections of waterlilies, which features over 80 varieties with over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants including night-blooming and day-blooming varieties. Not only are these spectacular aquatic flowers beautiful to admire, but they also help to oxygenate the water with their leaves while providing essential food and shelter for fish.

During this time of year, the beauty and serenity of the Garden is enhanced by these aquatic wonders of the natural world. Their delicate and graceful flowers bring a sense of peace and tranquility, beckoning us to slow our pace and take time to admire one of nature’s most spectacular gifts. Each year they reawaken in a rainbow of pastel and jewel tones and in a variety of textures and fragrances. The hardier waterlilies (Nymphae) appear to dance and float on the water, while the tropical and exotic Lotus (Nelumbo) emerges from the water as if to be reaching toward the sun and sky high above the surface.   

The Garden opens earlier at 8:30 am during this one-day event which offers our visitors a rare opportunity to admire the night-blooming varieties before they retreat and a chance to marvel at the day-bloomers. These aquatic jewels will be gracing us with their presence until the cooler temperatures begin to arrive in the fall. 

Enjoy local artists creating original works of art “en plein air” throughout the Garden. A variety of aquatic plants, bromeliads, and orchids will be available for purchase. Observe hands-on repotting demonstrations and speak with our plant experts about their importance, various species, variety of colors, growing periods, and blooming frequencies.

Photos from the Annual Waterlily Photo contest will be on display in the historic Hall of Giants and visitors will have an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

Event Hours: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. (The Garden will remain open until 5:00 pm with the last admission ticket sold at 4:00 pm). Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+)/Youth (13-17), $10 Children (ages 2-12). McKee members and children under 2 are free. For more information, call 772-794-0601.

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment, and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. 

Photos by JPR Images

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes the Blue Ribbon

From Martin Arts:

MartinArts is proud to present a unique collection of original works, created by its Member Artists, in Be Squared – A Members Exhibition. The exhibition opened June 10 at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Downtown Stuart. A $5 Donation is requested at the door.

This exhibit, on display through July 23rd, will showcase the diverse talents of 52 artists who are all members of MartinArts. ... Each piece is created and presented in a square shape. In addition to works presented, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County.

“We invite the community to experience these extraordinary works by this exemplary group of artists at our beautiful, historic gallery,” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts.

Be Squared – A Members Exhibition, will feature works by these celebrated MartinArts’ Member Artists:

Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Dinija Berkien, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Sally Browning Pearson, Tracy Canada, Holly Cannon, Robert ClenDening, Marc Cohen, Suzanne Connors, Kendra Deltano, Evangelia Deslis, MJ Dowling, Sharon Ferina, Tom Forster, Torenzo Gann, Katie Gianni, Lindsay Hager, Jill Heveron, Heather Ivins, Etheard Joseph, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Julia Kelly, Justin Klahne, Sue Klahne, Scott Klimek, Chris Kling, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Mia Lindberg, Barbara Z. Lyons, Lorrie McKenna, Dana Meyer, Maria G Miele, Mary Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Margarita Nielsen Palacios, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Tom Prestopnik, Mary Lou Pults, Lisa Rapp, Diane Raymond, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Danuta Rothschild, Bobby Savage, Jordan Silvia, Mark Stall, Marian Vitale, Jesse Walker, Sunny Walker, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Artist Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, winner of the blue rosette said, "Wow!! To say I was shocked is an understatement!! Last night my piece, 'Look Out Of My Window' won the first place ribbon. I am still floating!! Thanks to the Arts Council and all the people that came to the exhibit. There are so many talented artists in this area!"

MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Downtown Stuart.

Two Sopranos Become the Space Coast Divas - A Couple of Tidbits 

This weekend, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra fans will enjoy a bit of Love, Death & Madness with sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield.

Kruger fits right in with the theme, with a career of "20 years, 20 theaters, and 40+ opera roles, especially since the roles I sang were mostly the sort that sopranos kill for. I decided to be a double-major in physics and music and to become an opera singer when I was a freshman in college, and everyone thought at the time that I would get over it. Not so much."

Cofield moved down to Florida in 2018 to help with the care of her mother. "She passed on in February 2021 but I have carved out a life here and I’m happy to live near the beach. When Mary and I met, we became fast friends as we shared the history of our opera careers. We had not previously met any opera singers in Brevard so we were pleasantly surprised. Naturally, we thought it would be great to be able to sing together and that is how the Space Coast Divas came to be. 

"I also have two daughters, one who’s living in Florida now, and the other, who lives in Wisconsin, is married and has three children. My grandkids hold my heart."

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

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

From Community Church of Vero Beach:

June 19 - This is our last Jazz Vespers for the Season at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Church Courtyard. This unique service features poetry, prose, prayers, and refreshments highlighted by the Community Jazz Combo: Leti Metcalfe, vocalist; Gary Hasse, bass; Andrew Galuska, piano and Brian Slawson on the drums. Seating is limited, so show up early! A free-will offering will be accepted. Jazz Vespers will resume September 18.

The Summer Solstice is just around the corner!

The longest day of the year means our longest hours of the year! The Lighthouse will have extended hours of operation on June 21, 2022. Come climb the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse morning, afternoon, or evening! Admission sold from 9am until 7pm (grounds close at 8pm). Tickets available on a first come, first served basis at the new Jupiter Inlet lighthouse Gift Shop.

GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES: $12 adults, $10 seniors & veterans, $6 Children ages 6-18, Free for children under 6, Lighthouse Members, and Blue Star Museum (active-duty US Military)

Party Time at the Elliott!

From the Historical Society of Martin County:

It’s a BLAST from the PAST— and PARTY like there’s NO TOMORROW!

Don't miss the MUSIC…the DANCING…the CLOTHES…and FUN FOOD from the BEST PARTY themes through the decades!

Starting on Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Elliott Museum will turn into Disco Fever featuring DJ Louie G. Dress the theme in your party duds and dance the night away in the main gallery of the Elliott Museum. Admission includes party food. Cash bar for soft drinks, wine, beer, and liquor.

$20 Advance Tickets - $25 At the Door

Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar now for future fun! The time for each event is 6 to 9 p.m.

There will be a combination of live bands and DJs providing the music. More details will be revealed closer to the dates.

Motown Magic - July 21; Downright Country  - August 18; Peace, Love & Woodstock - Sept. 15; 

Oom-pah Oktoberfest - October 20

From the Norton Museum of Art:

This intergenerational event celebrates freedom and spotlights the African American experience with live musical performances, dance, gallery talks on art made by Black artists, storytelling, and art-making activities. 


  • MC Wayne Perry, aka Mister Trombone
  • Kickoff performance by Faith’s Place Dancers, Marching Band, and Drumline 
  • Miami-based DJ ReRe 
  • Artist Lounge with Anthony Burks Sr., Tracy Guiteau, and Arielle Charis
  • Storytelling and music with Sodapop 
  • Black-Owned Business Pop-Ups including Kianga Art/African Treasures, All About Us, The Gift Genie, Helen’s Fire Sauce, and Royal Healings  
  • African Dance with Ericka Squire
  • Live music by Von Archer    
  • Art-making Workshops with Dorotha Grace Lemeh and Jasmine Nichole 
  • Opening of the Afterschool Arts Outreach Student Exhibition, We Made It! 
  • Spotlight talks by Brian Knowles, Trina Slade-Burks, Anthony Burks Sr., and Shawn Henderson
  • Poetry reading by Jashua Sa-Ra
  • Closing performance by Sunshine Junkanoo Band 

Food and Refreshments

Enjoy small bites and refreshments in the Great Hall or dine in The Restaurant from 11AM-3PM.


Season Ender at McAlpin

Kight Center for Emerging Technologies (V-Building)

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

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

Tickets are $15.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

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

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

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

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

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

Order a free brochure, get a free seven-day ticket for the online concert hall of the Berliner Philharmonicer. Offer valid until June 26.

At the Lake Wales History Museum

Saturday Summer Fun Days

(Parents must be in attendance)

June 18 - Florida Seminole Day

June 25 - Cowmen Day

July 2 - Pioneer Day

July 9 - Train Day

July 16 - City Day

July 23 - TBD

July 30 - Art History Day

August 6 - Last Day of Summer

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

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

June 23, 6:30 p.m. - That's Livin'! The Zora Neale Hurston Story - a film by Jose H. Garofalo - Treasure Coast International Film Society film series kick-off.

June 24: Jitterbug June Dance, Melbourne Municipal Band, Melbourne Auditorium

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

Bookmark On the Calendar at for frequent updates. Calls for Artists, Auditions, & Volunteers are now online.

Catch up with events at Willi Miller's Arts Blast on Facebook and pick up some laughs and interesting info on the Willi Miller's Arts Blast Extras page. And now there's a Facebook Arts Blast on the Air!


Click to Subscribe to Arts Blast

Can't read this email? Click here to View as Webpage

To opt out of receiving Arts Blast, "unsubscribe" at the end of the page.

If you have an arts-related event coming up, scroll down for information on submitting it for a free basic listing. Limited advertising is available. PLEASE use that format!

Arts Blast wants information about arts-related scholarships for the Scholarships page on our websiteSend me what you have, making sure to include a deadline for applying and a link to detailed information.

Event schedules can change, often at almost the last minute. Verify, double check, and then do it again before you head out the door. And when you do go out, take a mask. Without one, you risk being turned away.

To Submit Calendar Information for ARTS BLAST!

Information is to be received in an email at least one week before publication.

Use this format for Calendar entries:

Who (organization)

What (Event)

When (dates, time)

Where (Name of venue, address)

Why (a brief description of the purpose)

Web/Facebook address

Contact for public use (for tickets, questions, etc.)

Then add a short, descriptive release if available.

Send only one photo, with caption, unless more are requested.

Media contact with email for Arts Blast followup (not for publication)

Copyright ©2019-2022 Willi Miller's ARTS BLAST!, all rights reserved.