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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 4 No. 19| May 27, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

Don't forget to double check event happenings for holiday weekend closures.

This weekend, watch a cool video on Caribbean (and Florida) underwater etiquette on YouTube.

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Downtown Friday Vero Beach

May 27, 6 - 9 pm

Live music, vendor booths, food trucks along 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.

Free to the public!

Historic Downtown

14th Avenue, Vero Beach

In This Issue


FP Jazz & Blues Society Scholarships

Summer Squared at Gallery 14

4-Squared in Martin County

International Music Festival

Treasure Coast Chorale Concert

First Pres Youth Concert

Vero Beach Art Village Exhibit Ends


Treasure Coast Theatre's New Show

Mamma Mia! at The Barn

Lew’s Crew Cruisin’ at the Elliott

Treasure Coast Chorale at First Baptist, VB

Melbourne Community Orchestra’s Yankee Doodle concert

Swingtime’s Jitterbug June dance

Summertime Citrus

Two one-act plays at WBTT

Summerfest 2022 concerts in MC

Brevard Symphony Summer Evenings

Mike Block String Camp

Martin Artisans Guild at the Elliott

Summer Concerts in Coral Gables

Happening In Brevard County

God Bless America

May 29, 4 - 6 pm

The Treasure Coast Chorale will present a patriotic concert at the First Baptist Church. Songs include "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "My Country Tis of Thee" plus others and guest performers. Doors open at 3pm. Free with a donation.

First Baptist Church

2206 16th Street, Vero Beach

Vero Beach Museum of Art

Final Performances!

Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society 2022 Scholarships

This is the season for scholarship awards to our very talented students. The past couple of years have not been kind to those musicians hoping for performance opportunities to pursue financial assistance that would make it possible to further their music education.

The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society has presented six Treasure Coast musicians with scholarships this year. I'll give readers a little teaser for all but will feature each one separately over the summer. 

  1. Tom Omans Memorial Merit Scholarship presented to Ish Aguilar
  2. Stanley & Susan Winters Memorial Merit Scholarship presented to Kyle Christy
  3. Anonymous Angel Merit Scholarship presented to Katie Vitale
  4. Norman & Sandra Stevenson Merit Scholarship presented to Sophia Liano
  5. The Anonymous Angel #2 Merit Scholarship presented to Patrick Gordon
  6. The Manny Lugo Memorial Merit Scholarship presented to Chris Gross

If you know of others who have won scholarships this year in any form of the arts, please share with Arts Blast. And if you're aware of organizations that have scholarship programs, let me know that, too.

Keep up with the FPJ&BS on Facebook and with the Milestones emagazine.

Patrick Gordon - Bass

Patrick ends his stay at Indian River Charter High School in 2022. He will spend his summer "practicing, studying, and listening to better cats. I am taking a condensed calculus course to prepare me for college, but most of my time will be spent practicing and relaxing. I’m hoping to enjoy these last few months of living in Florida by vacationing around the state. I may do some light gigging to keep me on my toes, but my main focus is to ensure a smooth transition into college."

Patrick is also the recipient of the Treasure Coast Jazz Society's scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship at the University of Hartford, and the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach Scholarship.

Sophia Liano - Vocal

Sophia is in the class of 2022 at South Fork High School and was a Pathfinder semi finalist.

She plans to attend University of Central Florida and pursue a double major in musical theatre/acting and Marine Biology. 

Find her online on Instagram: @sophialiano

"I’m spending my summer preparing for college and my future at University of Central Florida. I am forever grateful to the Jazz Society for the opportunity and I’m excited to kickstart my future!"

Isaias Aguilar - Trumpet

Isaias, better known as Ish in music circles, ends his days at Okeechobee High School in 2022. In addition to the trumpet, he plays French horn and euphonium.

He was awarded the art scholarship and the Promise scholarship from Indian River State College as well as a scholarship from Raulerson Hospital.

What does summer have in store? "I am going to Peru for two weeks with my family. When I come back I will be working in a nursing home as a CNA and will go to the advanced band camp offered by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society. I will also be practicing every day in the summer so I can eventually perform again with the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society."

Kyle Christy - Piano

Kyle leaves Martin County High School this year but isn't finished with his education:  "I'll be studying mechanical engineering at University of Central Florida, later getting a masters in aerospace engineering".

In addition to piano, Kyle lists Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Mallet Percussion, Piano/Synthesizer, and Accordion as his instruments.

To go along with this scholarship, "I'll be receiving Bright Futures and I have received the Dr. Roadman Scholarship," Kyle said.

This summer,  "I'll be working, studying, and practicing to become the best I can be."

Katie Vitale - Vocal

Katie is in the 2022 graduating class at Jensen Beach High School. Her instruments are trumpet and voice.

She's part of the very talented Vitale family, currently with two released songs and more scheduled for this summer. Hear the family's music by searching “The Vitale Family” on Spotify, YouTube, or Amazon Music. 

Katie has plans for summer: "I will be traveling to Paris and Italy in June and will be a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding in July! I will also be attending the Broadway Artists Intensive at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. This is a three week training program with classes taught by Broadway professionals. I also plan on traveling to NYC to visit some family and to see some shows on Broadway! I’m so excited for this summer!"

Chris Gross - Tenor Sax

Chris Gross was not available in time for this Arts Blast.

For his Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society scholarship performance, he played Girl From Ipanema and Lost Star.

The First Presbyterian Youth String Orchestra will present a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 2:00pm in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Admission is free to the community; donations will be accepted during the performance and also online via the church’s website. The suggested donation per person is $10. The concert is a fundraising event to help offset the costs of the Youth Orchestra’s upcoming tour of the Florida Keys.

Musical selections this performance are: Rumanian Folk Dances by Bartok; Dvorak’s “Dumky” Piano Trio; Movement II of the Serenade for Strings by Elgar; Vitali’s “Chaconne” featuring soloist Sam Bormett; and Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for Strings and Piano, Opus 1, featuring Becca Harrison on piano.

Concertgoers may choose to watch the performance via livestream on the church’s website,, and donate via the “Giving” section there. If donating online, select “all other gifts” in the dropdown menu and type “String Orchestra” in the memo section.

The FPC Orchestra performs during services on Sundays at First Presbyterian Church

Vero Beach International Music Festival

The 13th Annual Vero Beach International Music Festival runs July 6 through July 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach (520 Royal Palm Boulevard). This one-of-a-kind festival will feature performances by world-class musicians and singers in Americana, Rock, Celtic, Americana, World, and Jazz, as well as local and international students from the Mike Block String Camp. 


Wednesday, July 6 @ 7:30 pm: MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES – Show 1 

Featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Brazilian, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and more from the Faculty of Mike Block String Camp


Friday, July 8 @ 7:30 pm: MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES – Show 2 

Featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Brazilian, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and more from the Faculty of Mike Block String Camp


Followed by a Barn Dance with LIVE band

Featuring performances by camp participants hailing from all over the world, as well as kids from the Vero Beach public schools, and adult locals from the Treasure Coast. 

All performances are open to the public free, with donations benefiting the Scholarship Fund for Mike Block String Camp 


Mike Block- Multi-Style Cellist/Singer/Songwriter | Curtis Stewart- Fiddle/Violin |Hanneke Cassel- Fiddle/Violin | Joe Troop- Fiddle/Violin | Casey Driessen- Fiddle/Violin | Natalie Haas- Cello | Arun Ramamurthy- Violin | Trina Basu- Violin | Joe Walsh- Mandolin | Lauren Rioux- Viola/Violin | Taylor Morris- Fiddle/Violin | Colin Cotter- Fiddle/Violin

Weekends at Riverside Theatre!

Be Squared in Martin County

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 opens 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. The opening reception is 5:30 – 7:00 p.m that evening. 


This exhibit, on display through July 23, will showcase the diverse talents of 52 artists who are all members of MartinArts. Unique to the collection, is that each piece is created and presented in a square shape. Throughout the exhibition, 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. “Whatever your favorite medium or genre, it’s bound to be showcased in in this exquisitely-presented “square” exhibit.”


Be Squared – A Members Exhibition, will feature works by many celebrated MartinArts’ Member Artists. The list includes these and more:


Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Dinija Berkien, Mallo Bisset, Sally Browning Pearson, Suzanne Connors, Kendra Deltano, Evangelia Deslis, MJ Dowling, Sharon Ferina, Tom Forster, Torenzo Gann, Katie Gianni, Lindsay Hager, Julia Kelly, Justin Klahne, Sue Klahne, Scott Klimek, Chris Kling, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Mia Lindberg, Barbara Z. Lyons, Maria G Miele, Mary Lou Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Margarita Nielsen Palacios, Tom Prestopnik, Danuta Rothschild, Mark Stall, Marian Vitale, Jesse Walker, Sunny Walker, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill.

Photo above: Flight Check - Lynn Morgan

Dinija Berkien -

Dreaming Zebra

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios -

Blue Heron Neighbor

Tom Forster -

Self Portrait as the Eggman

Chris Kling -

The Gatherers

Sharon Ferina -


Summer Squared at Gallery 14 in Vero Beach

Celebrate summer at Gallery 14 with the Summer Squared II exhibit. Inaugurated in 2021, this juried show of 12x12 innovative canvases laid out on the Gallery's walls was judged by arts professional Mark Wygonik.

The exhibit and sale will run June 2 - September 2. There will be four First Friday Receptions: June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 2. All will coincide with the First Friday Gallery Stroll from 5-8pm. It should be noted that the Gallery will be open in June and July with special reduced Summer Hours: Thursday and Friday from 11am-4pm and Saturday from 11am-3pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Open all the First Fridays, and by appointment throughout the summer.

The Gallery will also showcase art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, assemblage, collage, sculpture, art glass, ceramic, jewelry, and photography, by Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Mary Ann Hall, Barbara Landry, George Pillorgé, Deborah Morrell Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Mia Lindberg, Viola Pace Knudsen, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, and Carol Staub and artist-sales associate Jo Zaza. Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach. Phone: 772 562-5525 OR visit:

Nannette Nielsen -

Size Matters

Dorothy Napp Schindel -


Katherine Larson -


Andy Burnam -

Sliding Home

Pamela Morley -


Downtown Friday Vero Beach

May 27, 6 - 9 pm

Live music, vendor booths, food trucks along 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.

Free to the public!

Historic Downtown

14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 student scholarships awarded by the Vero Beach Art Club!

Kiran Arain - Saint Edwards School

Annie Johnson - Saint Edwards School

Gabriel James Kopp - Indian River Charter School

Artists Support Vero Beach Art Village in Exhibit

More than 30 prominent local artists have contributed their work to support the development of the Vero Beach Art Village. An exhibit of this work, ending May 28 has been on display at Raw Space Gallery.

“We put out a call to local artists to support the new Art Village downtown and were gratified that more than 30 prominent local artists responded,” said John Ryan, president of the Friends of the Vero Beach Art Village. This is just the kind of support we need to make the new Art Village a success” 

The Vero Beach Art Village is a reimagining of the historical Edgewood neighborhood in the city’s downtown area as a living celebration of the arts. Its zoning as a special purpose district allows a mixed residential and commercial environment where artists and other small merchants can live, work, and sell their art. Visit the website at


Weekly Car Shows - May 31

Lew's Crew Cruisin' at the Elliott is held every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., weather permitting, in the Elliott Museum's parking lot. In addition to a lineup of cool cars, the fabulous “Philly Down South” food truck is on site offering a delicious assortment of cheesesteaks, grilled items, and more.

God Bless America

May 29, 4 - 6 pm

The Treasure Coast Chorale will present a patriotic concert at the First Baptist Church. Songs include "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "My Country Tis of Thee" plus others and guest performers. Doors open at 3pm. Free with a donation.

First Baptist Church

2206 16th Street, Vero Beach

The Melbourne Community Orchestra will celebrate America with Yankee Doodle patriotic picnic concerts June 1 & 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Melbourne Auditoriu

The Melbourne Auditorium will be hopping as Swingtime presents its Jitterbug June dance on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Len Fallen will perform. The auditorium is at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Tickets are $15.00 (includes processing fee) and are available online at the MMB website, or at the door.

Treasure Coast Theatre presents the Neil Simon classic comedy, The Prisoner of Second Avenue June 3rd-19th

Summertime Citrus

Advertising Florida Citrus: 1800s through 1960s 

Through Aug. 27 at Lake Wales History Museum

Mamma Mia!, with a live band, is at The Barn Theatre in Stuart May 12-29.

Show times are 8PM Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays,  2PM matinees Saturdays, Sundays.

From Birmingham to Broadway andFloat Like a Butterfly, two one-act plays at Westcoast BlackTheatre Troupe end their run May 29.

Arts Council of Martin County

Announcing Summerfest 2022!

 Second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 14: Senior Send-off Concert of Flutist Gabrielle Small performing masterworks of the flute repertoire by Charles-Marie Widor and Bohuslav Martinu. A recent graduate of University of South Florida, this fall Gabi is heading to University of North Carolina School for the Performing Arts to pursue a master’s degree in flute performance. 
  • Tuesday, July 12: Celebrate outstanding young musicians who continue to dedicate their summertime to further their artistic abilities. Pianists, flutists, string players! You will be amazed by their tremendous progress!
  • Tuesday, August 9: Jazz concert of “Live Session” with the Hagers and Friends—C Flute, Alto flute, Guitar and Bass. 

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra announced the return of its Summer Evening Concerts at Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne beginning June 18.

The Mike Block String Camp (MBSC) is now accepting enrollment for its 13th annual workshop in Vero Beach. Forced by COVID-19 to hold all musical activities online in 2020 and 2021, this will be an eagerly anticipated return to in-person workshops and performances.

MBSC will run July 4 through 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. This one-of-a-kind festival is an annual summer workshop for string players of all ages and backgrounds, focusing on non-classical traditions and contemporary musical styles, with emphasis on learning by ear, creativity, collaboration, and performance. 

Artists of the Martin Artisans Guild are exhibiting their work in Art Down the Hall at the Elliott Museum through June 6. Participating artists are Jane Lawton Baldridge, Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Diana Rell Dean, James J. DeMartis, MJ Dowling, Dot Galfond, Torenzo Gann, Renee Keil, Carol Kepp, Sue Klahne, Sheryl Levine, Maria G Miele, Mary Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Sally Browning Pearson, Chad Periman, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Mark A. Stall, Curt Whiticar and Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill.

In Brevard County:

Thru June 26: Dreamland Miniature Golf & More Pop-Up, former Foosaner Art Museum, Eau Gallie,

Thru May 8: Inherit the Wind, Surfside Playhouse,, 321-783-3127

Thru May 15: Something Rotten!, Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse,, 321-636-5050

Thru May 15: Aida, Henegar Center, Downtown Melbourne, 321-723-8698,

May 1: Lift Up Your Voice (two concerts), Brevard Youth Chorus, 3:00pm at Central Baptist Church, Melbourne and 5:00pm at Advent Lutheran Church, Suntree,

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