Volume I No. 26 |June 25, 2019
In This Issue
A Milestone Reached -
Artist Spotlight on Jennifer Chaparro's Street Art -
Riverside Theatre's Vegas Nights -
Mike Block's International String Festival -
Expanding Maltz Theatre & In the Heights -
Have Piano Will Duel -
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For Helen Miller 
The First Six Months
The end of June marks six months since I took that first, tentative leap of faith and created the inaugural issue of Willi Miller’s Arts Blast. With every issue since then, I ask myself if I’m still having fun, still learning, still filling a need, still growing and tweaking and discovering and sharing, and the answer is always an unqualified Yes! (Insert fist pump here.)

Introducing readers at the northern end of the Arts Blast coverage area to what’s happening to their south, and showing readers in the southern part what adventures are within an easy drive north has been one of my goals, and it’s happening. Along the way, I’m learning about new events, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. 

For example: Watch for a story about Kerry Rocks soon. I came across her name while researching another Arts Blast feature and found her on Facebook. Kerry was a Young Musicians Spotlight winner when I produced the show for WQCS many years ago, a student at Martin County High School, she reminded me. She’s now 33 (!) years old and has a successful career in music and teaching.

Thank you to all who have offered encouragement, shared Arts Blast with friends and colleagues, included a link in your own newsletters, and jumped in with advertising and sponsorship. It isn’t possible to express how much you’ve inspired and boosted me. On to the next six months and a successful season after a restful summer.
A Celebration of Love at the House of Refuge
You're going to have to hustle to catch this one.

On March 10th, 1914, John Taylor married Sarah Josephine Kitching. It was also both of their birthdays! They honeymooned at the House of Refuge which was celebrating a birthday of its own, having opened on March 10th, 1876. 

The stunning handmade gown worn by Sarah was passed down to her daughter, Elizabeth, who wore it on her wedding day, March 10th, 1939. The entire ensemble was passed down to Kitching heirs and worn in a total of six weddings spanning 76 years! It was last worn by Joy Paradise Tomei on December 15, 1990. Josephine Paradise donated the gown and all that went with it to the Historical Society of Martin County in 2006.
The entire, original Kitching Family Wedding Gown ensemble, plus four more over-the-top vintage wedding gowns from HSMC's permanent collection, are on display in the rooms at the House of Refuge Museum  though June 30th!  A must-see for the bride-to-be and for those of us who have been brides for many years!
Photo: Mr. & Mrs. John Taylor, March 10th, 1914
Elliott Museum and House ofRefuge will be closed July 4.
Helping People Succeed is still accepting entries for its 2020 calendar. Deadline has been extended to July 1.
The Cultural Council of Indian River County's 2019-2020 print Cultural Guide is in the works. Deadline for everything — advertising agreement and payment, camera ready art — is July 1.
Also due July 1: EVENTS to be included must be entered at culturalcalendar.org and your list emailed to calendar@cultural-council.org. This is a change from the original form.
Did you know?

The Vero Beach Museum of Art has Gallery Kits for families to borrow while viewing the exhibits.

Stop at the Visitor Services Desk and ask to borrow a Gallery Kit! The kit contains sketching materials for you to use in the galleries. Please feel free to take home your artwork but return the drawing materials to Visitor Services.

Kits are recommended for families with children ages 5-17.
News from Bok Tower Gardens:
The Visitor Center will begin renovations in the Chao Exhibit Hall and Reception area and will remain closed throughout the summer. The Visitor Center will reopen in the fall. Restrooms will be available in the hallway between the Blue Palmetto Cafe and The Shop at Bok and at the Alexander Discovery Center. The Visitor Center Renovation Project will transform the visitor experience at Bok Tower Gardens, positioning the Gardens as a National Historic Landmark that is welcoming, informative and accessible to a 21st century audience.
Congratulation to all the winners in McKee Botanical Garden's 15th Annual Waterlily Photo competitio n.

1st:  “Lotus Rising” by Al Harty, Vero Beach

1st:  “Greeting the Sun” by Lee Benson, Vero Beach

1st: “Peaceful Soul on a Pond” by Cooper Hyland, Palm City
Spotlight on Artist Jennifer Chaparro
I’ve always been intrigued and I guess puzzled by the making of street art. Why would anyone work so hard out in the hot sun creating a work of art that, by definition, is meant to be temporary. Happily, the explanation Hobe Sound resident and street artist Jennifer Chaparro gave actually made sense to me! She said, “It is a performance art, similar to ice sculpture or sand sculpture. It is what makes it special, that you need to be ‘in the moment’ to appreciate it.” She compared it to going to a concert and listening to music. “You leave with an experience!”
Chaparro has been an artist in a variety of mediums most of her life but street art didn’t grab her until she went to a street painting festival in Lake Worth in 1999. Then, with a graphic design background and her business sense, she figured out how to move from the traditional 2D street paintings to the increasingly popular 3D interactive form to develop her business. Her first paying street art project was in Naples, Fla., in 2007, for the opening of a real estate project. Fort Lauderdale’s Hardrock Casino was the scene of her first paid 3D piece, a car commissioned for the opening of a parking garage. She said, “I realized the 3D art was what big companies were paying artists to do at events, so I decided to learn how to do the 3D.”
Chaparro called on her two daughters to work with her on projects, including the painting pictured here, Sisters. That one was a turning point for Chaparro. “I just loved it for the colors, and the expressive faces. We did such a good job on it, that I felt I was ready to do this professionally. I felt like I had finally mastered the medium. Faces are very difficult for many, but I love doing them.”

Both of her daughters carried art over into their careers. One is an architect and the other an artist with a studio in Chicago. “I truly believe the experience of chalking together with them when they were younger was important to their choices to move into artistic careers,” Chaparro said.
The artist has a full-time day job as director of communications for Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta. In addition to street art, Chaparro’s portfolio holds samples of her other work: pastel portraits, watercolor, large scale murals, hand-lettered signs, and graphics. “I do a little bit of everything,” she said. “In college at UCLA, I was fortunate to be able to experiment with many different mediums, including clothing, fiber, ceramics, landscape design, furniture design, etc. I love the challenge of new materials, and seeing how far I can push it.”
All photos by Jennifer Chaparro or her partner, Craig C. Houdeshell of Blinking Eye  Photography.
Vegas Fun for Riverside Children's Theatre
Riverside Theatre fans struck it rich four years ago when someone came up with an idea that really put the fun in fundraising for Riverside Children’s Theatre. Vegas Nights, coming in July, has genuine casino games to play but bets are made only with funny money. Guests have all the thrill of playing blackjack, craps, and roulette, and pulling the handle on one-armed bandits without gambling on losing their money. At the end of the evening, winnings are cashed in for great prizes.

Several events are held during the year to raise funds for Riverside Theatre programs, each with a specific purpose. Jon Moses, managing director and COO of Riverside Theatre, said, “Funds support on campus classes and shows, off campus programs, discount tuition programs, discount and free ticket programs, and free events.” Vegas Nights revenue specifically targets RCT’s discount tuition program. It takes $50,000 each year to fully fund the applications received, Moses said. About $10,000 of that is brought in through Vegas Nights.
Students who apply for tuition assistance range in age from 6 to 17, and there are around 120 applications each year. Tuition for classes and camps at RCT runs from $120 to $900, and 25 percent of the participants are on scholarship. Once approved, Moses said, “their discount can be applied to all classes taken within that specified season.” Parents have an obligation to RCT, he added. “Volunteer hours are required upon accepting and using a scholarship.” 

Riverside has two main fundraisers for Education — The Festival of Trees and Vegas Nights. The Festival of Trees is the largest and “most crucial to the everyday operation of Education and all of its outreach programs,” Moses said.  
“Both fundraisers, aside from supporting everyday costs, enables Riverside to provide up to $180,000 worth of free outreach programs and services to the schools, students, and families each year.” Included in community outreach are the Riverside Theatre For KIDS Touring Shows program and field trips to Riverside Theatre shows. 

The Vegas Nights casino activity is in the lobby, with no ticket required. In the Black Box theatre, the Comedy Zone Experience, Howl at the Moon, and Live in the Loop will go on as usual Fridays and Saturdays in August. 

NOTE: The authentic casino gaming tables are provided for entertainment purposes only. All donations and proceeds will benefit Riverside Theatre for KIDS discount tuition program. Must be 18 years or older to play. Check the website for details on rules and prizes.
Tickets for Comedy Zone are $12 - $18. Tickets for Howl at the Moon are $12 - $22. Live in the Loop performances are always FREE. 

Purchase chips to play the casino games. For $10 US dollars, receive $20 worth of casino chips. For $20 US dollars, receive $50 worth of casino chips.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com .

Weekends at Riverside Theatre are all about fun but there are some firm rules:
No pets allowed for our outdoor concerts or evening events.
Sorry, we NEVER allow ANY off-premise beverages, including water, or filled or non-clear beverage containers, on our campus. We have everything you may need in regards to beverages. Purchasing refreshments helps make these free concerts possible.
Regulations concerning alcohol are established by the State of Florida, not by the Theatre. Any alcohol, other than Riverside Theatre, is STRICTLY PROHIBITED on the premises. Any guests found in violation will be asked to leave immediately.
Have Piano Will Duel
The second annual Have Piano, Will Duel project, sponsored by Vero Vino Wine and Food Festival, will bring local jazz students together for a music intensive workshop with Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, June 29. The group will present a concert that evening at Unity Spiritual Center of Vero Beach, 950 43rd Ave., at 6 p.m. 
Participating students are: Warren Williams on drums, Ryan Dillahay on guitar, Robert Kerstein on bass, Dominic DeGrandis on Tenor Sax, and Kristi Beckitt on vocals. Craig will join them on piano. The concert is free, with a $10 donation suggested. Seating is limited; RSVP to 772-538-1181.
Mike Block's Vero Beach International String Festival
He’s baaack! Or at least he will be soon. Mike Block and his merry band of award-winning musicians will be in Vero Beach for the tenth year of his annual string camp early in July and, as always, he has treats in store for the Treasure Coast audience. 

The Vero Beach International Music Festival, with three performances, is scheduled for July10-13 at First Presbyterian Church in McAfee Hall. July 10 and12 at 7:30 p.m., the Main Stage performances will feature “Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Indian, and more from the Faculty of Mike Block String Camp, as well as advanced student groups,” Block said.
The final show, July 13, is at 3 p.m. Block calls it the Culminating Concert & Barn Dance. This one showcases the Mike Block String Camp participants, including international students and musicians from local schools. 

Among the professional musicians are several Grammy Award winners and nominees: Darol Anger - Grammy Nominated Folk and Jazz Violinist; Kimber Ludiker - Grammy Nominated Fiddler and and Grand Master Fiddling Champion; Mike Block - Grammy Award-Winning Multi-Style Cellist and Singer; and Zach Brock - Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Violinist. Also on the roster are a folk cellist, a Celtic fiddler, a Carnatic (South Indian classical) violinist; an old-time fiddler; an R&R and jazz violinist; a bluegrass mandolinist; and others.
The concerts are free but donations will be received with thanks to benefit the String Camp scholarship fund. Get more information at www.VeroBeachInternationalMusicFestival.com . Block and South African guitarist Derek Gripper have recently released an album of songs written or inspired by African singers, Saturday Morning in Boston. Block is online at www.MikeBlockMusic.com and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BlockCello .
Big Plans for Maltz & In the Heights
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is looking for an exciting future in three acts, but this time it isn’t on stage. The theatre is expanding, with plans to make improvements to production facilities that will make it possible to book pre-Broadway shows and national tours. When the dust settles at the end of the multi-year project, the stage will be 10 feet deeper and six feet wider on either side, and there will be a third-floor rehearsal studio, giving residents the opportunity to see actors at work.
Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive, said the expansion will expand educational opportunities, as well. “The Theatre’s popular Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will double in size, allowing students the opportunity to receive a high-quality, dynamic arts education in state-of-the-art facilities." A multi-purpose second space will open up a whole new chapter for the theatre, with opportunities to program a film series, more intimate plays and musicals, museum exhibits, and other unique presentations. 
All of those elements are in Act II of the expansion plans. Act I, scheduled to be completed before the opening of the 2019/20 season, will see improvements on the campus: Parking will increase by 30-40 spaces, landscaping will enhance the theatre’s overall appearance, and power will be brought to the building in preparation for the second phase. The work also will include two brand new state-of-the-art marquees and an additional curb cut to allow for easier Conservatory student drop off and pickup.
This weekend, audiences can see the show that introduced Hamilton: An American Musical ’s composer and lyricist, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to theatre goers, In the Heights . Students in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts’ three-week Senior Conservatory summer camp, 62 in number, will present the 2008 award-winning musical that takes place in “the vibrant Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican neighborhood of Manhattan's Washington Heights and tells the universal story of bodega owner Usnavi, who dreams of saving enough money to return to his home country, the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, his neighbors face the challenge of sustaining their tight-knit community.” Director Ricky Nahas said, “ In The Heights is a driving Broadway hit filled with fresh Latin dancing, an unforgettable score and pure uninhibited joy. I’d like to encourage everyone to come see our area’s talented local students perform in this wonderful musical.” Photo by Jason Nuttle.

Showtimes for the Conservatory’s upcoming production of In The Heights are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for children. For tickets, call the Theatre’s box office at (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org .
From Eastminster Presbyterian Church:
On the 4th of July, at 7:30 p.m., the Melbourne Municipal Band and Festival Chorus will join for God Bless the USA: A Salute to America , celebrating our nation’s heritage through song. This annual concert will be reminiscent of an old-fashion town 4th, with patriotic songs to sing along with, and ice cream for everyone before and after the concert. What's a little different from concerts of old will be the setting. It's inside the air-conditioned sanctuary of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Dr., Indialantic.

Veterans and their families will be asked to stand and be recognized when the military anthem for their branch of the service is played. 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. Jill McCall, coordinator of the event, said, "After the concert, folks are welcome to spread a blanket on the church lawn, have some ice cream and watch the Front Street fireworks."

For more information about God Bless the USA: A Salute to America , call 321-723-8371 or visit www.EPCfl.org . More information about the Melbourne Municipal Band is available on their website, www.MMband.net .
Of Interest in Brevard County
Eau Gallery Call for Artists:
A Midsummer Night's Dream July 5-27

This is a juried show open to all artists residing in Florida 18 and up. All works must have been done in the last 3 years and not shown previously at Eau Gallery. All work submitted must be family-friendly. Eau Gallery members may not enter.
All entries must be hand delivered to the gallery on Saturday June 29 or Monday July 1, 11-3.
1429 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Kids' Seascape Stories Playshop
with Susan Rienzo
June 29, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Galleries & Mezzanine. Ages 9–14. $5,  Pre-registration  required.
There are several opportunities for artists to have work reviewed and approved by the Art in Public Places Advisory Committee for summer/fall placement:

Space Coast Office of Tourism
Melbourne Hilton Rialto
Lexus of Melbourne

Contact lynne.brezina@artsbrevard.org.
  Suntree United Methodist Church is pulling out all the stops for  Suntree Stars & Stripes,  a large and completely free patriotic celebration on Sunday, June 30 on the church grounds at 7400 N. Wickham Road, 32940.  The fun starts at 4:30 PM, with an assortment of activities for the kids, including a bounce house, face painting and a balloon artist.  The Big Red Bus by  OneBlood.org  will be parked and ready for civic minded folks who want to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. At 5:30 PM a free dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, along with cookies and lemonade. At 6:30 PM, the action moves indoors, for a concert of patriotic favorites featuring the Melbourne Municipal Band.  The Suntree United Methodist Chancel Choir will be joined by a Festival Chorus of community singers for a concert of well-loved songs celebrating America, including "Hymn to the Fallen" from  Saving Private Ryan  and Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom." Look for the church's handbell choir to play a patriotic medley with the band. And Dr. Robert E. Lamb will narrate Aaron Copland's stirring  Lincoln Portrait , with words from the nation's 16th president. The band and chorus will be led by Staci Rosbury and Dr. Lamb, respectively.  For more information about  Suntree Stars & Stripes , call Suntree United Methodist Church at 321-242-2585.
Road Trip! to Key West's Butterfly Garden
With more readers of Arts Blast joining almost every day, I thought a reminder was in order: The Road Trip segment is often an armchair road trip for this writer. When I moved to Florida in 1990, I found so many places I wanted to see but, as often happens, life got in the way. This will have to do for me but I hope you will go exploring and report back with Road Trips to share.

I always thought the butterfly pavilion at Cypress Gardens was a magical place, so when I discovered The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory online, I had to share.
"Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the 'flowers of the sky.'"

There's a learning center, where youngsters and grownups can follow along on the life cycle of Monarch butterflies, watching caterpillars work toward their future form.
Conservatory marketing people have had fun naming activities. There's Flamingle, pre-arranged personal time with flamingos Rhett and Scarlett. Frequent Flutter passes are available for those planning return visits. Wings of Flight is the butterfly gallery, with original art by Sam Trophia.

According to the website, the facility is enclosed and wheelchair accessible. Strollers and pets are welcome in the gift shop and gallery but not in the conservatory. " Our admission attendant is always available to watch any well-behaved pets.

Photos are borrowed from the website, https://www.keywestbutterfly.com
Live webcam. https://floridakeyswebcams.tv/keywestbutterfly/camframe/
On the Calendar - Indian River County
June 25, 5:30 p.m. - Reel in Summer at Vero Beach Museum of Art. Solaris June 25

June 27 - The National Theater LIVE: "Small Island” at Majestic 11 in Vero Beach.

June 28, 5-9 p.m. - Centennial Downtown Friday along 14th Avenue, Vero Beach. 772-643-6782.

June 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Celtic Prayer Bead Workshop at Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach. 772-567-1233.

June 28-29, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. - Comedy Zone Experience at Riverside Theatre with Frank Del Pizzo and Ken Miller. Arrive early for Live in the Loop free concert outside.

June 29, 2 p.m. - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Sea to Shining Sea at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Free.

June 29, 6 p.m. - Have Pianos Will Duel at Unity Spiritual Center, 950 43rd Ave., Vero Beach. RSVP to 772 538 1181 or verovinofest@gmail.com .

June 30, 7 p.m. - A Patriotic Celebration at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th St., Vero Beach.

Through July 31 - Art of Cultural Council of Indian River County’s Artist Registry members on display at ITC Intergenerational Center, 1590 9th St. SW, Vero Beach.

Through Aug. 8 - Jemal Hayes’ art is at Indian River County Courthouse.

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.

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, 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 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 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 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 for this quarter 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!

NOTE NEW DEADLINE: Helping People Succeed shares a Call to Artists for the 2020 Art For Living Calendar. The Call is open to artists in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. Deadline: July 1.
Last Saturday of each month is free admission day at Vero Beach Museum of Art.
On the Calendar - Martin County
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.

June 26, 2 p.m. - Culture Cinema: Brimstone and Glory at Cummings Library. 772-288-2551 palm@martin.fl.us

June 27-30, times vary - StarStruck Academy & Theatre summer camp’s performances of MAMMA MIA!

June 28-30, times vary - “Til Death Do Us Part ... You First! True confessions about Marriage, Sex, and other Things that End Prematurely” at A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

Through June 30 - Elliot Museum's “Art From the Vault” in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery. 50+ paintings & sculptures from the Elliott’s permanent collection.

June 30, 9 a.m. - Stuart Green Market, 300 St. Lucie Ave., Stuart.

June 30, 1 p.m. - Rock’n Riverwalk, 99 SW Seminole St., Stuart.

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

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

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 has Auto & Garage tours Thursdays with John Giltinan, associate car curator. Meet at the front desk at 10:55 a.m. Tour included with admission.

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

NEW DEADLINE - Monday, July 1.
Helping People Succeed shares a Call to Artists for the 2020 Art For Living Calendar. The Call is open to artists in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. Deadline: July 1
On the Calendar - St. Lucie County
June 25 - 7 p.m. - Jazz Jam at Sunrise Theatre with Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. Cover charge.

June 26, 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.

June 28, 5-11 p.m. - Marina Madness Music Festival at Causeway Cove Marina, 601 Seasway Dr., Fort Pierce.

June 28, 6 p.m. - Theatre Summer Camp performance: Jack & the Beanstalk at Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce.

June 29, 1 p.m. - Rusty Wright - Real Deal Blues at Summer Crush Winery, 4200 Johnston Rd., Fort Pierce.

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 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.

Through Aug. 11 - Summer hours at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery. Free admission days July & Aug. 4. Check website for details. 

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

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.

UPDATE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 1. Helping People Succeed shares a Call to Artists for the 2020 Art For Living Calendar. The Call is open to artists in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. 
On the Calendar - No. Palm Beach County
June 26 - Final class in Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens , 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach.

June 27, 6 p.m. - Clematis by Night: Whisky Six country music. Free. 100 S Flagler Drive, WPB. 

June 28-29, 7:30 p.m. - lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, featuring students from the three-week Senior Conservatory summer camp and candidates in the Maltz’s Professional Training Program. 561-575-2223 or www.jupitertheatre.org .

June 28-29 - Sean’s Dance Factory Presents Big Bang XXIII at Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, WPB.

June 29, 10:30 a.m. - Frame Building workshop for artists at Arts Warehouse , 313 NE 3RD ST., DELRAY BEACH

Through June 29 - Building Paradise: Adison Mizner’s Legacy at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum , 300 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

Through June 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Twisted: Patrick Dougherty Entwined - Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 NorthMilitary Trail, WPB

Through Aug. 10 -  Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’ s Biennial 2019 exhibition featuring work by local artists. Best in Show: Rick Newton.

June 3 - Aug. 10 - Window on the World Original Art and Picture Books by National Award Winners at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta.

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

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.

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.

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. 17 - Sankofa: For the Record at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Bch.
On the Calendar - Brevard County
Through October 19 - Foosaner Art Museum presents Clyde Butcher: Florida’s Photographer, 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. FoosanerArtMuseum.org .

June 21-30 - Robin Hood Fractured at Surfside Play house, 301 Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach, at the northwest corner of Brevard Avenue and Ramp Road.

June 29, 7 p.m. - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Sea to Shining Sea at The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Dr., Melbourne.

June 28- 30 - Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World at Cocoa Village Playhouse. An original musical drama.based on a concept by Peter Clayton. Written by Trevor Preston.

June 29, 7:00 p.m. - Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents Sovereign Brass: Brass to Broadway at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne.
June 30, 3:30 p.m. - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Sea to Shining Sea at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach.

*** 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.

May 25-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 June 30 - Hedda Gabler with a twist in Jon Robin Baitz’s adaptation is at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm |Sunday Matinees at 2pm | Saturday June 15 – 2pm Matinee only.

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!
On the Calendar - Beyond the Treasure Coast
June 25; 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.

June 28; 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.
June 24-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Youth Summer Music and Culture Camp for students in grades 3 through 12 at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Campers will learn to play traditional Japanese instruments from professional musicians, experience Japanese culture, and participate in fun craft activities.

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

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.
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