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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 5 No. 19| May 19, 2023

Notes from the Editor:

The season is winding down, but is it really? Riverside Theatre's final show of the season opens May 30, a great kickoff for summer! Honky Tonk Angels promises a good time for all. The women in the cast were my guests on Arts Blast on the Air a few weeks ago and, boy! are they a lively bunch! I can't wait to see them in action. Check the Riverside website for teasers.

Not really arts related — although there is an art to serving a proper tea — but I have to note the closing of SeaLantro British Cafe and Market's dining room service. Jayne and Michael will offer catering and are hoping to open a stand in some local farmers' markets soon. May 26 is the final (pop up) fish & chips night and May 28 Jayne is offering a class, Jayne's Scone Secrets And Afternoon Tea, both at the officially closed 6th Avenue location. I have a feeling the limited seats will be taken early, so check the SeaLantro Facebook page for info.

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Some St. John webcam links, just for the beauty of it.

Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

This week's Arts Blast on the Air - May17, 2023 - Dr. Jacob Craig and Bobbee Larsson discuss the Vero Beach Choral Society's scholarship program, the VBCS's 40th anniversary, auditioning, and next season's events.

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In This Issue

May Art Walk in Fort Pierce!

Through the Eye of the Camera Gallery

Blue Star Museums

Color Our Collections

Deborah Pollack at the Mennello

From the Arts Blast Calendar

... And More!

Go to the Arts Blast Calendar - What's Happening all over Arts Blast Land


Presented by: The Inner Truth Project and St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

Date: Friday, May 19

Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: The Vault 


Stop by The Vault Art Gallery for the opening night of the exhibition: I'm Still Standing. Refreshments will be available. 

Sign up to join the drum circle at 6 PM with Kevin Beatkeeper. Also, stop by Inner Voices Outer VisionLisa Jill Allison GalleryHarmony Lounge, Painted Giraffe, and 2nd Street Gallery.

From the Arts Blast Calendar

May 19 – Jun 25: The Cemetery Club, Melbourne Civic Theatre, Downtown Melbourne

May 20 - Playtime in the Park - Riverside Theatre For Kids

May 20-Sept. 3 - Treasure Coast Creates: A Tribute to Local Artists at Vero Beach Museum of Art

Through May 28 - Songs for a New World at The Barn Theatre

May 20, 3 p.m. - Treasure Coast Community Singers - British Invasion - Trinity United Methodist Church, Jensen Beach

May 21, 3 p.m. - Treasure Coast Community Singers - British Invasion - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Ross Hall, Stuart

May 21, 2-5 p.m. - Sunday Jazz in the Park - Shepard's Park

Make It an Artsy Summer for Your Kids!

Blue Star Museums for Your Summer Visiting Pleasure.

What it is:

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The 2023 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023. For more information on Blue Star Museums, visit the website.

Among other local institutions, Vero Beach Museum of Art, McKee Botanical Garden, and A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery are on the list.

I intended to print a list of Florida institutions in the Blue Star Museum program, but there are too many! If you qualify for Blue Star admission, go to the complete map and click on the state where you live or will be visiting this summer.

Even if you don't qualify, this is a great list of places for road trips! These are on my first-cut list:

Jacksonville: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Ocala: Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida

Orlando: Orlando Museum of Art

Ormond Beach: Ormond Art Museum & Gardens

Palm Beach: Flagler Museum

Sarasota: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Sarasota Art Museum of ringling College of Art and Design

St. Petersburg: Dalí Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Tampa: Henry Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art

West Palm Beach:

Norton Museum of Art & Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Winter Park: Rollins Museum of Art

As I was typing this list, I remembered many other museums and gardens I'll be adding. This is going to take longer than I think!

If you go, please report in to Arts Blast and tell us what you've seen. Send photos, too.

Color Our Collections

Stumbling across a great website is something that happens to me fairly often, just by following my nose. To be honest, it's usually when I'm stalling for time before I get to work that gets me there!

I have no idea how I landed on the site of The New York Academy of Medicine but certainly wasn't expecting to find this gem. I contacted Arlene Shaner, the historical collections librarian (what a job!) to make sure Arts Blast readers could use the collections. She said, "The whole point of the ColorOurCollections campaign every year is to bring that content to the public so people can download anything they like for personal use (and there really is something for everyone)."

What it's all about:

Launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016, #ColorOurCollections is an annual coloring festival on social media during which libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring content featuring images from their collections.

The annual #ColorOurCollections week generally occurs on the first full week of February, when new coloring books are released on this website and shared throughout the week by the participating institutions on social media. The coloring books from 2021 and previous years remain accessible year-round for free download.

Institutions can find out more about participation on the Guidelines for Institutions page.

Above: The flyer used in 2023.

For a list of participating institutions, including links, go to the website. I found that once I clicked on a collection, I had to click on the text under the blank page to get to the coloring pages. Get out your crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils!

The Laughs and the Music are in the Loop at Riverside!

Get the summer lineup online at

Through the Eye of the Camera Gallery at Backus

Director's Choice

2nd Place - Animals

Award of Merit - Flora & Landscape

Best of Show

Award of Merit - Flora & Landscape

The top 8 award winners for 2023 are:

  1. BEST OF SHOW – “Lovers’ Quarrel” by Joe Campanellie (Palm Coast)
  2. FIRST PLACE, ANIMALS – “Clowns at Home” by Mike Ricciardi (Vero Beach)
  3. FIRST PLACE, FLORA & LANDSCAPE – “Elements” by Hilda Champion (Naples)
  4. FIRST PLACE, PEOPLE/PORTRAIT – “Lone Wolf” by Serene Savery (Vero Beach)
  5. FIRST PLACE, OPEN – “Marco Hotel (2021)” by Austin Bell (Marco Island)
  6. BEST BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH – “Trails End Cowpens” by Rick Modine (Fort Pierce)
  7. BEST FILM/TRADITIONAL RAW PHOTOGRAPH – “Adventure Begins Where the Trails End” by Cassidy Balsitis (Port St. Lucie)
  8. DIRECTOR’S CHOICE – “In a Fog (2021)” by Austin Bell (Marco Island)

The complete listing of all accepted art entries and all award-winning photographs is available at

Riverside Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Lineup!

Deborah Pollack at the Mennello

Palm Beach author Deborah Pollack presents "Laura Woodward: Flagler's Muse and Florida's Artist" at the Mennello Museum of American Art Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. Pollack said, "Come hear the truth about Florida's most important nineteenth-century woman artist!"

Pollack will present the true story of Laura Woodward (1834-1926), a member of the Hudson River School, and describe her times, when women artists largely had to make a choice: either domesticity or a professional career in landscape painting. Woodward came to Florida around 1889, fell in love with the state’s nature, and changed its history.

Recently published, Pollack's Florida Sculptors and Their Works 1880-2020 gives the sculptors who have made Florida home their share of attention in the art world. This "well-researched and generously illustrated volume tells the fascinating stories of these creative people and reveals secrets behind their three-dimensional art—from realistic to abstract to folk art. Discover how Florida has inspired such world-renowned artists as Augusta Savage, Duane Hanson, Richard Anuszkiewicz, John Chamberlain, and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as lesser-known yet highly praised sculptors who have enhanced collections throughout the world and changed the state’s profile with their iconic public art. 

About the speaker: Pollack graduated with honors from Temple University with a degree in art history. As Deborah Courtney, she performed in numerous television commercials and, for three years starred on the soap opera Love of Life. She then became a fine art dealer and eventually, revisiting her background in art history, an author. Her books include Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South, Palm Beach Visual Arts; Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy; Felix De Crano: Forgotten Artist of the Flagler Colony; Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer; Vintage Miami Beach Glamour: Celebrities and Socialites in the Heyday of Chic; Florida Sculptors and Their Work: 1880-2020; and Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach, which won an award from Florida Memorial University for making “a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women’s history.”

Pollack’s essays are in such books as the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and Central to Their Lives: Women Artists in the Johnson Collection. Articles have appeared in periodicals including the American Art Review, New York History Review, Tequesta (scholarly journal of HistoryMiami), Antiques and Art Around Florida, and Tustenegee. She lives with her husband, Edward, in Palm Beach, Florida, where they own Edward and Deborah Pollack Fine Art.

Dance —The Universal Language

The 2023-2024 season for Ballet Vero Beach has been announced! It features three main stage programs with original works, world premieres, and works by master choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, and Martha Graham. Nutcracker on the Indian River returns, and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre makes its Riverside Dance Festival Debut. Series subscription tickets are on sale now.

Riverside Dance Festival

Student Workshops: July 24-August 5

The Riverside Dance Festival is a unique experience in Intensive Summer Study presented by Riverside Theatre and Ballet Vero Beach. Accepted students will experience day-to-day life with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. Students will have the opportunity to take daily technique classes in ballet and contemporary dance forms from Terminus and Riverside’s own distinguished faculty. They will also participate in master classes, open rehearsals, and work towards the creation of their own work to be performed alongside Terminus in a mixed repertory concert to culminate the festival. 

All applications/auditions will be submitted digitally this season.

Last Call!

Ballet Vero Beach has one available space in the Fellowship Initiative for Dancers for the 2023/2024 Season. Interested candidates MUST return their application by June 1st to be considered. 

This is a two year, one-of-a-kind program that combines professional performance experience with Ballet Vero Beach, quality higher education with Indian River State College (paid for by the company), and unmatched training in arts integration, arts literacy, and the science of teaching with The Learning Alliance. 

Applications are open to graduating seniors and recent high school graduates, help us spread the word and tell your friends! To apply, visit:


AUGUST 4, 2023 at 7:30pm

AUGUST 5, 2023 at 7:30pm


Art with a Local Connection at Vero Beach Museum of Art

From Vero Beach Museum of Art:

Treasure Coast Creates: A Tribute to Local Artists

May 20 – September 3, 2023 Holmes and Titelman Galleries

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce the inaugural 2023 juried fine art exhibition of recent works of art by living local artists. Over the years, numerous artists have settled in and around Vero Beach, Florida. The VBMA‘s mission to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary artists. With over 350 applicants, and over 800 artworks to consider, Juror Ellen E. Roberts, the Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Senior Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL), finally selected 137 works for the show. In order to curatorially give the exhibition structure, the selections were assigned the following categories: 1. Cityscape, Landscape and Seascape, 2. Abstract, 3. Figurative, 4. Photography, 5. Sculpture, Ceramic and other 3D and 6. Other. The winners will be announced at the Opening Reception on May 26.

Photo: Joel Johnson, Winter Shadows (detail), 2019. Watercolor on paper, 39 x 38 inches. On loan to VBMA, Vero Beach private collection.

Art at the Emerson

Forever in Bloom - A fragrant array of floral art on view through May 30.

Featured Artists:

Lisa Willnow, Paris Birich, Vera Titova, Daniel Jones, Patricia Kolalewski, Betsy Kurzinger,

Anne Whitney & Judy Burgarella

Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm, with no entry fee.

Pirates & Fairies continue at McKee

Come explore and discover McKee Botanical Garden and the Children’s Garden during Pirate & Fairy Celebration Saturdays (May 20 & 27) from 10 am – 3pm. Come dressed in your fairy best or swashbuckling gear! Costumes welcome, but not required. 

Festivities include Make & Take Crafts (while supplies last), Temporary Tattoos, Games, and Fairy House Building. In addition, guests will enjoy different activities each Saturday including live pirate and maritime music, magician, balloon twister, fairy hair applications, and a visit with Caption Jack Sparrow. (All activities subject to change. All activities are outdoors and will be canceled in inclement weather).

For more information, please visit

McKee Botanical Garden | 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32962 | 772.794.0601

Each year on June 5th the Flagler Museum celebrates its anniversary by opening free of charge in honor of the Museum's founder, and Henry Flagler's granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews, who rescued the estate from potential demolition and established the Museum in 1959.

On Monday, June 5th this year, the Flagler Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors may take a self-guided tour of Whitehall, view the permanent collection of art and objects related to America's Gilded Age, and climb aboard Henry Flagler's personal Railcar No. 91.

When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring changing exhibitions and special programs. The Museum is located at One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call (561) 655-2833 or visit

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