Volume 4 No. 4 |January 28, 2022
Sharing our wealth of arts and culture. We're having an ARTS BLAST!

Promoting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere
Notes from the editor:
Does anyone else feel guilty when friends visit from the frigid north and we can offer them only watch-out-for-falling-iguanas-forget-the-beach weather? Still, it beats what the Northeast is looking at this weekend. 

Arts Blast readers in Florida have an abundance of inside things to do this weekend, leading up to a red-hot February. Check our features, Tidbits, and online calendar for your options and, as always, if I’ve missed something artsy, let me know. 

Bundle up! and watch for those dozing iguanas from above. In case you aren’t familiar with the phenomenon and one lands in your lap, please set it somewhere safe until it gets warmer. They aren’t dead. Still scary, but not dead.

Despite Covid, our calendars are full! So full, that I've brought back TIDBITS, to squeeze in as many events as I can. Be sure to scroll down — all the way down. It will be worth the trip.
See it all on the Arts Blast online Calendar.

This week on Arts Blast on the Air:
Brad Taylor - End of Days
Bridgette Waldau - Main Street Okeechobee Arts & Culture Chair
In This Issue
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Goes to the Movies
Jamie Holmes on Changing Course
Last Call!
Coming and Going at The Society of the Four Arts
Brevard Cultural Alliance Update
Volunteer at ArtsFest!
Tim Sanchez Opens at Center for Spiritual Care
A Glimmer of A Glow Show

The Elliott Hosts Martin Open Studio Event
Vero Beach Art Club Adds Classes
Textile Artwork at Cultural Court House
BSO free concert
McKee Car Show
Top of the Lake
Sunday Cinema - Dolly Parton
St.Lucie Cultural Alliance Valentine's Day
Harvey Rescheduled at Pineapple Theatre
When Radio Was King at the Barn
Valentine Pops at CCOVB + Creativity!
Choral Society of the Palm Beaches
Chinese New Year at the Norton
Ballet Vero Beach Watch-on-Line tickets now available for Franco-American!
Last Call! Ending Soon - Could Be Today!
Jan. 28, 10-5 & Jan. 29, 10-4 - 2022 Quilt and Fiber Show and raffle at Indian River County Fairgrounds - Vero Beach Quilt Guild-Sunbonnet Sue
Jan. 29, 7 p.m. - Benefit concert for The Gifford Youth Orchestra at The Emerson Center: Christoph Seybol and Sergey Belyavsky
Jan. 30, 3 p.m. - Hooray for Hollywood - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra - VBHS Performing Arts Center
Jan. 30, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Art in the Park - Vero Beach Art club at Humiston Park

Jan 28, 7:30 p.m.: Busch Piano Trio Concert, Melbourne Chamber Music Society, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Indialantic, 
Jan. 28 - Opening night for West Side Story at Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse
Jan. 29, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. - Hooray for Hollywood -- Space Coast Symphony Orchestra - Premiere Theaters Oaks 10, Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne
Jan 29: Palm Bay Multicultural Festival, Fred Poppe Regional Park

Jan. 28-30 - Bizet's Carmen at Kravis Center
Jan. 28 & 29 - Free admission to 8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Norton Museum of Art.
Jan. 29, 6 p.m. - Maltz Jupiter Theatre Casino La Mer Gala
Jan. 30, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. - Taiko Drum Workshop at Morikami

Through Jan. 30 - Our Walls: Real and Imagined at MFA St. Pete
Through Jan. 30 - The Colored Museum - at Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. - Rhythm on the River: Michael Dutra & the Strictly Sinatra Band at Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Jan. 29, 1 p.m. - Backyard Teas at Bok Tower Gardens
Jan. 29, 7 p.m. -Violeta: A Virtual Evening with Isabel Allende - Miami Book Fair event
Jan. 30, 2-4 p.m. - Family Day at The Bass

Through Jan. 30 - RENT The Musical at The Barn Theatre
Jan. 28-30 - ELVIS Comes to A.C.T.! at ACT Studio Theatre
Jan. 28, 4&8 p.m. - Atlantic Classical Orchestra Masterworks I - Technicolor Dance - at The Lyric Theatre

Jan. 28, 8 p.m. - The Robert Cray Band at Sunrise Theatre
Jan. 29, 8 p.m. - Hotel California: The Original Eagles Tribute at Sunrise Theatre
Feb. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Opening Reception for Palm City Art Associates 33rd Annual Art Show and Sale at Cummings Library, Palm City.
Brevard Cultural Alliance in Action
Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA), the county’s designated local arts agency, has launched a new online art gallery at www.artsbrevard.org/shop. This latest addition to the BCA website now brings the shopping experience for artwork directly online, curating an ever-changing, fresh mix of works from BCA member artists. The online gallery offers unique artwork available for purchase, in a wide range of sizes, mediums, and price points.
Member artists featured in the gallery also have their own personal “exhibits” in the form of a member profile page which highlights more of their body of work.

Another component to BCA’s online art gallery is the social media extension. Brevard Cultural Alliance is launching a Pinterest account in addition to their existing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to further highlight the exceptional art by its members. www.artsbrevard.org/shop, #artsbrevard 


Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) is pleased to announce its second celebratory BCA Day in partnership with Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Their next upcoming BCA Day will be held on Saturday evening, February 5th at the Wondrous World of John Williams: A 90th Birthday Tribute concert at the Maxwell C. King Center in Melbourne.
Corina Pelloni and Jane Lawton Baldridge present A Glow Show

From the artists:

Corina Pelloni and Jane Lawton Baldridge are excited to announce an illuminated artistic collaborative of nine local artists. Glimmer premiers at 901 SE Johnson Avenue on Friday, February 4th, 2022 from 5 to 9:30 pm. A second event is scheduled for Saturday, February 5th, 2022 from 5 to 9:30 pm.

The collaboration will be an immersive art event focusing on illumination in environments. The public can expect an Enchanted Wood, a Mangrove Forest, Underneath the Undulating Sky, Passing into Water, Rising through the Ground up to the Stars and The Room of Secrets inside the building. Outside will be a projection of Animated Ocean Paintings and Color & Sound Vibration. Artists will lead hands-on activities. Original artwork and Jellyfish will be for sale. 

Currently the artists working on the project include Corina Pelloni, Jane Lawton Baldridge, DJ Voelker, Colleen North, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Taylor, Emerick, Deena Rahill, Laura and Gene Kinnamon. The Women Supporting the Arts and Martin Arts awarded Pelloni and Baldridge a grant to help offset the cost of putting on this immersive collaboration. The group is looking for more sponsorships and will be selling T-Shirts and other merchandise to help fund the efforts. Pelloni and Baldridge also hope to expand the exhibit dates and locations.
ArtsFest Needs You!

ArtsFest returns to downtown Stuart February 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a wide variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top area chefs. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 for adults, with children 18 and under free. 

Why Volunteer at ArtsFest?
A sense of community. Have fun and make new friend
Promote and support the arts in Martin Count
Free admission to the festival before or after your shift
A free volunteer t-shirt and volunteer hospitality
Love and admiration from our staff, artists, and patrons
What do volunteers do at ArtsFest?
ArtsFest has many components and plenty of areas to volunteer to work with our guests, artists, vendors, and more! Pick your task and your time, or let us assign you, either way you'll meet like-minded arts lovers while helping us raise money to support our efforts to make the arts community in Martin County more vibrant.
Artist Relations – Artist Check in & Hospitality
Guest Relations – Greeters, Information Tent, Gallery Docent, and more!
Event Operations – Site Operations and Festival Load In & Load Out

Do you have a group interested in volunteering?
If you are volunteering with a group, please contact our Volunteer Director for 
additional information on how to register your group.

Questions? Concerns? Contact our Volunteer Directors!
This goes for both before the festival and during. If you need help with anything or have questions, we are here for you! We are committed to providing you the best experience possible, and we love feedback. Call Mary Ann at 772-323-3364 or Paul at 772-600-5529
Jamie Holmes on Taking That Leap of Faith
I came across some unexpected stats in Ron Charles’ Book Club column in The Washington Post today:
“Consumer book sales were up almost 12 percent during 2021 compared to 2020. That includes an 11 percent rise for hardback revenues and an almost 19 percent rise for paperbacks. Even the drop-off in commuting couldn’t depress sales of downloaded audiobooks, which rose more than 13 percent.” That has to be welcome news across the board — for authors and illustrators, readers, publishers, booksellers.

And that got me thinking about author James Holmes and his extraordinary family. Daughter Hannah was featured in Arts Blast when her first book, Do Big, came out. She was 16 at the time. Her sister, 11-year-old Heather, is currently on the charts with her series, Scare Squad.
Now a full-time author, Holmes was a Florida television news anchor for 25-years. He made that terrifying leap into the self-employment abyss last year to pursue his dream. Going independent is a scary prospect for anyone (think Willi Miller’s Arts Blast’s launch three years ago) but when you have a family counting on you, it has to be beyond terrifying. Was it? He was willing to share an editorial he wrote recently. Excerpts follow:
Turning The Page - James Holmes

It’s been a heck of a few years. Stable turned unstable. Solid became sand. And the world stopped, started again, and then stalled out a few more times along the way. For many, it was a time of loss. 

For me, it was a change in careers. After 25-years of being on television screens and in the trenches of journalism, I transitioned to the most feared pair of words in the English language: Self-employed. The only other word more frightening is ‘author.’ So, I threw that in as well. Self-employed author.
Wow. Talk about risking it all. ...

When was I going to take a chance to reach for the only thing I’ve wanted to do in my professional life? When would I stop asking permission from a boss and start working for myself? ...

What I wanted more than anything was to be a writer. I dreamt of it since I was a kid. I even have turtleneck sweaters and tweed jackets in the closet for when that day would finally come. ... And so, if not now—then when? After self-publishing my first trilogy of books, I felt like I’d learned enough to go on my own, and so I did.

Surprisingly, it was my eleven-year-old daughter who came up with the idea of what to write. She had a dream about a place called Clown Town, where creepy clowns collect children. On a side note, she should probably stop eating spicy food before bedtime. I asked if she wanted to write it together, and she said, “Only if I get half.” (Spicy with her is more than just her diet).

So, my daughter and I began a journey. We sat down together and cobbled together the story of a group of kids who fight back against monsters taking children. Scare Squad was born. What we quickly learned along the way was that the monsters in today’s world are real. Every monster became a theme for a far bigger problem that is facing our children: they’re growing up too fast.

Scare Squad became a way for kids to fight the real monsters taking our kids.
Screentime. Social media. Influencers. Bullying. School violence. We tackled these themes, created a ‘monster’ out of it, and then put our intrepid heroes up against it. 
I thought we’d run out of ideas. Twenty-two books later, we’re still writing. 

Something struck a chord because the books hit #1 on Amazon the first day. I was glad to see that because now I owe my daughter half. The moral of all this is simple. Heck, I think I buried the lead: Be brave. Re-invent yourself
And for the love of God, spend more time with the ones you love. Because here today, gone tomorrow.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Goes to the Movies -- Again!
Aaron Collins, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s fearless leader, loves the movies, and not only the music. He produces some terrific multi-media concerts and this weekend we get to see a prime example, Hooray for Hollywood, Part II.
On Saturday, January 29 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM, the SCSO will present Hooray for Hollywood, Part II at the Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 at 1800 West Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne and on Sunday, January 30 at 3 PM at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center at 1707 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960.
The multi-media event will feature movie clips on the big screen, while the orchestra plays live soundtrack selections from some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. The audience will hear selections from Lawrence of Arabia, Gremlins, Schindler's List, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gettysburg, Star Wars, Psycho, The Croods, Out of Africa, Rudy, and many more. 

$30 Tickets to Hooray for Hollywood are available through the orchestra website at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree and Vero Beach. Tickets will be available at the door for $35. All concert tickets include admission. Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. Discounted tickets are available through our Symphony for Everyone program.
Tim Sanchez - Reconstructions
Vero Beach artist Tim Sanchez will show a series of new assemblages he calls “Reconstructions” at the Center for Spiritual Care Feb 4-28. His exhibition, probably the only one he will mount in 2022, will open with an artist’s reception Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. 
The Center for Spiritual Care is located at 1550 24th St. in Vero Beach. Viewing after the opening is by appointment between 10 and 4 seven days a week. Call 772-567-1233. 
A Taste of An Earlier Artsfest
ArtsFest returns to downtown Stuart February 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a wide variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top area chefs. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 for adults, with children 18 and under free. Photos: Liz McKinley
Coming and Going at the Four Arts

An Eye on Michelangelo and Bernini in the Esther B. O’Keeffe Building: East Gallery

This special exhibition developed by the Fine Arts Department features 30 stunning black and white photographs by Aurelio Amendola, a prolific contemporary photographer from Italy.
While Amendola has devoted his career to capturing the likeness of major protagonists in 20th-century art such as De Chirico, Lichtenstein, Pomodoro, and Warhol, he is also well known for his photographs documenting the works of great masters of the Italian Renaissance like Jacopo della Quercia, Donatello, and Michelangelo.
This exhibition features photographic details of some of Michelangelo’s most beloved pieces — David, Pietà, Moses, Victory, and figures from the Tombs of Giuliano di Lorenzo de’ Medici and Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici — alongside details of Bernini’s Damned Soul, David, Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Persephone, and Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius. NOTE: THERE ARE SEVERAL RELATED ONLINE LECTURES AVAILABLE THROUGH APRIL 30.
Also leaving Jan. 30:

A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard
A Beautiful Mess: Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard is a vibrant contemporary textile exhibition organized by the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. It features a diverse selection of fiber arts including wall-hangings, installations, and monumental pieces.

Leaving Jan. 31 - online

Catherine Grace Katz, The Daughters of Yalta
The Daughters of Yalta is the story of three young women, all accomplished in their own right, who accompanied their fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted. Catherine Grace Katz is a writer and historian from Chicago who holds degrees in history from Harvard and Cambridge.
In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940 - February 12 – April 16
On Exhibition in the the:
A sweeping survey of American Impressionism, In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940, presents paintings, prints, and drawings from acclaimed artists such as George Innes, Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John Sloan, Ernest Lawson, Daniel Garber, and Guy Carleton Wiggins, among others.

Docent-led tours of the exhibitions occur at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour is included in the price of admission.
April 4, 2022 at 11 a.m.
February 12, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Okeechobee Main Street Arts & Culture Alliance announces 15th Annual Top of the Lake Art Fest and Chalk Walk in Okeechobee's Flagler Park February 5 & 6.

2-D Art, 3-D Art - Photography/Digital - Mixed Media - Jewelry
9th Annual Top of the Lake Chalk Walk (street painting), sand sculpture, local adult & student artists, food, entertainment, art demonstrations and children's art programs both days in the park. 
An extensive list of classes coming up at the Vero Beach Club Annex. Get the list at VeroBeachArtClub.org
Saturday, February 12, 2022
7:00 p.m. in the CCOVB Sanctuary
$25 admission at the door (no tickets or reservations)
Masks strongly suggested. Social Distancing is encouraged in the Sanctuary.

The Community Church of Vero Beach presents soprano Rachel Carter Murphy with Festival Pops Orchestra conducted by Andrew Galuska.
This concert features selections from musical theater and opera, suites from blockbuster hits, and a few surprise favorites along the way!

Celebration of Creativity: If you would like to have your artwork displayed in the Narthex Gallery during our Celebration of Creativity in March, please contact our celebration curator, Sean Sexton at sextonart@aol.com. Artwork for display includes but is not limited to: Paintings, sketches, sculpture, pottery, photography, mixed media, poetry, prose, and more! If you are not sure, just ask!
A Juried Exhibit of Textile Artwork by Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates Florida Region is at the Cultural Court House in Stuart through February 26.
Sunday Cinema
January 30 @ 2:00pm
Blake Library
Dolly Parton celebrates life and songs for her 50- year anniversary at The Grand Ole Opry! With stories and music, Dolly brings in stars such as Emmylou Harris, Lady A, and Hank Williams Jr. to share memories and pay tribute.

Produced by PBS in conjunction with BBC. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is proud to announce the return of its annual free family concert, Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, on Sunday, February 20th at 2:00pm at the Maxwell C. King Center at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida. There are no tickets or registration for this event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
St. Lucie Cultural Alliance celebrates Valentine's Day with Nico James and Isabella Stania, guitarists and singers, in A Night of Love Songs at the 500 Orange Event Center Feb. 10.
The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches presents A Retrospective concert featuring The Lubben Brothers at FAU Feb. 6, 4 p.m.
HARVEY RESCHEDULED at Pineapple Playhouse - We apologize for any inconviences but Harvey has been rescheduled to March. A cast member contracted covid and for the safety of our cast, volunteers, and patrons we have opted to reschedule the show rather than cancel it. NEW DATE! March 3-20 - HARVEY at Pineapple Playhouse
CANCELLED March 3-20 - tick, tick ... BOOM! at Pineapple Playhouse
McKee Botanical Garden’s 12th Annual Motor Car Exhibition -Saturday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Parking will be available at either the Garden or at McKee’s new off-site parking lot with shuttle buses available and is located less than a mile south of the Garden off of US Highway 1 at 146 Vista Royale Square
ArtsFest returns to downtown Stuart February 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a wide variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top area chefs. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 for adults, with children 18 and under free.
When Radio Was King at the Barn Theatre remembers "those magical radio shows of the 1940s" Feb. 12, 8 p.m. and Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
The Elliott Museum is hosting the Martin Artisans Guild Open Studio Tour opening reception Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
A new series of works by noted Vero Beach artist Tim Sanchez will be featured Feb. 4-28 at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach. The exhibition, his only solo showing this season, will open with an artist’s reception Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Chinese New Year at the Norton Museum of Art

Saturday, January 29 / 12-5pm
All programs are included with Museum Admission/Members free.
Festivities continue with dragon and lion dances, family art activities, traditional Chinese music, gallery talks and more related to the Norton's remarkable Chinese collection featuring works from 3200 BCE to the 20th century.
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