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Volume 4 No. 5 | February 11, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

If you like to watch confusion in action, you should have seen me trying to schedule features on Art Martin and Martin Arts in the same issue of Arts Blast. I think Art Martin will wait for next week while I give extra space to Martin Arts and the 2022 ArtsFest in Stuart. What a relief that decision was! And ArtsFest isn't the only festival around, so clear your calendar for a busy weekend, not counting the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

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In This Issue

If You Go to ArtsFest ...

First Ladies and Their Presidents

Judy & Shotsie plus Some Cute Ospreys at ELC

Musicales in Martin County

Motorcars at McKee

Highwaymen Weekend at Backus Next Week

Sebastian Art Studio Tour

Scroll All the Way Down for TONS of:


Tim Sanchez

Art in the Park

Sado at Morikami

Short Takes at North County Library (IRC)

Old Macedonia Colored Church

WBTT Jazzlinks Sarasota

Swan Lake at Frost

Art After Dark at the Norton

Orphans at ACT Studio Theatre


Branford Marsalis @ the Lyric

FP Jazz at Botanica

Frida Kahlo film

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Paris: The Luminous Years

Martin Artisans at the Elliott

Derek Gores' Artist Talk

Concerts in the Park VBMA

Live! from Vero Beach + Support CCIRC

When Radio was King

Garden Festival & more at Edison/Ford

Brevard Cultural Alliance online gallery

AAUW Vero Beach (The American Association of University Women) presents First Ladies and Their Presidents, two one-act plays that bring to life first Abigail and John Adams, and then Lou and Herbert Hoover. The program was created by Sue and William Wills, a veteran husband-and-wife writing and acting team. They have spent 44 years in theater, have presented over 9,000 performances together, and are in their 26th year of "bringing to life the stories of 34 different Presidential couples."

The program will raise money for AAUW’s Local Program Fund, which supports scholarships, grants and programs for women and girls in Indian River County and highlight the role of women in history. These two presidential couples were chosen because of the strength of the first ladies. AAUW is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

$40 per ticket. For students, including Girl Scouts: $20. Tickets available at the Emerson Center Box Office (Tues & Thurs from 10AM – 1 PM) or at


Old friend Judy Burgarella emailed to make sure we don't miss the I Love Art showcase at the Environmental Learning Center featuring 35 of her nature-related paintings and many large pieces by another old friend, Shotsi Cain Lajoie.

Also at ELC:

The Environmental Learning Center is hosting Spring Fling; a juried art show April 1st-May 31st in their Lagoon Room Gallery.

Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces of art by February 28th for consideration. The categories for Spring Fling are Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media and Photography-Graphic Art-Digital. Artwork should be nature-inspired and created between January 1, 2020, to the submission time. Invitations to participate will be extended to artists by March 15th.

Awards will be given for Best in Show and a First, Second and Third prize will be given in each of the four categories. The Spring Fling show will hang from April 1st-May 31st and the pieces in the exhibit will be available for purchase.

The show guidelines and rules are located on the ELC website at  For additional details, please contact Sue Harr at 

And More for LiveCam fans!

ELC Live Osprey Nest Cameras, sponsored by Lynn and Gillis Green.

"We have seen a lot of activity on one of the nests recently. Visit our website to see the cameras."

Highwaymen Weekend at Backus

From the Backus Museum:

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery will present the annual Highwaymen Celebration Weekend Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20, 2022 during regular hours each day. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a range of special offerings, including viewing the special exhibition The Highwaymen: Art / History. Admission will be free, with activities outside and inside at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

The Highwaymen are a loose collective of Florida artists who learned landscape painting techniques and began a creative enterprise of selling their bold and rapidly-produced works of art to customers up and down the state’s Atlantic Coast from the trunks of cars. This movement started in Fort Pierce in the 1950s at a time in the segregated South when opportunities were limited for African Americans, yet they persevered and succeeded. In 2004, 26 of the original artists were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and in 2016 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture and History opened with 18 Highwaymen paintings in its collection.

From McKee Botanical Garden:

McKee Botanical Garden’s highly-anticipated 12th Annual Motor Car Exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is sponsored by Wilmington Trust. After having to cancel its Annual Motor Car Exhibition in 2021 due to COVID-19, McKee is thrilled to be able to host this event this year. This year’s show includes outstanding European Cars Featuring the Ferrari and Other Italian Exotics. This fun, family-friendly exhibition of motorsport excellence allows visitors to see rare cars like a 1958 Ferrari California Spyder, a lovely 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, and a powerful 1984 Ferrari BB 512i. 


This year we have a new off-site parking area. 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, Vero Beach, FL 32962.

McKee’s annual motor car exhibition is one of the top shows in the area with its unique garden setting. The show is hosted by our dedicated Car Show Committee including Dick Kesler, Bill Maule, Dave Prossick, Norman Ridgely, Chuck Roberts, Wayne Sandlin, John Schumann, Jr., and Jerry Weick.

In conjunction with the car show, visitors will be able to enjoy McKee’s new Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors Exhibition, which is on display now through May 1, 2022. This exhibition features 10 animatronic dinosaurs, such as the mighty T. rex of North America; the bi-pedal predator Herrerasaurus, one of the first dinosaurs to appear on Earth, and the bizarre, bony-crested Oviraptor from Mongolia. Where else can you enjoy rare automobiles and extinct dinosaurs for the price of one exhibit?  The Garden Café will be open for lunch during this event and will feature a wide array of lunch options.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

Last minute email:

The Sebastian Art Studio Tour 2022 is Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Get all the information and a map on the website.

NOTE: The studio tour is not affiliated with the Sebastian River Art Club, although several members are participating in the tour.

The ArtsFest Culinary Experience 

Stuart Chopped—modeled after the Food Network’s hit show—returns forback-to-back rounds sparking the competitive heat between four of the previousaward winning chefs!

Saturday, February 12: Round One, 11AM–12PM | Round Two, 1–2PM 

Sunday, February 13: Culinary Demos for Kids & Adults!

  • Meet the Bees with Jennifer Holmes of Hani Honey Company, 10:30AM
  • Meet the bees, taste honey from our area, learn about how we can help pollinators, and ask JenniferHolmes of Hani Honey Company any questions you have.
  • Fun with Flavor with Caitlynne Palmieri of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, 12PM
  • Caitlynne Palmieri is the Gardening and Food Justice Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of MartinCounty. She will lead kiddos in a fun activity outlining 5 flavor profiles and how to be creativeconcocting, enjoying and celebrating snacks and food. Participants will get to design and munch ontheir own custom-flavored popcorn.
  • Seeds in the Garden with Nirana Hishmeh of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, 2PM
  • Gardening isn’t just for adults, it’s just as fun and rewarding for kids, especially when their first seedling pokes through the soil or when they taste their first strawberry. Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County's Healthy Habit Specialist, Nirana Hismeh will be showing kids the importance of properly spacing seeds with a fun exercise of pretending to be crowded seeds, how to measure and make seed tape. Plus, homemade seed tape makes a wonderful and crafty gift to share with others.

ArtsFest 2022 – Entertainment  


Saturday, February 12


  • Murray Middle School, 10:15AM–11AM (Main Stage)
  • CHOPPED Round 1, 11AM–12PM
  • Bad Apples, 12–12:30PM (Street Parade)
  • CHOPPED Round 2, 1–2PM
  • Bad Apples, 2–2:30PM (Street Parade)
  • Yvette Norwood-Tiger, 3–4:30PM (Main Stage)
  • Live Session, 5:30–7PM (Main Stage, VIP)

Sunday, February 13

  • Culinary Demo, 10:30–11AM
  • Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Quartet, 11–11:45AM (Main Stage)
  • Culinary Demo, 12–12:30PM
  • Bashaum Stewart Trio, 1–1:45PM (Main Stage)
  • Culinary Demo, 2–2:30PM

Musicales in Martin County

From Marie Jureit-Beamish - Jureit Musicales:

Please save the dates and join us for upcoming in person and livestream concerts on my Facebook page: “Marie Jureit-Beamish”.

Monthly “Sunset Concerts at the Gallery” the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. These events are presented in person and live streamed on Facebook page of 80 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Check to reserve an in-person seat.  


At St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stuart:

Sunday, February 13 at 4 p.m. and Monday, February 14 at 7 p.m.: Clark is back! The annual Valentine’s Day silent film event with the legendary Clark Wilson returns—this time at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Stuart. We are so thrilled that you will be able to once again be rollicking with laughter with one of Keaton’s greatest comedies, CAMERMAN. No need to reserve ahead of time. 

Lunch Chamber Music Concert – Ross Hall at the Pittenger Center - February 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling 772-287-3244

$20 requested donation. Includes lunch.

Tina Burr, Principle Flutist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Jackie Robbins, beloved cellist, and Brandon Glick will perform music from the Baroque era to modern dance and film scores.

March 20 at 3 p.m.: “An Afternoon of Liszt and Friends” with Pianist Kemal Gekic, considered to be one of the foremost interpreters of Franz Liszt in the world.

If You're Going to ArtsFest, Here You Go

Artists (alphabetical) with booth number

Brent Anderson Photography #222

Chip Arnold Jewelry #113

Sally Austin Mixed Media #143

Bruce Bain Photography #238

Alexis Barbeau Jewelry #107

Javier Baron Jewelry #134

Kimberly Beltrame Mixed Media #212

Dan Bi Mixed Media #236

Serge Bojan Jewelry #226

Drew Brass Mixed Media #224

Herb Brown Jewelry #104

Holly Cannon Local & Emerging #322

Valerie Carnett Ceramics #234

Magali Cereghino-Groves Wood #130

John Cheer Ceramics #211

John Cheng Painting #135

Larry Clarke Fiber #144

Steven Cohen Wood #203

Dawn De Santo Fiber #116

Michelle DeFillipo Mixed Media #115

Craig Dietrich Photography #218

Jim Dirks Glass #223

William Doak Jewelry #235

Debbie Dunbar Local & Emerging #321

Daniel Fager-George Mixed Media #110

Darlene Ferguson Glass #141

Jim Ferro Local & Emerging #322

Timothy Forman Painting #232

Wayne Gao & Michelle Chang Mixed Media #121

Sonja Grondstra Jewelry #204

Luis Gutierrez Ceramics #103

Jemal Hayes Painting #131

Carlos Iglesias Jewelry #122

Renzo Iglesias Jewelry #119

Morris Johnson Mixed Media #133

Busarin Kittichareonsup Jewelry #241

Sue Klahne Local & Emerging #321

Scott Klimek Painting #202

Chris Kling Painting #215

Stephen Koury Painting #108

Valerie Lamott Jewelry #231

James Lassak Ceramics #242

Jorge Lastra Jewelry #142

Byron Lawrence Wood #139

Alan Leising Sculpture #214

Vicki Love Fiber #227

Scott Macklin Jewelry #237

Jackie Maloney Painting #213

Leo hong Mao Painting #105

Bobbie Matus Glass #117

Meghan McChrystal Local & Emerging #324

Lucas McGowan Wood #118

Lynn Morgan Local & Emerging #323

David Ogden Photography #201

Luis Perez Jewelry #229

Josh Price Sculpture #230

Shawn Raba Mixed Media #229

Maureen Reilly Fiber #136

George Rhodes Photography #243

Jose Rico Mixed Media #120

candice Rodriguez-Adams Mixed Media #233

Lazaro Ruda Photography #205

Bud Scheffel Sculpture #111

Anne Schroeder Painting #140

Rick Sciandra Wood #216

Paul Shampine Mixed Media #239

Lisa Silk Photography #137

Jordan Silvia Local & Emerging #324

Peter Smith Sculpture #138

Mark Stall Local & Emerging #323

Emre Tekeli Jewelry #207

Nora Testor Jewelry #244

Regina To Jewelry #109

Barbara Umbel Jewelry #220

Clinton Underwood Wood #123

Sunny Walker Local & Emerging #325

Susan Werling Mixed Media #106

Robert Wertz Sculpture #206

Melissa Woods Jewelry #217

Judy Yaker Local & Emerging #325

Jean Yao Fiber #221


Vero Beach Art Club's Art in the Park Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Humiston Park, Ocean Drive, VB

Not So Still Life at VBAC Annex Gallery, 1903 14th Ave., VB

From Live! from Vero Beach:

The Cultural Council of Indian River County will receive 25% of ticket sales on the Livingston Taylor & Jonathan Edwards

concert February 24 at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach @ 7 pm

Purchase Tickets Now! Use Code: CCIRC

If music of the '40s makes your heart beat faster, bring a tear to your eye, or put a smile on your face, you'll find the When Radio Was King fundraiser at the Barn Theatre in Stuart Feb. 12 & 13, just the ticket.

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota, celebration of Black History Month continues with a free Jazzlinks performance outdoors at The Bay, Thursday, February 17. The one-hour program will feature songs and stories of the Civil Rights Movement.

At the Frost School of Music, Miami: Romance. Sorcery. Betrayal. Experience the original version of the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake – lovingly reconstructed by today’s most celebrated choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky.

Paris: The Luminous Years

The Making of the Modern

February 13 @ 2pm (Blake)

At the Blake Library

Sebastian Art Studio Tour Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Classic Albums Live Performing The Beatles’: Let it Be February 17

The Emerson Center, Vero Beach 7 p.m.


Fred Goodnight

at Vero Beach Museum of Art

Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Cash only admission

Bring a chair. No outside food or drink allowed. Food concessions and cash bar.

At A.C.T. Studio Theatre: “Orphans” by Lyle Kessler

Directed by Stuart Mohr

Comedy-Drama – February 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

At the Norton Museum of Art:

Friday, February 11 / 5-10 PM

ART AFTER DARK: A New Experience Every Friday Night!

The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society plays at Botanica Garden Festival Plant Sale at PSL Botanical Gardens Feb. 12 & 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

VBHS Drama Dept.'s Disney's The Little Mermaid Feb. 18-20.

The Martin Artisans Guild's Preview Exhibit opening reception at The Elliott Museum launches their 6th Annual Open Studio Tour Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sado - The Way of Tea

Saturday, February 12 at Morikami Museum

Observe Japanese sado, an

ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties.

Silvertones in concert Feb. 17, 10 and 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, VB

Caren Neile presents “Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories” on Tuesday, February 22nd at 2 p.m. in the North Indian River County Library meeting room. The program is free and open to the public.

The Sebastian Area Historical Society is proud to present "The Old Macedonia Colored Church”, presented by Jonnie Perry of the Gifford Historical Museum and Cultural Center at the North Indian River County Library, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Winter Garden Festival February 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

March 6 from noon to 4 p.m. - Art in Bloom art show in partnership with the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.

Frida Kahlo film at Polk Museum of Art Feb. 12&13, 2 p.m.

Special Event - ARTIST TALK with Derek Gores Feb. 12, 11 a.m. at Gallery 14, Vero Beach

An Evening with Branford Marsalis at the Lyric Theatre

February 15, 5pm and 8pm

Brevard Cultural Alliance opened an online art gallery for members.

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