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Volume 6 No. 9 | March 1, 2024

Notes from the Editor:

There could be books galore in your near future. It's Bookmania Saturday at the Blake Library in Stuart while the Palm Beach County Library System would like you to enjoy BOOK + ART at Norton Museum of Art the same day.

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Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

Maria Sparsis from Indian River Clay joins the show to talk about Form & Fire, a juried clay show March 1-22... and we speak with Dr. Edie Widder and Jasmine Schwadron from ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association).

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In This Issue

It's First Friday!

John Southall Will Lead the Band!

Bookmania and Books + Art This Weekend

Scalia/Ginsburg at CFVA

Brevard SO and BSYO Paint Musical Pictures

Fiber Arts at Center for Spiritual Care

Through Their Eyes - Ballet Vero Beach at VBMA

Live from Vero Beach's Rusty Young

VBMA has a New Chief Curator

Martin Artists Open Studio Tour

At the Old School Square

BCA Call for B&W Photography

State Handbell Festival

A Taste of Honey(s)

The Color of Beauty - AAUW

100% Pure Florida

And More ...!

Scroll down for a load of entries from the Arts Blast online calendar.

Martin County Open Studio

From Martin County artist Suzanne Connors:

Nine years ago, I had an idea!

I had just moved back to Stuart from North Carolina and when I lived there I participated in Artist Open Studio Tours. I loved them! We did not have anything like that here in South Florida. So I gathered a group of local artists and I founded an arts organization to support the "working artists of Martin County", and we planned an Open Studio Tour. A small group of us met for weeks at the Fish House Art Center in Port Salerno and drafted all the details. We had no idea if this would work or not; many had never even been to an open studio event. The organization I founded was the Martin Artisans Guild and we held the very first Open Studio Tour in January 2017. During that first tour, we had 20 participating artists. I'm very proud and happy that after 8 years, the Martin County Open Studio Tour is still going strong!

This year's Annual Open Studio Tour is this weekend; March 2 & 3 from 10am until 5pm daily. This year there are 37 participating artists in 16 locations. Of these 37 artists, only 4 of the founding members have been on EVERY Tour! So there are a lot of new artists to see!

It is a FREE, self-guided tour to meet the Artists and see where they work. ... This gives people an opportunity to meet local artists in their studios, to learn what inspires them and how they use their materials and tools to create objects of beauty, whimsy, and utility

Please go out and support our local artists! Tour guides with well-printed maps are available. You will find Bronze, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed media, Sculpture, Painting, and Photography.

Book + Art

Saturday, March 2, 2-3 p.m


Featuring The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray and The French Collection Part II, #12, Moroccan Holiday, 1997 by Faith Ringgold. The Personal Librarian is a remarkable novel about J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, who became one of the most powerful women in New York, a Black American woman who was forced to hide her identity in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

Space is limited. Online registration required.

Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring emerging and prominent writers. Titles by guest authors will be available from the library’s regular, Martin’s Most Wanted, and downloadable collections. The event continues the successful evolution of “the most prestigious literary event on the Treasure Coast.” BookMania! has hosted over 450 emerging and best-selling authors since its inception, attracting participants from all over the United States.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Starts: 9:00 a.m.

Jensen Beach High School

2875 NW Goldenrod Road

Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Scheduled To Appear

Visit the pop-up Barnes & Noble book sale in the JBHS Nutrition Center throughout the day to purchase books for the authors to sign.

9:00am | Welcome from Sue Whittington

9:15 to 10:00am | Sea Stories - Fact & Fiction, moderated by Peggy Chittum

(followed by book signing)

Visit the Barnes & Noble Café in the courtyard to purchase drinks and snacks

Be sure to finish them before the next panel.

10:30 to 11:45am | Thriller & Suspense, moderated by Amanda Brack

(followed by book signing)

11:45am to 12:45pm | Lunch from the Martin County Sheriff's Grill Team

Choose either a burger, veggie burger, or hotdog with a side of chips and drink. $5 cash purchase

12:45 to 1:45pm | Love, Friendship, and Ever After’s, moderated by Linda Weiksnar

(followed by book signing)

2:15 to 3:15pm | Historical Fiction, moderated by Paula Hundt

(followed by book signing)


BookMania! is sponsored and funded by The Library Foundation of Martin County Inc. Additional funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Southall Invited to Conduct the U.S. Army Band

Dr. John Southall, Director of Bands and Chair of the Indian River State College Performing and Visual Arts Department, has been selected for the rare honor of conducting the U.S. Army Band—also known as “Pershing’s Own”—on March 6. The performance will be featured during a convention in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Southall will also be inducted into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA).


The ABA was founded in 1929 by famed composer and conductor John Phillip Sousa and Edwin Franko Goldman to elevate the esteem of the art of concert band performing and honor the world’s top conductors and composers of band music. Nomination to the ABA is a rigorous, year-long process in which member conductors review hundreds of nominees. Dr. Southall learned last March that he was selected for induction.

ABA President Mike Colburn, the retired director of the U.S. Marine Band known as “The President’s Own,” contacted all the service band leaders and asked them to create a concert series for the upcoming convention that includes all of the incoming inductees. Southall was selected for “Pershing’s Own.”


“I’m very excited,” Southall said of the double honor. “This is one of the top military concert bands in, arguably, the world.”


General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing formed the U.S. Army Band in 1922 to emulate the world-class European military bands he heard during World War I. Pershing believed that bands played a vital role in troop morale and efficiency. His goal was to give America a premier band to surpass those in Europe. Today, it is also known as “Pershing’s Own” for this reason.

Southall will conduct a piece called “Peace Dancer for Wind Ensemble” by Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw, which was commissioned by the University of British Columbia. The piece is inspired by the First Nations text by Roy Vickers about a sacred dance created specifically for the Chiefs of the Pacific Northwest coast. The Chief who is chosen to dance is recognized as a healer in the community.

Southall chose “Peace Dancer” because Blackshaw dedicated the composition to Dr. Craig Kirchhoff, Southall’s close friend and colleague. Kirchhoff is Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota and has inspired and taught several people from the Treasure Coast. Eric Allen, former band director at Sebastian River High School, studied with Kirchhoff and, after achieving his Doctoral Degree in Conducting, is now teaching at Texas Tech University. Shanti Simon, a former associate band director at Vero Beach High School, also studied with Kirchhoff, became a prominent military band conductor, and serves as Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma.


“This piece is even more special to me because it was dedicated to Craig,” Southall says.


Indian River State College President Dr. Timothy Moore, an Army veteran, put Southall in contact with a three-star general so that he could learn more about Army protocol for when he works with the ensemble, Southall said.


“There is no music educator more deserving of this dual recognition than Dr. John Southall,” concluded Dr. Moore, “it is befitting that he accepts it on a national stage alongside his peers, with pomp and circumstance.”


Dr. Southall has been an active music education advocate, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter across the United States for more than 34 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida A&M University, and a Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Florida State University. In addition to serving as Director of Bands at IRSC, he is Coordinator of Music Education Therapy, Past President of the Florida Music Education Association, and Music Director for the Port St. Lucie Community Band. He was honored as a Music Education Legend by the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference and is a two-time recipient of the Indian River State College Endowed Teaching Chair in Fine Arts Award.

Brevard Symphony Orchestra Paints Musical Pictures

BSO's fifth Signature Six concert, Musical Pictures, is a concert to remember. The BSYO will open the concert with the World Premiere of Celebrazione Sinfonia! that celebrates their 40th anniversary. The BSO then takes the stage with Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute. Paul Huang returns to perform Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto. Finally, the BSO will conclude the concert with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

At the King Center March 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m.



Current on Exhibit


Local Scenes/ Landscapes

Historic Landmarks

Approximate Size 


24x36 Vertical/ Horizonal

Deadline: March 12, 2024

Exhibit 4 months 

Installed March 20th thru July 24th

For more information:

Rupert Fike's second poetry collection, Hello the House, was named one of the "Books All Georgians Should Read, 2018" by The Georgia Center for the Book. It also won the Haas Poetry Prize from Snake Nation Press. His stories and poems have appeared in The Southern Poetry Review, The Georgetown Review, A&U America's AIDS Magazine, The Buddhist Poetry Review, Natural Bridge and others. He has a poem inscribed in a downtown Atlanta plaza, and his non-fiction, Voices from the Farm, examines life on a 1970s spiritual commune.

Honey Tasting for Pelican Island Audubon

Come join us for a honey tasting party to support the non-profit Treasure Coast Community Fridges and enjoy food accompaniments and beverages. The idea is to have fun and get you excited about honey, while also learning about its vast flavor profiles. It will be a ‘feel good’ event because you will be supporting an important community resource.

Honey tastes very different depending upon where the bees collect their pollen. Using crackers, cheese, chocolate, herb, etc., you will have the chance to try different honey. Reserve your place today!

Space is limited. This event is family friendly with raffles, gifts and prizes.

For tickets go to, $45 per person


195 9th St. SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach


Saturday, March 9, 2024

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for Juice & Jazz at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery are sold out but raffle tickets for the fabulous Guy Harvey painting will be available up to the time of the drawing Sunday at 12:30 p.m.!

From Bev and Marty Paris

Paris Productions

We sadly share the news that MusicWorks Concerts has lost its founder. We will miss you so much, Rusty Young.

Thank you for the music.

A very active lover of music, Rusty left this world too early on February 20, 2024. 

After spending years in the executive recruiting industry, he ultimately followed his true passion in the music industry in which he spent the past two decades.

Rusty founded MusicWorks in 2010. He became known as one of the leading independent music promoters in the state of Florida featuring musical acts in major markets to audiences and venues that appreciate the music of the 60s and 70s.  Rusty was best known in Vero Beach since 2013 when he made Vero Beach his home. He promoted well over one hundred events here under the name of LIVE! From Vero Beach, specializing in bringing classic rock and folk acts to local audiences looking to enjoy great music from their pasts while evoking many personal memories. 

Rusty was a kind and giving soul, and to that end he found a way to help benefit nearly fifty local non-profits through partnerships with his concerts.  

He is survived locally by his loving wife Stacey Jill Young who will continue his passion of music and his pursuit in bringing the best of music to our Treasure Coast community.

Scalia/Ginsburg at CFVA

Opera del Sol has begun rehearsals for Scalia/Ginsburg!

Hailed as “a dream come true” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), a “perfect…jewel” (Opera Today), and “the kind of opera that should be everywhere” (OperaWire), Scalia/Ginsburg is a one-act operatic comedy by composer-librettist Derrick Wang about the unlikely friendship between Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia — and the pivotal moment that would change the Supreme Court for years to come. With stage direction by David Bracamonte, Scalia/Ginsburg will feature musicians from Alterity Orchestra under the music direction of collaborative pianist Philip King.

Scalia/Ginsburg will open on Friday, March 15, commemorating Justice Ginsburg’s 91st birthday. "With only three performances, this (gentle) parody of operatic proportions is not to be missed!"

Fiber Artists Show “Surprising” Works

At Center for Spiritual Care

Some of the liveliest artists in Vero Beach don’t always wield a paint brush. Some use a needle, others glue, still others a band saw. Seven of them will introduce their work Friday, Mar. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Care during a reception to which the public is invited. 

The artists are Grace Cormier, Haeley Kyong, Sheilah McAvoy, Michelle Nevaeh, Phyllis Petrillo, Yvonne Steere, and Paulette Visceglia . All will be exhibiting through Apr. 26 in the Center’s show, “Tied, Died, Woven and Stitched: A Fiber Art Exhibit.”

Center Director Carol Ludwig thinks this will be one of the most surprising exhibitions ever to take place in her gallery space. “These artists can be lighthearted and they can be cerebral,” she says. “But they never cease to delight and they are always fascinating.”

Much of Cormier’s recent work is based on the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi: rustic elegance, impermanence and imperfect, simple beauty. Kyong’s art is inspired by a lifelong passion for color and form. It is the prism through which she re-creates and re-envisions the world. The unique charm of McAvoy’s works can be traced to her abstract application of color, texture and reflective materials. 

A classically trained chef, Nevaeh combines live-edge and highly figured exotic and domestic woods with high-quality epoxy and pigments in one-of-a-kind functional art. Petrillo creates her own fabrics for collector quilts that explore joy, inspiration, spirituality and healing. Steere’s use of color, layering, shaping and fabric selection has been called painterly. Visceglia works with oils and dyes and her bold fabric colors are especially noted for their energy and dynamism.

Following the opening reception, visitors may view “Tied, Died, Woven and Stitched” each Thursday and Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. The artists will hold a roundtable discussion at the Center Mar. 19 at 3 p.m. open to the public. 

The Center is located at 1550 24th St. at the corner of 24th St. and 16th Ave. in downtown Vero.

Photo: Untitled - Haeley Kyong

New Curator at Vero Beach Museum of Art

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Caitlin Swindell as VBMA Chief Curator, effective March 25. 

Caitlin Swindell joins the VBMA from the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, FL, where she has served as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. At the Lowe, Caitlin was responsible for developing annual exhibitions drawn from the Museum collection and broader partnerships. Caitlin's curatorial projects included exhibitions featuring international contemporary artists such as Do Ho Suh, Rashid Johnson, and historical figures including Keith Haring, Sol LeWitt, Jacob Lawrence, Lee Krasner, and others. She has close to 50 exhibition projects, publications, reviews, articles, and numerous blogs to her credit, and she recently curated the exhibition Order Up! The Pop Art of John Miller featured in a New York Times review (October 2023).

"The opportunity to partner with Executive Director Brady Roberts and the VBMA Board and colleagues in implementing the Museum's next development phase will be a tremendous opportunity for me. I look forward to joining the VBMA team and engaging with this unique community," Swindell said. 


March 16, 3:00 p.m.

Choreographers have always had a fascination with dancers and stories from cultures foreign to the dance maker. Join Ballet Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Museum of Art for an afternoon that examines some of the historic and influential figures behind imbuing ballet with the perfumes and flavors of the entire world. Reflecting the exhibit, Ancient Egypt & the Napoleonic Era: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art, Ballet Vero Beach uses works from the company’s permanent repetoire ranging from classical to comedic to explore the link between loving tribute and cultural appropriation.


Art in Bloom Art Show at Edison and Ford Winter Estates


On March 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the Art in Bloom floral art show in partnership with the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. This unique one-day art show features floral designs and works of art from the Rebirth and Renewal exhibit that is currently on display in Thomas Edison's caretaker's house. 

"It only happens here once every two years; we host Art in Bloom – a floral interpretation of an art exhibit showcased in the oldest home in Fort Myers – Edison’s caretaker’s house," said Karen Maxwell, horticulture programs coordinator at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.


The concept of Art in Bloom originated at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and it has become a ritual of spring throughout the country. Unlike other locations, Art in Bloom-Fort Myers is open to any member of a garden club associated with the Garden Council with or without formal training, and the winner is determined by people’s choice voting. The local show does not require conformance to National Garden Club (NGC) standards – i.e., the dying of flowers is permitted here.

Held in many cities across the country, Art in Bloom is a nationally sanctioned event through the National Garden Clubs and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The local Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council was organized in 1957 and is affiliated with both organizations. Edison Ford has a long history with garden clubs, as Mina Edison was a founding member of the Periwinkle Garden Club -- the first garden club in Fort Myers. Today, the Periwinkle Garden Club is a member of the Garden Council.

Art in Bloom is included with admission; tickets may be purchased online at (self-guided tour). Daytime admission is free for Edison Ford members.

What Is the Color of Beauty?

Carolyn Nelson, Executive Director, Friends After Diagnosis in Vero Beach, will consider that question when she reviews The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, at a Book Review Breakfast sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women). The breakfast is 9:30-11am on Monday, March 4, in the Richardson Center of Indian River State College, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach. 

The Bluest Eye is a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with subtlety and grace. 

In Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel, Pecola Breedlove — an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others — prays for her eyes to turn blue. Why? So that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

The Book Review Breakfast is free and open to the public, although donations of new or gently used children’s books are encouraged. The books are used to stock the local AAUW’s four “Little Free Libraries” for children in the community.

2024 Florida State Handbell Festival

March 15-16, Vero Beach, FL

This year's Florida State Handbell Festival will be hosted at our church.

Approximately 100 ringers from around Florida will convene here to participate. A final concert will take place at 3 PM on Saturday, March 16, marking the culmination of the festival. The concert venue will be McAfee Hall.

This Weekend at Old School Square

HERstory: A Spotlight Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, March 1st

6 PM - 9 PM

Cornell Art Museum

First Friday Art Walk

Friday, March 1st

6 PM - 9 PM

Cornell Art Museum

FREE Muscle on the Beach Car Show

Saturday, March 2nd

10 AM - 3 PM

Amphitheatre & Park

Delray GreenMarket

Saturday, March 2nd

9 AM - 2 PM

Museum Lawn

Coco Market

Sunday, March 3rd

9 AM - 3 PM


Music & Baseball at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

A Celebration of Baseball Legends 


Find out the deeper story behind baseball and spring training beyond the sounds of balls and bats on the field! The public is invited to come meet Connie Mack, III, see the new exhibit, listen to baseball presentations, tour the museum and botanic research laboratory. Plus, enjoy kid’s activities and food trucks.

Admission: $10; free for members and children 12 and under​.

March 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Vintage Base Ball Game 

March 17, 11 a.m.

Terry Park


See base ball played for the love of the game, when there were no stats, no stars and no shame! This day of vintage base ball will be played in a small tournament format with three teams (Fort Myers Vagabonds, Bradenton Shamrocks, and the Central Florida Awkwards) playing consecutive games by 1860s rules. Games will be played at historic Terry Park in Fort Myers – a site with more than 100 years of baseball history!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Adults: $5; students and children 18 and under admitted free.

March 17, 11 a.m. Terry Park

Take in Saint-Saëns’s beloved musical menagerie, The Carnival of the Animals, featuring Principal Keyboard Jean Black and the illustrious Jacob Craig 7 p.m., March 2 at Satellite HS Performing Arts Center and 3 p.m. March 3, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach.

Aaron leads Saint-Saëns’s beloved musical masterwork, The Carnival of the Animals. Brimming with humor and vivid color, and filled with music audiences will recognize, this is one of the most purely fun works ever composed. This presentation of Saint-Saëns’s masterwork for two pianos and orchestra highlights Principal Keyboardist Jean Black, together with the incredible Jacob Craig. 

Craig will also be featured on Saint-Saëns’s glittering and extravagant Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most famous. Nobody twinkles in quite the same way as Camille Saint-Saëns. His Piano Concerto No.2, one of the greatest piano concertos, was written in 1868 and was once described as a progression “from Bach to Offenbach.” It opens, sure enough, with a solo piano cadenza that is not many miles away from the style of a baroque organ improvisation. This leads into a stormy opening movement, for which Saint-Saëns filched a theme by his star pupil, the young Gabriel Fauré, who had set aside the choral work for which he had written it and did not seem to mind when his teacher turned it into a smash hit. Next comes a debonair scherzo and an irrepressible tarantella finale.

Also featured on the program is the world premiere of Sonya Leonore Stahl’s Eagle Music, a soaring work that evokes birds of prey gliding euphorically through the sky. The concert also features two shorter works by composers, Antonin Dvorak and Claude Debussy. 

Dvorak's Carnival depicts “a lonely, contemplative wanderer reach[ing] at twilight a city where a festival is in full swing. On every side is heard the clangor of instruments, mingled with shouts of joy and the unrestrained hilarity of people giving vent to their feelings in songs and dances.” 

The concert is rounded out with one of Debussy’s most famous works, the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, an Impressionist masterpiece that will transport you to a mythical land.

$30 tickets for Carnival of the Animals include admission and are available through the orchestra website or at Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $35. Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free. 


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only a handful of U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. For more information about the Space Coast Symphony 2023-24 season or the Symphony for Everyone ticket program, visit or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

The Pineapple Playhouse

Crimes of the Heart

Through March 10

Pineapple Playhouse, 700 W Weatherbee Rd, Fort Pierce

Sunrise Theatre

#ONES – The Beatles #1 Hits 

Friday, March 1 at 8pm

Sunrise Theatre

117 S 2nd Street. Ft. Pierce

A.C.T. Studio Theatre

The Pillowman

Through March 10



A.C.T. Studio Theatre, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart

Surfside Playhouse

March 1-17

Sweet Charity at Surfside Playhouse, Cocoa Beach

March 9 - Readers' Theater "From the Script to the Stand"

Auditions for The Odd Couple (Female Version) By Neil Simon

Sunday and Monday, March 3 & 4 @ 7pm

Performance dates are April 26 – May 12th

At The Henegar

Coming Up on the Arts Blast Calendar

Events listed are for the next few weeks. For a complete listing of future events, (click here or go to:

Indian River County

February - April - Violins & Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall  at Community Church of Vero Beach

March 1-April 26 - Tied, Dyed, Woven & Stitched: A Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach

March 1, 7 p.m. - ONES The Beatles #1 Hits at the Emerson Center. LIVE from Vero Beach!

March 1, 5-8 p.m. - Opening night with artists' reception for Indian River Clay's 2024 Form + Fire at Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy.

​March 1-22 - Form + Fire 2024 - juried art exhibit at Raw Space Gallery - Indian River Clay

Mar. 3, 2 p.m. - Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra concert at VBHS PAC

​Mar. 3 -Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II - actress Sheryl Faye - AAUW at the Emerson Center - Ticketed -

Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m. - Palm Beach Symphony at Community Church of Vero Beach for Indian River Symphonic Assoc - Gerard Schwarz

Through March 6 - Big, Bold & Abstract at IRC Intergenerational Rec Center

Through April 24 - Cultural Council of IRC - All Around the Town - Vero Beach City Hall

​Through April 28 - A Tropical Flock of Avian Avatars by The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein - at McKee Botanical Garden

St. Lucie County

Through March 3 - Fast Forward: The Original Florida Highwaymen on the Way to Fame at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Through March 10 - Crimes of the Heart at Pineapple Playhouse

March 1, 8 p.m. - Ones - The Beatles #1 Hits at Sunrise Theatre

​March 2, 7 p.m. - A Concert Under the Skies at Hallstrom Planetarium featuring the Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble. Limited seating.

March 2, 8 p.m. - Mike Delguidice at Sunrise Theatre

March 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Juice & Jazz - Win a Masterpiece of Florida Art Raffle  at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

​March 3 - The Beach Boys at Sunrise Theatre

March 6, 7 p.m. - Tom's Elton Tribute at Sunrise Theatre

March 7, 7:30 p.m. - Solider Strong Tour featuring Ira Dean at Sunrise Theatre

March 8-24 - The Bridges of Madison County at Treasure Coast Theatre PSL

March 8-April 28 - Art of the Fantastic: Imaginative Illustration from the Korshak Collection at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

March 8 - Little River Band at Sunrise Theatre

Through March 3 - Fast Forward: The Original Florida Highwaymen on the Way to Fame at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Martin County

Through March 10 - The Pillowman  at A.C.T. Studio Theatre

Through March 8, 12-5 p.m. - Martin Artisans Guild 4-artist show at the Palm Room Gallery

Mar. 1, 7 p.m. - Bette, Babs, and Beyond at Lyric

Mar. 2, 7 p.m. - Vanessa Collier at the Lyric

Mar. 2 & 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Martin County Open Studio Tour

Mar. 3, 7 p.m. - Ruthie Foster at the Lyric


Every Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. - Rock'n Riverwalk​, 300 St. Lucie Ave, Stuart

Every Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Market on Main, Flagler Park, Stuart

Fridays, 2 p.m. - Guided Nature Walks at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Thursdays, 6-9:30 p.m. - Jammin’ Jensen on Jensen Beach Boulevard

Tuesdays at The Elliott: Tim Kyle Carpenter's Open Jam Session

Tuesdays - 4-7 p.m. - Cruising at the Beach – Elliott Museum 

Brevard County

March 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - First Friday opening for 100% Pure Florida, a juried exhibition at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, MLB. Awards presentation at 7 p.m.

Mar. 3, 3 p.m. - Celtic Woman: 20th Anniversary Tour at King Center.

​​March 2, 7 p.m. - Space Coast SO concert at Satellite HS PAC - featuring Jacob Craig - Carnival of the Animals

March 6 & 7, 7 p.m. - Melbourne Municipal Band presents TV Tunes Tonight 2 - Preshow: New Horizons Band - Melbourne Auditorium


Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. - Art Night at Strawbridge Art League

Palm Beach County

March 1 - Night Fever - The Bee Gees Tribute at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

​March 1 - Shakti - An All-Female Art Show at The Peach Gallery, WPB

March 2, 10 a.m. - A Conversation with Women on Art: at The Square WPB 

March 2 - Norton Museum of Art's director and CEO Ghislain d'Humieres speaks with ArtsPaper journalist Gretel Sarmiento

March 2 - Linda Eder in Concert at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

March 3-9 - 11th Annual Plein Air Festival at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Community Paint-Out! at Lighthouse ArtCenter. 

March 6, 7 p.m. - Emanuel Ax with Palm Beach Symphony at Kravis Center

​March 7, 5 p.m. - Cultural Council for Pam Beach County - An A-Muse-Ing Evening: Food is Art - at The Hanger, WPB

Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - Garden Sculpture Tours at the Norton

Thursdays 6-9 p.m. - Clematis by Night

Every Friday, 5-10 p.m. - ART AFTER DARK at the Norton

Beyond the Treasure Coast

Through March 10 - Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City

March 1, 5:30-p.m. - A Celebration of Baseball Legends at Edison and Ford Winter Estate

March 2-3 - 54th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Downtown Tampa. ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED NOW.

March 2-10 - 2024 Philadelphia Flower Show at PA Convention Center

March 3, 7:30 p.m. - Sarasota Concert Association - Rotterdam Philharmonic/Lahav Shani w pianist Danil Trifonov at Van Wezel

​March 3, 12 p.m. - Art in Bloom - Floral and Art exhibit at Edison and Ford Winter Estate

March 6 - Masterclass: Little Women at Van Wezel

​March 6, 2 p.m. - Sarasota Concert Assoc. - Pre-register - Modern Marimba

​March 7-8 - Little Women at Van Wezel


Every Saturday 1 p.m. - Saturday Exhibition Highlight Tours at Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park

Live carillon concerts Thursday - Sunday, 1 & 3 p.m. - Bok Tower Gardens. 

​Through April 14 -The Nature of Art at MFA St. Pete


Ballet Vero Beach is looking for energetic and outgoing individuals to help us promote the art of dance as a universal language in our community and beyond.







Ballet Vero Beach Volunteers receive FREE tickets, merchandise, and the opportunity to attend volunteer thank you events.

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