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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 4 No.11 | March 25, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

This will be one of the toughest weekends of the year, especially in Indian River County. Take a look at the Arts Blast calendar if you want to see what overwhelming looks like, and I'm fairly sure I haven't caught all the events.

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This week on Arts Blast on the Air, hear USCG CDR Adam R. Williamson talk about the US Coast Guard Band on its southern tour - in Florida in April. Then Amory Art Center CEO Tom Pearson talks history, education, and the Sistine Chapel exhibit. Listen to or download the podcast now or listen on the radio — 101.7FM ON THE TREASURE COAST —Sunday evening at 7.

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In This Issue


Polishing the Brass at First Pres

Make Your Own Merry-go-Round

Final Days for the Dinosaurs

Martin Arts Artist Talk

US Coast Guard Band on Tour

PIAS Native Garden

Symphonia Leading Lasses


Zora Fest in Fort Pierce

Ballet Vero Beach Reminder

Flower Show at the IRC Garden Club

TIDBITS - Scroll All the Way Down

US Coast Guard Band

Countertenor Terry Barber

Rock & Roll Revue in Cocoa

Dance at Riverside Theatre

Symphonia Leading Lasses

Rock & Roll Revue

ACT Studio Theatre

Surfside Playhouse

Orlando Gay Chorus

Vero Beach Choral Society 

Delray Beach Historical Society

At the Norton

Plein Air at the Lighthouse

Making (a) Merry (-Go-Round) Behind the Scenes at Riverside Theatre

Is anybody else kicking himself for not getting to Riverside Theatre before Covid shut down Carousel mid-production at the start of the season? Do some of your fondest memories from childhood include a merry-go-round, with or without the brass ring? So disappointing if all the horses that went up and down were taken!

Jordan Lippert, technical director at Riverside, was kind enough to answer some questions for Arts Blast about how a carousel comes to be, sharing enough information to tell me I will not be making my own. There's a permanent staff of seven in the scene shop, Lippert said, with an occasional temp brought in to help with painting.

So, if you're a technical director instructed to build a carousel, don't expect it to come with instructions. "There may be a small description but not any instructions," Lippert said. "The scenic designer will research and design them generally or work with us on the design." For Carousel, Riverside Theatre's Artistic Director/CEO Allen Cornell added that title to his name.

In the old world of carousels, the horses would have been carved from wood, but for the stage, they came as molded-plastic, ready for the painting team. Lippert explained: "There were molds made from real antique horses and then ours were plastic castings that we painted. ... We had two people painting the five horses for about three weeks."

I had assumed that somewhere there's a huge warehouse complex where theaters store big sets but that's not the case, Lippert said. "There is not any sort of professional repository for plans of shows or props. All show designs are the property of the designers, essentially." And that's why there's still a carousel, 12'6" in diameter and height, with full-size carousel horses, backstage at Riverside Theatre.

Built in pieces and assembled from the ground up, the carousel now "cannot be disassembled or taken out of the theatre without having to cut parts of it up," Lippert said.

At this writing, plans were being made to dismantle the carousel. Its future is not certain, Lippert said, but the horses, the 530 lights, and the electrical motor and its hardware will be saved.

I've heard that an auction of the horses is under consideration but the decision had not yet been made when the information for Arts Blast came in. Stay tuned.

Coming to Riverside Theatre May 10 is Almost Heaven - The Music of John Denver. Live in the Loop and the Comedy Zone Experience begin the new season April 8 and 9.

 A GLIMPSE BACK IN TIME" remembering the various flower shows of the past held by the Garden Club of Indian River County Inc. will be open to the public this coming Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 at the club's building at 2526 17th Avenue, Vero Beach. The public is invited to view design and horticulture entries. There is an admission charge of $5.

Humanity Through the Artist Eye - A Three Woman Perspective

Cheryl Cote, Danuta Rothschild, Kirsten Stingle

Artist Talk at the Cultural Court House in Stuart March 29, 6 p.m.

Join moderator Maria Miele as she talks with artists Cheryl Cote and Danuta Rothschild about their artworks featured in the exhibit. Registration required.

Cheryl Cote′ (koh-tay), a visually impaired artist, vividly conveys life experiences in a desire to inspire people to overcome their own personal challenges. Cheryl Cote′s work has evolved from a very fine detail artist to a broader spectrum of color and light. Many of her works are very colorful and bold on a large scale. She often starts with a black and white to grayish background and uses spot color to give meaning or punch to certain aspects of the story that she paints. Due to Cheryl’s limited sight it’s a challenge to paint, she has developed a unique style to relay her image on the canvas, bold, great light and shadow and color. Through her eyes we see the soul in each figure she paints.

An internationally respected and award-winning artist, Danuta Rothschild, can capture the scope of human experience from the ominous to the magically affirming. Her artwork has been shown in France, Poland Bosnia and the United States. In her earlier she shows the humanity and poverty in the world and in America. Bold color and texture show the story and struggles of her characters as they move through life. When she moved to California, her work shifts visually with a lighter look at space and time a reflection perhaps on her new environment. Placing figures into a greater space and nature she gives a sense of dreamlike or vast perspective of the human experience. Nature, vast and endless and we are but a small part of the story she tells.

Polishing the Brass at First Pres

From First Presbyterian Church Vero Beach:

Excellence since 1985, the Gainesville Brass Quintet performs the best in light classics, pop, swing, musicals, and for the purist, serious quintet literature from the Baroque through the modern eras.  As North Florida's premier brass quintet, the GBQ performs for ceremonies, patriotic celebrations, weddings, church services, public concerts, educational concerts, and any other occasion where the glorious sound of brass helps make the event a most memorable one. They are all members of the Gainesville Orchestra and many more ensembles, as well as freelance musicians throughout the Sunshine State. 

Gainesville Brass Quintet comes to Vero Beach this Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Note the time, an hour earlier than is standard at First Presbyterian Church.

Photo: The Gainesville Brass Quintet: Charles Propper, trombone; Miranda Sims, horn; Cliff Newton, trumpet; Robin Sisk, tuba; and Joseph Jamerson, trumpet.

And That Brings Us to the Dinosaurs ...

Dinosaurs Around the World has been enchanting kids and grownups at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach since November, but closing day is approaching, although (shhhh!) that might be postponed. If your exposure to dinosaurs ended at a movie theater with the Jurassic Park franchise, this exhibit will expand your horizons.

Following my conversation with Jordan Lippert at Riverside Theatre about what you do with a 12'6" carousel, I had to ask Connie Cotherman at McKee how you send ten animatronic dinosaurs packing. Her reply wasn't what I expected: "They are made out of foam and were shipped in parts and had to be sewn together." I see a seam ripper or two in McKee's future.

From McKee:

Dinosaurs Around the World invites you to the supercontinent of Pangea to discover how plate tectonics, land bridges, and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe, giving each of today’s continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. During their 172 million-year reign, dinosaurs adapted into a variety of forms due to the different environmental conditions each continent possessed. The exhibition includes 10 animatronics 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!

Dr. Gregory M. Erickson, a world-renowned dinosaur paleontologist, is the Senior Scientific Advisor for Dinosaurs Around the World. Dr. Erickson received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral research at Stanford University and Brown University before joining the faculty at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Dr. Erickson’s research focuses primarily on dinosaur growth, life history and feeding biomechanics. He has also participated in over forty expeditions, including trips to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, Romania, and the Alaskan Arctic.

Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors is open daily to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a limited engagement through May 1, 2022. The last admission ticket is sold at 4:00 pm and the Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and

Ballet Vero Beach Fellowships for Graduating Seniors and Recent High School Graduates

Ballet Vero Beach has unveiled a brand-new fellowship program for dancers. This initiative will be free for all applicants with Florida residency. Earn your Associate Degree from IRSC - Indian River State College, perform with Ballet Vero Beach, and receive ancillary training from The Learning Alliance. Visit (under the Community Engagement tab) to learn more. Hear Adam Schnell, BVB CEO, talking about it on this week's Arts Blast on the Air.

Fellowship Initiative for Dancers

is still accepting applicants. We will continue

to do so until the program is filled.

Announcing Ballet Vero Beach Opportunities for Young Dancers

The Riverside Dance Festival is now accepting applicants (age 10-college) for Summer 2022. This year's invited company is Chicago Dance Crash.

Zora Fest in Fort Pierce happens this weekend.

Art. Music. Food. Drinks. Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm Everything will be set up on 14th Avenue in Downtown Vero Beach.

Come join the drum circle with @treasurecoastpercussion Saturday. Ricky Ray plays will be playing for us. @souljam_band goes on at 4:00pm. Plan your Saturday!

Sunday…Dave Scott Band starts at noon and Phil Joel at 2:00pm.

Just added…Community drum circle tomorrow (Saturday) 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the Hibiscus Festival. Come to the Heritage Center. Drums provided or bring your own!

Beautiful hibiscus plants for sale at Hibiscus Festival Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4 on 14th Avenue!!! #hibiscusfestival2022 #msvb

Vero Beach Opera's Rising Stars Vocal Competition and Concert

From Vero Beach Opera:

Enjoy these talented young opera singers as they perform in formal attire in our Rising Stars Concert on Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. Prizes and Awards will be announced and presented at the end of the Concert. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50.

Call VBO at (772) 569-6993 for information. Online ticketing at


The United States Coast Guard Band will be pleased to present a FREE concert at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 PM. This event is part of the “Southern Connections” concert tour, a two-week mission traveling through Coast Guard Sectors Charleston, Jacksonville, Miami, and St. Petersburg

The SYMPHONIA, South Florida’s premier chamber orchestra, will feature two leading ladies of classical music when it presents its third concert of the season, ‘Music in Bloom,’ on Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. Roberts theater at Saint Andrew's School, Boca Raton.

She Loves Me, directed by Bryan Bergeron, is at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Rd., Cocoa Beach through March 27.

Rock & Roll Revue, an ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), will present an up-tempo, golden oldies concert on Friday, April 1, 2022, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa.


Conducted by Art Martin, the Rock & Roll Revue is a 12-piece group that plays popular music from the 1950s and 1960s. It includes an eight-piece combo, singer Len Fallen, and the Swingtimers Vocal Trio, consisting of Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson.

The Orlando Gay Chorus will be at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach April 2, 8 p.m.

Countertenor Terry Barber returns to Florida with a new venture, EleMenTrio — April 21 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart and April 22 at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Avenua.

The Vero Beach Choral Society will premiere a concert entitled A Little Night Music on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free; the suggested donation is $10.

Delray Beach Historical Society's fundraiser, Twilight in the Garden, is scheduled for April 22, 6 p.m.

At the Norton:

A Remarkable Gathering: The Fisher Family Collection runs through Sept. 11.

Also opening for the same run is Dürer, Rembrandt, and Piasso: Three Masters of the Print.

'Til Death Do Us Part, written and performed by Peter Fogel, has a one-weekend run, March 24-27, at ACT Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart.

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