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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 6 No. 13 | March 29, 2024

Notes from the Editor:

I'm almost back from an interesting couple of weeks.

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In This Issue

Downtown Friday

Christ By The Sea Easter Cantata

Volunteers for MartinArts

Yankee Tavern at Riverside

Deb Gooch Art Auction

NEA Big Read

Silver Tones Spring Concert

Vintage Clothing at Hallstrom

The Symphonia's New Season

Ballet Under the Stars

And More ...!

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

March 29, 6-9PM, 14th Ave.

Downtown Friday Vero Beach

Great Band, Delicious Food Trucks, Walking Tree Brewery, Car Show, Waldo's Voodoo Buckets

and of course -THE EASTER BUNNY!!

April 13th - 19th 

Hallstrom Family Fashions VINTAGE CLOTHING EXHIBIT 

Hallstrom House - Pineapple Plantation 1723 SW Old Dixie Highway

Vero Beach,FL 

Visit the Historical Society website for details on tickets and event information 

As part of our commitment to promote and support the arts in the community, MartinArts is currently seeking #volunteers to assist professional artists in guiding small groups of high school students during a one-day multimedia arts workshop at Memorial Park and the Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart on Thursday, April 4, from 9AM to 3PM. 

Consider joining us in sharing your time and talents with these gifted young artists. Sign up today to support arts education!

Ballet Vero Beach’s 11th Season goes out with a bang with the third annual Ballet Under The Stars.

Ballet Under The Stars, a casually elegant cocktail party to benefit the education and community engagement programs of Ballet Vero Beach, will take place April 26, 2024 at 6:00pm at Tree House Vero Beach. 

Guests will enjoy sumptuous international bites and a light seafood-themed buffet by Adrienne Drew. An open bar, provided by Sailfish Brewery and 21st Amendment Distillery, will feature wine, craft beer, and signature cocktails. The Ballet Vero Beach dancers will debut an exclusive performance, a deluxe live auction will be offered, and attendees will dance the night away with our artists to the fabulous sounds of the Dave Capp Project! Reservations are required, and the RSVP date is April 15.

This one of a kind fundraiser benefits the unique and much lauded programs Ballet Vero Beach uses to improve the lives of all citizens in our community. These programs include the company’s Ticket Donation Program, Stage to Page Student Matinee Series, and the Fellowship Initiative for Dancers.

Tickets to Ballet Under The Stars are $175 per person or $1500 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased at

The Vero Beach Art Club presents the Deborah Gooch fundraising gala event! Deborah was an influential artist and art instructor who shared her talents in Vero Beach for over 30 years. 

Join us Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM. for a celebration of Deborah Gooch and her legacy in Vero Beach’s art community at the Heritage Center 2140 14th Ave. Vero Beach. 

The evening will feature an exciting auction of Deb Gooch’s collection of art led by George Blythe, local artist, and auctioneer. 

Filmmaker, writer, and artist Xaque Gruber will serve as MC of events promising to provide a thrilling and fun-filled evening. Join us for refreshments, a buffet-style dinner, and an exciting auction as we reflect on the life of Deb Gooch and her storytelling works of art!

Deb’s husband, Jim Gooch, generously donated the collection of artwork. Proceeds from the sales of the paintings will go to benefit the Vero Beach Art Club Scholarship program. The Scholarship money will aid the education of students in Vero Beach who excel and wish to pursue the arts. Silent auction items will also be featured with proceeds supporting the Vero Beach Art Club.

Tickets price: $100 per person. Sponsor a table for 10 of your guests: $1000. 

Tickets can be purchased on our website:

Or at the Vero Beach Art Club, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. 

Thank you for supporting our inaugural Gala fundraising event. Help launch our talented youth as they pursue their love of the arts. 

Start your literary engines: NEA Big Read Miami

Through April 30

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a great book – and Miami Book Fair is again marking this unique literary happening with two months of events for readers young and old, centered around our title pick for 2024, MADELINE MILLER’s bestselling and critically acclaimed novel CIRCE.


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.


With vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling. It’s an intoxicating tale of family rivalry, palace intrigue, and love and loss – and an empowering celebration of female strength in a man’s world.

Mental Health Matters Symposium at Emerson Center and Center for Spiritual Care - April 18-20

At The Henegar

The Symphonia to Unveil its 20th Season at 

‘Cocktails & Classics’ Reception April 16

The Symphonia, South Florida’s premier chamber orchestra, will reveal the much-anticipated lineup of its 20th concert season at a special reception, ‘Cocktails & Classics,’ on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal in Boca Raton. The event will serve as the orchestra’s first public announcement of the live performances taking place during its 20th season, kicking off in November. 


“I’m so proud of how far we’ve come in the last two decades,” said Annabel Russell, executive director. “We’re like ‘the little symphony that could’ and we just keep climbing to new heights year after year. Our 20thanniversary season promises to be our best ever, and we can’t wait to share the news with our patrons and guests at the event.”


Guests will enjoy gourmet bites, zesty spirits, a live musical performance by Symphonia musicians, as well as a “special” surprise. Attendees will also have a chance to mingle with the organization’s leadership to learn more about its impact in the community, fundraising opportunities, and exclusive patron perks.


The chairperson of Cocktails & Classics is board member and longtime Symphonia supporter, Sung Knowles. 


Tickets are $100 for individuals, $175 for pairs, and can be purchased at


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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

March 31, 9 & 11 a.m. -  “Gloria--Hope for our World” World Premier Composed by Andrew R. Galuska at Community Church of Vero Beach

March 31, 9:30 & 11 a.m. - Easter Cantata at First Presbyterian Church of VB

​March 31 - ELC closed for Easter

April - July Christina Abizaid Gallery art show  at Community Church of Vero Beach

April 4 - One Night in Memphis: The Number 1 Tribute to Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash - LIVE! from Vero Beach at The Emerson Center

April 4 - Backstage Education -On Your Feet - Riverside Theatre

April 5, 5:30 p.m. - Concerts in the Park, Riverview Park, Sebastian - Sebastian HS Band

April 6, 11:30 lunch, 12:30 performance- Ryan Dillahay - Treasure Coast Jazz Society at Oak Harbor Club

​April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - LagoonFest at ELC

April 6, 10 a.m - 3 p.m. - RAIN DATE IF NEEDED FOR The Sebastian River Art Club Art by the River

April 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Art in the Park - Vero Beach Art Club in Humiston Park, Ocean Drive

April 7, 2 p.m. - Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra concert at VBHS PAC

April 8, 4:30 p.m. - VBMA International Lecture Series - Bernard Fishman - Journey Up the Nile: The Victorian Grand Tour of Egypt in 3D

April 9 - May 5 - On Your Feet at Riverside Theatre

April 10-12 - Rising Stars Competition - Vero Beach Opera - VBHS PAC

​April 11, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. - Silver Tones Spring Concert - Traveling Across America at First Presbyterian Church Vero Beach - Free, donations welcome

April 11 - Backstage Education -On Your Feet - Riverside Theatre

April 11, 7:30 p.m. - Atlantic Classical Orchestra Masterworks IV/Ashley Garritson at Community Church of Vero Beach

​April 12 - Classic Albums Live Performs The Who - Who's Next at The Emerson Center - LIVE! from Vero Beach

April 13, 2:30-6:30 p.m. - 13th Annual LRJF Poetry & Barbecue at Richardson Center on IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach

April 13, 7 p.m. - The Queen's Six Vocal Ensemble  at Community Church of Vero Beach $40

April 13 & 14 - Vero Beach Choral Society's Spring Concert, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, joined by the Vero Beach HS choral department

​April 14 - 100th Anniversary Celebration  at Community Church of Vero Beach

April 14, 4 p.m. - The Armed Man - Vero Beach Choral Society and VBHS Chorale April 7, 2 p.m. - Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra concert at VBHS PAC

Through April 7 - Yankee Tavern at Riverside Theatre

Through April 18 - Sebastian River Art Club presents A Look Back in Time - A Celebration of the Sebastian Centennial - North IRC Library 1001 Sebastian Blvd.

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

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

Through April 28 - Ancient Egypt & the Napoleonic Era: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum at VB Museum of Art.

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

St. Lucie County

Ongoing: Parado: Gina F. Duffy at The Vault Art Gallery

Thursdays 12-1 p.m. - Music in the Garden at Heathcote Botanical Gardens​

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

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

March 29, 8 p.m. - A New Doo - The Doo Wop at Sunrise Theatre

March 30 - David Brighton's Space Odyssey - The Ultimate David Bowie Experience at Sunrise Theatre

April 4-7 - Curtain Call Classics at IRSC McAlpin Fine Arts Center

April 5, 8 p.m. - Alan Cumming at Sunrise Theatre

April 6 & 7, 2 p.m. - Magician Randy Forster at Pineapple Playhouse

April 7, 3 p.m. - Dinosaur World Live at Sunrise Theatre

April 10 - The Guess Who at Sunrise Theatre

April 12-28- The Cemetery Club at Treasure Coast Theatre PSL

April 12-28 – Exit Laughing at Pineapple Playhouse

April 13 - Creedence Revived at Sunrise Theatre

April 13, 7 p.m. - Gin Blossoms w/Fastball - MIDFLORIDA Event Center

April 13, 8 p.m. - Comedy Corner at The Black Box at Sunrise Theatre

Martin County

Through April 1 - Helping People Succeed Art For Living Calendar at the Elliott

Through April 20 - Surreal Boundaries of Reality - LS Finch, Maya Schonenberger, Christine Sobczak at MartinArts 

Through April 26 - Through the Eyes of Curt Whiticar at the Elliott

Through April 27 - Martin Artisans Guild exhibit Spring Forward at Palm Room Art Gallery.

​Through May 31 - In Celebration of King Tut at the Elliott

April 4, 7 p.m. - The Skatalites 60th Anniversary Tour at Lyric Theatre

April 5, 7 p.m. - Chris Ruggiero at Lyric Theatre

April 6, 7 p.m. - Annika Chamber & Paul DesLauriers at Lyric Theatre

April 7, 6 p.m. - Youth Arts Celebration 2024 at The Lyric

April 11, 7p.m. - The Jive Aces at Lyric Theatre

April 12, 4 & 8 p.m. - Atlantic Classical Orchestra Masterworks IV/Ashley Garritson at Lyric theatre, Stuart

April 12-14 – Les Miserables in Concert at Barn Theatre

​April 13, 7 p.m. - Coco Montoya  at The Lyric

April 14, 7 p.m. - BoDeans at Lyric Theatre


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

Through April 7 – Diana, The Musical at Henegar Center

Through April 7 – May We All, A New Country Musical – Titusville Playhouse

Through Apr 24: Cash on Delivery, Melbourne Civic Theatre, Downtown Melbourne

Through April 28 – The Sunshine Boys at Melbourne Civic Theatre

Through May 30 – The Play Goes Wrong at Cocoa Village Playhouse 

Mar 29: Landscape of Guitar: The Animated Painting and Concert Experience – Youth Theatre, King Center

​April 1-28 - Floridian Flora & Fauna, Artwork by Pete Steenland - Studios of Cocoa Beach

April 6, 7:30 p.m. - Celebrate – Brevard Symphony Orchestra at King Center

April 12, 7:30 p.m. - An Evening with Tab Benoit at King Center

April 12, 8 p.m. - Theresa Caputo Live – at King Center

April 13, 7:30 p.m. - An Evening with The Bodeans at King Ceneter

April 14, 5 p.m. - Kat Timpf Live at King Center

​April 17 & 18, 7 p.m. - Doors open at 6 - Melbourne Municipal Band honors COL Hal Gibson in concert at Melbourne Auditorium 


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

Palm Beach County

Through March 31 - 42nd Street at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Through March 31 - Six The Musical at Kravis Center

Through April 6 - Nicole Soren at Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery WPB

March 29-April 14 - Death of a Salesman - Palm Beach Drama Works


April 2, 7:30 p.m. - Al Stewart with His Band The Empty Pockets at Kravis

April 3, 7:30 p.m. - Las Cafeteras at Kravis

April 4 - The Landsharks Band: A Jimmy Buffett Tribute at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

April 5 - H2O: The Hall and Oates Project at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

April 5-6 – John Lloyd Young at Kravis Center

April 5-6 – Heather McDonald at Kravis Center

April 5-7 – Palm Beach Opera presents Norma at Kravis

April 6 - Celebrating Celine at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

April 10-21 - Hamilton at Kravis Center


April 12-14 - The Delray Affair - Downtown Delray Be3ach

​April 13, 7 p.m. - Countess de Hoernle Theatre - Seeking Hayden - A New Direction Concert - The Symphonia/Willis 

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 31, 2024 - Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids - FREE at HistoryMiami Museum 101 W. Flagler St.

Through April 7 - Hamilton at Van Wezel

Through April 7 - Ruby! Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota

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

​Through April 30 - Big Read - Miami Book Fair

Through May 26 - Rockwell/Wyeth: Icons of Americana at Polk Museum of Art

March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Sarasota Concert Association - Pianist Bruce Liu at Riverview PAC

March 29, gates open 6 p.m. - Jimmy Buffett Tribute band the Caribbean Chillers at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers.

​March 30 - Spring Fling at Rollins Museum of Art

April 5 - Lake Wales Live: B. Haven

April 7, 3-6 p.m. - Art Outside picnic at The Bass

April 11 – Theresa Caputo Live at Van Wezel

April 12 - Concert Under the Stars: The Fitzgeralds - Lake Wales

April 12 – Sarasota Orchestra at Van Wezel

April 14, 6 p.m. - Lake Wales Chorale Spring concert


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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