Thank you to our sponsors
THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR FIRST ANNUAL CELEBRATE THE ARTS FESTIVAL A SUCCESS!
Hello Celebrate the Arts Participants,
It was such a pleasure to work with all of you on producing the inaugural Celebrate the Arts Festival. Our committee appreciated the time and effort you put into making the festival a success. The visitors to the park were truly interested in all this community has to offer. We heard many times how appreciative our visitors were to have the time to actually talk with you and learn about all you offer the community. Some commented that they had no idea there was so much to do. The very professional performances on the Festival Stage were definitely a highlight to the day; throughout the day, the food court table and chairs were full of people enjoying the stage entertainment in the shade of the beautiful oak trees. What a lovely setting to show the community all we have to offer. Thank you for being a part. We hope you are interested in participating again next year and welcome your comments on the festival and suggestions on how we can make it even better!
Festival participants and activities included:
Fine Arts & Crafts: The Vero Beach museum of Art offers free admission with a special lecture about the Highwaymen by Gary Monroe; Artists’ demonstrations from woodcarving to painting by the Vero Beach Art Club, pottery demonstrations by Flametree Clay Gallery; Individual artists include Joe Miller and Al Gustave, Jeweled Expressions, Taylor Loughlin, Mimi’s Secret Garden, The Petrillo Collection and Lee G. Smith; Galleries include Artists Guild Gallery, Darby Fine Art, Donnelly Photography, Gallery 14, Gallery at Windsor, Island Images/Gallery of Hope, MSVB Studios and Tiger Lily Art Studios & Gallery; Organizations include Art Mundo, Artfully Managed and the Sebastian River Art Club.
Performing Arts: Tour the Riverside Theatre featuring the Treasure Coast Talent Contest and visit the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Performers include bagpipers Michael Hyde and Jack Anderson; puppeteer Joe Scofield, Gifford Youth Orchestra, Indian River Charter High School Choral Ensemble, Jazz Band & Theatre; Oslo OPUS Orchestra, Riverside Childrens Theatre, Sebastian River High School’s Caribbean Steel Band, pianist Barbara Gomulka,Vero Beach Capoeiva Abada, Vero Beach Theatre Guild singers, Vero Beach High School String Players and Musical Theatre and Thai Classical Dancing. Season schedules will be presented by the Atlantic Childrens Chorale, Emerson Center, Indian River Symphonic Association, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, Theatre Go Round Dinner Theatre, Vero Beach Opera, Treasure Coast Chorale, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, Saint Edwards School and the Vero Beach Choral Society.
Literary Arts: Meet authors Arnold Beckhardt, Rosemary Dronchi and Siobhan Ftizpatrick/Sisters Geographic. Win a literary prize at the American Association of University Women’s Women n the Arts Trivia Challenge.
History & Heritage: See vintage cars from the Indian River Region Antique Auto Club; learn about the Indian River County Historical Society, Main Street Vero Beach, National Navy UDT SEAL Museum, Vero Heritage Center/Citrus Museum and the Scottish Society of the Treasure Coast.
Ecology & Nature: Learn about the events and programs of the Environmental Learning Center, Garden Club of Indian River County, Keep Indian River Beautiful, McKee Botanical Garden, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Pelican Island Preservation Society.
Culinary Arts: Purchase food and refreshments from Bangkok 14 in Downtown, the Blue Star Wine Bar, Chelsea’s on Cardinal, Maria’s Organic Fountain, The Patio, the Tides, and the Vero Beach Masonic Lodge.
Other Cool Stuff: For Animal lovers visit Dogs for Life, the Florida Equestrian Foundation and meet the Yuppie Puppies from the Humane Society; relax with a chair massage from the Center for Spiritual Care; Enjoy Life, Choose Laughter with the Laughing Lady; children can participate in a tennis demonstration by Mardy Fish Childrens Foundation; putt putt golf with Pak Mail; pick up a copy of Portfolio Vero Beach or The Official Dining Guide and learn to build a boat with the Youth Sailing Foundation from the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Meet local businesses and organizations that support the arts including First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Indian River County Emergency Service, Nantucket Lightship, Ocean Dr. Plastic Surgery, Quail Valley Charities, Sanders Dermatology, Springhill Suites by Marriott, St. Paul’s Church, Staples, Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach, Treasure Coast Travel Agency, Vero Beach Outlets, Mary McDevitt and Avon representative Rosi Stubbs.
Barbara Hoffman, Cultural Council
Jon Moses, Riverside Theatre
Sophie Wood, Vero Beach Museum of Art
Jon Putzke, Theatre-Go-Round,
George & Linda O'Malley, Darby Fine Art
Rob Slezak, Director, City of Vero Beach Parks & Recreation