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Get Artsy by the Sea

Embrace your inner painter, designer or sculptor and take in some of the amazing arts culture in our area. Fine arts in Vero Beach have flourished in recent years thanks in part to some very supportive organizations including Main Street Vero Beach, Vero Beach Art Cub and most notably the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

According to Cultural Council Director, Barbara Hoffman, “Americans Value the Arts. Eighty-two percent of Americans believe arts & culture are important to local businesses and the economy. Eighty-seven percent are important to their quality of life.”

“The American public appreciates the value that the arts bring to their community. While 63% believe the arts ‘lift me up beyond everyday experiences’, 64% feel pure pleasure to experience and participate in the arts, and 73% say that arts are a positive experience in a troubled world”.

So, if you need a lift beyond every day experiences and a reason to feel positive in a troubled world then you are in the right place at the right time when spending the season in our wonderful seaside town.

The House of Art, Culture & Design is one of this year’s most exciting new events. A creation of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, this is a four-day designer show house event to be held in Riomar’s newest enclave, Old Oak Lane. Local designers will transform a newly built home into a haven of sumptuous décor reflecting and celebrating the Vero Beach lifestyle.

Utilizing local vendors, the area’s leading designers will transform the interior and grounds of the Show House. There will also be a classic Boutique House featuring an array of items for sale by local vendors and arts members of the Cultural Council. The Opening Night Gala is sure to be the crown jewel of this spectacular event and will be hosted in an elegant pavilion on the grounds. The pavilion will also be the venue for lunches, teas, wine tastings, performances and presentations throughout the entire event.

The Vero Beach Art Club is another remarkable organization representing over 450 members from the Treasure Coast and beyond. Now in its 81st year the VBAC not only offers unique networking opportunities for artists of all levels, but also puts on 17 shows and exhibits annually. This season VBAC kicks off with Art in the Park, a local favorite held at Humiston Park featuring fine arts and crafts. This show provides the perfect opportunity to interact with the fine artists and craft artisans to buy beautiful work directly from the artist,

Other shows include the “Art Trail” which is a guided tour of Vero Beach art galleries, “Artini,” a fun soiree at the Marriott Springhill Suites, “Art By The Sea” which is a judged show of work by the members of the VBAC and the Vero Beach Museum of Art held at the Holmes Great Hall at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and of course the ever popular Art Under the Oaks. It’s a 3-day annual juried fine art show held in March at Riverside Park in Vero Beach presenting works of over 200 artists from all over the United States and beyond. This show offers over $22,000 in cash awards presented to the best in eight separate categories. This premier event ranks among the top of its kind in the country and draws crowds numbering more than 80,000. Be sure to visit the Vero Beach Art Club’s website: to stay on top of everything this vibrant organization contributes to our enjoyment of our special brand of local art!

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