Coming Up: Behold oodles of art at ‘Autumn in the Park’

Always a pleasant and popular early fall event: It’s the Treasure Coast Pilot Club’s “Autumn in the Park” juried arts and crafts show, and it’ll be all set up along the winding paths, and beneath the beloved oaks of Riverside Park this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7.

This will be the show’s 31st year (!) and the Pilot Club organizers have it down to a science: Anticipating 4,000 or so visitors over two days doesn’t fluster them at all. It’s good to know that, unlike lots of arts and crafts shows, the items so appealingly displayed within those dozens of tents – all the jewelry, plants, crafts, pottery and fine art – have been made by the 140 exhibitors themselves. “There is no commercial resale,” the Pilots promise. Good to know.

In addition to all those tempting art and craft items, you’ll also be tempted by a whole herd of food and bev vendors. There will also be roaming performers, live music and children’s activities, as well. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission: free.


This Saturday, Oct. 6, marks the opening of the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s powerful and compelling exhibition “Made in Germany: Art Since 1980.” The exhibition of 60 works was selected from more than 500 objects of contemporary German art by pioneering artists from the late 20th and 21st centuries, part of the Don and Mera Rubell family collection, says the museum.

This exhibition features “cutting-edge painting, sculpture and photography from some of the most important practitioners of contemporary art,” including Anselm Kiefer, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Schutte and Candida Hofer. The Rubells have established one of the first private museums of contemporary art, says the Museum, and it “has become an international model.”

“Made in Germany” will be exhibited in the Holmes and Titelman Galleries. Times: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; Seniors (65 and up), $9; Students with ID, $5. 231-0707.


Lighthouses are among the most fascinating reminders of a bygone era in our maritime history, when their lights shone through the darkest nights and fiercest storms to  guide seafarers to safe harbors.

If you are intrigued by these silent sentinels, you’ll want to be at the Emerson Center this coming Thursday, Oct. 11, for “The Lighthouses of the Sunshine State,” a presentation by maritime archeology Brendan Burke, associate director of archeology with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

Burke, according to the Emerson, will guide his audience on a “tour” of the 50 or so lighthouses that have served along Florida’s 1,300 miles of coastline, “from St. Augustine’s 16th century signal tower to the inland lighthouse at Lake George” and discuss how these sturdy towers have managed to endure shifting sandbars, reef-strewn shallows, hurricanes, earthquakes, and even military attacks.”

The presentation promo promises “animated stories, stunning photographs, and historical anecdotes describing our many efforts to illuminate Florida’s coast.” “The Lighthouses of the Sunshine State” will kick off the Emerson Center’s 12th annual Florida Humanities Series.  Time: 7 p.m. Admission: free. 772-778-5249.


Another exhibition opened Thursday, Oct. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Vero. It’s the Fall 2018 Art Rotation of the “Galleries at First Pres,” and features artists Anne Whitney, Henrimae Bell and Peter Coe. The show promo says Whitney has been intrigued with faces all her life, as you will discover, and she believes artists should have the freedom to go where their creativity leads them.

Bell’s art is illustrative of the visual and cultural aspects of her extensive global travels; Coe’s paintings clearly reflect his love of coastal environments, and he’s lived in several: the diverse coasts of California, New York and Florida. The artists’ works will be on display through the end of the year.

A formal reception is set for Oct. 21, where you’ll be able to meet and chat with the artists. If you’ve not yet visited the “Galleries at First Pres,” you must. They’re stylishly and creatively set up throughout the church campus, the art well presented. Gallery hours: 12 noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 772-562-9088.

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