House of Art, Culture & Design

November 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2018

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ART, CULTURE & DESIGN: Featuring the Vero Beach Lifestyle

The Cultural Council of Indian River County’s House of Art, Culture & Design, was a first-rate arts experience combined with a small town feel, showcasing the Vero Beach lifestyle through art, culture and design.  Held in Old Riomar’s newest enclave, Old Oak Lane, this multifaceted 4-day event took place in two of the development’s beautiful new homes with a large tented pavilion between them.  One of the homes featured the creative work of six talented designers, turning this lovely home into a magnificent Designer Showhouse.  The second home became a Boutique offering a beautiful array of products for sale by members of the Cultural Council, ranging from original works of art, books by local authors, home décor, women’s clothing, to garden items, beauty products and so much more.  Luxury Cars from Mercedes-Benz of Fort Pierce graced the driveways and garages 3 days and on Sunday classic cars from Motor City Classic Cars displayed vintage cars.

The grand opening of the House of Art, Culture & Design began with an Opening Night Gala, November 16, held in the Pavilion .  Guests were among the first to tour both houses as well as enjoying a lovely cocktail reception catered by Chelsea’s Market and Café and musical entertainment by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.  Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church preformed throughout the evening in the Designer House.  Friday’s special event in the Pavilion, a “Bubbles Bar” Wine Tasting added a sparkling twist to a traditional event, tasting a variety of champagne, prosecco and rosé as well as light hors d’oeuvres provided by Varietals and Chelsea’s Market & Café.  Entertainment during the wine tasting was by Johnny Nick playing and singing all your favorites on the piano making for a very fun and entertaining evening.

A lovely luncheon catered by Wild Thyme Catering in the Pavilion on Saturday delighted attendees while they viewed the latest fashion for our Vero Beach Lifestyle.  The Fashion Show Committee, organized by Melinda Cooper of Cooper & Co. and Karen Loeffler, along with Cathye Motta of Francis Brewster and Patti Casale of Sara Campbell created a highly professional fashion show featuring a beautiful selection of their women’s clothing and presented down a runway by eight beautiful models.  Closing the 4 day event was a Tea & Leading Ladies Panel held in the Pavilion, billed as Strong Women, Strong Tea.  Attendees enjoyed tea and pastries while enjoying a panel of leading ladies in the arts sharing how they developed and learned how to “Profit from their Passion”.  The panel of leading ladies, moderated by Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, included Dr. Elise Geary, Board Certified Dermatologist and Artist, Bridget Lyons, Arts Educator with the Learning Alliance, Elizabeth Moulton, Founder & CEO Vero Beach Magazine and Dr. Joan Ortega Cowan, President, Vero Beach Opera.

Chair of the House of Art, Culture & Design, Caesar Mistretta, co-owner of J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art, credits his co-chair, Diane Langevin, Sunshine Furniture design consultant, and the very talented and committed committee for the very successful event.

Cultural Council of Indian River County’s House of Art, Culture & Design a first-rate experience - Luminaries December 12, 2017

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