SEASON OF THE ARTS
in the Titelman Gallery until Jan. 2, with metal sculpture by
Larry Kagan: Object/Shadow, which will challenge the viewer’s
eye, on display in that gallery through spring.
An annual family event, Holidays at the Museum, is scheduled
for Dec. 4. Collaboration with the Atlantic Classical
Orchestra chamber musicians and Ballet Vero Beach continue
tKis season along witK oSera and Àlm studies and -a in tKe
Sculpture Garden. Children’s programs have been expanded
as well as those that merge art with physical and mental
health. The art school schedules classes throughout the year.
BACKUS BIGGER, BETTER
In Fort Pierce, the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery, while
continuing to be a gallery showcasing the work of A.E.
“Bean” Backus, the Highwaymen and local artists, is transitioning
into the A.E. Backus Museum of Art. The premier
event of the Backus season, which was postponed by Hurricane
Matthew, is the November grand opening of the
long-planned $1.4 million expansion that almost doubles the
exhibit space and gives the museum a permanent spot for celebrating
the work and life of Backus. An exhibition devoted
to the Florida Highwaymen will share the gallery.
A second exhibition space was envisioned by Backus in a
1959 painting: art on the outside of the building as well as
inside. That dream is coming true with the new mural plaza,
where Vero Beach High School student Quinn Hiaasen’s
photographs, some from a trip to Cuba, will open the season.
Painted murals are planned for spring.
Executive Director Kathleen Fredrick makes the launch of
the 2016-17 season all about Cuba, with the grand opening
gala, An Evening in Old Havana, Nov. 19. An open house the
following day features Madeleine Plonsker, a collector of Cuban
art, talking about her adventures procuring her collection.
Cuba: It’s Not All Black and White is on display through Jan. 6.
A guided arts and culture tour of Cuba is scheduled through
the Friends of the Museum in early January. >>
art at affordable prices
A.E. BACKUS MUSEUM OF ART
Quinn Hiaasen’s photos from Cuba will be on display in the new mural plaza
at the A.E. Backus Museum of Art in Fort Pierce through the holiday season.