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2016 House of Refuge Lecture Series and Exhibit Schedule

Location: Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge

Address: 301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd


Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge is one of our local treasures, a key piece in the history of Martin County and the Treasure Coast. Popular Breakfast and Oceanside lectures provide a wealth of information and the next series is just around the corner, offering you a choice of morning or evening presentations. Refreshments will be served as you relax and learn in the beautiful setting at Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, 301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd, in Stuart. Following are the 2016 schedules:

Breakfast Lectures:

The Lighthouses of the Bahama Islands: their history and preservation

Speaker: Annie Potts

Breakfast - Jan. 13 - 10 a.m.

Oyster Restoration in the Indian River

Speaker: Vincent Enconio

Breakfast - Feb. 3 -10 a.m.

South Florida Indian Folklore

Speaker: Patrick Messmer

Breakfast - March 2 – 10 a.m.

Turtles of the Treasure Coast

Demma Bailey

Breakfast - April 6 – 10 a.m.

Oceanside Lectures:

The Lighthouses of the Bahama Islands: their history and preservation

Speaker: Annie Potts

Oceanside -Jan. 28 - 7 p.m.

Oyster Restoration in the Indian River

Speaker: Vincent Enconio

Oceanside - Feb. 25 – 7 p.m.

South Florida Indian Folklore

Speaker: Patrick Messmer

Oceanside - March 31 - 7 p.m.

Turtles of the Treasure Coast

Demma Bailey

Oceanside - April 21 – 7 p.m.

Individual tickets are $15, or $50 for the whole series. Seating is very limited and no member discounts apply. To register, call the House of Refuge at 772-225-1875 or email These lectures sell out fast!


Start Date/Time: 02/16/16 (5:30 pm)

End Date/Time: 02/16/16 (7:30 pm)

Location: Elliott Museum,

Address: 825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart


Curators & Cocktails event - vintage cars, signature cocktails, tasty hors d’oeuvres, presentation by Elliott Museum Associate Car Curator John Giltinan. $30 per person. Seating is limited.

Event Contact: 772-225-1961.

Fine Arts Show presented by the Jensen Beach Art League

Start Date/Time: 11/8/15 (10:00 Am)

End Date/Time: 4/10/16 (4:00 PM)

Location: Indian RiverSide Park

Address: 1707 NE Indian River Drive


The Jensen Beach Art League is a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization supporting local arts in the community. You are invited to enjoy their monthly Art Sale and Exhibit is located at the Indian RiverSide Park along the beautiful Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.

November 8, 2015
December 13, 2015
January 10, 2016
February 14, 2016
March 13, 2016
April 10, 2016

Martin Arts Month February 2016

Description: ARTS Month Martin County brings together a diverse cross-section of arts and culture programs from organizations throughout the county for a month-long celebration of the arts. Throughout the month of February there will be art-centric events at galleries, museums, theatre events, concerts, literary events, educational science activities, film, fashion, and festivals. Learn more at


Start Date/Time: 1/28/2016 (6 pm)

End Date/Time: 3/31/2016 (8 pm)

Location: Elliott Museum

Address: 825 NE Ocean Boulevard


Professor Robert Van Dellen, Ph. D., will offer three lectures in 2016 at the Elliott Museum. Professor Van Dellen received his Ph.D in literature from Indiana University and is a noted essayist and writer.

The series will be entitled “The Power of Literature: Mapping Passageways." Dates and topics to be covered are:

Jan. 28 6-8 p.m. Major Themes in Classic American Novels; Explores four major themes and their mythic dimensions in classic American Novels, including works by James Fenimore Cooper, Twain and Hemingway. The lecture examines the complexities of the themes and their roles in defining our American experience, culture and history.

Feb. 25 6-8 p.m. William Blake’s Creative Genius: Painter, Poet and Prophet. The lecture explores the artistic development and maturity of Blake, whose radical voice is support of both the French and American Revolutions is still relevant for us today.

March 31 6-8 p.m. Growing Up & Old with Literature. What great literature teaches us about growing up and growing old – how we love, live and mature through literature. Classic European, British and American authors will be discussed.

Cost to attend each lecture is $14 per person for adults; $12 for seniors. Free to Museum members. Reservations required. Call 772-225-1961 or visit

Sunset Concerts at the Gallery

Start Date/Time: 12/8/15 (5:30 PM)

End Date/Time: 6/14/16 (7:00 PM)

Location: Martin County Arts Council

Address: 80 SE Ocean Blvd.


Starting this Fall, a new and exciting program to combine the fine and performing arts in one space is coming to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery. The monthly series will feature some of Martin County's most talented musicians in a unique and intimate setting. We are excited to announce with support from Marie Jureit-Beamish, that Sunset Concerts at the Gallery will occur on the 2nd Tuesday monthly, October through June.

December 8: Jureit Musicales

January 12: Bach's Childrens Music School

February 9: Tri-County Master Chorale

March 8: Stuart School of Music

April 12: Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society

May 10: Lighthouse Suzuki Strings

June 14: Young Talent of the Treasure Coast

Event Contact: (772) 287-6676