VERO BEACH - Celebrations of the Vero Beach Centennial took a decidedly artistic turn in January.

The Vero Beach Centennial Art and Poster Competition and Show featured posters created by young artists in thirteen schools: Gifford Middle, Osceola Magnet, Citrus Elementary, St. Helen Catholic School, Rosewood Elementary, Vero Beach Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Storm Grove Middle, Vero Beach Freshman Learning Center, Indian River Charter High School, Masters Academy, Glendale Elementary, and St. Edwards School.

Each school submitted three entries that were displayed at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. The Vero Beach Art Club announced the winners at a Jan. 4 reception. Winners were Shelby Muir, Brooke Austin, Heather Wooten, Brodie Woodall, Izzy Recco, Emmy Dayton, Nora Bumgarner, Khlico Perez, Noah Ballentine, Morgan Moss, Molly Phillips, Matthew Rhodeman, Jennifer Gonzalez, Meredith Burgoon, Will Johnson, Kira Shellman, Sophie Tenan, and Leo Geary.

The winning artwork was made into a colorful 18” x 24” poster that is available for purchase at the Vero Beach City Hall.

From the young to the young at heart, the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Guild presented their Centennial Quilt, which took eight months to design and another ten months to create.

Named “A Day at the Beach,” the 80” x 105” work of art has been designated as the official Vero Beach Centennial Quilt. About 20 members of the guild invested over 1,000 hours to produce the quilt, which will be the centerpiece of the upcoming Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Treasures of the Treasure Coast show.

January also saw the release of a new coloring book about Vero Beach. Local artist Sara Day designed her “Coloring Keepsake of Vero Beach, Florida” to commemorate her home town.

The award-winning graphic designer creates photo journals for communities across the country. During those projects, Ms. Day decided to create a book for Vero Beach, where she has lived for 12 years.

The coloring book features 27 historic and unique Vero Beach sites and is designed to be fun and educational for both children and adults.

The 56-page tribute to the community includes the Pocahontas Building, Theatre Plaza, Old Vero Beach Train Station, Historic Dodgertown, the Patriot statue in Pocahontas Park, Painted Turtle at the Heritage Center, Vero Beach Airport, Royal Palm Pointe Park, Barber Bridge, Grand Pavilion at Riverside Park, Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, Jaycee Park Boardwalk, McKee Botanical Garden, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the City Marina.

On an unrelated Centennial note, Pickleball players are urged to sign up quickly for the March 14-17 Centennial Pickleball Tournament at Pocahontas Park. As of this writing, 400 registrations have been accepted and the cap is 600 players. The four-day tournament is drawing participants from all over Florida. The pros will be having a clinic on March 13 for participants who would like to learn shots.

For more information or to register for the Pickleball tournament, visit www.pickleballtournaments.com, call Lucy at (954) 534-6393, or email zerozerostay@yahoo.com.

February events include historical trolley tours, the Main Street Vero Beach Vintage Market, Classic Car show, the Majestic Theater outdoor movie night showing of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and an exhibit of Vero Beach paintings and photography in the Foyer Gallery Lobby of The Emerson Center.

The coloring book and the poster featuring student artwork may both be purchased at the Vero Beach City Hall through City Clerk Tammy Bursick. For more information on any Centennial projects and celebrations, visit www.VeroBeach100.org.

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