Author: Chris Fasolino

Jewels of the Sea

Vero Beach resident Dutch Feuchter, a gifted painter in the impressionist style, was an enthusiastic collector of seashells. As an artist with a deep love of nature, Feuchter treasured seashells as natural works of art. When he passed away several years ago, he left behind an extensive collection, lovingly built up over many decades.

The Mystery of the Museum Lion

Vero Beach Museum of Art Curator Anke Van Wagenberg was on a mission to find the origins of the museum’s majestic bronze lion, the sculpture that guards the entrance to the museum. Her detective work includes stories from more than a century ago from all over the world, and reveals why the lion lived in The Moorings for a time, and how it made its way to its current magnificent spot at the museum in 1982.

Equatorial Adventure

Bird watching, Parque Historico, Ingapirca and the Andean mountains are all beautiful sites when traveling through the countryside of Ecuador. The Inca ruins in the clouded reaches of the Andes Mountains seems a world away from the tropical rainforest environment of Isla Santay on the Rio Guayas. Yet each is a part of the varied and beautiful land that is Ecuador.

Bridge to History

From his boyhood days bringing home fish for family dinners, to his youth as a schooner captain on the Indian River, to his decades of prosperity and accolades in the citrus industry, A.B. Michael’s life spanned Florida’s history, especially the history of Orchid Island. This island he loved had no bridges when he arrived in 1887. Now, a bridge to Orchid Island bears his name.

Impressions of a Living Legacy

In its 150-year history, Findlay Galleries has sold paintings by major artists, including Mary Cassatt, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. Along with their renown, these names speak to the range of artistic styles that Findlay Galleries has represented: from the French impressionism of Monet and the American Cassatt to the surrealism of Dalí to the cubism of Picasso.

Poetry of Nature

For VBMA Executive Director Brady Roberts, “Poetry of Nature” represents the fruition of long-standing plans. Shortly after his arrival at VBMA three years ago, he had reached out to his former colleague Linda S. Ferber, the New-York Historical Society’s museum director and executive vice president, about bringing Hudson River school paintings to Vero Beach.

Tiny but Tough

Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds on the planet, but they are robust and intrepid travelers. Keep an eye out, Vero Beach, as these diminutive endurance athletes may pay a visit to your yard during their next expedition.

Bee Mine

Some local beekeepers work with many hives, others with few, but all must be observant of the natural behavior of honeybees in order to be successful.

A Living Trust

The work of the Land Trust is illustrative of the rich variety of habitats found in the Vero Beach area and the importance of preserving such places for the future.