Where & When

Chain of Events

It wasn’t a planned passing of the torch from one generation to the next. Far from it. In fact, at one time, Suzanne Leigh-Vilas saw herself standing in front of a classroom instructing and inspiring students. Preparing lesson plans and grading papers would fill her after-school hours. “When I was in college, I never thought I’d be back in Vero Beach, let alone working here at the store. I’m really glad how things turned out. I’m happy here.”

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.

Lifting Lives

“The impact UP has made throughout the last year is a true testament to our dedicated staff’s collective embodiment of our purpose, which is to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency. Everyone here has a heart for the mission.”

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.