Greg Hills, featured artist at Main Street Vero Beach Gallery

Greg Hills will be the Featured Artist at the Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) Studios & Gallery for the month of October. Greg’s opening reception is scheduled on Friday, October 3rd from 5 to 8:00 PM during the First Friday Gallery Stroll where the public is invited to visit all the Galleries along 14th Avenue from 19th to 21st Streets in the Arts District downtown and enjoy refreshments and delectable’s and the creativity of numerous local artists.

About Greg

Born on the island of Tasmania, Australian Photographer Greg Hills had been intrigued with photography from the age of ten. Greg’s passion for photography was further ignited during his many years as a ship’s captain. His seafaring work-life enabled him to capture his experiences on film as he traveled to exotic and interesting locations. Now retired from the sea and dividing his time between homes in Cartagena, Columbia and Sebastian, he is devoting himself fully to his photography. Graduating from “Darkroom to Digital,” Greg Hills is a perfectionist when it comes to the use and manipulation of light and shadow. Glistening ambers, deep blue-blacks and sun-drenched lush flora, all seemingly captured at their apex of beauty in dramatic light and shadow are his trademark.

Greg prints his photographs on his own printing equipment, which enables him to have complete control over the process, resulting in a more perfect photographic product. Using high-resolution digital files and the finest archival papers and inks,Greg’s prints reveal spectacular detail and gorgeous gradients with smooth, clean, vivid colors. With an artist’s eye for composition and a burning drive for beauty and perfection in photography-from shutter to framing-Greg consistently produces images which have been dazzling the viewing public along the Treasure Coast since his arrival here in 2013. He has recently opened his own gallery, Greg Hills Photo & Gallery located in Sebastian at 1614 US Highway 1.

“A photograph to me is more than just a picture,It’s a feeling and a mood one experiences at the time of capture, inspiring you to grab that image and take it home to keep and treasure … and eventually also to share this experience with others in the form of a beautifully rendered photograph.”- Greg Hills

Vero Beach Homeless Family Center Adds Med Clinic – Press Release


Local health professionals have joined forces with Homeless Family Center (HFC) to open a medical clinic at the Center’s campus. Volunteer medical personnel started seeing patients August 20. Health services are offered to HFC residents and the homeless community.

The partnership originated when HFC executive director Mary Ellen Maguire witnessed the constant struggles the homeless faced due to the lack of affordable healthcare. Maguire meet with medical providers and the idea of the clinic was born to help not only HFC families but also the homeless community in need of medical treatment. Doctors Pierone and Braun, nurse practioner Chandra Kantor and registered nurse Joanne Giordano volunteer their time and services every Tuesday during clinic hours 4-7pm. The services are free of charge for the homeless and help individuals who have no insurance or are unable to pay their medical bills. Services include physical examinations, vaccinations and medication updates.

HFC, a United Way Agency, provides opportunities for homeless families to end homelessness by achieving self-sufficiency through education, living wages and permanent housing. HFC provides the tools to empower residents by helping them to identify and resolve their problems, find better jobs, and ultimately move into homes where they can become contributing members of our community. HFC also has A Second Chance Thrift Store and Training Center (ASC) located at 490 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach. Donations accepted year round; merchandise pick-up is available.

Individuals interested in donating to the thrift store, volunteering or touring HFC may call 772-567-5537 or visit

Explore Indian River events for Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy day-before-Friday! Thursday, if you want to get technical! 😀

Events for today: Yoga, Singing Bowl Meditation, Beer School!, Clothing Swap, Pilates, Men’s Singles Tennis Pyramid, plus lots more! Check out the calendar link above for all the details and upcoming events.

Take a drive: head east on Causeway Blvd through South Beach, Vero Beach, Florida

NOTE: Explore Indian River features a video section called Take a Drive. In that section, appropriately enough, you can watch videos that allow the viewer to take a virtual drive down a specific road in Indian River County. While that may or may not sound exciting to the average person, there is an added feature linking each video together: at chosen intersections of each video, there are links where the viewer can “turn”, usually left or right, down a different road by clicking on the embedded annotation links provided.  All of the videos can be viewed on Explore Indian River’s YouTube page if you prefer. Some portable devices may not be able to click on embedded links within the videos. 

When people around the world hear South Beach, they immediately think of Miami. If you’re from Vero Beach, Florida, you should think of Vero’s South Beach, a tranquil stretch of beautiful sandy beach and inviting water.

Some years (decades?) ago, it was common to drive through , or cruise, the parking lots of local beaches in Vero, South Beach included.

This video gives you a glimpse of driving to, and through, South Beach, Vero Beach, Florida.