Dec 082017
Previews of Exhibitions at the Gildea Gallery

by Kirby Congdon……. The Gildea Gallery has been promoting solid work by experienced painters and sculptors. We have now three distinctive artists this season in a joint show opening on December 11th, 6 to 8 p.m. Suzanne Donazetti works on copper, putting a subtle wave vertically on her sheet of metal juxtaposing her control over this shape with a vast checkerboard of small squares each one tinted in overall patterns of closely related tones. The three-dimensional effect not only gives depth to the surface but gives [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 am ~ Artists ~, issue #246, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Nov 242017
"The Skinnydippers" Performing at The Porch & Key West Bite...

The Skinnydippers are a bunch of loons, who believe in the magic of music, who believe that music is meant to be enjoyed for the way it can move the hearts, spirits, and thoughts of those who hear it – not just sell drinks and food. The fun they have performing transfers to the audience, and a good time is had by all. Unusual instrumentation including mandolin, ukulele, and dulcimer, even conch, kazoo, and xylophone, provides settings for their soprano and baritone voices. This presents [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #244 No Responses »
Nov 032017

by Rebecca Rankin….. All right, I admit it. Jennifer Appel and Natasha “Tasha” Fuiava pushed all my buttons. I’m a little pissed. I’ve been fascinated by their story, I’ve read every article I could get my eyes on and listened to all the interviews and press conferences I could get my ears on. This article is my opportunity to stand in front of these women and, in a voice low enough not to be perceived as threatening yet firm enough to be clearly and definitively [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:43 am ~ Artists ~, Editorial, Issue #241, Rebecca Rankin No Responses »
Jun 022017
Searoom, Splendor in My Dark... by Andree Hardy

“What led me to leave shore and become my own island echoed between the new plywood walls of that old 1969 Thunderbird Houseboat … anchored at respectable strokes from shore in Sunset Cove, Key Largo mm99. Searoom, Splendor in My Dark is my true story, a place I ran to after my castle in the sand slipped away, where impending storms waited their turn to switch my mind from despair to delight, under the mostly majestic skies of the Florida Keys…” To learn more about Andree Hardy, her current projects and/or [continue reading…]

 June 2, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #221 No Responses »
Mar 102017

‘THE HOOD?!!’ One evening an individual asked me “What hood you from?” I replied HOOD?!!!!! I am not from no ‘HOOD’ my friend, and I will never be. I then told him where I was from and where I will always be from. I am from The Slums I am from The Ghetto I am from from an experimental project started by our government called, ‘THE PROJECTS’ Where families with little and next to nothing, Not only raised their own families, they instinctively raised The [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:12 am ~ Artists ~ 1 Response »
Mar 102017
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Call for Artists, Builders, Assemblers

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am ~ Artists ~ No Responses »
Oct 212016
Book Review: The Contemporary Art Gallery, Display, Power and Privilege

Book Review by Kirby Congdon……. An advance copy of Darren Jones’ compendium, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Display, Power and Privilege, arrived here at Baker’s Lane a few days ago. This is a reference book instigated about five years ago as a project by David Carrier, an authority in the art world. It will appear in publishing circles on November 1st, 2016. The information took several years to compile with verbal descriptions enhanced with 32 photographs. Cambridge Publishing Company specializes in art books and asked to [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #189, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 142016

Perspectives We know the room where we live and the window’s familiar view. Here is where a space, confirmed, is the place a mind can feel at home as its body speeds with each day’s turn on the very edge of this earth’s rim. A spider also spins and, suspended, hangs its weight before my face. With studied care it takes me in as some distant kin that floats like him as we stare immersed at our busy worlds of boundless air where even silence [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #188, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Sep 302016
Official Fantasy Fest® 2016 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 25, at 5 PM Fantasy Fest is pleased to release the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2016 posters and T-shirts. This year’s theme of  “Political Voodoo and Ballot Box Barbarians ” conjured up some zany ideas, but only one devilish design won the election. We are thrilled to announce the official poster and T-shirts will feature artwork designed by Jane Rohrschneider. Rohrschneider, better know as “Key West Jane” is primarily a mosaic artist. You can see Rohrschneider’s [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:45 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #186 No Responses »
Sep 092016
Oh, Connie!

by Malcolm Willison….. Oh, Connie!  Can you be gone?  Can you really have taken away your impish face, those penetrating eyes, wry smile, the devastating remark? You would throw out an article or craft a poem that captured us—you could revel in a phrase or reveal a deepest longing.  We so counted on you–your quick wit, your sly remark, your careful edit of your own and others’ exposition and choice of words, your trenchant critique.   Now who will offer us that same left-handed support, the [continue reading…]

Sep 092016
In Memoriam, Connie Gilbert, 1939-2016

On September 4, 2016 the world lost Connie Gilbert of Key West to a stroke. She had just turned 77. Connie had an endless capacity for love and a profound desire to nurture those around her. Brilliant and complicated, Connie was committed to the fight for social justice and was active in every significant civil rights struggle in her lifetime: from resisting McCarthyism; to registering blacks to vote in the segregated South; to establishing reproductive choice and advocating equal rights for women; to the struggle [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #183, News 1 Response »
Jun 242016
Thousand Cats Hill

Thousand Cats Hill The Watrous boy said he saw a million cats on the hill in back of the house. His father admonished him that one should alway speak the truth. The boy reduced the number to a thousand. To a hundred. Ten. Well, there was a stray gone wild up on the hill. And it moved so fast it looked like there were two of them. At least two. Maybe more.

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am ~ Artists ~, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
May 202016
Sugarloaf Elementary School Receives Visit From Motivational Speaker/Author, Haley Marguerite

Haley Marguerite, a 24-year old published children’s book author, spent time with Sugarloaf Elementary School students this week. Growing up as a young girl Haley was driven to be successful “no matter what that meant.”  She was hungry to be the best that she possibly could be.  “As an entrepreneur,” Marguerite says, “seeking new opportunities to take her company to the next level is a main priority.” Haley’s book, Charlie Takes an Adventure, is rather unique as it was written when she was only eleven [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #167 No Responses »
Apr 292016
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles to Appear for 2 weeks in Key West!

On June 17th – June 29th eight times Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage at Chicagos and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty one years and thirty two releases of his original music. Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers.   As [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #164, Music No Responses »
Mar 252016
Photographer Blackburn to Show Works, April 1st

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will again show his photographic works on Friday, April 1st in conjunction with the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll.  The showing, entitled “Scene in Key West”, will feature recent additions to his photographs of many familiar sights around Key West that Larry feels fortunate to experience on a daily basis.  The photographs will be printed on several media types including canvas, metal and metallic paper along with new acrylic additions.  The show will take place inside Duval Square at 1075 Duval Street in Key [continue reading…]

 March 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am ~ Artists ~ No Responses »
Mar 252016
Ben Harrison Concert at The Studios of Key West, April 2nd

Known for his wonderful sense of the ridiculous, Ben’s songs explore the unique history and ribald character of Key West. From Conch Train to Sloppy Joe’s Bar 1984, Ben brings delightfully absurd tales to life. He will be highlighting new material from his latest album, Destino, plus many old favorites. Join Ben Harrison with friends and talented fellow musicians, Larry Baeder and Joe Dallas, at The Studios of Key West on Saturday, April 2nd at 8 pm. Tickets are $30, or $25 with a Studios [continue reading…]

 March 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #159, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins “Check-Out Time”  (Click here for previous chapter) … Jordan whined. ”There’s no little bottles of shampoo, no body lotion, no shower cap, nothing! The toilet paper isn’t even folded! You cheap ass!” The crooked croupiers looked at each other. “Chill, I’m not your mother,” Alan said bravely and moved to relieve himself. “Jordan, look at this!” “Not now, Alan.” But curiosity drew Jordan to the bowl. The [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #158, Literature No Responses »
Mar 182016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar  THURSDAY, MARCH 17 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

  Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Tennessee Williams Gallery – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM New permanent exhibit/installation of Tennessee William’s paintings, 2nd floor of the Custom House Museum. Key West Art & Historical Society, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. The Key West Plein Air Painters – Armory Show, 6 PM Key West subjects painted in the open air by some of Key West’s finest artists. The Armory, 600 White St. Walk on [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #158, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 112016
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins It’s Been a Pleasure  (Click here for previous chapter) I was in the reception room reading and overheard. “It has been a pleasure speaking with you this afternoon, Mrs. Weiner-Wood. You made distinct, if not noticeable progress during our session.” Dr. Silo Cornhull tilted his zero- gravity chair upright. “I’m afraid our time, our precious time, my dear Mrs. Weiner-Wood, is up for now… for today…Ah, Mrs. [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #157, Literature No Responses »
Mar 042016
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins Bullet Holes in Canada  (Click here for previous chapter) Oakley Holmes Perkins sat in the back of a eighteen-foot Old Hickory wooden canoe. His wife of fifty years, Ethel Allyn Perkins, sat in the bow. Their Indian guide, named Too, floated nearby in his canoe. Oakley and Ethel were separate, yet together, as they had been since the first day of marriage. Oakley, an avid fisherman, hunched [continue reading…]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #156, Literature No Responses »