Jan 272018

Undying Love | A Key West Musical from Wonderdog Studios on Vimeo. BUY TICKETS: tskw.org Writer Ben Harrison tells the true story of Count von Cosel and Elena Hoyos, and a passion that defied death. Coming Valentine’s Day 2018: the richly reimagined, darkly humorous, true tale of the extreme lengths one man was willing to go for love. “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” written by Ben Harrison, premieres February 14 at The Studios of Key West, and runs for a limited engagement of ten shows [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:51 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #251, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Bedazzled Southernmost Shimmies of Key West belly dancers to take the stage at The Studios of Key West

Shimmy your way over to The Studios of Key West on Sunday, February 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for “Romance and Belly Dance,” a fundraiser performance presented by the Southernmost Shimmies of Key West to benefit the island’s public May Sands Montessori school. Led by Judith Sahirah, the show features 20 bedazzled dancers from across the nation performing both traditional and modern styles of belly dance inspired by the theme of love. “Through our performances, we will share love in all of its manifestations,” says Sahirah, who teaches the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 202018
Key West Burlesque’s “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” at Key West Theater

Elevate your romance or blast away your post-Valentine’s Day blues with your favorite burlesque performers as Key West Burlesque and guest stars present “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue” on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. The dazzling extravaganza incorporates the love of all things Key West in a follies-style storyline of high energy, humor, and glamour that takes the crowd inside the lives and loves of the Southernmost city. “The show is jam-packed with love and over-the-top, excellent performances,” says [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:17 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge's Photography Contest, Submissions Due March 1, 2018

USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest.  This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.

Jan 202018
Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Writers to Enter Works in this Year’s Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Contests

Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year’s Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests – components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident’s birthday. Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams’ life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams’ life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #252, Literature No Responses »
Jan 202018
Latin Jazz Takes Center Stage at Key West Theater

Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass join together to perform an exciting evening of classic Latin Jazz replete with horns, flutes, congas, timbales, and even floorspace for dancing on January 20th at the Key West Theater. “I always thought we should do a night of Latin Jazz here in Key West.,” says event coproducer Ralph De Palma, who is thrilled to bring together Rolando Rojas and the Southernmost Brass for this unique, exciting evening of music. “Those horns are going to light the place up and the [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:11 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #252, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
Curry Mansion Portrait by Stephen LaPierre: Pre-Irma Art

In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #252, Special Event 1 Response »
Jan 122018
"City of Arts" About to "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists...

  by Rick Boettger…….. The City Commission will decide at its next meeting on January 17th whether to exempt the new SPCA building on College Road from the requirement that they buy and display art.  Basically, the Art in Public Places Program has a noble goal: “To encourage the inclusion of works of art in public and private construction projects in order to expand citizens’ and visitors’ experience with visual art and enable them to better understand our community and their individual lives. By encouraging [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Artists ~, Rick Boettger 12 Responses »
Jan 122018
Annual Key West Craft Show, Jan 27-28

On the subtropical island that has nurtured creative spirits dating back to John James Audubon, aficionados of artistry can discover offerings by more than 80 national and regional exhibitors Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28. The Key West Craft Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is to transform the island’s historic lower Whitehead Street into a lively open-air marketplace. Now in its 33rd year, the event is presented by the Key West Art Center, a nonprofit cooperative organization for local artists established in 1960. Artisan booths are [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #251, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 122018
Second in Key West Art & Historical Society Historic Walking Tour series:  Key West Writers and Artists

Key West Art & Historical Society continues it series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, spotlighting the lives and locales of Key West writers and artists. Said to have more writers per capita than anywhere else in the nation, Key West has long been synonymous with writers and artists, attracting the likes of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, John Dewey, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, Jose [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #251, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 052018
Author Teju Cole to Headline Friends of the Library Speaker Series

Monday, January 15, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome author and critic, Teju Cole, to the podium at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. The talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating is at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:02 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #250, Special Events 1 Response »
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 »