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 052018
 
Bad Poems and How They Get That Way

by Kirby Congdon…….. Webster’s Dictionary defines a poem as “a style more imaginative than ordinary speech.” This could be anything from street talk dialect to a royal decree or a definition in contracts, politics, news or in the dialogue of conversation. Almost any use of language can be enhanced for here is where the root of poetry takes hold. Its form may take on a graceful and intelligent tone when the speaker is familiar with his medium. A writer may indeed be imaginative with a [continue reading…]

 January 5, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am ~ Column ~, Art, Issue #250, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Dec 292017
 
Artist Marta White to Exhibit at The Studios of Key West: Special Preview Party on January 4

On Thursday, January 4, The Studios of Key West invites the public to celebrate artist Marta White in a retrospective exhibition of nearly forty years of her mixed media work in the XOJ Gallery, with a special opening reception on from 6:00pm -8:00pm. Though White has exhibited in galleries in Key West and in New York, including the Southampton Museum, the upcoming exhibit is White’s first solo show and offers an astounding display of just a small fragment of her life’s work. More than 70 pieces [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #249, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Review of Gildea Gallery Opening, December 11, 2017

  by M.R. Willison……. Southard Street’s strenuous repaving was going full-blast last Monday night. But the Gildea Gallery on Southard just off Duval had a packed show opening anyway that night for paintings by three artists new to the Gildea’s on-going presentation to Key West of the most contemporary of American modern art. Darren Jones’ first exhibit at the Gildea Gallery takes iconic Key West experiences we all have had to form his compelling pastiches, a new departure for him. Each comes with an amusingly [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #248, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 222017
 
A Forgotten Era Remembered: Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” Exhibit at Custom House Museum

On Friday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society puts the spotlight on a relatively unaccounted for era of creativity that helped launch some of the island’s most celebrated artists in its exhibit “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists.” The Custom House Museum exhibit in the Bryan Gallery features historic and contemporary works from artists that rented space between 1974-1986 in the decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities for use as studios after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base on the present-day Truman Annex. [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #248, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Save the Date - 2018 McKEE FINE ART AUCTION

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26th until [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Celebrity Artist Adam Scott Rote to Appear at Exhibition

December 21 through December 24, 2017 and Meet the Artist 11am – 2pm and 7pm – 11pm Daily During the Shows Stella Stevens calls him a Pop Culture Icon. Debbie Reynolds says Adam is truly gifted with an eye for composition and imagination. Angie Dickinson called him her “Warhol.” Al Pacino stated, upon signing his Scarface painting, that it was the best he had ever seen. Adam has worked with Academy award winners Martin Landau, Ernest Borgnine, Al Pacino, Joan Fontaine, Patricia Neal, and Goldie Hawn. Along with screen legends Jerry Lewis, [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Art, Issue #247, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society’s exhibit “On the Waterfront: Truman Annex Artists” opens with a special reception on Friday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street.  The exhibit features historic and contemporary works of some of Key West’s celebrated artists that rented spaces between 1974-1986 in the decommissioned naval warehouses, machine-shops, and residential facilities for use as studios after the U.S. Navy abandoned their base on the present-day Truman annex. Artists include John Martini, Helen Harrison, [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, issue #246, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting:  Wed. Dec 13th, 2017

Looking for a new adventure?  We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting.  We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise.   Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share.  Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 13th, 6:30-8:00 P.M. at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center in the Winn-Dixie plaza on Big Pine Key.  For more information, contact Kristie @ 305-304-9625.  Facebook: [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Art, issue #246, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 012017
 
SALT Gallery Presents Karen Luknis’ “Mystical Entities”: Opening Reception Dec. 1

For the month of December, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature “Mystical Entities”, a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1st. Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. In 2014, she was the First Place Winner in Mixed Media at “From a Woman’s Hand,” a juried showing at [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #245, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 172017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join Annamarie Giordano in Life Drawing sessions at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays through December 11, 2017. Her three-hour workshops feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels of artists. Sessions are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Register online at kwahs.org/event/life-drawing-class or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Though drop-ins are welcome, advanced registration is encouraged as is early arrival for set-up.  Some materials will be available on site for purchase if needed.  Your [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #243, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 McKee Fine Art Auction, February 9, 2018

  The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #241, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 032017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join Annamarie Giordano in Life Drawing sessions at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays beginning November 7 and running through December 11, 2017. Her three-hour workshops, featuring nude models in short and long poses, are open to all levels of artists. “Life Drawing is the art of drawing the human figure and bringing it to life,” says Giordano. “Every pose is a new challenge and adventure in learning perspective, angle, and light. Regular practice sharpens your drawing skills of observation and your abilities [continue reading…]

 November 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Art, Issue #241, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 272017
 
SALT Gallery Presents “Sunny Side of the Street”: Opening Reception Nov. 3

For the month of November, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature “Sunny Side of the Street”, a new collection of light and loose ink drawings by local artist Judi Bradford. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3rd. Judi’s lively and playful ink drawings capture the characters, nature, and street corners of Key West. She brings a history of graphic arts and comic drawing to these new views of her [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #240, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 272017
 
Hazel Griffiths Showing at Gildea Gallery

Hazel Griffiths Gildea Gallery 522 Southard Street 5:00 p.m., Friday, 27th October (through November 7th) by Kirby Congdon……. The movement in our society toward women’s rights appears continuous with the exposure of public bullies in business or politics. A more voluntary action is often found in creative work. Hazel Griffiths’s paintings, “Dreamlands and Soulscapes” (using encaustic wax) at the Gildea Gallery (on Southern Street, near the bank, between Simonton and Duval) reflects this freedom. Her paintings are bold and imaginative, holding our attention. Her technique [continue reading…]

 October 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Art, Issue #240, What To Do No Responses »