The Key West Plein Air painters will exhibit their works portraying twelve Key West historic sites at the opening reception in the Oldest House Garden on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-7pm. Based on the Florida Stories walking tour app created by the Florida Humanites Council, these sites include the Custom House, Clinton Square, Coast Guard Headquarters, Old Custom’s House, Sloppy Joe’s, Fogarty Mansion, Curry Mansion, Porter Mansion, the Oldest House, the Woman’s Club, the Patterson Baldwin House, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A percentage of the art sales will benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural history of Key West.
The informal painting group, led by artist Susan O’Neill, paints year round on the streets of Key West at a different location every week. The Facebook page, Key West Plein Air Painters, publishes the group’s schedule every month. Comprised of local and visiting professional artists, the group welcomes amateurs and students as well and has been joined by artists from the United States, Canada and Europe.
Paintings will be hung in the pavilion and will also be exhibited on easels placed throughout the garden. Come meet the artists, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and see a wide variety of painting styles and subjects while enjoying the grounds of the Oldest House and Garden Museum.
Exhibiting artists include: Susan O’Neill, Karen Beauprie, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Nyla Witmore, Michele Byrne, Nancy Beck, Nancy Henning, Joan Cox, Joanne Sloan, Neva Townsend, Fran Decker, Kathy Husted, Deborah Moore, Suellen Crowley, and Mary Alice Campanaro.
The Key West Plein Air Painters Historic Sites Show, at The Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, Key West. Opening reception Thursday, Feb. 22, 5–7pm. Show runs through Feb. 27.