When local chef Martha Hubbard of Isle Cook Key West isn’t creating and curating delicious meals, she’s making and serving a fantastic array of images that reveal the island’s many special flavors. More than two dozen of Hubbard’s images will be served up at SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming Street, in her exhibit “Postcards from the End of the Road,” with a special preview on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
While celebrated for her culinary expertise and service to fine dining establishments that include 915, Louie’s Backyard, and now her chef-led cooking instruction at Isle Cook Key West, Hubbard turned to photography a handful of years ago after experiencing a major life change—forgoing alcohol— which left her with “a ton of free time,” she says. Her work has since been exhibited with much fanfare in prominent galleries throughout the island, including Harrison Gallery, The Studios of Key West, and SoDu.
“SALT Gallery is committed to showcasing local artists and artisans and to celebrating the natural beauty of the Florida Keys,” says SALT owner Maria Sharpe. “Martha’s photographs capture everything we love about Key West- the colors, the scenery, and the unspoiled splendor of the island. We are so delighted to have the opportunity to feature her work at SALT.”
Martha’s SALT Gallery exhibit features a glimpse at the Key West she loves: “the old houses, rusty fences, old trees, and the always-different sunsets,” she says. Her works—printed on watercolor paper to further imbue them with texture and framed with rusty sheet metal to punctuate the effect — clearly capture the color, light, texture, and details that make Key West’s land and skyscapes so memorable. From the sweeping lines of the White Street Pier to the edgy clouds of a foreboding storm to the graceful arc of palm fronds and the playful shadows they cast on the sand below, her photography’s design elements not only capture the island’s authenticity but also create a graphic hallelujah that’s a feast for the eyes and the perfect postcard to send home.
“I am inspired by the old style of postcards and what they tell you about a place,” Martha says. “I want to see that part of Key West and preserve it with my images.”
What better way to preserve something than with salt at SALT?
Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Hackworth feature a new artist each month at SALT Gallery. Hubbard’s work will remain on display until August 2. For more information, call 305.517.6088 or visit www.saltislandprovisions.com.