The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends February 12, 2018
In the Feb 12th. Issue Our Photo Feature from the KWAHS Annual "Conch Revival Picnic" held at their Lighthouse Tower & Keeper's Quarters
Crown Jewel


Sean Callihan at his Dog Tired Studio on 1011 WhiteHead St. Just Opened his Latest Exhibition from one of my favorite Artists Elizabeth St. Hilaire ( More Below)
"Images of America : Key West's Duval Street" Authors Laura Albrition & Jerry Wilkinson with Historian Tom Hambright 

The Award Winning World Renown Edmund White with Books and Books Mgr. Mia Clement

Mia and Michael Nelson with Local Author Roberta Isleib AKA Lucy Burdette

Key West has an amazing amount of Literary events : KWLS, Friends of the KW Library, "Meet The Authors", Books and Books Events, Mystery Writer Fest by Shirell Rhoades ( WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM). Above are the 3 Photo Features of Literary Events in this Issue. Complete Schedules of Upcoming Events as well.

 We Start a 3 or 4 Week Multi-Part Feature on Quincy Perkins First Annual Key West Photography Festival ( A Must Attend Next & Every Year).  Since This Issue will go out at 12:15p Sunday 2/11 (Last Day); still time to SEE HUNDREDS OF THE PHOTOS at Mallory Square

The Perfect Spot by Gary Gowans 16X20 Oil on Canvas

Boca Chica Walter's Spot by Henry Peter 18X36 Acrlic on Canvas

Pt 2 of 2 Our Tour of Cocco and Salem Gallery
May Sands Montessori School "SpeakEasy Shindig" March 3
"Mama Told me Not to Come" but you really should and watch one of the TOP SELLING Recording Artists in History. This Former Pro. Radio DJ; can remember Years of them being in the National Top 10 EVERY WEEK.
"Martini Studio" by Stephanie Sanchez

"Buttonwood" 14ft Tall by Helen Harrison

Pt. 3 "On the Waterfront" at Custom House :  The Early Truman Annex Artists that inhabited the Warehouses/Buildings that the Navy Gave Up Decades Ago.
The 5th Annual Polar Plunge benefitting Samuel's House draws a hardy crowd willing to brave the 70 degree waters off Higgs Beach
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events & Hundreds of Local Photo Galleries

New Exhibition & Reception at Lucky Street "Offset Realities" Featuring Michel Delgado &  Rebecca Bennett

"In Sparky's Snoopy" by Tom Everhardt
"It's Science Mr. Felix" by Don Oriolo
World Renown Artist Don Oriolo Comes to town 2/15-17. Zazoo Art/Photo Gallery Just Received These Two Originals PLUS Fans of Casper the Friendly Ghost and Cartoons Must Check out another Oriolo Original Further Down. The 2/19 Issue will have 3 Iconic yet Very Rare B&W Early Beatles Photos (Hanging Now at Zazoo)

KWAHS Presents another Brilliant "Distinguished Speaker" 2/22 Jay Barnes "Florida's Hurricane History" Held at Old City Hall 510 Greene St.

Heaven's Gate by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil

Evening at Fort Zachary Taylor Park by George Salhofer Acrylic

 Part 3 Tour of The Key West Art Center ; showing the many Local Artists PLUS
Snowfall in Washington Square 10X8 Oil

Intersecting Lives 18X18 Oil

Michele Byne Classes 2/19-22 at The Key West Center Plus Current Exhibition Elizabeth Devries plus Elizabeth Chamberlain Exhibition /Reception 2/16 Plus Lothar Speer Classical Figure  Drawing Classes.

"Undying Love" by Ben Harrison : Play Starts 2/14 at TSKW 

The Feb 19th. Issue will have Part 3 of Our Tour of the Luis Sottil Gallery.  Due to Space and Time Constraints A List of Pushed Back Features Below

Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Presents Sculpture Artist Todd Andrew Babb 
15 YO Max Shaver Descendant of one of the 125 Forgotten Soldiers will help lead the ceremony
Our Weekly City of KW and MCSO Features. Two events : Honoring "125 Forgotten Soldier's" that Helped the UNION win The Civil War (2/16 3pm at KW Veterans Memorial Garden at Bayview Park) PLUS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Frederick Douglas Gym 2/17  
Oh Marilyn 10X8 Oil on Linen Mounted Paper

Marais Stroller  30X22 WaterColor on Paper

Gingerbread Square Gallery Welcomes Nyla Witmore Current Exhibition PLUS
Todd Bonita "Passage Diptch" 12X9 Oil on Canvas

"Aviary" by Everyone's Great Friend Jane Washburn 20X16 Oil on Canvas

"Bait Shop" by Jane Washburn 11X14 Oil on Canvas

Next Exhibition at GingerBread Square Gallery 2/19 Featuring Jane Washburn and Todd Bonita

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7815 Each Week. In This Issue (2/12) : Our Photo Feature from the KWAHS "Conch Revival Picnic", Elizabeth St. Hilaire Exhibition at Sean's Dog Tired Studio (Brilliant Must See Work & 12 Pieces in this Issue), Jazz in the Gardens at Kate's Place 2/11 Featuring Skipper Kripitz & CRZB, Amazing Amount of Literary Events (Cafe Con Libros / Meet the Authors / Books and Books Events/ Friends of the KW Library), Pt 1 of 4 : First Annual Key West Photography Festival ( Great Stuff), Pt.2 Tour of Cocco and Salem Gallery, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , WWW.EQFL.ORG , Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West Next Two : 2/11 Western Winds (With Guest Singer Gayla Morgan) & 2/25 Katana Twins, WWW.KWLS.ORG ,  Aqua Idol Tuesdays for WF Playhouse, Bingo Wed. on USCGC Ingham & Mon. Green Parrot,
WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM , WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM , May Sands Montessori School's "Speakeasy Shindig" 3/3, Pt. 1 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction (Brilliant /Entertaining Job as Usual Tom Luna), Extensive Calendar of Events & Hundreds of Photo Galleries from WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM , Commissioner Margaret Romero Community Meeting 2/20 at Marriott Beachside, KW GardenFest 2/17 & 18, Three Dog Night at KWT 3/23, Pt. 3 of "On the Waterfront" Exhibition at Custom House, Lucky Street Gallery New Exhibition "Offset Realities" Featuring Michel Delgado & Rebecca Bennett, World Renown Iconic  Cartoon Legend Artist Don Oriolo at Zazoo Photo/Art Gallery 2/15-17, Next KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Jay Barnes "Florida's Hurricane History" 2/22, Pt. 3 Tour of the KW Art Center + Next Exhibition Reception 2/16 Elizabeth Chamberlain ( Current Exhibition Elizabeth Devries) + Classes from Michele Byrne & Lothar Speer, Ben Harrison's New Play "Undying Love" Opens 2/14  at TSKW, Wesley House Val. Dinner, Sculpture Artist Todd Andrew Babb at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Current GingerBread Art Gallery Exhibition Nyla Witmore ( We Feature 12 of her Paintings this Issue) : Next Exhibition Reception 2/19 Featuring Jane Washburn & Todd Bonita, List of Push Back Features to 2/19 & 2/26 Issues, Current Exhibitions at TSKW : HighwayMen/Letty Nowak & Carrie Disrud, "Last Stand : Protecting The Keys" Next Meeting 2/19, Fashion Designer Valerie Hoh at The Gardens Hotel 2/18,  WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Special Performance Events from Rock Solomon (Great Piano Music at McKee), Past Blast Issue Links, Weekly Features from MCSO & The City of KW (Just Two Event 2/17 Ribbon Cutting at Frederick Douglas Gym & 2/16 Ceremony Honoring the 125 Forgotten Soldier's of The Civil War : Bayview Park Veteran's Memorial Garden),  Thurs. Bayview Park Green Mkt., Next Artisan Mkt. 2/18, Peter Max Exhibition & The KW Gallery, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM , The Play "Gin Game" 2/15-18 & 2/21-24 Fringe Theater, Waterfront Playhouse 2/20-3/10 "Hand to God" & "Avenue Q" 3/27-4/14 +Aqua Idol Tuesdays, Computer Classes at KW Library, An Amazing Line Up for the Next KWT Sunday Ramble, Red Barn Theatre 1/21-2/17 "20th. Century Blues" + VIP Party 2/18, Updated KWT Schedule, Mote/Reef Relief/Sanc. Friends Found. of the Fla. Keys, Aids Help, Florida Health Monroe Co., Salt Gallery has Margot Holzapfel, Slow Flow Yoga from Cricket Desmarais 9a-10a Fridays at TSKW, KWBG Next Luncheon 2/14 & Mixer 3/14, WWW.FKCC.EDU First VIP Lecture Series of the 2018 Season 2/21, Skipper Kripitz Gigs, Art@830 Gallery, Truman Little White House, SouthernMost Coconut Castaways Next "Jump Up" 3/31, Frangipani Gallery's Current Exhibition Features Sandy Sun/David Scott Meier/& Carrie Andrews, Key West Wildlife Center, AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshops" at Ft. East Martello Tuesdays, Marathon Garden Club next meeting 3/3, Magnolia Band, VIP Tennessee Williams Celebration at Dennis & Bert's House 2/28 + The TW Annual Poetry/Writing Contest, PLUS Lots More.
Thanks to All our Associate Contributing Editors for All the Great Year Round Materials. Thanks to the Readers and your Comments.  Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.  PS: As You can see this Issue is Very Long (A Good Thing) ; So You Can with EASE Close and Open this Issue.

First Annual Key West Photography Festival

                                   Artist & Photographer Nicholas Bergery
Festival Owner & Producer Quincy Perkins
National Geographic Photo Journalist Don Kincaid
Aqua Idol's Linda Frechette & Guest

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photo Journalist Patrick Ferrell

Quincy Perkins & Hays Blinkmann (The Weekly)

The festival is headed by Quincy Perkins (KWFF) 

The First Annual Key West Photography Festival was Brilliant. Thank You Quincy Perkins and Paul Blundell and your Staff for such a Great Event.  The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends was one of the Corporate Sponsors and I so enjoyed being part of this Immediate Yearly Tradition.  It was so Great to see the many other Local Photographer's Work PLUS Two of the Display Areas had Vintage 1885 to 1970 Photos and an International Photography area Featuring over 40 Works. The Guest Photographer Presentations were Fascinating and the Field Trips to the Photo Galleries were Fun. The next 3 or 4 Issues will Feature many Photos from the Event and of course Many of the Photographs on Display.  Of Course ; This Issue Probably Goes Out around 12:15P 2/11 so you can go to Mallory Square Today to 
See the Hundreds of Photos on Display.

Carmen by Roger Van Lieshout 40X60 Oil on Canvas

Roger Van Lieshout 22X28 Oil on Canvas

New Yorker by Stanley Zabar 11X14 Archival Pigment / Ink on Canvas
3 Square  Oil on Canvas : Deep Water Evening (24X24), Red Morning (24X24), & Sunset Circus (24X36). Circle is Murano Glass and called "Variegation by Pablo Birello (Diameter 29.5). The Rest of the Wall is Jim Salem's Work.
More from the Cocco and Salem Gallery Up Shortly


Conch Revival Picnic at their Lighthouse Tower & Keeper's Quarters 938 Whithead St. 305-294-0012
281 Front St. 305-295-6616

More of the Conch Revival Picnic Up Shortly

Pt. 1 of A Multi-Part /Week Photo Feature of the 2018 Anne McKee Artist Fund Auction

More Photos Up Shortly

WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458

The February 19 Issue will start Part 1 of one of the three New Exhibitions at TSKW "Highwaymen"  Here is a Taste

In rural southeast coastal Florida, in the late 1950s and 1960s, during the time when the Civil Rights Movement began to seriously challenge Jim Crow laws, a grassroots art phenomena occurred that had no precedent, and it left an unimaginable trove of artwork-perhaps a quarter million oil paintings made by young self-taught African American artists.  They were nameless during their two decades of creative tenure, only to be dubbed The Highwaymen fifteen years later. Their paintings transcend the palm trees, clear blue skies, and glistening surf that they describe with vigor; they were the embodiment of a prosperous land and new frontier where dreams were sure to come true for post war families. They were and remain American images, painted by the unlikeliest of American artists who were likely destined to pick oranges in the groves nearby their homes. Instead, they created the visual legacy of modern Florida as the place to realize the American dream. Due to Space Constraints go to the Link Below for Complete description.

The other Two New Exhibitions at the TSKW are from Letty Nowak and Carrie Disrud

Sean P. Callahan by Popular Request Brings Back Everyone's Good Friend Elizabeth St. Hilaire to Open Her Latest Exhibition last week at
 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910

Crown Jewel
Wekiva River
Floral Study
Birds and Blooms
My Muse
More of Elizabeth St. Hilaire from Sean P. Callihan's Dog Tired Studio Up Shortly

Re-greening the Keys!
Celebrate the recovery of the Keys as GardenFest , a fair of nature, arts, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family, returns to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Saturday & Sunday, February 17th and 18th, 10am to 4pm.  Free admission!
Shop for plants, and artworks amid the cooling greenery that is rapidly regenerating at our arboretum.  This is your chance to learn more about native plants from the Garden's knowledgeable volunteers and acquire some specimens propagated on-site,  as well as plants brought in by other growers.   And don't pass by the information booths - they'll help with your revival.
A special presentation, "Greening the Keys" by   Alison Higgins, Key West Sustainability Coordinator, is scheduled in the Nature Chapel at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.  Find out how we can all be more sensitive to our environment. 
Crafts and art feature nature-themes or are made from earth-friendly or recycled materials.   Take a break and enjoy entertainment and refreshments (include those suitable for those over 21) in our Courtyard - our "beer garden"!     Yes, there will be food and fun for the little ones, as well; even Kids Corner to keep them occupied.
KWTF&BG is located on College Road, Stock Island, near the light just over Cow Key bridge.  Go to  for details and schedule or call  


The Extremely Entertaining and Brilliant Author Edmund White

Roberta Isleib AKA Lucy Burdette Introducing Mr. White

Books and Books Manager Mia Clement Helps Greet the Fans


Melissa Trader's Stone Soup Gallery 
WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 802 White St. 305-296-2080. A Tour in the Feb 19 Issue


281 Front St. 305-295-6616
Pt. 3 of "On the Waterfront" : Main exhibition at The Custom House; Brilliantly Curated by Cori Convertito. Works by the Early Annex Artists that resided in the Warehouses/Blds. that were given from the Navy after they left the Now Very Valuable Truman Annex Properties.

Judi Bradford

Helen Harrison "Buttonwood" 14Ft.  Rare Cohune Palm, Epoxy Paint, 24K Gold

John Martini

Stephanie Sanchez : Martini Studio, Truman Annex & Martini Studio

Untitled by Tobias McGregor Oil on Canvas 2002

Two Classics : Judi Bradford & Sharon Wells

Dancing to the Shoes by Grillo Demo Pen & Pastel on Paper 1982

Joanne Hasman

603 Elizabeth St. by Michael Chaykin Oil on Canvas 1997


Nothing Ho-hum about it: Valerie Hoh to present latest creations in wearable art and sculpture at The Gardens Hotel, one day only
Valerie Hoh, former proprietor of the eclectic Pandemonium gallery on Duval Street, returns to Key West for a showing of unique, hand-crafted fashion art clothing, accessories and sculpture, to be displayed in the lobby of The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street, Sunday, February 18, from noon to 7:00pm.

Designer /Artisan
Valerie Hoh (Above)


Pushed back for the Feb 19 and Feb 26 Issues due to Time & Constraints : TSKW Artisan Pot Luck on the Porch, Pt.3 of our Tour of Sottil Gallery, Pt. 6 of MOTE's Look Back at 2017, Our Tour of Stone Soup Gallery, Artist to the Stars Adam Scott Rote; Featuring works hanging at the Key West Gallery + a Few More from his Collection. Also Pushed Back : Our Photo Feature of the Peter Max Exhibition also at the Key West Gallery, From Southampton LI : Lucille Khornak Photography Photo Feature,  Liza Jane Catana's Recent Appearance in KW, Our Photo Feature from the Current Exhibition at Frangipani Gallery Featuring David Scott Meier/Sandy Sun/& Carrie Andrews. Of course in the Feb 19 & 26th ; the Events we Cover This Week & Last Weekend : Including the First Annual Key West Photography Festival and the 2018 Anne Mckee Artist Fund Auction.


Also Next Week : Our Annual Visit from The International Women's Flag Football Association WWW.IWFFA.COM A few weeks ago; lots of Fun. The Feb. 19th. Issue will have lots of Photos.




Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.

Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059

Due to Time & Space Constraints Part 3 of 3  : A Tour of the Luis Sottil will continue in the Feb 19th. WWW.LUISSOTTIL.COM  511 Duval St. 305-396-7855.  The Featured Artists are Luis Sottil, Johansen, Allison Lefcourt, David Miller, Fine Art by Scotty Tastefully Edgy, Oliviya, Michael Goddard & Dale Mathis.
Luis Sottil


FKSPCA Held a Fund Raising event at Sottil Gallery a few weeks ago; Click the Jan 29 Issue for Photos and Part 2 of our Tour. & Part 1 is in the Jan. 22 Issue 

Next Meeting Monday Feb 19 6PM ; Venue Location TBA Call or visit sites for Location.


Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609

Our Last 5 Issues ; These Links Below are Created by my Production, Database Management, & Delivery System : Constant Contact.  By Clicking any of them; you will Instantly see the Issue ; they don't get stored on your computer; Just put Temporarily in Memory.

700 Fleming Street, 
Key West, FL  33040, 

Writing on the Autograph Tree

The Marathon Public Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy, presents a Free Short Story Workshop/Seminar with Edgardo Alvarado, author of "The Funerals of Key West" and "Don't Read this Poetry Book".  The group meets every Tuesday from February 6 through April 10 from 4 to 6 pm to discuss and write a short story. It is open and free to the public but registration is required. All participants must be 18 years old or older.  Call 305-292-3595 to reserve your spot today.  


Part 2 Sean P. Callihan Presents
 Elizabeth St. Hilaire & Her Latest Exhibition at
1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910
Floral Raccoon

Undulation & Synncopation

Sunny Days Ahead
Sea Maiden
She and He
Birthday Wish
MUST SEE EXHIBITION Thanks Sean for your Yearly Presentation of Elizabeth


Commissioner Margaret Romero Community Meeting
Tues. Feb. 20  6pm Marriott Beach Resort 

The Commissioner comments : If you want a particular topic included, please let me know
As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. 
You are welcome to share this note with others - all in the city are welcome.
You are encouraged to participate with your questions and suggestions.  Your involvement will help make our City better. 
I hope you will be able to attend. 
Margaret Romero.  The Commissioner also notes : That the Agenda will be sent out 1 Week Prior to the Event.  Send your E-Mail Address to Mromero@CityofKeyWest-Fl.Gov. Editor's Note : Send your E-Mail Address to Mromero@CityofKeyWest-Fl.Gov to receive the Agenda ; as well as Occasional Notices with Interesting Information.

Part 2 Cocco and Salem Gallery
WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM 1111Duval St. 305-292-0072

Hotel Chairs by Susan Sykes WaterColor 9X11
Hemingway House 1963 by Susan Sykes WaterColor
The Perfect Spot by Gary Gowans 16X20 Oil on Canvas
Walter's Spot by Henry Peter 18X36 Acrylic on Canvas 
Thanks Jim and Dan for the Brilliant Year Round Art. It just occurred to me that the Galleries/Theatre Groups/Music Venues, Historical & Nature Groups should get some sort of Financial Benefit for making Key West A World Class Cultural Destination. Of course : One of my Main Platforms while running for Key West Mayor in 2016 was to encourage the promotion of The Arts, Nature and Historical Venues. 

  WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Next Luncheon Feb 14 Noon Beachside Marriott 3841 N. Roos. Blvd.
Mark your 2018 calendar for these OIRF Events:
January House Tour:  Friday, 12th & Saturday, 13th 3pm-7pm.
February House Tour:  Friday, 16th & Saturday, 17th 10am-4pm.
March House Tour:  Friday, 16th & Saturday, 17th 10am-4pm.
This season is dedicated to the memory of Joan Cornell.  Joan and her husband "Woody" were invaluable organizers of the Home Tours and supporters of OIRF for many years.
Also:   Saturday, March 3rd at Noon:  Conch Shell Blowing Contest


 WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241
We have 3 Sections from them in this Issue; one with Info about the next Exhibition / Reception from Elizabeth Chamberlain PLUS Info about the Current Exhibition from Elizabeth Devries PLUS Info. about Lothar Speer's Classical Figure Drawing Classes and Michele Byrne's Art Classes.

Ally by Gale Upmale Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper
Banyon Guest House by Mally Weaver
Baracuda Bay by Mally Weaver
Sunny Day at the Beach by Lucy Paige
Dive Into the Deep by Anne Schroeder

More from the Local Artists at The Key West Art Center Up Shortly.  PLUS "Palette Knife Impressions" by Michele Byrne 2/19-22 9a-3p. Call Gallery Mgr. Juniper Deja 305-294-1241.
Learn  to compose a plein air painting using a value study and a thrust map to  lead a viewers eye across the page.  Manipulate paint quality using large brushes, and other tools to create loose energetic impressionist paintings.  Class will be held inside the 1st day and outside every other day,  weather permitting.  Below are Two Paintings from Michele

Snowfall in Washington Square 10X8 Oil on Panel

Intersecting Lives 18X18 Oil


Allison Rich sends regards and tells us  this great News : We are happy to announce that Cafe con Libros is back again this year and being held at the studios. 
Café con Libros

The Key West Library is offering their free Café con Libros author series on Tuesday mornings from January 23rd until March 27th at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.  Author presentations begin at 10:30 am.  On Tuesday January 23rdis author Lucy Burdette of the Key West Food Critic Murder Mysteries followed by Elisa Segrave, author of "The Girl from Station X" on Tuesday January 30th.  For more information call the library at 305-292-3595.
Books and Books Manager Mia Clement and KW Library's Michael Nelson Always Orchestrating the events.

Feb. 13th: Karen Brown on writing psychological thrillers
Feb. 20th: John Henry Fleming on "We Can't Help It If We're From Florida"
Feb. 27th: Ryan Mcilvain on his new novel, "The Radicals"
Mar. 6th: Leslie Linsley on "Salvage Style," decorating with vintage objects
Mar. 13th: Robin Lloyd on his historical novel set in Havana, "Harbor of Spies"
Mar. 20th: Samuel Harrington, MD, on "At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life"
Mar. 27th: Kenneth Michaels in conversation with Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez about "Only in Key West" : 
Allison Rich, 
Sr. Library Assistant, 
Monroe County Public Library, 
700 Fleming Street, 
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming St is offering free One-on-One Technology tutoring.  Do you have questions about your smartphone or tablet?  Do you need help downloading Ebooks from the library's website?  If so, please call us at 305-292-3595 to make an appointment.  Our library assistants are here to help you with your devices.  Call us today!   
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming Street is offering free limited workshops on various computer topics in February. Each class can hold 6 students, and registration is required.  Classes start at 10 AM. Call to reserve your spot today! 305-292-3595.
Thursday February 15th Windows 10 basics - Learn how to get the most out of the Windows 10 operating system.  We will focus on the Start Menu and the overall look.
Thursday February 22nd IPad and IPhone -  Do you have an iPad or IPhone but have specific questions about it?  Then bring your questions, devices, and iTunes account information with you for this workshop.   

A few more Tease Photos from the 2018 Anne McKee Artist Fund Auction and then we continue with Part 2 in the Feb. 19th. Issue

Great Job Everyone and Thanks for the Great Night Out

Brief Notes from KWAHS.  Go to their Weekly Section for more Events and additional Info. on Below

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Wednesday, February 14, starting at 5:00pm, in front of the 25-foot-tall Seward Johnson 'Embracing Peace' sculpture at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes both recreational and professional painters to participate in a Saturday, March 3 plein air painting contest celebrating the legacy of Tennessee Williams, the acclaimed playwright and artist who made Key West his home for 34 years. Participants will use the Key West Art Center building at 301 Front Street, where Williams purchased artwork while attending the gallery's opening in 1960, as their subject.
Food Truck Event date is March 10

The nonprofit USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Annex Waterfront Park will be open for sunset each Wednesday at 5 p.m. with bingo onboard after dark. For information, call 305-292-5072 or email 


WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY   305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
The Current Exhibition is the well known Sculpture Artist Todd Andrew Babb.


WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM 305-295-9797 3485 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 


Need a Great Gift; Involving Key West Icons? How about tickets to see a true Key West story of a passion that defied death put to music on stage at The Studios Key West theater? 
Book, Lyrics and Music by Ben Harrison
Director: Richard Grusin
Musical Director: Larry Baeder
Starring Amber Good & Jamie Callahan
Opening Night: Wed Feb 14 at 8pm
Shows run Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm
(Thu Feb 15 through Sat Mar 3)


  Thanks Key West Gallery for Bringing Such Great Talent to Key West
(L) Recent Exhibition Alex Butriskiy 2/2-4 and (R) Peter Max Artwork Show 2/5-11. Even after the Closing Date the Key West Gallery Hangs lots of Peter Max Year Round

Thomas Arvid Painting Live Feb. 20 -24


We have been running for about 2 months ; detailed info. on 3 events  ; for that info. go to their sites and click the Jan 29 Issue
April 16 5pm at Salute on the Beach "Call for Candidates"
June 22 "Meet the Candidates"
Due to Space constraints I had to edit the Feature about Donations that I ran the last few weeks. Please go to their sites for Entire Info.. or Click Last Week's Issue : : Individual and Family Memberships are $40 and $55, respectively. Of course, you may wish to contribute more generously; other levels of giving are on the Hometown website.
Here is the Link for their Donation Page ; DONATE
Guys run my Credit Card for my Yearly Membership; Here is the Number again : _________


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911


This year Mixdeity Entertainment will be bringing back the Jazz-Age Retrospectacular for it's second annual installment. We'll be hosting dinners monthly on Mondays (typically around the middle of every month). Our first dinner will be coming up in a mere 2 weeks! Pricing is discounted for the first one and will come in at $95.00 and include a 3-course gourmet meal, cocktail hour w free h'ordeuvres and a welcome drink, as well as the interactive dinner game play and a vintage 1920s costume contest. Can we have this published in your events calendar listing? Go to the above Sites for additional Info....



What an Amazing Sunday Ramble
The Feb 19 Issue will have 3 Iconic but Very Early Rare Beatles B&W Photos.

 Zazoo has an  Amazing Collection of Photos & Art on Iconic Movie Stars, Sports Figures, Famous Photographers. You Can spend Hours in Zazoo and everything is Very Inexpensive for these Rare Originals / Copies. These 2 Issues will have a Partial Tour of their Gallery : Jan. 8 and Jan. 15  

WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925 

(L) Just Obtained for Sale : "It's Science Mr. Felix" Featuring Poindexter 26.5X32.5 (Framed) Only $2995 by Don Oriolo (R) Another of Don's many works hanging at Zazoo

Artist - Don Oriolo

Don Oriolo is an enthusiastic man of many talents. Many know him as CEO of Felix the Cat Productions, Inc., others know him through his triumphs in the music, film and animation industries. He is a gifted artist, musician, writer and businessman. His driven creativity has brought him success in many branches of the entertainment industry for over 40 years. Don is the only artist outside of Dreamworks who can legally paint Felix the Cat and related characters.

(L) "Performance Art II"  In Sparky's (Charles Schulz) early drawings of Snoopy standing on his hind legs,  he was usually seated in a relaxed position on his legs with flat feet.  I modeled Snoopy after a good friend's dog named Mick, who can stand on his toes, in a perfectly upright position,  for an extraordinarily long amount of time while  performing "    -   Tom Everhart.  Regular Edition of 75 pieces. 
ONLY ONE AVAILABLE. EDITION #42/75 .  Approx 28 1/4" x 48 1/4" framed. 
Hand signed by Tom Everhart.  Gallery price  only $3400 framed  including 
shipping/insurance  within the Continental US.

A Beautiful Limited Edition on Canvas Presented as a gallery Wrap Size 36X36


The 2018 Season (As Usual) ALL Concerts at St. Pauls Episcopal Church 4pm.

Gayla Morgan performs with Western Wind on Feb. 11

Key Wester singer Gayla Morgan will take the stage with a cappella song stylists Western Wind at an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert is the third of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West.
Morgan, a soprano, began her career in composing and arranging by drawing on her experience as a professional violinist, to create string charts for several pop/folk groups' original tunes. This quickly lead to her creation of vocal back-up arrangements for those groups as well.
Since 2001 her focus has been on writing for the theater. Her musical "A Dog Story" ran off Broadway from November to January 2017, has a cast album available on iTunes and Amazon, and is licensed, with productions upcoming in New Jersey and Hungary. Another musical "Conch Republic," with book by Monnie O. King, is performed annually in Key West.
Morgan's choral vocal arrangements are performed across the U.S. by community choirs, churches, and children's groups.

Tickets for the concert cost $20, and are available at , or at the door on the afternoon of the event. Cash, checks, or credit/debit cards accepted. Students admitted free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information visit
For more information on Gayla Morgan, visit

Visit their website for detailed information on all their 2018 Performers. 2/11 Vocal Sextet Western Winds (With Special Guest Singer : Gayla Morgan), 2/25 Katona Twins (Mozart to Doors), 3/11 Back by Popular Demand Eroica Trio, 3/25 Jose Franch-Balleser & Michael Brown (Piano & Clarinet), 3/27 & 28 Remembering Lenny Bernstein

Part 2
Conch Revival Picnic at their Lighthouse Tower & Keeper's Quarters 938 Whithead St. 305-294-0012
281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Chef Martha Hubbard

Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts


Due to Time Constraints the Feb 19th. Issue will have Part 6 of the MOTE 
 Multi Part / Week Feature that Mote did on their Look Back at 2017

Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter Looking Back at ALL 12 months of Very Informative


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
2 FOR 1 DRINKS ALL DAY & 3-6P .70 Oysters, Clams, Peel & Eat Shrimp & Wings
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


Part 2
The Street by Elizabeth Devries Mixed Media

Olivia Street by Elizabeth Chamberlain

Can You Do This by Mary Jean Connors Oil

Ordinary Life by Carrie Disrud Mixed Media & Oil on Linen

In the Palms by Kim Workman Gyotaku

Poinciana Reflections by Richard Matson Acrylic
Thanks Local Artists Hanging at KWAC; as well as Gallery Manager Juniper and KWAC President Fran Decker, Board Members Jane Grannis, Lois Songer, Staff Susan O'Neill and the rest of the Staff & Board Members.


  533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208
Part of WWW.TSKW.ORG  Contact Mia Clement 

Thank Mia for the Outstanding work you, Allison Rich, Michael Nelson and Tom Hambright do for bringing Amazing Literary Events to KW.  Of course Thanks to the rest of the Monroe County Library Staff and of course KW Friends of the Library

Feb 13 Francis Klagsburn "Lioness : Golda Meir & The Nation of Israel at Congregation B'Nai Zion 750 United St.
The Books and Books Organization does 2 Types of Literary events :
"Meet The Authors" and Book Store Events and they are both done at the TSKW right next door to the Book Store. Below is a Regular Book Store event and Involves Authors Jerry Wilkinson and Laura Albritton with Forward by Internationally known Key West Historian Tom Hambright.  The Book is "Called Images of Key West Duval Street" and everyone living in Key West should have a copy.

Books and Books Manager Mia Clement, Historian Tom Hambright and Authors Jerry Wilkinson and Laura Albritton

Part 2 of the First Annual Key West Photography Festival Held in the Center of Mallory Square

"Boy with Goat Car" 1905 DeWolfe Collection

"Ladies on the Sidewalk at Joe Pearlmana" DeWolf & Wood Collection 1936

Cuban Prisoners by Felix Perez Ramayo 1968

From the International Area of the Festival (which had 34 Photographs)

Giuliano Mazzanti Italy
Laith Al Majai Jordan
Edas Wong Hong Kong
Nikki Gleoudi Greece
Angkul Sungthong Thailand
Suresh Naganathan India
Over the next 3 or 4 Issues we'll have many Photos of the First Key West Photography Festival. Great Job Quincy Perkins, Paul Blundell and Staff. 

305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.




A few weeks ago Adam Scott Rote( Artist of the Stars) was in town Headlining at the Gallery. The Feb 19th Issue will have some of His New Works that still hang at the Gallery.  Yes that is " I Dream of Jeannie", it's truly amazing All the Stars he has worked with. 


Suzie dePoo

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241
"Live Key West" at the Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., featuring local Artist Elizabeth Chamberlain. Opening reception from  5-7 PM Friday, February 16th. Colorful contemporary impressionist Key West scenes, painted in oil, on location! 

Evening at Fort Zachary Taylor by George Salhofer Acrylic

Heaven's Gate by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil

Elizabeth Devries, a one woman show at the Key West Art Center, 301 Front Street, Key West.  Show runs February 1st - February 14th.  
Elizabeth Devries arrived in Key West in 1980 from Liverpool, England, never having had a hammer in her hand. Her art grew directly from the past 30 years of shutter restorations in Key West.  It was in the '90s when she noticed a jigsaw scrap that looked like a book. Her first creation was " The Library", the beginning of her life in art.

"I use only recovered Dade County pine and cypress from old Key West houses for the construction of my boxes.  Years and layers of Key West's colorful past lie beneath the surface of the shutters used inside each box, the patinas created by years of rain and sun. Reds are from the shutters of Tennessee William's House; lime green from Hemmingway's house; light blue from Tom McGuane's on Catholic Lane. Key West history is literally a part of my work." States 'Lizzie', the Key West Shutter Lady. (Edited for space constraints)
Classical Figure Drawing Classes by Lothar Speer Wednesdays from Jan 17-April 18 5:30-7:30p. Contact Gallery Dir. Juniper Deja at 305-294-1241 and/or for more info.


1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900
Current Exhibition Nyla Witmore 
Last Exhibition Pam Folsom : Hit Feb 5th Issue for her Work . As well as WWW.PAMFOLSOM.NET

 Thanks Adelle and Jeff for bringing Pam Folsom and Nyla Witmore into town every year.; as well as Featuring Michael Palmer, Todd Bonia and Jane Washburn.
Current Exhibition Nyla Witmore (Both Below Oil on Canvas)
SouthernMost Resort Panorama 12X36

Lazy Day Seaport 20X60

All Below unless Noted ar Oil on Linen Mounted on Paper
Crimson Tide 12X22
Crimson Tide 12X12
Chez Money 30X30 Oil on Canvas
Black Pot Eucalyptus 12 X16
Flower Market in Nice 11X14
More from Nyla Witmore and Gingerbread Square Gallery Up Shortly PLUS the Next Exhibition and Reception on Feb 19.


5210 College Road 

Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries

The 5th Annual Polar Plunge benefitting Samuel's House draws a hardy crowd willing to brave the 70 degree waters off Higgs Beach

Thanks Johnny & Caroline for providing our readers with Great Year Round Photo Galleries to Enjoy; as well as Providing ALL of  the Keys with a Great Calendar of Events Everyday.


SALT Gallery features famed Austrian Artist in February: Opening Reception Feb. 9 and 10

Beginning February 2nd and for the entire month of February, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.,  will feature a new collection of colorful paintings by Austrian artist Margot Holzapfel. To celebrate this cross-cultural collaboration, SALT will be co-hosting two opening receptions with John Brandolino (better known as the Sole Man) at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9th and Saturday, Feb. 10th.
Margot Holzapfel was born in Ybbs, Austria and studied art under Professor Christian Ludwig Attersee, one of Austria 's greatest contemporary artists. She has exhibited in various galleries in Ybbs, at Ringstrassen Galleries in Vienna, and at Art-Fair at the Louvre in Paris in 2016. She first showed in Key West in 2013 at the Joy Gallery.

WWW.EQFL.ORG 813-870-3735

Equality Florida consists of two organizations - Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 
Due to Time and Space Constraints Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow. (Exec. Associate Contributing Editor) will not be seen this week; but will return next Week


Next Feb 18 at 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store

Key West Artisan Market: Culinary and Wine Edition is This Sunday


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Next Luncheon Feb. 14  :  Marriott Beachside Noon. 3841 N. Roos. Blvd. Special Presentation by Susan Kent : Boys and Girls Club of Key West . Special Presentation by Porches ; and Affordable Housing Presentation by John Padget. Click RESERVE Link ...$30.  Next Mixer March 14 Choice Storage Center 2600 N. Roosevelt Blvd.


WWW.FKCC.EDU 5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081

Florida Keys Community College will open the 2018 season of its VIP Series with " The Zebrafish: From Ornamental Fish to Biomedical Superstar."   The presentation is led by Dr. Robert Bullis, FKCC Biology Professor, on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus. 
The Zebrafish was once just a beautiful and inexpensive aquarium fish.  But now the tiny animal could hold the key to scientific breakthroughs in diseases, like muscular dystrophy, schizophrenia, tuberculosis, and cancer.  Because of its natural similarities to human biology and the emergence of genetic sequencing technologies, the Zebrafish has become a powerhouse animal research model.  It is slowly replacing rodents as the go-to animal for biomedical studies.  This talk will discuss the events which led the way for the Zebrafish to become a research superstar.
Dr. Bullis is a US Navy veteran, a veterinarian, and marine biologist.  He has over 30 years of experience in the development of diagnostic, research, and educational programs in aquatic animal medicine, microbiology, and marine sciences. 
Sponsored by Centennial Bank, FKCC' s VIP Series invites the community to learn from the visions, ideas, and perspectives of speakers of local, regional, and national prominence.  The next VIP Series presentation will be on March 29.  Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC' s Chief Science and Research Officer, and Dr. Tracy Fanara, Program Manager of Environmental Health at Mote Marine Laboratory, will co-present on cultivating citizen scientists.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Admission is free for students at FKCC and Monroe County schools.


Marjorie Paul-Shook, Peggy Montgomery, Annie Miners,
 and Deborah Jacobson
will be joined by Kathy Russ and Justin Ahearn in the Red Barn's
funny and moving 20TH CENTURY BLUES
January 23 - February 17
Directed by Joy Hawkins
Sun. 2/18 $125pp 6-9P @ Oldest House 322 Duval
Catered by Iron Chef, Open Bar UVA, Live Music &
Extensive Silent Auction

Also Go to their Website to see what's Up Next as well as Info on Bob Bowersox's Theatre XP

SKIPPER KRIPITZ GIGS . Skipper gives so much to the Community so even if his Musician Configuration were not the BEST; He certainly deserves the Attention

Sun. Feb. 11. 5-7:30 ...Gardens Hotel w/ CRZBs quintet- Chris Burchard- gtr.  Rob DiStasi- vocals & Keybd., Mark Rose- sax/flute, & Bubba -bass. 
Tues.13th. 9-12:30  Virgilio's w/ Bob Macy-  rhythm gtr & vocals, Crazy Dave Hofman- lead gtr., Bubba- bass,    classic mostly 60's 70's rock, folk rock, pop. 
Sat. Feb 17th. 2-6. Camille's.- the  NOW Fundraiser for Connie Gilbert Scholarship Fund w/ many great local musicals talents including Juju Strunk, Megan Constantine, Jodyrae, Camille Toler, Vicky Rosenblatt, Karen Grant with a 10 piece Uke orchestra, Nancy 3, Jen Lowe, Larry Smith, Christine Cordone,Clayton Lopez, & many many others. 
Tues. Feb 20th. @ 9pm Virgilio's -the CRZBs, special guest- Geoff Lowe on bass. 
Sat. Feb. 24th @ 5:30pm  SALUTE- the CRZBs Consort.  
Tues. Feb. 27th @ 9pm. Virgilio's- Jen & Geoff Lowe /Christine Cordone, & Larry Smith- classic rock soul funk, folk, pop  grooves,  &  originals .  
Fri. March 2nd @ 5 pm. Aqua Side Bar-  Annual ZONTA Benefit- K W Soul Revue band, with Clayton & Mina  Lopez, Larry Smith, & many others.

WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000 1304 Truman Ave.
This Valentine's Day, Feel the Love in the Air at Wesley House's 35
th Annual Valentine's Day Gala.  The performance area will boast some of Key West's most talented performing artists, feature the island's largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner designed and prepared by Warren Leamard of Destination Catering.
This signature event is sponsored in part by the Curry Mansion Inn, Sloppy Joe's, Rick's/Durty Harry's, Turtle Kraals, Meisel Holdings, Lower Keys Medical Center, and the Rays Baseball Foundation.  
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Wesley House Family Services.  
VIP Seating includes early entry to Gala, a seat at the table of your choice located close to the performance areas, a separate dining area, and two VIP exclusive bars with include upgraded spirits. 
Tickets can be found at
For more information and a ticket service link visit: .


Art@830 Gallery 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595 

Flower Days by Tony Gregory  Acrylic on Canvas


All Works from Nyla Witmore Below are Oil on Linen Mounted on Paper Unless Noted

Hemingway House 12X12 Oil on Canvas
Oh Marilyn 10X8
Rainy Day Shopping in Buxy France 12X12
Marais Stroller 30X22 WaterColor on Paper
Pink House on Elizabeth 9X12
The Next Reception at Gingerbread Gallery is Feb 19 Jane Washburn and Todd Bonita

"Passage Diptch" by Todd Bonita 12X9 Oil on Canvas
"Aviary" by Jane Washburn 20X16 Oil on Canvas
"Bait Shop" by Jane Washburn 11X14 Oil on Canvas



WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 1204 White St. 305-294-3973
Lucky Street Gallery's Latest exhibition "Offset Realities" features new work by Rebecca Bennett and Michel Delgado.  Bennett's pieces continue her exploration into highlighting light and shadow, and while many of her new works take on a decidedly abstract tone, at the same time they are true to her local subject matter.  Many of Delgado's paintings reflect imagery from his boyhood in Senegal and he expands this exhibition with exciting pieces from his "Street Gum Art" series.

Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings


Cricket sends regards and tells us :Speakeasy Shindig Gala at Lost Kitchen Supper Club 
Break out your 1920s & 30s Speakeasy fashions and save the date for the Great Gala: a Speakeasy Shindig on Saturday on March 3rd from 6:00pm-10:30pm at the Lost Kitchen Supper Club on Stock Island.  Hosted by May Sands Montessori, the school welcomes all to attend the annual gala fundraiser that helps support the community's free public Montessori education.
The Speakeasy Shindig will feature a delicious dinner prepared by Chefs Layla Barr and Martin Liz, time-period musical entertainment, and a silent and live auction. Ticket price includes a welcome cocktail and a free raffle entry for a chance at three spectacular packages: a 'Stay-cation', a 'Dine around Key West', and a 'Spa package'. 
Tickets for this event are limited; only 100 will be sold. Discounted early bird tickets can be purchased prior to February 15th for $50 online or at the school (located at 1400 United Street). Regular-priced tickets are $75, and can be purchased prior or at the door. For more information call May Sands Montessori at 305.293.1400 x 53418.
May Sands Montessori School parent Layla Barr and friends Marie Ottosson and Elle Fernandez Pogues try out their costumes for the upcoming Great Gala: a Speakeasy Shindig
WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG  55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288


Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 


The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band, will be having their March "Jump Up" Social from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on  Saturday March 31st at Mangoes Island Cuisine, 700 Duval St. Key West, FL. !! 
LIVE music from Ericson Holt!  Fundraiser for Sister Season Fund, an organization that helps those in need who work in the tourism and hospitality industry! Raffles, give aways, drawings, prizes, plus specials on drinks and food!
ALL "Jump Ups" are open to the public!

For more information about The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, a charitable/volunteer/fun non-profit Club and organization with the motto "Serving Community Roles With Caribbean Souls", go to

New Exhibition at Frangipani Featuring 3 Local Artists. 1102 Duval, Key West.. Shows run through February.

No exhibit of David's popular works would be complete without a nod to our four legged friends, and so he has a series of oils on small canvas panels; simple "drawings" of hounds on nearly Venetian patterns. Most of his compositions have a bit of text in them to inspire a thought or a laugh.

Carrie Andrews has been gettin g to know the lower Keys since the early 1980's, when her family began spending winters here. She is now living aboard an iconic houseboat in a community of amazing people and painting the places she has adored for decades. Living in a small space means working on small watercolors in a sketchbook and enhancing the images with other media before uploading to a computer for final tweaking. She then sends for prints on fabric, metal and 100% cotton rag paper.

Sandy Sun creates unique ceramic pieces and vessels by hand. Most of her works are inspired by the natural beauty of the Florida Keys. Her new works focus on growth and new life and include ocean themed pieces and pieces that incorporate local tropical leaves and flowers. Often described as organic, Sandy's pottery reflects both the variants and symmetry found in nature.



Congratulation Sandy Sun for getting a Very Nice Top Bid on this piece of Work at the Anne McKee Artist Fund Auction on Friday Night; It was also Great Seeing you ; You so ALWAYS bring a Smile to my Face and make Me Feel so Good. I hope that all the people that have the privilege of Meeting You come away with the same Experience.

WWW.FRINGETHEATER.COM 305-731-0581 325 WhiteHead St.


WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5 - 7:30p, Jazz in the Gardens
Sunday Feb. 11 Features : 
Sun. Feb. 11. 5-7:30 ...Gardens Hotel w/ CRZBs quintet- Chris Burchard- gtr.  Rob DiStasi- vocals & Keybd., Mark Rose- sax/flute, & Bubba -bass. 

Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
Not sure if there is a Wine Class on Wed Wednesday, February 14. If there is
$20 PP RSVP 305-294-2661, 5:30-7pm
I would Call Both Kate Miano and Jim Marquette at 2am Wednesday Morning for Info..tell them you read it here & I suggested an Early Morning Call.
Thursday, February 15, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, February 16, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, February 17, Megan Constantine, 5-7pm. 

WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502
300 Southard St. #201

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List


Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio

WWW.KEYWESTWILDLIFECENTER.ORG 1801 White St. 305-292-1008 

Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.

WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433

(L)"Taking it to the Streets" ( Actually 3920 N. Roos. Blvd. on the Sunset Green Event Lawn) Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers February 28 

JUST ANNOUNCED GO TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR ticket Arrangements  for "Night of the Living Dead"

For additional Info on MOST of their concerts & events ; Click Link here for their Latest E-Newsletter with Updated Info. Click TWT7

February 15th - March 3rd:
By Dave Lankford
In this comic-horror love story, Mia and Marshall's marriage, teetering on the edge of collapse, fights to survive as a zombie pandemic quietly infects the couple's insular world. Cross-cutting between two distant but parallel nights, Mia and Marshall must confront the most intimate and difficult choices of their lives with both humorous and heartbreaking moments.
 Key West Burlesque performers as they perform " Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue"  on  Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17  at  Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street
Photo of Kitten and Lou by Neil Kendall

newly added/changes in dates are bolded below

2/11/18 Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute -  SOLD OUT
2/14/18 Max Weinberg's Jukebox
2/15/18 Jesse Colin Young Band
2/15/18 - 3/3/18 Night of the Living (Play)
2/18/18 The Sunday Ramble
2/22/18 Jefferson Starship
2/28/18 Michael McDonald at the Sunset Green Event Lawn -
3/2/18 George Winston
3/3/18 Ana Popović
3/9/18 BoDeans: Stripped Down Beautiful Renditions of BoDeans Classics
3/10/18 Marc Broussard
3/13/18 Get The Led Out -  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT
3/14/18 Mike Love
3/16/18 Jim Breuer Live (7pm & 10pm) 
3/17/18 Firefall
3/18/18 A Night of Key West Soul with Coffee Butler and Friends
3/23/18 Three Dog Night 
4/1/18 John Sebastian 
4/5/18 Keller Williams
4/7/18 Jimmie Vaughan
4/15/18 The Sunday Ramble
4/29/18 Kevin Nealon 
5/19/18 Carbon Leaf
5/26/18 Howie Mandel (6:30pm & 9:30pm) 
11/15/18 Thunder From Down Under (7pm & 10pm) 

WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for some of the Great Videos :
Hit this Link for a Small Donation to the Blue Paper 

 An Article by Arida Wright on the recent 36th Annual KWLS

City of Key West About toe "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists
"Undying Love, A Key West Musical" Premieres at TSKW


AnnaMarie Giordano's Life Drawing Workshops at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays 11a-2pm.  No Minimum Amount of Classes Needed.    Feel free to Call AG at 609-884-3474 and or . Model Positions Available.


Join us for an afternoon of fun games at the Marathon Garden Club on Saturday, March 3rd, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Bridge, Mahjong, Monopoly, Gin, Mexican Train Dominoes, Euchre, Cribbage... what game do you like to play?
Get a group of three or more players together and reserve a table by calling 989-980-6300. Tickets are $20/person and include a delicious Lunch & Dessert.  Along with the fun, there will be a silent auction of unique  original art pieces.c All proceeds will benefit restoring our gardens located at the clubhouse at  5270 Overseas Highway, MM50, Bayside.

Magnolia Band, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of classic country, Cajun, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixture Steve Gibson on mandolin and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin', your toes tappin', and your feet movin'. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.'s Fish Wagon every Thursday  6 - 9  PM. and Key West Bite every Saturday 7 - 9 PM.

Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the February 2018 "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
February 2018 Link for their Brand New February Keys Traveler. 

"1776" Jan 23-Feb 4
"Hand to God" 2/20-3/10

Every Tuesday Night Until March 27 AQUA IDOL ; Of Course at AQUA Nightclub 711 Duval 305-294-0555
Ave Q 3/27-4/14


 855-378-6386  (855-3-SUNFUN)
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  

 WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 


Three New Exhibitions from Letty Nowak, The Highwaymen, and Carrie Disrud.  Go to their Website and Hit Exhibitions for Detailed Info..
Click TSKW12 Link for their Latest E-Newsletter giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions

(Top Left) Classes : AESOPE's FABLES IN STAINED GLASS by JOSEPH CAVALIERI THUR-SUN 2/22-25 10A-4P (Click TSKW11 Above)
(Top Right) Back to Basics : Draw Better with Mike Rooney Every Wed. in Jan. 10a-1pm

Click TSKW10 for Page on these Classes


(Bottom R)  Arts & Eats is a series of delectable art-themed parties combining food, art, and interesting locations in Key West - all supporting your creative community. 
"Arts and Eats" Click TSKW9 for Complete Info.
Arts & Eats is a series of delectable art-themed parties combining food, art, and interesting locations in Key West - all supporting your creative community.

Green Parrot  Bingo Every Monday to Help Fund TSKW
Couache for Travel with Priscilla Coote Sat 2/17 & 24 10a-2pm
  You can join, renew, or give another gift here:

Photographers Tour of Cuba by Allen Rokach June 18-27 Deadline 2/18 Click TSKW12 for complete details
Saturated with colorful history, culture, wildlife and romance, Cuba is a photographers' dream. Led by photographer  Allen Rokach and an experienced team of guides, you'll explore the urban and rural landscapes of Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad with eyes open and lens in hand. Cost: $4760 (Includes Airfare & More)


Slow down and tune in with yoga at The Studios of Key West taught by Cricket Desmarais
Enrich your health and lifestyle, advance your personal yoga practice, or simply slow down to create space and calm with Cricket Desmarais at The Studios of Key West on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 10:00am, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 23.
The five-week series of classes are a great introduction to those new to yoga or for those looking to deepen their practice. Students will learn to connect with their breath and experience micro-movement, with a slow, steady build towards strength, balance, and flexibility- with an emphasis on safe alignment.
"This gentle but powerful approach to yoga is supportive to any age or stage of life," says instructor Cricket Desmarais, who has been teaching Slow Flow yoga since 2012, including YMCA classes where ages ranged from 19-78 in the same hour. "It gives you the space needed to soften and meet yourself where you are, and helps your inner radar know when you're going too far- or not working to optimal capacity."
Desmarais emphasizes that though the class speed is toned-down, the experience is often quite powerful.   
"Slow Flow Yoga offers a nice counterpoint to a culture that is hard-wired to consistently push hard and fast," she says. "It gives us the opportunity to slow down for an hour and really feel ourselves from the inside out.  In that space, a lot can be revealed."

FIGURE DRAWING CLASS, KEY WEST ART CENTER, Every Wed 5:30 - 7:30 pm  All Season Long. Come for 1, 3 or 5 classes or take the whole ride!

Mr Speer's classes provide a supportive, engaging and highly informative working environment that is designed to strengthen each participant's ability to see correctly and translate this in"sight" into successful drawing strategies. A healthy dose of humor and art history will be our guide!  The goal is not pretty drawings, but good ones! It's a workshop where we all support one another on our journey! 
Lothar Speer. FACES IN FOCUS. BRUSH&HEART, (312)282-3162
ALSO He does CLASSICAL DRAWING Classes at TSKW Every Wed. until 3/14 2p-5p Click


"Hampton's Art & Culture"

The 3 Big Arts Organizations in the Hamptons LI NY are below. Of course just like Key West; there are so many Art Galleries on the East End of LI and as we did for the 2016 / 2017 Issues; The Blast visits and Presents their Art.  Thanks for the Positive Feedback; especially from Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what their Artistic Community is presenting.

Iris Ornig on Monday Nights Hosting Jazz at Kitano 8-11pm  66 Park Ave. at 38th. St. NYC.. Thanks Iris for Keeping your Key West and Southampton Fans Up to Date. Check her Facebook Page

GUILD HALL 158 Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937 631-324-0806 WWW.GUILDHALL.ORG
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976

37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  

The Feb 19 Issue will have a Feature on Lucille Khornak from her Recent "Color" Series of E-Mail Campaigns ; as well as some of Her Earlier Advertising Works from Madison Ave. NYC with Models Photography. Lucille is the REAL DEAL; and so NICE

281 Front St. 305-295-6616




For history buffs or anyone seeking insight into the classic architecture of Key West, Key West Art & Historical Society will host a series of educational and entertaining walking tours led by local artist and historian Sharon Wells on select Saturdays from January through March.  10-Noon

Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Jay Barnes to Offer Riveting Hurricane History
Florida has been struck by hurricanes more than any other state throughout the centuries. On Thursday, February 22, at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series guest, hurricane historian Jay Barnes, will reveal riveting accounts and historical data of Florida's stormy past in his presentation "Florida's Hurricane History" at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street.

Barnes will draw from his book of the same name, offering meteorological research as well as news reports, ship logs, historical journals and photographs to tell Florida's hurricane history, spotlighting 400 years of storms and the impact each had on the sunshine state, to tell a fascinating tale of tragedy and destruction as well as rescue, recovery and resiliency. Tickets available at ; $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members-advanced ticket purchase is recommended.   Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.  For more information, contact  Adele Williams , Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, x115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. Due to Space Constraints go to their website and FB Page for additional Info


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 writer/poets, with $200 awarded for first place and $100 for second place in each contest, along with an opportunity to read from their submissions at the March 26 Tennessee Williams Birthday reception, set to take place at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue on Monday, March 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Submission fee is $20 for adults; $10 for students and are limited to one per person. Entries can be submitted via a link at  KWAHS.ORG no later than March 7.
An enticing variety of Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events kick off on February 28 and run through April 9. For more information visit or contact Society Director of Education Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and the Florida Department of State.  Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.

Festival Honoring Iconic Playwright Tennessee Williams Gets Underway February 28  
th, 2018  

In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, Key West Art & Historical Society presents a series of arts and cultural events, launching February 28 and running through early April, sure to please Williams enthusiasts.
On Friday, February 28, Tennessee Williams Exhibit (now Museum) founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a celebration kick-off party with an open bar, hors-d'oeuvres, and entertainment. Tickets are $90 for Society members and $100 for non-members.
Literary and visual artists can immerse in creativity while competing for cash prizes and acclaim by entering the Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest, taking place in downtown Key West on March 3, and/or poetry and short-story writing contests, both of which are accepting online submissions now.
Other upcoming Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events include Curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave., poetry readings at the Key West Public Library, Monday night showings of Williams' classic films at the Tropic Cinema, performances of two one-act plays at The Studios of Key West, and a March 26 Tennessee Williams birthday party at the Tennessee Williams Museum, to include contest award presentations, bubbly beverages, and birthday cake.
For a full listing of events and locations, visit . For more information, contact Society Director of Education Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115.

Key West Art & Historical Society partners with area museums for expanded "Museums & Me" children's program. 
To support area families with young children in exploring the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the island's museums, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with other area museums to present an expanded new season of "Museums & Me" early childhood education sessions, led by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson.

Upcoming "Museums & Me" dates and locations are: January 20, Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum, 111 Front Street; February 3, Key West Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters, 938 Whitehead Street; February 17, West Martello Tower, 1100 Atlantic Blvd.; March 3, Key West Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters; March 17, Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
"Museums & Me" sessions run from 10:00-11:30am, and are free for Society members, $5 for non-members. Families are encouraged to bring refreshments and blankets. For more information call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.  DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS I HAD TO EDIT ; FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT MATERIAL go to their website/Facebook Page


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean
Program commemorates Key West citizens' Civil War service  with Harriet Tubman  in the
2nd Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry (African Descent)
Key West, FL  - As the nation celebrates Black History Month and the prominent role of African Americans in U.S. history, Victor Maxwell B. Shavers, the 15 year-old descendent of one of Key West's "Forgotten Soldiers," will travel from his home in Richmond, Virginia to Key West, Florida to commemorate the lives of his great, great, great grandfather, Peter Shavers, and 125 other black men from Key West who served in the Union army during the Civil War. Eight Shavers men were drafted from Key West and one, Frederick Shavers, died while serving.
The ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the  The Forgotten Soldier  statue in the Key West Veterans Memorial Garden at Bayview Park, Jose Marti Drive and Truman Avenue, in Key West. The event is free and open to the public. Due to Space Constraints please go to the City Sites for Much Additional Info on this Historic Event and/or Commissioner Lopez 765-759-4003 / 305-809-3700
The City of Key West wants to cordially invite the community to join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 17 th  for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly refurbished Frederick Douglass Gym, 111 Olivia St., Key West.
The gym has been refurbished after water and age took their toll. Originally part of the Frederick Douglass School, this historic structure in Bahama Village is an integral part of the history of Key West's black heritage.
The gym provides a vital role in the community, hosting after school athletic and academic programs.

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Wednesday, February 14th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
Love Mediterranean Style Dinner - $95.00 - 5:30pm
Friday, February 16th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Mid-Winter Carnivore Dinner - $150.00 - 5:30pm.    Escargot and Bone Marrow Bordelaise.     Crawfish and Crispy Sweet Breads with Pernod Crème. Larded Filet Mignon with Chestnut Potato, Swiss Chard, and Porcini Sauce.    Foie Gras Waffle with Pear Chutney and Herb de Provence Crème Anglaise
Saturday, February 17th - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event -SOLD OUT
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19th  - Chef David Fuhrman - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
"Making Food Great Again" a President's Day Mock State Dinner - $100.00 - 5:30pm. Join Chef David Fuhrman from Great Events Catering for a Mock State Dinner Featuring Actual State Dinner Options from the Past.Anjou Pear Salad with Farm Stand Goat Cheese, Shaved Fennel, Roasted Walnuts, and White Balsamic - From a State Dinner Held November 30, 2012.Maine Lobster Thermidor with Sherry, Cognac, and Dijon - From a 1950 Truman Vice Presidential Dinner.   Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Asparagus - From a State Dinner Held May 22, 2003 for the Philippine President.    Green Apple Crostata with Thyme Caramel, and Buttermilk Gelato - From a State Dinner Held October 18, 2016 for the Italian Prime Minister.
Thursday, February 22nd  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Hartford Family Winery Paired Wine Dinner - $115.00 (including wines) - 5:30pm. Join Chef Martha Hubbard, Don Hartford, owner of Hartford Family Winery, and Stephanie Southgate of Noble Wine Estates for an Incredible paired wine dinner featuring wines from Hartford Family Winery!.   Crab Melt with Aged Cheddar on Grilled Semolina Bread ,   Hartford Court Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016,    Oysters with Lemongrass and White Pepper Granita and Thai Mignonette , Hartford Court Warrior Princess Block Oregon Pinot Noir 2014, Currant and Coffee Braised Pork with Bacon Wrapped Grits, and Roasted Grape and Fennel Relish,    Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel 2016.        Parsnip Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting and Chamomile Pouring Cream,   Hartford Court Sevens Bench Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
Saturday and Sunday, February 24th and 25th  -  Special Event. 53 rd Annual Old Island Days Art Festival - 10:00am- 5:00pm. Whitehead Street will be bustling with the fabulous artisans and craftsmen for this yearly event. We will  NOT be having our weekly wine and food tasting, but will have $5.00 Mimosas and great by-the-glass wine and beer choices!
Monday, February 26th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Special Event
Hook and Cook: Florida Keys Fishing and Culinary Experience - $300.00 - 1:00pm.  Very Limited Availability!
 Join Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters and Chef Martha Hubbard for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience and cooking lesson. Participants will go on a private fishing charter with Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters where they will learn fundamental lower keys fishing techniques for reef species.  Upon return to Key West, the participants will come to Isle Cook Key West for a cooking lesson and dinner with Chef Hubbard. Dinner will begin at approximately 6:00pm.  If you would like to invite your significant other or friend to the dinner that evening the cost is $50.00 per seat.

Wednesday, February 28th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Mexican Dinner - $95.00 - 5:30pm.napper Ceviche on Black Bean Sopes. Tamale Nayarit - Chicken, Carrot, Raisin, and Guajillo Chili. Borracho de Rez - Beef with Modela Dark Beer, Pineapple, Plantains, and Chilis, with Sweet Potato and Green Onion.    Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream with Cajeta and Spicy Peanut Brittle.
Saturday, March 3rd - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!. Please Call For Seats.
Monday, March 5th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Thai Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. This is a spicy meal!!.  Hoi Thawt - Broken Crepe with Mussels.   Kung Op Wun Sen - Shrimp and Pork Baked with Glass Noodles.  Pok Pok's Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Thai Chilis, Lemongrass, and Papaya Salad.  Mango and Coconut Black Rice

 DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS ; I AM ONLY ABLE TO GO UP TO MARCH 5; They have events scheduled up to March 31 (& Even a Few for April) & they are always Adding Events ..; Please go to their website and FB Page for Rest of the March Events


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Next Mixer is 3/14 at CHOICE STORAGE CENTER 2600 N. Roos. Blvd.



Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month (1-3p) , Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander.



Thanks for reading The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends. If you would like to insert material in the Magazine ; reach out to me at 954-448-4324 EK10@AOL.COM. Thanks to All the Contributing Editors & Organizations. Have a Great Week; Ed.