The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
February 25, 2019

The Key West Public Library has an Exhibition from  Amatuer Artist Brenda McKissick.

The Annual FKCC Ceramic Class Presents the "Mud Pi" Dinner and Sale on March 6

Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Presents Michele Byrne & Mariyah Sultan "Juxtaposed" 2/25

One of the Many Tennessee Williams Annual Birthday Celebration Events Kicks off at The Tropic Cinema for a Month Showing of Films by TW. Also TW's Museum Founders Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt's Annual Party at their Home on 3/6.  Bob Bowersox & Melody G. Moore Usually Perform Excerpts from his Works.

Wyland Visits the Wyland Galleries of the Florida Keys

Priscilla Coote Opened her "Blue Vista"  Exhibition at Nance Frank's Gallery on Greene

The Last few weeks at The Key West Gallery on 601 Duval St.; their Visiting Artists were the Peter Max Road Show, Adam Scott Rote, Arvid, Alexei Butirskiy, David Klein, Bill Mack , & Gary Welton. In the last few Issues we Featured a few of them. In the Next 6 Issues we'll Feature ALL of them.  Above are Peter Max and Adam Scott Rote. We Have just a few more from Peter Max in this Issue.

Key West Orchid Society presents their Annual Orchid Fair March 2 & 3

This Issue will be Shorter then Usual due to Extreme Time Constraints (Traveling) as well as Template Changes Taking Place in the next Two Week.  The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends Going out to 8010. This Issue February 25, 2019 : Wyland Visits the Wyland Galleries of the Keys,  Amature Artist Brenda McKissick at the Key West Library, FKCC Presents their Annual Mud Pi Ceramics Dinner & Sale 3/6, Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Presents "Juxtaposed" by Michele Byrne & Mariyah Sultan 2/25, Pt. 3 of "Visions of Cuba" Featuring Over 50 Cuban Artists at Gato, Tennessee Williams Annual Birthday Celebration at Many Venues inc. on 3/6 the Annual House Party at the Home of TW Museum Founders Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt (Usually Bob Bowersox & Melody G. Moore will act out a few Excerpts from TW's works), We Continue to Feature the many Visiting Artists at The Key West Gallery, The 2nd Weekend of the Test Project for the Key West Mall, World Renown Russian Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina Performs with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra 3/10 in KW & then 3/12 in FTL,  Pt. 2 of David Wight's Visit to the Wyland Gallery with his Glass Wave Sculpture Art, 

Island House Videos, Pt. 3 of 3 Photos from Dance Key West,
Nance Frank & Gallery on Greene Present "Blue Vistas" by Priscilla Coote, Books and Books Next Reading/Signing 2/26 Michael Mewshaw "The Lost Prince", Special Open House on Sat. 3/2 for "Life Drawing Workshop's" AnnaMarie Giordano at Ft. East Martello ( Perhaps a few Models will drop by),  WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Extensive Coverage of KW with their Hundreds of Local News Features/Videos/& Photographs, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM Extensive Coverage of the Keys & Their On-Line "Keys Traveler", TSKW Presents their Three February Exhibitions : Maggie Ruley's "Cottage Industry"/ Roberta Mark's "Convergence"/ & "Blind Spots : Modern Slavery Exposed", TSKW & KWAHS have Many Exhibitions/Classes/ & Events, Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West Next 3/3 Goldstein-Peled-& Fiterstein + 3/17 Amernet String Quartet, Key West Orchid Society Presents their Annual Orchid Fair 3/2 & 3

 Larry Smith & Skipper Kripitz All over town with different Musical Configurations, Jazz in the Gardens from Kate Miano's Gardens Hotel on Sundays, Next Week a Large Multi-Week/Issue Feature on the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction, Complimentary Concert at The Palms Gardens at the KW Library 3/6 Billy Kemp, Diane Glorie and Crew/City of KW Thank all the Volunteers for their Street Sign Painting, 
Sean Callahan's Dog Tired Studio still has "Beautiful Creatures" by Bruce Collins (Awesome Art) up to 3/1 & Then Sean has his own Exhibition "Platforms", "Singing the 60's" by Eric Haley/Michael Robinson/ & Michael Mulligan 3/23 & 24 at TWT, Frangipani Gallery Presents "Pearls Before Chickens" Featuring Suzanne Holt, Jodyrae Campbell, & Jessica Wilson 3/1, & More.

Photos by Ed Krane

The March 4th Issue will have some Photos of people Strolling down the Promenade ; this issue will contain 30 photos of the Ribbon Cutting Festivities.

More Photos Next Week of people strolling on the Promenade. Here is the latest Press Release from this Organization that is helping with the City to make this Happen.

500 Block to the 700 Block of Duval St

Key West, FL  33040    tele: 305-697-6570
For Immediate Release
Carl Fischer, Executive Director
CDD is a Business League currently comprised of businesses from the 500 600 & 700 blocks of Duval Street who are responsible for the marketing of Mall on Duval 
February 21, 2019 
Mall on Duval Grand Opening Was a Huge Success! About Week 2 
The citizens of Key West, their guests and visitors came out in full force to celebrate the inauguration of Mall on Duval during its Grand Opening weekend Feb 15, 16 and 17. Three blocks of world-famous Duval Street was transformed into a pedestrian-only mall. It was a huge success! The weather cooperated all three nights. Key West's newest radio station, Party 105.7FM, broadcasted remotely near Petronia Street and helped give away $200 to three lucky winners across three night plus 15 other gifts generously provided by the businesses of Duval Street.
The pilot program continues this weekend and every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm to 12am through April 26 & 27. That's the rest of February and all of March and April. 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked-off a spectacular weekend. Mayor Teri Johnston and City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley, Sam Kaufman and Mary Lou Hoover celebrated the launch of Mall on Duval. The streets were crowded but comfortable, with not a vehicle in sight. It gave everybody the opportunity to slow down and talk and enjoy the evening air, friends and new acquaintances. 
There was an electricity in the air on Duval Street from Fleming to Petronia. If you were there, you felt it. If you weren't there, well.... there is always this week!

The thru streets will remain open (Fleming, Southard, Angela and Petronia) and police will begin to close down the 500, 600 & 700 portions of Duval Street starting at 4:30pm and then they will re-open those sections by 12:30am.  Approximately 7 portable bathrooms will be provided each weekend, including one for the handicapped.

World Renown Russian Concert Pianist  

Next MasterWorks III at Tennessee Williams Theater Featuring our Good Friend World Renown Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina : March 10  7:30PM
Additional Info.

Key West Direct Booking Link March 10

Ft. Lauderdale Direct Booking Link March 12


Here is something Special ; I went into the Key West Library to cover one of their Cafe Con Libros Events and on the wall is Amature Artist Brenda McKissick.

More from Brenda McKissick Shortly. Please go to the Library Website for Info on their Upcoming Author Lectures "Cafe Con Libros"


Glass Wave Sculpture by West Coast Artist David Wight on Display at Wyland Year Round. Here is Part 2 of 2. Click this link for Part 1 & The entire Feb 18th. Issue 

More from David Wight Up Shortly Plus a Visit from Wyland Further Down as Well

WWW.ISLANDHOUSEKEYWEST.COM 1129 Fleming St. 800-890-6284

SPECIAL FEATURE in the Next Few Weeks; for our Out of town many readers ; One of the remaining Gay Hotels in Key West is a Resort called Island House. It's a Fun Resort. They have a Great Marketing Department ; and every year will produce a new batch of Videos. They have graciously agreed to share these Videos with others beside their Database. These Videos show how amazing Key West is. Of course regardless of your Lifestyle choice/s you'll enjoy the videos Very Much.

Part 3 of 3 Dance Key West
512 Eaton Street.  The Last Two weeks we've had photos of a Rehearsal and then some photos of Performances and other Pics Involving them; here are some more.

More Dance Key West Up Shortly

Priscilla Coote gives us more of what we're craving, that sunny afternoon at the beach whenever we want it. Her large and vivid oil paintings draw us into her glorious reality of warm sun-dappled sands draped with lush palms. Our fantastical beach cottage may be in the picture, or perhaps some colorful skiffs to take us away. And always, the transparent waves lapping the shoreline, as only Priscilla can paint them.  
She is known as the Water Painter of the Keys, having made the liquid that surrounds us into her own area of special study over the past two decades. She delights in portraying it in various lights, angles and depths, gladly accepting its challenges to describe its ever-shifting forms and colors with oil-based pigments on a two-dimensional surface. Many viewers say that they have the sensation of water lapping at their toes as they gaze at a Coote canvas.
Included in the show are several large studio pieces compiled from numerous studies made onsite, "en plein air". Accompanying them are some of the studies themselves, which provide a glimpse into the mind of the artist. 
In addition to exhibiting regularly at the Gallery on Greene and teaching locally, Priscilla exhibits in marine art shows in museums and galleries around the country. She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists.


Literary Reading and Book signing
Michael Mewshaw - The Lost Prince
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Tuesday, February 26th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Michael Mewshaw will read from and discuss his book The Lost Prince, an intimate memoir of his friendship with Pat Conroy. Book signing to follow.

Book signing
Signing Saturdays with Seward Johnson
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Saturday, March 2nd
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join us at 12pm in the store with artists Seward Johnson as he meets with customers and signs his book Midnight Snack Art.

Key West Art & Historical Society hosts life drawing exhibit and reception at Fort East Martello Museum
Key West Art & Historical Society invites the public to an exhibit opening and reception on Saturday, March 2 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Fort East Martello,  3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., that showcases the talent of Annamarie Giordano and fellow Life Drawing artists.  Giordano has led colleagues in Life Drawing sessions at Fort East Martello Museum for several years, guiding them during the weekly Tuesday three-hour workshops held in the Museum's "White Room."
For those interested in joining the weekly Tuesday workshop (11:00am - 2:00pm), sessions are $25 for Key West Art & Historical Society members and $30 for non-members, paid in class. Classes feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels and mediums. Some materials are be available on site for purchase if needed.  
For more information contact Society Education Director Kristina Callaway at 305-295-6616 extension 115 or email kcallaway@kwahs.orgYour museums.  Your community.  It takes an island



"Lighthouses" by Eric Alfaro 27.5 X 27.5 Oil on Canvas

"Good Morning Key West" by Estaban Machado  24 X 16 Oil on Canvas

Romel Orta Caribis  24 X 24 Mixed Media on Canvas

"Jose Marti" by Alcia de la Campa  Mixed Media on Canvas  39 X 28.5

"Free Spirit" by Christian Gonzalez  Acrylic on Canvas 35 X 27.5

"Equilibrium To Be or not To Be" by Sempe Yamilet  24 X 24 Oil on Canvas

More from the Visions of Cuba Exhibition at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Up Shortly


One of the Three TSKW February Exhibitions by Maggie Ruley "Cottage Industry". The Feb. 18th. Issue had Photos of the Reception and her Art.  Here are some more of Maggie's Art
WWW.MAGGIERUEY.COM 933B Fleming St. 305-304-1013

Due to Templet Changes with Constant Contact the next few weeks and Extreme Time Constraints this past week ; The TSKW & KWAHS Sections were Extremely Shortened ; Please go to their Website Above and KWAHS Website for ALL the Extensive Classes/ Exhibitions & Events. We are Featuring ALL 3 TSKW February Exhibitions in this Issue.
ALSO : The Usual Last Wednesday of the Month is "On the Deck" A very Informal gathering of the Resident Artisans and Mostly TSKW Members but Of course Non Members are welcome to Join.  Bring a little Food. Beverages and Interesting Arts Conversation is provided.  HOWEVER This Month due to some of the Residents Performing the Date is Still TBD; Call the TSKW in the next few days.


Kathy Hooper at

March 3 Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein

Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. Today, the ensemble's performances reflect both the special gifts and originality of the three artists as soloists as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music. The New York Times praised the ensemble for displaying "the kind of spotless technique that keeps the attention focused on the score rather than the vagaries of the performance." Next Event after 3/3 is
March 17 Amernet String Quartet

Part 2 of the Ribbon Cutting for the Test Project (Every Weekend until the end of April)

Next Week the March 4th Issue will have a few pics : Strolling Down the Promenade


Opening Reception for "Juxtaposed" by Michele Byrne and Mariyah Sultan on Monday Feb. 25th. 6-8PM. Here are a few Paintings by Michele

    Michele Byrne is known for her impressionistic palette knife paintings done mostly en plein air. She travels extensively to teach workshops and participate in plein air painting events across the country. During the past two years, Michele has painted in Cuba, Manhattan, Key West, California, Arizona and Wyoming.  She has won numerous awards for her work. Recent awards include the 2018 Landscape Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, and President's Choice Award in the American Impressionist Society's 2018 Annual Exhibit.
Liliedahl Productions has released two instructional videos of Byrne's palette knife work, and she will be a Faculty Demonstrator at the Annual PleinAir Convention in April 2019.
    Michele received a B.F.A. from Kutztown University and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After working 20 years as a graphic designer she turned to full time painting in 2001.
    Byrne's most recent project explores a new topic -  The Fabric of America from a Woman's Perspective. "My goal is to explore the complex and loosely woven intricacies of the fabric of American women.  I hope to reveal and honor cultural histories through impressionistic pieces tied together by a common thread. Each portrait depicts one strand of the grand tapestry of humanity embodying the beauty of oneness within the power of collectivity. The pieces weave together women's unique historical realities and their mythical connections.
    The inspiration for this project evolved from the glaring reality of issues of race and immigration in America. These fraught implications sparked a compassion for new directions in my figurative pieces and process. Women from diverse backgrounds became the subject of my series to open a dialogue about individual perspective and our ties to one another.
    Through my art, I hope to create a civic conversation among us that celebrates perspective and brings forth the power of hope and the recognition of strength in contemplating our universal tapestry."




One of the Three TSKW February Exhibitions. Here is the Roberta Mark's "Convergence" Exhibition. Last week we had photos from the reception here are just a few Pics of the Art. 


Here's comes the Claire Caplan Quartet  with Larry Smith on keyboards, Geoff Lowe, bass skippo on drums, & of course, singer extraordinaire  Claire Caplan. We'll be at  Virgilio's on Tuesdays  February, the  26th, @  9pm, getting down with swing, jazzy soul, funky latin, rock, & pop  classics.  Expect to hear lotsa Amy Winehouse, plus  Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Dolly Parton, Sam Cooke, Marvin,  & some  60's classics like Dionne Warwick, Ruby & Romantics classics, & even, Hello Dolly!!  Also we'll be showcasing some of the fusion instrumentals of Larry Smith with the Trio.  Don't miss these this last Tuesday in February Ops to catch Claire, before she heads back to St. Louis.  Additionally, Claire , Larry, skippo, & basset Keith Snyder will perform at the Little Room (821 Duval) the very following nite, Wednesday, the 27th from 8pm .


"Blind Spots Modern Slavery Exposed" is the Third February Exhibition. Powerful Stuff.  It's a Team Effort; that needs to be seen in person as read the Descriptions on the walls.
Due to Time Constraints I am unable to go back to my notes & Caption the Images. Here is the material TSKW sent us.

" Blind Spots" exhibit at The Studios of Key West reveals modern slavery through imagery and art installations
On Thursday, February 7, The Studios of Key West welcomed the public to the Key West premier of "Blind Spots- Modern Day Slavery Exposed," with a special opening reception in the XOJ Gallery. The traveling exhibit is part of a multi-faceted project developed by Key West resident and activist Erika Biddle to encourage action against human trafficking and child exploitation.
"This strikes home as much as any other violent act that we see in the world today," says Keys to Be the Change Founder and exhibit sponsor Heidi Golightly. ""Blind Spots" offers not only awareness but inspiration for concrete actions that people of all ages can take to combat this worldwide epidemic."
The exhibit includes images and text by renowned photographer U. Roberto (Robin) Romano portraying  child laborers from across the globe (that have since been freed and rehabilitated) , art installations by local artists Cricket Desmarais and Gretchen Mills, ceramics by the Florida Keys Community College Mudpie Club, the work of several participating local students, and artwork from local teen traffic victims.
"I n recent years, reports that Monroe County children have been victims of sex trafficking targeted by groups from the mainland have shocked the community," says Biddle.  "It's a problem that has remained largely out of the public eye, at least in the world's richest nations."  
The  Studios also hosted a film screening of "Children of Bal Ashram" o n Saturday, February 9 , a film that documents the work of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi, who liberated and rehabilitated more than 87,000 children from child labor, slavery, and trafficking. A Q & A with director Len Morris and a discussion about what actions can be taken to protect the innocent will follow.
In addition, the outdoor exhibit "Bought and Sold" by Kay Chernush will be presented by ArtWorks For Freedom at the African Cemetery on Higgs Beach, a location selected to honor individuals who were abducted to be sold as commercial goods but were rescued by the U.S. Navy in 1860.
"As the mission of Keys to Be The Change is to empower young people to realize their full potential while taking action to create positive change in the world, we are eager to support this project in hopes that our community will band together to put an end to human trafficking once and for all," says Golightly.
"Blind Spots" is free and open to the public throughout the month of February.  Sponsored by Florida Keys Council of the Arts and Keys to Be the Change. For more information, visit or contact The Studios at 305-296-0458 or Erika Biddle at  305-567-1610.  The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street, with gallery and box office open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm.  

The Exhibit Revels Many Additional Photos and Commentary
NEXT WEEK WE CONTINUE WITH "PHOTOS OF THE WEEK" from Executive Contributin Editor Peter Arnow. Of course you can see Peter's Photographs in the Daily Konk Life Publications on Stands/Internet.

We Continue with a few Pics of from Kyla Piscopink's Dance Key West

Due to Time Constraints we are pushing Back the 2019 Anne Mckee Artists Fund Auction Feature to March 4th. This was so much fun ; and the Art was Brilliant ( I did miss both William Welch and Jon McIntosh Very Much and the Crew and attendees had the same feeling)


Billy Kemp 
March 6th Complimentary Concert at the Palms Garden

Diane Glorie and Her Immediate Managers wanted to give Thanks.

First of all, I would like to thank the Wednesday, February 20th team who endured torrential rains during our painting efforts!!!!
You did a fantastic job and, got a lot of work done before the rain unfortunately ended our day early!
Thank you to the city employees who completed the task once the sun came out and shined again.
I have attached a few pictures of this day and I hope you enjoy the photos.

I would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who have over the course of this project showed the spirit of community. You all worked very diligently.
I am proud to have met all of you.
At this time, I have completed my commitment I made to our community to improve navigating around our special Island.
It has been a rewarding experience and anyone who would like to take this project to the next phase, please email me and I will be happy to share my experience.

I sincerely want to thank Mayor Teri Johnston, Greg Veliz, Marcus Davila, Kim Romano and, all the city employees who assisted us on every outing.
I look forward to running into all of you in the future and look forward to our paths crossing  again.

Diane Glorie


WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910
Latest Exhibition Just Opened a few Weekends ago on "First Friday" Featuring Bruce Collins "Beautiful Creatures(MUST SEE)

On 3/1 The Opening Reception for "Platform" by Sean Callahan

Part 2 of 2 
623 Duval St. 305-292-4998

Wyland Came for a Visit. He is an amazing enthusiastic person.  You get so charged up from listening and watching. He would make a Great President.


Next Week we will have the Final Part of the Kelly McGillis IWFFA Classic ; Featuring Women & Girl's Flag / Touch Football with 40 Teams that come to KW Every Year ; many from other Countries. This Match below was a Heated Well Played Game; and we'll have photos.

March 23 & 24 "Singing the 60's" at TWT
  March 23 & 24, 2019 at 8pm Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre, 5901 College Rd. Join Eric Haley, Michael Mulligan, and Michael D. Robinson on a journey through one of the most musically diverse decades of all time, the 60s. With songs from the stars our parents loved like Debbie Reynolds and Percy Faith and his Orchestra, and hits that rocked our radios and record players, like Donvan and We Five. This show will touch your heart and reach all the way down to your dancing feet. Don't miss it! General Admission Tickets still available at KeysTix or the box office.

We now continue with "Visions of Cuba" from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at The Gato Building


"My Universe" by Pedro Manuel 11 X 14 Oil & Chinese Ink on Cardboard

"Untitled" both below by Zaida Del Rio  Mixed Media on Canvas 17.50 X 17.50

"Circo" : Circus by Vincent Bonachea 38.5 X 25.5  Acrylic on Canvas
More of the "Visions of Cuba" in the March 4th Issue.
As well as being connected by the iconic Overseas Highway, the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain also is connected by a vibrant community of artists. From now through May 3, art lovers can view a travelling 24-foot mural featuring the work of close to 400 creative spirits during a series of exhibitions throughout the Keys. "The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys" comprises nearly 400 individual canvases measuring 6 inches square that were provided to artists and arts-minded residents.
Their resultant works - produced in mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to photography, mixed media and quilting - showcase subjects including birds and sea life, palms and waterfront scenes, abstract visions and local landmarks.
"The mural's 'road show' tour from Key Largo to Key West celebrates the longstanding connections between the communities of the Keys," said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which spearheaded the project. The next opening reception is Friday, March 1 at the Shady Palm Art Gallery, located at 2888 Overseas Highway in Marathon, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Art lovers can make a $50 donation for one individual canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online at . Each donor will receive a randomly selected, unique piece of the mosaic by mail with an artist statement sharing their inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit local artists and arts organizations through arts council grants. To participate in the Connections Project, or for more information:  or 305-295-4369


We continue with Amatuer Artist Brenda McKissick Hanging at the Key West Library 


Florida Keys Community College's student ceramics club, Mud-Pi, invites the community to its annual Mud-Pi Dinner on Wednesday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  As per tradition, attendees of the fund-raiser will select their own student-crafted ceramic bowl to keep as a commemorative souvenir.  Admission is $30.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at
The funds raised will be used to purchase materials and equipment that allow Mud-Pi to continue to beautify and enrich the community.  For more than 20 years, the students of Mud-Pi have created dozens of ornate ceramic wall murals and fountains that grace many locations in the Keys and provide the College's Key West Campus its signature aesthetic.  The department also hosts young students, elementary through high school grades, as well as special needs groups to introduce them to the fine art of pottery. 
For more information about this year's Mud-Pi event, contact Ann Labriola, FKCC Fine Arts instructor, at 305-809-3132 or .

Some Great Information from The Key West Arts & Historical Society Up Next but First :

WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339
Due to a Shortened Issue ; and Time constraints this week;  their Upcoming Artist Visits Schedule is Left Out ; Go to their website.  The Peter Max Road Show , Adam Scott Rote, Alexei Butirskiy, Bill Mack, Gary Welton, Frogman, & Arvid was just at the Gallery; & in the 6 to 8 Weeks/Issues few weeks we'll have Art from them. Here are a few Paintings from Peter Max and perhaps 20 of his works hang year round + The Key West Gallery's Website has many additional Max Works


The Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration month-long series of events set to begin March 4
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 the "Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration," a month-long series of arts and cultural events set to take place from March 4 through April 1 at multiple Key West venues.  In recognition of Williams' patronage and devotion to the Monroe County Library in Key West, this year's celebration theme is "The Library." 
This yearly festival of events includes a limited-ticket, kick-off celebration, plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film showings, live theater events, and a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly to honor the life and accomplishments of Williams, whose rise to stardom began with "The Glass Menagerie," and continued with "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and other dramatic masterpieces.  
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 Saturday, March 16, and/or poetry and short-story writing contests, both of which are accepting online submissions until March 1.
On Friday, March 6 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tennessee Williams 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. 
On Friday, March 14 from noon to 1:00pm, at the Custom House Museum, theater director, dramaturge, and author of opera librettos Stephen Kitsakos presents a Lunchtime Lecture illuminating Williams' later one-act plays. Titled "Tennessee Williams: Eroticism & Experimentation," tickets are $5; seating is limited, and early registration advised.
On Friday, March 15 from 7:00-9:00pm at Key West Theater, guests can raise a glass to the literary giant with acclaimed mixologist and cocktail columnist Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, during his spirited presentation "An Evening with Tennessee Williams." Green will mix and share recipe demos of Williams' favorite drinks and the folklore behind themalong with preferred selections enjoyed by his friends F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, and Ernest Hemingway. Advance ticket purchase suggested.
Other upcoming Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events include Curator-led tours of the award-winning Tennessee Williams Museum (the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available in the world) at 513 Truman Ave., 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 27 Tennessee Williams birthday party at the Tennessee Williams Museum, to include contest award presentations, bubbly beverages, and birthday cake. 
Visit  for full schedule and advance ticket purchases or contactDani Holliday at or 305-295-6616 x 114.Sponsored in part by Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Neal Ruchman and Melissa Jean McDaniel, and Bert Whitt. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.

Key West Art & Historical Society to  present retrospective of Key West wood artists in "Out of the Woods"
  Key West Art & Historical Society joins  artists, galleries, and organizations across the island in the Tom Majors Tribute to Wood- a month-long, island-wide celebration of the creative potential of wood.   " Out of the Woods: A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists," Key West Art & Historical Society's contribution, will feature several celebrated Key West woodworking artists including Papito Suarez, Frank Balbontin, Mario Sanchez, Norma Renner, Tony Barcelo, and George Garcia in the foyer of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. 
A B-25 bomber during World War II, followed by a long career in public works, Majors spent his retirement crafting simple yet elegant functional objects in wood.  The Fund established in his name serves and honors Key West artists and programs that work with wood.  The celebration is coordinated by The Studios of Key West and made possible by the Tom Majors Endowment for Wood Artists.
" Out of the Woods: A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists,"  runs March 1 - April 1. For more information, contact curator Cori   Convertito , Ph.D., at   or 305-295-6616 x112. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.   
This wood carving of the Mary Immaculate Convent by artist Norma Renner, recently acquired from the Estate of David Wolkowsky, is one of the works that will be featured in "Out of the Woods" A Retrospective of Key West's Wood Artists,' March 1 - April 1 in the Custom House Museum Foyer. The exhibit is a component of the Tom Majors Tribute to Wood, a month-long island wide celebration of the creative potential of wood. (Image courtesy Key West Art & Historical Society)
The Keys Traveler ; their extensive On-Line Magazine
Hit this Link for the February Issue


WWW.FRANGIPANIGALLERY.COM  1102 Duval St. 305-296-0440

Fran Decker's Frangipani Gallery's Next Exhibition "Pearls Before Chickens" Opens 3/1 Featuring Jessica Wilson, Suzanne Holt, & Jodyrae  Campbell. Fran Received The Miriam B. Good Award Last Week at The Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction. The Feb 25th. Issue will Start a Multi-Week Feature on the Activities from the Auction Inc. many of the Artists in Front of Their Work; as well as many of the Fun Moments On and Off Stage.


Thanks for Reading ; and have a Great Week; Ed