The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends January 22, 2018   

A Return Visit from John Blades the Exec. Dir. of the Palm Beach Flagler Museum as the Distinguished Speaker for the KWAHS. As usual his presentation was Brilliant ; and we'll show you some Classic 120 Year Old Photographs in this & next few issues.

One of the New Exhibitions at TSKW is Maggie Evans Silverstein's Photos "Look at You, Key West" MUST SEE. The Next Few Issues we'll have Photos from this Photographic Exhibition 

Pt 1 A Tour of the Key West Art Center + Key West Craft Show 1/27 & 28
Photo by Alyson Crean
The City of KW Proclaims KWHA Fighting Conchs Football Team Day

Feature on Adam Scott Rote's Exhibition at the Key West Art Gallery +

(L) D. Arthur & (R) Lisa Wilson Headline at Key West Gallery 1/26-28

Zazoo Gallery Presents Jeff Vermeeren Jan 26
Sheriff Ramsay and MCSO working with Palm Beach Co. (More in our Weekly City of KW and MCSO Sections)
Author Rosalind Brackenbury & Host KW Library's Michael Nelson for a Books and Books event; Next 1/25 The History of Duval St.
Below : Palmer's Salty Creek Sunday
L&R Two from Pam "Smathers Beach Sunset"
"Old Winsor Newton WaterColor Box"
 GingerBread Square Gallery 1207 Duval St. Opens Pam Folsom Exhibition on Jan 22 

AESOPE's FABLES in Stained Glass with Joseph Cavalieri (Class) 
Lothar Speer Drawing Classes

Contemporary Art Seminars by Roberta Marks 1/23-27

Mike Rooney ; Classes in January
Mondays 7-9PM Charity Bingo
Couache for Travel with Priscilla Coote Sat 2/17 & 24 (Class)
The Weekly TSKW Section Featuring So Many Events, Exhibition, & Classes

"Photos of the Week" by Peter Arnow 
Feb 8-11 First Annual Key West Photography Festival (More Below)
Keys Seafood Festival
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Treats us to a Few Photo Galleries & Link to Their Extensive Calendar of Events
"Undying Love" by Ben Harrison : Play Starts 2/14 at TSKW 
Photo : Carol Tedesco
L-R Master Chef Dave Furman, KW Food Tours Creator Analise Smith, & Isle Cook's Master Chef & Program Dir. Martha Hubbard
1/24 "Conch Revival Picinic" at KWAHS Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters + Many Additional Events in their Weekly Section
Crooks Second Line : New Orleans Style Party Down Duval St. with a Few Planned Party Musical Stops (More Below)
"Slow Flow Yoga" for 5 Weeks : Every Friday 9-10am Starting 1/26 at TSKW. Taught by Cricket Desmarais (More in the Weekly TSKW Section)
Bingo Every Wed. 5pm Aboard the USCGC Ingham (Very Cool)
Plus Bingo Mondays at Green Parrot to Help Fund TSKW
MOTE : PT. 4 Fascinating End of Year Look Back at 2017 

Pt. 3 Works of the Gallery on Greene Artists + Pt. 1 The Opening of the "Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists"

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7810 Each Week. In This Issue (1/22) :  "The Flagler You Don't Know" Photos from the Last Brilliant "Distinguished Speaker" Exec. Dir. of the PB Flagler Museum John Blades, "Look at You, Key West" Photographic Exhibition at TSKW by Maggie Evans Silverstein, Pt. 1 Tour of the KW Art Ctr. + Craft Show 1/27 & 28, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Links, Pt. 1 Cuban Artist Able Barroso at TSKW, City of KW Proclaims KWHS "Fighting Conchs" Football Day, MCSO & Palm Beach Co. Solve a Case, Feature on World Renowned Artist of the Stars Adam Scott Rote + Next at Key West Gallery on 1/26-28 D. Arthur & Lisa Wilson, Pt.4 MOTE's "Look Back at 2017", Zazoo Gallery reception for Jeff Vermeeren 1/26, KW Library's Michael Nelson Interviews Rosalind Brackenbury (Next Books and Books 1/25 The History of Duval St.), GingerBread Gallery Headlines Pam Folsom starting 1/22,  Randy Roberts Live at TWT 1/29, Many Classes and Events at KWAHS & TSKW Visit their Weekly Sections, "Photos of the Week" from Ass. Exec. Cont. Editor Peter Arnow, The First Annual Key West Photography Festival from Quincy Perkins & Paul Blundell 2/8-11, The Skinny Dippers Musical Duo, WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Photo Galleries + Extensive Calendar of Events, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM ,
FKCC, KWLS, New Play by Ben Harrison "Undying Love" Opens TSKW 2/14, Conch Revival Picnic 1/24 at KWAHS Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters, Cricket Desmarais "Slow Flow Yoga" at TSKW Fridays 9-10a, Anne McKee Artist Fund Auction at TSKW 2/9 (Preview Starts 1/26), Pt. 1 "On the Waterfront" New Exhibition at Custom House, Pt. 3 Tour of Gallery on Greene,
  Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Next Todd Andrew Babb Sculptures 2/5 & 6, 
  Sean Callahan Presents Elizabeth St. Hilaire 2/2 + Classes with her 2/3, 
Pt.1 Tour of the Sottil Art Gallery + Photos of the FKSPCA Event Featuring C&W Singer Ricky Valido, Lucky Street Gallery's New Exhibition "Temporal Convergence" Featuring Janice Colbert/Seth Smith/&Jim Toia, Tennessee Williams Exhibit & Entire Town Kicks Off 2 Months of Birthday Celebration ( Next 2/28 VIP Bash at Dennis & Bert's House), Photos of the Libby York & Friends "Jazz in the Gardens" Concert (Next Megan Constantine & Friends 1/28), Debra Butler Design Studio, Crooks 2nd. Line Parade Sun. 1/28,  WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM Many Events, KW Food and Wine Festival 1/24-28, Tasty Treat Classes from KW Isle Cook, KWBGS, KW VFW, Kate Pumphrey's Exhibition at Harrison Gallery, Photos from the HUNGRYTOWN Concert at The KW Library Palm Garden, Next Artisan Market 1/28, Every Thurs. Bayview Park Green Market 9a-2p, FKCC "Assailant Training Exercise 1/23, KW Library Announces Cafe Con Libros starting 1/23 with Lucy Burdette + Computer Classes, Reef Relief & Sanctuary Foundation of the Fla. Keys, Wesley House's 35th Annual Val. Day Gala, Art@830 Gallery, Ralph DePalma's "2018 Soul of KW" Calendar, SouthernMost Coconut Castaways next Jump Up Featuring Howard Livingston 1/27, Lothar Speer Drawing Classes at KW Art Ctr. & TSKW, KW Firehouse Museum 5th. Anniversary Celebration 1/26, Frangipani Gallery "Fresh Faces" Featuring Gabrielle Wilson & Sharon Wells, WWW.CFFK.ORG , 
 Unsung Heroes Celebration 1/26, KW Wildlife Ctr., KW Theater Updated Schedule, Anna Marie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshop" Tues. at Ft. East Martello, 20th. Century Blues at Red Barn Theatre 1/23-2/17, Waterfront Playhouse "1776" 1/23-2/4 & "Hand to God" 2/3-3/10, Green Parrot Bingo Mondays & Bingo Wed. on the USCG Ingham, "Symphony in the Schools" 1/23 + S. Fla. Symp. Orchestra's Next 2/10 "And the TONY Goes To",
Pt. 1 Gallery on Greene "The Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists", Skipper Kripitz & League of Crafty Musicians at Virgilios 1/23, Next Impromptu Classical Concert of KW 2/15 Western Wind, FKSPCA "Parade of Paws" 2/10 + Next Week Photos from the Sottil Gallery Fund Raiser & Also Next Week "Last Stand Protecting The Keys" Photos from FKCC's Dr. Rice Fascinating Presentation, Marathon Garden Club 1/27, KW Garden Club 2/1, Aids Help CC & Monroe County Health, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Coast Projects new KW Location at 803 Whitehead St.
Thanks to All our Associate Contributing Editors for All the Great Year Materials. Thanks to the Readers and your Comments.  Have an Outstanding Week. Ed  

Pt. 1 of "On the Waterfront" A new 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.

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Atlantic City : Creature of the Lagoon  by Michael Haykin Acrylic / Gold Leaf on Canvas 1979
603 Elizabeth Street by Michael Haykin Oil on Canvas 1997
Joanne Hasman
All of Joanne's Work below are "Untitled" Oil on Rag Paper and All are 1986

A few More Work Up Shortly and then many Additional Works in the Jan 29 and Feb. 4 Issues


 Jacqueline & Maestro Alfonso would like to mention a Program that always Gets Great Praise
An evening with Liz Callaway: "Broadway and Beyond

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.

Broadway star Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along; received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby; for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats; and starred as Ellen in the original Broadway cast of Miss Saigon. Click POP for Ticket Info 
BRAVO ON THE MARTHA GRAHAM DANCERS & SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA event ; It's Nice when the Entire Town Talks about a Cultured Event.
Next after the Gallery on Greene Feature will be Photos of 6 Events from last week that will be Featured Next Week in the Jan 29th. Issue

Part 3 of our Tour in Gallery on Greene on the Many Artists that are Regularly Featured.
WWW.GALLERYONGREEN.COM 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669
The First Two Works are from Mario Sanchez

A.D. Grimi

La Revancia by Rubn Alpizar  13X14X5  Acrylic on Wood/Metal

Corto Maltese by The Merger  Stainless Steel

Seria by Roberto Fabelo 13X16X21  Animalia Bronze

Afternoon Stroll by Peter Vey  30X24 Oil on Canvas

Summer Nuts by Peter Vey
30X25  Oil on Canvas

More Works from Our Tour of Gallery on Greene Pt. 3; Up Shortly AS WELL AS a few Features down : Pt. 1 of the New Exhibition Nance has Curated "Magnificent 14KW 1930's WPA Artists"

As you will see in this Jan 22 Issue we have so many Features that due to Space Constraints ; the next two Issues (Jan. 29 and Feb 4) will include these 6 Features 

Pt 1 of 3 A Tour of the Luis Sottil Studio + Pt. 1 Will have Photos from the FKSPCA Benefit. WWW.LUISSOTTIL.COM 511 Duval St. 305-396-7855

The Marta White Exhibition at TSKW WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 Note : All 3 CurrentExhibitions run Through 1/24
Sponsored by Zabars : A blue-eyed doll's head wears a wig of tassel. A yard-sale dogtag is offset by a snippet of black ribbon and a rusty fishhook. White's assemblage sculptures and shadow boxes are elegant studies in composition, aching with memory and loss.

The Always Fascinating FKCC's Dr. Rice was the Guest Speaker at "The Last Stand : Protecting the Keys" Yearly Members Meeting
WWW.FKCC.EDU 305-296-9081 5901 College Rd.

Lucky Street Gallery "Temporal Convergence" Featuring Janice Colbert, Seth Smith, & Jim Toia"   WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALERY.COM 305-294-3973 1204 White 

Tennessee Williams Museum Soiree Kicking Off a 2 Month Celebration ; go to the Weekly KWAHS for More Info. 
WWW.TWKW.ORG  513 Truman Ave. 305-842-1666 WWW.KWAHS.ORG 

Stone Soup Gallery for the Jan. Walk on White 
WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 802 White St. 305-296-2080

Of course ; The Jan. 29 & Feb. 4 Will have many Additional Lead Features ; Above was Just a Tease on Six. 

Jazz in the Gardens at Kate Miano's Resort   WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661

GM Jim Marquardt 


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

"Over Under" Exhibition from Katie Pumphrey at the Harrison Gallery as their Contribution to the January Walk on White
825 White St. 305-294-0609. KW HeartThrob and World Adventurer Cole Harrison 
Left is Helen's "Turquoise Tower" and Right is Katie's "Thrust"
Katie with the Exec. Dir. of TSKW Jed Dodds

"Stand Off" Oil on Canvas

Fever I & II 

Shield & Arms  Oil on Canvas

Over /Under 3X Fast  Acrylic on Canvas

Toss and Tumble 3X Fast  Acrylic on Canvas

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.


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Key West, FL  33040, 

Music in the Palm Garden

Two Weeks Ago : The Friends of the Key West Library presented "Music in the Palm Garden" featuring folk duo Hungrytown. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," IFC's "Portlandia" and Netflix's "Lady Dynamite."


Everyone's Good Friend Sean P. Callahan by Popular Request Brings Back Everyone's Good Friend Elizabeth St. Hilaire for Half Day Workshops on Feb. 3 and to Open Her Latest Exhibition on Feb. 2nd 

Gallery on Greene's just Opened
"The Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists"
WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM  606 Greene St. 305-294-1669
At Turtle Creek by William Hoffman 24 X18 Oil on Board

November Landscape by Peter Rotier 7X10 Cuache

Shipyard by Henry Lagagnina  Pastel

The Palm at the Blue Eagle by Townsend Morgan 9.5X11  Dry Point Etching
Turtle Crawls by Townsend Morgan 9.5X12 Dry Point Etching
We'll have many additional "The Magnificent 14 KW 1930's WPA Artists" in the January 29th. Issue


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.

Jan. 23rd: Lucy Burdette on constructing a cozy crime
Jan. 30th: Elisa Segrave on her mother's romance in post-war Germany with an American soldier
Feb. 6th: David Beckwith on turning reality into fiction
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, 
Key West, FL  33040, 


Randy Roberts Live at Tennessee Williams Theater Jan 29

Randy returns to the Lobby cabaret at Tennessee Williams Theater, with his annual cabaret show. A touch of Broadway, a touch of jazz, a little comedy, and a tribute to Elton John! Come join Randy and a hot combo, under the musical direction of Jim Rice!

Monday, January 29 at 8 PM - 10 PM

Skipper Kripitz sends regards and tells us : At the lovely, newly rebuilt Virgilio's, on Tuesday, January 23rd @ 9pm, Skipper's weekly "League of Crafty Musicians" series will present an exciting performance of Key West's premier fusion band, the CRZBs,  plus sax/flute ace, Tim Mayer will be joyfully added to the lineup.   Featuring Pat Metheny-inspired, Brazilian-grooved originals, and plenty of Sting, Boz, John Mayer,  Marvin Gaye, Herbie, Chick, John Scofield, Hall&Oates, and Steely Dan- type pop & soul favs. Chris  Burchard, blazes on guitar, Rob DiStaci plays keyboards and sings every note from the heart, Bubba Lownotes grooves on the  bass, and skippo drives it home, on drums. So, catch a great nite of soulful rock, brazilian, and funk  fusion, with the CRZBs Quintet, this Tuesday 23rd, at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info.

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Henry Flagler, one of Florida's best-known historical figures, was the subject of the Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series event, presented by John Blades, Executive Director Emeritus of Palm Beach's Flagler Museum. Blades shared insights regarding a number of misconceptions surrounding Flagler and his development of Florida in his brilliant presentation, "The Flagler You Don't Know," 

6 More Photos from the Distinguished Speaker Series Up Shortly and then Many Additional Fascinating 120 Year Old Photos in the Jan. 29 Issue.


Key West Photo Fest Coming to Mallory Square February 8th - 11th!

Paul Blundell sends regards and this info. :
We are currently prepping for the inaugural launch of the Key West Photography Festival! This juried competition + 4-day festival (Feb 8th-11th, 2018) will be located in beautiful Mallory Square in Key West, Florida, with a  focus on contemporary photography. We will have rotating exhibits, panels, workshops, celebrity guests and much more! We are looking for sponsors, interns, volunteers and photographers. If you are interested in helping or participating, please get in touch at .
 We are taking submissions. It will be free of charge and 2 (of your best!) photos can be submitted. It will be a general entry for local and non-local photographers. We will have featured photographers and exhibitions by sponsored organizations such as Nat Geo, United Photo Industries, and the Key West Historical Society. 

The festival is headed by Quincy Perkins (KWFF) 

Speaking of Photographs; One of the New Exhibitions at TSKW is "LOOK AT YOU , KEY WEST by MAGGIE EVANS SILVERSTEIN
We'll do a Few Weeks / Issues Showing some of these Great Photographs in the next few Issues
Here are just 4


The Jan. 29 or Feb 4 Issue will have a Visit to West Martello Tower Gardens

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 


3 Day Pop Up Show & Unique Art 
WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY   305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
The Next Exhibition is the well known Sculpture Artist Todd Andrew Babb; and he'll be in the Gallery for the Opening Receptions on Feb 5th & 6th. 

Suzanne Donazetti
Robert Baras(L-R) Peek A Boo 43X35, Lady in Black 48X40, Seated in Blue 48X40  All Oil on Canvas
3 Paintings are from Peggy McGiven : Smaller on Left Top are "Daydreaming" 20X20, Left Bottom "Road to Monastery" 24X24, Larger : "Sand Between Her Toes", Sculpter by Sally Wernicoff Marbel
Jean Pederson  2 Smaller on Left Unspoken Connections 15X15 Acrylic on Board, Les Coviecks D'Amor 24X30,  It's in the Eyes 48X48 Acrylic on Canvas.

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)



DUE TO GETTING THIS OUT LATER THEN THE USUAL 9:05AM Sunday Morning Publish Time ; His Last Night on Sunday 1/21 will Pass by the Time you Receive this. Just the Same I'll keep this Feature In Since Adam is by Far One of my Favorite Artists. In Fact the Jan. 29 Issue will have a Lead Feature on his newer Paintings that are Hanging at the Key West Gallery. (Must See).  Also below is a Tease on the Jan 26-28 Visit from Artists D. Arthur and Lisa Wilson, 2/2-4 Alex Butriskiy and Peter Max Exhibition 2/5-11

Meet Visionary American Realist Painter 1/19-21

As quoted by Legendary Star Angie Dickinson, "You are my Warhol."  Playboy Art Director Tom Staebler says, "Fascinating and innovative works, refreshing."Celebrity country music superstar Zac Brown says, "These paintings are badass." Meet this legendary artist at Key West Gallery and watch him paint live as he presents his Key West Noir painting tributes, romancing the island's nostalgic history. 

Rote will work on one of his newest masterpieces and will be available to dedicate any new artwork purchases made during the show.  RSVP 305-292-9339 or Email 
Adam Scott Rote in Town 1/19-21. One of Our Favorite Artists ; Just Brilliant. Above is from his  "Alice Series" Called "Drink Me : Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder" 35X49  Mixed Media Variation on Canvas
Above "Double Trouble" by D. Arthur 20X40 MasterProof on Square
Above "Grace for Today" by Lisa Wilson 36X48  Mixed Media on Board
Both Lisa Wilson and D. Arthur are Appearing at Key West Gallery Jan 26-28. Thanks Key West Gallery for Bringing Such Great Talent to Key West
(L) Alex Butriskiy 2/2-4 and (R) Peter Max Artwork Show 2/5-11


Hometown! -- Key West's and Monroe County's voting community's signature resource for candidate and election information-- announces its calendar of election events for 2018.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Hometown will be holding a ½ day  So You're Thinking About Running: Winning Campaigns Workshop at the Marriott Beachside for those running, considering a run or interested in campaign leadership. $25 advance registration.

The annual  Call for Candidates is set for Monday, April 16, at 5PM, at Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach. Hometown will present Incumbents seeking re-election, other declared and potential candidates for public office, and those merely testing the waters to determine their electability in the upcoming 2018 elections. Free to the public.

On June 22, Hometown will host its  Meet the Candidates event. All candidates qualified to run for office either in the August 28, Primary Election or the November 6, General Election are invited to present their proposals to make this area a better place in which to live, and to improve areas of concern for all citizens. Free and open to the public. The Studios of Key West (tentative).

Hometown will also sponsor a series of Q & A events for all contested Primary and General Election races. Panels of local political pundits will question the candidates.

For those interested in speaking at the Call for Candidates or the Meet the Candidates events or who have questions about becoming a member of Hometown! please visit  WWW.HOMETWONKEYWEST.COM  ,email or contact Sheldon Davidson, Hometown's Corporate Secretary at
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

 2/10 Workshop Registration Link : $25 Advance with Optional Lunch with the Workshop Speakers


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 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. The last 2 weeks Jan. 8 and Jan. 15  Show Just a few of the Fascination Art/Photos Hanging

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

Fri. Jan 26 7-10 PM Artistic Jeff Vermeeren 
Artist Jeff Vermeeren will be in the gallery to discuss his Extreme Abstractism on metal using a combination of fire, ice, pressure and a wide range of unstable chemicals to create spectacular, unique one-of-a-kind originals as well as unveil his newest creations. Admission is free.

Here are 2 of Jeff Vermeeren Works


Cricket Desmarais sends regards and this Info. : On Sunday, January 28th, The Crooks Annual Second Line will celebrate its third annual party and procession to celebrate the lives of musicians, community leaders, and friends loved and lost. The three-tiered event begins with a Hog's Breath Saloon parking lot party at noon, parades down Duval at 2:00pm, and culminates with a Jazz Jam tribute at The Green Parrot from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  
The Hog's Breath Saloon party at noon will be emceed by Bahama Village Music Program Board President Larry Baeder, featuring music, a Bloody Mary bar sponsored by Bombora Vodka and Hog's Breath, a raffle, and parade paraphernalia merchandise for sale. Photo placards for donor participants will be available for pick up and a group photo is set for 1:15pm.
Grand Marshall Jim Robinson, Funeral Band leader Skipper Krippitz, and some of the island's best musicians will rally the Second Line for a 2:00pm parade down Duval Street, arriving at the Green Parrot at approximately 3:00pm. Musician Mick Kilgos will read the names of this year's honorees during a performance by the Bahama Village Music Program Joyful Voices Choir.  This moving tribute is not to be missed, and the Jazz Jam led by the incomparable Bill Blue follows until 6pm.   For more information or to make a donation, call 305.504.7664 or email . Photos by Ralph DePalma. Due to Space Constraints are not able to Insert the many additional paragraphs that followed in the Press Release ( Call above number for add. info.).


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

Visit their website for detailed information on all their 2018 Performers. 2/11 Vocal Sextet Western Winds, 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


Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts


Part 4 of this Multi Part / Week Feature that Mote did on their Look Back at 2017

Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter

In April Mote honored more than a thousand volunteers, including men and women who have donated their time for decades. Dwight Davis was honored for 30 years of service. As an Aquarium docent, Davis has shared his passion for the ocean and educated visitors from around the world about Mote's research and conservation efforts.

April 20, 2017, marked the seventh anniversary of the 
Deepwater Horizon  oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The initial explosion killed 11 workers, triggering a cascading series of equipment failures leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, spilling 210 million gallons of oil over 87 days.

Since the spill, the C-IMAGE consortium centered at the University of South Florida-College of Marine Science, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), and including scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory and institutions around the world, has expanded the understanding of oil spills. C-IMAGE partners are studying the impacts on an ecosystem after an oil spill, revealing the behavior of oil under high-pressure, and predicting the health and reproduction of fish after large spills.

Click APRIL2 for Another E-Newsletter on the Spill Research 


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 "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 "On the Waterfront" and then Up Next Part 1 Abel Barros :

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"On the Waterfront" A BRILLIANT Exhibition at the Custom House on the Early Annex Artists that were given space when the Navy Vacated the Area that is now Very Expensive Houses

Breaking Waves & Smashing Sunsets by Tobias McGregor  Oil on Panel 2002

Kindred Spirits by Tobia McGregor Acrylic on Panel 2002

"Untitled" by Tobias McGregor  Oil on Canvas  2002
"Untitled" by Tobias McGregor  Oil on Canvas 2001
"Dancing to the Shoes" by Grillo Demo  Pen & Pastel on Paper 1982
John Buzogany

Many Additional Works in the Jan. 29 & Feb 4 Issues from "On the Waterfront" Featuring the Original Early Truman Annex Artists

Opened Jan 4 at TSKW , 
Exhibition Curated by Gallery on Greene's Nance Frank
Cuban Sculptor and Print Maker Abel Barroso is known for constructing absurdist "Technology" out of wood as a wry commentary on life on both sides of the US Embargo. Timed with Key West Literary Seminar's "Writers of the Caribbean". Barroso's work is collected MoMA and other Major Museums and Sparks with Humor and heart to geopolitical concerns. Sponsored by Team Kaufelt.  
"Reconcoliacion 2016"

"Intercambio de Informacion 2015"

Realidad Virtual 2016"
"The Race 2001"
"Declassified 2016"
A Few More Images from Abel Barroso Up Shortly
Due to Space Constraints Click BUTLER1 for Entire E-Newsletter
Everyone has an opinion about the significance of the New Year. Time to create a new you? Resolve to be slimmer, smarter, more bold? We all know most resolutions have a poor track record. And besides, there's a lot of the "old" you that makes you who you are. Same can be said about your home. When remodeling, how do you determine what stays and what has to go? The best way to start is with a question. What first gave you the idea to remodel? What's not working? What has always bothered you about your house? Start there. Your answers may include- Poor traffic pattern; Not enough storage; Worn out furniture; Not enough light. Let's resolve together to begin the transformation! 305-393-2942

How are you doing with those New Year's resolutions. Rather than the typical, lose weight and get more organized, resolve this coming year to enjoy your home. We get in the rut of just living in the space and not really seeing it. What would give you a new perspective? Fresh color on the walls? Replacing that well worn easy chair? Maybe rearranging the furniture, or eliminating a wall to improve your view. Realize small changes can yield big results when it comes to your well being. What's more important than feeling good this New Year?


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Part 2 of KWAHS
The Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring John Blades The Exec. Dir. of the Palm Beach Flagler Museum
One of Henry Flagler's Yachts

Henry Flagler's Private Rail Car

Floridian Elected Officials in 1900

Many Additional 120 Year Old Photos in the Jan. 29 Issue



 Tammy from FKSPCA  and Dave Gagleard from Sottil /Selling The Keys told us Last Week :
Benefit for the FKSPCA on January 20 at the LUIS SOTTIL GALLERY 511 Duval St. with Live Music by Ricky Valido. 7-10PM. Presented by Schwartz Century 21 Realty  211 Simonton St. 305-849-3135    The event was Terrific and we'll have lots of photos of the event as well as a 3 Part /Week Tour of the Gallery. Ricky Valido (Hat on Below) is The Real Deal; felt like I was watching a Major INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY STAR  WWW.RICKYVALIDO.COM

(R) World Renown Artist Allison Lefcort has Major Wall Space & Donated one of her Iconic Pieces to Help the FKSPCA

 The Food was Great and many local artists and artists with pieces in the gallery have generously donated their works.  100% of proceeds directly benefited the animals served at the FKSPCA . WWW.SELLINGTHEKEYS.NET  305-849-3135 & Sottil Gallery


Last Stand's 30th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2018 Featured Dr. Patrick Rice and the Jan 29 Issue will  have some Photos. Dr. Rice as usual was Brilliant and We Learned so much ; especially about Wind Power Technologies and Marine Biology 


More of Our Tour from Gallery on Greene

Evening Flight by Peter Vey 30X26 Oil on Canvas

Dark Beauty by Linda Reike 10.5X28X2  Acrylic on Board

Perfect Porch by Peter Vey 40X50  Oil on Canvas
The Grand Float by Pedro Pablo Oliva  Bronze
Dinghy Beach by Peter Vey  40X50 Oil on Canvas
Plugger in Flight by Jeff MacNelly  10X6.5 Bronze
Part 4 of Our Tour of Gallery on Greene in the January 29 Issue




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

(L) In-conversation event with Rosalind Brackenbury ft. Michael Nelson.  Title - Rosalind Brackenbury -  Paris Still Life .  Brief Description - Beloved writer, Rosalind Brackenbury discusses her new book,  Paris Still Life  PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT BELOW

(R) Event Type - Multimedia Presentation and discussion
Title - Laura Albritton & Jerry Wilkinson -  Key West's Duval Street
Start Date/End Date - Thursday, January 25th at 6:00pm
Brief Description - Historians Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson discuss the history of Key West's Duval Street.

Key West Library's Michael Nelson Interviewing Rosalind Brackenbury. Editor's Note : Michael does an Amazing Job Bringing KW Outstanding Literary Events. Keep up the Outstanding Work..


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.



Adam Scott Rote Hanging at the Key West Art Gallery

The January 29 Issue will have Many New Adam Scott Rote Paintings Hanging at The Key West Art Gallery.  Of course you MUST SEE these Brilliant Masterpieces in Person

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241
We start a 3 Part Tour of the Local Artists at The Key West Art Center but first here is some material  on their Annual Arts and Crafts Show (Written by The Blue Paper; Thanks Arnaud & Naja)
Untitled#1 by Carrie Disrud Mixed Media
This December Poinsettia by Fran Decker

On the subtropical island that has nurtured creative spirits dating back to John James Audubon, aficionados of artistry can discover offerings by more than 80 national and regional exhibitors Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28.
The Key West Craft Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is to transform the island's historic lower Whitehead Street into a lively open-air marketplace. Now in its 33rd year, the event is presented by the Key West Art Center, a nonprofit cooperative organization for local artists established in 1960.
Artisan booths are to stand beneath Whitehead Street's canopy of trees, adjacent to attractions and museums including the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. The gracious property recalls the famed naturalist and artist's early 1830s sojourn in Key West.
Show participants also are to offer their artistry just inside the Whitehead and Caroline streets entrance to Truman Annex, named for the former U.S. president who spent numerous working vacations in the island city.
Attendees can choose from glass and fabric pieces, jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts and more. Some items traditionally are inspired by or are unique to Key West.
Participants are selected according to a rigorous juried process, and all craft offerings must be original and handmade by the exhibitor. Many return year after year to display their works while enjoying Key West's typically balmy January weather.
The show has grown from a local gathering to a nationally recognized event that attracts some 25,000 attendees each year. Organizers' commitment to quality has earned it widespread critical acclaim including a consistent spot on Sunshine Artist Magazine's roster of leading American shows.
The craft show is free to attend. Proceeds support the Key West Art Center's programs and help maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its gallery.  Written by The Blue Paper.
The Endless Summer by Jean Cox  Oil
Lunch Time by Jean Cox Oil
Banana Lower by Maggie Ruley Acrylic
Big Roo by Susan O'Neill
Sunset Sail by Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic
The January 29 & Feb. 4 Issues will have many additional works from the Key West Art Center Member Artists

GingerBread Square Gallery Square Owner Jeff Birn (305-509-1133) Tells us : that Another Gallery Favorite Pam Folsom will have her Annual Exhibition :   Monday, January 22, 2018 at 
2 of Pam's Works Below
Smathers Beach Sunset 24 X 36 Oil on Canvas

Old Winsor Newton WaterColor Box 18X24 Oil on Canvas


5210 College Road 
The Key West Garden Club will be meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the garden located in the Fort West Martello on Atlantic Blvd. in Key West. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Irwin, professor at FKCC. Dr. Bill is always a favorite speaker at our club and this topic, "GMO's, Neonics and Pollinators: separating fact from fiction" will surely be a fascinating presentation. 

Please join us on February 1. Our meetings are open to the public. For questions or more information contact Jane Tiedeman at 305-923-3820. 

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

Bahama Village celebrates the memory of Dr Martin Luther King with a parade

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's College Scholarship Fundraiser runs Sat & Sun in Bayview Park

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

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. 
Photos of the Week by Peter Arnow. (Exec. Associate Contributing Editor)

(Top Left) Rick McCauland and Reef Perkins
Ric McCausland and Reef Perkins at the Bottlecap to support Young Living Essential Oils.  
(Bottom Left) Business Guild Holds Retro 40th Anniversary Mixer
This retro disco group was out to support the 40th Anniversary of the Key West Business Guild. Shown are Kevin Theriault, Kristen Hotham Carroll, Chris Hotham Carroll, Jennifer Badry and Dorian Patton.

(Top Right) Jennifer McClain back at the Side Bar
Popular Entertainer Jennifer McClain was back in town performing at the  Aqua Side Bar Lounge.   
(Bottom Right) Lodging Association Swears In New Board
The Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West new board was sworn in by Mayor Craig Cates during their January luncheon at the Marriott Beachside .Photo by Pete Arnow


Next Jan 28 at 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store

Key West Artisan Market: Culinary and Wine Edition is This Sunday
The fifth Key West Artisan Market of the season, "Culinary and Wine Edition" will be held Sunday, January 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. More than fifty local Keys artisans including culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Local Author's Nook, live music by 104.9 The X, craft beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal and food concessions. In addition, three wine distributors will be onsite offering samples. This market will focus on all things culinary (don't miss the new keys unique creation, "Chicktatoes") and extensive wine and cheese sampling offering guests a chance to try before you buy!



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

FKCC to Hold Active Assailant Training Exercise

Florida Keys Community College will hold an Active Assailant Training Exercise on the Key West Campus on the morning of Tuesday, January 23.  The Active Assailant Training Exercise will be a full-scale simulation and has been planned with support from security consulting firm, VERITAS.  The exercise will engage FKCC students and employees, as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency medical services to test the respective agencies' policies, plans and procedures to respond to an active shooter incident. 
"While FKCC's campus is safe and monitored by 24/7 security, recent tragedies-many occurring on college campuses-show us that we must be prepared for the unthinkable," said Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, FKCC President.  "This exercise will provide invaluable practice that could save lives should we ever see such an event."
The College will be open for business as normal and all classes will be held as scheduled on January 23.  The exercise may impact traffic on south Stock Island between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Those on campus during the exercise are expected to participate.  The College has held numerous active assailant trainings with students and employees and has added resources on its website and social media accounts.  
For more information, please contact Doug Pryor, Director of Purchasing & Plant Operations, at 305-809-3184 or
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

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

Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040
Monday January 22
nd MAC basics - Bring in your Mac Laptops and ask any basic questions that will help get you started.

Thursday January 25th E-Books and E-readers - Basic introduction on how to use the library's e-book collection.  Bring your device and your library card. 

Monday January 29th 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.
Tech Tutoring

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!   


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: .


Part 2
Exhibition Curated by Gallery on Greene's Nance Frank

Chaleco Salvavidas 2016
One Human Family 2017
One Year Guarantee 2001
Gafas De Realidad Virtual 2016

Virtual Reality 2004

Buen Vecino 2014
The Jan. 29 Issue will have Part 2 of the Abel Barroso Exhibition Curated by Nance Frank at TSKW

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

Flower Days by Tony Gregory  Acrylic on Canvas



WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 1204 White St. 305-294-3973
 Lucky Street Gallery as Part of Walk on White Opened a New Exhibition on 1/18 "Temporal Convergence" 

Lucky Street Gallery's new exhibit " Temporal Convergence" will featured three distinctive artists examining strong Key West themes.
Janice Colbert explores angular minimalism with her paintings and sculptures in "Key West House Series".  Seth Smith's offbeat paintings unveil glimpses of airstreams and daydreams upon the streets of Key West. Jim Toia's otherworldly rubbings of Key West trees exemplify his fascination for the flora of the island.
The January 29 Issue will have many Photos from this Exhibition


Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings


WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG  55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288
Click SANC1 for their Latest Newsletter
In the Newsletter : Operation Coral Rescue, LionFish Derby Studies, Blue Star Program,  Newsmakers, & Upcoming Events,


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

Ralph DePalma | Photography


The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band, will be having their January "Jump Up" Social/ for KOA Care Camp, a camp for kids with cancer, at Mangrove Mama's, MM20 in Sugarloaf Key from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. on  Saturday January 27th !  It is the RETURN of Howard Livingston, as The Howard Livingston Trio will be performing LIVE!  A special "Meet 'N' Greet" starts at 6:30 before they hit the Stage!
Raffles, give aways, drawings, prizes, plus specials on drinks and food!  ALL "Jump Ups" are open to the public!   Do you like to meet new people, make new friends, do volunteer and charity work, enjoy the "occasional adult beverage" and have fun? The Southernmost Coconut Castaways are the Club for YOU!  
Remember...Everyone is ALWAYS welcome to attend our Jump Ups!
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


Two Fresh Faces at Frangipani Gallery 

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to start the new year off with our two newest artists, Gabrielle Wilson and Sharon Wells. The show runs through January 31.

Photos:  (L) Tropical Southernmost Dr. Harris House by Sharon Wells
          (R)   Perception by Gabrielle Wilson

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  Jan 28 Megan Constantine & Friends
Cabaret @d'vine Wine Gallery:
Wednesdays,  James King, III, 5-7pm
Thursdays,  Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Fridays,  Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturdays,  Jan 27 Nancy 3 Hoffman

Jazz in Gardens
January 21: Terry White & Friends
January 28: Megan Constantine & Friends

Photos of Libby York and Friends

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

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List
ALSO The UNSUNG HEROES CELEBRATION is 1/26 with Review of Award Inclusion by 12/31.. Click LINK2 for More Info ; and or Call 305-292-1502. 


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

 Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra 2/2

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

Keller Williams April 5 and the new date for Mike Love is March 14 ; Click KWTLINK3 for one of their Latest E-Mail Campaigns with Updates

Click one their Latest E-Mail Campaigns to get Additional Updated Show and Event Schedule

Go to their Website and Facebook Pages for Up to Date Schedule of Events and Concerts.
ALSO HIT THIS LINK1 for their Latest E-Mail that will give a Tremendous amount of Information on New Bookings and Complete Concert/Event Schedules

 Arlo Guthrie 2/1, & The Zombies 1/26 & 27
Experience the dazzling love of  your favorite 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 . This follies-style revue show  stars some of Key West's all time favorite performers from all over the country including  The Evil Hate Monkey,  Kitten and Lou, Murray Hill, and local favorites Moana Amour, Cheeky Derrière, Chief Peach, Velvet Garcia, and Dark n Stormy in this love-filled production.   Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  Tickets: or call 305.985.0433.
Photo of Kitten and Lou by Neil Kendall

Firefall March 17, 2018

  Arlo Guthrie 1/26 & 27, Lorrie Morgan 2/1, Rumours 2/11, Jessie Colin Young 2/15, Jefferson Starship 2/22, George Winston 3/2 & Anna Popovic 3/2


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 

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.


830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088
For the month of January, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., )  will feature a new collection of colorful mixed media paintings by local artist Jill Caldwell. To celebrate Jill's new works, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5th.
Jill Caldwell was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 1997. After graduation she promptly moved to Key West, an island she had fallen in love with as a child. "I knew this magical island with its bold vivid colors, gorgeous sunlight, and translucent ocean was a place I needed to call home," she says. While living here, she met her future husband and, on a whim in 2005, they left Key West and moved to Rockland, Maine. She now splits her time between Key West and Maine.


The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 9, 2018 for their annual fine art auction.  The auction will again take place at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar.  VIP seating is available for $50.  The auction preview will be from January 26
th until February 9
th at The Studios of Key West.  Tickets for the auction are available now at  and at The Studios of Key West on the night of the auction.    
The McKee art auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists.    Founded by longtime Key West resident and philanthropist, Anne McKee, the non-profit fund has awarded more than $245,000 since 1994.  For more information about the Anne McKee Artists Fund and its annual auction and artist grants, visit .

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

Key Music Mile 0 Fest 1/7-10 at the New Key West Amperitheater at The Truman Waterfront Park, Renowned Triple Crown Featuring Gold Cup Sailfish Championship Triple Competition : Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament 1/24-25, then ends with theCheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament 1/26-28, Big Pine and & Lower Keys Nautical Expo Jan 13 & 14,  ,

 Annual Pidgeon Art Festival 2/2-3, lJules Undersea Lodge : The US Only Submerged hotel, Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo 1/13-14, A Feature on Arlo Haskell , PLUS SO MUCH MORE

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


 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 

Click TSKW10 , TSKW11 ,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
Contemporary Art Seminars by Roberta Marks 1/23-27 9a-Noon

  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.

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.  



281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Upcoming & Current Exhibitions : Key West Collects, On the WaterFront Truman Annex Artists, The Outrageous, From a Womans Hand.
Current Exhibitions : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Tennessee Williams-The Playwrite & Painter, Stanley Papio - Junkyard Rebel, Ghosts of East Martello, Speedway to Sunshine : Henry Flagler Overseas Railroad, Life of the Keepers, Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & The Sea"

Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys residents' curious collections at the Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society presents "Key West Collects," an exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork and other objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents. In the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. 



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.  The first is to take place on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, with a focus on Truman Annex and Historic Whitehead Street.

(R) The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West once again join forces to present the "Conch Revival Picnic"- a picnic-style Conch heritage dinner and co-benefit for Grimal Grove prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman on Wednesday, January 24 on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters. This year's Conch Revival Picnic - the third so far - begins with a wine and appetizer pairing and music by Chilean guitarist Rolando Rojas from 5:00pm-6:00pm, followed by a 6:00-8:00pm dinner of classic Key West/Conch recipes featuring produce grown at Grimal Grove, the  historic two-acre Big Pine tropical fruit park dedicated to the local food movement.

Annual Tennessee Wiliams Special Event at the Home of Bert and Dennis Feb 28
Photo from Exec. Ass.Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco (C) KW Food Tours Creator Analise Smith and Master Chefs Dave Furman and Isle Cook's Martha Hubbard

Festival Honoring Iconic Playwright Tennessee Williams Gets Underway February 28
th, 2018  
The newly-merged Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and the Key West Art & Historical Society present the annual 2018 Tennessee Williams  Birthday Celebration,  a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years.  
Set to open with a limited-ticket kickoff party on February 28 th  at the home of exhibit founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt, the festival continues into April and boasts a full roster of writing and painting contests, film and poetry forums, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Avenue, a March 26 th   birthday party for the playwright, and 2 one-act theatre productions of the Pulitzer-Prize-winner's work.  
Sponsored in part by Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and The Studios of Key West.   Visit   KWAHS.ORG  for a full schedule of events or contact Shawn Cowles, Operations Manager, 305.295.6616 x 111.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
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
The Skinny Dippers are a couple of loons, who believe in the magic of music, who believe that music is meant to be enjoyed for the way it can move the hearts, spirits, and thoughts of those who hear it - not just sell drinks and food. The fun they have performing transfers to the audience, and a good time is had by all. Unusual instrumentation including mandolin, ukulele, and dulcimer, even conch, kazoo, tambourine, and xylophone, provides settings for their soprano and baritone voices. This presents a refreshing change from convention right from the start.

Swing, folk, country, rock, and pop blend, forming a seamless foray into fine fun music. Mandolin and ukulele, xylophone and other percussion, create a lovely, lively, lilting platform for musical mirth. What began as a brief foray into uncharted waters has evolved into an odyssey with no end in sight. Each time The Skinny Dippers set up to entertain it's a three-hour tour of unparalleled delight.


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean

The Key West City Commission last night proclaimed Key West High School Football Team Day during the first commission meeting of the new year to honor the team's tenacity in reaching the playoffs as well as their outstanding effort to help those most hard hit by Hurricane Irma.
This season, the Key West High School Fighting Conchs Football Team earned a place in the Florida High School Athletic Association Playoffs for this first time since 2004.
"This journey to the playoffs was earned by a storm-tossed team demonstrating the Conch characteristics of determination, courage and resiliency," reads the proclamation. "After Hurricane Irma, members of the Key West football team pitched in to help with local clean-up and recovery, raising spirits and bringing hope to hard-hit communities in the Lower Keys."
"What went from a season that wasn't going to happen," said Head Coach John Hughes, "turned out to be a pretty special season -- not only for what we did on the field, but what we were able to do as a team, the brotherhood they developed, to be able to go out there and help the community in their time of need, I think did something good for everyone involved. I'm proud of what they did and who they became because of that."
The Commission stated in the proclamation, "the City of Key West is proud of the many victories of the Key West High School Football Team, and recognize that sports programs are an integral part of developing character in the youth who will inherit our city."
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Key West Food & Wine Festival 1/24-28, 2018

Tickets on sale now-

Melina Toppino sends regards and tells us  : Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival.

Set for Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28 2018, the festival's indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs' culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at Henry Flagler's Welcome Party, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the beach at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The mouthwatering gathering is to recall the elegance of the early 1900s, shortly after the completion of Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad and the luxurious Casa Marina.

For Additional Venue Participants and Events go to their Website

 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
Wednesday, January 24th  - 3rd Annual Conch Revival Picnic - Special Event. Key West Lighthouse. 
The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West have teamed up to present a picnic style Conch heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed local chefs including Martha Hubbard and David Furman of Great Events Catering. The picnic will feature a variety of classic Key West/Conch recipes, some inspired by the postwar Key West Woman's Club Cookbook edited by Wilhelmina Harvey and other books in the Key West Public Library collection. Ticket Information will be available shortly.
Friday, January 26th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. The Tastes of Tuscany Paired Wine Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Paired Wine Option - $25.00. Join Chef Martha Hubbard and Luciano Castiello of Castello Banfi and Brady Winn of Republic National Distributing for this incredible and delicious dinner!. PEI Mussels with Spicy Fennel Broth and Basil. Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2016.    Chilled Pork Loin with Bitter Greens, Rosemary Roasted Pears, and Aged Goat Cheese. Castello Banfi Centine 2014.    Sea Scallop and Pork Belly with Black Pepper and Pecorino Pasta with Roasted Grape Relish.  o   Castello Banfi Aska 2014.   Espresso Riccotta Cheese Cake with Lemmon and Honeycomb.     Castello Banfi Belnero 2013.
Saturday and Sunday, January 27th and 28th  -  Special Event. 33 rd  Annual Key West Craft Show - 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!
Wednesday, January 31st - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Vegan Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Chickpea Cake with Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot and Cumin Glaze.    Beet and Orange Salad with a Beet Juice and Serrano Vinaigrette.    Shitake Mushroom Consommé with Ginger Juice, harred Green Onion, Shishito Peppers, and Calabaza.    Poached Winter Fruit with Spicy Almond Brittle.

Friday, February 2nd  - Chef Melissa Schwarz - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
Indian Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.    Aamti - Maharastrian Lentil Dish with Goda Masala, Mustard Seed, and Curry Leaves.   Maharastrian Egg Curry - Spicy Curry with Kashmiri Chili, Cashew, and Egg. Malvani Prawn Curry - Shrimp with Coconut, Tamarind, and Spices.    Almond Malai Kulfi - Indian Ice Cream with Almond and Saffron
Saturday, February 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, February 5th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Italian Dinner - $90.00 - 5:30pm. Garlic Soup.   Acini de Pepe with Stone Crab.    Romaine Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts.  Sea Scallops with Rosemary Brown Butter, Spinach, and Pine Nuts.     Crema Fritta with Oranges and Almonds
Friday, February 9th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Southern Winter Dinner - $95.00 - 5:30pm.    Pickled Shrimp Salad with Jalapeno Ranch. Fried Green Tomatoes, Creamed Florida Corn, and Squash Marmalade.    Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs with Cheddar Grits and Collard Greens.    Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake with Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream
Saturday, February 10th - 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.
Wednesday, February 14th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
Love Mediterranean Style Dinner - $95.00 - 5:30pm

 DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS ; I AM ONLY ABLE TO GO TO THE MIDDLE OF FEB ..; please go to their website and Fab Page for ALL February Events.


From left: Dr. James Locascio and Dr. Richard Pierce of Mote, former First Lady Laura Bush, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Dr. Tracy Fanara, and Dr. Vincent Lovko of Mote.   Credit: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory

More than 70 people, including former First Lady Laura Bush, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and other ocean enthusiasts, gathered on Jan. 9 under a star-filled sky to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Mote's Boca Grande Outreach office - a regional hub of marine science outreach and education.

The family-friendly event - free to the public thanks to generous event sponsor Northern Trust - included interactive science and education booths for kids, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for adults, and plenty of opportunities to chat with local scientists whose knowledge is shared through the Mote office at 480 Railroad Ave., Boca Grande.  Click MOTE15 for additional Info. & More Interesting Info. one of their latest E-Nesletter.

 January 29nd. will have Part 5 of MOTE's Fascinating Year End E-Newsletter. When you are Closer to the Top of this Issue you will see Part 4. Here is the Link to that Year End Very Informative E-Newsletter Hit MOTE1


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New Location 808 Duval St.



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. Next time the Animal Farm is Open Jan 28...

Palm Beach group honored for murder prosecution
 Sheriff Rick Ramsay and retired Major Crimes Detective Vince Weiner presented this group of investigators and prosecutors from Palm Beach County with plaques recognizing their hard work on a double homicide which took place in the upper Keys. The case was assigned to Palm Beach County when there was a potential conflict in the local office of the State Attorney.
(Above) Left to right, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Chief Investigator William Frasier, Office Investigator Thomas Wills, Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott, Chief Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes, and retired Detective Vince Weiner.



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