Friday, February 28, 2014
During the month of March stop in at 513 Truman Avenue (Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5) and explore the comprehensive Tennessee Williams exhibit. Known as one of the greatest 20th century American playwrights, he is also one of Key Wests most loved icons. His works such as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and many others are classics of the American stage which earned him two Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as many other literary awards.
Tennessee Williams visited and lived in Key West from 1941 until his death in 1983. It is believed that he wrote the final draft of Street Car Named Desire while staying at the La Concha Hotel in Key West in 1947. He established residence here in 1949 and in 1950 bought the house at 1431 Duncan Street that was his home for 34 years. He was part of the literary movement that resulted in Key West and the Florida Keys being recognized as a haven for artists.
In commemoration of our dear Tennessee, Key West will be celebrating his103rd birthday during the month of March. Events planned include a series of four classic movies adapted from Tennessee Williams' award winning plays being shown at the Tropic Cinema, a Poetry Contest, an Artist Challenge, two receptions and an exhibit of original paintings by Tennessee Williams at the Custom House. Wednesday, March 26, a reception honoring the 103rd birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West is to be held at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For event schedules and more information visit: http://twkw.org/index.html
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Old Island Days Art Festival is set on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in historic Old Town. This renowned fine art show runs for two days, Saturday February 22 and Sunday Feb 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists. The show, which is in its 49th year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. That building is now home for the KWAC and displays works by the 60 plus local members. The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street, near the current gallery and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Custom’s House. Since then the show has been held annually and grown from just local artists and now includes exhibitors from across the country and Canada. For more information visit http://www.keywestartcenter.com/festival.html , hope to see you there!
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Some of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists are to debut their work in Key West Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22, as part of a groundbreaking Cuban-American art exchange that is believed to be the first in more than 50 years.
As a feature of the exchange, an exhibition of 30 intaglio prints by the late Key West folk artist Mario Sanchez debuted Jan. 17 at Cuba’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. A second-generation American of Cuban descent, Sanchez was famed for his painted bas-relief carvings that chronicled Key West life and its racial, religious and gender harmony in the early 1900s.
Enthusiasts can meet the Cuban artists in Key West and view nearly 120 pieces of their work during unveilings and other events at five venues in the island city’s historic Old Town. The event includes, educational film at the Tropic Cinema, music, wine and art at The Studios of Key West and will take you to the historic buildings of the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Florida Keys Council of the Arts (Gato Building), Oldest House & Garden Museum, and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. It is a grand way to experience Key West and its Cuban Heritage while enjoying the islands architecture, art and its social life. For event schedule and artist listings visit: http://tskw.org/news-room/one-race-the-human-race-una-raza-la-raza-humana/. Talk to your concierge Geri or Rebecca for event locations, great dinning nearby and even island history.