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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends May 27, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
May 27, 2019

Memorial Ceremony for the Fallen Officers by KWPD & MCSO

If you have the Time and Money ; fly to whatever town David Crosby and the Sky Trail Tour Ensemble is Playing.  Their Appearance at The Key West Theater was BRILLIANT.  I've not Experienced the Explosion of Feelings / Delight in the past 45 Years from a Musical Outing. Thank You David and Band, KWT, & Kelly and Nick. Photo by Paul Blatt WWW.HALFSTOPPHOTOGRAPHY.COM 

A New Exhibition Opened at KWAHS Custom House "Postcards from Paradise : Wish You Were Here"

MOTE'S Beach Condition Reporting System Expands to Florida's East Coast (More in the Weekly MOTE Section)

Key West Literary Seminar's "Young Writers Seminar" June 24-28

Next Three MCSO Animal Farm Opens 5/26, 6/9 & 6/23  1-3pm

Last Month We did a 4 Part Feature on Anna Sweet's Art; This Issue has a Tour of her Southard Street Gallery

Welcoming Dan Evans Jr. to their Staff
Info. from The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and on Capitol Hill Week and Our Oceans June 4- 6.. Also this  Issue the Weekly Sections from Reef Relief & MOTE (More Below)

Coral Camp

Ocean Key Resort & Spa and Sunset Drinking Club Benefit for Reef Relief

REEF RELIEF Events and a Few Spots Left for Summer Coral Camp

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Treats Us to one of their Photo Galleries : The 4th Annual Papio Kinetic & Art Bike Ride

"Flight" Graphite on Board
Alaina Plowdrey's May Exhibition at TSKW "Active Duty"

FKCC Recognizes Outstanding Employees (More Below)
In Celebration of Memorial Day Weekend ; FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra Honors FKCC Diving Student & Fallen Army Officer Luke Lowder (More Below)

Artist Mark Yeoman One of the Managers at Mangia-Mangia Hangs Year Round at the Restaurant

The Waterfront Playhouse, Theatre XP, and Fringe Theater ALL Active (More Below) in a Few Sections

Poet Laureate Kirby Congdon 
Part 4 of 4 : The 2019 Anne McKee Artist Grant Recipients. Our Magazine made Lots of Space for the entire 19 Recipients Over a Few Weeks ; Explaining what Each Awarded Artist Will be doing with their Award. Congratulations. 

"Canis Major and Friends" by Jim Salem 48 X 60 Acrylic on Canvas

"The Red Armchair" by Marylene Proner 30 X 40 Acrylic on Canvas
Works from Jim Salem and many of His Artists.  .

Coffee Mill Dance Studio has their Annual Dance Summer Camp (More Below)

"Shelter for a Writer" by Esteban Machado Acrylic on Canvas
Mangoes by Beverly Borland
 The Two New Exhibitions from The Florida Keys Council of the Arts at Gato. Opened May 3rd to coincide with the Closing Party / Tile Raffle of the 2019 Connections Project. The New Exhibitions : "Tropical Madness" and "90 Miles from Havana". 

Blue Frontier Amazon by Jim Salem 18 X 18 Acrylic (Cocco and Salem Gallery)
Summer by Anastasia Dukhanina 16 X 12 (GingerBread Square Gallery)
Catalog Girl Friday by Clifford Bull 24 X 30 from Gildea Contemporary Fine Art
Gallery on Greene
Frangipani Presents Maria Krikorian & Paola Effio
Our Final Issue of the 2018 / 2019 Season has Art from Many of the KW Galleries as a Send Off to our Summer Hiatus 

May 22-26 and May 28-June 1 ; (More Below) at TSKW.  Note : Kyla Piscopink (Dance Key West) is Directing the Choreography so that alone is worth the Ticket Price.

WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Has Extensive Calendar of Events and Hundreds of Photo Galleries. We Feature Johnny White's & Caroline's Gallery from the "4th Annual Papio Kinetic & Art Bike Parade"

Volunteers Are Needed to Help Carry the 100FT. Pride Flag around Key West During Pride Week During the Pride Parade on June 9. (More Below in Our Weekly KWBG Section)

Ocean's Eleven
Ernest Hemingway
Zazoo Iconic-Fine Art & Photographs

MOTE; Our Magazine has links to their Latest E-Mail Campaigns. Also Reef Relief has Info. about their Summer Coral Camp ( More Below from MOTE & Reef Relief)

"Salton Sea" 37 X 60 Unique Ltd. Edition Acrylic on Canvas
Packed Key West Gallery All Weekend to See Adam Scott Rote Unveil his Latest Series "Summer of Love"

Skipper Kripitz Ensembles; Gigs around Town (More Below) Including One of His Ensemble Jazz Groups (CRZBs) at Jazz in the Gardens at The Gardens Hotel 6/2

"Springtime Chicks" Oil on Canvas
A Few More Pieces from Amanda Johnson's Grand Re-Opening on Fleming St.

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens has their "Art Gardens" + All Summer Armed Forces Members Honored with FREE Admission.

WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Every Week we Enjoy Linking their Newspaper with our Magazine. They provide Hundreds of Local Features-Photos & Videos


Frangipani Gallery has a Few Exhibitions Going on

Eric Anfinson, Michel Delgado, and Rebecca Bennett
 at Lucky Street
6/21-6/23 KW Int. Guitar Festival

December 7, 2019
6/9, 6/29, & 7/20
The Key West Theater : Amazing Year Round Talent. We have the Updated COMPLETE Schedule of events up to the End of the Year

Jeffrey Deaver
Gray Basnight
WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM June 28-30 (More Below): Just Two of the Many Internationally Known Authors Attending.

Lincoln Perry 

Megan Eisenberg

Anthony Tomaselli
"Rainy NYC III"

Clifford Bull

Paul at Gildea Gallery Just put Up Some GREAT Art from Anthony Tomaselli, Clifford Bull, Megan Eisenberg, Nancy Tinkersley, Javier Lopez Barbosa.  Of Course ; many of his Other Year Round Featured Artists are showing some new stuff as well.


Editor's Note : As Many of our Readers know the Last SIX Years of Publishing we take a Summer Hiatus ; with just 4 or 5 Much Shorter Special Edition Summer Issues. These Issues contain Just Photographic and Art Features.  Thanks to the Many Contributing Editors that Really Enhance The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ("Friends" Being the Contributing Editors). Thanks as Usual for Reading ; Ed


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8050 Weekly. In This Issue May 27th. 2019 : KWPD & MCSO Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Officers, "Postcards from Paradise : Wish You Were Here" ; Just Opened at The Custom House, Our Weekly Features from MOTE-Reef Relief-Nat. Marine Sanc. Foundation-Eco Disc. Ctr., KWLS Presents "Young Writers Seminar" 6/24-28, Next Three MCSO Animal Farms 5/26-6/9 & 6/23, A Tour of Anna Sweet's New Gallery on Southard St., Art Features from Many of Our Regular Galleries, Capitol Ocean Week in DC 6/4-6, 
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Presents the 4th. Annual Papio Kinetic & Art Bike Parade Photo Gallery, Alaina Plowdrey at TSKW "Active Duty" + the 3 other May Exhibitions, Mark Yeoman Art at Mangia-Mangia, Sunset WaterSports Amazing Variety of Outdoor Ocean Entertainment, FKCC Recognizes Outstanding Employees + Dr. Gueverra Honors FKCC Dive Student & Fallen Army Officer Luke Lowder, Waterfront Playhouse-XP Theatre-Fringe ALL Active, Coffee Mill Dance Summer Camp, The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Latest Two Large Exhibitions at Gato Pt. 4 "90 Miles to Cuba" & Pt. 3 "Tropical Madness", WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM  ,
KW Library's "Author Talk" presents "Utopia Drive : A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea" by Erik Reece 5/29, A Musical Play at TSKW "Prime Time" with Choreography by Kyla Piscopink 5/28-6/1, WWW.CFFK.ORG ,

In This Issue May 27th. Continued  
ALL 3 Have Excellent Events Schedules-Photos-Videos-Local News Stories, Volunteers Needed to Carry the 100Ft. Pride Flag All Over KW during Pride Week & the Pride Parade 6/9, WKBG Next Mixer is Pride Week Celebration at Island House 6/5 (WOMEN WELCOME) + Next Luncheon is Pride Week Luncheon at Marriott Beachside (Town N Tavern) 6/5, Zazoo Presents 7 Iconic Images, "Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, Adam Scott Rote (Artist to the Stars) Special Appearance to a Packed Key West Gallery, Jazz in the Gardens at Kate's Place Sundays 5:30-8pm 5/26 is Terri White & Friends (6/2 Skipper Kripitz & the CRZBs), KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens : "Art Garden" + Military ALL Summer Free Admission, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM , The TDC
WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM & May "Keys Traveler" Link, Updated Key West Theater Schedule (The David Crosby "Sky Trails" Concert was INSPIRATIONAL), WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM 6/28-30,
Clifford Bull Exhibition at Gildea, Links to ALL 6 Past "Amazing Photos" Features, Pt. 4 of 4 "2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Grant Recipients", Next Happy Hour with the Historian from KWAHS and Curator Cori Convertito PHD 6/5 at BottleCap/Blue Room "Defending America's Gibraltar : The Forts of KW", Shade and Shutter's Open House Last Weekend, Aids Help CC WWW.AHMONROE.ORG ,

In This Issue May 27th. Continued
Every "Thur. Green Market" at Bayview Park , Every Wed. Bingo on the USCGC "Ingham Museum", Dance Key West next Two Wine Bingos at Vinos 6/12 & 7/10, KW Library Offers an a App called "Mango Languages" that helps you learn 70, KWAHS Camp 6/3-8/9, 
Q-Magazine "Pride Week" Issue Out Soon, Artists in Paradise Big Pine Key, Bob Bowersox's Latest Play from his XP Theatre "The Sunset Limited" 6/3-20 + His Extensive Summer Scheduled Inc. Dianne May + 15 Additional Actors & 8 Directors in "Twice Told Tales" One Night Only 6/10, Tennessee Williams Museum Exhibit, The City of KW Presents Public Transportation Workshops 5/28 & 29, 
WWW.INSTITUTOSANCARLOS.ORG , "The Pride" Dir by Rebecca Tomlinson for Fringe 6/4-6, S. Fla. Symphony Orc. & Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW send Summer Greetings, 
WWW.WOMANKINDKEYWEST.COM , AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops" Tuesdays, Preserve Island Life, KW Playbills from Roberta and Peter, "Mango Madness" at TSKW 6/6-7/18, Island House Videos, WWW.FKSPCA.ORG , Florida Health Monroe Co., Olga Manosalvas Exhibition Opens 7/19-9/30 at Custom House,
WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM , & Once Again Many of the Local Art Galleries Shows Us a Few of their Works Before our Summer Hiatus. Thanks for Reading Ed.


The Annual Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Officers Organized by KWPD & MCSO.

Photos by Executive Contributing Editor GianCarlo Espinosa

Nance Frank sends regards and Wishes Everyone a Great Summer.

George Carey, Andy Thurber, Michael Marrero, & Wayne Garcia

Craw Fishermen on St. Island by Peter Vey
On Caroline by Peter Vey
Schooner Wharf by James Kerr
Wayne Garcia and Papito Suarez
More From Gallery on Greene and Nance Frank Up Shortly


"90 Miles to Cuba" and "Tropical Madness"

All the Paintings Below are from Esteban Machado and All are Oil on Canvas

The Hope 

Mi Acadia / My Arcadia Oil on Canvas

Good Morning Key West

Alligator Reef 

Key West Paradise

Here's Martha Resk and (Guest Curator for "90 Miles to Cuba) Alaen Ledesma Fernandez in front of the Magazine's Cover from the April 29th Issue " Moon and the Butterfly" by Esteban Machado

More Pt. 4 "90 Miles to Cuba" Up Shortly PLUS Pt.3 of the Other Exhibition "Tropical Madness"


"Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Paradise"will run through August 11. For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, or email her at, or visit  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 

Adam Scott Rote in Town to a Packed All Weekend Long Groups of Fans

"ScarFace" Original Painting with Signature

"Wizard of Oz : Flying Minions" 24 X 32 Ltd. Edition on Canvas with Finish

"Vargas Tribute "Cinnamon" 20 X 30 Original Acrylic & WaterColor Pencil on Canvas with Authentic Vargas Signature
More from The Key West Gallery Up Shortly

MCSO Animal Farm Next Three Opens 5/26, 6/9 & 6/23.

And the Race is On

More Animal Farm Up Shortly

The Works of Artist / Restaurant Manager Mark Yeoman Hangs at Mangia-Mangia Year Round. Click May 20th. Issue Link to see them & a Brief Description of His Technique and then go in person for an Amazing Italian Feast and View them in Person.


Here are the Links to the First 6 Parts : Part 1 ; April 1st. Issue Link and Part 2 in the April 8th. Issue and Part 3 in April 15; Part 4 in   
4/22; ( We Skipped April 29th. Issue) , May 6th., Pt.6 May 13 :


One of the Distinguished Speaker Events at KWAHS was Fires that Forged Key West by Alex Vega. Click the May 20th Issue Link to see that Feature


 Pt. 4 of the Anne McKee 2019 Artists Grant Recipients 

 (Pt.1 was in the May 6th Issue) & (Pt. 2 was in the May 13th. Issue) Pt. 3 was in the May 20th. Issue

Below 2019 Recipient Sandy Sun with Roberta DiPiero and Suzanne Holt 

The Next Three are in the Category "Literary"
Arida Wright
For publication assistance with her 365 day compendium of essays and poems entitled "Then Sings My SoulThe project is a 365 day compendium/collection of lyric essays, inspirational poems exploring sobriety, mental health issues, hope, overcoming despair, recovering from childhood trauma and race.  

Flower Conroy
For publication assistance with Writing in the Palm Garden Anthology II. Flower Conroy is the current Poet Laureate of Key She is a 2017 Anne McKee Artist Grant recipient for her first anthology. To publish an anthology of work written during a generative writing workshop, Poetry Writing in the Palm Garden, which was held at the Key West Library this past March. Promotion the publication of the anthology will include a reading of the participants' work, to be held at a local art supporting venue.

 Kirby Congdon
For publication assistance with his latest tome "New and Old Poems"Kirby is 4 time past recipient of the Anne McKee Grant Fund (1999, 2005, 08 and 2013)  and a former Poet Laureate of Key West.  Kirby's new poems avoid the static dictates for behavior that so often prop up an organized religion or polite society. Instead, he suggests the need for a rational and conscious consideration of meaning. The poems in this next book consider the conflict between life and death. He will look for a resolution that is beyond platitudes and, instead, admit a deeper, more creative translation of a life that avoids fear and confusion, and that recognizes, in their place, the experience of being alive rather than the shallow reward of being, passively, a good citizen.

We Have 4 More Grant Recipients to Go ; Up Shortly


WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM 1111Duval St. 305-292-0072
Always Great Spending time with Jim and Dan. 

Here are a few more from Jim Salem All Acrylic

As Time Flies (Assemblage) 

"Red Mangoes" 12 X 20, "Painted Bunting" 8 X 10, & "Atlantic Miron Snail" 12 X 12

Blue Frontier Amazon 18 X 18

Marylene Proner Walls

"The Gift" 20 X 20

More from Cocco and Salem Gallery Up Shortly

The Happy Hour with the Historian has been getting Standing Room Only Crowds and the last one with KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito Presentation "Historic Buildings" was Brilliant as Usual

Next Happy Hour with the Historian is June 5 4:30-5:30pm at The BottleCap 1128 Simonton.
The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled 'Happy Hour with the Historian'. Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.
Topic: Defending America's Gibraltar: The Forts of Key West
Click DEFENDING for Event Page from KWAHS


Last Weekend Shade & Shutter had a
E-Mail :
Sarah and Mark send Summer Regards and briefly tell us :
Our event on Saturday afternoon was a great success. Thanks to all our friends and followers who came out to see Mark throw pots. It was great fun, and we plan to do it again soon.
During the event, Mark demonstrated how he attaches the foot to his ceramic pieces. The accompanying video shows how he puts the finishing touches on a bowl by polishing the foot. Not only do his bowls look great on any table, they are gentle on the tabletop because of the smooth finish. This attention to detail is emblematic of the craftsmanship that you can see and feel on all his pieces.
Next time you are on White Street in Key West, drop by the gallery and check out our working studio. Mark will be glad to discuss the finer points of ceramics and give you an appreciation for hand-crafted work.  Click this Video Link1 to Mark Crafting a Bowl 


New Location "The Annex" 804 White St.
also "By the Bay" 3340 N. Roos. Blvd. #2

 Registration open for CoffeeMill summer dance camps and class intensives for youth of all ages
CoffeeMill Dance Studio, Key West's premier instructional dance studio for over 35 years, is now accepting registrations for their summer program of dance camps, class intensives, and workshops for children and teens of all ages to take place at their two state-of-the-art studios-'By the Bay' at 3340 North Roosevelt Blvd. #2 and 'The Annex' at 804 White Street.  This summer's roster includes: 
An inspiring summer camp experience for the budding dancer aged 3 - 8 with weekly-themed morning camps at The Annex Studio taught by instructors Kara Querio and Marissa Ajamian. Themes include:  Princess Dance Camp (3-5 years old, June 10-14 from 9am-11am), Disney Dance Camp (6-8 years old, June 17-21 from 9am-12pm), Fairy Dance Camp (3-5 years old, July 8-12 from 9am-11am), and Rock Star Dance Camp (6-8 years old, July 15-19 from 9am-12pm). Each week of camp will consist of ballet, jazz/hiphop, acro, creative movement, crafts, and snack, and a performance of the week's learned choreography for parents, family, and friends.

Below Photo :
Young Dance Collective Member Savannah Oropeza demonstrates her grande jete, developed by training at CoffeeMill Dance Studio.  The 36-year old instructional dance school is now accepting registrations for their summer program of dance camps, class intensives, and workshops for children and teens of all ages to take place at their two state-of-the-art studios-'By the Bay' at 3340 North Roosevelt Blvd. #2 and 'The Annex' at 804 White Street


1207 Duval Street  305-296-8900

"Still Life with Toys" by Anastasia Dukhanina 20 X 16

Mist and Fog Series by Gabriella Fiabane
(Middle Sculpture) "Dancer" by Jeff Margolin
Just for a Moment by Todd Bonita 24 X 24
More from GingerBread Square Gallery Up Shortly; and a Brief Thanks Adele for putting on Great Exhibitions with ALL very nice Artists; and sharing the Art with our 8,000 Readers.


Photos of the Week by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow : During Our Summer Hiatus you'll still be able to See Year Round Photos from Peter Arnow in the Konk Life Publications.

(Bottom-L) Aqua Night Club Charity Coordinator Dotti Clifford joins Bert Whitt and Dennis Beaver at the fundraiser for Equality Florida at the Sidebar. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Bottom-R) Equality Florida Key West Development Associate Babs Wade with Anne Shaver and Kathy Stentzel at the Equality Fundraise at Aqua's Sidebar. Photo by Pete Arnow.

( Top-L) Joan Shea, Dianne May and Karen Frank-Noll came out to show their support for the Equality Florida fundraiser at the Sidebar.Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Top-R) Mary Ellen's Bar held it's Awesome Fest contest Saturday.  Sixteen teams, mainly from local bars, competed in various challenges.  The Tricycle riding contest is shown.  This first time event raised $10,000 for the Florida Keys SPCA. Photo by Pete Arnow.


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

The Two Current First Floor Exhibition at the Custom House

Here's Opening Reception from "Postcards from Paradise :Wish You Were Here"

More Postcards Up Shortly


I want to thanks James and Jason; and Owner Don Oriolo for Supplying the Magazine with amazing Photographic and Art Images All Year Round. 

' Ocean's 11 ' 

The stars of the film ' Ocean's 11 ' Hollywood, California, 1960.  L-R: Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., 
and Frank  Sinatra.

Presented as a fine art print on archival paper with a hand-torn deckled-edge of only 50 prints in each size.  Ocean's 11 is available in two sizes:  Standard - Approx. 32" x 28" framed - $695. Deluxe - Approx 53 1/4" x 43 1/2" framed - $3695  (C) Underwood Archives / Getty

' Papa and Josie '

' Sloppy ' Joe Russell, Key West's best known barkeep and fishing guide to Famous Author Ernest Hemingway, stand next to a Striped Marlin in the 1930's.  Known as " Josie " to his friends, it was suggested to him by Hemingway to rename his bar ' Sloppy Joe's '.  Hemingway called him '  Josie Grunts '  and used him  for the model for Freddy, the owner of Freddy's Bar
 and captain of the Queen Conch in ' To Have or Have Not ' .

Presented as a limited edition, fine art print on  archival paper with a hand-torn deckled-edge of only 50 prints in each size. Papa and Josie is available in two print sizes:  Standard size is approx. 32" x 28" framed - $695. Deluxe size is approx. 53" x 45"  framed - $3695  (c) Corbis/via Getty Images

These special pieces are a great Father's Day gift for someone special or to treat yourself  - please call me at 305.294.8925 or email me at to order your selection today and ensure delivery for Father's Day. Best regards, James Curken, Managing Art Consultant. Zazoo Fine Art Gallery. 622 Duval Street.Key West, FL. 33040
Ph. 305.294.8925

More From Zazoo Fine Art and Photographic Gallery Up Shortly



Monday-Wednesday-Friday 7:45 AM  
(weather permitting). 
An invigorating blend of stretches, dance, Pilates and yoga for the body, mind and spirit for Individuals and Couples. Towels, Mats, Weights, Music & Instruction for ONLY $15.  526 Angela Street at The Gardens Hotel ( Corner Simonton and Angela). 305-294-3381.  Ask for Concierge as well if you don't see the Group in the Gardens.

A Few Gigs from Skipper Kripitz's Many Different Ensembles 

(Bottom-L) Appearing at Blue Heaven restaurant on Saturday May 31st from 10am is the keyboards /bass/drums "Smilin' Bob Jazz trio" ,with longtime music pals, Bob Boyd, Bubba, & skippo.  Expect some classic swing & Bossa standards, along with some funky groove tunes to accompany your final day of May, brunch.  Blue Heaven is on the corner of Petronia & Thomas sts. Call  296-8666  for more info.

(Top-R) At the Little Room (821 Duval)  on Monday, June 3rd at 8:30pm, Larry Smith hosts his weekly Jazzjam, with Dallas on bass & skippo on drums.  Jazzy singers & instrumentalists are all welcome to come play.  And on Wednesday the 29th at 8pm, Chris Burchard & Co. (with Dallas & skippo), take the Little Room stage with an instrumental trio blend of fusion, great  American Songbook, Metheney, & originals.

At Virgilio's, on Tuesday, June 4th @ 9pm, Skipper's weekly "League of Crafty Musicians" series will present a performance of the phenomenal Karri Daley on guitar & amazing vocals, along with skippo on drums, & other musical friends joining,  TBA.  There is always a magick & intensity to a Karri performance that energetically transforms a place & audience into an enraptured dance concert venue.  Come,  for a most unique experience with Karri, skippo & Friends at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info. 

WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG Offices & Studios in the Key West Theater 2nd Fl. 512 Eaton St. Kyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, and Kristen Huffman

 One of the ways to Support Dance Key West is of course Make a Donation to this Truly Deserving Non Profit; and Another Way is "Wine Bingo for Dance Key West" at Vinos 810 Duval St. Next Two June 12th. & July 10th. 7:30-9pm. ALSO at TSKW A New Musical Featuring the Choreography of Kyla Piscopink "Prime Time" (A Few Features Down)

One of 4 May Exhibitions at TSKW


ACTIVE DUTY by ALAINA PLOWDREY in the XOJ Gallery. Sponsored by The Perry Hotel
 Alaina Plowdrey explores ideas of physicality, drive and determination in her portraits of active duty service members. Linking her paintings to the ideas of philosopher and poet Lucretuis, Plowdrey delves into the psyche of the soldier.

This Piece Either "Bird" or "C-130"
"Graig" Graphite on Board

More "Active Duty" Up Shortly


We Now Continue with Part 2 of Gallery on Greene

Michael Harrell, Mike Rooney, & Andy Thurber
Michael Harrell
Michael Marrero
Carl Howe
Linda Rieke
Priscilla Coote
Linda Rieke & Suzie dePoo
Thanks Again Nance ; Have an Outstanding Summer; and Thanks for the Year Round Outstanding Materials you Send the Magazine & being an Amazing Supporter of The Arts

We now Continue with

Heart of Gold by Todd Bonita 20 X 10
"Cacophony" by Michael Palmer 24 X 24
Cross Road by Michael Palmer 30 X 30
John Whitney
"Breakfast" by Anastasia Dukhanina

"Prime Time" May 22-26 and May 28-June 1
Here is a Brief 90 Second Video Sneak Preview & The Event
 Page from TSKW for this Event / Musical Play

A New Musical Comedy by Blake Hunter & Charles Lindberg
Directed by Murphy Davis
Music Direction by Debra Barsha
Choreography by Kyla Piscopink
Blake Hunter has penned a new musical following a female TV Executive in the 1970s who fights to keep her variety show afloat, her star husband in check and temptation at bay. Under the direction of Murphy Davis, the script takes off, propelled by commanding performances and a whiff of classic TV nostalgia


5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081

FKCC recognized outstanding employees at their annual employee appreciation lunch.  L to R: Maintenance Specialist Matthew Wells, Student Activities Director Rebekah Hill, FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, Enrollment Services Specialist Hillary Castillo-Montiel, engineering technology adjunct professor Margaret Lee, and retiring marine science professor Dr. Alex Brylske. Not pictured: President's Award recipients Megan Perez, Director of Community Engagement and Testing, and Amber Ernst-Leonard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
Florida Keys Community College recognized exemplary employees at its annual employee appreciation luncheon on May 15. "Employee of the Year" honors, as voted by FKCC employees, went to Hillary Castillo-Montiel, Enrollment Services Specialist, Rebekah Hill, Student Activities Director, and Matthew Wells, Maintenance Specialist.  College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra bestowed the President's Employee Award to Megan Perez, Director of Community Engagement and Testing, and Amber Ernst-Leonard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  

FKCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Brittany Snyder presented the "Adjunct Faculty of the Year" to Margaret Lee, who teaches in the Engineering Technology program. 
Dr. Gueverra also thanked retiring professors Dr. Alex Brylske, marine science, Dr. Bob Bullis, marine science, Robert Lenich, math, and Sharon Farrell, history, for their commitment and contributions to student success.

UP SHORTLY President of FKCC Dr. Jonathan Gueverra Honors Diving Student : The Fallen Army Officer Luke Lowder


717 Love Lane
Young Writers Seminar

"Island in the Works" | June 24-28, 2019

Students will spend five full days exploring Key West and learning about great American authors who have lived and worked here, including Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and James Merrill. The program emphasizes journaling, close observation, and site-specific writing exercises, together with constructive feedback and group critique.
Daily classroom exercises will be paired with visits to local historic sites such the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Students will picnic and write beneath the pines at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and investigate rare archival material at the Monroe County Public Library. Site-specific writing exercises will take participants from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and as far west as Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas National Park during a special daylong excursion into the dynamic natural landscape that has inspired countless writers.
Each afternoon will feature a writing workshop led by Nicole Dennis-Benn, an acclaimed novelist and lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Throughout the sessions, a skilled and caring group of KWLS faculty and special guests will support young writers as they explore the relationship between identity and place, and discover the joys and challenges of the writing process. More information about our core faculty can be found below.
The theme of the Young Writers Studio references James Merrill's poem, "Island in the Works." Written from his Elizabeth Street home in the 1980s, the poem is rooted in natural phenomena and vernacular language distinctive to Key West. Full of observed imagery, a relish for language, and a great sense of humor, the poem represents the ethos of the Young Writers Studio.  Hit KWLSECAMPAIGN for a very comprehensive E-Mail they sent out 

Mango Languages

Interested in learning another language? The Monroe County Public Library now offers the learning language resource, Mango, an app and web-based program that includes 70 world languages, including English as a second language. Mango is free with an active library card. For more information,  visit or call the library at 305-292-3595. Allison Rich
Sr. Library Assistant
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

FURTHER DOWN is an "AUTHOR TALK" event at the Library for May 29 Featuring Erik Reece "Utopia : A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea".
and the Author Talk after this is on June 11 Featuring Andrew Feldman with the Book "Ernesto" about Ernest Hemingway

Thank You Michael and Allison for the awesome Year Round Materials you send The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends.  In Case ; I don't see you before my Summer Break; Have an Outstanding Summer. Ed


The Last Few Issues of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends
APRIL 15 2019
April 29 2019

From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
Next Mixer (6/5) at Male Resort : Island House and is the Key West Pride Kick Off Mixer AND WOMEN ONCE A YEAR ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENJOY THE ISLAND HOUSE.
Next Luncheon June 5th "Pride Kick Off" at Marriott Beachside (Tavern N Town); Click WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM  link to be connected to their website for more Info. and I believe you can Reserve a Seat for the Pride Kick Off Luncheon
Volunteer to Help Carry the Pride Flag during Pride Week on June 9 3:30-7:30pm.. Here is a Link to sign Up and for more Info....



Here is Part 3 of the New Exhibition at the Florida Keys Council of the Arts : "Tropical Madness"

Cymbidium Orchid by Laurie Richardson
Aeschyanthus / Firecracker by Jedda Wong
Double Hibiscus by Kristie Betendorf
Adenium Obesum / Desert Rose by Susan Cumins
Pryas : Julia Butterfly on Spanish Needle by Pauline Goldsmith

---------------------------------  522 Southard St. 305-797-6485

Here is one the Megan Eisenberg Walls and then a few Close Ups.

"Boston Cream"

"Brilliant Blue"


Lincoln Perry Wall

More from Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Up Shortly Featuring Lincoln Perry, Meghan Eisenberg, Anthony Tomaselli, Clifford Bull, Nancy Tinkersley, Javier Lopez Barbosa.

Here is one of their Hundreds of Photo Galleries : The 4th Annual Papio Kinetic + Art Bike Parade. Of course; If you go to their Website Now you can see ALL their Latest Photo Galleries and Other Links ; Like Their Extensive Calendar of Events.
Here is the Link to their Papio Photo Gallery with ALL the Johnny White Photographs

Part 2 of Papio Up Shortly; with Many Additional Photos

We Continue with "Postcards from Paradise : Wish You Were Here"
from KWAHS (Key West Arts & Historical Society) and the Custom House

We Now Continue with Cocco and Salem

Roger Van Leishout

(L) Circus (R) July by Judith Zabar  Acrylic on Canvas

"Untitled 66" by Stanley Zabar 11 X 14 Mixed Media

Baptist Church 1955 by Susan Sykes 8 X 10

"Hotel Chairs" by Susan Sykes 9 X 11
Thanks Jim and Dan for your Friendship and Excellent Year Round Material for the Magazine....Have a Great Summer


5201 College Rd.  
Their Annual "ART GARDEN" is on NOW; Many Sculptures are Spread Out through the Gardens.

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
The Key West Botanical Garden Society announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation's active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.   The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military-Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road, on Stock Island, Key West, Florida.  For information about visiting the Garden, please visit or call 305.296.1504.


Untangling Ties Esteban Machado Acrylic on Canvas
Espacio Reserudo / Reserved Space by Esteban Machado
The Color of Nostalgia
Guest Curator Alaen Ledesma Fernandez for "90 Miles to Havana" with the Artist taking the entire North Side of the 2nd Floor at Gato Yeilem G Barza
More of Her Works Below


We Now Continue with "Active Duty" by Alaina Plowdrey

"SkyScape" Graphite on Board

Special Forces Mixed Media

"Susan and Josh" Graphite on Board


 "As we prepare to usher in the unofficial start of summer with backyard barbecues, boating, and fireworks, I ask the community to join the FKCC family to reflect on why this day is special to all of us.  Memorial Day is a time to honor the memories of those who died for our country.  It is a time for heroes, both those who have fallen and those who are still living.  In an era when we are constantly challenged by acts of terror and threats that are themselves acts of terror, it is important to give a moment in gratitude to those whose sacrifices allow all Americans the privilege to live in the greatest nation while helping others to fight for and to share in the principles of democracy.  

FKCC is grateful to all servicemen and women and their families for their dedication, commitment and sacrifice, and for their continued service to protect our freedom.  Over the years, the College has benefitted from the services of many veterans.  Each one deserves special recognition.  Today, I salute a fallen hero.  He has no Purple Heart medals or even any major meritorious awards. While he also has no children or spouse, he has a mom, dad, two siblings, and many family and friends who mourn for him.

Luke Lowder was not yet 23 when he met his untimely death in a motorcycle accident on College Road in Key West. From all indications, he was returning home to his dorm room at the College when he collided with something or lost control of his recently acquired motorcycle.  While the FKCC family is still grieving his death, I want to share more about his life and service as a soldier.

Luke was born to Kimber Karst and Craig Young and grew up in North Carolina and Florida.  As a junior in high school, he began to pursue his dream of becoming an Army Ranger-training with the Army and local police force and dedicating any spare time to physical fitness.  Upon graduation from high school, Luke made it into the elite 75th Ranger Regiment on his first try.  At 17, he was the youngest Ranger.  He later went on to join the 1st Battalion 509th Airborne Infantry Regiment.  He was deployed to Germany and Afghanistan.  Luke earned Combat Infantryman, Expert Marksmanship, and Parachutist (aka Jump Wings) Badges as well as several medals, including one for his work in the Global War on Terrorism and in the Afghanistan Campaign, which included a Bronze Service Star.

After four years of exemplary service, he traded in his goal of being what he referred to as the "Ultimate Warrior" for becoming the "Ultimate Seaman."  He chose FKCC to begin training for the next stage in his life.  He enrolled in the Diving, Business, and Technology program with plans to expand his studies to learn about marine engineering and navigation. 

While Luke's story ended too soon, the FKCC family will remember his adventurous spirit and kindness.  We salute him this Memorial Day and will continue to value his service and dedication to our country."


Lucy Paige at 
WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming St. 305-517-6088

"Beach Day"


We Continue with "Tropical Madness" at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Adansonia Baobab by Pauline Goldsmith
Striped Purple Orchid by Beverly Borland
Pseudobombax Ellipticum (Shaving Brush Tree) by Silvia Bota
Mandarin Orchid by Jedda Wong
Double Whammy by Jeanie Daniel Duck
Plumeria by Leo Hernandez 


Q-Magazine from Neil Chamberlain 
WWW.QKEYWEST.COM 305-396-8227
Pride Edition Issue Out Soon

Upcoming Events at Key West Gallery
and With Key West Gallery Around the Country

Peter Max VIP Studio Event in NYC
July 4-5 (studio day) 
September 22-23 (studio day)
October 27-28 (studio day)
November 17-18 (studio day)
December 8-9 (studio day)
Visit Peter Max's personal studio in New York City.
Enjoy fine dining during this exclusive buying experience. 
RSVP today 305- 923-1696 or 

Meet Adam Scott Rote 
May 24- 26, 2019
RSVP or 305-292-9339
Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickinson with Adam Scott Rote

Next few Key West Events
Meet Tripp Harrison
During Hemingway Days
July 19-21, 2019
RSVP or 305-292-9339

Meet Adam Scott Rote 
July 26-28, 2019
August 16-18, 2019
October 20-23, 2019
RSVP or 305-292-9339


Thanks National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for Reaching out to us and understanding That The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends Features Eco-Nature-Conservation-Animal Issues.  They Write : We welcome Dan Evans Jr., a lifelong Washington and ocean lover, as the new chapter director of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Dan brings a wealth of experience working with non-profit organizations and the business community. Among his top priorities will be working with local partners to build a new Marine Discovery Center in Port Angeles.  Click MORE to read more about Mr. Evans & The National Marine Sanctuary
Capitol Ocean Week is June 4-6 Here are very useful Links
WWW.MARINESANCTUARY.ORG Part of Capitol Hill Ocean Week is the 17th. Annual Ocean Awards Gala on June 4
Contact :  301-608-3040 X303 


We Continue with Part 4
4 of the 2019 / 2020 Anne McKee Artist Fund Grants. Each Issue we Featured 4 or 5 Grant Recipients.
Wearing Many Hats ; and does this one so well Roberta Dipiero
McKee Staffer : Suzanne Holt
Kristina Neihouse - Richard Heyman
In 2017 Kristina was awarded an Anne McKee Artist Fund Grant to publish her first novel Knowing When to Leave. In 2019, this debut novel won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards Young Adult category. Kristina is a full-time librarian who spends her time reading, writing and talking about writing. In addition to your grant, we would like to bestow Kristina with the honorary Richard Heyman award. Richard Heyman was the Co-founder of Gingerbread Gallery, 2 time mayor of Key West, and a strong supporter of the Anne McKee Fund.  

 Malcom Willison
For publication assistance with his collection of poems honoring the home of poet Elizabeth Bishop,entitled "A House of Her Own". Malcom's project is to complete and publish a set of his poems on the house at 624 White St. that Elizabeth Bishop, U.S. Poet Laureate, owned from 1938 to 1946, plus another five or more of my poems on Bishop, in time for the celebration in Key West of her 109th birthday next Feb. 8, 2020. The series of poems were begun in 1993 and have continued to the present; Malcom, when I ran the Robert Frost Poetry Festival and learned about Elizabeth Bishop living here, I was so excited to find out more about her. 
Maria(Mari) Elena Lindsley
For publication assistance with her memoir
In Elena's words: I moved to Key West and wrote a Memoir. I certainly did not set out to do so, but the words flew out of my head and onto the pages like the tides lapping on shore. 
My memoir is definitely not a diary of wounds from a life well lived. It is often a  hilarious tale reflecting the differences between my family's expectations of me and the simple reality of happiness found in a pretty pink pastel trailer park on Stock Island.

The Entire 19 of the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Grant Recipients (Minus Jeff Adler & Pam Kostmeyer)


MCSO ANIMAL FARM Next 3 Openings 5/26, 6/9, and 6/23


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

We Now Continue with "Postcards from Paradise Wish You Were Here"



221 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key 305-872-1828 Here are the past Issue Links to see all the features.


has the Bob Bowersox XP THEATRE This Summer and wow what a Line Up. First is June 3- June 20 "The Sunset Limited" Written by Cormac McCarthy and Directed by Bob Bowersox.


 The Tennessee Williams Museum Exhibit 513 Truman Ave. 305-204-4527

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

Helen Harrison Gallery has a New Exhibition
Her Latest Exhibition was in the these Two Issues


WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 802 White St. 305-296-2080



Anna Sweet Gallery is located @ 513 Duval St KW
Anna Sweet Studios is located @ 417 Southard St KW

Here is a Tour of her Gallery / Studio on Southard between Simonton & Whitehead

One of Anna's Popular Artistic Sought After Work is putting her Art on Surfboards. I forget the name of the Surfer ; but a Frequent Client of Anna is a Two Time World Championship Surfer.


by Alyson Crean
Key West Transit is looking for your help in prioritizing improvements for its 10-year development plan. There will be two public workshops where the community can come and let the City know their vision for the future of public transportation in Key West. The first will be held on Tuesday, May 28th from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.; the second is on Wednesday May 29th from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Both will be held in front of the Publix Super Market at Key Plaza on North Roosevelt Blvd. Come help shape the future of our community!
The May 27th Issue will have as Our Lead Feature (An Annual Tradition for the Last Issue of the Magazine before Summer Hiatus) The City of KWPD and MCSO 2019 Fallen Officer Memorial.

 WWW.AMANDAJOHNSONFINEART.COM 518 Fleming St. 305-414-8396

Grand Re-Opening Celebration Last Month

"Shrimp Boats" 14 X 18 Oil on Canvas

"Amazing Reef Turtles" 36 X 36 Oil on Canvas
A few of the Issues Below will Feature Amanda's Grand Re-Opening


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses Constant Contact for our Database Management and Production. It's amazingly Easy and the Customer Support is second to none (With a Tie with Dell). WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM 866-289-2101


New Location at 408 Greene Street  305-294-3973  A few of their Regular Artists Featured in the Current Exhibition: Eric Anfinson, John Martini & Rebecca Bennett.  

Eric Anfinson

Michel Delgado

Editors Note : You Must visit this Gallery ; there are Great Artists that Hang Year Round ; Just a Few : Wyland, Michael Cheval, David Wight ( Glass Sculptures) & Stephen Muldoon; as well as some Special Exhibitions


Rebecca Tomlinson (Artistic Managing Director  305-587-8961) sends Summer Regards and Tell Us :
The Pride, by Alexi Kaye Campbell. June 4-6 at 7pm at The Studios of Key West. This award winning drama juxtaposes two storylines set 50 years apart. Sexuality. Personal Identity. The lies people tell in an effort to live an authentic life. Directed by Rebecca Tomlinson. Featuring Daniel Bochlas, Aaron Duclos, Martha Hooten, and Ross Pipkin. Adult themes. Explicit language. Three nights only!  Tickets at


WWW.INSTITUTOSANCARLOS.ORG 516 Duval St. 305-294-3887 


Jacqueline , Maestra Sebrina and the Entire Staff and Musicians wish our Readers a Relaxing Spring and Summer and they already have many EXCELLENT Concerts Lined up for the 2019 / 2020 Season


 ' Twist and Shout '

This is the 1st night in America for the Fab Four (John, Paul, George and Ringo) at the historic Peppermint Lounge in New York City on February 7th, 1964, two days before they were to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. This club is where the ' Twist ' originated. Murray The ' K ', Neil Aspinal, Cynthia Lennon and Louise Harrison can be seen with the Beatles in this fascinating image. Presented as a limited edition of 275 fine art prints hand numbered on archival paper. Twist and Shout is available in two print sizes: Standard Size is approx. 43 3/4" x 31" framed - $1095. Deluxe Size is approx. 73" x 53 1/2" framed - $4995
© Hulton Archive of London/ Michael Ochs

' Cassius and the Kid ' 

June 4,1963. American heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay in a one round non-title fight with 6 year old Patrick Power. Young Patrick is taking boxing lessons in order to combat bullies at home. Two weeks later Cassius Clay defeats Henry Cooper by TKO at 2:15 in round 5 of 10 in Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom before a crowd of 35,000. 

Presented as a limited edition, fine art print on  archival paper with a hand-torn deckled-edge.
Authorized by Muhammad Ali Enterprises.  Muhammad Ali
Limited Edition of only 21 prints, with 2 Artist's Proofs and 2 Printer's Proofs, for a total edition of only 25 prints. Size is approx. 42" x 33" framed - Gallery Price $1495
Keystone Archives via Getty.

' Kill Da Wabbit '

These special pieces are a great Father's Day gift for someone special or to treat yourself  - please call me at 305.294.8925 or email me at to order your selection today and ensure delivery for Father's Day. Best regards, 
James Curken, Managing Art Consultant, Zazoo Fine Art Gallery, 622 Duval Street
Key West, FL. 33040, Ph. 305.294.8925

 1511 Truman Ave. 305-294-4004. 

WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

AnnaMarie Sends Summer Regards and this Important Message : May 28th Life Drawing Workshops Tuesdays at The Fort East Martello 11a-2p.  $25 for 3 Hrs.. Contact Annamarie Giordano for the location for June classes at 609-884-3474. Model Positions Available


Acclaimed mystery authors, celebrated storytellers and the fans who love them are set to rendezvous on the tropical island where so many have found literary inspiration during the 6th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 28-30, 2019 in Key West, Florida. During the weekend's series of panels, presentations and social events, Mystery Fest attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft or refine their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from a stellar line-up of high-profile mystery and suspense luminaries and true-crime experts.

2019 headliners are Keynote Speaker Jeffery Deaver, the international bestselling and global multi-award winning suspense-thriller author of 40 novels, including the wildly popular "Lincoln Rhyme" series books; New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Black, Carla Norton, and Diane A.S. Stuckart, along with authors Jane Bock, Micki Browning, Gray Basnight, David Beckwith, Robert Coburn, Bill Craig, Mike Dennis, Wayne Gales, Cheryl Hollon, Renee Kumar, Rick Ollerman, Shirrel Rhoades, bestselling Buck Reilly adventure series author John H. Cunningham and literary agent Bob DiForio. Founded in 2014, the Mystery Fest Key West quickly grew in fame and attendance, but "still has the intimacy of a boutique-sized convention with lots of direct interaction between authors and audience," commented author, publisher and Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "And, because of the star-power of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events, we also attract writers and fans of other genres as well." Beginning Friday afternoon, June 28, Mystery Fest highlights are to include an opening wine and cheese party on the veranda of Key West's iconic Custom House Museum with author Heather Graham and Key West Mayor Teri Johnston presiding, keynote luncheon with Deaver, a killer line-up of panels and presentations examining everything from "Forensics for Writers" to "How I Plot a Mystery," author book signings, a rum sampling event at Hemingway Rum Company/Papa's Pilar Distillery, a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at the historic Schooner Wharf Bar, a chance to win a cameo "character placement" role in author Gray Basnight's next mystery tale, and presentation of the annual Whodunit Mystery Writing Award.  Event registration is $195 and includes all panels, presentations, a lunch and a brunch, and social events, with panels and presentations taking place at The Studios of Key West in the island's Old Town historic district. Those who register by June 1 are automatically entered into the Gray Basnight "character placement" contest.  Mystery Fest Key West 2019 is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, The Helmerich Trust, The Gardens Hotel, The Laureate Key West, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina, and Key West Art & Historical Society. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and hotel links visit
Above Website
Register now! And be automatically entered in drawing for a
"walk-on part" in a new mystery novel! Mystery Fest Key West 2019 headliner and Keynote Speaker Jeffery Deaver. (Photo courtesy Gunner Publications)

One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in Next Gray Basnight Novel
Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of a new novel by Gray Basnight, author of "Shadows in the Fire," "The Cop with the Pink Pistol," and most recently, "Flight of the Fox," an "electrifying, propulsive and timely thriller" that one reviewer has called "worthy of Robert Ludlum."
All who are registered for the Fest by midnight June 1 will be entered to win a cameo "character placement" role in the author's next release, a sequel to "Flight of the Fox," expected in 2020 from Down & Out Books

We Continue with Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery

Javier Lopez Barbosa

Nancy Tinkersley All Oil on Canvas

"In Command" 12 X 12

"Totaling Up" 10 X 8

"Essence of KW" 12 X 12

"After The Bath" 12 X 12

Clifford Bull Up Shortly

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

"Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Paradise"will run through August 11. For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, or email her at, or visit  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 


The Ocean is Calling! Reef Relief Summer Coral Camp Registration is Now Open.

Summer Coral Camp is Almost Here. Reserve Your Spot Today!
(Key West) Summer Coral Camp for Kids is only two weeks away and spots are filling up quickly! 6-12 year old youths will have the chance to explore and learn about our surrounding marine environment through exciting educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center in Key West. Each fun-packed day, campers experience hands-on-learning, interactive games and outdoor activities.  Activities include science and art projects, field trips around Key West, and four days of snorkeling in the back country and at barrier reef. 
The first week of Summer Break Coral Camp starts June 3. There are 9 sessions of camp throughout the summer.  Each one-week session is limited to 25 campers. Coral Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30am- 4:30pm.  Camp fees are $225 per child per week.  
Sponsors for Coral Camp include: Fury Water Adventures, Danger Charters, Barefoot Billy's, Captains Corner Dive Center, Sebago Water Sports and The Key West Aquarium. 
Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.
Weekly sessions begin June 3th and go through August 9th. Sessions are limited to 25 campers
per session. Camp is designed for 6-12 year olds. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. Coral Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30am- 4:30pm. Camp fees are $225 per child per week or a discounted rate of $200 per child per week when registering for multiple weeks or siblings. Space is limited! Reserve a slot today!
For more information about registration call Reef Relief at 305-294-3100 or email Download registration forms at
Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

If you are interested in participating in our clean up events, as well as receiving an occasional E-Mail Campaign from Reef Relief please contact us at or call us at 305-294-3100. 

ALSO our recent fundraiser hosted by Ocean Key Resort and Spa and the Sunset Social Drinking Club with the Sunset Pier Free Concert Series benefiting Reef Relief.


 WWW.COLLECTIONSKW.COM 6810 Front St. 305-923-4778


Please go to their Facebook Pages and Website for Event Listings as well as Great Features

Here is a Video Link about "Car Free Key West & One Spot that they just added more Bike Racks
May is National Bike Week
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Click the Link that is below to see COMPLETE E-Mail Campaign that Peter and Roberta Just did for their Playbills
Here are some of the Upcoming Issues

Mystery Fest Key West
Florida Keys Guitar Summit
Key West Summer Stage

NOTE : Roberta is in the process of sending us some additional Playbill Issue Offerings and their Deadlines; and Hopefully will have that for the May 27th. Issue ; or SIMPLY GO to their Sites to get the Updated Info...

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends are in Many of the Playbills Every Year.  Target Market Visibility to an UPSCALE Disposable Income Demographic.

3428 N. Roosevelt Ave.

This Excellent On-Line Newspaper / Magazine has Hundreds of Local News Features-Photo-Videos and Fantastic Investigative Reporting. Here are 6 more Recent Features : Deputy David Brummer Injured in Crash where he was hit from Behind (The Deputy is Expected to Fully Recover), Are Key Largo School Children at Risk with Poorly Marked School Zones, Their Weekly Section "What do you Think?", County Commissioners Tables Giving Laurel Ave. to Developers, KW Celebrates Historical Bldgs. in Happy Hour with the Historians Informal Lecture Series, WomanKind Celebrates National Women's Health Week with Free "Medical Mingle" ( An Informal Meet and Greet Luncheon May 13 Noon-1pm), 8th. Annual "What She Shot : Spear Fishing Tournament, Gospic Jazz Concert 4/10 at Cornish Memorial at A.M.E. Zion Gospel Church, About the Quality of Life "An Open Letter " by Former City Commissioner Harry Bethal, Guest Editorial : April is Child Abuse Prevention Month & Understanding Trauma can help Stop Child Abuse, Papi Who? KWAHS Prepare to Kick Off Kinetic Parade Honoring Pioneering Florida Keys Folk Artist, Investigation : Stock Island Slams Overrun County Report, "PoKey" Invites you to Join the Celebration of National Poetry Month. Go to their Above Website to see ALL The Updated Features.


Thanks Jay , Barbara, Wyland and the Entire Crew at Wyland Gallery of Key West for the Year Round Features. To see the past few Issue Links with many additional Photos ; Click


Here are the 4 May Exhibitions PLUS The 2019 Mango Madness Member's Show June 6 - July 18

SOLID UNCERTAINTY by MICHEL DELGADO in the Sanger Gallery. Sponsored by Truman & Co.
Bottom-L) Delgado works with the idea of experience - mining visual images for their emotional and spiritual content. Never having a preconceived image in mind, he seeks to portray things that are not obvious in reality, focusing instead on the composition and the balance of the work. This amalgamation of uncertainty and confidence brings his work to life in surprising ways.

ACTIVE DUTY by ALAINA PLOWDREY in the XOJ Gallery. Sponsored by The Perry Hotel
(Bottom-R) Alaina Plowdrey explores ideas of physicality, drive and determination in her portraits of active duty service members. Linking her paintings to the ideas of philosopher and poet Lucretuis, Plowdrey delves into the psyche of the soldier.
Michel Delgado
Alaina Plowdrey
Jeane LaRance
"Mangoes Modern" by Jim Salem 24 X 24 Acrylic
JEANE LaRANCE :AN ALTERNATIVE PROCESS in the Zabar Project Gallery. Sponsored by The Marker Resort
(Top-L) To create her latest works, a series of digital images on metal, La Rance spent countless hours transferring, burnishing, sanding and varnishing.
 BRIDGET BUNTING & The Youth Arts Fellowship Pilot Program ; Mentor Jimmy Wray

In the Sanger, XOJ, Zabar Lobby, Zabar Project Galleries
(Top-R) Every summer, we celebrate slowing down and heating up with a special Members' Show and party. Mango Madness welcomes paintings, sculptures and assorted art objects that capture the color of Key West (or simply what our talented members are up to lately). Join us for one of Perry Arnold's famous mango margaritas while checking out the latest works from our family of artists.Terms for submission:
Must be an active member to enter, 1 entry per member, $25 entry fee*In the event of sales, the sale price is split 75% artist and 25% The Studios.
Important Dates to Remember:
Drop off: Friday May 31, 10-4pm & Saturday June 1, 10-4pm
Pick up:  Friday July 19, 10-4pm & Saturday July 20, 10-4pm
 Here's the Exhibition link to their website 

MANGO MADNESS 2019  June 6-July 18
Click below for details and forms to Exhibit
Important Dates to Remember:
Drop off: Friday May 31, 10-4pm & Saturday June 1, 10-4pm
Pick up:  Friday July 19, 10-4pm & Saturday July 20, 10-4pm

Here is their website Link to their Classes



May Exhibition is from 
Raku Creatures from Paola Effio
(Acrylics & Resins) by Maria Krikorian

Helen Rebane
More from Fran Decker and the Many Talented Local Artists that Reside in Frangipani Gallery Up Shortly


Here is a Feature on One of the Newest Artists at Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery : Clifford Bull ( All Below are Acrylic on Canvas)

Dog Tired Studio & Gallery 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910 WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET
FTL & World Renown Artist Gregory Little Exhibition in May "Florida Life"


has the Bob Bowersox XP THEATRE This Summer and wow what a Line Up. First is June 3- June 20 "The Sunset Limited" Written by Cormac McCarthy and Directed by Bob Bowersox.
Complete 2019 Summer Schedule Below

"Red Speedo" May 14-June 1, 2019. Here is the 3 Min. U-Tube Video Link that they Created hit LINK1
80th. Season Auditions May 5


WWW.FKSPCA.ORG 5230 College Rd. 305-296-1504


WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM 305-440-0529 2011 Flagler Ave. 
Gracy sends regards and tells us : This website was created to make easier to event goers to find times and dates. Companies can save time and always have updated/available events available to them and their customers. They don't have to search every local news paper to find what they need. They have ready and combined information on one calendar. It's also online and therefore very convenient. Most people are digital nowadays. Another selling point is that the calendar of events will provide useful information that can be used for scheduling. Any company who is having a special event can look at the global calendar and avoid clashing times/dates with other organizations. This also allows them to attract more people to their events by scheduling their own events when other organizations aren't scheduled. 

 305-293-7500 1100 Simonton St. 33040

 305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Drive 33040

Note : The Dates are slightly out of order due to Updates
6/2 Songwriters Speakeasy Series : Brian Roberts, Jesse wagner,& Larry Smith

6/9 Slightly Stupid : How I spent my Summer Vacation Tour 2019 at Amphitheater

6/15 Piff The Magic Dragon

6/20 Brain Imbus : Miracles of the Mind

6/29 & 7/20 Comedy KW : The Summer Series
KW Int. Guitar Festival Presents 6/21-23. Opening Concert 6/21 with Jazz Masters Larry Baeder & Mike Emerson

7/7 Songwriter Speakeasy Series
Chad Burtch, Adrienne Z & Michelle Dravis

7/28 Those People feat : Kathy Gilmour, landon Bradbary, Pony Charvet & Joe Madaus (Back Stage Listening Room)

6/7 Key West Pride Steve Grand


  6/2 Songwriters SpeakEasy,   June 7th -Key West Business Guild Presents Key West PRIDE: Steve Grand-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     June 9th -Slightly Stoopid: How I Spent My Summer Vacation Tour 2019 - Key West Amphitheater - Doors 3:30PM/Show 4:30PM,  June 15th - Piff the Magic Dragon - Show 7pm/Doors 6pm, June 20th -Mentalist, Brian Imbus: Miracles of the Mind - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,  6/21-23 KW Int. Guitar Festival ,    6/29 Comedy KW Summer Series,  7/07 Songwriter Speakeasy Series, 7/28 Those People Feat, August 17th -Havana Nights-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       November 4th - Acoustic Alchemy - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   November 10th - Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     December 7th - Paula Poundstone - Show 8pm/Doors 7pm pm/Doors 7pm,    


 Go to their website and Facebook Page for any Updates ; Of course their staff tries really hard to keep The Keys Blast & Friends Up to Date

The Rams Head Group acquired their sixth restaurant location on April 30th, 2019. The new restaurant is located in Key West, Florida.
Bill Muehlhauser, Rams Head founder and Key West resident of 10 years, is proud to announce the purchase. "We're excited to grow our base here in Key West and bring the best in Food, Fun, and Beer to our community".
The restaurant will continue to operate under its current name, Blue Macaw, until it transitions to Rams Head Southernmost Bar & Grill in early July 2019.
General Manager Corky Fertitta said, "We're looking forward to introducing Key West to what has made Rams Head restaurants so successful - good food, craft beer, and free local music". 
Rams Head Presents, the music and event booking division of the Rams Head Group, was recently awarded the management of the Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront. "Rams Head prides itself on bringing national artists to its venues and creating memorable concert experiences for visitors and locals alike," said Muehlhauser. Rams Head and the City of Key West have begun discussions to solidify an operating contract and Rams Head hopes to bring 25 national shows to the venue each year in addition to community events.

Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company was founded at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland and has been brewing fine ales and lagers since 1995. Rams Head hopes to feature these craft brews as the foundation to their craft beer selection at Southernmost Bar & Grill. 
Rams Head Southernmost Bar & Grill grand opening date and time will be announced via social media and



Check Special Pricing Rates
Includes 1 Parasail Ride
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dine in A/C Large Main Cabin. View Famous KW Sunset from Upper Deck. On-Line Special Not $69 ONLY $59. Adults $59, Children 12 & Under $39.95, & Children 5 & Younger FREE. Includes Tropical Food Buffet with Upper Deck Free Margaritas, Rum Runners, Well Mixed Drinks (Premium Mixed Drinks Extra Cash Bar). Also FREE Champagne & Soft Drinks


More from Frangipani Gallery After the TDC

WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM The Tourist Development Council (TDC) does a Great Job in Producing their Website & Monthly E-Mail Campaigns which include their Monthly "Keys Traveler" Hit the website URL as well as the TRAVELER Link to Bring the May Materials  RIGHT NOW to You

Protect the Florida Keys Natural World

Honest Eco Offers Dolphin Watch Excursions on Electric Boats

TDC Photo Adventure Link Below
Paddlers Can Still Join In the Dragon Boat Races in the Florida Keys June 1

Minimal Regatta to Maximize Fun in Key West  May 26
Key Largo Original Music Festival May 16-19

Make sure to check out ALL the TDC Materials ; which Include Photo Galleries, Video, and Extensive Events and Information Materials. Great Job TDC Staff.
We Now Continue with Frangipani Gallery
An Extremely Talented Maria Krikorian (Acrylics and Resins)


Allison Rich
Sr. Library Assistant
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040

Author Talk

Author and environmental journalist Erik Reece will discuss his nonfiction book, "Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea," on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00pm, at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. Reece is also the author of "Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness," and "An American Gospel: On Family, History, and The Kingdom of God."   Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.  For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595.


 WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661

Cabaret ALL DATES ARE 5-7 PM
Jazz in the Gardens Every Sunday 5:30p-8p; The Best in Jazz with an Amazing Outdoor Setting

Meghan Clay can be found Entertaining at the Garden's Cabaret Every Week.

The CRZBs Quartet will be featured at the Gardens Hotel on Sunday June 2nd from 5:30- 8pm. The Jazz Happy Hours at the Gardens will be the perfect setting to reveal their softer, classic  jazz  repertoire, featuring many  timeless standards, in addition to a taste of their penchant for progressive pop, fusion, and latin jazz. The Crizzbeez are unique in Key West, for both their Pat Metheney-inspired, modern guitar jazz, and a Steely Dan- type, sophisticated pop sound.  Fronting the group, and featuring many of his original compositions, is Chris Burchard, on guitar. Rob DiStaci sings and plays keyboards,  Joe Dallas on uprite bass, & skippo on drums.  So, please join us for a memorable display of classic jazz standards, soul, brazilian, and funk-fusion, with the 'Crizzbees", at Kate Miano's  wondrous Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela st. (at corner of  Simonton. Call 294-2661 for additional details).


Runs July 19-September 30 Special Reception July 19 (See Below)

Olga Manosalvas exhibit presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at Custom House Museum
Key West Art & Historical Society honors the work of Florida Keys-based and internationally exhibited painter and sculptor Olga Manosalvas in a solo exhibit which opens with a special reception on Friday, July 19 from 6:00pm -7:30pm and runs through September 30, 2019 in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. 
For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her at, or visit  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 



The 2020 local elections in Monroe County include State Senate, State and U.S. Representatives, three County Commission seats, Clerk of Courts, Sheriff, Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, State Attorney, Public Defender and four judgeships. City of Key West Mayor and three Key West City Commission seats, two Monroe County School Board and two Florida Keys Mosquito Control District seats will also be on the 2020 ballot. Lastly, we will also be voting on the second KEYS Energy Lower Keys representative. (LINK to FULL LIST) 

Support Good Government! Go to, or email for more information on the election

MOTE'S Beach Condition Reporting System Expands to the Florida's East Coast
The Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS) provides daily updates on waves, currents, water and air temperature, algae and multiple other conditions at 38 beaches, including Lake Worth and 37 Gulf Coast beaches in Southwest Florida and the Panhandle. Each beach is monitored by trained volunteers including lifeguards, park rangers and others coordinated by Mote.  Much Additional Info. is in the E-Mail Campaign that this Feature is in ; Click
Here is the April 25th E-Mail Campaign Link from MOTE; Click MOTE4-25
Wildlife in World Heritage Site Declines After Heatwave Reduces Seagrass

Top: A tiger shark tagged by the Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project. Bottom: Combined photos of seagrass in Shark Bay, Western Australia, before (left) and after (right) a heat wave that killed of much of the dominant seagrass species. Credit both: Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project.

Here is the April 18th. MOTE E-Campaign MOTE4-18
Probiotics Boost Survival of "Baby" Snook in MOTE
Here are a few more Links to some of their Latest E-Mail Campaigns MOTE4-4

About leatherback sea turtles: Leatherback sea turtles are the largest of all sea turtle species. Leatherbacks are more deep-diving and migratory than other species of sea turtles, and the vast majority of leatherback nesting occurs on the east coast of Florida. Leatherback sea turtles are considered Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), listed on the United States Endangered Species Act, and listed on Appendix 1 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Learn more about leatherback sea turtles at 
Click MOTE5-8 for Complete E-mail Campaign discussing the rare Leatherback Nests

WWW.MANGIA-MANGIA.COM 900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Here is the Menu Link 


Many Classes Available at TSKW Covering Many Categories of interest.. Here is the Link to the TSKW Website's Complete Class Schedule
Jan to End of May : "Slow Flow Yoga" with Cricket Desmarais in The Gallery at TSKW 
Once Again There are 4 Great Exhibitions Going On Now; and "Mango Madness" June 16-July 18


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 305-396-4944 416 Eaton St.

We are Proud to Feature Florida Keys Artists in Our Tropic Art Gallery. If you're Interested in Exhibiting at The Trop : E-Mail and/or 305-396-4944



Books and Books at TSKW (Corner Simonton and Eaton)
Book signing
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author.  
The Next Saturday Morning Signing 
That completes Year 6 of The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends with about 240 Issues Published.  As Usual I will do 4 to 6 Special Edition Summer Issues that will be Shorter with Extremely Little Event Info. & Other Materials. These Issues will have Photographic and Art Features. Thanks to the Many Contributing Editors that Greatly Enhance Our Magazine. Thanks for Reading and Your Comments. 
; Have a Great Summer; Ed

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