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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends February 4, 2019

"Heart to Heart"  40 X 30
One of the Many Great Artists at The Key West Gallery 601 Duval St. Pino Dangelico. Last Week a Tribute to Pino at the Gallery ; and in this Issue Pt. 2 of Our Pino Features..PLUS another Brilliant Artist is in Town at Key West Art Gallery Alexei Butirskiy
Alexei in Blue and if you read this by the End of 2/3 ; You can Stop by and say Hello to him ( More Below)

Kyla Piscopink's "Dance Key West" A few Major Announcements + I was Privileged to be asked to shoot during a recent Rehearsal.

South Florida Symphony Orchestra Presents "MasterWorks II" Featuring on Piano Natasha Paremski  2/20 (More Below). Next is MasterWorks III 3/10 Featuring World Renown Pianist & Good Friend Svetlana Smolina

Fran Decker's Frangipani's Tribute and Exhibition for William Welch

2019 GardenFest at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Feb. 16 & 17; ALSO Dr. William P. Irwin is Guest Speaker at The Key West Garden Club 2/7 (More on Both Events Below)

"Sleeping Pill"
Pt. 2 "Art and Puns : The Wimsey of Ferron Bell" only a Few More Weeks at KWAHS Custom House (Must See). A Really Funny Artist.
Last Week the 27th. Annual Kelly McGillis IWFFA ( International Women's & Girls Flag Football Tournament) was in Town..Perhaps 40 Teams from Around the World & Of Course the Country. This and the next few Issues will have some Photos of Women/Girls Athletes.

Photo by Alyson Crean
In This Week's City of Key West Section : The Late Julio Avael Jr (Former KW City Mgr.) Gets a Commendation 

MCSO Sheriff Rick Ramsay & His Troops Every Week Does Great Work with ALL The Keys Communities.  This Issue includes a Few. Above Sheriff Ramsay Reading to the 5th. Graders at Gerald Adams Elementary School

This Issue has a Photo Feature from the KWAHS Custom House Reception of the Exhibition : "Key West to Bahamas Connection" 

" PRETTY IN PINK " 2018  

ZAZOO Fine Art & Photo Gallery shows us a few of the Varied Art & Photographs

Season Opening Exhibition at Lucky Street Gallery (New Location) Featuring AD Tinkham, Carol Munder & Jim Toia (More Below)

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Opened a New Exhibition at Gato 2/1 "Visions of Cuba" Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez. Above "Confidence II" by Sandra Rodriquez & Emmanuel Diaz

25th. Annual Key West Exotic Palm & Tropical Plant Sale :Feb 9 & 10 at West Martello Tower by Searle Nursery and Landscaping & Their Rainforest Collection from The Mainland. 

The fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda was admired by the American public, but she was also spied on by the government. Fonda was one of 1,600 Americans who was being monitored by the NSA. All Fonda's communications were monitored by the government between 1967 and 1973. The reason for this, during the 1960s, Fonda engaged heavily in political activism. She was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and in strong opposition to the Vietnam War. The 1970s brought a stream of award-winning performances from Fonda, with her first in 1972 an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as prostitute Bree Daniels, in Klute. She also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Klute, then another in 1978 for Coming Home. She then went on to dominate the fitness industry. Nowadays she remains classy, fit, and is quite the philanthropist. 
Part 22 of 22 Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs" (Final Week)

So Many Events at TSKW (The Studios of Key West)

So Many Classes at TSKW 

"Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow.  

Michelle Cassandra Johnson
Andrew Furman
Books and Books has Many Literary Events in Feb. & March ; Please go to the Books and Books Section in the TSKW Sections to See Their Events.

 WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Link to Hundreds of Local News Features and Photos/Videos

"Miami Beach" by Nicholas Bergery
2nd. Annual Key West Photography Festival 2/7-10 at TSKW

"Sunrise on Bryce Island"  Oil

"Reflections : The LeMaire Channel"  Oil

Pt. 2 The Key West Art Center Opens Up "Antarctica" from Kathy LeTarte; Frequent Visitor to Antarctica

Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein 3/3

Camerata Ensemble 2/17 
Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West WWW.KEYWESTIMPROMPTU.ORG 2019 Season Began January 13. As usual a Great Line Up Performing in an Amazing Place : St. Paul's Church.
"Mango Tree Welcome" 14 X 11

GingerBread Square Gallery Next Exhibition & Reception Nyla Witmore Feb. 4. This Issue has 4 Paintings as a Sneak Preview

The Key West Theater Just Announced Performances from (L) The Young Rascals aka Felix Cavaliere's "Rascals" on 3/18 & Richard Marx 4/14

Maggie Ruley at TSKW 2/7

The KWAHS (Key West Arts and Historical Society) Opens 4 New Exhibitions at the Custom House.  Info. in the 3 KWAHS Sections we have in this Feb. 4th. Issue

"Gypsy Sunrise" by Suzanne Donazetti

Jean Pedersen

Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Opens on 2/4 "Contemporary Women in Art"

Larry Blackburn

Sandy Sun

Deborah J. Moore

The February Exhibition at Fran Decker's Frangipani Gallery Just Opened Featuring Larry Blackburn, Sandy Sun & Deborah J. Moore

Melissa Trader Opened her 2019 Season with a Group Exhibition at Stone Soup Gallery..Above is new addition to the Gallery Amanda Johnson Showing off to one of her Collectors + Plus Art Loving Dogs Very Excited about the Opening.

So It's 1:55PM on Sunday ; and as usual Rushing to get out the Magazine; As You know I try hard to get it out every week at 9:05am Sundays.  This Week the Super Bowl Starts at 6:30pm; and I do believe I have about 3 Hrs. Left on Editing; and I KNOW THAT THOUSANDS OF YOU COUNT ON THE MOTE MANATEES PREDICTIONS..Here they are 
Hit This Link for Details

The Manatee named Hugh on the Left has a 6-5 Record and Selects LA Rams. Manatee Buffett has a 9-2 Record and Selects New England Patriots. Neither one knew this year whether to go Under / Over the Combined Total Points of 57; However they both thought the Combined Score Number was a Little Low due to playing in an Indoor Stadium

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7980  Weekly.  In this Issue February 4, 2019 : Pt. 2 Art from Pino Dangelico & The Key West Gallery ( Next Three Issues Art from Adam Scott Rote & Alexei Butirskiy & Peter Max), Kyla Piscopink's Dance Key West, South Florida Symphony Orchestra Next 2/20 Masterworks II Featuring Pianist Natasha Paremski (Masterworks III 3/10 Featuring World Renown Pianist Svetlana Smolina), Frangipani Gallery's Tribute to William Welch, KW Trop. Forest & Bot. Garden GardenFest 2/16 & 17, Packed Gato Bldg. for Opening Reception "Visions of Cuba" , WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COMHundreds of Local Stories-Photos-Videos, AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops" Tues. at Ft. East Martello Museum, KW Garden Club Lecture 2/7, Pt. 2 "Art & Puns : The Wimsey of Ferron Bell" at KWAHS Custom House, Kelly McGillis Classic-IWFFA Photo Feature of Women & Girl's Football, WWW.EQFL.ORG ,
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM & Their Extensive Calendar of Events + Hundreds of Photo Galleries, MCSO & The City of Key West Weekly Features, WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM , Custom House "Key West-Bahamas Connection" Exhibition, Quincy Perkin's "Key West Photography Festival" 2/7-10, Feb. Exhibition at Frangipani Gallery Featuring Larry Blackburn-Sandy Sun-& Deborah J. Moore, Zazoo Fine Art & Photo Gallery, Season Opening Exhibition at Lucky Street Featuring AD Tinkham-Carol Munder-& Jim Toia, 25th Annual Exotic Palm & Trop. Plant Sale from Searle Bros. Nursery 2/9 & 10, Our FINAL PART (22) of Groovy History's "A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs"

Many Exhibitions-Classes & Events from KWAHS & TSKW, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow,  WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM , Pt. 2 Kathy LeTarte"Antarctica" Exhibition at KW Art Center, Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West Next 2/17 Camerata Ensemble, GingerBread Square Gallery Nyla Witmore Reception 2/4, Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction at TSKW 2/13 (Preview 2/7-2/13), KW Theater Schedule, Gildea Contemporary Art Gallery "Contemporary Women in Art" 2/4 Featuring Jean Pedersen & Suzanne Donazetti, Stone Soup Gallery's Group Exhibition, Maggie Ruley's "Cottage Industry" 2/7 at TSKW, Jill Caldwell at Salt Island Gallery, Film Screenings at  TSKW 2/5 & 2/9, Art830 Presents Christine Cordone & Michael Norviel 2/7, Shade & Shutter Opening Reception (Photos Next Week), Encore Feature from QuarterMaster of the WWW.VFWPOST3911.ORG Ken Thompson, Sean P. Callahan's "Dog Tired Studio has Bruce Collins (Brilliant Art), USCG Auxiliary Boating Course, KWBG Next Mixer 2/13 Viva Salon & Next Luncheon 2/14, 
WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events, Last Stand Protecting the Keys, Next "Artisan Market" 2/10 (Next Issue has Lots of Photos), Bayview Park "Green Market" Every Thursday,
Next Paradise Big Band of Key West 3/31 (Photos of Last Week's Brilliant Concert Next Week), Nance Frank's Gallery on Greene Next 2/9 Mike Marrero "The Saints" & Peter Vey 2/16, KW Poetry Event 2/8, Coast Projects Concert "Yonder Mountain String Band" 2/17, Waterfront Playhouse "A Doll's House Pt. 1/24-2/9 + Aqua Idol on Tuesdays, Nicholas Bergery Talks at the Key West Photography Festival 2/9 (Just One of Many Presentations), WWW.FKSPCA.ORG,  KW Library Smart Phone / Steaming Video Classes, Past Blast Links, "Groovy History's" Feature Writers, Fringe Theatre "Plays Out Loud 2/4, "Blind Spots : Modern Slavery Exposed" at TSKW 2/7, WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM , Reef Relief-MOTE, Marc House Plant Store, WWW.KWLS.ORG Literary History Walks on Saturdays, Jazz in the Garden at The Gardens Hotel : 2/3 Scott Marischen & the Jazz Orgy-2/10 Libby York & Friends + Kate Miano's Birthday Celebration 2/3, WWW.WOMANKINDKEYWEST.COM , United Way of the Fla. Keys,

"Peaceful Dreams" by Pino Dangelico 24 X 30 at The Key West Gallery

Tennessee Williams Museum, Bingo Wed. on the USCG Ingham Museum, FKCC, LKMC, Truman Little White House, Q-Magazine, Coffee Mill Dance Studio, WWW.LUCILLEKHORNAK.COM
 , "The Hamptons Arts & Culture" Section, Isle Cook Key West, Preserve Island Life, Key West Garden Club, Key West Orchid Society , Marathon Garden Club, & Much More 


Pt 2 of 2
Last we featured 10 Paintings from Pino Dangelico (Brilliant Artist) ; click the Jan 28 Issue Link Below to See and then of course go to the Key West Gallery to see the works in person (Right Now there are about 30 Pieces) ; Also look at the extensive Pino Collection on their website Jan 28

WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339

The Gallery had a Tribute to Pino Dangelico 1/18-24 Here are a Few Paintings

"Colorful Glance"  24 X 18 Original Oil on Canvas
"At the Beach" 28 X 34
"Afternoon Respose"  16 X 20

"Sultry Red Dress on the Beach"  30 X 20  Original Oil on Board

"Darling in Barcelona"  48 X 34

Adam Scott Rote and Alexi Butirskiy were in town the last two weekends; and we'll have a Feature on them in the Next Few Issues.
ADAM SCOTT ROTE (Above) & Next Three Below from ALEXEI BUTIRSKIY 

Autumn Serenade"  Oil on Canvas 20 x 27.87

"Autumn Still"  WaterColor on Paper  10.5 X 14.5

"All Snowed In"  Original Oil  19.5 X 25.5

  622 Duval St. 305-294-8925


More from Zazoo Fine Art and Photography Gallery Up Shortly
Part 2 "The Art & Puns : The Wimsey of Ferron Bell" 
Up Next but First Our Final Part (22 of 22 Weeks) of "Groovy History's" A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs.

Pictured here is Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, at the NACA High-Speed Flight Station back in 1960. As a NASA research pilot, he was tasked with the first test flight of the X-15 rocket-powered plane (seen above). 
Armstrong had flown over 200 different aircrafts including jets, rockets, helicopters, and gliders before gaining astronaut status in 1962. After that, he was command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission and was the first to successfully dock two vehicles in space. He was spacecraft commander for Apollo 11 and went from being the first man to land a craft on the moon to being the first man to step on its surface. 
He then went on to become the Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, at NASA Headquarters. Which made him responsible for all NASA research and technology work related to aeronautics.
Pictured here is the iconic Farrah Fawcett back in 1977. Fawcett was one of the most successful actresses of her time. Strutting through the 1970s as one of Charlie's Angels not only cemented her sex-icon status in Hollywood history, but it also earned her four Emmys and six Golden Globe Awards nominations. She became a cultural icon; just about every woman wanted "Farrah Hair" and every man had her iconic swimsuit poster- It became the best-selling pin-up poster in history! 
The bombshell died on June 25, 2009, which coincidentally, was the same time the famed 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson died. Another strange coincidence was the fact that Fawcett died from cancer at the age of 62, which mirrored her sister's death. Her sister Diane had also died of cancer at age 62, just eight years earlier.
Pictured here is a young Dwayne Johnson, better known by his as The Rock. Next to him is his father, pro wrestler Rocky Johnson. Dwayne followed in his father's footsteps gaining mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation from 1996 to 2004. He tried his hand in acting in 2000, with a role in  
The Mummy Returns and he's been acting ever since. 
According to Dwayne, his father has had a hard life and he admires him. Over the years Dwayne has surprised his dad with nice cars, trucks, and even moved him into a bigger house. "My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest." He went on to state, "Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask." 
Pictured here is the 1974 Doris Day interview on the  
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The legendary Doris Day was a talented singer, actress, and an animal rights activist. She was once the biggest female star in the country and earned the reputation as 'the quintessential all-American girl.'  
Her film debut was Romance on the High Seas in 1948. Then from 1952 to 1953, she hosted The Doris Day Show on radio and her hit "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" made it into the classic Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. This is the highest civilian honor in the United States. 
Yvonne Joyce Craig was a ballet dancer and actress best known as a pioneer of female superheroes for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s Batman television series. She was also Marta, the green-skinned Orion slave girl in Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969).
Craig sporadically appeared in various movies and television shows over the years. She had roles in Kentucky Jones, The Big Valley, It Takes a Thief, The Mod Squad, and Kojak. She made a guest appearance in The Six Million Dollar Man and a celebrity edition of Family Feud. In more recent years she voiced "Grandma" on the animated children's show Olivia from 2009 to 2011. She also published an autobiography called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.
More of "Groovy History's" A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs Up Shortly
February 4th Reception for their 2/4 Exhibition

Opening Reception for the New Exhibition from Canadian Artist Jean Pederson & Suzanne Donazetti..6pm-8pm.

"Gypsy Sunrise" by Suzanne Donazetti Copper & Mixed Metal  24 X 48
The Following Paintings are from Jean Pedersen
"A Different Point of  View" 24 X 36 Acrylic 

"13 All in Translation" 30 X 40 Acrylic

Plus Special Advance Announcement Paul is Extremely Excited about a New Artist to his Gallery Megan Eisenberg ( Stay Tuned)

MUST SEE Only Hanging for a few more weeks the Ferron Bell Exhibition at (KWAHS) The Custom House. "Art and Puns : The Wimsey of Ferron Bell".  He is so Clever.

"Hurricane Palms"
"Truman Annex"
"Southern Moon Shell Rising"

Up Shortly a few more Paintings from Ferron Bell and then the next two weeks We'll have about 20 Additional Paintings.

Up Next The Tribute Event & Exhibition at Frangipani for William Welch but First :
WWW.MAGGIERULEY.COM 933B Fleming St. 305-304-1013
Note : This Event is at TSKW ; not Maggie's Island Inspirations Studio
Fran Decker's Tribute & Exhibition for William Welch

"Corner House" Pastel
More from Frangipani's Tribute to William Welch Up Shortly

WWW.SALTISALNDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming St. 305-896-2980
Latest Exhibition at Salt Island Provisions Gallery " for Jill Caldwell in the Feb. 11th. Issue


Feb. 5 5:30pm

FILM SCREENING "THE VIEW FROM UP HERE" Followed by a Discussion about Ethnocentrism . 

Italian playwright and filmmaker, Marco Calvani, will screen his short film about a Syrian refugee, The View From Up Here, starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo & Leila Bekhte with a discussion following about islamophobia and ethnocentrism moderated by Stephen Kitsakos, Board President at The Studios. Free ; Donations Welcomed


Sat Feb 9 at 7PM "The Children of Bal Ashram" Followed by a Q&A with the Director Len Morris
Starlight Ball Feb 21  7-10pm Click LINK1 for Details
A year from now we'll be partying on the roof, but this year we bring the night sky indoors, transforming The Studios into a glittering vision of the heavens for our annual blowout fundraiser. Costumes are absolutely encouraged, or just dust off your old tuxedo; we expect Hollywood Stars, celestial bodies, and the occasional extra-terrestrial. Plus plenty to eat and drink, and a dance floor that's out of this world!

Sunday 2/10 
Click LINK1 for this Facebook Page + More Photos
Click LINK2 for the Facebook Page + More Photos

WWW.ART830.COM 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595

Plein Air artist Christine Cordone will be exhibiting her new collection of watercolors at ART@830 Gallery (830 Caroline Street) on Thursday, Feb 7
th 6PM to 8PM.  The show, "NEW HUES, NEW VIEWS, NEW TREASURES" is a show of hidden hues, views, and treasures of the unique, quirky landscape of Key West.  Christine, who has been enjoying continuing her creative painting pursuits, has also expanded her horizons by accepting the position of music educator of the Gerald Adams School.  The Key West Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Christine as their "Teacher of the Quarter" this past fall.
Michael Norviel will also be co-exhibiting by displaying a variety of his oil paintings.  His colors are vivid and his subjects reflect a warm and inviting view into his world of lush life.


SHADE & SHUTTER  1102 White Street 607-794-8006
Shade & Shutter is a New Gallery Featuring the Modern Functional Ceramics of Mark Klammer and the Soulful Photographs of Sarah Carleton in a Working Studio Environment in Key West.
 Grand Opening Reception was this Past Weekend. The Feb. 11th. Issue will have a few Photos from the Event


WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 801 White St. 305-296-2080

We have some of the Art from this Exhibition Featuring Will Fernandez :Raku Ceramics, Amanda Johnson Oil Paintings, Kitty Ross Oil Paintings, J.H. Allen, Christina Body, Deborah J. Moore.  Last Week was Part 1 ; Click Jan. 28 Issue to see

Hemingway House by Will Fernandez
Pearcred Paradise by Amanda Johnson 20 X 40

Coconuts by Amanda Johnson   30 X 46
Flamingo Rose by Amanda Johnson 10 X 20
I Forgot to Write Down Title ; You Name It...... By Amanda Johnson
More from Stone Soup Gallery Up Shortly

Gearing up for a fundraiser for the Florida Keys SPCA on Feb 16 at Hank's Hair of the Dog Saloon for Key West's 1st Annual Pup Crawl! Thanks to Wayne Acker for loaning us his best friend CHICA as our first #celebrity#model and thanks to my buddy and photographer Mark Weeter from Touch Of Key West Photography & Gallery for making the connection and providing the event's logistics and documentation! I'll do FREE colorful #pet#portraits of your furry and feathered friends!


From 1977 - 1993 the Full Moon Saloon was the place to hang in Key West and listen to the music of bands such as Bill Blue and the Nervous Guys or The Pacific Orchestra. The moon was dark, the AC and the beer were always cold, and the music was the best in town.  The crowds were mostly locals and included the famous and some of the infamous. When they moved from United Street to 1202 Simonton (current location of Camille's) Jimmy Buffet opened the new venue and returned to sit in often. It closed July 18, 1993 - Bill Blue played until 2pm the next day.


We Continue with Ferron Bell's Exhibition at the Custom House "Art & Puns : The Wimsey of Ferron Bell
"Beach Comb"
"Face Mask"
"Royal Palm"
"Untitled Bird"


Ken Thompson QuarterMaster Sends Blast Readers Regards and Updates Us :
The Southernmost Post 3911 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 2200 N. Roosevelt Blvd is now completely reopen.  The main hall, bar area and kitchen are all operational again.  We welcome our new kitchen operators, Treble Hooks Island Grill House, to the VFW family.  We would also like to again thank all those who helped support us through the aftermath of Hurricane IRMA and we invite all to stop by to see the "new" VFW and our restaurant.  
Ken Thompson, USN (Ret), Quartermaster, Southernmost Post 3911
Veterans of Foreign Wars,2200 N Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040
Post: 305-294-9968, Office: 305-414-8310, EMAIL:  VFW391110@YAHOO.COM

As Promised here are a few photos that I WAS PRIVILEGED to be invited by Kyla to come in and shoot during a Rehearsal. The verbiage below due to Space Constraints; continues at the very end of this Issue along with Additional Photos .  Next in the Feb. 11th Issue we'll have a few photos from the actual Performances

 Dance Key West launches season with continued outreach programs and class offerings in new partnership with Key West Theater
Dance Key West, the non-for-profit dance company founded and directed by Key West performer Kyla Piscopink in 2008, continues its forward momentum with a new partnership with Key West Theater. Piscopink invites the public to the company's second-floor studio space (Tke Key West Theater : 512 Eaton St.) with a weekly roster of innovative dance and dance fitness classes developed to make movement accessible and fun for all levels of experience. 
"While our vision as a company is to produce and present more large-scale performances to the community and to secure more funding to support and grow our projects and free outreach programs, we also want to promote the art of dance and share it with those who want to explore the magic that happens with movement and feeling strong in their bodies," says Piscopink.
 DUE TO LAY-OUT CONFIGURATION ; the Three Additional Paragraphs of Verbiage can be Found at the end of this Issue.
 Here are photos of the Dance Key West Director/ & World Renown Dancer Kyla Piscopink and two of her Dancers : Cricket Desmarais and Kristen Huffman


More Dance Key West Up Shortly


Florida Keys Council of the Arts

"VISIONS OF CUBA" Reception at the Gato Building this Past Weekend; More Info. on the Exhibition in the Section to Come

More Up Shortly

Sean P Callahan
WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910
Latest Exhibition Just Opened Last Weekend on "First Friday" Featuring Bruce Collins "Beautiful Creatures(MUST SEE) & We'll Have a Feature in the Feb. 11th. Issue Showing Much of His Art


Boating Safety Class

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship course February 19 thru March 7, 2019.  It is a three week program, Tue & Thu from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. It will be held at the Big Pine Key United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 280 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key. The cost of the program is $55 per person (materials included) or $80 for two people with shared materials.

Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Introduction to Navigation, Navigation Exercise, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Trailering, Boating Safety, Florida Law, Hands on Knot Tying, and a guest speaker from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 
To sign up, contact  Diane Adam  305-872-4071



 Nyla Witmore Reception and Exhibition Feb. 4th.

Here are a few pieces from Nyla Witmore. Her Exhibition starts Feb 4th with a Reception 5;30-8pm WWW.NYLAWITMORE.COM  Her Recent Works in the the Upcoming Exhibition are Oil on Board and Oil on Canvas

Two Cornwell Boats 10 X 20

Likely Lad

Monet's Steps 20 X 20

Blue Shutters & Frangipani  12 X 12
The Feb. 11 Issue will have many photos from the Reception & Art from Nyla

A Few of the Photo Features in the Feb. 11th. Issue


This Past Weekend "Artisan Market"; Next is Feb 10th.

The Key West Art Gallery had their "Arts & Crafts Show" on Whitehead Street

The Paradise Big Band of KW had an Awesome Concert Last Week, the Feb. 11 or 18th Issue will have a Lead Photo Feature from Ralph DePalma. ALSO Just Announced the Next Concert is March 31.


Exhibition Opened a Few Weeks Ago

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

The Key West GraveYard Junkanoos Played

More of the Key West Bahamas Connection from the KWAHS Custom House; Up Shortly

LUCKY STREET GALLERY  408 Greene St. 305-294-3973

Here are photos from last weeks Reception / Exhibition at the New Location for Lucky Street Gallery Featuring AD Tinkham, Carol Munder & Jim Toia

Artists Carol Munder & AD Tinkham
and the 3rd Artist in the First Exhibition of the Season at Lucky Street is Jim Toia and his Artistic Process involving LIVING Micro Creatures

Our Feature on the Exhibition Continues Shortly Featuring More Art




Feb. 9th & 10th.
Jeff Searle Presents his RainForest Collection During the Upcoming 25th Annual Key West Exotic Palm & Tropical Pant Sale

Sat. Feb 9th. 9:30A-5PM
Sun. Feb 10th. 9:30A - 3P
West Martello Tower  1100 Atlantic blvd. ( On Higgs Beach
Corner of Atlantic and White)
Contact Jeff Searle 954-658-4317
Searl Brothers Nursery Inc. & The RainForest Collection
6640 SW 172nd. Ave. Sw Ranches , Fl. 33331 
20 Acres of Nursery


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

Part 2 of 2
This Week Issue will have a Photo Feature on the New Exhibition from Kathy LeTarte "Antarctica" at The Key West Art Center

Kathy is Exactly in the Middle

"Resting" or "Nesting"
"Whale Tale"

"Blue Lagoon"
More from Kathy LeTarte "Antarctica" Up Shortly

Currently going on a show from Kathy LeTarte "Antarctica", 2/8 Members Meeting 3:30-4pm, 2/8 Live Painting Demo from Michelle Byrne 4-5p, KWAC Sketch Crawl 10a-noon & Every Tuesday 10-1pm Finding your Voice in WaterColor by Karen Beauprie. 2/15 Reception for Exhibition "Glow" by Joanne Sloan.

The Conch Revival Picnic Two Weeks Ago at The LightHouse Keepers  Quarters & Museum on Whitehead St. We'll have a Photo Features in the Feb. 11th. Issue 

Part 2 of Stone Soup Gallery's Latest Group Exhibition

WWW.STONESOUPGALLERY.COM 801 White St. 305-296-2080

First Two from Will Fernandez
"Bull  and Whistle"

"Conch House"

These Dogs are Always Excited to Attend Art Gallery Receptions

Will Fernandez has about 4 Areas in Melissa's Stone Soup Gallery

"Garrison Bight" by J.H. Allen   Oils

"Lady Luck" by Christina Body Oil on Panel

"Blue Boat" by Christina Body  Oil on Panel

The 27th Annual Kelly McGillis Classic IWFFA : Womens & Girls International Flag Football Tournament and Key West is Always Fortunate to Host Them.  The Blast for the Past 6 Years ; always gives Major Coverage to this Event and We Start in this Issue a Few Weeks of Photos from just a few of the Many Games.  Note : There Really is Lots of Teams that Travel Thousands of International Miles to get Here. In Fact the Photo above the team to Left is from India.   WWW.IWFFA.COM E-Mail IWFFA@IWFFA.COM

More IWFFA Up Shortly


We Now Continue with Fran Decker's Tribute & Exhibition Honoring William Welch

"Grand Dame"  Pastel

"Rose Trellis in Monet's Garden"  Acrylic

"Roses in the Lily Pond"  Acrylic

"Pink House in Key West"  WaterColor

"Yellow House"  WaterColor
More of the Frangipani William Welch Tribute in the Feb 11 Issue along with the Crooks Second Line event


WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339
Pino Dangelico Continued

"Cliffside Treat"  32 X 40

"Dreaming in Color" 28 X 38

"Heart to Heart"  40 X 30
More Pino Up Shortly


Nance Frank sends regards and gives us some of the line up for the 2019 Season : "The Saints" by Mike Marrero Feb. 9. "Journey to Paradise" by Peter Vey; Feb. 16.  A Special Presentation at Temple B'Nai Zion on 750 United St. 5:30-6pm...A Panel Discussion "Jewish Friends & Conchtown Neighbor" ; then 6:30-7:30p An Exhibition by Mario Sanchez.  Then Back at The Gallery on Greene from March 6-14 Exhibition by Mario Sanchez.  "Blue Vistas" bu Priscilla Coote Reception Feb. 23. Here is a Brief Description of Mike's Exhibition from Nance

Mike Marrero grew up in Key West surrounded by La Regla de Ocha or Santeria and tales of The Saints.  These were not the Christian Saints you are most likely familiar with. They are the Yoruba Gods and Goddesses brought from West Africa. These are The Saints that exact the knowledge that seven ears of corn placed in a brown paper bag and then burned in the sand could bring you good luck. Mike learned about Chango (the owner of fire, lightening, thunder and war, also patron of music and dance) and Santa Barbara (syncretized with Chango)  and O'Batala, (Sky Father  and creator of all The Saints or Orishas).  They are an inseparable part of his heritage and the cultural fabric of this island.  His goal with this exhibit was to recreate The Saints, not as they are, but as he imagined them as a child.  How he saw them through the prism of his memories and his families beliefs.  Marrero trains his camera on his native island and draws inspiration from his childhood memories, capturing the pathos of ordinary life as it was then, with a sophistication that belies his generation. As Marrero matures as a photographer, playwright, film maker and father his fast evaporating roots mean more to him than ever.


Kathy Hooper at 

International stars headline
Impromptu Classical Concerts' 2019 season

Regarded as one of Canada's most promising and exciting young artists, Timothy Chooi recently was the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, recorded his debut album, and was featured at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. 

Goldstein-Peled-fiterstein 3/3

Camerata Ensemble 2/17

Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble comprised of members of Amsterdam's renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. These colleagues founded this independent group with the desire to explore smaller, more intimate, repertoire.  Tours have taken them to New York, Minsk, Tokyo, Seoul, Vienna, Rome and Madrid. Camerata RCO has recorded five well-regarded albums featuring music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Corelli, and Mahler.

All Impromptu performances take place at 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.
Tickets cost $20 at the door, on the day of the show, with all students being admitted free of charge. Season tickets are available, as are sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, and ticket orders, visit


We Continue with Lucky Street Gallery's First Exhibition of the Season in their New Location on 408 Greene Street.
The First Three Works from AD Tinkham

"Rock Beach"  Oil on Canvas
"Coast Road"  Oil on Canvas
"Rust"  Oil on Board

The Next Three from Carol Munder

"A Big Wind"  PhotoGravure
"An Angle" PhotoGravure 
"Daily Miracles" PhotoGravure

More from Lucky Street Next Week in the February 11th Issue


We Continue with Kyla Piscopink, Cricket Desmarais, & Kristen Huffman

4 More Photos along with the Rest of the Verbiage at the Very End of this Issue

Curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez

The Arts Council of the Florida Keys is proud to announce "Visions of Cuba," an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art. This collective exhibition represents the work of art of more than 50 outstanding Cuban artists who now live in cities around the world, many of which attended the ISA, Higher Instance of Art in Havana, and have participated in the Biennial of La Havana.
This presents a unique opportunity for both artists and attendees, in the sense that the Gato Building itself is full of Cuban heritage. José Martí made a historical presentation during his first visit to Key West in 1891, and the building was originally a Cuban cigar factory. "Visiones de Cuba"  presents a variety of artists from the community, from students to professionals, and will promote the significant cultural connection between Cuba, Key West, The Gato and the Artists.
 The food was sponsored by Eduardo's Table, the wine presented by Key West Food and Wine Festival and the Latin music presented by Mateo on guitar.  The exhibition is part of the Arts in Public Buildings program of the Council of the Arts, designed to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and improve the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building.
This exhibition was organized and curated by the cultural promoter and curator of Cuban art: Alaen Ledesma Fernández and sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Arts Council, the State of Florida: Division of Cultural Affairs, as well as other supporters . Additional support comes from donations from visitors to the show. For more information, call the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 or send an email to
HERE IS A REAL TREAT ; This Painting was on the Cover of this Magazine 2 weeks ago ; I met the Artist and Model at the Extremely Packed Reception and the Feb 11th Issue will have a few Photos of them.
"Confidence II" by Sandra Rodriguez and Emmanuel Diaz

WWW.KEYSARTS.COM  305-295-4369

"Elephant" by Asbel Gomez  Acrylic on  Canvas  36 X 48

"Couple of Kings" by Orestes Gaulhiac  Acrylic on Canvas 50 X 40

Below is Local Artist / Author & Asst. Mgr. of the San Carlos Theatre 
Juan "EGO" Garcia

His Piece called "Los De Sombrilla-Cravo Serio"  WaterColor / Acrylic on Board  29 X 31

Starting with the February 11th Issue ; we'll have about 15 Works of Art for the next 3 Issues...This Exhibition is a Must See

KEY WEST POETRY GUILD EVENT 2/8 at The Key West Theater
Birthday Party for U.S. Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), with poems written in and about Key West by her and by other Key West poets about her life in Key West, 1938-1949. Feb. 8, 2019,  5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Seating limited. Key West Theater, Back Stage Room, 512 Eaton St., KW. Presented by members of the Key West Poetry Guild. Info.:  504-228-2899; info@thekeywesttheater.

On February 8, the 108th birthday of U.S. poet laureate Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) will be celebrated at Key West Theater's Back Stage Room, 512 Eaton Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  (Seating is limited.)  Key West poet laureates, members of the Key West Poetry Guild, and others present some of Bishop's often enigmatic but descriptive Key West poems, along with their own and others' poems about her life and the house she loved here.  There will be birthday cake and other refreshments.  Bishop was initially drawn to Key West for its quiet (back then), its characters, fishing, and Sloppy Joe's Rumba Saturday Nights, and she wrote evocative poems that will be read,  like "The Fish," "Roosters," and much else about Key West, including her own 35th birthday poem, "The Bight."    


Masterworks 2:
February 20 Tennessee Williams Theatre 7:30pm
Moncayo : Haupango, Rachmaninov. Rhapsody on a Theme :Paganini. NATASHA PAREMSKI on Piano : Nielsen. Symphony#4 . The Inextinguishable. Additional Info. Click Link Below
Pianist Natasha Paremski
Next MasterWorks III at Tennessee Williams Theater Featuring our Good Friend World Re-Known Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina : March 10  7:30PM
Additional Info.

We Continue with "Groovy History's" A Look Back at The 60's and 70's Through Photographs (Final Part of 22 Weeks)
Pictured here are Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Ronald Reagan campaigning for Harry Truman in 1948. Thirty-two years before he himself would become President of the United States, Ronald Reagan campaigned for Harry Truman and used his position as President of the Screen Actor's Guild, to assist him in rallying famous faces to help his efforts.  Over the years Reagan became increasingly disenchanted with the Democratic Party and officially switched to the Republican Party in 1962. He won his first political election as Governor of California in 1966, and then went on to win two terms as President in 1980 and 1984.
The French model, actress, singer, and original blonde bombshell; Brigitte Bardot's charms and immense talent won the world over. Despite her distance, her style, grace, and eventually her passion for animal rights heavily influenced style and culture as a whole. Fashion designs were named after her, her hair and makeup style has been emulated across the world, and she even has a signature pose models try to reproduce to this very day. Bardot announced her retirement in 1973. She was approaching 39-years old and had already been in over forty motion pictures, recorded several music albums, and had been acting and modeling since childhood. She'd had enough of that lifestyle and began to devote her time to a cause she believed in, promoting animal rights.
This striking photo was taken around 1894 on the Dexter estate in Malden. It features a large team of men scouring the branches of the Dexter Elm in search of gypsy moth eggs. They planned to destroy them in masses. An early attempt to clear this tree of pests had been made by four men in 1891, however, an additional six hundred egg-clusters were discovered after they finished. Groups kept at it, later in the season fewer egg-clusters were found, all the holes in the tree's limbs were gradually covered. Efforts continued well into 1892, but a few caterpillars and eggs were still found. By 1893 the caterpillars and moths were gone. The inspections of the tree continued years after to ensure the pests were completely eradicated from the Elm.  
Pictured here is the lovely Diana Rigg in 1965. The actress was just as famous for her love life as she was for her award winning career. Shamelessly dating a much older (married man), boldly stating she had no desire "to be respectable". In more recent years, Rigg landed a role in the epic HBO series Game of Thrones, as Olenna Tyrell.  The 79-year old award-winning actress is already hard at work on her next TV show - a supporting role on Season 2 of Masterpiece on PBS' Victoria - and she has made it abundantly clear that she has no plans on retiring anytime soon.
Pictured here is Grace Kelly on a beach in Jamaica back in 1954. She spent six years as a highly popular film actress in the 1950s, starring in classic movies such as 
High Noon, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief.  
The actress transitioned from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty when she married Prince Rainier III and became the Princess of Monaco. A stylish, stunning, brilliant actress, who turned into a real-life Princess, her life sounded more like the plot of a movie than actual life. Although, she was widely adored long before her marriage to Prince Rainier III, her royal love story certainly reinforced her
iconic status. 
SO THIS IS THE FINAL PART OF 22 Weeks.  I want to thank Once More all the folks at Groovy History ; especially the Writers and Editors for providing our 7980 Weekly Readers with a Great Multi-Part Feature.. Up Shortly are the Links to the Main Groovy History Sites for you to check out many of their other Photo Features as well as the other writers besides Lynn that I have mentioned with a short Bio every Week. Also as you know are the Links to the Past 21 Issues for you to check out ALL  the Photos. Of course as I provided every week you can go directly to the Groovy History Links; but of course by Going back to the entire Blast Past Issues you will see the many other Features Each Week....
We Continue with the Kathy LeTarte "Antarctica" Exhibition
by Suzie dePoo

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

"Christmas Antarctica" 
"Sunrise in the Grand Canyon"  Oil
"Sunrise on Bryce Canyon  Oil
"Sunny Day in Urauguay"  Oil
"Strolling in Tuscany"  Oil


Colorado-Based Bluegrass Band Back For One Night Only

Yonder Mountain String Band, the internationally acclaimed Colorado-based bluegrass jam band, rolled into town last year to play what their diehard fans recounted as the smallest venue they've seen them play since their early days in the late 1990s. And now they're headed back down the mountain to the historic San Carlos Institute for one night only on February 17. The show is being produced and promoted by Coast Projects and was originally slated to take place at their venue on Stock Island.

Says COAST founder Billy Kearins, "Last year's show was quite a scene - a 70 foot tour bus pulling up to our little tin shed on Stock Island and a packed house for what was likely the band's most intimate performance in years. Considering our recent move out of Stock Island, we'll be hosting the hoedown at one of my favorite places to watch music - the historic San Carlos Institute - so I'm equally as excited to see them play there."
Last year was Yonder Mountain's first ever show in Key West and was an audience hit as the band has a huge local following as well as a traveling fan base who always look to see them in new and different spots around the country.

The February show at San Carlos is part of the band's extensive winter tour route and tickets are nearly sold out. The night will open with Fayetteville, Arkansas's dynamic duo Handmade Moments - who are building their own nationwide fanbase and supporting the entire winter tour with Yonder.
Tickets can be purchased fee-free at the COAST retail shop at 803 Whitehead Street or online through their website


Aqua Idol is Back & Started Tues. Jan 22  6pm at Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St.  Grand Finale March 26
Check out this 2 Minute Trailer Video for "A Dolls House Pt.2" Click DOLL  Also This Event below got Pushed Back ; Now March 8th

Photo by The Blast's Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
Quincy Perkin's

Here are a few of Nicholas Bergery's Photographs  :


5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857


Allison Rich, Sr. Library Assistant, and Michael Nelson of the Monroe County Public Library Informs us of this Important Presentation
700 Fleming Street, Key West, FL  33040, 305-292-3595
Tablet and Smartphone Classes
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming Street is offering free workshops on their ebook and video streaming services. Classes are limited, and registration is required.  Classes start at 10 AM.  Call for more information or to reserve your spot today! 305-292-3595.
February 7th and 21st : Overdrive ebooks and Kanopy video streaming for Ipad and Iphone.
February 14th and 28th :  Overdrive ebooks and Kanopy video streaming for Android and Kindle.   


The First of 3 Sections for KWAHS in this Issue

2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Writing Contests call for poets and writers
Key West Art & Historical Society invites poets and writers to submit works for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Writing Contests - components of the upcoming Key West Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. Submission cost is $20.00; deadline is March 1. For complete details, guidelines, prize descriptions, and entry upload link visit For more information on these and other Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration events contact Society Event Coordinator Dani Holliday at or 305-295-6616 extension 114. Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and The Studios of Key West. (Photo Credit: Ida Woodward Barron Collection / Monroe County Public Library)
Part 2 of The Key West / Bahamas Connection at The Custom House
"A Peaceful Spot" by Mario Sanchez
More Key West /Bahamas Connection; Up Shortly


WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433
Further Down is our Extensive KWT Section


Here are 21 Links to the Past 21 Weeks of this Really Popular Feature
"A Look Back at the 60's & 70's Through Photographs" from Groovy History

Part 1 was in the Sept 3 Issue ; Here is the Link   
Part 2 (  ) was in the Sept 10 Issue . Part 3 was in the Sept 17 Issue
 Part 4 was in Sept. 24
Part 5 Oct. 1
Part 6 Oct 8th
Part 7 Oct. 15
Part 8 Oct. 22 Pt. 1 
Part 9 Oct. 22 Pt. 2
Part 10  OCT 29 2018 
Part 11 Nov. 5th
Part 12 Nov. 12 
Part 13 Nov. 19 NOV. 19, 2018
Part 14 Nov. 26 
Part 15 Dec. 3
Part 16 Dec. 10
 Part 17 Dec 17
Part 18 Dec 24 :
Part 19 Dec 31  
Part 20 Jan. 7 HTTPS://CONTA.CC2/FgKFaM , 
Pt. 21 1/14  
Jan 21 and 28th. Issues we had to Push back Pt. 22 of 22 (The Final Feature) to this Issue Feb. 4th Due to Space Constraints 
The Groovy History Link 
The Authors from Groovy History Link
To find out more about each Author Click Link Above
















Thanks again "Groovy History" for providing our 7980 Weekly Readers with A Way Awesome Feature
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4th Annual Key West Food Truck Festival to Serve up Food and Fun at Fort East Martello 

(L) On Saturday, February 9 from 12pm-7pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the 4 
thAnnual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that will transform the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West's top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts.  
Key West Food Truck Fest founder and co-producer Clint Steckly will park his ever-tasty Triano's Taco food truck on site along with Irie Island Eats, Flamingo Street, The Raw Machine, Jimmy Sno Concessions, The Pincho Barge, Tarpon River Brewing, Great Events Catering, Key West Glass Works, and more. Performers Fish Out of Water, The Copper Tones, J Sneez and Bahama Village Music Program will serve up their own individual flavors of musical beats throughout the day. Fun for the whole family, complete with a kid's zone, a cash bar, and (limited) free parking.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as seating is limited. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome, too.  
$5 at the door or advanced ticket purchase at KWAHS.ORG; proceeds benefitKey West Art & Historical Society and local charities. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, contact Dani Holliday at 305-295-6616 x 114.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 

Artist Paul Arsenault and Southwest Florida's maritime trading networks celebrated in exhibit at Custom House Museum
Key West Art & Historical Society presents the work of artist Paul Arsenault with a special opening reception on February 22 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. "Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West" is an exhibit of nearly 30 of Arsenault's paintings that are a window into the pioneering days of southwest Florida's maritime trading networks, along with artifacts from Arsenault's personal collection and the Society's archives.  
The Naples-based painter, best known for his brightly-colored images of scenes along the Florida coast, has spent more than 40 years documenting his travels to ports across the world through his paintings. Also recognized for his ability and passion for storytelling, visitors to the exhibit will enjoy each painting's historically-based captions. "Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West" runs until April 30. For more information, contact curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.orgor 305-295-6616 x112. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.  The January 28th Issue had a Feature from the Opening Reception; Click the January 28 Issue to see the Entire Feature 

 We Now Continue with The Key West / Bahamas Connection Exhibition

The February 11 Issue will have Part 2 of 2

 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
M-F 10a-6p, Sat. 10a-2pm, Sunday Closed 

Lee Roy Reams : 1 Night Only Tropic Cinema March 12. Air Heart On Stage TWT April 9-11 7pm
Plays Out Loud is a laid-back reading group. We sit around a table and read scenes from a play -- out loud. No pressure. No fees. Listen or Read. Be sure to download this month's script onto your favorite mobile device, or print a copy of the script. (If you need the office to print a script, please let us know. $5 printing fee.)


Save the Date for 2019 Anne McKee Fine Art Auction
The 2019 Anne McKee Annual Fine Art Auction will occur on Wednesday, February 13th.  The auction will take place for the third year at The Studios of Key West.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Light hors d'oeuvres, 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 February 7th - 13th at The Studios of Key West.  The highlight of this year's auction will be an original Sal Salinero painting valued at nearly $10.000.       
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 $265,000 since 1994.  Tickets are now available at


"Blind Spots" exhibit at The Studios of Key West reveals modern slavery through imagery and art installations: Special preview party on February 7
On Thursday, February 7, The Studios of Key West welcomes the public to the Key West premier of "Blind Spots- Modern Day Slavery Exposed," with a special opening reception in the XOJ Gallery from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The traveling exhibit is part of a multi-faceted project developed by Key West resident and activist Erika Biddle to encourage action against human trafficking and child exploitation.
"This strikes home as much as any other violent act that we see in the world today," says Keys to Be the Change Founder and exhibit sponsor Heidi Golightly. ""Blind Spots" offers not only awareness but inspiration for concrete actions that people of all ages can take to combat this worldwide epidemic."
The exhibit includes images and text by renowned photographer U. Roberto (Robin) Romano portraying child laborers from across the globe (that have since been freed and rehabilitated), art installations by local artists Cricket Desmarais and Gretchen Mills, ceramics by the Florida Keys Community College Mudpie Club, the work of several participating local students, and artwork from local teen traffic victims.
"In recent years, reports that Monroe County children have been victims of sex trafficking targeted by groups from the mainland have shocked the community," says Biddle.  "It's a problem that has remained largely out of the public eye, at least in the world's richest nations."  
The Studios will also host a film screening of "Children of Bal Ashram" on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00pm, a film that documents the work of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi, who liberated and rehabilitated more than 87,000 children from child labor, slavery, and trafficking. A Q & A with director Len Morris and a discussion about what actions can be taken to protect the innocent will follow.
In addition, the outdoor exhibit "Bought and Sold" by Kay Chernush will be presented by ArtWorks For Freedom at the African Cemetery on Higgs Beach, a location selected to honor individuals who were abducted to be sold as commercial goods but were rescued by the U.S. Navy in 1860.
"As the mission of Keys to Be The Change is to empower young people to realize their full potential while taking action to create positive change in the world, we are eager to support this project in hopes that our community will band together to put an end to human trafficking once and for all," says Golightly.
"Blind Spots" is free and open to the public throughout the month of February. Sponsored by Florida Keys Council of the Arts and Keys to Be the Change. For more information, visit or contact The Studios at 305-296-0458 or Erika Biddle at 305-567-1610. The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street, with gallery and box office open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. 


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

WWW.KEYWEST.GARDEN 5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504
GARDENFEST Feb 16 (10a-4p) and Feb 17 (10a-3p)


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


This Link will take you to the Shark Zen


Next 2/10 at Higgs Beach 10a-2pm


We continue with Pino Dangelico

 WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601  Duval St. 305-292-9339

Original Oil 24 X18
"Peaceful Dreams" 30 X 24


Original Oil on Canvas  48 X 32

Here is the Link to the Adam Scott Rote Page and then below that ;some of the Art that is Available through The Key West Gallery

Just a Few of the Upcoming Schedule of Events

Peter Max Artwork Show
February 1- 10, 2019
A newly-curated collection of Peter Max's exquisite paintings will be on display & available for acquisition in a presentation at Key West Gallery.
RSVP today 305- 292-9339 or 
at Key West Gallery

Meet The Frogman- Tim Cotterill- at Key West Gallery
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST

Tim Cotterill, known as The Frogman, has become the biggest selling bronze artist in the world today with his elegant, stylized, whimsical bronze frogs & his passionate collectors span the globe. Meet the artist & view one of the largest selections of his artwork. Tim will personally engrave all new artwork purchases at the show: RSVP 305-292-9339
Key West Gallery

Thomas Arvid Appearance and Special Events in Key West
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 PM EST

Thomas Arvid will paint live in the gallery and we will host several special events include a, wine pairing dinner at Prime Steakhouse and wine tastings in the gallery hosted by Thomas Arvid himself. Space is limited for the special events, call the gallery now to reserve your seats 305-292-9339.
Key West Gallery
Once again the Next Two Issues will have Photo Features of the Visits from Alexei Butirskiy and Adam Scott Rote

We Continue with the IWFFA

Many Additional Photos in the Next Two Issues

 WWW.MARCHOUSE.ORG Plaint Store 1401 Seminary St. 9a-7p
305-296-9556.. They have an amazing wide variety of Plants and Trees.


WWW.KEYWESTGARDENCLUB.COM 1100 Atlantic Blvd. 305-294-3210 

The Key West Garden Club is pleased to welcome William P. Irwin, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Florida Keys Community College.  Dr. Bill is making his annual visit as a presenter to our garden membership and guests. He is always entertaining and provides the audience with an abundance of knowledge. This years presentation is entitled, "Edible Landscaping, Urban Farms, and Guerrilla Gardening".  
Dr. Bill will be presenting on February 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Pavilion at the West Fort Martello on Atlantic Blvd. in Key West. Our monthly garden programs are free and open to the public. 
For information and questions, call Jane Tiedeman at 305-923-3820. 

City of Key West Preserve Island Life

Here is also the LINK for their events

Key West Literary Seminar History Walking Tours
Tours begin at the 
Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street (between Elizabeth and William streets), and last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $30 per person. (Discounted rates available for current teachers, librarians, and students with valid ID.) Click Link for Additional Info :


 From the Key West Business Guild
 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603.
Next Mixer Wed. Feb.13 Viva Salon 5:30-7pm
Next Luncheon Feb 14th. at Marriott Beachside 3841 N. Roos. Blvd.

"KEY WEST DEALS & DISCOUNTS" An Envelope that is put directly in the hands of Visitors to the Gay Key West Visitors Ctr. & Other Locations.  

Go to the KWBG Website and Facebook for Additional Information on this Event


"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
Botton -L) Susan Kent is happy to have won the cash raffle at this month's Key West Business Guild's January luncheon.  Photo by Pete Arnow.
Guild President Alan Beaubien presents the money.
(Bottom-R) Popular Key West Band Peter Diamond and Friends opened this year's Sunday afternoon jazz concerts held at the Gardens Hotel. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Top-L)Carole Hamlin  and Fraser Smith traveled from Baltimore, Md to Key West to attend this year's Key West Literary Seminar. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Top-R) New Board at the Key West Business Guild
Key West Mayor Craig Cates, left, swears in the 2018 Board of Directors of the Key West Business Guild at the Annual Holiday dinner held on the beach at the Key West Marriott Beachside Resort.


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Here is our NEW Section for the KWAHS Featuring Current & Future Exhibitions.  Our other KWAHS Section is still in place and will Feature in Detail Upcoming Events and that is further down. Of course for Greater Details go to their Website & Facebook Sites.
Here is the LINK to their Exhibition Pages
(Below unless noted at Custom House)

Overseas to the Keys : Flagler's Overseas Railroad Permanent Exhibition
Tennessee Williams Playwright & Painter Perm. Exhib. Inner Vecchie Gallery
Stanley Papio Junkyard Dog. Perm Exhib. Fort East Martello
The Ghosts of East Martello Perm. Exhib. Fort East Martello
Life of the Lighthouse Keepers Perm. Exhib. KW Lighthouse
Depicting Hemingway : Guy Harvey Sketches "The Old Man & the Sea" Perm. Exhibition
The KW/Bahama Connection 1/18-4/7
Arts & Puns : The Whimsey of Ferron Bell Custom House 12/7-2/10/19

Coastal Trade : Bounty/Booty/Boats of the Gulf & Glades from Naples to KW 2/22-4/30
You Don't Know Dick ( Matson) 4/19-7/7
Wish you Were Here : Postcards from Paradise 5/10-8/11

 The 4 New Exhibitions at The Custom House during the First Half of 2019 Featured in the Other KWAHS SECTIONs in this Issue ( A Few Features Down & Above); along with Info. on Other Events and Exhibitions Covered in Various Sections in This Issue.



Just 4 of the Many Events at TSKW  : Top L to Bottom R : Susan Werner in Concert  8P as part of the Blue Heaven Concert Series 2/8 , Havana Biennial Art Tour  4/26-4/30, "Dismantling Racism / Yoga & Social Justice 2/9 10a-5p, "Arts & Eats" Cuban Modern 2/24 6:30-10pm

Just a few of the many February  Classes .  Click this FB Link Below for Additional Material

Top L -Bottom R : Mike Rooney : Wed 3/6 & 13 "Gouache Workshop" , Thur 2/14 & Fri 2/15 Noon -2:30p Workshop : "Mosaics" with Cheryl Wilson Smith, Fri Feb 2/15 6-9p Workshop : "Rainbow Glycerin Soap Making" by Angela Berube, Sat 2/16 Noon-5p Workshop "Essential Oils : Aroma & Basic Blending" with Karen Moore, Thur. 2/21 & 22 9:30a-3pm Workshop "Nantucket Baskets" by Linda Brown 

Emily Berg  Emily@TSKW.ORG 305-320-0208


Literary Reading and Book signing
Andrew Furman - Goldens Are Here 
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Wednesday, February 6th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Andrew Furman will read from his book Golden's Are Here, inspired by true events surrounding an historic Florida citrus season and the civil rights struggle in the 1960s. This historical novel views the nationwide changes of the time through the prism of one family's negotiations with the land, their neighbors, and each other. Book signing to follow.
Literary Reading and Book signing
Michelle Johnson - Skill in Action
Emily Berg -
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040
Friday, February 8th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Karen Wray
Gallery Curator
Collections Key West
6810 Front St, Key West, FL


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

Click WOMANKIND Link for the Latest Edition of their very Informative E-Newsletter / Blog


Just a few of the Hundreds of Articles that the Blue Paper Has :
Beloved KW Woman Barely Escapes Catastrophic House Fire, Mike Marrero "The Saints" 2/9 at gallery on Greene, Anne McKee Auction A Chance to Show Your Love, City of KW Implements $15 per Hr. Minimum Wage for City Employees, KW Police Chief Brandenburg named Detective Gustavo Medina "2018 Officer of the Year", Salt Gallery Features Two Artists in March,
, MCSO Seeks Help Identifying Suspect, Int. Stars Headlines the 2019 Impromptu Classical Concerts of KW,  Writers Invited to Enter Works in TW Poetry & Short Story Contests, Campers Arrested with a Pound of Marijuana, LSD. & Ecstacy,  Unity of the Keys Enlightenment Series, Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative Program, Medieval Camp Workshop for Kids,  Reef Relief to City "Vote Yes to BAN Chemical Sun Screen",  Cumberland Key Doctor Honored for Charity Work, KW Police Chief Brandenburg Takes Oath of Office, 119th. Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at National Key Deer Refuge, Cruise Ship Crashes into Mallory Square Dock (Video), + Hundreds More  News Stories/Photos/Videos in their Archives.

Kate Miano's Birthday Celebration this Sunday 2/3

We are adding Monday and Tuesday to our live piano Cabaret starting February 4
Cabaret @ d'vine Wine Gallery: 
Wednesday, January 30, Megan Clay, 5-7pm
Thursday, January 31, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, February 1, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, February 2, James King, III, 5-7pm
Sunday, February 3, Jazz In The Gardens! Scott Marischen & The Jazz Orgy, 5-7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 6, Megan Clay, 5-7pm
Thursday, February 7, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Friday, February 8, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, February 9, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Sunday, February 10, Jazz In The Gardens! Libby York & Friends, 5-7:30 pm
Special to Jazz is the Joy Davis Trunk sale!


 305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Sumerland Key 

 Link for Complete E-Mailer on the Coral

Mote Marine Laboratory opens new exhibit at Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is excited to announce the opening of a new offsite exhibit, Coral Reef Exploration, at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. This permanent exhibit features three aquariums, interpretative displays and interactive kiosks, focusing on providing both a beautiful and educational view of the unique coral reef ecosystem of the Florida Keys and the challenges it faces.
On Nov. 30, Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, which operates the Discovery Center, hosted an unveiling of the new exhibit to the delight of invited guests. On Dec. 1, the exhibit opened to the public.
CLICK GREEN LINK for the Complete E-Mailer they sent out and the rest of this Feature.


WWW.KEYSUNITEDWAY.ORG 305-735-1929  6631 Maloney Ave. #F


Stores All  Over The Keys. In Key West 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 305-295-6400

 5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
M-F 10a-6p, Sat. 10a-2pm, Sunday Closed 
Go to their Website and Facebook to see what animals are available for adoption. 


The Key West Wildlife Center 1801 White St. 
305-292-1008 (also their Wildlife Rescue #) 

Suzie dePOO

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

Currently going on a show from Kathy LeTarte "Antarctica", 2/8 Members Meeting 3:30-4pm, 2/8 Live Painting Demo from Michelle Byrne 4-5p, KWAC Sketch Crawl 10a-noon & Every Tuesday 10-1pm Finding your Voice in WaterColor by Karen Beauprie. 2/15 Reception for Exhibition "Glow" by Joanne Sloan.


1401 Seminary Street for Amazing Plants, Flowers, & Tree Stock at Great Prices.


WWW.TWKW.ORG 513 Truman Ave, 
NEW NUMBER 305-204-4527
Dennis Beaver Founder & Curator KWAHS@KWAHS.ORG
Many Tennessee Williams Special Events and Literary Contest Continuing in February and March. 



WWW.KWLS.ORG 717 Love Lane 305-293-9291



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


(Formerly Called FAVOR)


Larry Blackburn, Deb Moore and Sandy Sun at Frangipani Gallery for the February Exhibition

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to welcome Larry Blackburn and his photography as our newest artist.  His beautiful photographs will be on display at the First Friday Art Stroll on Feb 1 from 6-8 pm.  We will also feature new paintings by Deborah Moore and ceramics by Sandy Sun. Please stop by and meet the artists. The show will be up through February

Everyone knows Larry stands out in a crowd and he and his camera are everywhere. As Fantasy Fest King, Larry has embarked on a year of fundraising for various organizations.  His iconic photos of Key West scenes and nature are sure to delight.

Deborah Moore has long referred to Key West as the "eclectic cul de sac of society" because of its mix of personalities, architecture and history that live essentially on a cul de sac with one road in and out.  Even though she visited Key West in the 80's and many times thereafter before moving here, Deborah still find new discoveries around every corner.  This show will encompass more of those discoveries and the different architectures of Key West.

Sandy has been exploring botanical themes and experimenting with nuances in texture.  Her ceramics encompass both functional forms and wall tiles.

"Poinciana Shadows" by Deborah J. Moore
"Sunset" by Larry Blackburn
"Mango Plate" by Sandy Sun


Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.
Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059



Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609   The Season Finale Exhibition "Springtime in Key West"


Nov. 19th. NOV. 19, 2018
 PT. 1 OCT 22, 2018 
 PT. 2 OCT 22, 2018
September 24 :
September 17 :
To see ALL the Issue Links from Jan 1 2018 to May 28, 2018 Go to the Sept 17th Link.
First Issue of the 2018 / 2019 Season Sept 3


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


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

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
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I also use a Dell Inspiron 5559 with Microsoft Window 10 Pro


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
 "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.  


305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.


 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 

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


Here are the Links to just a few of their hundreds of Photo Galleries; Johnny Just added these :



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


WWW.LKMC.COM 5900 College Rd. 305-294-5531




Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings

WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG 55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288


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


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

They have Seating indoors and out on their 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
   Nov. 28th. : Kingston Trio Legacy Tour, Dec 7th. : Paula Poundstone, Dec, 16th. A John Waters Christmas, 2/2/2019 : Beginnings A Tribute to the Music of Chicago.

Jefferson Starship
Click for Good Lovin
Click for Groovin

Felix Cavaliere's "Rascals" aka The Young Rascals 3/18

Richard Marx 4/14

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


TICKETS ON SALE and can be purchased at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St or online at

  For More Info WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 305-985-0433



Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
"Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Here is the Complete January 2019 Issue Link
As of 2/3 The Feb. 2019 Keys Traveler is not Out Yet; Of course it will be out anyday ; and Of course the Feb 11 Keys Blast will have the monthly link to the Keys Traveler as well as materials from the Feb. 2019 Issue.Of course go to the TDC site to see if it is Published Yet.

Arts & Culture


Diving and Fishing




WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM  305-296-9911 319 Duval Street

Short Attention Span Theatre 1/15-2/9, Tenderly The Rosemary Clooney Musical 2/19-3/16, Meteor Shower 3/23-4/20
WWW.THEATREXP.ORG 302-540-6102
I'm Gonna Pray for You so Hard just Closed to Rave Reviews; I have a Call into Bob to see what's next?


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


 Click LINK1 For more details


"Hampton's Art & Culture" Featuring Greater Information from Below Venues..Of course ; click any of the Links and you'll be at their sites.

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.  

 Photo & Art Galleries from Lucille Khornak

New Numbers and E-Mail 
Art Gallery : 888-858-1827 
Photographic Studios : 212-593-0933


281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Key West Art & Historical Society's Parent & Me Fort Adventures for children happens every Tuesday and Thursday through May 2019 
Key West Art & Historical Society's popular Parent & Me Fort Adventures education program for children 0-5 and their parents have resumed at Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, and will take place from 10:00AM to 11:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May.
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Weekly Drawing Sessions with Annamarie Giordano at Fort East Martello Museum

Select your medium of choice and join acclaimed artist Annamarie Giordano, pictured right, in Life Drawing sessions on Tuesdays at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Her three-hour workshops are held in the Museum's "White Room," a place where folk artist Mario Sanchez once created art, accessed through the parade grounds behind the Fort. Classes feature nude models in short and long poses and are open to all levels; sessions are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, paid in class. For more information, contact Director of Education Adele Williams at 305-295-6616 x 115. Some materials will be available on site for purchase if needed.

 Key West Art & Historical Society invites public to embark on a virtual journey aboard Flagler's Overseas Railway 
A year after Key West Art & Historical Society unveiled a newly renovated "Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway" permanent exhibit at the Custom House Museum, its virtual counterpart is now available to researchers, students, historians, history buffs, and Flagler fans all over the world.  The Society's new online exhibit, "Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway Timeline," is a multi-media experience created by Annette Liggett, Brewster Chamberlin, and Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. that details the construction process of the engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West in 1912. Visit to explore the "Eight Wonder of the World," and check back for additional related online features and downloadable curriculum that will be launched over the coming six months. Supported by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Your Museums. Your Community. It Takes an Island. (Image Courtesy KWAHS)

Key West Art & Historical Society presents "Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell" exhibit at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the legacy of one of the island's most clever visual artists with "Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell" in the Bumpus Gallery of the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street.  The exhibit runs through February 10, 2019.  The exhibit spotlights the quirky late artist's trademark visual wit and whimsy, featuring work from private Key West collectors, personal photographs, and newspaper clippings about the unique personality widely known for his off-the-wall and humorous creations.  
A self-taught artist, Thomas Ferron Bell began his career at the age of 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, moved to Fire Island Pines, New York when he was 21, later splitting his time and talents between there and Key West, Florida. Bell worked full time as an artist, cultivating his audience and frequently bartering and donating his work to fundraisers in the Key West community.

The Four Upcoming Exhibitions at the KWAHS Custom House

 "Key West-Bahamas Connection" Currently on Display
Coastal Trade : Bounty-Booty & Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West 2/22-4/30 at Bumpus Gallery
You Don't Know Dick (Matson) : 4/19-7/7 Bryan Gallery
Wish You Were Here : Postcards from Paradise 5/10-8/11 Bumpus Gallery

by Alyson Crean
The City of Key West and the City Commission this week paid tribute to former City Manager Julio Avael, who passed away last weekend. The commission issued a posthumous commendation that reads as follows:
"Under Julio's management the city acquired the Truman Waterfront property from the Navy and implemented a performance rating system for City employees. He championed projects such as the Key West Ambassadors Program which encouraged the citizens of Key West to be actively engaged in the community in which they live and to understand the inner workings of local government. He was a leader in the efforts of bringing affordable housing to the community and made a major step toward that vision with overseeing the conversion of the Navy housing at Poinciana Plaza to what currently serves as workforce and affordable housing for the people of Key West. No task was ever too cumbersome when it came to the success of the City of Key West. So much so that Julio even served as the Acting Chief of Police when the need presented itself.
"Mr. Avael made measurable improvements in quality of near shore marine ecosystems, affordable housing, hurricane safety, coordinated transportation, bicycles and pedestrians, the Key West Port and historic preservation. He was a visionary, not afraid to be progressive in order to move the city forward. He was highly skilled and extremely successful. Yet, he was respectful of his employees and encouraged them to express ideas and concerns, whether it be from department directors or entry level staff.
"Julio Avael, Jr. was an extraordinary example of dedication, determination and gumption for those who serve the City of Key West in any capacity. In his 11 years serving as City Manager, he led by example, he implemented change and he made a real and measurable difference to his community.
"The Key West City Commission and The City of Key West are thankful for his unwavering service, commitment and dedication to the people of our community as Key West City Manager. We are privileged in that he chose to contribute to the history of the City of Key West and leaves behind examples of integrity, determination, commitment, brotherhood and pride for our Southernmost City."
City Clerk Cheri Smith accepted the commendation on behalf of the Avael family.
In the Above Photo by Alyson Crean : City Commissioner Gregory Davila, Mary Lou Hoover and Jimmy Weekley, City Clerk Cheri Smith, Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioners Sam Kaufman, Clayton Lopez and Billy Wardlow.







WWW.REEFRELIEF.ORG 305-294-3100 631 Greene St.
Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.





Between the three Keys-based company members Piscopink, Kristen Huffman, and Cricket Desmarais, they hold more than 35 years of experience teaching all age groups at locations and programs that include CoffeeMill Dance Studio, NYC based Educational Performance Tours, the MARC House, Bahama Village Music Program, and Donna Roll's Young Artist Program with the Key West Symphony.  Classes include Pilates Mat with Piscopink on Mondays from 5pm - 6pm, which works all the muscle groups while aligning, lengthening, and strengthening your body; Conditioning with Huffman on Wednesdays from 9am-10am, which tones and builds muscles; a barre, pilates, dance-party fusion "Happy Hour" with music to keep you revved led by Piscopink on Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm; and Improv Dance & Jam led by Desmarais on Thursdays from 9am-10am, a class that focuses on spontaneous movement guided by creative prompts.
In addition to Dance Key West's weekly roster of classes, upcoming projects and free outreach programming includes continued weekly dance and technique classes with Bahama Village Music Program, the launch of a movement class that supports children on the autism spectrum, a mid-March New York City workshop performance they will bring back to Key West, a site-specific CONNECT Community Improv dance initiative, the fourth ReMARCable Dance Project on April 6, the development of a Florida Keys Outreach Coalition Women & Children's program, and a retrospective performance celebrating ten years of Piscopink's work as Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dance Key West, featuring the best of  "1969," "Train in the Distance," "OUT," "Cloud Illusions," "After These Messages," "Love Letters," "Cherry Red," and more.
"I'm so excited to have a new home at Key West Theater," says Piscopink. "Our doors are officially open, and we couldn't be more excited to dance with those who come through them!"
Classes are $18 and $15 for Key West Theater members. Discounted packages are also available. For more information, visit TK.  (your number & website or KWT's?)  Dance Key West.  Fun at the Intersection of Dance+Fitness+Movement+Love.

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