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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends April 8, 2019

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends
April 8, 2019

Phoenix  Beachwood Series : "Reborn, Renewed & Very Much Alive"
Pt. 3 of 4 Anna Sweet Galleries in Key West 

Keys Choral Arts Spring Concert at St. Pauls

Key West Graduates Class 31 (More Below)
Emergency Responders Honored (More Below) in Our Weekly City of KW Section/s

"Fountain of Youth"
 Pt. 2 Amazing Photos

Every Sunday at Kate Miano's Gardens Hotel is "Jazz in the Gardens".  The Top Jazz Ensemble Groups in the Keys Perform.  The April 7 Ensemble had : Peter Diamond & Friends (Hal Howland, Mark Rose, & Tim McAlpine)

SHOW DATES: APRIL 9-11 (More Below with Additional Events & Plays)

The Connections Project 2019 Tues. April 9 at Royal Furniture in Searstown Plaza 5-7pm

Pt. 2 of the Tennessee Williams Annual House Party held at Dennis & Bert's House; Founders & Curators of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum ; Now Part of the Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS)
Executive Dir. of the KWAHS Michael Geida Receives an Annual Generous Donation from Diane Schmidt GM of Margaritaville Resort for the Papio Event (More Below)

MCSO Sheriff Rick Ramsay Paying Tribute during the National Vietnam War Veteran's Day (More Below) in Our Weekly MCSO Section/s

Photo : Barry Fitzgerald
Deborah Goldman Opens "Turning Over a New Leave" at her Studio in Big Coppitt Key ( More Below)

"First Thursday" was Last Week. TSKW (The Studios of Key West) Opens 4 New Exhibitions
Spectacular Raffle for TSKW with 3 Big Prizes ..Chance of winning 1 out every 120.

Betty Gaye Opened a Large Exhibition at her New Location Last Week : Lucky Street Gallery 408 Greene St.

Pt. 2 of The Annual Plein Air Competition and Sale at The Key West Art Center

Amanda Johnson Grand Re-Opening on 518 Fleming St.; Fri. April 19th. 6-9pm.

Next Week in the April 15th Issue Part 1 A Visit to the Very Large Hicks Nursery & Landscaping on Glen Cove , LI (The Verbiage Dividers are Shot at Hicks)

Pt. 5 The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction

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

The Next Havana Biennial April 12-May 12 with Legal Visits Orchestrated by Key West Cuban Artist Guru Nance Frank with Renown Cuban Artists-Parties & Exhibits. This Issue has Pt.2 of 2 Images.

Skipper Kripitz Puts Together Amazing Ensembles Everywhere. Shown above Skipper & Chris Burchard (Guitar) is in the CRZB's Consort Trio with Tim McAlpine ( Fretless Gaudin Bass) Every Wed. at Little Room. More Below.

The Annual Ocean Fest at Truman Waterfront Park April 13 10-5PM + In this Issue Mote Battles Unprecedented Threat to Florida Coral Reefs + One of MOTE's Recent Great E-Mail Campaigns :33th Annual Run for the Turtles ( West Coast) (More Below)

Richard Marx 4/14
4/12 Local Spotlight
The Key West Theater : Amazing Year Round Talent. We have the Updated COMPLETE Schedule of events up to End of August

Season Finale April 11 at 7PM at St. Paul's Historic Rectory

Our Weekly Feature Link to WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM with their Hundreds of Local Keys News Features-Photos-Videos

GingerBread Square Gallery "Small Works"; Reception 4/13

South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Cellist Julian Schwarz Presents : MasterWorks IV on 4/13 at TWT (More Below) + Pt. 2 of 2 : Photo Feature of the World Renown Russian Classical Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina Performing a few Weeks ago at TWT & The Broward Center for Performing Arts 

Two of the Many Events Events from the KWAHS is The Call for Artists for the 4th. Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Bike Parade.  Also One of the 2019 Major Exhibitions : April 19- July 7 "You Don't Know Dick :The Lesser Known Early Works of Richard Peter Matson (More Below)

Norbert Szilagyi Exhibition Opened Last Week at Salt Island Gallery (More Below)

(L) Happy Hour with the Historian at Bottle Cap 4/10 "The Navy in Key West" Discussion from KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito PHD 

"First Friday" Opened 4/5 with a few Venues around town inc. The Frangipani Gallery with "Our Town" Featuring (L-R Above : Karen Beauprie, Fran Decker & Helen Rebane) with Lanie Davia (More Below)

(AIP) Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Celebrates 25 Years on 4/14 (More Below)

The Many Classes that are still available to attend April to July at TSKW (More in their Sections / Features in this Issue)

The Tourist Development Council of the Florida Keys (TDC) Every Month Publishes "The Keys Traveler. We have the April Issue Link


The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends ; Going out to 8020 Weekly. This Issue April 8th. 2019 : Pt. 3 of 4 Anna Sweet Galleries of KW, Photo Feature : Keys Choral Arts Spring Concert at St. Pauls, Graduation for the 31st. Class of KW Ambassadors, The City of KW Honors Emergency Responders, Photo Feature on Last Sunday's "Jazz in the Gardens at Kate's Place Featuring Peter Diamond & Friends (Next Libby York), Fringe Theater "Air Heart" 4/9-11, "Connections Project" at Royal Furniture 4/9, Pt 2 Photo Feature TW House Party at Dennis & Bert's House Sponsored by KWAHS, Margaritaville Donates to KWAHS, Bayview Park Green Market on Thursdays, Every Wed. Bingo on the USCGC "Ingham" Museum, MCSO & Sheriff Ramsay Honors National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Deborah K. Goldman Opens "Turning Over a New Leaf", 4 New Exhibitions at TSKW + Spectacular Raffle (1 in Every 120 Wins) "KW 360 Degrees", Betty in her New Locations at Lucky Street Opened New Large Group Show, Photo Feature Pt. 2 Key West Art Center's Plein Air Contest-Exhibition-Sale, Amanda Johnson Fine Art Gallery Grand Re-Opening at 518 Fleming St. 4/19, Pt. 5 of 5 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction, "Photos of the Week" from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow, "Havana Biennial" Pt. 2 Photos from Cuban Art Guru Nance Frank,

 WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Hundreds of Local News Features-Videos-& Photos, WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM  Extensive Calendar of Events & Links, Hometown Key West, 
WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Hundreds of Photo Galleries + Extensive Calendar of Events, Harrison Gallery's "Collected Works" inc. Cole Harrison's Underwater Photography + Wood Works,  Skipper Kripitz Varied Ensemble Groups ALL Over Town, MOTE Ocean Fest 4/13 + Links to their Latest Excellent E-Mail Campaigns, Season Finale of the Southernmost Chamber Music Society 4/11, South Florida Symphony Orchestra's "MasterWorks IV" Featuring Cellist Julian Schwarz 4/13 + Pt. 2 Photo Feature of MasterWorks III with World Renown Russian Pianist Svetlana Smolina, Salt Island Provisions Presents Norbert Szilagyi, "Happy Hour with the Historian" 4/10 with KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito PHD at BottleCap ( Blue Room), Frangipani Gallery Opened "Our Town", Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Key Celebrates 25 Years 4/14, TSKW Many Classes, WWW.FLA-KEYS.COM (TDC) Monthly On-Line Magazine "Keys Traveler" & We have the April Link, KWBG a few more weeks to Secure a Booth for the Key West Pride Street Fair 6/8 + Next Luncheon 5/1 + Next Mixer is at 801 Bourbon St. 4/10, AnnaMarie Giordano "Life Drawing Workshops" Tuesdays, Aids Help CC, WWW.FKCC.EDU ,

"Race to Cuba : Conch Republic Cup", Next "Distinguished Speaker Honorable Candido Creis Counsel General of Spain "The Spanish Presence in Fla. 1512-1821" at San Carlos, Reef Relief, Zazoo & Daffy Duck, Key West Gallery Presents the Artist to the Stars Adam Scott Rote 5/24-26, Stock Island Studio Tours 4/13,
"Preserve Island Life", Roberta & Peter's KW Playbills, 
WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM , Island House Videos, Sean Callahan's Next Exhibition is from Gregory Little, Red Barn Theatre & Waterfront Playhouse, "Slow Flow Yoga" by Cricket Desmarais, Kyla Piscopink's WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG , WWW.FKSPCA.ORG ,
Next MCSO Animal Farm 4/21, 4/9 at Books and Books "A Wonderful State of Luck" by Anne Beattie & "Author Talk" at KW Library 4/13 "Stella Maris & Other Key West Stories by Michael Carroll, WWW.WOMANKIND.COM , Florida Health Monroe Co., KW Tropic Forest & Botanical Gardens, Vinters Dinner & The Taste of Key West 4/15, Wyland Gallery of KW, Stuart Davis Photographic Exhibitions at the Trop. Cinema Gallery "In Back of 4 Real", KWAHS 4th Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Art Bike Ride 5/4 + at Custom House "You Don't Know Dick : The Lesser Known Earlier Works of Richard Matson 4/19-7/7, Plus the Experimental Duval Mall gets 3 Additional Months Due to Popular Demand & Large Pedestrian Traffic. Thanks for Reading. Ed


Part 2 of 2 The 2019 Key West Art Center's Plain Air Exhibition / Competition & Sale
 WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

Christine Cordone 

Karen Beauprie ( Who is Currently part of a 4 person Show at Frangipani called "Our Town" ; that Opened April 4)

Nancy Henning
Key West Art Center Outdoor Area with Skipper Kripitz playing something like The Steel Drums ; but a way different Sound

 Tennessee Williams Exhibit / Museum ( Now Part of KWAHS. Museum is Located at 513 Truman Ave. 305-294-4527
Pt. 2 of 2 : Photo Feature from the Annual House Party Thrown by Co-Founders and Curators of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum at Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt's House

Eat Drink & Be Merry ; More Tennessee Williams Annual Birthday Celebration at Dennis & Berts House Up Shortly

Pt. 5 : The 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction was the Best Ever.
  Go to Part 1 March 11 & Pt. 2 3/18 Pt. 3 3/25
and Pt. 4 4/1 

More Anne McKee 2019 Artists Fund Fine Art Auction Photos Up Shortly

Pt. 3 of 4

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

Part 1 March 25th Issue :
Part 2 April 1st Issue

.  Here is Part 3 of 4 ; with the next 2 Issues Featuring More of Her Brilliant Photographs along with Verbiage on Her Famous Post Production Techniques. 

"Phoenix - Beachwood Series : Reborn, Renewed, & Very Much Alive"
Metallic C Print on Aluminum Overlaid with UV Resin, Minerals & Paint. This Piece is a Part of Limited Edition of Fifty & Available in Three Varying Sizes : 24 X 36 , 30 X 45, & 40 X 60.

"Vivienne : Tiny Dancer" by Anna Sweet Gallery-Key West
 This Piece is a Part of Limited Edition of Fifty & Available in Three Varying Sizes : 24 X 32, 30 X 40, & 42 X 56. Metallic C Print Mounted to Aluminum & Overlaid with UV Resins, Minerals, Crystals, Glass & Diamond Dust. Available for Purchase in Gallery

Up Shortly "Nalu Anela : Surf Angel

Introducing "Liquid" A line of Photo Realistic Aerial Scenes by Anna Sweet. Inspired by the Many Beaches Sweet has Scouted Throughout Her Years of Shooting Underwater. The Original Works are Created by Mixing Resin + A Combination of Acrylic Pigments and Minerals. The Colors are manipulated & Spread Across Wooden Art Panels Producing Effects of Lacing & Webbing to Mimic The Serenity & Life of the Ocean. Each Piece is Layered with Levels of Color and Translucent Resin Providing the Viewer with a Stunning Three Dimensional Representation of the Sea from Above. Custom Shapes , Sizes, & Surfboard are Available.


More Anna Sweet Gallery Up Shortly

Deborah Goldman Opens "Turning Over a New Leaf" at Her Studio in Big Coppitt
Photo : Barry Fitzgerald

Artist Deborah Goldman presents "Turning Over a New Leaf" event at her private Big Coppitt Key Studio

Executive Contributing Editor Carol Tedesco Sends Regards and This Feature : In Anticipation of an upcoming relocation out of the Florida Keys, artist Deborah Goldman, whose work includes widely collected painted wooden constructions and photographic assemblages inspired by her love affair with nature and fascination with counting, has announced a "Turning Over a New Leaf" art event where she will be selling her works directly to the public from her private Big Coppitt Key studio, 625 US Highway One, Unit 106, April 7-13 from noon to 5:00pm each day.
American artist Sol LeWitt wrote that conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. To observe Goldman, one might not immediately suspect a mystic - her energy is much more sparkling than one would expect of a mystic. But her effervescence is just one facet of a deeply empathic and creative soul in possession of an elegant mind. She conveys her reverence for the mysteries and cycles of life through the language of art.
The two-time South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship winner's career originated some five decades ago with clay, and excited by the engagement and channeling of both mind and body, thought, "This is it.  This is what I want to do with my life." But it wasn't long before she found herself beginning a new chapter, this time with wood-creating large environmental works. "Then," Deborah said, "it was a path." That path included launching, operating and eventually selling a successful interior plant-scape business, and marriage to husband Sidney Goldman. It was Sidney who, during the course of a 1989 Florida road trip, introduced her to the "island of the arts" at mile marker 0. Due to Space Constraints ; this Feature had to be edited...Deborah can be reached at 305-619-0384 and WWW.DEBORAHGOLDMAN.COM 
by Alyson Crean

The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 31 
st class during Tuesday's City Commission meeting. Twenty Four enthusiastic citizens participated in the 12-week class. They join the nearly 600 citizens who now have a better insight to the workings of City government. Each class of the Key West Ambassadors Program has been a special blend of dedicated, involved citizens.
During a Recent City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl and Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz congratulated Class 31. Two current city leaders -- Commissioners Clayton Lopez and Sam Kauffman - were elected after finishing this program. Other alumni have served as mayor and commissioners as well as sitting on other City boards.
The Key West Ambassadors Academy was established in 2003 and is facilitated by volunteers, all of whom graduated the program. Volunteers Stuart Strickland, John Teets and LeeAnne Holland facilitated the class.

In the photo Above: front row left to right: Facilitator Stuart Strickland Christopher Ferarra, Amber DeBevec, Jerry Stahl, Ray Pfeil, Michelle Adam, Colleen Hough, Amanda Velaquez, Karen Grant-Margil, Diane Eliopoulos and facilitator John Teets. Back row: Debbie Harrison, Nancy Ambsterdam, Leas McComas, John DeWald, Ryan Barnett, Anne Barnett, M.J. Taylor, Thomas Pakenas, Stephanie Skyler Hench, Melanija Borlja, Susan Phillips and Dani Hoy. Not pictured: Redza Dempster, Bill Goldner and Jim Morris.


This past week Key West Fire and Rescue attended the annual Florida Keys EMS Awards hosted by Southeastern Medical Academy at the Florida Keys Country Club in Marathon. The Key West Fire Department presented awards to four Key West Paramedic Firefighters and one Registered Nurse from Lower Keys Medical Center for their excellent service and for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The following recipients were honored:  Dylan Snider, Paramedic of the Watch, Green; Jennifer Kouri, Paramedic of the Watch, Red; Riely Barber, Paramedic of the Watch, Blue.  
Carlos Barba was named Paramedic of Year. Paula Turner was named Registered Nurse of the Year for Lower Keys Medical Center. 
In the photo: EMS Chief Eddie Perez, Paramedics of the Watch Riely Barber, Dylan Snider and Jennifer Kouri, Paramedic of the Year Carlos Barba, Registered Nurse of the Year Paula Turner and Fire Chief Michael Davila.

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

Grand Re-Opening Celebration Friday 4/19 6-9p. Come Mix,  Mingle, Snack, Drink a Little, Check Out My Latest Collection + A Drawing for a Signed Limited Edition at 8pm
More Info. in the April 15tgh. Issue plus go to Amanda's FB Event Page :

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


Keys Choral Arts Spring Concert
with Ambassador Academy graduates Meridyth McIntosh, Parlin Meyer, Mary Brady, Fran Decker and Brad Gottschalk. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church : 401 Duval Street
The Next 3 Photos are Closer Shots from Left to Right in Order to get ALL the Choir Members In 


We Start Week 2 of Amazing Photos. I want to thank Executive Contributing Editor Bob Grimm for this Feature; and for all the Great Photographic Material he has sent us ; which has made for some Great Photographic Exhibitions the past 6 years..  To see His Feature from Part 1 ; here is the April 1 Issue Link

Albino Moose is a Rare Sighting

Morning Light for Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

Stunning Sunlight Over Chios

Arabian Black Horse

Home is Where the Heart Is

More"Amazing Photos" Up Shortly

825 White St. 305-294-0609


Fringe Theater takes flight with its upcoming presentation of Air Heart. The production, written and performed by aerial actor Mara Neimanis, is based on the life and flight of Amelia Earhart. Audience and performer will share the stage of the Tennessee Williams Theater for this unique (and very Fringe-y) production to be presented, April 9 through 11 at 7pm.  
Who is Amelia Earhart?
She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the first woman to fly above 14,000 feet, and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland. In 1932, she became the first woman awarded by Congress the Distinguished Flying Cross for "heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight." 
In 1937, Amelia Earhart's plane disappeared. What happened? 
Mara Neimanis envisions an answer in her thrilling and beautiful production of Air Heart. She combines theater and aerial performance to tell the story of a woman determined to get by on her own merits and determined to stay in the air. Air Heart, which was developed in collaboration with director Bryce Butler and sculptor Tim Scofield, takes place on, above, under, and around a spinning 13 foot steel airplane.  
Mara is a protégé of aerial pioneer, Terry Sendgraff. She trained at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and the New England Circus Center. She was an instructor and company member with Dell'Arte International in California and has collaborated with a variety of national and international theater companies. Mara came to Key West for an Artist in Residence program with The Studios of Key West. She moved to Key West soon after!  
"I use aerial work as a storytelling device," she says. "The story of Amelia Earhart is a story of falling and flying, of taking risks and getting lost, but always from a place of heart and courage rather than threat or fear." 
Air Heart runs April 9-11 at 7pm On Stage at the Tennessee Williams Theater, located at 5901 College Road. Tickets are $35 general admission and $45 reserved seating. Tickets are available online at www.fringetheater.orgor by calling 305-731-0581.
PLUS FIELD TRIP FOR SCHOOLS TO "AIR HEART" including Marathon HS, KWHS, Sigsbee, Collegiate Academy Charter, & HOB.  They can learn ALL About Amelia Earhart. Of course ; FRINGE donate lots of time , money, & Effort ; Below is your Chance to help out


MasterWork IV April 13 at TWT 7:30PM
Ravel : Alborada del Gracioso. Libermann : Concerto for Cello + Orchestra; Julian Schwarz on Cello. Shostakovich Symphony#5.  Here is the Direct Link for Tickets

Part 2 Features the South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Svetlana Smolina at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale
but First 3 Few Photos from the March 25th Issue of the MasterWorks III a Few Weeks Ago Featuring World Renown Classic Concert Pianist Svetlana Smolina at the TWT
To see many of the TWT Concert Feature from March 25th Issue ; Click

 Now Part 2 from The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale

More of The South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Svetlana Smolina Performing at The Broward Performing Arts Center in Ft. Lauderdale (Masterworks III) ; Up Shortly


We now Continue with the 2019 Key West Art Center's Plain Air Exhibition-Contest-Sale

 Thomas Avery and Fan

Kathleen Husted

Really nice to see a Youngster Involved and a pretty good artist at that...Due to not having my notes from this event ; I'm sorry that I am not able to Identify this Young Artist
Pt. 3 of the 2019 Key West Art Center's Plein Aire Exhibition-Contest & Sale in the April 15th Issue...Hopefully I'll find my notes; and will give Idents from these two Past Issues.....

We Now Continue with Part 5 of the 2019 Anne McKee Artist Fund Fine Art Auction

Roberta Every Year Sees a Few that she wants and usually makes sure to put in the Highest Bid

Nick Bergery just moments before his Mango Photographic piece goes on stage..Nice Move Nicholas

Then Enjoying Watching the Bidding on his Piece
and then Poses with the Group that Buys A LOT of the Art including His.
More McKee Monetarily & Up Next More From Anna Sweet ; but First 

 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900
SMALL WORKS EXHIBITION STARTS WITH reception 4/13 Saturday 5-7p

Pt. 3
More from the Anna Sweet

"Nalu Anela : Surf Angel" by Anna Sweet Gallery-Key West

Rediating True "Maui Blue" This Piece is Embellished with a State of the Art Glow Pigment that will Remain Illuminated for up to 10 Hours After ONLY 30 Seconds of UV Exposure.   
This Piece is a Part of Limited Edition of Fifty & Available in Three Varying Sizes : 24 X 36, 30 X 45, & 40 X 60. Metallic c Print Mounted to Aluminum & Overlaid with UV Resin, Minerals, Crystals, Glass, Sea Sand, & Glow Pigment. Available for Purchase in Gallery.

A Few More "Liquid" Then on to Our Final Part 4 in the April 15th Issue


Artists in Paradise Gallery (Big Pine Key) Celebrates 25 Years

Artists in Paradise Celebrates Twenty Fine Years
When a few friends came together calling themselves artists in paradise to temporarily show their art work in a vacant store front, they could not know that they would begin a successful art gallery still thriving twenty five years later.
Success followed as the art friends formally created Artists in Paradise Gallery with 19 founding members. A unique feature of cooperative middle Keys gallery is member involvement in all aspects of running the business.
 All are invited to attend as Artists in Paradise hosts a twenty five year anniversary party to celebrate this landmark event with a brunch, Sunday, April 14 from 11am to 1pm at the gallery in the Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key.
From the original 19 members to almost 40 artists now, the gallery features oil, acrylic encaustic and watercolor painters plus a broad array of jewelry, pottery, weavers and sculpture with the focus still on fine art. Throughout the years and through many hurricanes, the gallery has survived and thrived. Long-time supporters of the gallery see the many positive changes; the addition of evening classes, visiting artists in the front windows and nearly weekly receptions in season.
Gallery members credit their longevity to community involvement. Artists in Paradise Gallery prides itself on inclusiveness inviting the Paradise Quilters, area schoolchildren and Florida Keys Council of the Arts Mosaic Project among many others to exhibit at the gallery. To discover events and classes, check the Artists in Paradise Facebook page.
Artists in Paradise Gallery is still in its original location on Big Pine Key in the Winn Dixie Plaza. For further information about the Twenty Five Year Anniversary Brunch or other gallery functions, call 305-872-1828 or check the Facebook page.

A Few Photos of the Exhibition Up Shortly


WWW.SOUTHERTNMOSTCHAMBERMUSICSOCIETY.COM  305-296-5142  at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

View Entire E-Mail Campaign with LINK1
Featuring Cellists Irie Monter & Denise Nathanson. Painists Ann McFarland & Timothy Peterson. Vocalist Dean Warden

The Key West Business Guild : A very Cool Chamber / Organization has their Annual Key West Street Fair.. Go to their Usual Weekly Section Section Below for additional Information. Excellent Disposable Active/Going Out Demographics


We Now Continue with our Multi-Part / Week "Amazing Photos"

Pacific Fruit-Pierling Moth Caterpillar

Mossy Arch Ireland

Wild Horses Outer Banks North Carolina

Nicobar Pigeon

Purple Passion Flower
More Amazing Photos in the April 15th. Issue

KWAHS AND AnnaMarie Giordano Presents "Life Drawing Workshops" Every Tuesday at Fort East Martello Museum 11a-2pm .  $25 for 3 hours. Any  609-884-3474
Model Positions Available



WWW.LUCKYSTREETGALLERY.COM 408 Greene Street 305-294-3973  Opened a Large Group Exhibition a Few Weeks Ago

"Would Works". An group exhibition exploring the various depths and meaning behind the simple past tense and past participle of will.
This exhibition includes works by gallery artists John Martini, Susan Sugar, Michael Haykin, Rebecca Bennett, Seth Smith, AD Tinkham, Carol Munder, Jim Toia and more....Featuring selected works by Charles "Jupiter" Hamilton, Sally Wernicoff, Carlo Mejia and Richard Kemble. 


Everyone's Good Friends Tom & Kathy Buckhard send regards and this info.. As many of you know the huge BIENNAL DE LA HABANA ART FESTIVAL is taking place in Cuba from April 12 through May 12th,.  If you own a boat here is a great opportunity to see beautiful art, visit a beautiful country and go the Cuba LEGALLY . The Conch Republic Cup is a fun sailboat race from Key West to Havana, Cuba.  Power boaters are welcome to come along.  The price is very reasonable.  If interested see the flyer below and contact Karen at
The Next Havana Biennial April 12-May 12 with Legal Visits Orchestrated by Key West Cuban Artist Guru Nance Frank with Renown Cuban Artists-Parties & Exhibits.  Here are a Few Images

More Havana Biennial Up Shortly


The Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, to present on "The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821" at the San Carlos Institute
On Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, who will discuss "The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821" at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West.
Cándido Creis, a career diplomat who has held numerous distinguished positions in the Spanish Foreign Office, will explain the establishment of Spanish La Florida in 1513 after the arrival of Ponce de Leon, the years when Florida was a territory of the Kingdom of Spain, and the impact of that heritage today.
Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at, click "tickets." Early ticket purchase is recommended.  
For more information, contact Society Director of Education Kristina Callaway at 305-295-6616 x 115 or at  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Photo by Carol Tedesco

For the third year in a row, Magaritaville Key West Resort & Marina has presented Key West Art & Historical Society with a $2400 donation towards their "Papio's Pals" Kinetic Coaches in schools education program fund. This year's donation helps to support eight groups of students assisted by Kinetic Coaches in the creation of wild and whimsical kinetic sculpture floats that will be part of the upcoming fourth annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for a noon kickoff on May 4. 

"Students are the future of any community, and art makes every community better," says Dianne Schmidt, General Manager of Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina. "Margaritaville is proud to support our community and especially the youth within Key West and have long been proponents of the local arts." 
More from this and some  of the Other Events at KWAHS Up Shortly 


April 9, 2019
The Connections Project 2019 at Royal Furniture in Searstown Plaza 3326 N. Roosevelt Plaza (Next to Regal Theater). 5-7 pm

Key West / Royal Furniture Opening Reception: A Mosaic of the Keys. Royal Furniture will host the Florida Keys Council of the Arts Key West opening reception to unveil a mosaic wall comprised of 400 6x6 original canvases. Location is 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd, in the Seartown Plaza.
Join us on Tuesday, April 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, and great art with your friends at Royal Furniture.

I believe the "Visions of Cuba" Exhibition may have a few weeks left at Gato.  The Magazine just Finished an 8 Part Feature.

"Noche Social" / Social Nights" by Andres Conde 30 X 22 Oil & 23K Gold Leaf on Canvas

"Personaje / Personage" by Vincent Dopico 50 X 40 Mixed Media on Canvas


If you are interested in participating in any future 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. 


WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval 305-294-8925
" Daffy Duck "

Original color model drawing featuring Daffy Duck in seven different poses, hand-signed below in pencil by Virgil Ross. Accomplished in graphite and colored pencil on animation paper. Warner Brothers Studios, Circa 1990s.


WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 601 Duval St. 305-292-9339
Next Artist Visiting is one of Our Favorites Adam Scott Rote May 24-26


 WWW.COLLECTIONSKW.COM 6810 Front St. 305-923-4778
Our beloved Fastbuck Freddies is no longer, it still however lives on in our hearts. Due to the persistence of Tony Falcone, the philanthropy of CVS and the dedication of the Florida Council of the Arts, the corner windows have been dedicated indefinitely, to the artists of the keys. Located at 500 Duval St, crossed by Fleming Street you will find the work of a Dynamic Trio; Elizabeth Devries,  Karen & Jimmy Wray.
The show will hang thru April 6th!
Wood Work from 100 YO Shutters

Stock Island Tours & Studio Walk April 13 11a-4pm
3 - Stock Yard Studios - Soul House, Damon Designs, Pamela Kostmayer, Perry Arnold, Isabelle & George
4 - Collections Gallery - jewelry, sculpture, paintings, woodcrafts & antiques
5 - ShipWright Artisan - wood turnings & furnishings, paintings by Tommy Avery & Mally Weaver

7 - Washed Up / Made by Soto - wood art & fine jewelry

Collections, Key West - Special Showings:

Stock Island Studio Walk - April 13th 11-4
(many artists, different studio locations)


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

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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
Key West Songwriters:  Deadline  March 7
Mystery Fest Key West: Deadline: May 1
Florida Keys Guitar Summit: Deadline: May 1
Key West Summer Stage: Deadline:  May 1

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.

The Blue Paper has Hundreds of Local Keys News Features-Photos & Videos.  Here is just 6 of them : Taste of Key West at Mallory Square 4/15, Proposal Requested for Douglass Gym Art,Celebrate Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebrations with  Many Events, McKee Artist's Fund Application Grants, Sheriff's Office Receives 16th Consecutive Perfect Financial Audit, Coast Guard Rescues 2 from Sinking Ship Off of Key Largo, KWAHS Presents Retrospective of KW Wood Artist in "Out of the Woods"
Editor's Note : Due to Time Constraints this past Week; I was unable to Update their Weekly Feature in the Magazine.  Of course go to WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM to see the Hundreds of Latest Articles-Photos-& Videos.
 Tennessee Williams Exhibit / Museum ( Now Part of KWAHS. Museum is Located at 513 Truman Ave. 305-294-4527
Pt. 2 of 2 : Photo Feature from the Annual House Party Thrown by Co-Founders and Curators of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Museum at Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt's House

More Up Shortly


Part 2
Artists in Paradise Gallery (Big Pine Key) Celebrates 25 Years


April 7 Ocean Awareness Edition


First Thursday Exhibitions started April 4  and will be up to 4/4-25; and don't forget about Artisans on the Porch : Pot Luck ( Last Wed. of Every Month) Very entertaining the casual hang with the Resident Artists for that month 4/24.

Click these Two TSKW E-Mail Newsletters Link and LINK2 for the Complete Campaign as well as additional Links for Info..

The April "First Thursday" had these 4 New Exhibitions at TSKW


(Bottom-L) The rules of the show are simple - nothing more than 10" in any direction - but the possibilities are endless. Since 2005, Lemonade Stand's annual Small Works Show has become one of the most anticipated exhibitions on the island. Sponsored by Jane Gardner Interiors


(Bottom-R) 10,000 Memories Deep consists of mixed media images that, like dreams, are fragmented yet connected, familiar yet uncertain. In Esposito's work, past meets present, form and color traverse time, and personal narratives prevail. Sponsored by Key TV


(Top-L) Stories are at the heart of Brenda Zlamany's project, The Itinerant Portraitist, which is an ongoing, multiyear project in which she explores the constructive effects of portraiture in communities around the globe. This chapter of her project, "100 + 1: Portraits in Key West" features familiar Key West faces captured in photographs and watercolors created during her residency at The Studios in January 2019. Sponsored by Historic Key West Inns


(Top-R) A true artist of the Keys, Kerry Hoeppner is known for his ability to turn palm fronds, coconuts and other natural bits into whimsical sculptural creations. "My art shows people what can be made from nature's debris, from Einstein's bust to a bumblebee. It stirs imaginations and entertains," Hoeppner says. Supported by Anne McKee Artists Fund. Sponsored by KilwinsWWW.MCKEEFUND.ORG
More from TSKW Up Shortly and Here's the Exhibition link to their website 

Authors Robert Coburn and Rusty Hodgdon Sends regards and tells us :
Show some love for a few furry friends and buy a book for them. The Bow-wow Meow Book Signing takes place on Tuesday, April 16, at Andrews Inn from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. All proceeds donated to the Key West SPCA. Local authors include Reef Perkins and Rusty Hodgdon. Author Robert Coburn is flying in from California to be there. Andrews Inn is secluded at the end of Whalton Lane which is off Duval Street in the 900 block. Hint: it's right behind the Hemingway House. Owners Mike and Albena Dana are hosting the event and food and drinks will be served. Drop by and meet the writers. Buy a book and make a future pet happy. Good boy! for any additional Info. 305-294-7730. Address for this Event at the Andrews Inn is 0 Whalton Lane

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


"Our Town" at Frangipani Just Opened

Frangipani Gallery is pleased to present new Plein Air paintings by Karen Beauprie and Fran Decker at the First Friday Art Stroll last week at 1102 Duval.  Lainie Davia and Helen Rebane will also feature Atocha coins,new jewelry and fused glass.  Show runs through April 30. 

Karen Beauprie is known for her en Plein Air watercolor paintings that capture the scenes around Key West and Stock Island.  Look for her dog Tucker in the paintings, which feature boats, beaches and bars.

Fran Decker has a series of sunrise paintings based on her morning bike rides and some sunsets from her travels.

Lainie Davia will be bringing her beautifully mounted shipwreck coins and is offering a special one night discount of 25%. Below Silver on Enamel

Helen Rebane has new jewelry and fused glass plates from recycled bottles in blue and green hues.


Sean Callahan's "Platforms" His Latest Batch of Works at His Gallery : Dog Tired Studio & Gallery 1011 Whitehead St. 802-989-5910 WWW.DOGTIREDSTUDIO.NET
FTL & World Renown Artist Gregory Little Exhibition Up Soon.


 WWW.SALTISLANDPROVISIONS.COM 830 Fleming St. 305-896-2980. 
Norbert Szilagyi returns to art scene at SALT
            After a long hiatus from the art world, much-beloved Key West folk artist Norbert Szilagyi will make his triumphant return to the gallery scene this month. For the month of April, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St.) will feature a new collection of Szilagyi's vivid acrylic paintings, entitled "Folk on the Border." To celebrate Szilagyi's triumphant artistic reemergence after so many years, SALT hosted an opening reception Last Week and the April 15th Issue will have many of his Paintings.
As a child, Szilagyi immigrated to the U.S. with his family after escaping their native Hungary during a revolution attempt. He grew up in Ohio, served in the U.S. Navy and subsequently returned to Ohio to attend Kent State University.
In 1987, Szilagyi found his way to Key West and settled here to start creating art, where he became a disruptive force in the art scene in more ways than one. Driven by the lack of art in public places in Key West, Szilagyi took it upon himself to paint a city bus bench in his typical colorful style. To thank him for his service, the city issued him a police citation for vandalism, which was promptly rescinded and followed up with a request to paint more benches.


We Now Continue with our Final Part (5 of 5)
More of the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction

More Anne McKee Up Shortly

 "Meteor Shower" by Steve Martin 3/26-4/20


The Two below are The Polar Plunge and 2019 Women's March

They have hundreds of Photo Galleries and an Extensive Calendar of Events. Happy Birthday Johnny White.


We Now Continue with Part 2 of 2 The South Florida Symphony Orchestra with Special Guest Svetlana Smolina performing  at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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

April 7th. Noon to 3PM at Pier House "Dirty Dog Wash"
Any questions Call Tiffany at 305-294-4857 or write


For more information about the company or its programs and performances or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or email Kyla at
5525 College Rd. 305-296-2424

Sue Harrison has been sending us Great Material Year round from the MCSO; and Notes what Sheriff Ramsay said :
Beautiful day in Key West attending the ceremony for National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Was an honor to remember and recognize the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who made it home.  Thank you for your service veterans.


WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM 305-440-0529 2011 Flagler Ave. 
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. 


We now Continue with the 2019 Annual Tennessee Williams Exhibit / Museum TW Birthday Celebration Party at Dennis and Bert's House




We Now Continue with Havana Biennial. Images Provided by Cuban Art Guru Nance Frank Gallery on Greene.
The Next Havana Biennial April 12-May 12 with Legal Visits Orchestrated by Key West Cuban Artist Guru Nance Frank with Renown Cuban Artists-Parties & Exhibits.  Here are a Few More Images

 305-293-7500 1100 Simonton St. 33040

Mystery Fest Key West Announces 2019 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition-Entry Deadline is April 15
Key West, Florida Keys -- Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript? Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for the 2019 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2019 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 6th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 28-30 in Key West, Florida.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to
no later than April 15, 2019. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts. To make room for the latest Publicity Verbiage that was sent over I had to edit this feature that we ran for a few weeks. Clcik link below for more details 
Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details, complete schedule of Mystery Fest Key West events and a Fest registration form are all available at  WWW.MYSTERYFESTKEYWEST.COM 

Here is the Latest Material :
One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in Next Gray Basnight Novel
Key West, Florida Keys - Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of an upcoming 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, the sequel to "Flight of the Fox," tentatively titled "Madness of the Q" and expected in 2020 from Down & Out Books.
"Since Key West is the final action scene in "Flight of the Fox," I'm especially looking forward to my first Mystery Fest Key West festival.  It'll be that much more fun when I meet the winner who gets to be named as either a 'good guy or gal' or 'bad guy or gal' in the sequel.  And I can promise there are plenty of both to keep the action moving," said Basnight.
Basnight, a former broadcast newsman and actor is slated to be a panelist at the upcoming "Mystery and Intrigue in Paradise" themed Mystery Fest Key West, a gathering of mystery, true crime and suspense writers and fans set to take place in Key West, Florida, June 28-30.
All Mystery Fest Key West panels and presentations will take place at The Studios of Key West, a center for the arts located in the island's historic Old Town district. Event registration is $195 and includes all panels, presentations, a lunch and a brunch, and social events.
Sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, the Helmerich Foundation, and The Gardens Hotel. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and details on the Fest's 2019 Whodunit Mystery Writing Contest, visit


 305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Drive 33040

Just a few of the Skipper Kripitz Ensemble Gig around Key West

    At Virgilio's, on Tuesday, April 9th @ 9pm, Skipper's weekly "League of Crafty Musicians" series will present a performance of the Keys premier fusion band, the CRZBs.   Featuring Pat Metheny-inspired, Brazilian-grooved originals, and plenty of Steely Dan, Sting, Boz, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Herbie, Chick, John Scofield, Hall&Oates, Jon Cleary, Sly, etc.   Chris Burchard, blazes on guitar, Rob DiStaci plays keyboards and sings every note from the heart, Joe Dallas, Jr.  grooves on the  bass, and skippo drives it home, on drums. So, catch a great nite of soulful rock, brazilian, and funk fusion, with the one and only CRZBs, on April 9th, at Virgilio's, 524 Duval (rear). Call 296-1075 for more info. 

Megan Clay with Skippo Below

Above Rob DiStasi Below  Chris Buchard

At the Little Room, 821 Duval, the CRZBs Consort trio, will appear every Wednesday in April, beginning on April 3rd @8pm.  Playing  Brazilian & classic  jazz standards, along with some originals, and groove fusion tunes by Chick, Herbie, Metheny, Scofield, etc., will be Chris Burchard on guitar,  Joe Dallas  on acoustic bass, & skippo on drums.  

At the Little Room, [821 Duval], the CRZBs Consort trio, will appear on Wednesday April 10th,  @8pm.  Playing  Brazilian & classic  jazz standards, along with some originals, and groove fusion tunes by Chick, Herbie, Metheny, Scofield, etc., will be Chris Burchard on guitar,  Tim McAlpine on fretless Gaudin bass, & skippo on drums.  
 On Friday April 12th from 5:30 pm, the  famed Sunset Happy Hour at Salute restaurant on Higgs Beach  will present Miz Raven Cooper, on acoustic guitar & phenom vocals. A hybrid musical genre unto herself, there is nothing like a global & Americana Raven music show, with root tunes that span from early 20th century Tin Pan Alley Songbook right up to modern /classic pop & island melodies.  Joining the Rave is Marty Stonely on flute, & a whole 'gaggle of saxophones' , & skippo on percussives.  Come, experience the magick. Plus, this trio will also be featured at Virgilio's on April 16th, from 9 pm, for 'skipper's Tuesday League of Crafty Musicians' series.  
At famed Blue Heaven restaurant & entertainment emporium, the Small Mystery Band will be the featured brunch music on Saturday April 13th from 10 am-1pm. Longtime music director of Little Palm Island, Phil Sampson, will be on keyboards, with  skippo on drums.  They will be playing lotsa stylized swing & Brazilian grooves of those timeless jazz standards, some well known, some more artsy & rarely heard.  And look for some possible Poetry Guild folks dropping by & doin some jazz & poetry improv. Call 296-8666 for more info.
  The amazing Scott Marischen on jazz harp, will be featured on Sunday April 14th from 5:30 pm, at the Gardens Hotel Jazz Happy Hour.  Joining Scott will be Chris Burchard on guitar, skippo on percussives,  & Tim McAlpine on fretless bass. The lush tropical jazz sounds will include some  instrumental swing standards, as well as a lot of Brazilian, some select pop pieces, & showcasing several classic Pat Metheny tunes.  The Scott Marischen jazz harp ensemble is a completely unique fusion sound!  For more info, call the Gardens Hotel  at 294-2661.
Photo by Ralph De Palma

Due to Time Constraints will Update the Images Next Week
 Sun. 4/7 Songwriters Speaker Series : Gabrielle Wright, Clint Bullard & Jack Wolf

Wed. 4/10 Night Ranger (Shows 6:30 & 9:30p)

Fri 4/12 Local Spotlight Les Green + River Seine of the Swayzees ( Back Stage Listening Room)

Sun 4/14 Richard Marx


Tues. 4/16 Edwin McCain




   April 12th-Local Spotlight: Les Greene & River Seine of The Swayzees-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm, April 14 Richard Marx 8pm,     April 16th -Edwin McCain -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       April 19th -The Psychedelic Furs -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       April 20th -Local Spotlight: Tony Roberts in the Back Stage Listening Room-Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm.   April 22nd -49th Earth Day with That Hippie Band-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     April 27th -Nashville Songwriters In The Round: Rob Hatch, Paul Jenkins, Justin Wilson-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,       May 2nd-Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull-Show 8pm/ Doors 7pm,       May 3rd -Off The Record with Britt Myers featuring Terri White, Bill Muehlhauser & Qmitch Jones-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   May 5th-Songwriters Speakeasy Series: Cliff Cody, Dora Gholson & Tony Baltimore- Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm,       May 12th-Local Spotlight: Joal Rush-Show 7pm/Doors 6:30pm,     May 19th -Songwriters Speakeasy Series: On The Big Stage! -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,    May 24th -David Crosby & Friends: Sky Trails Tour 2019 -Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,   May 25th -Key West Blues Festival Presented by Joel Barrios-Show 8pm/Doors 7pm,     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 at Truman Waterfront- Doors 3:30PM/Show 4:30PM,     June 20th - Brian Imbus: Miracles of the Mind , Mentalist- Show 8:00PM/Doors 7:00PM,   August 17th -Havana Nights-Show 8pm/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


Our Weekly Feature from Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow "Photos of the Week" 
(Bottom-L) Local artist Michael Kunkel, center holding painting, was honored by Dennis Beaver and sponsor Martha Robinson with the first place award in the annual Tennessee Williams Museum Recreational painting contest with the Key West Library as the theme. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Bottom-L) The husband and wife team of Reef Perkins (left) and Roberta DePiero took home the first place award in this year's Tennessee Williams Museum Short Story contest.  The sponsor was George Fernandez, right, of the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Photo by Pete Arnow.

(Top- R) Key West writer/photographer Roberta DePiero reads an excerpt of the prize winning story she wrote with her husband Reef Perkins in this year's Tennessee Williams Museum Short Story contest. Photo by Pete Arnow.
(Top-R) Community Foundation of the Florida Keys Diana Sutton was honored at this year's Women of Integrity and Man of Valor Samuels House Contest and is shown her with her friend Greg Dunbar. Photo by Pete Arnow.


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We Continue with the 2019 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction
The Couple in the Middle (Paddle 537) Out Bid everyone on the Final Item #50 by Sal Salerno
Here's a Few Pic on that went

Another Great Year ; Looking forward to the 2020 Anne McKee Artists Fund Fine Art Auction; Wow 2020 next Year.


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

America's Top Songwriters to Perform the 24th Annual Songwriters Festival May 8-12

Connect and Protect ; One of the Many Features that TDC insert in their materials to help with Conservation of The Keys

Islamorada's 28th. Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Make sure to check out ALL the TDC Materials ; which Include Photo Galleries, Video, and Extensive Events and Information Materials

WWW.THEKEYWEST.GARDEN  5210 College Rd. 305-296-1504

The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.  For more information please call the Garden at 305.296.1504 or visit the website at


Allison Rich
Sr. Library Assistant
Monroe County Public Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL  33040
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming Street is offering free workshops on Windows 10 Laptop Basics every Thursday morning at 10 AM and Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM in April. Each class can hold 10 students, and registration is required. Call to reserve your spot today! 305-292-3595.


Author Michael Carroll will discuss his new short story collection, "Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories," on Saturday April 13 at 6:00pm, at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. Carroll's debut story collection, "Little Reef," won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction. Originally from Florida, he is married to writer Edmund White and lives in New York City. 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
Last Weekend ; this Ensemble was Brilliant : Peter Diamond Ilacqua
, vocals & percussion; Mark Rose, saxophone & flute; Tim McAlpine, guitar;  Hal Howland, drums. 

Monday, April 8, James King, III, 5-7pm, Tuesday, April 9, WINE CLASS! 6-7:30 pm RSVP 305-294-2661, Wednesday, April 10, Megan Clay, 5-7pm, Thursday, April 11, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Friday, April 12, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Saturday, April 13, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm, Sunday, April 14, Jazz In The Gardens!  Scott Marischen & Friends, 5:30-8 pm

Monday, April 15, James King, III, 5-7pm. Tuesday, April 16, Megan Clay, 5-7 pm. Wednesday, April 17, Megan Clay, 5-7pm. Thursday, April 18, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm. Friday, April 19, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm. Saturday, April 20, Jimmy Olson, 5-7pm
Sunday, April 21, Jazz In The Gardens! Libby York & Friends, 5:30-8 pm. This is Libby's last show of the season with Jazz In The Gardens.


 Happy Hour with the Historian (Cori Convertito PHD) at BottleCap The Blue Room 1128 Simonton St. 4/10 4:30-5:30pm


People eager to savor the flavors of the multifaceted Florida Keys can do so at the 24th annual 'Taste of Key West', a tempting tasting set for 6-9 p.m. Monday, April 15. The eclectic feast takes place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West's world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration.  Foodies can stroll edibles and drinkables, including seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, European dishes and desserts and buy tickets based upon what looks best. Restaurants and food vendors from across the Lower Keys and Key West donate their staffs' time and extraordinary culinary talents to create delectable small plates. A selection of wines from across the globe are provided by Republic National Distributing Company.  A vast selection of beers is also offered. In addition, a kids' zone is planned to entertain young attendees.
 General admission is free. Food/beverage tickets and packages are now available for purchase at There, for $25, you can obtain a foodie voucher to be redeemed for a collectible, imprinted wine or print glass and $20 infood/beverage tickets. Other specially-priced packages are also available, including Date Night and Company options. Money raised helps benefit The SMART Ride 16, the mid-November bike ride from Mimi to Key West that annually benefits participating Florida Agencies who specialize in healthcare and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. This year's Agencies include AH, Pridelines, Broward House, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Miracle of Love, Inc. and Compass Community Center.
The night prior, the Vintners Dinner at Café Sole, 1029 Southard Street, from 6 pm - 10 pm, will uncork a different kind of "passport to the palate," AH Executive Director Scott Pridgen notes. Participating chefs include David Fuhrman and John Correa; dessert will be presented by Lori Shubert of Cupcake Sushi. There will be of course, flowing grape, too. Wine representatives and winemakers from some of the top wineries and vineyards will be on-hand to pour and discuss their best labels in-depth. Tickets, at $125-per, are on sale NOW by accessing
"It's 48 hours of appreciating good food and wine while spending time with friends old and new," Pridgen explains. "Great food and drink...smiles, suntans, that waterfront defines 'Taste of Key West' in every way."


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) 

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Mote battles unprecedented threat to Florida's coral reefs

New research results, expanded restoration efforts target stony coral tissue loss outbreak


Ocean enthusiasts, eco­travelers and families can revel for the reefs at Mote's Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Truman Waterfront Park in Key West.
Come for the great food, music, shopping and games; stay and learn from conservation and environmental exhibitors, including Mote scientists. Proceeds and donations from the festival support Mote's coral reef restoration and research programs.
Can't attend but want to help? Purchase the Protect Our Reefs license plate for Florida drivers: WWW.MOTEREEFPLATE.COM .
 For each plate sold, Mote's Protect Our Reefs program receives a direct $25 donation that goes straight to the restoration and research of coral reefs. I have Mine that Recently replaced Save The Courga .
PLUS On e of the Latest MOTE's E-Mail Campaigns (April 6) One of the Feature's is the 33rd Annual Run for the Turtles on the West Coast : LINK2



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

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 "Artists on the Deck" Pot Luck Networking Casual Event : Last Wed. of Every Month. ( next 4/24)

607 Ashe StreetThe Studios' Artist Residency Cottages

Click This Link for Complete Information on this Raffle : A few Things 
$36 per Ticket ( Only 1-120 Chances of Winning ; Pretty Great Odds Considering the Value of the 3 Prizes, & Drawing is May 1)

Prize 1 : A Happy Hour Party for 25 people on Our New Rooftop Terrace and get a 360 Degree View of KW
Prize 2 : A Four Night Stay at AMBROSIA 
3) A $360 Amazon Gift Card


Below Just a Few of the Classes Available at TSKW Covering Many Categories of interest.. Here is the Link to the TSKW Website's Complete Class Schedule
Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth Tues. April/May & June All levels, materials included. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he's one of the island's most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week.
Summer Solstice with Susan Sugar Fri-Mon June 21-24: Welcome summer with this plein air class - a perennial favorite.
Sat. June 29 Workshop "It's Not all B & W with Laura Oswald Clark
Explore the many sides of charcoal for creating value and texture.

Now Accepting Poems for The Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens..Through April 12
Sat & Sun April 27 & 28 Read, discuss and write essays exploring personal narrative with Chris Daley
Thur April 11 & Sat 4/13 Make a pendant or earrings with precious metal clay with Pat Henriques
Jan to End of May : "Slow Flow Yoga" with Cricket Desmarais in The Gallery at TSKW 


WWW.TROPICCINEMA.COM 305-396-4944 416 Eaton St.
KW Photographer Stuart Davis is Exhibiting from 3/4 to End of April at the Tropic Cinema Gallery "IN BACK OF 4 REAL" Consists of 35 Constructed Photographs for you to View Before or After a Movie.  This will be Stuart Davis's 5th Exhibit at The Tropic Cinema Gallery. You can Find His 7 Photographic & 10 Story / Photo Books on AMAZON .
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


Artist Richard Peter Matson celebrated in upcoming exhibit at Custom House Museum. KWAHS : BRYAN GALLERY "You Don't Know Dick : The lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson. April 19- July 7 Contact : Cori Convertito PHD 305-295-6616 X 112
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the work of painter Richard Peter Matson in "You Don't Know Dick: The Lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson,"which opens with a special reception on Friday, April 19 from 6:00pm -7:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum. The exhibit will reveal Matson's masterful handling of paint, color, and imagery and his ability to capture the essence of the island with his trademark tropical light, saturated colors, and mysterious shadows.
"You Don't Know Dick: The Lesser Known Works of Richard Peter Matson" will run through July 7. For more information call Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112, email her at, or  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 
Above Painting 'Butch', a painting that will be featured in Dick Matson's upcoming exhibit at the Custom House Museum, was created in 1987, and is in the artist's private collection. 
Call for Artists for the Key West Art & Historical Society Fourth Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade
Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders, and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Fourth Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade (think art with parts that move), set to kick off at the Custom House Museum in Key West, Saturday, May 4 at 12:00pm. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age can enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade.Human-powered Kinetic Sculptures and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical-the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including a youth/school category. 
Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, a full weekend of kinetic revelry kicks off Friday, May 3 and runs through Sunday, May 5.  
Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Registration deadline is WHEN for kinetic sculpture floats and WHEN for art bike entries. For registration information and guidelines and a full event schedule, visit   The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 

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Next Mixer Wed. April 4/10 at 801 Bourbon St. Club 5:30-7pm
Next Luncheon May 1 at Marriott Beachside (Tavern N Town); Click RSVP link to be connected to their website and Reserve a Seat

Call Kevin at Above Contact Info. for details and to get involved





Book signing
Join us from 11am to 1pm every Saturday to meet a new author.  
The Next Saturday Morning Signing 
Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West - 533 Eaton St, Key West 33040.  
305-320-0208 Emily@TSKW.ORG
Here is a Partial April Listing of Events

Literary Reading and Book signing
Anne Beattie - A Wonderful Stroke of Luck
Tuesday, April 9th. 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Anne Beattie will read from and discuss her new book A Wonderful Stroke of Luck. In this new novel Beattie explores the connections among a group of people who attended a boarding school in the very early aughts and fell under the spell of an enigmatic, manipulative teacher. Book signing to follow.

Literary Reading and Book signing
Pam Jenoff - The Lost Girls of Paris 
Wednesday, April 17th. 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pam Jenoff will read from and discuss her book The Lost Girls of Paris, a suspenseful and inspiring read about the brutality of war, the scars left on its survivors and the inspiring tenacity of the human spirit. Book signing to follow.

Media Presentation and Book signing
Jason Dewees - Designing with Palms 
Friday, April 19th. 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jason Dewees will give a presentation on his award winning book Designing with Palms. Book signing to follow.


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As well as being connected by the iconic Overseas Highway, the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain also is connected by a vibrant community of artists. From now through May 3, art lovers can view a travelling 24-foot mural featuring the work of close to 400 creative spirits during a series of exhibitions throughout the Keys. "The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys" comprises nearly 400 individual canvases measuring 6 inches square that were provided to artists and arts-minded residents.
Their resultant works - produced in mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to photography, mixed media and quilting - showcase subjects including birds and sea life, palms and waterfront scenes, abstract visions and local landmarks.
"The mural's 'road show' tour from Key Largo to Key West celebrates the longstanding connections between the communities of the Keys," said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which spearheaded the project.

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



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