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Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends February 8, 2021
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
FEBRUARY 8, 2021
(NOTE : This Issue may arrive Just as the SuperBowl Starts; so of course ; if you are a Football Fan Simply Save to Read after the Game).Of Course If you do Open it and want to continue later ; simply Close the Issue and then Simply Re-Open the Constant Contact E-Mail that the February 8th. Issue Came Through.
We start off each Issue with our Lead Tease Photos (Each Photo will Represent a Feature in this Issue). After These Lead Photos will be our Weekly 'CRISIS CENTER"& Then ALL Entertainment and Non Pandemic Material Will Be Featured...Above : A Self Photograph taken by Skipper Kripitz which really tugs at my heart Strings (won't explain why to not influence your take), Ben Harrison continues the Musical Series "Old Town New Folk Virtual Streaming Concert Series (Complete Schedule Below). Key West's Own Poet Laureate Flower Conroy Receives the National Endowment of the Art Fellow For Creative Writing.
Below : We Continue with Our Lead Tease Photos that Represents a Lead Feature in this February 8th. Issue : Pt. 2 Photographic Feature "62 Vintage Photos of Life in America during the 60s with Credit to the Original Photographer David Gelinas & brought to us by You-Tube Provider "Ruth's Truth", Next Up : The Searle Brothers Annual Spring Sale at their Large SW Terrace Farm on the Mainland in March, Michael Robinson Performs Every Friday 5-6P on Facebook, Anne McKee 2021 Fine Art Auction ( This Year done on Line), Info. on the Artisan Market, Karen Wray's "Collection Art Gallery" on Stock Island an Exhibition from Margo Ellis, Part 1 of a New WWW.GROOVYHISTORY.COM Photographic Feature called "54 Rare Historical Photographs" by Harmon Leon, "Tales Told Twice" by Bob Bowersox and Melody Moore of Theatre XP WWW.THEATREXP.ORGWWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM Now More then ever are Delievery of Books (either Hard Copy Via Mail or Online) with Thousands of Titles from MANY from Local Authors. NEXT UP BELOW IN OUR FIRST BATCH OF TWO LEAD TEASE PHOTOSECTIONS : South Florida Symphony Orchestra & Their Schedule of On-Line Streamin Video Concerts, More Anne McKee 2021 Fine Art Auctio 2/4-2/17, Painting /Drawing Classes Sponsored by The Key West Art Center Featuring Lothar Speer and (Below) Karen Beauprie, Karen and Mark Celebrate their 2nd Year Anniversay on White Street for their Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography, (WWW.TSKW.ORG) The Studios of Key West has Many Sections in this Issue Featuring Classes-Events-Exhibitions-Theatrical Plays-Network Parties-Concerts (Below is the Next "BETWEEN TWO PALMS") Featuring Dylan and Becky Ann Dylan (and Complete Schedule) + "Smithtown" Directed and Produced by Stephen Kitsakos with Lead Actor Michael Urie (Streaming Live 2/13-27, The Key West Art Gallery This Weekend has D Arthur and Lisa Wilson ( Feature & Photos Next Week)-GingerBread Square Gallery has Nyla Witmore & Christos Calivas (2/8-22 : Feature & Photos Below)- Adam Russell at Letty's Jag Gallery with the Help of Curator Alaen Ledesma Fernandez : Features & Photos Next Week)- Gallery on Greene has Michael Marrero & Peter Vey & Nance Frank Curates the Esterio Segura Exhibition at TSKW (Features & Photos Next Week). Next Segment will give Part 2 of Our Lead Tease Photos Representing Features
FROM THE ON-LINE ANNE MCKEE 2021 AUCTION
Additional Info. On These Two : Note Most of the 54 Items will have a starting Bid of $250-$500.
CAT 20 WHERE THE NAUTILUS GO by SEAN CALLAHAN (PANELS 36 X 36) Acrylic on Tryptic on Gesso Board . Starting Bid $2500. Value $5000
CAT 22 KEYS PORTAL by TONY GREGORY 36 X 24 Acrylic on Canvas. Starting Bid $600. Value $1200
IMPORTANT NOTE : This Issue & The Next Issue will Have Many of the 54 Items Displayed. Bidding Started on 2/4 ; go to their Website WWW.MCKEEFUND.ORG to see the current bids. Can also be seen in person at TSKW
DYLAN BAKER FEB 10
ALSO IN THE TSKW SECTION STEPHEN KITSAKOS DIRECTS "SMITHTOWN" 2/13-27 STREAMING
BECKY ANN BAKER FEB 10
PLUS IN THE TSKW SECTION SO MANY CLASSES-EVENTS-EXHIBITIONS. AMAZING WHAT THEY ARE DOING YEAR ROUND FOR SO MANY YEARS
The Next Batch of Photos Representing Many of the Features in this February 8th Issue : Anna Sweet Comes back from California to do a Special Exhibition in Palm Beach, Zazoo Fine Art and Iconic Memorabilia Photographs Presents a Great Buy in a Bruce Springsteen Signed Album Cover, MCSO Sheriff Ramsay Gives an Award, FKSPCA Presents another Round of Very Cute Adoptions, The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Presents their Annual 82nd "GardenFest", A few More Days of B. Lucy Stevens at Jag Gallery and then on 2/11 Adam Russell, WWW.TSKW.ORG has so many classes, Roberta DePiero has her weekly Feature "Around Key West in Photographs", More Information from the South Florida Symphony Orchestra Featuring Svetlana Smolina in April, Excellent Covid-19 Information from Dr. John "Jack" Norris + He Receives Another Award, Info. From KWFF's Miranda McGuire"Cinema Sundays" from The Key West Film Festival at the Perry Hotel 6pm WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM , Our Weekly Photographic Feature "Around the World in Photographs" ( This Week : El Salvador), WWW.KWLS.ORG Presents "Old Town Literary Walking Tours", MOTE-REEF RELIEF-KW WILDLIFE CENTER- ECO DISCOVERY CENTER-FKSPCA- DR. DAVID VAUGHAN'S "PLANT A MILLION CORALS-KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN-FWC- KEY WEST BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY & Additional Eco-Nature-Animal-Wildlfe Features. Also in this February 8th. 2021 Issue Mandy Miles, Britt , Guy, Gwyn, Sara, Naja, Arnaud, Jim McCarthy & the Other Great Writers with The Weekly Publications, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM, & Konk Life, Valentine's Day Dinner at The SouthernMost House 2/14, FREE Concert by Impromptu Classic Concerts of Key West 3/14, and So Many Additional Features..Thanks to the Hundreds of Associate Contributing Editors that send us Material & Thanks for Reading. Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.
SO MANY CLASSES TAKING PLACE FOR THE NEXT 4 MONTHS; AND AS USUAL WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE WWW.TSKW.ORG WEEKLY SECTION
$90, $70 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)
Limit 8 students.
DIY spa night: Friday February 12 at 6pm (session will run for 3 hours)
Students will meet at the Carriage Trade Artist Residencies at 529 Eaton St.
DR. JOHN "JACK" NORRIS been one of the LEADERS in Helping out The Keys Understand what has been going on with this Pandemic; and also makes Frequent Appearances at the Key West Bi Monthly Commission / Mayor Meetings and Monroe County Meetings. He is one of the LEADING Voices of Reason. Thank You. We Have His Videos.
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
February 1, 2021 going out to 7823 Weekly.
The Weekly "CRISIS INFORMATION CENTER" Feature has Grown Large in Order to keep you Well Informed from
The City of KW , Monroe County, KWPD, One Clean Island (OCI), MCSO, CDC, SOS, Key West Recovers, & Other Very Important Local & National Organizations. This Info. will now APPEAR after Both Parts of the TEASE Photos (Shortly); Then Every Week as a PART 2 LINK at the Very End of Each Part 1 Issue. Much of the Material could be weeks/months old..but is Valuable Reference Material.
ALSO IN PART 2 : Extensive Listings of Many Websites from Local Organizations that have Contributed Features the Last 8 Years + Most of the Art Gallery Websites + Many Local Entertainment Videos + Classic Music Videos. EDITOR'S NOTE : At the Very Bottom of this Issue are 2 Larger Articles 1) From CDC 10/22: Covid-19 Exposure & CDC Updated Suggestions.
2) 12/5 Potential Way of Distributing and Tracking the Vaccines. Although the Articles are Months old; the Info. provided is very valuable
Jason & Kate Kohler Owners of The Weekly WWW.KEYSWEEKLY.COM 305-743-0844 Jason@Keysweekly.com
Guy DeBoer Sailor Extraordinaire and Owner & Editor of the Konk Publications WWW.KONKLIFE.COM 305-296-1630 Info@Konklife.com
Nadine Orr Grossman Wears Many Hats ; and she and staff (Lindsey-Trevor-and many additional Volunteers & Contributing Companies) for the newley formed KEY WEST RECOVERS has complied many Links /Assistance and Each week growing. Here is just a few PRIMARY / IMPORTANT LINKS that gives a wealth of Information : Nadine Tells Us "Inserted is our resource sheet – it’s a great start for Free & Low Cost resources. Visit KeysHelp.org for the United Way & FKOC’s application for assistance and their Resource guide or the City’s Web Page
firstname.lastname@example.org for human service needs. email@example.com to reach me –for general and business questions." Additional Info. for . "We've Got the Keys" Further Down in this Issue. Once again please click the Above Links for an amazing amount of of useful Information.
FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH : MONROE COUNTY COVID-19 Call Center 24/7 305-293-7500 . 1-866-779-6121 and/or E-Mail COVID-19@FLHEALTH.GOV.
Here is a very informatiove Somewhat Up to Date
Site from the Monroe County Health Department
Please monitor Monroe.flhealth.gov. A press release will also be issued when the website and hotlines are ready for Info. on Signing Up for Vaccines. These will not be released until more vaccines arrive in the county. Once again some of my Info. can be a month old or weeks old; but LEFT IN due the Importance of having Reference Material for You
A Fast Thank You to Juliana Waynick Juliana.Warwick@Flhealth.gov at the Florida Dept of Health Monroe County and
On February 1, 2021 Public Information Officer for Monroe County Kristen Livengood Writes and send us the following : FLORIDA LAUNCHES STATEWIDE PREREGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
MONROE COUNTY, FL – The state announced the launch of a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers. Individuals can preregister for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov.
This website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available at state-supported vaccination sites. On the site, residents can select their county and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.
Vaccine supply remains limited and appointments may not be available for several weeks in some counties. Additionally, as part of the statewide registration system, each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and preregister if they do not have internet access. or for Monroe County residents by calling 866-201-7069 (TTY: 833-990-2908). Whether a resident calls by phone or visits myvaccine.fl.gov, their place in line will be reserved reliably using Sharecare software.
As outlined in Executive Order 20 – 315, individuals who are eligible for the vaccine in Florida are: Long-term care facility residents and staff; Persons 65 years of age and older; and Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
If someone does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will not be able to preregister. Monroe County’s COVID-19 helpline is 833-540-2081.
STEPHANIE LEONE RIVAS OF (OCI) ONE CLEAN ISLAND ; She has done amazing Interviews using questions that she and staff gathers ; as well as making it extremely easy for her readers to send in questions before the interviews.. Stephanie also Posts a Large Amount & Extremely Important Information on her / OCI Facebook Sites.
Stephanie and the Staff Posted a Few Weeks Ago on their Facebook a Look Back at the Last Few Months of Posts-Videos-Tags, Charts and so Much Great Information..Thanks OCI for all the Great Work You Do.
Editors Note : This Article by Mayor Johnston is about a week old; but have left this info in due to Valuable Information; and As I write often plese look for updates from the Sources.
Mayor Teri Johnston writes : A COVID Vaccine Update from the County: For the next several weeks the COVID-19 vaccination allocation for Monroe County is as follows:
250 doses/week Publix Key Plaza Key West
250 doses/week Publix Islamorada
100 doses/week Monroe County Health Dept
Allocations are approved by the Governor’s Office. There has been no indication when, or if, the allocation formula will change.
The state-wide appointment system (ShareCare) is scheduled to be fully operational by Feburary 12. It wil provide registration either by phone or on-line. Appointments will be scheduled when there is vaccine available. Those individuals who were able to register previously will be automatically added to the register.
Mayor Teri Johnston Writes : From our Friends at the United Way of Collier & the Keys: If you can document significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and are a City of Key West resident or a Stock Island resident who works in Key West, you may be eligible for rental assistance. To apply, contact ONE of the agencies listed below (each agency will be using the same application process). You will need a copy of your lease, proof of income, and photo ID. More details below. www.keyshelp.org
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENTS IS THE ANNE MCKEE ARTISTS FUND AUCTION. Of Course ; this Year will be an Interesting Experience since the Auction will be done On-Line.. This Issue will devote much space to Understanding How to Bid and View; and I will have about 25 of the Works in the Auction..The Feb 15th Issue will have another 20 Works to add to your Viewing Experience ; One of the Next McKee Sections in this Issue will have the Link to View ALL 54 Auction Items; from Local Artisans...
IMPORTANT NOTE : This Issue & The Next will Have Many of the 54 Items Displayed. Bidding Started on 2/4 ; go to their Website WWW.MCKEEFUND.ORG to see any current bids.
The First 6 Items Below
CAT 14 TROPICAL KOI by CAROL REZBA OIL ON CANVAS 24 X 20 Starting Bid $300. Value $600
CAT 16 EBB TIDE by RICHARD KEMBLE INK ON PAPER 18 X 24 Starting Bid $250. Value $500
CAT 17 ITS RAINING PEARLS AND CRYSTALS by JOY DAVIS 16 X with 3" EXTENDER . Multi-Pearls and Imported Chrystals Starting Bid $250. Value $495
CAT 18 THE PERFECT BALANCE by JT THOMPSON 9 X 7 Framed. Signed Original Archival Photographic Print with Victorian Frame. Starting Bid $150. Value $250
CAT 19 BURST OF BLOSSOMS by SILDA TREVISAN 24 x 12. Acrylic on Canvas. Starting Bid $200. Value $400
CAT 47 FAIRCHIKD GARDEN II by NICOLAS BERGERY 26 X 32 Origimal Photography & Collage with hand painted drawing and painting created by colored pencil, oil, pastels, water colors and ink. Starting Bid $600. Value $1200
MORE ITEMS FROM THE MCKEE AUCTION UP SHORTLY. WE HAVE ABOUT 7 SECTIONS IN THIS ISSUE.
Reef Relief is excited to announce the arrival of our 2021 spring interns. They will assist with our virtual programs, our annual spring break coral camp, storm water awareness, Key West Merina Park maintenance, and other educational campaigns. Reef Relief is looking forward to seeing these three ladies use their skills and talents to promote coral reef conservation.
Julie Kavjian, Water Quality Intern
Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Julie Kavjian has always been an ocean enthusiast. Her passion led her to Coastal Carolina University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of science in Marine Science. She has participated in sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica and conducted her own research project on microplastics in Myrtle Beach. Julie is excited to be involved in Reef Relief’s conservation efforts throughout the Florida Keys as their 2021 Spring Water Quality Intern.
Taylor Tsacoumis, Education Intern
Taylor is our 2021 Spring Education Intern; she will help educate students about the reefs and marine life in the Florida Keys. Originally from Ashburn, Virginia, she recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of science in Marine Science. She spent two months living in South Africa where she worked as a shark conservation and marine conservation intern in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There, she researched the migratory patterns of Ragged-tooth sharks to produce evidence that the species is overexploited, and the reefs are currently poorly managed and need to be protected. Taylor hopes to continue increasing awareness by working with policymakers to protect and conserve coral reefs and marine life.
Caroline Birch, Community Engagement Intern
Caroline Birch is from Alexandria, Virginia and is the Spring 2021 Community Engagement Intern for Reef Relief. Caroline is a Marketing and Marine Biology Student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She wishes to pursue a career in Coral Reef Restoration. She hopes her internship with Reef Relief helps to enhance her knowledge of the ocean ecosystems and gives her experience in the field.
Phone: (305) 294-3100
Post Office Box 430, Key West, Florida 33041--430
Key West Office: 631 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040
Ben Harrison has lived and performed in Key West for over 40 years. He has recorded 10 albums of original music, written three plays and five books including Undying Love, which also became a musical.
Ben has become a Key West songwriting voice due in part to his innate curiosity about local history—cock fights, drug dealing fire chiefs, and “sporting” houses are just a few of his “colorful” subjects. Enjoy Ben’s unique storytelling and fun folk style of music in this live streaming performance on Sunday, February 14th at 8:00 PM.
Good news! Tickets for Ben's virtual concert series will be available through Friday, February 19th and you can stream it on Mandolin anytime between 8pm on Sunday (Feb. 14th) and midnight on Friday (Feb. 19th).
UPCOMING VIRTUAL CONCERTS will be Listed in another Section Up Shortly
"SEE THE SCHEDULE FOR ALL OF THE WEEKS IN FEBRUARY UP SHORTLY IN THIS"
THAT'S A WRAP! South Florida Symphony recorded our final Masterworks concert of the 2020/21 Season yesterday, featuring the return of critically acclaimed pianist Svetlana Smolina performing Shostakovich's first piano concerto. On the April 27th broadcast date, you'll be inspired by the virtuosic exchanges between Svetlana and principal trumpet player Kevin Karabell Also on the bill is Tchaikovsky's ravishing Serenade for Strings.
BRAVO to Maestra Sebrina Alfonso and all the SFSO musicians for an amazing week of making beautiful music together safely!
ALSO IN THE TSKW SECTION FURTHER DOWN PRODUCER /DIRECTOR STEPHEN KITSAKOS AND MICHAEL URIE Starring in 'SMITHTOWN" Streaming Feb 13-27
FEBRUARY EXHIBITIONS AT THE STUDIOS
OPENED THURSDAY, FEB 4 AT NOON
ON VIEW FEB 4-25, 2021
CLICK RED LINK1 to see the entire E-Mail Campaign discussing the February Exhibitions & Other Events at TSKW..Also in their ususal Large Section Further Down ; there will be description of the ABOVE Guest for "BETWEEN TWO PALMS"
SUNDAYS IN THE GALLERY
Prefer a more private art-viewing experience? Sundays in the Gallery is your chance to grab a few friends and get up close and personal with our latest exhibitions on a Sunday morning or afternoon. Start with mimosas or a glass of wine on the roof, then walk through the galleries, with a knowledgeable guide. Click for details.
OLD TOWN NEW FOLK SERIES VIRTUAL CONCERTS AT TSKW STREAMING LIVE : THE FEBRUARY AND MARCH GIGS WILL APPEAR UP SHORTLY INCLUDING BEN HARRISON FEB 14
AS OUR FREQUENT READERS KNOW ; THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST HAS THE LARGEST SECTIONS IN OUR MAGAZINE and will be found further down ; with shorter sections along the way.
Bob Bowersox and Melody Moore Send Regards and Send Word about the Very Popular "TWICE TOLD SERIES" : The Special On-Line Streaming Edition from Theatre XP. WWW.THEATREXP.ORG THEATREXPKEYWEST@GMAIL.COM February 8-14. Watch Like a Film in the Comfort & Safety of Your Home : TV, PHONE,PAD & COMPUTER. 6 Talented Actors-3 Skilled Directors-9 Delicious Monologues Each One Delivered TWICE IN two VERY Different Ways
Watch D. Arthur Wilson paint in the gallery and meet the artists while viewing their newest originals and limited editions. Wild Expressionist and Abstract Expressionist RSVP today 305- 292-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Key West Gallery
COMPLETE 2021 SCHEDULE OF VISITING ARTISTS UP SHORTLY
LAST WEEK WE HAD A FEATURE ON ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS ALEXEI BUTIRSKIY. THIS RUSSIAN GENIUS HANGS YEAR ROUND AT THE KEY WEST GALLERY. CLICK THE FEB 1 ISSUE LINK TO SEE HIS ART; AND OF COURSE IF YOU GO TO THE GALLERY SITE YOU CAN SEE MANY ADDITIONAL PIECES ; AS WELL AS ALL THE GREAT ARTISTS AT THE KEY WEST GALLERY. FEB 1 https://conta.cc/3pCYTqB
CAT 25 HEART GROWS FONDER by ALISA MEALOR 11 X 14 Acrylic & Gouache on Wood. Starting Bid $450. Value $900
CAT 26 PAIRS by SUSAN BAILEY 10 X 12 3 Dimensional Tribute to John James Audubon. Wood, Paper, Carboard & Paint. Starting Bid $400. Value $750
CAT 27 WHERE IS BUM FARTO? by DAVID SLOAN 12 X16 Paint on Salvaged Metal. Staring Price $200. Value $400
CAT 29 GLYNN ARCHER TIGER by A.ROSE 18 X 24 Oil on Birch Board. Starting Bid $650. Value $1250
IMPORTANT NOTE : This Issue & The Next will Have Many of the 54 Items Auctioned. Bidding Started on 2/4 ; go to their Website WWW.MCKEEFUND.ORG to see the current bids. They Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends is Proud to be a Major Sponsor.
A Brief Thanks to Roberta DePiero for her Weekly Contribution of allowing us to Re-Publish her Facebook Postings for our ACTIVE 7824 Database to Enjoy her "WEEKLY JOURNEY AROUND TOWN IN PHOTOGRAHS. A Few More Additional Photos Up Shortly After These. Try to Guess What ALL her Photos this Week Have in Common? https://www.facebook.com/roberta.depiero
WWW.LETTYNOWAK.COM Letty's Gallery "JAG" 1075 Duval Square (Where Doug Mayberry Realty was) Off of Simonton.
Adam Russell's Totems of Island City to Exhibit at Jag Gallery. FEBRUARY 11- MARCH 7 with Opening Party 11am to 8pm on 2/11
Jag Gallery is honored to be showing the latest paintings by Adam Russell with a body of work entitled: Totems of Island City. For Adam, Totems of Island City is made up of different characters, mostly wildlife that have influenced his life here on the island. From an Iguana whom he names, "The Thief" to a crow, he calls, "The Joker," these skillful executed paintings reflect the colors and lightheartedness of the island of Key West, that he and his wife, Kelly Lever have lived since 2009.
Adam and Kelly have become a strong cornerstone in Key West's art scene with their gallery, Key West Pottery. The two have built a large online presence as well as a beautiful brick and mortar gallery on the corner of Duval and Catherine Streets attracting art collectors worldwide. "I knew Adam was also a classically trained painter, so I thought I would throw it out there to see if he ever would be interested in creating a solo exhibition for Jag of his paintings," says Letty Nowak, Jag Gallery owner. "When he said yes- Russell went full steam ahead working towards this show with several works on canvas and works on paper. It is exciting to see these paintings come to life as they are finished," Nowak adds. "They really do capture the spirit of the island."
Totems of Island City opens at Jag Gallery on Thursday, February 11th. The gallery will host extended hours for the opening day from 11 am - 8 pm. The exhibit will also be available online at www.jaggallery.art
Beginning Thursday, February 18, the Key West Art Center & Gallery will be displaying works of its associate members daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Key West Art Center is beginning its 61st year as Key West's oldest continually operating art gallery and the only gallery whose members are all Keys resident artists. The associate members, while not exhibiting member artists, contribute to the nonprofit organization's mission of encouraging local artists and of bringing programs to the public that encourage an appreciation for the arts. The show will continue through March 3 with all works for sale. Below is from Kitty Rose.Curator Deborah Moore will be sending some of the Works on Display for the Next Few Issues...
30 works of Art will be displayed here in the February 8st. Issue through 6 to 8 Sections in this Issue. The Feb. 15 Issue will have MOST of the Items (duplicating what we had in the First Two Isues. Many times in this Issue I will have the Link to the Anne McKee Site and the Link to View ALL the Bid Items ( which will contain the Latest Bid).
The Annual Anne McKee Fine Art Auction is going virtual this year ~ February 4 - 17.
54 Florida Keys Artists are participating in the exciting new format in these crazy times.
TO VIEW ALL 54 ITEMS TO BID ON CLICK THIS ANNE MCKEE LINK
Anne McKee Artists’ Fund announces their 26th Fine Art Auction
February 4th thru February 17th 2021
If we know anything from our collective 2020 experience, things change. That includes the Anne McKee Fine Art Auction you’ve always held in high anticipation. This year you can expect to find fabulous works from some of our established local favorites as well as discover the talent of some exciting new emerging artists. As always, the auction is a great opportunity to add some unique new treasures to your art collection. But the whole affair will happen online, so it will be safe, convenient, and fun for everyone.
Online viewing and bidding will begin February 4th at 5:30 PM and close at 8:30 PM on February 17th. If you would like to see the art in-person, it will be available for viewing-only at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St, beginning February 4th. The Studio hours are 12-4PM, Tuesday-Saturday. All sales will be online. For viewing art, auction link, and other information, check out www.mckeefund.org.
Up for bid will be original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, and more. Collectors can choose from the works of celebrated and renowned local masters to fresh new talents.
Each participating artist receives 50% of proceeds from the sale of their work. The other 50% goes to fund grants for projects by local talent in the visual, performance, and literary arts. Founded by Key West art patron Anne McKee, the not-for-profit has awarded more than $330,000 to 400 artists since 1994.
“Think of all the galleries, exhibition openings, artist talks that make our community so culturally rich. That only happens if together we support our art makers,” said Kalo Clarke, President of the Board of Directors. Contact: Lucy Paige 305-923-4218
HERE IS INFORMATION FROM ROBERTA DEPIERO AND PETER ARNOW TO GET INVOLVED IN HAVING YOUR COMPANY SPONSOR AND BE VISABLE TO THE THOUSANDS LOOKING AT ANNE MCKEE MATERIALS AND/ OR BIDDING
PARDON ANY DUPLICATION OF MATERIAL /VERBIAGE ; IT WAS CERTAINLY NECESSARY TOINSURE THAT ALL THE INFORMATION WAS EXPLAINED
For just $75.00, you can have your logo with a link to your website up as soon as we receive it! After the auction closes, the auctions remains online for viewing. Limited Space Available.
A little bit about the online auction: There are 54 pieces this year including an original Sal Salinero valued at $26,000. Online preview is open now. The in-person preview for the artwork will be at The Studios of Key West on the 2nd Floor lobby starting February 4 until the night of the auction. We have placed a QR code in our print ads (see below) that will direct people directly to the auction website.
At 5:30 PM on Thursday, February 4, the online auction will open to bidding and will continue until the night of Wednesday, February 17th. We have grouped the first 5 pieces in the first group and then every 10 art pieces are grouped together after that. Each group will expire in 15 minute increments with the first expiration at 7:15 PM.
The Anne McKee Artists Fund receives 50% of monies raised for each piece. The artist receives 50%. The fund then provides grants to visual, performing and literary artists in May of 2021 up to $2000. This is really a win-win for all involved. To learn more about the fund, http://www.mckeefund.org.
Remember the auction is online, so anyone in the world can bid! Invite everyone to the online auction to help Anne McKee Artists Fund receive the highest bids and make the most money for the Anne McKee Artists Fund for the 2021 grant cycle.
Sizes: All $75.00. Small: 100 X 100 or 151 X 151. . Medium: 244 X 203. Large: 544 X 184
Limited Space available. Deadline Wednesday February 10th. You will receive an invoice from Anne McKee Artist Fund PayPal and a confirmation on placement from either Peter or myself. To send an email to either Peter or myself to participate.
ROBERTA@KEYWESTPLAYBILLS.COM and PETER@KEYWESTPLAYBILLS.COM
Thank you for supporting the cultural arts. Roberta & Peter
CLICK THIS BLUE LINK TO SEE THE JANUARY 29TH COMPLETE E-MAIL SENT OUT BY THE ANNE MCKEE FINE ART AUCTION. You can also see ALL 54 Items for Sale
The NEW Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Keith Richards, KISS, U2, Rolling Stones, Beatles, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin , Don Oriolo, BEE GEES, Rush, Jimmy Hendricks, & Bruce Springsteen Photos are in the Gallery and additional material will be in the ZAZOO Usual Section Further Down.
Brooke, The Michaels, Stephen, Miranda All send regards. Miranda fills us in on a New Series the Key West Fim Festival Just Started. So Keep Posted with the People and Groups Involved for Additional Information; and to get on Miranda's and KWFF Mailing List; Reach out to Her at INFO@KWFILMFEST.COM
Cinema Sunday series at the Perry Hotel at 6:00pm. This is a new monthly screening series presented by The Perry Hotel - under stars, socially distanced seating - curated by the Key West Film Festival leading up to the 10th Anniversary of the festival this November. We'll be showing gems from our first nine years each month, a few weeks ago was LA LA LAND from 2016. Mary Zophres, who was honored at the festival with our First Annual Golden Key for Excellence in Costume Design, delivered a special introduction for the screening.
Make sure to make Cinema Sunday at The Perry a monthly event for you, and we'll see you in November for our big 10th Anniversary!
The Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short Story Contests are on for 2021! No theme, but must pertain to Williams in some regard; plays, characters, poetry, art, relationships, on and on..., Deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021, Poetry: No more than 30 lines, Short Story: 1400- 4000 words. $10 entry fee. First place: $400. Second place: $200. Info will be posted on Key West Art and Historical website, Jan 17. www.kwahs.com
Audrey Thompson and Misha McRae send regrads and tell us about one of the annual popular events.
Annual GardenFest Celebrates 85th Anniversary at The Key West Tropical Forest Feb. 20
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Nature lovers can enjoy an exhibition and sale of rare plants, explore the unique Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and discover fine arts and crafts during the 18th Annual “GardenFest Key West: The Green Market Place 2021”, set for Saturday, Feb. 20th. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garden, located at 5210 College Road. Admission is free.
Visitors can view and purchase tropical and native plants from the Garden's Plant Nursery as well as other plant vendors. There will also be docent guided tours, a children’s science corner, adult beverages, food, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, earth-based arts and crafts with nature themes or composed of natural materials, eco-friendly products and services and exhibits by conservation-oriented non-profit organizations,. A limited number of tickets will be sold for a chance to win a silver coin from the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank in Keys waters in 1622.
As part of the Garden’s Speaker Series, a presentation by Iven Tores on “My Experience Coming to the Keys in a Chug” will be held outdoors in the Garden’s Cuban Chug Exhibit at 12:30 p.m.
The Garden is the only frost-free, tropical moist forest in the continental United States. Attendees can explore the 15-acre arboretum, garden, wildlife refuge and educational center that showcases flora native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean. Docent guided tours will be offered twice daily at 11am and 2:30pm.
Celebrating the Garden’s 85th anniversary in 2021, and one of the oldest operating attractions in Key West, the Key West Botanical Garden Society is proud to be able to continue this important community event. The Garden is home to many threatened and endangered species, the rich and diverse environment features two wetland habitats, two butterfly gardens, national and state champion trees, birds, butterflies, art, musical instruments and much more. As a living museum with twelve self-guided tours, the garden offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time and experience the Keys in a natural, protected conservation habitat.
All GardenFest activities are to be held outside. To protect against potential Covid-19
transmission, attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing. For more information please contact the Garden at www.keywest.garden or call 305-296-1504.
Red Legged Thrush is Popular Attraction at the Key West Tropical Forest.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys – Bird watchers from all over the world have been ‘flocking’ to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden to catch a glimpse of a Red Legged Thrush, a bird seen only 3 times before in the United States. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS the rest of this Lead Feature we recently Published can be found in the December 28th. Issue Link https://conta.cc/3rwouD1
PART 2 OF AN AMAZING NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE "VINTAGE PHOTOS OF LIFE IN AMERICA DURING THE 1960's. BELOW IS THE YOU TUBE VIDEO LINK TO VIEW THE 10 MINUTE VIDEO THAT WILL SHOW ALL 62 PHOTOS. As Usual with the You Tube Video Content Providers; I have Photographed the Images in the Video ; and will use 15 Per Issue for you to enjoy. Of Course ; once again you can view all 62 Images by Clicking the Link (Perhaps after you read the entire Magazine you can come back to the Link). The Original Photographer is DAVE GELINAS.
SuperBowl Part Message Brought to you from The Key West Business Guilde's Excellent Friday Members Blast . One of the Many Perks you get from being a Member of The Key West Business Guild WWW.GAYKEYWESTFL.COM
is that Every Friday they send our an Extensive E-Mail to their Large Membership Database. In this Friday Campaign you have the ability at NO EXTRA CHARGE to add in material such as below. Of Course their After Work Mixers and Luncheon, and Special Events are Spectacular. One more thing that is Special about this Organization : They Encourage Non Members to attend their Events Instead of Not Allowing Non Members to Attend. Additional Info. from the Key West Business Guild Up Shortly in their Usual Section.
Tiffany, Tammy, Anima, Jane and the entire Crew at the FKSPCA WWW.FKSPCA.ORG Send Regards and remind you to check out their ADOPTION area on their website https://fkspca.org/adopt/. They sent over 6 MORE Animals for Adoption Below is "Loki" a 4 Year Male Terrier Mix. 6 New Animals needing GREAT Homes...Up Shortly.....In This Issue
FLORIDA KEYS SPCA RECEIVES $36,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE FROM KEY WEST TO MARATHON
One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness, training and education programs. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not have access to basic veterinary care such as spay/neuter services, vaccinations, dental care and other medical and preventative care.
With a $36,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the Florida Keys SPCA aims to support pets and pet parents in need of these services by providing discounted vaccines, heartworm treatments, flea medications and the ability to bring these services directly into the community in areas that need it most. We anticipate that over 1,000 animals in our community will be able to benefit from this program.
“We are looking forward to helping COVID-19 financially affected community pets and pet owners with this grant through discounted services and the ability to bring these services directly to the areas in need,” said Tammy Fox, Executive Director of the Florida Keys SPCA. “We know many people have been impacted by the pandemic, which is why it is so important to the FKSPCA to provide easily accessible, affordable preventative wellness care to the community members in an effort to keep pets healthy.”
“We are proud to support the FKSPCA in providing affordable veterinary care, especially during the uncertainty of the pandemic,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “So many families have been hit hard financially, and we are thrilled this funding will not only provide critical care to pets in need, but also help these pets in the arms of the people who love them.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like this with the Florida Keys SPCA. To learn more about our services we provide go to https://fkspca.org/what-we-do/clinic-services/ or contact our Clinic Team directly at email@example.com.
JUST A FEW NEW FEATURES IN THE FEBRUARY 15 ISSUE : ZAZOO FINE ART AND ICONIC/ MEMORABILIA PHOTOGRAPS WILL HAVE SOME NEW BEATLES PHOTOS. THEN WE'LL HAVE A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURE FROM WWW.DEFINITIONS.ORG "OLD CELEBRITIES THAT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT THEY ARE STILL ALIVE" + SOME EXTREMELY FUNNY BEACH PHOTOS FROM THEM AS WELL.
EVERYONE'S GOOD FRIEND MICHAEL ROBINSON PLAYS THE CLASSIC TUNES ; AND PROVIDES A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ENTERTAINMENT EVERY FRIDAY 5-6PM ; click his Facebook Page directly above; and then for a sampling of his Piano and singing go to the top link.
Some Great News from Larry and Jeff at Searle Brothers Nursery and Rain Forest Collection
WWW.RAINFORESTCOLLECTION.COM 954-658-4317 and 954-658-4319 PALMS@RAINFORESTCOLLECTION.COM .
At their Nurseries in SW Ranches March 6-8 and March 13-15 "THE 22ND ANNUAL SPRING PLANT EXTRAVAGANZA" Go to their Social Media Sites for More Information. Here are a few Pics I grabbed at Different Sources on the Inyernet. FEATURING THE WIDE VARIETY OF STOCK THEY HAVE. Many Already know the amazing selection they have from their visits here to KW and West Martello Gardens. Some of their Inventory Include A WIDE VARIETY OF PALMS, AROIDS, CROTONS,, ORCHIDS, HELICONIAS, FLOWERING PLANTS, BROMELIADS. As Many know they have a Landscapping Division.
South Florida Location:
Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc.
6640 SW 172nd Avenue
Southwest Ranches, Florida 33331
Western Broward County
Spring 2020 Schedule:
Friday, March 6th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 7th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 8th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
also, the following weekend...
Friday, March 13th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 14th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 15th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
GREAT TO HEAR FROM ANNA SWEET. I VERY MUCH MISS VISITINING YOU AT THE KEY WEST GALLERIES.
Rare, historical, and (some) just plain bizarre. That's the best way to describe these 54 very unique photos in this gallery. Have you ever wanted to see Alfred Hitchcock dressed up like Ringo Starr from Beatles? We can take you there. How about Robin Williams decked out as a Denver Bronco's cheerleader - during the height of his Mork and Mindy days? Yeah we got that and a lot of other hard-to-find visual oddities.
Take a gander of rare shots of young David Bowie, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis with his parents, and not one, not two - but three Elvira pics. So get ready to have your mind blown with some history factoids and your eyes dazzled with some very rare photos.
To View Entire 54 Photos and the GROOVY HISTORY Verbiage ; Click LINK 54
Jamie Lee Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh out together at Studio 54 in the 1970s.
How would you like to be a fly on the wall in this scenario? We have two generations of horror queens out on the town at the legendary Studio 54 in New York City. This scenario occured during the drug-fueled '70s. Janet Leigh is best known for classic her performance in Psycho - where she was stabbed in the shower by Norman Bates posing as his own mother in the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. The shower scene is considered one of the greatest moments in cinematic history
Like mother like daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis is also known as a scream queen - from her role in the original Halloween movie - where she fought off the sadistic Michael Myers.
Looking at Janet Leigh's expression in this photo - it seems like she just saw Norman Bates busting some moves on the Studio 54 dance floor.
Singer/actress Chris Noel hosted her own radio show for the GIs in Vietnam. She did (4) tours of Vietnam and her helicopter was shot down twice. (Photo from 1966)
Chris Noel was a Hollywood sex symbol who became a Vietnam War icon. She was a model who turned actress - who then turned to entertaining the troops in Vietnam. Noel worked on the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service. Her program "A Date With Chris" made her fondly known by vets as "the voice of a California dream girl" by many Viet vets - while her pin up pics were very popular with the troops. Noel entertained four tours of Vietnam and her helicopter was shot down twice. For her work, she received the Distinguished Vietnam Veteran award in 1984 from the Veterans Network.
David Bowie at age 14, back when 6 girls asked him out on Valentine's Day, 1961.
Bowie! Bowie! Bowie! Even as a 14-year old, David Bowie had that charismatic charm. Before he was a musical influential superstar, Bowie worked as a delivery boy for a local butcher in the town of Bromley in England. Bowie was not instantly seen as a musical prodigy. In junior high, the school choir teacher considered his voice "adequate. The upside, he did demonstrate an above-average proficiency in playing the recorder.
It wasn't until Bowie was 15 when formed his first band at the age of 15, called: The Konrads. Young Major Tom played guitar-style rock and roll at local youth gatherings and weddings. And the rest is Ziggy Stardust history.
Young female trying to get a reaction from a Royal Guard in Sweden, 1970.
So many sexual innuendos going on here - I don't even know where to begin. The obvious joke would be: "Is that a gun or are you happy to see me?" I think this young woman is trying to get a reaction out of this Swedish Royal Guard - but he's not having it; no matter how seductively she eats that ice cream cone.
The Royal Guards are stationed in front of the Stockholm Palace. Their job is to protect and serve the Swedish Royal Family. Talk about loyalty, the Royal Guard has continuously been guarding the Royal Palace since 1523. And they can't be stopped - not even by a sexy woman eating an ice cream cone.
Jayne Mansfield looks elegant as she tickles the ivories in white gloves.
Jayne Mansfield was considered a b-movie Marilyn Monroe. She was also one of the very early Playboy Playmates. Here she is in just a candid shot at home - tickling some ivories and showing off some cleavage.
A big claim to fame for Mansfield, she was the first major American actress to appear nude in a starring role in a Hollywood movie. The 1963 sexploitation film is called: Promises! Promises! Much like Marilyn Monroe, Mansfield was said to be "intimate" with many men - including both Robert and John F. Kennedy. Happy birthday, Mr. President.
Delivery of a dinosaur to the Museum of Science. (1984)
So dinosaur replicas have to be delivered to museums in some sort of way. So, why not a helicopter? It makes perfect sense. Here is Dino in 1984 being delivered to the Museum of Science - as it graces the skies above Boston.
What were the people of Boston thinking? Is this part of some Godzilla takeover of Bean Town?
In reality, the dinosaur was flown in by helicopter as part of a publicity stunt for the opening of the Museum of Science’s dinosaur exhibit. The Museum of Science gave the city’s media an advance notice - so they could take the perfect shot - such as this.
Due to Space Constraints ; I'll only have 6 Photos from this New Groovy History Feature. The February 15th Issue will have MOST of the 54 Photos from the Anne McKee Auction ; so I'll Have Major Space Constraints Next Week again and Once again will just have 6 Photos from the GROOVY Feature. The Feb. 22 Issue & Next Few Issues after will start to have 15 Photos from "54 RARE HISTORICAL PHOTOS" by HARMON LEON
OLD TOWN NEW FOLK SERIES VIRTUAL CONCERTS AT TSKW WWW.TSKW.ORG STREAMING LIVE VIA MANDOLIN. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAITS PLEASE GO TO THE STUDIOS WEBSITE OR CLICK THIS E-MAIL LINK THAT THEY SENT OUT FOR GREATER DESCRIPTIONS IF THE CONCERTS https://mailchi.mp/tskw/otnf2020-1177580?e=9428fbe5ab
also CLICK from the Studios of Key West Website..Their Concert area
Thank you to our Members and Online Community for your support through 2020. If you would like to make a year-end donation to Reef Relief, please visit us at www.reefrelief.org/act/donate. Have a happy and safe new year!
An Upcoming Issue will Feature one of their Many Talented Year Round Hanging Artists. We are PUSHING BACK BY A FEW WEEKS IN ORDER TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE 20212 ANNE MCKEE AUCTION ENTREES
Some Great News from Larry and Jeff at Searle Brothers Nursery and Rain Forest Collection
WWW.RAINFORESTCOLLECTION.COM 954-658-4317 and 954-658-4319 PALMS@RAINFORESTCOLLECTION.COM . At their Nurseries in SW Ranches March 6-8 and March 13-15 "THE 22ND ANNUAL SPRING PLANT EXTRAVAGANZA" Go to their Social Media Sites for More Information. Here are a few Pics I grabbed at Different Sources on the Inyernet. FEATURING THE WIDE VARIETY OF STOCK THEY HAVE. Many Already know the amazing selection they have from their visits here to KW and West Martello Gardens. Some of their Inventory Include A WIDE VARIETY OF PALMS, AROIDS, CROTONS,, ORCHIDS, HELICONIAS, FLOWERING PLANTS, BROMELIADS. As Many knpw they have a Landscapping Division.
The Theme that Roberta has this week is "BLUE". We now Continue with Part 2 of 2 : Roberta DePiero's Photographic Journeys around KW & Stock Island Shooting ALL THE GREAT SITES ;
Patricia Kennedy sends regards to all and tells us :
The Friends of the Key West Library’s popular speaker series will present the acclaimed novelist Lily King in conversation with Judy Blume via webinar on February 15, 2021. All lectures in the 2021 season will be presented online due to the pandemic. As in past years the lectures are free and open to all, but you must register to receive the presentation link. https://www.friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org/registration
Ms. King will be in conversation with Key West’s own Judy Blume as she discusses her latest book Writers & Lovers, one of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2020.
Welcome to the YouTube channel for the Monroe County Public Library. You'll find our story time videos, how-to tutorials, historian talks, and much more. Stay tuned to see our new videos and our favorite recordings.
Our new YouTube channel where our programs and tutorials are posted afterwards.
Complete Entertainment Schedule in the Hotel and the Cabaret d'vine Wine Bar/Gallery Up Shortly in their usual Weekly Section. Plus Second"Jazz in the Garden" February 8 Libby York and Friends 5-7:30PM (Reservations Required)
El Salvador, officially the Republic of El Salvador, is a country in Central America. It is bordered on the northeast by Honduras, on the northwest by Guatemala, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. El Salvador's capital and largest city is San Salvador. As of 2018, the country had a population of approximately 6.42 million, making it the smallest and second-least populated country in Central America.
I have been featuring ALL of the MANY Artists that Hang Year Round at Nance's Gallery for the Past Few Months.
Current & RecentExhiitions : Andy Thuber, Wayne Garcia, Peter Vey, & Franklin Townsend Morgan, William N. Copley, & Mario Sanchez
Nance sends us information about their Latest SPOTLIGHT Exhibition by MICHAEL MARRERO. Then Nance is Featuring Peter Vey and then an Exhibition that Nance and Gallery on Greene are Sponsoring and Curated by Nance & the Exhibition is at TSKW by ESTERIO SEGURA
Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and this year it’s down a whopping 28.7 percent.
The main reason for the lower rate is a drastic drop in non-violent crimes. In 2019 there were 734 non-violent crimes. The number dropped to 450 in 2020.
There were a few more violent crimes: 106 in 2020, up from 95 in 2019.
Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These statistics are compiled for the entire state by the FDLE in its Uniform Crime Reporting system.
The analysis shows that the clearance rate for the department – the rate at which crimes are solved – have increased substantially and come in well above the state average of around 25 percent. Overall, for all crimes, the Key West Police Department shows a clearance rate of 30 percent. However, the clearance rate for violent crimes is 65 percent.
“I want to commend the dedicated men and women of the Key West Police Department for an outstanding job solving crimes,” said Chief Sean Brandenburg. “Our road patrol and detectives have been particularly responsible for the outstanding clearance rate on violent crime.”
Chief Brandenburg also noted that the officers’ working closely with the community have lessened crimes of opportunity like bike thefts or car break-ins.
Among other statistics reported:
Aggravated assault was down from 68 in 2019 to 65 in 2020
Bicycle thefts dropped from 135 to 99
Incidents of shoplifting dropped from 135 in 2019 to 53 in 2020
OUR WEEKLY FEATURE FROM BILL AND LINDA KLIPP "AROUND THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS" NEXT BUT FIRST GREAT NEWS ABOURT FLOWER CONROY
Flower Conroy Receives National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Flower Conroy is one of 35 writers who will receive an FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. This year’s fellowships are in poetry and enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged on the basis of artistic excellence of the work sample they provided. Flower Conroy was selected from 1,601 eligible applicants. The full list of FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellows is available at https://www.arts.gov/grants/recent-grants/literature-fellowships/list-by-year.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these 35 talented poets through Creative Writing Fellowships,” said Amy Stolls, director of literary arts at the Arts Endowment. “These fellowships often provide writers with crucial support and encouragement, and in return our nation is enriched by their artistic contributions in the years to come.”
LGBTQ+ writer and former Key West Poet Laureate, Flower Conroy is the author of three chapbooks: Facts About Snakes & Hearts, winner of Heavy Feather Press’ Chapbook Contest; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. Her first full-length manuscript, “Snake Breaking Medusa Disorder” was chosen by Chen Chen as the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Stevens Manuscript Contest winner. Her second collection, “A Sentimental Hairpin” is forthcoming from Tolsun Books. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Pushcart Prize, and her poetry will or has appeared in American Poetry Review, American Literary Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Menacing Hedge, Michigan Quarterly Review and others. Ms. Conroy is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Tin House, and the Tupelo 30/30 Project; in addition, she’s received scholarships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, and the Key West Literary Seminar. She is the winner of Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize as well the Key West Tennessee Williams Exhibit Poetry Contest. Ms. Conroy’s poetry and assemblage art exhibit “Insects & Angels” was featured at The Studios of Key West, and she received two
grants from the Anne McKee Artist Fund, each to produce an anthology of poetry written at a five-day, free workshop she led at the Key West Library. Ms. Conroy earned her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Since 1967, the Arts Endowment has awarded more than 3,600 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling over $56 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships early in their careers.
Visit arts.gov to browse bios, artist statements, and writing excerpts from a sample of past Creative Writing Fellows.
Here is our Weekly Feature from Bill and Linda Klipp Providing Images from around the Country and the World( as in This Issue)
Great VALENTINE DAY GIFTS for someone special or to treat yourself these magnificent Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, Beatles, John Lennon, Madonna, Don Oriolo, Bruce Sprinsteen, KISS & Peanuts Memorabilia - please call me at 305-294-8925 or email me at James@zazooartgallery.com
Best regards,James Curken, Managing Art Consultant
Zazoo Fine Art Gallery, 622 Duval Street, Key West, FL. 33040
Ph. 305.294.8925. PS : Jason sends regards as well
UP SHORTLY in their usual section many additonal Memorabilia Items
Jag Welcomes B. Lucy Stevens to the Gallery with a Show of her New Paintings opened on January 15th. B. Lucy Stevens is an internationally recognized mixed-media artist living in Key West, Florida. She paints intuitively from her daily life imagined in a brilliant cacophony of color and pattern. She is inspired by primitive art and her travels to Indonesia, South America, and France.
"I paint what I see, what I remember, and what I imagineand it all gets mixed together, like it is in my mind. I crave solitude but fear isolation. There are times I cannot stop painting—I make a cup of tea and forget to drink it," says Stevens.
B. Lucy Steven's will open our season at Jag Gallery with an exhibit of new paintings that opens January 15th. We will have an opening day on the 15th where Lucy will be present to talk about her paintings.
Jag will also be exhibiting two paintings from Cuban Artist, Juan Carlos Verdial Soltura for the first time.
Gallery Hours are 12-5 pm daily. For more information please call: 305-407-6202.
Jag Gallery is located at 1075 Duval Street C-23 in Duval Square or visit the gallery on-line at www.jaggallery.art
The Market will be familiar to fans of the Higgs Beach location. Guests will enjoy bloody marys, mimosas along with a full bar from Great Events Catering, Islamorada Coffee Roasters, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, plus multiple food stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Guests will shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers and stock a pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses from The Cheese Lovers, local seafood from Mundy The Pirate Seafood, honey, pickles, pastries, cigars, soaps and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and listen to local musicians presented by the The X Key West, catch The X News Hour radio show live, support our featured charities and meet celebrity authors from the Key West Writers Guild.
Stringent safety measures and precautions will be in place to guard guests and the vendors who serve them and to strictly adhere to City policy. Masks will be required, booths spaced out, social distance signage posted and the number of guests per stall limited. Key West First Legal Rum Distillery "Ruminizer" hand sanitizing stations will be at the entrances. Organizers realize patrons will be eager to socialize but are reminded to not congregate in groups larger than 10 and to wear masks when less than six feet apart.
botanical gardens, White Street Pier and the Atlantic ocean across the street at Higgs Beach. Open 10 am to 2 pm every other Sunday in season (plus a bonus market on February 21), by locals, for locals.
The Market offers free entry and ample free parking. Guests are encouraged to ride bikes and BYOB (bring your own bags) and WYM (wear your mask). Other dates will include February 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18.
Key West Farmers Market every Thursday, 2 pm until 7 pm at the Truman Waterfront Park. International food stalls, 3 produce stands, cheese, seafood, plants, gifts, fine art, clothing and curiosities plus a full bar and stunning sunset views. Plenty of parking, bike racks and close bus stop on the free Duval Loop.
The Market typically includes cheese, produce, fruit, baked goods, coffee, plants and fresh seafood along with international cuisine available for take-away. Arts, crafts and general merchandise round out the offerings. Market organizers offer additional picnic-style food options, occasional acoustic musicians and a beer and wine stand to encourage the community to shop the market, get dinner and enjoy the sunset views from the Truman Waterfront Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted with ample space to social distance.
Stringent safety measures and precautions remain in place to guard guests and the vendors who serve them. Masks are required, spaced line management enforced, social distance signage posted and the number of guests per stall limited. Booths are spaced out in one long row down the Mole facing the open ocean. Key West First Legal Rum Distillery free "Ruminizer" hand sanitizing stations are at the entrance. Organizers realize patrons may be eager to socialize but are reminded to not congregate in groups larger than 10.
As the second anniversary of Shade & Shutter approaches, Mark and I have been reflecting on the past year. It has been a difficult year for many, and we are blessed and sincerely grateful for the support of our friends, customers, and the Key West arts community.
Giving back. During our second year we gave back to the community by sponsoring local arts organizations, including The Studios of Key West, The Key West Art and Historical Society, and The Florida Keys Council of the Arts. We donated pottery and photographs to organizations like the Waterfront Playhouse , the Wesley House, and local schools. We also donated a percentage of our sales proceeds to local charities, including Sister Season and SOS Foundation.
Mark’s ceramics. Mark introduced a new line of pottery that features colorful, fun patterns. He loves finding and creating these new designs. There is joy on his face as he unwraps a stencil from a piece of pottery and a new design is revealed. He also made many custom orders—like mugs, planters, and bowls with special shapes and glazes—for individuals and local organizations. Mark says that he loves the challenge of making special custom orders and he seems to have become "the village potter.”
Sarah’s photography. One of Sarah’s photos called “Diesel rust” was shown at the KWAHS exhibition “From a Woman’s Hand”. Another of her photos called “Stepping out into sea spray (ballerina)” was awarded an honorable mention from the International Photography Awards and was featured in the Culture 2021 magazine from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Her photo “Chug” was shown in The Studios of Key West members summer show.
Looking ahead. Mark and I could not have accomplished all this without your support. We wish that we could invite everyone to a second-anniversary celebration this month to express our gratitude, but due to COVID-19 we will wait until we can all celebrate together again. Mark will undoubtedly create more beautiful pottery designs this coming year, and Sarah will continue finding more opportunities for stunning photos in Key West. Here’s to a healthy, peaceful new year.
HERE IS ONE OF THE CUTEST ANIMAL VIDEOS YOU PROBABLY HAVE SEEN. A Homeowner and gardener had a few different animals help themselves to his Gradens and then he he set up a camera and 1 Groundhog Showed Up, then a 2nd , and then they had 3 Babies. Hereis the Facebook URL Video Link, then a Few still pics I took from Video Below ....MUST SEE , and share the URL Link.......
Sheriff Rick Ramsay presented Monroe County Project Manager Matthew Howard with a Certificate of Appreciation this week. Mr. Howard spearheaded a project to repair leaks and other damage at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building next to the main jail on Stock Island. The extensive project required the entire exterior of the building to be inspected, tedious repairs done and finally painted. Mr. Howard is also overseeing the new 48,240 square foot Plantation Key jail/courthouse project, which is projected to be completed a year ahead of schedule. The level of customer service and communications Mr. Howard has brought to the Sheriff’s Office has been outstanding. He is currently overseeing multiple other projects for the Sheriff’s Office.
“Project Manager Howard keeps hitting home runs for the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Howard was on top of each project from day one and I wanted to make sure he is recognized for a job well done.”
A message from Managing Artistic Director Tom Thayer.
With the number of COVID cases rising rapidly, we have decided to take a break from the season. Our Waterfront Welcome Back Revue has been cancelled, Every Brilliant Thing, the marvelous new play starring Arthur Crocker has been postponed and our beloved revival of The Rocky Horror Show has been postponed.
Please follow our website for updates to our schedule and please, MASK UP!
Tom Thayer, Managing Artistic Director, Waterfront Playhouse, 305-294-5015
Editor's Note 1/2/2021 : This Brief Statement from Below is atleast a month old; so please go to the Various Websites and Facebook Pages for Updates on the Venues that are Involved
Dear Friends of the Coffee Butler Amphitheater As You May of Heard, The City of Key West has Cancelled All Special Events on City Property through Dec 31, 2020 Due to Concerns Regarding the Rise Covid-19 Cases. This Includes the Remining Sunset Series; as well as the Bill Blues Most Exceptional Fundraiser & 38 Special. We are Working Hard to Re-Schedule. Ticket Holders will be contacted on How to Proceed with Your Tickets Very Soon. We Appreciate Your Patience. Key West Theater and Coffee Butler / KW Amphitheater.
WWW.KEYSUNITEDWAY.ORG 305-735-1929 Greetings from Rebecca Zehr
MONROE COUNTY – United Way of Collier and the Keys is launching a virtual Remote Crisis Case Management System to help residents of Collier and Monroe Counties cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, UWCK is excited to announce KeysHelp.org, an innovative way to assist neighbors in need. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS ; PLEASE GO TO THE NOV. 2 ISSUE FOR COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE INFOR. & THEIR WEBSITE https://conta.cc/2HVCpQZ
United Way of Collier and the Keys is excited to announce a partnership with the City of Key West to assist with approximately $250,000 in aid to residents affected by COVID-19.
During the January 5 City of Key West Commission meeting, a stop-gap proposal was made by local health, nonprofit, faith-based and business representatives to assist the Key West community during the next few critical months of the pandemic. The Commission recognized if ever there were a moment to step in and fill the gap, that time is now, and the Mayor and Key West City Commission unanimously approved up to $500,000 to assist local residents. The goal is to keep community members healthy and safe, stabilize households and retain residents here in Key West.
UWCK will work alongside 9 other local non-profits to connect the City’s support to our residents. To be eligible, residents must have documented significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and be a City of Key West resident or a Stock Island resident who works in Key West.
Please make sure to go to the Part 2 from the KWG in this Issue to make sure you have the UPDATED List of Events for the first few Months of 2021 at KWG. This Weekend there is a Great Artist in town : ALEXEI BUTIRSKIY IS TOWN ; THIS IS A MUST VISIT IF you are Out.
Dr. John "Jack" Norris Posted this article on 12/24 " A SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON ON PFIZER / BIONTECH VS. MODERNA VACCINES. Will write out the entire Link for you to share with others ; Thank You Dr. Jack.
A Brief Sentence from Dr. Norris Brief Acceptance Speech "I am honored to serve the Conch Republic as it’s Medical Review Officer. Thank you Admiral Finbar Gittelman, Secretary of State Jim Gilleran and the entire Conch Republic Leadership for this designation." CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE 20 MINUTE VIDEO OF THE CEREMONY.
2020 Anne McKee grant recipient, Margo Ellis, will be showing a compilation of her work, at Collections, Key West Gallery this weekend. Her show, “Capturing the Character of Key West” is a fiber art exhibit, made possible in part by a grant from the Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys, Inc,.
The exhibit includes fabric collages and improvisational pieces of faces, animals, scenes and impressions of the Florida Keys. Join her this weekend, 12-5:00, for a toast of socially distanced champagne. Our windows are open, making for a safe and delightful outing. Show runs thru Feb 10th and is open by appt on weekdays. Collections, gallery on Stock Island, 6810 Front Street. 305-923-4778 (don't be bashful, give me a call)! www.collectionskeywest.comThanks Karen Wray
LUXURIOUS GIFTS & ADORNMENTS
Balancing acts, agility games & toy chests with visually and tactically inviting blocks, all vie for an any age attraction.
Kinetic sculptures and dining room centerpieces are displayed on eloquent shelving made of glass and polished wood.
Vintage cashmere rests in a finely made blanket chest, while Gems & jewels sparkle all the more from the hue of antique lamps.
Our gallery showroom is an all open window space, lending itself optimum for a safe and casual viewing.
Our space has the audacious claim of being able to re-invigorate your imagination! Do Come.
Editor's Note : The Two Brief Features Below are from a few weeks ago; but certainly worth repeating
The City of Key West has partnered with the Monroe County Tourist Development Council to remind visitors and residents that masks are required to be worn in Key West.
The TDC has funded an additional two dozen pole banners destined to be installed in the busiest commercial areas. The tourism council is also helping to finance production of a portion of 10 overhead street banners.
Besides other measures being taken by both the City and the TDC, Key West portable electronic dynamic messaging signs are also set up at key sites to better inform arriving visitors of the city’s strict mask ordinance.
THE CITY OF KEY WEST HAS A NEW MASK ORDINANCE
The Key West City Commission today amended the City’s mask ordinance in light of the current spike in Covid-19 cases.
After an in-depth discussion, the commission voted unanimously to remove an exemption that had allowed the removal of masks outdoors. The City now requires the wearing of masks any time a resident or a visitor steps out of their residence, they must wear a mask regardless of the ability to social distance
“We’re trying to regain control of our more crowded outdoor areas,” City Manager Greg Veliz told the commission.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission discussed creating mask zones for the busiest areas. However, City Attorney Shawn Smith said zoning would create a patchwork that could lead to inconsistency as well as creating a difficulty for enforcement.
To read the ordinance in its entirety, go to www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov.