Lisandra Ramirez and Osmeivy Ortega

Osmeivy Ortega and Lisandra Ramirez came of age in the 2000’s when artists in Cuba were leading a resurgence of entrepreneurial activity and engagement with the outside world. In prints that have been exhibited in the US, Mexico and Spain, Ortega’s imagery is dominated by his connection to animals and the natural world. Ramirez is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose sly social commentary draws on design from Japanese anime to Spanish baroque.

Solo Dar Gracias / Just Give Thanks, Silvia Rodriguez Rivero

The winged ladies, shadowy forests and moonlit seas of self-taught Cuban artist Silvia Rivero’s paintings and altarpieces evoke a deep sense of history and recall the magic realism of Marc Chagall.

Outside the Lines, Winter Members’ Exhibition

A simple line can speak volumes, but this year, it’s the wild, unknown space outside the lines we’re eager to explore. As we burst through the ceiling onto our rooftop terrace, our thoughts can’t help but turn to new possibilities and limitless horizons. For the members’ show, we invite artists to step outside the lines – experiment with a new color palette or medium, create a canvas out of something unconventional, deliver a fresh take on a familiar form – and find inspiration in the unexpected.

Dollars and Dancers: Behind the Velvet Curtain, Donna Nadeau

From drab backrooms to glittering, mirrored stages, Nadeau’s exquisite watercolor paintings document the strip bars and “gentleman’s” clubs in which she worked for decades. With an insider’s eye, she unpacks the power structures, interpersonal dynamics and financial underpinnings of this little understood world.

De-Constructed Simpsons, Joseph Cavalieri

The celebrated glass artist and popular instructor returns with a collection of hand-painted stained glass works featuring America’s favorite yellow-hued family in imagined scenes that comment on consumer culture with a wink and a smile.

EDDIES, Jim Racchi

An island mainstay and one of the driving forces behind the dearly missed Sculpture Key West exhibitions, Jim Racchi studied classical stone carving in Florence before settling in the Keys. His welded creations echo that training in their strong lines and impulsive flow. Racchi’s latest work is a series of polychrome welded steel sculptures that illustrate the flow of an eddy—a circular current defined by its movement.

Alosúgbe: A Journey Across Time, Onajide Shabaka

Miami based artist Onajide Shabaka explores ethnobotany, geology and archaeology as they relate to human history, society and culture. Through a combination of abstract, calligraphic works on paper, documentary photographs, sculpture and found objects, Alosúgbe traces Shabaka’s own family history along with the migrations of people and plants from the rice plantations of the Atlantic colonial slave era to 20th century Florida.

Coastlines, Cristiane Mohallem, Isabelle Hayeur, Dimitra Skandali

A trio of internationally recognized artists – and former Studios’ Artists in Residence – reflect on the delicate balance of flora, fauna and humanity that share the space where ocean meets land. Hayeur’s large format photos offer images of life over and above water; Mohallem’s yarn drawings of mangrove trees are obsessive metaphors for nature’s connectedness; and Skandali invents maps of underwater spaces and repurposes found beach elements, forming installations of unsettled and endangered beauty.

Atmospheric Conditions, Lynne Bentley-Kemp

As a daily practice, Lynne Bentley-Kemp captures the water and sky surrounding her home each morning. Here she culls a few hundred images from the thousands she’s collected into a photographic installation that forms its own atmosphere.

Jean Pederson

Pederson’s masterful watercolor and mixed media (oil stick and cold wax) portraits depict people who have impacted her path—either for a moment or a lifetime, and from all walks of life.

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