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Preview: 6:30PM – Auction: 7PM
With almost a quarter century of “artists helping artists” behind them, The Studios is proud to host the annual Anne McKee auction, where aficionados gather for one of the most popular art parties of the year. Proceeds help fund the vital grant program for Keys artists.
Each year, money is raised for the McKee fund through a January gala and live auction featuring the work of approximately 100 artists. Both Tausche and McKee stressed that artists are never asked to donate their pieces to be auctioned – instead, each one receives 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work, while the fund receives the remainder.
The annual grant cycle begins March 1 when applications become available. They must be submitted by March 31, and recipients are notified by May 31.
As well as the $1,000 grants, three honorariums may be presented each year – one in memory of the late Key West artist Jack Baron, one memorializing the late Key West mayor and Gingerbread Square Gallery co-founder Richard Heyman, and the third, initiated in 2009, in honor of the Fund’s late beloved board member Miriam B. Good. Two other awards are earmarked for children and young adults with demonstrated talent in the arts.
In past years, grant recipients have included textile artist Lynne Vantriglia, founder of Monroe County’s highly acclaimed Art Behind Bars program; photographer Kimberly Narenkivicius, creator and publisher of “The Secret of Salt”; pianist and composer Bill Lorraine; poet Danne Hughes; abstract painter and mixed-media artist Janet M. Mueller; writer Valerie Ridenour; and gifted young performers Zoe Hawkins-Wells, Amber McDonald and Sonya Manning.