Currently on view:
Along with several other artists, musicians, and creative types, Nelly Appleby (left), Marlene Koenig (center) and Cayman Smith-Martin (right) work from studios at the “dePoo Palace,” former home of the late Suzie dePoo, now a creative hive of activity for artists and musicians. An icon of Key West’s artistic history, dePoo left her indelible mark on the island with her fantastically imaginative glass sculptures and colorful textile designs.
One of most popular annual events, the Artists Studio Tours takes you to the neighborhoods of Key West with a carefully curated collection of creative work spaces. Spend the afternoon exploring the creative corners and hidden art spaces of Old Town.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online for $20 or on the day of the tour for $25 at
1028 CATHERINE ST
or STOP #4:
614 DEY ST
The Home and Gardens of Bill and Ann Lorraine
The Home and Gardens of Lynn Sherman
The Studios’ Residency Cottages
The Artists of “dePoo Palace”
Bill Lorraine was born in Miami and raised in North Carolina. He has published many different types of works, including a book of poetry (illustrated by his wife, Ann Lorraine). He is also an accomplished composer and pianist, featured on Royal Caribbean cruise ships for ten years. His Hemingway Suite for symphony orchestra received its world premiere performance in Havana in 2014. His stone sculpture, inspired by his travels, is on display at the East Martello Museum in Key West. He has been a resident of Key West, Florida since 1975.
Ann Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Art and has had one-woman shows of her paintings and drawings in Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, Miami and Key West. In addition to her paintings and drawings, she is known for her award-winning costumes, floats and window displays. Ann has won two Anne McKee grants for her art, and now works from her studio at her home in Key West.
In 2016 Bill and Ann Lorraine were awarded the “Golden Mango” award for their contributions to the arts of Key West by the Studios of Key West.
Lynn Sherman was born in Philadelphia where she studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions in the U.S. and has also had solo shows across the country. After moving to New York, she devoted herself full time to painting, studying with Robert Kulicke. When Sherman and her late husband were looking for a new place to move, they came to Key West and seeing the quaint streets and quirky houses, Sherman said she “could paint here forever.”
In 2012, these charming Conch cottages were carefully renovated under the direction of local architect and artist Guillermo Orozco. Since then, the cottages, with live/workspaces that can accommodate up to four artists at a time, have been home to nearly 250 artist from around the globe.
We invite you to tour the cottages and garden, and enjoy the work of the following artists and writers who are in residence during the tour:
Suzanna Fields – Painter / Richmond, VA
Nicoletta Favari – Musician / Italy and USA
Christopher Salvito – Musician / Italy and USA
The former home of the late Suzie DePoo, this place behind the wall on Dey Street features nearly a dozen artists and musicians, live music and painting + glass sculptures.
Suzie dePoo was a gentle, creative spirit who left her indelible mark on the island with her found object sculptures and ceramic tiles of mythical creatures and colorful textile designs. Born Agnes Zuzek on Dec 5, 1920, dePoo attended Pratt Institute on the GI Bill where she studied illustration and design. She moved to Key West with her husband and daughter in the early 50s and worked for Key West Hand Print Factory for more than 30 years while maintaining her versatility and curiosity as an artist through the expression of her many other mediums. She died peacefully at her Dey Street home at the age of 90 on July 13, 2011, and is remembered fondly by those who had the pleasure of meeting her. You can read a short profile of Suzie here.
Marlene Koenig – Visual artist
Cayman Smith-Martin – Creative builder, welder, musician & muralist
Nellie Appleby – Contemporary artist