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Our Studio Artists have created a community that extends over the island. With painters, writers, musicians, sculptors and photographers crossing paths on a daily basis, strong connections are constantly being made and reinforced. The artists benefit from a continual exchange of creative energy, while the public benefits from the opportunity to visit 9 artists at our venue alone. Studio tours with individual artists are available by appointment, but please don’t be shy. Stop in, visit, and get to know the studio artists at The Studios of Key West!
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Jim Salem is an internationally recognized painter of the natural world. The subjects of his paintings are largely concentrated on his native Pennsylvania and the Florida Keys, where he’s resided since 1993. Jim studied painting at the Pennsylvania State University as well as the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He’s had over 35 one-man shows, 15 invitational group shows, and 17 juried shows. Jim is represented by galleries in Florida, Indiana, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, and is widely seen in both private and corporate collections worldwide including Disney, Hilton Hotels, and PPG. Jim also supports the arts and young artists as a past member of the Board of The Key West Museum Of Art And History and The Anne McKee Artist Fund.
Michael Marrero is a Cuban American artist who was born and raised in Key West, Florida. After setting upon a formal education in arts he established himself as a driven professional with a sharp eye for both the micro and the macro. His photo and video assignments have taken him from tropical paradises to shantytowns in Central America. He has dealt with the volatile and the delicate always finding the compassion, humor and humanity of his subjects. He currently lives in Key West with is wife and two children and can usually be found at The Porch having a cold beer with friends.
Southernmost Reporter/Producer for WLRN News
A native of western Massachusetts, Nancy has lived in South Florida since 1989. She came to Key West in 1991 as a staff writer for The Miami Herald and since then has been editor of Solares Hill, library assistant at the Monroe County Public Library in Key West and briefly, front desk clerk at a local guesthouse. She serves on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar and reviews books for The Miami Herald. Her stories run regularly on WLRN and have also been distributed on NPR and Here & Now, a nationally distributed public radio show. Nancy is the Southernmost Reporter/Producer for WLRN News, South Florida’s public radio station broadcasting from Key West to the Palm Beaches.
Mark Hedden is a writer, photographer, and birding guide. He writes narrative nonfiction, primarily ornithology-oriented natural history, which most people refer to as “stuff about birds.” He has also written about necrovoyeurism, his love of the Tour de France, his aversion to pirates, his hatred of clowns, the inappropriate use of firearms during photo shoots, and music. His work has been published in the Bone Island Sun, the Key West Citizen, Solares Hill newspaper, the Miami Herald, Tropic magazine, Miami Metro magazine, the Washington Post, and the secret of salt. He has lived in Key West all of his “adult” life.
Pam Hobbs is a working Key West artist, and finds the Keys landscape as an endless source of inspiration. She landed in Key West in the late 70’s after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. Overwhelmed by the distinctive color and unique beauty of the Keys, she uses the tropical paradise and whimsical island lifestyle to create works filled with her signature joyful scenes of life in the Florida Keys. Taking chances at every opportunity, she loves to give her viewer a glimpse into how she thinks the world should be seen, with swirling skies, bright colors and bold shapes. Her work can be found at 7 Artists Gallery at 122 Duval street as well as several other stores in the city.
Lucy Paige has been in the Florida Keys since arriving on a sailboat some thirty years ago. Her life as a practicing artist developed about ten years ago through taking classes with both local artists and visiting teachers. Her work varies from loose realism to decidedly more abstract, and she enjoys working in a combination of acrylic paint, oil stick, pen and paper for collage. She has had several solo shows and participated in many group shows over the years, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and the Art in Public Places.
Songwriter, Musician, Engineer
Lance Taylor is a musician, songwriter, performer, and audio engineer and has been working steadily in Key West since his arrival in 2001. He began his musical journey in Key West performing on the street and shortly after was performing regularly at Blue Heaven, and continuing to branch out to more places over the years. From 2004-2010, he fronted his own band, performing a lot of original material, and also began to play as a solo musician around town. By 2012 he was a full-time musician, dividing his time between performing and producing, working with many Key West musicians. In 2016 he drove cross country and wrote songs that would become his “Ghost on The Highway” album, released in April of 2017. In the summer of 2017, he repeated that cross country trip and wrote more songs that will be on a forthcoming release in 2018.
Sarah Plaia Davidson is a yogi, medicine woman and working artist, in both 2D media and 3D. She received her MFA from Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA, her home state. After a 13 year walk about in New Mexico, during which she enjoyed many extended stays in Key West, she has finally made Key West her permanent home along with her husband Andy Davidson and two border collies, Banjo and Buddha. On some evenings you can find her in the kitchen of Date & Thyme, creating delicious food as a part of her medicine path, in her studio, at The Studios Of Key West creating “the work,” or at home, brewing her medicine oils and tinctures as Maestra of Two Wind Bear. Her work is derived from a strong narrative, often installation based, process oriented, and minimal in depiction. The editing or winnowing process supports the whole in her work, and repeats the heart sutra throughout each body of work…form is emptiness, emptiness is form.