STUDIO ARTISTS

 

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!

STUDIO ARTISTS

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ABIY FREW

PAINTER

Born Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1981. Abiy began drawing on his own as a child and immigrating to the U.S. in 1998, allowed him to continue his education and graduate from the Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art in 2006.

In 2005, Abiy was the recipient of the Huldah Bender Kerner scholarship for outstanding achievement in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art. He has exhibited numerous group shows in Philadelphia,PA. and currently, lives and works in Key West,FL.

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AVIS COLLINS ROBINSON

PAINTER, FIBER ARTIST

Avis has spent the last 8 years focusing on her work after a successful career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was appointed deputy director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs. Creativity has always brought added dimensions to Robinson’s life. She painted in high school and took up quilting in her 20s, working for a time with Alabama’s Gee’s Bend Quilters, a generations-old collective of African-American women whose bold, artistic quilts are world famous.

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DANETTE BASO SILVERS

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

STATIONER

 

Danette Baso Silvers is a stationer and graphic designer. As a designer, she is always searching for the perfect font, color pallet, and “feel” for a design.

She is motivated by her love of paper – the texture, color, weight, and the way different types of ink or different printing processes affect the paper.

Danette is a fifth generation Conch who has used her design skills to help many different local organizations, including the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, The Key West High School, and The Studios of Key West.

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JUDI BRADFORD

HAT DESIGNER, PAINTER

Judi creates shibori-dyed silk scarves and one-of-a-kind fascinator hats.  She was a finalist in the 2016 Niche Awards for fine crafts, and is a nominee for the 2016 international Arts & Crafts Design Award.  She has been an artist in Key West since the 1970s, working in various media.

 

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MARK HEDDEN

WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

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.

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MICHAEL MARRERO

PHOTOGRAPHER, PLAYWRIGHT

Michael Marrero  is an award-winning photographer, playwright, film, and theatrical director who was born and raised in Key West, Florida. He is the Executive Director of the Key West Theater and the Gallery On Greene currently represents his fine art work.

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MIGUEL PEREZ

MUSICIAN, PRODUCER

Miguel Perez is a musician and producer from Key West, Florida and the creator of MC COUSCOUS and the The Con Leche Band. Growing up in Key West in the 1980’s surrounded by mysterious packages, “jewelry scales”, Cuban extended family and a colorful cast of Key West characters, Miguel experienced a childhood that was anything but ordinary. Drawing inspiration from a life like no other and an imagination that matches its absurdity, Miguel creates music accessible to all.

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PAM HOBBS

PAINTER

Pam Hobbs is a working Key West artist, and finds the Keys landscape as an endless source of inspiration. She landed I 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.

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WLRN now broadcasting from the 3rd floor!

Nancy Klingener of WLRN can be found broadcasting from one of our studio spaces on the 3rd floor. Nancy Klingener is the Southernmost Reporter/Producer for WLRN News.

WLRN is South Florida’s public radio station and broadcasts from Key West to the Palm Beaches.

She is a native of western Massachusetts and 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.

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