Exciting Cultural Season in the Works at TSKW

The Studios of Key West is gearing up for an exciting new creative season, and full details of all the upcoming concerts, workshops, classes, and events will be available later this month, when the TSKW catalog hits the streets.  The public is invited to celebrate the new season at a special catalog launch party on October 21 from 6-9 pm during Walk on White.

“In just a few years, TSKW has grown from a brand new face on the cultural scene into a thriving arts organization with strong community roots, says Jay Scott, Executive Director. “This year, thanks to the support of over 125 businesses, and nearly 500 patrons and members, we’re going to be able to offer our most comprehensive season yet.”

Beginning on October 4, TSKW will offer The Artist’s Way, a 12-week course on creativity and living the artist’s life. Led by award-winning writer and experienced facilitator, Rosalind Brackenbury, students will meet every Monday evening from 6-8 pm through December 20.

“I took The Artist’s Way when it was offered last year, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a creative jump-start,” says Elena Devers, deputy director, “It will wake you up, inspire you, surprise you and uncover new possibilities and directions.” The cost of the course is $300 for TSKW members/$350 for non-members.

Other early season workshops and classes include half-day mask and headdress making workshops with John McBride on October 16, a life drawing intensive with Sandro Kopp from November 10-12, and a freeform beading workshop with Poochie Myers on November 17.  Throughout the season there will be a return of many favorite TSKW courses, like Acting with Richard Grusin and Abstract Painting Seminar with Roberta Marks, both beginning in January.

TSKW has also expanded their weekly class offerings and throughout season will present classes with favorite local instructors like William Welch, Judi Bradford, Jim Salem, and Mike Rooney.  Weekly offerings will also include an open life drawing session every Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm from December to June, and the return of popular Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth every Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 pm throughout season.

Music lovers have learned that the Old Town New Folk series is the place to discover America’s great singer-songwriters. The upcoming season will include some of the greatest performers in the folk genre, including legends like Livingston Taylor on January 7, and some of the hottest up-and-coming acts like Will Kimbrough on December 17 and Susan Werner on January 21.   Tickets for all concerts are now $25 ($30 day of show) and are now available at keystix.com.

Also new this season, TSKW will lead two guided trips to exciting cultural destinations.  On December 2, TSKW will lead a one-day tour to Art Basel in Miami, and from May 11-19, TSKW will lead a fascinating excursion to the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. TSKW will take care of all the details and provide knowledgable guides so participants can relax and focus on the art and culture of each destination.

The Armory main hall and TSKW Space 2 continue to show exhibitions by local and national artists.  From October 11-29, Instruct, an exhibition featuring an exciting variety of new works by over twenty 2010-11 TSKW class and workshop instructors, will take over the main hall.  Bitches, an exhibition by emerging artist Deb Kik, will run concurrently in TSKW Space 2.  The delightful collection, a series of twenty colorful oil paintings of dogs and drag queens, pays homage to Key West’s Fantasy Fest celebration.

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibitions and to pick up a copy of the new TSKW catalog on Thursday, October 21 from 6-9 pm during Walk on White. The five new studio spaces which have been added at 610 White Street, just two doors down from the Armory, will also be available for tours that evening.

Full details of the concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and classes will also be posted to tskw.org over the next few weeks.  Call 296-0458 for more information.

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