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Simone Lasswell & Janet Mueller

Sanger Gallery 

Lasswell’s ceramic torsos and Mueller’s semi-abstract paintings and mixed media sculptures serve as a dual meditation on spirituality, sensuality and the feminine. Mueller’s vibrant colors feels like they’re drawn from natural pigments, and her surfaces impacted by elemental forces: water, air, heat and gravity. Lasswell’s sculptures reveal a dancer’s awareness of her body in all of its earthy physicality.

sponsored by Truman & Company Real Estate

Esy Casey

Zabar Project Gallery

Former Artist in Residence, Esy Casey, showcases recent video work highlighting her time spent in Key West. At seventeen Esy fled to Mexico to study the murals of Siqueiros and to secretly join the Zapatistas. But she ended up in communication design, where her work was been published internationally through the houses of Henry Holt, Bloomsbury, and Weldon Owen, including the award-winning modern visual reference guide SHOW ME HOW.

sponsored by Mockingbird Studio

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Victoria Mata

XOJ Gallery 

Mata’s work deals loosely in the language of landscape in order to reveal a more private emotional space, at times pushing entirely away from recognizable landmarks into the world of pure form and color. The pieces in this series are built up from many obscured layers to create a sensual terrain, enriched by a complex history.


sponsored by Santiago’s Bodega

VINTAGE SIMONTON STREET: 1960s

Wayne Garcia

Second Floor – Zabar Lobby

Wayne Garcia, native of Key West, learned the techniques of carving on wood from watching legendary folk artists Mario Sanchez & Papito Suarez. On display here are colorful, bas-relief woodcarvings that depict the vivid particulars and street scenes of the third-generation Cuban-American’s childhood.

sponsored by Southernmost Beach Cafe
courtesy of Gallery on Greene

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S. Cornish, 2018
Archival film and video by Esy Casey

In 1839 Sandy Cornish (1793-1869) was a slave in in a town near Tallahassee called Port Leon, which was later destroyed by a hurricane. He was hired out to work on the railroad there, which also no longer exists. Over nine years he saved $600 to buy his and his wife’s freedom. But the papers were lost in a fire, and he was seized to sell on the slave market. He broke free, slashed his tendons and cut several fingers off (it is uncertain how many), in order to be worthless on the market. He recuperated, moved to Key West, and bought a farm near the present day corner of Truman and Simonton Street. He was successful at selling fruits and vegetables, and founded what is now the Cornish AME Zion Church on Whitehead Street. He is buried in the Key West Cemetery; it is uncertain where.

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