Opens Thursday, April 4, 6-8pm
On view April 4-25, 2024

Friends new and old are invited to join us for this month’s First Thursday Open House event, when we keep our lights on late and throw our doors open to celebrate the newest work in our galleries. Stop in to say hello, relax with a glass of wine on the rooftop terrace, tour the third floor artist studios and see the just-installed exhibitions in the Sanger, XOJ, Zabar Project and Zabar Lobby Galleries. Books & Books is the next stop, where you can browse the latest titles and catch up with old friends.

Alternating Currents


Sanger Gallery

Born in southern West Virginia and largely self-taught, rising phenom John Black currently paints from a studio program atop the World Trade Center with panoramic views of Manhattan. With the rigor of Gerhard Richter and the perspective of a young Black man in America, his charged, abstract artworks have developed into a coded language that relays energy and motion as a way to connect the self with ancestral energy.

Black is currently creating abstract artworks that develop into a language throughout color study and formations. The work allows a sense of meditation through techniques and methods. The current works are heavily influenced by Native American and African roots. These influences allow the artist to connect with his ancestors and to convey pieces of history, in the hopes of relaying emotion and pushing conversation on heritage.

sponsored by Key West Fine Wines

Pink, blue, green, yellow and orange painted paper layered in abstract geometric pattern.

Neon Pastoral

Valerie Perrault

XOJ Gallery

Drawing on the language of geometric abstraction, Perreault weaves fragments of her life experiences into a story through painting, cutting and layering textured paper and canvas.

sponsored by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty


Spots & Dots

May Sands Montessori

Zabar Project Gallery

The K-8 students of May Sands Montessori School use 2-dimensional dots and 3-dimensional orbs and balls to create a sensory installation inspired by Yayoi Kusama.

sponsored by Benson Lights


The Back

Lynn Retson

Zabar Lobby Gallery

Retson’s figure drawings offer up an unexpected perspective, capturing her subjects from behind and serving up reminders of how the bodies we think we know can still surprise us.

sponsored by Key West Local Luxe