Currently on view:
Rick Worth Retrospective A Smashing Success!
The monumental milestone exhibition “Rick Worth: Painting in Paradise: 25 Year Retrospective” curated by Martha Barnes, presented over 100 works by 80 lenders, along with mounds of archival materials showcasing the significance of the artistic and humanitarian contribution of one special smiling soul and island favorite- Rick Worth. On June 17, the community poured into the historic Armory hall by the hundreds to experience the magical environment created within it. Vehicles, theatre props, novelties and paintings (many never before seen publicly on loan from private collections). From candybars- his “sweet little ones”- to major murals filled the room forming a chronological tour of the last quarter century in Key West. From a pontoon boat to a parade of painted art cars, the exterior of the armory welcomed locals and visitors into the show with the fantasy fanfare Key West is known for. As one patron commented, “when do you get to walk through a six foot mouth with fangs?”
Posted below are a few photos from the magical evening below.
And for those of you who weren’t able to join us, please check out the links to exhibition acknowledgments, the list of lenders, and a chronology of Rick’s life – 25 years of painting in paradise.