Kindred Spirits by Nellie Appleby and Marlene Koenig

Nellie Appleby and Marlene Koenig are excited to present Kindred Spirits, a mixed media show of solo works and collaborative pieces which reflect their mutual love of the natural world, and the people in it. Guided by the vibrant spirit of the islands, the work of Kindred Spirits is a colorful cacophony which is playful and abundantly joyful.

Appleby and Koenig are both grateful recipients of the Southern Florida Cultural Consortium Grant. Inspired by, and working out of tropical Key West, Nellie and Marlene were delighted to discover they were neighbors in Brooklyn 15 years ago. Though their work shares mutual themes, they have distinctively different voices and and work in different mediums. They are looking forward to exhibiting together to experience their works bouncing and reverberating with one another in a space. Merging their visions and mediums they are pleased to present collaborative works alongside individual pieces.

Nellie came to Key West originally for a month long residency at TSKW and fell madly in love with the island and stayed for 4 years. She was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in Southern Africa.  She earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 1997 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007.  She has received various grants including the Florida Cultural Consortium Grant (2012), Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship and the Sierra Club Water Sentinels Grant. She has exhibited her work in NYC (Wildfist, Mighty Robot, the Cave, Leonard Codex, Che Mez), Virginia (ADA, Fayerweather, Nature, Anderson) and Mexico (Museo Ex-convento del Carmen – Guadalajara, Galeria Metropolitana – Mexico City), Houston (skydive), San Francisco (California College of Art), Miami (Dimensions Variable, David Castillo, FAU) and Key West (KW Pottery, Harrison, TSKW) among others. She teaches black and white photography at the Florida Keys Community College and is thrilled to be heading to Columbia for an artist residency and to study plants in the fall of 2013.

Marlene Koenig has been living and working in Key West since 2001, when she moved to the island from New York to put a greater emphasis on creating artwork. She and her husband moved to San Francisco for a brief time in 2005, but returned to Key West shortly after to settle for good. She says, “the atmosphere, the colors, and the pace of life I find in Key West is most conducive to dedicating myself more completely to creating my art”.

She has traveled extensively through India, Nepal, Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, and Thailand, and her artwork has been greatly influenced by the colors, patterns, and adornments of these cultures.

In 2003, she was the recipient of a grant from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, which allowed her the opportunity to exhibit at the Miami Museum of Art.

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