Residency Cottage Open House during Walk on White

On Thursday, January 17 from 6-9pm during Walk on White, the public is invited to stroll behind the Armory to the Ashe Street Residency Cottages, where they will meet the newest crop of residency artists and learn about the fascinating work they’ve been doing while here in Key West.

Images from left: Valerie Hird: The One Tree – Yggdrasil I, Mariëtte Roodenburg: First Light, Vico Fabbris: Campanula Alata.

Visual Arts AIR’s

Vico Fabbris was born in Northern Italy and attended Florence’s Institute of Art Porta Romana. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and presently divides his time between that city and Boston. Vico has twice received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award. In his ongoing series “The Botanical Unknown” the artist paints imaginary botanical still lives, imbuing each with a soul and personality making it distinctive from the rest. In reading these works, the viewer is faced with the rare task of having to reflect on what is real and what imagined.

Please join us in Space 2 during Walk on White for Fabbris’ exhibition, Florasynthesis, on view through Feb 15.

Valerie Hird is working on the second installment of her ‘New Mythologies’ series while at the Studios of Key West. The illuminated scrolls, watercolors and text describes a time ‘Before Birds Were Called Birds.’ The mixed media watercolors on paper create a new origin myth that compliments her series celebrating a complex primal world. These stories are based on her travel and study with indigenous peoples from the Berbers of Northern Africa to the Inuit of the Pacific Northwest, blending their vast panoply of creation stories into her own unique narrative.

Professor of Art, Saint Michaels College, in Vermont. BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. MFA from Vermont College. Represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery, 730 Fifth Ave., New York and the Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, Florida. Recent exhibitions include MASSMoCA, Porsmouth Museum, Tampa Art Museum, DIVA in Paris and at the American Corner, University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan.

Mariëtte Roodenburg was born in Curaçao, raised in the Netherlands and is a permanent resident of Nova Scotia, Canada since 2003. She owns and runs anderson, gallery of contemporary photography in Lunenburg, NS. Her formal education includes a Bachelors degree in Art History and Archeology from Leiden University, an MBA from IIB Delft, and a PhD from Rotterdam University. She studied photography at the Academy Amsterdam- Fotogram in the Netherlands.

Prior to becoming a full-time photographer, she worked as a venture capital manager and later partner with Atlas Venture in Amsterdam, as an investment manager with FMO (Netherlands Development Finance Company), primarily in South East Asia, and as an independent consultant developing and managing programs for the European Venture Capital Association, aimed at developing the venture capital infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe and financed by the European Union.

Literary and Research AIR’s

Nancy Magnussen – Writer in Residence. While in residence, Magnussen teaches Write Your Heart Out, a month long workshop and exercise in preserving life experiences creatively.

Grace Consoli – Art/Historic Researcher. Consoli will research the artists who worked in Key West roughly between 1925-1940 during American Modernism. Her research will locate, document, record and photograph available work still in town.

Read more about Consoli’s Key West project.

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