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With almost a quarter century of “artists helping artists” behind them, The Studios is proud to host the annual Anne McKee auction, where aficionados gather for one of the most popular art events of the year. Proceeds help fund the vital grant program for Keys artists.
Key West is one of those quixotic places that magnetically attracts artists of all kinds with its character, color and intellect; but does not offer up a living easily. Paradoxically, many of the islands non-profits and arts organizations rely heavily on donations from artists to support their missions. Knowing and understanding the needs of local artists, Anne McKee and a group of like-minded associates orchestrated the auction and the fund. Now, every year, highly collectable premier and emerging artists participate in the auction, and receive 50% of the amount realized on the sale of their pieces. The remaining 50% supports the fund that awards yearly grants that help artists produce their creative visions. These grants are coveted not only because the funds help bring artistic aspirations into being, but also because of the recognition and visibility that results.
Photographer Larry Blackburn has created a body of collaborative works with the help of our local arts community. Artists such as Rick Worth and Pam Hobbs have layered their signature styles onto Blackburn’s photographs, creating dual visions of Key West scenes.