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Salvadoran artist Carlo Mejía serves as a conduit to the ancient Mayans, whose rooftop observatories were the wonders of the pre-Colombian world. His porcelain vases and colorful paintings are steeped in myth, with bold patterns and stylized faces that seem to gaze through time. Sales from the exhibition benefit the construction of “Hugh’s View,” The Studios’ rooftop terrace due to open late 2019.
Now based in Florida, Mejía was the Director of El Salvador’s National Gallery, with a flourishing international career, before fleeing persecution in 1980 during the Salvadoran Civil War. As a child, he was taught the beauty and secrets of the indigenous Mayan culture by his grandfather, a shaman of the Lenca Maya Pipil community, to preserve traditions and mythology that were on the verge of extinction.
sponsored by Keys Wealth Management
After a decade away Emma Starr reconnects with our island through her analogue photographs, seeking peace and beauty within the intimate landscape. Her images explore the native flora, surrounding waters and emotive sky that have, again, become her second homeland. Starr’s deconstructed polaroids are released from their dormant form and transformed into personal narratives.
People have been living on boats off Key West longer than there has been a town called Key West – or even Cayo Hueso. On The Hook is a photo narrative project focussing on this community — a mix of old timers, new comers and sailors who are here to earn enough money to make it to the next deepwater port — the people who live on the edge of the edge.
supported by awards from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Anne McKee Artists Fund and Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and donations from Holly Merrill, TEAM KAUFELT, Peyton Evans, Judith & Stanley Zabar, Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, Mary Ellen’s Bar, Green Parrot, Marquesa Hotel, Manley deBoer, Sue Sullivan, Meridyth & Gordon McIntosh, Gerald Fritz, and Betty Rubenstein.
Artist Talk: With the Grain, Spotlight Artist Kristin LeVier
Thu Mar 28, 6pm
With the Grain assembles some of the nation’s most accomplished wood artists in dialog with local artists who are equally invested in the medium’s expressive potential. What is unique about wood as a material for making art, of course, is that it was once a living thing. In their various ways, the artists here all honor that connection, by working in concert with the wood’s specific properties, shaping it, and giving it new life as something that speaks to the viewer. At a time when our natural environment is threatened as never before, the exhibition gives voice to, and hope for, a more harmonious relationship to the world around us.
With the Grain is curated by Helen Harrison, a wood artist and owner of Harrison Gallery in Key West, with Assistant Curator Fran Silverman, former Director of the Collection Sharing Program at Harvard’s Peabody Museum.
The Tom Majors Tribute to Wood is a month-long, island-wide celebration of the creative potential of wood. It is coordinated by The Studios of Key West, in partnership with artists and organizations throughout Key West.
Image: Mark Lindquist, Dowel Bowl