RECEPTION: THU FEB 7, 6-8PM

COTTAGE INDUSTRY

Maggie Ruley

Zabar Project Gallery

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Ruley’s studio and gallery, Island Inspirations, showcases her artwork and is a creative center for her students.

Midnight snack

I had a raccoon in my kitchen a few nights ago, so I had to paint him. Here's how the painting progressed, from basic concept to finished piece. I call the piece "midnight snack", even though it was around 2 am (notice the time on the stove clock)

Posted by Maggie Ruley Island Inspirations on Sunday, November 27, 2016

The history of Key West’s charming cottages, historic homes, and island architecture is examined and reimagined in this exhibition. Ruley’s revisionist approach to painting our historic jewels blends the before and after with color and whimsy.

sponsored by Green Pineapple

RECEPTION: THU JAN 3, 6-8PM

Annie Dillard

Zabar Project Gallery

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“The writer knows perfectly well – as well as the photographer does – how a great writer should appear in photograph: tough if a man, pretty if a woman, white-haired in either case.”
–Annie Dillard

Presenting portraits in oil of writers when they were young, before they were known for their work, Dillard hopes to show that they “were just ordinary people.” 

“My hope is that future young writers will not despair that they look ordinary. Almost everyone does. That’s what ordinary means. Appearance has nothing to do with genius or talent or originality or anything else important. Appearance is misinformation.”

sponsored by Archeo & Grace on Frances

RECEPTION: THU NOV 1, 6-8PM

NUTCRACKER KEY WEST

Local artists

Sanger Gallery

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Artists include: Adam Russell, Christine Fifer, Deborah Moore, Marky Pierson, Pam Hobbs, Andy Thurber, Fran Decker, Janis Stevens, Carl Hower, Tony Gregory, Carol Osborn, Ric McCausland, Lothar Speer and Susan D’Antonio

Sculptor Tom Joris cast 14 plaster Conch Nutcrackers from the original mold of the nutcracker used in the production Nutcracker Key West. These nutcrackers inspired local artists and artisans who have embellished, painted, and re-imagined them to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

Everyone has a chance to own one by buying into the auction. Funds raised benefit Key West’s most enduring children’s production, Nutcracker Key West, and the restoration of its set.

RECEPTION: THU AUG 2, 6-8PM

SUMMER SOLSTICE WORKSHOP PAINTINGS

Students of Susan Sugar

Zabar Project Gallery

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Susan Sugar paints the skies most people never appreciate or see: tumultuous, moody, dawn skies. For the past 14 years she has focused on the sea and sky off the coast of Key West, capturing moments and the poetry of place.

2018 Solstice Students. Photo by Johnny White

In mid-June, a group of watercolor enthusiasts met each night at the beach, just before sunset, with paints, brushes and open imaginations. Led by beloved Key West-New York artist Susan Sugar, the students learned new ways of observing the ephemeral shapes and transitory moods of the evening sky. Presented are a selection of the small format watercolors they created.

The Studios of Key West