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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.
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.”
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.