RECEPTION: THU MAY 2, 6-8PM

ACTIVE DUTY

Alaina Plowdrey

XOJ Gallery

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Alaina Plowdrey explores ideas of physicality, drive and determination in her portraits of active duty service members. Linking her paintings to the ideas of philosopher and poet Lucretuis, Plowdrey delves into the psyche of the soldier.

sponsored by The Perry Hotel

RECEPTION: THU APR 4, 6-8PM

THE ITINERANT PORTRAITIST: 100 + 1: PORTRAITS IN KEY WEST

Brenda Zlamany, AIR

XOJ Gallery

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Previous chapters of The Itinerant Portraitist included the Aboriginal population from Taiwan, girls from the Dar Zayed Orphanage in the United Arab Emirates, taxicab drivers in Cuba, artists in Brooklyn, and elderly and disabled people in a nursing home.


Stories are at the heart of Brenda Zlamany’s project, The Itinerant Portraitist, which is an ongoing, multiyear project in which she explores the constructive effects of portraiture in communities around the globe. This chapter of her project, “100 + 1: Portraits in Key West” features familiar Key West faces captured in photographs and watercolors created during her residency at The Studios in January 2019.

sponsored by Historic Key West Inns

RECEPTION: THU MAR 7, 6-8PM

ON THE HOOK

Mark Hedden

XOJ Gallery

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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 FoundationAnne 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.

sponsored by Blue Heaven & Salute

RECEPTION: THU FEB 7, 6-8PM

BLIND SPOTS: MODERN SLAVERY EXPOSED

curated by Erika Biddle

Sanger Gallery

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RELATED PROGRAMS

Screen grab from "The Children of Bal Ashram" documentary

Children of Bal Ashram Film Screening
Sat Feb 9, 7PM

This film documents the life’s work of Sumedha Kailash, who spent forty years rescuing children from bonded labor and child marriage. At Bal Ashram, a refuge built by Kaliash, newly arrived child laborers enter a new community, their nightmarish pasts receding amid rough and tumble play, under the careful eye of Sumedha.

A collage of sex trafficking victims and locations

Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking by Kay Chernush
On view Feb 1-28, 2019

Bought & Sold is an outdoor photographic installation that speaks to the experiences and suffering of the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children caught up in slavery’s web. The exhibit asks viewers to consider their plight from their perspective. Looking outward through the victims’ eyes, the images challenge us to imagine the daily horrors, tedium, desperation and ambiguities of their lives—and to take action.

Blind Spots is a three-part exhibit developed by Key West resident Erika Biddle to encourage action against human trafficking and child exploitation. Featuring powerful images by Robin Romano, an American documentary filmmaker, producer, photojournalist, and human rights activist + installations by Key West artists Cricket Desmarais and Gretchen Mills.

This exhibition is one of a series of programs shining light on a hidden subject. Also included is the screening of Children of Bal Ashram on Sat Feb 9, 7PM at The Studios and an exhibition across from the African cemetery memorial on White St. and Atlantic Blvd., Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking by Kay Chernush.

Blind Spots exhibition sponsored by Sinz Burritos & Garbo’s Grill
Bought & Sold presented by ArtWorks For Freedom and sponsored by Keys To Be The Change at the African Cemetery

RECEPTION: THU JAN 3, 6-8PM

GLIMPSES: INSIDE PERSONAL SPACE

Rhonda Bristol

XOJ Gallery

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Involved with storytelling and history, Rhonda strives to capture “an aspect of the human psyche.”

Bristol began her career as a portrait painter before adding clay to her repertoire. These days, she thrives in the dichotomy of the two mediums, imparting elements of West African and Caribbean design.  This exhibition of works on canvas and in clay focus on The Grand Feminine and those experiences powerful enough she classifies as “soul captured moments.”

sponsored by Debra Butler Design Studio

courtesy of Collections, Key West

RECEPTION: THU NOV 1, 6-8PM

I DON’T WANT TO LOSE HER

Agnieszka Pestka

Sanger Gallery

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Agnieszka believes there is something “very beautiful and naive about this process” of changing our perspectives on those around us.

When we meet someone, we create somebody that doesn’t really exist. As we get to know them, our fantasy is challenged and inevitably, that image disappears. Do we keep our creation alive or replace it with reality? I Don’t Want to Lose Her explores this ever-changing perspective.

sponsored by At Home in Key West

RECEPTION: THU OCT 4, 6-8PM

COLOR IS THE MUSE

Marge Holtz

XOJ Gallery

sponsored by Preferred Properties

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“Color is my inspiration, and there is color everywhere in the Keys. Glistening water, greens ranging from deep bluish to screaming chartreuse, flowers of every hue and intensity. The Keys are a feast of color and inspiration, and I never tire of the menu.”
—Marge Holtz

Marge Holtz describes herself as a maker, intrigued by a spectrum of media. Holtz draws inspiration from the design process and the tactile sensation of fabric, creating art quilts that serve as love letters to color.

sponsored by Preferred Properties

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