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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.