The Karma Circus by Marlene Koenig


Reception: February 16, 6-9 pm
(Plan to be here from 7-8:30 pm, when a special performance piece will bring Koenig’s paintings to life. Live performers dressed as the characters that populate her colorful art world will move through a series of fluid yoga movements in the main hall)

Main Hall Exhibition -On View February 16-26

Marlene Koenig has been living and working in Key West since 2001, when she moved to the island from New York to put a greater emphasis on creating artwork. She and her husband moved to San Francisco for a brief time in 2005, but returned to Key West shortly after to settle for good. She says, “the atmosphere, the colors, and the pace of life I find in Key West is most conducive to dedicating myself more completely to creating my art”.

She has traveled extensively through India, Nepal, Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, and Thailand, and her artwork has been greatly influenced by the colors, patterns, and adornments of these cultures.

In 2003, she was the recipient of a grant from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, which allowed her the opportunity to exhibit at the Miami Museum of Art.

The Karmic Circus includes several new works created in watercolor and acrylic, as well as nearly a dozen newly created dozen encaustic mixed media pieces which were inspired by Koenig’s yoga and Buddhist practice. A few pieces which illustrate her creative development over the past 3-4 years will also be included in the collection.

Art collectors and animal lovers will also be interested in a very special piece Koenig has created for the show – an installation piece consisting of one hundred and eight 6 x 6 inch collage pieces. Koenig has generously offered to donate all proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Turtle Hospital.

The reception will include a show of fashions created by Koenig in collaboration local designer Clara Dara (aka Tami Hill). Inspired by the Koenig’s paintings , they will be worn by masked models who will circulate through the main hall.

About Marlene Koenig

Marlene Koenig is the youngest child of a family of 6. Her mother is an interior decorator and her father is a landscape architect, as well as an accomplished sculptor. Some of her earliest memories are cutting up pieces of her mother’s fabric to make wonderful new patters, as well as sneaking into her father’s office to make copies of the lines and shapes she would find on the blueprints. Her parents always encouraged her to create, and this passion for making things has been with her for as long as she can remember.

To read more of her biography, visit


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