The Key West Alumni Invitational


The Key West Alumni Invitational is an annual event which highlights the creative careers of selected individuals who began their training and interest in the arts while students of Key West High School. This year’s show is guest curated by Michael Marrero.

Featuring work by Grace Calleja, Audra Gootee, Garth Holtkamp, Michael Marrero, Jack McDonald, Jackie Sanchez, Andy Thurber, and Debra Yates

Michael Marrero is an award winning Cuban American artist whose entire life has been dedicated to the creative. He was born and raised in the southernmost city in the United States – Key West. To call this unique, odd and wonderful would be an understatement. It was a time of smugglers, crooked politicians, rooster fights, the Mariel boatlift, Navy brawls and Shrimp Boat Row throw-downs. He has been attacked by monkeys, arrested in Cuba and once watched an old Santeria man bury a sack of pennies in hopes that it would bring him good fortune. After setting upon a formal education in arts he established himself as a driven professional with a sharp eye for both the micro and the macro with two passions – the moving image and the still image. His assignments have taken him from tropical paradises to shantytowns in Central America. He has dealt with both the volatile and the delicate, always finding the compassion and humanity of his subjects. He directs productions for the Red Barn Theatre and is co-owner of ARTSPACE Gallery in Key West.

May 11- 31, 2012

Public Reception:
Walk on White, Thursday, May 17, 6-9 pm

Space 2 Gallery, TSKW Upstairs

Sponsored by Invites by Danette

The Studios of Key West