The Studios of Key West Presents the 2010 Abstract Painting Seminar Show.

New Works by Students of Roberta Marks

Local artist and critical thinker Roberta Marks has become a popular fixture in the 2010 season at The Studios of Key West. Her Abstract Painting Seminar students have been engaged in new creative learning at the Historic Armory since late January for this ten week seminar. The public is invited to a reception and exhibition of over two-dozen new works on Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 9pm.  The show will be on view through March 26, and represents the work of twenty-two diverse individuals who took a ten-week journey into the world of abstraction.

Marks is serving as curator of this three-day show, which includes paintings and mixed-media by Jane Gilbert, David Horn, Rita Linder, Guillermo Orozco, Lucy Paige, and Sandra McMannis.Other students and local Key Westers contributing to the show include Janet Hinkle, Cynthia Essenberg, Shari Schemmel, Marta White and Tom Wilson.

“This Walk on White will give the public a chance to get a diverse look at Roberta’s guidance as one of Key West’s most respected fine art instructors, and the critical eye she applies to abstract works,” said Martha Barnes, Program Manager at The Studios. “Everyone’s invited to the reception, to help us celebrate the fresh creative output of these talented artists.”

Roberta Marks is a noted Key West artist who works in sculpture, mixed-media, painting, and collage. She has shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Smithsonian Institution and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has lectured in University settings here and in Europe, and is represented in Key West by the Lucky Street Gallery.

“Abstract art originates from the inside out.  In order for students to realize their true potential, they must dig deep into their innermost feelings,” says Marks, “To create a safe environment and instill a sense of security, I plant seeds of confidence, acute awareness and transformation.  This process ultimately leads to a letting go of self onto the canvas where discovery and freedom are born.”

The March 18 Walk on White will also serve as the opening reception for “Sun and Rain,” and installation in the Armory Sculpture Garden by Susan Rodgers.  The installation is a new work involving steel support, and hundreds of strands of colored rope woven from ground to sky. The result is a powerful new environment inside the sculpture garden, and a
new way to look at the Historic Armory itself.

For information about other upcoming exhibitions and opportunities at The Studios of Key West, contact the organization’s office at 296-0458 or visit the website,

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