A Welcome to New TSKW Studio Artists at “610 Studios”

TSKW would like to thank Tom Pope, owner of the property at 610 White Street, for helping us to create an opportunity for additional artists to be a part of the TSKW community.  Starting this month, several artists who applied and were accepted last May as studio artists will begin moving in to spaces at “610 Studios”.  Just two doors down from the Armory, the property will now be an extension of our artist studios and will be open for the public to tour during the September Walk on White on Sept. 16.  We’d like to welcome the studio artists who are becoming a part of the community, Pam Hobbs, Sally Binard, Brooks Whitney Phillips, and Judi Bradford.

Here’s a profile of our new studio artists.

Pam Hobbs was born in northern New Jersey and moved to Kansas when she was 13. She attended High school and then received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Pam was trained as a weaver in the craft department and used fabric, either woven or surface design as her medium. After college, thirty years ago, she came to Key West Florida on vacation and never left. After seeing the colors of the water, sky and the tropical flowers and trees her colors blossomed, as well as her use of different mediums. She likes to portray her ideas and feelings with bright colors and bold shapes. She also like to give people the same directness, boldness, freedom and happiness she feels living here in the lush tropics. Pam’s work can be seen at 7 Artists Gallery in Key West.    www.7artistskeywest.com

Brooks Whitney Phillips was born and raised in downtown Chicago. She attended Franklin College Switzerland where her studies focused on European art and literature before transferring to the University of Denver. Upon graduation she spent three years working in public relations & advertising until deciding to pursue a career as a freelance writer. She was a long-time contributor to the Chicago Tribune for whom she wrote a weekly-syndicated column and feature stories focusing on music and the arts. She has published six children’s books for the popular American Girls collection as well as been a columnist and feature writer for their magazine, American Girl. She has also published two books with Scholastic and served as Assistant Entertainment Editor for CompuServe’s online publishing division. Brooks has lived in Key West for twelve years and is busy raising a young family, contributing stories to Coastal Living magazine, and finishing a novel—this one for adults!

Brooks says, “For me writing fiction is not just about story.  It’s about the rhythm of words, the lyricism of a sentence, the ability to convey senses, to vividly portray place, and from the murky depths of imagination, to ultimately create a language of one’s own.”

To read an excerpt from Brooks’ novel-in-progress, click here

Sally Binard now calls the Florida Keys home after 12 years. She came to the Keys as a biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. With a background in scientific illustration, it was a natural progression to incorporate the artistic vibe of Key West into her art and pursue painting more vigorously. She is looking forward to using her studio at 610 Studios to work on her latest series of paintings on Haiti and its’ people.

To see examples of her work, click here

Judi Bradford has had work in nearly all the galleries in Key West at one time or another, including the late Richard Heyman’s original Gingerbread Gallery, later to become Gingerbread Square.  She has been a founding partner in three Duval Street galleries: Cayo Hueso Graphics 1979, Guild Hall Gallery 1983, SoDu Gallery 2006.

For most of her career in Key West, She had a retail studio/gallery, Lizard Licks, named for the soft sculpture critters I made for retail and wholesale markets.

Judi says, “I am thrilled to be included in The Studios of Key West, where I attend the figure drawing sessions and have participated in two One Night Stands and other events. I love being part of a team and have put a lot of energy into building teams throughout my 30+ years on the island. ”

To see examples of Judi’s work, please click here

Welcome to all the new studio artists!

The Studios of Key West