Two Powerful Exhibitions Ignite the Halls of the Armory

Sisters, Mothers, Lovers, Others – Women Visualizing Women is a show of contemporary works by woman artists on the subject of women opening September 7 at The Studios of Key West. The exhibition also kicks off WomenFest Key West’s line-up of events with a late afternoon reception, Tuesday, September 7, 3-5 p.m. in the Historic Armory. The reception is open to the public, with many of the artists expected to be present, and will be on view thru October 6.

The artwork showcases artists living and working in the Keys, including Annamarie Giordano, Susan Sugar, Sue D’Antonio, Elizabeth Devries, Kate Miller, Lauren McAloon, Carol Tedesco, Coco Strauss, Frankie Zeh, Laurie Margolin, Marianne Motches,  Sandy Mezinis and others.

“Women weave together the various rich threads of their lives – friendships, sexuality, family, children, work, spirituality, intellectuality – into distinct and unique lifestyles.  Each woman emphasizes these characteristics differently, subduing some and flaunting others. Likewise, women share the same body elements, but each develops her own look, like refrigerator magnets, infinitely rearranged.  This exhibition attempts to capture some of that diversity, ” says Judi Bradford, guest curator for the show.

With this collection, from figure drawings and paintings to sculpture and abstracted images, the women artists of the southernmost islands see their gender with sensitive insight.

Running concurrently in SPACE 2, TSKW’s newest location to exhibit art, Jimm Sherrington: The Wild World of a Key West Legend launches the season with a sampling of new paintings paired with works from his past 30 years in Key West. Many locals will recall the “Spot Series” of work featuring his beloved canine and best friend.

Known internationally as a master Scrimshaw Artist, his career developed towards commercial lines with illustration and graphic design projects, all the while continuing to paint for pleasure, purpose and the elusive profit.

Jimm is a fixture at Blue Heaven and can be seen on his “en plein air” porch studio intensely responding to the wild world around him.

Both exhibitions will be celebrated a second time,  Thursday, September 16 from 6-9 p.m. during the Walk on White monthly Open House at TSKW.

Images: Clockwise from top left:

“I Love Love” mixed media by Coco Strauss
Encaustic image by Annamarie Giordano
Untitled pastel on paper by Annamarie Giordano
“Difference of Opinion” mixed media on canvas by Marianne Motches
“Cow Jumped Over the Moon” by Jimm Sherrington
The Artist Jimm Sherrington

The Studios of Key West