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At The Studios of Key West, we want to show you behind the scenes, our day-to-day, our main events, and small things in between. By watching our video content below, you can quickly get an idea of what we do here. These events, exhibitions, classes, and parties highlight just a bit of who we are, but showcase our mission to highlight what’s creative and special about our island.
Live the Creative Life gives you a glimpse of who we are and what we do at The Studios. We are a nonprofit museum and cultural organization promoting multidisciplinary arts, providing artist-in-residency opportunities for artists worldwide, and maintaining long-term studio spaces dedicated to Florida Keys artists. Through classes, performances, lectures, gallery exhibits, partnership projects, and special events, The Studios unites Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and world-renowned artists with local audiences and art practitioners at all stages of their creative careers.
On Saturday, March 10, 2018, our most popular event returned to Old Town. The Artist Studio Tours were a luxurious, art-filled afternoon of exploring the quirky and creative homes and workspaces of artists on our island, including the Turtle House, featured in this video, Susan Sugar’s home and studio.
Eric Anfinson’s exhibition in March 2018 celebrated a decade since his first Studios’ show at The Historic Armory. Without Within showcased Anfinson’s new body of work, revealing a tenderness, sensuality & emotion in his subjects which brought much to the surface on each canvas.
By most measures (including a Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it’s no wonder: he’s hard-working, funny, easy-going, and dripping with talent. Each year at The Studios, Rick Worth takes on the role of drill sergeant, teaching his gang of recruits (er…students) new scenes each week in his popular class, Painting Bootcamp.
In April 2017, the world premiere of an innovative professional dance production, Key West Reverie, took place on the grounds of a lushly landscaped Civil War-era fort. Fort West Martello was filled with music, dance and spoken word performances, creating a magical and funky portrait of Key West.
2019 saw the return of One Night Stand, the lightning-quick theater project that develops four brand new pieces of theater from start to finish in only 24 hours.From the moment that the writers draw their casts from a hat the night before until the performance, over fifty talented locals come together to share ideas, props, costumes, and stories, and to magically create four brand new 10 minute plays.
The Studios’ annual gala in 2017 celebrated our first decennial with “Garden of Eaton,” a botanical dreamscape of fragrant cocktails, mouth watering bites, music, dancing, and costumes. Forest-themed formal wear and fancy florals were encouraged, or just a few flattering fig leaves.
It was the strangest of times and the strangest of places: Key West, 1930s. Undying Love: A Key West Musical, written by Ben Harrison, is the richly reimagined, darkly humorous, true story of the extreme lengths one man was willing to go for love. Undying Love premiered Valentine’s Day and ran through Mar 3, 2018 at The Studios.
In April 2015, Key West Pottery co-owner and former AIR, Adam Russell debuted a body of two and three-dimensional work. Future Ancient was about Adam’s love of history and indigenous methodology, as was filtered through a contemporary/postmodern lens. The result was a colorful celebration of island aesthetics and an over-sized, entirely unique take on ceramics.
Jeff Johnson (left) and Michael Catledge (right) perform “The Traveling Companion” for Life Story: Two One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams on April 8, 2018. Photo by Johnny White