Thursday, May 6, 2010

An Afternoon of Music & Art in Key West

This is my first year to be involved with SoDu Gallery's "From a Woman's Hand" 3rd Annual show in Key West, Florida. I am honored to be chosen to join the 50 + women artists of the Keys in this celebration of art. As I am writing this I received a message that my necklace has sold...before the show even opened, but the gallery would ship it after the show. I'm so excited!

On Saturday, when I stopped by the gallery to deliver my handmade necklace entry "Blue Bamboo" I was thrilled to be greeted by Frank Decker, a painter whose work I have admired for years. The show runs May 8-23 with an opening reception on May 8th with live music, chocolate and champagne. Proceeds of the show benefit Womankind, a woman's health center in Key West.

We then headed over to Mile Marker 0 and Ocean Key Resort for the 15th Annual Key West Songwriters Fest. We have attended this event for nine years and many times with family and its always a festive way to experience the colorful flavor of Key West and enjoy some great entertainment. Ocean Key Resort on Sunset Pier is one of my favorite restaurants in Key West and an excellent songwriter venue. It's ocean view is beautiful and while sipping a cold beverage along with conch fritters and fresh ceviche you can watch it's varied boat traffic going by and an incredible sunset. It is located near Mallory Square a renowned sunset destination with unique vendors and unusual entertainment. Some of my favorite songwriters at festivals over the years have Brett James, Billy Dean, Craig Wiseman, Chuck Cannon, Scotty Emerick and Randy Houser to name a few.

Our next stop was to Simonton Court Historic Inn and the "A Taste of Art" art show where I will be the featured artist on May 15th with my Island Style Beach & Summer Jewelry. It is a charming poolside setting with an outdoor bar and gorgeous tropical foliage. That night it was 85 degrees and we were wilting in the humidity but enjoying the live classical guitar music and a chilled glass of wine while admiring the striking artwork of one of my glass idols, Mary O'Shae and a few other artists.

Life is good in the Fla Keys! Wishing you a delightful art experience!

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