Two Young Adult Artists Awarded Anne McKee Artist Fund Grants
Key West, Florida – Each year area artists submit applications for consideration of Anne McKee Artist Fund of the Florida Keys grant awards. Several years ago, Anne McKee made a special donation to the fund especially to benefit young artists. This year, Daisy Murtha and Louis Wray each received awards in the Young Adult category.
Louis Wray was born eighteen years ago and became a photographer at fifteen. He grew up on the docks of Safe Harbor Marina on Stock Island where over the years he watched the shrimp boats slowly replaced by yachts and sailboats. With his Canon Digital Rebel Xti, Mr. Wray has been documenting a “changing way of life” and will use his grant towards the production of a show and a custom hard-back book. He credits his past employer, local professional photographer Tony Gregory, as both a teacher and his “greatest photographic idol.” A 2009 graduate of Key West High School, Louis is presently employed by his father, Jimmy Wray, in the restoration of an antique trumpee yacht and will pursue further schooling in photography and business.
Daisy Hannah Murtha, at seventeen years of age, has been making art for as long as anyone who knows her can remember. She has studied ceramics with Jimmy Wray and Jay Gogin and photography with the Key West Art and Historical Society and Lynne Bentley-Kemp. Ms. Murtha attends school at HS2, the Home School High School, as well as at FKCC and Key West High School, and has a job at Flamingo Crossing. Studying fashion design with instructor Cassie Santana at KWHS, she enjoyed her first success as a designer and creator in the school’s annual fashion show. Her grant monies have enabled her to purchase a sewing machine and other equipment that she will use to produce a series of original designs that will appear in the next KWHS fashion show and then as part of her application portfolio for advanced fashion and design education.
Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys award monies are raised by artists, for artists, through an annual fine art auction. The fund’s board of directors reviews every application; winners have demonstrated need of financial assistance and/or greater public recognition as well as individual artistic excellence and an ongoing commitment to the area cultural community. The next Anne McKee Fine Art Auction is scheduled for January 23, 2010. Those artists interested in contributing to the auction or applying for a 2010 grant award may visit the organizations web site, mckeefund.org for more information.
Photo Caption: Young Adult Anne McKee Grant Fund Winners Louis Wray and Daisy Murtha.
Izsak Goes Home
Izsak, named after FWC officer Jill Izsak, who along with Anders Bergstrom rescued the Loggerhead sea turtle back in early April, received a celebrity send-off Saturday morning in Marathon.
Two days after the close of lobster season, boaters reported spotting a turtle entangled in a lobster trap line that severely damaged Izsak’s left rear flipper. He was transported to the Turtle Hospital and treated for two months before he was ready to be released.
Several dozen well-wishers joined Turtle Hospital staff at Coco Plum beach as they transported the 200-pound turtle back to the ocean.
Be sure to catch the next public turtle release by reading The Weekly Newspapers or checking out www.turtlehospital.org.
Kickin’ the ball around
As part of the US Soccer Foundation’s payback program, Marathon’s American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Program donated 20 soccerballs to St. Peter’s Prison Ministry. The Passback Program, in partnership with Eurosport, and with the support of MLS and WPS players, is an initiative of the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all communities, regardless of income, gender or location. Passback gear has found its way to all corners of the globe. More information can be found at www.passback.org.
AYSO Regional Commissioner Chris Bull and The UPS Store Owner Arno Silva pictured with the Marathon AYSO donation to St.Peter’s Prison Ministry.
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The Stanley Switlik 5th Grade Track Team held their Annual Track Meet last Saturday at a county-wide track meet. The Switlik Boys won 3rd in Tug-o-War. Deshon Fantroy captured the bronze in the 400 Run and Frank Gonzalez took home the gold in 60 meter dash. Pictured: Sasha Olivera, Emily Frieg, Sydney Konrath, Richie Wells, Vincent Dufour, Ashley Anderson, Steven Poole, Gardine Raymond, Caiza Herald, Frank Gonzalez, Deshon Fantroy, Adam Anderson, and Coach Maria Luther.
Awwggghh…Charlie Brown feeds entire family
Last Sunday, Charlie Brown, his brother and nephew Kevin Feola were fishing on the edge of the Gulf Stream when….fish on! Brown boated a 5 ft. 2 in. bull weighing 42 lbs. He fought the mighty fish for over an hour with a light spinning rod and then fried it in a light coating of batter.
Jo Ann Wagner becomes branch manager
Marathon, Friday, May 29, 2009: Centennial Bank announces Jo Ann Wagner as the new manager of the Marathon Main Branch. An Assistant Vice President, Jo Ann started with the bank in July of 2000 as a manager at the Main branch, opened the Duck Key branch in 2001, and moved to manage the Midtown branch in 2007. In moving to the Main branch, Jo Ann’s responsibilities focus on managing and growing Centennial’s largest local branch. “The relationship Jo Ann maintains with her customers keeps us rooted in the community, and we’re a stronger bank because of her,” said Teresa Condas, President of Centennial Bank’s Florida Region. “With such a strong focus on helping the customer, it’s easy to see why we’re so excited to have Jo Ann as our new manager in Marathon’s Main Branch.”
Jo Ann grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and moved to the Florida Keys in 1997 with her family. The first Vice President of the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Jo Ann’s community involvement includes significant contributions to the Marathon Seafood Festivals, running in the Domestic Abuse Shelter’s No Name Race, and constant involvement with the Jaycees. “I love how community minded Centennial Bank is. We are always willing to provide assistance, be it monetary or through food and beverage, at almost every event happening in the Keys. It is a blessing to work for a community bank that cares so much for the people we serve.”
Morales lands the big one
“It could’ve killed him,” Marathon Vice Mayor Don Vasil joked about the fiercest fight of his city attorney’s life. Last week, former Dade County Commissioner Jimmy Morales was fishing about 12 miles offshore with Vasil and legendary angler Reece Williamson when they hit the school. “When he hooked it that fish must’ve went 15 feet into the air,” Vasil said. “I have never seen anything like it.” According to reports, Morales tried to hand over the rod but ended up fighting through the fatigue.
“This is a fish you can brag about for the rest of your life,” Vasil told him.
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Lohr & Lones
Sheri Lohr, founding board member of Artificial Reefs of the Keys is on the receiving end of a huge thank you from volunteer Mike Lones. Sheri is one gal in her glory and had at least one hundred reasons to be part of the revelry during “Glad She’s Sunk” party at Dante’s.
Boys & Girl
Daver Harris (far right) came all the way from Naples so he could say he witnesses the sinking in person. He’s pictured with his posse Andy Moore, Steve King, actually that’s spelled Q-U-E-E-N according to his buddies, and the lovely Suziejo Moore.
(L to R) Marie Masciovecchio, Advertising Manager for The Best of Key West; Randy Detrich, Marketing Manager for Lower Keys Medical Center; and Linda Russin, owner of Island 107 KW Radio rock the networking scene at Guy Harvey’s. The venue provided the backdrop for this month’s Chamber of Commerce After Hour Party.
Paul & Cory
The proud owners of Bingo! Paul Gildea and his radiant wife Cory Held draw in their clients and customers with their dog Bingo! He’s an exotic breed, known as Puli, originating from Hungary. The Puli is used to herd sheep. You can see the wonderful creature, at Consignments on Southard. You can take him for a walk, but you can’t take him home! This news girl tried.
Bingo, the Puli! He’s not a living carpet, but a greeter at his owners consignment shop at 522 Southard, and a socialite in his own right!
Marathon Community Theatre Presents First Annual Dance Showcase
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) will present the first annual dance showcase on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m.
The dance showcase is titled “tah-Dance” and will include representation from all the dance classes offered free to members of MCT. In addition, several individuals and groups from the community will perform.
Tickets are on sale now for $12 and a goods donation to be given to the local Domestic Abuse Shelter. Types of useful goods the Shelter can use are: gift cards from Publix, Winn Dixie or Kmart to be given to women as they leave the shelter; personal hygiene products, paper products, diapers or canned foods. Call the box office at 305-743-0994 for reservations.
Pictured, from left: Left to right: Terry McBroom, Cheri Edwards, Trish Hintze, Zoe Hippel, Joy Wagner, Laura Fowler, Zulma Jimenez, Maria Luther.
All Hail President Merrill!
Renee Sebastian (left), outgoing President of the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women’s Club recently passed the gavel to her successor – Holly Merrill, Legislative Assistant for State Rep. Ron Saunders.
President-Elect: Audra Hill-Stokey
1st Vice President: Mirine Dye
2nd Vice President: RaeLeigh Gonsalves
3rd Vice President Renee Sebastian
Treasurer: Lauren Dunn
Secretary: Margie Smith
Directors: Claire Johnson, and Vicki Walker