The historic Fort East Martello served as the backdrop for the annual Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction Gala last Sunday evening. To date, the fund has donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to local artists. Half the proceeds from each sale goes to the fund, while the other half goes to the participating artist.
Key West Sculptor Craig Berube weathers auctioneer Tom Luna’s good-natured ribbing with grace, while cradling his work ‘Angel Fish.’
Clare and Burt Angermann have been bidding and supporting the Anne McKee Artists Auction since its creation in 1995.
Brian Corbett, son of 92-year-old Anne McKee, welcomes the bidders. McKee wasn’t able to the make attend this year.
Gingerbread Square Gallery Artist Jane Washburn shows her white pelican oil on canvas painting, ‘Snow Bird.’
A bidder looks at ‘Days Gone By’ by Martha dePoo before the bidding starts.
The gala fundraiser takes place on the East Martello grounds.
On break from rehearsing for Waterfront Playhouse’s ‘The Producers’ opening March 3, auctioneer Tom Luna chats with emcee William Welch, a frequent contributor to the art auction and 2014 Miriam B. Good Award winner.
Karen Moore shows ‘Riviera Canal Sunset’ by Bob Slitzan. Later, Moore’s own jewelry went up on the auction block.
Reef Perkins helps show off pieces of art. Here, he holds ‘Women on Green’ by local life artist Annamarie Giordano.