Art captures color and character

Fresh off her latest Cuba art tour, Gallery on Greene owner Nance Frank is inspired by William Bradley (W.B.) Thompson’s Cuba-inspired pieces. “This is one of the most fascinating perspectives of Cuba, I’ve seen,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of intriguing images of Key West, but never Havana in this light.”

Thompson will be the special guest at the reception showcasing “Moon Over Havana” on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. He visited Cuba with Gallery on Greene and The Studios of Key West for last year’s Havana Biennial Art Exhibition.

“I take my sketchbook with me wherever I go,” he said from the Virgin Islands, packing to head to Key West for the show. “I was inspired and fascinated with what I saw in Cuba.”

When he returned from the trip, he transposed his sketches to canvas — intriguing and animated as the island itself, according to Frank. Several of his Cuba paintings, as well as his paintings of Key West and the Virgin Islands, will be on display throughout the week.

Thompson started a career as a lawyer and only painted to pay his law school tuition. Now it’s a full-time occupation.

Frank said his perspective of Cuba is a caffeinated collision of colors and characters, history and humanity while brilliantly conveying the contradictions and question marks of Key West’s international neighbor.

For more information on the showing, visit or call 305-294-1669.

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