It’s been half a century since the first artists gathered in Old Town for one of Key West’s most celebrated festivals. Over all those years, fine artists from all over the country have enhanced this island’s reputation for fine art and culture.

This year, nearly 100 fine artists will be gracing Whitehead Street on February 21st and 22nd, showing and selling their works of art. Artist booths will be set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex.

The show is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, a coop of local artists with a long history in Key West, dating from the days of the WPA. The show was originally organized 50 years ago to help raise funds to renovate the historic wooden building that houses the Art Center at 301 Front Street. These days it helps support the 50 artists that make up the Center, and helps provide the classes and workshops held by the non-profit organization.

Organizers of this year’s show are thrilled with the artists who are participating. There is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. There are a variety of mediums: paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor; sculpture; photography; and fine art jewelry.

Please don’t miss the local’s favorite. It’s a chance to see your friends, enjoy exquisite artwork, and celebrate 50 years of one of the finest street art shows in the country!

The Art Center is a nonprofit community art center featuring a gallery, classes and workshops.  For more information please contact the Key West Art Center at 305-294-1241 or email [email protected].

Photo: Whitehead at Greene Street during Festival

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