KEY WEST, Florida Keys — An avenue in Key West’s historic Old Town is to become an open-air gallery for art lovers seeking creative offerings and warm weather during the 58th annual Old Island Days Art Festival.
Set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26, the juried show is to feature as many as 100 fine artists from across the United States showcasing their wares in Key West’s typically balmy “winter” weather. The nationally recognized event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free.
Exhibitors’ colorful booths are to stretch along lower Whitehead Street alongside 19th-century homes and museums, as well as on Caroline Street within the Truman Annex residential enclave.
“The Old Island Days Art Festival offers both a high-quality art experience and a broad exposure to art in various disciplines,” said event director and jewelry designer Lois Songer. “We choose participants with an eye on originality and quality and accept only work handmade by the artist.”
Featured artists display work including watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, decorative sculpture, mixed-media offerings, ceramic pieces, jewelry, glass and metal creations, photography and more. Artistry is executed in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to tropical.
The festival is presented by the Key West Art Center, a not-for-profit community art organization. Proceeds help support the center’s programs and maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its gallery.
Event information: keywestartcenter.com/art-
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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