The Studios of Key West invites the community to bring ideas, art making supplies, friends, and family members to the Historic Armory at 10am on Saturday, February 6 for the annual Art Crawl event. Participation is free and begins with a continental breakfast and a chance to meet other creative people before hitting the streets of Old Town.
Following the morning gathering, participants will explore the island's neighborhoods, sties, and side streets to paint, draw, write, photograph, and capture local scenes. After a day of plein air art-making, armed with new creative works based on the island's unique sense of place, participants will regroup at the Armory for a 4pm celebration, salon style display, and reception.
"This is an open access invitation to join our creative community, bring your favorite medium, and help us fill the streets of Old Town with artistic pursuits at every corner," says Eric Holowacz, executive director of The Studios of Key West. "We are calling all local and visiting poets, photographers, painters, film-makers, and others wanting to create new works. Join us for the 2010 Art Crawl."
All ages, mediums, disciplines and individuals are encouraged to take part in this free artistic outpouring. Interested artists should arrive at the Armory, 600 White Street, by 10am on Saturday, February 6. Breakfast and coffee will be provided, but participants should arrange their own lunch.
"We've even added a plein air competition to the event, with a distinguished juror and generous cash and donated prizes," says Program Manager Martha Barnes. "This new element is the Key West Quick Draw event, planned for plein air painters and sketch artists from the Keys and beyond."
Quick Draw entrants will have their blank canvas stamped at 10am, and must return to the Armory with a finished work by 3pm. Award-winning artist Priscilla Coote will serve as Quick Draw juror, and will announce the three cash prize winners and three honorable mention artists at the reception. Registration for the Key West Quick Draw is $20 and will be taken before 10am on the event day.
The 2010 Key West Art Crawl is sponsored by Old Town Trolley Tours. Support has also been provided by Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about this event, and other upcoming cultural opportunities at The Studios of Key West, contact 296-0458 or visit www.tskw.org