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Art Thrives in Islamorada

What's New — By Julie on May 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm
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Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles are growing evermore popular as a burgeoning arts and cultural district in Islamorada showcases its eclectic galleries rich with affordable, original artwork as well as offering monthly, evening walkabouts for residents and visitors to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Islamorada.

The Morada Bay Arts & Cultural District features regularly scheduled casual gatherings for residents and visitors to discover, enjoy and accrue stimulating, one-of-a-kind fine art. A monthly Art Walk held the third Thursday of each month is from 5-9 p.m., featuring receptions with national and Keys-based artists showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, formerly named Industrial Drive.

 

An Artsy Place You Don’t Want to Miss

Creating its own cultural buzz nearby is the newly opened Gallery 84, an energetic art establishment at mile marker 84.7 oceanside, on Windley Key. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the bustling gallery specializes in affordable fine artwork, photography and other original creations by emerging and veteran artists.

Collectors can find the electrifying tropical representations of gallery owner Liz Queeny’s colored pencil artwork, with lively sunflowers, reef fish and island suns that set the gallery’s mood, creating a feel-good, fun art buying experience.

Jerry Bachman adds a unique depth to his marine life scenes, primarily using airbrush techniques; sea turtles are the most popular.

Queeny said she is very enthusiastic about the collection of artists in the gallery now, finding self-taught individuals such as Jerry Bachman, a breakout artist whose flora, fauna and marine life scenes exude a uniquely dimensional depth.

Gallery 84 offers ongoing art classes and workshops for kids and adults, and starting in May, each weekend the gallery is to feature the artists’ originals, prints and giclées during an outdoor art fête champêtre. Contact the gallery for details at 305-735-4596.

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