Gallery Shows and Events
- Jim Toia - Artist Reception - May 23, 2013
Artist Jim Toia recently moved to Key West, and has begun renovations on his home. Most new Key West residents, when asked why they’re here, rave about the climate, the people, the sun and the sea. Artist Toia’s atypical answer: “Spiders and Jellyfish…”
You can often find Toia up with the sun, exploring nooks and spaces inhabited by the island’s crab spiders. But unlike most, he does not sweep their webs to one side. He delicately, gently, stains the arachnid home, and then marches through it, canvas and all.
Next stop for the artist is a nameless mangrove island, where Toia in rubber boots stands surrounded by Cassiopeia jellies, and selects a few to make a last journey back to his studio.
The fascinating artwork resulting from these encounters with native Key’s fauna: “Flagler’s Nemesis”, “The Determined Mr. Fuller”, and “Pillow for Surrender” can be seen on the walls at Lucky Street Gallery this Thursday, May 23, 2103 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The work is surprising, and evokes first an emotional response, then arouses curiosity that draws you in for deeper study and contemplation.
Jim’s goal is to have his creations move from nature to collector’s walls with as little interference from the artist as possible. Influenced by the “purposeless” concept of composer John Cage, Toia’s art is a pure affirmation of life. There is no an attempt to bring order out of chaos, no suggestion of improvements in the order of creation. Toia simply to bring us a way of waking up to the very beauty of the life we are living right now.
Don’t miss the opportunity to welcome Jim to Key West and enjoy his view of nature in his incredibly unusual works. The welcome reception will be held Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene St, the corner of Greene and Simonton. Call 305-294-3973 for further information.
- LUCKY STREET GALLERY COMING “OUT AND ABOUT “ TO CELEBRATE PRIDE FEST.
Joining the spirit of pride, celebration, and good humor, Lucky Street Gallery has mounted an exhibition in honor of Pridefest, titled “OUT AND ABOUT”, which will hang from June 4 through 12, 2013 and a celebratory reception at Lucky Street on Thursday, June 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm, with some very special artists, and some subtle humour.
Michael Costello’s stunning portraiture will be highlighted, mixing his masterfully classic technique with a bit of situational tongue in cheek humor once created by a model walking off the job. The completed portrait shows a decayed tooth to posterit as Michael was forced to use his own face to complete the work. Or admire his poignant “America Beauty” ready to highlight a foyer or wall. Gorgeous pastel works explore “Pride” and more intimate relationships and themes in Costello’s collections. The work is scheduled to be returned to New York after this exhibition.
Lucky Street’s own Jon McIntosh has added his sly, amusing, and always talented creations to pridefest. Tosh’s works always take a bit of study to truly enjoy, so allow some time to look over Bustello, Flags, Protection, and the mysterious “Elk’s Foot”. Tosh will be at the reception to great his fans.
Cindy Wynn’s ever more exciting and gracious metalwork and furniture will also be featured: her work is a constant source of pride here at Lucky Street. Don’t miss the “Blue Cloud Bitch” or her “Frenchie” pedestal.
New artist Joseph Cavallieri, who works in stained glass, has brought Key West an enjoyable procession of kings and and queens to life on our walls, from “Jackie O” to “Henry III”to “Rainer Wolfcastle” a very special piece that is best viewed after dark in Lucky Street’s Simonton window, along with some of John Martini’s courtiers.
So join the Lucky Street Staff for a bit a fun, always museum quality art, and a visit with some of our artists on Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For further information call 305-294-397.