What's Happening in our Art Scene
- For Lucky Street Gallery friends who are Chicago-bound the first week of November, stop in at SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) where Lucky Street regulars Cathy Rose and Cindy Wynn will be showing their work under the aegis of Lucky Girls Gallery in New Orleans!
- Art Exhibition-Ism, celebrating artistic eroticism and costumed fantasies through the paintings and photographs of Michael Costello, Lincoln Perry, Ashley Benton, and Lynne Bentley-Kemp, opens October 20 at Lucky Street, with an opening reception planned for Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Costello’s paintings and drawings are large-scaled nudes wearing masks that are both concealing and revealing. Perry’s oil drawings follow a young girl through the days and nights of a raucous Fantasy Fest, while Bentley-Kemp’s photographs capture the real abandonment during this week-long carnival.
Sculpture Key West - Lucky Street artists Susan Bailey, Tyler Buckheim and John Martini will be represented at Sculpture Key West, which opens December 1, 2012, at Fort Zachary Taylor.
Anne McKee Grants - Lucky Street artists Lynne Bentley-Kemp and Tyler Buckheim are among the recent winners of the 2012 Anne McKee Artist Awards. Congratulations all!
Susan Sugar Solstice Watercolor Workshop - June 20-23, 2012, 6pm-9pm, $220 (click above image for large version)
- The Sculpture Foundation in Hamilton, NJ, recently acquired a major sculpture by John Martini. "Hello Birdie" will join several other steel sculptures created by Martini in his Key West studio.
- It's a busy month at Lucky Street Gallery. Continuing through February 14, Michael Haykin's Sea Level, new paintings and assemblages. Michael, the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Studios of Key West for February, has created brilliant interpretations of water and the life and light in it on multiple canvases. His assemblages, inspired by a smoke house vent he found on a walk near his desert home, are of found metal, paint and rustic bits and pieces that bring to mind the fabric in a Klimt painting.
- To celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14, Lucky Street has a whole shelf full of limited edition cards to make the day heartfelt.
- Starting Thursday, February 16, Lucky Street introduces work by three major artists: Carol Munder, John Martini, and Robert Burridge.
- Robert Burridge, who is conducting a four-day workshop at Studios Key West, is making his Key West gallery debut at Lucky Street. A California painter who creates bold, colorful works of still lifes, interiors and landscapes in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, Burridge's show of Roadside Attractions emanate from "real childhood memories from the back seat of my dad's car while he drove me to see the circus." As full of color and excitement as a trip to the circus, these brilliant paintings combine the thrill of a road trip with the mesmerizing rhythms of a three-ring circus. Burridge is a full-time painter, who is often asked to juror art shows, instruct college and national painting workshops, and to teach a fine-art mentor program in France. His original works are shown in numerous international galleries.
The public is invited to meet this energetic artist at a gallery reception on Friday, February 24, from 7 to 8:30. His show continues through February 28.
- Carol Munder has introduced a group of new photogravures, "Between Motion and Stasis." The photogravure is a print, much like an etching or engraving. The varying tonal densities of the original negative are etched in a copper plate. Photogravures were the first photographs, predating daguerreotypes and silver-gelatine photographs. Her work has been featured in numerous Lucky Street shows, as well as in galleries in San Francisco, Michigan, and New York and in France where she spends her summers. Her photographs have been featured in the influential publication, 21st Photography, with an accompanying essay by Annie Dillard.
- "Tick Tock," new sculpture and monoprints by John Martini has also moved into the gallery, John has created animal forms and human shapes in polychromed steel, as well as brilliant monoprints using images from his copious sketchbooks. A long-time Lucky Street artist, Martini will show his work in Atlanta later this spring. He regularly shows his work in Paris, and has a studio/home in the Burgundy region of France.
The work of John Martini and Carol Munder will be on display through February 28.
- Earlier this month, Michael Haykin's Sea Level was a near sell-out. Michael, the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Studios of Key West for February, created brilliant interpretations of water and the life and light in it on multiple canvases. His assemblages, are of found metal, paint and rustic bits and pieces that bring to mind the fabric in a Klimt painting.
- Roberta Marks, whose own show is coming up the first of March at Lucky Street, gives one of her rare and fascinating slide shows on Monday, February 20 at the Studios of Key West, this time about her recently completed trip to India. Sponsored by the Friends of the Key West Library, Roberta’s slide shows give an unforgettable overview of memorable textures, faces, and panoramas.
- Congratulations to TSKW on its successful tour of artists’ studios in early February. Over 140 people visited five artists’ studios, including Lucky Street’s own John Martini, Carol Munder, Jon McIntosh, and Lynn Sherman. Participants universally voiced enthusiasm for another studio tour next year!!!
Woman With Bow, Mixed Materials, 2011
- Cathy Rose and Ashley Benton Show at Lucky Street through January: Wow! What a terrific response to Cathy and Ashley’s work, which opened at Lucky Street Sunday, January 22. There’s a still a sweet selection of Cathy’s porcelain and found object sculptures available in all size ranges, while Ashley’s haunting paintings of people and animals are flying off the wall.
Cathy Rose, a resident of New Orleans, creates porcelain figures often accompanied by birds that have a wide appeal. A veteran of the crafts circuit, she has been featured such prestigious juried shows as SOFA Chicago, Cherry Creek in Colorado, the Philadelphia Crafts Fair, and the Sausalito Arts Festival. Her next show is during Jazz Fest in the Spring of 2012.
The paintings of Ashley Benton share a similar appeal. Introduced to Lucky Street by Michel Delgado, Benton describes her paintings as “less than reality but more than a dream…trying to find the meeting place where dreams overlap with reality.” Her mixed media work uses pencil, watercolor, acrylic, paper, and collage elements overlaid with resin which gives greater depth. She is represented by galleries in Colorado and appeared at the New York City show of contemporary art at the Javits Center in 2011.
- Lucky Street Artists Get Around - Our artists and their works are out and about the United States and Europe. Debra Yates is showing five pieces from her new Miami Series at Nina Torres, a new gallery in Miami at 1900 N. Bayshore, during Art Basel. She promises to bring Lucky Street a catalog. Michel Delgado is displaying new work at the Contemporary Art Fair at the Javits Center in New York City, November 18-20. Letty Nowak is at the Hurley Gallery in Laguna Beach with a show called "Faces of Surfing." Cindy Wynn's functional sculpture is featured in "Hybrids: A Special Exhibit Featuring Metal and Glass" in Piedmont Craftsmen's show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rebecca Bennett and AD Tinkham have just returned from Berlin, where their paintings were on display in a major show this summer. John Martini just completed a very successful show of sculpture and monoprints in Paris, Galerie Antoine Laurentin. And Jon McIntosh is currently represented in the "Beck's/Miami Magazine Emerging Artists Show" being held at the Cafeina Exhibition Space in Wynwood, Miami's new art district.
- Key West architect and artist Guillermo Orozco created “Podcast,” for display at Lucky Street Gallery, where it fills a major corner of the gallery. The work will be on display through Fantasy Fest. Podcast , like most successful art installation pieces, uses simple and widely available objects to create a highly sophisticated artwork. Podcast uses the ubiquitous seed pods of the royal Poinciana tree that litter Key West streets in June or July when the tree ends its flowering.
Rick Worth recently led a group of local youngsters in repainting the Just4Kids Art Center on Front and Petronia. Worth, a long-time Lucky Street artist, teaches painting to both adults and kids at The Studios of Key West’s wildly popular Boot Camp. Worth limned in the outlines of his signature chicks and roosters against a crookedy drawing of a Key West picket fence, and with paint contributed by Strunk helped about 15 neighborhood kids fill in the blanks. The new mural is signed by all the participants.
- On one of the hottest days of this hot summer, Debra Yates walked her newest large canvas from her studio at the Armory to Lucky Street’s new location. The canvas is part of Yates’s new Miami series, with her signature swoops of black, and white paint on a green base with red and silver accents. The ever-popular Yates also has new crisp watercolors in silver frames on display as well as selections from her bamboo series.
- It’s been a busy year for Key West artist Michel Delgado. Since his show, Strange Seduction at Lucky Street in the spring of 2011, his van has criss-crossed the country for juried crafts festivals in Miami, Tampa, New York City, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and back again to Key West. He did take time to bring an energetic selection of paintings and prints to Lucky Street.
The Senegalese-born Delgado has lived in Key West since the late eighties. Although painting has always been part of his life, graphic design—record covers, poster, book jackets, and ultimately t-shirts-- was a detour on his path to creating original art and fine limited edition silkscreen prints. He’s won numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship.