On Duval Street in Old Town Key West, the Alan S. Maltz Gallery opened its doors Jan. 1, 1999, and has been evolving ever since.
The gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019, and to mark the occasion the artist will introduce a new portfolio of works, several of which will be unveiled at an exclusive exhibit starting the first week of January at Florida House on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Florida House selected Maltz, the Official Florida Fine Art Photographer and the Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida, to introduce a new year-long program of rotating exhibits showcasing outstanding Florida artists. The exhibit unveiling is just the first of several scheduled anniversary events and announcements for the Alan S. Maltz Gallery.
In advance of this special moment, Maltz has issued a selection of pieces from his visionary Old Florida Collection, many of which are now on display and available online at www.AlanMaltz.com. A departure from his signature style of vibrant colors, Maltz utilizes a blend of sepia tones and muted colors to give his art the appearance of a vintage, hand-tinted photograph. The result of much thought and experimentation, he considers the Old Florida Collection his most significant artistic achievement to date.
“For me as an artist, the term ‘Old Florida’ evokes a certain feeling, a style, an essence — a heart-tugging pull to a simpler, freer time,” explains Maltz. “I’ve always been drawn to and inspired by Highwaymen Paintings — artists like Harold Newton, Al Black, Alfred Hair and others — whose work closely portrays the impression I have in my mind’s eye that is expressed in this new body of work.”
With a welcoming atmosphere and distinct eclectic style, Maltz’s intimate Key West gallery has been recently redesigned to showcase the new artwork, which is now on display, alongside some of the artist’s best-selling pieces and classic imagery. The gallery serves as an ideal setting for viewing Maltz’s distinctive, award-winning work, and provides the unique opportunity to learn each story behind the viewfinder from the artist himself.
“I spend much of my time at the gallery working on projects, producing new works and meeting with clients, old and new,” said Maltz. “I’m guided by a mantra of gratitude and appreciation, and besides sharing time with family and photographing in nature’s realm, the gallery is my place of refuge, where inspiration and creativity abound.”
In addition to the gallery showcase, Maltz’s Old Florida Collection will be the subject of his sixth coffee table book, “Old Florida … An Artistic Interpretation,” which is scheduled for early release in the fall of 2019. The artist independently published his previous five books, all of which have won numerous awards and recognition.
The Alan S. Maltz Gallery is located at 1210 Duval Street in Key West and is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information, call the gallery at 305-294-0005 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or www.AlanMaltz.com. ¦