Artists can celebrate Tennessee Williams’ birthday with plein air painting contest

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Key West Art & Historical Society’s plein air painting contest celebrates the legacy of Tennessee Williams. COURTESY PHOTO

Key West Art & Historical Society’s plein air painting contest celebrates the legacy of Tennessee Williams. COURTESY PHOTO

Recreational and professional painters are invited to participate in Key West Art & Historical Society’s cash prize plein air painting contest celebrating the legacy of Tennessee Williams.

The acclaimed playwright and artist made Key West his home for 34 years.

Reflecting Williams’ support and devotion to the Key West Library — and this year’s Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration theme of “The Library” — the painting subject is to be the Key West Library itself, at 700 Fleming St.

Each artist category will have two winners, and each category will be blind-judged by four leaders from the local arts community.

Submissions are limited to one artwork per person. First place winners will receive $200, with $100 going to the second place artists.

Winners will be announced and honored at the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 27, at the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave. Artists retain ownership of their work, which they can offer for sale at the celebration. Winning works will also be displayed at the Key West Library after the reception.

A $20 entry fee includes choice of canvas or watercolor paper; artists supply their own paints and easels. The plein air event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Artists can register at www.kwahs.org/events by March 15 or in person at the library on March 16.

For more information, call Cori Convertito at 305-295-6616, ext. 112, or email cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.org.

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