Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys residents’ curious collections

A collection of vintage jewelry, loaned to the society by the late Connie Gilbert, during a previous “Key West Collects.”

A collection of vintage jewelry, loaned to the society by the late Connie Gilbert, during a previous “Key West Collects.”

Key West Art & Historical Society presents “Key West Collects,” an exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork and other objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents. The exhibit it now open in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.

The unique exhibit offers something of interest for everyone “no matter what their age range, nationality or education level,” says Curator Cori Convertito. Objects were selected from the response to this spring’s call for collections. The display features a diverse array including WW I-era sheet music, opium pipes, pop-up books, Native American stone animal fetishes, pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles, champagne flutes and many other unusual items.

“Key West Collects” will be the third exhibit with that name, created several years ago by the society with the intent of engaging the local community while showcasing its cultural diversity.

“Florida Keys residents are interested in so many facets of culture, history and the arts,” says Cori. “Displaying a small representation of their interests allows us to generate conversation amongst our visitors.”

A favorite among the community and the society alike, “Key West Collects” gives the community an opportunity to “take ownership of the society’s exhibits,” says Cori. “No doubt “Key West Collects” will be back for another installment.”

“Key West Collects” will run through March 4. For more information, contact Cori Convertito at 305-295-6616, ext. 112, or visit www.kwahs.org. ¦

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