THE KEY WEST GALLERY GUIDE


See works by Sarah Boyts-Yoder through Oct. 26 at Jag Gallery. COURTESY PHOTO

See works by Sarah Boyts-Yoder through Oct. 26 at Jag Gallery. COURTESY PHOTO

Key West is an artist’s utopia. Here’s a look at local galleries:

7 Artists & Friends

The combination of a supportive arts community and inspirational tropical setting combine to make Key West ideal for nurturing creativity. 7 Artists & Friends (213 Simonton St.; 305-294-8444) began as a co-operative art gallery run by seven of the island’s most respected artists, each highly accomplished in their specific medium.

Alan S. Maltz Gallery

At the Alan S. Maltz Gallery (1210 Duval St.; 305-294-0005), Maltz — who has been designated the “Official Wildlife and Fine Art Photographer for the State of Florida” by VISIT FLORIDA and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida — offers a window into his vision of the state’s natural beauty.

Collections, Key West Gallery

Collections, Key West (6810 Front St., Stock Island; 305-923-4778; www.collectionskw.com), is a time capsule of a gallery, with figurative paintings, kinetic sculpture, antiques, and fine custom furniture, made of locally milled hardwoods. On the docks of Safe Harbour Marina on Stock Island. Open weekends noon-5 p.m. and by appointment.

De La Gallery

The peaceful De La Gallery (419 Duval St.; 305-395-2210) is an artistic oasis in the middle of bustling Duval Street. It showcases the photography of Jorge de la Torriente and the masterful framing of Jeffrey Rodriguez.

Effusion Gallery

A bright flash of color on the Key West gallery scene, Effusion Gallery (701 Duval St.; 305-735-4345) infuses the vibrant world of Pop Art with a cool, tropical vibe. Featuring more than 60 artists, Effusion celebrates Key West’s rich flavor of color, whimsy, and eclectic culture in a fresh, new way.

Gallery on Greene

Under the helm of the visionary Nance Frank, the Gallery on Greene (606 Greene St.; 305-304-2323) is perhaps the most highly curated, stylistically diverse gallery in Key West.

The Gallery on Greene is packed wall to wall with pieces from “some of the most talented artists within 100 miles, like Peter Vey, Mario Sanchez, Suzie dePoo, Jeff MacNelly, and many artists from Cuba,” Frank says.

Gingerbread Square Gallery

On the upper end of Duval Street, amidst the tropical foliage and quaint historical buildings, sits Gingerbread Square Gallery (1207 Duval St.; 305-296-8900), Key West’s oldest private art gallery, founded in 1974 by Key West’s former mayor, Richard Heyman. Today, Gingerbread Square exhibits original paintings, limited edition prints, sculpture, and art glass.

Guild Hall Gallery

Located in the middle of Duval Street’s busiest blocks, Guild Hall Gallery

(614 Duval St.; 305-296-6076) was established in 1976 as a co-op.

It features works of many media including stained glass, watercolor painting, and sculpture. Guild Hall is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Harrison Gallery

After over 30 years in Key West’s gallery scene, Harrison Gallery (825 White St.; 305-294-0609) has become a local institution known as much for its über-creative proprietors, Helen and Ben Harrison, as for the eclectic contemporary works of art exhibited inside its walls.

Jag Gallery

Jag (1075 Duval St., Space C23; 305-294-0609) represents many of Key West’s most relevant and celebrated contemporary artists.

Jag’s roster of artists includes some of the heavy-hitting names in Key West art — John Martini, Carol Munder, Susan Sugar, Letty Nowak, Rick Worth. The artistic mix is contemporary and eclectic.

Sarah Boyts-Yoder’s exhibition, “Meantime,” is open through Oct. 26.

Key West Art Center & Gallery

The Key West Art Center & Gallery (301 Front St.; 305-294-1241), officially the island’s oldest art collective, is a place for local artists to display their work, come together to work on art-related projects, and teach and take classes.

Key West Pottery

Key West Pottery (1203 Duval St.; 305-900-8303), owned by the dynamic husband-and-wife duo of Kelly Lever and Adam Russell, Key West Pottery is a working pottery studio slash art gallery that is dedicated to showcasing the meaningful connection between man and nature.

Salt Island Provisions

Salt Island Provisions (830 Fleming St.; 305-817-6055) is a boutique-cum-gallery with a focus on local artists and artisans.

Shade Ceramics & Shutter Photography

Shade Ceramics & Shutter Photography (1102 White St.; 305-767-3769) highlights locally crafted ceramics by Mark Klammer and vibrant nature photography by Sarah Carleton.

Stone Soup Gallery & Frame Shop

In addition to featuring artwork by local artists like Amanda Johnson, J.H. Allen, Will Fernandez, and Chuck Seamen, Stone Soup (802 White St.; 305-296-2080) also has an extensive framing, canvas stretching, and fine art printing outfit. ¦

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