On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes local folk artist Wayne Garcia to the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, where he will discuss the techniques and inspiration for his colorful, bas-relief wood carvings that depict the vivid particulars and street scenes of the third generation Cuban-American’s childhood. The artist’s presentation will be followed by a champagne reception in the gallery, where his work is currently on display as part of the “Islands, Imagination, and Instance: Florida Keys Folk Art” exhibit.
Mr. Garcia, a native of Key West, learned the techniques of carving on wood from watching legendary folk artists Mario Sanchez and Papito Suarez.
Mr. Garcia has been smacking chunks of wood with a hammer and chisel since he was 14 years old, before Key West evolved into the thriving metropolis that it is today. Wayne’s delightful accounts of Key West’s past should not be missed. He literally and figuratively paints a picture of an island paradise rich in community and culture, validating all of the reasons why many of us have chosen Key West as our home. ¦
Custom House Key West Art & Historical Society 281 Front St. www.kwahs.org