For those seeking heritage, diverse arts, and cultural tourism, the Florida Keys and Key West is a vibrant and welcoming destination. This island chain hosts year-round art walks, literary tours, classical music, film festivals, and more.

The Florida Keys has a legacy of inspiring artists and writers who use the pristine natural surroundings, colorful culture, and local character of the islands to influence their works and spark their creativity.

 

Every visit to the Florida Keys and Key West becomes a journey full of wonder - there’s so much to experience and you’ll be inspired to return.
For more information visit www.fla-keys.com.

Enjoy these stories on the arts of the Keys, sponsored by Florida Keys & Key West!

Florida Keys Concert Association in Marathon | Art Loft 707

Join the Florida Keys Concert Association for a classical music concert in Marathon. This concert is part of their Rising Stars series and features powerhouse pianist Tengku Irfan. For more information, please visit http://www.floridakeysconcerts.com/

Sculptor Craig Gray in the Lower Keys | Art Loft 708

We head to the Lower Keys and visit a sculptor whose work is in public spaces across the United States. To see more of his art, please visit www.crgray.com or check out his work at the Stock Island Studios on your next trip down the Florida Keys.

Lobster Trap Art in Islamorada | Art Loft 708

Since 2003, an artist couple has recycled 10,000 lobster traps, turning them into handmade frames. We head to Islamorada to meet the creators of the Lobster Trap Art Gallery. To find out more, visit: www.lobstertrapart.com

Art in the Garden at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanic

Art and nature merge at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Various mediums are placed within the garden and become part of the landscape as people explore the grounds.

Old Town Literary Walking Tour in Key West | Art Loft 710

The Key West Literary Seminar presents the Old Town Literary Walking Tour. Hop on as we take you on a stroll through downtown Key West, to the houses and haunts of the great writers who have called the island town home. To find out more, visit https://www.kwls.org/tour/

Belly Dancing in Key Largo | Art Loft 710

Inspired by her ball pythons, Daisy Silveira has a new workshop she is teaching in Key Largo and around the Florida Keys. Lolo finds out what inspired her to belly dance and even learns some key moves. To find out more, visit https://floridakeysbellydance.info/

Welder Cindy Wynn in the Lower Keys | Art Loft 612

Welder Cindy Wynn has been making furniture for the last 30 years out of scrap metal. Her collection of metal weighs in at 250 thousand pounds! But it allows her to create her pieces whenever inspiration hits.

The Shanty Hounds in the Lower Keys | Art Loft 607

We interview a dynamic musical duo called The Shanty Hounds in the Lower Keys. They write and perform their own original music, that has an escapist island vibe.

Oil Painter Peter Vey in Key West | Art Loft 612

In this segment of Art Loft, we interview oil painter Peter Vey at the Gallery on Greene in Key West. His home inspires the colors and places you see in his art pieces.

Glass Blower Donald McMullen in Marathon | Art Loft 606

At The Art Studio in Marathon, we meet Donald McMullen who enjoys the infinite possibilities of glass and how the medium pushes back. He says that it is fascinating that you never physically touch the glass in the art piece you are creating.

Billy the Squid Band | Art Loft 612

Key West has a history of folk music, and Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters is keeping this legacy alive. The band combines rockabilly vocals and a country sound with the laid back vibe of the island. Take a listen.

In the Studio with Susan Sugar | Art Loft 607

Painter Susan Sugar is inspired by light, rhythm, and poetry. We explore where she draws her inspiration from in her paintings that sometimes skirt abstraction.

Jeffrey Salter's Key Dance Project | Art Loft 349

In this ambitious endeavor, Photographer Jeffrey Salter pairs dancers with the various bridges of the Florida Keys. The end result is a haunting memento of these engineering feats. For more on Salter’s work visit http://www.jefferysalter.com/.

In the Studio with Visual Artist Sandra Attales | Art Loft

We caught up with visual artist Sandra Attales in Studio Sesh Arts, her gallery in Islamorada. We learn about her artistic practice, her hopes for this contemporary art space, and more. See her work at: https://www.studiosesharts.com/

Studio Visit with Key West Pottery | Art Loft 524

In this colorful profile, Adam Russell and Kelly Lever - the duo behind Key West Pottery - give us a tour of their unique gallery space. They also share the story of their origins and the evolution of their artistic practice. See more at: https://www.keywestpottery.com/

Artists Collaborating on A Mosaic of the Keys

For the Fifth Annual Connections Project the Florida Keys Council of the Arts provided six inch by six inch blank canvases to 400 artists and community members. Join us as we chat with some of the artists behind this mosaic of the Florida Keys.A

art loft 244 - Michelle Lowe Undersea Artist/Painter

We meet Islamorada artist Michelle Lowe, who with her watercolors, brings undersea life to the canvas. Her inspiration comes from long family history of life near the ocean. Take a look.

Artists Chat at the Key Largo Art Gallery | Art Loft 529

In this segment Art Loft host Jumaane N’Namdi makes a stop at the Key Largo Art Gallery to chat with artists Mary Carroll, Tere Kelley, and Megan Willoughby. Listen in as the artists discuss their latest works and what inspires their creativity.

Photographer Larry Benvenuti | Art Loft 529

We caught up with photographer Larry Benvenuti at Crane Point Hammock in Marathon. Join us as he explains how he combines his humanitarian drive with his artistic practice.

art loft 250 Art Garden Blooms in Key West

We visit the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, where we find out about the annual Art Garden exhibit.

Grimal Grove in Big Pine Key | Art Loft 529

Jumaane N’Namdi makes a stop at Grimal Grove, a tropical garden in Big Pine Key. Listen in as he chats with Patrick Garvey about the history and happenings taking place in this small slice of paradise.

Redbone Gallery in Islamorada | Art Loft 529

In Islamorada, the Redbone Gallery is providing locals and visitors with an outlet for “art with a heart.” Born from a mission to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research, this gallery showcases eclectic work from all mediums.

The Art Guild of The Purple Isles

In this segment we’re introduced to the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, an arts organization based in the Florida Keys. We discuss their community outreach projects as well as their 50th Annual Member's Judged Show. purpleislesartguild.com.

Florida Keys Watercolor Society | Art Loft

Check out the 35th annual judged exhibition of works from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society at the Marathon Community Theatre. Chat with artist Julie Joyce about the origins of this notable group.

Paradise Paint Out Gala

Join us as we attend the Paradise Paint Out Gala, held in the Florida Keys. With host artist Kathleen Denis, we take in works created during the second run of the Islamorada Paradise Paint Out. For more information, visit pleinairpaintout.org.

The Florida Keys Community Concert Band

Join us as we visit Islamorada’s Founder’s Park for a concert that promises to take us “around the world in 60 minutes.” And the Florida Keys Community Concert Band has your passport! For more information, visit keyscommunityconcertband.org.

Truman Little White House

In Key West you can find sun, fun, and political satire courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Little White House. This historic landmark recently hosted an exhibition of political cartoons, mostly featuring president Truman himself.

34th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

The Conch Republic Independence Celebration is an annual festival commemorating Key West’s brief secession from the United States. For over 30 years Key West has hosted this fun-filled springtime celebration. Join us as we take to the streets of Key West for this colorful gathering of folks from near and far.